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ROW80 Weekly Check-In, 1/25/15

As it turned out, this week was less about my word count and more about…

ROW80 Mid-Week Check-in, 1/21/15

I'm definitely liking this whole accountability thing ROW80 has going on. This whole 'blog about…

ROW80 Check-In 1/18/15

Week 2 and another hiccup. This one had to do¬†with my ability to plan and…


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Mark Oetjens

I was born in 1971 and grew up in suburban Chicago. As a child I was diagnosed with Dystonia, a debilitating neuromuscular disorder. Though there is no cure for Dystonia, surgeries and rehabilitation allowed me to walk with only a slight limp by the time I started high school. I received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Anthropology, both from Northern Illinois University. As an adult a brain tumor, completely unrelated to the Dystonia, threatened to disable me a second time. Thanks to radiation therapy the tumor has disappeared. I currently live and write in Phoenix, AZ.