Spontaneous Weavings: NaNoROW Update, 11/13/13

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So, how have you been?

I never checked in on Sunday. It’s not that I forgot; I wanted to….

But, sometime during the week, I got this wild idea that it would be amazing to break the 50,000K halfway point of my personal NaNoWriMo goal during the Novemember 9#NaNoThon.

If I could pull it off, I figured, I would best my record time by a full day, and set myself up with a little extra time at month’s end – this draft will almost certainly be over 100K, and my ultimate goal is to complete the entire draft this month.

I did it!!

Just before midnight, I checked in with 50,006 words, and a daily total of 9,994.

It was quite a day, and, Sunday, I had that post-marathon fatigue. I started a post, but couldn’t get it really moving, and so I stopped.

By Tuesday, I was ready to begin one of my most anticipated scenes – my take on Spock‘s return to the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Just as I was ready to begin writing, Jim came home from doing errands – and suggested that we make a two hour drive into Massachusetts to look at a car. That might seem crazy – except that we only buy used cars, our budget is very modest, and I have been waiting for a new car I could call mine since my beloved Intrepid was totaled a couple of years ago. I also have very specific requirements for a car, because the children and I often make long drives to gather with friends or explore the world.

Oh, and I’ve lusted after a Subaru Outback since they started making them, and since Jim got his Legacy last fall, that lust has kindled.

And now, I have one!

Subaru Legacy Outback
Subaru Legacy Outback (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, we were away for hours, and drove for hours, and it was cold.

But, by next week, my cute little 1998 Outback Limited will be nimbly carrying us through whatever whether upstate New York has to offer….and doing it in more style than I had hoped for. Even cooler, it’s the same color as Jim’s car, and the same color as my Intrepid. I’m already in love with it, and know that it is a delight to drive – two hours on rural roads through the mountains made it delightfully clear.

Yes, I really do get that excited over a 15 year old station wagon! =D

My NaNoRow Goals Buffet Platter Included:


Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

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

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

  • Not as on time as I would like to be; but better than in previous NaNo months.


Focus points:

  • NaNo Planning

  • NaNo Drafting

King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. On target.

  • Completed Scenes: 28/60. Almost halfway! =)

  • Word Count: 62,004/ ~100,000. (Yes, I passes the halfway mark last Saturday, just before midnight, during #NaNoThon!)

  • Word count is running high, as my rough drafts tend to, but, with planning, not as high as in previous drafts – this one is also tighter and more cohesive than any other rough draft I’ve written.

  • I will estimate a final count as I near the end of the WIP.

And to wrap up the prepping phase:

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

  • 35/60 scenes completed.

Set up scenes in Scrivener. On target.

  • 34/60 scenes set up.

Double check all notes and prep for consistency. On target.

  • 35/60 scenes completed.

  • Still making tweaks and changes as I move through the process of creating my”cheat sheets” for each scene. Overall, I haven’t needed to adapt much.


Focus point:

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

Continue family room shift, with new desk as anchor. On target.

  • Very slowly, but surely, this is coming together.

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


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. Healing is ongoing, and we are finding our balance after the turmoil.

  • Romance, willingness to open, change plans, and adapt.

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

  • Patience, snuggles, time together, conversations, sharing interests.

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

  • Oh, yes. All of these have been big parts of the last week.

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. On target.

  • Adjustment is a bit slower during NaNo, but ongoing.

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

  • Hometending, and moving a small stack of firewood. Stretching.

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

  • Doing better, overall.

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

  • Yup. Giving this special focus, during NaNo.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

See what’s new with the other ROWers!


  1. I’m a slow poke compared to you, Shan, but thrilled at your progress. And thank you for hooking me into Wordless Weds with your amazing pictures! I enjoyed reading your WipPET Weds excerpt. A neat way to reinforce the fun you are having with NaNo and Star Trek. May the week ahead be as wonderful (even that new car!).

    • Beth,

      I’m a little stunned by how fast the words are piling up! And, better yet, I think this is by far the best first draft I’ve ever written. I’m finishing up Act II, now, and, as I near the end of the middle merging into the beginning of the end (ooh, cryptic!), I know that the middle is a little looser than the beginning, but not saggy, and in a lot fewer places.

      Planning and revising the plan have given me time to play with every scene at least 3 times before I write it, going a bit deeper and tweaking each time…

      It’s making me very eager to get the three other, much more untidily planned WIPs done this year, and plan every one after this, from mow on, forever, amen! =D

      I can’t take credit for all the Wordless Wednesday pictures. The ones of Annalise from this week, she set up, took, and edited in her own photo shoot…we don’t even have a tripod, so her results on the action shots are really amazing!

      She seems very happy on either side of the cameera – or both at once, even… =)

      It’s always a plus when NaNo, Star Trek and fun are all in the same sentence. That might also account for the word count – I’m doing terrible things to a good Vulcan, because that’s how it really happened…or something like that.

      Hopefully, the new car will be road-legal by Tuesday…there’s a NaNo write-in at my favorite coffee shop…!

      I always love having you pop by, Beth!

    • Lauralynn,

      Not so much the last few days, but there’ve been extenuating circumstances, and that was a huge surge of words, last weekend. I feel like I’m gearing up for another surge, and I’m looking forward to this.

      It surely is exciting, though – and, anytime I get to play with Spock, I’m happy. =)

  2. I’ll admit the rest of your post was a blur once I read that you already hit 50K. OMG! I have been fist pumping over hitting 27K today, just because I ahead of where I should be. * high five *

    • Tia,

      You’re ahead! =D That’s an improvement over last year, if I remember. Awesome!

      I’ve come to see that I write pretty fast, maybe especially when I’m writing Trek-related things. That makes sense – I’ve been writing thee stories since I was 13, and Eden forced me to read James Blish books – the original episodes in short story form.

      I’ve also done a significant amount of planning, so, each time I sit down to write, I know what I need to cover. That’s new for me, and I think I love it.

      A huge high five to you, too! =D

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