You may not have actually realized it in the midst of all the hectic bustle that is the holiday season, but today is the last day of Round 4 of the ROW80. That’s it, you’re done! You wrote, you checked-in… sometimes to grip but just as often to celebrate and share and muse joyfully on the pleasure of writing. You did it!
Seriously… this is something to celebrate. A year of words, of characters and stories, of little musings and great ideas. Of marketing, of planning, of editing and then rewriting and then editing again.
Tell me that’s not awe-inspiring… because I beg to differ with you. It’s colossal.
It’s also just another step in the journey of a writing life.
So here’s to 2017 and to 2018 as well. Hope to see you all there for more of A Round of Words in 80 Days: the Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life. 🙂
So, here it is… the final check-in for 2017:
Sunday I will be posting the goals post for Round 1 2018. I’m still looking for sponsors. Leave a comment or email me at mousefir (at) gmail (dot) com.
Wow… A whole year of words! Who would have believed it?
All of you with that little thought bouncing in the back of your head with the piping voice crying “Me! Me! I knew it would happen!” should be patting yourselves on the back. It’s that faith in yourself that will keep you moving forward, in writing and everything else you choose to do.
For those of you who now looking back at all you’ve accomplished with a slight glaze in your eyes, as you realize what an amazing year for your productivity it was despite all the delays and distractions and well, Life… you should pat yourselves on the back too. You persevered in the face of doubts and misgivings. You faced up to distractions, and you wrote.
For those of you looking at the years with regrets though… don’t. Pat yourselves on the back as well. Comfort yourself in the truth that Life Happens, things is out of control sometimes and whether we wish to or not, we can get lost in the constantly shifting tides of “busy” that hover around us, waiting for a moment to draw our attention. Did you write at all last year? Then build on that.
A new year and a new round of words are both just around the corner.
For now, here’s the linky. Feel free to post your check-in blog post at it, or if you just want to quick update us, a comment on this post or at our FB page works fine too.
Remember, Wednesday is the last day of this round and the final check-in of 2017. Sunday I will be posting the “goals post” where you can make your plans for the next round.
So here we are at the end of another wonderful Round of Words (well, pretty close to it). At certain times, it can seem like 80 days is a long time to be working on a single set of goals. For myself, I feel I need a full year, and more.
The ROW80 is the challenge that knows you have a life, in part because our goals are directly involved in our lives. From our choice to be writers and write regularly to our choices to make time in the midst of our busy lives to work steadily toward that goal. Something like that doesn’t last just a week or even a round… So, as we approach a new year and a new round, take some time to consider, what steps will bring you just that bit closer to being that writer. And what steps will keep you one if that is your goal.
And as always… here’s the linky for your check-in. Let us know how you’re doing, here on our Facebook page, or both:
Just a snowy (for us in the “Great White North”) Sunday check-in near the end of the round.
Have a great word-filled day….
Time Flies, a tattoo template from Pintrest
Can you believe how fast this 80 day journey has gone? With only 14 days left, and this being Round 4 already, time really is just whooshing by. For some of us this a good thing, for others… perhaps not so much. The available moments become fewer and further in between the din of other demands, but while they’re here, we need to take those precious bits and hold onto them. Carpe Diem isn’t just an old saying. And it’s not just about the words or the stories, but the lives and the people that make those things meaningful.
It’s also time for me to start asking for sponsors for Round 1 2018. The duties are few, but the rewards are pretty awesome given our friendly community. If you want to know more, feel free to email me at mousefir (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment here or on the FB thread. And look here for some of the basics…
And as always, since this is a check-in… here’s the linky. Feel free to post here or on our FB page, whichever suits you best:
I see you peeking.
It’s okay, really. It’s just it’s Sunday, that’s all. Hope I didn’t disturb you too much, but since you’re awake now, why don’t you get that check-in post you’ve been writing in your head the last two days on the page? (Yeah, I know November was a busy month, but look how much you accomplished! Don’t you want to celebrate that?)
Rest well, but let us know about all your awesome progress via the linky or on our FB page (or as our awesome sponsor, Shan Jeniah says, both!):
As Shan Jeniah noted on our Facebook page, we’re now well past the half-way point and heading into Week 9 of this Round of Words. Time to start looking at how things have been going and shift focus if necessary to end this year and this ROWnd out with a bang. And maybe time to even peek into the future to see what the next ROW80 could bring…
Whatever your state of being is at the moment, why not take a few minutes to let us know how you’ve been doing—here or on the FB page—so we can help cheer you on toward a climatic finale.
Well, at least here in the US, that’s what a turkey might say this weekend, now that national feasting day (otherwise known as Thanksgiving) is done. For us more featherless peeps, it’s a bit more stressful. But there are little celebrations going on here and there… Hopefully you are already planning yours. And if not…
Well, why not tell us at the linky?
I’m so sorry, ROWers! Between death by a thousand papercuts (my husband’s name for when one suddenly is landed with a bunch of little errands—often requiring little trips in several directions) and having a blow out migraine on top of a head cold, I was just not with it last night and totally forgot to post the linky.
Hopefully that didn’t slow you all down and now that our amazing Shan Jeniah has alerted me (she already posted a link for you to use on the Facebook Page)… here you go, a brand new progress linky.
Hope you have an amazing week!
image cred: Spot 27
Have you ever tried doing something you’ve always believed you couldn’t do?
How did you feel about that moment when you finally chose to take that step? Did you even feel like you had a choice? Was it simply the best choice you could make in a sea of bad choices? Or did you boldly step forward, knowing that you needed to try this thing, to prove something to yourself or to another.
How did you feel?
This is the place our characters need to be… maybe they actively want this thing you’re having them do. Maybe they dread it horribly.
But they need to change, to be frightfully aware that they are leaving their comfort zone.
Because that is where the story is… and we want to hear about it.