ROW80: Week 7 Check In

One of the best things about the ROW80 writing challenge is that it forces me to constantly reevaluate where I’m spending my time. So welcome to week 7, where some important things are happening and others are not.

1) Write every morning:

– I placed second in an RWA contest and received an editor request, so this week I switched gears to revise the opening chapters of my story TERMS OF SURRENDER. Even though I was at my desk every morning by 7:00, I only revised the first chapter.

– An unexpected visit from our oldest son gave me an opportunity to whine discuss why I’m not accomplishing more. Despite being at my desk from 7:00 till 4:00 every day, I’m allowing myself to be distracted by volunteer commitments. While important, they should not be my primary focus.

– He convinced me to let go of some of my responsibilities. Can you hear me scream? It’s far easier to disappoint myself than it is to disappoint others. While family will always come first, the writing must come second. Or as Susan Elizabeth Phillips says: Protect the writing.

2) Social Media:

– Did I mention I want to join Pinterest? Have you see it yet? It’s beautiful and I’m in total awe. Check out Marcia Richard’s recent post about Pinterest.

– I visited 45 blogs this week. So many wonderful people, so many interesting posts. Which is how I became obssessed discovered Pinterest.

3) Avoid chocolate:

– There were chocolate chip cookies calling my name. ‘Nuff said.

4) Exercise:

– On the treadmill four days this week and took my iPad with me so I could read.

5) Read:

– I started Roxy Boroughs Bandit Creek novella A STRANGER’S KISS and it’s making the time on the treadmill fly by.

Check out the A Round of Words in 80 Days blog and maybe you’ll want to join us next time.

Happy ROW80 everyone and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Well Sheila how wonderful to have a visit from your son. Nothing better than spending time with our kids, even if they’re big kids. And congrats on the RWA contest and editor request! That’s awesome! You did get some work done and you Rock on the exercise goal. I’m impressed! But how to avoid chocolate? Have you ever had a Think Thin bar? There’s 20 grams of protein and no sugar. I love the chocolate brownie one and eat a half bar at a time. Try that. It’s healthy. :) Have a great week Sheila!
    Karen McFarland recently posted..ROW80: Alive and Kicking!My Profile

    • Karen, I keep hearing about those Think Thin bars and will have to try them.

      Thanks for the congrats on the contest and request. And thanks for stopping by!

  2. well done, Sheila. We’re in the same boat – my son and his family are here this weekend. lovely to visit. Seems like yours understands the need to write. I’m not sure my son understands the process
    Louise Behiel recently posted..More Fun with AwardsMy Profile

    • Louise, my son is very creative so I can always bounce ideas off him. It’s great. :)

      How wonderful you got to spend time with your son and his family, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Congrats on your continued progress, not to mention your avoidance of chocolate.

    Instead of screaming over not disappointing others, move the time around.

    If I may suggest. Instead of not doing certain things, move them around and change your schedule. Stephan King in his book on writing says … do your work first. Each morning at 7:00 am … resolve to write a set number of words (whatever you can finish) … 500-1000 words a day is what he recommends.

    Do only your writing first, then you have the rest of the day for your exercise and volunteer work. Just a suggestion. Put you first and those you want to help get a better “you.” :) Keep up the good work and write on !!

    • Florence, you’re absolutely right. When I write between 8 to noon, I always get so much done. But then I start letting other things interfere until they overtake the time. I wonder if it’s a form of procrastination? LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I can’t revise first thing in the morning. New words yes, edits no :)

    Aw, balance, that thing that challenges us all! Best of luck for the upcoming week.
    Raelyn Barclay recently posted..Sunday Summary & #ROW80My Profile

    • The balancing act is always tricky, isn’t it, Raelyn? At least I recognize when things get out of whack and then I can rebalance. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Congrats on the second place finish and editor request.
    Stacy S. Jensen recently posted..Knock KnockMy Profile

    • Thanks so much for the congrats, Stacy. And thanks for stopping by!

  6. Congratulations on the placement and request. That is awesome! And I agree with your son. I think you are probably too hard on yourself. We usually are. Congratulations on joining Pinterest. Now you can wonder around lost like I am. LOL
    Debra Kristi recently posted..Sometimes Superheroes Can Be Immortal, Too! Immortal MondayMy Profile

    • Pinterest … ah, so much fun, Debra. Since I’m always looking for pictures anyway, now I’ll have someplace to share the really awesome ones. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Congrats on the contest and request! Hope the editor loves it!

    Saying NO can be a very hard thing to do, especially when it’s to something worthy. It’s even tougher if you don’t have an outside job, because people assume that you’re home all day so you have tons of time, so you’re the one they ask. It’s hard, but we need to do it – like you said, to protect the writing! Good luck with this one – and on giving the writing priority this week!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..My Town Monday: Fight Club – in Dayton!My Profile

    • We were taught not to say NO, weren’t we, Jennette. LOL! Perhaps that’s why it’s so hard. :)

      Thanks for the congrats on the contest final and request. And thanks for stopping by!


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