Daily Archives: October 9, 2013

Not Yet, No — a WIPpet/ROW80 post


…and Life in General

I’ve taken my sweet time in returning to my regular blogging projects.  I’m sorry, and I’m not sorry about that.

I have enjoyed this vacation from online things.   It’s given me a chance to catch up on all sorts of paperwork, to rest up from several weeks of lingering ick, and to even get out and about with my family to have some woods walks and leaf-peeping time (great ROW80 Fitness progress here).

Rest Time

Rest Time

Thank you all.

Time to get back in the Writer’s Saddle and start posting and plotting… and finishing some work.

You see, I took a vacation from writing too these past few weeks.  Since the ROW80 ended, I’ve only written a page and a half of story.  I’ve done some mental plotting, made some notes, even sketched some characters.  I’ve written almost nothing.

I’m just starting to feel the pull of the prose again.  The muses are still just smiling and posing, chattering more amongst themselves then targeting me with their affections, but every once in a while I catch one looking my way, and I know that soon the games will begin.  The ideas and storylines will flow faster than the hand can write them down.  The sleepless nights will come as I stay up trying to finish the outline and prep for the NaNoWriMo…

Hesiod and the Muse

Hesiod and the Muse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh, sweet insanity!

For now, I’m just opening the door, offering those ethereal coquettes a place to gather and play and recumb.  Later, once they’ve caught their breath from the trip, I’ll put them to work.

With that in mind, here are my ROW80 goals:

  • Finish an outline of Courting the Swan Song and Singer of the Swan Song by the beginning of November
  • Finish typing in the remaining Phuque.Ewe story notebooks
  • Add another mile to my walking schedule by October 31st
  • Resume Tuesday workouts and resume strength training
  • Now that Photoshop is working again, process 2-3 photos a day and submit at least one to a photography site/contest
  • Finish ROW80 sponsor post by Columbus Day
  • Visit fellow ROWers on sponsor list plus one more Rower each check-in.

A lot of short-term goals, to be sure, but all doable.  And hopefully your goals all are too.


wippetwednesday_zps53e803c0Since this is my first WIPpet since October started, I’m just going with ten sentences from Courting the Swan Song.  Alanii and the Guard have finally made it home safely, only to find that things are falling apart politically for Alanii’s father.  And Alanii’s actions are the reason….

Alanii blinked. He’d felt the thought before his father had spoken it, but to hear it spoken still stung. “I am not turning into a monster, Father.”

“Not yet, no.”

Again the echos of thought and words filled both mind and ears. It was distracting to say the least. Alanii winced slightly. It was looking more and more tempting to have this …talent taken from him, by force if need be. His head already hurt.

What would he experience in a crowd of men?

As always, a ginormous “Thank You” to to K.L. Schwengel at My Random Muse for her hosting of WIPpet Wednesdays where writers post pieces of a draft (Work In Progress) that somehow relate with the date for commentary and consideration.  Feel free to visit other #WIPpeteers at the linky.  Company, comments…  even gentle (or not-so gentle) critiques are always welcome.