Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thurs is Weds for ROW80 check-in

At least my characters are still talking to me.

Since Sunday's check-in, I've been preoccupied with doctor visits for hubby, assimilating what the Publishers Weekly review really means, and doing a little quilting and some reading. Somehow I feel not quite unpacked from the trip back east, though it was only 10 days away from home.

Perhaps it's the weather change, now fully into spring, green leaves everywhere, rhododendron and lilacs in full bloom, the cherry blossoms now gone with those hard little green bits promising fruit. Perhaps it's that review from PW that continues to resonate, despite warm support from writing friends and family.

Natalie Goldberg's quote from Writing Down the Bones stays with me just now, challenging me to persevere:  “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”  I shall try.

ROW80 Sunday update and goals for the week ahead:

--Write 300 words every day. Doesn't matter on what. Goal 4 out of 7 days. So far this week 2 days (1200 words).
--Draft book supplements for Years of Stone (afterword, list of characters, map, glossary). Draft blurb for cover. No progress.  
--Post on writing blog 2x, travel blog 1x, ROW80 2x and read minimum 5. OK progress. Posted 1x on writing blog, 1x on travel blog, 2x on ROW80 blog and read 9 for ROW80 so far. 

--Write Reflection piece for A to Z challenge. Not yet. Maybe never.
--Revised and submitted "Color Me Green" (short story). Done.
--Read at least one of two pending beta reads. No progress. 
Currently reading My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, nice thick books that promise another world.
--Begin reading for Rivers of Stone, Book 3. Read Willliam Frush, Overland Journals (1850).
--Marketing: Contact local book club this week.  Work on MailChimp. Added more names to mailling list. Participated on Twitter 3x.

Longwood Gardens (Camp 2014)

Last check in for May? How have we come to this day so quickly? 

See what other ROW80 writers are doing HERE.

Wisteria, Longwood Gardens (Camp 2014)


  1. I really enjoyed Natalie's books. The longer the trip, the harder it is to get back into the swing of things. But from the look of things, it appears you're doing it though. Pretty pictures. :)

    1. I find Natalie's books inviting, almost a meditation, a book I cannot read and set aside, but one to return to again and again. ROW80 helps as well, that process of setting goals in as concrete a manner as possible. Oh, and I do get up early. Thank you for commenting!

  2. 1200 words is four sets of 300, so there's your four days.

    I have to write my reflection post, too...

    1. Thank you, John! Yes! Quantify it into smaller chunks. Maybe this is the week to write that reflective post. I'll be hopping over to your blog a little later. I really appreciate your visit.

  3. Beautiful springtime images, Beth. Sounds like you're making good progress on your goals. Congrats! And I love Natalie Goldberg's books on writing. "Writing Down the Bones" is fantastic!


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