Do you like to play with numbers? While I’m more comfortable by far playing with words, my Accomplice enjoys number patterns, and he’s got me interested and noticing certain patterns, as well.
It’s interesting, for example, that, due to my experimentation in plotting with The Snowflake Method, I didn’t begin my July CampNaNoWriMo novel, Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn Weft Series #2) until July 11.
A few months, and a return to plotting with the more familiar to me Rock Your Plot system, have made a huge difference. On November 11, I’m poised at the brink of Act Three – and it’s possible that I may complete my NaNoWriMo goal today.
I’m not saying I’m willing to abandon Snowflaking – I’m more likely to combine elements of both methods, and continue learning other techniques, and tailor my approach to each individual project.
What have you learned this round? If you NaNo, do you plot? Pants? Both?
NaNoWriMo: Complete draft of Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #3). . This near-future fantasy will be about 60,000 words, total. I’m officially at 43,446/50,000; a little above NaNo par for 11/26. 16/24 scenes completed; ready to dive into Act Three, with the characters continuing to surprise me, and one huge, series-impacting revelation.
Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Resume and complete draft (currently on Scene 29/50). I intend to complete this draft as my rebel NaNo continuation, once my ‘official’ project is drafted.
The IDIC Romance: Finish freewritings, and choose one for each letter to develop into an A-Z post; make episode list for rewatching, and take notes as needed. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/31 stories chosen. 21/26 letters completed; 1 /2 V completed. I’ll take this on once Sea Changes is complete; as a palate cleanser before delving back into FDWR.
Star Trek Chronology Project:Watch first 10 chronological episodes from Season One of Star Trek (TOS). I’ve bookmarked the site on my Kindle, so I can use the episode list as I watch. So far, I’ve watched the two series pilots (yes, Star Trek had two, as the first was deemed ‘too cerebral’ and too sexy, too.): “The Cage” and “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. 2/10 complete.
Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Still not managing all my posts, but hoping to change that through the remainder of the week.
Catch up all blog comments and visits. I’ve made progress here. I’ve still got a backlog, but I intend to stay current, and get to older comments in spare moments.
ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. I’m keeping up. =)
- Maintain email inbox below 333 messages. New phone/Kindle tandem system is working beautifully. I’m well beneath my cap, at 94 messages.
- Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue. Collecting screenshots from The Boyo’s various online projects, in preparation for wrapping up the Peer Review issue.
- Get computer repaired!
- Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. Focus on maintenance and implementing ideas from 5,000 Words Per Hour. 3/5 hometending. Lise’s room; family room; living room; study. Clearing the decks in preparation for using the book ongoing and progressing.
Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Intention for future travel; ideas in play, but nothing concrete at this point.
- NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Doing a bit better overall; hoping to get to one of these critiques in the next couple of weeks.
Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).
- My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Oh, yes! Lots of connection, conversation. Walks and outside play. Reading bedtime stories. Couples’ time. Shared videos and meals.
- Complete 7 pending book reviews.
Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 3/7 for journaling and meditation.
T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.
- Make time for physical activity five days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/5; 1/3 with phone.
Leaps of Faith:
Poetry Chapbooks:I did some very basic research on what chapbooks are; letting the concept simmer for a bit. A bit of discussion with another writer.
Website/Business blog: Informal brainstorming with my Accomplice.
Fantasy convention: As it turns out, it would have better to check this out prior to the weekend it’s being held. They’ve met their attendance cap, and prices are far too high for this to be a possibility for me this year.
Fan fiction stuff