Monthly Archives: July 2013

Quick apology post

Road blocked by landslide

Road blocked by landslide

I was going to try to make up my last Friday post for my Roads to London series of photoblogs, especially since, now I seem to have gotten my computer mostly under control.

That was when I realized, I won’t be home for the next week (that also means no ROW80 check-in on Wednesday or WIPpet post).  So I decided to wait and make this quick apology post.  I would rather wait a week to post and be available for comments and discussion than ignore people, even accidentally.

I’ll see everyone on Wednesday the 24th for a new WIPpet and ROW80 check-in (with hopefully lots of great writing news).  Fellow ROWers will hear from me even sooner, but only as a visitor to their blogs and ROW80 sponsor post writer as I believe Kait has my post scheduled for the 22nd.  That’s also when fellow JuNoWriMo moderator Margaret McNellis will be posting her interview of me.

Until I see you all, have a great week and happy words!

Until we get back...  Have fun!

Until we get back… Have fun!

Want — a WIPpet/ROW80 post

English: W.I.P.


It’s a new month, but not a new WIP…  at least not for me.

Welcome back once more to Singer of the Swan’s Song (working title, of course) for another WIPpet.  Since it’s the tenth of July, allow me to offer you ten more sentences of Atyr’s story.

It didn’t take much beyond the woman’s tone to tell her what had happened. “You told him to do that?” She didn’t care if she’d shouted at the Master Healer. Now the fury she’d felt to her two watchkeeps, poor foolish creatures, she realized just doing what they’d been told, unable to know better.

The Master Healer nodded with clear satisfaction. “Of course I did. I haven’t spent these past few days mending all those cuts and bruises to let Lassau add another dozen or so more. You can find new ways to seek connection to the Goddess than in that woman’s twisted care.”

Atyr looked at the woman coldly. “You want me to die,” she said keeping her voice as quiet as she could.

So there it is–I hope you liked it.

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ROW80 Check-in

A whole new Round of Words started last Monday.  I was “in” but “not in” until this Sunday, able to use some public machines to comment on blogs, but not daring to actually post until I knew my home machine was stable enough (and not compromised any more than my legitimate software requires so that it can be updated, etc.).

It’s happier now.  I am too.  My writing is still behind.  I hadn’t realized how much I was relying in that first week of the month to get my rhythm going for this Camp NaNo, but I’m finding myself fighting the “I need to get stuff done” drive for our camping preparations as well as the “I’m so far behind now, I can’t catch up” call to give up.

It’s a recurring problem I’ve had since school.  Back then if I missed a day or (more often the case) didn’t do my homework, but realized I needed to make up the work to avoid that nasty zero in the grade books, I’d feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of everything…  and I’d give up.  I’d try to hide the bad grades from my parents; I’d act as if I didn’t care to the other kids in school, even when every tease burned.  I hated the fact that I was constantly giving up, but I didn’t know how to get to where I wanted to be.  And the resulting depression just made it harder to even maintain the status quo let alone catch up.

I wanted to start again without any backlog, and school didn’t work that way.  Which is perhaps why the concept of the ROW80 appeals so much to me.  It’s more like life, where people are constantly remaking themselves as they learn and discover what works best for their needs.

Where we can Forgive and Forget … and then move on.

Yes, the same amount of work still needs to be done, but I dictate the direction it will take and the timeframe I will work on it in.  And I can change things as life happens.  Oddly enough, that is enough to make me feel better and enough to stop me from freezing up when I find I’m falling behind.

I’m behind, but I’m still writing.  I’m still editing.  Swan Song may not be written this year.  I have not set date for the release of the series.  Sooner is, clearly, better since it allows me to share it with people while I’m able to interact well with the audience and hopefully be able to write more, but if something happens, it doesn’t set me in a funk the way it used to.

So, while I’m still behind, I’m catching up.  For this month’s CampNaNo goal of 50K, I should be at about 17K today.  Instead, I’m at about 7K (estimation given because some of the work is handwritten).  I’m not panicking though, because it only takes a few bouts of #wordmongering and #1K1hr sprints to make a 3K day.  I have time to make it up now and more time to finish things when we come back next Friday.

Camping "not quite" old-style

Camping “not quite” old-style

And my ROW80 Fitness goals will be flying after a week of rowing the boat around our bay (we’ll be at the end of Pope Bay on Saranac Lake ), sawing firewood, and meandering through the woods.  Last year we were at the far end of Boot Bay, and there was a wonderful spot for rowing there.  I’m hoping for some similar fun this year.

That, with some notebooks and pens, and a week of no internet…  I’ll be back into the “Write Mode” by  end of this break; I always am.  Changes in rhythm are refreshing and a great way to rediscover one’s focus.  I’ve always found this true for me.

What rhythms or ruts have you found yourself in?  And how did you get back on track?

To ease you all into Summertime, here’s a little Porgy & Bess, as sung by the talented Leontyne Price.  Mmm!

ROW80LogocopyThe ROW80 Writing Challenge is the brainchild of author Kait Nolan who felt that, in a world of WriMos and FastDrafts, people who want become authors  need something that promoted the daily habit of the writing life.  Feel free to visit some of our other members here.


Some Bad Stuff Happened

I know…  I said I wouldn’t be posting on Sundays.  Slow blogging , I said…  I had the schedule all picked out: one weekly post on Wednesday and one monthly post on Friday.

What do they say about the best laid plans of mice and men?  (Well, they say a lot of things, but since my nickname used to be Mouse, perhaps Robert Burns will not mind me borrowing his phrase once more in its corrupted form.)

I missed both posts I had promised to make last week.

Killer Server

Killer Server (Photo credit: ArtBrom)

I had an excuse.  My computer (actually both my computers) got infested with viruses.  I got things up and running Thursday night, but needed to reinstall and re-setup several of my favorite programs over Friday and Saturday.  I still need to get Photoshop working, but Scrivener is fixed, both Picassa and Tweetdeck are running again; Winamp was reinstalled, even Seamonkey got some fixing.

Yeah…  pretty much everything I use on a regular basis needed maintenance.

Add that to a holiday week with a 7 year-old boy who has discovered he loves fireworks (we had to see two parades and three fireworks shows this week), and I just didn’t have the energy for much.  I’m holding up my writing, and that’s about it.  I’m behind on that too.

But because I am still involved in the ROW80 (I am a sponsor, and did make a trip to a library to get my sponsor visits in on Tuesday), and because I didn’t want to get too far behind on that, here is my first post of Round 3….  complete with goals.

ROW80 Goals

Simple goals for this round….  Simple goals work best for me.

  • Write my Five Sentences daily–creative writing only
  • Do my sponsor visits at each check-in (save July 14th)
  • For the July CampNaNoWriMo, (I need to catch up) write 50,000 words to add to the Swan Song series
  • ROW80 Fitness: stop sitting so much!
  • Finish a few books in my “am reading” pile (right now that consists of  I Shock Myself by Beatrice Wood, The Bedside Book of Beasts by Graeme Gibson, The Way I See It by Temple Grandin, The Mammoth Book of New Comic Fantasy  ed. Mike Ashley, The Eyeless (Doctor Who) by Lance Parkins among others)
  • Resume the blog schedule I have posted

That’s about it.

And since this would be the second check-in (my first) of Round 3,  now it’s time for a….

ROW80 Check-In

ROW80LogocopyI’m behind on my writing.  My Five Sentences are on track.  I’ve fallen behind on my CampNaNoWriMp goal though, and I have to make up my check-in visits for Wednesday.  It’s a good thing that I don’t mind getting things done longhand as well as by typing, otherwise, I don’t think I’d be able to get the WriMo done this month.  Next week our family will be heading up to Saranac Lake for camping.  No computer, no internet…  Just pens, paper, and some drawing supplies.  And of course my camera.  Can’t forget that.

And now for the good news of this check-in.  I did managed to get a lot of reading done (amazing what one can do when there isn’t this electronic distraction machine in front of one demanding undivided attention).  I got some editing done on Swan Song (printouts are grand things), and I got a lot of walking and “outdoors” time in.

So, yeah, things could have been better, but they could have been so much much worse.  I’ll deal.

Other ROWers are having their own tribulations and joys that they’re sharing.  Why not visit a few and cheer them on too?