ROW80 Check-In – 3.3: No Signal

Let’s spend a minute thinking about this boat on the water, with no people, no land, and perhaps most importantly, no cell tower in sight. What would it be like to be on that boat for just a few hours on a Sunday afternoon? Where all you really had to do is lay on the bottom and stare at the sky or lean against the bow or stern and watch the world drift by? What if, in that boat, you couldn’t access the internet, your smartphone had fallen overboard, and the only companionship you have is your own thoughts, your own mind? Would it be a wonderful escape, or a pending nightmare? Would it be heaven or hell?

Write 7000 words each week.  8398/7000.  It was a good week in terms of writing.  I had a zero day on Tuesday, but other than that I wrote everyday and met my weekly wordcount goal.  I still have no word debt for CampNaNoWriMo and I’m currently at 31614/36000.  Getting really close to reaching my goal and “winning” the July challenge.  Next week will be about crossing the finish line.  The other good thing that’s happened this week is that I am still on schedule to meet my self-imposed deadline for completing the first draft of my current WIP.  According to the project target in Scrivener, I have 24 days left to write nine scenes.

Journal everyday.  20/21.  I missed my journal entry for last Sunday, and that was the first day I’d missed making a journal entry for the month of July.

Read one book a week.  I’m still reading Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, which I expect to finish tonight.  I don’t plan to write a book review. I’m still undecided on how I feel about the book as a whole.  I think there’s some good information in it, but I’m not all that enamored with the presentation.  I also have read almost the first 100 pages of Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Pleasure (book 3 in the Lords of the Underworld series).  So I’m reading.  I’ve started a few things but haven’t finished anything since the first week of July.

  1. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
  2. This Side of the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  3. Turn Coat – Jim Butcher
  4. Surrender – Lisa Renee Jones
  5. The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Ride Rough – Laura Kaye
  7. Entice Me – J. Kenner
  8. Anchor Me – J. Kenner
  9. Ripley Under Ground – Patricia Highsmith
  10. Demon from the Dark – Kresley Cole
  11. Just One Touch – Maya Banks
  12. Hard As Steel – Laura Kaye
  13. Hard Ever After – Laura Kaye
  14. The Iscariot Sanction – Mark A. Latham
  15. Random – Craig Robertson

Write one book review for my blog each week.  Nothing new to report here.

Walk/Run twelve miles each week. I managed a total of 7 miles this week.

  • Wednesday = 2.32 miles / 45 minutes (32/100)
  • Thursday = 2.32 miles / 45 minutes (33/100)
  • Saturday – 2.36 miles / 45 minutes (34/100)


In case you were wondering, that boat would be heaven to me.  If all I had to do was hand over my electronics and be promised a safe return to shore after five or six hours floating on the water, I would take it in a heartbeat.  No signal, a chance to hear myself think and turn off the noise and distractions–yes, that sounds like a wonderful escape.

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Have a great week!

7 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-In – 3.3: No Signal

  1. Beth Camp July 23, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Thank you for those moments of peace and solitude — after a hectic week, we could all use such a boat. Congrats on meeting your July NaNo goals and may the week ahead be a good one.

    • Anderson July 23, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you for dropping by.

  2. Sonia G Medeiros July 23, 2017 / 11:56 pm

    If there was some shade over the boat, or it was evening, the solitude would be awesome. 🙂

    Yay on the wordcount! Everything else looks great too. Go you!

    • Anderson July 23, 2017 / 11:59 pm

      Yes a bit of shade or partly cloudy skies would be nice. It’s your boat so it can be whatever you need it to be! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  3. Chris Kincaid July 24, 2017 / 6:25 am

    I spent the day Saturday with two friends, visiting various waterfalls. We had a great time in the outdoors, but every time we got back in the car, they had to check their phones. I thought, “really, guys? It’s ok to disconnect for a couple hours.”
    Yes, I would be out in that boat in a heartbeat.
    Congrats on the great work on your goals.

    • Anderson July 24, 2017 / 9:47 am

      I’m really glad you were able to get away and visiting waterfalls sounds amazing! Thanks for visiting.

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