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Nine Weeks and More

Ever feel like time was running away from you?

Welcome to my summer.

Running, running…  always running.  At least the headlong flight seems to have stopped.

A six-week old kitten.

Time never runs on me–well, not the crazed flight of a mouse with cat in tow.  For me, Time does that taunting dance of the cat as it tries to lead you to the food dish, but twists back just in time to twine under your feet and make you land solidly the butt.

Wish there was a chair there…  I’d be halfway to BICHOK.

I have actually been doing the BICHOK thing  all along (though with less keyboard and more pen and paper).   I haven’t been online much lately.  Intentionally.  After the two WriMos that I pulled out of June, I needed to take a break and reassess (and rediscover the rest of my house and computer).  I also needed to come to terms with some of the discoveries I made during that time about my writing and my own needs.

And the truth is, while I need to maintain my social networks, I need to also ditch my social networks even further.

Does that make any sense?

It’s not rocket science.  I simply need to refocus my energies less on the next cute image on Facebook or Twitter or Youtube video or…  I need to reward myself with those social media treats.

And I need to find a way to do that without having 163 notifications in my Facebook.  Why do all you people out there have to be so interesting and so much fun?

To quote the meme… “Damn you, Internet!”

The virtue of all of this stuff at my fingertips?  My ADHD has met its match.  While the whole “plug me in” concept that some have embraced of using technology to augment humanity, I do confess to a desire to “see more, do more, discover more, etc.” than my “Meat Existence” (what some call Real Life, a place that often seems to be no more or less real than the virtual worlds that I write about in my fiction) will ever allow.  And yet,  the essence of Me that exists in the body I use to interact with the world around me (even the virtual worlds of the computer and social networks) is too vain and self-important to simply become a Provider and start using quatloos for the remainder of my existence.

And so, I need to actually restrain myself here, so that I can fully immerse myself into the “oh so very important work” of making more virtual worlds to escape into.  😉

Which, of course, leads into the title and the ROW80 which is it based off of….

This is Round 3 of 2012, and I am late.  Not just a day late, or even a few days late…  Round 3 (or ROWnd 3 as some ROWers like to say) actually started on July 3.  Notice the date of this post however….

Not even close.

I didn’t even write up a list of goals for this ROWnd yet.

And you know what?  I’m perfectly happy with that.  I needed to take some “Me Time” (even if, in our house “Me Time” is really more “Us Time”) where I could assess my longer term goals and progress with everything I’ve learned in the last two ROWnds.  I needed a break too; the 10 day pause between ROWnds seems never long enough to actually feel like a break, especially this last time.  Maybe it was the impeding holiday…  Maybe it was catching up after the WriMos…  But I needed a bit more time off than the normal break and took it.

And as a result of all of this, now I know my goals need to be more “manageable” for a time.  I have a lot going on this ROWnd that isn’t writing related, and a lot of it has fallen toward a back burner so far because I wanted to bask in the glow of the success I felt at the end of the first ROWnd.

ROWnd 3 Goals:

  • write every day — test mile of 300 words
  • finish beta reads in progress
  • WriMo “novels” — finish working on them
  • READ!!!  I have three reading challenges to work on
  • (maybe) participate on the August CampNaNoWriMo

And for my progress?  I’m short today on my test mile, but there is time to finish it.  I also need to gather my notes for one of my beta reads, but haven’t started the other.  I did read today.  I have not done much with either WriMo piece since June ended, but I did open the first one a bit yesterday.

It’s not much, but it’s a start.  And I can work with that.

A Day Late and Very Short: a ROW80 update

Whenever any event that marks a Life Change comes up there seem to be celebrations upon celebrations upon…

If you are anything like me, these events can easily become very expensive.   I don’t mean this as a complaint.  They just have that “feature”, so to speak.

Yesterday was the Boodle’s last day at DS, at least for a while (he has already made his interest in going back clear this past week).  There were gifts around the room for classmates, there were “get together”s, there were plans made for the summer (camps, camps, and more camps), and there were plans for more gatherings during the summer (including a possible All Mom Trip to Montreal).  There was also a delectable dinner out at Villa Valenti.

Swallowtail butterfly

Swallowtail (credit: Self)

Dinner was the killer.  Next time I will order water instead of my beloved iced tea.  Or at least forgo the refills and the various “possibilities” that come but don’t come with the meal…  It was a great time, and I don’t regret it, but after the nearly $12oo we put on the “new” car yesterday morning so that it might pass inspection once the computer finishes its tests, spending nearly $100 on dinner for the three of us was….  excessive.  It was also extraordinary.

We’ve never done that before.  Never…  in hibachi houses, sushi bars, French Provincial gourmet restaurants or even taking the exchange rate into account for special meals in England and Canada.  And none of us ordered alcohol!


I really need to read menus better.  We all do, because the Spice and I weren’t the only parents in our group that ended up staring in shock at our portion of the bill.

Maybe the restaurant charged extra for the fact that our part of 23 people included almost 15 children six and younger…  😉

No.  I don’t really think so.  The bill was right.  It’s just easier than one might think to get carried away in the great conversation and companionship of friends and simply nod when the waitress says “Would you like a refill?” or “Would you like marinara or one of our other sauces? (and then choose the olive oil and fresh garlic & herbs)”, etc.

It’s easy to not think about these things in the moment.  And, really, we don’t regret the moment (and the leftovers were still amazing!).

Do you have moments that you feel you went “overboard” but don’t regret?

ROW80 Check-in

Since I’ve chosen to take on the June National Novel Writing Month challenge(s).  For myself, this means I’ve hung out a lot on Twitter at the #JuNoWriMo #CampNaNoWriMo and #wordmongering hashtags… a lot!  Today I managed to get some time in with #teamsprinty at the #Row80 hashtag.  You’re reading the efforts of that now.

All of this Tweeting has made me realize how much I need to get Tweetdeck up and running again.  So far everything has worked for me, but it does get crazy at times, and since I’ve volunteered to host some of the #JuNoWriMo sprints for the month, anything to speed up the process will help.

The rest of my ROW80 goals?  Well, I’ve mostly been meeting (and exceeding) my testmile goal of 500 words a day.  I had over 3K on Tuesday, but only squeaked my 750words.com goal by one yesterday.  And all of these are on the story–I am not including the intro “get my head into the writing” words in my totals.    Yay me!  😀

My sponsor duties have been “okay”.  There is still something odd about the settings on my laptop as opposed to my desktop machine that makes it hard to actually comment on people’s blogs when I’m away from home.  I am almost up to date, but I did not manage to visit any extra ROWers this week yet.  😦  Sorry guys!

My typing in of older stories has fallen completely stopped.  I find no issue with that.  Things go in cycles I have found.  Today I have more energy and focus one activity; tomorrow I can handle another kind of task better.

One thing that has happened brought with it the oddest effect yesterday.  Of late there have been a lot of emails floating around the class-mom list these past few weeks as we all plotted and planned yesterday’s adventures.  On my email signature I have links to my blogs which I often trim out for school and other communiques…  I must have missed doing so.  And I found out yesterday that one of the fellow room-moms had read through some of my stories and actually liked it, enough to mention this yesterday to me,


So I’m in a pretty happy frame of mind.  And even more interesting that it happened to me on Day 2 of Jeff Goins 15 Habits of a Great Writer program…  Believe.

So, though I did not get up two hours earlier for writing yesterday (or today…in fact today I lolled in bed for several hours thanks to a generous husband who let me sleep in and daydream)…  I’m starting to actually “believe“.

Good-bye until Sunday, and please, support your fellow ROWers here!