ROW80 Check-in #96 Deep Yes and Coming Soon Times TWO

Hello Weekend Writing Warriors. I’ll be back very soon.

The writing challenge that knows you have a life.

Oh what a difference a week makes. The week started with distractions from my mom and MIL. They helped me to regain normal. I cleaned my house and my inbox. I read a few books and countless blog posts. I finished lots of evil day job and volunteer stuff. I played games with my kids. Real life distractions were my ticket to surviving the anticipation of waiting to hear on my latest submission.

The waiting all ended before the work day was over on Tuesday. I’d already learned a lot from the experience, but I wanted in the anthology. Their answer was …


Holy cow! I did it. 😀

Five days later and I’m still pinching myself.

coming-soon 300x450coming-soon 300x450My Books page now has TWO coming soon covers. Wow.

I’ve been loving Kait Nolan’s Three Awesome Things posts and this week one of the awesome things really spoke to me. Lots of things to love about the TED talk by Justine Musk, including this line: “Behind every no is a deeper yes to whatever it is that you do want.” <~~ This is something I need to remember, especially as I try to stay on track for my next submission, edits on my two books releasing soon, and all the marketing to come. To gain my balance AND to protect what I want, I’m going to utilize the deep yes.

The Goals – week-2 results

  • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters-  not done. I did spend a couple evenings with my characters. I need more though before I have hope of writing the missing scenes in my WIP. I probably have less than two weeks before edits will arrive and I’d like to see good progress before then.
  • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting- done. It was craft study all week.
  • Take care of and be kind to myself (start w/ a relaxing ritual, the healthy journey, and daily breaks from technology)- almost done. I accomplished everything here except the workouts. I did some exercising and some stretching which totaled maybe fifteen minutes. I need more. I want my physical strength back.

What you might have missed here this week:

Spotlight: Barb Drozdowich and Babs Hightower and Their Guides for Authors

Spotlight: Extreme Heat AND Surrender Sweet Succubus by Jewel Quinlan

Mid Week Tease – Changing His Mind <~ from my anthology story.

Cover Reveal: Freed by Stacey Kennedy

SJ’s Taco Soup – I was at Romance Cooks yesterday and I shared my secrets for Taco Soup AND my homemade taco seasoning. 😀

7 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-in #96 Deep Yes and Coming Soon Times TWO

  1. Hey there, SJ!

    Awesome! I hadn’t seen Kait’s post, but I’ll check it out later.

    Deep yesses are a big part of our family and personal lives, here. I love the way it opens us up to possibilities we might not have noticed, if we’d gotten stuck in the initial no…

    Such great news about your acceptance. I want to hug you! =) I’ll settle from cheering you on from afar.

    Enjoy the glow of your success, the thinking time with your characters (I LOVE that part!), and your learning.

    I hope you and your family are having a lovely weekend – here, it’s bright, sunny, and warmer, and there are masses of bubbles!

  2. Congrats on the anthology acceptance!! And on having two “coming soon” stories! Sometimes we have to step away from the writing and let real life distract us in order to maintain sanity. Good luck with the upcoming releases!

  3. Congrats again — I’m so thrilled for you! And thanks for the recipe. I’ve favorited that one. I can’t wait to give it a try. Well, unless you wanna bring over one of those big batches you made. LOL

  4. Good news all around! Congrats from me too. I will click over to Kait Nolan’s Three Awesome Things, but what shines out from your post is perseverance and a sense of centering into what is really important as you balance ‘real life’ with the writing. May the week go well for you.

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