Monday, July 1, 2013

A Round of Words in 80 Days

“Destiny is not a matter of chance,
It is a matter of choice;
It is not a thing to be waited for,
It is a thing to be achieved.”

--William Jennings Bryan

 It is not often I will quote a politician who fought against Darwinism and was a staunch supporter of Prohibition, but what the hell.  The quote has been staring me in the face every time I open my St. Claire’s Organic Throat Soothers box and I thought it was apropos for the moment.  (FYI: I don’t have a cold; I keep my knitting stitch markers in it.)

So, yes!  Sign me up!  It is with renewed zeal, grit and a true sense of community-mindedness that I join up for ROW80!  Thanks to my fabulous CP Debbie for recommending it and a big nod to Kait for her lovely, inspirational blog about Ghandi and Ten Rules for Writing.  It has moved me to new levels of determinationedness--and making up new, long, important sounding words.

My goals for the eighty days:

1)      Re-edit my MG fantasy manuscript “Dreamwalker: Isle of Glass”, putting in all the stuff my beta-readers called me on—including my overuse of hyphens and misappropriation of commas!!!

2)     Learn exactly how to use a comma and a hyphen. (Thought I did know.)

3)     Write and submit a magazine article. (Trying my hand at something fresh—if you will.)

4)     Put the spit and polish on query and synopsis.

5)     Get everything ready for querying by September 1st.

That’s all folks.  See you in the ethers.  And, thanks for having me.   To learn more about this fabulous group of goal-minded writers click here.  It's not too late to shake off the summer writing slump and join up for the fun! 


  1. All the best writers are revisers. :D

    And good luck with ROW80. I think I've got about two months or so of writing before I'm done with my WIP, and then I'll be doing all that spit and polish too.

  2. ROW80 will really keep you on track. Hope you achieve all that an more!

  3. Awesome goals! Let me know about the magazine article. That's been one of my goals that has gone unfulfilled.

  4. Welcome! I have a similar issue with commas and hyphens, and punctuation generally. I'm sure that last sentence demonstrates that.

    Good luck with your goals. I'll check up on you.

  5. I've got the commas down pretty well (there are something like 26 comma rules according to my old Warriner's), but I need to work on hyphens. Magazine articles are fun. I love the research aspect. Good luck with that. Thanks for the link to Gandhi's Rules.

  6. Thanks for the support everyone! Always so nice of you to drop by!
    ~Just Jill


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