ROW 80 Goals!

So I thought a great way to kick off 2014 was to give ROW 80 another shot! I have some major goals I'd like to accomplish this year and I love the community support from ROWers :)

I'm actually two days late posting my goals because I've been flat on my back with the flu all week. I'm still feeling like a gigantic steaming pile of doggy doo, but thanks to Dayquil  I'm at least slightly coherent at the moment :)

Without further ado, here are my goals for this round...

1 * Get organized with my writing. I have bits a pieces of plot bunnies and characterization/setting/dialog notes floating around everywhere. Ugh. My disorganization is driving me bananas. I know I could be a whole lot more productive with just a little organization.

2 * Finish the final draft of Priceless! So excited that my baby is finally nearing completion!

3 * Hammer out a first draft of a New Adult novel I've been kicking around lately. I'm really looking forward to trying my hand at a n…

2014 Writerly Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!

I LOVE January first, when the whole world is filled with hope for the upcoming year. It gives me a chance to take a long hard look at my life and making my resolutions to help me accomplish my goals.

Before I get to the awesomeness that is going to be 2014, I want to do a quick recap of 2013...

Things that Rocked in 2013:

* My kidlings are doing wonderfully in school! My daughter is 6 and a total smarty pants, reading at a 6th grade level (gotta start them young!), and my son is 3 and learning and growing at a more rapid pace than I ever would've thought possible. This mama is so very proud!

* I met someone of the boyfriend variety... more on this later ;)

* I wrote a bunch of short stories for kids at my son's school. He goes to a pre-school for autistic children and I discovered a way to mix my writing and my love of helping children. Its been an incredibly rewarding experience and a great use of my writing talent.

Things that kinda/sorta/completely…

July Camp WriMo

November is one of my absolute favorite months. I've completed 6 NaNoWriMos and managed to win every time (sometimes only making the midnight deadline by the skin of my teeth, whew talk about a rush!)... But waiting until November every year is hard. I'm a super competitive person who loves challenges in all shapes and forms, for me nothing is a better motivator. The competitive nature that comes out in me during NaNo pushes me to write harder and longer; I love writing until my fingers hurt and pushing myself to my creative limits. If like me, you hate waiting a whole year, camp is an awesomely fun way to keep the noveling spirit alive.This Camp is my first, and so far I'm having so much fun. I set an insanely high goal for myself (during Camps you can choose your own word count goal) and I'm loving the extra push it's giving me! Other reasons why I love camp: The Camp theme is awesome and very fit for summer. Who doesn't like summer camp? Especially one fo…

Bout of Books!

Okay so I've been M.I.A. for, oh... ages, and what better way to get back into the literary world I love than a super fun Bout of Books read-a-thon?! I'm a day late, but I plan to read like crazy the rest of the week.

From the Bout of Books Website
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
If you haven't signed up yet--do it!--join me in starting late, misery loves company! Ha!
Time Devoted to Reading
If you are a parent you know th…

Relaunching To Think in Ink!

Hello strangers, its been a while... okay, a  loooong while. My blogging has been sporadic at best and its been months since I've posted anything. Crazy! Where does time go? I swear there is a leak in the great cosmic hour glass and days keep getting shorter and shorter as sand seeps through the tiny crack.

I've still been writing (perhaps not as much as I should) and editing (man am I sick of that part!) but keeping up with everything else has kept me away from blogging and I miss it, and all of my awesome blogger friends, like crazy... And thus, my grand relaunch of To Think in Ink!

*manic confetti throwing*

I've had blogging on my To-Do list since January 1st but somehow the month disappeared. The first week of February is almost as good, right? Smile and nod--"Sure, Ms. Briar, lets pretend the New Year starts in February and that's when we make resolutions. Your lack of date keeping is completely normal." Okay, maybe not normal, but there has to be other …

5 Fav Friday: Things to get the creative juices flowing!

If you're a writer, chances are you're a creative type. The act of writing (including all the pre-work, research, the act of writing, and the long hours spent on editing) is a very creative process.  I have to be in the right (write) frame of mind before I can sit down and begin working on my current WiP.

It usually happens that doing something else and taking a break from writing is just what you need to reinvigorate yourself. For today's 5 Favs I'm going to tell you my 5 favorite things to do that helps me get into that highly creative write-mode.

1. Go for a walk/run. Taking the kidlings for a walk is one of my absolute favorite ways to get into the zone. I live in Utah right against the Rockies and the weather here is finally showing the first signs of warmth! I love strapping on my super cute grey and pink running shoes and heading out into the sunshine, it clears my head and invigorates my senses. Also, going with the kids is great because they think of it as an …

JOHN CARTER is awesome (+ABNA news!!)

Has anyone else gotten a chance to go see the new John Carter movie yet? If you are a sci-fi geek (like me) you should! Even if you aren't (like my mama) you'll totally love the story and the visual affects, not to mention the serious "eye candy,"  so you should go see it anyway.

The story is different than anything that I've seen lately--a brilliant mix of historical realism, traditional science fiction, and epic love story.  Going into it I didn't really know what to expect, and I kind of had to drag my mama into the theater, but we had so much fun!

This is definitely a show you'd want to go see in the theater. Ya know how some movies its just easier/cheaper to wait for it to come out on DVD?  This isn't one of them. Seriously, unless you have a rockin' big screen with great surround sound, this is one that's worth the trip to the theaters!

.... okay time for some ABNA news!

I posted a while ago on making it to the second round of ABNA... wel…