Sunday, Sunday, So Good…

Is it so good to me?  Dunno…

Today feels like… well, like Monday in a way.  The song fits.

It’s not like it’s been a bad day so far, nor a busy one…  there’s just this edge of anticipation that says “Watch what you promise, be careful what you do–you’re going to need to be ready for something big soon.”

I wish I knew what.  Energy comes in different kinds, and it would be useful to know whether I need the kind that will be able to empower me during sudden, random bursts of activity or something more durable…  something that will get me through days, possibly weeks of grinding

For now, it has to be one day and then the next and then we’ll see after that…  Tomorrow, for example, is the happy but also busy event of the Boodle’s piano recital.  He’s got his three pieces down and shouldn’t have too much problem, but because of scheduling conflicts, we have a lot of racing before the recital starts tomorrow that could make things stressful for him.

Two years ago he had his first recital.  He wrote this song for it.

Row80 Check-in and Assessment

  • Goal: working through three chapters weekly of James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure (including exercises)
  • Progress: still detoured, and I’ve done nothing else of the type
  • Goal: catching up in my local critique group (including submitting something this week)
  • Progress: one and half crits done, so halfway
  • Goal: typing two pages a day of old notebooks in
  • Progress: had a happy burst of progress yesterday, but still a page behind; I’m in a happier place to see some progress for a while though, so hopefully this coming week will be easier
  • Goal: (VIG) Write new words daily! (the Five Sentences thingie)
  • Progress:  I fell down here this week; I got nothing written, and only lROW80Logocopyast night was I able to stop thinking about my backlist of projects to spend some quality talk-time with my characters.  Thankfully they were there to spend time with me! *
  • Not Goals but Progress Anyway:
    1. Duolingo — daily progress
    2. JuNoWriMo prep — nothing on my work; have  gone through most of the Featured Author posts and returned them to the authors for review and corrections
    3. Inspirational Posts” — this may sound like an odd goal, but if I’m going to sponsor next ROWnd, I need to think one up; I’ve also been asked to write a PEP-talk post for the JuNoWriMo, and while I have an idea for that, I need to flesh out a rough draft this evening for Becca’s review
    4. Watch a James Bond movie — did it; watched Die Another Day Wednesday night.  Liked it enough.  I think my son would enjoy it more than me, but I liked the mix of humor, absurd plot devices and dastardly bad guys against the cool collected hero.  What surprised me was my feeling at the end about Bond and ‘his women’.  Yes, he got the girls, but his consideration for them as people seemed genuine too.  A telling bit with the double agent Miranda Frost came after Bond sent Jinx to save her.  It wasn’t to ‘save the pretty thing‘; to me it came off as ‘she is a fellow agent and deserves warning that the crap is going to hit the fan’.  And I liked how casual both he and Jinx were about sex.  Just two people having fun, doing their jobs, living life without messy emotional crap involved.  They made enough messes everywhere else…

That’s the way this ROWnd just seems to be.  Every week I think I’m going to add some goals, and I just keep sliding by instead.  The one goal I’ve made for myself since the round began (add something creative to my day) has been mostly satisfied by adding extra curlicues to my handwriting.  :-/

I guess it’s part of the process.  I’m learning what works for me and how to ensure that most of the things I plan for get done and allow some wiggle room for things I say “Yes” to when I didn’t consciously allocate any time to extras.  I still have an issue with not knowing how to say “No” to things or, at least, when to say it.  But the commitment I’ve made to myself with these smaller goals seems to be working most of the time.  I have seen steady forward progress this this ROWnd began.  I can’t call it the fastest progress, but it’s been consistent in most every area.  Even my biggest “failure” (the plotting book) has resulted in other forms of progress for me; I am reading more craft-related websites and following more writing-related podcasts again where I had stopped almost a year ago.

So, once again, I move forward to another week to see what might be changed or tweaked.  Some things will be cleared from the schedule such as edits on the Featured Author posts, but then it will be uploading and arranging the pieces for the JuNoWriMo website.  The week after that will be sprint-hosting on Twitter.

For now…  tomorrow is another day.  And the Boodle’s piano recital.

* Just in case I hadn’t mentioned before, these Five Sentences for me are something I do off-line. I have gotten some story-like writing done via 750words (as well as a lot of brain-dumping and idea exploring), but I try to write something by hand regularly as well. I find it’s good for the soul, and somewhat satisfies my need for a creative outlet.

15 responses to “Sunday, Sunday, So Good…

  1. I really like the idea of the five sentences. Because I have tendonitis and also a past hand injury, handwriting for long stretches is a no-go. But five sentences is doable. 😉

    Sounds like you are making progress despite being behind. I’m having the same issue. There are a few goals I haven’t even touched since the beginning of the round.

    Saying no. That’s a tough one for me, too. Hugs.


    • I have one of those “I make a baby step here and there only because my weekly assessment reminds me I’ve gotten nothing done” goals… Sometimes I feel I should just drop it, but then I do something related to it, and I realize just its being there has encouraged me to keep trying. It’s not always failure, just redirection.

      I hear you about the hand things… I have the past hand-injury issue too (which makes typing harder for me since I have no left hand after a while at a keyboard). But five sentences, handwritten, seems to work, both as a nudge to write more and as a way to exercise a different part of my brain. Certain things come out when I type that don’t when I do hand writing, and the reverse is true too. You’re welcome to try the idea and see if it works for you.


  2. Wow! Your son seems to be coming along sop nicely with his piano playing!

    All those Junowrimo featured posts took up a lot of time, I know. I’d say you’re doing well. Maybe this week, instead of just curlicues on your writing, you can doodle little somethings in the margins, too. 🙂


    • Doodling in the margins… hmm, would be good, except my current notebooks don’t really have margins. But yes, I definitely should. Instead of the blank line between a scene or character POV change, I should go full-on Wingding! And maybe I’ll doodle during the next run of JuNo-ing stuff. I still have a bunch more editing to do there yet.

      Thank you, btw, for your kind words about Marcus’s piano playing. He’s progressing nicely, I think, but I am biased

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  3. With writing there will always be unexpected surprises. Distractions, brain farts and mental walls. Different fork in the road, an unplanned character and so forth. Don’t worry too much about writing, just let the words flow.
    anyways I don’t know about the recital, sounds like another adventure from point A to point B.


    • Another adventure from point A to point B…. pretty much. I worry because I know myself (I just stress over stuff randomly) and worse yet, I know my family… I have to worry the most about my family.

      I generally LIKE the writing surprises though

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      • I think you can shove all that worry and violently to the wall. And use part of that in writing.

        Life has its moods, for example I just figured out why my 4 port USB 3.0 hub is acting wonky with my usb flash drives, so I used it mainly for wireless keyboard and mouse. It works all right.
        I’m back in business in typing something – ish.

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  4. Sweetness. =) All my lov and best wishes for the recital!


  5. Awesome! Progress is progress. Sometimes that means I made it out of bed others I actually completed a goal. The point is to keep moving forward and you are. Keep at it. Glad you kind of liked Bond. It’s a start.


    • It’s all progress (though those days when I just make it out of bed feel a bit lacking in the progress area). Keep plugging away….


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  7. In a way those recitals are a culmination of every bit as much work — step by step, week by week — as all we do to further our ROW80 goals. Cherish the moments, keep writing, and celebrating those accomplishments!


    • They definitely are. I have to post the next video of Monday’s performance. It was delightful Thanks for the encouragement, Beth