Creative Play: ROW80 Update, 2/6/14

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It’s been a fun few days here, with sickness giving way to creativity. There’s been cartooning, cup stacking, free-form sculpture, sand drawing, activity books, puzzles, budgeting, Monster High doll hair curling, fashion design, defying the laws of physics, Minecrafting and Simming, lots of reading, really large numbers, deep conversation, snuggling, and lots and lots of laughter.

It’s like that sometimes, with unschooling. It’s a lot like it was when I had very small children around – the way babies and children, before school comes into their lives, arrange their learning as it suits them – their developmental level, their interests and desires, and their natures.

 It’s a lot like that, only now they’re big, and that one flirtation with schoolish things is far in our past, now, and scarcely touched Annalise at all.

Watching big kids who have never forgotten that natural, intrinsically motivated way of learning we humans were born for. It says many things about my own life, and the way I was as a child.

It’s inspiring, and I’ll be writing more about that, in the coming weeks….but, for now, let me share the sweetness of ROW80:


Daily Writing Frames Update:

  • As mentioned last week, I am changing up my frames for February. I have several projects to complete this month; these frames are more targeted than the ones I used last month, as I shift to a place of (still playful) focus. I’ll begin these on Wednesday.

Wordy Wednesday :

Trueborn Thursday:

  • Plot, draft, complete, revise current and pending WIPs.

Fiction Friday:

Social Saturday:

Settling Sunday:

  • ROW80 Update

  • Reading

  • Reassessing

My Kinda Monday:

Trueborn Tuesday:

  • Plot, draft, complete, revise current and pending WIPs.

One good dog, snow-tipped.

2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments at least every other day. Target attained!

  • This seems to be working better than a dedicated set of days.

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.On target.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.On target.

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.

  • Page 512/734.

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 nearing completion; general decluttering.

Spend time daily in my study.Target attained!

  • Yes, daily. Time varies.

Experiment with daily writing frames. On target.

  • 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.

  • OH yes! I seriously made up for lost time, here!

  • 5/72 (!) new slips completed.

  • 13/80 slips completed.

Choose two actions per day for the month; do each several times each day, with a playful spirit. On target.

  • Walking, sparking, yoga tree and child poses.

  • I fell a bit behind, this session. Just tired, and Jim had an extra day off, which put me in Deep Relax mode!

Sponsor Visits:

See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!

Winter Sunset.


    • Skye,

      Your comment got lost in my list…sorry it took me so long to find it again!

      Mostly, my organization is a matter of understanding myself and how I and my family life flow. I think that’s the entire secret, that I no longer struggle against my realities, but embrace them as part of my whole…

  1. Your week seems to be progressing well

    Liked the post on compliments – so important – I was lucky in that my parents, along with teaching us good behaviour, always encouraged us and tried to build our confidence up. Didn’t always work mind:)
    All the best:)

    • Hi, Alberta!

      Thank you for commenting on the compliments post. I love hearing of people whose parents made these things a priority. I don’t know that it can ever work perfectly. Here, it seems more about the base feelings the kids have about themselves. They generally like who they are, and they feel competent and confident in their lives. That gives them something to return to when things get a little off-kilter (as they will when people are growing!)

      I loved sharing this week’s Coffee and Conversation post, where Annalise has a message for us all…

      Always a pleasure to have you stop by! =)

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