Round 3 Check-in Sept 8

We’re creeping up on theend of another Round if Words in 80 Days….  Creeping. We aren’t there yet.

Still, now is a perfect time to start thinking about the progress we’ve been making this round, as well as a time to consider places we could improve…  and yeah, those things we want to change for Round 4.

So, even if you aren’t ready to put your ideas into words on a page yet, today is a great day to start looking to the future and the place you want to be in it.  Time to plan, time to dream…  time to aspire!

And while you’re doing that, let us know how you have been doing.  Here in the comments or on our FB page.

Art is everywhere

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)

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.


Round 2 Check-in 4/319

And here we are…  the first checkin of a whole new Round of Words. 80 days to step forth and do those things that we’ve been dreaming of….

It’s early, so a lot of you all might think you’ve got nothing to report. Try anyway—you may be surprised by what you’ve accomplished already.

It ALL counts

I can’t get to my main computer tonight to set a linky (writing this in the car on the way to NJ), so leave your check-in in the comments or on our FB page. And keep on keeping on.

Round 3 Week 10 Wednesday

Wednesday Cheer courtesy of

Happy Wednesday… hope you all are feeling energized with progress and creativity today.  Let us know in the comments, good or ill (hopefully good, of course, but even if not, we’d like to know so we can be here for you).

Round 1 Week 7 Sunday

Another week over!  A busy, busy one for some.  Still our writing prompt (poetry this time) seems to have sparked some inspiration and thought in our members.  Even a lovely haiku…  Why not check and see what you can come up with… some words, some whimsy…  it’s all good.

And as it’s time for our bi-weekly check-in, remember to feel free to leave a link to your post or just your progress in the comments, at our FB group, or (my personal favorite) at the linky below.

Round 1 Week 5 Sunday

Creeping up on that halfway mark, and I don’t know about you, but I need to get writing or I might just have to think that a writing challenge isn’t quite the thing for me.

Since I haven’t seen sign that people posted flash fiction pieces for our prompt a week and a half ago (which is fine…  I didn’t post one either; flash fiction isn’t my usual “thing”), I’m changing plans about posting links to make it easier to see these posts on Wednesday.  No links, no need… (if you want me to mention your post, you can let me know via the comments or email mousefir (at) Gmail (dot) com)

Tomorrow will be our February sponsor post by Elizabeth Mitchell.  Please come back and visit her (and check in with your fellow ROWers).

For now, here’s today’s check-in linky.  As usual you can post your progress here (just click on the froggie), in the comments or at our FB page.

Have a great couple of days!

Round 1 Week 4 Sunday

Another Sunday…  news to share, stories to tell (did anyone write a piece of flash fiction to go with the prompt Wednesdayy?), and time to assess our progress as we ROW merrily along in our writing and creative lives.

As always, leave us a link or message with your progress at the blue froggie or comments below, or even on our FB page:

Round 1 Week 3 Sunday


are you reading?

One of the things that helps inspire writing is reading other people’s creative efforts.  Some of us post our reading lists in our check-ins, some maintain hefty Goodreads stacks…  some are on a first-name basis with several librarians (some of those who have your email and/or phone number memorized ⌈looks askance⌉).

Why not share some of your favorite reads (yeah, books on craft would definitely be welcome too) in your check-in today?  We’d love to hear from you  here in the comments, at our FB page, or at the linky below (or all three if you’d like):

Round 1 1st Wednesday Check-in

As always, the first check-in of a round can feel a bit… well, pointless might be a good word.  It’s not as if we’ve had time to make serious strides on our goals, nor have we had a chance to see what is working or what isn’t yet… not really.

Thing is, it is important to take stock regularly.  Everyday can be perfect for some people.  Others manage just fine with a once-a-week or monthly schedule.  It’s the consistency that matters.  And…  it also helps to not wait too long before the first review.  The sooner the first chance you take to check in on yourself, the sooner you can see if things are working or not.

The sooner you can figure out if the path you’re on will get you where you are trying to go, or if you’ll have to backtrack a mile or more to find the right exit on the expressway.

Not that missing a turn is always a bad thing either.  Sometimes there are new and fascinating discoveries to be made.

Even then, it helps to know where you were intending to go and how far afield you might be.

So here it is, the first check-in and first linky of a new year.  May you be exactly where you want to be, whether you’re right on target or meandering peacefully for a moment or two.

Oh, and here is a lovely advice/opinion piece a fellow writer from the Facebook iWriteNetwork group posted with an eye to the journey and what it means to be a writer…    Roxanne Gay: Advice to Aspiring Dreamers