Someone you’re not #ROW80/#8Sunday

It is Sunday once again–and it seemed like the last week went particularly fast. Well, first up I have a snippet from Bound and Unbroken, for Snippet Sunday and WeWriWa. If you’d like to skip the snippet and find my ROW 80 update, just scroll down a bit. 🙂 And, if you’ve missed any of my previous snippets, you can find them by clicking the Weekly Snippets in the top menu.

This week, I bring you Eric and Lena–they’ve “resolved” the stalker issue, but they’re still waiting for the Beethoven concert to begin….

“I’m sure. Because if you’re just distracting me, you don’t feel like you really have to open up, right?”

And then he went and turned the tables on light-heartedness.

“Which is harder,” he whispered, “being the fun, slightly shy, and open girl when you claim you’re playing or wrapping yourself up so tight you start to shake?”

Lena tucked her hands around her sides, as if that would keep him from seeing that his observations were true. It was easier when she couldn’t get hurt, and that meant either pulling away or not taking it seriously.

Eric tucked her hair away from her face, and out of the corner of her eye, she could see the brown strands trembling from her effort to keep it together.

“You don’t have to give me an answer, but it’s never easier to be someone you’re not.”

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ROW 80

NP02You’d think that since the snow/ice got me out of work 2 extra days last week that I’d get extra stuff done, but no. However I have improved upon my social media and blog visiting/commenting balance, so I’m proud of that. I’ve managed to do a bit of networking and chatting with other authors nearly every day. And then I signed up to be a Jamberry Independent Consultant–I do need some money to support this writing addiction of mine. So I’ve been spending the rest of my free time learning about all of those details and secrets.

My kit should be here next week and I’m really excited to see some of the wraps I ordered, like this little newspaper wrap (which sadly is being discontinued soon 😥 )–think I can do a cute little book-themed manicure for my release? For someone who has never had a professional manicure, (and I hate nail polish, it never lasts more than a few hours on me) I’m far too excited to try out all of these possibilities.

Book 1: Beyond the Divide (Paranormal, Urban Fantasy) 9959 words

Book 2: Bound and Unbroken (BDSM Romance) 70,313 words

February Goals

Writing

  1. Finish the final polish on Bound and Unbroken
    Final editing fixes by Feb 3
    Send it off for a fresh critique
    Proofreading by Feb 8 – in progress at the moment
    Finish eARC formatting by Feb 10 & send ARCs out by Feb 11 to prepare for Book Blitz & Tours
    Incorporate final Proofread & prepare to click publish on February 24!
  2. Maybe I’ll touch Beyond the Divide at some point–I may be too wrapped up in in the final stretch to do anything else.

Non-Writing Goals

  1. Live Healthier
    Fresh Juice at least once per day (hit or miss)
    30 minutes of exercise each day (shoveling snow counts, right?)
    And yes, I know this one probably sounds crazy but–Drink 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water twice a day. (up to 1/day)
  2. Become more active in my regular blogging activities and in visiting other blogs.
    Visit & comment on at least 3 blogs per day
    Reply to blog comments & make more return visits. (I think I have at least replied to everything this week)
    At least 1 meaningful interaction on Google+/Twitter/Facebook per day 
    Connect with someone new on Google+/Twitter/Facebook each day 
    Do at least 1 marketing task each day–review request 

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A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

We are all different and we all have different demands on our time.  Why should we all have the same goal?  The simple answer is that we shouldn’t.  If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to your changing circumstances.  If that means changing your goals when your life blows up, so be it.  ROW80 is the challenge that champions the marriage of writing and real life.

#ROW80

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15 thoughts on “Someone you’re not #ROW80/#8Sunday

  1. Loved the snippet and love an astute hero. Congrats on the ROW goals. I like the variety you have incorporated into them. Best wishes with the books getting closer and closer to being ready to release to the world. 🙂

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  2. Lots of progress, Skye (and yes, snow shoveling definitely counts as exercise). Even the “hit or miss” sounds like you’re making progress. I remember a few weeks back when those read “not yet”. 😀

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  3. I adore the level of tension in your snippet. I had to re-read the line about the brown strands trembling a few times, it sounded a bit confusing at first. He sounds very much in control.

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  4. Always good to find balance. I think it’s a special challenge for writers, since we spend so much time at our computers.

    If the nail wrap doesn’t work, you can get a similar effect really easily using regular old newspaper and white finger nail polish. I did it last year for a writing conference and it came out really cute. Great conversation starter, too. (Tweet me or something if ya wanna see the easy peasy directions in my blog post.)

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