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.