It’s that time of year #ROW80

It’s that time of year when things all get smashed together in a short period of time. Happy things and sad things. Death and dying are oh so prominent throughout the holiday season. I just got off the phone with the funeral director of the funeral home in this tiny little town (he runs about 5 funeral homes I think), and he said he’s so busy this week that he can’t go to every funeral.

You might be wondering why I was on the phone with the funeral director…someone died. That’s really the only reason he would have to call me. Someone died and I get to meet with the family and work on the funeral. Someone died because that’s what people do. They live and they die, and a lot of times it happens right around the holiday season.

I can’t tell you if it’s just because people get to see all their friends and family one last time and they finally feel as though they can let go, or if it’s depression that pushes them toward suicide (that number largely goes up just after the holiday season), or if it’s simply just a mutual end of time and start for new beginnings. But it happens, and I’m sure almost every funeral director can attest to it.

Anyway, I did go off on a bit of a ramble there. My week will be filled with Christmasy things with family and planning for a funeral on the 27th. Here’s my ROW80 update.

1. Write 1667 words a day.

This isn’t happening, but I did write a little bit yesterday!

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

This happened this week! My extra post was a cover reveal and I did get Open When up and ready. I have Open When scheduled 2-3 days a week until I can catch up with them all.

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

This happened. I edited one chapter of Unbound, finished a copy-edit so I’m finally copy-edit free!! Meaning, I also to a slight break from editing but will jump back into it real soon. I have 3 books out next year, so I need to get on that.

4. crochet one round of border a week

I crocheted two rounds this week, and I finished the afghan. Pictures to come probably on Wednesday check-in, since it’s been off and mailed and hopefully said person will receive it by then!


Have a great holiday season! And remember, tell your loved ones how much you love them. Life is short, and it always ends.

Waiting on the times… a #ROW80 update

It’s been a very busy week and very busy weekend for me. I work Sunday mornings, so my weekends are Friday and Saturday. Friday we launched a new LGBT et al blog I’m a part of as admin. We had an all day event going on from giveaways galore to takeovers galore on our Facebook page. It went fantastically but was utterly exhausting for me. If you want to check out the blog, here’s the link to the blog itself and to our Facebook page.

In the middle of that event, about 9am, I got a call someone had passed away. So I raced over to meet with the family for about an hour. And then later that evening, during my own personal takeover, I raced to the funeral home to discuss funeral arrangements with the family. By 9pm, my brain was fried. I made it through the launch event though. I can’t wait for our one year event. I’ll have to plan it to be even bigger than this one!

But that’s the reason I didn’t get a lot done on my goals. I had planned to edit at least during the off times when I was just waiting around, but my mind was racing with what was going on. I couldn’t concentrate on anything.

Yesterday, the same thing happened. I got up, I was getting ready to work, people came over to work on my house (it’s in the middle of a remodel), and I get a call that someone has died. Someone else. So I tried to meet with the family, but never got a hold of them. So I painted my house all day instead (we got all the rooms done except one and the none of the trim). I called the family again later that night and still didn’t get a hold of them. So I prepped for my Sunday morning work–which I hadn’t done at all yet–and I prepped for the funeral of the first person on Monday.

Needless to say, I feel like I’ve been running around with my head cut off. I had no weekend whatsoever. Hopefully I’ll get an actual weekend next week. Friday couldn’t get here soon enough!

here are my new revised goals

1. Lovely, Dark, and Deep short story needs to be written by Aug 31st. 2k words a week. — still debating on what to do for this, and yes, I realize my time is running out. If I use the short story and it gets accepted, I can’t turn it into a novel like I want to. So… to create a whole new 10k word story or add 4k words to a story already written?

2. Post-Apocalyptic/Zombie short story needs to be written by Sept 27th. 2k words a week. — I was supposed to participate in a writing group yesterday in order to work on this, but that didn’t happen because of the above. Maybe Tuesday or Wednesday I’ll get some written on this.

3. Editing Fallen from Grace. 3 chapters a week.– I’ve edited most of the way through chapter 2. There are two paragraphs left to go. I’ll probably accomplish this Tuesday.

toodles! I’m off to my Sunday morning job!