Play, Revised: ROW80 Update, 3/3/14

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Hi there! It’s been an interesting few days. I participated in August McLaughlin‘s wonderful Beauty of a Woman Blogfest III this week, and have been reading the other powerful entries.

Squeak the cat figured out how to move the drop ceiling in our bedroom, and get into the upper reaches of the house (not really high enough to be an attic). That was inspiration for Jim to add some much needed insulation and do a bit of repair work he didn’t get to last fall.

I got out by myself, to do a bit of personal shopping and have dinner. Jim’s taken the kids out a couple of times, so I’ve had some time to myself, at home and away.

Jim returns to work on Wednesday, so we’re gradually shifting back to a more typical rhythm…

And it’s March, which, for me, means that, as the round winds down, I will be selecting just a few goals to focus on. New or adapted goals will be appear like this.

My main focus will be on :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

  • Submitting the children’s homeschool reports;

  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

Play Jar Update:

It was a better Play Jar week. The house is somewhat shambelized, with Jim on vacation until Wednesday, which shifts our flow and focus – in good but chaotic ways.

I want my Play Jar to be fun. So I’m dropping the deadline. I might do less when I am focused on something specific, and more when I get that restless, looking for something new feeling…

  • 3/58 slips completed.

  • #49. Buy 3 large paper lanterns – I am calling this complete, although I didn’t buy the lanterns. I decided to buy a very pretty string of lights, and may choose to add the lanterns later.

  • #35. Read Miah’s fanfic with him. We read a few chapters, and he decided it was enough. He was happy, so it was a success! =)

  • #53. Private – no peeking! 😉

  • 25/80 completed.

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 has become habit, so I’m expanding for March.

  • Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.

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

  • Yes. I’ve had more comments, this week; moving through the return visits.

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

2014 Writing:

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

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge).On target.

  • Create Scrivener file; list basic facts for each protagonist (age, gender, physical characteristics) by March 10. Pending.

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

  • More pondering, this session.

  • Create timeline, premise, GMC, and character sketches for both protagonists by April 1.

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. Target attained!

  • March is designated an editing month; for me. New goals below.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • This is a rough, non-linear pass; the focus is on adding scenes, character and subplot development; correction of talking heads, info-dumps, characters as mannequins or in limbo, structure, and consistency.

  • This is a completely pantsed NaNo WIP, and this step involves major rewriting and revising. I’m not setting an end date; I will use time goals, per month, until the revision is complete.

  • 1/60 scenes complete; scene 2/60 in revision.

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. On target.

  • 3/1: 5 hours, 20 minutes.

  • 3/2: 3 hour, 15 minutes.

  • Month to-date:8 hours, 45 minutes.

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 will hopefully be moved before Jim’s vacation ends on Wednesday; general decluttering.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Begin collecting info for second quarter homeschooling reports; due March 15. On target.

  • Since it’s now March, this goal needs adapting.

  • Complete and submit both children’s reports by March 15.

  • Completed Annalise’s English Language Arts and Mathematics; Sciences in progress.

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 playful motions for each day in February; do it several times throughout the day, with a spirit of adventure. On target.

  • Still not quite up to pre-flu levels, but getting closer.

  • Walking, moving firewood; stair stepping; lunging; toe touches.

  • Goal will be adapted for March:

  • Choose two playful activities per day; walk at least one mile each week: workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week.

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