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Leaving My NaNo-Nest: December 1, 2014

Come ROW with us! =D

Note: I wrote this early early Sunday morning. Lotta words since then…so I’m leaving it, for now. More NaNo details to come on Wednesday!

Can you believe that it’s nearly over (or, depending on your time zone, that it already is over)?

As I type this, at 3am, I’m also making my last final push for NaNoWriMo 2014. If I can write three scenes today, I will have moved all three of my POV characters into their Act Threes.

My supporting characters are already there, but my main character needs those scenes to happen, so that he can get there, too…

At the beginning of NANo, I thought I’d finish the draft this month; but it’s gotten longer and more involved than I thought it would be. It’s fan fiction I’ll be offering freely, so that’s OK, but it means that I’ll have more December writing to do than I anticipated.

And about December…I’ll post some monthly goals on Wednesday, when I’ve had a day or two to reset and relax, post-NaNo. It will be a mellower month, though…and that will be lovely, after intensity.

How about you? Do you NaNo? If so, how are you feeling, at the end? Is December a chaotic or a peaceful month, in your life?

What my NaNoWriMo 2014 looked like!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014). Goal adapted.

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 302/333.
  • Went over once; mostly just dealing with a few a day, to stay below threshold, until NaNo is officially over.

2014 Fitness:

  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals ((smoothies/salads;yogurt; soup:nuts; grains).

  • 2/2 Greek yogurt.

  • 1/1Vegetable pesto soup.

  • 3/ 2 Nuts (macadamias; slivered almonds, sunflower seeds).

  • 4/3 Grain (whole grain bread).

  • 5/5; 4 salads; 1 blueberry/pomegranate smoothie.

  • A very good week for all of these! =)

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Many/3; extra veggies on a sub; romaine and avocado on a BLT; clementines; banana; raw carrot/ranch dip; Brussels sprouts; broccoli; corn on the cob; sweet potato.

  • I made good use of our Thanksgiving trip to a buffet restaurant to veggie-load -yum!

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Well, I think everyone who gives it a whirl wins, but I do love this graphic, so…


2014 Blogging:

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

  • Still sporadic, but I plan some nice relaxing catchup for next week, so things’ll be better then.

  • I still“owe” a Cand C post, but I did an ‘extra’ #SparkleFriday post, so it kind of balances.

2014 Writing:

  • Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move by December 31, writing at least 2,000 words daily.

  • Current Chapter: 10/20

  • Current Scene: 38/60

  • Word Count: 157,148/~200,000

  • New Words: 29,479!

  • New Pages: 51!

  • Finishing up Pinch Point #2 for my MC, who informed me that I had this pivotal scene plotted all wrong. He thinks the same about the next couple of scenes, too…

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • More magnet progress.

Complete the family room reset.

  • Between my Accomplice and I, we have a tidy new coat area right by the front door! Woot!

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Continue my FutureLearn class, Exploring Play, until finished.

  • Still at 38% complete. Week 3/7. Class ended; nothing new.

Return to exploring Play Jar slips in a playful, FUN way!

  • Nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Not specifically, but I did carry a 100 plus pound girl on my back for 10-15 minutes, making several laps of the pool.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…
  • Still standing at this marker; no treadmill this week.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • Skipped the track this week.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.

  • Skipped.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Skipped these this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

  • I missed Friday and Saturday. NaNo brain!

Think I might treat myself….I never have, before…

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!


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!

15 thoughts on “Leaving My NaNo-Nest: December 1, 2014

  1. Dear Shan, Love your energy, stamina, and OUTPUT! Congrats for completing NaNo and for showing us the way . . . your organization keeps inspiring me. I never ‘won’ at NaNo before, though participating always brings me new insight. This is my first year of winning, so I might just join you with some swag. My plan for December? LOTS of editing. May you enjoy this new month and the coming year. 🙂

    1. Why, thank you, Beth! I think a lot of it ha to do with having not given myself permission to devote myself to my writing. Now that I have, it’s my default position. I love it, and it makes me happy, and that makes me better to live with, too.

      The organization – well; its better at some times than at others; kind of an organic thing. =) It helps that I have a few systems that work well and are easy to implement.

      Hooray on your win! =D And for every year that you committed yourself to the attempt, too! I hope you enjoy your swag – you earned it – and that the story is delighting you.

      My editing is going to wait until next year – I’ll be focused on wrapping a few things up, setting 2015 plans and submitting yet another set of homeschool reports.

  2. Congrats on NaNo and your progress with your WIP! I must admit that I didn’t write nearly the words I’d hoped, but I broke 10K and produced more writing each week (except Thanksgiving week), so I’m going to count that as a success. Yay, success! 😉 Good idea giving yourself some down time after NaNo to chill and meditate on December goals. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

    1. I think making the attempt is a win, no matter what the final word count is. The focus on the story, and the commitment to our writing….those have benefits that can’t be quantified or tabulated like word counts.

      I also believe we all define success for ourselves. Ten thousand new words is fantastic – way to go! =D

      I’ve relaxed my focus, but this story still has hold on me, so I’m still writing a few thousand words a day. I really want to see how it will all turn out!

      I’ve taken a look at my goals, and will finalize them either tonight or tomorrow (NaNo after party tonight).

      I’ve spent more time with hometending, and being with my family. Puttering and catching up on some smaller things that slipped beneath my notice these last weeks.

      May you have a delightful December!

  3. I agree with Tammy – every time I visit I am amazed at your writing output and completion of goals. Congrats on completing NaNoWriMo! All the best as you unwind.

    1. Thanks! Today I caught up some too-long neglected hometending, wrote a few thousand words, did a couple of blog posts, reconnected with social media, and played some.

      i’m going to take a break now until after midnight -get a hot shower and putter a bit.

      I’ve learned a lot about how to set attainable, challenging goals that move me toward my larger visions since a joined ROW80 in January of 2015.

      I’ve also learned to accept the importance of writing in my life. Legitimizing it has made a world of difference in the focus and time I give it.

      I’m planning to enter the new year, for the first time since I can’t remember when, without a “hanging draft” to finish. =)

  4. I always see people say they need to take a break/relax after NaNo. Me? I want to keep driving on. Writing energizes me. I’m always amazed even after a big writing day(i had a few 6k+ days last month, which is a lot for me), I’d feel like writing even more.

    Hope your December is as mellow or full as you want it to be. 🙂

    1. Well, my “break”, so far, has been over 4K words, two blog posts, and a good deal of hometending….so “relax” is a relative term, more meaning that these novels are stepped back a notch or two in priority (I have homeschool reports to do this month, too, and that’s a legal requirement, so…).

      I know what you mean about wanting to keep going…I left my characters hanging, poised for Act Three, and I just can’t leave them like that!

      I think it will be both mellow and full, at once. May yours hold just what you want!

      1. Yeah, I’ve edited 7 chapters already this week, per my beta reader’s comments. 🙂 I took a break on Thanksgiving, that will probably last me to Christmas. 😉 Although I do tend to take weekends off, so that probably helps.

        1. I tend to slow down a bit when my Accomplice is off work (Monday/Tuesday). I also don’t write as much when I travel; so I’m thinking I want to plan ahead for that ten days or so that we’ll be in Oregon at the end of February. I may just focus on reading some of the books I’ve got waiting on my Kindle, and maybe rereading some of the projects I’ll be delving into for Round 2…

          I’ve written at least 2K a day on TEDM each day since NaNo ended. I expect the pace will pick up, too, as I get some of the outstanding things on my list (the stuff I set aside for NaNo, like blog comments and visiting!) underway…

  5. Wow! It always amazes me, your list of goals! I might try to do several things over the course of the day or the week, but keeping track of all of them the way you do would so fry my brain. 🙂

    1. I’m pretty used to keeping track of things organically, because I’ve been doing that with the kids for the last several years. It get easier the more I practice it.

      What I usually do is go through a time or two a session and color-code the goals based on whether and how much I’ve done with them. Then I can go back and fill in the details along the way.

      I’m not sure why, but that just seems to work best with my brain and my life.

      I feel like it’s been a year of major writing growth , for me. And you, my friend, are no slouch in the doing-things department.

  6. You’re a literary star – or whatever the writing version of a rock star is
    😉 Congratulations on NaNo and for achieving so many other goals while your head was in cloud nano land – it seems you’ve had a blast!

    1. *takes bow;ducks head to hide blush.*

      Thank you. =)

      I’m still a little lost in the story …Act Three is no place to leave characters hanging! = D

      But I do feel like this whole year has been an amazing whirlwind journey…I was just looking over my Round 4 goals, and getting excited about putting together a December plan…and a 2015 one too!

      Popping over to visit…those are one thing that fel by the wayside – visits. I’ve missed everyone, and am eager to reconnect!

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