This will be my fourth round. Those who have read my previous updates are probably expecting a long, long list of goals and projects….
Nope. Not this time.
While considering what my goals would be, one phrase kept going through my mind, and lodging in my soul:
I think I need to listen to this. I believe it’s important, if I am to grow as a writer, and blossom as a human, a wife, a mother….
So, how do I turn this conviction into ROW80 goals?
It begins, I think, with respecting the fact that I have three basic types of energy. To me, they seem like tides, in many ways, and I tend to think of them that way:
EbbTide: This is input gathering and organizing energy. I tend to read a lot, clean things, set things up, go places with the kids, ponder, mull, dream – and write very little.
High Tide: This is when the words and ideas pour out of me so quickly, there’s no stemming them. I may be focused on one project or twenty. Connections get made; big ideas coalesce. I tend to be up all night, or most of it, several days in a row. I tend to need to be close to home, with lots of time for dreaming. My internal and external spaces get chaotic as things blend together…
Slack Tide: This one is “the space between” – kind of the buffer zone between the two more extreme energies that bracket it. In this space, I am able to focus on a wide variety of things from both categories.
So, for this round, my primary goal will be to attend to these energies, and balance them with my projects. Finding the patterns of these energies will be very useful to me.
I will be, over the next week or two, brainstorming lists of projects for the ebb and high tides, and which can both be drawn upon during the slack tides of my life.
At each update, I will give my energy type for each day, and list what projects I worked on.
For now, though, I do have projects to launch my round, and which I feel fit my bill of honoring myself:
I am serving as a sponsor for this round.
I am participating in the OctPo WriMo Challenge throughout October.
I will be participating in NaNoWriMo throughout November, writing at least 50,000 words of another novel in my Trueborn series, King of Infinite Space. I might plan or sketch out parts ahead of time, or I might just leap in blind, with only the vaguest sense of where I am headed, which tends to work out for me.
I will be answering a rather embarrassing backlog of blog comments that have, in some cases, waited for months…it’s time – actually, far past time – to attend to these, acknowledge those who took the time to comment, and, in the process, enrich myself.
Other than that, I am looking forward to a round of learning myself, of playing and tinkering and puttering, of going where the spirit moves me…
It feels like exhalation and revelry. It feels right.
Read more ROW80 journeys !