Scattered Play: ROW80 Update, 1/22/14

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Hello! Two and a half weeks into Round 1, and I feel the first stirrings of coming change. How about you? If you’ve set new goals for the new year, are you cruising along, or considering adapting?

None of my changes will be major; more a matter of things that aren’t fitting in with my life-as-it-is, timing-wise. I’ll be tinkering with ideas, and I’ll announce any changes with my last January update, a week from now.

This session has been a bit chaotic. Annalise and I were sick from Friday till Sunday – this was her second cold in as many weeks, and, although she’s feeling better other than a lingering cough, her sleep patterns are off, and that makes it harder for me to sleep, and to predict when I can work.

The cold spell has been sporadically frozen our water pipes, so it’s a bit of an adventure every time someone wants to use the water!

Still, some things have gotten done, and many more are in progress – and, hopefully, we can all be well and warm for a while..

Chaotically Building …

Daily Writing Frames:

Wild Card Wednesday:

Blogging posts and queues:

  • Posted three posts; one per blog

  • No queues yet.

Play in many ways:

  • Lots of time with the kids.

  • Gaming.

  • Freewriting on various topics.

  • Reading.

Whatever feels right:

  • See above.

Trueborn Thursday:

Editing CD and BBAN; Rereading BAB.

  • CD: Scene revision pass notes.

  • BBAN: Continued pre-editing notes.

  • BAB: Pending.


  • TBOTB: New words added.

  • TSAF and PTD: Pending.

Exploring timeline and plot tribbles:

  • Pending.

Flirtatious Friday:

Exploration of whatever kind:

  • Gaming.

  • Reading.

Freewriting on and without topic:

  • Freewriting for blogging and Trueborn stories.

Family connection and play:

  • Hanging out with sick children.

Sharing Saturday:

Answer/make comments:

  • Yes.

Saturday’s Share posts.

  • Post: Yes.

  • Queue: Not yet.

Sharing/social media/submissions:

  • Not really; I was sick.

Sampling Sunday:

Reading books/blogs:

Sunday Sampler posts:

  • Nothing this week.

Playing with short stories:

  • Selected and read section of Galapogos for next exercise.

Melding Monday:

Answer comments/make comments:

  • No; tired and Jim’s weekend.

Coffee and Conversation posts:

  • Posting: Yes.

  • Queues: Not yet.

Writing/Life integration:

  • Yes. Less time writing; more time with beloveds.

Talking Tuesday:

Twitter and Facebook::

  • Twitter: No

  • Facebook: Yes.


  • Not this week.

Other types of physical/virtual connection:

  • Workout and shopping with Jeremiah.

In touch with the sparkly spirals of life….

This feels like a good point to stop listing every intention, each update. Instead, I’ll update only those I worked on each session, as well as any new intentions I set.

2014 Blogging:

Resume my regular blogging schedule with Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday posts across the three blogs.On target.

  • Coffee and Conversation: It’s All About Balance

  • 1 / 4 weekly posts complete.

Inspirational play…

2014 Writing:

Explore gestatingStar Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May). On target.

  • Created a rough timeline for both POV characters.

Bounded pre-editing pass.

2014 Editing:

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

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

  • I am currently at page 340/734.

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs.

Using Kurt Vonnegut’sGalapogos, do Part 3 “Comfort Zone” exercises for “ASOR”.On target.

  • I’ve selected the section I will use, and have read it silently and aloud.

Taking care of business…playfully!

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • More computer desk excavation; general decluttering.

Spend time daily in my study.Target attained!

  • Yes; writing, pre-editing, and prettifying!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with play project schedule.Target attained.

  • Details above.

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.

  • 4/76 slips in play.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Choose one playful motion for each day in January; do it several times throughout the day, with a spirit of adventure. On target.

  • Stair stepping; flies with 15 oz. cans; yoga Tree pose.

  • Very light workout; stair stepping, 1 mile on recumbent bike.

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See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!

My kinda playground….


  1. Just for fun I’m stopping by to see what you’re up to, and, as usual, a wonderful energy leaps from your pages, commitments, family time, and writing. Kurt Vonnegut’s GALAPAGOS is new to me, so it’s now added to my reading list. Thank you. And may the week go well for you all.

    • Beth,

      I was so weighed down with an icky cold when I read your sweet words. They didn’t cure me, bur they were like a cheery get well balloon!

      I love Vonnegut, and Galapogos is my favorite. I’m going to have fun emulating Kurt’s style in the pending revision exercise. I hope you enjoy it, when you get to it!

      We seem to finally be on the healing side of things, and I’m hoping we can all be healthy now for a while!

    • Alberta,

      You would laugh SO HARD if you ever atually saw me attempt to juggle anything! =D

      What fell by the wayside, this week past, was answering comments and making visits. I hope to do better now that my head is somewhat less befuzzed by sinus pressure and stuffiness!

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