Weaving, Weaving, Weaving: ROW80 Update, 10/23/13

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I’ve spent the last days immersed in writing worlds. So much is developing,and I have ideas that I want to share…and yet, I find that I don’t have much to say here.

That tends to happen, when I get lost in the lovely chaos of creation. Ah, well. The lull will come, in time, I’ll be less wrapped up in my own fantasies.

So, instead of chatter, I’ll just share my sponsor post, where I wrote about weaving a writing life – even when you aren’t writing. As I won’t be, for some time today – there’s considerable hometending to deal with, after Jim’s weekend, and a Halloween costume to be ordered, and an overcast prevening to go out for a bit and play in.

Here’s a little excerpt from that post.

Writing isn’t a separate part of my life. Like being a wife and a mother, like unschooling and hometending, it is woven into the pattern of everything I do.

I don’t need to be sitting at a laptop to be writing. The most important thing is to be present in my life, and with the ideas that dance, dart, or linger in my mind while I’m focused on other things.


It’s a writing, watching, and waiting, tucked away, kind of time.

And now, what I’ve been quietly up to…

Goal Buffet Dishes sampled this session:


Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. On target.

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

  • It took me till Tuesday, but I’m caught up, at the moment. =D

Thinking and dreaming….


Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

  • NaNo Planning

To Be or Not to Be:

Completerough draft: ~200,000 words totalOctober 31.

  • Chapter Fifty-Three: 2,235 new words.

  • WIP total: 193,323/ ~ 200,000 words.

  • October, to date: 5,222/ ~11,899 words.

Plan King of Shreds and Patches (A Trueborn Warp Series Star Trek fan fiction novel); complete Rock Your Plot planning exercise/ scene-by-scene outline. – October 31.

Flesh out all plot points with Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disaster. Target attained!

  • All plot point GCMDs complete.

Add quick sketches of connecting scenes. Target exceeded!

  • All sketches done – and mapped!

Weave Plot Points for all characters into the framework of the WIP. Target exceeded!

  • 60/60 scenes mapped! Yup – I have the skeleton of a novel here! =D

Add GMCD for all connecting scenes.

  • 1/28 completed.

Give quick title and sketched action for all scenes.

  • 2/60 completed.

Weaving Worlds by the water, with coffee. Photo credit: Eden f. Mabee.


Focus point:

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

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

  • 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!


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. Talking, flirting lots of laughter, remembering why I married him (in part, because we know the same old commercials and say the same thing at the same time…trust me, that’s a big thing, sixteen years later!).

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

  • Walks, treats, sharing cuddles, playing, learning, creating,laughing, and exploring togher.

  • Workout with Miah – we pedaled 5 miles each on the recumbent bikes, and he learned what “RPM” stands for.

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

  • I got back to a bit of new writing on TBONTB.

  • I was more present in my nascent story than in the “actual” presence.

  • I was present with these cool people I live with!

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. On target.

  • For just before NaNo, I think things are blending nicely.

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • A bit better than last session. Out of my low-energy days, and wanting more movememt.

  • A little dancing, two walks, a tiny bit of hometending, and a workout.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • Doing a little better with this. NaNo tends to take over my mind this time of year.

Work out at least once a week. Target attained!

  • Pleasant moderate workout with Miah. 2 minutes on the arc trainer, 5 miles on the recumbent bike, and weight machines – fly, quad press, and torso rotation.

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

  • Forgot to go out again on Monday – Jim came home from errands at my usual time, and I got happily engaged in being with him.

  • Sunday, walked with kids and dog.

  • Tuesday, walking to and from Y and grocery store (I park at the far end of lots, generally, to add walking time.)

Pick two or three daily potential outside times.

  • I have one, for now. I like to take a walk around 6pm. That may shift as fall advances and dark comes sooner -our rural road isn’t the best for nighttime walking.

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

  • Yup. Time with loved ones; Enterprise with Jim, Castle, and much wordplay and plotting. Time outside in the air!

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Spy on other ROWers here!

Inspiration in the commonplace….


    • Shah,

      I find that I forget I have a gmail account! Also, I have a Windows PC, and use Google Chrome, so the OSes line up, since Kindles are Android. Maybe that makes a difference. My biggest issue is getting my hands on the charger, which is usually with the kids…

      Doubling up of work – Boo, Hiss!

      As I learn ways of organizing my writing time, I find I can get a lot more done in the same amount of time, and with a lot less pressure on myself, too. It also doesn’t hurt that the kids are getting older, and more interested in my writing and able to give me some uninterrupted time, at least sometimes! =D

      I think you rock, too! =)

  1. One week til NaNo!!! You are so close to your 200k (and I’m in awe).

    I think I’ll add going outside at least once a day to my goals as well. Good luck with the rest of your week and thank you for stopping by my blog!

    • Dawn,

      My Nano prep is coming along – I love Rock Your Plot, which is just enough structure to keep my imagination focused and fired up.

      I am close to that 200k. I’ve been working on this WIP (which will separate into two, with the first revisions) since August 2012 CampNaNo. I haven’t given up hope of finishing up at by the end of the month, but there will still be a tremendous amount of revising to do – I totally pantsed this one, and it is about seventeen kinds of a mess!

      I love being ourside, but, when I get writing….well, I’ll bet you know the end of that sentence!
      I always enjoy visiting you! =D

    • AmyBeth,

      NaNo together sounds just right! I’m open for friends, but really horrible at finding and adding people.

      I’m moving along, and a little amazed by it all. I used to be an avowed pantser, but those WIPs are all hot messes!

      I found Rock Your Plot, which is perfect for me, letting me use and play with my imagination a lot during those stages, giving me just enough structure.

      I have very good feelings about this year’s WIP, already!

      May you get caught up well enough to begin strongly, and may your words fly wild and productively!

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