Yep! We’re almost there. Just one more week and then… Poof! Round 1 disappears for a whole year.
Hard to believe that it’s flown by so fast.
I do hope all of you are staying well during this very interesting of times. If, like us, you’ve been encouraged to stay home and avoid contact in groups larger than 10 people, it may seem like this is a writer’s dream. Time home to work on our creative endeavors, no commutes, no loud crowd drowning out the voices in our heads…
Beware of too much silence though. Too little activity can be as bad as too much. So, in this home stretch, I encourage you all to add in a small fitness/activity goal for your own creativity. And no… Netflix marathons don’t really count as running. 😉
Add some extra walking in. Find a local park or Nature Reserve and see an area you haven’t looked closely at before. Try making some baskets at a local park. Use Youtube videos to learn some new dance moves or some other new skill (there are some nice beginner guitar videos there).
And if you’re used to working with a partner, try adding sprints and meetings via Skype, Facetime, FB Messenger, Google Hangouts… the list is pretty big these days.
Most of all, even while you need to isolate yourselves because of the virus, you shouldn’t isolate yourself from the world. It’s where stories happen. It’s where creativity lives and is ready to meet you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).