Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ROW80 Weds check-in: A look in the mirror. . .

Selfies aside, sometimes we need to look in the mirror, to assess realistically where we are and what's next.

This week, a dear friend was admitted to the hospital with a serious diagnosis, and the prognosis is not good at all. A reminder that our lives can change in a  moment. A reminder to cherish those we love and each day we have. 

In this, ROW80 pushes us to be ever more specific about what we want to achieve . . . and precisely how we might go about taking those steps that bring us to success.

I'm very appreciative of those who model how to report our progress without spending agonizing amounts of time. So, here's my mid-week check-in.

WRITING GOALS: Draft a chapter synopsis of Rivers of Stone to tighten plotting and character arcs. THIS WEEK: Finished Sections 1-3, mapped out Section 4. Hope to finish Sections 4-5 by the weekend. COMPLETED: Updated Kindle versions of Standing Stones and Years of Stone. MARKETING: Subbed application to Ereader News Today (finally!). So far, writing 750 words a day since May 1.

WHAT'S NEXT BY SUNDAY? Post on writing blog, perhaps on writing memoir. Draft research plan for two month trip to Canada. Draft materials on memoir writing for June workshop. Crit at least ONE sub for Novels-L. Contact key people re their articles for WSQ program x4. Set timeline. Get some quilting done!

Tubbs Hill, Couer d'Alene (May 2015)
As for the rest, all seems in balance. Exercise 3x week minimum and some kind of a walk daily? Yes. Reading research? Yes, just got a great book in: Gerhard J. Ens' Homeland to Hinterland: The Changing Worlds of the Red River Metis in the 19th Century. And I'm enjoying Richard S. Wheeler's The Fields of Eden, set in the 1840s in Oregon, though the print is very small. 

Outside my window is rather rainy and gloomy, but we have 80 degree weather on the way by the weekend. Maybe spring is turning to summer? Catch up on what other ROW80 folks are doing HERE and enjoy YOUR week!


  1. Well put, Beth! Life is short and best to make the most of it and worry less about the trivial things. It was cold and gloomy yesterday, in the 50s after being in the 80's just days before. Today (Thursday is said to be in the 70s) and I have started reading on my porch in the mornings. Hope your week is a pleasant and productive one!!

    1. Thanks, Cindy. Having those goals laid out so simply means they don't become invisible -- yet I have time for all those "other" commitments that are just as important as writing. Even time to enjoy some of that warmer weather that's coming! And to appreciate every breakthrough that seems to come along with consistent work . . . Best, Beth

  2. So sorry to hear about your friend.It does make us reflect on our own dreams, our own goals and try to grab hold of life as well. Sounds like you've had a most productive week. All the best in the week ahead. Take care.

  3. Looks like you are keeping your goals simple. I bet it is easier to be more productive that way. I, instead, am all over the chart with my goals!

    Sorry to hear about her friend. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.


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