Tuesday, January 29, 2013

65th ROW80 Check-In

A Round of Words in 80 Days
Round 4 2012

The writing challenge that knows you have a life
My goals are all time investment and are detailed on the  ROW80 page   I keep track of the time invested with a Google Doc spreadsheet linked on the goals page and also in each check-in along with a screenshot of the most recent days.

These check-in posts will contain any commentary I have about encounters with the goals since the previous check-in and any relevant links.

Below the commentary is my current reading list for the READ CRAFT goal.

This Wednesday through Sunday are going to be one of those 'life imposes its own goals' times as these are the five days that I'm to be on duty with my elderly Mom while my sister attends a day retreat.  Mom and I are both severely visually impaired with RP aka Tunnel Vision and Mom has chronic issues related to the broken hip in 2008 and the stroke that occurred during that surgery.  I will be fixing lunch and dinner off the menus my sister and I prepared and cleaning the kitchen after.  Also keeping Mom entertained and waiting on her when she needs me to.

I should still be able to manage the time investment goals reflected by the spreadsheet tho at the bare minimum in most cases.  I won't expect anything extra from myself.  FICTION FILES will continue to be as it has been since I left home the first week of January--just fiddling in the notes.  Maybe a little editing of drafts.  I doubt I'll find the quite private time I need to write fresh draft this week.  Especially since I've not found it since I've been here and will have even less flex in my schedule.

But I bet Jane Austen would have found a way even sharing a room with an elderly mother.

Meanwhile as discussed in the last several check-ins, the effort to find more time for fiction reading by putting boundaries on blogging continues.  As does work on that Secret Santa crochet project that is sooooo past due which I mentioned a lot here during the lead up to Christmas.

Crochet relates to ROW80 how?  Well when I created the DAYDREAM STORY item in my goals it became inextricably entwined with crocheting.  Now I can barely do either without thinking of the other.


Currently Reading

What to Do When There's Too Much to Do by Laura Stack (Part of my attempt to organize my life around my priorities. So part of my ROW80 reading list)
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Go by Les Edgerton
Write Good or Die! edited by Scott Nicholson (a collection of essays by inde authors.  many of them self-published)  
The Act of Creation by Arthur Koestler
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Muller
Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go by Shaun McNiff I left this book at home so I can't continue until I return in mid February but I don't want to remove it so I'll just use strikethru for now.
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Muller Net Galley a NF that purports to answer many puzzles in the Austen novels. Since this discusses writing and techniques of fiction
Jung and the Tarot: An Archetypal Journey by Sallie Nichols Since I'm reading this for an understanding of character type and the language of symbol understood by our unconscious as well as research for a character who is a Tarot reader
13 Ways of Looking at a Novel by Jane Smiley  This was one of the 24 items I checked out of the Longview library on my sister's card last Thursday.
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.  Found this while spelunking the stacks looking for the Smiley book.  Who knew.  Dick was a mystic.  I've only read one of his novels and a few short stories but now I've got to try to find and read everything!

Recently Read:

A Cheap and Easy Guide to Self-publishing eBooks by Tom Hua read this online
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Leher
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg  Just finished this last fall and wrote an overview of it for that check-in along with my musings on how to apply what I learned..  This is where I've been getting the most help with learning how to recognize a habit, determine if it is desirable and if so maximize it but if not change it.

1 tell me a story:

John Holton 1/30/2013 1:52 PM  

How did you like "Imagine"? I thought it was a good book. Enjoy the time with you mother this week.

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