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Damp Linens — a WIPpet/ROW80 post


So, the first week of NaNoWriMo is going full force…. or at half throttle as is the case for me.  I keep having trouble trying to get a sense of what would be a good ending for Courting the Swan Song.  I should be just writing, writing, writing right now, but instead, I keep trying to establish that outline that I didn’t get done before November started.

ROW80LogocopyGood thing I start most Writing Months off slow (and usually like this where I fumble through nearly absent wordcounts) or I’d be worried.

As for the rest of my ROW80 goals….  I’m caught up.  Nothing extra, but maintaining.  I even got my sponsor post written and send out.  Steady the course…

And you, are you participating in the madness known as National Novel Writing Month?  If so, how are you doing so far?


No fancy WIPpet maths today.  You get 11 sentences for the month of November.  And since my sole focus of this month of writing is getting Alanii’s story straightened out (and finished), all excerpts for November will be from Courting (as much as I love pulling bits and pieces in from the other stories in the series, I really need to get this book done; it’s starting to weigh on my mind constantly).

Man getting dressed.

Man getting dressed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alanii blinked at the man stupidly, then turned toward the small window of his room. The filtered glow he’d taken for the early rays of morning light was coming from too high up in the sky to be anything but several candlemarks past his usual waking time. He threw off the thin coverlets and grabbed at the breech-clout his friend passed him, still slightly damp from laundering. He grimaced as he wriggled into the cool, clinging linen. At least they didn’t smell of several days sweat and road grime. “Why didn’t you wake me earlier?” he asked, reaching next for his tunic.

Instead of handing him the blue shirt, the Hastor reached past the door and dropped Alanii’s remaining damp clothes on the bed. “We’ve been trying off an’ on for the past few glass. About two past, Lan was here to check on our day’s plans. You gave him an earful, but you may want to head to the common room before he heads out to clarify some things.” The man’s smirk grew to a full smile.

Have I ever mentioned that I love the Hastor?  Pretty much all of them (well, maybe not the triplet’s father, Valarian, but even he has his moments)…  Good thing Alanii shares my fondness for the family.

As always, a big shout out to K.L. Schwengel at My Random Muse for hosting of WIPpet Wednesdays.  For a WIPpet, writers post pieces of a draft (Work In Progress) that somehow relate with the date at the group linky.  Company, comments…  even gentle (or not-so gentle) critiques are always welcome.

Wednesday Writing Woes, Wonders & Words

Stained...glassThis post is a hodge-podge.

Because I’ve allowed myself ro fall out of the habit of blogging, and because I’ve chosen a personal goal of participating in A Round of Words in 80 Days, I have committed myself to doing more regular blog posts.

A commitment, I realized this morning, I was not as ready to fulfill as I’d hoped I would be.

Eh…  It’s not as if I ever allowed a lack of preparation to stop me from speaking my mind.  😀

So, in the spirit of my former check-ins (you can see most of them by looking through the links on the pages I setup for each round above), I’d like to offer you more than just “This is what I did” and “This is what I want to try doing next time”.

I want to play with words.

It’s been actually a week of playing with words…more play than actual process.  Though I’d started the week out with grand plans to sit with pen and notebook and organize some of the events in this rapidly avalanching set of stories I have called The Swan Song Trilogy, things changed course quickly.  Given how Monday morning started with virtual possession of the spirit of Ted Geisel during a visit to fellow ROWer Lena Corazon, I should have realized that unlike the two bones in my forearm, my humerus was well and needing attention.

So… from watching Rowan Atkinson and John Cleese performing a pseudo-interview on being an apiarist to spending a bit of extra time last night with my husband (who, for those who do not know him, is an incredibly funny man who has perfected such skills as giggling and telling me “I love you” like the Schmoo and dancing like a Muppet *), I have made an effort to attend to laughter and joy.

Those things, while great in their own way, haven’t helped me get writing.  So, I’m playing in different way, mixing up some metaphors and poking at two writing related sites that I used to enjoy for inspiration: The One Minute Writer and Three World Wednesday (links for the prompts I used here).

The socks were folded, pair upon pair;
The cashier’s gaze vacant, a semi-focused stare
Blue and then red, her expression half-dead,
and we never bought groceries again there.


shmoo (Photo credit: Exploding Aardvark)

Well, short and sweet, I guess.  Then again, I typed it in one minute with one hand and a huge pillow separating me from my keyboard…

Time for that ROW80 update part:

ROW80 Progress:

As this post shows, I’m doing well on my goals.  I realize I missed putting in a Social Media goal into the mix (actually quite vital in a group like the ROW), so here it is:

  • I will visit at least 3 ROWers per check-in, and try to look at one new blog a week.
  • I will be attending #teamsprinty a bit erratically, but attending at least once a week
  • I will maintain at least one post a day on my Facebook Author Page.
  • I will not take more than a week to reply to any comments.

So, there it is, and so far, I am on target there too.  *pats self on back before heading off to cheer on other ROWers here*  And all should be as well or better by Sunday’s check-in.

* Videos from my brother-in-law’s wedding as “Dancing like Muppets” has become quite the family joke.  The four “dancers” are my husband and his three brothers: Part 1 and Part 2

A Pause of Sorts But Not Really

A PauseI’m here, but I’m not…

I’m writing, but I’m not writing blog posts.

Blogging, while it is a wonderful way to share events and discussions, has taken a backseat to many other things in my life.  Yes, I have challenges and check-ins to make.  Mostly they are occurring on Facebook lately.  I actually made one there five minutes before I realized I should at least write a “this is why I’m not posting much” post.

So I’m making two check-ins for the day…just so I can say I won’t be posting on either of my blogs (not that I’ve posted at a Garden of Delights for months) for the rest of August.  Whee!

Here’s what I am doing so everyone is as up to date as I’ve been (which isn’t much, btw):

  • I’ve increased my “test mile” back up from 500 words a day to 750.  Oddly, I found that with the smaller test mile I was actually writing less and less each day.  When I reached this Monday and I had missed two days, I decided to try pushing myself instead of codling.  We’ll see how it works long-term, but by today I’m back to three days in a row and making my 750 for two of them.
  • I’ve added a physical activity to make my body suffer–Budokai karate...  The actual technique is comforting and reassuring.  The calisthenics before and during the classes (which are over an hour each) are proof of just how out of shape I am.
  • Included in the above comes another “monthly challenge”…  50 sit-ups a day.   I’m not up to even that, not with doing smaller sets throughout the day.  Partly it’s this cold I’ve had that has kept me from sleeping at night; mostly it’s my lack of conditioning.  I managed 38 of them yesterday and made up the missing 12 as curls.  Today, I’ve managed 2 curls total so far.
  • I’ve started the August CampNaNoWriMoIt may or may not work for me this time, given that I will be offline for a good portion of the month, but there is something about the challenge that makes me write.  And write, and write…
  • Writing, I have decided, may NOT be a good thing.  I love to write and to create stories, but I also have a mess in my desk and computer and I have stories that need to be fixed.  A LOT of stories that need to be fixed.  I also need some beta readers…  I’ll wait until the end of the month for those however.

This list, of course, is hardly inclusive.

  • I have to finish some paperwork for my college application so I can go back to school (I’ve decided to head back part-time, not full-time as I’d planned before).
  • I am still working on books for the Bookmark Break Challenge and the Telling Tales Challenge (though both I have been abysmal at updating my progress on).  And for the Literary Classics reading challenge, I am slowly working my way through Great Expectations….mostly because I find myself so very annoyed at Pip and his self-importance.
  • And of course, I cannot forget the ROW80 for which this whole check-in was truly written for…  Yes, I am writing, and I am adjusting so that I can keep writing and keep making progress.

That’s about it.  It’s enough, don’t you think?