ROW80, Superbowl Sunday

Short blog today, though not because of the game. Actually, I don’t care about the game–I’m not a big sports fan, and I don’t care about either of the teams playing. During the game would be a good time to go to the grocery store (I’ve done that before), but not this year, because panic shoppers probably cleared the stores out on Friday, because of all the snow we were supposed to get starting last night, which turned out to be a little rain and mostly nothing.

Even my husband isn’t really into the game this year, and he does like football–a lot. He did attempt to watch some of the pre-game countdown blather, but Isis wasn’t having any of that:

Her head does not make a good window

Her head does not make a good window

She did eventually move aside… just for a minute:

A favorite place to sit

A favorite place to sit

Sometimes I watch the game for the commercials, though this year, even that doesn’t interest me. I’ve already seen the news clips on the “controversial” one, that’s more about T&A than hamburgers. Apparently they don’t want my business. So I’ll probably be working on my revisions.

WriteEveryDayWhat I read this week: I saw this on a blog, or recommendation on Amazon–I can’t remember where, exactly, but it looked interesting and a quick read, so I bought it. Write Every Day by Cathy Yardley is a short craft book full of good productivity tips. As I expected, a lot of the content covered the same things as Dean Wesley Smith’s Productivity workshop covered, but in less depth. But all good reinforcement. One thing different about this book that I loved was that it recognized the need to “transition” between day job or mommy tasks and writing, and also the fact that not all of us are wired to take advantage of every 10-15 minutes spent waiting in line at the grocery store, to pick up the kids, etc. to get a bit of writing in. And best of all, she recognizes one life component I’ve come to learn is as much, if not more, important than time: our personal energy levels. And this book discusses how to deal with those, and recognizes the fact that we can’t always write when we’re at our best creative-energy times, because duh, that’s when some of us have to go to work! So if you’re a writer and you’d like some quick, encouraging tips on increasing your productivity that won’t make you feel like a slacker, get this book!

I’m also reading a novel this week, which I’m really enjoying, but am not far enough in to discuss much more than that, so I’ll give it until next week.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: I’d hoped to get the WIP marked up through Chapter 20 this week. That didn’t happen, mainly because I hit a snag at Chapter 16. I left a few details kind of vague, thinking I’d figure them out by the time I got to revision, and could address them then. Well, I had not figured them out, it turns out. So I had to spend most of Saturday noodling around and figuring out the motivations and whys of several peripheral characters, and who could do what, and who fit where, because it all impacts the ending (which I also needed to figure out). I did get it figured out, but it took most of yesterday, and a bit of this morning. Note to self: This stuff should be figured out at the outlining stage, or at least in the first draft! The good thing is, now that I have it figured out, I’m excited to dig back in, which is the main reason I probably won’t watch much Superbowl. So this week’s goal is to get all those changes marked in, and the rest of the draft marked up.

One other thing I started doing was more closely tracking my actual time spent on my writing, entering it on a spreadsheet each day when finished. Until now, I just estimated it each week for my Weekly Status Report. Now I know I spent 8 hours on my revision this week (not counting some of the sitting and thinking time), and 8 hours last week. Not a big surprise–my estimates generally ranged from 6-10 hours.

What about you–are you/did you watch the Superbowl? Any commercials you particularly liked or did not like? Have you ever put off a bit of planning, only to have it come back and bite you? Do you track your time spent writing, or if not a writer, on other long-term projects or goals? 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. Yes, I watched the Super Bowl. Hubby and I attended the VIP party at B-dubs (free food!). I kind of rooted for Seattle. Stupid bone-headed play at the end. Grumble.

    I don’t remember too many of the commercials, but I did like the Snickers one with the Brady Bunch show. That one was funny.

    I always put off planning — I’m a pantser. So yeah, been bitten LOTS of times. Love it when I figure it out, though.

    I do track my writing, but words, not hours (I believe you have a copy of my spreadsheet). I think if I kept track of hours it would just depress me. Can’t be doing that!

    And what happened to our snow? I’m glad it’s not here, but gee, scare a person why don’t you?

  2. I’m in the wrong country for the superbowl, and I probably wouldn’t have watched it even if I weren’t. I’m no a big football fan.

    Thanks for the book rec, I’ll take a look at it!

    I understand completely not being able to move forward because of something left undone farther back! That’s why I tend to jump around a lot in my manuscripts. 🙂

  3. I’m not a sports fan, so I don’t watch the Super Bowl. My hubby isn’t that into sports, either, so we usually just use that time to go to the store or simply go about our daily routine.

    Like you, I’ve started keeping track of my writing time using a spreadsheet, only I’m counting words written as opposed to hours spent. It helps me to set a daily word count goal and try to hit or exceed it as often as possible. The trick was to find a way to keep track of word count when revising. Thankfully, a friend gave me a handy hint: make the words I add a different color (I chose gray), and then set up a way to only count those gray words. Luckily my husband is an IT guy, so he was able to help me with that part. Knowing that at the end of the year I’ll know how many words I’ve written total definitely motivates me to write every day!

  4. Stacy, the Brady Bunch Snickers ad was hilarious! And with you on the snow.

    Ruth, jumping around is part of what caused more of these problems for me. But it totally works for many writers!

    Denise, color-coding new words so you don’t lose what you later revise is a great idea!

  5. We were on the road during Super Bowl. My husband is an avid fan, and I do watch because it’s something we can share together, though I don’t watch every game! So there we were on Southwest when the stewardess announced free wifi for those who wanted to watch on their “electronic devices”. Wow, I had brought headphones for my ancient netbook, and between tail winds and bumps, we were able to watch the first three quarters. Of course, we’ve seen that heartbreaking last play about 30 times since. Good game throughout. But I’m behind with ROW80 because of jet lag overall (plus a two-hour time change). Maybe tomorrow I’ll be caught up! Love your goals, energy, and photos. Thanks especially for that tip to track the actual time spent on revision, for that is where I am! Have a great week.

  6. Well it sounds like a nice relaxing day. Neither the hubs nor I were really interested in the game either. I’m finding that to be the consensus of most people I know. I guess there’s not that many Seahawks or Patriots fans in my little circle of the world.

    I managed to get some writing done that morning and then cleaned up the house a little. Nothing too notable.

    Have a great week, Jennette!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  7. Hey there Jennette! What a week it’s been. My computer died so I was off line for most of last week. I’m just now getting up to speed with the new one. There’s always a learning curve. Yep, didn’t watch the Superbowl either. Well, perhaps the end which was exciting. But otherwise? Nope. And I can see that Isis is no help. She cracks me up. What a big baby. Thanks for the craft book recommendation. Will certainly look at that one. I appreciate that the author recognizes that we all have a life. And with our low energy, we need to be careful how we disperse it. How, by the way, are you feeling? I hope a little bit better on the energy girl. Take care and have a great week! 🙂

  8. I didn’t watch the game, never do. If I watch at all, its for the commercials. It seems like the commercials aren’t as god as they used to be, so I didn’t even bother watching for those this year. I do not track my time writing, but perhaps I should. Another thing I should track is my time wasted;)!

  9. Beth, thanks! Sounds like you had a great trip.

    Karen, I hope you like the book!

    Maria, it would be too depressing if I tracked how much time I waste LOL!

    Pat, that’s a great point–I do let plotty stuff tumble around in those those small chunks of time. And Isis thanks you!