The Beginning of the End of Winter—and a final check-in for ROW80 Round 1

ROW80LogocopyWow. I can’t believe that winter is almost over, spring is almost here, and that the first round of A Round of Words in 80 Days (the writing challenge that knows you have a life) is ending tomorrow. I enjoyed it a lot—so much, in fact, that I’ve signed on as a sponsor for the second round.

For those of you who haven’t joined, this writing challenge is a great way to set your own goals and hold yourself accountable via your blog and the #ROW80 hashtag on Twitter.

More than that, though, it’s a supportive community full of wonderful writers. So, before I offer my midweek check-in, I just want to say thanks to all my fellow ROW80ers who have offered their support and shared their goals and accomplishments for this round. 🙂

If you’re interested, be sure to join us for Round 2, which starts April 7!

Final ROW80 Round 1 check-in

1.) Finish a draft of “Good, Old-Fashioned Magic.” Draft finished! Woot! The finished draft is about 34K.

2.) Read to hone my craft, including the following books:

  • Roz Morris’ “Nail Your Novel”: finished
  • Donald Maass’ “The Fire in Fiction”: finished
  • Julia Cameron’s “Walking in This World”: finished
  • Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” Read “2K to 10K” by Rachel Aaron instead. Loved it!

3.) Blog at least two times a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays: So far, so good this week.

4.) Check in on Twitter daily and on WANA Tribe at least once/week: Target met for Twitter, not yet for WANA Tribe.

5.) Comment on 5-6 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday: On track to meet this goal this week.

6.) Write two articles/posts each week for super-secret project: Not so much. I’m still trying to balance writing fiction and writing for my author blog with work on other unrelated projects. More on that balance next round, I suppose.

This is a blog hop!

What about you? How did the first round of ROW80 go for you? I’d love to know. Are you ready for spring to show up and stick around for more than a day or two?

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16 thoughts on “The Beginning of the End of Winter—and a final check-in for ROW80 Round 1

  1. Sounds like you are on track with your goals. I figure that if we meet all of our goals all of the time, there isn’t enough of a challenge. Right?
    And spring is apparently not coming to my neck of the woods. It is in the 20s outside right now, and the forecast is for snow tomorrow! Argh!
    Have a great week and best of luck moving forward.

    1. Very true. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but yes, the goals we set for ourselves should challenge us. It is a writing challenge, after all. 🙂

      I wish I could say that I’ve grown accustomed to the back-and-forth nature of spring where I live, but it still gives me whiplash. It snowed Tuesday, but today I was driving with the windows rolled down. Who knows what it will be like next week.

      Thanks, Chris!

      1. You’ve done well! I’ve enjoyed reading your upbeat and thoughtful posts this season, and you’ve widened my perspective more than once.

        I love when someone discovers that ROW80 is good for them…every new person brings something unique, and there’s no telling what I might learn, or from whom.

        It’s very cool, and I’ll “see” you in a week or so!

  2. You have so much success! That’s so awesome for you! That’s the kind of stuff that keeps you going forward and all the things good. May all your rounds be as wonderful as this one.

    I’m dying for spring. I went on a walk yesterday because it was 34 degrees out (above freezing). I came home and had to wash something in warm water. My hands… Oh, the pain! There was a windchill of 29F. But, I had cabin fever so bad I chose to ignore it and focus on the “real” temperature. Thankfully, today it is already 51F.

    1. Thank you, Gloria. ROW80 has proven to be a wonderful way to challenge myself to meet goals and hold myself accountable. I’ve enjoyed the goal aspect as well as the community aspect of it.

      I’m itching for spring as well. It’s only in the 50s today, but I had to open the window and get some fresh air. I took the dog for a nice, long walk as well just to spend some time outside. It’s actually a dreary day (overcast and gray), but the fresh air was worth it. Let’s hope for sunny spring days ahead!

      1. Denise, I watched the weather last night. Spring is teasing me. Most the week will be 50 or near, which is spring weather in these parts. Tuesday, they are calling for 71. Sounds great, right?

        The problem is today/Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be getting 2″ of snow. I guess I should count my lucky stars I don’t live in Sandusky (Ohio). They’re getting 10″.

      2. Yeah, we got a dusting of snow yesterday, but it’s in the 60s today. And the sun is shining. I’ll take it! 🙂 I hope the weather is warmer now where you live, Gloria.

  3. Denise, it looks like you had a great Round. Mine was up and down, so I guess I met Chris’ definition of challenging goals, lol! I did get some habits established, so I’m calling it good enough, with more to do in Round Two.

    I’m glad you find ROW80 works for you; I know it doesn’t for everyone, but at close to three years in, I’ve found it a great community.

    As for Spring, it’s supposed to show up in upstate NY this coming week, but I’m skeptical!

    Have a great break, and see you in the next Round!

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I’m trying to build up some writing endurance–increase my daily word count gradually over time until I find what works best for me. I’ve had to learn to set reasonable goals and not always move at cheetah speed. 🙂

      I’m loving the ROW80 community and the opportunity to set my own goals and find the pace that works best for me. See you next round!

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