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Saturday’s Share: Major Celebration; Minor Apology

 

Welcome to Saturday’s Share – Reflections and impressions inspired by and celebrating images from daily life, to add a bit of sparkle to the weekend. Happy Saturday!

First off, that minor apology. I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve been away from  Facebook and Twitter, WANATribe,  and this blog, for a lot of it.

I had a pretty good reason, and I meant to prepare better. I fully intended to say, at the beginning of the month, that these things were bound to happen, before the end of it. But I didn’t quite get to it in the bustle.

I’m sorry for my prolonged absence, and my darting way of popping in and then being gone again, almost before anyone knew I was around.

Today’s photo provides an explanation of sorts…

It’s the last day of November, and, for me and many other writers around the world, that means the end of (Inter) National Novel Writing Month – the annual attempt to write 50,000 words of a brand-new novel, in 30 days flat.

I’ve completed the challenge in three previous November efforts.  I’ve also finished three more free-form CampNaNo challenges, with goals up to 100K words.

This year, I wanted a brisker challenge. My goal was to write an entire novel draft in one month – sixty scenes, which I expected to work out to somewhere around 120,000-130,000 words.

It seemed a little crazy, even to me. But I had a very good plan in place, and I know much more about how I write than I did even last November. I’m not the type who’s often accused of sanity,.  I went for it…and kept going, in the opposite direction of social media, which tends to use the same energies I use for writing. This was a meaty project that merrily accepted all the energy I had to give it. And, since I live with three other people,  two of whom call me “Mommy”, and the third of whom has a signed contract entitling him to call me “wife”,  they have prior claim to my time and social resources.

On Friday, November 29, at about 4pm, I completed the first draft of my brand-new novel, King of Shreds and Patches!

I won the NaNo challenge – actually, I completed two full NaNo quotas, and was within 1500 words of completing half of a third.

And now I know that I can draft a novel in a month – if I spend the month before delving into my characters and their realities, without stinginess. I may count up the words in all my planning documents – I think there’s at least another NaNo’s worth of prepwork; before I wrote a word of the novel! I’ve got some backstory that just may demand a bigger, more public role, in the future, and I have a sense that all of my characters did what they needed to, throughout the story, whether things turned out well, or not.

It was also a wild, wonderful whirlwind of a ride through my own fertile imagination. And you will benefit from my absence, from my creative absorption in my passion. I’ve been away a while, I’m excited, and I have things to share…and, after all, that’s what Saturdays are all about, here! =D

Gradually, I’m coming back from the place where I left my main character, on his way to an adventure that will possibly change the direction of his life. I’m blinking, and looking around, as though I’ve been away a while – which of course I have.

There’s been more time just being with family, the last few days, and more hometending. A return to other goals, and other things I’m obligated to do. More breathing and being, and less striving…

After a stretch, it’s good to relax, reconnect, and recenter.

And I’m glad you’re here to share a little of that with me!

How about you? What inspires you, captures your creative side? Can you still interact with others, when you’ve gone deep into that space? Are there other things that become too much? And how do you feel, when the project is completed, and you start to notice those other parts of life again?

Saturdays are for sharing!

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Two More to Weave: NaNoROW Update 11/27/13

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Just a quick update tonight – I’m running late with this, I have scenes to read and to write, and I’m tired…

I have two scenes left to complete my NaNoWriMo novel, King of Shreds and Patches!

Both of these are Spock scenes – the resolution and the epilog.

I mentioned on Sunday that I haven’t been satisfied with the way my previous WIPs have ended. Thanks to Rock Your Plot, my plan for this novel has given me a new way of seeing them, and the three resolution scenes I’ve written thus far are much better than any others I’ve written.

And now I get to spend the rest of the novel with Spock….something to be extra happy about, this Thanksgiving.

I project I will complete the novel before Saturday. So, for Sunday, I will be posting just a few thread-raveling goals to carry me through the rest of the round. The balance of the goals will be evaluated, and some will be moved to Round 1 of 2014.

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Thanksgivukkah, or just a regular Thursday, may you find delight today and everyday!

Scribbler’s Candy!

Writing:

Focus points:

  • NaNo Planning

  • NaNo drafting

King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. On target.

  • Completed Scenes: 58/60. Two to go! =)

  • Word Count: 116,512/ ~100,000. (Word count goal exceeded!)

  • Completed Chapters: 15/17; Chapter 16 in progress.

And to wrap up the prepping phase:

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow). Target attained!

  • 60/60 scenes completed!

Set up scenes in Scrivener. Target attained!

  • 60/60 scenes set up!

Double check all notes and prep for consistency. Target attained!

  • 60/60 scenes completed!

  • Made some changes to the plan; and I’ve found one very minor inconsistency (what month it is on Earth), that can be easily resolved. No huge plot holes to deal with!

Putting words together…

Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Although it’s not listed, I have done a fair amount of general hometending, in various spaces, throughout this session.

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!

  • Romance, more attention to smoothing my nighttime activities while he sleeps.

Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!

  • Time, conversation, snuggles, helping with purchases. I also had a not-so-sweet time of losing my temper. I’m grateful that this happens less and less over time, and is shorter lived. I made tangible apologies to both children for my poor behavior.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. Target attained!

  • Yes. Hometending, family time, writing, and outings blended together well.

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!

  • I need to adjust some things in my perception of clutter. I am considering some organizational changes and repurposing of furniture to help with the problem.

  • Jim came home on Tuesday with a reconditioned washer to replace the one that’s been limping along. This one is high-capacity and computerizes – FANCY!!!

  • Now everyone wants to do laundry, but only I seem to want to put it away – I did about four loads today, and there are three more in various states of completion.

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • Moderate hometending.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Find out what big things are happening with the other ROWers!

Words….lovely words!
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Weaving Toward Resolution: NaNoROW Update 11/24/13

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So, anything new going on with you, this fine Sunday night?

I’ve got some pretty big news to report – I’ve made it past my 100,000 word goal for my NaNoWriMo novel, King of Shreds and Patches!

That means I’ve attained half of my major goal for November; I still have 8 scenes left to write, so I’m estimating that the completed WIP draft will have ~ 120K – ~125k words. After writing so many, that feels a bit refreshing, and, at the same time, like it can’t get here quite fast enough.

I am breathing, and not rushing. Every other WIP I’ve completed, I’ve felt unhappy with the end, with the way I truncated the resolutions. Thanks to Rock Your Plot, I have a plan for this novel that will, I hope, allow me to write resolution scenes that really satisfy my readers, my characters, – and me, too!

Rockin’ it!

So, as I write the final three scenes before the resolution, I’ll also rereading each character’s scenes, so that I have a feel for the loose threads and themes I want to be sure to address when I reach their climactic scene.

This feels like a happier, more unified way to go about things than my former groping in the dark places of my own imagination, just wanting to get it over with…

There’s been more tweaking of scenes, this session, as the cumulative changes and revelations gather and necessitate changes. But they’re good changes that make the story stronger, and, with the plan in place, it’s a lot easier than it’s ever been for me to see where the changes need to be made, and in what direction.

And then there have been those scenes that defy the outline I set out for them, breathe their own life and purpose, and turn out better than I ever could have planned them. I’ve always loved those scenes, and it’s a big reason why I remained a pantser for so long – I thought planning would rob me of them.

It turns out that the plan helps me clarify what the scene should be doing, and that can lead to the magic of a scene that writes itself – and does its job in the novel, too! =D

Whatever you’ve been occupied with, I hope it’s brought you the type of joy I’ve felt, this session!

A lovely weaving….

Writing:

Focus points:

King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. On target.

  • Completed Scenes: 52/60. Eight to go! =)

  • Word Count: 105,471/ ~100,000. (Word count goal exceeded!)

  • Completed Chapters: 13/17; Chapter 14 in progress.

And to wrap up the prepping phase:

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow). On target.

  • 57/60 scenes completed – three to go!

Set up scenes in Scrivener. On target.

  • 56/60 scenes set up – four left!

Double check all notes and prep for consistency. On target.

  • 57/60 scenes completed!

  • Some fairly significant tweaks and changes as I move toward the conclusion. A lot less painful and teeth-gnashing inducing than in my less thoroughly planned WIPs. The system seems to welcome changes, and provide them with a hot beverage!

Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Although it’s not listed, I have done a fair amount of general hometending, in various spaces, throughout this session.

Clean main Documents folder.

  • While cleaning up my Dropbox, where I had been saving everything, I deleted and organized some files.

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!

  • Romance, more attention to smoothing my nighttime activities while he sleeps.

Me and my boy-soon-to-be-a-man

Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!

  • Time, conversation, snuggles, adventures with the new car, treats and Prime Time at the Y for Annalise, and time on the arc trainer for Miah.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. Target attained!

  • Yes. Hometending, family time, writing, and outings blended together well.

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!

  • For the wind-down of my NaNo effort, things seem to be flowing well, although I would be delighted with less clutter, without being the one to declutterize it! =D

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • A tiny little workout, moderate homtending, a touch of dancing.

Work out at least once a week. Target attained!

  • A tiny little workout – we got to the Y late, and I was exhausted. It had also been three weeks or so since I was able to get to the Y, so I settled for a few minutes on the arc trainer, and will ease into it.

Work out on Thursday, while kids enjoy Prime Time program. Target attained!

  • See above.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Writing, hometending, time with loved ones….

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links. On target.

  • I read and commented on, several of this week’s WIPpet Wednesday posts!

  • I may get to sharing, or not, this week.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Find out what big things are happening with the other ROWers!

And now I rock on!
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A Daring Weaving: NaNoROW Update 11/20/13

This session I did something new and brave – I drove my new car to Professor Java’s, my favorite local coffee shop, for an official NaNoWriMo write-in.

This was huge for me. I met my local Municipal Liaison, Shannon, and several other delightful people. We did a little chatting, and I surprised myself by writing a total of 1,295 words during the word sprints. Usually, I can be social, or I can write, but not both, together.

It’s delightful to have a car at our disposal again – it’s been a while! The kids and I are making plans for trips to the state museum, the childrens’ museum for Lise, and that trip to visit dear friends in New Jersey that needed to be postponed…I think that means we get to partake of a bit of Thanksgivvukah festivities.

And I have been writing…other than a four-scene tangle-up I had to wriggle out of (fortunately, I caught it in the final planning pass, not after I started to write). I’m easing into the third act, now, and I’m fairly confident I can finish the draft by month’s end.

How about you? What challenges does November bring your way?

Annalise explores freeform architecture at the NY State Museum, last winter.

My Goals Buffet Platter Included:

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. Target attained!

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused. On target…a bit NaNo behind. I plan to catch up on Thursday.

Printing Chameleon’s Dish, my 2011 NaNo.

Writing:

Focus points:

  • NaNo Planning

  • NaNo Drafting

King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. On target.

  • Completed Scenes: 45/60. Three-quarters done! =)

  • Word Count: 90,208/ ~100,000.

  • Completed Chapters: 11/17; Chapter 12 in progress.

And to wrap up the prepping phase:

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow). On target.

  • 51/60 scenes completed!

    Set up scenes in Scrivener. On target.

  • 50/60 scenes set up!

Double check all notes and prep for consistency. On target.

  • 51/60 scenes completed!

  • Some moderate tweaks and changes as I move through the process of creating my”cheat sheets” for each scene. Still, the plan seems to adapt very well.

Lovely violets….

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Keep email inbox clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time. Target attained!

  • Still good, but not perfect.

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • Yup!
Happy boy eyes!

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!

  • Romance; working together to get the car on the road and iron out some nighttime stress.

Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!

  • Lots of conversation, snuggling, planning, dreaming…and a trip out in the new car to get a treat.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. On target.

  • Yuppers.

  • Writing, family, hometending…

  • Oh, and Enterprise , by myself, and with Jim, with accompanying commentary on the Vulcan/human interactions and misunderstandings between T’Pol and Hoshi.

A passion for the ocean…Photo credit: Eden F. Mabee

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • Walking, some hometending, yardtending, and moving a small stack of firewood.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • A little better.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day. Target attained!

  • Yes! Out every day, for at least a bit.

ighttime walking.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Yup.

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links. Target attained!

  • I read, commented on, and shared several of this week’s WIPpet Wednesday posts.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Find other ways to help. Target attained!

  • Shared info and advice at the write-in.

Connect. Target attained!

  • Attended a NaNo write in and joined local Facebook page.

Muse with flowers? =)
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Write a Story with Me! #70 – Real Estate Queens!

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Welcome to “Write a Story with Me!”

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What is Write a Story with Me?

This story began July 17,  2012 with the first installment by Jennifer M. Eaton.  Different authors from all genres joined in, and have added, or are getting ready to add, their wonderful talent and ideas to keep this story moving.

The great thing about being a part of “Write a Story with Me!” is that no one author knows where we are going, and we have no idea what the person ahead of us is going to write that we will have to build on.

It is the ultimate challenge to your creative imagination.

I hope you enjoy our story.  If you’d like to hop on-board, NO PROBLEM!  The more the merrier!  Just click here to add your name to the list, and you will be tagged when your turn pops up.

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Thank you, and enjoy!

Marci feigned tears as Mother and Sian went off. She’d long since learned that adults held their words when children were about, speaking freely only when they thought themselves alone.

In one motion, she beat her new wings powerfully, freeing herself from Bethany, and soaring into the shadowy foliage of a truth-tree. She remembered pretend play at spying with her faerie friend. Now, Jenelle’s games felt more like lessons – tools she could use, to learn what was said.

She lay flat upon a thick branch, invisible.

“You are well not to trust her, or anyone other”, Sian was saying. Her voice was sharp as bitterfruit. “I do not. But, if you will trust, do not trust Yoran your husband, nor any Fey who tries to turn your mind to their ideas.”

Can I trust you, Sian?”

Trust no one, Mother.” She whirled, pointing, and a beam of light pierced the foggy night air, and sizzled into Marci’s heart. Then she was taking flight, following the beam to light behind Sian, feeling

first Sian, and then Jenelle’s voice, in her soul. She knew what they intended; trembling, she agreed.

“Release her!” Mother’s voice cracked; the baby screamed.

“No,” Sian said. “She’s coming with me. Yoran was right about one thing, at least. It is all about real estate. We will build our nests, and raise our young, in Establishment places I have prepared in secrecy. We will be real estate queens – and they will never know we breed our invasion force among them!”

They let their laughter trail behind them as they took to the skies, together.

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Weaving Beyond 75K – NaNoROW80 Update 11/18/13

 

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 Here we are, to Sunday again…and time to make a ROW80 accounting. And, since it is November, it’s also a NaNoWriMo accounting, too. (OK, it took an extra day to finish the accounting process.)

It’s been a few days of intense writing and family connection. I’m in the slack tide of my creativity…which means that I am about equally involved in input and output.

That’s meant a lot of PBS – since the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy‘s assassination is almost upon us, I’ve learned a lot about his life and death, which have been part of my life, all my life- my mother is an avid fan.

That’s led to some story revelations, and a more reflective space.

It’s also meant writing some emotionally profound telerotic scenes, and other vivid conflict and interaction scenes, too…while using my Kindle to play and replay Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I take my fan fiction very seriously; my two telepathic characters’ inner connection has to be supported by the actual movie footage, or it won’t work. I want this to be a deeper version of all the movie’s loose ends and suggestions,and to seem a very plausible version of events.

I’m over 75,000 words now – almost to 80,000. Sunday, I took most of the day off – I went to bed after finishing an intense telerotic scene that also contained a lot of action and other conflict. The rest of the day has been about sleeping, family connection, and blogging. I felt like I needed a little space after that scene;I expect to write another, though, before I sleep.

How’s life been treating you?

 

Buffet Goals Sampled:

Blogging:

Focus points:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. On target.

  • A bit better. Three posts this week:

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused. Target attained!

  • Caught up in a reasonably timely manner.

Writing:

Focus points:

  • NaNo Planning

  • NaNo Drafting

King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. On target.

  • Completed Scenes: 37/60. Almost two-thirds done! =)

  • Word Count: 78,335/ ~100,000. Over three-quarters done! =)

  • I will be adjusting word count goal as I reach the final scenes. Projecting 120K-130K words.

And to wrap up the prepping phase:

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow). On target.

  • 43/60 scenes completed. One sixth done!

Set up scenes in Scrivener. On target.

  • 42/60 scenes set up. Over two-thirds done!

Double check all notes and prep for consistency. On target.

  • 43/60 scenes completed. Almost three-quarters done!

  • Making tweaks and changes as I move through the process of creating my”cheat sheets” for each scene. Still not as many or as dramatic as in previous NaNos.

Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Keep email inbox clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time. Target attained!

  • Still good, although I slipped a little this week.

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • Yup!

Prepwork for homeschooling reports, due 12/15. On target.

  • Although on tangentially connected, the district finally sent the months-overdue info packet, and I submitted the childrens’ IHIPs on Friday afternoon.

  • This will become top priority after NaNo.

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!

  • Yes – a focus on gentle and engaged time together, and some planning, dreaming ,and romancing.

Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!

  • Lots of time with both and each; conversation, cooperation, honesty, and celebrating growth.

  • Spent an hour exploring the new car with them.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. Target attained!

  • Yes, on all counts. It feels like a quiet, introspective, and yet connected, time for me. The early dark makes me pensive and a little dreamy, in our cozy home.

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • Hometending, rearranging furniture, moving firewood, a little yard work.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • A little better, but it’s been a sleepy week, and I’ve been resisting the cold the children had last week. Less movement, and more resting.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day. Target attained!

  • I think I did. I might be lying. It’s NaNo!

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Yup. That’s pretty much all I’ve done, unless I was supporting someone else’s!

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links. Target attained!

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Peep in on other ROWers! =D

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Sunday Sampler for May 17, 2013: The NaNoBrain Issue!

 

Assorted lovelies for your reading and viewing pleasure….offered up weekly on a pretty blog platter!

I love learning and stretching my perspective; I love sharing what I find with others, and learning and stretching more in the process.

I offer up this  virtual Sunday paper, filled with things I have read and enjoyed recently, in the spirit of learning and sharing.

And now, this week’s buffet of ideas…heavily influenced by NaNoWriMo, which is what November means to me!

Creating:

Learning:

Relating:

Inspiration:

Hows and Whys:

Smiles and Laughter:

  • Let’s finish off with a little perfect-for-NaNo comic gem from XKCD.

Share your opinions, editorials, and ideas for future topics or articles in the comment receptacle below…and may the rest of your weekend be filled with restorative wonder!