RoW80 Check-In: January 15th!

“‘You guys haven’t heard of it?’ Jaxson was grinning the crooked grin he wore whenever he knew something the others didn’t, which happened more often than Locke wanted to admit. ‘It was all over the gambling tables in Redaea. There’s said to be a hidden treasure cave out here, filled with all the ancient riches of the old dynasties.'”

I’m going to be honest. I’ve been kind of dreading this RoW80 check-in, because I know I have still not been able to kick my productivity into gear. Not for lack of desire, but it seems that the times when I’m feeling most like writing are when I don’t have the time for it. And when I do have the time, all I want to do is laze around and play freakin’ Tap Zoo. It’s incredibly frustrating and it has me feeling like a total slack-ass, but I’m also determined to not let myself slide down the slippery slope into just giving up. It’s been an awkward start to the month; the rest of the month might go a bit better. Let’s see where I stand at the moment:

Serpent in a Cage: Where I should be: 169. Where I am: 165. I still have some catch-up to do, but I’ve been, with the exception of one day, still sticking with a page-a-day, so I haven’t fallen too much further behind. I just haven’t been pleased with how I’ve reworked a scene, but I’m fighting through it with the intention of smoothing it out later. I’m displeased with it enough that I’ve been doubting whether the whole thing is any good, but I’m trying not to let thoughts like that stick. Let’s finish the rewrite, get it typed up and edited again, and then let’s decide if it’s any good then and not a moment before.

Short Story Collection: I’ve been plugging away at some of these for a while, and I’ve pulled up the old start to a novella that I had. Working on retyping and editing that a little bit before I get to trying to complete it. I figure it’s always nice to end a short story collection with a novella. It’s not going as quickly as I had hoped, but I think finishing the collection by February is still a reachable goal. Part of me is wondering if I’m dragging my ass out of that subconscious fear of finishing and failure, but, if that’s the case, it’s definitely not prevalent, so I doubt that that’s it. I did discuss potential titles with my roommate over lunch, which was a lot of fun and we need to do more often, and right now, the top contender is Bowlful of Bunnies. It’s best not to ask.

The 100 Books Project: I’m getting a little frustrated with my reading, too, because it seems that I’m dedicating most of my time to reading, and yet I still haven’t finished a damn book! I’m about halfway through all of them right now, though, so it’s just a matter of time, and then I’ll finish them all at around the same time and have a whole stack of reviews to do. It’ll balance out, but I’ll have to remember when I pick my next book, that it’s a shorter buffer book. Still no books finished…

Black Dome Society: Poor BDS has been neglected in lieu of the other two writing projects, though I need to step it up because my partner in crime for this project comes back to Illinois soon and I don’t want to be lame and have so little to show him. I’m worried that I just don’t have the energy for it because we haven’t had a chance to really talk about it or anything much lately, so the spark is sort of dying out on it, but that’s no excuse. I really need to forge ahead. I want to be able to have a third chapter at least started by the end of this week. I need to be able to have a third chapter at least started by the end of this week.

Blogging: Despite my utter failures in the world of writing, my blogging has been insane. I’ve been getting so many views; thank you guys so much! I know Sharon Howard’s posting of my flash fiction prompts has helped, as has Linda Cassidy Lewis awarding me a priiiiize (a post for which may be forthcoming if I don’t be lame and forget) and Eden Mabee’s tweet! I feel so cool and hip having so many people mention me enough that I seem interesting! Even more pressure to get my butt in gear and start being more awesome again, but I like that kind of pressure. Thank you all so much! I’m so scatterbrained that I feel I can’t express my gratitude fully enough, but I did want to let everyone know that I think you’re all awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And also thanks to Kate for subscribing, too. She has the cutest little inspirational picture up on her blog right now and everyone needs to check it out.

So, socially? Awesome. Writing? Not so much. Reading? Okay. It’s always a new week ahead, and I have a rare morning when I don’t have to be into work until noon, and so hopefully I can get some work done this morning. Or, at the very least, check in on my fellow RoWers here to cheer them on.

Happy Writing!


  1. Thanks for the mention, the flash fiction is great, really stimulating my writing mind (seeing as I’m not doing much on the novel lol) maybe I should stick to short stories!?

    I’m sure the novelty of tapzoo will wear off soon – maybe the whole reason you’ve become addicted is your brain is telling you it needs a break!? hehe you’ll be fine and back in the writing mojo soon!

    • I definitely think our brains have ways of telling us what they want to do lately. At least yours is productive in the way of short stories and not fake zoos! But it’s actually getting to the point where I have to wait and earn a lot of money before I can do anything, so I guess I can write in the meantime….geeeeez.

  2. Lots of projects you’re working on! Good luck finishing them all. I usually read one book at a time, but lately I’ve been in the middle of 8 or 9 at one time, but I made a regular blogging schedule, so that I have to make sure I finish 1-2 books a week. πŸ™‚

    • I usually like to finish 1-2 books a week, too, but, man, it’s taking me a while to get it started. Once I have the first book finished, though, the others usually fall into line.

  3. I know you are used to writing more than one thing at a time. But you actually READ more than one book at a time? I can’t do either one of those things. I would drive myself insane if I tried!

    You know, if you feel like you’re just lazing around at times when you should be working, it may be because you’re trying to do too much at once. I know you’re used to working that way, but sometimes it can burn you out. Then you don’t want to do anything. Maybe you should cut down on your projects until you get a good routine going again. Then, soon, you’ll be that insanely busy person again. πŸ™‚

    • But…I did cut down on my projects! Heh.

      No, I think it’s just time for a little bit of a break, and, you’re right, even as I’m getting to replying to comments, I’m feeling more productive and on track. Every once in a while, we just get a slow start, but a steady finish.

  4. Okay, so this week…you have to write 50 words, just 50, before touching Tap Zoo *grins* Try it out, ignore me, your choice. And pick one book to finish, just one.

    The logic behind these suggestions: The words are what Kait Nolan calls the “test mile”, just a few to get things rolling and even if you go no further at least you made progress. And the book, finish one and that success will (I’m betting) help bump you from the slump. Once again, just suggestions.

    You did make progress this week and that is what counts the most. By the way, have you considered using a “recent posts” widget in your sidebar? With all the blogging you’ve been doing this might help visitors find some of your other material.

    Have a excellent week πŸ™‚

    • Ohhhh, now that’s just cruel, Gene. Although, not really, because 50 words aren’t that many at all. : )

      I think I’m just not the sort of person who can focus on one thing without driving herself insane. It takes a little longer for things, but they do get done…eventually. XD And sometimes I hit a moment where I just get close to finishing something, so I just hit it hard until it’s done, but none of the projects are at that point yet. They’ll get there.

      I did have a recent posts sidebar a while ago, but it didn’t look very good. That was on my old layout, though, so good suggestion on putting it up now! I’ll have to go do that…and get rid of the progress bars I haven’t been updating (LOL).

      Thanks for stopping by, Gene. As always, you’re always so full of sage wisdom that I should be following.

  5. Gene’s spot on with his advice as ever πŸ˜‰ -a little bit goes a long way. Sometimes, we like to create huge projects to work on all at the same time; when in reality it makes soooo much sense to chop them down into digestible chunks -then it becomes less daunting and a whole lot more inviting and manageable. πŸ˜€ Regardless of how you feel about underachieving this week; I think you have made a lot of progress, so give yourself a break and reward yourself for what you have achieved.

    • I knooooow, Gene’s always so smart. And thanks for the encouragement. I’m used to managing a whole lot more, so I think that’s why I feel I’ve only been doing a little, but, still, you’re right, it’s not bad at all.

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