RoW80 Check-In: November 13th!

“She said they would talk, but, only a few moments after Kadue had started to gentle stroke her hair, she had fallen into a deep, undisturbed, and desperately needed sleep. He stayed with her the entire night, helping her back into her shackles when the morning inevitably came.

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably continue saying it on many Sundays to come, but the weekends are so difficult for me to write! This weekend was particularly difficult, many different things going on in my life to give me reason to skip my writing, but they were all worthy reasons to sort of take a break. Stress from work, needing to help out a friend, and being sick to boot is a pretty good trifecta of not getting much work done. However, today is Sunday, usually a decent recharge day for me lately, and I get to come home from work and catch up with all the television shows I’ve missed from being too busy writing and then tomorrow is glorious Monday when I can actually get some work done and catch up on where I fell back this weekend. Let’s have a look!

Serpent in a Cage: Officially started in on the second notebook; we’re kind of in Part II of III now, where the action shifts back to the first group of characters as they set out toward the second group and have a few adventures in a cave. And after hitting the reader with the heaviness of Auferrix’s situation, we start to get a little heavier with Locke and Gilferen, too. There are a lot of adjustments that will have to be made to the original draft, so it’s working out to be half new material, half old material, but it’s going well! Chapter: Ten. Page count: 121.

750 Words: Still on board with the November challenge, though nothing too spectacular or interesting is coming from it right now. It’s still just extending a lot of short snippets I’ve started to see if they go anywhere, and they haven’t gone far.

Novel in 6 Months: Since my attention goes to NaNoWriMo first, my Novel in 6 Months has been a little neglected, but I’m still far ahead of the word count for this one. I’ve been jotting a lot of ideas and thoughts on this one, though not much actual scene writing is going on right now with it. Page count: 43. Word count: 28,582.

NaNoWriMo: I’m about a day and a half behind right now; I’ve been able to chip out a few words here and there (hey, something is better than nothing, right?), but not enough to be on track for the month so far. I’m hoping to catch back up in the next few days now that Saturday has passed us! I am having a little bit of trouble with the story and wishing I’d picked something else to write or that I’d had more time to outline and plan, but it’s definitely too late now, and, as I always say, even if it isn’t very good, something is better than nothing, and it can always improve later. So we forge on ahead, hoping for things to fall into place nicely all the same. Page count: 29. Word count: 18,664.

Short Stories: Nothing exciting to report here, unless you count editing two paragraphs of “Just Right” exciting. I’d like to have it done by the end of this coming week, but I’ve been saying that every week.

The 100 Books Project: Nearly finished with another book, which I hope to accomplish tonight. I’m in that stage where you’re almost finished, and it seems that no matter how much you read, you can’t seem to get to the end. There’s got to be a name for that phenomenon…. Books read: 50/100.

How is everyone else doing? I know I’ve been positively crap for managing to make it to see everyone, but I know I’m better with that in the beginning of the week, too! I’d love to hear how you’re doing and, of course, all the wonderful, encouraging comments everyone’s been leaving have been fantastic and gratifying. Thanks, everyone! You know you can always count on another RoWer to make your day just a little bit better!



  1. Progress is progress and from one busy ROWer to another; we learn to live and work in the moments, the fleeting glimpses of serenity that wisp about the chaotic maelstrom of our days.

    Overall, I think you are doing fantastic, especially considering the number of things you are involved in. I’m going to look into the Novel in 6 months one. Sounds just like something I’d be interested in. After NaNo, of course.

    Have a great week 🙂

    • Thanks, Gene! Novel in 6 Months is something Sue Healy mentioned randomly in one of her posts and bunch of her readers just sort of jumped right onto it. It’s like a less insane NaNo at a casual little gait rather than a frantic racing pace. So I find it incredibly cathartic, especially since I do my NaNo first and then when I get to my Ni6M, I’m all, “Oh, 500 words, this is so niiiiiiice!”

  2. Hi Ellis, Thanks for mentioning me – I’m feeling soooo guilty about the fact that I’m the lame one in the six month challenge as I’ve had an unforseen and hectic couple of weeks (my win, a house move and a new job application) so I haven’t been keeping up at all. I’ve had a mail from an agent, however, so I really do need to get this into shape to send off.

    You are inspiring me!

    Sue xo

    • Aww, thanks, Sue! You’ve inspired me so much, so it’s only fair to return the favor, I guess. I’m flattered that you feel so! And look at how many exciting things are going on for you; that’s superb! I’m just glad you even thought of the six month challenge, because it’s been a really fun adventure for me, so thank you so much for giving me the idea!

  3. intriguing idea the six month challenge – its a month and a half late now but if she runs it again I may well hop on board- although not sure I would stick at 45 mins a day – I tend to like steaming ahead ah well – you seem to be managing well – so many projects makes my head whirl!:) all the best for coming week

    • Oh, I gave up on the 45 minutes a day part ages ago; I don’t have the time or the attention span! I’ve been doing about 500 a day, though, with the buffer from when I wrote for 45 minutes (which garnered a lot more than 500 words), so I’m definitely set to make the 80,000 word goal at the end of it. Whoo hoo!

      And thanks for stopping by!

  4. Neat – I never heard of 6-month challenge before. Thanks for mentioning it.

    Sounds like you are juggling a lot of projects, and they’re going well! I used to have trouble writing on the weekends (the temptation to push back writing time lasted all day Saturday, until around midnight when I’d say, oh, I’ll just write tomorrow). Now I coop myself up in coffee shops with no internet. It WORKS!

    Happy writing this week,

    • I couldn’t bring myself to coop up in a coffee shop, because I know I’d be paranoid about what I should be doing at home and spending waaaaaaaaay too much money on lattes, omg. Hee. It had been a while, though, since I’ve done anything like that, so maybe I should make a day out of it and just blast out a bunch of productivity.

      Thanks for stopping by, Gina!

  5. I think you’re doing really well, considering how many goals you’re trying to accomplish. NaNo is stressful and hard enough by itself. You’re trying to do that and everything else. I admire your drive and perseverance more than I can say. Keep rockin’, L.S. You’re a great example to all of us!

    • Awww, shucks, you’re gonna make me blush over here! But thank you! I’ve really been trying to dedicate writing as my main focus, especially if I’m ever going to get myself to a place where I can start trying to publish stuff!

      Best of luck to the rest of your week, Lauralynn!

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