Suddenly Almost: ROW80 Update, September 15, 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!

Are you a planner who always knows what’s next, or do things tend to sneak up on you when you’re busy elsewhere, living your life?

I spend most of my waking hours with my children, and I love it. As they grow, they need less from me in the way of physical care, and we are, more and more, able to share mutually stimulating conversation, play, connection, and creation of many kinds.

 These last days, I’ve been doing hometending and writerly things, and pondering all the sea changes that seem to be happening within me and my family….

 And then, I read Kait’s check-in post, and was blindsided.

 This is the second to last update of the round.

 Many of my goals are long-term, and will be carried over, but there are a few I intended to complete before the round ends…and time is growing short.

Time to assess, and plan. Jim has Monday and Tuesday off, so there will be time to clear the goals buffet table a little, and get ready to reset it for Round 4….

Growing toward my goals….

A few words about my goals:

  • I prefer a buffet of goals. I update only those which have progressed.

  • From now to the official end of Round 3 (9/18), and during the break,I will be tidying up the buffet table, and considering Round 4 offerings.

Accounting of my ROW80 Goals Progress…and beyond!


Schedule Saturday’s Share queue two posts ahead by September 15. Target attained!

  • Posts scheduled through September 28!

  • Write two new posts each week; build a queue of 5 by October 1.

Keep up with comments and sharing. On target.

  • Ongoing.

The forest, the tress -and is there a goal I see tucked away up there?

Editing: (With Cathy Yardley‘sRock Your Revisions).

Bounded by a Nutshell: Complete first pre-editing readthrough/notes by January 1,2014.On target.

Print and reread WIP, making on-page rough notes. On target.

  • 520/734 pages printed.

  • Silent readthrough: Chapters 1-12; page 345/734. A bit less than halfway through.

  • Reading aloud (privately; WIP not suitable for other listeners, yet); page 36/734.

  • Begin taking notes after initial readthroughs complete.

Share excerpts from this WIP as part of the WIPpet Wednesday meme. On target.

A fertile proliferation of creation.


To Be or Not to Be – Write at least 25,000 words in September.On target.

  • 4, 898/ 25,000 words.

  • 772 new words.

  • WIP total: 167,852/ ~200,000 words. Under 35K to go! =)

  • Ideas coalescing. The words will come…soon, I think!

  • Ongoing.

The Stars are Fire: Write Scene #24, Niaan’s Pinch Point #1 (beginning by 8/29). Target attained!

  • Note: Mistakenly reported this writing done last update. Only the planning was done, then.

  • 4,057 new words.

  • WIP total: 60, 801/ ~100,000 words. Less than 40K to go!

  • Plan Scene #25; Konii’s POV; Adapt Scene #24 Outline by September 19.

Perchance to Dream: Write Scene #17; Spock’s Plot Point #1 -by 9/19). On target.

  • 801 new words.

  • WIP total: 61,809/~100,000 words. Less than 40K to go here, too!

  • Ongoing.

Time to ease some goals from the creative tangle…

Business-y Stuff:

Maintain sponsor visits. Target attained!

  • Ongoing.

Complete IHIPs, and submit once approval packet is received. On target.

  • Both rough drafts completed and revised.

  • Submit when school district honors its obligation.

Final revisions; draft email and attach pending approval packet. Target attained!

  • Both IHIPs attached; email drafted and saved, ready to go.

  • Write Round 4 sponsor post; submit on time!

Beta Reading: A More Complicated Fairy Tale – complete by end of round. On target.

  • Initial read-through complete: page 172/ 172

  • Comments: Complete through Chapter 8; page 98/ 180.

  • Ongoing.

  • Write my next segment for “Write a Story with Me”.

  • Begin beta-reading for Chameleon in a Mirror once file is received.

Complete all long-term updates (general, blogging, and noveling). Target attained!

  • General Blogging Action Planupdate complete.

  • This contains goals for Round 4.

  • Individual Blogging Action Plans will wait, as I’ve done nothing toward them since the last update.

  • Update Long Term ROW80 Goals/Noveling Action Plan, with goals for Round 4, by October 7.

Visit and post to three WANA tribes. On target.

  • I commented at Writing to Heal -yes, I did! =D

  • I began reading comments and discussions at Twitter Tweeps.

  • Visits: 2/3. Posting: 1/3.

  • Ongoing.

So, what are YOU up to, this week? I’d love to hear about it!

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

Focusing in on my creative endeavors…through this round, and beyond!


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