“BOO!” – An All Hallows’ Eve ROW80 Update, 10/31/12

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In deference to the intense nature of NaNoWriMo, my projects list will be modified for the month. See the November goals here!

It’s Halloween here at the Burton house, and we’re in the midst of the tumult of getting reaay for trick-or-treating. I am writing when I can, in the gaps between other things. I will likely take my computer, as the kids are hoping for some time at the mall’s bounce house, and I have enough battery power to write there, even if they do not have free wi-fi (Jeremiah is telling me that they do, so I may be setting up blogposts instead).

This is our Plan C. Plan A was to spend Tuesday -Saturday with our friends, the Woodman family. But they live in central New Jersey, and Hurricane Sandy had other plans. Plan B was to meet up with friends and trick-or-treat with them…but sadly, that hasn’t worked out, either, with such short notice.

We’re pretty good at rolling along with the flow, though, so, tonight, we will be visiting a local mall (the weather is still unsettled, and we live quite rurally). We hope to be home in time for the Peanuts Halloween special at 8pm, after which point we’ll shift to a hometending mode for a bit (I did some already, but the house could use a bit of a reset before I dive headlong into NaNo at midnight!).

The Woodmans’ hometown, where many people are still without power, is rescheduling their festivities for Saturday. So, if they should have their power restored by then, we may still be able to celebrate with them,, too! =)

As for tricks or treats, I prefer the latter. So, scattered through this post will be images from last Halloween with the Woodmans, and, at the end, there are a few extra treats. You can read through or just scroll down – but please don’t leave without depositing a little treat of your own in my comment box (I like comments and frozen grapes better than candy!).

Pink unicorn rider, Halloween 2011.

Honoring Myself  (Original goals post)

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

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


My energy levels and poems for the last few days..

  • Sunday: High Tide (used more for hurricane preparations than for writing, though).
  • Poem: Wild Origins
  • Monday: Serious Ebb Tide (backlash from so much busy on Sunday, and too little sleep).
  • Poem: Outside In; Inside Out
  • Tuedsay: Slack Tide (a bleed of input and creating; very little physical acticity. I needed a “down” day to rest for Halloween and the arrival of NaNo, I think.
  • Poem: Two Lives, Two Rings


Our friend Harry, incognito!

What’s goin’ on..?

Priority Projects –

I am serving as a  ROW80 sponsor for this round.

Devil Darling, impish grin!

I am participating in the OctPo WriMo Challenge throughout October.

I will be participating in NaNoWriMo throughout November, writing at least 50,000 words of another novel in my Trueborn Weft series Sima Garo Provides.

  • I have set up an as-yet blank page for this nascent WIP, and will be moving some items to it throughout the challenge. I will make my detailed updates there, and link those posts in this space.
  • In that way, I can begin to somewhat painlessly build the shanjeniah’sTrueborn blog and improve it as I create.
  • I’ve added a picture and an avatar, and changed a few other minor details.

I will be answering a rather embarrassing backlog of blog comments that have, in some cases, waited for months.

  • I answered all waiting comments on The Unfettered Life, on Tuesday.
  • I went through the spam folder.
  • I did it! Across the three major areas, I have answered all backlogged comments! And a full day before NaNo starts, too! =)
  • There are still some other places where I may have a comment or three to catch up, and I will trace those down and take care of them during the coming weeks.
  • I will be doing comment answering about once a week at The Unfettered Life, unless I post there more often than I have during the last few months.

Cray Dave (aka Jim Woodman)

New Fitness Goals – I will focus on eating something each time I am hungry (and getting protein and magnesium into every other time I eat). I will be active enough that I can always feel my body and muscles. I will add more fruits and vegetables to my diet, and be more attentive to how much water I am drinking.

  • I am continuing to drink more water, and, with varying degrees of attentiveness, have been conscious of hunger and thirst.
  • I am continuing to add fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
  • I have been doing well with getting protein more regularly.
  • I have increased my magnesium intake a bit. I had black beans, salmon, and bananas during the last few days – all good sources.
  • On Sunday, I had a very physically challenging day. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on us, I spent an hour or so in fairly serious yard cleanup. I also did some hometending, and the kids and I went out on a major provisioning run – I find shopping hugely exhausting. And I drove the standard transmission Subaru – still something of a strenuous affair.
  • Monday involved some moderate hometending, and some stretching. Very tired from little sleep and Sunday’s exertions.

Trick or Treat!

Short Term or Intermittent Projects:

Complete Logline Lesson reading, draft logline, and submit to class.

  • On Monday evening, I attended the Webinar (my very first!), for the Loglines class. Although Sandy really messed with the sound, and I will be going back to listen to all the parts that skipped out on me, the text and chat box helped fill in the gaps, and I took a page and a half of scribbled notes I will be adding to my Scrivener files, including a bonus section on making a pitch.
  • I have now visited most or all of the other participants, and left comments where I had relevant contributions to make.
  • I have written several more drafts, and critiques thereof, as I worked my way through the process. I’m not sure my latest logline is final (especially since the story is still in a very NaNo rough first draft!), but, barring anyone pointing out something brilliant or a glaring mistake, it’s the one I will carry forward into the rewrite.
  • I feel that this class was very much worth the small fee, and I am developing a skill I hadn’t realized the importance of.
  • I will be writing loglines for every new and ongoing project, from this point forward.
  • Special thanks go out toWANATribe and especially toMarcy Kennedy, instructor extraordinaire, who provided the perfect blend of support and freedom!


Lise made a new friend!

Read existing segments, and write my portion of Write A Story With Me!

  • This is all set to post when my turn comes up on November 5! My first public collaboration!

Moving ahead with the Reporting Pages projects for both children..

  • My long-range goal, for the rest of this month, is to have enough material for each topic to construct the main body of the report, so that completing them does not conflict with my NaNo participation.
  • I set this aside for this last update before NaNo commences. I still have a month, and I have a plan adapted for where I am and where I need to get before month’s end.
  • The most taxing part, at this point, is finding the time and patience, and making regular progress, so that this can be wrapped up and out of the way of other projects.
Gabriella the Wizard used magick to avoid my camera most of the night…

Revise and submit “Claiming My Passions”- WIP submission to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette .

  • I am setting this goal aside. It will make a very nice thing to putter with, or to noodle with after NaNois over, when I am likely to need refilling and renewing time before moving on to anything brand new.

What I’ve been reading…and watching!

All that candy…and his first choice? Peanut butter crackers! 


And Now for Something Not Completely Different, and Not Just the Same:



  • My dear lifelong friend and sometimes ROWer, Eden Mabee, sent this bit of fascinating loveliness into my life a few days ago….it inspired me to purchase an out-of-print book I’ve been lusting after since high school….Reflections on Spock
Treats for all – I guess the pumpkin knife is the trick?
Help yourselves….carefully!


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