RoW80 Check-in: January 11th.

The soft voice, the privacy of the question, and the fact that Taluin had tried to brush the hair out of his eyes all made Locke smile a little. ‘Yes,’ he said quietly, followed by a few more coughs, ‘I’m fine.'”

It’s hard to believe we’re practically halfway through January already, especially since the weather here has been in the 50s. Hardly the midwestern winters I’m used to! Being nearly halfway through January has gotten me thinking that I need to get my butt in gear. I finally decided to get a Kindle to help me be more productive, but the discovery of things like apps (curse you, TapZoo, why did I ever download you, you addicted piece of utter crack??) has certainly curtailed my productivity in this first month of the year. To be fair, I’ve been using the damned thing for reading, too, but I feel I have not been writing nearly as much as I should. Have a look and see:

Serpent in a Cage: Where I should be: page 165. Where I am: page 162. Today and tomorrow are morning shifts, so I have the evening and I’m resolving right here and right now that I will not go to bed until I play a few pages catch-up on SiaC. I think the introduction of a sandstorm scene slowed me down a little bit, too, and I’ll be getting back to the main text, which usually goes a little faster. Plus, this part of the text relied heavily on a character I cut, so it’ll be a little bit fun, I think, to rewrite it without her.

Short Story Collection: Most of the energy that hasn’t been spent on reading (or Kindle games!) has gone into editing up my short stories. I’m making good progress (working on a sixth story), but not as good as I’d like (I wanted to do a story a day). The one I’m working on now is my favorite and definitely has me feeling like this is a good idea, while some of the others, not so much, and they’ll probably disappear. I know I’ll have to really kick it up in the rest of the month if I want to have these prepped and ready in February to get to beta readers to have the finished product up in March. Out of the six, I know for a fact there are at least three that I’d want to keep, so that’s good.

The 100 Books Project: Reading is never a problem. I’m reading far more than I’m writing right now, which is not good for my other projects, but is a good start to this one. Pretty soon, I’ll get one of the many books I’m reading finished and we’ll be starting in on the reviews. I’ve been really eager to get through something so I can start! And I’m treating myself to a free Kindle book every day, and a paid one every Friday, as well as always in the market for new physical books, so, please, share your suggestions! I’m eager to find what’s out there!

Black Dome Society: Where I am: 5025 words. Where I should be: 6525. Not a crippling defeat; I can easily make up 1500 words in an intense writing session later this week; I’ve been playing catch-up from deleting a chapter and going back and rewriting it. I thought of doing it again with its replacement chapter, but I’m starting to like where it’s going, so maybe it will stay. I think if I keep up with it for the next week or so, I’ll have a good three or four chapters ready for review. Not too shabby, considering last week I basically cut my wordcount in half with the deletion.

Blogging: Things are going great on this front! I’ve been getting lots of traffic and have been staying true to answering my comments and commenting on other blogs. Like writing, putting yourself out there in blogs is something that the more you do it, the more you get out of it!

How’s everyone else doing? Can you believe we’re already almost halfway done with Janauary? Is it snowing at all where you are? I have to admit, the sunshine is nice, but I miss my snow, dammit. Now, watch, since I’ve said that, we’re probably going to have a super late winter all the way through May. Ah, well.

And don’t forget to check out my fellow RoWers if you get the chance, too, here! Happy writing!


  1. Your comment about blogging is very true. You get more out of it the more you engage in it. I’ve made some fabulous friends through ROW80 and blogging. It’s nice to meet you now. It sounds like you’ve got a handle on your goals. I’m sending snowflakes your way. ********

  2. urrghh I hadn’t even noticed we are already half way through January, damn :/
    I am sooo glad I haven’t got a Kindle! lol when I first got an Iphone I wasted so much time messing around with apps and paying games – thankfully that novelty has worn off now (and I’ve deleted lots of the games) hopefully the novelty will wear off for you soon too, then you can get back to using it for it’s true purpose! 🙂

  3. It has been unnaturally mild here (Northeastern PA) also this year, but you’ll not hear me complaining. It’s meant the difference of $500.00 gas bills to $200.00 gas bills! Whoo-hoo!! Ha. But I have to admit, I love snow. If it’s going to be cold ( under 50 degrees for this chickie) then I’d like it to be pretty with freshly fallen snow. I’d be run out of here on a rail if my neighbors heard this crazy talk…

    Sounds like you are moving right along in your goals. Congrats.

  4. I know you feel like you’re lagging a bit, but I know you’ll get your momentum back. Don’t you always??? LOL. Keep on going and you’ll be overachieving again before you know it. 🙂

    We have had rain for days here, and today we had a huge thunderstorm with hail. It’s supposed to get cold tomorrow and we MIGHT get snow. Last year we had two good snows, and one of them was on Christmas day. That was the first white Christmas we’d had in decades!

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