A Somewhat Surreal Vision: March 26, 2015

ROWin’ past the finish…and on to the beginning!

Well, here we are, at the official end of Round One, and I feel a little like I’m surrounded by a Dali landscape. Know what I mean?

Time seems fluid; my dreams are exceptionally vivid. Characters are talking (not always the ones I’m listening for, but it’s good to hear the voices in my head, so I’m trying to just be happy I have characters with stories to tell…although I do feel a little like writing T’Pol a letter to remind her that humans need more sleep than Vulcans do, and revealing emotionally intense moments in her life just as I’m drifting off is not sleep-inducing – it’s writer-brain inducing!).

Tired writers with stories whirling in their heads are seldom logical…

Anyway, on to the business at hand. I’m moving along with the reverse-engineered story revision; I’m at the threshold of the last stages of plotting my first CampNaNo novella, and I have a better idea what’s going to be in my A-Z Challenge posts. As you’ll see below, there’s plenty to occupy me over the break, as I prepare to launch myself into four straight months of mad writerly creativity (should I cackle and rub my hands together, here, or stroke the cat, who’s been begging for it?)….decisions, decisions…

While I mull it over, here’s how I’m doing with my revised goals:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. Plan and plot two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas before April 1. KIC #1- “Transitions”. Scrivener file set up with ordered chapters/scenes. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. 24/24 Scene Summaries complete! Next up, Cheat Sheets; then the rest of the plan, then on to Book 2, which I’ve been giving a little thought. No, I didn’t get both novellas planned before the end of the round, but I’ve made significant progress, and this will remain a focus until I either finish both, or run out of March. If that happens, I’ll finish plotting Book Two while drafting Book One.
  • Hometending and lifetending. More hometending projects. A couple of slower days, as I nurse a sore footand I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or so…I didn’t necessarily do all of the things on my goals list, but I did a lot of decluttering, purging, cleaning, and organizing. That and a fair amount of added physical activity added up to what I’m calling a solid win in this area.
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Scene summaries completed for both! Cheat Sheets: 8/16 – both complete through Midpoint; Scrivener story file created; Cheat Sheets and Template added. Next up, the other half of the Cheat Sheets; then a rewrite! Okay, I’d hoped to be long done with this by now, but I think it was necessary to go through and reverse engineer a structure for this story. I feel the revision will come together more quickly, and be far better, because I took the time. This will remain a priority for the rest of the round.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday and ROW80 posted. Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, and Eight Sentence Sunday scheduled. Final ROW80 post and Second Serving Sunday in progress. Next up, finishing these, and moving forward on queuable posts for April. After a few rough weeks, I got back into a better place, and I’m posting regularly again, and even moving ahead a bit. I’m happy with my progress, all things considered.
  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts. Paragraphs completed through G (third day of Week Two); next up, the other 19, then actually writing the posts. Again, I was hoping to have all of the posts written by the end of the round, but I know I’ll be able to focus on these more as I finish some of the other, longer term prep work. Since I have all month to get them posted, they’re a secondary focus until either the novellas are plotted, or the short story revised. I definitely want to have Week One, at least, scheduled by March 31.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Embellished collages for first Walk With Jo. Next up, edit essay for 3/30 post, and draft Walk With Jo Post. I’m happy with the progress here; it’ll remain a secondary project for the rest of the month.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. Feb18, first batch of the sunset as we drove down I-5 to Eugene from points north; Next up, the last of the Feb. 18 editing, then sharing more on FB album. This is going slowly, but I’m editing and sharing a couple of times a week, so I’m pleased. I’ll continue this as a secondary focus.

Adding during the break:

  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update. Moving to a tertiary position, until a couple of other things are done.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post. This is a secondary goal.
  • Draft my Round 2/ April goals. This is a tertiary goal.

In case you’re wondering, the cat won out, as cats generally do. =)

You’ve reached the end of my Round One – find other ROWers’ wrapups right here!

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali. Fair use image via WikiaArt.

Penultimate Vision: March 22, 2015

ROWin’ to the end…

Spring’s still out to lunch, and will be for another few days, it seems. It is getting slowly and unsteadily warmer, and I’m moving forward as the round, the month, and the time for prepping come to an end, and the four-month writing surge commences with the (eventual) change of seasons…

It’s the second-to-last update of Round One. During the next few days, I’ll be striving to wrap up as many of these goals as I can manage, and move others forward. The break will bring more intensive focus on plotting and setting up April posts, goals, and hometending ,with the aim of being ready to dive into CampNaNo, and my two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas- to -be on the first. I’d love to have all of my A-Z blogposts prepped and scheduled by then, too…but it’s likely that that won’t happen, since there are three other people living here, and they call me things like “Wife” and “Mom”…because they’ve got the right to!

So, I’ll be focusing on doing the best I can to get ready for April, and, somewhere in there, I hope to be able to start ramping up for Story-a-Day May, then JuNoWriMo, then July CampNaNo

As I’m typing this, it feels just a bit insane…and I think I love it! It’ll be a full-on creation fest…

And I’ll love August and September, for the slower pace, and the chance to delve back into editing!

What about you? Do you have big spring plans, or are you just ready to sit back and enjoy some sunshine, fresh air, and green things?

As for me, here’s how I’m doing with my revised goals:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. Plan and plot two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas before April 1. KIC #1- “Transitions”. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. All Goal/Motivation/Conflict completed. Next up, setting up the Scrivener file with ordered scenes, and the rest of the plan, then on to Book 2, which I’ve been giving a little thought.
  • Hometending and lifetending. More hometending projects. The house is even tidier…and I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or two…
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Completed through Plot Point 3, for both. Next up, the final 4 scene summaries, and then the Cheat Sheets for all 16 scenes.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday, and ROW80 posts in progress Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, Eight Sentence Sunday, and Stream of Consciousness Saturday posted and/or scheduled, as well as a reblog. Next up, finishing this week’s, and beginning next week’s, posts.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. More of Feb18th edited, up through t the end of our first visit with Jim’s sister Jennifer. Next up, more Flickr uploads, then the last of the Feb. 18 editing, of the sunset as we drove down I-5 to Eugene from points north.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Wrote a jumbled essay rough draft and highlighted for revision. Three collages formatted for first Walk With Jo post. Next up, edit essay for 3/30 post, and embellish collages for Walk With Jo.
  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts. A and B paragraphs completed; next up, the other 24, then writing the posts.

Moving to the break:

  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post.

Well, that’s it for me, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several? And, whatever the season where you are, may it be a joyful one for you and yours! =) And, because it’s spring, I leave you with something perfectly bouncy…

 

 

An Active Vision: March 18, 2015

ROWin’ on to the final week of Round One! =D

So, how’s the weather? Spring’s taking a coffee break here, or just reminding us in her capricious way that it’s still winter for another day or so… the wind is sighing, somewhere just below freezing, and the skies are fitful…

My creativity seems to be bound to the weather, in some manner. I’m feeling a bit fitful today, a little restless and as though a shift in my personal energy is imminent…but that could just be because our power went out about 20 minutes ago, and other than one quick blip, has stayed off. We’ve got some firewood, a lantern and candles, and I’ve got a good and mostly charged battery on the laptop. I’ve even got internet access through my new phone (what a world we live in!)…so I can keep working, and, so long as the daylight lasts, even do some hometending, if this outage lasts. My suspicion is that it’s weather related, and will be over in a few hours, at most.

For right now, I can work on this post (hooray for writing posts offline!), and several other projects. I’ve got 70% power on the laptop, which translates to nearly four hours of writing time with power saving settings. And I’ve got lots of planning I can do without going online…

So life goes on, at an altered tempo…

Here’s how I’m doing with my revised goals:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. Plan and plot two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas before April 1. KIC #1- “Transitions”. Read all experimental stories, and ordered them for later reference. Minor editing and highlighting. I have almost 5K of story material to draw from. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. Character arcs completed – Step 4/13. Next up, Goal/Motivation/Conflict for all existing scenes, the rest of the plan, then Book 2.
  • Blogging. My A-Z Challenge Intro post is completed and scheduled! The Big Theme Reveal is Monday, March 23, so check here then!
  • Hometending and lifetending.  More hometending projects; a mellow workout with Jeremiah, and some strenuous firewood toting, too. The house is even tidier…and I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or two…
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Trip’s GMCs complete. Scene Summary Template added to both. Inciting incidents and Plot Point 1 completed for both. Next up, the other 12 scene summaries.
  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday, Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Eight Sentence Sunday, and ROW80x2. Next Monday’s C and C post finished and scheduled. Next up, WIPpet Wednesday, and this ROW80 update, both in progress.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. Edited up through our first walk on the 18, and added most to Flickr. Next up, more Flickr uploads.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Began topics and queues lists for development. Next up, write essay rough draft; set up first Walk With Jo post.
  • Sign up as a Round Two sponsor. Email sent! Confirmation received.

Things are humming along, so I’m going to add two goals this time through:

  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post.

You’ve reached the end of my goals, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several? And, whatever the season where you are, may it be a joyful one for you and yours! =)

Diggin’ in for the final week!

 

Shifting Spring Vision: March 15, 2015

ROWin’ merrily to the end of Round One! =)

Has Spring sprung where you are, or are you feeling the first notes of fall? How about your goals? Do you find that the shifting energy of the season motivates you to focus on them – or do you find yourself in a more chaotic place, mirroring transitional weather?

For me, the coming of spring means that I’m seeing things differently – new possibilities, new approaches, new focus. Like the first hints of greening grass finally emerging from beneath the snow pack, I’m growing…

My strategy of pulling only a few items at a time from my comprehensive goals lists is helping me to focus, and I’m making steady forward progress on the current round. I’ve completed one and added two, this session, and I’m feeling better about my ability to get my fan fiction story submitted, and my two April novellas plotted.

I am so ready for moments like this! =D

As for my revised goals, here’s how I’m doing:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Homeschool reports.  Both reports complete, proofed, and submitted three days early! Ahhhhhh, bliss!
  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. I have two novellas to plan and plot, and I want to finish planning before April – even though there’s a long way to go. I now have a plan for how to plan to write the novellas. =) All character material reread. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. Next up, reading all experimental stories, and ordering them via list for later reference.
  • Blogging. My A-Z Challenge Intro post is partially completed – I’ve given it some thought. I’m caught up on ROW80 and other visits, this week. ROW80 visits and all #LoIsInDaBl posts are – finally, finally! – all caught up! I did all Wednesday WIPpet and ROW80 visits – on Wednesday! First time in way too long! I’ll begin drafting the A-Z post tonight or tomorrow.
  • Hometending and lifetending. More cleaning, decluttering, and organizing, and to resume my weekly workout at the Y, this week. More of all of the hometending projects; and some strenuous ice cleaning and firewood toting, too. The house is looking a LOT tidier… and I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or two…
  • Revising and writing: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and completing Terry’s story. Terry’s story is complete – it only needed two paragraphs. Added some meta-writing and musings to the simmering broth of “SJA”. Copied out GMC for story; reread both character‘s existing info. Plot/pinch points sketched for both. T’Pol’s scene-by-scene GMCs fleshed out; Trip’s in progress. Next up, summaries for each scene.
  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. February comments/tally; Round One Writing and Editing; and 2015 Writing comments completed. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. WIPpet Wednesday post was ready and posted at midnight! My first Eight Sentence Sunday post was scheduled Thursday night for Saturday posting; SoCS on Friday night for Saturday. My ROW80 post is progressing, right here. Began setup (Feb. posts and intro) for Second Serving Sunday. Will continue into Sunday, if need be, and begin my C and C A-Z post by Sunday night.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. Edited up through our first walk on the 18, and added most to Flickr. Next up, more Flickr uploads.

Spring really IS on its way, Nature Girl!

Two new goals this time around:

  • Sign up as a Round Two sponsor.

You’ve reached the end of my goals, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several? And, whatever the season where you are, may it be a joyful one for you and yours! =)

I’m ready for spring….are you?

 

Shifting My Vision: March 11, 2015

ROWin’ strong to the end of Round One!

So, after a time of chaos of many types, do you find that your vision has been shifted, and different things seem important?

I do. I’m readjusting to having my trusty Lenovo back up and running. It’s so speedy! I feel a new ease – I’d come to take this machine for granted, and now it seems fresh and wonderful. More than that – the air has shifted, and, yesterday, here in upstate New York, it was 50 degrees Fahrenheit! Snow is melting, birds are chattering, and there’s a new, soft energy whispering in…

And, as the last days of ROW80 Round One roll out, and my April, May, June, and July writing challenges get closer, I’m shifting my vision toward making things ready and getting into creative form…

I might change my goals again on Sunday. For now, though, I’m still happy with the five revised goals I set forth on Monday, and three new ones I’ve tacked on, now that I feel a sense of equilibrium reasserting itself.

Over a quarter of the way through the year, I’m still feeling like we’re at the beginning of things, with many of my objectives underway, but little finished. How about you? Are you making great forward progress, stalled, slipping backwards, or something else? Won’t you share?

Airport art – whale skeleton and crows.

As for my revised goals, here’s how I’m doing.

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Homeschool reports. I’d honestly rather not, but it’s the law, and the price I pay to allow us to live as we choose. So…it’s time, and those will be a primary focus, this week. Annalise‘s report is complete; excepting attendance. Jeremiah‘s not yet begun.
  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. I’ll likely only work on this sporadically, but I have two novellas to plan and plot, and I want to make some forward progress on these. I’ve located and skimmed the appropriate files. Ideas forming.
  • Blogging. I have one Love Is In Da Blog post still to get up, and my A-Z Challenge Intro post is partially completed. I want to do both of these, and catch up on ROW80 and other visits, this week. ROW80 visits and all #LoIsInDaBl posts are – finally, finally! – all caught up! I’ve given some thought to the A-Z post.
  • Hometending and lifetending. I intend to do more cleaning, decluttering, and organizing, and to resume my weekly workout at the Y, this week. More of all of the hometending projects; and yes on a moderate, getting back into the swing of things, workout at the Y.
  • Revising and writing: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and completing Terry’s story, begun in January, and still awaiting a conclusion. This story is essential character exploration for CampNaNo, so there’s great value in finishing it. Terry’s story is complete – it only needed two paragraphs. I’ve been letting “SJA” simmer. Ideas and impressions gathering; I’ll do more on this later in the week.

Boy in the airport, ready for adventure!

And now, three new things, to round out the week’s list…

  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. It’s been an – interesting round, bisected as it was by a vacation, followed by sickness and unforeseen computer issues. Now that I can access my goals lists, I want to assess where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. I’ve been scrambling to keep up for a few weeks. It’ll feel great to get things set up in advance of the intended posting day.
  • Begin editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. I took over a thousand pictures, so this will take some time. But I promised folks trapped in wintry places a peek, and the images were trapped in my laptop, inaccessible. Now that I can get to them, time to begin following through on those promises.

Now you’ve reached the end of my goals, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several?

Annalise is not the world’s most patient waiter…

 

The Vision of Perspective: March 8, 2015

So, another two days have passed. My new laptop power adapter and charger, covered by warranty, have shipped from Texas, but not arrived here yet. I’m hoping this will solve the issue. If it doesn’t, I’ll be buying a backup battery, and getting all my personal information moved before I send my secondary brain off to California for more in-depth repair.

I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that – that the new adapter solves the issue.

But, in the meantime, there’s things to do, and, in a slower than normal way, I’m doing at least some of them.

My house is a lot cleaner – frequent cleaning breaks help alleviate the frustration of a much slower machine that isn’t nearly flexible enough to do more than one thing at a time. The weather has shifted from the icy lock of winter to something looser, with the first whispers of coming spring…and it feels good and productive to be using this time to move our physical spaces closer to order. I know from experience that more intensive periods of writing tend to be accompanied by less hometending from me, so this feels a little like banking some organization and decluttering against the writing surge I will engage in from April through July.

I took Saturday off – I needed a break from slow computing, and it was my niece’s ninth birthday party. I spent a lovely afternoon with my older brother and his family.

The time away, and the adaptations I’ve been making to move forward while awaiting my laptop’s rebirth, have led to a new perspective – or a deeper one, anyway.

Things happen, no matter what we’ve got planned. Life is less about what happens than about how we choose to deal with it.

In my case, I think I needed this somewhat enforced slwdown more than I thought I did. I came home from my vacation, and got a head cold. I was aswirl with all we had experienced – but I didn’t really take the time to absorb. I wanted to get back into my customary rhythm and flow, because I hadn’t done much that was directly writing oriented during my time away.

I needed time to reorient, absorb, process, and grow from the experiences of the trip, which was a busy one, with something happening every day during that time.

My computer fail has offered me that time, and now I’m reaping benefits.

  • I reread “Slow Jazz Awakening”, the Trip and T’Pol story I intended to submit to Ad Astra last month – and I saw it in a whole new light. I’ll be diving into a rewrite this week.

  • I’ve got new insight into some existing novels…I reread parts of my November NaNo project, an original series Star Trek fanfiction novel, The Earth Doth Move. It’s good – better by far than I thought it would be. I can clearly see how I’ve grown as a writer in the calibre of this blistering fast rough draft.

  • New Trip and T’Pol stories are simmering and growing in my mind. This is valuable, because I’ll be writing 31 new stories for these two in May…so this newly conceived material will be handy, down the road a month or two.

  • I’ve learned a lot about my Kindle, my new cell phone, and myself.

So, in this time of waiting and slowed momentum, what’s on tap for the next week?

  • Homeschool reports. I’d honestly rather not, but it’s the law, and the price I pay to allow us to live as we choose. So…it’s time, and those will be a primary focus, this week.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. I’ll likely only work on this sporadically, but I have two novellas to plan and plot, and I want to make some forward progress on these.

  • Blogging. I have one Love Is In Da Blog post still to get up, and my A-Z Challenge Intro post is partially completed. I want to do both of these, and catch up on ROW80 and other visits, this week.

  • Hometending and lifetending. I intend to do more cleaning, decluttering, and organizing, and to resume my weekly workout at the Y, this week.

  • Revising and writing: Revisions for“Slow Jazz Awakening” and completing Terry’s story, begun in January, and still awaiting a conclusion. This story is essential character exploration for CampNaNo, so there’s great value in finishing it.

Okay, five objectives seems like plenty, for this week. If the adapter comes, and solves the issue, I may begin moving significantly more quickly, and add items on Wednesday. If not, I may not complete everything on the list. That’s OK; the goal is simply to move toward my goals.

Update:  My adapter arrived!  I’m typing this update from my resurrected Lenovo!  Wooty-woot-woot!!  I’m still behind where I would like to be, so I’m going to stick with this plan, at least until Wednesday, when I’ll re-evaluate.

What about you? How do you adapt, when life throws you an unexpected twist?

ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Curious how the other ROWers are faring? Enter the blog hop!

Can we please be done with this stuff? Let it melt, let it melt, let it melt!

March 5, 2015: Long-Deferred Vision

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted a ROW80 update…and here I am, just to say…well, I don’t have much to say.

Just when I was getting back into a post vacation, Internet-sparse groove, my trusty laptop, which is, to me a bit more like an appendage than a machine…

So I’m writing today from my son’s ancient and battered old laptop. It’s slow, and, because it has a broken hinge, so I have to use it very carefully and on a stationary surface.

But, slowly, I’m getting back into it. I’m behind on posts, visits, and comments – I’m trying to do them more on the Kindle and my new smartishphone. I’ve hit some snags, but I’m making progress.

My ROW80 goals list is trapped within my laptop, and I may not see it again for a bit – warranty stuff. So, until then, I’m just going to move forward as best I can, and report on that.

It hasn’t been an utterly down week. There have been some strong rays of sunlight amongst the clouds

  • While I didn’t get my story posted to Ad Astra last month, I did make serious progress on the revisions. I hope to get it finished this week, and then…

  • Serious planning on April A-Z, and for my two April CampNaNoWriMo novellas…and that’s it until next time, when the goals may change, to accommodate progress, laptop, etc…

Thank goodness this is the writing challenge that knows I have a life (and an ailing laptop!).

How does this week find you? And, speaking of finding, you can find other ROW80 posts right here!

There can be beauty in adversity!