Wild and Whirling Creation: ROW80 Update, 4/16/14 (Palindrome Week)

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Well, hello there!

So, it’s been a bit of a crazy session for me. My daughter, age 9, found poison ivy or sumac – with her scalp and her eyelid. It was a big, oozy, itchy, painful mess, and made for a challenging few days of oatmeal compresses and thinking, days in, of Benadryl, which is now taming the beast. Phew! She actually found her smile and laughter again – we all missed those!

And, while checking on my comments, I found this:

Whew! I’ve just got caught up here, and wow! these Chronicles are really good!

I particularly liked the way the Barry “chapter” was written – I was mesmerized by the description of Corinne and Barry moving across the floor toward one another – and also the Corrine chapter, which continued the mood and provided some juicy details and a great conflict.

Donovan seems a nice chap and precocious Iris intrigued me when she was introduced.

I enjoyed the Exuberance chapter, and now that I’ve read through to this Karina chapter, I think Exuberance’s name fits well with the spirit-squashing (at the very least) that Howard/Howie, who’s charming at the moment, will probably do to her along the lines of what he does to Iris, or worse…

And poor, tortured Francois, he’s a good, very necessary character for the view he’ll provide regarding the business of dying.

The Howard chapter is a great suspenseful build-up to God knows what horror is to follow!
And thankfully, it seems Iris will begin to use the pluck she showed Donovan to combat the Howard-monster!

I had a little trouble with the starts of the chapters Ava and especially Gladys, but that’s small beans compared to the overall awesomeness of this story idea and your excellent writing!


(Thanks to Miss Alister for this lovely confidence-builder!)

Yeah – a wild and whirling session of highs and lows for Palindrome Week! And there may have been some Vulcan zombies, too…


I review my goals at the end of each month, adding or adapting as indicated throughout the round, and at the beginning of each month. I update only those goals I engaged with during that session.

My main focuses this month:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Boisterous skies…one day it’s near 80; the next, brushing freezing.

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.On target.

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • Currently developing stories through Week 3.

  • 13/26 stories posted.

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts. On target.

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • A little sidetracked by life and a daughter who needed me. Got to a few, though.

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. A bit behind, this week, but ahead last.

  • Sunday: 0/3

  • Monday: 1/3

  • Tuesday: 3/3

Spring, reframed….

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

For April:

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.On target.

  • 3,767new words.

  • 7,368 April WIP words.

  • Currently writing scene 31/60.Past the halfway point!

  • WIP total: 74,347/~100,000 words.

  • Current NaNo count: 18,440/33,333 words.

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.

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my 2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge.On target.

  • 13/26 complete – at the halfway point.

  • Development continues in an as-needed or as-fits-life basis.

I’ve felt like this a lot this week…photo by James B. “Chef Bluebeard” Burton

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

Get the computer desk and moved out of the room. Ummmm…two steps forward, and one back…

  • Change of plans – Jeremiah doesn’t want this in his room, after all, and neither does Annalise. I’ve come up with another plan; but it will require other cleaning….so…

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • Continued clearing/organizing the first of the two bookcases.

Set up coffee/refreshment station.Target attained!

  • Hooray! I have snacks and hot beverages available!

2014 Lifetending:

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.Target attained!

  • Indirectly. I made one Tweet, via Facebook, with hashtags, during Jeopardy!.

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.On target.

  • Two salads. Meals, more like – and there was avocado! =)

  • 2/3 attained.

Waiting for THIS sky!

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

For April:.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.Not so much.

  • I did these on Sunday and Monday, not Tuesday.

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And, just when you thought it was safe to go out in the galaxy….yup. You guessed it! VULCAN ZOMBIES!!!!


  1. Oh that poor girl! I’m so sorry. I feel her pain (and itchiness). Great job on the goals though. You had so many on targets that you could be a sharp shooter. 😉 And Vulcan zombies? Scary.

    • Ryan,

      Vulcan zombies are waaay scarier (not to mention way stronger!) than human ones! But me…nope, I’ll never be much of a sharp shooter. It’s more a case of, if I throw lots of targets out there, I WILL move forward! =D

  2. Your poor little girl, that sounds terrible. I don’t think we have poison ivy in Australia (at least as far as I know) I had no idea it could be so serious! Glad to head she is feeling a bit better. All the best for the week to come.

    • Jody,

      I’m not particularly susceptible to it, myself – but this was her face, and her skin is very sensitive, and always has been.

      I had thought it was way too early in the season (we’re having a late spring, this year), but apparently not.

      I was watching a documentary tonight about a man who lived in the 19th century. Apparently, when he was young, he got a case of sumac so bad that his eyes were affected for a considerable time thereafter. I’m guessing he didn’t have Benadryl, which really helped my daughter out. The last of her rash is clearing nicely, and she can open her eye almost all the way, now – and she’s got a new awareness of the potential dangers lurking at the edges of our yard…

  3. I’ve never had either one of those, but it sounds miserable, so hugs to your daughter. (I did have scabies once…that was absolute hell). Sounds like you’re making good progress, and cheers on the great feedback!

    • Erin,

      Scabies does NOT sound like fun!

      The girl’s had lots of hugs, snuggles, tickles, and as much patience as we could muster. And she’s starting to be able to open her eye again, which is wonderful, but which she says feels “weird”, still…

      But she’s on the mend! =D *huge Mom-sigh of relief!*

      I’ve gotten quite a bit of quiet writing time this week (my son had plans twice, daughter spent most of a couple of days drowsy from the Benadryl, and they’ve been falling asleep earlier, so I’ve had some hours at night when I was the only one awake). I’m still scrambling some with the A-Z posts and fitting in my regular blogging, but I’ve also been alight with ideas for next month’s Story-a-Day challenge, and I’ve worked through the backstory and am now engaged with plotting. That’s good, because I was starting to think I wouldn’t get to that, and that it would affect the entire month…

      So, on the whole, things are looking up!

  4. Oh, man, how awesome to receive such great feedback! Glad to hear the girl’s feeling a little better, too. I’ve never suffered the hand of poison ivy or sumac, but my brother had really bad eczema when he was growing up, so I remember the oatmeal remedy far too well. It’s no wonder I never liked eating it as a kid. Good luck on all your goals; we may have some weeks of crazy, but they usually balance out in the end. 🙂

    • L.S.,

      It was the first comment I read that day, and I’m not sure, but I think I may have levitated off my bed for a few minutes! It’s been a challenge to put out a story every day. I didn’t get as much prep and plotting done as I wanted before the month started; so it’s been something of a stretch and a scramble. The feedback has been mostly positive (although the M story is a wrencher that makes people sad) – but to get so much, all together – that was amazing!

      As for Lise, she still can’t open her eye – too much gunk dried on it, and she’s a little afraid to try the warm compresses I’ve suggested, so far. She did go out in the sunlight today, for the first time in a week (playing “Survivor” in the yard is how she got the reaction to begin with). She hasn’t needed Benadryl since last evening, and isn’t itching much anymore. And it’s amazing to me how well she’s adapted; she’s active and happy today.

      Oatmeal seemed to be the only choice for soothing; we didn’t trust anything else so close to her eye. It helped a lot.

      Yes things are getting into a saner place; and all the chaos seems to have opened up a new vein of creativity for all of us. =)

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