April Showers Bring…Sickness?!: April 8, 2015

ROWing on into Round Two….

How are you feeling, this fine Wednesday? If you’re a fellow ROWer, this is the first Wednesday of the brand-spanking-new Round Two. If you’re playing at the #atozchallenge, it’s “G” day. If you’re a NaNoWriMo April Camper, it’s Day 8, which means you’ve got 23 day let to achieve your goal.

Of course, it might not even be Wednesday in your part of the world when you read this, which will nullify that whole paragraph! =)

Anyway, it’s been an off-kilter few days here. My daughter began vomiting Sunday night, and my Accomplice on Monday evening. They had strong chills and were too weak to move around much. They’re both on the mend, now – Annalise says she’s feeling great today, and my Accomplice is planning to go back to work as scheduled.

The sickness did mean that my writing time was sporadic, and that we’ve rescheduled a planned weekend visit to our dear friends in New Jersey…

Every writer has a life, and a reality within which they create. Sometimes, things flow easily, and support our writing – and other times, like the last few days have been for me, they don’t. Life does what it does, and we’re swept along, whatever our plans are. We can fight it, flail against it – or surrender to the flow of what is…

Me? I’m all for surrender. I wrote less, but returned when I could. Energy and focus were largely devoted to my sick beloveds, when they needed me, and writing happened in little drips and drops mre than in long sessions.

But a lot can be done, with drips and drops of time – like the light rain tapping my windows, the drips and drops of water nourishing the shoots of new grass gradually greening up our lawn after a winter of epic proportions, and waking the seeds that still lie within the earth’s embrace…and so, here are my brand-new April goals, based on my Round Two and overarching 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.


Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1  completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • Transitions: Drafting: Scene 9/24 in progress; 16,541/~ 30K words.
  • Generations: Plotting: Plot/Pinch Points 2/3 complete.
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available.


  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.


Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/7 (F); Drafted through 4/11 (J).
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar.


Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 2/5 days. Took Tuesday off from most hometending.


Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

  • Couples time, conversation, and movies with my Accomplice; watching Yellowstone geyser and mud pot videos and conversation with my sick daughter; shopping, write-in, Tori Amos, and conversation about his new online friends in Nepal and Germany, with my son.
  • Attended local NNWM write-ins on Sunday and Tuesday evenings; more virtual interaction, and saw my lifelong bestie, Eden Mabee, on Tuesday, too! Hooray!

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • I’m interacting and sharing more on social media, but in a way that feels right for me, rather than as platform-building strategy. And I have nebulous ideas…


This entire category fell by the wayside to allow for “Otherstending”. Now that we’re feeling better, as a family, I intend to give these, and myself, some much-needed attention.

  • Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.
  • Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.
  • Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

So, that’s my first session, and my Sunday-Tuesday. How about you? Did the last few days go according to plan, for you, or were there unexpected wrinkles? How do you adapt, when things go awry? Are you a roll with the punches type, or more inclined to try to keep all those balls up in the air? Do you have any tricks for surviving those less-than-ideal times? Sharing them might just give someone else exactly the tool they’ve been looking for!

I’ll be back with another update on Sunday. Till then, you can ROW along with other participants by clicking the little icon below – it’s your portal into the ROW80 Blog Hop

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  1. Hope everyone is feeling much better. You’re right – life does happen and our loved ones come first. You still accomplished a lot though in a few days. Take care.

  2. Mud pots…. I never knew the name for those; glad I do now. Some of them are amazing.

    I like the re-emphasis toward a more personal connection with social media as opposed to platform building. It seems… right.

    • Wanna know something? Mud puts always make me think of old-fashioned oatmeal bubbling in a kettle on the stove. I adore those little rascals! =)

      It’s fun sharing these little bits and pieces of that part of life…for a while there, I was so embroiled in my present that I almost forgot….

      It feels more right, too. More connected, more fun, more real…except it’s not opposed to platform building – it’s the priority in a blended purpose…if that makes sense to you…

      • Got it! (Though I think the word opposed was taken as stronger than I meant it to be … or was just me using the wrong word to say what I was trying to express. )

    • We’re all feeling better, if not perfect, and life is resuming a more typical rhythm.


      And a big cheer for ROW80’s flexibility! I imagine that with a wee one, you need that more often these days than you once did!

  3. Hope everyone is feeling better and no else gets sick. That seems to be the way it works around here. And you made some good progress despite it all. 🙂

    • Fortunately, it only took out half of the family. We’re well on the mend now. Annalise even went to her grandparents to make up the rare weekday playdate with her cousins that she missed Monday.

      It feels good to have her herness back again, and to have everyone up to snuff.

      I stopped more often, and did less hometending, but things did move along.

  4. I hope everyone at your house is feeling better today. You managed to get stuff done even with the sickness, but even if you hadn’t done a thing, taking care of those sick ones was the most important thing. Here’s wishing for you a productive rest of the week!

    • Almost back to normal, now. Appetites still a little off, but improving. Daughter even had a playdate with her cousins.

      Once the brunt of the sickness passed, care mostly was in the form of love and having saltines and ginger ale on hand. That, and keeping things mellow enough so that sick people could sleep…

      Which did make it a bit easier to do writing things…

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