Thanks Roy, Trevor, and Dave! My objective last night was to give myself permission to play with my drawing, but I was only moderately successful with that. Heh.
Roy, I use different strategies depending on what I am drawing, and what is working. However I think you recognized that most of these started with a focal area and then worked outward. And this for me often introduces inconsistencies in the proportions.
In fact, the 10 minute conte, was probably more like the last 7 or 8 minutes of a 20 minute pose, because I turned the paper over in frustration and started anew. The first attempt was working outward, and the relationships between shapes got lost while dealing with the foreshortening. Live and learn - so I decided to block in the whole figure and only got so far as blocking in.
Overall though, it was a very enjoyable evening of drawing, and I came away relaxed after quite a long week at work.
Thanks very much for taking the time to comment! I really appreciate the insights I get from others.