Whirlwind Play: ROW80 Update, 2/16/14

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It’s been a wild week of progress for me! I set many things aside, because I felt the need to focus on a few.

So, now, I’ve completed the current steps for both Blood and Breath and Bounded by a Nutshell .They’ll rest, now, for a bit, while I focus my attention on working through the rest of the Pre-Revision Plan for Chameleon’s Dish, in preparation for NaNoEdMo next month.

It was also a good week for Play Jar projects, and for blogging….

And, oh, there was a great deal of snow, although I can’t claim any responsibility for that. I did, however, document it and play with it a little, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed its loveliness while taking advantage of the opportunity to cocoon inside with All. The. Words.

Jim will be off the next two weeks, so there will be more time for us as a family, me as a person, and me as a writer, too. Happy connection and creation ahead!

Play Jar Update:

It’s been another huge week for Play Jar fun!

  • 6/65 new slips completed!

  • 21/80 slips completed – a bit over a quarter, with more in progress.

  • #6: Throw snowballs – Thank you, Winter Storm Pax, for delivering such an abundance of perfect snowball snow!

  • #17: Play with a cat – Thank you, Baby, for always being willing to play; thank you, Squeak, for giving me dirty looks and attacking my head from above.

  • #4: Play Littlest Pet Shop with Annalise – Thank you, Annalise, for unscripted LPS madness and raucous laughter.

  • #77: Reread Blood and Breath WIP Finished very early Sunday morning.

  • #42: Write a steamy sex sceneThank you, T’Pol and Trip, for the inspiration. I forgot to actually mention the steam, but there was a hot shower, so the steam kind of goes along with the assumption. =)

  • #72: Lose myself in an old writing notebookThank you, me from December of 2008. I’m glad you wrote this, so I could get to know you in retrospect.

Here’s the lead-in moment for my scenes – if full dorsal feminine nudity’s not your thing, avoid the last few seconds…but, still, I’ve gotta love a heroine who uses who and whom properly under such emotionally laden circumstances (even if she’s not quite being honest…). And poor, confused Trip, who thought he had this, and her, all figured out, only to be reminded that it’s not wise to try to tangle wits with a Vulcan…

2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments at least every other day. Target attained!

  • Comments tended to most days, except Saturday – I was deep in editing.

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

  • I made a few; didn’t really count.

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

Hood ornament, or snow angel?

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.

  • Point #4 in progress; 3 / 4 Personality sections completed.

Complete pre-editing notes for Bounded by a Nutshell.Target attained!

  • Page 734/734!

  • That’s right – the Monsterscript has moved one giant step closer to revision! =D

Reread Blood and Breath silently. Target attained!

  • 20/20 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 didn’t get as far as I’d hoped, but I did copy my selected passage once.

A girl for all seasons….even this one!

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 all but done and ready to move; general decluttering.

Spend time daily in my study.Target attained!

  • Yes; several hours each day, in bursts, mostly. Cleaning and creating.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames. Target attained!

  • More variance from the frames this section; I was driven to edit.

My impermanent Pax Valentine.

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.

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.

  • Moving firewood, sparking, Wii tennis, stair stepping, walking, hip twists.

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  1. Be in the moment! Your energetic post and consistently amazing progress always inspires! This time, I jumped sideways to see that Star Trek video. What a lovely example of turning dialogue completely around (even to correct use of ‘who’ and ‘whom’). So steamy sex scene? I guess I’ll have to click over to WIPpet Weds to see your clip! May the coming week have a little less snow and more writing and play!

    • Beth,

      This week, my moments have been sick ones – either a bad cold, or a dose of the flu…feeling a little better, today, but I never left my bed yesterday. I still worked on the pre-editing plan, but my brain was foggy, and I didn’t get nearly as far as I’d hoped.

      I love T’Pol and Trip. Such a sweet, hot couple. That moment was the result of over three years of a very understated dance – and, of course, finally giving in to what they felt was not the end of the story…

      I’m sorry to tell you that you won’t find that steamy scene in a WIPpet – at least not yet. Since this is the first time I’ve written anything for T’Pol and Trip, I’m using an old-fashioned notebook and pen, so I can explore freely.

      But, if you want more of them, I will be playing with their storyline (from a later point, after they’ve suffered a devastating blow) for Story-a-Day May. I’m really excited about it! =)

      And, by the way – it’s snowing again.

    • Raelyn,

      I know! They are such a great couple, and their story was so understated and had time to develop.

      I loved this scene – and I had to know what was going to happen next!

      Hope this week finds you well and productive!

  2. Good on you for meeting your goals! Hmm, I should have added cat play to my list too – I do lots of that 🙂
    Also like the steamy sex scene being on the To Do list. That sounds like fun!
    I’d forgotten about Vonnegut’s Galapagos. Must reread if there are writerly exercises in there.
    Love the Blood and Breath title!

    • Deniz,

      Both of our cats are young and formerly feral. Baby, especially, is a wild child. Squeak will play – when it suits Squeak.

      I do love my steamy sex scenes. And T’Pol and Trip – they are yummy together. Ever so much fun to play with! =)

      There aren’t any writerly exercises in Galapagos. I’m using it to do the Deep Revision exercises on a short story – the idea for this exercise is to emulate the style of a writer I like – and Vonnegut is definitely that.

      Blood and Breath suits the story – blood and breath are both critical factors in the society, and play into the climax, as well.

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