Delving Deep and Breaking Through – ROW80 Update 10/7/12

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It’s been an eventful few days for me, filled with many exciting developments. Are you feeling the excitement, or still anticipating?

Honoring Myself  (Original goals post)

My one goal for this round is to honor myself – my rhythms, energy, and needs. My truth. My dreams and desires and emotions.

A fundamental part of that is to identify my energy type each day, and list what I do. It’s my hope that, throughout the round, patterns will emerge which will lead me to a more joyful and organic writing flow – one that truly honors me, while at the same time allowing me to get the most out of my writing time, which is seldom predictable.

That list has gotten pretty long, so, if you’re interested in how I spent my days, writing-and-otherwise, you can find it here.

Last fall, on the cow train at Liberty RidgeFarm

I’ve had a few memorable moments, though, that I want to share with you all, in this space. Not huge and reality-shifting moments, mostly. These are my notes of grace and personal revelation, moments of value to me.

  • Jeremiah, age 11, and I watched the Presidential debate on Wednesday night. I really enjoyed the conversation we had, and was, once again, pleasantly surprised at how mature his thought processes and ability to assess what he hears critically have become. He remarked, at one point, that one candidate kept reversing his position, negating what he had said earlier.

  • I completed the last of the paperwork that needed to be submitted to the school district. Now, I should be clear until the first quarter reports are due on December 1.

  • I have reconnected with my passion for poetry, and find myself going deeply into my present and my past. It’s healing, purging – and draining. I am loving this challenge, sharing my reality, and reading others’ work. My soul is singing and thrumming to have so much poetry in it!

  • I have had several ideas for submissions, and plan to add one or two to my next days’ projects. Some are poems written for OctPoWriMo, others have been in my WIP files for some time. Still others are ideas swirling in my mind. All are exciting!

  • I have had a breakthrough with my nascen NaNowriMo novel, King of Infinite Space, and that has fed a breakthough in my as-yet incomplete August Camp NaNonovel, To Be Or Not To Be. It’s the beginning of the loosening, and much remains as yet unknown, but there is enough movement that I have freewritten a bit about both stories, and how they tie in together. More ideas are coming, so long as I remain open to them.

  • I have remained calm and non-reactive in some personally challenging circumstances have failed to do so in others. Even then, though, I calmed myself quickly, and made apologized to those I had inadvertently wronged.

Brave – singing to an audience, NEUC, 2011

So, now, my energy levels and poems for the last few days….

Now, for my thoughts on the specific projects I listed in my goals post:

  • I am serving as a sponsor for this round.

  • I completed my sponsor visits on Thursday.

  • I wrote a rough draft of my sponsor post.

  • I am continuing to find this a very pleasurable experience.

  • I will soon be beginning a list of resources and ideas born from my visits, to experiment with during Ebb Tide times.

  • I am participating in the OctPo WriMo Challenge throughout October.

  • I have continued to write a poem each day, as noted above.

  • Although the poems are rather rough, as a result of the narrow timeframe for their creation, I am really liking what has been brought forth thus far.

  • I am getting a good deal of positive feedback on these pieces.

  • I have an idea forming that involves doing something with my 31 poems, once they are all complete.

  • I haven’t gotten around to visit as many other poets as I would have hoped. Between my sponsor visits, the homeschooling paperwork, my sponsor post, and a series of increasingly intimate and powerful poems, I seemed to always have something to attend to. I intend to shift more focus to this, now that other projects have been completed, or are winding down.

    Yeah, I can do it again!

  • I will be participating in NaNoWriMo throughout November, writing at least 50,000 words of another novel in my Trueborn series, King of Infinite SpaceI 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.

  • As noted above, I have had a breakthrough in this project.

  • I am continuing to gain a sense of the basic plot shape, and details are beginning to appear.

  • In the coming days, I will be asking my characters a few questions which, if they choose to answer, might allow me to gain a clearer sense of them and their stories.

  • I will continue to do some freewriting to explore, and perhaps also to write a flash fiction piece or two, if I have enough material, time,and inspiration.

Annalise was all about the intestines! Journey Through The Body, April 2011

  • 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.

  • I have answered quite a few comments, both current and considerably older, as I move through the lists on shanjeniah.

  • It feels great to read and respond to comments I didn’t even know were there.

  • Once I get shanjeniah up to date, comment-wise, I will be earmarking some time each week for attending to comments there, and will be moving on to answer comments on the guest post I wrote for Tiny Buddha waaaaay back last winter.

  • Every other day seems to work well for me to answer comments. Any more frequent gets tedious, and any less frequently makes little progress and a greater chance of forgetting altogether.

Snugabug siblings…

In addition to the projects above, I added:

  • Moving firewood, as weather permits.

  • I condensed the stack, moving it closer to the garage door – where rain that came earlier than predicted soaked it!

  • I plan to move the wood into the garage Sunday evening or during the day on Monday.

  • Editing and adding photos to my Picasa albums, and sharing these more widely.

  • I edited several groups from the photo backlog, and created three albums.

  • I  have used a few of these in my OctPoWriMo posts.

  • During the coming days, I intend to post these and share more widely.

  • Assembling the IHIPs and other paperwork for the school district (due October 12)

  • I completed this project, ahead of schedule. HOORAY!!!!!

  • Moving ahead with the reporting pages project on The Unfettered Life.

  • I have completed this project, with adaptations.

  • There was not a great enough page allowance at the main blog, so I created reporting blogs for bothAnnalise and Jeremiah.

  • All the pages are formatted and posted, and, during the coming days, I plan to begin adding the details I want to include in the quarterly reports.

  • My long-range goal, for the rest of this month, is to have enough material for each topic to construct the main body of the report, so that completing the reports in a timely manner does not conflict with my NaNo participation.

Tumbled gourds….

What’s coming up, during the next days..?

A few additional projects I’d like to move forward….

  • Complete and submit my ROW80 sponsor post.

  • Continue brainstorming Ebb Tide and High Tide projects.

  • Review and revise guest post for a friend’s blog, promised far too long ago.

  • Revise and prepare WIP items for submission to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.

  • Review guest post policy at Words In Sync for possible guest posting opportunities.

Jeremiah, age 7…he still loves Dickens.

And lastly, my reading list…:

ROW80 :

OctPoWriMo :

Other posts and articles:

A Sunday long gone….Chef Annalise, age 5

ROW80 Blog Hop!!!!

4 thoughts on “Delving Deep and Breaking Through – ROW80 Update 10/7/12

  1. alberta says:

    wow:) go girl go – all the best with that list and continue smiling

    • shanjeniah says:

      Alberta –

      So very lovely to see you here! <3

      This list suits me better than any of the previous ones have. In having so many goals, I was trying to honor my need to flit between things, doing a bit of this and a dash of that, moving incrementally forward in several areas, all at once.

      Until this round, though, I didn't have the flexibility to shift course, and in trying to get to it all and finish it, I left no room for the fact that my energy levels and focus are highly variable (and, with the children's needs and my shifting into menopause, well, there's little that's really predictable about these factors, at the moment).

      By having just a few things as standing projects, and a few others lined up for the next several days, I seem to have kept the ability to flit between things in short bursts, while relieving the pressure of "I HAVE to get this done."

      So far, this round has been a flow of creative deepening and progress, and I am having a lot more fun, and getting to know myself better, than I have in any previous round.

      It's always lovely to see you, and I am sending you all the healing and strengthening energy I can gather!

  2. Jess Witkins says:

    Whooweee, girl, you’ve been busy! I’m enjoying all the poetry from OctPoWriMo this month. I loved poetry units in school, but haven’t written any myself for awhile. I will need to remedy that. Good luck with all your freewriting – I’m a fan of that process too!

    • shanjeniah says:

      Jess –

      I loved poetry in school, too, but it never lasted long enough. My dearest ROW80 friend, Eden Mabee, and I spent our high school years writing very bad fanfic based stories in class and out. What we each write today was born in those stories….

      I like to be engaged, and writing really does that for me. I do it every chance I get, even for five minutes, these days.

      Thank you for stopping by! =D

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