sunday ROW80 check-in ~ #6

Hooray! I am finally ending my streak of missed Sunday check-ins!  I'm also making this check-in first thing in the morning, which is unusual but today it's necessary.  My afternoon is blocked off for a very special friend's bachelorette wine tasting party.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I'll be touring a few of the local... Continue Reading →

(belated) wednesday ROW80 check-in ~ #5

Yes, my post is late! Last night, as the clock rolled past midnight, I was in the middle of an epic writing session that not only yielded 6300+ words but also made my heroine's life rather miserable.  Someone got wine thrown in his face, tears were shed, trust was betrayed, and loads of embarrassment was... Continue Reading →

minimalist me

I'm not a minimalist, but I want to be. For the last few months, I've been a daily visitor to Wise Bread, a website devoted to frugal living.  As you might have guessed, many of the articles on Wise Bread are related to spending less money, consuming less, and saving more.  Although I find Wise... Continue Reading →

wednesday ROW80 check-in ~ #4

It's been a weird week.  About this time last week, I looked at the calendar--really looked at it--and realized that fall semester begins in less than five weeks.  That realization made me turn my thoughts toward work I get paid for and away from writing, the work I currently do for sheer pleasure.  Which means... Continue Reading →

review: fated

Fated by Benedict Jacka (2012) Fated is the first installment in the Alex Verus series.  Alex is a mage living in London where he runs a magic shop.  He is not necessarily on the good side of the Council, the power center of Mage society.  As you might expect, Mage society is stratified, and there... Continue Reading →

summer cleaning

Have you ever tried to clean out your life?  What do you keep? What do you leave behind? How do you decide what to hold onto and what to let go of? Just before I sat down to write this post, I was shredding some old documents.  One of my tasks this summer has been... Continue Reading →

wednesday ROW80 check-in ~ #3

My how time has flown since Sunday! My check-in is just going to make it in on time, and that just says so much about the power of a deadline doesn't it?  Anyway, here's how the last few days have gone for me in terms of my goals: Goal #1 - Write 1000 words daily. ... Continue Reading →

review: a scanner darkly

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick (1977) It’s taken me some time to write this review.  I like to start these reviews by giving a brief synopsis of the novel, but getting down in one short paragraph what this novel is about has been a challenge.  A Scanner Darkly follows the story of Fred,... Continue Reading →

sunday ROW80 check-in ~ #2

It's a beautiful, hot and sunny Sunday afternoon, and I'm loving it!  This morning and afternoon have been amazingly productive, and today's check-in post will be my third piece of completed writing for the day.  Seriously, how can I ask for anything more?  So here's the scoop on my first week in Round 3 of... Continue Reading →

a dollar’s worth of guilt

On Tuesday night, I bought Ceremonials by Florence + and the Machine. It was on sale for $0.99 on Amazon.  Yes, I got twelve new (and great) songs for $1.07 after tax.  I should be insanely happy about this.  I am insanely happy about this and have been enjoying my new music.  But I also... Continue Reading →

wednesday check-in #1

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a ROW80 check-in.  Let's get the progress report part of this post out of the way first, shall we? Goal #1 - Write 1000 words daily.  I am only two days into my first round of this challenge, but I have met my daily writing goal both days. ... Continue Reading →

review: the lady in the lake

The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler (1943) This is the fourth novel featuring Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled private detective, Philip Marlowe.  The story begins with Marlowe meeting his client, Derace Kingsley.  Kingsley wants Marlowe to find his wife, Crystal Kingsley, who hasn’t been seen by anyone in a month.  Mrs. Kingsley was last seen... Continue Reading →

goals for round 3 of ROW80

It’s time to make goals for my first round of ROW80.  I’m trying my best to keep these goals simple, challenging, and achievable.  So here they are: Write at least 1,000 words each day, six days a week.  One thing I have learned in the last year is the importance of taking at least one... Continue Reading →

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