ROW80: What’s in a Name

First of all, the baby gerbils have names! It took us until Thursday to come up with the ones that both my daughter and I said, “Yes! That’s it!” We took Ginger Calem‘s  suggestion for the lilac gerbil, and named him Finn, short for “infinity,” which is how far he’d run on that wheel if he could. Thanks, Ginger, and to everyone else who offered suggestions!

Reggie and Finn (curled up sleeping) in a rare moment of stillness

The spotted Siamese boy was trickier. It turns out, he likes the wheel too – when Finn stops long enough for him to get a turn. He’s also calmer, and friendlier – when we hold him, he often purrs. (Finn has a couple of times.) My daughter thought with how pretty he is, he deserved a regal-sounding name. After several “nah, that’s not it,” I came up with Reginald – or Reggie. She liked it. So today we’ll remove the divider, and see how Finn and Reggie get along with Sandy.

And how did I do with ROW80? Not as well, I’m afraid. The various celebratory dinners and such cut into writing time. It’s also been nice out all week, so that cuts into motivation as well. However, it’s a new day, so I’m going to do better next week!

  • Complete Lesson 7 of How to Think Sideways – Got about halfway through. This was a long one.
  • Follow up with beta readers for Hangar 18 – Done! One is almost done, waiting to hear back from the other.
  • Write two guest blogs I promised – the one from last week, and a new request – Done!
  • Three interval workouts and two shorter workouts – Nope. Got the three intervals in, which is the more important.
  • Track exercise and consumption – Not even close. This was a lost cause with it being birthday week. I’ll do better next week.

Overall goal progress:

  • Release Time’s Fugitive, in both ebook and print – Done!
  • Complete Holly Lisle’s How to Write a Series workshop – Done!
  • How to Think Sideways workshop – complete through Lesson 8 (1-4 done previously) – on track!
  • Release Hangar 18: Legacy – OR – release Times Two (Time’s Enemy/Time’s Fugitive box set) as an ebook – on track!
  • Bonus: Both of the above – on hold until other goals accomplished
For this week, I’m going to go a little easier. This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend, which means extra socializing, and we also have my daughter’s choir concert to attend one evening.
  • Complete Lesson 7 of How to Think Sideways, plus Lesson 6B, which I missed last week.
  • Cover design for Times Two
  • Three interval workouts and two shorter workouts
  • Track exercise and consumption

How are you doing in this round of ROW80 – or if you’re not a writer, or not doing the ROW, for this spring? Do you have any big plans for Memorial Day weekend?

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  1. they are so cute. just makes me want to pick them up and cuddle them. congrats on the goals. Holly’s classes are definitely time mops. but they’re well worth it.

  2. you have done well in spite of birthdays and naming furry balls:) Thanks for dropping by – keep smiling and all the best for coming week and all the best when that divider comes down!

  3. Thanks, Louise! They’re fun to hold – or at least Reggie and Sandy are. Finn’s super squirmy and wants to run around. 🙂 Holly’s classes are *awesome*, no two ways about it! How to Revise Your Novel totally took my writing to the next level!

    Thanks, Alberta, for both the ROW80 and good wishes for my critters!

  4. Jennette, you’re doing How to Think Sideways? That’s the only course I ever took that taught me how to plot in a way I could understand. As I remember, lessons 6 and 7 are meaty. How’re you doing?

  5. SJ, yup, I’m working through lessons 6 & 7 in HTTS, and they are tricky! But I’ve done How to Revise Your Novel – which she says is her most difficult workshop), so hopefully this will be a little less demanding! HTRYN was the best thing I’ve ever done for my writing, so I’m expecting no less from HTTS. Thanks for stopping by!