Gearing Up for Round 3 and Cleaning the Camper

I signed up to be a sponsor for Round 3 of ROW80 (the writer’s challenge that knows you have a life). In honor of the commitment, I cleaned out my camper today.

Oh, did that seem incongruous? It’s not, really. You see, my first two books were written in this awesome 1960’s Yellowstone camper:


That pic was taken last fall, in our old digs. But, since we Brockmeyers moved from a little farm in the country to a mid-century gem in the ‘burbs, I haven’t so much as stepped foot inside the camper. It was messy, spider-ridden, had a dead mouse in the corner and possibly was harboring a swarm of terrifying wasps.

Writing on the couch hasn’t been working for me, though, despite the cool MCM vibes in the new house. I just haven’t been able get into the groove. So, I told myself to suck it up, buttercup, and hiked across the yard with a broom, some antibacterial wipes and a handful of garbage bags yesterday afternoon. An embarrassingly-brief 15 minutes later, I was done. The camper’s clean and pest-free. It was so much easier than I expected. I only had to evict a few spiders and the wasps somehow disappeared on the 55-mile an hour, 15-minute ride to the new house. Plus, the mouse apparently passed on to the rodent hereafter sometime during the winter, because the camper is also blessedly stink-free.

So, starting tonight, I’ll be back in my old writing lair. No Facebook (the router doesn’t beam internet waves that far), no dirty dishes, no farting dogs or adorable children to distract me… just me, my WIP and a radio. Which leads me to my first ROW80 goal:

Write for one hour every night.

In the past, I’ve laid down hugely ambitious goals, but having been derailed so long, I think it’s important just to get the words flowing again.

How about you? Want to join up with ROW80 and set some goals? The more, the merrier. Go here!



6 thoughts on “Gearing Up for Round 3 and Cleaning the Camper

  1. Lovely post! Congrats on conquering the dragon (that writing retreat) AND for setting a goal that’s achievable, puts writing first, and is set up at a time with least distractions. Thank you also for being a sponsor this round. Now write!

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  2. I love the idea of writing in a camper. Hubby and I have toyed with the idea of buying one, but that’s a goal far in the future. I didn’t even think of using it as a writing space, but that’s a great idea. I usually write in the living room, although I have a beautiful study/office that I can escape into. I know I could brew myself a pot of tea and lock myself in there for the day and get a lot done. I’ll have a nice writing space in the new place, too, so hopefully I use that room more there than I have in the apartment.

    Good luck with this round! Looking forward to reading more about your writing adventures. What project(s) are you currently working on?

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    • I love my camper – a room (or a comfy couch or a small vintage travel trailer) of one’s own is really a great thing to have! Currently working on Peace, Love and Murder, a kind of mystery romance. Hoping once it’s done, it’ll fit better into one category or the other. Thanks so much for swinging by – as usual, I’m in good company for this ROW80 round. 🙂

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  3. I love it, Kristen! Having a space where all you can do is write in daydream is an awesome idea. I’ve been thinking I need to do that too. You’ve inspired me to make more of a commitment to myself. Thank you!

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    • I’m so glad, Eden! I can vouch for the inspirational power of the camper. I didn’t make it out there until tonight, but I wrote over 1,500 words. That’s about 1,200 more words than I’ve managed at one time in months. Let me know what kind of space you make for yourself. I’m excited for you!


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