Can You Spell- tarantula?

Baby girl made it passed the class spelling bee with flying colors. She has three weeks (I think) to study the new sheet of over 400 words. I’m dizzy just thinking about it.We are super excited for her and so proud. Forgive me if I seem a little unfocused. We had doughnuts to celebrate and I almost ODed on Maple Bacon Doughnuts. I have really got to eat more veggies. Briiing!

Sorry about that. The UPS man just delivered my Viking Helmet for Halloween.  I’m so excited! A little disappointed it doesn’t look great with my short hair. That’s not what you are here for, on with the goals.

Row80goals

Make sure you surf over to the Row80 home and visit the other participants. Be sure to leave a word of encouragement.

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve completed one read through. It needs lots of work. Goal is to revise/edit the first 100 pages- I’ve imported my MS to scrivener, split it into chapters, and started working on my cards on the corkboard.
2. Send out queries for Dead in the Water-
Not yet, I hope to have a list of possible places soon.
3. Plan one new short story- Nope, but I started a free writing exercise based on a photo that could become an actual story. Dark and twisted it is.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  Dragging my feet.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words- That’s in November
7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.   I’m on track I’ve read 3, trashed 3, and in the process of reading another. I’ve started a new book and so far I love it. There’s a bit of language in it, but the premise behind it fascinates me. Must finish.
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Check
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night group– Yeah, I’m think this may not happen
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroomFilled holes with stinky goo. Must sand and regoo.

I had time yesterday to work on my goals, but I spent the better part of the day on promoting opportunities. It’s not part of my goal list, it should be, but it was necessary. It never fails. At some point during Row80 my goals go haywire. I get distracted or sidetracked. Progress is progress.

How are your goals?

-CK

Spelling Bee Anyone?

It’s time for the Wednesday Row80 check-in, I’ll get to that in a moment.  Next week, daughter #2 will be participating in the class Spelling Bee. Hopefully, she will move up to the school bee. She loves the Spelling Bee. She sees it as a personal challenge against the entire class. Even her best friend! She studies her words every night and has stolen her sister’s list of seventh grade words. Daughter #1 purposely fails the class bee. Why?

Flashback to first grade: Daughter #1 made it through the class bee and stood proudly in front of the entire school (k-8). A note on temperament, at this age she was painfully shy and terror was visibly seen in her eyes. The first word was easy. She relaxed a bit. Second round: avenue. She stared at the audience, twirling the hem of her skirt. That was not on her first grade list. Her teacher didn’t tell her she could say she didn’t know the word,  if she didn’t know how to spell it.  She stood there frozen and terrified for what seemed like an eternity. I’m cringing on the edge of my seat, wondering if I can quickly pull her down without anyone noticing. Finally, the speaker asked if she knew the word. She nodded no. A collective breath was released from the audience and everyone clapped. She has never been in a Spelling Bee since.

As you go through your weekend, think of all the kids studying spelling words for the Bee.

Row80  Check-in- Wednesday

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve completed one read through. It needs lots of work. Goal is to revise/edit the first 100 pages- nada
2. Send out queries for Dead in the Water-
Not yet, I hope to have a list of possible places soon.
3. Plan one new short story- Nope
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew– Again No. I have the critiques printed out.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- This is what I have really been working on. I’ve got the characters fleshed out and 3/4 of the story plot. I’m getting there.
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words- That’s in November
7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4. You can view my October reading list here.

I’ve read: 3 and tossed (2). The library just called and said Cinder is in, that will jump to the front. I just finished Chocolat.
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Check
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night group– I keep finding excuses. Look laundry.
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroom– High hopes for this weekend.

How are your goal going?

-CK

The Spelling Bee

My writing time this morning was occupied by a different activity. My youngest was in the school  Spelling Bee.  She was runner up in her class bee.  It took a record 2 1/2 hours for that bee.  I would have loved to have watched that.  She studied the 5th grade list and then her sister’s 6th grade list.  Unfortunately, she didn’t make it out of the first round.  She had neglected to study some of the easy words.  No worries, she did an awesome job.  The Bee took on an unusual form of entertainment.  We were rooting for all the finalists.  It took a total of 31 rounds before a winner was announced.  They exhausted the study list and moved into the approved list.  The kids haven’t studied these words.  Heck!  I didn’t know the definitions, much less how to spell them.  Honestly, I’m a horrible speller.  And in a world of texting it’s a miracle these elementary and middle schoolers could spend over an hour spelling words.  Many rounds had all of the words spelled correctly.

A few of my favorite words were:

  • apocryphal
  • synthesis
  • hypertension
  • balderdash
  • festinate

The two winning words were:

  • nebula
  • honorarium

I have nightmares of my old class spelling bees.  The teacher would line us up around the room.  One by one, she would call out a word and we would attempt to spell it.  I hated it. I would panic and break into a sweat.  I was always out on the first round.  My brain is not wired for oral spelling.  To this day, I must write it out and see it, to spell it.

Hats off to all of the students participating in spelling bees this fall.  Good Luck to you all.

What are you’re memories of the Spelling Bee?

CK