Row80 – Losing Myself

“It’s what you choose to believe that makes you the person you are.” ― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever   Somewhere along the way I have lost myself, lost the ability to believe in myself. I’m pretty sure I had it before and over the last 6 years I’ve lost what it means to know I can … Read more

Row80 Check in – Feeling Good

“Listen to what you have written. A dud rhythm in a passage of dialogue may show that you don’t yet understand the characters well enough to write in their voices.” ― Helen Dunmore [Ten rules for writing fiction (The Guardian, 20 February 2010)]” This week is going well for me. My partner is starting her new job … Read more

Row80 Check in – Story Surprises

“So there’s a freeing up that happens when I can go into that storytelling mode…It isn’t about how much sense you make, it is about how compelling you are. (interview)” ― Nalo Hopkinson   We are on the fourth day of NaNoWriMo and I’m feeling pretty good about my progress, both in word count and … Read more

Row80 Check in – NaNoWriMo Begins!

““If you wait for things to be perfect, you walk away with NOTHING. Just jump in and get started.” ― Jennifer Ritchie Payette It has been an interesting week. I wrote a book review for StoryDam on Wednesday, Wrote my outline for NaNoWriMo on Thursday with the book, Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker, … Read more

Row80 Check in

“When things feel murky and unsure, fine tuning our hearing so as to distinguish the voice of our Innermost Self brings clarity.” ― Kristi Bowman   If you didn’t read my last Wednesday’s check in (I didn’t write a check in on Sunday), it explains why I changed my mind and now I will be participating in NaNoWriMo. I … Read more

Row80 Wednesday Check in

“First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an achievement.” ― Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I. When I opened my email today, I discovered that Yarny is closing down in a couple of weeks. My jaw dropped! How … Read more

Row80 Sunday Check in

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” ― Margaret Mitchell My daughter, granddaughters, and their dog moved out on Thursday but my granddaughters were back on Friday as I still watch the girls 3 nights a week. So between the emotional roller coaster and watching them on Friday, Saturday (they went home … Read more

Row80 Sunday Writing Goals

“Creative living is a path for the brave. and we all know that when courage dies creativity dies with it. We all know that fear is a desolate boneyard where our dreams go to desiccate in the hot sun.” –Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  Last year I reached out to someone that was … Read more

Row80 Wednesday Writing Goals

“It’s my experience that you first feel the impulse to write in your chest. It’s like falling in love, only more so. It feels like something criminal. It feels like unspeakably wild sex. So, think: When you feel the overpowering need to go out and find some unspeakably wild sex, do you rush to tell … Read more

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