Reach Exceeds Grasp: ROW80 Update, July 21, 2013

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What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

I set my Week Three Goals on Thursday, post-camping. Unfortunately, my mind was insisting, since I was setting weekly goals, that it was Sunday, and, as a result, I gave myself more goals than I could possibly meet in three days….


So I’ve decided to, for the most part, carry these goals on into Week Four, with a bit of tweaking. If I’ve attained quite a few of them, come Wednesday, I will add more. If not, these will suit me fine for the last full week of CampNaNo, as my focus will definitely be on making that 100k word count!

The photos for this post are from our trip to Saratoga Race Course in 2009.  Since” the track’, as it is affectionately known  around here, is celebrating its 150th season, and opened on Friday, they seemed appropriate.  Read more about our day at Saratoga.

Happy at the track. Annalise, age 5.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to, and what’s on tap….

Week Four Goals in bolded blue; Week Three Goals in bolded black.


  • Keep up with comments and sharing.

Create new blog headers for Trueborn Jottings and The Unfettered Life, using new loglines. On Target.

  • I edited the image I will use for The Unfettered Life. I will next add the text, and add it to the blog.


A winner cools down….

Write Saturday’s Share post. Target attained!

Prepare Wordless Wednesday Sayen Gardens post. Pending.

Catch up on comments. Target attained!

  • Comments are up to date once more. I will now be focusing on maintaining my posted comment schedule.

Return to sharing posts. On target.

  • Not in a huge way, but I have shared this week’s post to two Facebook groups and three hashtags, and may share it more, as time allows.

Do long-term, blogging, and noveling reporting, and post. Target attained!

La Mousse. Lise and I were in love with her.


  • Continue with Perchance to Dream writing

  • Continue detailed planning one scene ahead for each POV character.

  • Wise eyes, evocative face.

    Tidy up The Stars are Fire corkboard cards.

  • Keep updates current, and interact socially around NaNo.

(July CampNaNoWriMo) On target.

  • NaNo current total: 71.184 of 100,000 words.

Continue with Perchance to Dream writing. On target.

  • WIP total: 20, 732 of 50,000 words.

Continue detailed planning one scene ahead for each POV character.

  • Planning complete through scene 9.

  • Scene 7, Amanda’s POV, pending.

Tidy up The Stars are Fire corkboard cards. Pending.

Keep updates current, and interact socially around NaNo. On Target.

  • I updated after each writing session.

  • I participated and #wordmongering and #ROW80 chatter.

Swirling flocks of birds, and Old Glory.

Business-y Stuff:

  • Maintain sponsor visits.

  • ELA and Mathematics for both IHIPs and fourth quarter reports.

  • Check in with WANA113.

  • Post to at least one NaNo forum.

La Mousse, fourth of twelve.

Catch up sponsor duties. Target attained!

  • All caught up!

ELA and Mathematics for both IHIPs and fourth quarter reports. Pending.

Check in with WANA113. Pending.

Post to at least one NaNo forum. Pending.

May July roll sweetly on, for all of my readers!

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Silly summertime siblings at the track!


  1. You are truly inspiring! You have such well-definited goals and a great system for keeping track. And even when you didn’t have as many days as you thought you did, you got so much done. Best of all, I love how you model flexibility when life happens. Here’s to a great Week 4!

    • Kim,

      My goal-setting and account-keeping have evolved so much since I started participating in ROW80. I have a direction in mind that is personal and feels fulfilling, not just when I complete something, but all along the way.

      I tend to lose all sense of “real” time when we travel, and this trip was hectic on both ends, because Annalise is extremely frightened of thundrstorms, and in a tent under many pine trees was not a good place for her, even remotely, when storms were a good possibility…

      I was a little embarrassed about the mistake, but I knew which of the things were my priorities (the NaNo stuff), so I focused on that and filled in the gaps with simpler things. And now I’ve got my goals set for a while, while I catch up!

      Flexibility is essential for good unschooling, so it’s pretty much a given, for me. Honestly, unschooling has helped my writing in more ways than I can begin to explain, although someday, I may just try!

      Thanks for your sweet words! =D

    • Sys,

      I think it’s not so much a curse, as a blessing. Every time I find that I’ve set impossible to meet goals, I get the chance to learn a little more about my limitations, and how to set goals that challenge me without driving me too hard.

      This time, I realized my mistake in time, and made my peace with the fact that, even if I had done nothing else over those days, I wasn’t going to get it all done. So I moved ahead where I could, without taking away from the rest of life. I made progress – and didn’t have to think of goals for the next week…so, in a roundabout way, it was a win.

      Used to be, I would have felt that, since I had written and committed to those goals, that I would feel guilty and obligated to meet them, however impossible they were to complete in that timeframe.

      How much more refreshing to just come out and say, “Oops, I goofed,” and get on about my business. Yup, I actually AM human! =)

      Hopefully, you’ve gotten reset to a happier place. I’ve decided to just keep these goals, and, as I finish each, I can add another.

      And we’re both claiming our dreams, and that’s a good thing! Cheers! =D

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