10 March 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 1, Week 9

Last night I shirked all responsibility and instead watched Brideshead Revisited (not the 11-hr thing; just the short movie with screenplay by Andrew Davies). Having never read the book or seen the 11-hr thing, this was my first experience of the story, and I came away feeling like I was missing a lot. Anyway, that's why I missed my regular night to write this update.

Writing - Work on WIPs, 3 blog posts/week, submit - MOSTLY MET.
a) Spent most of last week doing a writing-intensive week (4 hrs/day working on writing projects) and added somewhere between 5 & 6K words to one of my pseudonym's WIPs. Yay!  
b) Published three blog posts, including the second in the series about writer's block. 
c) Nothing submitted. Again. 

Reading - Read something inspiring - MET. Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam, the final book in the trilogy of same name. I am in awe of her ability to weave together flashbacks and information about the world she's created without having it plod along, everything done in such a way as to maintain my attention the whole time. Something to aspire to. 

  • Participate in #writeclub on Twitter every Friday - MET! Omg I actually did it! Participated in 3 sprints on Friday & got some words down. Also ran a couple sprints of my own earlier in the week to help me buckle down. I really do find that sprinting with people gives me that little extra push I need when I'm trying to decide between writing and doing anything else at all.
  • Continue to attend readings - NOT MET. The thing about the Camino de Santiago was crowded past capacity, so instead I rented the movie Beautiful Creatures and went home to watch it. While the movie was better than I expected (the young man Alden Ehrenreich did a great job), I again felt like I was missing out on a lot.
  • Read and comment on at least 3 other ROW80 participants' check-ins each week - NOT MET. Due to aforementioned writing-intensive week, during which I pretty much excused myself from all other responsibilities.


  • 15 minutes/day of freewriting, recording dreams and/or journaling (good for my mental health) - PARTIALLY MET. Recorded dreams on 3 mornings. No freewriting outside of the WIP I was focusing on.
  • Exercise for at least an hour a day - MOSTLY MET. There were a couple days when I only walked for half an hour due to time constraints, but on Saturday I took a 2-hr hike with my dad and I also practiced Tai Chi three days this week on top of taking Milton for a walk, so it all evens out, right?

This is a blog hop! Click here to read other ROW80 participants' check-ins.


  1. Hope your week is going great and that you are motoring along.

    I love that ROW is the writing challenge that knows we have a life and I love that so many ROWers include goals beyond writing.

    All the best.

    1. I see that our goals are quite similar, Steph. Good luck on yours as well!