Sunday, 5 February 2012

ROW80 Check-in 5th February 2012

Well it has been quite a week in different ways. First recap of goals:

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.

It is easier to walk through my week because it was all quite up and down progress wise!

13 minutes writing 428 words.
I was late in from work and had work to do at home so didn't get much done but I did make my test mile.

30 minutes writing 867 words
I think this was done by joining in half a sprint on #row80

I turned 29!!!
Had a great day but no writing, no dance class and no check-in. Even though checking in twice a week is not a goal it did feel strange not to and I never caught up with this.

30 minutes writing 605 words
During half a #row80 sprint

Spontaneous food and drinks with work friends so didn't get in until bedtime. No writing but a great time :)

Saturday - also known as catch up day!
1 hour sprint - 1,650 words
Another 1 hour sprint - 987 words
Total words - 2,637

I tweeted @laurengarafalo to see if she was around and as luck would have it she was up for some sprinting! I therefore caught up on my missed minutes and my missing test miles and then some! Felt so good to write when I wasn't all tired from the day job.

17 minutes writing 509 words.

Even though writing hasn't been daily this week I still think I achieved alot. I completely failed to exercise but I enjoyed my social plans with friends which is all part of having a birthday! On the reading front I just don't seem to have had time. I worked out I need to read atleast 2 books a week to make the 100 in the year however as a teacher I get long holidays and tend to read lots and lots in shorted spaces e.g. over the two week Christmas holiday I read 6 books so there is some wriggle room. In January I read 8 books so I am somewhat on track but I think I need to try and find a bit more time to read. I also need to think about reviewing when I am reading as I think the book I am currently reading will be the one I review in February.

So, some good, some bad and some ugly (no exercise). But I am smiling and pleased especially with my word count for the week which is....4,537 words! I do write much quicker during sprints so I am really going to try and join in with them this Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

I hope everyone has had good weeks with lots of good and no bad or ugly bits. Have a great week!


  1. Congrats on turning 29, almost over the first hill *grin* (I'm in my forties, the hills are actually good things).

    Fantastic writing week, up, down, sideways, its all good in the end. Progress is what matters the most.

    Have a super week, Em :)

  2. WOW excellent work this week! Thats lots of words. See you at the sprint. Especially that you caught up so much on Saturday.

  3. It is always fun sprinting with you. I love when we managed to split the hour (as if it was some sort of master row80 writing plan!)

    Happy belated birthday ~ my 50th was last Sunday! Woot Woot! Aquarians rock....

    I love reading your enthusiastic posts. I feel like we are sitting down over a cup of coffee, chatting about our writing week. Makes me smile.

  4. Even thought you didn't write everyday, you got a lot of writing done! I think I did manage to write everyday, but my word count wasn't nearly as much as yours!! Besides, you celebrated your birthday and had fun on Friday...we all have to have fun and relax, otherwise writing becomes a chore :) Awesome job!

  5. Well you had a successful writing week. And hanging with friends are the best of times. Got to enjoy life sometimes, you know? I'm so glad I got to drop by and say hello to a fellow ROWer! Have a great new week! :)

  6. Happy belated birthday!!!! Congrats on all the great writing you did this week :) Since it's your birthday week, you should definitely be enjoying yourself. As always I'm proud of you and your positive spirit. You rock! :)

  7. congrats on the birthday! It sounds like you did a darn good job!! :) did you ever join the chick lit Challenge?
    Hope to see you over at my blog again!:)

  8. Yaaaaaay, birthday girl! You had a fantastic week, and I'm so happy to see how much you were able to write.

    I know what you mean about trying to read a couple of books each week. I'm the same way - I binge over vacations and holidays, and don't get as much read during the week. I'm sure you'll make it to 100 by the end of the year!

    Looking forward to more sprinty-sprints this week!

  9. Wow! For such little managed to write a lot of words, woman! Congrats. Happy Birthday, too! Hope you had a fun day and enjoyed it without worry!

    On the reading front, I'm gravitating toward picking up War & Peace again! I read it last year in the spring, but it came up in discussion about two weeks ago, and I cannot stop thinking about it...