Friday Five: Accomplishments

Today’s a day to toot horns.

I’ll start with my Friday Five, and you guys join in with the cool stuff you got done this week, no matter how small!

1. I got through the Plot section of Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. That was a BIG horn toot. The best part is that it happened because I’ve been moving along more quickly and staying more focused as I work. So even though I don’t know that I’ve been getting more actual hours in on the WIP, I seem to be using the available ones more productively.

2. I bought Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. Which is another sign of my commitment to figuring out at least SOME plot for this WIP.

3. I bought a new monitor. I’d tossed the old (okay, antique. Ancient, even) CRT monitor a few weeks ago and “borrowed” my son’s flat-panel, since he’s pretty much always on his laptop these days, until I could “get around to” picking out one for myself. Yesterday, he realized and informed me that he needed to use the Smart Music software on his desktop, which meant, yes, he needed his monitor back. Soon, because the music he needs to practice is for a concert next week. So I stopped at my computer-shopping store, looked at the options, picked one, brought it home, connected all the cables, installed the software, and I am looking at it as we speak. I haven’t actually assembled it correctly, since it’s tilted at an angle toward my desk, not me. But that’s for the hardware guy to deal with. AKA Husband.

4. I cleaned the house. You know, at the Visitors-are-coming-soon level, rather the usual We-can-live-like-this-a-while-longer level. And, really, all I want to do is tell everybody to stop using the house for, oh, a week or so, just so I can sit back and look at the cleanliness for a while.

5. I got to Yoga twice and got in a couple of pretty good walks. I cut down on some of the sugar intake. I had more energy and slept better. Son is prone to say that “Correlation does not imply causation,” but I’m pretty sure this is one of those times it does.

Okay, let’s hear from you. Pat yourself on the back, toot that horn, give yourself a blue ribbon. And share your accomplishments in the comments, so we can all celebrate!


  1. Traci VW says:

    Sounds like a great week, Becky! I’ll go ahead and toot my horn too (since you asked and all).

    1. My husband and I own a product development company, and we just sold another game concept. Yay!
    2. Our (again, my husband and I — yes, we do everything together) won our division championship in APA pool. It was a tough battle and our team pulled it out in the end. It was very exciting. That means trophies baby!
    3. I ate the first full and wonderful salad from our roof garden with various good green stuff. All the red stuff — tomatoes and peppers are in progress.
    4. Still enjoying the recent release of the latest picture book I illustrated, Candy Canes In Bethlehem.
    5. I got my first request for a full from an agent for my MG fantasy novel. Now, I’m playing while keeping my fingers crossed.

    Yoga is still (and always) on my list to do. I know it always makes me feel better, but for some reason I don’t seem to get around to doing it. And I didn’t clean the house, but I’ll need to soon for the same reason — guests are coming.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. Great to hear your list, Becky. Congrats on getting through the plot section. As you know I am working at integrating the Donald Maas exercises into my WIP. Today I actually pushed my character out of her comfort zone. I know that was a direct result of pondering how to create more tension, make things worse, etc. It was just an additional paragraph–but I felt so proud of it!

    I also planted more flowers and gave more flowers away. Love doing that.

    Had my best day ever on the driving range.

    Thanks for asking. OH yeah, I cleaned 1/2 my house. Know the “wish it could stay clean” feeling!


    • beckylevine says:

      That comfort zone is such a tough place to step out of–I think Maass is good at getting us to try. Yay for the new paragraph!


  3. LorettajoKapinos says:

    Hi Becky! I am terrible at horn tooting, but this week was particularly challenging for me.
    1) I ran my fastest 5k this week.

    2) I stood up for myself, while saying nice things about myself.

    3) I forgave myself for not revising as fast as I think ‘I should’.

    4) I taught someone something about being a writer.

    5) And….I survived my first TV interview regarding


    • LorettajoKapinos says:

      (Sorry… hit enter butoon early!) Tv interview regarding the impending release of my very first co-authored book. THAT was one of the most nerve wracking experiences ever.


    • beckylevine says:

      DEFINITELY a week to toot that horn. Awesome stuff. I’m guessing the toughest was the standing up for yourself–yay for you! AND everything else. 🙂


  4. I’m happy to be reading Save the Cat along with you! And struggling with plot. But feel I’m making some progress. Loved your quote of Maas on facebook about just cutting those scenes. I’m trying to do that more, and it really does help pacing.

    Okay, I cleaned two bathrooms. And planted some tomatoes for my father in law.


    • beckylevine says:

      You are NOT happy to be struggling with plot! 🙂 (Although it does make me happy to know I’m not the only one.) I downloaded STC kindle version (even though I won’t have my b’day kindle till August.) I need to curl up with my laptop for an hour or so today & start reading.

      Yay for the tomatoes. And for having clean bathrooms, if not for having to clean them.


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