Altered Designs

RSW8ROW80LogocopyI forgot a few things…  or I just didn’t take them into account when I made my weekly plans for Ready. Set. Write! and the ROW80.  I honestly don’t remember which I did now.  All that really matters is that plans ended up being toast.

That said, how did I actually do:

  • How I did on last week’s goal(s)
    • Transition scenes:  I finished one of the new scenes I’d discovered a week before, and none of the original two.  I really feel stumped with one.  Possibly because it’s a long scene and stuff has to happen, but none of it is very exciting  Work on transitions continues.
    • Rereading for continuity: continuing process!  It was kind of fun.  I put my story into Kindle format and have read it on my iPhone for style as well as continuity.  Learned a lot about the difference between printed page and ebook “feel” when it comes to Text Appeal.
    • Mapmaking: Not the map I was planning on sharing, but a version of the original “world” map for my stories.  The map I need to work on will be a detail of the seaport area of the Lanii lands to the north, and I’m still working out details there.

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  • My goal(s) for this week
    • Shift focus from transitions to the main climax of CTSS.  Yes, I still need to work on the transitions, but I’m hoping that by adding in some more exciting writing (and researching) I can do one transition scene a week (or two) without fighting myself so much
    • Finish assessing student projects and homeschooling paperwork for son
    • Relax and read a for-fun-only book
  • A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

An avalanche in a canyon…  well, there was a canyon, but the avalanche didn’t happen; it was held up in mid air and the people walked under it.  Ain’t magic grand?  Now the fun part is figuring out who is going to pay for all that effort…

  • The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc)

Last week was the last week of school.  Not just the end of classes for my son,  but my last week of teaching and that meant final papers and reports… stories from my many awesome students* and a few end of the year class events to deal with, that I didn’t take into account when I set my writing goals.

I also didn’t take into account that Father’s Day and our wedding anniversary were this weekend…  and my husband and I had plans, which I’d forgotten in the blur of closing out the school year and converting to summer mode.  Of course, I dropped most of my writing goals this weekend.

  • Something I love about my WIP 

History…  I love history in that it’s the study of people and the choices they made (or the choices historians believe they made).   I like trying to guess why people do the things they do.  And I love looking at old things, like stone walls, old factories, pieces of old lace and jewelry and wondering about the people who created these things.  In the Swan Song Series, each book deals with something from the past ‘made new’ again.  It’s like creating the history of history.

To make note of ROW80 goals that weren’t already addressed:

  •  Pushups/general fitness — two karate classes, one weapons/No staff class; a few shortish walks and free weight work—did daily  push-up practice
  • Camera time daily — five days
  • French and German daily 10 minutes — daily lessons/practice
  • MOOCs — none
  • ROW80 Sponsor duties — on track
  • JuNoWriMomaintained minimum sprint hosting time

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* Our of my twelve Mixed Language Arts students, I received five final draft short stories: two in Italian, one in French, one in Irish and one in Chinese (simplified).  I also received four second-draft short stories: two in Japanese, one in English (but researched for British events), and one in Danish.  I also received one first-draft copy of a Japanese story.  These students were doing mentored self-study (ie. working at their own pace with assigned projects and vocabulary/dialogue assistance from me ).   The only two children who didn’t hand in any project were my French students who worked on creating a French tea party with me. 

I’m very proud of all of my students. 

A BCS Maypole

A BCS Maypole

23 responses to “Altered Designs

  1. Hi Eden,
    Thank you for sharing the first-draft version of your world map with us. I can see that you’ve given your story-world a lot of thought. Drawing maps for my writing projects is my favorite part of world-building. My favorite map-making website is the Cartographers Guild. The fantasy maps there are amazing! Google it and check it out. Enjoy! :)

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    • I’ve seen some of the work for the Cartographer’s Guild. Envy! Glad you brought it up though. It’s a great site. Thanks. for stopping in and the kind words, John.

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  2. What a fun map! Mapmaking for your WIP is a RSW goal I never thought about before, so it’s neat that you’ve incorporated that. Hope you solve the issues with the transition scene that’s giving you grief. Have a great week and good luck on your latest goals!

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    • The nice thing I find about ‘make your own goal as long as you do your best at it’ challenges like the RSW is that it allows for all the versatile little extras one needs to consider when trying to write a book. I need this map. My head is getting all twisted and turned from not having something solid to envision, and even with its mistakes, I have found it useful.

      Thanks, Erin. You have a great week too.

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  3. THAT MAP IS AWESOME! Also: Happy wedding anniversary 🙂 And I’m intrigued by the avalanche being held in the air to allow people to pass!

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    • Thanks, Riley. I enjoy drawing most of the time, though ironing details that I haven’t yet written sometimes makes me flinch and not try my hardest.

      As for the avalanche… that level of protection costs big. How is my MC going to pay? hmm….

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  4. Your map is so beautiful!! It makes me want to sketch and break out some watercolors. That will be my reward if I finish my revisions over the next few weeks!

    I hate when life gets so crazy even when you have really good intentions to write. But it can’t be helped sometimes. Hopefully this week will be a little less crazy for you. Good luck with your goals!!

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    • Hmm, I’m not sure whether holding off from sketching and painting for a few weeks as reward is a good idea. Maybe only a allow yourself a few minutes a night or something?

      Thanks for the encouragement… the thing is, I used to be the mistress of the “get something on the page” (I even wrote a ROW80 sponsor post about how even writing five sentences a day can get a surprising amount of words out of you). And yet, I’ve allowed my blogging and social media life to take control of my head a bit too much.

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  5. Hope you’re able to figure out how to un-stump that tricky scene. I’ve been there more times than I care to count. :-/ And lots of luck figuring out your transitions. Have a great week! 🙂

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    • There’s always one (or ten) of those scenes that bog us down. Glad (and sad) to share the grumping about it. May there be fewer each times we write…. Thanks, and you too, Jaime.

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  6. Aww your students are so cute! 🙂 Hope this week isn’t so busy. Good luck on your goals!

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    • They were definitely an awesome bunch. I’ll miss them all this summer, especially the ones that are moving on (all of the older kids have been phased-out as the school closed their grades) to other schools.

      Thanks, Crystal.

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  7. Congrats on surviving the end of the school year—woo hoo! As former educators (and students working on doctoral degrees in education) we can appreciate that feeling of completing a school year 🙂 Also, you put a good dent in your goals, despite the curve balls life threw you, so congrats on that as well! Your map looks SO cool, btw. Also, Quita is a history buff so she is SO into what you’re loving about your WIP :p

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    • Thanks, Ladies! The end of the school year is … well, something else! It’s fun to go through that in either position, as I found out this year (had to get all my certifications up to state standards, which for me included adding some extra classes too). But we get there somehow, don’t we?

      I think there are a lot of history buffs out there like us, Quita (though a lot of them would rather bite off their arm than admit it). I mean, look at some of the most popular fiction out there: historical romances. Then there are the books like the Lord of the Rings (a classic ancient danger reemerges story if there ever was one)… And the movies… Most people just don’t have as much fun doing all the work involved in discovering or creating the lives of historical people. (just my opinion, of course)

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  8. I love the map! And your excerpt is fascinating. Makes me want to read more. I did a bunch of reading for continuity last week, too, and I realized how much more often I should be doing that. I caught a lot of stuff! Good luck with this week’s goals!

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  9. I love your map. Like, really really love it. It looks like a legit map and not one of those sad ones that is like squares and words.

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    • Thanks, Alicia. I need to work on the details though. I keep looking at it and saying… ‘oh, by that belongs closer to that city’ and stuff like that. Still, it was good for getting my head going.

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  10. The map looks great!! I still have flashbacks to report writing (AHHHH!!!) so congrats on getting those done. I hope you have a fabulous week and good luck with everything 🙂

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    • Thanks for the encouragement, Carrie, but.. I’m about 90% with my reports, not all the way there yet. Soon… soon.

      A glorious week back at’cha! 😀

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  11. I love drawing maps. I used to be a little obsessed with doodling map. I even made a few for attempted story. Makes me want to pull them out and show the interwebs. 🙂

    I probably haven’t this, but it’s nice to see you on ROW80 and WIPpet Wednesday.

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    • You should post your maps, Cindy. We all need a bit more direction in our stories sometimes, after all.

      And thank you. It’s been nice to see you here as well.

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