Round 4 Check-in 11/13/19

Playful Puppies Windows theme: Microsoft

These days our yard looks less green than brown, but the leaves are still falling and the neighbors’ dogs are still having fun bounding through the piles of them.  It’s the end of a season, and the middle of writing time for many of us.

Are you ROWers doing NaNoWriMo?

Even if you aren’t, are you still taking time out every day to work on your dreams?  (That is, from everything I’ve been told, the best way to achieve them.  🙂 )

Let us know in the comments or in our FB thread.  And have a great couple of days.

Round 4 Check-in 11/10/19

The cray-cray took over…

It’s been a busy, busy, cray-cray weekend, and I not only overshot the check-in, but almost missed posting it by a whole day. That said… crazy and all, I wouldn’t trade the way things went for anything. It was wild and wonderful.

And you, my fellow ROWers… how has the great wide world been sharing itself with you?

Let us know in the comments or on 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 10/30/19


Happy Halloween, all you wonderful ROWers out there!  And, as well, a lovely Dia de los Muertos too.  🙂

You know, Halloween is one our more creative holidays, so it makes sense to think about it and maybe even ‘celebrate’ it in the ROW80 community.  True, there are great stories surrounding all our holidays, but something about Halloween seems to inspire new creativity every year.  Yes, we do have our traditions, but we also have our explorations into the human psyche.

We like to create scary stories.

Have you written something frightening lately?  If not, these next few days are great ones to try.

Tell us about your efforts (and your week) in the comments or on our FB page.

Round 4 Check-in 10/27/19

Photo by Ray Bilcliff on

It’s time for a few things here at the ROW80. Halloween will be here by our next check-in, it’s prep-time for all those adventurous creatives out there who want to do NaNoWriMo….

and it’s time for our Sunday check-in (well, past time, we had storm related power issues here).

So, let’s hear how you’re doing, folks.  And keep writing, keep creating…  just keep doing.

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 4 Check-in 10-9-19

What’s that saying about the best intentions….

Ah well, your check-in is here now, only a few hours late.  Hope you’ll forgive me.  I’m still getting used to things in our new neck of the woods.  Baby steps, you know.

As always, feel free to post your check-ins as comments below, a link to your own webpage or post them in the Facebook thread.

And have a great day.