And thus ends another round…

Well, the current round of ROW80 rounded out yesterday, so now, in a roundabout kind of way, I’m going to summarise my successes and failures for the round.

Goal 1: write at least 500 words a day until the first draft of my novel, 2 Brothers, is complete.

I completed the first draft of 2 Brothers in the first few weeks of the round (yay, go me!) and since that time have been letting it marinate a little on my computer. Honestly it will probably be next year before I have a chance to go back to this novel and really start to tear it apart, mostly because I have made a promise to myself to FINALLY self-publish at least one (although probably 2) novels next year, so understandably the focus is on those (much more information about this when I set out my goals for the next round starting on July 7th)

Goal 2: once goal #1 is achieved switch to editing mode on The Utopians, aiming to edit half a chapter a day

I made some significant progress on Utopians during this round. I have thoroughly edited about half the novel, plus added in 3 new chapters which (at least in my opinion) fix all of the continuity and timeline issues present in the story. The good news is that despite spending the past few months with these characters I still completely love them 🙂 Still a long way to go, but I am hoping to have this novel sent off to my beloved alpha-readers in the next few months.

Goal 3: keep up with my aim to read 50 books this year.

I’m up to 18/50 for the year, which puts me about 6 behind schedule. I have to pull my finger out on this one and try and get ahead before November because I know that I will not be reading at all while NaNoWriMo is on. This week I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and absolutely loved it! By far the best story I’ve read this year despite the tears (and oh weren’t there some tears). Highly recommended. 

Goal 4: complete beta-reading of LS Engler’s novel – Soulless.

This goal was added fairly late in the round, just to keep me honest and make sure I got it back to LS by the required date. Done, complete, finished and returned.


So, really, it was pretty much a round of successes, despite falling off the wagon a few times, I managed to get back on and really started to hit my targets. Can’t wait for next round with some big goals ahead. How about you? Do you feel like the round was an overall success despite some minor stumbling blocks? Are you looking forward to digging in for the next round? As always, I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller


It’s Sunday Again – ROW80

Sunday has rolled around again (are these Sunday’s getting closer together or is it just me?) which means it’s time for a ROW80 update.

ROW80 goals:

Goal 2: once goal #1 is achieved switch to editing mode on the apocalyptic YA novel, The Utopians, aiming to edit ~5 pages half a chapter a day.

I had a great week this week, finally getting into the editing rhythm and completing a chapter almost every day. I’m now up to the start of Chapter 13 which means if I can manage to complete 5-6 chapters a week I will be done in less than 3 weeks.

Goal 3: keep up with my aim to read 50 books this year.

This week I read Matthew Reilly’s new 3 part novella Troll Mountain. Now I’m a huge Matthew Reilly fan (I own every one of his books and even managed to meet him last year at a conference) but I have to say I was disappointed with this story. It was advertised as a family-friendly story, but perhaps should have been more explicitly sold as a Middle Grade novel. It was a quick read, full of action as always, but it just felt a little derivative. 

Have you had a good week? Hitting those goals? I hope so 🙂

 As always I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller

A ROW80 Celebration

A week and a half of ROW80 has passed by and this is the first chance I’ve had to write an update so I thought I should make it a good one.

Goal 1: write at least 500 words a day until the first draft of my novel, 2 Brothers, is complete.

Over the past 10 days I have managed to hit my goal of at least 500 words everyday, giving me a total of just over 6000, but far more importantly this afternoon I finally typed those two magic little words at the end of my novel – THE END!

The first draft is complete, I know there is still a long way to go on 2 Brothers but for the moment I am going to put it aside and let it marinate a little while I get on with goal number 2.

Goal 2: once goal #1 is achieved switch to editing mode on the apocalyptic YA novel, aiming to edit ~5 pages a day.

After giving myself tomorrow off (a girl needs a little celebration for finishing a first draft, plus it’s my birthday so I think I’m allowed to take it easy for a day) I am going to dig into the edits on my as yet untitled apocalyptic YA novel. Wish me luck.

Goal 3: keep up with my aim to read 50 books this year.

This week I read the final book in David Estes’ Dwellers Series – The Earth Dwellers. This book was actually the 4th novel in 2 different series (Dwellers + Country), and I loved the way the two series clashed in the final book. If you haven’t read any of David’s books before I can certainly recommend these, particularly if you are a fan of Dystopian YA. Just make sure you read the three sister series novels before reading book 4.

In other news I also managed to get to the cinema to see a grown-up movie this week (unheard of!). Saw Divergent – Loved it!

How are your goals going? Are you killing it? I hope so. Have you seen Divergent? Did anyone else think it was a great interpretation of the novel?

As always I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller

Resolutions, Hits and Misses and Another Round of ROW80

It’s July! The 2nd of July to be precise which means that not only are we more than half way through the year, but today signifies the start of another round of ROW80 (the writing challenge A Round of Words in 80 Days – go here if you want to find out more about it). What better time to look back at my resolutions for 2012 and see how I’m going.

At the beginning of the year I listed the following goals:


1. Exercise 3 x 1hrs per week

2. Read 50 books and watch 50 movies this year

3. Participate in all 4 rounds of ROW80


So how am I going?

1. Exercise 3 times a week – Well… I’ll be honest, I haven’t exercised 3 times a week every week for the whole six months. In fact, I’m probably averaging somewhere about the 1-2 times a week mark. But I am still exercising, and for me that’s huge. The exercise goal is normally abandoned by the end of January so I’m chuffed that I’m still going at all.

2. Read 50 books and watch 50 movies this year – This is well and truly on track. I am up to 30 books and by coincidence I just finished watching The Vow which also gives me a total of 30 movies. You can find a list of all the books and movies thus far here. I have so many books of my TBR list that I should have no problem completing this goal.

3. Participate in all 4 rounds of ROW80 – well I have participated in the two rounds thus far but haven’t achieved the level of sucess I would have liked in either of them. Of course, this round will be completely different (I have the feeling I may have heard that somewhere before!).



1. Read 10 books and watch 10 movies to keep me on track to hit 50 for the year.

2. Keep exercising as often as possible (preferably 2-3 times a week).

3. Write 5000 words a week on either of my two current projects. I was finding it difficult to hit my word targets on one novel, but I think that if I can split it across two different projects I should succeed… I hope 🙂 This can be downgraded if I am failing miserably.

4. Complete one additional ‘Spring Cleaning’ project per week (for example, cleaning out the fridge, getting the cobwebs off the outside of the house…) BTW I know it’s still winter here – I’m getting in early.

5. Try and find some time in among all that to do some edits on Soul Hunter and send it out for another round of beta reading in prep for serious editing (I am still seriously considering the possibility of publishing this book early next year… here’s hoping)


What about you? Have your goals been good to you this year? And have you been good to them? Are you participating in the next round of ROW80? As always I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller




Break out the trumpets!!!

Break out the trumpets – I have good news!!! After two weeks of broken promises this week I finally managed to finish my outline. Yes, that’s right, I am ready to start writing my novel. In fact, as soon as I am done with this post I am going to open up a word file and start tapping away at the keys. So let’s make this quick.

In addition to completing my outline I also handed my previous novel, The Soul Hunter, over the first of my beta-readers today. More trumpeting if you please. It’s been a good week!

My goals for the next few weeks are to really get into writing my novel. I am aiming for 5000 words a week! I’m aiming high, so we will see how I go.

What about you? Have you managed to hit your goals this week? Are you still struggling? Do you think that maybe you need to rethink your goals? As always I love hearing from you.

Jody Moller

When the real world gets in the way…

It is Sunday. Which means it’s time for an update as to how I am going with the challenges I’ve set myself in the current round of ROW80 (A round of words in 80 days – click here for more info).

You may recall from last week that I said something along the lines of “I WILL HAVE FINISHED MY OUTLINE OF KAMINU BY NEXT SUNDAY”, and you may have guessed from the title of this post that I have not yet accomplished that.

I am not going to go on with excuses save to say that for the last fortnight Daughter has been on school holidays and my world has undergone an upheaval from its usual routine. The good news is that despite the fact that the outline is not yet finished – I am alot closer than I was last week and if I give myself one more week I’m confident that I’ll get the outline to the point I want it in order to throw myself into writing.

So how goes it in your world? Are you forging through? Are you rearranging some of those early goals? As always I love to hear from you.

Jody Moller


ROW80 Round Four – Let the Fun Begin

Has it snuck up on you too? Yes that’s right Round 4 of a Round of Words in 80 days begins TODAY! True, I thought it was due to begin tomorrow, so I was under the impression I had one more day of rest and recuperation. Alas, not to be, so straight back into it!

Goals for Round 4:

  1. Finish 1st Draft of Soul Hunter – Despite my original plans to finish the first draft of Soul Hunter over the break, I decided to have a rest instead so Goal 1 is to finish that first draft (I only have two chapters – about 6000 words – to go!). I am hoping to complete this during the first week (in a little over a week I am heading overseas for a few months and I want to have it finished before I go) so here’s hoping!
  2. Complete ‘Empowering Characters’ Emotions’ Lectures – I have purchased Margie Lawson’s lecture packet on Empowering Characters’ Emotions and along with my iCrit pal Crystal Cipriani I will be attempting to complete a lecture a week over the course of ROW80.
  3. Critique for the iCrit girls – During Round 3 I met three amazing women, Crystal Cipriani, Ozlem Yikici and Lena Corazon and we formed a group known as iCrit. I am planning to set aside AT LEAST 1 hour a week to devoted to critiquing their work.
  4. Edit my first novel, Ankhari – I have no idea how long this is going to take so I am going to plan to edit 50 pages a week (but that might change as I have no idea how achievable this will be particularly as I will be overseas for pretty much the entire Round).
  5. Write 2 blog posts per week – The current plan is one ROW80 check-in post and one other post, but with all my entirely ambitious goals we will see how we go.
  6. EXERCISE!!! – Okay so this is the most ambitious of all but the apartments we are staying at in Los Angeles have a gym so I really don’t have my usual excuses. 3 times a week or bust!

Oh Dear! I have 6 goals, how the hell did that happen? I was planning on taking it easy compared to last round.

Are you participating in Round 4 of ROW80? Do you have no idea what ROW80 is and would like to find out? (ps click here) Are you being overly ambitious with your goals too?

By the way don’t forget the ROW80 party on the 5th of October, gather at the #ROW80 hashtag on Twitter. For more info refer to Jenny’s blog.

Looking forward to catching up with all of you over the next few months.

Jody Moller