Weaving and Puttering : ROW80 Update 12/4/13

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It’s a preparing time for me – preparing for the holidays to come, and preparing for a busy weekend that begins tomorrow, and ends Sunday.

Post NaNo – I’m puttering with this and that.  It feels good to give King of Shreds and Patches a well-deserved rest, and to delve back into writing the final few scenes of To Be or Not  to Be and the pre-editing notes for the “Monsterscript,” Bounded by a Nutshell.  It feels great to be blogging regularly again, and to follow a cow trail or two from one delicious blog to another, visiting old friends and finding new favorites.

Closing out NaNo by attending the local Thank God It’s Over party gave me a threshold to cross, and I feel more at peace than I’ve felt in previous years.  A much more satisfying ending to the WIP probably didn’t hurt, either! =)

Sunday’s update may be brief, or absent, but I’ll be back by Wednesday, and there will be posts between to keep you company, while I’m busy with other things.

May you find much delightment, until we meet here again! 

Round 4 Wrapup Buffet Selections:

Final NaNo 2013 Stats.
Final NaNo 2013 Stats.


Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly. Target exceeded!

That’s 5! 5 Lovely posts…..BWAHAHA!

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

  • Comments answered on time, on Thursday and Saturday.

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

  • Yes. Monday’s post was one of my most popular; I got something right, there! =)

Writing:With NaNo, over, I return to my other three WIPs, gradually…

Focus point:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

To Be or Not to Be:

Complete rough draft: ~200,000 words totalDecember 31. On target.

  • Great news! I surpassed the 200K mark! Not sure when -I was almost certainly prepping for NaNo at the time.

  • I had a flash of inspiration on how the story is going to end –This is a completely pantsed WIP. The end is only a few scenes away (I figure 215-220K, for this WIP that will become two novels.

  • New Words: 988

  • WIP total: 202,995 words.

  • Chapter Fifty- Seven completed…estimate 61 chapters, total (including epilog) .

  • Sketchy freewriting on conclusions.

The opening scenes of my lovely, rainbowy scene list, with word count total.
The opening scenes of my lovely, rainbowy scene list, with word count total.

Editing: Editing hasn’t been on the list much this round, due to NaNo plannning and writing. It seems a perfect time to ease back in…

Focus Point:

  • Continue pre-revision process for Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp Series).

Complete on-page editing notes January 31, 2014. On target.

  • Scene #2 on-page notes completed; p 6/734.

Complete scene-by scene revision notebook – February 28, 2014. On target.

  • Scene #1 notes completed; p 3/734.

Screenshot 2013-12-03 00.08.28Hometending:

Focus point:

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

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

  • Jim recycled the old washer that had been hanging out there since the new one came last week. I spent time cleaning up the area, and getting ready to move the Papasan chair into its new home before tackling the not-so-very-lovely chaos that is the computer desk.

Clear email inbox and Spam folder twice weekly; sort, file, and delete.Target attained!

  • Clean and shiny again. I figured that since Jim bought a new mailbox for the house…. =)

Complete and submit quarterly homeschooling reports. -Due December 15. On target.

  • Annalise: Completed 13/13 sections. Yup, it’s a draft!

  • Tally up attendance logs; proof; submit before 12/15.

  • Jeremiah: Highlighted through Practical Arts – section 6/10 (double-check that I have them all).

  • Completed through Sciences -section 4/10.

  • This will be my top priority from 12/1 until completed.

Part of the 'How" section.
Part of the ‘How” section.


Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, and the children, in ways that are meaningful and important. Target attained!

  • Helped negotiate kids’ preferred gifts at a price Jim was comfortable with. Patience with a potentially costly mistake. Ordered Jim the Kindle Fire we wanted to get him for his birthday last February. Because he waited so patiently, he will have the newest, fanciest model in the house! =)

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

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. On target.

  • Oh, yes! Blogs and new words and editing notes, oh my!

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

  • Mellow to moderate hometending; still post-NaNo tired.

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 bit better.

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

  • Yup. It’s a good time for self-indulgence!

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

And extras:

Connect! Target attained!

  • The kids and I attended my local NaNoWriMoTGIO (Thank God It’s Over!) party at a local coffeeshop. Miah and Lise were made very welcome. So many writers, so much NaNo bingo, laughter, and delectable victuals…hard to believe that I waited four years to attend an event! I’ve done two this month, and will definitely attend more next year! =D

  • Reading at extra blogs, following appealing links, and appealing bloggers. Oooh, SHINY!!!

See some  more shiny new ROW80 posts!

The very first words of a spanking-new adventure!
The very first words of a spanking-new adventure!


  1. Ooh! You got to go to the Mocha Lisa party? Sounds delightful. With the car situation this year, even the Java’s one just wasn’t happening. Glad to hear happy second-person accounts though. 🙂

    I hope you enjoy a great (and safe) drive south this weekend. Love to you all.

    • Eden,

      No, we went to the Java’s one – there was no way the kids wanted to miss the chance to go. Some very nifty folks, and great company. I will definitely do it again! =D Maybe next year, you can be there, too!

      It was a safe and exciting weekend – more about it in the coming days.

    • Kathy,

      Thank you!

      The kids and I went away this weekend, and when we came home, a lot of things landed on the family room floor. I’ve gotten most of that taken care of, but not back to the computer desk, yet. There will be lots of time for deep cleaning during the winter to come.

      Updates will be ongoing!

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