What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!
So, I guess I ought to explain that rather tangly title up there. In the unschooling world , today is Learn Nothing Day – a day intended as a joke/experiment to see if it is actually possible to go an entire 24 hours without learning anything.
It sounds a little silly, maybe, as evidenced by these criticisms, but, in truth, it’s a simple and elegant example of how natural learning works, and, for those of us who were traditionally schooled, it can be a huge eye-opener about how much we really learn each day, and how impossible it is to stop -even for a day.
But here’s the thing.
My kids refuse to play.
Yup, that’s right. They are not willing to even try not to learn, not even just for a single day. They learn every other day of the year, and greedily, they want to learn on Learn Nothing Day, too.
To be fair, they tried for two years, and then they were done. They want to learn, and they see no reason to stop.
So, since they are contrarily actively learning today, I bring you instead pictures from a few years ago, the first year we tried to learn nothing. Enjoy the pictures, and read more about our past efforts, here…
If I myself wanted to Learn Nothing today, it might have been better not to have continued with my NaNo effort, because I learned a lot about my characters, their interactions, and the plot. I might also have avoided photo editing, because I learned more about how to use the paintbrush more efficiently, and gained skill in other effects, too.
I could have avoided watching a Peanut Butter Gamer video with Jeremiah, because I learned a lot about MySims Kingdom. I could have happily avoided learning what it feels like to step barefoot on a wooden rhythm stick…but it’s a little too late for that.
Really, I am trying not to learn here…so watching the local news is just a mistake…
I wish I could say I’ll get through the rest of the day without learning…but my record is not very good, and there are hours to go yet…
And now, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to….in the form of my ROW80 Goals Progress…
Create new blog headers for Trueborn Jottings and The Unfettered Life, using new loglines. On target.
I have created a prototype header for Unfettered, but it’s too small, and the blog title was appearing mid-frame. More experimentation is pending.
Prepare Wordless Wednesday Sayen Gardens post. On target.
I began editing the pictures using PicMonkey. Progress is slow with the program, so, if the post isn’t ready, I will carry it over for next week, instead.
Write Coffee and Conversation post for July 29 (my birthday). Pending.
I have ideas forming in my mind; nothing written as yet.
Prep Write a Story With Me post for July 29 posting. Pending.
Keep up with comments and sharing. On target.
I have kept up with comments.
I’ve shared a little; there will be more of this once I finish my
(July CampNaNoWriMo) -Continue writing. On target.
NaNo current total: 85,923 of 100,000 words. Less than 15,000 words to go, now!
Continue with Perchance to Dream writing. On target.
Current total: 35,471 of 50,000 words. Almost four-fifths of the way there!
Continue detailed planning one scene ahead for each POV character. On target.
Planning complete through scene 12.
Scene 10, Amanda’s POV, in progress.
Tidy up The Stars are Fire corkboard cards. On target.
I updated the status of all scenes. Small beginning steps.
Keep updates current, and interact socially around NaNo. On target.
Internet outage in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (prime writing time for me), foiled me…lasted a couple of hours. Updated when the connection was restored.
Social interaction was good, via #CampNaNoWriMo and #ROW80, mostly.
Maintain sponsor visits. Target attained!
ELA and Mathematics for both IHIPs and fourth quarter reports. Pending.
Nothing yet. After NaNo!
Check in with WANA113. Pending.
Not yet. Again, this will be a bigger focus, post-NaNo.
Post to at least one NaNo forum. Pending.
Again, not yet. As I get closer to finishing, I will get more involved in this social aspect of NaNo.
That’s about it, except to say, that after what seems half an eternity, the heat and humidity have broken, and it is actually cool outside. The air conditioner is off, the windows are open wide, and I am weeding and hometending, with more vigor than I have in weeks. =D
May July roll sweetly to its end, for all of my readers!
To peek in on, and/or encourage other ROWers, click here!
- Reach Exceeds Grasp: ROW80 Update, July 21, 2013 (shanjeniah.com)
- Noveling Action Plan Progress: Revised July 20, 2013 (shanjeniahstruebornjottings.wordpress.com)
- Home, and Tending Pending: ROW80 Update, July 18, 2013 (shanjeniah.com)
- Try a Little Darkness..in 3D!: ROW80 Update, June 19, 2013 (shanjeniah.com)
- ROW80 Round 2 – A Look Back, a Peek Ahead (shanjeniah.com)
- Some-Some Summertime (shanjeniah.com)
- Of Passion and Calmness – ROW80 Update, 7/4/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- Testing Five Year Olds – is it a Good Idea? (roomtogrow.co.uk)
- The Buddha (alaskapublic.org)
- Delving Passion: My Writing Goals – ROW80 Round 3, 2013 (shanjeniah.com)