My Week In Review – ROW80 Check-In 5

Hello gentle reader,

It is already time for a weekly check-in. I hope you had a great week (despite the snowstorm for those of you who are on the US East coast!). Mine was busy and productive…

Quote of the Week

“Despite herself Winnie was looking at life as if for her book. She was double-living through a day with genuine concerns because the needs of her fictions were as strong as those of her life, or stronger.”

Lost by Gregory Maguire.

That pretty much sounds like me at work this week…

Picture of the Week

M.LIN London 1849

London – A Clock (by my friend M.LIN)

I’m still working on my YA Historical Fantasy, which means I’m still obsessed with Victorian London…

Word Count of the Week

This week I added 5000 words to my Work In Progress, which means it should now be at 11,000 words. However since I deleted 2000 words (I realised one character could be taken out of the story without harming the plotline) it is now at 9000 words.

TV Show of the Week

Ripper Street

Ripper Street (BBC)

This mini-series is set in Whitechapel (London’s East End) in 1889, six months after the Jack the Ripper murders. I find it highly enjoyable, and I can pretend it’s research… 🙂

Good News of the Week

This week, both Brianna Shrum and Emmie Mears got an agent!

Reading their post recounting “how they did it” is quite inspirational, I recommend it.

ROW80 Check-In

ROW80 Logo

My goal for this round is to write every day. This week again I managed to write

4 days out of 7.

Music of the Week


Finding a relevant music to my Secret WIP has proven hard.

This week I have listened to the soundtrack of Snow White and the Huntsman (by James Newton Howard) quite a lot, and I like it.

Links of the Week

On my blog I made a list of 5 books I think should be movies. Stop by and let me know which book you’d like to see turned into a movie.

On There And Draft Again this week, Jessy tackled The Creation of a New World: Believability and Raewyn discussed The Role of the Epic Fantasy in a Byte-Sized Future.

On her blog, Authoress Anon wrote a beautiful post about writing the story you want: The Story Inside You. Read it.

If you need motivation to write every day, Twitter sprints are a good way to get writing along other writers. I especially like Lauren Garafalo’s #ROW80 sprints (twice a day) and Susan Dennard’s  #BAMFWordBattle (all day long when she is on a deadline!)

And finally, because your week wouldn’t be complete without this picture:

Wedding dress and bouquet made entirely from the pages of The Princess Bride

Next week

Next week on my blog I shall be discussing how having a crush on an actor can make your book better. The post will thus include pictures of handome actors. Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day on Tursday after all…

How was your week? Make sure to share your writing progress and what inspired you this week in the comment section below!

12 thoughts on “My Week In Review – ROW80 Check-In 5

  1. Emmie Mears says:

    Thanks for the shout out!

  2. Em says:

    Four out of seven isn’t bad especially when you write 5000 words! Have a wonderful week!

  3. Lena Corazon says:

    Ahhhhh, I love everything about this post, from all of the “inspirationals” (Ripper Street is also on my to-watch list for “research purposes,” as I am writing a steampunk murder mystery set in Victorian San Francisco) to the progress you’ve managed to make. Lots of good stuff!

    • EM Castellan says:

      Aww, thank you for your kind words 🙂 I wasn’t sure about this new blog format, but readers seem to like it so I think I’ll stick with it! Hope you have a great writing week!

  4. Lauren Garafalo says:

    What a great check-in! I too loved to see what inspired you, and you made amazing progress this week! (Am so excited to hear more about the secret wip.) Thanks for the shout out too. They’d be far less fun without all of you 😀 P.S. That dress really is INCONCEIVABLE!

  5. EM Castellan says:

    Ha! I knew I needed to share the picture of this dress 🙂 And see you during the sprints!

  6. Shah Wharton says:

    I am loving Ripper Street, too. We have to stream it off the web, but when it works, we watch several episodes all at once. 😀 You’ve done very well by the sounds of it, and thanks for all those links to chase down. X

  7. I love the new format too! So many inspiring things here. Your friend is an amazing photographer, I like the Snow White & the Huntsman movie, but haven’t checked out the soundtrack. And as for the Princess Bride dress..!

    Glad to hear your secret WIP is going ahead so well – best of luck.

  8. EM Castellan says:

    Thanks! I’m happy to hear you like the new format 🙂

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