Nine Weeks and More

Ever feel like time was running away from you?

Welcome to my summer.

Running, running…  always running.  At least the headlong flight seems to have stopped.

A six-week old kitten.

Time never runs on me–well, not the crazed flight of a mouse with cat in tow.  For me, Time does that taunting dance of the cat as it tries to lead you to the food dish, but twists back just in time to twine under your feet and make you land solidly the butt.

Wish there was a chair there…  I’d be halfway to BICHOK.

I have actually been doing the BICHOK thing  all along (though with less keyboard and more pen and paper).   I haven’t been online much lately.  Intentionally.  After the two WriMos that I pulled out of June, I needed to take a break and reassess (and rediscover the rest of my house and computer).  I also needed to come to terms with some of the discoveries I made during that time about my writing and my own needs.

And the truth is, while I need to maintain my social networks, I need to also ditch my social networks even further.

Does that make any sense?

It’s not rocket science.  I simply need to refocus my energies less on the next cute image on Facebook or Twitter or Youtube video or…  I need to reward myself with those social media treats.

And I need to find a way to do that without having 163 notifications in my Facebook.  Why do all you people out there have to be so interesting and so much fun?

To quote the meme… “Damn you, Internet!”

The virtue of all of this stuff at my fingertips?  My ADHD has met its match.  While the whole “plug me in” concept that some have embraced of using technology to augment humanity, I do confess to a desire to “see more, do more, discover more, etc.” than my “Meat Existence” (what some call Real Life, a place that often seems to be no more or less real than the virtual worlds that I write about in my fiction) will ever allow.  And yet,  the essence of Me that exists in the body I use to interact with the world around me (even the virtual worlds of the computer and social networks) is too vain and self-important to simply become a Provider and start using quatloos for the remainder of my existence.

And so, I need to actually restrain myself here, so that I can fully immerse myself into the “oh so very important work” of making more virtual worlds to escape into.  😉

Which, of course, leads into the title and the ROW80 which is it based off of….

This is Round 3 of 2012, and I am late.  Not just a day late, or even a few days late…  Round 3 (or ROWnd 3 as some ROWers like to say) actually started on July 3.  Notice the date of this post however….

Not even close.

I didn’t even write up a list of goals for this ROWnd yet.

And you know what?  I’m perfectly happy with that.  I needed to take some “Me Time” (even if, in our house “Me Time” is really more “Us Time”) where I could assess my longer term goals and progress with everything I’ve learned in the last two ROWnds.  I needed a break too; the 10 day pause between ROWnds seems never long enough to actually feel like a break, especially this last time.  Maybe it was the impeding holiday…  Maybe it was catching up after the WriMos…  But I needed a bit more time off than the normal break and took it.

And as a result of all of this, now I know my goals need to be more “manageable” for a time.  I have a lot going on this ROWnd that isn’t writing related, and a lot of it has fallen toward a back burner so far because I wanted to bask in the glow of the success I felt at the end of the first ROWnd.

ROWnd 3 Goals:

  • write every day — test mile of 300 words
  • finish beta reads in progress
  • WriMo “novels” — finish working on them
  • READ!!!  I have three reading challenges to work on
  • (maybe) participate on the August CampNaNoWriMo

And for my progress?  I’m short today on my test mile, but there is time to finish it.  I also need to gather my notes for one of my beta reads, but haven’t started the other.  I did read today.  I have not done much with either WriMo piece since June ended, but I did open the first one a bit yesterday.

It’s not much, but it’s a start.  And I can work with that.

12 responses to “Nine Weeks and More

  1. Being “late” is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to ROW80. This round, for the first two weeks I’ve stated outright “Will do ____ and then, when it’s done, will write my goals.”

    So go ahead! Do what you need to do. The mutual goal is forward progress… even if that means standing still and breathing for a while first.

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    • I like that, Amy Beth.

      The mutual goal is forward progress… even if that means standing still and breathing for a while first.

      Thank you!

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  2. Welcome back 🙂 And you make total sense. You know we’ll support you in what ever you choose.

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    • Thanks, Ryan. Sometimes it seems so silly after the fact to be apologizing for being human… but in the heat of the moment, it makes perfect sense. Glad the ROW80 community is what it is. Some Real people, real lives, really writing…

      So how is life treating you? More poetry I hope!

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  3. You are so correct regarding the social network soup we all slog through everyday, taking us away from writing and well, life. I do it, although I have cut back and managed to end ways of sharing automatically, but its so difficult to wade through all my emails and FB updates and Tweets(I don’t even go there much now, too much). I wish I could hire other me’s to do maintain my ‘platform,’ while I sat and wrote. 🙂 You have a very healthy attitude to all this Eden. We all know that slow and steady won the race. 😀 X

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    • Shah, you and I will be right next to each other in line when they start cloning us…. Or when they start offering 48 hour days. Do you think we’ll get any time to breathe then?

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  4. I hear you, Eden. My ADD is out of control these days. Welcome back, and continue not to feel guilty about “me time.”

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    • I actually almost never feel “guilty” about Me Time anymore, Elizabeth. I take it because I need it, and because having it makes me a much better person. But all things in balance…. And sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Or so it seems.

      Here’s to our mutual ADD!

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  5. Glad you enjoyed some me/us time and are now in Round 3. Congrats on your June words, and love your 300 word test mile (mine is 30 minutes of working on my WIP, because some days I need to do research and other things). I’ve yet to do a NaNo, but am considering jumping in for November…

    Looking forward to reading your Round 3 progress!

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    • Thanks, Tia. I like your idea for the test mile as well, though at the moment, I’m sticking with my own solely because I can space it better. But soon enough… soon enough, I will be back into research, not scribbling mode.

      If you like to have a lot of writing, writing, writing without taking many breaks for much else, then you will probably enjoy a WriMo. They are invigorating, but I’ve found I need to do them in context of something like the ROW80. There is too big of a “just stop and relax until the next time” urge after a WriMo, and I would definitely just stop still and do nothing for months if I didn’t have the ROW80 daily goal to deal with. It’s a good mix. Though if you do end up joining in November, be sure to post about it. I want to be able to cheer you on! 🙂

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