Wednesday, 15 February 2012

ROW80 Check-in 15th February 2012

My goals this round are:

1) Do 30 minutes of something writing related each day.
2) Test mile - 250 words a day.
3) Read two books a week for 100+ reading challenge.

4) Review one book a month.
5) Exercise twice a week.

So far this week things are going well. I am not at work as we are on half term so I have lots of time on my hands. Time that I am filling with family and friends time with some writing and reading thrown in.

Here is how my week is going:

271 words in 15 minute test mile.
40 minutes working on my book review for this month - Death comes to Pemberley by P.D.James

336 words in 15 minute test mile
20 minutes working on book review which I posted yesterday and you can read here. It is only my second ever book review so any comments are gratefully received!
10 minute walk

512 words in 30 minutes of writing.
Will be walking to and from town later when I meet a friend so that is probably 20 minutes of walking (uphill all the way back)

I have a plan to go to aqua aerobics with my mum tomorrow so that is one exercise ticked off. I had a massage yesterday with a voucher I got for Christmas and I love massages. Love love love them. The only problem is I have what I call a 'crap back' (not a medical term!) which means my lower back is constantly inflamed and basically means massages can be painful as the nice lady tries to ease some of the tension. I know I mentioned before my knee has been playing me up since I have doing my dance classes and the lady spent time on my knee as it is swollen and inflamed all up my sciatic nerve to my lower back. Since I haven't actually been to dance class in three weeks it shouldn't be like this so I think for now dance class needs to be off the cards. I am disappointed as it was good fun but I need to get back to swimming which does my back and knee no end of good.

I have been reading alot which is one of the things I love to do in my school holidays. I am on book 13 of the year as I have already read two books this holiday so I am ahead on this goal I think. Review is done so big tick. Exercise is going better and I need to get better at this and keep it in mind.

My test mile is working out well for me and I have started writing in the first person after my epiphany the other day that my story would work better this way. I have to say it is taking some getting used to as I need to think like my character in order to write as her and I feel I am writing slowly as writing in the first person is new for me. I feel I am writing slowly but hey, writing is writing. I am ignoring the 50k I might have to go back and change as thinking about that.....just doesn't help! I haven't made any sprints as they are 7pm my time and I am always having dinner with family or friends but I am managing to get some writing in each day regardless. Is not the same as sprinting with everyone though!

I feel like I have jumped around in this check-in so hope it makes some kind of sense! Hope everyone is having a productive and creative week!


  1. You always get so much done in such a short period of time. That's what I call on task. Missing you in the sprints, but it seems you're getting a ton done anyways. Hope your knee and back get better soon.

  2. Ooh! I look forward to your review of Death Comes to Pemberley! I heard an ad for it a while ago and have got it on my to read pile, but there are a few a things ahead of it yet.

  3. daily goals and achievements work best It's good to feel proud of yourself for a moment... gives momentum...

  4. I can empathise with the knee and back pain; had to give up karate a few years ago because of recurring injuries. Good luck with the first person writing; slow progress is still progress :)

  5. You're doing awesome, hon! *hugs* on the knee and back pain. And remember, every word forward is progress!

    Keep Writing!

  6. Great job on keeping up with all your goals!!

  7. Look at you go! I'm sorry to hear that the dance class is on hold, that happened to me last year. I LOVE to dance, but my body doesn't always agree and my knee swelled up. Yoga, light weights, and walking seem to do best for me. I hope you enjoy the swimming!

    Some stories work best in first person - so great that you are finding a rhythm by going that direction :)


  8. You're kicking some ROW ass! lol
    Ugh, I've read only 6 books so far. Need to get to it asap!
    Hope the rest of the week goes as smoothly!

  9. You're doing wonderfully! I'm glad that you're having a nice break as well. Time with family and friends will only help you stay on track when you get home!

    I'm sorry that your knee is giving you so much trouble. I hope it eases up soon :D

    Yay for trying first person! I know that seemed daunting, so kudos for trying it out. Have a lovely rest of your vacation!!

  10. Sounds like everything is going pretty well, besides the knee and back:S It's cool your trying first person! Im still in the getting "black on white" phase myself. I recently thought of a cool story, so I might get side tracked writing that for a little bit. When and where are the sprints? I need to be more aware of these sort of things! Good job this week! hope to hear from you!