Lessons in Willpower From Your Friendly Neighborhood ROWers

I believe the celebration I declared on Facebook once my Regional Visit was over was “Can I get a chorus line?!” 

No seriously.  It’s one of my favorite musicals!

A Chorus LineGod I hope I get it!  I hope I get it!  …  I really need this job!  Please God I need this job! 

Yah, that about screams my generation right now.
But it’s also full of spandex and sass!

So now that the 12 and 13 hour days should be dwindling a little bit, I’m ready to get back into those writing goals.  Last week I organized some basic goals to try to unwind a little bit, and you know, finish the laundry…


  • Do the laundry and find the two mysteriously missing pairs of jeans I used to wear often – I found one!  Contemplating putting a reward out for the other…  If you have any information regarding whereabouts of lost pants please contact me at 1 – 800 – HOT PANTS or email me at CuteButtJeans@LaundryMishaps.com  
  • Grocery shop and cook a big ol’ batch of chili mac so I actually have some leftovers to eat – I went shopping!  (not for food, but who’s asking?!)  Fortunately, a pre-planned meeting with my mother in a parking lot resulted in a legal exchange of chili mac she made for a shoe horn I thought she might want.  True story.  
  • Finish reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – Done!  OMG – AMAZING BOOK! 
  • Spend the weekend with my boyfriend, celebrating our six year anniversary!  Weekend getaway, Tony-Award Winning Production of Avenue Q!  Fancy dinner! – Fabulous, romantic weekend despite rainstorms the whole time.  The food was good, the play was great, and we really needed a weekend away.  Glad we had the opportunity.  Very thankful I have him in my life. 
  • Spend tomorrow’s day off writing!!! – I did only work on blog writing, but still counts!  Also attended an author’s book reading and signing, more on that coming Friday!

Joe and I enjoying a cocktail before the performance!

This week’s goals will focus on getting some blog posts written ahead and doing a bit of plotting/revision to the WIP.  Also planning on finishing reading Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer for Great New Books discussion on October 24th!  Be there, or be square!

My ROW80 Role Models:

This week’s Role Model Awards go to three ladies who exemplified virility and vigor to achieve their writing goals even when life got in the way!  All of you will be receiving your invisible ROW80 statue to display on the furniture setting of your choice.  I advise against the floor, it does have some sharp edges, and it’s invisible so…

S.J. MayleeMaylee’s post this week recognized that finding your writing process is a constant trial and error.  There’s no magic formula that is going to work for everyone.  You have to try new ideas, take concepts and roll with them, and still be true to your learning style and productivity.  Even better, Maylee was cognitive enough after working a grueling schedule to realize that even though her day job would be settling down, she’d have to stay focused so she didn’t lose her free time to things like social media black holes, reality TV marathons, duct taping the snooze button down, etc.  Word up, girl, I will heed your advice!

Shawn Murray:  A book in hand lover to the core!  This girl bragged up her extensive Writer’s Digest collection – and it is extensive, if Murray ever wanted a summer home in Maine, she could build one out of Writer’s Digest magazines.  Sharing her best Ah-ha! Moments from the current issue, Murray shared with us how daily distractions can misplace our willpower, actually hindering our writing goals.  Interesting notion indeed!  Check out her post for tips on combating the ever piling up inbox and that custard filled donut that’s calling your name.  Then channel your willpower to best influence your writing time.

And Karen Rought gets the ROW80 Award too for admitting she  has a life.  Yes, Karen, it’s true!  Weeks will happen where you feel down in the dumps over what writing you did or did not complete.  I’m so right there with ya!  But I’m really proud of how you owned it, and then channeled your update post into something positive.  You celebrated the successes along the way, both the ones on your original goal list and some new ones too.  Kudos!

That’s all for this edition of Public Service Announcements brought to you by the proud sponsors of ROW80 – the Writing Program that Knows YOU Have a Life!  (Especially Karen Rought 😉 )  

Who inspired you this week?  What were your learning lessons?  Do you know anything about my missing pants?

14 responses

  1. I hope you find the missing jeans. It drives me mad when I can’t find something like that.
    I’ve been wanting to see Ave Q. Was it good?
    Good look with the goals for the rest of the week. x

    1. Avenue Q was awesome! Hilariously funny and still applicable for our times. I was really impressed with the puppeteers too, you do kind of forget about them and just watch the puppets after awhile cause their movements are spot on. Fun to see! Hope you get to check it out!

  2. Jess, I really enjoyed the clip from “Chorus Line.” I guess I’m dated, but a decade before that, even. Think “Cabaret,” ouch, and that’s all Kurt Weill and Joel Grey and not even contemporary. I digress, which pretty much explain my current state of goals and week. Maybe when all is said and done, that’s okay. Life intruded in the form of a good friend suffering from the unexpected death of his friend. I have no complaints; love and caring trumps all else. Thanks Jess; I enjoyed the spandex and sass. Mary

    1. Cabaret is another favorite musical. Don’t laugh, but I totally spent the drive home from the Minneapolis area singing my favorite songs from various musicals. Yep, I. Am. Awesome.

      So sorry to hear about your friend’s loss. I’m glad that they have you to help them through this difficult time. As you said, love and caring trumps all else. Be well.

  3. Big fan of A Chorus Line! thanks for the clip! Keep plugging away at those writing goals and you’ll get there! So glad you found you pants – it’s getting too cold to go without! 🙂 See you for the RedHots on the 26th!

    1. Name your favorite song from A Chorus Line. I love the one that latina girl sings about finding strength in herself. Beautiful song!

      See you soon, my fellow redhead!

  4. You cracked me up with the jeans plea! LOL. Is that HOT PANTS hotline manned 24 hours?

    I love that S.J. has used her reward system to get so much done with ROW80. She’s inspired me too! Of course, I get inspired all the time with the ROWers…one of the reasons I do it. Have a great week, Jess! Hope you are enjoying LITTLE BEE.

    1. Julie,

      I ran right on past the jeans plea! It reminds me of the time when I lived in the homeless shelter and one of the guys who was actually a rent-payer there, (yes, we had an “eclectic bunch” there of low-renters, ex-cons and homeless) had his GOLF SHOES stolen. OMG! I thought the Tampa Police Department was going to be forced to call in the FBI and put out an APB on this SOB, because he raised so much HEL. Whoops, not enough letters, eh? Anyway, that saga went on for weeks. This is the same chap who called the TPD when my roommate swore at him for not doing his dishes. The TPD had to come out and tell her to quit swearing at him and then had to tell Golf Shoes to do his “f’ing dishes.” This is why I started blogging. Nobody would ever, ever believe this nonsense. 1-800-HOT-SHOES. 😀

    2. Hot Pants is currently on alert. We are accepting applications for further research. Still need someone to search the attic!

      And YES! ROWers are an amazing group of people!

  5. Chili Mac for a shoe horn? As they said in “Dances With Wolves” – good trade!

    1. LOL. It worked out. And I totally want to watch that movie again! I have since we visited his casino in Deadwood.

  6. I’ve never lost a pair of jeans before (that weren’t stolen by my little sister, mind you) but I’m glad you found one of them.

    Thanks for doing the role models section. Those links have given me much to think about when it comes to my writing and what distracts me. 🙂

    1. There are some very inspiring individuals in our ROW80 group!

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