Urban Word Wednesday: Freeboobing

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Freeboobing: The act of not wearing a bra under a shirt.

Kissing cousin to freeballing (not wearing underwear for men).

Examples Of Use:

Last night, hubby hugs me from behind.

Hubby: baby…what is this…are you freeboobing?

Me: yes…I’ve had to since last week when I re-injured my rib cleaning The Dude’s area. Bras sit right on the muscle that’s sore so I can’t wear one until it’s healed.

Hubby: sorry about your rib but…I like it when you are freeboobing!

Me: I bet you do!

Ever have to freeboob for a long period of time to let an injury heal? Come on…share the wealth…

ROW80 – Round 4 – 80 days in review

Well, I can’t believe it came so fast but it’s time for my last ROW80 progress update.

I’ve continued with lounging over in Slack Land with Jenny. Work, Xmas and some family stuff going on sort of took over. In the end, it’s all one big excuse….the bottom line is no words on the page. But let’s have a total Review of Round 4 Goals and I’ll share with you what I learned.

Work In Progress Goals:

  • Set up writing room (clean out DVDs and crap from office and set up laptop).
  • Get a new office chair.

I did get my office all set up for writing – it’s beautiful really! I didn’t get a new chair although in the end, with some rugs in there, the old chair is fine.

  • Read through old journals (7) to see if there is book material there.

Only read through 2 of the 7 so far…and I’ve come to realize my mother is a much greater SAINT than I previously realized. Someone give that lady an award already…please!

  • Read: Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland

Check!

  • Spend 5 hours a week on WIP outline – complete ½ outline including:
    • Define outline method
    • Craft premise
    • Create scene list
    • Develop key story factors – stakes, motive, desire, conflict
    • Determine setting
    • Define audience

5 hours a week for 11 weeks is 55 hours. I counted a total of 33.5 hours on my WIP outline…not bad. Not great but not bad either.

As far as ½ an outline is concerned, it depends on your definition. When I made this bulleted list, I had just started reading my first craft book and I had assumed that the outline ideas would work for me. And although it was great, I sort veered more towards James Scott Bell’s plot methodology. Since starting his book, I have completed major plot point outlines for 2 story ideas and I’ve roughly developed about a dozen story ideas (1 paragraph each). So I would say I’ve done “okay” on this goal.

What I haven’t done, is moved beyond THAT.

What I learned: I went a little askew in my planning. Although plotting is important and an hourly goal okay, without a word count goal and/or daily writing goal, I allowed myself to get quite literally lost in plotting. I just spun circle after circle when I needed to be spending time writing (ANYTHING….). I could have started with character interviews, bio, scene ideas, practice writing dialogue, done flash fiction etc. Whether towards one specific story idea or not…the point is, I could have been writing….which is what I need to do a lot more of.

Last night, I read a post by Jody Hedlund about how to drive yourself crazy as a writer. She said that (for the most part), your first 4 to 6 books are practice and are about learning your craft. This just brought home the point Jenny Hansen made to me last week about having thousands of lines of crap to get OUT before the good stuff would start flowing.

There are not many writers in the world who are naturally best-selling authors from the day they sit down pen and paper in hand. It’s a craft. It’s earned and learned through hard work, perseverance, and practice. And it’s not that I arrogantly thought I was this miracle writer. It’s just…I don’t think I realized how little I DO know, how big the learning curve is, and how much practice is required IF I am to take this “I am a writer” thing seriously!

I think I have a much better idea now and I will adjust my goals for 2012 accordingly!

  • Complete 2 character sketches with back story

I sucked at this goal AS WELL!

  • Find and order 3 highly recommended writing craft books (ask others).

Check! Now to read them.

Blogging Goals:

  • Blog 5 times a week.
  • Read, re-tweet/tweet, and comment on at least 10 blogs per week.
  • Report on ROW80 progress twice a week.

So here’s where I did kick butt. I am in love with the whole blogging and social media thing, and I nailed every single goal here.

As of tomorrow, the end official end of ROW80, in 11+ weeks I will have posted 59 non-ROW80 posts (maintaining my Monday through Friday schedule) and 23 ROW80 progress update posts for a total of 82 posts in 80 days. I am not sure how many re-tweets and tweets I did or how many comments I left but my guess is I average reading and promoting 20 to 30 blogs a week.

I reported on my ROW80 goals twice a week (although I think I was late twice). 

What I learned: this is also a bit of a weakness because I can easily get swept away in social media stuff rather than writing. It’s a crutch. My adjusted writing goals will help prevent this for next time but I’ll also be adjusting my blog schedule slightly to accommodate a more planned writing schedule.

Healthy Lifestyle Goals:

In the next round, I’ll be taking Kerry Meacham, Gene Lempp and Marcia Richards leads (like a lot of you) and I’ll be adding some healthy lifestyle goals to my plan!

How did you make out with your ROW80 goals? Plan to join up for January’s round?

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