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A Not-So-Playful Wrapup: ROW80 Update, 3/26/14


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Hi there! I hope this finds you well and happy, indulging in things and people that delight you!

Here we are – time already to put ROW80 Round One in the record books, and ramp up for Round 2. My, that first quarter of the year went fast!

On Sunday, I will be posting my progress on my annual goals. But for today, I give you my final Round 1 update

I’d hoped to get more done, but…

Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes unexpected things happen (and, in the odd perimenopausal place I’m in, ‘often’ can be substituted for ‘sometimes’). Sometimes, decades after puberty, I get clusters of acne. Sometimes I get them in places I never had them before…and sometimes, that’s incapacitating in the way childbirth was, or that time I fell on the hot wood stove because I didn’t want to step on the dog…

Enough said. Monday and Tuesday were days of excruciating pain, and I am happy to report that today is much, much better. I can move and sit, stand and walk, just like a regular person! Hooray! =D


I lost some time, during those two days, and so, for the rest of the month, I’ll be playing catch-up:

  • Write and schedule five A to Z posts, to cover Week One.
  • Write my guest post for my friend Flo Gascon‘s lovely blog, and my ROW80 Sponsor Post for Round 2.
  • Queue some blog posts to cover the April creative bonanza without ignoring my followers.
  • Move To Be or Not to Be to Dropbox, and reread in preparation for April CampNaNoWriMo.
  • Set my intentions for Round 2.
  • Indulge myself, and gear up for the creative surge of April and May.
  • Continue revisions for Chameleon’s Dish, and plotting for “The IDIC Romance” stories.

My main focus areas (other than pain management) :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;
  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.
  • Preparation for ROW80 Round 2.
A break in the clouds….

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.

  • Behind, due to pain affecting focus – oh, and happily, more comments these days!

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

  • I think so. A little foggy.

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

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.

  • This will be my major focus, until completed.
  • I will begin posting stories on Tuesday, April 1.
  • Hope to have 5 stories (for the first week) completed by then.

Create premises for all stories; write POV character’s GMCs . On target.

  • Premise:12/26 Completed; nearing the halfway point at last!
  • GMC:11/26 Completed.

Write brief character sketch for each MC.  On target.

  • 9/26 Completed.

Set Plot and Pinch Points for all stories.  On target.

  • 3/26 completed.

Write story summaries. On target.

  • 1/26 completed.
  • Write story Cheat Sheets. Pending.

“The IDIC Romance”Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May):Create premise, GMC, and character sketches for both protagonists by April 1On target.

Write character sketches/bios for both POV characters. On target.

  • Completed Habits and Mannerisms.
The promise of spring.

2014 Editing:

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

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

  • In progress: 8/60

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during MarchTarget exceeded!

  • 3/23: 1 hour; 30 minutes.
  • 3/24: 50 minutes.
  • 3/25: No revising.
  • Month to-date: 63 hours, 20 minutes.
  • This will be a lesser focus through the remainder of the month.

2014 Hometending:

  • There was little that could be called hometending this session. I was in debilitating pain.

2014 Lifetending:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body. Uh, no – not after Sunday.

  • Marching in place; yoga sun salute.
  • Does “seek out ways to move my body that don’t involve excrutiating pain” count?
  • No workout or walking yet – those were impossible, before today.

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See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!

I hope the close of the round finds you in a place of joyful productivity. What are your plans for the coming days? For the new season? Will you be part of ROW80 Round 2?





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!

12 thoughts on “A Not-So-Playful Wrapup: ROW80 Update, 3/26/14

  1. Get well soon, Shan! Sorry to hear about all the pain. 😦 No, that is not a good basis for writing.

    Wow, what a list! Congrats on all the goals you accomplished. See you in round 2!

    1. Ruth,

      I’m much better! =) Not perfect, but I’ll take it.

      It wasn’t great for writing in the moment, but I’m already seeing the humor in it, and that can be good for writing. It also gives me a little touch of added empathy for the sick and wounded people who will populate my April stories.

      So I’m a little behind where I would like to be, but not so far that I can’t make it up in the next few days.

      And you’re right, it is quite a list – the cool thing is that it didn’t feel like a lot, while I was doing it.

      The not so cool thing is that one of the things that got set aside was your beta. I would happily try again, if you’re not past that point, or if you get there again. I loved the story, and learned about a pretty cool woman in literary history, too!

  2. I hope you’re feeling better soon, Shan Jeniah.

    As far as my plans post-round 1, I really need to clean my office, but I’ve been putting it off. Now that I’ve finished my latest WIP, there really are no more excuses.

    Yesterday I noticed some of the buds poking out on the trees, bringing the faintest blush of pink to the landscape. Let’s hope that means spring is right around the corner. 🙂

    1. Denise,

      I am feeling much better! Not quite back to fine fettle, yet, but a finer fettle than I was in. I can stand up! And sit down! And walk! And sleep without waking over every time I need to shift position…!

      These are pretty big things to me, right now, and not to be taken for granted.

      Tomorrow, I think I’m going to find out if I can drive. There’s a yearly event that the kids like to attend, and I’m planning to take them. I may need to seriously ramp up my resting, during and after, but it will be liberating to get out and about again.

      My study….oh, my. I’ve picked out a chair to put in there, and I have the money sitting here to buy it. But – I’m nowhere near ready with the space to put it in, and I’ve cluttered myself back out of the room, with a dozen or so projects in progress….ack. Hopefully, I’ll be up to that in the next couple of days, and can make a concentrated effort while we’re breaking…

      We’re expecting some rain for tomorrow – RAIN! Okay, it’s cold today, and may snow next week – messily – but there’s also supposed to be some warmer weather, and I’ve seen a few new buds, too (the photos are from last spring…which came early after a mild winter).

  3. I’m sorry to hear that you were in pain. I have fibromyalgia, and an eye condition that causes me pain on a daily basis, so I understand how frustrating it can be. I try to do what I can when I can. Which doesn’t always line up with my goals, but that’s how it goes. The fact that you have made solid progress despite the pain is amazing and something to be celebrated.

    Good luck with Round 2.


    1. Erin,

      I have good friends who suffer from fibro – I wish you strength, peace, and pain-free days. This indelicate injury snuck up on me, and I’m still shaking my head at how incapacitating it was…I’m still tired and in (a much lesser degree) of pain. My husband got me belly-laughing last night, though, and it didn’t hurt. This morning, he did a lot around the house, so I’m not so overwhelmed with the mess I couldn’t get to.

      I think I made progress mostly because I have the type of brain that does not shut off. It won’t let me be still for two days with stuff coming in and nothing coming out. But I was much slower, and my goals – well, I’d hoped to be closer to ready for my April challenges, but things are as they are.

      I think doing what you can is a good way to live as well as you can. Maybe those goals need a bit of a talking to, so that they align a little better with reality. =)

      I hope to see you for Round 2 – I’ve really enjoyed your updates!

      1. Thank you. I will definitely be in for Round 2.

        I hope you have peace, strength and pain-free days, too. 😀

        I’m the exact same way – I can’t *not* write for very long. It’s just not the way I work. So I am usually working through whatever it is that ails me. The longest time I went without writing in the past 9 or 10 years or so was three months due to my eye problem. After that, I *needed* to write something or I’d go nuts. Things are much better with my eye so thankfully it won’t happen again. At least if I can help it.

        Looking forward your updates in Round 2!

        1. Erin,

          Hooray! I would’ve missed you. =)

          I’m healing. Still not where I’d like to be, but it’s a process. At least I can move and think again.

          I had a very long writing drought from shortly before the birth of my first child, that lasted until my youngest was about 5. Anything I did write tended to be very fragmented – some of those notebooks had five or six pen colors on a single page!

          Now that they’re older (12 and 9), I have more writing time, especially since I read them one of my rough drafts, and we talked a lot about how I wrote it, and how I would revise it. In recent weeks, both have embarked on storytelling ventures of their own, too. That’s a lot of fum to see. =)

          I hope your eye continues to improve, and that there is relief for your back that lets you enjoy many things more.

          See you in about a week. Now I’m going to watch Enterprise do writing research! =D

          1. 🙂 I can imagine how hard it must have been to write around a young child. I’m happy that you’ve gotten back to it. It’s so cool that you share your writing with your kids. Thank you for your well wishes, and back at you! 🙂

          2. Erin,

            Now that they’re older, both are delving into storytelling of their own. We share an interest in Shakespeare, and my story is of a young girl who finds herself suddenly and inexplicably in Elizabethan England. They had a lot of good suggestions, some of which are finding their way into the revised draft I’m currently in the midst of.

            We also talk quite often about writing, and, as time goes by, they are both more willing to give me time for writing. In return, I’m willing to put my writing aside to play, or snuggle, or chat, and they have all the time they want to do the things they love.

            It takes flexibility, but it’s definitely workable! =)

            I’m thinking many pain-free thoughts for you!

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