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My goals for Round 4:

1. Write at least 500 words per day as an average. (I have a spreadsheet where I key in my words each day and I can see if I’m over, under, or at my cumulative goal.)

2. Publish the third Libby Fox novella during Round 4 (this is the story I’ll be working on for the 500 words per day goal).

3. Publish Starfane in print sometime during Round 4. (I’m halfway there on this one already.)

4. Publish a collection of three of my novellas in print during Round 4 (if my cover artist and I can get together on this one that soon).

5. Exercise at least three times a week, for 30 minutes at a time, so that I’ll feel better and get my writing goals accomplished more easily.

This is the first time I’ve stated a non-writing goal, but I think exercise is essential for keeping our minds alert and our bodies feeling better. I think it leads to better writing. Just my opinion.

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As I look back on the first round of ROW80, I have some mixed feelings. I was doing so well at meeting my goals until my mom had a heart attack. The good thing about ROW80 is that it’s very forgiving and allows you to change your goals at any time. But I didn’t even set any new goals. This was mostly due to the tremendous work load from my full time job. I just can’t take that much work home and still write. Some people might be able to do it, but I just don’t have that much stamina. So I didn’t finish my book.

Turning to the bright side…Round Two is coming up and my work will hopefully slow down to the point that I won’t have to take work home with me. I won’t mention my ROW80 goals in this post because I’m sure there will be a chance to state those at the beginning of Round Two. I will mention one thing, though. I am determined to get in better shape physically because when I’m in control of my body, I seem to be in much better control of my mind. Funny how it works that way, but it always does for me. When I’m in control of one aspect of my life, the others start falling into place and it’s like a chain reaction.

I’ve really enjoyed doing this challenge with all of you. Even when I was really busy, I tried to be a halfway decent sponsor and encourage those in my group for that check in. I think I only missed 2 or 3 check ins when things were the worst.

Congrats to everyone who met their goals, and for those who didn’t, it’s not failure…just restructuring. I look forward to seeing familiar faces (figuratively, lol) and, hopefully, some new ones, too. Good look with Round Two!

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A Round of Words in 80 Days is a writing challenge that came from the brilliant mind of Kait Nolan. The idea is for a group of writers to get together and inspire and encourage each other. This is not the frenzy that NaNoWriMo is, but a challenge that’s much more doable for those who don’t feel comfortable trying to write 1,667 words a day. Think of this as a kinder, gentler NaNo.

Interested? Then here’s the link for A Round of Words in 80 Days Sign up!

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