My “Play Jar”: ROW80 1/13/14 Update

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Welcome to the end of Week One! I hope this finds you well and happily engaged in joyful life!

Today, I’d like to introduce a new friend of mine. Meet my Play Jar.

It’s a simple idea. I’ve come up with 80 playful adventures, written them on slips of paper, folded, and filled this jar with them, because I like the shape and the cork.

During the course of the round, I intend to do all of these playful things.

Hello, Play Jar! =D

To this point, I’ve completed two, with four more in play (I won’t reveal them till I’ve finished them.)

  • #65: Buy The Eye of the World in hardcover. (I bought a Kindle Edition; less expensive, and far more compact.)

  • #69: Buy myself something pretty and blue. I have a new shawl-cut sweater. Very pretty. Very blue.

I’ll detail my playful progress with each Sunday’s update.

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout / design aspects of Blogging Action Plan.

Tidy Master Features Resource file. On target.

  • Doing a bit each time I use the file. May finish in two weeks, perhaps a bit less.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Answer all comments on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Target attained!

  • Comments were answered in the way-wee hours of Friday, and into Sunday. I can live with that.

Return visits to all commenters, as standard practice. On target.

  • Finding for a rhythm that fits. Visits ongoing.

At home on my writing desk.

Resume regular blogging schedule with Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday posts across the three blogs. Target exceeded!

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Write out a one-page brainstorming session for desired website features. Pending.

The Quiet Joy of my new writing space.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Reread the last few chapters of TBONTB.Target attained!

  • Reoriented in this pantsed, nearly completed WIP. Ideas flowing.

  • Complete rough draft of TBONTB. Pending.

Draft two more novels in Trueborn double series, as NaNo projects.

Freewrite on idea for the unwritten portions of the story. On target.

  • Created very rough list of the existing story timeline, with asterisks for five novels not yet begun.

Explore gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as Last House story collection concept, as short pieces / flash fiction, during April and May.

Bounded pre-revision notes.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

Reread Rock Your Revisions; draft rough revision plan for Chameleon’s Dish.On target.

  • Rereading completed.

  • Rough-outlined eight step plan for Chameleon‘s pre-revision process.

  • Listed steps needed to prepare for first pass revision plan, and took basic notes on creating plan.

Check out NaNo Now What Months features in preparation for March NaNoEdMo.On target.

  • Signed the contract, read this post, explored the page.

Complete pre-editing notes for Bounded by a Nutshell. On target.

  • On-page notes: Page 189/734.

  • Pre-revision Notebook: Page 179/734. Untangling some obvious structural knottiness.

  • Doing this, a bit at a time, between other projects.

Revise all poems for QOMIS, until satisfied with the results.

  • Read poems aloud, highlighting for revision.Pending.

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs.

  • Read through completed exercises, and my work for “A Splash of Red.” Pending

Playful missions accomplished! =)

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, inhabiting my study.

Complete family room reset. On target.

  • General decluttering/cleaning; more computer desk excavation, sorting and tidying family room desk.

  • Goal changed from ‘Continue’ to ‘Complete’.

Spend time daily in my study. Target attained!

  • Pockets of calm expanding and multiplying, and I am truly loving this little space of my own.

  • Shared my writing desk in my Flat Surface Friday post!

  • Clean up main documents files. Pending.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with play project schedule.On target.

  • Using the Daily Frames with pleasure. Enjoying knowing what I’m likely to be playing with each day.

  • I’ve been setting things up and getting started before bed After sleep, I can pick up where I left off.

  • Goal changed from ‘Create’ to ‘Experiment with’.

Research small business establishment /administration.

A ribbon board collage of my life as it is….

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar.On target.

  • Details above.

  • 2/80 complete; 4/78 in progress.

List people I want to connect with this year.On target.

  • The list grows – in my head.

Seek out playful ways to move and challenge my body.

Choose one playful motion for each day in January; do it several times, with a spirit of adventure. Target attained!

  • Relearning skipping rope; moving firewood; Cobra (yoga pose); lunges.

  • Mild weight and cardio (2.25 miles on the recumbent bike) workout.

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See what the other ROwers are playing with!

My Kinda Playground!


  1. I love your “Play Jar” though the thought of it excites and terrifies me at the same time. The terrifies part is that if I pull it I have to do it. I am going to think about this some more but it might just be the fire I need to light under my derriere to finally do some of the things I want to do but keep putting off.

    I am with the others in regards to your list of goals, they seem overwhelming to me but if it works for you then that’s awesome! Nice to catch up a little and see what is going on in your writing life.

    • Morgan,

      I’m living the challenge of the Play Jar. I loaded it with only things I really want to do, which means that even though it’s a little scary, I know the payoff will be worth it. Some of the items are very quick, and others need time and preparation or a bit of money to be spent.

      Maybe you could have a jar with just a few slips at a time in it?

      I’ve discovered that I just love a buffet of things to play with – my mind likes to leap around, and this gives it space to play. The main goals are for the entire year; so I’m not feeling huge pressure. I feel like I know my nature well enough now not to set the goals higher than I can reasonably achieve, and the kids keep on growing and getting more independent, which gives me considerably more writing time than I had a year or two back….

      I am so glad you’re back! I’ve missed you! =)

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