Sunday #ROW80 Check-In

Chilly weather has settled in over the last few days. I’m not sure it will last, but it definitely feels like autumn out there. Soon we’ll be carving pumpkins, wearing sweaters, and drinking hot cocoa!

Today’s ROW80 check-in:

Writing: The good news is that I wrote 4,269 words this week in a short story. The bad news is that I only wrote two out of five days. Monday was dedicated to class prep. I wrote Tuesday and Wednesday, and then was sidelined with a migraine on Thursday. Friday I did some editing and then had to leave mid-afternoon to go to a doctor’s appointment about an hour away. Then I got stuck in traffic and had to reschedule the appointment for Monday anyway. Sigh. Such is life.

Reading: Continued reading Corsets and Clockwork. Some really good short stories in this collection! I recommend it to fans of steampunk—and there’s also romance, which is always a plus for this writer.

Homemaking: Yesterday was a big day. We brought our new front door home—though it’s currently leaning against the wall in our dining room. We’ve replaced one of the outdoor light fixtures and hope to replace the second today. I planted some flower bulbs—snowdrops and red tulips—so we hope to have some flowers come spring. And we got some stone samples so we can make a walkway out back.

Decluttering: Continuing to get rid of five things a day, but starting to have doubts that I can maintain this for 100 days. Hubby is starting to get a little nervous that I’m getting rid of so much stuff, and I’m realizing that a lot of what I have is already fairly pared down. But we’ll see how long this round of decluttering lasts.

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How is the weather where you live? Does it feel like autumn yet? How are your projects, writing or otherwise, coming along?

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11 thoughts on “Sunday #ROW80 Check-In

  1. Sounds like you are making good progress on your goals, despite a few setbacks. I love your decluttering plan – 5 things/day is something I could do, if I just put myself to doing it! Good luck this week!

  2. Five things a day doesn’t sound like much at all. It certainly doesn’t sound like half a thousand things, which is overwhelming! If you keep it up for the hundred days, though, that’s how much stuff you will have removed from your home! WOW!

    And your word count for the week is great, too! Sorry to hear how you were sidelined, but I hope you’re feeling better now.

  3. I think the good news out weighs the bad news… 4269 words, that’s awesome!
    Regarding de-cluttering, my partner is fine as long as I’m throwing away my own stuff but if I try to throw away something of hers, even if it is old, ratty, and really needs to go, she clings to it. Not sure if that is what is happening with your husband or if he is genuinely afraid you are going to throw something away that is useful. I’m sure as long as you keep the lines of communication open, it will work out.

    1. Yes, I’m happy with last week’s word count, even if I did miss a few writing days. It happens.

      My husband is actually coming around. He’s offered to contribute two things a day. Not sure how long it will last, but I’m happy he’s now on board!

  4. Oh, it’s been in full swing for the last two week or more. The leaves are definitely falling and it is definitely cooler outside. Today (Tuesday was actually in the 60’s and tomorrow looks to be in the 70’s. Appears that Corning is taking one finally stand at summer (Indian Summer).

    As for the goals, making my way through them writing and plotting/organizing a scene breakdown for Modern Muses for NaNoWriMo. The editing is coming along too on The Real Road Trip, so over all it’s been good.

    1. Yes, autumn is in full swing here. My backyard somehow looks as though it contains all the leaves from the entire neighborhood. Yikes!

      Good luck with plotting Modern Muses and continuing your edits on The Real Road Trip! Enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

  5. Wow! 4269 words. That is fantastic Denise! With all the disruptions and the headache (the worst!), you did awesome. Thanks for sharing that you’ve planted flower bulbs. It’s so nice to live in an area that gets cold enough to do that. I miss my tulips, crocus, and daffodils. Those will look amazing in the spring. And you’re still decluttering, eh? More power to ya girl. Hope this week turned out better for you. I’m sorry I am late for Sunday’s check-in, but it was a crazy week. Take care! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Karen. I did a massive decluttering this weekend, so I’m getting closer to where I want everything to be. I’m looking forward to seeing if my tulips and snowdrops bloom come spring.

      No worries. Take care! 🙂

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