NaNo and Gratitude in New Jersey – #ROW80, 11/4/12

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Modified #ROW80 / #NaNoWriMo Projects November 1-30, 2012


Due to National Novel Writing Month and theNaNoWriMo Challenge, the landscape of my writing life has shifted.


I will have only five projects as my focal points for the this month. I may play with some smaller projects, here and there, but that will be sporadic and likely impromptu.


  • Sima Garo Provides: Prologue


So, without further ado, here is my own personal (and specific) five point plan:


I am serving as a  ROW80sponsor for this round.


  • I will continue to post twice-weekly updates on my progress.
  • This will be my first NaNo update. So far, on schedule to complete and post it today….


Besties – Gabriella and Annalise in New Jersey. Photo by Sylvia Woodman.

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

  • I tend to get quite solitary when I am noveling. I intend, this time, to visit my buddies at least a few times each during the round, and to visit the NaNoWriMo 2012 Facebook Page at least once a day, as well as the #NaNoWriMo folks over atTwitter, which I am finally getting the hang of.
  • I have been checking in briefly on the Facebook page, but have not been over to Twitter thus far (due to travel and a very full writing schedule that takes a little time to adjust to…).
  • I will be posting updates here, and likely also on my shanjeniah’s Trueborn blog.
  • My current word count is 10,202 words.
  • I am well ahead of schedule, although I would likely be a bit further if we weren’t visiting friends, but the visit is well worth the temporarily slowed counts.
  • The writing is going well, and I am liking the shape the story is taking.
  • I am thoroughly enjoying the story weaving! =D
  • I hope to have word count widgets installed on both blogs by the time NaNo begins, but that may take a bit of extra time.
  • I do have a widget at I haven’t added one to shanjeniah’s Trueborn yet, but expect that I will in the next few days…
  • I may attend one or more NaNo events.
  • None looked into, as yet. Perhaps next week.
  • And, of course, I will be writing a novel this month…or 50,000 words of one, anyway! =)
  • As noted above, my novel is a little over 10K, at this writing.


Wheels! =D

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 intend to continue to make this a priority, as it will add to my quality of life and help me to be feeling as healthy and energized as I can throughout the month.
  • I am eating more fruits and vegetables, getting protein and magnesium, and moving as befits my energy level, which has been Slack Tide – I am writing, and visiting, and moving.
  • I will be recording my progress here, along with my energy levels for that Sunday – Tuesday or Wednesday – Saturday period.
  • Done, above.

    My sisterfriend, Sylvia. Photo by Gabriella Woodman.

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

  • These are non-negotiable and due on December 1, 2012. And as those of you who’ve visited me a few times will maybe know that, while I love sharing our lives in writing, I do not enjoy this dessicated accounting that must be conducted in the alien-to-us language of schoolspeak.
  • I will attempt to do 4 pages a week, and more if I am able, taking a few moments to deal with a point at a time, during the times when I am shifting from one activity to another throughout the day and night.
  • I will report my progress here with each update.
  • Nothing to report – we’ve been busy learning, and not so much reporting.
  • Please feel free to nudge me on this one; I have a tendency to resist it, and gentle reminders may make it more pleasant.
  • I would also welcome any stories about your own least- enjoyed obligations, and how you make them palatable, if you’ve found some tricks.
  • Anyone? Buehler? 


Me, as seen by Gabriella.


I am participating in the Thankvember Blog Hop.

  • For ease of dovetailing them with my other projects, I will make these short 500-750 word posts, with only a single image apiece. That is an approach that worked well for me during OctPoWriMo, and it seems it would be likely to here, as well.
  • I’m two posts behind, and plan to catch up in the next few days….I have ideas for my posts, but haven’t written them yet.
  • I suspect this will improve as I catch my rhythm with NaNoWriMo, and we return from our trip.
  • I will be scheduling them ahead where and when I can. When I can’t, I will do them at some point throughout the day.
  • Hopefully, I will get there – but not today!


My overarching goal for this round remains: To Honor Myself – my rhythms, energy, needs, truth, dreams, desires, and emotions.

Portuguese potato kale soup….yummilicious, and nutritious!

There you have it. I am LOVING this month of writing intensity, and focusing allowing it and all the other aspects of my life to move into a natural, shifting balance, a circle that feeds each point in its orbits.


I plan to dive in, immerse myself to the point that I am able, and to surface when that is what I need or want to.

I plan to keep my life simple and peaceful as much as I am able, this month (and always).

I plan to delve, delight, and discover my way through this month….

And you are all invited along for the ride! =D


Jeremiah Gorilla (11) giving best friend Harry (6) a gorilla back ride!




  1. you sound happy and content and ready for the month – sorry the weather upset your plans -looks tasty that dish – it seems you all eat Kale more than over her – at least don’t see as many receipes including it – personally I think it’s delicious but I guess its still a hang up over kale being used to feed livestock:( all the best for this week- all the best with nano:)

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