Ramblings and Writings: Ready. Set. Write! June 22, 2015 (Week 3)

It’s already time to check in for Week Three of Ready. Set. Write!

Short description: Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing, We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, I check in at one of the host blogs. Why not hop in and help me spread some summer sunshine to them, too?

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:


  • Generations (KIC #2): Complete through Scene 20. Scene 14/24 complete. I kind of knew this goal would suffer some, since the kids and I were traveling, and this would be a lot, even if there wasn’t anything else going on. I’m happy to have finished the Really Icky Scene, and another besides.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; create Scrivener file and move all relevant materials there. GMCD for 4/24 scenes; B/M/E summary for 3/24 scenes; Scrivener file created; Cheat Sheet; Scene Setup for 2/24 scenes. Again, I didn’t get to the goal; it was too ambitious for the week. Solid progress toward the goal, and a little extra, because I got a start on the Cheat Sheets I use when drafting. I’m satisfied.

  • The IDIC Romance: Write one sentence ideas for N-Z 2016 potential topics. N -Z complete; 26/26 letters. Yup; finished this one! It was easy to fit into small bits of time, even while involved in conversation.
  • Trueborn Weft Series: Foul Deeds Will Rise: .Assign main characters and complete character sheets for each, using The Snowflake Method. Main Characters assigned. 1 /4 Character Sheets completed. Another incomplete here. I’ve never plotted with this method before, and I’m feeling more confident, now that I’ve finished one.


  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Scenes 11 16: Reread scenes/in-line comments; create detailed revision notes. Scene 12 in progress. Didn’t get there; editing and family travel are odd bedfellows, for me. Happy with the forward motion, and the direction the reread is taking me…


  • Publish 9 regular features posts, on time. 9/9 published/scheduled; 7/9 on time, 2/9 under an hour late. I’m calling this a solid win! Even the two late posts were not late by much, and that’s remarkable for a travel weekend, at least for me!

  • Add #StaD prompts to IDIC Romance blog page. All #StaD and Guest Prompts gathered on template page. 31/31 entries completed, with appropriate prompts and links. A Win!

  • Play with two new sidebar widgets. 2/2: I added a new Blogs I Follow image/link grid (so people can find their way quickly to more great blogs!) and a Blog Stats widget. That’s a big win! =)

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Finish administering Annalise’s PASS testand submit.Test is now done; with very little stress! Hooray for that! I didn’t get it submitted, but will do that this week.


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal three times. A win!
  • Prepare for and enjoy trip with kids to visit out of state friends. A bigger win than words can express – soul-nourishing success!

My goals for this week:


  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; create Scrivener file and move all relevant materials there; begin drafting one day after Generations is complete.

  • The IDIC Romance: Compile 2015 Story A Day May  stories with existing The IDIC Romance stories, in chronological order; fix continuity problems in IDIC 2014 stories.


  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Reread scenes 12 – 16 and margin comments; make detailed notes and revision plan for Draft 2.5.


  • Publish 9 regular features posts, End of Round Two ROW80 update, and one promotional post for another writer, all on time.

  • Play with one new sidebar widget ; and shuffle three elements.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits.

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Make records, and submit Annalise’s PASS test. Write Letters of Intent to Homeschool; submit to school district before July 1.


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal four times.

A favorite line from my story that sums up what I wrote:

“Shattering, and mending.”

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Biting off more than I could chew, but I learned things about what I do best when we travel.

Something I love about my WIP:

  • The relationship between Gladys, a very elderly and dying woman, and Airisu, an orphaned child who is the stepdaughter of her grandson. These two are sweet, together, and they both need that.

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, June 29, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways, fun (I like fun!), and writing. Lots and lots of writing!


  1. Shan, I keep meaning to note this while reading these posts… the overstrike is REALLY hard to read. I know (in a sense) that it’s because those items are ‘checked’ off the to-do list, but when you add the overstrike to the cheery commentary that follow the actual goal, I feel I can’t even celebrate the good news with you. The crossing it out… makes it feel like “don’t look at this, it doesn’t matter anymore”.

    That said, for a traveling week, I did see a fair amount of green and blue here. Happy dance. 😀

    • I’ve been debating that overstrike thing myself, but, since no one mentioned it, I’ve left it. Maybe I’ll just overstrike the main heading, and not the commentary…happy for your input.

      I’m getting a lot better at balancing the writing stuff, the visiting, and the traveling….what I learned this trip is that it’s better, maybe, to focus on writing and editing stuff before and after the trip, and the blogging and selftending stuff while away, because those take less intensity of focus, and can be easily done in bits of time, or even during a conversation….

      That’s something I’m going to remember, as Unschoolers Rock the Campground approaches…

          • We’re not doing Yacon until next week… (though we’re in Mechanicville tomorrow for a while). We are going to a Tri-City Valley Cats baseball game Thursday evening (and I’m hosting JuNoWriMo sprints Thursday morning). Insanely busy week for us here… so no Yacon for us. But you guys may want to go. The teens/tweens are doing a bagel and smoothie social

          • Not sure whether meeting in McVille might be an option, or not. Sounds like a busy week, either way.

            Lise wants to go to the State Museum in August…maybe that could work to get together, too…

          • Works for us… except the week we’re in Saranac in August of course… :-/

            It was just as well we didn’t try to meet today. Very busy. What are you all doing Friday?

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