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Weaving 444 Threads and 122, 488 Words: ROW80 Update, 12/1/13

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 Here we are, all the way round the year to December, again. Are you where you thought you’d be at the beginning? Somewhere unexpected? Somewhere between here and there, poised for….?

I’ll be spending some time, this month, looking back, and forward…and I won’t be forgetting Now – the only instant we ever own, the only one we can ever directly act upon. I’ll be weaving past, present, and future, like Scrooge’s ghosts, divining what meaning and learning and delight I can find there….

(Yes, I am a member of the Muppet Generation, and this delights me!)

This Now is an exhilarating one:

  • This post marks the 444th post on this blog.

  • I’ve attained my goal of completing an entire WIP rough draft during NaNo!

  • We’ll be popping by the local NNWM TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) party!

  • We’re warm and cozy, haveplans to see friends, and holiday cheering in the works.

  • My house is quiet, peaceful, and filled with my favorite people and things.

  • I’m thrumming with ideas, insights, and a wide-open sense of possibility!

And…it’s a book! From my mind!

In the coming days, I’ll be reviewing my NaNo experience, exploring holiday traditions, how we live, where I am, have been, and will be, and current events I’ve been thinking about. I’ll be picking up some loose threads, and seeing what I can create for the rest of 2013. I’ll begin making intentions and action plans for 2014. I will be with those I love, in various ways…I may even get brave, and offer an olive branch and mended fence or two. Without you, the people who come to read and to share, there wouldn’t be 444 posts on this blog. I hope, whatever December means to you, that you’ll drop by for a hot beverage (unless it happens to be hot where you are!) and a tasty blog treat – something that delights, inspires, amuses, gets you to thinking, noticing, dreaming…. I strive to be worth your time. Your precious, one Now, whichever one you read this in.

This Session’s Samplings: Revised Round 4 Wrapup Buffet Selections


Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

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

  • Saturday’s Share: Major Celebration; Minor Apology

  • I have ideas for posts extending through next Saturday. Now to write and publish them.

  • I feel ready to get back up to speed next week. (with some ideas to make next November’s blogging schedule more consistent).

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

  • I failed to make any explanation at all. I think I need to remember it before I get busy, in future, if I want it to happen.

  • Post-NaNo catch up in the wee hours of Friday night/Saturday morning.

Writing:Screenshot 2013-12-01 15.41.14

Focus point:

  • NaNo drafting.

King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. Huge Target Attained!

  • Completed Scenes: 60/60. Done! =)

  • Word Count: 122,488/ ~100,000.

  • Completed Chapters: 17/17!


Focus point:

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

Declutter and clean games shelves. Target attained!

  • This returning goal was done by the kids, at my request.

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

  • A little NaNo slippage. Clearing it out a few messages at a time.

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.On target.

  • Getting back into the swing of this one -it’s empty, now.

Clean main Documents folderDecember 20. On target.

  • A final sweep, and it’s done.

Complete and submit quarterly homeschooling reports. -Due December 15. On target.

  • I didn’t prep anything before NaNo took over; so these will be collected up from photos, posts, memories, excursions, and the like.

  • Annalise: Highlighted Visual Arts, Music, and FLA (Foreign Language Arts) objectives; completed rough draft of ELA (English Language Arts), Arithmetic, Sciences, and Social Sciences sections.

  • This will be my top priority from 12/1 until completed.

Celebrate! Courtesy NaNoWriMo.


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!

  • Working together, being patient and appreciative for what works out, and the effort of trying to fix what doesn’t. Romance and laughter. Thanksgiving without fuss, and a nap together. =)

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

  • Thanksgiving where they could eat and experiment with foods they enjoy. Christmas wishes granted early. Time, talk, and affection. Planning future fun.

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

  • Oh, yes!

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!

  • New December intentions set; pondering 2014.

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

  • Hometending and dancing.

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

  • Doing better, even at night.

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

  • Check and check.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. On target.

What are other ROWers doing with their Now? May you find peace, joy, and whatever prosperity means to you, this December Now, and on into your future!