I began this challenge a year and a half ago because I was sick and tired of participating in unrealistic challenges that didn’t fit into my crazy life. I’ve worked hard and done my best to be a role model for all you struggling writers out there who are in the same boat as me. And this round has been the one where I’ve truly had to practice what I preach about ROW80 being the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Because lord knows, mine has just flat blown up with the crazy.
Round 2 started April 2nd, right after my eldest dog Daisy had a spinal stroke. Two weeks after that, we sold our house after more than a year on the market. Five weeks after that, I attended the Dallas-Fort Worth Writer’s Conference, and right when I got home from that we moved. I’ve spent the last three weeks unpacking and getting settled in. And in between all of it, I’ve been shuttling Daisy to physical therapy twice a week. She’s walking again, thank God, and is well on the way to a full recovery. And to all of you who’ve kept up with her progress and cheerleaded her on, THANK YOU.
Anyway, all of this is to say that life got nuts and the writing suffered. But I didn’t give up. Whenever I could, I tried to write something. Even if it wasn’t good. Even if it wasn’t much. I kept getting knocked on my butt and climbing back on that proverbial horse. I changed my goals. And though I didn’t accomplish as much as I might have if all that stuff hadn’t happened, I accomplished something. I kept moving forward and making progress. And that is truly what this challenge is meant to teach. That all progress is better than giving up, and as long as you keep on trying, you are outlapping everybody who isn’t even in the race.
I hope you had a marvelous Round and that you’ll meet us back here on July 2nd for the start of Round 3!