Playful Preparation: ROW80 Update, 3/23/14

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Why, hello there!

 Well, here we are, at the second-to-last update of the round. It seems like we just started – but, no, that’s the first hints of spring playing tag with the patches of snow left over from a memorably wintry winter.

Yes, we may get more snow next week, but the air and ground are softening. Robins and rabbits are frolicking in our yard, the ducks and geese are back at the local pond.

The cold can’t grip us as it has the most of the winter…

 And yes, it means that the first round must be nearly done.

I’ll be posting my end of round evaluation on Wednesday, and an interim plan on Sunday (I like to keep the rhythm of these twice-weekly updates…and, although I do tend to relax during breaks, I don’t stop writing altogether – it’s too much fun).

But, for now, we’re still in Round 1, so let’s get on with it.

My main focus areas :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

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

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

  • Preparation for ROW80 Round 2.

Something brand new….Pandora’s box, perhaps?

2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On target.

  • After several days off, while I learned my new computer, I’ve gotten to some comments on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Caught up both main blogs over the weekend. There may be a few strays; I’m happily getting more comments, of late. =)

  • I’ve popped in at both Twitter and Facebook this session, and responded to some comments at each.

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

  • Yes. For now, visiting immediately after responding is working well.

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

Shiny. New. Powerful…and pretty!

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 premises for all stories; write POV character’s GMCs. On target.

  • Premise: 11/26 Completed; nearing the halfway point at last!

  • GMC: 9/26 Completed.

Write brief character sketch for each MC. On target.

  • 6/26 Completed.

Set Plot and Pinch Points for all stories. On target.

  • 1/26 completed.

  • Write story summaries. Pending.

Sign up for the challenge! Target attained!

  • All signed up; with the banner and badges page tagged in my Pocket file for later use.

“The IDIC Romance” Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May):Create premise, GMC, and character sketches for both protagonists by April 1.On target.

Write character sketches/bios for both POV characters.On target.

  • Both Personality sections complete – with some background stuff, too.

In the beginning…

2014 Editing:

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

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

  • Completed scenes: 7/60

  • In progress: 8/60

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. Target exceeded!

  • 3/19: No revising.

  • 3/20: 4 hours, 5 minutes.

  • 3/21: 3 hours.

  • 3/22: 40 minutes.

  • Month to-date: 61 hours.

Artful clutter….or, life as I know it.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • I’ve emptied the cabinet that will become the pantry.

  • Next up – giving it a thorough cleaning.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • I’ve been busily learning my new computer. Soon, I’ll begin a major organization of what I’m moving, and begin the process.

Our long and winding road..well, not so much long as steep!

2014 Lifetending:

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

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. On target.

  • Moving firewood; t’ai chi breathing; light in-house jogging; walking with kids and dog.

  • Used my new pedometer, and added

  • Y workout done on Tuesday.

Sponsor Visits:

See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!

C’mon, spring…we won’t make you jump through hoops!


    • Thanks, Steph!

      I think setting goals for the entire year has helped me tremendously, this round. I have a better idea of my trajectory, and it’s helped me to prioritize, and to set smaller goals that help me along – and there’s been time for play, and Simply Being. Those are hugely important to me. What good is all this writing if my kids can’t get a long talk or a snuggle, and I can’t stop sometimes to feed my soul or canoodle with my spouse, or if I half-kill myself tripping in in overly cluttered house? =)

      I will definitely be here for Round 2. Playing around with my intentions, here and there. Some continuations, some new things, lots of juicy things to sink my fangs into!

      • I used to think “balance” was synonymous with “compromise.” I’ve gotten older and learned better. My “babies” are 29, 25, and 24, and I still wish I hadn’t cut Snuggle Time short. Glad I’m close to (emotionally though not physically) all three.

        All the best as you zero in on your goals for the next round. See ya there!

        • Steph,

          My kids are growing up so fast. I know everyone says that…but we’re talking inches, and maturity, here. My days of snuggling ahead are fewer than the days of snuggling behind, it seems. And I wasted some years, there, at the beginning…

          These days, “balance” means that I’m enjoying these years – the times when they still need the physical comfort of Mommy, the ones where they want the company of Mom…and the times when they’ve got their own stuff going on, and I can delve into mine…

          If I had to choose between physical or emotional closeness, when they’re grown; I’ll happily take the second! =D

          I’m starting to get the feel for what my intentions will be. See you Sunday, with the reveal! =D

  1. Love the photos. I’m eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival. (I feel like I’ve said that 100 times today, but I swear I’ve meant it every time.) 🙂

    Have a great week, Shan Jeniah! Good luck with these last few days of ROW80 Round 1.

    I also saw that we’d both signed up to sponsor the next round. Woot!

    • Fallon,

      This round, I set goals for the whole year. That helps, because those I haven’t gotten to yet can still happen-there’s a lot of year left, after all. I tend to ave a different focus and energy for every season, so the things that weren’t right for Round 1 could be perfect for Round 3.

      It has been a productive session – and a lot of fun! =)

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