January 29, 2012

Creative Diversions: ROW80 Check In

My creative juices have been flowing in abundance. It's a wonderful feeling. Last night, two of my daughters performed in their elementary school talent show. My baby performed with five other first grade girls as the Samba Sisters while my middle daughter performed with her friend to Lady Gaga's Born This Way.


Since my last check in, I've been knee-deep in talent show plans and last minute practices. I've spent very few hours at home at a computer. But did I let that stop my writing? Usually I would. An easy excuse. But funny thing about those creative juices... when they are flowing, I can't stop them. I filled up pages of handwritten thoughts on both my WIPs. It all came pouring out so fast, I hope I captured it all.

On to the ROW 80 Update:

Writing: Lots of planning, but no time at the computer. I'm hoping the notes will result in extra words the next few days.

Blogging: Every day here. My post about the Art of Saying No (To More Than Just My Kids) was featured on BlogHer's site. And Thursday, I hit my 300th post here!!!! with You Had Me at Goodbye: Movies I Should Have Quit. Plus, I posted two reviews at Mom in Love with Fiction. I will be posting another one this week.

Reading: Less than I'd like this week. I'm falling behind on my reading goals.

Editing: On hold for a week. I had to be honest with myself and the people counting on me.

Exercise: If running around constantly counts, I'm burning calories galore. I need to fit in some dedicated exercise this week. I find it's such a stress reliever for me.

My goal is to join some #teamsprinty #ROW80 wordsprints this week. I need the motivation to force those notes into words and progress. Hope to see some of you there.

How have your 2012 goals been coming along so far?


L.S. Engler said...

Awww, what great talent show pictures! It looks like they had a lot of fun (and I'm going to have "Born this Way" stuck in my head now. SIGH.)

And I've always found that my creative juices flow more when I'm busy, and they basically slow to glacier speed when I actually have time. Great job on keeping things up despite everything else, and I hope it stick around for you!

Shan Jeniah Burton said...

It sounds like your approach was perfect for the activity level in your family this week!

I find it nearly impossible to sit down and read anything that isn't broken into 3-5 pages essays or chapters when we have an on-the-go week (our life tends to flow easily and naturally most of the time, but we, too, have those weeks that seem to be overflowing with activity and excitement.

I love writing in notebooks, then, though, because my mind can go where it will, and begin to process what we are experiencing....

When things first settle, I'm not good for much writing. I need to reacclimate to our normal pace, first, and reinhabit my home space....that is a time when i can read.....

Once I've tended to those things and helped the kids to settle, the words come - and sometimes they keep coming, waterfall style, for days or even weeks....

I think we may all have natural rhythms for these things that we lose sight of.....maybe yours is announcing itself.

May you find your perfect pace! =D

Anonymous said...

Aww. Congrats on the big 300! Sounds like things are a bit chaotic. I hope things even out and you have a better week :)

Eloise said...

Adorable pictures! And sometimes juggling beaucoup things at once can get your brain firing in all kinds of creative directions.

Natalie Hartford said...

ADORABLE kids!!! Awww...too sweet!

GREAT job on your goals. I love how you didn't let a busy week slow you down from letting your muse flow...love it Tia. A total inspiration!

Sheila Seabrook said...

Oh Tia, what beautiful picture of your talent stars! I'm sure the show was worth every minute of running you did this last week.

Congratus on getting so much done on your WIP. What a great feeling. :)

Tia Bach said...

Thanks everyone for the encouraging words and appreciating my precious children. ;-)

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Kudos to you for writing by hand... I find some of my greatest ideas and surprise insights come when I am scribbling rather than peckity pecking.

I hope you join the #teamsprinty fun this week. I am only able to do 30 minutes today AND it is better than zero minutes!

Hugs! Kudos! Right-Write-On!!

Tia Bach said...

Julie, Crazy week so far, but I'm hoping for #teamsprinty tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!