ROW80 – Welcome to Round 2

I completely missed the Monday start of ROW80’s second round of 2015.

So I’d like to start today and jump right in at the Mid-Week Update.

If you don’t know what ROW80 is, let me explain. It stands for “A Round of Words in 80 Days.” It’s 80 consecutive days of writing and other creative things. You can set your own goals that you hope to achieve. The only requirement is that the goals are measurable.

What does that mean? Well, the goal to “read more” in the 80 days is a bit hazy. That can’t be measured accurately. But a goal like “read 3 books” can be measured. The same goes for anything writing related – like “Write at least 50k words” or “Complete Camp NaNoWriMo with at least 25k words” or “Edit one chapter of my manuscript per week.”

Once you’ve set goals, you publish them on your blog. This is essential. Every Wednesday and Sunday, there will be updates in which you review your progress, how it’s going and whatever else you’d like to share. Note that you can always amend your goals if you find it’s all a bit much or not enough. So that we ROWers can find one another, we post links to our blogs to the Linky Tool.

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On the Pony Express route to Genoa, Nevada

This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge

Nevada, I found, is one of the states that would be perfect for me! I love hot and dry summers and desert landscapes, but then you also have Lake Tahoe, loads of hiking opportunities and a history full of native Americans and aliens (in every sense of the word), gold rush and ghost towns.

The settlement of Genoa, just east of Lake Tahoe, claims to be Nevada’s oldest permanent settlement. Founded in 1851, by Mormon pioneers, it came to be known as Mormon Station, a popular and vital trading post and rest stop on the California Trail.

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