Sometimes, you’re more prepared than you think you are, and ROW80

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More than once, my high-school age daughter has been stressing over a test, and I’ve told her about the time I thought I was totally unprepared for a final in college.

I was a freshman, and studying for a Political Science exam. It was late at night, I was drinking a wine cooler (because my roommate had thoughtfully obtained it for me, having a fake ID), and I was tired. I finished the wine cooler, realized I wasn’t retaining anything I was reading, and finally said heck with it, I’m going to bed.

When I went to take the exam the following morning, it wasn’t that hard.

When my grades arrived in the mail the following week, I had an A.

I gave a presentation on formatting ebooks to my RWA chapter yesterday. I didn’t put the slideshow together until the night before. Now I know some of you reading this are thinking, so? Well, that’s not my usual M.O. I do not wait until the last minute any more. For me, that way lies madness. But this past week, I’ve had a cold that’s been kicking my butt, and it’s been all I could do to go to work and finish my writing workshop exercises. So I completed the presentation Friday night, but I didn’t feel it was that good. I kept thinking I needed to add some material about print books, but I just couldn’t muster up the energy to do it.

On Saturday, I gave the presentation, and it went very well! I think I talked more than I coughed. Several people there coughed almost as much as I did, so the group was very understanding. My chapter mates asked some excellent questions, and the  presentation took just the right amount of time. No need to fill in with the print stuff.

Sometimes our subconscious knows we’re prepared, even when we think we’re not.

In the case of ROW80, however, I didn’t need my subconscious to tell me how I fared. I know I missed one of my goals, but that’s OK. Here’s how it went:

  1. Finish assignment for online writing workshop – Done!
  2. Finish hand-sewing for prom dress in steps 1-8 – No.
  3. List ten more things that could happen in the new book – Done!
  4. Finish presentation plans and handouts for RWA chapter presentation, and PRESENT it on Saturday – Done!

Well, three out of four isn’t bad, especially being not 100% health-wise. The bad news there is, the ladies in my RWA chapter who’ve had what sounds like the same thing, say it took three weeks to really shake. So I’m going to not worry about workouts for now. I also need to really get working on the dress.

  1. Review first half of writing workshop
  2. Finish hand-sewing for prom dress, and work through step 16
  3. Write another 1000 words on one story started in workshop

Getting that presentation out of the way is a big relief, but more importantly, giving it was FUN! What about you – What about you? Whether or not you’re doing the ROW, how are your plans going?  And more importantly, are you having FUN with them?

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 thought the presentation was awesome!! Have you ever thought about presenting it at a conference? You know, like RWA’s or maybe even COFW’s? It would be good exposure for you and your books, too!! Anyway, just a thought. 🙂

  2. Aw, Stacy, you are so sweet! Thanks! Hmm, I really hadn’t thought of that, but it’s a possibility!

  3. 3 out of 4 is fabulous. You should shop your presentation to conferences, that’s a great idea. I’m still coughing like mad and that’s no fun at all. Here’s to a happy and fun week for both of us.

  4. I need to hear that presentation! I’m sure it was great. The two times I’ve done a big presentation to an adult audience, I felt like I could use 8 more hours to prepare but I did fine as well. I wasn’t even sure of half of what I said. I did record one of the presentations, and on replay it wasn’t bad. So yeah, you might be more prepared that you think.

    Great week overall! Hope you kick that illness sooner than the predicted time. Get well soon.

  5. I love your goals, especially the idea of listing 10 things that could happen in your book. Brilliant. Thanks for a simple yet effective idea. Hope you’ll be around for Round 2!

  6. I don’t like to leave things for the last minute either. Mostly because it would make me more nervous. I don’t know what was in your presentation,but I’m impressed!! The idea alone of presenting has got me feeling jittery! 🙂

  7. Tia, listing the ten things worked out great. I’ll definitely be back for Round 2 – thanks!

    Coleen – I have no problem talking to a roomful of people doing a presentation (it was on ebook formatting, btw), but I’ll definitely be jittery walking into a roomful of strangers in a social situation!

  8. Jennette, sometimes you’re more prepared than you think . . . in other words, trust yourself, trust that you know what you know. Great advice. And it sounds like you gave a great presentation. Maybe someday I’ll get to listen to/watch it, too. Sure hope you are feeling better.