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Stand by Your ROW

I will stand by you

Welcome to another…

Wait, what are we doing?

Oh yeah. Another ROW80* check in.

Here we go.

This week went much better than last. Strangely, I planned more optional days off and found myself more motivated to not take them. That’s both interesting and annoying.

You can see last week’s goals here.

And here’s how I stood by my goals: Continue reading “Stand by Your ROW”

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Are You Overthinking It?

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Have you ever gotten stuck on something that you feel should come naturally but it’s not coming naturally and you can’t figure out why so you sit around and try to work it out but then you get stuck in the thinking about the thing and that’s worse than getting stuck on the thing in the first place…?

*pauses for breath*

If you overthink things (or just think you do) this video is for you:

Overthink. That kind of sounds like overlord, doesn’t it? Like something outside yourself is thinking for you. Continue reading “Are You Overthinking It?”

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As the ROW Turns


Another week, another Sunday ROW80* check in. Welcome back.

This week was a mixed bag for progress. I did well on my cello, health and family goals, but got very little done on my rewrites. Oh well, as a famous southern belle once said, tomorrow is another day.

You can see last week’s goals here.

Here’s what’s been going on in my goal world: Continue reading “As the ROW Turns”

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Should We Quit Social Media?

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I recently came across the TED Talk by Dr. Cal Newport saying , not only is social media not harmless, it is dangerous and addictive.


It’s something I’ve heard before, but Dr. Newport makes a few persuasive points. Perhaps the most persuasive point is that social media sites are designed to be addictive the way that casinos are, that having social media apps on our phones is like carrying little slot machines with us everywhere. He further argues that social media is not an essential technology (see the video for a full explanation), and we don’t need it to be successful or well known. He concludes that, for us to make the choice to use social media, we have to show a compelling reason that the benefit outweighs the harm.

Of course, I did find the video of his TED Talk on YouTube. Continue reading “Should We Quit Social Media?”

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You Win Some, You ROW Some

relaxing husky
Whaddya mean the finish line is still three yards away? I’m comfortable here.

Here we are again, another Sunday ROW80* check in.

I’m a little disappointed in my progress this week. I didn’t miss by much, but what I did miss was due to poor time management. I’ll be working on that this week.

You can see last week’s goals here and the updated writing goals here.

Here’s where I’m at now and where I’m going:


Last Week

I finished the STO2 and M scenes and worked up editing notes for LLF and the scene that comes right after (let’s call it NA).

I should be pleased, as I hit my updated goal. Still, I’d like to be faster and more efficient with these scene rewrites. My problem is that I’m often putting my writing off until the end of the day, when I’m tired and short on creativity. I need to put the writing first…even if it means getting up a little earlier. Continue reading “You Win Some, You ROW Some”

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What Would You Do if Money Was No Object?

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Some years ago, I shared the video below. I’m sharing it again today because I find it deeply inspiring and hope you will too.

It asks a question we should ask ourselves on a regular basis:

What would you do with your life if money was no object?

It’s a question about passion and how you want to share your gifts with the world. So often we dismiss our dreams because we’re told they’ll never amount to a “real job.” We don’t stop to think there’s a different way to go about it all. And that we can always find a way, if we look hard enough…even if that way sometimes leads us in a different direction than we imagined. Continue reading “What Would You Do if Money Was No Object?”

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ROW the Line

tight rope balance
It’ll all about balance…

Welcome to another Sunday ROW80* check in. Time to see if this week’s progress balances the goals or is ready to fall to its doom.

I’m calling this week another win even though I’m more tired than enthused. I hit all of my goals…or will by end of day.

Let’s see where we’re at, shall we?


Last Week

The scene I’ve been working on forever the last couple weeks has been the bane of my existence (although I’m quite sure there will be others…and probably very soon). You might think, because it’s a rewrite, it would be no problem. It was definitely a problem. Continue reading “ROW the Line”

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Thrill Me: Summer Movie List

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Ah, yes, it’s summer again. Around here, summer lasts roughly half the year and the temperatures average 542°F.

Okay…maybe I’m exaggerating. But not by much.

Fortunately, there are a few good movies to watch while we hide out from the heat.

This summer, I’m all about the thrill. Give me some horror, a little adventure, a touch of psychological disturbance and maybe a super hero or two.

There are two upcoming releases I’m super-duper excited to see:

The Dark Tower series is my all-time favorite Stephen King story. I can hardly wait to see how they’ve translated it into film. Continue reading “Thrill Me: Summer Movie List”

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ROWmancing the Goals

It’s that time of the week again, folks. Yes, I’m talking about the Sunday ROW80* check in. Time to evaluate the progress so far and decide whether to continue in the same direction or chart a new course, if necessary.

Your goals are right through there. Head on in.

I’m calling this week a win. I fell down on some of my goals (mostly because I didn’t think about balancing everything I needed to do last week), but I made it through my biggest challenge.

Let’s check in, shall we? Continue reading “ROWmancing the Goals”

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Do You Let Your Imagination Run Wild?

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I’m almost never bored. My imagination is far too active to allow that (it’s entirely possible my imagination is far too active period). Whenever I’m stuck in a situation (especially if I’m stuck without a book) where my brain is not otherwise engaged, my inner theater usually queues up some dramatic cinema feature to entertain me.

Those features (or featurettes, if I don’t have time for a full length show), usually start with a “what if.” What if I walked outside right now and everybody was gone? What if I started growing wings? What if alien soldiers dropped through that skylight up there? What if I open this closet door, and there’s some kind of portal in there instead of my shoes?

What if? What if? What if? Continue reading “Do You Let Your Imagination Run Wild?”