Grab a cup of tea or coffee (oh what the heck, get a danish too!) and sit a spell. You might want to grab your notebook and pen because you never know when you will be inspired to write down a quote, or jot down a poem of your own. Words are like that, they take you on a journey and the next thing you know you are breathing life into your own magical world of words.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Beginning of Spring - Row80 Final Check In for Round 1

Flowers are blooming all over my yard between the Dogwood tree and the plethora of azalea bushes/ we have a bounty of color in our yard. I love spring, it is my favorite time of year. It is a time of new beginnings. Right now, on this day, is an excellent time to plant seeds; both literally and figuratively. It is the best time of year to plant the seeds of creation for your writing projects and everything else you would like to accomplish this year as well as a wonderful time to start new projects.

It is interesting that our final day for the first round of Row80 should be on a day for new beginnings (we are within the energies of Spring Equinox and the New Moon). I know I will be spending time becoming clear about my goals and probably collage them as it is one of my favorite ways for planting new ideas and setting intentions.

Wow... what a ride this round of Row80 has been for me. This was my first round and it was phenomenal! Being new to all of this, I may not have finished a first draft but I have deeply explored my writing and gained so much from all of my new Rower friends and fellow writers. I have explored writing for contests and challenges, I wrote 48 posts on all three of my blogs combined (mostly on this one) since January 27th when I started this blog for my Row80 check ins.

I stalled out a bit on writing my stories. I believe it is because I was having trouble with the structure of where they were going. I did write a total of 91,372 words for most everything I worked on and that is only what I kept track of.  That is much more than I have ever written in this period of time before.

I picked up a couple of books to help me with my Memoir that I am working on and have decided that will probably be my main focus for words in print for now as I learn and grow my writing.

Since I began the 750words.com I only recently missed two days and lost this month's challenge. I am not hard on myself about it though. I have been doing so much I allowed myself to become too tired and the days blurred together, forgetting that I hadn't written in it that day.

It is interesting when I go back to the beginning of this journey and look at what my goals were and how they have changed. I know they will continue to change as I learn and grow.

One unexpected highlight that I was waiting until today to share with all of you - I have been invited to be the Community Watch Supervisor at  Story Dam that I was thrilled to accept and I begin today. I am looking forward to being a part of their team and community. If you haven't checked them out I highly recommend it especially if you would like conscious, compassionate constructive critiquing.

I must say that you, my Rower friends and fellow writers, are simply wonderful. I know that you are a big part of the reason I have reached so hard and so fast with all of my writing efforts. My heart will always be grateful to all that gave me their support and encouragement.

Thank you Row80 for giving us a safe space to grow.
I look forward to seeing where this writing journey takes me next.


A few of my favorite posts from my round of 80 days.

And my favorite stories and poetry:

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Please visit my other Rowers and read about their fabulous journey and leave them lots of word love! 


  1. I love your description of the azaleas (I look forward to them blooming every year) and how the change of the ROW coincided perfect with the Equinox (something that almost escaped me this year!!! and that thought distresses me more than it probably should). It has been an amazing round, and like you, I feel a bit awestruck at all that I accomplished and all I did not (not as much on the WiPs as I would have liked, but so much has been learned on other fronts).

    Congratulations on the CWS post at Story Dam. I've only peeked into the site a little bit, not nearly as much as I should given how much I enjoyed my first visits there. However, I'm sure you will do wonderful.

    And yes, to the ROW, a wonderful place to learn and grow... I'll share a toast with you!

    1. Toasting you and to you for all the support and encouragement that you have given me on this Rowing journey. Thank you Dear Eden for being you and I am very glad that we met.

      Peace and Blessings,

  2. Brilliant. They are a lovely lot at Story dam and you'll be a great support now that Brandon will be away again for a while. Brilliant news. I wish I had more time for things like writing challenges - I must stop all the blogging I think. I do too much and spread myself too thin. Things go wrong and little gets accomplished. I really have to think on how to manage everything for the future. I want to write; I need to prioritise.

    Sorry, thinking with my fingers?

    I mentioned you as on of the Rowers who has been a support and inspiration during my 1st round, and I look forward to round two. :)

    1. Dear Shah, I understand about wanting to manage time and prioritize. I am in the process of figuring out what exactly it is that is important for me right now. I am hoping that I can create a schedule that is doable that allows me to fulfill my responsibilities and have plenty of time to write. And by the way... you can think with your fingers here any time you like. I love hearing from you. Thank you for all that you do, thank you for all your support and encouragement.

      Here is to a great next Row!


  3. Congratulations on the post at Story Dam, Morgan! Once again, you provide me another site to browse, to consider. As I am preparing a new novel, I may try some of the writing challenges to write out various scene ideas but what I am thinking may not be appropriate. Of course, it is so wonderful having you as an expert to ask such questions.

    I think your progress has been remarkable, Morgan, as you have really written this round, and in the next round, I aspire to your progress. Well done, Morgan.


    1. Thank you so much Karen. I feel like you are one of the blessings that have come into my life out of the Row80 challenge. I have greatly enjoyed chatting through our comments and loved reading your blog; beautiful prose. I look forward to seeing how we each grow on our writing journeys.



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