Nothing to See Here

ROW80LogocopyLiterally…

I’m posting today to do my final check-in for the ROWnd, but I have very little to say of show beyond that.  There are a lot of pictures on the camera(s—I used the iPhone as much or more than the Canon this week), but they need processing (pictures on the Canon are all in RAW form and need to be converted to something the web can use; the iPhone pictures are… questionable).

Forward through the Narrows

Forward through the Narrows

Remember way back when we were just happy to capture a picture that showed the moment?  It didn’t always have to be framed right.  Who cared if the colors were a bit off, over-exposed, etc?

I kind of miss those days.

Of course, when one considers some of my iPhone shots, that’s what one would think was the case.

So since this is about my ROW80 progress and assessment,

let’s do this:

  • Goal (#1): working through three chapters weekly of James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure (including exercises)
  • Progress: not much; this past week was our anniversary week and I took some time off from goals; read some at the Writers in the Storm and Jami Gold’s neat set of posts on Unlikable Characters
  • EoROWnd Thoughts: a “failure” but also a success— it encouraged regular exploration of writing-related things.  Next ROWnd, will rewrite and adjust accordingly
  • Goal: catching up in my local critique group (including submitting something this week)
  • Progress no change—I’ve done first reads on the two pieces I have to review and have a piece waiting for commentary in the queue
  • EoROWnd Thoughts: the group pretty much dies down to a dull crawl during WriMo’s; will rewrite goal to reflect this
  • Goal: typing two pages a day of old notebooks in
  • Progress: so-so progress for this past week
  • EoROWnd Thoughts: this goal has been wonderful for me—instead of filling notebook after notebook of pages that just sit in a stack beside my desk (or worse, scattered about the house), I am now making a second, electronic copy that can sit about the various computers in the house 😉 ; seriously though, just the act of typing these old thoughts and pieces in has provided so many story insights and new perspectives on old ideas.  Definitely keeping this!
  • Goal: (VIG) Write new words daily! (the Five Sentences thingie)
  • Progress a pretty dead week so far, but then I’d planned for this week to be off; I think it bothers me more because this slow week followed right on the heels of last week’s grim progress and emotional backlash.
  • EoROWnd Thoughts: even though I know it’s good for my writer’s soul to write everyday, I still struggle with setting aside that emotional space to do some handwritten words; thing is, I also KNOW how much better I feel after doing it.  Keeping this goal and amending it to note it as a handwriting piece as well.
  • Added Goal: something creative every day
  • Progress: not so good—have been feeling creatively drained
  • EoROWnd Thoughts: I need to work on this; I feel better when I play with creative projects, but the key thing is to play.  So having it as goal seems counter-intuitive, but if I don’t, I find myself falling into a slump of weeks and months of just ‘bleh!’ I don’t want that either; keeping this goal, but seeking a better balance
  • Not a Goal but Progress Anyway: continued progress  my languages (except Spanish and Russian… dropped the ball on these again)
  • EoROWnd Thoughts: will be adding this as a goal next ROWnd, though without any Russian or Spanish; the language of the moment is Latin, which the Boodle and I are working on together in 5min bits daily.  Just pronouncing the language has been fun for us

So here is my post, a bit late.  Just wasn’t here on Wednesday.  But Wednesday came with hibachi and an onion volcano, Thursday came with a cruise on Lake George, Friday was just us as a family time…so I’m totally unapologetic.

On our way out

On our way out

We won’t talk about Saturday.

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18 responses to “Nothing to See Here

  1. I, too, miss those photo days. Also the time when you had only 24 photo exposures, so you had to make everyone count, not just take 20 shots and then choose the good one(s). Best of it all moving forward ROW80.3
    Diana

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    • The worst part of being able to take “all the shots” is you have to go through all the shots. A blessing and a curse.

      Best luck to you too. I’m hoping each round gets better and better.

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      • I know. That’s a goal in my ROW80 Round 3 goals. Not sure if I listed it as an official one, but yeah, I have wayyyyyy too many to even print right now. Take it one day/week at a time.

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        • That “too many” crap shots thing is creeping through my harddrive lately. I wish you luck with your. Maybe we should both elect this “unofficial” goal. One day, one week… step by step.

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          • I know, I know…Even as I flip thru my pics for an Instagram post, I scroll back so far….

            Let us bond in this misery and support each other. 🙂

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            • Ah… I haven’t gotten as far as setting up for my Flickr acct, the list is so large. You’re a brave woman!

              Lately, I’m being a lot more selective even though I have plenty of space on the cameraa. It’s helped some. When I get a newer camera, I suspect it will help more, since the LED screen on my old G5 so small, it’s hard to tell what is real trash (and the processor is so slow that when I do multiple shots, I dare not pause to pause mid-shoot to consider what I’ve captured).

              What camera are you using?

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            • I have an iPhone 6. My actual digital camera…oh, I’d have to go look at that. (How sad; I used to live with that.) I’m wondering if I have enough memory to try YouTube videos, so it won’t feel so lonely.

              On a plus side, I backed up my laptop files AND my iPhone pics to an external hard drive. Now…I *could* delete everything and still have copies…but I’m not ready to do THAT yet. 🙂

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            • Ah… I’ve heard the camera on the 6 is very nice. The hubby just replaced my 4s with a Galaxy Note 5, so I’m learning a whole new camera and OS setup.

              I like having a bit of zoom in my camera though, and none of the cellphones quite cut it (yeah, I know I -could- buy a clip-on lens adapter for the phones, but it seems like it’s as much fuss as having an actual camera designed for photography). That said… the 16Mp camera on the Note5 with the ability to adjust my ISO, WB, Shutter speeds, etc. does kind of make my 5Mp Canon feel a bit… tired. :-/

              Youtube? Whyfor Youtube?

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            • Woahhhh…that’s some serious camera stuff! The iPhone 6 is decent, but doesn’t capture true colors. I get good sunsets by focusing on them; no matter how far, it’s more colorful. Husband and I can’t get a good moon picture to save our lives. *grrrr*

              I’m a big zoom person myself. It’s all in the details! My phone zooms, rather well, I’m surprised. Again, as long as I tap to focus on something specific, I can get crisp words and lines.

              YT…well, I can’t imagine my phone would take great videos, not the ones I see that automatically self-focus. My old digital camera *might* do that; I’d have to check its settings.

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            • My old digital camera takes crappy videos… I have relied on my iPhones for that since I first got my husband’s hand-me-down iPhone4. I mean, in a pinch, any video is better than totally missing the moment, but… well, you know what I mean.

              I’m not so much into “all the details”… I like doing macro shots most of all myself. Except when I’m taking a landscape shot for some story inspiration. And I hear you on moon pictures! I think I want a new camera as much because I can’t “shoot the moon” for the life of me. 😉

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            • Hey, I just paused to try my iPhone theory out. If I’d have my phone setup to an overhead grip, I could get details closeup and distance, both sharp, but I have to manually tap the phone screen for the area I want in focus. Seems kinda annoying. And holding the phone doing a handheld video…I’ve seen long ones and they’re really annoying. Hard to do…of course, I was a film major in college… 🙂

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            • LOL… I knew nothing about photography until a few years ago when I decided to see if I could learn how to really make the best use of the “learning” camera my hubby bought to see if we needed to get anything better (that’s the one I’m still using now, the Canon G5, mostly point & shoot but with a good real manual mode). I like the control, but my fumbling often makes me miss great shots…

              Yeah, I’ve seen that too with the iPhones. I’m not seeing quite the same effect with the new Samsung Note camear, but it could be I need to learn more about using it.

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            • I did take the jump and posted a few iPhone videos to YouTube on my long-lost channel.

              https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiD3W5YSZMIYECxUvGlnr0w

              I see it through my eyes, not someone else’s, so I don’t know how “good” they are. I’m playing around with it, having fun, hoping people enjoy it and learn from me. I made such a wild rigged-up tower to film above from that it’s laughable I actually achieved something. 🙂 Nothing permanent, so I hope I remember the setup next time….

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            • I peeked at the videos you posted. Have to admit feeling a little lost. Then again, I’m not the best judge of anything YouTube . That’s my son’s provinc, and as such, I would have to distract him from Minecraft and Five Nights at Freddy’s to get him to look at them. What I saw looked clear and easy to follow. Save that setup! You might need it again.

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            • Thanks for the feedback. I wanted to jump in and experiment, and the planner videos have my obsessive attention right now. I’m working on book-related things like reviews and subscription kits. It’s an evolving process, but I do need to remember that all of my audience may not be familiar with what I am. Note to self moving forward. 🙂

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            • Definitely an evolving process… We all have our areas of specialty to draw on, but sometimes they don’t make it easy to transition to another person’s area of expertise. Keep at it and see where your path takes you

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  2. Good. Saturday has been officially canceled for you. Jim and I would love to do one of the steamboat cruises before we shift coasts. The younger Burton set aren’t so sure they’re similarly inclined…so we’ll see how that pans out.

    Looks like vacation had sweet moments. And a belated happy anniversary. You’d think I’d remember the date, having been there, but I always seem to forget.

    Overall, looks like you had some good progress, some good insights, and a better idea where to go from here….

    I give myself PERMISSION to do creative things – and to broaden my idea of what constitutes “creative.” For instance, chatting about rubber tree plant love is creative. So was singing Hamilton duets exceedingly imperfectly with Shannon on our way home….

    Don’t know if those ideas will work for you, but maybe they’ll spur something….

    I’m hoping to be able to get to crit pieces by the end of the month, once I get to my June target for beta-ing. I’m not submitting any more pieces until I at least get through the first set of three…so stay tuned. =)

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    • We’re thinking we want to ride on the Minne-Ha-Ha next time. It’s a shorter cruise than the Mohican one that we took. Six hours of riding on Lake George is a bit much, especially with the … um, food served on the boat (and they are VERY fussy about external food being brought on the ships). It was a nice enough trip.

      That said, it’s be nicer I think to make use of the public boat-launches along the lake, like the one at Bolton Landing. There are islands to get out on and picnic (and camping on an island is $29 a night just like the Saranac setup).

      I guess I get a bit leery about “permission” which is why I tend to make it a “must do”. It’s the way my brain works. Permission to do something is also an implied ‘I don’t have to if I don’t feel like it’. Thing is… then I don’t, and I start feeling miserable and unhappy and can’t bring myself to even do the things I know would make me feel better. A bit of that spectrum brain thing… In certain things, I need to hold myself to a standard.

      I’ve totally got to get back to those pieces for the crit group too!

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