ROW80 Round Two: 5/18/11 Check-In

18 May

Oh HEAVENS, y’all.

You know that scene in 40-Year-Old Virgin when Steve Carell comes home after the poker night with the guys (I think) and is kind of stressed and freaking out about what went down, so he walks really fast around his apartment with his arms pinned to his sides, screaming? (I cannot find this clip ANYWHERE, by the way. Internets, you have failed me.)

This is so me right now. And has been for days, hence the lack of recent ROW80 activity, for which I apologize profusely.

Reasons for the screamy-busy-crazy:

  1. A few short days ago, I finished Part Uno of Cracked.
  2. Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Chicago to visit my dear dear BFF and perform in/attend his senior oboe recital. Yes, perform. He wants to keep it hush-hush for now, so I cannot say more, but rest assured that if it isn’t a complete disaster (*knock on wood*), I shall be posting a video clip!
  3. On Monday, I’m flying from Chicago to New York City for BookExpo America, which is exciting for all kinds of reasons (hanging with Agent Lady, meeting Editor Lady, consorting with fab writerly types, FREE BOOKS, New York-style pizza oh yesss).
  4. I realized while preparing for this trip that I had a terribly lacking professional wardrobe, in that it did not exist. So I went shopping. SHOPPING. For real, grown-up clothes. And they are CUTE. I will probably be hating myself at this point next week, traipsing around the Javits Center all like, “GIRL. Why did you insist on dressing up? You could’ve gotten away with something much more casual.” But whatever. My clothes kick serious arse.

So, the blog hiatus will continue while I’m out of town, but I intend to return with a vengeance after BEA. However, my inspirational sponsor post for ROW80 WILL go up on Monday the 23rd over at the ROW80 blog, so feel free to check that out, especially if you’re feeling discouraged with whatever writerly thing you’re working on. INSPIRATIONAL post. That means you read it and then basically become a superhero.

Also, I’m going to try my darnedest to tweet a lot of BEA-related things for those interested people who aren’t able to go this year. I set up my agenda last night and am READY TO RUMBLLLE.

Oh, and re: my ROW80 update? I wrote, like, a bajillion words last week. And when I say bajillion, I mean 10,737. This obviously exceeds my goal by…a lot. ROCK. I haven’t written anything this week for the reasons listed above, and I probably won’t get much writing done while I’m out of town, but who knows? Maybe I’ll find inspiration amidst all the BEA hoopla and sneak away for coffee shop time.

Check out the other ROWers’ updates here! You know you want to.

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5 Responses to “ROW80 Round Two: 5/18/11 Check-In”

  1. Robin May 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Congrats on surpassing your writing goal. Have fun in chicago and will look forward to seeing a clip of ya’lls performance. I so wish I was going to BEA this year, but alas just got back from vacation so no go. I’m sure you’ll have scads of fun. And I’ll be checking for your tweets. :)

  2. andrewmocete May 19, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    BEA sounds pretty cool. Wish I could go, but it’s VERY difficult to get time off from work no matter how far ahead I plan. Especially around now.

    Your brain must have anticipated lack of writing time, hence the bajillion words. Fantastic job! Have fun at the conference and with the NY pizza. There is NOTHING like it.

  3. Lauralynn Elliott May 19, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Wow, Claire, this all sounds so exciting! I hope you have lots and lots of fun!

    And that word count for last week? Awesome! :0)

  4. Cari May 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Wow! Your busy-ness sounds awesome. Now I’m wondering what you are going to play in your friend’s recital :-)

  5. Ghenet Myrthil May 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Wow! Great job on your word count! Have an awesome time at BEA. :)

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