Row 80 Check-in 11-06-11

I really don’t feel accomplished this week as far as writing goes.  There was just too much going on.  Soccer season is winding down, but Dog Training is starting, and my two youngest sons signed up for Wrestling…. There goes three hours on Tuesday, Three hours on Thursday, and an hour and a half on Wednesdays.  Saturdays are still shot with Soccer until Thanksgiving, and my oldest might be showing Chloe in a dog show in January, too, which means Show Training on top of basics.  Ugh.

I really want to finish HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT by the end of the year, but unless I take off from work to do it (which I might—I have the time) I’m not sure I will make it.

What I did get done, though, is decent… I just didn’t get to it all.

I went to the NJ Writers Q & A.  Check out my Blog post for Wednesday if you want to hear about it.  That was GREAT.  I was also pleased that a few of the authors stopped by my blog and posted. I also got a few personal emails from them.  Very nice.

I cut 1,687 words from my novel, and noted another 4,372 that I can cut – some inspired by my talks with the authors on Tuesday, and their emails afterwards.

For those of you who have done a beta-read… the scenes being cut are the two scenes in Harris’s mother’s POV (Mommy meltdowns).  Matt meeting the mercenary, and the whole cutting his hair scene (he will have short hair from the beginning, now) and Harris talking to Daniel Hyelven after he hurts the girl in the alley.  I am on page 300, so there are 100 pages to go in this sweep.  This will get me down to 113,000, but I might add words when I re-write a chapter that started with a conversation about Matt’s hair.  (That sounds really silly taken out of context.)

I did not start that beta read I have been sitting on (sorry again, “J”)

I did not exercise – unless you want to count Trick or Treating, which was an hour of walking

I did not keep to my blog schedule

I’m not sure if I am going to be able to keep posting ROW 80 twice a week.
It think it’s too much, and detracts from the point of my blog.  I don’t think  a Wednesday check-in is really all that helpful for me.  So… Sundays I will give my results, and my goals for the next week.  This way, I can get back on my twice a week blog schedule, plus a Sunday ROW80, and I won’t be under as much pressure.

1.    Two regular blog posts (a Manuscript Red-line post, and maybe a writer’s advice post from the Q&A session)

2.    Cut 4,372 words from my novel

3.    Insert the new “Stuck in a Closet” beginning (which I just remembered has more words than the current beginning.  UGH!)

4.    Decide whether or not to cut the scene where Magellan gets
tutored by the King.

Happy ROWing!

Jennifer Eaton

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15 responses to “Row 80 Check-in 11-06-11

  1. Jennifer, I read that you attended the NJ writers q&a. Are you a NJ native? I grew up in NJ and only left for college and then to move out to LA. I’m from the Northern area, Sussex county. And, good luck on your goals!

  2. Woot woot – love the new, redefined goals. I have to say I agree, given that I do most of my writing in chunks on the weekend, I often have nothing to report for Wednesday’s check-in. It’s not a huge deal to write it but it often feels pointless to me. Good for you for doing what works best for you – that’s what ROW80 is all about, right?!
    Keep up the great work….

  3. Woo go Jennifer! I am sure you will be able to cut them out it just takes some time.

  4. Don’t feel bad about cutting back and re-organizing. You have to do what’s best for you and ROW80 accepts that. I hope your new goals work better 🙂

  5. Jennifer,
    The whole point of ROW80 is flexibility; lots of people only check-in once a week.

    It’s hard to keep all the plates twirling on their rods; I think you’re doing a great job of it!

  6. Jennifer,
    I like the way you delineated the “what I did” and “what I didn’t do.” Yes, the whole point of ROW80 is flexibility, and there are lots of folks who check-in only once a week, especially those doing NaNo.

    It’s tough to find balance, and to keep all those plates twirling on their rods. I think you’re doing a great job!

  7. I think twice a week check-ins are excessive, too, and I like the Sunday one best.

    Hopefully, since this challenge is flexible, we can opt out of one of the check-ins.

    You actually seem to have accomplished a lot. So hang in there. You have a lot on your plate.

    Here’s my check-in:

    http://laurelrainsnowswonderland.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/11-6-check-in-count-down-to-the-end/

  8. Good morning, Jennifer! Since your NEW GOALS include cutting 4,372 pages from your WIP, can you send the pages my way? Yes, I know it was an 11:46 p.m. typo. Yes, I’m kidding you. Yes, I’m perky in the morning.

    I studied your list of accomplishments, and skimmed your DIDN’T DO list. I applaud you for finding balance. You made progress on your WIP, but achieved balance during a very busy time with your boys and dog(s).

    KUDOS! You took that look-back, evaluated, and adjusted. Isn’t that what ROW80 is all about? (Says she who does not yet feel comfortable in her own blog and hasn’t yet posted a single ROW 80 update.) Row ON!

    • Ha! Funny Gloria! It was actually 12:30am my time, and yes, I was punchy. I fixed it, thanks.

      You should try to at least post your goals. If anything, it helps me to focus on what I need to do, even if I can’t get it all done,