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ROWing, Flowing, and Clarity -ROW80 Update 9/6/12

Are you driven, or flowing?

At my last update, I mentioned that I would be adapting my goals.  Turns out that I felt the need to make some pretty significant changes, as my focus and energy level are very different than at the beginning of the round.
The driven feeling I had then has eased into a time of flowing with the inner muse that moves me.  Neither is better, or worse, but the shift means that I want to focus more deeply, on just a few of the goals I began with.  The others, I will set aside for future rounds, as I feel inspired to return to them.

So, the rest of this round, rather than being a rush to finish, will be a lingering, attentive revel with the things I most want to spend my time and energy with…

Revised Goals for ROW80 ROWnd 3, 2012

WIP Novels:

Color code key:

Current round goals

Current round completed goals

Goals being shifted to future rounds

Current goals that have been modified for this round.

Trueborn Series

  • Trueborn:
  • Reread current rough drafts from 1998-9ish and 2000.
  • Create story arc for rewrite.
  • Triage existing research.
  • Consider title change.
  • Blood and Breath:
  • Complete story arc (unless completed before the ROWnd starts).
  • Create a flash fiction piece for each story arc point.
  • Use Scrivener to compile into a pre-rough draft.
  • Consider creating a blog for this novel or perhaps for the series, with pages for each novel as it progresses… (I have created a blog, shanjeniah’s Treuborn Jottings, which will be a home for all the volumes in this series).
  • Chameleon’s Dish:
  • Finish inputting into Scrivener ( completed during break).
  • Compile a print copy for editing, page count, and to see what it looks like!
  • Go through each scene to edit, take notes, and list research questions.
  • Complete basic research based upon library books and websites; looking for information to enhance later digging and prevent hugely obvious gaffes).
  • Experiment with removing Tisira’s story as a YA novel, with a potential optional add-on of the fanfic elements….not sure how this will work, exactly, but I think it might be the best approach to have something marketable without sacrificing my vision.
  • Create a print copy of this experimental version, as well.
  • Watch and/or read Henry VIII – which is the play during which the Globe burned. Get cozy with it the way Nockatee and Henry would be.
  • Begin canvassing for beta readers for both versions…does not need to be the same group for both.

Flash Fiction WIPs:

  • Collect all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen files.
  • Complete/edit/rewrite where indicated.
  • Explore markets.
  • Begin compiling a list for possible ebook anthology.
  • Go through old story notebooks and old papers for source material.

Essay WIPs:

  • Collect all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen file.
  • Compile list for possible ebook collection (by theme; just brainstorming at present).
  • Complete/edit/rewrite as needed.
  • Research markets – BOLDLY GO!

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

  • Letters of Intent to Homeschool if not done (due July 1) – completed 6/26
  • Fourth Quarter reports for both children (due Sept. 1).
  • End of Year Narrative for Lise (due Sept. 1).
  • Standardized Test for Miah (due Sept.1).
  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!

Reading:

  • Continue reading books as interest and energy levels allow – this works better during periods of gathering input than in periods of intense output or times of processing.
  • Continue to Read  via my Kindle Cloud Reader, as a learning and experimenting process.
  • Continue reading from my To Be Read files during times of input gathering.
  • Continue reading and commenting on blogposts and articles, during times of gathering input..
  • Consider getting a pair of reading glasses for magnification purposes, and so my getting-older eyes can handle all my readin’ and writin’! (I bought a pair on June 29. Very helpful, although bifocal lenses would be more so – I get a little blurry looking through them unless reading, and I look up a lot!).

Other Writing:

  • Play with flash fiction pieces as the mood strikes; aim for two submittable stories each month.
  • Play with essay ideas as desired; aim for two submittable essays each month. 

Blogging/Connecting:

  • The Unfettered Life:
  • Focus on using this blog to keep copies of reports, activities, events, and my ponderings on the unschooling facets of our lives.
  • Begin considering a (slightly) more structured organizational system for this blog.
  • Begin using this blog in a way that really supports documenting, so that it does double duty as a personal tool for me in the way it once did, only better.
  •  shanjeniah:
  • Aim to focus weekly attention, non-ROW80 update material here. This may take the form of adding to my pages; creating new ones; other challenges, blog hops, etc; writing samples of various types; musings on writing and life; guest posts; photo essays; or whatever else seems relevant at the time.
  • Consider and perhaps experiment with creating a blog for the Trueborn series. (Started a blog on June 25) This could contain excerpts, bits of what I am working on (character sketches, research, flash fiction, story arcs; inspirational images and quotes, etc. Its purpose would be specifically to share the process of creating the series, from the beginning on….in a way, a window into m world and my mind as none of my other spaces are….I find myself very excited about the above idea….I am coming to see this series at last, after most of a lifetime of living with it, as a cohesive, lovely entity almost ready to emerge from its ancient chrysallis. I want to welcome its rebirth with a new home that embraces while allowing a wide, free space to span and soar. And, in so doing, maybe I will stretch and soar just a bit, myself!
  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn…
  • Continue inputting June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook, if not completed before ROWnd begins.
  • Mine June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook for usablepieces.
  • Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
  • Continue sorting and filing files on laptop.
  • Look into having external hard drive repaired, or at least getting the files from it.
  • Continue reading marketing and ebook publishing sites and articles.
  • Draft a loose Mission Statement to guide me through the rest of the ROWnd, and carry me forward into the next.
  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
  • Celebrating Life!
  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)

Current Progress Toward Revised ROWnd 3 Goals – September 6, 2012

Trueborn Series

  • Chameleon’s Dish: 
  • Complete basic research based upon library books and websites; looking for information to enhance later digging and prevent hugely obvious gaffes).
  • I completed Shakespeare’s England.
  • This goal has been attained.

Essay WIPs:

  • Compile list for possible ebook collection (by theme; just brainstorming at present).
  • I have been going through my unschooling/life blog, The Unfettered Life, and am posting those I want to consider further on my Facebook Writer Page.

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • I am still waiting, although the local district began classes this week, fro the packet the superintendent is required to send before we file our IHIPS.
  • Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
  • I continue to collect projects and photos for eventual compilation into portfolios.
  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!
  • Yup. We’ve been having a relaxing, processing time since NEUC ended. We’ve birthdayed, and some new projects (Snap circuits and quarter math and costume planning and computer glitches among them).

Reading:

  • Continue reading books as interest and energy levels allow – this works better during periods of gathering input than in periods of intense output or times of processing.
  • Continue to Read  via my Kindle Cloud Reader, as a learning and experimenting process.
  • I have finished Shakespeare’s England.
  • I am hoping to begin The Dark Mirror soon.

Other Writing:

  • Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.
  • I have used this space to continue writing the rough draft of my NaNo WIP, To Be Or Not to Be.

Blogging/Connecting:

  • The Unfettered Life:
  • Begin considering a (slightly) more structured organizational system for this blog.
  • I am considering this, because there seems to be very little structure, and there also seems to be several ongoing themes….
  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn… 
  • Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
  • I am on page 15 of 140. 
  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • I continue to keep my email mostly below 50 new messages in my Inbox.
  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
  • I became bold enough to begin reading and commenting on others’ blogs again. 
  • Celebrating Life!
  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • I have been less active, just lately, due to the recovery from the intensity of the conference and the testing.
  • Mostly, I have been hometending, and hanging at the playground with the kids.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • To the best of my ability, which is better in some moments than others.
  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • A little external improvement; more internal ponderings….
  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • I am doing well here, and continuing to become more present as changes present themselves.
  • I am feeling rather calm and still within; ripening and deepening.
  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • Overall, I feel I am doing well at this, although I still find myself in moments of reactivity. It’s easier to back more fully away from that ledge.
  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)
  • After a time of more outward, surface focus, I have begun to shift back to finding small ways to be kinder and sweeter.

In addition, here is an extra little treat…

 

Author:

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!

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