#ROW80 Check-in: I’m All Fired Up!

Holy cowbell, I’ve added 2000 words to my WIP since my last check-in!

That might seem like child’s play for you, but for me, that’s the most I’ve gotten in a week since early December.

I’m all fired up!

Exercise Update

It’s been raining here so I haven’t done a ton of walking, but I did go dancing last night, which I don’t get to do very often. (Very little makes me happier than getting my groove on!)

Blogging Update

On the blogging front, I posted 2 ROW80 Check-ins, 2 personal posts and an awesome guest blog by Margie Lawson on POV. With having a guest one day, I was able to get in some more writing time. It’s something for me to consider when I’m thinking about my commitments.

ROW80 Sponsorship

I’ll be tearing up the ROW80 blog hop list today, seeing what y’all have been up to. If you’d like to go support your fellow team members, click here. I’ve checked on everyone every check-in day, but I seem to only have that day. The late arrivals do not see me, which is kind of bugging me.

What’s happening in your world? Has this been a good week for you and your goals, or no so much? Enquiring minds love  to know these things here at More Cowbell!

Jenny

About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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71 Responses to #ROW80 Check-in: I’m All Fired Up!

  1. It’s been a great week for me! Glad to see 2k more on your WIP! I had almost an entire year where I would have given anything for any kind of wordcount. Keep on writing!

    Dawn

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  2. well done, Jenny. amazing output.

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  3. Well I’m not in on the ROW80 – but seeing as having a guest blogger helped you so much this last week, I’d like to HELP you out with YOUR productivity next month!

    Friendly reminder that we are cohosting some kind of Valentines Dirty Fighting Contest (or something like it) – and that means I will have one or possibly two days on your blog next month…therefore YOU will have MORE time to write, right?

    *super cheezy smile and a thumbs-up*

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  4. spaciireth says:

    Sounds like you’ve been totally on the ball this week! Good on you!😀

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  5. shah wharton says:

    Hi – I missed two check-ins due to a holiday in New York, which I blogged about of course🙂 So chuffed for you and the 2k – I so need to do that and much more. I don’t seem to be able to get into the flow of my WIP on my return from NYC.

    Re the guest post thing. Watch out. I went down that route and found/find I get comments for my posts but people don’t bother with the guest posts? My other blog-WordsinSync-is mainly guest posts/author interviews/book reviews. Its’ the only way I can run three blogs. But readers seem to want the blogger more that her guests? One a week wouldn’t hurt though I imagine and it is a great way to save yourself some time for writing.🙂

    Shah. X

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  6. 2,000 words is a lot Jenny. I was horrific in November/December so I MUST catch up in this Round. I think I gotta find a better strategy for the sponsoring. Maybe checking the list at the end of the day? I sometimes even wait until Monday so I can try to catch as many peeps as I can.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I try to do it toward the end of the day, so I can see as many as possible and do one fell swoop of 10-12 blogs. It has really helped. Especially with your time difference, if it doesn’t kill your Monday, that’s what I’d do – a few at a time all day long. I keep the window open and don’t refresh so I can see which ones I’ve already gotten to.

      Let me know if it helps you.

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  7. Laura Drake says:

    Whooo hooo Jenny! You made me put on my cheerleading skirt at 4 am – and I think I hurt something, jumping up and down.

    YaaaaaY JENNY!

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  8. Woot, Jenny on the 2000 words!

    What’s bugging me? Hmm. Honestly? “No. I seek BFLs (Big Fat Lies) from Row 80ers,” says Jenny.

    Social Media! I MUST learn to manage social media time. I am taking Kristen Lamb’s awesome Blogging-to-Build-Brand. GREAT NEWS on that front. I did a favor for a friend. I picked his son up at DFW and toted him back to school at UNT. Turns out this young man developed a PASSION for Social Media. He’s trustworthy, thinks outside the box, has TONS of good ideas on multi-tasking on the net, AND he’s willing to barter some of his (incredibly low) fees for valet service to-and-from the airport. Woot! Jumped on that one.

    ROW80 updates. I’ve done none. Zero. Zip. Doesn’t mean I haven’t been working toward those goals. I simply haven’t yet added a Page for the updates. Not ALL of my followers give a flying rats patootie about ROW 80. “Duh-NOTE-TO-SELF”: Turn off auto-feed to FB for ROW80 posts?

    MY BRAND, MY BRAND, MY BRAND! I’m too old to have an identity crisis. How do I develop a brand that crosses genres? As in, Steamy Romance and MG Light Fantasy. Could they BE any farther apart? The common link is humor, snark, quirky characters. Working on that one.

    Phew! Thanks for the opportunity to vent on your site, Jenny (intentional or otherwise). I’ll return the favor by teaching you to line dance for the #myWANA-fest.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Gloria, EVERY blogger freaks out a little about 2-3 weeks into Kristen’s class. That’s part of why she extended it to 2 months. You start feeling really behind (you’re actually NOT) and you start getting a bunch of nasty shoulds in your head as your fellow WANA-mates start putting up these kickass blog designs.

      RELAX. It’s normal. p.s. Can I take your rant and do a post around it? One just came into my head.🙂

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  9. Ali Dent says:

    Jenny, all looks good. Sorry the weather drowned your walking routine. Maybe this week will be be brighter.

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  10. Gene Lempp says:

    Great job this week, Jen! Two k on the WIP is faaaantastic. Loved Margie’s post, have that one bookmarked and am looking into her classes.

    Have a great week🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Gene, her classes will spin your writing around. I’ve seen it happen to person after person. Margie literally brings you to a whole new level and it’s amazing. I can’t wait to take my turn in her classes too.🙂

      Start with her packets if you want to be self-paced. That’s what I’ve been up to. They’re only $22.

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  11. Gloria, you’re cracking me up! Maybe your brand is a slightly slutty young girl who can turn a prince into a toad? Just kidding. Sort of. ; )

    That’s a darn fine week, Jenny! You got to go dancing! Whooohooo! My week has been awesome. I finally got Triberr figured out (THANK YOU!!!) and now I’m all bloggy-rific with my RT’s and comments (a huge thank you to Fabio Bueno for the spreadsheet idea!). Not only that, but I’m ripping through my WIP and am on target for having it to my Beta readers by Feb 1st. Whew! I’m thinking this next week is going to be just as fantastic.

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    • Fabio Bueno says:

      You’re welcome🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Well, anyone who uses bloggy-rific in a sentence is DEFINITELY my pal. Oh, wait…you’re already my pal! Fine, anyone who manages to work “slightly slutty” into a Gloria sentence makes me laugh. Add snarky and you’ve described her writing goals. Bahahaha…killing myself.

      Gloria, are you enjoying this as much as Tameri and I???

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  12. Marcia says:

    Great week, Jenny! I did 2000 words this week too and it IS a lot. Get yourself a walking DVD for when it rains. It’s a great workout!

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  13. Julie Glover says:

    Given your title, I’m now singing Pat Benatar’s All Fired Up in my brain. It will probably stick in there the rest of the day!😉

    My goal is 2500 words this week. I think 2000 is great! That’s the beauty of ROW80: You know what your life can handle, and set goals accordingly. It’s about steady progress. Good for you!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Do you know that I’d never actually heard that song until the lovely Serena added it here in the comments?? That means I’ve had it playing in MY head all day too!!

      Thanks for the cheerleading! I hope your 2500 is in your sights.🙂

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  14. Emma Burcart says:

    Any week that you go dancing is a productive week. Also, the writing and blogging are good, too. Me, I’m still trying to find the balance in social media and marketing with the writing and regular life.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I know!! I love to dance and, once you’re a responsible adult with kids, the opportunity doesn’t present itself NEARLY enough!!

      I think the SMM (great social media hashtag on Twitter, FYI) is a hard balance to find. I couldn’t do it without a Smartphone and a great husband. Good luck, and let me know how it goes.🙂

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  15. K.B. Owen says:

    She’s a dance-dance-dance-dancin’ machine (watch her get down)! Go Jenny!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      It was a fine time, Kathy! Plus, one of the guys in the crowd was a friend of mine who can CUT A RUG. I have to say it, nobody does The Freak like Auggie. (Are you reading this, Auggie???!)

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  16. Stacy Green says:

    Great job on your word count, Jenny! What’s bugging me is figuring out how to grow the blog, my FB page, and getting the hang of Triberr so I can use it effectively.

    Keep up the great work:)

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Stacy, I’m trying to help y’all with Triberr because the ramping up on it IS a teensy bit slow for a lot of people. Once you have the hang of it, it will save you A TON of social media time. Facebook is not my most stellar subject, or I’d help y’all with that one too. I’ve just never gotten all that excited about it.

      You keep up the great work too! And thanks for stopping in.🙂

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  17. alberta says:

    well done on all acheived this week – enjoyed the guest post very much and have an eye on her classes – in the middle of a couple already so no room in brain for more:) – still working out the tibby bit but think getting head around it – all the best for coming week

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  18. Melinda says:

    woohoo! Sounds like you had a fabulous week. I really enjoyed Margie Lawson’s guest post too, in case I forgot to tell you. Because of that post I went and signed up for two of her classes and downloaded the EDITS lecture notes. I think it’s helping already, so thanks!🙂. Now I’m singing “Dancin’ Queen, young and sweet…only….” you fill in the age😉

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  19. Way to go, Jenny! Sounds like you’ve had a very productive week…and got in a little dancing, too! The past two weeks have been very UNproductive for me, thanks to having and now recovering from a virus. I’ve been lucky to keep up with my blogging (mostly because I had a bunch of drafts I hadn’t used yet…and resorted to a rerun one day).

    Here’s hoping you have a repeat of this week…and I get back on track! 🙂

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  20. Woot woot on a GREAT week Jenny. Super impressed with your 2000 words – love it! And you are doing great on your other goals. Here’s to some nice weather this week for walking.
    My week was a bit lack luster with some weeknight events and hubby tossing out his back. Not to mention, I opted for some heavy reading (craft book) instead of writing. I prefer to do reading in large chunks so that was wonderful.
    Not to fear, I am pumped for a fab week ahead!

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  21. You never cease to amaze me Jenny! You had a great week.

    Uh, I have to go. I need to go post my ROW80 goals and report in before you go grabbing me by the neck. Yep, I’m going to do that right now. See ya!🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      You know I would come grab you around the neck (along about Wednesday, when I stopped to catch my breath for the week). Good for YOU, Karen. You are rockin’ the ROW, just by checking in.🙂

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  22. Yay for 2k!!! I’ve been producing 1k or less since the beginning of this round, so I feel ya. I finally got back on track yesterday and I’m psyched!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      That is wonderful, Claudia. I’m so happy you’re back on track. To give you some slack, the new year is always hard for all of us because we’re usually catching up from the holidays still and all the crap we didn’t get done the year before.🙂

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  23. Fabio Bueno says:

    Goals accomplished AND dancing? It seems like a pretty good week to me🙂
    Keep rockin’, Jenny!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      It felt like a great week, Fabio! Thanks for stopping in and cheering me on.

      So…tell the truth, do you wear the cheerleading skirt like the rest of us while you do this fabulous RAH-RAH of yours??? Enquiring minds are dying to know!

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  24. Great week, Jenny! Glad you got to shake your groove-thang this week! And way to knock out those goals…you’re on a roll!

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  25. Woot! Cheers to a good week. I’m in learning and edit mode. I know what you mean about visiting people. Keep missing the late arrivals.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      It’s dreadful to feel like we missed peeps we want to cheer on, isn’t it Robin? I bow to those of you in editing mode – I find that to be the hardest part…Have a GREAT week!

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  26. A little Pat Benatar theme music for you!

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  27. Great job and that was an awesome guest post! Keep on dancing and keep on writing!

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  28. tomwisk says:

    I’m working on paper. The loss of the WIP has me busy, The laptop has another trip to the shop coming up. No question mark or slash key. I can’t coninue without somebody asking a question. I’m not counting words but memories. How many good ideas about story changes can I remember (damn question mark) Have a great week.

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  29. Yeah! Great week, Jenny! And 2,000 more on the WIP is fantastic. The dancing night sounds like fun. When the weather is bad, go dancing.🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I AGREE!!! But it’s hard to find really fun, easy-going dance floors, isn’t it?? I think you need to come out and dance your way through the OC with me. WOOT-WOOT!!!

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  30. Congrats on the 2K this week, Jenny! I’m right there with you…all fired up.🙂

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  31. Yay for dancing lol
    I looooooove dancing😉
    And well done on your word count!
    Cheers!

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  32. Yay to an amazing week, Jenny. I’m pleased with my accomplishments, too. Here’s to another great ROW80 week!🙂

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I’m so delighted to hear that, Sheila! I dropped by and saw that you are having a smokin’ week.🙂

      Also, now you’re in Triberr cause I invited last week’s winners into the new tribe today!

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  33. You’re always movin’ it, Jenny! You are a force to be reckoned with! *wildly clapping* Excellent job!

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  34. Whoot on the wordage Jenny! Sounds like a fantastic week, go you🙂

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  35. Em says:

    2000 words is great, I love seeing that word count grow and grow! Hope you have a successful week and get more opportunities to dance, dance, dance!

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