#ROW80 Check-in – 15 November, 2015

A Round of Words in 80 Days, or ROW80, is a blog hop run by Kait Nolan, and it is a fabulous thing. It allows you to set your own goals (mostly pertaining to writing), and then be held accountable via weekly blog check-ins. You can read more about it on the ROW80 blog.

row80This week has been ridiculous. I did not have a free night between Tuesday and Saturday, not to mention I was at work all day Saturday. Today I woke up with a splintering headache that had to be cured with painkillers rather than just caffeine (that’s usually the problem), but had to go out again because we had tickets to a show and I was the one who had made the group booking. Thank goodness working Saturday means I get tomorrow off. Having said all that, I didn’t do too badly with my goals this week. Here’s the break down:

  • Write at least two pages in notebook or 200 words on the laptop every week day. Consolidate this on the weekends.

I guess it’s a good thing I chose this week to see how I went writing first thing when I got up in the mornings. I managed this on four out of the five days. I didn’t have much energy to do a make-up session on the weekend though. I’m finding it tricky getting the words down at the moment, because I’m actually at the resolution of my WIP and just trying to conclude everything. Which is harder than it seems.

The verdict on writing early mornings: while I am a morning person, I am still groggy when I first get up. But because I try to get into work as early as I can (the earlier I arrive, the earlier I can leave), I don’t really like hanging around the house until I’m more awake. I think I’m going to stick to mostly writing in my notebook at lunch time.

  • Write one book review a week and queue them up on the blog.

I wrote three! For Mothers Grimm, The Golem and the Djinni and Chasing Nonconformity. I have finished reading another two books this week, so the trend should continue. I’m currently reading a lot, so I’m posting two reviews a week instead of one a fortnight. Two went up in the past couple of days, Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth and  A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.

  • Send three Postcrossing cards per week/maintain maximum total cards traveling.

As you can probably imagine, I have had zero time for writing postcards. I still have six stamps, though, so I might try to write make-up cards this week.

  • Ride bike to work or walk into the city after work at least three times a week.

The weather has been terrible this week, so I did absolutely no exercise. I know that’s not an excuse, but I’m using it anyway. Edy and I did find some resistance bands during a tidy up, though, so since we’re both home tomorrow, we’re going to see what we can do with them. Having an indoor exercise option that doesn’t involve having to unplug the DVD player and plug in the Wii (I am aware of my laziness levels, don’t worry) is always good.

That’s it from me, it is already 9:35 here, and I intend to have an early night tonight to make up for the fact that I was up until 11:30 reading Winter last night. I’m fairly sure that goes at least part way to explaining my headache today. See you later!

~ Emily


5 thoughts on “#ROW80 Check-in – 15 November, 2015

  1. Athan Carter says:

    I understand about your laziness levels re: the DVD player. I wrote down the steps for my qi gong routine so I wouldn’t have to load it up on my streaming box, even though that would take about a minute. Sometimes the best exercise is spontaneous activity, like a cleaning spree or just a walk around the block.


  2. Chris Kincaid says:

    Some weeks are more trying than others, aren’t they? But it sounds like you hung in there. Glad you figured out the best time of day to write – do what works for you and not what someone tells you to do. Best wishes for a productive upcoming week, and for relief from the headache.


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