Monthly Archives: June 2015

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.


  • 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

Drink This


It’s a bloghop!

Hello, hello, and welcome to my seventh Weekend Writing Warriors installment. Here are the rules:

  • Add your name and genre(s) to the most recent post on the WeWriWa site
  • Post a link to the WeWriWa site on your blog/Sunday post
  • Keep your excerpt 10 sentences or less (8-10, no more!)
  • Visit other WeWriWa authors and experience their work

(Find a complete set on the WeWriWa page as well as links to pages of all the authors involved. Check it out.)

Ten sentences today from my JatWW fanfiction, the Was Long Variation. Kieri has just woken after collapsing in a duel-gone-wrong:

The princess smiled as she wrung out a washcloth and laid it, chill and wet, across his forehead. “You made it back.” Before he could fully think the question that began to form in his mind, she continued. “Your talent went rogue, and you drained yourself trying to save Mother. I wasn’t sure I could break the connection between you both.” Lyarr poured a small packet of powder into a glass of water and stirred it quickly. Setting the glass on the night stand, she nodded to him. “Drink this as soon as you can; it’s an electrolyte solution.” After he’d managed a cockeyed glance at her, she nodded. “You are severely dehydrated.”

Thanks for visiting.  For further examples of my writing, please stop by for WIPpet Wednesday where I will share another excerpt from the Was Long Variation. For the month of June, I have switched to the WLV for all my bloghop snippets as I dive full-steam in the ♥Just Write♥ madness that are JuNoWriMo and Ready. Set WRITE! challenges.   Courting the Swan Song excerpts will resume in July.

Me? A White Rabbit?

Yes, I’m LateI just looked at the clock and was like  “Ack!  it’s already almost 3pm and I haven’t done my sponsor visits for the ROW80—I haven’t even written a check-in for this week’s ROW80.  I’ve got a ton of backlogged comments to answer for this blog, plus some on my ‘name’ blog The Garden of Delights (which I missed writing a weekly post for last week and likely will again this week), I woke up late for hosting my #JuNoWriMo sprints today…


The list keeps growing.

Oh, dear.  Oh, dear!

My excuse?  I took an evening off last night to just goof off and relax.  It was the last day of school and after karate (I didn’t miss that), I came home, flumped in a chair and played some Pokémon White on my 3DS with a glass of sangria next to me and chatted on occasion with family, petted cats…  it was grand!

I didn’t know how much I needed an evening like that until I had it.  Bliss, I tell you, true BLISS!

That said, this morning I had to jump right into it again.  And I’m still late.  My son’s homeschool paperwork is due next week.  Our wedding anniversary is Monday, and we need to finalize plans for our weekend…  June is such an insanely busy month.  Sometimes I wonder at myself for jumping into challenges like these (the ROW80, JuNoWriMo, RSWrite, plus several projects offline).

I’d say it’s because I like to keep busy, and in a sense, I do.  But I’m starting to think it’s also because I’m avoiding something.  Or rather…  someone: myself.

Yeah…  that’s getting too personal for me.  Time to just finish this check-in and get some catch-up work done…  partly because I promised the Boodle that we’d be going to a concert in the park this evening, and time is flying.

ROW80LogocopySo…  how’d I do on my ROW80 goals?  Pretty well actually.

  • Writing —Except for taking a break yesterday… on target
  • Storyworld/character time — pulled this out both by rereading sections for continuity and writing about my characters, so a big yes!
  • Pushups/general fitness —karate, some gardening, and a bit of extra walking; still not up to par yet
  • Camera time daily — nothing yesterda or Monday (camera was on the “charge all the batteries” mission Monday)
  • French and German daily 10 minutes — missed Tuesday, but did Italian with two of my students that day, so …  does that count?
  • MOOCs — still no; dropping this until June ends

So…  it could have been far worse.  Definitely will have to keep trying to improve, but at least being late hasn’t meant I have gotten stuck feeling sorry for myself.  I’m still writing!