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Scattered: Ready. Set. Write! August 3 – 10, 2015 (Week 9 Update)


Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing.

We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, we check in at the linky, or one of the host blogs. Come join in, or cheer us on!

My Week Eight update: Otherwise Occupied.

And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

It was a week of recovering and resetting after Unschoolers Rock the Campground. I was scattered, doing a bit here, and a bit there – and somehow it all added up to some fairly significant progress…


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 80K for the week. Current total: 79,372/ 80,231. Completed through Scene 26/50; Niaan’s Pinch Point #2. A win!


  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot and dialogue. A solid win!
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercise 2. Rewrote/revisioned four passages from this 3 page, 1100 word short.


  • The IDIC Romance: Reread and import remaining 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. 32/32 stories imported! A Tuesday win!


  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible; post Second Serving Sunday from last week. Use the features begun but not finished last week, to streamline. 7/9.
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. More visits than comments, thus far; but weaving into the flow of a recuperative week.


  • Homeschool Administration: Research 2015-2016 IHIP requirements for Grade 9, begin Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Research done, and templates for IHIPs and quarterly reports downloaded. Annalise’s fourth quarter report about halfway drafted.


  • Recuperate from intense camping weekend, and resume a more normal flow. Allowing myself lots of time to relax and rest, but gradually taking on more hometending and writing projects. A restful and productive win


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate five times. Intentions journal: 6/6. #onegoodcup: 6/6. Meditation: 7/5: mandalas; t’ai chi. I call this a BIG win!
  • T’ai chi practice five times; Add a Thursday class. 2/5.
  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag twice! 1/2

My goals for this week:


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 87,500 words. Current total: 80,231/ 87,500. 7,269 words left.


  • The IDIC Romance: Reread and import remaining 2015 stand-alone and arc stories stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. 7 stories to add.


  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Complete highlighting detailed notes for setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercises 2 and 3.  (add 3).


  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible; post missing Coffee and Conversation from last week and authorized reblog.
  • Catch up all July and August blog comments and visits.


  • Homeschool Administration: Draft Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both.
  • Complete stowing camping gear.
  • Clean/tidy study – it’s gotten a bit scary in there…


  • Resume a more normal rhythm; pick time to go to State Museum with kids.
  • Watch Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Three, through S3E5: “Impulse”.  5 episodes. Hey, #itswritingresearch!


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate six times.
  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice.
  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag twice!

A favorite line from my story that sums up what I wrote/revised:

“…Strange enough I was, even in the nursery, among Untribed sisters, the prisoner of an Untribed Keep – and I was, in some wise, a prisoner, as much as the Kai my half-twin was in her exile. Never did I truly belong there, in such a place, and bound so much by Untribed rules.”

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Fragmented focus; between recovering from the trip and catching up on lots of hometending, to delving into the mysteries of Windows 10, to homeschooling paperwork, there was a lot going on in my head, and my world….

Something I love about my WIP:

  • That I can already see hints of the deeper story revision will chisel out of this rough draft.

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, August 17, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSWrite), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!


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!

8 thoughts on “Scattered: Ready. Set. Write! August 3 – 10, 2015 (Week 9 Update)

    1. Hi, Suzanne! I LOVE Rock Your Plot – and, for only $2.99 on Kindle, it’s been worth the cost to me, several times over.

      Another book I’ve been experimenting with is The Snowflake Method – I’m now using components from both of them.

      I’ve still got several plotting books on my Kindle, waiting for me to play with…I’m building a strong knowledge base, so I can adapt by mood and project (I have many projects!).

    1. The trail is Moro Rock in Yosemite National Park, where my husband and I visited in 1997, shortly after we were married.

      It was indeed quite a trail, and the view from the top…glorious, even on a foggy day.

      I’m not so great at remembering Twitter stuff, either, but maybe I’ll bump into you there!

      So far, it’s been a productive week for me. Planning on keeping that trend going. =)

  1. I like your “tending” categories – such a great idea to include them.

    “to delving into the mysteries of Windows 10” I’m waiting (impatiently) to do the same thing, as soon as MS sends my download link.

    Have a great week!

    1. My “tending” goals are very very important to me. They remind me that these things aren’t tedious chores, but sustain the foundations of my life.

      I hope you have your link and your own chance to delve by the time you read this. =)

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Task View feature! I tend to flit from project to project, and our unschooling life means that there’s a lot of spontaneity and variety in our days – and this one simple upgrade, with thumbnails of everything I have open – word processing, Scrivener, my Internet window, whatever – has made it orders of magnitude easier for me to streamline my writing time, and have a project that fits the time, energy, and level of focus I have available- and to switch easily if something comes up and circumstances shift…

      I hop your week is off to a rousing start!

  2. Wow, you have a lot on your plate. Homeschooling – oy! That’s a ton of work. Hats off to you. Sounds like you made great progress this week. I hope the coming week is awesome, too!

    1. I tend to have a wide-angle mind that leaps from this to that and loves challenges. I simply can’t do one or two goals – I’d be endlessly distracted and wander away to play with other things.

      So my solution is to make some of those other things into goals, too – so I always have something I can move forward on, and something to shift to.

      Homeschooling is, in many way, a lot less work than it might seem from the outside. We’re unschoolers, so I don’t create curriculum – both kids, 11 and almost 14, learn as they live.

      On the other hand, we spend a lot of time together, talking, exploring the world, taking trips, making plans – so my life is filled with random moments of connection and times when the kids are both occupied with their own things and I’m free to pursue mine (because we’re all about the passion, around here!).

      That’s where my variety of goals comes in very handy – it shifts well with the changing currents of our lives…

      What is a lot of work is the vast array of paperwork my state requires – most of which has little or nothing to do with the childrens’ actual lives or learning….

      But it’s the price we pay to live in a way we all love, so I do it (and make it a goal, so I can feel better about churning my way through it at intensive times like this.).

      I hope this week is filled with delightful productivity for you!

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