Announcing the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge and other ROW News


Hey ROW80 friends!  I hope all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!  Mine was short but sweet since my parents came up for the holiday and spent it with my honey’s family.  Everyone hit it off splendidly and I was happy to have a bit of home before starting my midnight shift for Black Friday.  I did an 11 hour shift that day and worked through the weekend, which equaled about 7 days in a row.  Today was my first day off, and I admit it, I didn’t write on my novel.  I had a Downton Abbey marathon.  It felt good to be a bum for a day.  Real good.

But…exciting things are happening!

ROWmodel Awards are back!

ROWmodel of the week goes to Jessica Fritsche and her post, Know When To Fold Em.  After struggling with her WIP finding hole after hole, she set it aside to go back to a different project and is a busy writer bee using this new project for her NaNo novel.  She cracked out 4,000 words in one day and sounds like she’ll keep going strong!  Go Jessica, we’re all rooting for you!

Honorary ROWmodel of the week also goes to Myndi Shafer for Making It Happen:  Work How You Can, When You Can.  You’ll never guess where Myndi sometimes goes to get her writing done.  This girl’s got gumption; and she’s using it to make her dreams come true!

The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge has kicked off!

So exciting!!!!  Adam at Roof Beam Reader has launched the 2013 To Be Read Pile Challenge!  Haven’t participated before?  You must!  I love it!  The challenge, should you choose to accept it, involves picking 10 books (plus 2 alternates) off your bookshelf that have been sitting there for at least a year.  Books with a publication date of 12/31/11 or before all qualify.  You have the course of 2013 to read your 10 books and link back a review of the book along the way.  Complete the challenge and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card!  I’m working on my book list now!

What titles would be on your list?

A Reggae CD Giveaway!

Looking for some new jams?  I’m hosting a music giveaway with Wisconsin Reggae band, TUGG, for a FREE copy of their full cd, Come Sunrise.  All you need to do to enter is comment or tweet one of the interview posts I did with the lead singer, Andrew Hughes.  Part 1 is about the changing music industry and Part 2 is about social media and the music business.  Chime in!  We’d love to hear your voice!

Last, but not least, The Redhots are back!

Tune in this Friday for another FIERY edition of The Redhots!  Marcia Richards and I are back introducing you to two REDHOT ladies you’ll want to know on Twitter!  Want a hint for who it’ll be?

  • The first is going to tell you how to feng shui your house!
  • And the other is the founder of the largest book club in the world!

Two Redheads.  Two Opinions.  Keeping it REDHOT.

Share with me, my pretties!  How was your holiday?  How is ROW80 going?  What books are on your TBR list?  Could you use a new reggae cd?  And who do you think our Twitter guests will be?

12 responses

  1. Thanks so much Jess, I really appreciate it. 🙂 I’m going to be running toward that finish line, possibly with a wine bottle in my hand!!

    1. I dig the way you race, girl.

  2. Greetings from Buffalo, WY! Glad to hear you had a day of rest! We are ‘resting’ today ourselves, before heading to Pray, Montana tomorrow to spend a long weekend at Chico Hot Springs Resort (I can’t wait to luxuriate in those hot pools!). Funny you should mention Downton Abbey – I checked out Series 1 and plan to begin watching them today! I’ll have to let you know what I think but given my love of British Literature, I can’t help but think I’ll love it! Take care!

    1. Oh Dorie you’re going to love it! The hot springs of course and Downton Abbey! I’m resuming my marathon tomorrow with Season 2. Enjoy Wyoming! Wish I was there!

  3. I have been having my own DA marathon…it’s like crack, that show (not that I’d really know). On my list for the new year: lots of books about Buddhism. Plus I need to finish my friend Tom Molanphy’s book of essays called Loud Memories of a Quiet Life. And maybe Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder. Finally, I thought the other day that probably I should really read all of Dickens (for a challenge….!).

    1. I spent a whole summer in college reading about Buddhism! Fascinating faith with wonderful messages, but like any religion it gets tricky the further in you go. Look forward to hearing your thoughts Susie!

      And a Dickens movie marathon sounds fun to me! Start with Little Dorritt.

  4. Loved your comment on Renee’s Blog.

    & I am hooked on Downton Abbey! Suberb.

    1. LOL. Thank you! Yah I just finished Season 2 and it’s sooooo good!

  5. I’m a day late, almost two…but I’m here. 🙂 I hear ya about retail taking over your life. My daughter works at Sephora and Forever 21. In the last 3 weeks, Thanksgiving is the only day she had off. She was worried she’d be ‘chosen’ to come in at midnight but she got the 8am slot instead. We had thanksgiving at her house since she couldn’t travel to us. My son is a cook in a popular steakhouse and has been working long weeks, too. I’m so happy to be retired. 🙂
    Anyway, good for you doing TBR Challenge again! I’m just not disciplined enough to read a preplanned list BUT, if I were going to, my list would include reading Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt, a reread of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles (read it in high school) and Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man. I may read these this year anyway but I just hate feeling like I have to. I never have been very well-behaved. 😉

    Can’t wait for our RedHots interviews tomorrow!!!

    1. Yah, I was the midnight opener. It ended up being a fun day, but the week itself was so long!

      And I love the TBR Challenge. It’s good for me to hunker down and read books I wanted to so badly and neglected when other titles came along. Of course that means all the books I asked for this Christmas will end up being 2014 TBR Pile. LOL

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