Weaving a WIP – ROW80 Update, October 21, 2013

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I could go on at length about what I’ve done this session – but that would be too much time away from my NaNo planning!

I’m busily weaving the prep work I’ve done into the bones of a new WIP. Things are happening, and ideas are jumping around like popcorn.

And I don’t want to let them settle, or cool down. I like my popcorn lively and hot!

How about you? Has your week been filled with creative thrills? Are you humming along? A little stuck? Cheering someone on is always worth a pause!

Round 4 Goal Buffet Selections:


Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. Target exceeded!

Five lovely posts this week! While prepping like a madwoman – BWAHAHAHA! Queueing paid off! =D

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused.On target.

  • Good until Saturday. Slipped while pressing.

  • Add to Monday’s comments.

Strive for high-concept posts for shanjeniah Regular Features. Target attained!

  • Ongoing.

What my story idea looked like, before WIP planning!


Focus points:

  • NaNo Planning

  • Flash fiction and short stories.

Plan King of Shreds and Patches – complete Rock Your Plot planning exercise/ scene-by-scene outline. – October 31. On target.

Write character sketches. Target attained!

  • 5/5 sketches completed., with fairly expansive bios and notes.

Set plot points for each POV character. Target attained!

  • Story arcs for four characters -and a story gestating. =)

Map plot points for each POV character. Target attained!

  • All done. I now have the nascent structure of a WIP.

Flesh out all plot points with Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disaster. On target.

  • 2/4 complete. Third one done through Pinch Point 2.

Revised and tweaked story arcs; WIP planning shaping up and fleshing out.

  • Add quick sketches of connecting scenes.

  • Begin weaving Plot Points for all characters into the framework of the WIP.

Move pending stories into WIP folder October 20. On target, if I disregard the date.

  • Moved some as I was cleaning my Documents folder.

    The warp and the weft begin to reveal themselves….


Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Arrange “office” lightingOctober 20; decide if it’s sufficient. On target, later than expected.

  • Lampshades on, exploring the feel. Placement still evolving; paper lanterns yet to be hung.

Hang ribbon board. On target.

  • Cleared and cleaned the area I want to hang it.

  • Next? Find tacks and a hammer. (Sounds simple, doesn’t it?)

Minimum of 5 minutes, twice weekly, organizing and cleaning the space. Target exceeded!

  • Fifteen minutes apiece Friday and Saturday.

Minimum of 10 minutes, twice weekly, being in the space. Target attained!

  • See above. =D

Find a name that suits my vision of this space . Target attained!

  • My study” it is!

Keep email inbox clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time. Target attained!

  • So far, so good! My Kindle is perfect for quick cleanouts.

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • Again, Kindle to the rescue!

Clean main Documents folderOctober 20.

  • While searching for the beta-reading document I stuck….somewhere, I went ahead and did this.

Will this be my November 1? Yes, I do beweave so!


Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!

  • Yes. Spending time; making sure he had time for his own pursuits. Conversation and planmaking.

Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!

  • Walks, long conversations that wandered, sharing cuddles, playing, learning, and exploring together.

Make time for connecting with friends. On target.

  • Plans to meet with a recovering Elizabeth Mitchell tomorrow evening next week, I hope. =D

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. On target.

  • While I definitely immersed myself in writing, perimenopausal hormones, migraines, and iffy weather foiled my presence and sweetness a little…still a challenge for me, but I am getting better.

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. On target.

  • The planning grabbed me up, and held me too tightly…..umm, I mean, I was tired and more interested in writing than moving. I moved a little, but that’s it.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day. Pending.

  • Wednesday and Friday, I never got outside…weather, headaches, and words.

  • Thursday, a walk with Lise and Corki. Saturday, just spent a minute or two.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • So long as the passion was writing or Star Trek  (or writing Star Trek!), I did!

  • I found new episodes of Deadliest Catch, an old favorite, and indulged myself in a few episode while planning.

Complete beta reading by October 20. On target, running late.

  • Did something odd to the file…oops! My comments are there, when I figure it out.

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links. Target attained!

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Find other ways to help. On target.

  • Visiting an under the weather local ROWer tomorrow.

Connect. On target.

  • See above.

What are other ROWers crowing about?

And, as a treat, here’s a bit of my NaNoWriMo research…three old friends, one tense reunion….”Will…you – PLEASE!….sit down?!”

From this tension, I will go forth and weave magic!


  1. I’m so far behind on sponsor duties, but I’m catching up tonight. I’m prepping for NaNo, too. 11/1 is soooo close. Wishing you all the best!

    • Tia,

      Oh, I’ve been there with sponsor duties! I’m doing OK with those, so far this round, but slipping on comments.

      So happy you’re NaNoing this round, and I’ll cheer on your prepping every time I’m prepping (invisible moral support!). I’ve got that feeling of it being at once so close, and too far away – I will likely finish up my prepping by midweek, and then need to wait a day or three to get started….that will be hard, after all this intensity…

      May your words soar, through NaNo and beyond!

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