Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ROW80 Weds check-in: The kindness of strangers . . .

Monday morning began with a flat tire. We hadn't changed tires for many decades and called AAA. Two hour wait. 90 degree heat. So we cancelled the call to AAA and decided to drive to Les Schwab. 

But when the racket sounded like we were driving on the rim, we pulled over to a parking lot to try to change that wretched tire that now looked like imps ate it for breakfast. A young man passing by stopped to say, "Need some help?" Yes, I am grateful for the kindness of strangers.

Big picture ROW80 goals: Thankfully, I am writing a minimum of 300 words a day. Every day presents new challenges, including DH's 2.5 hour visit to the dentist yesterday. But if I begin the morning with writing, that goal is achievable. Here is the detail of progress so far this week (blue = done, green = making progress, red = not even touched . . . yet).

First beta reader came back with comments on 10 chapters of Mothers Don't Die. My biggest concern was whether police work and the police had been shown realistically. So far, so good. Again, I am thankful for the kindness of strangers.

Might as well divulge all. I'm struggling a bit with how to eat as a newly diagnosed diabetic not on meds. Fasting blood sugars are all over the place. SparkPeople has a neat program online to track food, and this week, since I can't decide exactly what I really CAN eat for breakfast (or for that oh-so-necessary bedtime snack), I vented on a forum. Wow! Back came very useful advice from people I had never thought about. So this week, I am more than grateful for the kindness of strangers.

Which brings me back to ROW80.  Real life can interrupt and distract us from reaching our writing goals. But the process of setting our dreams into concrete, achievable steps makes all possible. We persevere. So drop in on other ROW80 writers to see what's up . . . and be thankful for the kindnesses that come to us every day.
Me and the grandkids reading.


  1. Oh yes, the kindness of strangers is such a blessing. I'm glad you have that support. Great job with exceeding your word count goals each day! I like your system for that. I find it to be true, too, that it's easier to get to my writing when I start the day with it. Good luck with the rest of the week and beyond!

  2. There are good people in the world. :D

    Awesome progress, esp exceeding your wordcount goal!

  3. There is goodness in the world still and grandkids too!! :-)

    Good to see you persevering , Beth!! Glad to be back and see what people are up to.

    ~hugs~ to you!

  4. I love the sunny spin you've put on your less-than-sunny experiences lately. Kindness of strangers, indeed! Best of luck with your goals, and I look forward to hanging out with you on this round of ROW80!

  5. my sister and I are firmly of the opinion that most people are good - glad you met them - working out a new way of eating is very hard all the best and well done on the writing:)


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