End of Round 3

It’s the first day of Fall! I’m laughing inside because it’s 85* at 9am.

More importantly it is the last day of  Row80 Round 3. Sigh. This was not my best round, but I kept at it making bits of headway. Therefore, I call it a success. Let’s break it down.

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. This time, they were dropped because my life is crazy and I don’t have time for it.

The Ugly first.


  • Promotion.
    Goal- 3 emails a week &/or participate in 3 twitter memes. Not much this week. I’m in a holding pattern. I did work on this sporadically, but it was never consistent and that’s why it’s marked red. Consistency  is my biggest issue, with everything.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  nope. again consistency.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest.
    nope. I have worked on it this week. Rereading it I found it full of passive voice, so it needs more work than I thought. I don’t think it will make it to the Sept. 30 deadline. It might, but I doubt it.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water. I have worked through the first 3 sets (first 7 chapters). I want to finish the first 10 by October 5. Doubtful.
  • Plot out a story that popped in my head.
    Nope. I worked on it a little,but not enough. I have high hopes for this being my NaNo project.
  • Free writing at least 3 times a week Nope. again consistency. I started a new prompt this week about a secret door. 🙂

The Bad

Now for the goals that were dropped. All because my life with teenagers is chaos. It’s hard to do these when you aren’t home.

  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help.
  • Contact a body at the hardware store to discuss cabinet options and prices.
  • Make a wish list for the kitchen.

The Good

Finally, things I actually accomplished. I feel like I’m cheating because several of these are things I do regardless. But it does make me feel good to mark them off.

  • Stay on top of Critique group.
  • Read 4 books a month.
    According to Goodreads I finished my 4th book for September.
  • Empty cabinet under stove for stove installation. 
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
  • Edit/revise “Monster” 
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
  • Organize my writer’s calendar and mark upcoming due dates and expectations.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
  • Draw the current kitchen footprint.
  • Create a list of tweets for each story I have out to make promotion easier!
  • Write a new ending for Monster, edit, and revise by September 7.

The Take Away

I have consistency issues. Keeping on track and not getting distracted by things like Netflix. I like schedules and do better on a schedule than without one. Yet, I’ve had difficulty setting one up that covers everything I need to do in a day. Row80 is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. I try to remember that when life jumps in and changes everything. Focusing on small accomplishments help to stay focused and not worry about totally bombing on one goal. I finished 2 short stories and submitted them for publication. That in itself is reason to say Round 3 was a success.

Some writers are very good at staying focused and writing/editing during the day. They treat it like a job and accomplish so much more than I do. I try not to think about them. They don’t have my life. It’s like when you sit in church and see this perfect little family always smiling and happy. After you’ve spent the morning fighting with your teen over appropriate hem lines and not sleeping because your husband snores.

It doesn’t work. That other family has problems, they’re just better at looking good in public. Her husband could be a psychopath and she’s living in fear of the neighbors finding out.

Point is we are all different with various levels of chaos. We have to find the path that works best for us and accept that there are times when your greatest accomplishment for the week is getting out of bed. I salute all the participants of round 3 Row80 for showing up and working hard.

How did you do for round 3?




2 thoughts on “End of Round 3

  1. I love fall. It is my favorite season. It was about 85 degrees today!

    I know a few writers who can churn out the words. Like, high high high wordcounts (5k, 10k, etc) wordcounts per day. And I can get a bit envious. But they may not have a day job, or chronic illness, or screwed up wrists. I actually do pretty well despite all these issues, and I have to remind myself of that more often!

    So, yes, we all have our own writing journey. (Someone said that; I forget who!). You do what you can when you can. The key is not to give up, and keep moving forward. You’ll get there.

    We both will. 🙂

    And, btw, that’s a lot of blue up there. Be proud.


  2. Looks like you still managed to cross out a good number of things. That’s great work.

    I always have people telling me it looks like I have everything together. And I feel like a big fraud. Because I very rarely feel like I do. I’m still finding the best way to jam everything I want to get done into a day. But, we all do what we can.


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