Sunday, January 22, 2012

Moving Forward Once Again - ROW80 Check In

I'm making progress and writing again. It makes me so happy! I'm no where near caught up on my goals, and honestly I'm fighting a migraine right now so I'm not going to pull up my goals sheet and update it until tomorrow. I'm going to need to revise things based on the time lost due to the back injury, but that's ok. I'm well aware that there are things in life that are out of our control. The only thing we can control is how we respond to them and then move forward.

Moving forward can be hard sometimes, especially once you know your too far behind to properly catch up. The key, I've found, is to remember that even if you can't catch up you'll only fall farther behind if you don't start moving. That's where I usually start, simply moving.

Simply moving can mean a lot of things. Pertaining to the actual injury, it means doing what I can for myself, with out help. Getting my own water. Then, as I improve, getting my own food. As time progresses I move about more often, do basic stretches, start to catch up on small chores.

With writing, simply moving looks similar. The first thing I usually pick back up after a major set back is this blog. If you look at the last two weeks my posts have been few, but I did make attempts to get back at it. Then, once I was able to do that with relative ease, I focused on catching up on book reviews. Now? Now I'm back to the "real" writing.

In the last couple of days I've not only written some of those book reviews that I've mentioned (I have several in queue right now!) I've also started on a ghost story, and worked on going through Misfits and taking notes. I was hoping to work on Jemnath today, but I got knocked down with a migraine so again its one of those days where moving forward involves small steps.

The ghost story is one of those cases where I have loads I'm supposed to be working on, but my muse is insisting I take some time to work on a different idea. I'm trying to balance all three right now, but hopefully the first draft of the ghost story (it's a short story) will be done in the next week and I can put it on the back burner for awhile. Depending on how it turns out I might work on polishing it from time to time and make it my first submitted work. It has potential, but who knows what will happen!

How are your writing endeavors going?

~ Ruthie ~


  1. I've actually (for once) got a fair few blog posts queued up, ready to post. Including a book review :) But I'm not posting more than 3 times a week at the moment, so I've got to space them out.

    I'm glad you're back and writing! It does feel good doesn't it?

  2. Good work! The muse can be crazy like that. But, yes, writing out the first draft can be a big help. I like juggling several WIPs. It never fails that one will kind of lull for a bit, so I just hop over to another and so on.

    Keep up the good work. You're doing great!

  3. Ruthie, you have the perfect attitude to get back into the swing of things and have grasped ROW80 with style. :) I admire your courage and determination; I know how tough it can be when you live through a set-back and how to get back to the norm -the motivation can be excruciating. You are doing super; keep up the positivity and your muse to help you glide through these tough days.