#ROW80 Round 4 Goals List.



What is ROW80?

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

We are all different and we all have different demands on our time.  Why should we all have the same goal?  The simple answer is that we shouldn’t.  If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to your changing circumstances.  If that means changing your goals when your life blows up, so be it.

ROW80 is the challenge that champions the marriage of writing and real life.” 

This is where you’ll find the links to my updates CLICK THIS!  Click THIS to find the participating linky.


So, we had a break, but now it’s time to step back up to the plate with a big dose of enthusiasm! Here’s what I got…

Goals for round 4!

NOTE: I’ve put little thought into the following because I’ve been otherwise engaged with OctPoWriMo over at my poetry/short story blog: Shah’s Scribbles. This is what I have off the top of my head and I expect them to change as the round progresses.


Get well again…

I’ve been plagued by one thing or another for a while now, all of which have lobotomised me (or that’s how it feels). I’m awaiting test results, then let’s get this party (of wellness/treatment) started baby! I cannot wait to feel well again.

  1. Treatment plan to include (to be made once I’ve obtained my results): Exercise, medication, consultant meetings, diet…


Normally I’d be getting excited and preparing for NaNoWriMo next month, but I’m in no fit state to share my time or attentions in such a way this year. In the absence of Finding Luna revisions (which I need desperately to complete, but cannot to any worthy level, at least in my present mind-melted state) I will instead learn more ways to improve on my writing/revision/rewriting habits. I’ve looked at brainstorming recently, for example.

  1. Read books on writing
  2. Research around the web
  3. Catalogue all I achieve here

After treatment begins, hopefully before round 4 ends, I will then return to re-writing Finding Luna. At last!

  1. Write a poem a day over at Shah’s Scribbles


  • A reading challenge for The Classics Club inspired me to get on with reading a bunch of classics (modern as well as classical) so I’ve made a start and will update on further progress here.
  • I will also continue to read across the speculative spectrum.


Redesign both of my other blogs (tick) and update them with posts. PS: I’ve made a new header for this one too… what do you think? I’m not 100% committed. 🙂

Book Cover Blog:

  • Still needs a few tweeks, regarding design. Plus, I really struggle with what to post on this blog. It’s more of a place to say ‘Hey, I could help with your book cover, or blog design, or your Facebook profile…,’  more than anything else.
  • I have been asked by an author to help her with a few of these things and more, for a trade. She’s going to edit for me. We’ll take it slow and see how things progress, but I like the idea of trading skills. It’s potentially a win-win for everyone. I’ll post what I do here, if and when that begins.
  • So far, I’ve found a template for her Blogger blog. It’s superb and only $20. It has so much to offer regarding responsiveness, design, structure and flexibility. I’ll design a banner and anything else she needs to go on it, and upload that for her when she’s ready. She’s finishing off an edit for another author at the moment so can’t begin mine till that’s finished.

Shah’s Scribbles:

  1. Mostly done regarding redesign (I worked really hard over the past 24 hours, so it counts to these goals, and is ongoing. Specifically, I’m working on the banner right now). Regarding posting, I’ll continue with the OctPoWriMo (31 poems, 31 days) until the end of this month. I’m adding music and images to my posts this year, too! 🙂
Visit everyone else on the linky and whoever visits to read my poems.
For this blog:

Post for, and visit all challenge participants, especially those who visit me (this is for all the challenges I signed up to – see my side bar or the challenges page for details).

Complete book tour posts as and when they come in for authors/publishers. Get in touch if I can help you ‘spread the word.’

 Can't recall where I picked this up from BUT IT ISN'T MINE!
Can’t recall where I picked this up from (the source is cited on the image, but I can’t read it) BUT IT ISN’T MINE!


So, what did you stick into your goal list this round? Are you participating in OctPoWriMo? Will you participate in NaNoWriMo?


Don’t forget to click THIS to find the participating linky.

What do you think?

  1. I can’t remember the previous header, but I like this one. Though I’m not too sure about the shade of pink (I like the darker shade you use for your newsletter sign-up). Personally, I’d like the header to fit the area provided rather than show a different pattern to the sides and under it.

    I hope you feel better soon. It sucks feeling depleted!

    • Hey, I agree with your issue with the shade of pink. I kept looking at it and something niggled, and I think it’s that. Might be the font too. Umm. There was no header before, just my name and a definition of speculative fiction. The background texture (which is leather fabric) doesn’t fit out to edges because the header space won’t let it, unless I get involved in CSS edits and I wouldn’t know where to start. I only have a small area to add a header, and it has to blend with the black surround, which is why I chose the leather texture. I could just leave it all flat black, but I got bored of that. I’ll play around with it. Thanks so much for your feedback. X

  2. Sounds like you’ve got a lot going on! Hope you’re back up to full strength soon. I like the header, and also the idea of authors swapping skills… makes sense to me!

    • Thanks Nick. Lol… but I changed the header again before I read your comment. Although I new I would. It usually take me a few attempts to settle on something. Think I like this one though. X

  3. You know, I like huge goals, but I always take my current situation into account. It’s more about the attempt than the success for me. Even if I do half of my goal, I still achieve more than if I didn’t.

    And like you said, everyone’s goals are different, because we need to make goals that suit us.

    Good luck!

    • Good way to look at it. I would just like to achieve some of these. Mostly, complete those damned revisions. But I’ll not sacrifice quality for quantity. If I can’t do it right now, I’ll do it when I can. X

  4. Here’s to getting your energy back! *hugs*

    Your goals sound very reasonable, given that you don’t know when you’ll be back up to speed. When you are, you can change them!

  5. NaNo usually hits when I’m in the midst of revisions, but this time, I’m into new writing, so I’m in! I can’t write poetry to save myself, but yours is wonderful – keep it up! And good luck on the health issues – it’s hard to do much of anything else when you’re fighting that.