Otherwise Occupied: Ready. Set. Write! July 27- August 3, 2015 (Week 8 Update)


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, we check in at the linky, or one of the host blogs. Come join in, or cheer us on!

My Week Seven update: An In Tents Pause.

And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

  • With my birthday on Wednesday, and Unschoolers Rock the Campground Thursday-Sunday, with four-hour drives bracketing it, my focus was on life more than writing….


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 75K as my July CampNaNoWriMo  novel, and validate by midnight on Wednesday, July 29, which also happens to be my birthday. Current total: 75, 129 by Scrivener count; 75,946 by CampNaNo count. A great big birthday WIN!


  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot and dialogue.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercise 2. Reread Exercise #2, and the current and very messy draft of the story.


  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3), using Rock Your Plot. Nothing new.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. 13/32 stories moved; I made the decision to split “Letters Unsent”, since “Cucumbers and Complements”, takes place about midway through it.


  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible, 3/9 posted; 5/9 in progress. Internet was non-existent over the camping weekend.
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Only through Wednesday.


  • Prepare for and attend Unschoolers Rock the Campground with the kids. Aim for peaceful preparation, an uneventful drive to and from, and All the Joy! I fell down a bit on the peacefulness; heat and a threatening migraine made for added stress. Otherwise, a great big HUGE JOYOUS WIN!!!


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate four times. 5/6 journaling; 4/4 meditation. I did well on journaling through Friday. Calling this one an almost-win.
  • T’ai chi practice four times. 5/4: 3 at home, one 60 minute class, and one while camping.
  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag twice! Upping the ante on this one. Nothing this week.

My goals for this week:

  • After a very busy last week, this week is about recuperating and resetting for a month more focused on revision than drafting.


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 80K for the week. Current total: 75, 129. Left to goal: 4,871. After the July drafting extravaganza, and a break for the rest of the week, I’m setting a minimal goal to ease back into it this week.


  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot and dialogue. This should be simpler, now that we’re home, and recuperating from a very busy weekend away.


Kifo Island Chronicles: Reread existing outline (through Scene 5), and finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3), using Rock Your Plot, through Scene 10.This is a ‘dippin’ my toes in’ project to reorient myself to the project, which I haven’t looked at for a few weeks.

The IDIC Romance: Reread and import remaining 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. I’ve got 19/32 stories left to import; this can be a relaxing break between other, more labor-intensive, projects.


  • Publish 9 regular features posts; post Second Serving Sunday and ROW80 from last week. Use the features begun but not finished last week, to streamline.
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Back to this one.


  • Homeschool Administration: Research 2015-2016 IHIP requirements for Grade 9, begin Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Getting these underway will relieve some of the avalanche of paperwork due in September.


  • Recuperate from intense camping weekend, and resume a more normal flow.
  • Watch the rest of Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Two.  I have 6 episodes to go, and a need to recuperate…so this one’s a natural!


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate five times.
  • T’ai chi practice five times; Add a Thursday class.
  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag twice!

A favorite phrase from my story:

The woman standing at the far side of the ledge was not the Trueborn –


It was Shinjao.

And she was making a claim, aloud, before all who would hear it.

He was uncertain what she meant by it. She knew, more mayhap than any other, what he would have of the woman who bore his own blood.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Camping – so wonderful for life and well-filling; and, at the same time, so consuming that it left little room for anything else. I thought I planned for this; but it would maybe have been better to just plan on taking those days off…

Something I love about my WIP:

  • That I have an emerging sense of the shape of this story, and the freshness that comes from having taken a bit of time away.

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, August 3, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSWrite), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!





  1. Awesome on making your goal and being almost done with the story!

    My hubby and I take around 4-5 camping trips throughout the summer, 2 being week-long and the rest weekends. I never plan on writing. I bring the my supplies, and I think about what I might like to work on, but that’s it. Sometimes, I want to dive in and do something. Other times, I want that rest and time off. But I never put pressure on myself. I take it as it comes. 😉

    I like your excerpt. I’m very intrigued with your story.

    • Well, I’m only a bit more than halfway through the story, but I’m very happy with where I am, all things considered. I’m glad you like it; it’s surprising and delighting me in many ways!

      I’d mostly planned to do plotting and revisiony stuff, and maybe some blog posts, but not much of any of that really happened. Travel in general tends to shift me from a writing focus, and camping more so –

      Unschoolers Rock the Campground, though, is camping to the Nth degree. We see friends there we only see once a year, and the vibe of so many families all engaged in peaceful parenting in a concentrated area – it’s wonderful, and amazing, and all manner of good things!

      I slept about 12 hours straight, last night, and expect to be going to bed in the next hour or two tonight, as well, even though I napped a bit in the afternoon (I’m not generally a napper).

      So this week is definitely going to be more laid-back, by necessity…

      I’d love to go camping as often as you do!

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