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 12/4/19

(by soulagain.co)

Often, during the fall and into winter, we feel ourselves settling in, slowing down and wondering if we have enough energy to finish all the projects we signed ourselves up for at the beginning of the year. It can seem daunting, especially as the days get shorter, and we’re drawn into holiday festivities and family gatherings and….

Well, you know. You’ve been there just as we all have.

Thing is, we’ve been there all year, we just let ourselves see the deadline of “The End of The Year” or the upcoming “New Year” as having real value in our decision making.

They’re not, of course.  They’re as arbitrary as most lines in the sand are, tools that help for many situations, but tools we’ve also allowed to rule our lives.  You can set goals, plan for your future, do and achieve your dreams any time you decide to put the effort forth.  Winter chill (or warmth of you’re in the Southern Hemisphere), summer heat (again reversed for those south of the equator)…  they may add their own special flair to the challenges you’ll face, but challenges or no, you’re on your way as soon as you pick up that pen, type those first words, hit send on the manuscript…  or put on your shoes and go for that healthy walk.

You, my ROW80 friends, are the ones who will get your dreams fulfilled.

So let us know how you’re doing today, what your next plans are, and what steps you’ll be taking to achieve them in the comments or on our FB thread.

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-n 11/17/19

Another day later than planned…  Sorry folks, but I was having a lovely weekend with my family here in Jersey-land and just lost track of time (I didn’t even get any writing done—Eep!).  I wish I could say I regret it more than I do….  after all, I do aspire to be a published writer, and well, writers write.  Thing is, writers also relax, play, sleep…  and generally act just like other people with obsessive compulsive habits and overly curious natures. 😉  They just write the next day and the day after that and the day after….

So don’t feel bad if you have a slack day.  You are probably need those off moments from story telling to recoup your inner story archives, to have enough tools and energy to build those great words you want to share.

Anyway… here now and bringing you our regular Sunday check-in.  You know the drill…  here, in the comments, on your blogs, and/or our FB page.

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.