#ROW80 check-ins, the seasons

Robins, Daffodils, and ROW80 Round 2 Goals

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Isn’t spring the very essence of simplicity? The daffodils speak of simple happiness, and the breeze carries the merry tunes of birds. We’re called outdoors once more. One of my favorite aspects of living in a rather outdoorsy college town is how the entire town comes out of hibernation, as though winter were a spell that’s broken by the magic of spring.

Thursday it was in the mid-seventies, and I swept leaves from the patio and put out the chair cushions and pillows for our outdoor furniture. Leo and I went for a walk in the nearby park, and people were just chilling in hammocks, soaking in the sun. Everywhere, children played, people jogged or walked their dogs, and there was a beautiful aliveness in the air.

Such pleasures take no money, only time, only the ability to be present and open to each moment. And that is simple living. Being present, being mindful, knowing that each moment is a gift.

March was admittedly a crazy month, and I apologize to those of you who visited the blog and left comments. Our washer went out, which seems a simple enough fix, except that our setup required the entire laundry area to be revamped and both a new washer and dryer purchased. Then the big, name-brand store was unable to remove the old machines, so we are now waiting for a local place to complete the job. But the big dilemma was that my newish laptop died, and the fix, while not expensive, was complicated, and my hubby was too busy doing home renovations to address the laptop issue (he has a master’s in IT, so no way he would let me take it to Geek Squad—that’s just not frugal, and he’s so not into unnecessary expenses).

Anyway, thank the gods, the laptop is working again, and hopefully I can now respond to blog comments and visit fellow writers’ and bookworms’ blogs again. Whew!

On to ROW80, Round 2 of 2018. The big goal for this round is Spellfire’s Kiss. I’ve revised chapters 1 through 6. It’s currently 14 chapters but will likely be more like 15 or 16 once I add a few scenes and break up some unnecessarily long chapters. That is Goal No. 1 for Round 2. I’m trying to be flexible with other writing goals, but I would like to work on the next draft of Rose Petals and Dragons Scales (formerly A Prince in Patience Point). That story is finally telling me the shape it wants to take, and I’m doing my best to listen.

In addition, I want to blog at least once a week, comment on three blogs per day, and respond as promptly as possible to blog comments.

On the hearth and home front, in addition to the laundry renovation, I have a number of other projects in progress or that I’d like to work on. I’m redecorating the living room (which I started before the washing machine fiasco). I’d like to finish that, create a message center in our hallway (more on that later), and generally declutter. My husband’s office needs a thorough decluttering, and our bedroom could use some tidying. The bathroom is in desperate need of a facelift (cracked pink tile, believe it or not), and the kitchen needs a refresh as well.

The goal is a fresh, tidy home with touches of whimsy, a place that sparkles with magic. Expect more blog posts on that as well.

I am sooo glad to be blogging again after the laptop woes. And I am ready for spring birdsong, thunderstorms, and afternoons on the patio. Such are the things of the simple life, the joys that inspire my writing.

If you’re looking for a writing challenge that knows you have a life, join us at A Round of Words in 80 Days! We write, we blog, we cheer, we encourage!

Now, tell me about you! What have I missed? Any big news in your lives? What are your goals for spring?

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15 thoughts on “Robins, Daffodils, and ROW80 Round 2 Goals”

  1. Whoa, you weren’t kidding about March being crazy! Sorry to hear you’ve had to make such extensive laundry renovations when just the washer broke down. And yikes, I’ve had enough laptops die on me to know how nightmarish that can be. Glad you were able to get yours fixed, finally! Still sounds like you have quite a bit to juggle, so best of luck with all your goals!

    1. Yes, it was a roller coaster, to be sure. And we had three blizzards after a winter, that while cold, was far from snowy. I am sooo ready for birdsong and spring thunderstorms. Thanks, Heather!

  2. Spring is contagious, so thank goodness that energy is there to help you with your goals. Wishing you the best with them! Mercury goes direct on the 15th, which should help.

    I joined RWA and specifically the Dallas chapter, DARA. That’s my big, inspired news. The meeting, and one author in particular, moved me and I’m writing more than I have in too long.

    DARA has a writer’s retreat this month, where we will help one another with plotting our projects. I am super excited to plot out the remaining Natural Gifts books!

    May brings my first Reiki retreat, where my co-teacher and I will be teaching Reiki III (ART) and then a full day of immersive workshops, sharing, and meditation. It’s going to be awesome!

    The bees have nothing on us, do they?

    1. Wonderful news about DARA! I’ve been debating rejoining the Virginia RWA Chapter. It’s a fantastic group, but it’s eight hours round trip, and that’s a bit overwhelming. Maybe an online chapter would be beneficial? I know there are some good ones out there.

      Now that my laptop is functioning again, I hope to dig into your critique submission. I have fallen so far behind on everything, but I’m trying to take it one item at a time. I’m excited that you’ll get to work on the Natural Gifts series some more. Yay!

      And a Reiki retreat as well?! I want to hear all about it. 🙂

      1. Thank you! An online chapter of RWA sounds awesome, and then maybe we could go to the conference next July in New York. I hear that’s an amazing one.

        I’m pulling together the scribbles I’ve made for future Natural Gifts books to prepare for the retreat. Oh, my, but I’ve been busy. And scattered.

        Writing is always easiest for me when I’m organized.

        Your time and opinions are appreciated on my WIP!

        The retreat should be transformative for all involved. I can hardly wait!

      2. Yes, I’ve heard good things about the national RWA conferences. A writer’s conference in NYC would be awesome!

        The retreat sounds lovely. Have fun!!! 🙂

    1. Yes, sometimes other priorities have to come first. The living room redecorating was on pause while we redid the laundry area (not really a room–a closet, really), but now that the washer/dryer situation is in hurry-up-and-wait mode, I’m refocused on my decluttering/tidying/redecorating efforts. Good luck with Camp NaNo, Madeline!

  3. I love the focus on spring here, though the high today was 49 and those buds are barely popping. We still bundle up for our daily walks and yet the birds are starting to return. I saw two wild swans floating on a golf course pond today as I drove by on an interstate. I hope ROW80 helps you continue to balance all those ‘real life’ episodes (laptop back, hooray!) with good revision and writing. Have a wonderful Round 2.

    1. We’re in the back-and-forth season, with temps struggling to warm up and lots of cool, rainy days. But daffodils are blooming, birds are singing, and my basil seeds are planted in their little terracotta pot out front. We don’t have swans here in Southwest Virginia, but they are lovely. I’ve seen them in other places–most notably, Germany–and they are so breathtaking, and full of life and strength. Thanks, Beth!

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