NaNoing My Nest: October 29,2014

 

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Well, here we are! It’s the final October update, and my busy week is in full swing!

My troublesome tooth is history. I’m not in much pain- it’s tender, and twinges occasionally, but I can live with that. I’ve taken Annalise shopping to complete her costume, bought both kids clothes because, well, they do seem to keep growing, and, on Thursday, the kids and I will be headed five hours away, to central New Jersey, to visit our friends for Halloween. Incidentally, that’s where I will begin NaNoWriMo – as close to midnight as I can manage.

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And, since it’s nearly the end of October, it’s time for me to assess my progress on my monthly goals. On Sunday, I’ll be posting my November goals (uhh, NaNo, mostly!), and my overall Round 4 progress thus far.

How was YOUR October? I hope you found it productive and fun – rather like a leaf pile! =D

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting Target attained!

Blogging:

On target:

Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31.

  • Several posts in progress; that’ll be a focus for the rest of the week; until I run out of month, or all are scheduled.

  • C and C: Posts for 11/3; 11/10; and 11/17 in physical development. Idea nascent for 11/ 24.

  • WIPpet Wednesday: Post for 10/29 scheduled; 11/5; 11/12; 11/19; 11/26 in various stages of physical development.

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems.

  • 28/31 completed and blogged.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places.

  • Most of the time. More organic than recorded.

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround.

  • Again, most of the time. I’m still falling behind on the intense Saturday-Monday blogging stretch; but queuing posts should help with this, in future.

May the words fall like the leaves….

Writing:

Target attained:

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo) by October 31.

  • 60/60 scenes complete; chapter 19/19.

  • Now I let the ideas simmer until Saturday! =D

On target:

Write 31 poems for OctPOWriMo, one per day in October.

  • 28/31 poems completed.

Not yet:

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Continue first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Complete readthrough for Blood and Breath.

Editing:

On target; goal adapted:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories.

  • Goal adapted to one story, “A Splash of Red.”

  • Exercise 5/5 in progress.

Not yet:

Do first revision pass on each poem in Queen of My Infinite Spaces.

Continue with on-page pre-revision notations for BAB.

Submitting:

On target; goal adapted:

Submit all Deep Revision stories to World Unknown Review.

  • Submission will occur after final revision pass.

Happy Nightmare Fairy – maybe she’ll give us all inspiration!

 

Hometending:

Target Attained:

Take time at least once a week to simply be in the space, as it is.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

Read Smart Change.

On target:

Continue the family room reset.

  • Stalled out a bit mid-month, but gathering steam again…slowly.

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Intermittent progress here; moving along.

Not yet:

  • Organize laptop files in a rational, intuitive manner. Aim for 15 minutes/week.

  • Explore the 52 Weeks of CHaOS program.

Lifetending:

Target Attained:

Move Play Jar to a more visible area.

  • Moved to a prominent space on my study shelf, near my chair.

Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

On target:

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • I’ve pulled a slip, and will complete it next week.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

Not yet:

Surveying what’s on the horizon….

Fitness:

Target Attained:

  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

On target: (at least, until the tooth abscess derailed me.)

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.

  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • At the Y; at least 4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.

  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.

  • Build toward one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, by end of round.
  • Set up Wii balance board and use for 10 minutes at least twice weekly.

Not yet:

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

  • Not having gotten to the gym two out of the last three weeks, between abscess and the extraction, has delayed this goal. I’ll check my weight next Tuesday.

Nutrition:

Target Attained:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts).

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week.

On target (still working on forming the habits):

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week.

Not yet:

Read Intuitive Eating.

  • This will likely be my NaNo break reading, and, if not, I will read it in December.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Target Attained:

  • Complete and submit my sponsor post.

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

 

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A Busy Nest: October 26, 2014 Update

 

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Ever watch a tadpole become a frog? Ever face one of those weeks where there’s a LOT going on, and you’re a little tired just thinking about it all?

No, one thing doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the other. I’m a bit kid-rich and coffee-deficient at the moment, and I’ve already been regaled with stories of the creation of Five Nights at Freddy’s, and sat on by a cat. So, it’s just possible that I’m a little loopy…

Anyway, there is a newly metamorphosed frog here amongst our menagerie. A few weeks back, in the summer, Annalise brought in some tadpoles she found in her neglected sandbox. Attrition occurred, until only one was left…but that turned out well, because about three weeks ago, she noticed that PomPom (yes, obviously, a tadpole needs a name!) was growing legs. We’ve had tadpoes before, but never gotten to that point, so it was big news.

And those back legs kept growing, until they looked like tiny, translucent frog legs! Then there were front legs, and she (gender determined by Annalise; not necessarily accurate) started kicking…

And then, three days ago, Lise came to me, distraught. Her tadpole was not in her little plastic bin!

She was sure the cat had eaten her. Squeak cat-egorically denied those allegations…

I looked, and found a tiny little froglet hiding behind the tank, looking mightily confused. I wasn’t sure she hadn’t dried up, but, when I put a bit of paper down near her, she hopped right on, and then back into her tank – and Lise got the frog habitat set up.

So, now we have a little frog. Today, her tail has been absorbed, and she hops and hangs on the walls of her home, and she’s growing.

I think that’s pretty amazing, even if it’s just what frogs do.

Like I said, it’s shaping up to be a busy week. Tomorrow, I get my tooth extracted – no more absecesses from that, thank you! Tuesday, I’ll take Annalise shopping for costume elements. Wednesday will be a preparation day, and Thursday, the kids and I will make our traditional five-hour drive to spend Halloween with their best friends in central New Jersey. Friday is Halloween, and the final day of the month, and OctPoWriMo, and Saturday, in addition to the five-hour drive home, is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo.

By Sunday, I’ll be ready for a day of rest – but there’ll probably be unpacking and laundry, instead! =) I’ll also be posting my end-of-month evaluation, and updated November goals (hint; NaNo!).

And now, onto this week’s update!

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One sassy Nightmare Fairy!

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31. On target.

  • Moving forward, a little less swiftly than I hoped; but progress is progress….

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 25/31 posted. I’m going to miss this…until I’m consumed by NaNo, anyway!

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target, maybe…

  • I think so; but I got busy, and didn’t keep track…

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. On target.

Writing:

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

  • 48/60 Cheat Sheets and formatted scene files waiting in Scrivener. Hoping to be finished by Wednesday, at the latest.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

  • 25/31 poems completed – and a surprise flash fiction draft, too!

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for one short story. On target; goal adapted.

  • There’s no way to give three stories the time and attention they need; I don’t want to rush and submit sub-par storytelling.

  • I will complete “A Splash of Red” which is in the final stages of the revision process; and save the other two stories for 2015.

Submitting:

Submit one Deep Revision story to World Unknown Review. On target; goal adapted.

  • Again, three stories would mean shoddy writing; I will submit the one that’s nearly polished.

“SCREEEECH!”

Hometending:

Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is. Target attained!

  • I spent time revising, reading poetry, and hanging out with Annalise.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. Target attained!

  • Slipped a little on purging; catchup Tuesday till Friday.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. Target attained!

  • Nothing new added; but set to ping me with current stuff.

Read Smart Change. On target.

  • 31% complete.

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). Target attained!

  • 6/5: 2 salads/ 4 smoothies; 2 /2 nuts – pumpkin seeds; pistachios. 2/2 Greek yogurt.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Not so much. I kept meaning to, but didn’t.

  • 1/3 – apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. Target attained!

  • 4/3 – corn tacos, whole wheat roll, flax seed bread twice – yummy as toast!

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

ROW off to visit some more ROW80 updates!

Tis the season!

When the Nest Leaks: October 22, 2014 Update

 

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Ever have that feeling the roof is coming down on you?

Well, it wasn’t so much the roof as the ceiling. Or, more accurately, a single panel of the ridiculously ugly drop ceiling in our bedroom, which we’ve been meaning to get rid of for the nearly 13 years we’ve lived here.

It rained. The roof leaked, the panel slipped, landing right on my night table, where I usually set that first cup of coffee I enjoy in bed  each morning. Thanks to my middle-aged bladder, and my Accomplice’s dentist appointment (he usually brings me coffee as soon as I’m awake, because he rocks like that), neither I nor my coffee were there.

Still, it was a mess…and my Accomplice decided that yesterday was finally the day to ditch the drop ceiling.

So he removed, and sealed leaks, and added insulation -and now we have a higher, but unfinished, ceiling. The thing is, we’re not quite sure what to do next, so, for a bit, we’ll be looking at insulation above our heads..

It’s been a rather chaotic session, though, with the unplanned, half-day project. But a positive one – a long-postponed project moved forward, and not having access to the bedroom meant that I spent some quality time in my study, where I finally had my delayed first cuppa…I may make a habit of that, at least a few times a week. It was pleasant, and productive.

How about you? Has chaos or order prevailed, in your world?

My Magnetic Poem, “My Liquid Laugh”, created for OctPoWriMo….this was lots of fun!

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31. On target.

  • C and C posts are in development through December! =D

  • WIPpet posts are in development through December 15! =D

  • Additionally, I have decided to use the SoCS prompts for November, and write NaNo excerpts for them. That will up my word count and help make my SoCS posts at the same time. Hooray for efficiency!

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 21/31 posted. Into that final stretch! =D

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • 2/3 places for Sunday and Monday posts. Will share each at least once more apiece.

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. On target.

Writing:

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

  • 29/60 scenes ready to go in  Scrivener. Almost halfway! =D

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

  • 21/31 poems completed.

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories. On target.

  • Not sure I’ll get all three finished. “A Splash of Red” is taking shape.

Hometending:

Take time at least once a week to simply be in the space, as it is. Target attained!

  • I spent time writing, revising, and just being, daily.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. Target attained!

  • I do a little every time I check my email; larger sorting/deleting 2-3 times weekly for a complete purge.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. Target attained!

  • Plotted out Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday blog features into December, with notes.

Read Smart Change. On target.

  • 20% complete.

My OctPoWriMo “found poem”, “My Favorite Music” – from a page of my flash fiction story, “A Splash of Red” currently in revision.

Lifetending:

Return to exploring the slips inside – in a playful, FUN way! On target.

  • I pulled a slip! I pulled a slip! Update to follow….

Fitness:

At least one workout at the Y each week. On target.

  • A truncated workout, as I’m still feeling tired from the tooth issue and not much sleep.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • A slower pedal: 6.79 miles in 30 minutes.

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). On target.

  • 1/5 salads/smoothies – Fuji Apple Chicken Salad; 1 /2 nuts – pumpkin seeds.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. On target.

  • 1/3 – apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. On target.

  • 2/3 – corn tacos, whole wheat roll.

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

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My first OctPoWriMo poem, “Dream-Chrysalis”. Filmed by Annalise S.Burton, who says that the darkness suits the poem. I think i agree. =)

A Nestful of Lovely Chaos: October 19, 2014 Update

 

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Hi there! How are you feeling today? I’m largely recovered from my abscessed tooth, and the offending tooth’s days are numbered.

It feels good to feel good. I’m still on the low-energy side of things, so fitness goals were largely unmet. Nutrition was a little iffy, too- I was still a little leery about eating anything hard, until yesterday.

But that’s OK. I’m better, and resuming more and more of my typical activities each day…

And I spent time with my poetry, blogging, and plotting – I even got back into my flash fiction revisions, and read a good book…I finally got caught up on comments, and I visited a great many blogs, making new friends and reconnecting with older ones.

I rested and recharged, and I’m feeling almost back to my baseline, now…

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Planning

Blogging:

Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31. On target – finally!

  • First tiny little steps taken…I have an action plan. I’m drafting one post each day, until I have all I need for this goal –I’ll work on revising and presentation in stages.

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 18/31 posted.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • At least, I think so…it was kind of an off week…

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround.On target – more or less…

  • This is a matter of semantics. I didn’t manage my scheduled Coffee and Conversation post, due to an emergency dental appointment. However, on Tuesday I posted a bonus cover reveal, so I did do my regular number of posts for the week.

  • Answered a LOT of comments (sorry if you got one of the many typos I didn’t spot until it was too late – the high volume upped the odds of rebellious fingers!); visited a LOT of blogs. And, guess what?! Turnaround time is less than a day, at the moment! Now to find the rhythm that lets me keep it that way, or close, even through NaNo

Aurtumnal Puddle Jumper!

 

Writing:

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

  • G/M/C/D: 60/60 Scenes completed. =)

  • Scene Summaries/Cheat Sheets/ Scrivener scene setup: 21/60 scenes ready to be written!

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

  • 18/31 completed.

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories. On target, at last.

  • Story 1/3 at step 4/5.

Hometending:

Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is. Target attained!

  • Using the hoosier cabinet top for the current revision step – see photos.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. Target attained!

  • Yes. I only need to remember to check a few times a week, and I’ll be golden! It just occurred to me that I can schedule times on my calender app…

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. On target.

  • Sporadically – it’s been an odd week, so I mostly went with the flow…

Lifetending:

Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed. Target attained!

Stay current with my two FutureLearn courses; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Well…

  • I’ve made progress in both; it was the week to catch up on comments, and not courses…this week will be better.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends. On target.

  • Confirmed our travel plans for the end of the month.

Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week. Target attained!

  • Doing any was strenuous, this week, and I did some several days!

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Annalise and I spent half an hour together in the backyard leaves, raking and playing and chatting.

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). Not so much…

  • Smoothies/salads; 3/5 (2 smoothies;1 salad).

  • Yogurt: 2/2; 1 /2 nuts.

  • Tooth pain and a shift in my regular routine slowed me down here.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Not so much…

  • 1/3. I ate an apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. Not so much…

  • 1/3. Corn tacos.

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Jim brought home butternut and acorn squash soups – I especially enjoyed the acorn.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

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Little Nest in the Big Weeds: October 15, 2014 Update

 

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Did you know that I used to be a waitress? I’ve mentioned that, here and there, but it was longer ago than my eldest child is old, now, and sometimes I don’t even think about it –

But then, something reminds me…and it’s like I’m back at the Old Faithful Inn again, at lunchtime, staring at over 600 customers clamoring for 300 seats, half hungry after seeing geothermal forces erupting more or less on schedule, and the other half in a rush to get out there and see the geyser cone blow its top, as though they’ve forgotten its name in a place that bears it –

Ummm, it’s called Old Faithful for a reason, folks. It isn’t putting on a show; it’s just doing what it’s done for a very long time now. It doesn’t need you there to do it, and it’ll do it again so predictably that there is actually a schedule posted just outside the restaurant…

Oh. Where was I?

Oh, yes. Waitressing in Yellowstone.

When a waiter is overwhelmed, and struggling to tend to their tables, it’s known as being “in the weeds”. No one wants to be “in the weeds”. I used to have nightmares of having those 300 seats to tend to all by myself – and no matter what people ordered, I could only deliver stacks of folded laundry (years after this, Old Navy did a commercial that gave me flashbacks…)

I’m a bit in the weeds with my writing, just now. Mostly, it’s due to a focus on NaNo prep and OctPoWriMo and my abscessed tooth, for which I am on a fairly strong antibiotic. My focus and stamina are on getting better, and the big stuff, so lots of little stuff is falling like leaves into those weeds…

But maybe it’s a good thing. I’m feeling a creative surge coming on, bubbling up like the hot sulfurous waters rumbling underfoot before they roar up from beneath the surface.

I’ll settle into my little weedy nest. It’s early days, still, and there’s no need to rush things that will happen in their own time. I’ll let images and ideas grow in this fertile soil, while I rest a little, and regain my strength, and prepare…

How are you feeling, with 9 days down and 71 to go? Are you where you want to be, soaring along? Nestling down into the weedy places with me? Migrating, with a new nest far away to look forward to?

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 14/31 completed.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • I think so, for those I completed.

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. Not so much…

  • I’ve been dealing with a badly abscessed tooth since Saturday. It’s feeling better, but I seem to be moving in slow motion; my brain is fatigued and a bit muzzy, and this area took a direct hit.

  • I’m a post behind, and comments are backed up for about 5 days.

  • Will be a focus this next session.

 

Scene of my waitress nightmares…

Writing:

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

 

  • G/M/C/D’s complete for 2/3 characters, and in progress for the last.
  • G/M/C/D’s complete: 54/60 scenes.

 

I’ll do scene summaries and Cheat Sheets together, for efficiency.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

 

  • 14/31 complete.

Lunch at the OFI – that trout is delicious, and the pickle is kosher!

Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level. Target attained!

Lifetending:

Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed. On target.

 

Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Not so much…

 

  • I didn’t have the focus or endurance to fit these in more than once or twice.

Yes, I’ve been to the Crow’s Nest- terrifying and beautiful!

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). On target.

 

  • Smoothies:1; Yogurt: 2. Nuts off this week’s menu, due to dental issues.

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

 

  • My Accomplice brought me acorn and butternut squash soups – delicious, especially the acorn! Goal met with delighted taste buds.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

We’re ROWing, ROWing, ROWing – see who’s out ROWing!

And a last, lingering look before I go weave some new leaves into my  weedy little nest!

Settling Into My Nest: October 12, 2014 Update

 

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Is it really already week into the round? I guess I was busy writing, and didn’t spend so much time marking the passing of days…

But here we are, alreasy, six days in. I haven’t been marking the days as much as I’ve been living them…and the last two have come with a badly abscessed tooth and a holiday weekend…I’m managing, but I look a little like a lopsided chipmunk with one cheek full of nuts and the other empty. Hopefully, the swelling will go down before Tuesday, but, well – there’s clearly some dental work in my near-immediate future…

My theme for the round is Nesting, and I’m doing more of that the last two days, since the pain is sapping some of my energy and motivation. I’m doing minimal hometending, so the chaos isn’t overwhelming, and I’m hoping to be able to get back to it soon. In the meantime, there’s poetry, and blogposts, and plotting, and my two classes to play with….

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31. On target.

  • All C and C posts mapped through December 1.

  • All WIPpets mapped out through November 12.

  • Next WIPpet post in drafting stages.

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 11/31 completed.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. Target attained!

  • 3/3 (counting hashtags as locations, at least for now).

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. Scheduled posts on target; commenting not so much.

Writing:

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream. On target.

  • Reread the scene I left dngling at the beginning of the round.

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

  • As of midnight on Saturday, Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disaster for 23/60 scenes.

  • Once these are done, I’ll write scene summaries and Cheat Sheets – and then I’ll be done with the plotting. =)

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

  • 11/31 poems completed.

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories. On target.

  • Exercise 4/5 in progress for story 1/3. These will become my priority as soon as NaNo planning is complete.

  • Both other stories are at earlier points in the revision process.

Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study. On target.

  • Quite a lot of progress here on Thursday night. Pictures will come at some point.

Take time at least once a week to simply be in the space, as it is. Target attained!

  • Spent several hours enjoying the space, with and without guests, over this session.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. Target attained!

  • Email cleared and sorted. Now to keep it that way during NaNo…

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. On target.

  • Mostly just for future post mapping, this session.

Lifetending:

Move Play Jar to a more visible area. Target attained!

Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed. On target.

Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Not as much as I would like.

  • Week 3 starts today.

  • Shakespeare: Week: 2. Exercise: 9/13.

  • Play: Week:1. Exercise: 13/15.

  • Hoping to catch up at least one class by the end of this week.

Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week. Target attained!

  • Did some reorganizing in my study.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Took a brief walk with the kids; a little dancing.

Use Wii balance board for 10 minutes at least twice weekly. Target attained!

  • Used board Sunday, Monday and Wednesday; up to 38 minutes per session.
  • Sidelined by fatigue and pain. Hoping to be back to it soon.

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity. Target attained!

  • Apple-picking and museum visiting. Check.

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). Target attained!

  • 5/5. 3 salads, 2 smoothies.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Target attained!

  • 5/3: Added a carrot and a banana to my existing count.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. Target attained!

  • 3/3.

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Done on Tuesday.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

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Plotting a Poetic Nest: October 8, 2014 Update

 

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So, what have you been up to the last two days?

For me, it’s a brand new Round of Words – two days in, and 78 to go!

I’ve been fairly focused, thus far, with blogging and OctPoWriMo and plotting The Earth Doth Move, next month’s NaNoWriMo novel-to-be. I’ve gotten some good exercise, and explored the worlds of Shakespeare and play.

I haven’t gotten to any editing thus far, and hometending has been sporadic, since it was my Accomplice’s weekend, and the priority was connection and errands, rather than keeping house.

I’m happily engaged in my projects-of-the-moment, and I think I’ll stop here, so that I can get back to them…

May all of our next days be joyfully fertile!

I include only those goals I addressed during that session I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

Far and Away…

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo On target.

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Planning On target.

Blogging:

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

Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31. On target.

  • Mapped out ideas for most of my features posts for October and November, using my calendar app.

  • Went through my 13 page Comment Source File, and sorted most posts into categories, so that I can develop them into blogposts. In some cases, I assigned them a tentative publication date.

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 7/31.All on time, thus far, and I’m loving the challenge.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • Shared one post with hashtags. It’s a start.

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. On target.

  • I tend to fall behind from Saturday to Monday, which is my most intense blogging of the week.

 

Because….PUMPKINS!

Writing:

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, as my NaNo project.

Finish planning/ plotting The Earth Doth Move by October 31.On target.

  • Completed the planning stage pre-round, and began plotting.

  • All plot points sketched for 3/3 POV characters.

  • All connecting scenes sketched out for 2/3 characters.

  • Named and mapped first ten scenes in Master Scene List; 10/60 complete.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

  • 7/31 poems written.

Surveying the Vista!

Hometending:

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

Clean up files.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. On target.

  • Made a significant dent.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. On target.

  • Not every day; more as a guideline than a requirement. It’s definitely helping me to organize my many projects.

Vibrant Still Life!

Lifetending:

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

Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. On target.

  • Fell behind during the weekend blogging blitz; caught up with Shakespeare and catching up Play.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends. On target.

  • Tentative local plans for Friday; firmer, out-of-state plans for end of month.

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

At least one workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • Five straight days of Wii Fit meant a little less energy today; I adapted.

At the Y; at least 4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly. Target attained!

  • Added reps/weight on several activities.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program. On target.

  • Very tired; managed .35 miles in 10 minutes – a little slow – then stopped for the day.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • 6.49 miles in 30 minutes. New bikes at the Y and fatigue slowed my pace.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week. On target.

  • 2 laps, one at a slow jog. That’s 1/7 mile.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, by end of round. On target.

  • Rowing machine: Started last week with 1 minute. This week 2/10 minutes.

  • Arc trainer: 1/10 minutes.

Use Wii balance board for at least 10 minutes at least twice weekly. On target.

  • Used Wii for 28 minutes on Monday. 1 / 2 sessions for the week.

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity. On target.

  • Apple-picking last Friday. 1 /2 for the month.

  • Plans to go to the NYS Museum and perhaps swimming on Friday.

Applelise!

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). On target.

  • 1 Smoothie/ 2 salads: 3/5 for the week.

  • 1/2 Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 nut/seed /fruit blend

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Target attained!

  • 2/3 vegetables (red bell pepper halves); 3/3 fruits (apple; plum; Concord grapes)

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. On target.

  • 1/3 (whole grain roll)

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

  • 1/1 French onion soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly. On target.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

Bounty…