Cleaning Up Our Act, and ROW80

H18printLast week, I was working on Hangar 18: Legacy, and noticed that a bad guy in the book shares a last name with one of my friends who’s also a reader. I brought up the subject at lunch a few days ago, asking “what would you think” in a generic way first. Everyone pretty much agreed that no matter what I name him, it will be someone’s name. Then when I revealed who it was, my friend laughed and said her husband had some pretty shady relatives (although not murderers, I’d hope!). :)

I finished the print formatting and got the proof back and it’s pretty!

I worked on the ebook formatting for that yesterday, but kept getting sidetracked. You see, our kitchen was a disaster area, and I had to do something about it.

Normally this is not a problem. My writing desk is upstairs, so out of sight is normally out of mind. But this time, it was worse than usual. My daughter had oral surgery on Friday (wisdom teeth – she’s fine :) ), and she’s the one who usually cleans up. But for the past couple days, she’s been taking it easy (as she should) and DH has been getting her stuff. Or she gets for herself, as I’ve been doing. And no one’s been picking up after themselves.

So it needed to be done. Sometimes, you can focus better on the mental tasks (writing) when the brainless, but necessary stuff is done. I also cleaned the gerbil tank, and set up a new, second filter in the turtle’s tank.

ROW80Logo175I did well with my ROW80 goals, too – I even got the estate planning chapter done, although I admit it was a really short and easy one. Here are the rest of the details:

  • Review Hangar 18: Legacy proof when I get it, and address any corrections needed – Done!
  • Find people to review it  - Done! I’m still looking, so if you’re interested, I’ll send you a free ebook in the format of your choice! Just let me know. :) 
  • Fitness activity 5x – Mostly – got 4x in
  • One chapter’s exercises in the estate planning guide – Done!
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum – Done!
  • BONUS: Begin formatting the ebook version of Hangar 18: Legacy – Done!

For this week, I’d like to:

  • Finish formatting Hangar 18: Legacy in ebook, register copyright, send out review copies, and RELEASE IT!
  • One hour of brainstorming/outlining my next book, a futuristic romance
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in the estate planning guide
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum
  • BONUS: Write a press release for Hangar 18: Legacy

Does it bother you when your place is a mess, or can you ignore it? Does it ever get to the point where you can’t ignore it any longer? How are your goals coming along this week, whether or not you’re participating in ROW80? I’d love to hear from you – please share!

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  1. I hate when things are messy! I can’t write if stuff needs to be done. Although I can handle a messy-ish desk, especially when I’m in the thick of things. Your books look so good! And you’re doing so well on your goals–I need to add the “being a good sponsor” one, because I usually do great on that (except for this past Wednesday)!
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  2. Shah, that’s what I usually do, LOL!

    Amy, I can usually ignore it if I can’t see it, but the clutter on my desk has to at least be somewhat in order. And thanks about my book!

  3. I can ignore housework for quite a long time but then occasionaly I just have to get up and do – luckily I hold4 group meeting at the abode and so at least 4 times a month at least the main room, bathroom and kitchen get a through scrub through – I hate housework!

    Am reading one of time travel books at moment:) will report back later when I have finished:) you have done well – all the best for coming week:)
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  4. I’ve used last names from people I knew in high school or college that I no longer have contact with. The character I create has absolutely nothing to do with that person, but I liked the name. Names must come from somewhere, right?

    Great week for you! Glad you finally knocked out that estate planning chapter. Best wishes for another marvelous week. Loved seeing the photo of your new book!
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