1. My final, required article for tenure has to be submitted by the end of the Round. Dry as Saharan winds or not, there must be at least 1500 words written every week to this goal.
2. My equally fascinating tenure dossier must also be submitted by the end of the Round. Y’all are lucky, as I will not ask for beta readers for this Death Valley delight. However, I must spend an hour a day writing, editing, and begging people to write nice letters for me.
3. Yoga and meditation are the only ways to face my hours with nothing but saguaros for company. Every morning, now in the dark, *eep*, before coffee and shower.
4. For balance and sanity, I will continue to fill out worksheets, mandalas, mind maps and character sketches on the novella/novel/magnum opus as well as the memoir. Let’s give that a half-hour a day.
I will try to answer comments and return visits as I can. It is going to be one interesting ride between now and the end of December, so please know in advance if I am in curmudgeon hibernation, it is because I don’t want to whine too loudly. The encouragement is as big a part of ROW80 as the accountability, so please go cheer on the other ROWers here.