Farewell to Forty-Three: ROW80 Update, July 28, 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 had a landmark week . I have moved every one of my goals forward! And tomorrow is my birthday!

I bought a new all-in-one printer, with delivery expected on or about the 30th, in time for my major August, project, – creating editing lists for my Trueborn Warp Star Trek fan fiction WIP, Bounded by a Nutshell, and my Trueborn Weft fantasy WIP, Chameleon’s Dish. I’ll be using Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Revisions, the companion book to Rock Your Plot, which was instrumental in planning my NaNo WIPs.

The kids and I had a quiet and creative week at home, I’ll be blogging about that, using older pictures because, while I did lots of things this week,  I didn’t blow air cleaner into the telescopic part of my camera’s lens assembly.

I passed through the tenth anniversary of Elijah’s death, honestly if not wholly gracefully. There was a poem and a blogpost milling around in my soul. I wasn’t ready to write them, only to attend to my emotions and memories.

I tended house and designed Annalise’s pool party invitations. The pictures are included here, because I love them, and her.

I did a little weeding, until I stuck a rose thorn in my left paw! Ouch! I NEED my left paw!

Sometimes, a flying leap is called for!

I read a bit more of Kristen Lamb‘s Rise of the Machines, which I began during our camping trip a couple of weeks ago. I failed miserably at Learn Nothing Day.

I wrote a WIPpet Wednesday post. Want to read an excerpt of the sustaining passion of my life my Star Trek fan fiction? Here’s a bit of Marital Disharmony.

One more thing…I finished CampNaNoWriMo! I have two new 50K WIPs – the genesis novels for both series, and I am loving the directions they are taking. She writes, she SCORES!!!

Here’s an accounting of my ROW80 Goals Progress…and what will be next!


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

  • I chose an image for Jottings. A small, necessary step.

  • Create Jottings header.

  • Tweak Unfettered header.

Prepare Wordless Wednesday Sayen Gardens post. On target.

  • I resumed editing  pictures using PicMonkey.
  • I have nearly enough for two fifteen image posts.
  • Upload to Flickr and create both posts.
  • Continue editing for more Sayen Garen posts.
Through the archway and into my future…

Write Coffee and Conversation post for July 29 (my birthday). On target.

  • I have a stream of consciousness, typo-riddled monologue.

  • Edit, find cohesion, revise, and post.

Prep Write a Story With Me post for July 29 posting. Target attained!

Keep up with comments and sharing. On target.

  • Answered comments a day late.

  • I shared more widely, exploring

  • Ongoing goal.


(July CampNaNoWriMo) –Continue writing.Target attained!

  • NaNo total: 102,620 of 100,000 words. I love most of them! =)

  • Validated and official.

  • Relax until August. Read some stuff. Do other things.

Crossing a bridge can be an adventure!

Continue with Perchance to Dream writing. Target attained!

  • Current total: 51,601 of 50,000 words.

  • Take a breather until August, and enjoy!

Continue detailed planning one scene ahead for each POV character. Target attained!

  • Planned through scene 17, scenes 11-13 adapted to changes made during writing.

  • Scene 14, Spock’s POV, pending.

  • Continue planning as POV scenes are completed.

Tidy up The Stars are Fire corkboard cards. Target attained!

  • All are in order.

  • Relax until August, when I resume writing this WIP.

Who could resist an offer like this?!

Keep updates current, and interact socially around NaNo. Target attained!

  • Updates made after each writing session.

  • Social interaction was good, via #CampNaNoWriMo and #ROW80, mostly.

  • Interact socially around NaNo, as desired.

Business-y Stuff:

Maintain sponsor visits. Target attained!

ELA and Mathematics for both IHIPs and fourth quarter reports. On target.

  • Annalise’s  IHIP done.

  • Annalise’s Quarterly Reading added.
  • Reread law for 7th grade IHIP requirements before beginning Jeremiah’s IHIP.

  • Ongoing goal.

Check in with WANA113.Target attained!

  • Finally! Responded to comments, left a message – even saved a few fellow WANA peeps’ posts to read in the coming days.

  • Discovered that there’s a whole lot going on there that I’ve been missing!

  • Read, comment, and share the blogs I saved.

  • Join in on the conversation.

  • Share at least 1 post on the blog sharing thread.

Post to at least one NaNo forum. Target attained!

  • I posted to the “What was the last sentence you wrote?” thread.

  • Post to 3 threads before the month ends!

  • Reply to three posts, also before the month ends.

Image for Trueborn Jottings header.

May July roll sweetly to its end, for all of my readers!

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The Unfettered Life prototype header.


  1. I’m still so amazed by anyone who can write 100k in a month. Congrats on completing camp! I look forward to reading more from your WIPs each Wednesday. In fact, you are on the ball all over the place, it seems! 😀 The week is nearly half-over by the time I’m writing this comment, but good luck for the rest of it!

    • Emily,

      I’m a bouncing ball – I tend to land here and there, but to miss other things along the way – like visiting other WIPeteers’ blogs. I really dropped the ball on that one these last few weeks, and today is a busy day,too…

      Tomorrow, though, they will be my priority. I miss reading them!

      A year or two before we had our first child, I listened to the audiobook of Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and beang doing writing practice. I don’t do it regularly anymore, but it made me FAST!

      Working through the planning process in Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Plot helped a lot, too. I tend toward being a pantser, but this added just enough “skeleton” that putting the muscle, sinew, and skin on went more quickly than I thought it might.

      As I get used to the process, I think I will get even faster, which is exciting – but even more exciting is that I feel quite a few of these words will make their way into the next draft!

      I’m moving forward at a more relaxed pace, for most of this week. I resume writing and editing on the first, so I’m using these as rest and reset days – blogging, answering comments, reading, hometending in advance of company next week, being with my family, and sleeping more than I often do.

      Still, I’ve moved some things forward, in a mellow fashion.

      I will be stopping by to read your WIPpet tomorrow, and maybe today, too!

  2. Love the picture of the archway and very impressed that you wrote two novels for camp.
    I’m reading Rise of the Machines too. How are you getting on?

    • Debbie,

      That archway is lovely, isn’t it? I was visiting my friend Sylvia, and talking about how much I love photographing trees and flowers. She said, “Put on your shoes, and meet me at the car – I’m taking you to Sayen Gardens right now!”

      I took a whole memory card’s worth of pictures there! There may be several Wordless Wednesdays of these pictures, and they are so much fun to edit, now that I am really getting the hang of the PicMonkey effects.

      I’m at 59% with Rise of the Machines, and have learned so much – even after taking Kristen’s Blogging for Brand class, there is so much to learn in this book! =)

      To clarify, I didn’t write two novels, I STARTED two novels. My first drafts go long, usually a bit over 100K words. For these two, one is closing in on a third done, and the other is not quite a quarter done, roughly speaking. I’ve got lots of backstory to trim in the second, but I need to write it to get at the heart of the relationships involved.

      In April, I wrote 75K, split between three novels, so this was not much of a stretch.

      In November, I plan to write an entire draft. In October, I will be planning that one, and I hope that will make it an attainable goal. =)

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