Because My Life Isn’t Busy Enough: #WANA1012 and #ROW80

Here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows, I don’t usually write about writing.  Today, I’m making an exception because I have some goals to post for October 1st.  I promise something thought provoking (I hope) for TINSTAAFL Tuesday.

Blogging Dreams

The day I realized that I must start a blog was the day after I returned home from DFWCON (DFW Writers’ Conference) in May.  This conference opened my eyes to the opportunities out there.

Then I started having dreams.  For three nights after the conference, I dreamed about blogging. I don’t remember anything about the dreams other than the distinctive feeling that I had to start a blog.  I still knew nothing about blogging.

I found Kristen Lamb’s blog.  I attended two of her sessions at the conference, found out she went to my alma mater (icing!), and joined WANATribe The next logical step was to take her blogging class.

Still, there were more blogging dreams.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Really?  Enough already.  I got the message.

So was born Mermaids Don’t Do Windows.  I hope you are enjoying my fledgling attempts.  I have enjoyed being here and meeting great blogging friends.

Did I mention I still have blogging dreams every so often?  Yep.  Blogging for Brand class 1012, here I come.  I have so much to learn and accomplish.  And I’d really like for the blogging dreams to stop harrassing me.

Writing Dreams: #ROW80

October 1 is also the beginning of Round 4 of A Round of Words in 80 days — ROW80.  Since I’m writing, I might as well make myself accountable with the support of other writers who also have families, other jobs, housework, stuff going on — lives.

I set my own pace and my own goals.  I post them here for the entire world to see.  Here goes:

  • Write at least 750 words every day on my middle grade WIP.  Otherwise, my daughter will get very, very mad at me (she’s my #1 beta reader).
  • Submit and query my adult fantasy manuscript, HUNTER MOON.  It’s all shiny.  *pet pet*
  • Work out 45 minutes to an hour at least 4 times a week.
  • Read a craft book. We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media might be a good place to start since I’m taking Kristen Blogging for Brand class.  (I’ve been reading it slowly.)
  • Plant carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds to accompany the broccoli plants.
  • Post at least 3 times a week here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows.

Those are my goals.  I may tweak them as I go, but that’s the beauty of ROW80.  I can adapt when life happens.

Everyone is busy.  I’d love to hear what you’re up to.  It’s your turn for some pimping and promoting in the comments section.  What are your current projects and goals?  Do you have any completed goals that you are especially proud of? Share some linky love.

14 comments on… “Because My Life Isn’t Busy Enough: #WANA1012 and #ROW80”

  1. DFWCON is something I’d love to go to. Whoo-hoo! I’m doing ROW80 as well. Best of luck with your goals and I hope someone snatches up Hunter Moon soon 🙂

    • Thanks, Ryan! You got to go to DragonCon so I guess that makes us even. 😉 Good luck on your ROW80 goals, too. I saw that you’re sponsoring again, too.


  2. Pam Thompson


    OK – so here’s my goal for October — Complete my digital photo book from my 1977 Europe trip. I’ve already scanned in the 400 pictures and cropped them. I’m giving myself a month to place the pictures and insert commentary from the Journal I kept.
    And I hope you get some interest on Hunter Moon, because we’re still waiting to read the sequel.

    • Wow! That’s quite a pile of photos that you had to scan! I look forward to seeing it. Good luck with the goal.

      Thanks for the encouragement for Hunter Moon. You two are awesome beta readers, so you’ll get to read book 2 first (whatever happens with HM). I really appreciate it. 🙂

  3. DFW Con was awesome. I’m already signed up for next year! I took Kristen’s class two years ago, then read her book, and finally took her online class as well. She gives you lots to think about and practical tips to get going.

    I love that you are writing a middle grade novel! Sounds fun. Looking forward to Round 4! Best wishes with your goals!

    • You’ve already signed up? Cool! I’m going to have to check into that. Yes, Kristen, has a knack for what she does. I’m getting pushed out of my comfort zone a lot. LOL. I so need that.

      The middle grade novel is not going as fast as my daughter would like. LOL. The first draft will be done soon, so I can begin the rewrites.

      Best wishes to you, too!

  4. Kristen is such a character! I was in her in-person critique group for a while. It was loads of fun. I totally feel you about the dreams! The first few books I wrote when I was learning the craft were all dream books. I dreamed them, so I had to write them!

    Right now my big goal that I’m proud of is that I’m nearing the 20 pound mark on my weight loss. That’s about 1/3 of the way to where I want to be, which is HEALTHY~

    • Good for you, Sidney! That is awesome progress! Don’t give up on your health goals even when it gets hard. I was there a few years ago (70 pounds after baby #2!), and now I have to work to maintain my healthy weight.

      I love that you dreamed your book ideas! Thanks for sharing with me. 🙂

  5. You came to DFWcon? Why didn’t we meet? I’m really sad now… we had such a fun Wana group going… Kristen, Donna, Piper, Jenny, Jill, Jess, Julie, Nigel, David, James, etc… Are you coming back next year??

    Oh, and enjoy Kristen’s class. I took it in March 2011 and LOVED it. I’m still really close with my classmates. 🙂

    • We’ll have to meet up at the next DFWcon–I will definitely going back. I saw all you WANAs from afar. 😉 Seriously, I had no clue so the conference was huge for me. I did meet some other amazing people and caught up with a grad school friend. Kristen had me at “blog.” LOL.

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