Round 4 Check-in 10-13-19

court. US News

I’d ask if you’ve ever been stuck in traffic, but given roadways these days, it’s pretty likely.  I do have to ask though…  how did you react?  Did it stress you out, frustrate you, relax you, feel… “it’s unenviable, but inevitable”?

What about curious and creative?  Or perhaps even awed?

I had all of those experiences the other day while stuck in some traffic on Interstate 78 on my way to our old house.  Yeah, it slowed my already long trip home down, but I saw stories; I saw gorgeous scenery (there are some sandstone “cliffs” where the hills had been blasted back to make the road that were stunning contrasts in colors and textures, even to a point where runoff had virtually melted the choppy stone into liquid floes; I got a lot of people watching done…; heck, I even got the chance to b-bop to my favorite song without worrying if I might wiggle the steering wheel too much and cause an accident.

Being stuck in traffic—or on the page—doesn’t have to be negative or annoying.  It can be a blessing in disguise, if you give it a chance.  And, it is inevitable (and unenviable), so why not make the best of it?

Let us know how you’re doing in the comments, on FB or in your blog check-in (don’t forget to leave a link for us to find you there).

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Round 3 Check-in, Wed Aug 7

Rest Time is Creating Time

Lazy days, hazy days…  up here in the northern hemisphere, we’re feeling the draw of beaches and playgrounds, not to mention air-conditioned libraries and cafes, over the urge to work toward goals for fitness and careers.  Strange how summer has become the time to relax… it used to be the other way around, when we were a more agricultural society.

Wonder what we’ll become in another hundred years or so…  What do you think, writers of the ROW80?  All you speculative fiction peeps in our group, why not give us a glimpse of your futuristic visions in your check-in.  You can tell us what you see coming up in the comments, in a link, or on our FB page, as always.

Late Check-in Round 3 July 28

Mea Culpa

I did it again…  Sorry.  The good thing is that all this fuss and bother around our move and settling in a bew life is almost over (YAY!), and I’ll soon be able to concentrate on the Row80, my writing and my aspirations with you all too.

It sure is a good thing we’re ‘The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life‘, right?

Because sometimes it can’t be helped. Life happens, and we get too busy or too tired, and we just CAN’T make that check-in or post or even those Five Sentences after all.  Still, we ARE writers and creators and doers; if not yesterday, today then…  Let’s get going and do it now.

As always, let us know how things are going on your own ROW80 journey.  Comment below, write a post or check-in at our FB page.

 

Round 2 Check-in June 5, 2019

Sometimes you just have to rip away what’s in front of you to find a suitable base for your dream project… or, as with the case of repairing our old deck and porch, to get a project ready to sell.

Either way, it can feel daunting to look at your old work with an eye for destruction.

Fear not.  Like a phoenix, your project will find new life, full of color and fire.  And somewhere, someone will be looking for exactly your story, your house, your dream…

Can you tell I’ve been spending a lot of my time lately doing home repairs so we can sell the old house (and editing my Swan Song Series stories)?  How about you all?  What’s your ROW80 achievement list look like this week so far?

Let us know, as always, in the comments or on our FB page.

Round 2 Check-in 5/29/19

Ever just sit and listen to the sounds around you for inspiration?  Not the ‘favorite song’ type of inspiring, but the white noise of the stove vent, the distant rumble of cars down the road….  the silence when the night peepers have finally settled before the storm…

Outside we’re having a visit from Donner und Blitzen.   A theatrical pair!  But what in interesting are how many sounds overpower even that thunderous duo.  The ice maker on the fridge as it drops ice and draws more water, a fan, the neighbor’s garage door opening….  need a toich of WD-40 there!

Our writing deserves to feel real.  Can your readers inmerse themselves into your story worlds with the imagery you offer?  If not, maybe you might need to turn off your writing playlist and just listen for a minute or two.

Tell us what you do to appeal to a reader’s sense of hearing in your check-in.  Here in the comments or in our FB thread

Check-in Round 2 4/30/19

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this is what the ROW80 is all about. We’re a supportive, friendly online community of writers and creative thinkers, a group where we know you have a life beyond your keyboard and screen.  Yes, we’ll challenge you…  challenger you to grow, to test yourself, to do things you’d only hoped to try “someday”.

Someday….  like today.  Write those words today.  Submit something…  today.

“Someday” is here.

And…  once you’ve done that little thing (or at least taken steps to get yourself to that point), tell us about it so we can cheer you on.  Leave us a comment here or in the Facebook thread.  And have a great week!