What am I Doing Here? ROWing Upstream

In the wake of insanity run rampant this week, I almost avoided doing a check-in yet again.  I mean, it’s not as if there wasn’t some kind of update on Sunday…granted I posted it on Facebook in the ROW80 group.  This is how it read:

My check-in…
I have written over 20,000 words in my JuNoWriMo novel, and most of them are words I actually LIKE.
I have kept up with my sponsor duties.
I have commented and posted on blogs.
I’ve allowed myself the emotional space to enjoy life and time with family as well as write.
I had fun hosting some of the #wordsprints for the WriMo.

I managed over 5K words yesterday.

I’m in a really neat section of the story and I want to get back to writing it.

"Writing on the wood is prohibited."...

I’m still maintaining those numbers, PLUS (happy big excitement time for me) I am finally figuring out how some of the real virtues of Tweetdeck due to my hosting wordsprints for the #JuNoWriMo challenge.  Much easier than running Tweetdeck and Google Chrome (and occasionally Seamonkey as well) to keep all the various accounts for things separate.  Since I often run several such programs for different tasks (notably to keep track of all my wandering logins on my laptop), this had not seemed to much of an issue.

BOY did Monday convince me otherwise.  (Monday and Tuesday evenings were very hectic sprints.)  But I think it worked out well enough.  And I find that I really love running these sprints.  A very big thank you to Julie Jordan Scott for helping get me involved.  And if Anna and Becca decide they need me for next year, they can count on me.   ♥

Wait!  Wasn’t this a check-in?

Umm, well, yeah…  But this is what I have been doing for my ROW80 right now.

  • I’ve been writing ( 29,871 words today for the one WiP and a little over 12K on the one for CampNaNoWriMo)….a LOT!
  • I’m learning more about the tools I have at my disposal here (ie. Tweetdeck).
  • I am still somewhat managing to do some of the social media circles out there (though my Facebooking has suffered a LOT since June started)
  • I’ve found some small amount of balance with the new home-life and pursuing the path to publication.  YAY!
  • Most of ALL….  Writing has become FUN again.

The only thing that bothers me about all of this happy chaos is the way that I have a tendency to get so caught up in the glow of the words and the story that I lose track and don’t visit those wonderful people who have encouraged me to get to this point.  Not just online, but in real life…

So this is a projection of what is to come for the next ROWnd…

  • I will not be a sponsor for the next ROWnd.  However, Kait has my word that I will happily do it for ROWnd 1 in 2013 if she wants me.  (I’ll even consider ROWnd 4 for this year, but since I will by necessity be away from computers for almost two weeks during ROWnd 3…  It seemed wiser to avoid it.)
  • I will be missing several check-ins
  • I will be doing the August CampNaNoWrimo–I’m finding this mad writing dash, then pause, then dash again…ebb and flow of writing works very well for me.
  • Beyond the WriMo, I will be dedicating the third ROWnd for getting my blogs and author pages straightened out.  (The awards I’ve received and the tags I’ve received will also be dealt with during this time–THANK YOU for your patience everyone!  I appreciate the thoughts–I’m just not that organized right now.)
  • I will be making a point in July to visit as many people I owe… real visits when I can, but certainly electronic as necessary.
  • I will be making the (so-far) Unnamed Story into an ebook (I think–still considering this).  So if anyone would like to recommend a good editor to go through the story with me with a fine tooth comb, I’d love a heads up.

So that’s it.  No Unnamed Story post tonight or at all this week.  I should have something ready by next Tuesday.  Although my “crappy first draft” energy is definitely being spent elsewhere at the moment….

14 responses to “What am I Doing Here? ROWing Upstream

  1. Karen McFarland

    Well Eden, you are doing awesome girl! Wow, you’re rockin’ it! And the word count. Are you popping in with the peeps over at #FastDraft? They’re writing 20 pages, or 5000 words per day. And there’s another hashtag of peeps that are writing 1000 words at #1kwaday. Yes, this does bring some craziness with it, but you are so productive! Keep up the great work Eden! 🙂


    • Ooh! Thank your for all those hashtags to look for, Karen. I’m usually pulling 1k a day lately, but I think the #Fastdraft people are way beyond me. My average seems to be about 2200words lately…though I have broken 5K twice now, but only with a slow day before or after–does this happen to you?

      It’s a beautiful craziness. So glad to know so many people are sharing it. 😀


  2. Hey, Eden!

    Good for you for writing and writing and writing! The words that made my heart soar were “the writing is fun again.” I hear ya for that is where I am these days; truly, I anticipate each day for what I may write. It had been a long time since feeling that way.

    We’ll miss you as a sponsor in the third round for you encourage so many with such thoughtful comments but am so glad to hear you will remain in ROW80, although you know I would be by from time to time.

    TweetDeck, as you say, really helps sort out Twitter from all the noise. As a result, I have found some fine blogs and some writers I would not have discovered. Again, congrats on the writing and all the progress you are making.



    • Every time I hear another person say “Hooray! Writing is FUN again!” I tear up a little bit. It’s kind of the effect of seeing that ending scene in the movie where you know the protagonist has found his/her answer and sees the world so much more clearly, finds love has always been there waiting…

      You know the moment, I mean. We’re writers. We want to give others a chance to experience that moment, to feel it viscerally… and we want to feel it ourselves. We need to feel it ourselves.

      Thank you for the tears of joy, Karen.

      As for being in the ROW80 (and commenting), I will still be visiting other blogs. I could not do the ROW80 happily without spending some time with the people I have met here. I simply don’t feel comfortable making the commitment to weekly posts or comments twice weekly when I know I may not have internet for well over two weeks of the next ROWnd. I’m starting to really understand my limits here. And I’m finding the joy that comes with listening to what the Universe tells me.

      Thank you again for stopping over, Karen. (and just so you know, I’m trying to convince my mom to read your blog… I think she will like it)


  3. Sounds like you’ve accomplished a lot this ROWnd! Most of all, “writing has become FUN again…” That’s what it’s all about! Thanks for being a sponsor and for all the blog encouragement you’ve offered this time around, and have fun the next!


  4. It seems as though you are exactly where you are meant to be…..YAY!!!!! =D


  5. Yay! Sounds like you are just where you are meant to be. So happy for you that you are! SQUEEE!


  6. This was my first NaNo event and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself…sounds like you’re a lot busier than I am tho…


    • I’ve done over five WriMo events now…. The odd thing is, they’re getting harder. I keep wanting to work on the older stories, not create new ones. It’s one of the reasons my count for the JuNoWriMo is so much bigger than my count for the CampNaNoWriMo. The JuNoWriMo blatantly allows you to work on older works, rewriting and the like.

      Keep having fun. And you may want to check out the JuNoWriMo page too, They’re great people


  7. Glad you are having so much fun writing. It sounds like you have been a busy little bee this round. Congrats to your successes. Catching up with friends sounds great.



  8. I too find the mad dash of challenge, quiet between suits my style well – it can be difficult sometimes when retired to motivate – believe it not all you with busy lives sometimes having a whole day to oneself can kill motivation or put it on back burner, people call, phone, jobs around house and garden need doing, or sitting in the sunshine seems appealing:) you are doing well and so glad writing is fun again – I couldn’t do this if it wasn’t more fun than all the other distractions:)


  9. Wait wait wait – you don’t mean you *wrote* 40K in one day?? That’s where you’re at, right? Still a crazy achievement. I always fall behind in NaNo related stuff because I draft on paper then type it all up… Love the “ROWing” 🙂


    • Oh, no! No… not at all. I think I’d be comatose if I tried to do that much at once. Though, I’ve been watching some of my JuNoWriMo fellows on twitter and some of them are absolutely amazing doing day after day of over 10K.

      I’m in awe what I see them go.

      And Deniz, I actually prefer to draft on paper too. I only try the keyboarding for the NaNos. And it’s always a very different feel.


  10. I’ve been lax with my replies here. Hope no one minds a mass answer… Catching thing on the ones I saw but didn’t have time to answer in the WordPress “superbar” up there earlier.

    Didn’t have time—what a horrid thing to say. Truth is I was writing. I realized it over halfway through the month and I’m still under 50,000words. And I am determined to do this thing. It’s fun, but it’s sleepy work too these days.

    I’m sorry. Thank you, Shan, Morgan, Jennette, and Alberta, for cheering me on and for sharing my joy in the words that have been filling my days. I hope your days of words are equally inspired.