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ROW80 Goals Update- “ROWing with the Flow”

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I’ve done what feels like a tremendous amount of writing over the last several days. Words are flowing –  good words.  Imaginative words.

True words.

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I’ve also been cranky, and, with the full moon, not sleeping nights.  That’s great for long, uninterrupted stretches of writing time –  but it can tend to affect my moods in a less-than-lovely way….

I’m trying to live in the flow, too, but, sometimes, I’m finding that flow choked and hopelessly clogged……

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The writing though – That has been good, and abundant!

Round of Words 80 Goals – Round 1, 2012:

 I will submit at least one essay or photo essay apiece to Tiny Buddha and Sunday Surf.

  • This goal has been attained!  I emailed my Tiny Buddha submission at about 1am, March 10 – and then again about two hours later, because, a bit embarrassingly, I typed the address in incorrectly.  Oops, and hooray!
  • I had quite a bit of resistance and discomfort in doing these submissions.  I’m letting myself absorb that while gently probing the whys and wherefores.
  • I think I may have built them up as “big and scary” in my own mind.
  • I might try to experiment with more guest posts and similar submissions during Round 2.
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I will complete the rough draft of my unfinished NaNoWriMo novel, Chameleon’s Dish.

  • I have written 12,437 words  of Chapter Twenty – Two, “The Play’s the Thing“.
  • A few glimmers of hope are beginning to shine through the impossibility of the situation.
  • Of course, there are also new complications and the threat of more looming overhead…can’t just have them cruising into the resolution without breaking a sweat, now, can we?
  • I do feel, at once, a desire to delve deeper and a pressure to rush forward and tighten up……and get done.  I am balancing between the two, at the moment.
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I will submit at least four pieces, queries, or proposals to for-pay markets.

    • I submitted “Twice Coupled” a piece of flash erotica, to Clean Sheets.  
    • This time, it took me a few days to get a form rejection letter.
    • I’ve bumped into a treasure trove of other markets to try, and will be looking into those as time permits, this week.
    • I am also dipping my foot into the waters of Morgan Dragonwillow’s writing contest.  She is putting together an anthology, and I would like to submit something for consideration.
    • I couldn’t manage to get my first piece completed in the 24 hour timeframe (That seems short, for me), but I am liking the direction it is taking, so I am going to complete it and submit it elsewhere.
    • With all the contests and challenges I have done in the last two weeks, I feel a little braver about this idea of submitting…….
    • I hope to continue broadening my submission field throughout Round 2 and beyond!
    • I am also counting my Tiny Buddha essay as a submission,  since, if accepted, it will reach a wider audience than I have up to this point, and I think that’s valuable enough to count toward my goal.
    • So that is three out of four submissions made, thus far.
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I will update, keep current on a weekly basis, and add writing samples to my Facebook Writer Page, and I will  update, edit, and post to both of my regular blogs on at least a weekly basis.

I will write at least one book review,  and a rough draft of a letter to my father-in-law.

  • I have now written two book reviews.
  • I’ve been considering the approach I’ll use for the letter, and have a rough sense of it.
  • I feel I will be ready to begin ordering my points and organizing thoughts around them, soon.
  • I expect to have a completed rough draft fairly soon after I begin –  this won’t be a censored or necessarily civil draft; but rather a chance to pour out what feels true and vital to communicate.
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I will input one of my writing notebooks into Penzu, and clip all materials I would like to pursue further.

  • I have input 92 of 141 pages from my December 1999 Writing Practice Notebook.
  • I will not drop the clipping goal, for now, because I seem to be moving fairly quickly through the pages.
  • I will, however, likely move the project to the back burner once all pages have been transcribed, so that I can focus on finishing the higher-intensity goals still remaining.
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Today, we all went out on our first family outing/adventure since Jim’s accident on February 19th.  We attended Raptor-Fest 2012, a live raptor show held at a horse farm, and stopped at my brother’s for a visit……I am sure we all needed that, since we were starting to get on each others’ nerves.

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I will wrap up by saying that I wrote, and lived, as much wit h the flow as I was able.

There were and are still some dammed up places where the flow is obstructed, but the fresh energy will help to clear those places.

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I am gearing up and settling in for the final ten-day push, knowing I have come a very long way, and that I still have a distance left to travel.

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I remind myself that it is as much about the journey as the destination, and so I pause now and then, to enjoy the view, to be awed by wild things, to  laugh and learn and play, and to live…….

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Are you aimed directly at the endpoint,  or are you still meandering the little cow trails and rabbit runs of the terrain….?

Set your sights on the adventures of other ROWers here….. 


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

4 thoughts on “ROW80 Goals Update- “ROWing with the Flow”

  1. Wow, busy lady. Great progress and way to stay strong on doing submissions – the process can be soul draining at times but perseverance wins in the end. I am totally jealous of Raptor Fest, fantastic pictures and my favorite avian wonder.

    Have a fantastic week and keep pressing for those goals 🙂

    1. Gene – Thank you!

      This submitting thing is intimidating, to me, but I don’t think that condition is permanent. Comments like this really help, and so, I’ve found, does giving freely to the creating part, then emotionally distancing myself a little from the outcome of the submission…..

      Since beginning this challenge, I’ve written more, more honestly,and with more diversity than at any other point in my life. I’ve got quite a body of work out there, and, when people like you comment on it, I know that there is an audience for it.

      I am beginning to see that it really is more a matter of time as much as anything.

      I’m going to keep on submitting, keep on gathering my courage, and keep on offering up what I create freely, too….the fact that it’s a soul-baring and nervous-making process means that I am growing though it, and that is a good thing whether the pieces are accepted, or not…

      So glad you enjoyed the Raptor Fest pictures. I tend to take lots of pictures, and then end up really liking most of them (and since our children are learning in a very far left of mainstream fashion, having all those pictures constitutes proof of the fact that we aren’t even remotely ignoring their learning, too!).

      The collages (just basic ones from Picasa, mostly) let me share them without overwhelming folks. And they’re pretty, and set off the images well.

      There is a photo contest fro Raptor Fest,and I am seriously considering entering three of the Harris’s hawk portraits. He is a truly stunning bird.

      I also thrill at the mere mention or sight of a bird of prey- always have!

    1. Thank you, Janet!

      Picasa makes the collages easy, and lets me indulge my passion for taking and sharing lots of pictures…..

      I am also loving the feelings of personal strength and accomplishment I’m getting from expanding into these goals……

      May your week be splendid! =)

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