I’m still in the process of absorbing what the my first ROW80 round meant to me, and how it has affected the way I approach my writing goals. I expect that the process will continue for quite some time.
I feel more ready to explore it in writing, though – and this seems a very good time and place to begin….
Since Round 1 ended, I have been busy, but in a somewhat more flowing and less driven way than was prevalent the last few weeks of the challenge.
I’ve been finishing up and getting around to bits and pieces and projects that I laid aside as I worked on attaining the last few goals:
- I have posted my topics schedule for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge, and I am working on this post, although there are likely several more sessions to go before it’s completed.
- I have the A and B posts in rough draft form.
- I am in the process of claiming the three blog awards bestowed on me during the course of the last round.
- I have been setting up and gathering materials and ideas for the next round.
- I have finished two books, and begun a third.
- We have, as a family, visited friends in an adjoining state, a trip meant to take place the weekend immediately following Jim’s accident. There was, of course, packing and unpacking at both ends, and much joyful chaos between….
- I’ve written three 500 word blogposts – for a giveaway to celebrate my 50th fan of my Facebook writer page.
- I have gathered and edited pictures, and made some collages.
- I have written my blogpost for this month’s Unschooling Blog Carnival. I intend to go back and add more, as I work through these projects.
- I have posted a book review, and have a rough draft of another.
- I have downloaded Scrivener (thank you, Eden Mabee!), installed, read a little, and peeked timorously at it from a for-now safe distance (I tend to need to ease into these new technological tools).
- I have cleared space on my hard drive, and Jim’s (prior to the arrival of my Sweet L’il Lenovo at the end of last November, I worked most often on Jim’s Panasonic Toughbook, and I have left too many files and programs he doesn’t use on it. It’s a bit of a mission for me to clean it up for him as I am doing hometending on my own machine…..
- I’ve printed up a couple of forms Jim has needed for accident-related stuff.
- And, of course, there has been homtending and parenting and learning facilitation and just being together and shopping and and and….
Here are my goals, arranged in categories for this round:
- Read at least as many books as the number of the month (4 in April ; 5 in May; 6 in June) from my bedroom To Be Read piles.
- Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
- Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
- Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for Chameleon’s Dish. Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
- Pull material from 750 words posts not part of the Chameleon’s Dish first draft.
- Create essays, stories, and other pieces based upon these writings.
- Find all chapters of Blood and Breath. Input into Scrivener; possibly begin rewrite.
- Finish father-in-law letter and send.
- Complete the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
- Continue posting to One Minute Writer; #Friday Flash; The Lightning and the Lightning Bug; Weekend Creation Blog Hop; Unschooling Blog Carnival;Trifecta and other hops and challenges that intrigue me.
- Complete Cooperative Catalyst post and relative links (interviews with both children, and their “day in the life” posts from last year) ; submit to editor.
- Create a “flow chart” for posting to shanjeniah and The Unfettered Life. Use these, and adapt as necessary, throughout the round (with allowances made in April for the challenge).
- Add pages/ edit sidebar layout on shanjeniah.
- Explore She Writes; Twitter: StoryDam; Pinterest; and LinkedIn . Use, develop, evaluate, adjust.
- Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
- Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
- Do 3 guest posts and host 3 guest bloggers this round.
- Submit at least 10 pieces of flash fiction or poetry this round.
- Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
- Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
- Organize all photos on hard drive/move to organized Picasa web albums or delete.
- Learn how to watermark pictures.
- Watermark all photos that appear on my blogs, and all those I post going forward; begin watermarking favorites not on blogs.
- Explore marketing articles on my Facebook Writer Page.
- Add useful articles to my shanjeniah
- Marketing Articles page.
- Use this information to help define my direction; adjust as needed.
- Get Scrivener downloaded; begin learning by inputting first an essay, and then Blood and Breath.
- Use Twitter and Tweetdeck at least one day a week. Learn more.
- For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
- Begin learning about how to publish ebooks.
- Learn what I can do with my domain name.
- Begin research list/research for Chameleon’s Dish second draft.
- Edit all 2009 posts on The Unfettered Life. Consider layout and design changes.
- Take clips from first Penzu notebook.
- Input Blood and Breath and Chameleon’s Dish to Scivener.
- Clean up computer downloads, documents, photos, and other clutter – move it or lose it!
- Add JOY to every day!
- Add movement to every day, too!
- Add self-deorating to every week!
- Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
- Add all these for my beloved others, too!
- Write and submit third quarter reports for both children. These are due on June 1, 2012.
- Cleanup email folders/organize, move, read, delete, act upon as needed.
- Input two writing practice notebooks to Penzu.
- Take critters to the vet; renew Corki’s dog licence.
- Pay remaining balances for summer trips to Unschoolers Rock the Campground and Northeast Unschooling Conference.
As Annalise, almost 8, so aptly said, last night, “I’m made of bravery…….and water.”
I lower my hand, and step forward, into that new vista.
What vistas await the other ROWers? Find out here!
- Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Topics….. (shanjeniah.com)
- ROW80 Goals Update #11 – “Wide Horizons” (shanjeniah.com)
- Final ROW80 Update -“ROWIng Softly to the Shore…” (shanjeniah.com)
- ROW80 Goals Update- “ROWing with the Flow” (shanjeniah.com)
- ROW80 Goals Update – “Entering the Final Rapids” (shanjeniah.com)
- ROW80 commitment (audreykalman.wordpress.com)