A Rejuvenated ROWer: ROW80 Goals Check-In

Everybody look around
‘Cause there’s a reason to rejoice you see
Everybody come out
And let’s commence to singing joyfully
Everybody look up
And feel the hope that we’ve been waiting for
Everybody’s glad
Because our silent fear and dread is gone
Freedom, you see, has got our hearts singing so joyfully
Just look about
You owe it to yourself to check it out
Can’t you feel a brand new day?
“A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)” Luther Vandross

I’ve had a much better week–one filled with inspiration and time spent rejuvenating and reflecting.  Then I saw “Cabin in the Woods” and it was a bag full of clever wit, gore, and WTF all mixed together.  That is a movie produced as a love poem for anyone with an ongoing appreciation of the horror genre and all it encompasses.  The horror landscape has been my “go to” place since childhood and when done well, it is a beautiful thing.  I don’t want to give much more detail and ruin the surprises for you, so check out Emma Meade’s review.  She does a fab job of sharing the basic story without spoilers.

ROW80 Goals Progress


  • At least one hour of WIP writing time five days a week. – I hit 60% again with three days.  The disconnect is another weekend where I went offline except for brief check-ins via my tablet.  The unplugging is good, but distracting if pulling me off schedule from writing.  For weekends, I need to schedule morning time to get the hour done then unplug.
  • Complete one craft book via reading at least one chapter a week. – Done.  This week’s chapter focused on the preliminary outline.  Since I’m using this against my current WIP, I just went back and revisited some of my character sketches.
  • Complete two novels and one book of short stories via reading at least one chapter a week. – Done for the week and two-thirds done with entire goal.  I finished “Mockingjay” and am on the fourth story in “2oth Century Ghosts.”
  • Complete assignments for From Plot to Finish master class with Laurie Schnebly Campbell (first two weeks of April). – Goal complete.

Social Media

  • Complete ROW80 sponsor duties via reading and commenting on assigned blogs each week. – I need to play catch-up today since I went offline.
  • Share contents of other bloggers via link backs from each of my posts. – Partially done.  Another one that hasn’t become habit yet.
  • Check Triberr at least once daily. – Partially done.  Triberr, at times, feels a bit limiting.  I’m wondering if I need to rethink my sharing system again.
  • Join and learn Pinterest. – Pending.  I need to just set a date/time to hop on-board, then schedule short sessions to check things out so it doesn’t become a time suck.

Healthy Happy Living

  • Cardio exercise three times a week. – Two thirds done.  No weekend workouts occurred.  😦
  • Look for yoga/meditation course option each week. Does quiet time during a movie count?  No?  Not done.  😦
  • Complete neck exercises every day. – Done.

How was your week?  How do you handle goals work during the weekends?  Be sure to check out the ROW80 updates of others via the blog hop.

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9 Responses to A Rejuvenated ROWer: ROW80 Goals Check-In

  1. Nancy J Nicholson says:

    Nice job Barbara. Isn’t it nice to see how much you complete, just by writing the goals?

  2. ROW on, Barb! You’re doing just fine!

  3. Jennette Marie Powell says:

    Sounds like you got a lot done, despite unplugging for the weekend! Keep up the good work, and have a great week!

  4. authormarieandrews says:

    What a great week Barbara! You should be so proud of yourself 🙂 It’s not easy to have every week be the right balance of work, personal, writing, and taking care of the mind and body – but when you get close it’s definitely worth celebrating!

    I LOVE horror – and soooo want to see Cabin in the Woods! I will forever be a fan of horror 🙂

    Rock this week Barbara – you can do it!!

  5. S. J. Maylee says:

    Checking things off the list and finding time to get off line, love it!! Thanks for the fun links at the bottom

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