Living in a college town, there are certain cycles of life that, as a year-round resident, are always entertaining to watch—like the way, twice a year, in spring and fall, the town fills with U-Hauls and parents, helping their kids move in and out.

This week it was move-out, and the town was a sea of trailers and families, helping their students pack it in for the summer. A portion of those students remain over the summer, but most are heading out for the season. It’s just part of life here, the ebb and flow of a college town. (On my way back from running errands this weekend, I also spotted a guy wearing a pink, frilly dress over his running clothes while out for a jog–clearly, someone lost a bet.)

ROW80 check-in

1.) Writing:

  • Finish the second draft of the novella I finished in Round 1, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Went through my editing notes for eight chapters this week and made most of the changes. I’m going to send those chapters off to critique group and await my crit partners’ responses before I do the next round of edits on those sections.

2.) Read 4 books on the craft/business of writing.

  • 4 of 4 books read. Finished reading “Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life” by Terry Brooks this week. It was easily the best book I’ve read all year. If you haven’t read it yet, I strongly recommend it.

3.) Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter daily. Missed Tuesday and Friday, but target met for other days. If you haven’t tried it, there’s a weekly Twitter chat using #StoryDam on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Eastern. It’s a great gathering of writers—a very lively and welcoming group.
  • Comment on 3-5 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Target met.
  • Blog 2 times a week. Target met.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!

What about you? How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along this week?

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