Playful Outburst: ROW80 Update Template, 2/10/14


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It’s been a lovely few days, filled with adventure and pondering.  I reread an old favorite, and my own November NaNo novel – by far, the best rough draft I have ever written. =)

And there’s been other stuff…

Play Jar Update: It’s been a banner week for my Play Jar adventures!

What’s that? You want more details? Okay, here we go!

7/72 new slips completed!

15/80 Slips total.

  • #66: Reread Stranger in a Strange Land. I visited a beloved friend, and realize how deeply my life has been affected by this book. More on that, another time.

  • #68: Look at the clouds – tell a story. My story was lame; the clouds were magnificent. Score!

  • #29: Check prices for Wii Fit. I did this -and more! I found a bundle within my budget on Ebay, and I won! We now have a secondWii, the balance board, Wii Sports accessories, and 6 games! Oh, and some happy, sweaty kids – and mom.

  • #64: Write me a love note. Yes, I did. Freeform writing; about 1000 words. =)

  • #55 Do Lise’s makeup. My girl loves her cosmetics, and it was really cool to share that with her.

And the biggie….

  • #39: Take the kids to a candy store. This was So. Much. Fun! We went to Saratoga Sweets – a local shop we’d never been to. It’s a delightful, slightly kitschy place; a combination of an old-fashioned sweet shop and a country kitchen. The staff was friendly, and we got to meet Charlie and Clyde, the resident pigs. We stayed about 2 hours, spent a little money, and had a deliciously sweet time together!

2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments at least every other day. Target attained!

  • Yes. At least one each day.

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.Target attained!

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.Sooooo close!

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

Visit five writing websites; consider what I do and don’t like about them.On target.

  • No specific, systematic visits yet. Noticing and pondering.

Money to spend; choices to make!

2014 Writing:

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.

  • Wahoo! I wrote about two pages of basic story premise-building from the POV of the story antagonist. I think it covers about two-thirds of the character’s pending story arc, and lots of interesting stuff happened! =)

2014 Editing:

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

Work through Chameleon’s DishPre-Revision Action Plan by March 1. On target.

  • Completed Point #3/10 (Character Goal/Motivation/Conflict).

  • Began rereading character sketches for King of Shreds and Patches in prepartion to beginning Chameleon’s.

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

  • Page 517/734.

Reread Blood and Breath silently. On target.

  • 9/20 chapters completed.

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 hadn’t yet completed the compilation of the story revision I created in Part 2. That’s now done.

Joyful Perspective!

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.Again, so close.

  • A bit of time every day but Saturday. I am creatively cocooning, so most of my writing stuff has happened on my bed, where I feel most relaxed for percolating purposes.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames.. Target attained!

  • February’s revision working well. So far, it feels like a happy, fertile blend.

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 – and how! =D

  • Details above.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. On target.

  • Lots of talk; no real action.

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

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

  • Stair stepping, snow shoveling, moving firewood, ballet poses (demi-plie, releve, echappe), hometending.

    Sweet silly piggies!

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    • Callie,

      You are welcome! I love sharing the blogs I read – I have clandestine librarian tendencies!

      I’m less super-organized, than I am sure that fighting the way my mind and life flow doesn’t work for me. I’ve arranged things so that I can always move forward, but the movement tends to be variable and often spontaneous – with two growing unschoolers, anything too rigid would fall apart, if I didn’t just resist doing it!

      The Play Jar is a simple idea. I thought of 80 things I wanted to try or do, the kind that tend to get set aside in favor of other things. I wrote them out, cut them out and put them in a jar. I pull them out and complete them when I am inspired – and that’s really all there is to it – it’s something like a to-do list with a sense of adventure! =)

      Hope your week is progressing delightfully!

      • It sounds like a fab idea! I may have to try a play jar myself, just for fun 😀

        My week… well, the joy’s being sucked out of it at the moment and it’s only just begun. Not much I can do about that at the moment though.

        • Callie,

          Maybe a no-pressure play jar could be just the thing for joy-sucking weeks. It can be so easy to get pulled into the suckiness when you can’t do much to change it, and then it’s hard to remember to be good to yourself so you can weather the storm.

          I love knowing that there are treats aplenty awaiting me in that jar.

          I hope you find the same, if you decide to create one!

          • Thank you, shanjeniah. It does sound like a fab idea. I may have to avoid ones that involve buying anything yet, but trips to the park, time practicing sketching, time learning to play the guitar, etc… could all work well in a Free Jar. XD

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