RoW80 Update: April 8th!

A useless hunk of stone, maybe, but Gilferen picked it up and slipped it into his own pouch after Jaxson had left with a flourish of his long black coat. He gave Locke a weak smile from across the table. ‘Just in case,’ he said. ‘Come on. Let’s see about getting these mugs refilled again. Might as well enjoy it while we can.'”

Happy Easter and/or Passover and/or Just Another Sunday, dear readers of this here little blog! In a few hours, I will be heading over to the home of my roommate’s very gracious parents for a lamb dinner and, despite the fact that their youngest child is twenty-seven and their only grandchildren are furry quadrupeds, an Easter egg hunt. My own family is all mostly back in Michigan, so I will be trying to make phone calls if my phone decides to cooperate, which it rarely does. I hope that it’s a glorious day over there for all the bipedal grandchildren in my family to search for eggs in at my grandmother’s house. Are there any big plans for you and yours? I’m planning to still get some work done today, so it’s a pretty casual holiday on my side of things…at least it is while I’m in a different state.

In the meantime, let’s have a look at how my goals for RoW80 have been going. I’ll admit, since Wednesday, the going has been rough, but it hasn’t been completely off kilter. It’s been an odd week, and I’m sure next week will be just as odd, my work schedule all shifted around to make way for my mini-vacation at ComicCon this next weekend. Should be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it! But that’s next week. Let’s see what we’ve got this week.

Serpent in a Cage: Poor SiaC. Since I’ve been focusing on finishing my Closing Lines story from the Tuesday before last (oy), I haven’t been spending a whole lot of time on it. Or, like, any. That changes today (hopefully!) and there will likely be more exciting news regarding this book on Wednesday’s check-in. Page count: 62/97.

Bowlful of Bunnies: I’m proud to say that all the stories I know for a fact (unless betas suggest otherwise!) are going into the collection are completely edited and ready to go! Now it’s just a matter of getting a few new stories in and added. I’m hoping to finish one by the end of the day today, and hopefully a good handful of others by the end of the week. It’s so reassuring and exciting knowing that I have at least ten stories to publish. I would love more, but we’ll see how the wind blows these next few days. If anything, I could probably prime BoB for publication right now and still be satisfied, but I think I still want to to do a little bit more. I’m also going to try to finish the “Black Stones” story (aaaaaallllllll for you, Caustic Madrigal), the ending of which was giving me some trouble. Stories so far: 10/20.

The 100 Books Project: I was sitting on that Electric Michelangelo review for a long time, and I’ve made some headway on some of the gazillion books I’m reading right now, but nothing’s going to be finished within the next few days, more than likely. And then there will be a flood, as these things tend to go. I’m enjoying (almost) everything so much right now, though, so my reading journey has been awesome so far. Books read: 12/100. (1/38 for this round).

Book No. 002: Will not be Star Wars. Sorry, CM, but I’m pretty sure I need a deal with them first, though I bet I could write a pretty kick ass Star Wars book. I considered going sci-fi as a decent compromise to that….I was going to say that was out of the question because all my sci-fi are definitely series OR a project that requires a bit more time and attention, but another thought just filtered into my head to prove me wrong. So…maybe. I do have some space pirates hanging out in the wings. But, really, I have no idea yet what Book No. 002 this year will be. Time shall tell.

Other Novels: While I’m almost finished with a prologue on To Cross a River of Blood, the circus novel and the chick lit ones have barely been touched, and that’s okay. None of them are feeling like candidates for Book No. 002, so they will continue to be picked at and plucked at here and there until the next thing I know, I’ve got a rough but completed manuscript in front of me.

Featured Story: Since it’s Sunday, a new Featured Story has gone up! Finally, I’ve gotten around to editing “Just Right,” a twisted fairy tale I whipped up when I first started using 750 Words. I was planning to do a whole series of short stories from this world but, editing this story, I think I might want to build a novel out of it. Where and how Goh D. Lox’s tale fits into the broader scope, I’m not too sure, but it’ll definitely be interesting to find out!

There you have it! Decent progress, not groundbreaking, but exciting nonetheless. How are your goals going for you? Did you get a chance to support any of the other RoWers? You should! I know I’m going to try to hit up a few more myself. Until then, however, as always, Happy Writing!

And allow me to also not forget to welcome Rachel as my latest subscriber! Thanks for following the blog, Rachel! Glad to have you with us!



  1. Nice job on your goals this week. You need to teach a class on how you juggle so many projects. Best of luck for the coming week and enjoy the lamb and Easter egg hunt 🙂

    • Thank you so much for capturing all of these mmeroies! This day was one of the best days so far for our family, and words cannot describe how amazing these pictures are! They will be cherished by all of us!

  2. left this on your facebook wall need to call me..cuz my phone is not working so..

    Happy Easter L.s. Engler~~~ also known as Laura, also known as Skylie, also known as my daughter~~ I love you unimaginably and miss you!! ♥ ♥ Enjoy your dinner with Elaines family.

  3. And Happy Easter to you as well.

    Black Stones Black Stones Black Stones! I’ve pictured that story many times, can’t wait to see how you end it.

    Holy Hand Bells!!! There’s a Comic Con next weekend? How did I not know about this? I really need an assistant, why don’t I have an assistant? Have a blast! I may try to make it myself if they’re not sold out.

    Glad to hear that ˆBunniesˆ is rolling along and almost done. I look forward to reading it.

    And thank you for the shout out and link, Laser Stasis.

    • Arrrg, Chutney Monochrome, I hope the story can live up to the hopeful aspirations. I rather like it myself, but I’m a little biased Just finished it up this morning. Awwwww yeaaaaah.

      And I have no idea exactly where it is; I’m mostly just following a group of friends around as they lead me about. That’s now I do most conventions. It’s pretty fun, and I’m looking forward to a nice weekend off to enjoy it!

  4. Sounds like your Easter celebration was fun. We went to the Guadeloupe River after church and had a picnic. Beautiful day. Good luck with your goals.

  5. Hope you had a great Easter and enjoy the chocies from the egg hunt. Sounds like you are doing amazingly well on your goals. Congrats. Super jealous that you get to go to ComicCon – one of the disadvantages of living on the other side of the world is that I miss out on such frivolity!

    • *shakes fists at the constant trial that is distance!*

      Thanks, Jody. It should be lots of fun; since distance is not a factor so much with me, being near a major city, it’s almost always about being able to get the time off for me…It worked out pretty well this time around, which is nice!

  6. Laura, the amount you accomplish and redirect yourself to…. You are so on top of it all. Love your titles too. Congrats on having so many projects on the “almost done” track.

    • Heee, now if only I can get the chance to switch some of those from the “almost done” track to the “done” track! Soon enough! Thanks, Eden. I don’t think I could do it nearly as well without everyone’s awesome support.

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