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“Are You Still Here?”

It’s been an entire year since I decided to move my blog to my own domain. It’s like a blogiversary, or something. I’d love to see you at http://dianabeebe.com!

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My new website: almost the same, but better…

Yeah, because nothing much is going on here anymore. During the month of April, I’m posting in the A to Z Challenge. So much fun! Here’s the link to the first in the series.

In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, “What are you still doing here?” 😀

"What are you still doing here?" Go over to Diana's new website!

“What are you still doing here?” Go over to Diana’s new website!

 

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Hi, everyone!

Have you wondered why it’s so quiet over here?

I moved Mermaids Don’t Do Windows to http://dianabeebe.com/, where I’m hosted by TechSurgeons LLC.

If you haven’t already, please subscribe at http://dianabeebe.com/ with your email address (I won’t share it with anyone) so you don’t miss any new posts.

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#ROW80 Check-In

Is it Wednesday already?  How did that happen?  🙂 Now that the day is half over, here’s my update:

  • Research has begun.  I have seven library books on my desk so I can research the geography and mythology of the location in my middle grade WIP.  I’m planning a weekend of writing and little else.
  • Submit and query my adult fantasy manuscript, HUNTER MOON. Query agents. I have my list.  I need to work on the three separate submission requirements.

  • Work out at least 4 times a week.  On track.
  • Read We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb. This week, I’m setting this aside while I take Marcy Kennedy’s class at WANA International.
  • Weather permitting goal:  Plant carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds to accompany the broccoli plants. Time permitting, too.   Buying seeds today. I might even get them planted before the day is over.
  • Post at least 3 times a week here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows. Check. I need to write a few to get ahead of myself.

How are you doing on your own goals?

A Big Thank You and ROW80

First I have to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted for my Marce pony in Rebecca Enzor’s Ponyfest12.  I won!  All the ponies in Ponyfest12 and their stories are incredible.  My to-be-read list has grown considerably now!

My family and friends have been so supportive.  Late last night while I was hanging out after a late dinner with friends, one asked me about “that pony thing” I was doing.  None of them had voted (most hadn’t even heard of this event).  It looked synchronized.  They all pulled out their smart phones and voted.  🙂

Last week was great for Ponyfest, but not so great for my ROW80 goals.

So far this week:

  • I got very little writing done in the second half of the week.  This week, I need to research the geography and mythology of the location in my middle grade WIP so I can fill in plot holes in preparation for a weekend of writing.
  • Submit and query my adult fantasy manuscript, HUNTER MOON. Query agents. Just started making a list.  I didn’t do much with this last week due to many other things that came up.

  • Work out at least 4 times a week.
  • Read We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb.
  • Weather permitting goal:  Plant carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds to accompany the broccoli plants. Time permitting, too.
  • Post at least 3 times a week here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows.

How are you doing on your own goals?

ROW80 Check-In Week 2

Is it already time to check in for ROW80 Week 2?

I’ve been busy with the start of Kristen Lamb’s Blogging for Brand class, too, so this check-in is, well, what it is.  🙂  Too add a little bit of color, here’s a pretty pony my own princess made.  The most shocking thing is that it isn’t pink.

So far this week:

  • Write an average of at least 500 words per day while doing much-needed research for my middle grade WIP. On track! 
  • Submit and query my adult fantasy manuscript, HUNTER MOON. Query agents. Just started making a list.
  • Work out at least 4 times a week. Halfway there!
  • Read a book.  I’m still reading We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb. Haven’t picked it up in days–I’ve been too busy with the blogging class. 😉 
  • Weather permitting goal:  Plant carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds to accompany the broccoli plants.  Time permitting, too.
  • Post at least 3 times a week here at Mermaids Don’t Do WindowsWill keep this up!

How are you doing on your own goals this week?

ROW80 Check-In

The ROW80 Challenge started just two days ago, but today is check-in day.  So here’s a quick post to share my progress.

  • 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).
    On Monday, I wrote 1300 words; on Tuesday, about 200.  So I managed to average 750 words.
  • Submit and query my adult fantasy manuscript, HUNTER MOON.  It’s all shiny.  *pet pet*
    Almost there.  Wrote a 200-word synopsis yesterday (not easy to go that small) and finished my query letter.  One more look today.
  • Work out 45 minutes to an hour at least 4 times a week.
    Just 1 time so far. It’s early.
  • 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.)
    Working on it. 🙂
  • Plant carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds to accompany the broccoli plants.
    Not yet.  The weekend will be here soon enough.  Must buy seeds before then.
  • Post at least 3 times a week here at Mermaids Don’t Do Windows.
    This is the second one, so I’m on track.

What about you?  Do you have updates on your goals in ROW80 or in other areas of your life?  🙂

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.