ROW80: The Countdown Continues

As we get closer to the end of Round 1 of ROW80 for 2016, I am loving reading how everyone else is doing. The great thing about this blog hop/challenge, in my opinion, is that it acknowledges that we each have a life – often at least one job, family, friends, and other hobbies. The other thing I love is the support and encouragement the ROW80 community shares with the participants.

This will be my third last check in for this round so let’s see how I’ve been keeping up. 🙂

Here are my goals:

  • read a book a fortnight
  • blog about something other than WIPpet/ROW80
  • practice Swedish/French/Spanish/Russian
  • edit Queen of Hearts 
  • write something, anything
  • prepare my character interview post ahead of time
  • submit job applications

And here’s how I went:

  • read a book a fortnight – I finished reading The Raven Boys and I loved it. It was unusual and very unlike anything I usually read but I will be searching out the next books in the series.
  • blog about something other than WIPpet/ROW80 – Completed in the form of Monday’s post about my 100 Days Challenge progress and my character interview on Saturday with the ever charming Hrithur.
  • practice Swedish/French/Spanish/Russian – After I finished the Swedish course on Duolingo last week, my language practice has dropped away a bit and I missed one day this week.
  • edit Queen of Hearts  – On Monday, I was ten scenes from the end. Now, almost a week later, I’m seven scenes from the end and, to be honest, I did think I would have it finished. I’m not sure when I’ll get the time now because I’m busy at work up until Easter.
  • write something, anything 
  • prepare my character interview post ahead of time – Yet again, I didn’t prepare it ahead of time and spent most of Saturday night staring at my computer screen willing words to appear.
  • submit job applications – Submitted none but I’ve been offered another job (on a very casual basis but anything is better than nothing)

Don’t forget, you can have a say in which character I interview next! 🙂 Here are your options:

Ailig knows what it is to be a prince without a country. Forced to flee from their homes a generation earlier, Ailig’s people now rely on the generosity of the Fariliens. And now the same threat that drove them from their homes is poised to attack their new sanctuary. Ailig is determined to make sure his people will not have to flee again.

Anjez is a proud man, a prince of Bashraan…and an ex-slave. He seeks to forge new alliances with Fariel in defiance of his father, the king, but can he truly leave the traumas of his slave past behind him?

Eriden knows forty ways to kill a man with her bare hands. Raised in the slums of Bal Briad, she worked her way up from the child of a whore to the prodigy of the Assassin Guildmaster. But helping Kara defeat her enemy may be Eriden’s hardest task yet.

Lorcan Aelysk is a Haelean nobleman. Caught up in his father’s schemes, he is torn away from the one he loves and sent far to the south, to conquer a place called Fariel.


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