Creative Play: ROW80 Update, 2/6/14

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It’s been a fun few days here, with sickness giving way to creativity. There’s been cartooning, cup stacking, free-form sculpture, sand drawing, activity books, puzzles, budgeting, Monster High doll hair curling, fashion design, defying the laws of physics, Minecrafting and Simming, lots of reading, really large numbers, deep conversation, snuggling, and lots and lots of laughter.

It’s like that sometimes, with unschooling. It’s a lot like it was when I had very small children around – the way babies and children, before school comes into their lives, arrange their learning as it suits them – their developmental level, their interests and desires, and their natures.

 It’s a lot like that, only now they’re big, and that one flirtation with schoolish things is far in our past, now, and scarcely touched Annalise at all.

Watching big kids who have never forgotten that natural, intrinsically motivated way of learning we humans were born for. It says many things about my own life, and the way I was as a child.

It’s inspiring, and I’ll be writing more about that, in the coming weeks….but, for now, let me share the sweetness of ROW80:

Whooosh!

Daily Writing Frames Update:

  • As mentioned last week, I am changing up my frames for February. I have several projects to complete this month; these frames are more targeted than the ones I used last month, as I shift to a place of (still playful) focus. I’ll begin these on Wednesday.

Wordy Wednesday :

Trueborn Thursday:

  • Plot, draft, complete, revise current and pending WIPs.

Fiction Friday:

Social Saturday:

Settling Sunday:

  • ROW80 Update

  • Reading

  • Reassessing

My Kinda Monday:

Trueborn Tuesday:

  • Plot, draft, complete, revise current and pending WIPs.

One good dog, snow-tipped.

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Answer comments at least every other day. Target attained!

  • This seems to be working better than a dedicated set of days.

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.On target.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.On target.

2014 Editing:

 Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete pre-editing notes for Bounded by a Nutshell.On target.

  • Page 512/734.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • Computer desk nearing completion; general decluttering.

Spend time daily in my study.Target attained!

  • Yes, daily. Time varies.

Experiment with daily writing frames. On target.

  • Details above.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar.On target.

  • OH yes! I seriously made up for lost time, here!

  • 5/72 (!) new slips completed.

  • 13/80 slips completed.

Choose two actions per day for the month; do each several times each day, with a playful spirit. On target.

  • Walking, sparking, yoga tree and child poses.

  • I fell a bit behind, this session. Just tired, and Jim had an extra day off, which put me in Deep Relax mode!

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Winter Sunset.

Scattered Play: ROW80 Update, 1/22/14

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Hello! Two and a half weeks into Round 1, and I feel the first stirrings of coming change. How about you? If you’ve set new goals for the new year, are you cruising along, or considering adapting?

None of my changes will be major; more a matter of things that aren’t fitting in with my life-as-it-is, timing-wise. I’ll be tinkering with ideas, and I’ll announce any changes with my last January update, a week from now.

This session has been a bit chaotic. Annalise and I were sick from Friday till Sunday – this was her second cold in as many weeks, and, although she’s feeling better other than a lingering cough, her sleep patterns are off, and that makes it harder for me to sleep, and to predict when I can work.

The cold spell has been sporadically frozen our water pipes, so it’s a bit of an adventure every time someone wants to use the water!

Still, some things have gotten done, and many more are in progress – and, hopefully, we can all be well and warm for a while..

Chaotically Building …

Daily Writing Frames:

Wild Card Wednesday:

Blogging posts and queues:

  • Posted three posts; one per blog

  • No queues yet.

Play in many ways:

  • Lots of time with the kids.

  • Gaming.

  • Freewriting on various topics.

  • Reading.

Whatever feels right:

  • See above.

Trueborn Thursday:

Editing CD and BBAN; Rereading BAB.

  • CD: Scene revision pass notes.

  • BBAN: Continued pre-editing notes.

  • BAB: Pending.

Drafting TBONTB; TSAF; PTD:

  • TBOTB: New words added.

  • TSAF and PTD: Pending.

Exploring timeline and plot tribbles:

  • Pending.

Flirtatious Friday:

Exploration of whatever kind:

  • Gaming.

  • Reading.

Freewriting on and without topic:

  • Freewriting for blogging and Trueborn stories.

Family connection and play:

  • Hanging out with sick children.

Sharing Saturday:

Answer/make comments:

  • Yes.

Saturday’s Share posts.

  • Post: Yes.

  • Queue: Not yet.

Sharing/social media/submissions:

  • Not really; I was sick.

Sampling Sunday:

Reading books/blogs:

Sunday Sampler posts:

  • Nothing this week.

Playing with short stories:

  • Selected and read section of Galapogos for next exercise.

Melding Monday:

Answer comments/make comments:

  • No; tired and Jim’s weekend.

Coffee and Conversation posts:

  • Posting: Yes.

  • Queues: Not yet.

Writing/Life integration:

  • Yes. Less time writing; more time with beloveds.

Talking Tuesday:

Twitter and Facebook::

  • Twitter: No

  • Facebook: Yes.

WANATribe:

  • Not this week.

Other types of physical/virtual connection:

  • Workout and shopping with Jeremiah.

In touch with the sparkly spirals of life….

This feels like a good point to stop listing every intention, each update. Instead, I’ll update only those I worked on each session, as well as any new intentions I set.

2014 Blogging:

Resume my regular blogging schedule with Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday posts across the three blogs.On target.

  • Coffee and Conversation: It’s All About Balance

  • 1 / 4 weekly posts complete.

Inspirational play…

2014 Writing:

Explore gestatingStar Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May). On target.

  • Created a rough timeline for both POV characters.

Bounded pre-editing pass.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete pre-editing notes for Bounded by a Nutshell.On target.

  • I am currently at page 340/734.

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs.

Using Kurt Vonnegut’sGalapogos, do Part 3 “Comfort Zone” exercises for “ASOR”.On target.

  • I’ve selected the section I will use, and have read it silently and aloud.

Taking care of business…playfully!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • More computer desk excavation; general decluttering.

Spend time daily in my study.Target attained!

  • Yes; writing, pre-editing, and prettifying!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with play project schedule.Target attained.

  • Details above.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar.On target.

  • 4/76 slips in play.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Choose one playful motion for each day in January; do it several times throughout the day, with a spirit of adventure. On target.

  • Stair stepping; flies with 15 oz. cans; yoga Tree pose.

  • Very light workout; stair stepping, 1 mile on recumbent bike.

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My kinda playground….

Play, Elsewhere: ROW80 1/15/14 Update

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Hello again! It’s Week 2 of ROW80, and I am moving along with my playful approach to writing and life.

The last days have been filled with family, car repairs, editing and blogging – and capped off with a trip with my best girl to The Childrens’ Museum of Saratoga, where she’s been wanting to go. I took many pictures, but forgot the camera in the car Jim drove to work **sniff!**

Instead, I’m sharing pictures of our first trip there, when Annalise was a little girl of 4 or 5 and not the much bigger 9.5 year old who so delightfully accompanied me yesterday.

This week, may your sense of wonder and joy match hers!

Joy!

Daily Writing Frame Progress: (beginning Sunday 1/6)

Sampling Sunday:

Reading books/blogs:

Sunday Sampler posts:

  • Read several posts from my Pocket file; starred some to use in future posts.

Play with Deep Revision stories.

  • Found in-progress story exercises.

Melding Monday:

Make and answer comments.

  • Yes. The dedicated time is helping.

Coffee and Conversation posts.

  • Posted both weeks.

Writing/Life integration:

  • A pleasant blending.

Talking Tuesday:

Twitter and Facebook:

  • Week 1:Yes.; Week 2 : No (away from Internet).

WANATribe:

  • Week 1:Yes.; Week 2 : No (away from Internet)

Other types of real/virtual connection.

  • Week 1: Mostly online and family.

  • Week 2: Took Annalise to The Childrens’ Museum of Saratoga; mostly in-person contact.

Artiness.

Wild Card Wednesday:

Blogging queues and posts:

  • Posts: Yes.Queues:No.

Play in many ways:

  • Time with spouse and kids, reading, gaming, and being.

Whatever feels right! =):

  • Not giving you details, but yeah. =)

Trueborn Thursday:

Edit Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; RereadBlood and Breath:

  • CD: Roughing revision plan.

  • BBAN: Pre-revision notes.

  • BAB: Pending.

Draft To Be or Not to Be;The Stars are Fire; Perchance to Dream:

TBONTB: Reread last completed chapters.

TSAF: :Pending.

PTD: : Pending.

Exploring timeline and plot tribbles:

  • Rough chronological listing of WIPs and pending volumes.

  • Plot tribbles: : Pending.

Flirtatious Friday:

Exploration of whatever kind:

  • Reading; editing; gaming; fantasizing.

Freewriting on and without topic:

  • Sponsor post; website brainstorming.

Family connection and play:

  • Yes. Mellow family day.

Sharing Saturday:

Answer/make comments:

  • Yes!

Saturday’s Share posts:

  • Yes.

Share; submit; social media:

  • Share: :Yes.

  • Submit: : Pending.

  • Social Media: Yes.

Animal care.

ROW80 Update:

2014 Blogging

Focus on layout / design aspects of Blogging Action Plan.

Tidy Master Features Resource file. On target.

  • Coffee and Conversation section tidied.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Answer all comments on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Target attained!

  • Comments answered – on Monday, even!

Return visits to all commenters, as standard practice. On target.

  • I will be fitting these in during opportune moments; usually between other projects.

Resume regular blogging schedule with Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday posts across the three blogs. On target.

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

Write out a one-page brainstorming session for desired website features. Target attained!

  • About 500 words written. Allowing them to settle.

  • Visit five writing websites; consider what I do and don’t like about them.Pending.

Studying X-rays with a friend – so little, here!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

  • Complete rough draft of TBONTB.Pending.

Explore gestatingStar Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as Last House story collection concept, as short pieces / flash fiction, during April and May.

Exploring birds’ eggs. Ever the nature girl!

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dishand Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes forBlood and Breath.

Complete pre-editing notes for Bounded by a Nutshell. On target.

  • On-page notes: Page 225/734.

  • Pre-revision Notebook: Page 225/734.

Revise all poems for QOMIS, until satisfied with the results.

  • Read poems aloud, highlighting for revision.Pending.

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs.

  • Read through completed exercises, and my work for “A Splash of Red.” Pending.

Weighing in. She loved shopping at the grocery store exhibit!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, inhabiting my study.

Complete family room reset. On target.

  • General decluttering/cleaning; more computer desk excavation, sorting and tidying family room desk.

Spend time daily in my study. Target attained!

  • Pockets of calm and purpose continuing to expand.

  • Clean up main documents files. Pending.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with play project schedule.On target.

  • Daily Frames update above.

Research small business establishment /administration.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar.On target.

  • Details above.

  • 3/80 complete; 4/77 in progress.

Seek out playful ways to move and challenge my body.

Choose one playful motion for each day in January; do it several times, with a spirit of adventure. Target attained!

  • Leg lifts, t’ai chi movement; walking.

Five year old discerning consumer from behind!

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Mayyour life be filled with joy and wonder this week and always!

ROW80 Update– Quiet Weaving

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Often, I write something fun in this space, or share revelations that occur to me during the week. Today, though, I’m just not feeling that talkative- saving myself up for NaNo, I guess.

I’m plotting, and blogging, and writing.

So, instead, I’ll just say I hope everyone here is happy, healthy, and doing many things they love!

And now, my ROW80 progress for this session…

Current Goals Buffet Samplings :

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. Target exceeded!

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. Target attained!

  • Done on Friday and Sunday. A tad late, but better than forgetting! =D

Cover art inspiration.

Writing:

Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.
  • NaNo Planning

Write or Plan one scene weekly for The Stars are Fire and Perchance to Dream, through October. Target attained!

Perchance to Dream: Target attained!

  • Planned :Adapt Scene #20; Plan Scene #21
  • Written: Scene #20; 2,079 words
  • WIP Total: 72, 464 / ~100,000 words.
  • On hiatus until December, to accommodate NaNo.

The Stars are Fire:Target attained!

  • Adapted/Planned :Scenes #27 and #28
  • Written: Scene #27; 1,666 new words.
  • WIP Total: 66,811 / ~100,000 words.
  • On hiatus until December, to accommodate NaNo.

Plan King of Shreds and Patches; complete Rock Your Plot planning exercise/ scene-by-scene outline. – October 31. On target.

Add quick sketches of connecting scenes. Target attained!

  • 28/28 -All done!

Add GMCD for all connecting scenes. On target.

  • 17/28 scenes complete. Over half done with this step! =D

Give quick title and sketched action for all scenes.On target.

  • 60/60 scenes titled – WAHOO! =D
  • 36/60 scenes complete. A paragraph each for Opening, Middle, and Disaster. Over half of the way to my first-ever fully outlined NaNo novel! =D
  • Working out the tangles as I go.

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow).On target.

  • 2/60 scenes completed.

Set up scenes in Scrivener.On target.

  • 2/60 scenes set up.
  • Double check all notes and prep for consistency.
  • Breathe deeply till Friday!

Feeling a little reflective…

Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Ponder . Brainstorm, discuss, freewrite, percolate. On target.

  • A natural by-product of NaNo planning; more details in December.

Decorate bulletin board, take down maps (moving to family or living room). On target.

  • Bought new wrapping paper to prettify board, and a staple puller for the maps.

  • Found a new home for our large US map.

Hang ribbon board. On target.

  • Jim found tacks and a hammer.– now to use them!

Keep email inbox clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • A little less on top of this. Haven’t used Kindle in a day or two, during NaNo final planning stages.

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • See above.

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.
  • Exercise and Movement.
  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him.Target attained!

  • I asked Jim. He said I did. =)

Do the same for the children, individually and together.Target attained!

  • Our first trip to the independent local game store. I bought each child a game or two.
  • Trip to Target.
  • Time at the Y.
  • Playing with pendulums, inverted and otherwise.
  • Walks and a birthday party.
  • Annalise’s Halloween costume ordered.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. On target.

  • A banner writing week! Lots of planning for KOSAP, and a scene each for PTD and TSAF. Good times!
  • I was present with these cool people I live with, although a little crankier than I’d like, here and there!

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed.On target.

  • NaNo hasn’t made me crazy, yet – only slightly sleep-deprived! =)

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes.Target attained!

  • Two workouts, a walk, and moderate hometending.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • Definitely better this time.

Work out at least once a week. Target attained!

  • A fast and moderate 45 minute workout. 3 minutes on the arc trainer, 2 machines each for arms, legs, and body.

Work out on Thursday, while kids enjoy Prime Time program. Target attained, if abbreviated.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day.Target attained!

  • Yes! Every day – whether to stand out in a light, almost-snow rain, or to and from the car, or out walking or chatting.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Yup. Time with loved ones;plotting; blogging. All the new Deadliest Catch episodes on Netflix.Time outside in the air!

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links.Target attained!

Tend sponsor duties promptly.Target attained!

Why not go ROWer-peeping this fall?

The Stars are Fire-inspired art.

Weaving Chaos and Creativity – ROW80 Update, 10/14/13

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It’s been an – interesting – few days. We’ve had unexpected goodness (a free handmade desk) and wrinkles we were not expecting (a fortunately minimal and quickly caught case of debit card fraud).

 All of it brings attendant loose ends – a rearranging of rooms, and a slew of accounts that will need to be adjusted.

 I also spent time with a WIP I hadn’t looked at in a few months. It’s a first draft, and it’s a long way from finished. In places, it’s painfully ragged.

And yet…

I feel something akin to the first time I heard my babies’ heartbeats, or felt their life moving within me. There’s a long way to go, but there’s life here, and I’m eager to experience its gestation.

How about you? Has life been predictable, these last days, or has fate delighted in springing surprises?

Mama pegacorn with twin babies. Created by Annaliise, age 8

Round 4 Goals – Current Steps (and what’s new!):

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain this level throughout round. On target.

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation during intensely creative phases. On target.

Tranforming Machine Monster: Created by Jeremiah, age 11

Writing:

Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

  • Submitting.

Write or Plan one scene weekly for The Stars are Fire and Perchance to Dream, through October.

Perchance to Dream: Target exceeded!

  • Planned :Scenes #19 and #20

  • Written: Scene #19; 2270 words

  • WIP Total: 70, 385 of 100,00 words.

The Stars are Fire:Target exceeded!

  • Adapted/Planned :Scenes #26 and #27

  • Written: Scene #26; 2,639 words

  • WIP Total: 65, 145/ ~100,00 words.

Sign up for NaNoWriMo 2013 - October 20.

  • Done on 10/11!

  • Open invitation for Writing Buddies!

To Be or Not to Be:

Completerough draft: ~200,000 words total -October 31. On target.

  • Chapter Fifty-Two: 1,657 new words.

  • WIP total: 191,088/ ~ 200,000 words.

  • October, to date: 2,987/ ~11,899 words.

  • Lots to discover in the next 9,000 words or so. I’m game! =D

PlanKing of Shreds and Patches; planning exercises/ scene-by-scene outline - October 31. On target.

  • Finished readthrough of Sima Garo Provides, the companion WIP.

  • Noted plot points, for correlation purposes.

  • Completed Rock Your Plot Chapter 1 reading and premise-testing exercises.

  • Created Characters folder/added Spock’s GMC and character template pages.

  • Created Places folder/ added template pages for 10 potential locations.

Completegoal/motivation/conflict for all POV characters and antagonists. On target.

  • Chapter 2 – Completed 3/5 character goal/motivation/conflict pages.

  • Write character sketches for all POV characters and antagonists.

  • Set plot points for each POV character, and antagonist.

Create WIP Story folder – October 10.

  • Completed on the 12th.

Move pending stories into folder - October 20.

  • Moved all existing drafts of my three Deep Revisionstories.

Find 3 freelance article and/or essay markets -October 31.

  • Saved potential markets to my Pocket file for later investigation.

Chaos and Possibility.

Editing:

Focus Points:

  • Continue pre-revision process for two novels

Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp Series):

Complete scene-by scene revision notebook – January 31, 2014.

  • Jotted general impressions after rereading, as a rough action guide.

Machine, transformed.

Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Research writers’ organizations choose 3 for further exploration - October 31. On target.

  • Saved a few sites to Pocket, to explore later.

Explore SFF.net.

  • A quick peek. Will return to delve.

Continue the “greatroom” living room refit. On target.

  • Moved games: organized under coffee table.

  • Declutter and clean shelves.

  • Move nature books and field guides to new space.

  • Continue shifting/cleaning family room.

Decorate bulletin board, take down maps (moving to family or living room). On target.

  • Gathered decorating supplie.

  • Found places for the maps.

Keep email inbox clear. Check at least twice weekly. Target attained!

  • Using my Kindle works well.

Sort/empty spam folder.Target attained!

  • Done!

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • Done.

Minimum of 5 minutes, twice weekly, organizing and cleaning the space. Target attained!

  • Thursday: 6 minutes

  • Friday: 15 minutes.

Minimum of 10 minutes, twice weekly, being in the space. On target.

  • Thursday: 10 minutes.

Find a name that suits my vision of this space.

  • Experimenting with “study”; liking it.

Mama Pegacorn!

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim. Target attained!

  • Yes. Television time, planning, laughter, and connection. More Enterprise.

Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!

  • Chatting, PrimeTime, playtime, walks, treats, working things out.

Make time for connecting with friends. On target.

  • Chatted with a young friend online: first video chat with another.

  • Vague plans to connect with another friend.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. Target attained!

  • Lots of going with the flow, more or less by necessity.

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!

  • I still want a little more movement and am warming up for deeper connection.

Practice movement daily,. Target attained!

  • Yes. Hometending, walking, moving furniture, resetting rooms.

Add more intention – move during long nighttime writing sessions. On target.

  • Getting better.

Work out at least once a week. Target exceeded!

  • Two moderate workouts this week. =)

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day. Target attained!

  • Wednesday: poked my head out.

  • Thursday: picking up desk.

  • Friday/Saturday: walking with Annalise.

Indulge my own passions. Target attained!

  • Enterprise, my beloveds, writing,reading, reorganizing, and more.

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links. Target attained!

  • Yes.

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Impromptu, three-day floor studio.

I Like To: Final Round 3 ROW80 Update, September 18, 2013

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 What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

 How do you feel, at the end of something that challenged and delighted you?

This is the last update of the round. There will be a break, now, until the next round starts on October 7.

 It’s a breather, a time to assess, to move some of my long-term goals forward, and to set my intentions for the next round, the rest of the year, and beyond.

So, while I won’t be posting updates for a bit, I will be writing, and I will be focused on my goals.

Because I’m not just a writer for 80 days at a time, 4 times a year.

I am a writer, always.

There’ll also be a lessening of intensity, a restful lull where I indulge myself and those I love. Where I refill, refresh, and renew. Where I allow fantasies and reality to blend, and make room for the magical parts of writing to happen, and mostly keep my progress to myself.

I’ll have a little more time to pose for silly photos….

I also still have some dishes on my personal buffet, and so I will be free to sample as I choose…

  • During the break, I will be tidying up the buffet table, indulging, and considering Round 4 offerings. Bon appetit!

Accounting of my ROW80 Goals Progress:

Blogging:

Write two new Saturday’s Share posts each week, until I have a queue of 5 posts. On target.

  • Photo links for the next two posts have been selected.

Post Wordless Wednesday and WIPpet Wednesday posts. Target attained!

Build queue two posts ahead for each by end of round. Running late, but on target.

  • WIPpet Wednesday: Post scheduled for September 25.

Gather links for Sunday Sampler – 3 per category. Target attained!

  • Spent some time in my Pocket app, reading and collecting links.

Continue brainstorming post ideas, adding features over time. Pending.

  • Nothing new written down, but mental brainstorming gaining in intensity, as I add features.

Keep up with comments and sharing. Target attained!

  • Comments caught up at shanjeniah.

  • Both Wednesday posts shared at memes; more sharing pending.

More time to celebrate growth…

Editing: (With Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revisions).

Bounded by a Nutshell: Complete first pre-editing readthrough/notes by January 1,2014. On target.

Print and reread WIP, making on-page rough notes. On target.

  • Printing: Page 734/734.  Yup, done!

  • Silent readthrough: Page 504/734.

  • Private read-aloud: Page 134/734.

 Share excerpts from this WIP as part of the WIPpet Wednesday meme. On target.

  • WIPpet Wednesday: Father and Child Reunion

  • Post Scheduled for 9/25.

  • Excerpt selected for 10/10 post.

  • Ongoing.

More time to be with friends…

Writing:

To Be or Not to Be – Write at least 25,000 words in September.On target.

  • Current WIP total: 169,012/~200,000 words. Under 35,000 to go!

  • 1,160 new words.

  • September total-to-date: 6,058 words.

  • This WIP has been waiting as other things took precedence.

The Stars are Fire: Plan Scene #25; Konii’s POV; Adapt Scene #24 Outline – from 9/12). Target attained!

  • Scene #24 plan adaptation complete.

  • Scene #25 planned.

Perchance to Dream: Write Scene #17; Spock’s Plot Point #1 -from 9/12). Target attained!

  • 2,643 new words.

  • WIP total: 64,452/~100,000 words.

More time to play….and play at writing!

Business-y Stuff:

Maintain sponsor visits. Target attained!

Beta Reading: A More Complicated Fairy Tale – complete by end of round. Target attained!

  • Comments: Complete: page 190/190.

  • Emailed to author on Tuesday.

Write my next segment for “Write a Story with Me”. Target attained!

  • Written, scheduled, and submitted. I love this piece. =)

Begin beta-reading for Chameleon in a Mirror once file is received. On target.

  • Reading: Chapters 1-3; page 22/208. I’m hooked! =)

Update Long Term ROW80 Goals, and Noveling Action Plan, with goals for Round 4. On target.

  • I have drafted Long Term Update, Blogging and Writing Sections, with October goals added.

Read, comment, and share WANA blogs. On target.

  • I read several WANA blogs this week.

  • I will be sharing two WANA posts as part of my first Sunday Sampler of the fall season – date TBA.

  • Ongoing.

Visit and post to three WANA tribes. On target.

  • I posted to An Hour a Day.

  • Visited: 2/3. Posted: 2/3.

Visit a WANA chat area and engage weekly! Target attained!

  • I chatted briefly with another WANA on Sunday.

More time with this guy…shhh, he’s not as tough as he looks. =)

What do you do, when you have a break? What delights you, renews you, fulfills you? I’d really like to know!

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High Creative Tide: ROW80 Update, August 11, 2013

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What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

I’ve got a lot to say, at this update – but most of it will be said (well, more likely written), in places other than here.

Yup, it’s high creative tide, for all of us, here, and I am riding the waves: writing, editing, blogging, taking care of business, hometending and beginning to reorganize, playing with words, images, ideas, and emotions in many ways.

I’ve been joyfully productive, and, even as I type this, at 4am Sunday, my time, I am feeling eager to rush back over to the buffet, and serve up a few more favorites so I can nibble at them before I sleep…

A single,artful bloom.

Here’s an accounting of my ROW80 Goals Progress…and what will be next!

Blogging:

Tweak The Unfettered Life header. Target attained!

  • Redone, for now. Subject to adaptation.

 Tweak shanjeniah header. Pending.

  • Ongoing goal.

Continue uploading batches of 15 to Flickr, as they are edited. Pending.

  • Ongoing goal.

Continue editing for more Sayen Garen Wordless Wednesday posts. On target.

  • Fifteen images edited.

  • Ongoing goal.

 Draft 2 Coffee and Conversation posts for stacking. Target attained!

  • 1000+ word draft of second post. May be a series of posts on aspects of the same theme. I am excited to own my convictions, and I hope to inspire thought on a topic of deep importance to me.

Have one post ready to publish on Monday, August 12. On target.

  • “On Shaming Children” color-coded, pondering revision.

  • Ongoing goal.

 Draft 2 Saturday’s Share posts by Friday, August 16. Pending.

  • Ongoing goal.

 Create a file for potential stacking, per feature. On target.

  • Master list created.

  • Brainstormed ideas from writing notebook added.

  • Ongoing goal.

 Continue brainstorming post ideas, adding features over time. Pending.

  • Ongoing goal.

 Rough draft of revised posting schedule. Target attained!

  • My Blog Buffet Menu is in rough draft, and I am pleased with it.

  • Create sidebar “menus” for all blogs, and post.

 Keep up with comments and sharing. Target attained!

  • Ongoing goal.

These colors make me swoon.

Editing (With Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Revisions:) Pending.

  • New printer is functional! =D

 Chameleon’s Dish :

 Print for reread. Target attained!

 Once I got everything working together, printing went quickly. Still in negotiations with the paper loading tray…

 Begin reading to my beta listeners (Annalise and Jeremiah). Target attained!

 Read-through completed wee-hours, Saturday.

  • Much discussion – writing, plot, related things. Annalise drew a favorite scene in her sketch pad.

  • They want more! Like, right now! =)

     Take general on-page notes. On target.

  • Jotted color-coded notes on first four scenes – to page 38/249.

  • Ongoing goal.

 Begin list of things to look at. On target.

  • Designated a notebook for this project– 1 page per scene.

  • Onep age of general, scene-by-scene items to look at.

  • Notes and set up for goal/motivation/conflict/disaster. Prologue (writing pending), – scene #3,: Page 19 / 249.

  • Continue list of per-scene attention items.

 Bounded by a Nutshell:

 Print for reread. Pending.

  • Saving for September, unless I finish the first run of Chameleon’s Dish sooner.

Merchant’s Road Inspiration.

Writing:

To Be or Not to Be – Write at least 25,000 words in August. On target.

  • 9,449 / 25,000 words.

  • 2,951 new words.

  • WIP total: 148,132 / ~200,000 words.

The Stars are Fire – Write Scene 22, Konii’s POV. On target.

  • 3,132 new words.

  • WIP total: 53,584 /~ 100,000 words.

  • Adapt plan for Scene 23, Niaan’s Pinch Point #1, beginnimg August 15.

Perchance to Dream – Plan Scene 15; T’Pol’s POV. Target attained!

  • Scene was already planned; minor adjustments made.

  • Write Scene 15; T’Pol’s POV, beginning August 15.

Business-y Stuff:

Skipping along a creative path..

Update Long -term Goals, Noveling Action Plan, and all Blogging Action Plans. On target.

Maintain sponsor visits. Target attained!

ELA and Mathematics for both IHIPs and fourth quarter reports (due September 1). On targe

  • Annalise’s Quarterly – Mathematics completed. This goal has been attained for her IHIP and reports.

  • Jeremiah’s Quarterly – Writing/Spelling complete.

  • Complete Jeremiah’s ELA and Mathematics for fourth quarter reports (by September 1).

  • Write both Peer Reviews and print (before NEUC)

Add Sciences to IHIPs and Quarterlies. On target.

  • Added to Jeremiah’s IHIP.

  • Ongoing goal.

Read, comment, and share the WANA113 blogs I saved. On target.

  • Read more, commented, and shared.

  • Ongoing goal.

Join in on the conversation. Target attained!

  • Two comments made.

  • Ongoing goal.

Have you ever been swept away on a Creative High Tide? Was it exciting, terrifying, or a little of both?

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Unfettered Life Header

A Time of Quiet: ROW80 Update, 7/10/13

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What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

It’s been a soft and quiet two days, and the weekend will be a bustle of activity and adventure. This is the space between – between Annalise and Elijah, between celebration and sorrow, between peace and joyful chaos…

Today, Wednesday, is a day of preparing, of kids antsy and eager for the weekend, of the fatigue that often, for me, comes before intense social interaction.

Sunday’s update may be very brief, or delayed until Monday, or even Tuesday, due to the activities slated to last until Monday…

Mermaid girl at the lake, 2011.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to….

Week Two Note:

This is a busy and emotional week, bustling with activity. I’m not setting concrete goals, only options.

I will be writing, and planning, each day, but that may be only a line or two, and may be in a notebook rather than on the computer, because it’s not the type of week when I can easily predict what might happen, or how much time I will have available, and when.

Or, given the birthdays that bracket this week (two children; one living, one not), my emotional ability to shift my focus.

Friends at the lake, 2011.

Warm and happy comments might not be answered, right away, but will be deeply appreciated this week!

Week Two Options are in bolded blue; Week One carryovers in bolded black.

Blogging:

Read some Pocket saves; file for later blogging fodder. Target attained!

  • I’ve read and sorted several, and will likely read more in the coming days

Weekly posts: Wed posts, Monday and/or Saturday. Pending.

  • No posts yet this week.

Catch up on blog comment responses…I’m woefully backed up, due to intense NaNo focus. On target.

Possibly very abbreviated ROW80 updates. On target.

  • Wednesday posts pending at this writing.

Take pictures! Pending.

  • I had a minor camera issue – fixed now!

Sand castle portrait. 2011.

Writing (July CampNaNoWriMo)

Write something on current WIP each day. Target attained!

  • The Stars are Fire: 38,012 words total.

Plot something on either/both WIPs each day. Target attained!

  • Plotting on both WIPs, daily.
  • I continue plotting The Stars are Fire a scene ahead for each POV character.
  • I am moving through rough planning the connecting scenes of Perchance to Dream. I have reached the midpoint, and should have all scenes roughed before beginning the rough draft on or about July 15.

Maintain updates and some social media contact. On target.

  • Update in progress.
  • I’ve checked in on Facebook and Twitter, this week.

Serious Swimmer, 2011.

Business-y Stuff:

Submit sponsor post. Target attained!

  •  Obligation met!

Do sponsor visits. Target attained!

Do ELA stuff for kids’ IHIPs and fourth quarter reports. Pending.

I continue to breathe, expand, and believe! Target attained!

The hole of her focus, 2011.

And…:

Celebrate! Target attained!

  • Our birthday girl was well feted!

Honor and remember. On target.

  • Elijah is surfacing in my memory, often this week.

Be with friends. Pending.

  • Our weekend plans include many friends.

Soak it all up. On target.

  • I’m building in time for this into my weekend preparations.

Be present. On target.

  • I am practicing presence, and that’s helping me to take each moment as it comes to me.

Be honest. On target.

  • I am focusing on stating my needs and feelings simply and honestly.

Be gentle with others. On target.

  • Not perfect, but I am consciously tending to my approach to others.

Relax. On target.

  • While busily engaged with writing and time-sensitive weekend plans, I am still making relaxation a priority.

Be gentle with myself. On target.

  • I am treating me gently.

Give myself the space to be, all week long. On target.

  • So far, so good.

SPLASH!!! 2011.

I attained several of my Week Two goals, while planning for a busy weekend adventure I will share the details of next week. I made sure there was space for life and presence in each day.

For me, Week Two is the shifting from joy , to remembrance (Saturday would be Elijah’s 10th birthday, the tenth one he won’t be alive to celebrate).

It’s a paradoxical week, but it has and will be filled with life, and love, and adventure, and then it will pass, and Elijah’s Days will progress, with life being lived richly by those still living…

May July roll sweetly on, for all of my readers!

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Shhhhhh…..children at rest! 2011.

Yes, She is 9: ROW80 Update, July 8, 2013

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 What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

 Today, my youngest child begins, in her parlance, “my last single-digit year”.

Yes, she is 9.

Nine years now, of her sparkling eyes, her grin, her temper, her daring, her balance, her creativity, her laughter and her tears, her bumps and bruises, her heartaches and joys.

Nine years of memories.

Nine years of Annalise.

It’s been a ride like no other, and one I would not trade.

I am deeply blessed.

 

Week Two Note:

This is a busy and emotional week, bustling with activity. I’m not setting concrete goals, only options.

I will be writing, and planning, each day, but that may be only a line or two, and may be in a notebook rather than on the computer, because it’s not the type of week when I can easily predict what might happen, or how much time I will have available, and when.

Or, given the birthdays that bracket this week (two children; one living, one not), my emotional ability to shift my focus.

Warm and happy comments might not be answered, right away, but will be deeply appreciated this week!

Week Two Options are in bolded blue; Week One in bolded black.

Post individual blogging action plans to shanjeniah, Trueborn Jottings, and The Unfettered Life. Target attained!

All my blogposts are within the 800-950 word range. Target attained !

  • It wasn’t hard – I only blogged the action plans.

I share each post via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and use hashtags to expand my reach. Not this session. I’m reasonably sure my blogging action plans just aren’t THAT interesting to others!

I create variations on my shanjeniah logline, “Lovely Chaos” for Trueborn Jottings and The Unfettered Life. Target attained!

Blogging:

 

  • Read some Pocket saves; file for later blogging fodder.
  • Weekly posts: Wed posts, Monday and/or Saturday.
  • Catch up on blog comment responses…I’m woefully backed up, due to intense NaNo focus.
  • Possibly very abbreviated ROW80 updates.
  • Take pictures!

I continue with my plans for the Trueborn double series.

I begin July CampNaNo with The Stars are Fire roughly planned for pivotal scenes. Target exceeded!

  • I am continuing to create detailed plans of the connective scenes, keeping one scene ahead for each story arc . This gives each scene room to breathe freely, without much need to adapt the following scenes.

  • As I go along, and things are changing, it’s a simple matter to adapt the parts of the outline that change, without getting lost. Thank you, Cathy Yardley and Rock Your Plot!

I finish planning pivotal scenes for Perchance to Dream. Target attained!

  • All pivotal plot points are now detailed.

  • Next up, numbering and adding in the connective scenes.

I write a minimum of 3000 words a day. Target exceeded !

  • Current WIP total: 31,633 words.

  • I may have missed, by a few hundred words, on Saturday. Not sure. But on Friday I wrote nearly 10,000 words, and I am well ahead, so I am calling this a rousing success!

I update my word count after each writing session. Target attained!

I participate in at least 3 #wordmongering sessions. Target exceeded!

  • I’ve done several sessions.

  • I have also participated in #wordsprints and #1K1hr sessions.

  • These are very useful in getting thoughts moving, and keeping my fingers dancing across the keys.

  • Write something on current WIP each day.
  • Plot something on either/both WIPs each day.
  • Maintain updates and some social media contact.

I write my ROW80 Sponsor Post. Pending.

  • I got pulled into my WIP, and haven’t finished my revisions. I will have it submitted to Kait by Wednesday, July 10, though.

I fulfill my sponsor duties. Target attained!

I check in with Facebook periodically. Target attained!

I check in with Twitter at least twice. Target exceeded!

I check in with Google+. Target attained!

I check in with WANA Blogging for Brand. Target attained!.

  • Just a brief peek, for reorientation.

I check in with my CampNaNo cabin (which I may switch).Target attained!

  • I did switch, and check in.

Business-y Stuff:

 

  • Submit sponsor post.
  • Do sponsor visits.
  • Do ELA stuff for kids’ IHIPs and fourth quarter reports.

I continue to breathe, expand, and believe! Target attained!

 

Today, she has more hair, more teeth, and no longer fits into my old baby bunting…but that grin and those dancing eyes are just the same!

And…:

 

  • Celebrate!
  • Honor and remember.
  • Be with friends.
  • Soak it all up.
  • Be present.a
  • Be honest.
  • Be gentle with others.
  • Relax.
  • Be gentle with myself.
  • Give myself the space to be, all week long.

So, I attained nearly all of my Week One goals, and exceeded several. I made sure there was space for life in each day.

For me, Week Two is the shifting from joy (my daughter is 9 today!), to remembrance (Saturday would be Elijah’s 10th birthday, the tenth one he won’t be alive to celebrate).

It’s a paradoxical week, but it will be filled with life, and love, and adventure, and then it will pass, and Elijah’s Days will progress, with life being lived richly by those still living…

May July roll sweetly on, for all of my readers!

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Of Passion and Calmness – ROW80 Update, 7/4/13

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I’m just a bit late with my midweek ROW80 update, because – well, because I was working on my goals!

What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

July is a life-filled month. The coming week will involve camping, local exploration, birthdays, and the beginning of Elijah’s Days….

There’s going to be a lot of activity, and much of it social, and writing will, often, be taking a backseat.

Here in the final days before the floodgates of activities open, I am enjoying the calm of home, and banking words, so that I can enjoy the days to come without feeling the pressure of more words to write than time and focus to write them with…

So far, I am delighted with my emerging WIP – the first of two I will be working on, this month. Plotting for both is moving along, and I managed to get my Wednesday posts up.

Exploring historical hats.

In early happy news, I now have 99 blog followers on this blog! I appreciate each and every one of you, whether you read here once in a while, every post, or somewhere in between. 99 is such a fun number – and only 6 away from my “magic number” of 105!

It’s a solid, peaceful beginning, calm, in the service of passion. That’s the theme of this round, for me….delving my own passions, embracing them, delighting in them.

All goals for Round 3 are based on those I created for my WANA113 Big Goals Grokking. There will be additions and deletions as the round goes along, and, for each objective, a weekly goal or goals that will move me closer to that lovely blue Target attained!

Local history.

I move through my action plans for each blog, adapting as necessary, and enjoying the process of creating and connecting. All of my blogposts hit the 800-1000 word range, and my readership has grown by 25% for each.

Week One Goals:

Post individual blogging action plans to shanjeniah, Trueborn Jottings, and The Unfettered Life. Pending.

All my blogposts are within the 800-950 word range. Target attained for this session!

I share each post via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and use hashtags to expand my reach. Target attained for this session!

Historical exploration.

I design a logo or graphic art image that represents me across all social media, and an action plan that guides me as I contemplate the best way to unify my three main blogs – merging into my own website.

Week One Goal:

I create variations on my shanjeniah logline, “Lovely Chaos” for Trueborn Jottings and The Unfettered Life. Target attained!

  • Unfettered Life: Our Lovely, Chaotic Life: Learning, Loving, Laughing, and Living!

  • Trueborn Jottings: The Lovely Chaos of Creation.

A hot historical hobby.

I continue with my plans for the Trueborn double series.

Week One Goals:

I begin July CampNaNo with The Stars are Fire roughly planned for pivotal scenes. Target exceeded!

  • I detailed plans of all pivotal scenes, and began roughing the connective scenes, before the challenge began. Thank you, Cathy Yardley and Rock Your Plot!

  • I am plotting one scene ahead for each POV character (when I finish their scene, I plot their next). This gives each scene room to breathe freely, without much need to adapt the following scenes.

I finish planning pivotal scenes for Perchance to Dream. On target.

  • All pivotal plot points are roughed.

  • I have begun expanding Plot Point #1 for POV characters.

I write a minimum of 3000 words a day. Target exceeded for this session!

  • 15,121 words over four days, so far.

I update my word count after each writing session. Target attained for this session!

I participate in at least 3 #wordmongering sessions. On target.

  • 2 down; 1 to go.

  • I have also participated in #wordsprints and #1K1hr sessions.

Faux-quill guestbook signing.

I breathe deeply as I move into the next phase of my writing career….yes, career! I have a writing career! =D

Week One Goals:

I write my ROW80 Sponsor Post. On target.

  • I have a rough draft I really enjoyed writing, and will revise during the remainder of the week.

I fulfill my sponsor duties. Target exceeded for this session!

Cannon salute.

I check in with Facebook periodically. Target attained for this session!

I check in with Twitter at least twice. Target exceeded!

I check in with Google+. Target attained!

I check in with WANA Blogging for Brand. Pending.

I check in with my CampNaNo cabin (which I may switch). Pending.

  • I did switch. Once I have a cabin I am happy with, I will check in.

I continue to breathe, expand, and believe! Target attained!

So, I’ve made a good and solid beginning, and I am having a lot of fun! I hope this update finds you enjoying your July activities, as well! =D

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Unfurled….