Better Late than Not at All

ROW80Logo175That’s right, it’s ROW80 round 3, and I totally missed the first week! No excuses, really, but the reason is probably that I’m used to posting on Sunday, and the round didn’t start until Monday.

I could claim all kinds of excuses: computer gremlins (always a possibility!), I was sick the latter half of the week (my husband so thoughtfully passed on the plague, unfortunately, true), or perhaps the Hangar 18 aliens Β ate my post. None of those is true. I simply forgot.

I did still make goals, however; I do that every week with my Weekly Status Report. Not only that, I met most of them, too.

My writing goals for the quarter, or ROW80 Round 3, are simple: 1) publish the anthology in which my short story, “Time’s Tempest” will appear, and 2) Planning/outlining for Book 3 of the Saturn Society Series, and get 20,000 words down on that.

The main catch is that I need stuff from other people for the anthology, and any goal that’s dependent on others carries an inherent risk. However, it’s my understanding that all the other authors’ stories are done and in edits. I got mine back from my editor last week, and have reworked the ending twice until I came up with one both my editor and I loved. The ebook cover’s ready to go too–that was one of the three cover design projects I mentioned a couple weeks ago, although I still need story blurbs for the paperback cover.

Since I am still fighting off the crud, I’ll leave fitness off of this week’s goals, and focus on the writing and related tasks:

  • Continue brainstorming/outlining for SS Book 3
  • Initial cover art for friend who’s going to beta read

That’s it! What about you – is it just me, or have you recently forgotten something for a stupid reason, like it fell on a different day of the week? If you’re doing ROW80, or just have some goals, how are you doing so far?Β Please share – I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. I finally finished my edits to Bite Me, I’m Yours (actually cut over 7000 words)! Now it’s in my daughter’s hands to read through before I send it to my editor. Actually, it WOULD be in my daughter’s hands if she had the book – it’s still sitting here waiting for her.

    Sorry to hear you’ve been sick. That sure puts a crimp in exercising, doesn’t it? Then you feel like you have to start all over again! Bummer!

  2. I usually only do ROW80 posts on Sundays. So, I feel kind of strange since I did a goals post last Monday, lol. Nice of your husband to share. πŸ˜‰
    Hope you feel all better soon, but don’t over do it once you do.
    I need to polish a couple of WIPs and write another. It’s going to be a busy round. Have a great week.

  3. Well, at least you did the work, even if no one knew you did. And you are right, better late than not at all.

    Keep up the good intentions.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. I just keep the Sunday posts, and then link on Monday. Otherwise, I lose track.

    Great goals for the round and the week! How wonderful to have an anthology coming soon. Best wishes for ROW80. I’ll make sure to come back and cheer you on! πŸ™‚

  5. Wooot, Stacy! Good job on the cuts! I won’t mind dropping back on the workouts once I kick this darn cold – thanks!

    SJ, good luck on your goals, too!

    LOL Ruth – I didn’t forget my goals, just my ROW80 posts! Good luck to you too, and thanks. πŸ™‚

    Patricia, thanks!

    Julie, that was what I meant to do, but I forgot to write the post since the Linky Tools wasn’t up. Good luck on your goals, too, and thanks for the cheers – those are always appreciated!

  6. After being out of town for 9 days, I feel like I’ve forgotten everything! Who knows, maybe I will come up with a better routine?? :)Hope you’re feeling better!

  7. Redo Road Rules as print edition
    Get three more short stories written
    Get previous three revised for submission (One already has a home)
    Start the SF novel under my “Richard Bachman” name. (I’ll spare you the joke I’ve been telling about that for two years now.)
    Reformat another novel while a friend redoes the cover.
    Beta said friend’s next WIP.
    Beta historical thriller.
    Sometime between now and Labor Day, get some sleep. I’ve penciled it in for August 19.

  8. Seriously, things being on a different day throws me off every time! I almost missed posting my goals for this round, too. I’m pretty sure if I had the plague it would have flown right out the window. On top of that, this long holiday weekend has me completely confused. Thank goodness for Google calendar and pop-up reminders.

    Great set of goals. I look forward to hearing more. Feel better soon!