Author Spotlights and Checking In

“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.  If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.  If you’re happy and you know it, then you’re face will surely show it.  If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”  ~ Old Latvian Folk Song

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Thank you for all the concern and well-wishes!  Your energy is felt and has worked.  After another round of tests, I’m on the mend.  The worst case scenarios of a clot or artery injury were ruled out and I’m resting at home.  All my pain, numbness, tingling could be from a nerve injury, but it is still a mystery.  I feel a touch better so I’ll take that for now.   🙂   

In case you missed Monday’s post where I spotlight author Steena Holmes, please check it out.  There are great writing tips, a thrilling excerpt, music (squee! Adam Lambert) and even a book giveaway!  Retweet that post and you get an extra shot at the prize.  🙂  Then, swing by Patricia Sands’ blog for her interview of Nancy J. Nicholson and Nancy’s blog for her discussion of Patricia’s novel “The Bridge Club” and chance to win a copy.  I know.  What a bountiful week!


  • 1,500 words of new fiction a week either on novel WIP or short stories.  Temporarily on hold as I mend.  I might get into some long hand writing later this week to spend less time propped up on my laptop.
  • Read at least one chapter a week of a craft book.  I’ll get back to reading a chapter this weekend.
  • Read at least one chapter of a novel each week.  I’m doing this for a mental break later today.

Social Media

  • Blog three times a week.  Two done, including this update.
  • Read, comment and share at least 10 blogs a week.  Reading and sharing done.
  • Check Twitter and Facebook at least once daily.  Done and continuing.  This week, it is quick five or so minute checks.

Healthy Happy Living

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week.  Temporarily on hold as I mend.
  • Finish my poncho project via crocheting one hour a week.  Undid the row I worked on Sunday.  Yeah, one should not crochet while heavily medicated and in pain.
  • Enjoy watching one movie a week without multitasking.  Done.

How is your week going so far?  How do you bounce back after putting a goal or project on hold for a bit?  Be sure to check out the ROW80 updates of others via the blog hop.  Also be sure you catch the author promos mentioned above!

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22 Responses to Author Spotlights and Checking In

  1. Feel better sweet Barbara! I love that little kitty picture… so cute.

    Even with your illness you managed to Rock the Row! Good job, but make sure you’re getting all the rest you need. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Hugs and tons of good vibes for a speedy recovery.

  2. Take care of you Barbara!! Glad to hear you are on the mend and the worst cases have been ruled out. But the mystery remains and that is frustrating…here’s to solving it soon.
    We are all thinking of you and sending you huge positive vibes!!!
    You still ROCKED the ROW!!! MUAH!!!

  3. Glad to hear you’re getting better. Hoping to see you on Twitter when you’re feeling better. I’m missing your comedic relief. 🙂

  4. Glad you are better! Take care, girlie-girl.

  5. Ali Dent says:

    Looks like things are going your way and your happy and you know it.

  6. I love that you started this post with that song! I hope you are on the mend. It seems a lot of people have ailments this week.

    I hope you get to writing again, soon!

  7. Feel better soon, Barbara.. and that adorable black kitty looks like my black kitty. 😀 Looks like you are still kicking ROW in the butt! Good job.

  8. My week has been full of adventure and change. Going with the flow and appreciating the beauty of small things … like crocuses trying to push up … pussy willows in the brush … sunshine. And much more. Do hope you continue to mend, Barbara. Ruling out the nasty stuff is good! Take care.

  9. Deanna Adams says:

    Just saw this! Wow, sure glad you’re feeling better and it’s nothing serious! Maybe you can weave the experience into one of your stories :-). Stay better now, ya hear?

  10. Glad you’re feeling better!! How do I bounce back to a project? I fiddle and fiddle with it till a breakthrough occurs.

  11. Marcia says:

    Sorry I’m so late getting here, but you did so well, even with all your pain. Haha, I would have loved to see that row you ripped out! I hope you’re feeling better still and I love your positive attitude about all you’ve been through. You’re a great example for all those who don’t handle things like this well. Feel better!

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