Kitten Central – Thankvember NaNoROW, 11/18/12


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Greetings from Kitten Central!

The children and I made the hour-plus drive today, and claimed our two semi-feral kittens, Srindi and Squeak. They’ve had exposure to Eden Mabee and her family, and a bit of limited access to inside, but, for the most part, they have lived outside, with their sister Pumpkin and mom Creamsicle.

So this will be a short update, because our home is suddenly full of felines, and it’s the beginning of Jim’s weekend, and I am tired from a lot of driving, a very pleasant visit, and tending to small lives…

I might have more to say on Wednesday, when things will have settled a bit…

So, what’s new in your life? Leave me a comment, if you are inclined…I love comments! =D

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

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

Now that I have completed the challenge, I will be focusing on the homeschool reports, and will also be interspersing smaller projects into my writing times. These will include catching up on email, Twitter, and blog comments; preparing and submitting; following up on some guest posting and awards business; and tidying things up so that I can spend the remainder of the round effectively.

I am serving as a  ROW80sponsor for this round.

  • I have resumed to my established Monday/Thursday visiting schedule.
  • I will continue to post twice-weekly updates on my progress.
  • Continuing to meet this goal. =D

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 continued to visit the Facebook NaNo Page, sometimes throughout the day, and others just to drop in here or there.
  • I am beginning to visit my Writing Buddies, albeit slowly.  
  • I am beginning to read the other interviews at My Write Spot (mine went up on the 16th).
  • I intend to make comments on each interview after I read it, and to visit those interviewees who inspire or intrigue me.
  • I will be posting updates here, and likely also on my shanjeniah’s Trueborn blog.
  • I’ve seriously scaled back my writing on my NaNo novel, now that I have attained the 50K goal. Other projects have taken precedence, but I am still writing, and gearing up to enter the endgame chapters.
  • I know there is at least one glaring inconsistency. I am leaving it for now, though, because I am not doing rewrites until sometime this winter. Also, I am in the process of a better approach to the plot point in question, so deleting a few paragraphs will likely fix the problem.
  • Otherwise, I am still really liking this story, and the way it connects to other volumes in the double series. 
  • And, of course, I will be writing a novel this month…or 50,000 words of one, anyway! =)
  • I am currently at 52, 230 words, and have finished Scene 4 and Chapter Nine.  
  • Excerpt from this session’s writing:
  • Sima Garo Provides, Chapter Nine, Scene Four (mild eroticism). 

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 continuing to focus attention on these goals.
  • I am eating more fruits and vegetables, and of a more diverse variety. Over the past days, I have enjoyed a butternut squash and a roasted vegetable souffle (frozen meals).
  • Jim has continued bring me dinners that are veggie-filled, and light on cheese and sauces. I’ve had veggie tacos, seafood and chicken subs, fish tacos, chicken, veggie, and black bean burrito. and salad with grilled chicken and guacamole (I love guacamole!).
  • Jim brought home honey-crisp apples, and I enjoyed one of those,frozen grapes, and a banana.
  • On Saturday, I made a batch of smoothies using pomegranate seeds (I love pomegranates, too!), apple, pink grapefruit, banana, canned pineapple and juice, strawberry Greek yogurt, and ice cubes. It is really good! I froze some, and put some in the fridge (the kids tried it, but didn’t like it).
  • I am drinking more water. I want more focus here.
  • I am continuing to make sure that I am eating protein and magnesium. 
  • I will be recording my progress here, along with my energy levels for that Sunday – Tuesday or Wednesday – Saturday period.
  • My activity level has been at Slack Tide during the last days. I’ve managed to move ahead on writing projects and hometending projects, and also to care for Achoo the kitten, who resisted our efforts to sequester her in true tiny feline fashion, and now roams freely about the house.

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

  • These are non-negotiable and due on December 1, 2012.
  • 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 completed Annalise’s Sciences section.
  • I finished Jeremiah’s Sciences section.
  • I will report my progress here with each update.
  • Progress is listed above.
  • I am still not where I want to be with this goal, but, as I am now making this my main objective, and I am past the always-prodigious sciences sections, things will be moving along more quickly.

I am participating in the Thankvember Blog Hop.

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.

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

   It’s a BLOG HOP!


  1. Love cats (we have two) – best of luck with the pride integration, always fun to watch cats sort things out. Congrats on completing NaNo – super awesome accomplishment! Have a great week and Thanksgiving 🙂

    • Gene-
      Our late cat, Margot the Manx, was definitely a solitary girl. It’s been a few years since we’ve had multiple felines.

      So far, Achoo (who is not so tiny as she was when the kids found her) is roaming freely, and the older semi-feral girls, Srindi and Squeak, are exploring the house on their own terms under and behind things, mostly). I suspect it’ll be a few weeks before they are truly comfortable, but that it will all work out in the end.

      I needed to get NaNo done, so that I could work on the kids’reports…I’m still adding words and finding more story, and still having fun with it – just much more slowly than I got the first 50K!

      Thanks for stopping by. Our Thanksgiving was low-key and peaceful, and just how we wanted it. I hope yours was amazing!

  2. Hot dog! Congrats on finishing NaNo. Good for you for not stopping. Slowing down on it is okay but at least you’re aiming to finish the novel, not just stopping at 50k like some do.

    Also, Kudos on your ROW80 pep talk. I’m one of those poor souls that create a goal and grit their teeth. I DO need to learn to relax, revel in what I’m doing and appreciate what I get done. It’s just hard to overcome that programming I guess.

    • Ryan –

      I finished last year’s NaNo, Chameleon’s Dish,in late winter, as a Round 2 goal.

      My 2009 novel, Blood and Breath, was lost on an external hard drive, but now recovered. I plan to write its climactic scenes this winter.

      My August CampNaNo, To Be or Not To Be, stalled out toward the end of the month (about 70K in). Since my 2012 NaNo, Sim Garo Provides, is a sequel of sorts, it’s inspiring plot bunnies to get me out of the stuck spot…hopefully, I can move that one forward this winter, as well…

      I have many notebooks full of scrawled stories I stopped midway…but now, they are feeding other stories I am finishing…and that is a good feeling!

      Thanks for the kind words on my pep talk. I hope one or more of the ideas will help you to find paths back to the passion and fire that led you to write in the first place.

      I think you are onto something with programming. I never knew how much I had, but now I live with two children who have never been to school, and have lived their lives largely unlessoned (this is more true for my daughter, 8; My son, 11, had lessons at the kitchen table when he was 5 and 6).

      The joy and energy they bring to the things they choose to do is amazing and inspiring. No school, no curriculum, could provide them the freedom, depth, breadth, and diversity they have here learning as their natures lead them.

      It rubs off!

      I’m sending you 10 deep breaths, and the diversions of your choice!

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