Wednesday, January 7, 2015

ROW80: Weds check-in already?

Today is the first Wednesday check in 2015's Round of Words in 80 Days. Since posting goals for this round just last Sunday, I've made some progress.   

--Worked through 4 chapters in Section 01 of Rivers of Stone, with more to come.
--Blogged 3x (goal this week - 3-4).
--Read 4 chapters of Isaac Cowie's The Company of Adventurers (Hudson's Bay Company history 1867-1874), a little past my period but many details accurate for the 1840s.
--Worked on poetry book 2x.
NOT YET: Begin reading craft book this week.

CommunityOn target to meet weekly commitments as sponsor for ROW80 (read x6 so far). Began beta reading for local author. Wrote crit for NOVELS-L x1. NOT YET: Submit updated bio and motivational article to ROW80.

NOT YET: Revamp marketing plan. Continue outreach to bookclubs x2. Draft e-mail newsletter by January 10. 

Other: Continue decluttering and downsizing all else. Yes! E-mails under 300! Exercised for the first time in 3 weeks (sprained wrists much better). Almost finished painting "baby owl" cartoon mural on Ruthie's nursery walls.

Bay View, ID (Camp Dec 2014)

Today I saw wild eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene, comforted a two-month old baby, and got dinner for six on the table in 25 minutes (spaghetti w/clam sauce) with ice cream and delicious fruitcake for dessert (I'm a fan). 

Tonight, it's time to write!

Please check in with other ROW80 folks for Round 01 -- and have a great week.


  1. The Hudson Bay Company research sounds fascinating. I am very interested in US history.

    1. Thank you. This deeper understanding of how people lived (and survived) in earlier times is what drives me to research and write historical fiction.

  2. You have been busy! Congrats on getting so much done in just a few days. I am jealous! Keep up the good work. I'm still waiting to read Rivers of Stone . . . .

    1. As always, thank you, Chris. At the rate the revisions are going, I'm still hoping for maybe, just maybe by the end of 2015. Your encouragement reminds me of Bette Midler's hit, "Wind Beneath my Wings" for you give that gift to many.

  3. Hello! I've been around the blog block for a while, but I'm new to the ROW80 challengeI love it so far! I realized this year that my writing desires were too open-ended and I tended to bite off more than I could chew. I also realized I didn't actually have a plan in place to move toward my goals. That's what I love about joining the challenge. The goals and progress that the writers like you are modeling makes my head spin. But I'm realizing my initial goal was relatively short-sighted and adding to it as the challenge goes on. Good luck on your goals and I look forward to hearing more.


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