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A Playful Finish: ROW80 Update, 3/5/14

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Hey there, #ROW80 peeps and interested, potentially innocent bystanders! How’s this first week of March treating you?

Round here, it’s been cold. I was pleasantly surprised to walk outside last evening and find that it wasn’t yet dark at 5:30, and that the air was not trying to slice through me like I was a loaf of bread.

Hmmn,” I thought. “It feels downright balmy. It must be 30 degrees out here, at least!”

A bit later, I passed a bank sign that told me the cold hard truth. 19 degrees.

But there was no wind.

Yeah, it’s been cold here. I’m personally thrilled with a balmy 19, once in a while! =)

Welcome to a bit of my world…Systers’ Night Out!

In other news, it’s been a session of almosts. I’ve almost finished a rough draft of Henry’s Plot Point #1 (then I need to do a LOT of revising; this scene is, in many ways, a beast!).

I almost got in a workout on Tuesday, but I picked a hugely busy time to go, and my body just wasn’t ready, especially after walking through two malls on Monday night, because I forgot which one the Build-a-Bear Workshopwas in (for future reference, it’s Crossgates Mall, and not, I repeat, NOT, Colonie Center. Happily, we found a very cute shop or two, met a wonderful and generous stranger named Charlie. Twilight Sparkle, aka Cutie, has joined the eclectic plush critter zoological garden that is Annalise’s bedroom.

I’ve tried twice to complete a certain Play Jar slip, only to be foiled. Well, third try’s the charm, right?

And Jim’s vacation is now over. It seems at once like it was longer and shorter this year. We spent the first week sick. We managed to do some of the things on our agenda last week, and over the beginning of this one. We had lots of time together, and in groups.

It’s happy and sad early evening, as we readjust to days as a threesome, rather than a foursome. Different energy, different flow…

May the rest of the week delight and inspire us all – no almosts about it!

My focus for the balance of the round :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

  • Submitting the children’s homeschool reports;

  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

A light and delicious meal shared.

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On target.

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.Target attained!

  • Continuing with these visits, and making some cool new discoveries! Win-win!

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.On target.

Me! Photo credit: Eden “Kymele” Mabee

2014 Writing:

Explore 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.

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge).On target.

Create Scrivener file; list basic facts for each protagonist (name,age, gender, physical characteristics) by March 10. On target.

  • Scrivener file created; all characters named.

  • Letting the names play with my mind for a bit before moving on to basic details.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May). On target.

Create timeline, premise, GMC, and character sketches for both protagonists by April 1.On target.

  • Considering. I’m leaning toward writing all the stories playing in my mind; some will be a series, others single pieces.

  • I’ll use these later as the foundation for plot development, or as backstory, but they all are demanding some of my attention, and I think resistance is futile, so…

Love my Bestie! Eden, as she is! =)

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • 2/60 scenes complete; scene 3/60 in revision.

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. On target.

  • 3/ 2: 3 hours, 30 minutes. (corrected from last update).

  • 3/ 3: 2 hours, 30 minutes.

  • 3 /4: 5 hours; 5 minutes.

  • Month to-date: 16 hours, 35 minutes.

2014 Hometending:

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Complete and submit both children’s reports by March 15. On target.

  • Completed Annalise’s Sciences; Social Sciences in progress.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Choose two playful activities per day; walk at least one mile each week: workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Getting closer (and have another cold, this one thankfully minor).

  • Air punches (cross, jab, uppercut); walking in two malls; dancing; stair climbing; moving firewood.

  • I’ve likely walked at least a mile while at those two malls; will get a pedometer this week.

  • 2 laps )1/7 mile) walked at the Y- a knee brace may also be in my plans.

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The magical courtyard at The Desmond, a local hotel.