Round 3 Check-in August 25th

Hope all is going well for you wonderful, creative ROWers out there. It’s time again for another ROW80 check-in. So give us a jingle (or a comment or link) and let us know how you’ve been doing for the past few days.

Write On!

Typing Away (cred Gfycat)

Round 3 Check-in Aug 21

Every once in a while or so, we here at the ROW80 get requests to add pages to our site for links to writing resources, author pages, general niftiness or all kinds that might help our creative members sift through the web and all its myriad wonders.  And…  every time I get one of those requests, I think “Cool!  Let me see what I can…  oh, this has been done before, and this too, and…so has this…”

Basically, I feel like I would be reinventing every one of the wheels moving our little bus along, and given how time-strapped I’ve been lately, this just isn’t a feasible option right now.

So what I will do for you all is try to add some useful links here and there in our check-ins as they come to me.  Will that help?  I don’t know, but I hope so.  Let me know in your comments and check-ins.

And for our first link…  No Wasted Ink: a weekly collection of writing articles and advice (

And for the fun distraction of it…  you may what to check out John Atkinson’s Wrong Hands for writing (and non-writing) related comics

Round 3 Check-in August18

Just a quickie check-in today, ROWers… because, along with sharing our progress, it also has been a creative couple of days.  Lots of things going on  and the need to write it all down is there,

So,,,  off to  itI  (Well, at least that’s my plan.)  But even if you don’t have words to share, you can always tell us what you;re researching and creating in other forms….  We love to know what you’ve been up to,

Round 3 Check-in August 14

Oh, the plots we can make…

Ever read a series to find that the author seemed to have reworked the whole story-line 3/4s of the way through and suddenly the characters you had grown to love were no longer the same people you’d enjoyed spending so much time with before?

What do you, as writers, do when this happens?  Do you create your own versions of the stories?  Do you plow through,hoping that the author will once more capture your heart?

Do you set the series aside and/or leave a low review on Goodreads or Amazon?

I had this happen twice recently, once in a TV series I was watching (instant Fanfiction fodder!) and then again, more recently in a book series I’d enjoyed.  I realized that, as a writer myself, I found these shifts harder to bear than a lot of non-writers I’ve spoken to.  And so wondered, is it a result of writing, reading, both or …. something else?

Opinions, and check-ins, appreciated, here in the comments or on our FB page.  As always….

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.

Weather Delayed Check-in 8/4/19

Sorry for the late post, ROW80 peeps. We had “weather” last night, and I couldn’t get online to make this check-in.

Life Happens!  It’s what the ROW80 is about.  Life and dealing with it as we focus on achieving our dreams.

So how have you been doing at that second part (the dreams bit)?  Making progress? Need some encouragement?  Tell all… here in the comments or on our FB page.