ROW80 Check In

It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s time to check in with ROW80.

Round two officially began Monday, but writers can sign up on any check day (check ins are Wednesdays and Sundays).

So how have I been doing since round two kicked off? Uhm. Well. Yea…

Monday – I didn’t write anything on Monday. Zip. Zilch. Not because I didn’t want to, I was just too busy elsewhere to get my butt in the chair. As many of you may or may not know, my husband and I are in the middle of moving overseas to Okinawa, Japan. This is our last week in our apartment, and even though the military will pack everything for us, it’s up to us to go through the rooms and evaluate what’s going with us, what’s staying in storage, being donated or thrown away. When I got home from class on Monday, that’s what I did. I did most of the apartment too. I’m hoping to finish this evening and Friday, because the movers come on Monday. Anyway, by the time I decided to take a break from sorting through stuff, it was dinner time, followed by homework and then sleep.

Tuesday – I did a little better yesterday. I wrote 245 words in Zoraida and spent 30min editing Party Favors. It doesn’t seem like much, but being that life is crazy-busy — I’ll take what I can get! Yesterday I was also in class all day long, but even though I was tired from that, I pushed myself to write — even when I had trouble finding people on Twitter to do #1K1Hr with me.

Wednesday – Well, that’s today. I haven’t written yet, and if I do get the chance to write it will be later in the evening. I have class at 11a, followed by another trip to the base nearby, followed by more sorting of stuff.

Even though I’m not doing as well as I’d like to be, I’m OK with my minimal progress. I knew going into ROW80 that my start would be slow. By the end of April all my school projects and papers will be turned in. First two weeks of May will bring me a week of finals and graduation. By May 18, I’m flying overseas — so my real progress won’t start until late May.

How about you? How are you doing so far? (Don’t forget to link your progress post on the ROW 80 Check in)


Don’t forget, tomorrow I continue my Online Identity blog series with “Facebook, Twitter and Blogs, Oh My!”

22 responses

  1. With your crazy schedule I think it’s amazing you have time to any writing at all. You’re doing fine. 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

    • Thanks, Katja — I’m trying really hard (and doing pretty good) at not letting myself get too down for not writing as much as I want. I have a writers group I meet with on Thursdays, so hopefully tomorrow night I can knock out a lot of words. 😉

      April 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

  2. When I know I have a lot going on, I simply celebrate ANY progress I make, no matter how small. If I let myself get down, I know that that will affect my writing on good days, because I’ll be trying to “catch up” rather than really trying to WRITE, if that makes sense. Sounds like you’re doing fine, with everything that is going on! Good luck with everything!


    April 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

    • Thanks, Melanie!

      That’s a good point — If I don’t celebrate the small victories, then on days when I can write a lot, I’ll be worried about “catching up”. Makes perfect sense! Good luck to you too!

      April 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

  3. Woohoo! I know how busy you are, so I’m happy for you that you’re happy about the progress you’ve made. Make sense? Good!

    …crap, does this mean I have to move my weekly check-in blog? Um, I’m going to keep doing mine on Monday I think… Yeah.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

    • I don’t think you have to move it if you don’t want to. Just link to your check-in post on the ROW80 site on either Wed or Sun. Those are the check-in days. Basically just a way for other ROW80 participants to click around blogs and meet new people, offer encouragement, etc. 😉

      April 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

  4. My progress this week has been similar to yours – although my excuses weren’t quite as good. 😉

    Good luck with the move, and your writing goals. I hope both go well for you.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

    • It’s early in the game, Claire — still PLENTY of time for both us to hit our goals. 😉

      April 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

  5. Cid

    You are smart. I like you. Can we stay friends? 😀

    April 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

    • Of course. How else will I fend off zombies?

      April 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

  6. Wow, you are one busy girl! I’m surprised you even got anything done, so you’re doing fine. There’s no pressure except that which you put on yourself, so be easy and don’t get too frustrated.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    • Thanks Lauralynn! Good luck to you and your goals too!

      April 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

  7. well yay for writing Tuesday! 😀

    good luck with your goals and the rest of the week!

    April 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    • Yay indeed! lol Good luck with your goals too, Ashelynn!

      April 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  8. Wow, any progress with all THAT going on sounds like something of a miracle. And I bet Japan will be a wonderful place to write in–all those new experiences and impressions.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    • That’s how I feel, Heather. Any progress is GOOD progress. I’m excited about Japan. Writing on the beach in Okinawa — I can only image high, high, high word counts. lol

      April 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  9. Congrats on getting words down! You must be so excited for the move – I hope we get to hear more of your adventures [s]

    April 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

  10. I’m barely managing 300 word average a day but, believe me when I say, slow and steady wins my race. Keep up the good work.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    • Hey! 300 words is better than no words! You’re definitely right — slow and steady wins the race. Good luck!

      April 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  11. Kudos for writing while in the midst of preparing to move. Ex military brat so know how stressful it is. Envy you moving to Japan. One of my son’s dreams is to go there. Told him he has to wait until he’s 16 before we go….the maturity factor. Right now he’s one of those, once he gets someplace is ready to go home immediately. He’s fast and done. Won’t work with that type of trip. More than you wanted to know. Good luck with your goals.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

  12. Way to go! Any progress is good progress…keep it up!

    April 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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