Weaving Otherwise: ROW80 Update 12/12/13

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Hi there! It’s been a week since I updated here. The kids and I went to New Jersey to visit dear friends last weekend, and, on Sunday, I drove for five hours, then unloaded nearly the entire car, sorting and homing as I went.

I could have filed an update, but it would have basically said that I wrote some editing notes, and little else. I was doing other things, without regret.

Things like talking with my dear sisterfriend Sylvia and her family. Like lighting my new menorah, even though I’m not Jewish, and ate latkes like I was born to it (Sylvia is an amazing cook!). Like taking each child to the most awesome thrift store I’ve ever seen, and acquiring treasures and staples for us all (the lovely new-to-us teakettle has already whistled several times!). Like taking Annalise to her best friend’s homeschool ice skating day. Like spending more time on social media…and just sipping coffee and letting life happen around me…and listening to the laughter and play of children I love, who are growing up, and changing.

And I bought two new episodes of Enterprise“Impulse” and “Similitude”. They join “Breaking the Ice” in my private Kindle collection!

And, after bringing forth an entire draft of King of Shreds and Patches during NaNo, it was almost a relief that I wrote only a single scene this week.

Round 4 Wrapup Buffet Selections:


Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly. On target.

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. On target.

  • Comments answered…late, due to recovering from travel, but done.

Zombie Vulcans:

Writing: With NaNo complete, I return to my three remaining Trueborn WIPs, and also some dessert shorter fiction.

Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

  • Flash fiction and short stories.

Write or Plan one scene weekly for The Stars are Fire and Perchance to Dream, through December. Pending.

Perchance to Dream: On target.

  • Scene # 21/60 completed.

  • 1,694 new words.

  • 74,158/~100,000 words (yes, this will be longer than estimated!)

  • Adapt plan for Scene #21; plan scene #22.

Similitude trailer

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 Points:

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

Complete on-page editing notesJanuary 31, 2014. On target.

  • Complete through Scene #4; p 30/734.

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

  • Complete through Scene #4; p 30/734.

Sim has feelings….


Focus point:

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

Continue refitting common rooms to better suit our needs. On target.

Move nature books and field guides to new space. On target.

  • Being moved piecemeal.

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

  • Continued with cleaning space the old washer left behind. Jim cleaned the floors while the kids were away. One large plastic tub filled with random items sorted and emptied, and now awaiting refilling.

Minimum of 5 minutes, twice weekly, organizing and cleaning the space. Target exceeded!

  • For the first time in weeks, I did this. I spent 15 minutes tidying, and, while it wasn’t a magic bullet, it did make a good deal of difference. Hooray! I’m almost eager to get back to the space!

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

  • Annalise: Completed Physical Education (final section) 13/13. Yup, it’s a draft!

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

  • Jeremiah: Highlighted through Health and Safety – section 10/10 –complete.

  • Double-check that I have them all.

  • Completed through Music-section 8/10.

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


Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

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

  • The kids and I had a weekend trip to our out-of-state friends, where we shared a little judiciously late Hanukkah celebrating.

  • Extra moments of intimacy and connection with Jim.

  • Trip to the thrift store with each child; treasures procured for all of us, and the family.

  • Took Annalise to her friend’s homeschool ice skating day for some chilly fun!

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

  • Less writing this week, as I focused on being with friends and family, and gathering input to churn up with my plot tribbles…it’s been an introspective and present time for me.

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

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Connect! Target attained!

  • Visiting out-of-state friends.

Follow the exploits of other ROWers here!


  1. Do zombie Vulcans like only logical brains? Also, did you know there was a Star Wars zombie novel? Deathtroopers, IIRC. It was a pretty good read, both as a zombie novel and a Star Wars tie-in. Hope you’re having a good week!

    • Kathy,

      I’m not sure about Vulcan zombies in general, but since Vulcans are overwhelmingly vegetarians, I’m thinking not…

      In this case, the Vulcans were exposed to a potent neurotoxin. It doesn’t seem to affect other species, but it damages Vulcan nerve synapses, and makes them increasingly unable to control their emotions and emotional responses, and they end up homicidal and paranoid, incapable of speech…but still able to reason, in an odd and very dangerous way…

      And T’Pol is exposed, which sets up an intriguing 15-episode story arc for her, most of it beneath the surface.

      I didn’t know about the Star Wars zombie novel, but zombie Deathtroopers sound pretty terrifying. I like Star Wars, but have never found the passion for it I have for Star Trek. Undoubtedly, that has something ot do with the lack of Vulcans – I do so love my Vulcans!

      It was such a good week that I’m only now getting to these comments!

      • That sounds like a really interesting storyline. Oddly enough, I’m kind of the opposite — I’m more interested in Star Wars than Star Trek, but I honestly like both. I’ve never seen Enterprise — or not a lot of Enterprise — but that storyline makes me want to seek it out.

        Also, Vulcans are pretty awesome.

        • Kathy,

          I think there’s plenty of room in the universe for both Trek-leaning and Wars-leaning folk to coexist happily…at least, there is in my universe. Infinite diversity in infinite combination makes a pretty nifty existence. I like Star Wars, especially in certain moods.

          I only discovered Enterprise last spring, although a friend had encouraged me to see it sooner. I had my first child about 3 weeks before the show premiered, and my last only a year before it was canceled, and we didn’t have cable in those pre-Netflix streaming years…

          I find the writing in Enterprise brilliant -especially for the way so much is unspoken, just subtly offered. I tend to tell far too much; I’m learning so much from the way the story arcs unfold.

          If you want to watch the T’Pol story arc I’ve mentioned, start with Season 3, “Impulse”, and go to the reveal moment (you’ll know it when you see it), in “Damage”. Of course, there are elements of the arc from the very first episode, and the arc goes on, evolving with the characters, and especially with Trip and T’Pol’s changing relationship with one another.

          This show was ended too soon, and I would love to see Netflix bring it back!

          And, as regards Vulcans, it would be illogical to argue their irrefutable awesomeness!

  2. Sounds like a great trip if a little exhausting:) and all other targets seem to be being achieved – quiet times allowing life to flow and swirl around very good for creative brain as well as delighting family and friends – all the best:)

    • Alberta,

      We love our lengthy trips, and both kids are excellent travel companions. This once was a little different…a new car, and Jeremiah old enough at 12 to ride in the front seat. On the trip down, neither one of them fell asleep – that’s never happened before.

      On the way home, we played an early Simon and Garfunkel CD, and we talked about many things, including social justice.

      In between was happy chaos. =)

      I always find that these deviations from the normal rhythm and flow of our lives are enriching in every way. I see the children differently away from home; the ideas in my head swirl in different patterns.

      It was a good thing! =)

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