Is it Too Late for A Lemonade Stand? Ready. Set. Write! August 24-31, 2015 (Week 12 Update)

346d0-rsw2Ready. 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.


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:

  • Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan…and that was this past week, for me. My laptop started having charging issues, so I ordered two new adapter cords…I’ve been this route before – only, this time, the adapters didn’t work, and even my ace-in-the-hole, my technologically skilled 13 year old son, couldn’t fix it. It’s going to need to be repaired, it’s out of warrantee…and our family finances are at an ebb point, at the moment.

  • So, I’ve been making do with an elderly and almost forgotten laptop. There’s no battery in it, so I’m attached to an outlet, and it’s far less capable than my once-trusty Lenovo. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and I am determined and strong-willed.

  • I’ve been slowed down to a crawl, this week, as I climb the learning curve. I expect this week to be a little better, and, at some point in the not-too-distant future, I hope to have either my laptop back in service, or a more equitable replacement.



  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 95,000 words. Current total: 85,600/ 90,000. 9,400 words to goal. Nothing new.


  • The IDIC Romance: Draft exploratory summary paragraphs for Enterprise A-Z 2016 stories – letters F-O (33 paragraphs). FX complete; 24/26 letters. I exceeded this goal!


  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, draft rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Nothing new.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercises 2 and 3. Nothing new. .


  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible; post authorized reblog. 8/9 posts completed; no reblogs.

  • Catch up all June and July blog comments and visits. Nothing new.


  • Homeschool Administration: Proof quarterly reports; prepare end of year materials and submit to school district. Annalise’s report proofed.
  • Clean/tidy study; focusing on hoosier cabinet this week. Completed.
  • Clear round table; add tablecloth: Take TWO! A lot of progress made here, although I didn’t quite finish.


  • Continue planning/ attending August/September outings and events. Take into account each child’s need for social time and hibernation – and the all-important budget. Make birthday plans with the boyo. Boy birthday plans; visit to Y; sleepover for the girl and dinner and a local walk for the boy.

  • Watch Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Three, through S3E17: “Zero Hour”. 7 episodes. When things get a little stressful, Trip and T’Pol can always make it better! =)


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate seven times. Do one eating meditation. Journals: 7/6; Meditation: 8/7 (madalas; tai chi); Tai chi walking.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. At home: 4/5; Class: 2 /2.

  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag once daily, because this is my last chance to do it while it’s still happening! I did all right until Wednesday, when it all fell apart…I’ll do better next year, I promise!


A favorite passage from my story:

  • I didn’t write any new words this week; but I did find this passage that speaks to me:

Come away from the thought, my own. There can be nothing other than pain in it. You will find the doe with a birthling, and you will wait for her to drink, and you will take the fawn. Only that. Nothing other.”

She held to that, to his prohibition against thinking at the edges of the act; at the edges of her own maddened memories…

But he was staring into the murky liquid again, milky white swirling slowly into green, changing him, Changing him…

There is danger in this, Kaivelt who is Dragon.”

There is danger in merely living, Niaan who is Tuhlys.”


The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • The incapacity of my laptop. At first, it felt more than a little like losing a bit of my brain – and there are a few files I can’t access, because they’re in Dropbox, and it doesn’t like to let me get at my stuff remotely (most likely I’m doing something wrong, and maybe, one day, I’ll figure it out…until then, I’m adapting.


Something I love about my WIP:

  • I love that all my characters are at transitional points in their lives. Some will grow, and others will stagnate, and some things have been set into motion that will have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences.


And here we are! It’s Monday, August 31, – the final RSW update – why does it seem like we just got started?

My fingertips are celebrating Manuscripts and Manicures, thanks to my favorite young manicurist, my daughter Annalise. The blue is for the Jeweled Walk in my story – it’s made of translucent blue gemstones, and has a sinister purpose. The sparkles are for the firestars of Everdeep, which contains my protagonist’s Solemate somewhere in its vastnesses. And the tint of red on my thumbs – that’s for blood. Because, yes, there’s blood in this story. My manicure is a bit untidy, fitting for a first draft.


Once this update is posted, I’ll celebrating a summer of accomplishment with other RSWers at the #manicuresandmanuscripts event!

What’s next? Well, I love the weekly goals, and I’ll be keeping that format. And I’ve made some new friends to keep in touch with, too!
And there’s always next summer!



  1. I love how your nails came out, they’re so lovely! Annalise is a very talented manicurist. 🙂

    As to your laptop… have you tried taking the battery out and using the adaptor without it? It’s a bit of a long shot, but it worked when my old laptop was being a stroppy little arse (which is what I get for naming him after one…). Sometimes the battery seems to get in the way more than anything…

    You always have so many things on the go, I’m always amazed at how you manage to keep up with them all! And you know I love your writing, and your excerpt is so intriguing… (And I love the l’il bit of Trip and T’Pol on your laptop screen too–so cute!)

    It feels really odd that RSW is over now…

    • According to Tech Boy, this is not a removable battery, and taking it out would be A Very Bad Idea. So, on the strength of his advice and my knowledge that he does his research, I’m going to wait until I can afford to have the hard drive accessed, and the machine looked at, and then go from there…

      Incidentally, there is no battery in this elderly laptop I’m currently using. It’s been a bit of an adventure, because I’ve knocked the cord loose a time or two, but it seems to be good, or I am, at backing up info, so it hasn’t been more than an annoyance.

      A bit at a time, I’m learning how to make this machine do most of the things I want to do…

      It’ll be very refreshing to rejoin the land of Modern Laptops again, though!

      That little bit of TnT cuteness gets way serious just a bit further along…but that’s not on the screen, so you don’t have to think about it, right?

      As for my many projects – that’s really just how my mind works.

      I’ll pass your compliments on my spiffed-up fingers along to the girl. She loves fashiony stuff, unlike her mom! =D

  2. I’m sorry that the adapters didn’t work. It’s awful when you lose something you depend on like a computer. I know when mine died and I was forced to use a 7-year-old one I was in absolute hell. 😦 Puts a real damper on things. But it looks like you still got a lot done, so win!

    Love your nails and the reasons behind the colors. Also love the excerpt.

    Awesome work for RSW.

    • It was awful for a day and a half or so, but I tend to be a silver-linings person, and I do have lots of other things to focus on, so I’m adapting even if the adapters didn’t. (OK, that was bad!).

      I’m choosing to look at this as a challenge, and an opportunity to be grateful for a modern machine, and a backup. I’m looking at and prioritizing differently, and that’s good for me. Sometimes, I can be in something of a rut, and not even notice…

      It does help that there’s only been one file so far that I want and can’t access, and I have an incomplete but workable version of that.

      I’ve lost some momentum with this story, but I’m now rereading what I have (that’s the incomplete file; I’ve got four scenes I can’t get to right now, and I’m debating either rewriting them, or setting this project aside until I have them again.

      I think the reread and space will ultimately help the story, even if it makes this first draft choppier than I’d hoped.

      RSW was good for me, and I’ll be back next year, too.

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