Quietly Celebrating Twelve: ROW80 Update, September 1, 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!

How do you (or do you?) celebrate birthdays at your house?

Tomorrow, Jeremiah will awaken to his last preteen year, eager to greet aspects of adult life while still thoroughly enjoying his childhood.

 He and I will get into the front seat of the car, where he will at last legally be allowed to ride, and go to a local coffee shop – he’s anticipating chamomile tea, and a BLT – then to the store to buy Equestria Girls, the My Little Pony movie, because, along with his love of Minecraftand physics and technology, my boy is also a proud Brony. His larger present – the new Skylanders Swap Force game – will be here next month.

We’ll come home with something sweet, and spend the rest of our Labor Day on various hometending and family activities. I unearthed the living room table yesterday, so there will likely be games and art occurring there.

It will be a simple celebration for a minimalist guy. As Sheldon Cooper might say, “No muss, no fuss, no coconuts!”

Lovin’ on my boy! Photo credit; Adam Smith.

A few (new) words about my goals:

  • I post only those goals which I made progress on.

  • Current primary focus:editing.

  • Secondary focus:writing.

  • Tertiary focus: blogging.

  • Networking will fit into the smaller spaces between larger projects.

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


Continue uploading photo batches to Flickr, post-editing. On target.

  • Ongoing goal.

Edit Albany Institute pictures for Wordless Wednesday post. On target.

  • Batch of 15 edited.

  • Ongoing.

Draft 2 more Coffee and Conversation posts. On target..

  • Jeremiah’s birthday post drafted..

  • Ongoing.

Schedule both Saturday’s Share posts by Wednesday, August 21. Late, but on target now.

Post Wordless Wednesday and WIPpet Wednesday posts. On target.

  • Ongoing.

Reflecting on physics play…

Keep up with comments and sharing. Target attained!

Editing (With Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revisions🙂 On target.

Chameleon’s Dish :

Take general on-page notes. On target.

  • Complete through Scene #39; page 158/249.

  • Slower than hoped, but many revelations! =)

  • Ongoing until all scenes read through and notated.

Continue list of per-scene attention items. On target.

  • Completed through Scene #38 (sans #37); page 140/249.

  • Ongoing until complete; placeholders for pending scenes.

Warrior Boy, age 8.


To Be or Not to Be – Write at least 25,000 words in August. Target attained!

  • 25,009/ 25,000 words!

  • 3,922 new words.

  • WIP total: 162, 692/ ~200,000 words. Under 40K to go! =)

  • Write at least 25,000 new words in September.

The Stars are Fire: Write Scene 23, Vaara’s Pinch Point #1 (beginning by 8/22). Target attained!

  • 2,872 new words.

  • WIP total: 55,744/~100,000 words.

  • Plan/Adapt Scene 24, Niaan’s Pinch Point #1 (beginning by 8/29). Target already attained!

Perchance to Dream: Write Scene #16; Amanda’s Plot Point #1(beginning by 8/29). Started two days late, now on target.

  • 922 new words.

  • WIP total: 59,053/100.000

  • Ongoing.

When he was five – and very silly! =)

Business-y Stuff:

Maintain sponsor visits. Target attained!

Sunday, August 25 – neglected during NEUC:

Wednesday, August 28:

  • Ongoing.

Add Social Sciences to quarterlies. Target attained!

  • Annalise’s Geography section complete, which means that this goal has been met.
  • Ongoing.

Mail Peer Reviews to school district. Target attained!

  • Jim mailed them Thursday. Receipt notification requested.

  • Complete IHIPs by September 10th; submit once approval packet is received.

A born Big Brother!

Add Visual Arts to Quarterlies. Target attained!

  • Visual Arts, Music, Foreign Language Arts (FLA), Health and Safety, Physical Education, and Attendance complete for both.

  • Reports complete/emailed to school district.

  • Complete all long-term updates (general, blogging, and noveling).

Read, comment, and share WANA113 blogs. On target.

  • Read/commented on one; saved as a potential future share.

  • Ongoing.

If you had one birthday wish, what would it be?

I’m so looking forward to meeting the mysterious entity who will become….Follower #105!

To peek in on, and/or encourage other ROWers, click here!

Making life brighter, one grin at a time! =D


  1. Cherish this time with family. My three are 29, 25, and 23, and they still cause my heart to overflow. As Robert Munsch said, “I’ll love you forever. I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”
    And . . . Don’t you love being able to add “on target” and “target attained” beside so many goals? Good for you!
    All the best for the remainder of Round 3. Hope to see you next time.

    • Steph,

      Those ages are hard to imagine. But then, 9 and 12 once were impossible to imagine, and, somehow, here we are. They are big kids, well on their way to independence, and already living life on their own terms.

      I have to admit that, while I love Robert Munsch, and read several of his books, as Annalise used to say, “Again and again and again and AGAIN!”, I never liked that one. The mother seems a little like a stalker to me….

      It’s hard to explain, but I don’t see my kids as my babies. They were, once, but not now. They’re too grown.

      It is fun adding those “Target attained!” and “On target”s. Even more so because I love the idea of a goals buffet of things I really want to do, and since I started only reporting on those areas where I have made progress.

      I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner – I spent a lot of time this week cherishing time with family in various ways. =)

      I’ll be sponsoring again in round 4 – hope to see you there!

  2. Whew! Like others, I’m amazed at what you accomplish week after week AND cherish that family time. Thank you also for the reminder to work on Flickr (I’m uploading pics of travel in England my little netbook has no room for!). What a grand community we have to share resources. Have you seen Susan Bischoff’s Story Blueprint? See http://susan-bischoff.com/downloads/ It’s helping me to clarify where this new story is going. Have a wonderful writing week ahead!

    • Beth,

      Without school in the picture, family time is anytime we want it. A few minutes here, an hour or two there, and a day or a few somewhere else. We tend to each have our own orbits, with frequent intersections.

      It affords me a lot of time for writing, in shorter bursts during the day, and longer stretches at night. And it gives me time to be with them, too, in the way that I want to.

      I hadn’t heard of the Story Blueprint, but your timing is impeccable. I will be planning my NaNo novel in October, and firming up editing plans for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell in December. I’ll take a look at that this week, and see where it takes me. Thank you!

  3. Hey Shan – Wow and wow. Having read Cathy Yardly’s book on plotting (which I heard of here, so thank you) I now understand all that Plot Pinch 1 stuff you talk about. 🙂 Trouble is, now I am even more baffled by your level of concentration and focus. To work through several MS’s in such detail at the same time must be awesome? At the moment, I can’t even focus on one. 😦 Bipolar (and required meds) sucks, although I can have far clearer moments than I have of late.

    And I do love your pictures. I am always warmed by how happy your children look. I’d have loved that childhood and I just know they’re gonna look back on these days as the very best.

    Shah X

    • Shah,

      The only explanation I have is that I have a wide-angle, mountain goat of a mind. It loves to leap about and play with the shiny here, there, and everywhere.

      For me, the WIPs tend to feed on each other. I don’t know how to stick to one at a time – guess that’s just not in my nature!

      The Rock Your Writing books have added considerably to my knowledge base, and the two newest drafts are benefiting trememdously from what I’ve learned about structure.

      Hopefully, you’ll find the meds that help you find your best clarity, and soon.

      Things are generally happy here. Life isn’t perfect, as it isn’t anywhere, but, as the kids get older and we all learn better ways of resolving conflict, things get better and better.

      Giving them the kind of childhood I wished I had had heals something in me, and in Jim…and life is pretty sweet. Still, I hope their lives continue to get sweeter and happier throughout their lives, and that they look at these years as their foundation…and that they build amazing lives upon it.

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