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Round 4 Check-in 5

Super Sponsors

Yeah, we have them.

Really.  Remember when I said some cool changes were  the works for the ROW80?  Well one of those cool changes went into effect for this Round of Words. We have a great new crew of sponsors intent on helping motivate you ROWers toward your creative heights.

So, if you would join me, let’s raise a cheer for our gallant crew:

These generous folks (and yours truly) will be visiting you throughout the round to cheer you on and support you in your writer’s journey.  Be sure to stop by their pages and cheer them on when you can too.

And in the meantime why not let us all know how you’re doing at the linky?

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Round 4 Check-in 4

When Delays Happen…

This Round of Words is all about finding a way to keep going even when things are in flux and myriad commitments (and surprises) take our time.  The fact that this (and the last) post were somewhat late is an example of that.

We keep going, and we get the job done, even though the deadline in passed.  And though there are reasons, we don’t dwell on them.  We just keep plugging away and get something done.

I hope your writing, your editing and marketing—even your ROW80 fitness goals—are all moving along steadily.  But even if they aren’t…  do what you can today and tomorrow.

You’ll get there.

And as always, tell us at the linky:

Round 4 Check-in 3

Courtesy of Memegenerator.net

You all have probably heard the saying “Time flies like an arrow” and its humorous second half “fruit flies like a banana.”  Well, we know how crazy life can get, allowing deadlines to whirl past us at breathtaking speeds.  Heck, I’m writing this post late because I just got caught up with other things.

Life happens.

But Life shouldn’t stop us from writing—not if we’re determined to write, and we love our craft.  Still, it can be hard to find the right words  and sort through the multitude of possible ideas out there into a literary sense.  So we’re offering something new here at the ROW80…  a bi-monthly flash fiction prompt, just to grease the cogs a bit, courtesy of our sponsors.

I’ll start with today’s offering:

It’s the party of the Century… last century, and it’s happening in the wax museum.

Feel free to share your offerings with your check-ins or if you’re shy, keep them to yourself (we hope you share).  Here’s the linky:

Oh, and, if you’re looking for some history on the phrase “Time flies”, here’s a fun Wikipedia entry.

Round 3 Wednesday Check-in 11

Are you inspired?

Today, I was reading about two topics that all artists (even writers) hold dear.  I wasn’t reading about them in a book about writing or creativity.  The book, which is filled with a lot of scientific data on how we work, is called Ungifted, Intelligence Redefined, and it inspired this post, particularly Chapter 6, which deals with inspiration and passion. 😀

Did you know that inspiration does a spiraling dance with goal progress?  I do now.  And you can dance upward toward the stars almost as easily as you slowly sink into the earth…  almost!  Of course, there are more variables at play here.  But inspiration the way it’s described in Ungifted is not merely the act of being inspired by something but also the acting on that inspiration.  Inspiration is active, it is doing…  it is creating.

So…  are you inspired?  Tell all at the linky or our FB page (or both, if you’d like):

Round 3 Sunday Check-in 10

Have you heard?

Sponsoring for the ROW80 is going to be a thing again!  For those of you who have been ROWing with us for a while now, I’m sure you have noticed how our Round of Words has changed in the past few years (especially this one).  Change is inevitable…  change is good!  But sometimes changes can alter the way something feels so much that the good thing that was there becomes… well, not as good as it could be.

One of these changes seems to have been eliminating ROW80 sponsors.  While sponsoring could be challenging, ask anyone who did—it was a wonderful experience.  🙂  Sponsoring brought our community closer together, and even pushed a few of us to try new things.  I certainly would have never considered myself “social” or at all inspirational, but writing the (as originally) assigned sponsor posts teased out skills and interests (including taking over this blog full-time) that had been completely hidden from me.

Still, the old sponsor format wasn’t working as well as it could have.  As our membership changed, so did our needs.  Those of you who follow our Facebook group may have seen a survey I posted…  the verdict?  There is still a place for sponsors in this new format, but it’s a different one than before.  There will be some changes.

If you’re interested in finding out more, feel free to contact me at mousefir (at) gmail (you-know-the-rest) for all the juicy details delivered to your inbox by this Wednesday (or later, if you contact me later).

For now though…

…here’s a linky 😉 :

Round 3 Wednesday Check-in 10

Wow…  16 more days to go before this Round of Words is over.  Doesn’t feel like it, does it?

16 days seems to me to be a perfect amount of time to start looking over your progress for this past ROWnd and planning what changes (if any) you intend to make for the next one.  It’s also time to end on a high note. Cs and Ds are pretty good here. 😉

For all of us, those going back-to-school and not, here’s the linky to share our progress and support each other.