Sunday, August 30, 2015

ROW80: Beginning in the middle

We are just back from a three week research trip to Canada, in which we traversed mountains, drove through a snowstorm past the Columbia Icefields, hiked along river-cut canyons in Banff and Jasper, and generally exhausted ourselves at several museums. But we've found really useful materials -- that will take time to process and assimilate. 

View hiking along Marble Canyon,
Kootenay National Park, Canada (Camp 2015)

In short, I've done no writing and limped along on my other commitments. So, today begins anew with goals for Round 3 of ROW80. For the coming week:

WRITING: 250 words a day on Rivers of Stone (current wip). 1 hour a day on research notes.Continue work on hubby's Vietnam War novel, Reaching (cover, final formatting) for e-pub November 2015. 

OUTREACH: Read ROW80 posts x5, INWG x5. Read and review/comment for indie writers David McChesney and Bill Weldy.

OTHER: Read 200 pages John C. Jackson, Children of the Fur Trade. Work on lap quilt, exercise 5x/week, attend Spokane Authors monthly meeting (this coming week), and attend Pillow Case Day sew-in Sept 10. Make progress on WSQ program by interviewing and editing.

We came home to find smoke everywhere from the runaway fires here in Washington. Yesterday's high windstorms added heavy dust, but this morning, I am thankful for a cleansing rain (and temperatures to the low 70s). May you have a good week!


  1. *closes eyes and dreams of a snowstorm*
    In real life, my love of that snowstorm would last a whole five minutes, but in the midst of an Arizona summer, it sure sounds nice.

    Yay! for new weeks and new opportunities to be awesome. Cheers!

    1. Thanks for visiting! Say hello to my sister if you are passing Tucson . . . May you find a good week there in the land of sun.

  2. Lovely picture!

    My dad's been writing me about the fires in the Eugene area. Sounds like it's pretty bad everywhere in PNW right now. :(

    Good luck on the new goals!

    1. Thank you, Ruth. Today's rain brought welcome relief . . . and steady progress on all fronts. And congratulations on your latest cover. It looks fabulous.

  3. My goodness you are busy! Glad that you had a successful trip to Canada. I'm so sad about all the wildfires out west. One knows it's bad out there when the fires affect our atmosphere, some 1500 miles to the east. Our morning and evening sun and moon have been deep orange for weeks.

    Best wishes for a good week.

    1. Hello, Chris. Love your colorful posts that highlight progress. Thank you for your good wishes as well. Yes, we are a small world in so many ways. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip to Africa. Happy packing!

  4. That picture is gorgeous! What a fun research trip it must have been. Best wishes for getting back on track with your goals now that you're home.

  5. Sounds like an awesome trip. What was your favourite part? Or is that too big of a question to answer? Will you post more pictures? I like hearing about friend's trips.

    So, back in the saddle then? Same here. After a summer of writing and habit building and then audition for the Music Man. Feeling like a fresh start and yet a little sluggish as the summer has decided that it want to happen the first week of September. :-)

    Here's to an awesome week... (and catching up still, for me)


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