Weaving with a Plot Tribble – ROW80 Update, 10/31/13

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Have you ever had a shiny new idea seize you, right on the cusp of a Great Big Project?

Yup, it’s happening to me. I watched the Enterprise episode “Home” with Jim last night. And, whammo!

An enormous, gigantic, frantically fertile plot tribble. It carries back and forward through several scenes, already, and…it knows where the quadrotriticale is!

And it’s just over 24 hours until NaNoWriMo starts, and I begin my crazyquest to draft all of King of Shreds and Patches. So, plot tribbles aside, whatever their size, Trip and T’Pol will have to wait a month for me to give them the space for their stories.

I’m hoping, though, that they will continue sharing their story with me, giving me tidbits here and there…because I love the stories that are left untold…what happened, on the way to Vulcan? What did Trip do, after the wedding? What kind of arrangement do T’Pol and Koss make, now that their family obligation to marry has at last been fulfilled? How are Vulcan marriages different than human ones? Was a tremendous mistake made?

Ah, plot tribbles, all over the place.

I think I’d better make sure I only leave out just enough food to keep them from breeding so fast I get inundated….and, while I do that, here’s my current plateful of progress….

Current Goals Buffet Samplings:

Blogging:

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!

  • Done on Sunday and Wednesday. A tad late, still! =D

Writing:

Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

  • NaNo Planning.

To Be or Not to Be:

Completerough draft: ~200,000 words totalOctober 31.

  • Chapters Fifty-Four and Fifty-Five: 6,291 new words.

  • WIP total: 199,615/ ~ 200,000 words. Under 1K to go, now, and the end is taking shape!

  • October, to date: 10,273/ ~11,899 words.

  • I am into the second to last chapter of this WIP -well second to last chapter, and then the epilogue. I hope to be done by the time NaNo begins. If not, I will double up until I am.

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

Add GMCD for all connecting scenes.

  • 29/29 scenes complete!

Sketch action for all scenes.

  • 60/60 scenes titled – WAHOO! =D

  • 60/60 scenes complete. A paragraph each for Opening, Middle, and Disaster.

  • Worked out a large, five-scene pileup of a tangle! I am so happy I plotted, so I could lop a few tentacles off that beastie before it turned into a Kracken in the drafting process! =)

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow).

  • 6/60 scenes completed. One tenth done!

Set up scenes in Scrivener.

  • 5/60 scenes set up. One fifteeth done!

Double check all notes and prep for consistency.

  • 5/60 scenes completed. One fifteenth done!

  • Breathe deeply till Friday!

Hometending:

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!

  • Still good!

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

  • Yup!

Lifetending:

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. Working through a disagreement, romance (with a candle, yet!), collaboration, and lots of patience. Oh, and Enterprise and Deadliest Catch.

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

  • Attended a birthday party, patience, lots of free time; hugs and snuggles and chatting.

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

  • I’ve been a bit NaNo-distracted, but have spent time with each of my loves, this session.

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. On target.

  • With Halloween, and the imminence of NaNo, and the kids both in growth phases, things have been a little off-kilter. I expect that to shift, once the holiday excitement is past, and my NaNo flow is established.

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

  • A very mellow workout, some hometending, and moving a small stack of firewood.

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

  • Better. Moving regularly helps me think.

Work out at least once a week. Target attained!

  • Pleasant half-hour pedaling cardio workout with Eden Mabee. One arm machine.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day. Target attained!

  • Out and about on Sunday and Tuesday; moved firewood Monday and Wednesday.

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

  • Yup. Time with loved ones; Enterprise with Jim, and that enormous plot tribble to play with. Time outside in the air! Had coffee and biscotti with Eden; rescheduled visit with Elizabeth for a week from Monday.

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

  • Didn’t fix the problem; did contact the writer to touch base.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

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8 comments

    • Shah,

      I used to really dislike those “trickling bleh” times – but now I use them for editing, hometending, refilling…I feed other passions, and, eventually, I fill up and overflow, again…

      It’s a cycle, like the seasons. Fall tends to be intensely creative, for me, and winter more reflective. I’ll be editing next round.

      Are you NaNoing this year?

    • Ruth,

      I love my great big lists. So much possibility! =)

      Yes, there is something about these surges of creativity, when I can’t begin to keep up with all the ideas, and I need to leave most of them to simmer. Wonderful things happen, when ideas are left to simmer. It’s my favorite part of writing. =)

      So far, so good, with NaNo. First scene written made me cry. I’m taking that as a good sign. I’ll be spending a bit of time outside, and finishing my comments, here, then writing the second scene, which should put me over my target word count for the day. having the outline and “cheat sheet” I made had helped a lot! =)

      I’ll check in on you in NaNo -land – may your words soar and multiply!

  1. Oh, those plot tribbles! Whenever I try to urge my focus in one direction as opposed to others, I have to always stop every once in a while to check inside the bulkheads … You know, to make sure I still have any supplies left.

    Just curious… What is GMCD? Goal, Motivation, Character, Disaster?

    • Ugh! I had a comment almost finished, and accidentally clicked through to another site. Grrr….

      Okay, over that. Time to rewrite.

      I think I keep so many projects going at once. It lets me play with everyone, from time to time. I like checking my bulkheads, too..and I’ll bet that Trip and T’Pol will get up to some kind of shenanigans WELL before the month iz out!

      I know that I mentioned it last night, but since Chuck E. Cheese is not particularly conducive to conversation, (Power or no!), so I’ll put it here, too. The C stands for conflict. With those 4 components defined for each scene, it’s a lot easier for me to outline, and that seems, at the end of the prologue, to be a good thing. The scene wandered far less than my scenes usually do, there was a nice element of surprise as things developed, and it packed a heck of an emotional wallop.

      As always, though, YMMV! =D

    • Kathrese,

      Thanks for stopping in! I agree, those little beasties are cuties. They purr, too….and, as Scotty says, “They’re no tribble at all!”

      I like to have the option of many goals, and rather than a success/fail dynamic, I prefer to think of anything I get to as a celebration and a way to honor myself….it shifts it from work to revelry. Still exhausting, when the surges come, but the kind of exhaustion that comes with a glow. =)

      You’ve got a lot of energy in your goals, too!

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