Infectious Play: ROW80 Update, 1/26/14

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Three weeks into the round, it feels like someone here has been sick nearly all of it. This session, I’ve been gifted with a nasty head cold. It’s breaking today, but the last three have included chills, aches, sneezing, and sinus pressure that had me bundled up and shuffling through the house like I was several decades older than I am.

I went with the flow; not moving around much when my body was insisting repeatedly that it wanted to meld itself to my bed. Social media suffered, as I was too muzzy to focus, On the other hand, I did delve into several of the niggling little PendingsI hadn’t started yet.

And, today, we’re all feeling better. Hopefully, we get a break from the rhinovirus stampede!

Note: My Wednesday post will include my January progress toward my 2014 goals, and some adjusted goals for February.

And now, a peek at what I’ve been up to (besides sneezing and huddling under piles of blankets and my cozy sweater!)

Play Jar Update:

  • I completed no new slips this week; between the kids and I, we had sickness here pretty much all week.

  • Thus far, I have selected mostly longer-term projects. There are also some very short-term adventures awaiting, so my count will increase quickly, when I pull these.

  • My count stands at 4/80 complete; 6/76 in play.

My Play Jar – filled with potential fun!

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Overhaul sidebar for Trueborn Jottings (it’s the least noxious!). Pending.

Tidy my Master Features Resource file. Target attained!

  • Everything not relevant deleted or moved.

  • Add all useful bits, templates, links, etc, for each feature.

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

Answer all comments on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. On target.

  • Some comments answered on Thursday and Friday. Saturday was a sick day.

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

  • Three visits each made on Thursday and Friday.

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

Somewhat aerial view of writing and editing in progress…fueled by coffee!

2014 Writing:

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

Complete rough draft of TBONTB.On target.

  • 947 new words/one scenes written.

  • Chapter Fifty-Nine in progress.

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

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story. On target.

  • Sketched out basic sense of what the unwritten books will encompass; picked two as tentative 2014 projects.

2014 Editing:

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

Draft rough revision plan for Chameleon’s Dish, using Rock Your Revisions. Target attained!

  • Added fine polish punch list, which completes the rough plan.

  • Created a ten-point Pre-Revision Action Plan.

Work through the Pre-Revision Action Plan by March 1. On target.

  • Completed Point #1; reread pre-revision scene notes.

  • 1/10 points completed.

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

  • Page 400/734.

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

Read poems aloud, highlighting for revision.On target.

  • After some searching, I found the 31 poems and the Scrivener file they belong to.

  • 2/31 poems completed.

Editing in progress has a pretty new home in an old ammo box.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • Computer desk nearly excavated; general decluttering.

Spend time daily in my study.Target attained!

  • Yes; cleaning and creating.

Clean up main documents files. Target attained!

  • Spent the few minutes needed to finish this.

  • Clean up homeschooling files by February 15. Pending.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Begin collecting info for second quarter homeschooling reports; due March 15. Pending.

Experiment with play project schedule. Target attained!

  • Keeping largely to the Daily Writing Frames. Considering some February tweaks.

Research small business establishment /administration.

Read at the Small Business Administration website.On target.

Vivid blue loveliness!

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.

List people I want to connect with this year.Target attained!

  • I now have a brainstormed list with 16 names on it.

  • The list will grow.

  • Make plans to meet with at least 1; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Pending.

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.

  • Skipping rope, moving firewood, t’ai chi breathing pose, seated torso rotation (mellow session due to illness.

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Chameleon’s Dish pre-editing notes.


  1. Sounds like you guys got hit with a bit of the influenza virus rather than the rhinovirus (the Capital District has been experiencing a lot of flu infections this year, according to the news). Sorry to hear that. >HUGS<

    Given that, you are getting through a lot of these goals with flying colors! Congrats, Shan.

    Oh, and if you are still interested in a get together night tomorrow, Dan says he'll take the Boodle's fencing class. I'm free for a Y visit (maybe a relaxing swim and hot tub soak) and then a cafe visit.

    • Eden,

      I know about the flu outbreak, but this wasn’t that. The flu tends to come on quickly, and this nasty cold took its own sweet time usurping our health….anyway, we’ve had a mostly healthy week, since. =)

      I definitely wan tto get together, but things seem to be piling up some – I need to do something with the kids this week, and Tuesday is looking like the best day, thus far.Maybe next week…if we can work it around fencing. Didn’t know that changed.

      A hot tub soak sounds divine! =)

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