Round 1 Check-in 3/15/20

(Courtesy of Guy Smiley’s Guts)

For history buffs and their very creative counterparts (like, maybe Shakespeare or someone like that 😉 ), today is a great day for writing and connecting and… planning (though I imagine for the conspirators that killed Caesar, that was done a few days or weeks prior).  It’s a well known day for stories of all kinds, truth and…  well usually NOT the truth. (Like what really happened to Caesar….)

And this is a good thing, ROWers.  It shows that your mistakes don’t mean as much as your ability to get back to your project and produce it, produce it, produce….  Basically, you define the story you want people to most remember about you.  You define what YOU want to remember and know about you.  Step by step, challenge after challenge…  round after round.

As we start looking toward the end of this Round of Words (we’re done on the 26th, folks, so it’s coming soon), we should start looking at what we’ve accomplished and what we still want to focus our energies on in Round Two.  Remember that the end of one 80 day adventure just means you can start the next ROWnd with a shift in focus and a sense of refreshment…  even if you’re working on the same projects as you’ve been working on for the past couple of years.

So…  start thinking about what’s to come, what you’ve accomplished…  what you most enjoyed about your ROW80, and what you’d prefer to tweak a little.

And while you’re doing that, you may want to check-in for the moment and let the rest of us know how you’re doing.

Here’s your linky:

Round 1 Check-in 2/4/20

Salvete scriptores!

Yep!  Greetings writers!

I’m doing a course in Classical Latin. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. Mostly, my interest came out of writing and wordsmithing in general (because of how much of our English language has been influenced by it) but as well because of my love of archaeology and history these days. This isn’t my first time trying.  I picked it up a bit once before, then set it aside.  Finally I’m really doing something about a long term dream, going for it, achieving my goals…  that’s what the ROW80 is about.

Courtesy Love Images Collections

Have you got a class or goal you’ve been putting off for some time because you just didn’t feel you could get to it?  Why not pick it up again, turn it over, look at it close…  Who knows, maybe you might find you’re ready to take it on and go for that personal victory.

And…  even if you aren’t, well, who knows, maybe you’ll at least get closer to that goal than you had been before.

Here’s your linky! Why not share a little bit of some special project you’ve been working on along with your check-in? I’m sure your fellow ROWers would love to hear about it.

Round 1 Check-in 1/26/20

Busy is a decision

Debbie Millman, host and founder of Design Matters, the long running design podcast, believes that. and she has a pretty good reason for doing so.  We all make time for things we want to do, even if it’s captured moments in transit or blocked out chunks of time where we immerse ourselves in a particular passion.

Yes, we do have moments where our lives demand our focus shift a bit more than others, but once the emergency passes, do we get back into a pattern or do we find that our priorities have shifted and we find ourselves too busy to go back to those old dreams.

Now that you’ve got a couple of weeks ROWing under your belt, it’s time to start asking the serious questions about those goals you set for yourself.  Are they doing what you want them to do?  Will you achieve your dreams if you keep following the path you’re on, or might you benefit from a slight course correction?

Are you busy?  What have you chosen that makes you so busy?

By the way, here is your linky for this week’s check-in:

Feel free to leave a link to your check-in there, in the comments, or in our FB thread.

Round 1 Check-in 1/15/20

The Blank Page? Or not.

Here it is… a new check-in, a new chance to say “I’m doing this!”. It’s not a blank page; it’s an opportunity. It’s chance offering a rose to your muse. It’s a new world to explore.

You know how it is. Writers Write. And the Blank Page is not to be feared but faced with eagerness and curiosity.

Why not let us know how it goes for you, here in the linky, in the comments or on your FB page… You’ve got this, ROWers.

Round 4 Check-in 11/23/19

Abundance! (courtesy Clipart.com)

Happy Sunday!

As we approach our national feasting day in the US, Thanksgiving, thoughts of harvest and preparation for the scarcity of Winter fill our minds….  Really, even in these modern times, there is an almost instinctive need to gather our resources and prepare to settle in for the changing seasons.  We may fight these natural urges with holiday parties and NaNoWriMo write-ins, but as daylight grows shorter, so does our energy.

A great thought or the spark of an idea can change this for us in an instant though, and off we go, running toward the next story or novel….

Ideas abound.  And may you have a great, filling harvest of them.

Tell us how you’re doing in the comments or on our FB page, and have a wonderful Sunday.

Round 4 Check-in 11/6/19

You are! Really! You are writing, creating, DOing in a month of not only wordly craziness (NaNoWriMo), but approaching holidays and family gatherings. So Kudos to you and just a small nudge…

Keep at it, ROWers.

And as always, let us know what’s happening in your ROW80 journey in the comments or on our FB page.

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).

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.