If you’ve read these posts for any amount of time, you know my family has been hit with some serious “ick”. My mother thinks we may have had the flu–if so, we’re surviving well enough that I’m still glad we didn’t get the shots.
In the long run, I think we’ll be better off.
For now, however, I’m following my body’s demands–a last cat nap before I must be more active. You see, next ROW80 round, I volunteered to be a sponsor–that means I will be online and more active in the blogosphere starting the beginning of the month.
And there is a shorter than average break between rounds this time. Usually the pause is about ten days. This time… it’s less than four.
Considering this, I gave myself permission, starting Sunday evening to just rest and “play” a little. I’ve watched television and read books and played video games. I’ve done some house cleaning catch-up, desk straightening, clothes sorting, shelf-emptying…
I’ve crocheted; I’ve doodled… I’ve napped.
I have not been online much. I have not played any of my Facebook games, I have not participated in any ROW80 sprints, and I have not written much of anything.
I have had some great fanfic dreams, and even started mulling new directions in my more serious works. Lots of good stuff actually…
Anyway, I’ve been taking five. I’m going to continue to do so until this Sunday when I will be posting my Round 2 goals. I will still post a Friday Photo this week to welcome Spring. A little pick-me-up never hurt anyone….
Here ends my closing post for Round 1 of A Round of Words in 80 Days 2013; I had little to report today, but sometimes the less said, the more taken in. The round was a good one in general. I met (and usually exceeded) my writing and social media goals. My fitness goals fell by the wayside as did many of my editing goals…although this Sunday and Monday I actually made up some lost ground there.
In all, it was an excellent ROWnd.
Kind of nice getting away from the computer screen, isn’t it?
It’s wonderful at the moment. Just have to remember to not let it become a habit… With the sunshine coming, that would be a hard habit to break. 😉
It sounds like following what your body and mind needs and stepping away from some things is a good plan! Looking forward to next round. See you there!
Sure will. And hopefully I’ll be seeing some new niftiness in the creative realms you’ve been exploring… Maybe even some poetry, since I think it would make you feel good to write some, given some of your posts. Thanks for the visit and cheering me along, Kim.
It looks like I wasn’t the only one who made some changes! A break from cyberspace is something everyone needs. Glad you’ve been able to get some in. Fitness and editing will come but it sounds like a productive round nonetheless. Good job 🙂
Eh… Change is good. 😉
I know those things will come, but since it was the final check-in/ROWnd-up, I went for the grim facts instead of the hopeful plans. Kind of the way you have, Ryan, but with more words. So are you still doing the ROW80 next session? It’s always nice to have you there, after all.
To be honest, I doubt I’ll be doing ROW80. While I do have daily/monthly/yearly SMART goals, I’m checking in daily to keep myself on track. Plus, as you mentioned, my content is purely the basics. I’m sure I could expound on my successes/failures but I don’t really have a desire to do so. I guess I’m a Joe Friday there. “Just the facts, ma’am.” Unfortunately, the barebones posts aren’t compatible with ROW80. Kait, on several occasions, has mentioned that the ROW80 posts need to be meatier than just the facts. It’s okay, I guess. ROW80 or not, I’ve got my goals and I’m striving to meet them. I’ll be around!
I get it. The thing is to find what works for you. It’s much like the ROW80 itself…. Kait started it because she couldn’t make the NaNoWriMos work for her.
Maybe that’s what you need to do… start your own “writer’s challenge”. 😉
Starting my own might be interesting. I’d have to think about that for a bit. The main thing to figure out is what could I offer that others don’t.
True… Maybe you could do a “one month” thing like the WriMos. There is always a need for organization in those. Besides, you could do it simply to do it. Sometimes that’s all there needs to be. Someone to just do it. Have you heard of micro-fiction (also called postcard fiction)? The idea is to tell stories in less than one hundred words. Maybe you could try something like that?
It’s great you took a break! We all need one from time to time. Your support has helped me feel okay about the one I took for a whole month!
Well, we do all need breaks here and there. Glad I was able to offer some comfort when things got (emotionally) challenging…. Too often we’re harder on ourselves than we’d ever be to another person.
Have a great few days off, Ann.