Cats, dogs, & tarot cards—plus a Sunday #ROW80 check-in

I’m the midst of a flurry of spring cleaning, so I will keep this post short, sweet, and to the point. In case you need some Sunday inspiration, here’s a photo of two of my lovely pets that pretty much sums up my life. (Seriously, all that’s missing is a garden, a romance novel, and a teapot!)

cat dog tarot cards

–photo by Denise D. Young


The best part is that this photo isn’t staged. It’s a candid moment I was lucky enough to capture on camera, one that reminds me of how blessed I am. I live a life full of love, of magic, of art, and of animals—and that’s exactly how I like it. A cat in my lap, a dog at my feet, and sharing life’s adventures, big and small, with those whom I love—with some magic thrown in for good measure. If you were to sum up your life and loves in a photo, what would it look like?

And last but not least…

Sunday ROW80 Check-in

ROW80Logocopy1.) Finish a draft of “Good, Old-Fashioned Magic.” Wrote 2,871 words this week. I’ve surpassed the 30K-word mark (my original estimate for the length of this piece), but the story continues. Still, I’m on track to finish a draft by the end of this round.

2.) Read to hone my craft. Finished Rachel Aaron’s “2K to 10K” (loved it!) and read another chapter in both “The Fire in Fiction” by Donald Maass and “Walking in this World” by Julia Cameron.

3.) Blog at least two times a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. Target met.

4.) Check in on Twitter daily and on WANA Tribe at least once/week. Target met.

5.) Comment on 5-6 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Target met.

6.) Super-secret project: Write two articles/posts each week for that project. No progress on this front.

A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80), founded by author Kait Nolan, is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!

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8 thoughts on “Cats, dogs, & tarot cards—plus a Sunday #ROW80 check-in

  1. I think my bulletin board rather than a picture really sums up my life. I have stuff from my kids (Valentines and drawings), geek stuff I love (Big Bang Theory calendar and Garbage Pail Kid cards), stuff that influences my life (doctor appointment reminders and business cards), and what is on it is ever changing. Though, a good portion of it changes at a set rhythm (like school newsletters).

    I wish you the best finishing the draft before the end of the month. You are doing fabulous with your goals. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Gloria. Sounds like your bulletin board is a wonderful collage. I don’t have any Garbage Pail Kids cards, but I think my hubby collected them as a kid. For many years, there were Garbage Pail Kids stickers on the door of his childhood bedroom.

      And I’m a huge Big Bang Theory fan, too. I don’t have the calendar, but I can only imagine… 😉

  2. Hmmm… in my photo, I would probably be at the Historical Park, sitting in my Camaro, with my husband, daughter, dogs and turtle… and yes, there would be books. And computer stuff… what can I say, I have an odd mix of interests LOL. Good job on the goals! My WIP has also surpassed its target length (twice, LOL). Good luck with yours!

    1. Nice! It’s good to have eclectic interests. The Camaro is a nice touch. 🙂

      Yeah, it’s hard to know exactly where a story will fall in terms of a specific length when it’s still just a fledgling idea. I’ve had to up the length of my story twice.

      Thanks, Jennette.

      1. I found Part 1 energizing if a wee bit daunting, simply because her entire strategy hinges on plotting – knowing what you’re going to write today – and I’m not much of a plotter. I started to read into Part 2 about how she plots and started feeling overwhelmed so I stopped and backed up to the place where I felt energized. As a result am giving myself until Friday of this week to finish plotting (eek!) the book I’m working on, using her strategy of asking characters, “What next?” until I (hopefully) have a clear vision of all the scenes. Then will dive back into writing the actual words of the actual ms starting Saturday.

        My main fear at this point is feeling like I know the story too well before I’ve written it. In the past, when I figure out the story in my head and there are no more questions left, I get bored and lose motivation to write. So hopefully there will be enough blank spots by the end of plotting to keep me engaged in the story. =*)

      2. I’m still new to the whole plotting thing. Before this year, I was a diehard pantser, but I needed to take a different approach. I kept writing myself into a corner and having to backtrack or even just start all over again.

        I’m still struggling with planning out the specifics of my scenes, since, even if have a general idea of what’s going to happen, I don’t know the specifics. Still, it’s getting easier, and writing a paragraph or a couple sentences about what I’m going to write that day helps me overcome that first hurdle when I’m staring at the blank page.

        What really helped me was the author’s idea of approaching editing from a “reader experience” perspective. That makes editing my later drafts much, much easier.

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