A Daring Weaving: NaNoROW Update 11/20/13

This session I did something new and brave – I drove my new car to Professor Java’s, my favorite local coffee shop, for an official NaNoWriMo write-in.

This was huge for me. I met my local Municipal Liaison, Shannon, and several other delightful people. We did a little chatting, and I surprised myself by writing a total of 1,295 words during the word sprints. Usually, I can be social, or I can write, but not both, together.

It’s delightful to have a car at our disposal again – it’s been a while! The kids and I are making plans for trips to the state museum, the childrens’ museum for Lise, and that trip to visit dear friends in New Jersey that needed to be postponed…I think that means we get to partake of a bit of Thanksgivvukah festivities.

And I have been writing…other than a four-scene tangle-up I had to wriggle out of (fortunately, I caught it in the final planning pass, not after I started to write). I’m easing into the third act, now, and I’m fairly confident I can finish the draft by month’s end.

How about you? What challenges does November bring your way?

Annalise explores freeform architecture at the NY State Museum, last winter.

My Goals Buffet Platter Included:


Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

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

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused. On target…a bit NaNo behind. I plan to catch up on Thursday.

Printing Chameleon’s Dish, my 2011 NaNo.


Focus points:

  • NaNo Planning

  • NaNo Drafting

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

  • Completed Scenes: 45/60. Three-quarters done! =)

  • Word Count: 90,208/ ~100,000.

  • Completed Chapters: 11/17; Chapter 12 in progress.

And to wrap up the prepping phase:

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

  • 51/60 scenes completed!

    Set up scenes in Scrivener. On target.

  • 50/60 scenes set up!

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

  • 51/60 scenes completed!

  • Some moderate tweaks and changes as I move through the process of creating my”cheat sheets” for each scene. Still, the plan seems to adapt very well.

Lovely violets….

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, but not perfect.

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

  • Yup!
Happy boy eyes!


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!

  • Romance; working together to get the car on the road and iron out some nighttime stress.

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

  • Lots of conversation, snuggling, planning, dreaming…and a trip out in the new car to get a treat.

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

  • Yuppers.

  • Writing, family, hometending…

  • Oh, and Enterprise , by myself, and with Jim, with accompanying commentary on the Vulcan/human interactions and misunderstandings between T’Pol and Hoshi.

A passion for the ocean…Photo credit: Eden F. Mabee

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

  • Walking, some hometending, yardtending, 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.

  • A little better.

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

  • Yes! Out every day, for at least a bit.

ighttime walking.

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

  • Yup.

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

  • I read, commented on, and shared several of this week’s WIPpet Wednesday posts.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Find other ways to help. Target attained!

  • Shared info and advice at the write-in.

Connect. Target attained!

  • Attended a NaNo write in and joined local Facebook page.

Muse with flowers? =)


  1. Glad to read that Scrivener is working for you. The plotting out at the scene level seems like it’s working too — as well as all those other goals. What a balance of life and commitment and writing. May the coming week go well for you!

    • Beth,

      It really is working.

      i don’t write in Scrivener, because margins on the page make me feel too constricted. Instead, I call up the “cheat sheet” for the scene, and drag it as far to the left as I can, and use it as a guide to what I wanted to put in the scene.

      Then I do the actual writing using 750 words (no margins, and it saves what I write, too!). I copy and paste to Scrivener at the end of the scene.

      It was a pretty productive week, and things will pick up, now that we don’t need to share a car, which was less than convenient.

      It always tickles me when you stop by and spread a little sunshine. =)

  2. The car news is super awesome (as is the news about the Write-In, both the sprints and social aspect). You’re really rocking things this NaNoWriMo, stretching yourself and learning new ways to work.

    • Sys,

      It’s funny – but it’s all felt pretty mellow. The writing has come with very little stress or rush..it’s kind of rolling out like a river or a season. Today is a lull day – the Y in the middle and Big Bang (yes, we made it home in plenty of time!) have put a kink in the rhythm. I’ve written one very short scene, with a pivotal one next up.

      I’m about to take a hot shower and get some frozen grapes, and maybe one more cup of coffee, and jump in – but first, these comments….

      I am loving the car – and it’s the same green as the other one….you’ll like it too!

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