An Active Vision: March 18, 2015

ROWin’ on to the final week of Round One! =D

So, how’s the weather? Spring’s taking a coffee break here, or just reminding us in her capricious way that it’s still winter for another day or so… the wind is sighing, somewhere just below freezing, and the skies are fitful…

My creativity seems to be bound to the weather, in some manner. I’m feeling a bit fitful today, a little restless and as though a shift in my personal energy is imminent…but that could just be because our power went out about 20 minutes ago, and other than one quick blip, has stayed off. We’ve got some firewood, a lantern and candles, and I’ve got a good and mostly charged battery on the laptop. I’ve even got internet access through my new phone (what a world we live in!)…so I can keep working, and, so long as the daylight lasts, even do some hometending, if this outage lasts. My suspicion is that it’s weather related, and will be over in a few hours, at most.

For right now, I can work on this post (hooray for writing posts offline!), and several other projects. I’ve got 70% power on the laptop, which translates to nearly four hours of writing time with power saving settings. And I’ve got lots of planning I can do without going online…

So life goes on, at an altered tempo…

Here’s how I’m doing with my revised goals:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. Plan and plot two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas before April 1. KIC #1- “Transitions”. Read all experimental stories, and ordered them for later reference. Minor editing and highlighting. I have almost 5K of story material to draw from. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. Character arcs completed – Step 4/13. Next up, Goal/Motivation/Conflict for all existing scenes, the rest of the plan, then Book 2.
  • Blogging. My A-Z Challenge Intro post is completed and scheduled! The Big Theme Reveal is Monday, March 23, so check here then!
  • Hometending and lifetending.  More hometending projects; a mellow workout with Jeremiah, and some strenuous firewood toting, too. The house is even tidier…and I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or two…
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Trip’s GMCs complete. Scene Summary Template added to both. Inciting incidents and Plot Point 1 completed for both. Next up, the other 12 scene summaries.
  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday, Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Eight Sentence Sunday, and ROW80x2. Next Monday’s C and C post finished and scheduled. Next up, WIPpet Wednesday, and this ROW80 update, both in progress.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. Edited up through our first walk on the 18, and added most to Flickr. Next up, more Flickr uploads.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Began topics and queues lists for development. Next up, write essay rough draft; set up first Walk With Jo post.
  • Sign up as a Round Two sponsor. Email sent! Confirmation received.

Things are humming along, so I’m going to add two goals this time through:

  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post.

You’ve reached the end of my goals, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several? And, whatever the season where you are, may it be a joyful one for you and yours! =)

Diggin’ in for the final week!



  1. It’s new moon tomorrow, solar eclipse and spring starts: No wonder your energies are a bit funny :-). Great goals. I had a really hard day at work and can’t be asked anything. Just had a bottle of cider and now have changed to peppermint/camomile tea… what a mixture. Of to bed soon though…. 🙂 Take care. Hope the power comes/came back soon

    • I do tend to be tied to the moon – I’m usually nocturnal when it’s full. The power was only out for five hours or so, and back before dark, so all was well.

      I hope you’ve recovered from that difficult work day. By the way, T’Pol likes both mint and chamomile tea. =)

      • I start to like her even more :-). Thanks I have but it looks like there will be more and more of those and half of the difficulty is my negative attitude I fear. So I’m working on that one and it will be easier soon 🙂

    • I wrote for a while, then cleaned some and made sure we could get through the night powerless if need be.

      Then I hung out with my daughter, and we chatted while she read and I played Spider Solitaire on my Kindle. Then I wrote some more, and the power came back on about 6pm.

      All in all, not a big deal, and I kind of like those times when something taken for granted goes away, and I need to become more flexible and adaptive. Helps expand my inner horizons, and I’ve been flooded with story ideas the last two days – which very well might be related to the outage.

  2. I am constantly impressed by how you are always so on top of so many goals.

    I was just staring at your first update thinking how jealous I was of all these Camp NaNo people because April will be a crunch-time month for me with regards to uni work… and it’s actually not that bad, what with Easter (and I have extra time off there!) and the beginning of the two-week teaching break. So I’ve decided to register, just with a very small goal, which I will use for planning one of my other stories.

    • Hooray for jumping in! My theory is always that any words trump none, and I usually have projects waiting that I use these challenges to move forward.

      I’ve actually winnowed my goals list over the last few weeks, due to travel, sickness, laptop issues, and the four months of writing challenges to come. I often don’t really feel on top of them, truth be told, but I do try to keep my writing time (an life in general) focused on my goals, and that seems to make a huge difference over the time when I just thought about doing things without being specific about what those things were.

      Best of luck and may the words be with you for Camp and beyond! =D

    • Hooray for the good side of the street. We’re rural. The power doesn’t go out that often, but it does sometimes take a break. This one lasted about five hours…not a big deal. =)

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