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ROW80 2013 – Hindsight; Foresight

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As promised, here I am with a look back at my 2013 ROW80 writing objectives, and a bit of what I’m cooking up for 2014.

I’ll look at each of my five categories, in turn…

2013 Blogging:

  • I did well with posting relevant content and developing new ideas. I evolved themes for each of my three main blogs, and incorporated at least one regular feature into each. I offered more high-concept content, gave more glimpses into my life, shared more widely and bravely, made new friends, and had a lot of fun!

  • While I did create new headers, begin using Flickr and editing my photos more adventurously, I didn’t spend nearly as much time and energy on layout and design as I had intended to. Things still awaiting my attention are sidebars, mission statements, about pages, editing and updating, and other housekeeping matters. Additionally, I haven’t yet moved The Unfettered Life from Blogger to a new home at WordPress, or investigated what would be involved in setting up a website.

2014 Blogging:

  • Winter is a good season for nesting. I like to spruce up our home, and my virtual homes, too. So it seems like a perfect time to focus some attention on the layout and design aspects of my long-neglected Blogging Action Plan.

  • I’ll also be building a better overall blogging habit – posting regularly, building queues, answering comments more steadily, sharing more widely.

  • I will be brainstorming what I want in a website, and begin the process of moving The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

Chameleon’s Dish, manuscript hard copy.

2013 Writing:

  • I had a banner writing year. I created flash fiction, essays, and novels. I completed two Trueborn WIPs, and nearly a third. I began three more WIPs in the series, and have a better idea of what the series will be, and what stories still await writing.

  • Reading Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot shifted the way I approach novel plotting from pantsing to an open-ended form of plotting – more like devising containers to hold scenes, a skeleton upon which life will be built. I used a few elements of the process in my two July Camp NaNoWriMo projects, The Stars Are Fire and Perchance to Dream. I liked the results well enough that I employed and tweaked the entire process for my November NaNoWriMo project, King of Shreds and Patches. Largely due to the prior planning, I was able to complete a 122,000+ word rough draft WIP in 30 days – and it’s easily the best first draft I’ve ever written.

  • Although I had hoped to complete To Be or Not to Be well before the end of the year, and missed by several scenes, I am very pleased with the progress I made, overall. Beneath it is a solid foundation of new learning and better habits that will certainly increase my writing productivity.

2014 Writing:

  • I will be focusing on completing the rough drafts of TBONTB, TSAF, and PTD.

  • There are at least four more novels to be drafted in the Trueborn double series. I will complete at least 2 of these in the coming year, as NaNo pojects.

  • I will be exploring my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Pre-editing notebook for Chameleon’s Dish.

2013 Editing:

  • Editing took a backseat through a lot of this year, but I did make some notable advances. I read Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revisions, and am applying the early steps of the process to Bounded by a Nutshell. I have already completed my initial pre-editing notes for its companion novel, Chameleon’s Dish. I feel that both WIPs will benefit greatly from the process, especially since both were pantsed NaNo novels, and very rough, but have good storylines and a lot of potential.

  • I also employed the first several steps of Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision blog series, using three of my existing short stories: “A Splash of Red”, “Morning Coffee”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”. These were set aside for noveling projects, but I felt I was finding depth in all three stories, and ideas to carry forth to others.

  • I made very little project on my poetry WIP, Queen of My Infinite Spaces. I had intended to completely revise this as an experiment in self-publishing.

2014 Editing:

  • I will plan and complete the first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, and make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • I will revise all poems for QOMIS, until satisfied with the results.

  • I will complete the Deep Revision process with the three short stories in progress.

Family room desk, in situ.

2013 Hometending:

  • As far as basic home and writing matters, I did well. I established some good habits, and have a strong sense of where I want to go with each, long-term.

  • I avoided certain aspects of my plans, though, especially investigating small business learning, website creation, and wholly occupying my new study.

2014 Hometending:

  • I’ll continue with my physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • I’ll develop new habits that make organization and productively.

  • I will begin researching small business establishment and administration.

Takin’ care of business with a couple of goofy kids!

2013 Lifetending:

  • This was another area in which I made huge shifts. I stretched in many ways; serving as a sponsor, getting involved in various online groups and WANATribe, and living a more connected and conscious life in general.

  • Exercise and movement were more sporadic than I would like.

2014 Lifetending:

  • I will continue to stretch and find new ways to blend the aspects of my life with intention and awareness.

  • I will seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Until we meet again, for 2014 Round 1…may life treat you sweetly!

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Weaving in the Edges: Final ROW80 Update: 12/26/13

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Here we are, at the end of another round. It’s time to evaluate what I’ve woven, these last 80 days, and make some general plans for the next.

I will post a more retrospective/forward-thinking post on Sunday. For today, though, it’s just the basic checklist and a summary evaluation.

During the break, I will be assessing my progress, preparing for 2014 in a more detailed way, and playing with some projects and ideas as I feel the desire to do so.

And for now, I wish you all a restful and lovely remainder of 2013. See you Sunday!

Round 4 Wrapup Buffet Summary:

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly. More often than not.

  • Likely keeping as-is.

  • Will work on preparing queued, rerun, and reblog options for busy writing times.

  • Announce anticipated absences from regular schedule.

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused. Attained maybe half of the time.

  • I did well enough during normal times, but lost track of this during holidays, travel, and creative intensity.

  • Will be working on a polite way to announce when comment answering may lapse.

Write/Revise Mission Statements for all blogs. No progress.

  • I gave this a little thought, but nothing else.

  • I’ll be carrying this on to the next round.

  • I feel the thoughts crystallizing.

Strive for high-concept posts for shanjeniah Regular Features. On target, mostly.

  • I’m gaining more of a feel for what this means to me.

  • I will continue to develop this as a craft practice, across all blogs.

Stick tree, 2012.

Writing: With NaNo complete, I return to my three remaining Trueborn WIPs, and also some dessert shorter fiction.

Focus point:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

Write or Plan one scene weekly for The Stars are Fire and Perchance to Dream, through December. On target for October; took November off for NaNo; fell apart some in December.

The Stars are Fire: Nothing new since October 31.

  • I’m almost at the halfway point of this novel.

  • I will continue on through the next round(s), until I have a completed draft.

Perchance to Dream: Spotty progress in December.

  • This WIP is developing in my mind, about one-third completed.

  • I will continue on through the next round(s), until I have a completed draft.

To Be or Not to Be: Some progress in December.

Complete rough draft: ~200,000 words totalDecember 31. On target.

  • I am nearing the end of this WIP, and hope to have it completed before Round 1 begins.

Move pending stories into WIP folder. I began, but didn’t finish.

  • I will carry this over, as well. It got lost in the NaNo/post NaNo/holiday excitement.

Christmas, by Annalise, 2011, age 7.5.

Editing: Editing hasn’t been on the list much this round, due to NaNo plannning and writing. 

Focus Points:

  • Continue pre-revision process for Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp Series).

  • Edit Queen of My Infinite Spaces (poetry collection). Nothing this round.

  • Complete revisions on three Deep Revisions short story WIPs. Nothing this round.

Complete on-page editing notesJanuary 31, 2014. Deadline likely to be extended; progress made.

  • This will be a higher priority through the next round.

Complete scene-by scene revision notebook – February 28, 2014. On target.

  • Continuing on.

Stick ponies in the tree, 2010.

Hometending:

Focus point:

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

  • Small business research. No progress this round.

Continue refitting common rooms to better suit our needs. On target, although far less during NaNo.

  • This goal will be carried through the winter, at least. There’s plenty to do, and needs tend to shift with growth, seasons, and interests.

Minimum of 5 minutes, twice weekly, organizing and cleaning the space. Sporadic.

  • I’ve still had some resistance to this. Considering; moving forward through next round.

Minimum of 10 minutes, twice weekly, being in the space. Not really; only once or twice.

  • The space is not particularly welcoming, as yet; it’s more a cat playground. Will be working on that!

Clear email inbox and spam twice weekly; sort, file, and delete . Target attained more often than not!

  • This happened often enough to become something approaching habit. Yay, me! =)

Clean main Documents folder. Mostly.

  • A final sweep, and it’s done.

Complete and submit quarterly homeschooling reports. Target attained!

  • Next reports due March 15, 2014.

Gingerbread gobbler?

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim and the children, in ways that are important to them. Target attained!

  • Carrying over, because I love making my beloveds happy! Good for all involved.

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

  • Again, this has become something akin to habit, and a good one, too!

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!

  • Another success.

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

  • For next round, more playful activities are on tap.

Work out at least once a week. Sporadically, around car issues.

  • I’ll be coming up with workarounds.

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

  • Feeling less guilty about giving myself indulgence.

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links.Sometimes…

  • I’ll be focusing more on this next round.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained, mostly.

  • Promptness will be a greater focus.

Connect! Mostly successful!

  • I found new ways to connect and interact. Carrying over.

See other ROWers’ exit posts here!

May your cup be refilled with inspiration during this time away…
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Weaving Joy and Sorrow: ROW80 Update, 12/22/13

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It’s been an eventful week since I last posted here. I’m recovering from a cold that came with muzzy head, body aches, and fatigue the insistent dry cough didn’t relieve. We’ve been in a festive mood, punctuated by the Thursday evening death of Blaster, one of our two elderly guinea pigs, and his Saturday morning burial service.

I’m in a place of renewal and refilling. More television, time with loved ones, reading and saving things TBR, random bits and pieces of living tended to, and more blogging. No new WIP writing – though snippets and ideas are simmering in a rich stew …

My Wednesday post may be brief or nonexistent, so I bid you all a lovely few days, whatever you are celebrating this week – even if it happens to be dryer lint!

Buffet Selections:

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly. Almost.

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. Not even close.

  • I’ve read all the lovely comments, but have utterly failed at answering them, or explaining.

  • This is a high priority for the coming week!

Strive for high-concept posts for shanjeniah Regular Features. Target attained!

  • Yes, for Friday and Saturday posts.

Hometending:

Focus point:

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

Continue refitting common rooms to better suit our needs. On target.

  • Helped Annalise prepare for her Christmas decorating.

Move nature books and field guides to new space. On target.

  • Unearthed and moved a backyard birding magazine.

Complete family room shift, with new desk as anchor. On target.

  • My large plastic tub is about half-empited, and the remaining items on the computer desk are roughly sorted.

  • I’ve finally got the base arrangement of the rest of the room set. Tidying, cleaning and organizing ongoing.

Minimum of 5 minutes, twice weekly, organizing and cleaning the space. Target exceeded!

  • I spent 5 minutes each on Monday and Thursday, and about 10 on Saturday. Things are definitely looking better, and I am getting new ideas on how to best utilize this small and tucked away space.

Decorate bulletin board, take down US map (moving to family or living room). On target.

  • Removed world map and kids’ old game scoring sheet from the bulletin board.

  • Decided where to put the US map, but I need to get considerably further with the family room refit, first, so that is on hold for now.

  • Next up, pull the rest of the staples from the board and decorate.

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim and the children, in ways that are important to them. Target attained!

  • Major attention paid here during this pre-Christmasing week.

  • Helped Jim with a couple of computer projects he wanted to wrap up, and we had time for talking and flirting. His car is still down, so I loaned him mine all week.

  • Took the kids out to get the rest of their Christmas treasures. Helped Lise procure and set up her tabletop tree.

  • Removed the deceased guinea pig from the cage; tenderly and respectfully, for s/he was a good piggie. Was attentive to the feelings of the children, and have been, since. It’s a rough time of year to lose a pet.

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

  • No new writing other than blogposts. Still gathering input, percolating, and being with my family. I have been feeling introspective and present, of late.

  • I suspect an avalanche of words to pour forth from me, post-Christmas. I feel it growing and loosening. This is the fertile time, and I’m not messing with it!

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!

  • Natural evaluation still simmering, while I begin to implement a few small changes and consider slightly larger ones.

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

  • Yes, mostly hometending.

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

  • After a lull during NaNo, getting a bit better at this, at least sporadically.

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

  • Yup! I spent some time editing photos, blogging, being with my beloveds, and, of course, watching Enterprise – it’s writing research, after all!

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

  • This week, I read, commented on, and shared All. The. WIPpets! On Facebook and Twitter, too,where I gave each a cute little hashtag. Yay, me!

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Connect!Target attained!

  • Many comments on many blogs!

  • Some chatting and opening up on Facebook – with hashtags, even!

WIsh the other ROWers some holiday cheer!

May we all have peace and light!
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Saturday’s Share: Simply Christmas

Simply merrymaking!

 

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!

There was a time, when my children were very small, when Christmas was my domain. It was I who decided what type of tree we would have, where it would be, how it would be decorated, and what gifts would be bestowed upon whom.

I didn’t intend to be domineering. I was emulating the Christmases I had known as a child – Christmases that were my mother’s domain, as she compensated for the lacks in her own childhood Christmases.

Families often form chains, with each generation forging a link in the chain, carrying on traditions, or else changing them.

Our link has gradually shifted from that traditional family Christmas, with me at the apex, like the star at the top of the tree. Over time, as we moved more into a life of partnering with our children rather than the strictly authoritative parents we’d  been, Christmas has become more and more everybody’s holiday.

Today’s Share is from two Christmases ago. We had a live tree, because the children wanted one, and I allowed them to have a part in decorating it. We cut strips of wrapping paper and made chains, everyone contributing when and how they liked. When the lights were bunched on one side, I didn’t untangle them. When ornaments were shifted, removed to be played with, dropped, and put back on the tree again, I bit back my protests and reminded the children that certain ornaments were too delicate to play with, or had deep sentimental value – and they played merrily with the others.

I remembered being a little girl, not allowed to touch the tree or the ornaments – and every year, we had a more lovely, gloriously bedecked tree. I longed to stroke those needles, bury my nose in them, and breathe that green life in, the way I had before it was cut down, dragged home, and dressed in its borrowed finery.

My fingers almost itched to touch the decorations – all my life, I have been deeply texture-oriented, and those surfaces – smooth, rough, swirling, felted – seemed to be begging to be caressed.

I enjoyed my childrens’ explorations of the tree, and it filled the little girl inside me with joy. I shared with them the way I had lain under the tree, as a girl, and stared up into its branches, feeling that I was at the heart of some magical and fleeting world…

And I got to see this video Annalise made of her solitary communion with her own Christmas spirit…

Last year, we had three feral kittens adjusting to life as family companions, and a tree seemed like a tremendous risk. Instead, we nailed some branches to the wall in a tree shape, and hung decorations upon them. A tray table beneath was draped in our tree skirt. We didn’t need a lot of room for gifts, since the children decided in early December that what they both most wanted was their own Kindle Fire.  

They aren’t big fans of suspense, and past their Santa days. There was no reason to keep secrets just so we could wrap them and make a fuss over the presentation for our own sake.

When Christmas came, they’d had their Kindles for about two weeks, and had that time to use them as they wished. They each had a gift from their grandparents to open, and one from us, and their stockings – and we were all delighted by a mellow day that wasn’t filled with the unwrapping, mess, and stress of previous Christmas mornings, when my idea of how things ought to be often got in the way of everyone’s enjoyment.

This year, both kids wanted a new Nintendo 3DS. 

Jeremiah found a great deal at an online site, on Black Friday, and he handled the ordering himself. They had them just in time to take on our trip to share a bit of Hanukkah with their best friends a state away.  

Each will receive one more gift from us, and they know what it is. They’ve both made requests for what they would like in their stockings.

Annalise was the only one who cared to have a tree this year. She chose a live tabletop tree and named it Pinerific. She bought a star, a garland she calls a ribbon, and a string of lights, and decorated it herself, choosing freely from our ornament collection. I’ve washed the skirt, and I will clean the coffee table  tomorrow, so that she can use it.

It doesn’t look much like the Christmases I grew up with, or even the ones I thought we’d have when my kids were still abstract future fantasies, rather than real live people with their own preferences.

It looks, feels, and sounds like us, and it delights us in a simpler, sweeter, and more peaceful way than an orchestrated event would.

And that puts a song of joy in my heart that I want to share with all of you, tonight.

Whatever and whenever you celebrate, may your living sparkle and shine!

I’d love it if you’d share a little bit about your holiday traditions. What do they look, smell, sound, taste, and feel like? What makes them magical, for you and your beloveds?

Saturdays are for sharing!

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Flat Surface Friday – on Saturday!

Yes, I know. It isn’t Friday anymore. It’s been a bit of an unexpected week, and Friday got away from me. And yet, I had this cool idea for a new blog feature, and I don’t want to wait another week.

So I am going to go for it! After all, the title up there does mention something about lovely chaos, right? *grin!*

Our communal family room desk, in action!

I love the life I live with my family. Every day is filled with laughter, connection, learning, negotiating, projects, and people I love. We weave a tapestry of affection, dissent, discovery, and growth together….

Oh, and it can and does get messy. That’s tricky for me. I function best with a certain amount of order. I’m not talking sterility or perfection – just a sense that things have places to be, and that they will be in them, at least sometimes. But natural learning doesn’t unfold that way; and, like a fitted sheet, it can be all but impossible to make as smooth as I would like it to be.

Living with kids who have spent years with the ability to direct their own lives, create their own goals and challenges, and find their own ways to interact with the world they live in means that I am as likely to be learning from them as the other way around. It means that we live a more equal life than the one I lived as a child; a life where a person’s wish to write is no more important than another’s wish to spend the same amount of time, say, collecting woolly bear caterpillars and making a documentary of their lives, or playing Minecraft, or cleaning their room (yes, that sometimes happens, even though no one is making anyone do it!), or cooking, or…

The part of me that likes to sweep my eyes across tidy vistas can be driven to overwhelm by the sheer volume of unpredictability and seemingly unlovely chaos this life engenders.

I remind myself that it’s not like it was when they were small, and the floor was their playspace. They are 9 and 12, now, and past the stage of throwing Legos, then dumping the bin to use as a boat. Desks and tables are more prominently significant in their lives. They have a growing and often variable understanding that what they do can affect others in ways they hadn’t intended. The clutter, these days, is less, and more quickly tended to, and, in just a few short years, it will be adult clutter, if they still choose to live here with us.

I want to celebrate these years – these years where the children we’ve shared our lives with journey into adulthood. I want to spend less time grousing, and more time paying attention to Right Here and Right Now.

So, from now on, on Fridays when it seems fitting, I will share a flat surface in our home, and maybe tell a bit of its story…

Cookbooks and other useful and whimsical things commingling…

Today, it’s our family room desk, handmade and picked up free from a neighbor’s yard. He came out to help the kids and I load it. He’d made it himself, for a grandson who outgrew it, and was happy to see it would live with children again.

Our family room is open with the kitchen; it used to be a dining room. My husband is a chef; the hutch seemed a good place for his special cookbooks. One never knows when a tissue or an abacus might be useful. The Buddha and flowers I popped there spontaneously, when I found them half buried on another flat surface.

Annalise pointed out that the art books were of my favorite artists, and she’s right. The rock serving as a bookend was picked up on one of our excursions, and the calendar just seemed like fun when I saw it at a store. There’s mail there, too, waiting for Jim or I to sort.

Top o’the desk. Not so still life!

On the desk itself, there’s the basket with the unique handle that reminds me of the burl art at the Old Faithful Inn. I put it on the desk when I noticed that it has the same shade of green. It’s intended as a bit of a catchall spot, and to look pretty.

The orange metal jack’o’lantern mug holds assorted Popsicle sticks, including what remains of our set of Thinking Sticks. Some of us like to fiddle with them at the desk. Jeremiah’s laptop is there, too, because he generously shares it whenever he’s not using it.

I see Annalise’s most recent mail from The Gorilla Foundation – she scored a Koko calendar! – a pawprint tile coaster, some decoupaged jars the kids and I made one snowy afternoon a couple of years back…and some of the craft scissors my parents gave the kids when they were very small. Others in the set are exploring various elsewheres…

Peeking out from behind the mail is a thrift store rock paperweight with the word Cheer engraved on it. Natural reminders are a good thing!

And, because creativity can be hungry-making, there is a box of apple cinnamon cereal bars, and a tissue that hopefully was used in a makeover, rather than for noseblowing…

Of course, that’s not what the desk looks like, anymore! Three of us have used it for various purposes since I snapped these pictures. The next time you see this desk, it will be wearing a fresh set of accessories. And there’s a certain beauty in that.

Do you have a flat surface you’d like to share? Feel free to add a link or photo in the comments! =D

Finding beauty – and peace- Right Here, Right Now, and wishing the same for you!
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Thursday’s Treat: Make It So!

 Thursdays can be tricky…well into the week, too far from the weekend…so, as a public service, I’ve reserved this space for a biweekly treat – an interesting tidbit or snippet I’ve picked up around the Internet.

This week’s Thursday’s Treat comes from: James Covenant,via YouTube. In keeping with the holiday season, I offer up this little treat with a smile and a cheerily expressed, “Shut up,Wesley!”. Cheers! Grab yourself some Earl Grey tea, hot, and we’ll toast!

 And that about wraps it up…I hope this geekily amusing treat brightened up the final Thursday before Christmasing! It certainly did mine!=D

Do you have something to say about this Thursday’s Treat, or an idea for a future post to share? I love comments, so feel free to pop one into that box below!

 

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Holiday Weaving: ROW80 Update, December 12/16/13

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I’ve had a busy few days, in a family sense. Not as much focus on writing, this session, as on doing and being with my beloveds. The children and I attended an outdoor Christmas party and light display, even though the weather was well below freezing, and we went out to Starbucks and to buy cocoa in advance of Winter Storm Electra, which brought us several inches of snow that has provided hours of sledding fun, already.

I’ve been hometending, and daydreaming – T’Pol and Trip are definitely insisting on their own fan fiction, and the plot tribbles are multiplying nicely.

For the rest of this round, I’ll likely be puttering with this and that:

  • With the children’s homeshooling reports turned in to the local school district, I will be focusing on a couple of beta-reading projects, and a resume I’ve offered to write for a family member.

  • I’ll be looking back at my 2013 goals, and beginning to set my intentions for 2014.

  • I’ll be continuing with writing, editing, and blogging, with the intent to begin rebuilding my queue for each feature.

  • I’ll be drafting my sponsor post for Round 1, 2014.

  • I’ll be continuing to enjoy this festive season with family and friends.

How about you? If you are a ROWer, what does the end of Round 4 look like? If this is a holiday season for you, what have you done to celebrate? Are you finding ways to delight yourself and others?

Round 4 Wrapup Buffet Selections:

Snow dog!

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly. Almost.

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. Target attained!

  • Comments answered late, due to life, but done.

Strive for high-concept posts for shanjeniah Regular Features. On target.

  • Yes, on Saturday.

Whooosh!

Writing:

Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

Write or Plan one scene weekly for The Stars are Fire and Perchance to Dream, through December. About halfway managed, this week.

  • I’m adapting this goal – I am more in an input and percolating mode than a writing one, just now.

  • Spend time with one or both WIPs, weekly.

Perchance to Dream: Adapt plan for Scene #21; plan scene #22. Target attained!

To Be or Not to Be:

Completerough draft: ~200,000 words totalDecember 31. On target.

  • 722 new words.

  • 203,717 words total.

  • Chapter Fifty-Eight progressing, into the black moments of Spock’s storyline.

Last winter…

Editing:

Focus Point:

  • Continue pre-revision process for Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp Series).

Complete on-page editing notesJanuary 31, 2014.

  • Complete through Scene #5; p 36/734.

Last winter’s boy.

Hometending:

Focus point:

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

Continue refitting common rooms to better suit our needs. On target.

Move nature books and field guides to new space. On target.

  • Being moved piecemeal – Insects guide moved.

Complete family room shift, with new desk as anchor. On target.

  • General tidying in the room.

  • My large plastic tub is refilled, and now awaiting sorting and organizing.

  • I have presorted most of the items still on the desk, to make the organization process simpler.

Minimum of 5 minutes, twice weekly, organizing and cleaning my study. Target exceeded!

  • Accomplished earlier in the week.

  • I have spent another several minutes in the study; not five in a day, but close.

Hang ribbon board. Target attained!

  • Six months after I bought it, and months after I set the goal to hang it, it’s done! Wahoo!

Complete and submit quarterly homeschooling reports. -Due December 15. Target attained!

  • All done, and submitted! My streamlining process has worked; the reports were less than half as long as they were last year, and took less than half as long to prepare.

Snow siblings, last winter.

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim and the children, in ways that are important to them. Target attained!

  • Took the children out to a local outdoors Christmas party, on a very cold night. Also took them to Starbucks for a Nintendo connection promotion.

  • Spent some personal time with Jim, chatting and canoodling. Loaned him my car when his needed repairs.

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

  • Less time writing than gathering input, percolating, and being with my family. I have been feeling introspective and present, of late.

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!

  • Natural evaluation simmering, moving toward a new understanding.

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

  • Yes, mostly hometending.

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

  • After a lull during NaNo, getting a bit better at this.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day. Almost.

  • Every day but Thursday.

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

  • Yup! I spent some time outside photographing the results of Winter Storm Electra; watching Enterprise and the Deadliest Catch.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Connect! Target attained!

  • WIPterview roughed; awaiting editing.

  • ROW80 Round 1 Sponsorship committed to.

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