Round 1 Check-in 3/22/20

Mea Culpa

Hey there ROWers! Sorry for running so late with your check-in today. I did a doozy on my big toe while out walking around the lake yesterday, and the mind was on other things than writing blog posts for the rest of the evening.

Your check-in in here now though. And I have a bit of news for you all as well. Good news!

The delightful Denise Young will be stepping in as your ROW80 blog maven for the upcoming Rounds 2 and 3 (at least).

So, rest assured, your ROWing will be smooth and creative for a long time to come.  And, until then, stay safe, stay heathy and create

Round 1 Check-in 2/10/20


I have a small confession for all you ROWers.  This is going to be my last Round of Words for the near future.  That means I won’t be maintaining the blog or linkys anymore.  I don’t know if these parts of the challenge will be taken up by anyone else at this point.  If there is news of that sort, I’ll post it before the ROWnd ends, or you should be able to find updates on our FB page (which the magnificent Shan Jeniah has been maintaining all this time).

It has been great being part of this challenge, but these past few ROWnds I’ve been unable to participate really at all, and especially these past 80 days I’ve found myself missing check-ins all too often.  So it’s time to bid you adieu.  Well, at least it will be in 16 days when this Round of Words ends.

Until then, however…

It’s Check-in Time.

By this point you must all know how our check-in process works.  You can always just leave us a note or comment below.  You can add a link to the comments or our linky list (click on the blue froggie for that).  You can even leave your check-in (in any form) on our FB thread.  We’re pretty versatile here,

Round 1 Check-in 2/4/20

Salvete scriptores!

Yep!  Greetings writers!

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.

Courtesy Love Images Collections

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.

Round 1 Check-in March 1, 2020

Good Morning!
Hello all you wonderful creative people you!

It’s that time again, time to share our progress and check-in with our fellow ROWers so we can all cheer each other on to personal achievement.


Good! Drop us a line or two (or a link to your blog). And to help you do that, here’s the linky!

Round 1 Check-in2/26/20

It’s time for another check-in, ROWers!  Ready….  or not. Deadlines, personal challenges…  and you…  you shouldn’t wait either.  There’s a whole wide world of inspiration and ideas, things to discover and share with others.  And you?  You have that magical chance to be the one to do it.  But only if you’re working toward that goal, only if you are moving forward toward your goals, ROWing along that (sometimes) rough water, taking in the great scenery…

Yeah…  You’ve got this.  Keep doing what you’re doing, but why not take a moment from your schedule to let us all know how things have been progressing?  You can leave comments here below or on our linky or even at our FB page.

And also a huge Thank You Very Much to Kathy  Waller from the Ink Stained Wretches for the shout out (and jumping in to join our friendly crew).  You all may wish to check out the other group in Kathy’s post, the Friday Fictioneers for some practice and inspiration with short fiction.

Round 1 Check-in 2/23/20

Hello, ROWers! It’s Sunday. Time for another “How’s life?’Row80 check-in. Have the words been treating all y’all well this week? Are you feeling creativity bursting within you?

Or, are you finding it’s not so easy to get the words out of your brain and onto the page?

Whichever point you may be at, let us know. As always, in the comments or the linky below. Or for you Social Media fans, we have an FB group and you can post to the #ROW80 hashtag on Twitter.

Double Oops, Round 1 Check-in

cred. Tenor

Yep.. sorry, I missed a few check-ins. Been icky, icky sick and when it came down to it, blogging was not all that high on my get-well priority list.

As I imagine it isn’t usually for you ROWers either. When it comes to self-care, writers can be an odd lot, but we know we need to do certain things to maintain our mental prowess. Sometimes it’s reading, or journaling… or, in my case, sleeping under a lot of blankets and drinking warm herbal tea for a couple of days in a very dark room (no lights please… they really hurt).

But I digress. It’s easy to let things slide when we’re trying to achieve our dreams. Little things first, but then more stuff gets se aside. And it does give one cause to consider one’s focus. Not making the weekly check-in or blogging less than planned might not be that bg of a deal in the long term, but when one finds her- or himself doing this sort of thing regularly, it might be cause to reassess those beginning of the ROWnd goals.

Have you wondered if you need to reassess your goals? What do you think you’ll be doing from now on?

Tell us below or on our FB page. Sorry, no linky today. That involves some computer magic just don’t have the energy for at the moment.

Round 1 Check-in 2/12/20

Hey all! Ahem… (sorry for the cough, we’ve been a bit icky sick here at your ROW80 blog headquarters)

It’s well into the second half of this Round of Words, your 80 Day playground of words and creative energy. How’s it been going for you? Any new news to report? Have you discovered a great idea, formulated a plan for the future, done some awesome daydreaming? Let us know in the linky below. Or, if you’d like, you can always post a link or update in the comments below or on our FB page.

Round 1 Check-in 2/9/20

There will… be bad days. We’ve had a fair amount of them here lately at Chez Mabee. My husband, who never takes time off of work, stayed home the past four days sick.

So, there’s no linky today Not feeling up to setting it up (really, not up to dealing with the office and my real computer and the chaos there). Sorry.

You know what to do anyway. Have a great week.

Round 1 Check-in 2/5/20

We’re MORE than halfway… so yeah, you CAN do it!

Halfway there… it happens when you decide you are going to do something, when you decide to become an active participant in achieving your dreams. You made this happen. You chose to write, to create… to become more of the person you dreamed of being.

And now we’d love for you to share how that feels with us. Here’s your linky. Toss us some news of how this grand step feels, here or on our FB page.