ROW80 Update 9 + Unforgettable Posts Mashup

Time for a ROW80 update! You can find my new set of goals here. I like the new post format since the reboot: updates only on Sundays and always with a little something else.

This week’s surprise is a different kind of mashup. Please see below.

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Writing goals:

  1. Write 2,500 words/week. 3,096 beautiful words :-) .
  2. Outline of BLUE #2. I decided this is not a priority. It will not be part of the goals anymore. I’ll keep adding ideas as they come, though.
  3. Outline of CRIMSON. After a breakthrough last week, the broad outline is taking shape, and I’ve had significant progress on the detailed outline.
  4. Re-write career plan. I wasn’t able to catch up on the online class. I’ll use what I’ve learned to do the exercises offline.

Social Media goals:

  1. Blog schedule: 1-2 posts/week, plus ROW80 updates on Sundays. Missed the midweek post.
  2. Create a stash of blog topics and blog posts. Wrote down some ideas.
  3. Support fellow writers. Not as much as I hoped, but 5 blogs/day is not too shabby. I barely tweeted this week, though.

Personal goals:

  1. Exercise at least 4 times a week (at least 2 runs and 2 workouts). Done!
  2. Study/Research at least 2 hours/week. This was the
  3. Read every day. Just a couple of days this week *sigh*

Thanks for all your support!

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This mashup is a little closer to the heart. I love to read, and in the last few months, I’ve read many wonderful blog posts. Almost every day I find myself staring at the screen and mumbling, “Wow…”

But a few of those are more special than others. Some words have a way of getting under your skin. They rattle your brain. They leave an imprint on your soul.

These are a few of those posts. These stories moved me, and they will stay with me for a long time. If you haven’t read them, please find time in your schedule for these diamonds.

Debra tells us about Kristi. Golden Sky Showers of a Sister Remembered

I loved, loved Marcy’s story. It shook me. Who’s Your Unicorn?

Piper teaches us an important lesson. From Crayons to Perfume

Lisa gives us her powerful reasons. Why I Hate Christmas

Tameri shares a story of strength. When Just Being There IS Enough

Jennifer takes a Leap of Faith

Ingrid reflects on parents and parenting. Love the Life Givers

Diana makes us ponder: what is a real connection? Please Don’t Close Your Eyes, Because I Can’t See Your Soul

August’s touching story. Does Dirt Have Calories? — My Story

I remember more posts, but I don’t want to overwhelm you. If these stories move you, please make sure to leave a comment on the author’s blog. Also, please share with us a memorable blog post that you read.


29 comments on “ROW80 Update 9 + Unforgettable Posts Mashup

  1. Lisa Hall-Wilson

    Thanks so much, Fabio. Congrats on the goals. Does it help to spell them out each week like this? I just keep them in my head…no accountability that way though. :/

    1. Fabio Bueno

      That’s exactly the point: accountability. You have to come out and say how you did–and why, which helps you reflect and improve. ROW80 is also great because is flexible: once you realize some goals are not working, you can adjust them.

  2. Diana Murdock

    The great thing about ROW is that it keeps our goals in the forefront of our lives. Not always attainable, unfortunately, but we all get pretty darn close. It seems as if you are totally on your way!

    Thanks, Fabio, for the shout out and also for giving me some blogs to check out. Have an awesome day!

    1. Fabio Bueno

      I’d be lost without ROW80 these last few weeks. It works :-)
      Thank you for the beautiful post (and what a great title!).

  3. Emma Burcart

    I like how you combine your goals update with something else, like a mash up. Then it’s not just about reading your goals. Although I do like seeing changes you have made and struggles and accomplishments.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Hi, Emma! Yeah, I don’t like to talk about myself that much. I add a little something so it’s not all about me :-)

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Melinda! I’m very proud of the word count. It’s great not to have writer’s block.
      I needed to focus on only one outline. Those books are so different in tone and voice.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Jennifer L. Oliver

    Nice job on the word count this week!
    I agree with Melinda though, one outline project is more than enough to keep you up at night. lol!
    Keep your head up and you determination high, my friend. Before you know it, those goals will be dust in the wind.
    Thanks for the mention and have a great week!

    1. Fabio Bueno

      I loved your post, Jennifer. You’re so brave!
      And thank you so much for your support. Those words of incentive mean a lot to me.

  5. Karen McFarland

    Oh thanks a lot Jennifer. Now I have the song Dust in the Wind in my head. LOL!

    Fabio, you had a crazy week with the kids at home, yet look what you did get done! Look at that word count! You made some decisions that will help you stay focused on what is important at this time. And then to top it all off, an amazing list of terrific posts and bloggers! You are always there to support. I can’t thank you enough for knowing that. Have a great week Fabio! :)

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Karen, you couldn’t be more supportive. Thank you so much.
      I should have done more for the community these past two weeks. I’m just so exhausted sometimes. I read the post, I have a little time, but I just can’t think.
      Thank you for not giving up on me.

  6. Debra Kristi

    GREAT job Fabio! Things are finally all coming together, or so it would seem. You have a fabulous word count, you had an awesome break through on your outline, you’re getting the exercise and the study/research in – all great things! Way to go! That’s an amazing feat. I’m proud of you. And thank you for a fantastic mash-up. There are a couple there I missed so I’ll be sure to check them out. :) Thank you for including me. I’m touched.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Debra, one day I’ll tell you more about what your post meant to me. You poured your soul into it. It made the words even more powerful. Thank you for writing it.

  7. Tameri Etherton

    I always love reading about your goals and process. If you ever come up with an excel spreadsheet for your outlines, please share it. My favorite tool is that spreadsheet for blogs you made up. Love it.

    I am so humbled and honored to be among the blogs you have in your mash up. They all touched my heart and soul and still resonate with me. Thank you so much!

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Tameri, thank you for giving us your heartfelt post.
      I do have a huge spreadhseet for outlines. Explaining it all it’s a bit overwhelming, so I might do a series on it, one tab at a time :-) Thanks for the idea.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Your post made me think a lot about my parents and their style of parenting. Thanks, Ingrid.

  8. Marcy Kennedy

    Thanks so much for including me in the mash-up :)

    I really like that you do something else with your ROW80 update. I try to support the ROW80 crowd, but I have to admit that after reading a few, they all start to blend together. It’s nice to come to yours because I know there’s going to be a little something extra.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Thanks, Marcy. The reason I always include something else is that I’m not comfortable talking about me. Therefore, if I include other stuff, it can be all about me. right? 😉
      Did I mention I love your post?

  9. August McLaughlin

    Keep aiming high and working hard, Fabio. You’re doing awesome!

    Thanks so much for including my post here. Means a lot!

  10. Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Great week, my friend, especially with the writing goal! I love how you phrased it: “3,096 beautiful words”. So proud of you.
    Changing and/or adjusting the goal list is what we need to do to keep the success rate at a higher level. I think putting the outline of Blue2 aside for now is a good idea, since you already have enough on your plate.

    Have a fabulous week. See you Thursday at our Critique Group meeting!

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