Tempestuous Trust -ROW80 Update, 3/10/13

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As we near the end of the round, I am experiencing the turbulence of growth. The path is rock-strewn and  steep, and the view is amazing!  Are you feeling limitless vistas opening before you, too –  and how do you deal with the struggles and stumbles along the way?  I eagerly welcome comments and conversation!

ROW80 Progress:

WANA113 :

New Targets:

Previous Targets:

Read/comment on five word clouds.

  • Two complete. Five seems to be too much, at this point.

Fix Word Cloud Grokking –

  • I’ve got a new draft, properly posted. =)
  • Target attained.

Begin Grokking #3.

  • Yes -a small beginning, but a beginning.

Attend Thursday Webinar, and watch first one.

  • I attended and thoroughly enjoyed the Thursday webinar.
  • Hope to watch missed webinar on Sunday.

WANA Writing Moms (and Dads,too):

Initial Goals:

  • Read and apply Lesson One -get three subject notebook.
  • Read Lessons Two and Three.

ROW80 Sponsoring:

New Targets:

  • Complete one freewriting session, exploring possible sponsor post topics/ ideas.
  • Continue on-time sponsor visits.

Previous Targets:

Continue on-time visits.

Sign up as a Round 2 Sponsor.

  • Email sent, and acknowledged.
  • Target attained.


Photo by Catie Rhodes. Courtesy of WANA Commons.


New Targets:

Previous Target:

Continue reading; exercises in Steering.

  • Steering the Craft – No new reading or exercises. Holding off until other ebooks completed.


New Targets:

  • Schedule Monday and Wednesday themed posts.
  • Continue working on Friday and Sunday themes.
  • Answer comments.
  • Create A to Z Challenge page.
  • Blogging action plan next steps for shanjeniah and Trueborn Jottings.
  • Brainstorm lists for Monday and Friday queues. Write it out!

Previous Targets:

Introduce Wordless Wednesdays for The Unfettered Life.

  • First post is here. This will be a weekly series of images depicting either recent adventures, or, if I haven’t had the camera out, something from our extensive family archives.
  • Goal attained.

Introduce Sunday Sampler to shanjeniah.

  • I have things set aside for this project, but will wait till next week to introduce it, as I didn’t get it pulled together in time to schedule for the early Sunday posting I think would suit it best (like a Sunday paper, of sorts). 

Blogging action plan next steps for shanjeniah and Trueborn Jottings.

  • Nothing tangible, but lots of shower and driving brainstorming!

Begin collecting material for posting queues – brainstorm ideas (this should have been first, but….).

  • Again, most brainstorming was done in places where it was impossible to record in the moment.
  • I have ideas for the next two Friday Frolics, as well as at least 2 in-progress essays suitable for the Monday writing theme (still waiting for its name; Monday’s Missives, perhaps?).


Photo by Catie Rhodes. Courtesy WANACommons.


New Targets:

  • Submit “A Splash of Red” (guest post).
  • Write A to Z rough drafts L-N.
  • Rough list of April Camp NaNo projects and next steps.
  • Continue 750 words, daily.

Previous Targets:

Submit “A Splash of Red” by March 10.

  • Revisions continuing, but not yet complete. 

Compile QUOMIS. (will save editing for Round 2, so that I can focus on classes and other projects).

  • Goal attained.

Continue A to Z rough drafts to K.

  • Goal attained.

Edit posts A-C.

  • Nothing done toward this target. I will wait until all drafts are complete, then find the cohesive threads and create character arcs for Spock and Niaan. Revisioning will follow. 

Rough list of 2013 Noveling Projects and next steps for WIP novels.

  • Nothing written; some pondering.

Review six month goals, rough list for Round 2.

  • Goal attained.

My most current evaluation can be found here.


Photo by Stacy Green. Courtesy WAN A Commons.

It’s a BLOG HOP!


  1. An odd dichotomy there, since you often protest yourself as not being busy—then you post yet another post filled with projects and multitudinous goals…and beavers.

    I get it though. Things do all have their own rhythm, and once that flow gets moving, they move of their own accord–it’s not work then, it’s play and practice.

    Monday… Monday Meanderings, Mindful Monday, Monday of Many?

    I think I have plenitude on the brain right now. No bad thing there, but I’ll leave the naming to you as you’re better suited to it.

    • Eden,

      You know me…I often go by the sense of common use of a word. Here’s a dictionary definition, from thefreedictionary.com

      bus·y (bz)
      adj. bus·i·er, bus·i·est
      1. Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
      2. Sustaining much activity: a busy morning; a busy street.
      3. Meddlesome; prying.
      4. Being in use, as a telephone line.
      5. Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting: a busy design.
      tr.v. bus·ied, bus·y·ing, bus·ies
      To make busy; occupy: busied myself preparing my tax return.

      I most often hear busyness being equated with stress. It’s true that I am active, and purposeful, and that I do a lot of writing-related things each day….

      But it isn’t stressful. It’s revelry, and joy, and delight, and it feeds everything else in life. It’s sustaining and healthy and good.

      If I say I’m busy, I worry that others might think this is a stressful situation, or feel diminished by what I do. You know that I have a life that supports everyone’s pursuit of passion, and that means I have considerably more time and energy freed up fro my writing pursuits, say, than someone with children in school, or an outside job, or many other situations.

      Mostly, I don’t want to misrepresent. I don’t feel busy; I feel like my life is, mosto f the time, a flowing celebration of who I am and what I value, weaving around and through what my beloveds are and value…

      Something like that. It would be easier to come up with face to face, maybe….

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