The Pledge

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My promise to post daily in April having crashed and burned, I now set out on a new adventure: A Round of Words in 80 Days.

I’m starting late, so my round will comprise only 73 days. But, as Huckleberry Finn says, that ain’t no matter.

A Round of Words in 80 Days bills itself as “The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life.”

Funny–every time I’m positive I don’t have one, I discover I do. This time it was the notorious newsletter. I kept adding and fixing and writing and rewriting, all week long, and finding one more thing to do. It went out Saturday and is slightly shorter than Gone With the Wind.

At this rate, my literary legacy will be titled, The Collected Newsletters of Kathy Waller.

So again I take The Pledge.

The first requirement is to post measurable goals.  Here are mine:

I will

  1. write 500 words a day on Molly, 5 days a week;
  2. exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days a week;
  3. go to bed between 9:30 and 11:00 p.m. every night, including Friday and Saturday.

Those goals are easily measured. Listed in order of importance, they would be reversed, but this is a writing challenge, so writing stays on top.

The second requirement is to sign up by linking this post to the ROW80 list.

The third requirement is to check in on Sundays and Wednesdays.

The final requirement is to end this post and start working on #3.


Image by Burbank Films Australia; Restoration credit: Myself, TaranWanderer (DVD Ltd. DVD release) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

10 thoughts on “The Pledge

    1. Thank you. In my case, getting to bed early is necessary if I’m going to write anything but blog posts. And I would like to have more than that in my portfolio.


  1. I got my first belly laugh of the morning reading your post. Not from your words but from the images of the hundreds of similiar lists I have made — and broken. So far the one to blog daily that I made in January is still going strong. I’m amazed at myself. Hang in there. I like your list and I’m sure you can do it. Well, maybe. Just enjoy your life.


    1. Your unbroken string of blog posts is impressive. More impressive than the unbroken string is the fact that you always have something interesting to say. I’ll see what happens–I’m into enjoying life but even that takes some prodding.


    1. Thanks. I guess Collected Newsletters might be a first, but if it needs to fit into a niche, I don’t know where I would put it.


  2. I’d rather see you write 2,000 words a day on Molly! Then post!

    Sorry we didn’t get to talk much on Sunday. I saw you leaving and thought, “wait, we haven’t had a chance to visit enough!” but you were gone!

    Hugs, Syl


    1. Me, too. But Molly is still keeping her own counsel. I think she’s upset about the changes going on around her: her neighbors keep changing their names and disappearing and failing to make up their minds about anything.

      I slipped away early so I could hit the grocery store on the way home. Having skipped that step earlier in the week, I was down to peanut butter and jelly for dinner, and I thought I ought to at least try to do better than that.


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