It’s been a jumbly, tumbly kind of few days, here. The weather has been unsettled, and I am, too…..
For good reason….
On Saturday, my first poem was published in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
On Tuesday, my post appeared on Tiny Buddha.
I have plans in the work for guest bloggers, and guest posts.
Things are moving, on many fronts, and I am…..
Yes, I am.
Round 2 Goals:
- Read at least as many books as the number of the month (4 in April ; 5 in May; 6 in June) from my bedroom To Be Read piles.
- The Shelters of Stone: p 428 of 896.
- Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids: Completed.
- The Natural Child: p 53 of 175.
- I have completed 2 0f 5 books for May.
- Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
- I have read Wind and Rain, an article about the out-of-doors, rainy-day fun families can have together.
- I read a second article there, but it was not very useful, and particularly poorly edited, so I will not recommend it (or out it) here.
- I also read A New Approach, an article by a mother trying out some “free-range” ideas in her family. This article made me sad, because it seems she’s missed the point of allowing children the freedom of many choices – she seems to be only allowing the freedom as a way of getting more cooperation from her children, and she finishes by limiting electronics (which will likely have led, by now, to electronics being used for all allotted time, and perhaps begged for, or contended over, otherwise…). There are no further posts on the blog, so I suspect she may have aborted her “experiment” before it had time to prove its merit….
- I have attained this goal for this week.
- Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
- I have read When Does Fan Fiction Cross an Ethical Line? This is a pretty serious consideration for me in my Star Trek-related fanfic, which is an integral part of the universe I have created, and I really don’t have any answers. All I know is, I can’t seem to let go of my Spock-passions, and I don’t want to, either! =D I commented with words to that effect, more or less.
- I have read 1 of 5 blogposts for this week.
- Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for Chameleon’s Dish. Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
- I have written three more stories about Tisira , the main character from Chameleon’s Dish.
- I have posted “The Huntress in Moonlight” to my Story a Day blog, shanjeniah.org.
- I will be adding the next two segments to the blog within the next few days.
- Finish father-in-law letter and send.
- I have given this more thought, and have been constructing portions of it in my head. I almost have a version cohesive enough to attempt another freewriting, but not quite.
- Complete the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
- Continue posting to One Minute Writer; #Friday Flash; The Lightning and the Lightning Bug; Weekend Creation Blog Hop;Unschooling Blog Carnival;Trifecta and other hops and challenges that intrigue me.
- I submitted The Huntress in Moonlight to The Storyteller Writing Challenge.
- I am continuing to write a flash fiction story of about 750 words each day for the Story a Day May Challenge.
- Complete Cooperative Catalyst post and relative links (interviews with both children, and their “day in the life” posts from last year) ; submit to editor.
- I have heard back from the editor; I will be looking at the article again, to see if there are naturally separating themes or portions.
- He has also read one of my blogposts, I’m THAT Mom…Naturally!, and thought that, with adaptations, it might make a good post, as well.
- He has also suggested another writer whose posts I might like to read, and a category or two to explore and comment on, to “introduce” myself to what is an organic community.
- It is quite possible that I will find a home of sorts there. =)
- Explore She Writes; Twitter: StoryDam; Pinterest;and LinkedIn. Use, develop, evaluate, adjust.
- I posted a link or two to LinkedIn. It is becoming more natural to use it.
- Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
- As noted above, I have joined two challenges.
- At the moment, I feel these are all I can handle, for now.
- Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
- I am doing fairly well on sharing my blogs. through several means – challenges, posting comments, submissions, and sharing via several forms of social media.
- For the moment, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the increased attention, and will be just focusing on adjusting, before I diversify further.
- My essay, Sometimes There Is No Right Way , posted to Tiny Buddha on Tuesday. It has received nearly two dozen comments and an email, at this point, and I am feeling some pretty major overwhelm. It’s a big step from where I was, visibility-wise, two weeks ago to where I am now, and I am feeling a considerable degree of disequilibrium at the sudden change after a lifetime of dreaming…
- As a dear friend and I have been discussing, learning curves are messy. I will adjust, with time and a lot of deep breathing….and eventually I will get to over 30 comments waiting for me in various places….really!
- Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
- As mentioned above, editing and research are being considered prior to formally submitting a piece, but the lines of communication has been opened.
- Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
- As noted above, I have participated/am participating in two challenges thus far, for May.
- This leaves one challenge left to enter, prior to this month’s end.
- Watermark all photos that appear on my blogs, and all those I post going forward; begin watermarking favorites not on blogs.
- I decided I am satisfied with the batch watermarking, and this will make it possible to quickly mark all of my pictures within the next weeks, as opportunity presents itself.
- For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
- During dinner with Eden Mabee, she answered one of my questions – about how to replace the standard header text.
- I have successfully changed my header text. It may or may not be permanent, but now I know I can do it, so it will be a simpler matter to change it if I decide to, at some later point.
- Add JOY to every day!
- Monday: I allowed myself a mellow day of puttering, both in my writing projects and in my hometending. A simple day spent with my beloveds.
- Tuesday: Joy Abounding! I slept in, and, although I woke with a headache at the time t’ai chi was starting, and although it was a damp and somewhat dreary day outside, I was basking in the company of my Syster, Eden Mabee. When you’ve been friends since you were four and share writing dreams and motherhood and a lifetime of shared memories and interwoven stories, hours can slip by….and then, I was greeted in the driveway, a little after 2am, by my family. Chatted with the children until 5:30am. Sweet day!
- Wednesday: Another mellow, wet, restful day of puttering….I feel my energy slowly returning. I’ve had some bug writing developments over the last several days, and I am feeling a need to lay a bit low and absorb them. Why is success scarier for me than failure?
- Add movement to every day, too!
- Monday: Puttering around the house and yard. Moving furniture and bicycles.
- Tuesday: Moving from building to car, and car to building, and grocery shopping…..not a big moving day…..sometimes, that’s exactly what I need.
- Wednesday: Puttering with hometending; moving more bicycles – yes, there DO seem to be an inordinate number of them here – and I still haven’t moved my own!
- Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
- Monday: Reading and writing, puttering with storyworlds and blogging.
- Tuesday: A rare, lovely day with a dear friend. Utterly rejuvenating. I wrote my story, but, beyond that, I simply enjoyed the company and the unrolling of the moments.
- Wednesday: Reading, writing, lolling with the kids, absorbing the nearing of a lifetime of dreaming, and puttering. A hot shower awaits me, after I post here.
- Add all these for my beloved others, too!
- Jeremiah: Finding his bigger bike, saying yes to lots of cooking. Conversation and cuddles, and patience when he needed it.
- Jim: A harmonious home, companionship, and consideration. Laughter.
- Annalise: Finding her bigger bike, serious and mature conversation, help when a fall spoiled her baby mosquito study, patience when she needed it, imagination and laughter.