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Final Check-In 2011

Wow, this feels really bittersweet. I’m excited and sad that this is the final check-in for round four and for the year. A  lot of things are up in the air for me at this point. I have no clue what 2012 will bring, but I do know that I’ll be rocking the row again.

Since last check-in, I’ve written every day. I haven’t touched the novel analyzing. But as I’ve said in my last two check-ins, I’m not really that surprised or disappointed by that. I’m going to enjoy my holidays, and figure out what my goals will be for next round. If it’s one thing I’ve learned from this challenge, it’s that all progress counts.

Round four has been a fabulous experience for me. Watching other writers set and pursue goals has given me confidence in my own process. Some weeks are great. I get tons of  work done. Others, I barely pick up a pen  or crack open a book. But it is all to the good as long as I keep at it. And this challenge is a great support for the long haul. It puts the focus on the day to day effort that’s required to make this dream of mine come true. I am truly grateful to have found it.

I hope that you all have brilliant holidays, whatever you may celebrate. I am looking forward to continuing this journey with you in 2012. Until then.


Lazy Row 80 Check-in

Hey guys!

It has been a crazy busy week. So much so that I skipped Wednesday’s check-in. I always feel guilty when I do that. I don’t like it. I’m back today even though I don’t have much to report. I haven’t worked on novel analyzing at all. I’ve missed the last few days of writing. I’m hoping to get some done today.

Other things have been preoccupying my time. I’m rewriting my resume, and working on the job hunt. I’ve been shopping for groceries and Christmas presents. And now, the present wrapping marathon has commenced. I’ve packed up my bags and moved in with family for the next week. I know that I won’t be focused on writing goals  for a while, probably not until the New Year. But I am still moving along .

I did finish A Clash of Kings. The further I get into this series, the more  I love George R. R. Martin. I find myself so invested in his characters and in his world. He gives them hell for sure which makes for great reading. I am number 22 on the list for the next book right now. I’m sure it’ll be next year when I get to it.

This round is winding down so quickly. I hope all is well with you guys. I hope you’re getting more done than me or at least enjoying some down time. Until Wednesday!


What’s That Smell? Row 80 check-in

This week seemed to go by really quickly. I am amazed at how fast the new year is closing in. Excited by that. I had mixed results. I’ve gotten words in every day. Some days have absolutely been more productive than others on that front. I haven’t gotten back into novel analyzing yet. I suspect that I won’t get to it until the middle of the month. Or maybe I’m just stalling because I don’t want to go back to Undead and Unwed. *giggles* Okay, so I know that’s the case. I love/hate that I’m getting better at calling bullshit on myself. My excuses just don’t hold up like they used to. 

Yes, I’m busy, but not so busy that I can’t spend a half hour every other day or so on it. I just don’t relish the idea of sitting down to that book again. I know , however, that if I start on another book, I won’t go back to it at all. It’s too easy to just pick up another one. I did that in October just to hit the goal that I set for myself. I’m only doing one book this month. And that’s the one. Sigh. So, I’ll make sure to have something to report in that area on Wednesday. Maybe going back to it with fresh eyes will make all the difference. Here’s hoping. Until next check-in.

Purple Toes and Lots of Prose–Row 80 check-in

This week started out with a whimper and ended with a bang. I was in a somewhat of a funk for a few days. I’m sure my malaise was just a reaction to to stress. There are lots of changes happening in my life right now. Some expected, others not so much. By Wednesday, I was over feeling blue. So, I decided to make it my business to perk up. I washed my hair, gave myself a facial and a pedicure. I put  on my favorite lavender nail polish. I’ve included a picture per Kim’s request.

I’d like to say that it was an instant pick-me-upper, but it wasn’t. It did, however, set me on the right path. By Thursday, I was feeling better and my writing was benefiting from the new burst of energy. I had been writing every day all along, but I started hitting my target numbers again. I’m am going strong on my NaNo novel. I’m still a little behind, but I’ve put a plan in place to get some extra writing sessions in. I’m not one to catch up all at once and I’m not willing to overwhelm myself trying it anyway.

I’ve been having fun with NaNo this year which is more than I can say for last year’s effort. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’ve been seeing more progress. Excited to continue the journey. Still working towards my win.

I hope you guys had an excellent week and that this one’s even better. Catch you Wednesday!

Distracted–Row 80 Check-in

This is going to be a short one. I’ve been off for the last few days. I’m feeling a little down, and therefore distracted. So, I decided to make today a day of self-care. I washed my hair this morning. This afternoon it’s a facial and a pedicure. I have a pretty shade of lavender nail polish that always lifts my spirits. Can’t wait to see it on my toes again. Let’s get to the writing.

Even though things haven’t been going quite the way I ‘d like them to go, I haven’t been completely neglecting my goals. I have written every day. I’m still working on my NaNo novel. I have not hit the target words per day in a few days. But I am also not so far behind that the task is insurmountable. Week two has been slower but still progressive thus far. I am happy to still be moving forward, snail’s pace and all. Surprisingly, I am happy with what I’ve written. It’s rough, of course, but still coherent enough that  I can see the growth in my writing from last year to this year. That’s something worth celebrating.

I am hoping to be perkier and more productive by next check-in. Until then, I hope things are going well for you guys. Catch you later.

Row NaNo Mania- Check-in

I am kind of at a loss for words right now. This week has been a mixed bag of goodies to say the least. It’s been a lot of writing highs and personal lows. So, I am having a real love/hate struggle about writing this post. Before things went wonky, I was thinking about doing one check-in per week for the month of November. I didn’t think I would have enough to say in a whole post twice a week. Today, I’m  glad that I didn’t make that decision. It helps me to remain accountable, even when I just want to curl up in a ball and sleep it all off.

This is normally the type of week that would get me off track. Then, I’d spend the next few weeks trying to get myself back on point. I can honestly say that’s not the case right now, which makes me totally grateful for Row 80 and NaNoWriMo. If I didn’t have these challenges to focus on, I’m sure I’d have seen a steep decline in my writing output already.

With NaNo in full swing, I’ve made my writing every day goal with ease. I’ve regularly written more this week than than at any other period. I’ve churned out thousands of words and I’m totally shocked by it. The only day that I didn’t hit the target average, 1,667 words per day, was on Friday. Yet, I was right back at it on Saturday. Today has been kind of slow and I probably won’t make it. I know tomorrow, I’ll get it done.

I am so impressed by my Row/NaNo writing buddies. You guys have been putting up some major numbers which enrages me and inspires me all at once. 😛 Keep up the good work everyone. Oh, and special shouts out to the cheerleaders. You guys are awesome!

Happy Happy Joy Joy–Row 80 check-in

Fresh off my morning walk, I’m feeling really good today. In fact, I’m feeling like this……

Ahh the Zen of Ren & Stimpy. I used to love that show. “You stupid idiot!”

Anyway, here’s my midweek report:

Progress has been made. I’ve written every day. It’s starting to feel as normal to me as brushing my teeth or taking a shower. That excites me because it means the habit is forming. I’m not missing that “I’m not writing” guilt at all.

Happy news on the novel analyzing side as well. I’m half way through the Jim Butcher novel Storm Front. It has been a much better experience than Undead and Unwed. Though I do find myself wondering about the reason for that. Is it that Jim’s writing style is clearer? Did I just hate the writing in Undead and Unwed? Or was it just fatigue from trying analyze three novels in a month? I guess I’ll find out when I go back to it later.

For now, I’m on schedule to finish this novel on Friday. That’ll give me three days to finalize NaNoWriMo prep. Am I the only one who is both anticipating and dreading NaNo? Until Sunday! Hope the rest of your week is filled with happy happy joy joy moments. 🙂

Never Thought I’d See the Day–Row 80 check-in

I woke up this morning with soreness in my thighs. I winced, simply because I didn’t know it was there. Then, I smiled. Want to hear a confession? I LOVE the soreness in my thighs. It’s a sweet pain, an earned one. It wouldn’t be there if I hadn’t put in work. It wouldn’t be there if I hadn’t done something good for my body. It wouldn’t be there if I wasn’t exhibiting self-discipline and perseverance. I’m showing myself who I am capable of being. It’s a whole new world and I absolutely love who I’m becoming…who I am.

I can see that same progress with my writing. I’ve kept to my writing every day with no real thought to anything else. It’s just something that has to be done. I didn’t get back to analyzing the second novel until yesterday. I find the scene by scene analysis to be tedious, but well worth the effort. Going from Laurell K. Hamilton to Mary Janice Davidson is quite the dramatic shift. Laurell writes in thick, passionate detail. Mary Janice is thorough, but concise. Barely into the second round, I can see why the plot drill calls for six books. It’s an education that I doubt you could get any other way. Loving the journey.

P.S. Kettle bells rock!

Short and Sweet Row 80 Check-in

I’m tired. I just got  home from Wal-Mart where the aisles are extra crowded, people stare, and the cashier gives you the evil eye because she’s expected to *gasp* work. It’s not my fault the stupid self-checkout machine hates my coupon. I’m soooo sorry for interrupting your flirting time with the cart pusher who should be, I don’t know, pushing carts. Seriously, the highlight of this trip was being felt up by a toddler in a stroller. His mother was so embarrassed that she turned a deep shade of red and practically sprinted down the aisle while uttering her apologies in rapid-fire Spanish. Okay, now I’m laughing–again. Perhaps, the trip was worth it just for that Haha moment. And my new kettle bell. On to the goals.

I have written every day. Some days have been much more productive than others, but it’s getting done. I finished analyzing the first novel on Friday, a full two days later than I expected. I’m taking a break from analyzing that includes yesterday and today. Will start book two on Monday. Still excited to be here. Still chugging along. Spaghetti for dinner and The Walking Dead season premier tonight. Giddy just thinking about it. Hope you guys are having fun!

A Newbie’s First Impressions–Row 80 Check in

What took so long? A week into Row 80 and that’s what I keep asking myself. I’d known about the challenge for quite some time. I just couldn’t bring myself to join. I lurked–checking out people’s blogs and following the hash tag on Twitter. Since this summer, I’ve been really challenging myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do. I’ve gone to a Family Feud taping. I’ve exercised regularly in public. I drank only water for twenty-one days. Then the announcement for the fourth round showed up. This time I jumped on it. I’m so glad I did!

I’ve found the other participants extremely friendly and welcoming. I’ve been encouraged by many kindred spirits which totally alleviates Lonely Writer Syndrome.  Most of all, I’ve been so productive I don’t know what to do with myself. So, thanks Row 80 family. I’m very glad for you all. 🙂

As for my goals:

Writing EVERY day–check

Analyzing novels–check–I didn’t finish the first one today like I hoped, but it’ll definitely be done tomorrow.

Catch ya on Sunday!