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Shifting Tides: #ROW80 Update 1/30/13

 

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I had thought that writing three blog posts a week was going to be a large challenge, but I think that was because I was thinking of it as a huge deal, and now I see that these very long posts of mine may actually be getting in my way, losing readers who can’t keep up with those gigantic chunks of words I’ve been trying to force on them!

Now I get it….LITTLE posts….1000 words or less, is my target. After a bit, I may try to reduce it maybe a little more…

It’s good to remember these things, once I discover them! And this one is going to make it a simpler matter to meet the goal of three blogposts, without undue strain…


And, on a similar note, these updates tend to be so long that I often spend two days on them.

Two days during which I’m not spending very much time writing other things.

Two days during which I create behemoth reports that are daunting to read…

So, in another leap of faith, I am going to trust what I’m feeling…

These updates don’t need to be nearly so long. I don’t need to explain every detail…

And I’m not going to.

I will save the in-depth reporting for the every-other-Sunday evaluation, and, for the rest of the reports, I will simply (really, I do mean simply!) say what I am doing, maybe what I’m thinking, and then, get on about the process of actually doing, again!

Today, the kids and I went swimming. I am very tired…the lovely full wolf moon means I have been awake, writing, all night. The kids have been waking up about the time I’m winding down, so sleep has been – elusive…I’ve had about 14 hours of sleep, total, for the last three days. Now, I don’t need a lot of sleep, but my fatigued body and foggy mind make it clear that I need more than this!

So I may be sleeping more, and writing less, over the next day or two, as the ebb I was expecting finally washes over me.


Of
course, my mind seldom stops, and so, if I sleep, I will dream, and that will feed my writing, later.

Lovely image art, for me, from Eden F. Mabee. Life chose this friend very well!

Here, in brief, is what I’ve been working on, during those lovely moonlit nights:

  • Finding Esta (for Shah Wharton) editing 76% complete.
  • Sima Garo Provides (WIP) – pre-writing notes for Chapter 12, Scene 3. Added one scene to the synopsis.
  • Bounded by a Nutshell (WIP) – pre-rewrite notes for three scenes; added to the synopsis.
  • Sponsor VisitsRead “my fours”, and several other posts…will get back to actually comment tonight or tomorrow, depending on when sleep takes me..I will share at the next update.
  • Article Reading Kristen Lamb‘sThe Most Powerful Social Media Tool for Building an Author Platform-Part 1 (a very good article, and I will be back to read the other parts!). It’s also good preparation for my upcoming class…
  • Blogging – I have three posts drafted and color-blocked (my first step in the revision process) – one for each blog. I have done more sidebar editing for this blog, and added to my blogroll.
  • Miscellaneous Stuff – clearing emails, answering comments, fan fiction, checking details for upcoming class, lots of Adam-12!

What’s on my plate for the rest of the week?

  • Finding Esta – Finish the edit, and get it back to Shah. Rough draft of book review.
  • Sima Garo Provides – Add seven scenes to synopsis; pre-writing notes for one scene; write two scenes.
  • Queen of My Infinite Spaces (poetry WIP) – Reread all poems, make notes for conclusion.
  • Bowlful of Bunnies (L.S. Engler) – Revise book review, schedule as next week’s post.
  • Sponsor Visits comment on the ones I’ve read, read and comment on Wednesday’s .
  • Blogging – Revise and schedule pending posts; sidebar editing; blogroll; start rereading April posts.
  • Evaluation Sunday – Review progress and goals; consider goals and adapt as needed.
  • Miscellaneous – hometending; firewood restocking; email, comments, and very likely lots more Adam-12!

 

I took this one last January. We came out of the store, and there was that moon! =D
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Bounding Trust – #ROW80 Commentary, 1/27/13

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Have you ever written so much, with such intensity, so quickly that it exhausted and emptied you?  Felt the words flowing with the power of a tsunami?

This post is a hybrid –  something new I’m trying.  It’s part update, part something else…more or less, a stream-of-consciousness peek into a thin slice of my life…

Post-first evaluation goals

Goals, sans commentary

It’s a BLOG HOP!

First off, a little bit of 750 words musing, done in sections on Saturday, January 26. ..

~~A little bit of a personal challenge, for me, tonight, and maybe not straight exposition, even though my informal schedule says it should be.

I am trying to get my words in before this Netflixed ADAM-12 is over.

I am trying to revise The Last House.

I am editing as a kindness, and, although not panicked or committed, I know that I want to do it quickly, and well.

I have a kid project I was working on, and got sidetracked.

And I have my own things, and, liking a personal challenge, I want to do them all, now…

And thoughts are whirling around, swirling and melding.

Good things are fermenting. I am growing, composting, simmering, stretching…

I’m finding myself far more open, ready to move forward, and open to what awaits…

It’s learning to trust.

An eight year old Force of Nature we call – Annalise! Stillwater, NY October 2012.

Before I sleep, I am going to be posting my first bit of fanfic, just a snippet, listed as pending, because there well may be many changes, still, along the way…it may also be an alternate writing for Sima Garo Provides

Or not.

I am blending stories together, and they are becoming more cohesive and symbiotic….and that is a very good thing.

As is the editing. Seeing the places where someone else gets stuck makes me a lot more aware of my own…and compassionate, and more able to see the quality through typos that would once have turned me off.

I’m at that point in my creative cycle where many things are in the middle, and there don’t seem to be nearly as many beginnings and endings as I would like. I like beginnings and ending, filled with potential or accomplishment.

I know the middle is supposed to be the easiest, but it isn’t, for me. I mean, yes, less effort is required, but also, more work with less obvious progress…

I know what comes next, and soonish. There will be some finishings, and that will make room for new beginnings, and, somehow, if it all doesn’t come out as I had hoped, it will at least come out well enough, with progress…

And, at some tipping point I can’t ever see from this side, the middle will slide into the ending, the beginnings will swell to the plateau of the middle, and the cycle will move along…

Warrior Jeremiah at age 8, Plymouth, MA, July 2010.

There might be a metaphor in there somewhere….

That’s the thing about writing this way, and living this way. I may have ideas, and a path in mind, but the jourbey – the journey is ever a surprise.

I don’t think I’d care much for life or writing if it wasn’t.

There needs to be time, and space, for discovery. I don’t want to always be able to predict what’s next, and so I don’t live a planned life, so much as a flowing one.

It works, for me.

Maybe that’s the thing. People keep coming to my blog, and commenting that I have so many goals, do so much, am so organized…

I used to protest that it wasn’t true – but, enough people have expressed the sentiments that there must be some truth in the perception.

What I’ve realized is that it is organized…in the best sense.

My writing life is organized – for ME.

I don’t have the type of system I can write out and teach to anyone.

In the typical sense, I don’t even have a system, at all.

What I have is a passion for writing that has been a constant through most of my life, and a love affair with language and imagery that goes back to my earliest baby memories.

And I have, with a lot of growth and awareness, learned to trust in that passion, and give it all the care and affection I give to my beloveds…

Me and my doppleganger muse….Iggy Jingles doll and photo by Robyn Coburn.

I set so many goals, because I love the symbiosis of a buffet, or a thick stew – the way flavors and textures and nutrients come together to make something new, each time.

So, whatever sampling I am enjoying today, it will not be the same as it was yesterday. One goal feeds another, and another, and soon ideas are whirling around like they are just now… and that is good, all around..

Organized….hmmmn….it wouldn’t seem so, and there are those who would laugh at the very notion. (719 words – almost did it!)

Until very recently, I was one of them….and now I’m not. Know why?

Because I am organized. I have arranged my life in the way of flowing water, or flame, which both suit my nature well. Things flow into others; ignite others, trickle off, subside into glowing embers…but, always, with the potential for something else to grow from them – a green pond; a leaping spark…

Like life….

Birthday chicken soup (I didn’t make this!)….January, 2012.

There are parts of that up there, written early this morning, before I slept, that are so true they give me chills!

I’m waiting out the next four minutes, just wanting to clear whatever is at the top of my head, and then I am going to go do a little hometending, come right back here…

And I am going to freewrite, for as long as I need, The Last House.

I’m not reading any of what I wrote last night first, just going in on my night of dreaming, and seeing what comes forth…after, I can roll things together, and see where I am, but for this session, I just write…


Okay, I got some firewood in, revived the fire, fluffed the laundry, roughfolded, and brought inside. I put some towels away, set up fresh dishwater, got some dishes in to soak, put a few away, and tidied a bit of kitchen clutter…now to go put lotion on my dry and uncomfy hands, then to write a story…


 

Partner in parenthood, accomplice in mischief. Lover, companion, and friend…the Mr. to my Mrs., and the skip in my heartbeat. (Also, a Henry VIII lookalike!).

So what was my writing week like?

  • I completed and posted two essays.
  • I completed two  flash fiction pieces – one was posted, and the other submitted.
  • I made notes and created timeline synposes for several chapters in two WIP novels.
  • I wrote two chapters in  Sima Garo Provides, and wrote prep notes for one.
  • I edited a blog sidebar and design elements.
  • I publicly posted  a piece of my Star Trek fan fiction (a passion for me since I was 13!). This is a first…and took a lot of nerve for a very short piece.
  • I am editing Shah Wharton’s Finding Esta –  this was a spontaneous decision, to help iron out some first-book wrinkles, and it has fed my own writing.

 

 

Me, in my elemental state. York, Maine, September 2008. Photo by Eden Mabee, my lifelong Syster by choice.

So, in this week, I threw myself into a major project, re-submitted a formerly rejected piece, allowed myself to indulge in alternate scene writing, and shared myself deeply.

 

I’ve claimed my passion for my fanfiction, bringing it out of the nether world of my writing life, and into a fresh, new, midwinter’s dawn…

 

It’s been a full-rich week of intensity, and now I am feeling the calm that descends after the storm….and so I will exhale, and allow the swells to subside as they will.

 

Are you in the surge, the ebb, or the space between?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#ROW80 Update 1/27/13 -Progress Only

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#ROW80 Update 1/27/13

Leaping Faith: My ROW80 Round One Update, 1/27/13:

Post-first evaluation goals

  • Goals on target or completed are noted as such.

  • Major goals appear in bolded blue.

  • Minor goals appear in bolded black.

  • Bolded black or blue italics denote time frames for completion.

Creating:

WIP Novels:

Complete rough draft of Sima Garo Provides. Aim for 2 scenes each week (~3000 words), and notes for each scene.

  • I completed Chapter Twelve, Scene Two(1343 words;1 hour, 23 minutes).

  • I completed notes for Chapter Twelve, Scene Three (33 minutes).

  • I completed Chapter Twelve, Scene Three (1514 words; 2 hours, 9 minutes).

  • Goal completed for this week.

Read through Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, making general notes as I go. Make task lists for next steps for both novels.

  • Chameleon’s Dish
  • Note-taking goal accomplished for this WIP.
  • Next, I will begin the task list for this project. I am targeting February 10 as my tentative completion date.
  • Bounded by a Nutshell –

  • Note-taking for Chapters One-Five completed before 1/27 update.

  • The idea that I had for the first scene means a significant rewrite of the early scenes, which will be much stronger, after. I’m excited about the possibilities opening up, and will be playing with ideas via flash fiction – and lots of dreaming!

  • Complete note-taking for Chapter Six by 1/30 update.

 

Begin timelines for both stories, throughout all WIP and extrapolated novels.

  • Sima Garo Provides

  • Chapters Two and Three synopses complete.

  • I didn’t make my goal for this; I forgot that each chapter contains four scenes, some rather long.

  • I am adapting this to two chapters each week.

  • I completed two chapters this week.

  • I will reach Chapter Five of this process by the 2/3 update.

  • Bounded by a Nutshell

  • Synopses for Chapters One -Five completed before 1/27 update.

  • I’ve found at least one scene, thus far, that is a throwaway. That leads me to think that there is value beyond the timeline in this project; because, if there is little of value to summarize, that is a good indication of a scene that fails to capture attention or to move the plot along…

  • I will complete the Chapter Six synopsis by the 1/30 update.

Flash Fiction:

Create new flash fiction weekly through prompts, challenges, envisioning WIP scenes, and original ideas.

  • I wrote a flash fiction piece, Introduction to Kivaswine, while experimenting with an alternate scene for Bounded by a Nutshell, Chapter One, Scene One.

  • I posted this  to Trueborn Jottingsmy first-ever publicly offered flash fan fiction. I know there is a camp that says I ought to be embarrassed at writing it,and that respectable writers don’t share such ill-begotten literary offspring…

  • But, here’s the thing – This writing is so integral to my life and my creativity, I’ve decided to trust in that passion and own it, so more Star Trek fanfiction will certainly be in the offing. I will never charge for any of these stories. =D

  • Goal completed for this week.

  • In addition, I have freewritten two more scenes for this experimental storyline, and will revise these as flash fiction, and perhaps future sharing.

Revise existing pieces in my Writing Bullpen files, with an eye to submitting and/or creating a collection for a potential book. Aim for one biweekly.

  • I finished The Last House.

  • This story took on a life of its own during revisions. I have saved various bits, and think there may be full-sized short story, or even a novella, in there…

  • Goal of completing by 1/27 update completed.

  • Next story up will be A Splash of Red, and then Morning Coffee.

  • I will revise the next story by the February 10 update.

Submit at least one short story to a paying market each month.

  • Submitted on 1/27, to the market that rejected it a month or so ago.

  • Goal completed for this month.

 

Exposition:

Return to 750 words.com. Use this space for free expository writing at least every other day, and strive to complete every day of the round.

Write book reviews forBowlful of Bunnies and Finding Esta, once I have finished reading them.

Bowlful of Bunnies – reading completed.

  • I have completed a rough draft of this review, and will let it rest a bit before revising.

  • Goal to write rough draft before 1/27 completed.

  • Post review before 2/3 update.

Finding Esta –Reading is complete.

  • I used freewriting time to jot original impressions and notes during Thursday’s expository writing session.

  • Goal of freewriting before 1/27 update complete.

  • I will have a completed rough draft by the Sunday, February 3 update.

Complete one essay or other piece of expository writing each week.

  • I have completed my family issue piece, Written Beatings?.

  • I was unsure about a portion of this draft, in an area I was too close to, and made the leap of faith of posting on two facebook groups to ask for readers. I got a reply from Elizabeth “Buffy Greentree”, who helped me immensely.

  • During freewriting, I began to explore the idea of obedience vs, judgment, something I have been pondering for quite a while now.

  • I completed this essay.

  • Goal exceeded for this week.

Connecting:

 Blogging:

 Create blog rolls for shanjeniah (writers and resources), and Trueborn Jottings (resources and inspiration).

  •  Links added to my spiffy new blogroll:
  • Tia Bach, Author of Depression Cookies

  • alberta ross – so many words, so many pictures and worlds created

  • The Cellar Door

  • I’ve decided to work first on shanjeniah, and then Trueborn Jottings, simply because shanjeniah is more often visited, is older, and many links from there will also be relevant at Jottings.

Edit sidebars and layout for all blogs (excepting childrens’ reporting blogs).

  • I created a list of next steps for shanjeniah’s sidebar, and will move through this list, adding new items as they occur:

  • Check page list – delete or hide ones that are no longer relevant.

  • Check. I made several pages private, and will later consider what to do with the information they contain.

  • Search bar to top of page.

  • Check. I can’t put it above the pages, so it’s directly under. I gave it a title, and it seems to stand out better, now.

  • Replace participant NaNo 2012 badge with Winner’s Badge.

  • Check.

  • Add August CampNaNo Winner’s Badge and WIP Title.

  • Check.

  • Blog calendar under Pages.

  • Check. I also changed the design, because the palette I was using did not show well which days I had posted.

  • Goal completed for this week.

  • Remaining projects:

  • Update Unfettered badge.

  • Add link to Trueborn Jottings

  • Update Facebook badge.

  • Add Twitter, Pinterest badges.

  • Blog follow under calendar.

  • Archives under blog follow.

  • I will have this sidebar edited by February 15.

Write at least one post weekly for three major blogs (shanjeniah; TruebornJottings, andThe Unfettered Life.

  • My posts for this week:

Visiting:

Complete all ROW80 sponsor visits twice weekly; comment, and share posts I read.

  • Blogs I’ve visited this session:

 

Read weekly at a writer-oriented blog that appeals to me; comment; share; learn; absorb, try, grow.

Submit guest posts, at least once monthly.

  • Goal completed for January.

  • I will begin my February post by the January 30 update.

Social Media:

 Visit Pinterest, SheWrites, or StoryDam at least weekly. Get a better sense of how each works, and build my presence there with sharing, commenting, and asking questions.

  • Goal completed for this week.

Continue visiting and interacting through Facebook and Twitter, especially via relevant groups, several times a week.

  • Facebook – Groups, a bit of scrolling and sharing, comments.

  • Twitter – Just a quick peek; no interaction as yet.

  • This goal fell a bit by the wayside this week, with other writing and editing taking precedence.

 Claiming:

 Poetry Book Project:

  •  Gather resources for learning how to publish ebooks.
  • I bought an ebook on self-publishing, to add to my resource banks.

  • Do a search for other e-publishing sources, and continue adding links throughout the round.

Owning My Perspective and Experiences:

 At least once weekly, use expository writing time to explore memories, wounds, healing, perspective, or personal philosophy.

  • I wrote the intro to this piece, finished Obedience vs. Judgment, completed Written Beatings?, and did other random mental wandering.

  • Goal attained for this week.

Continue my eating and health goals from Round 4, 2012. Aim to get to the Y once alone, and once with the children, each week.

  • We’ve figured a plan for car sharing, so, beginning next week, we will be getting out to the Y!

  • I am continuing to attend to my eating, but have slipped a bit on water.

  • My writing energy has encompassed Slack and High Tides. My knee is feeling better, but the kids’ shifting sleep schedules have them currently waking up in the middle of Jim’s sleep, an hour or two later than I want to be up. I don’t want them waking up alone, and Annalise doesn’t like to be the only one awake when it’s dark, so I’ve been staying up till both kids are awake. Last night, that meant three hours of sleep, so I’m weary, and happy it’s Jim’s weekend.

  • I have been writing intensely, and with intensity. I’ve felt the surge coming for a while. I completed two essays, wrote a fan fiction piece, and thoroughly rewrote a very emotional flash fiction piece that may end up evolving into something much more.

  • I’ve been editing Finding Esta, and, because I love the story and know how upset Shah has been about the bumps in the road. Some other things are waiting; mostly the poetry project, because it is a goal I know I can complete fairly straightforwardly.

  • Other than writing and my workout, I also spent more time in Annalise’s room, did general hometending, and kept the house wood supply restocked through the fierce cold.

Reclaiming Our Home:

  •  Clean Annalise’s and Jeremiah’s bedrooms, creating spaces of welcome and haven for them, with room for their favorite things and activities.
  • All of the shelves were finished by the 25th, and I began sorting through bins and bags, getting all of those that were on the floor.

  • We will continue to go through bins and bags, and her room will be done by the 30th, so that I will have a day off before shifting her room to maintenance mode and beginning Jeremiah’s on February 1st.

  • I am definitely on track to make this goal.

Work on general decuttering at least five days a week, focusing on a clutter-prone area when time, attention, and energy allow.

  • I spent time in general decluttering.

  • I cleaned some outgrown clothes from the table in the living room.

  • I have cleaned 6 of 7 days, and met this goal for the week.

A few last points:

I plan to work on each major goal every session, and work in the minor goals as my time and focus allow.

  • I managed every goal but the poetry book. Since I added a spontaneous editing project, I am very OK with that.

I will evaluate my goals, progress and preferences biweekly. on Sunday, and adjust accordingly.

  • Next evaluation will be posted as my Sunday, February 3 update.

It’s a BLOG HOP!

 

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Written Beatings?

Written Beatings ?

One night, while browsing a social media site, I found a complaint posted by a sibling who asserted that, for the last year, her parents have been “taking a written beating” on the internet, and “having their names dragged through the mud”.I learned that they are “defenseless” against these attacks, because they have no access to the Internet.

A part of me wanted to flash right back in reactive anger…you see, I am the accused perpetrator of these crimes.

Every instinct I have, every shred of integrity, has been screaming, “No fair!” about these allegations. But, as with many issues of family dynamics entrenched since birth , it was some time before I could put words to the reason why I felt such wrongness in it.

Until a week or two ago, when I reread that comment, and, in a flash, I KNEW!!!!

Here’s why it’s an unjust accusation, and one that conveniently ignores truth.

My truth – which, incidentally, is what I’ve been writing to inspire such allegations.

My sibling is concerned about the written beating my parents cannot defend against…

Yet nothing in that post addresses the actual beatings I received from my parents, throughout my childhood. Yes, I am talking about physical abuse and domination; whatever would satisfy the parental privilege to punish any infraction, or simply to vent rage or frustration upon someone who had no choice but to take it.

These acts were inflicted upon my own child self.

When I was a child and my parents hit me, screamed at me, belittled or humiliated me, I was truly defenseless.

I had no power whatsoever to stop what was happening, and what was happening was violent, scary, painful to my body, and hugely damaging to my psyche,resulting in a need to appease; even at great personal cost; rage that was uncontrolled for many years; accepting abusive treatment; disbelief in my own worth; a difficulty in trusting; an immobilizing fear of being trapped; and a tendency to blame myself for others’ behavior.

I was, quite literally, defenseless against these physical beatings. I don’t say that as an accusation, but as a statement of obvious and undeniable truth.

By contrast, I have remained silent, publicly, about these aspects of my childhood for most of my life (I am 43, and I began delving them and sharing them somewhere about 41). That is a very long grace period – I have been writing since I was 7. At any time, one or both parents might have honestly acknowledged the results of their choices. They have not chosen to, and so that avenue of healing is closed to me.

I do this with my own children on an ongoing basis, because I did terrible, wounding things to them, too, things that can’t be undone. With openness and a deep intent on my part to hold myself accountable for those choices and the damage done by them, there has been great healing and rebuilding of trust.

Although I spent most of my life denying what had been done, much as my sibling did in referring to those choices as “mistakes”, in the manner of stubbing a toe or burning the toast – no big deal – I try, now, to relay my truth accurately, and I have often stated that what I have are memories rather than physical proof. I am a person of vivid and reasonably accurate memories, and still I know that time and perspective shift things, and my memories are not infallible.

As I heal, and practice the art of compassion (not something I learned, in childhood), I have also made clear that my parents are not monsters, but, in some ways, still wounded children of abuse themselves, that they were acting out their revenge against their own parents through the medium of their children, just as generations likely did before them, and as I did with my own children, later.

But the accusation is that I have perpetrated written beatings against the defenseless. In my family of origin, such rhetoric tends to be accepted as unquestionable truth.

I want to examine that “truth”.

My parents, if they wish, can have access to everything I have publicly shared about my childhood, if in no other way (smartphones, libraries), then surely through the sibling making the accusations against me (who clearly has access to at least some of it).

If they think I an lying, they can seek to charge me with slander, or serve a cease-and-desist letter.

They can publicly refute my words.

They can talk to me, and ask why I am sharing these things, and ask me to stop.

Therefore, they are not defenseless.

Now, to the accusation of “written beating”:

I can see how it may feel like that, to them – but then, when one is faced with an unpleasant and unsavory truth about oneself, it is seldom a pleasant experience, no matter how it occurs.

But I am not badmouthing them – I am sharing my experiences, my own life, and the way I lived as a child in their keeping is a fundamental part of that life. I share, not to accuse, not to drag anyone through the dirt.It may be noted here, and everywhere I have posted these aspects of my life, that I do not give names, or features, and, as my name has significantly changed, through marriage and design, a very small number of people will specifically know the individuals I am referring to.

I offer them the gift of as much anonymity as is possible, and they do not have to claim their part in anything I write. I do this because, rather than seeking revenge, I am trying to heal, and to understand, and to share my life and what I have learned, as I live very differently, today, with my own family.

Attacks require intent, and I have no intent to cause harm, only to heal what I can, and to learn to live peacefully with what remains. I have found paths for this – not continuing to hold a dangerous silence, when I know that my words have impact.

And they do. I have already shifted the way more than a person or two views their children or their own childhood, through my writing.

I’ve found a way to give some meaning to the suffering, fear, and damage I will always bear. I can be the voice for children who have none, because I remember in detail, and because now I am an adult and I know how to use my voice.

I can be kinder, and continue to learn the art of compassion, and extend it outward to my parents, to my sibling, because I see that it is their woundedness that hurt me, and that now wants to defend against my personal truth.

What I am doing, far from being an abuse of my parents, is creating some good from my own pain.

To protest that I am attacking my defenseless parents is to imply that what I am doing, in speaking the truth, is a far greater crime against them than their abuse was against me, and that they have less power than my child self did.

These things are so blatantly untrue, that only a wounded mind could believe them.

The words people use matter. Sometimes, words offer clarity; other times they throw up straw men intended to draw attention away from truth, and to discredit those who express that truth.

And that is the final, perhaps most deeply held, reason that I write, and share, and refuse now to hide or sugarcoat what affect these acts had and still have upon me.

I will not be part of any conspiracy that exonerates the perpetrators of violent acts, while indicting the victims of those acts if they dare to speak their truths, because nothing can be cured or healed, that way.

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Trusting Myself: My ROW80 Round One Update, 1/23/13:

Post-first evaluation goals

Goals, sans commentary

  • Goals on target or completed are noted as such.

  • Major goals appear in bolded blue.

  • Minor goals appear in bolded black.

  • Bolded black or blue italics denote time frames for completion.

Creating:

WIP Novels:

Complete rough draft of Sima Garo Provides. Aim for 2 scenes each week (~3000 words), and notes for each scene.

  • I completed the notes for Chapter Twelve, Scene Two (19minutes).

Read through Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, making general notes as I go. Make task lists for next steps for both novels.

  • Chameleon’s Dish

  • I have added notes and placeholder files for the as-yet unwritten scenes that will eventually take this WIP from novella to novel length.

  • Note-taking goal accomplished for this WIP.

  • Next, I will begin the task list for this project. I am targeting February 10 as my tentative completion date.

  • Bounded by a Nutshell –

  • I began the note-taking process for this novel with Chapter One, Scene One, where rereading strongly suggested a change in POV character, and a near-immediate introduction of a secondary plot complication.

  • I attained my goal of beginning before the January 27 update.

  • My new goal is to complete note-taking on Chapters One-Five before the 1/27 update.

Begin timelines for both stories, throughout all WIP and extrapolated novels.

  • Sima Garo Provides

  • Synopsis complete through Chapter One.

  • I will reach Chapter Five of this process by the January 27 update.

  • Bounded by a Nutshell

  • I had intended only to work on only one synopsis at a time, but I realized that it would be simpler and more efficient to add this one, as I move through each scene in the note-taking process.

  • I have completed Chapter One, Scene One.

  • My goal is to complete the synopsis through Chapter Five by the 1/27 update.

Flash Fiction:

Create new flash fiction weekly through prompts, challenges, envisioning WIP scenes, and original ideas.

  • I wrote the rough draft of an as-yet untitled flash fiction piece, experimenting with an alternate scene for Bounded by a Nutshell, Chapter One, Scene One.

  • I reread and moved to a LibreOffice file for revision.

Revise existing pieces in my Writing Bullpen files, with an eye to submitting and/or creating a collection for a potential book. Aim for one biweekly.

  • I chose to work first onThe Last House.

  • I reread, so that I can allow the imagery to flow. I have a basic sense of what I want to accomplish in revision.

  • Next story up will be A Splash of Red, and then Morning Coffee.

  • I will have revised at least one story by the Sunday, January 27 update.

Submit at least one short story to a paying market each month.

  • See above for revision status of this month’s story.

  • I will submit before next Sunday (1/27).

Exposition:

Return to 750 words.com. Use this space for free expository writing at least every other day, and strive to complete every day of the round.

Write book reviews forBowlful of BunniesandFinding Esta, once I have finished reading them.

Bowlful of Bunnies – reading completed.

  • I wrote impressions for the review during my Sunday expository writing time.

  • I’ve arranged the color-blocked passages into a rough order.

  • Next, I will revise, and expand the passages into a rough draft.

  • My goal is to have completed rough draft by January 27.

Finding Esta –Reading is complete.

  • I will write my original impressions and notes during Thursday’s expository writing session.

  • Reading goal completed before personal deadline of 1/23.

Complete one essay or other piece of expository writing each week.

  • I will be revising the rough writing I did on my family issue during the last session.

  • I’ve reread the impressions, and have allowed myself processing time.

  • During freewriting, I began to explore the idea of obedience vs, judgment, something I have been pondering for quite a while now.

  • I will be returning to this idea, as well, during the next days.

Connecting:

Blogging:

Create blog rolls for shanjeniah (writers and resources), and Trueborn Jottings (resources and inspiration).

  • Links added to my spiffy new blogroll:

  • ROW80

  • Kristen Lamb’s Blog

  • Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

  • I’ve decided to work first on shanjeniah, and then Trueborn Jottings, simply because shanjeniah is more often visited, is older, and many links from there will also be relevant at Jottings.

Edit sidebars and layout for all blogs (excepting childrens’ reporting blogs).

  • I created a list of next steps for shanjeniah’s sidebar, and will move through this list, adding new items as they occur:

  • Check page list – delete or hide ones that are no longer relevant.

  • Search bar to top of page.

  • Replace participant NaNo 2012 badge with Winner’s Badge.

  • Add August CampNaNo Winner’s Badge and WIP Title

  • Blog calendar under Pages.

  • Complete these first five steps by January 27 update.

  • Update Unfettered badge.

  • Add link to Trueborn Jottings

  • Update Facebook badge.

  • Add Twitter, Pinterest badges.

  • Blog follow under calendar.

  • Archives under blog follow.

  • I will have this sidebar edited by February 15.

Write at least one post weekly for three major blogs (shanjeniah; TruebornJottings, andThe Unfettered Life.

  • My pending posts for this week, and their status:

  • Obedience Vs. Judgment (WIP) The Unfettered Life

  • Using Pinterest for Worldbuilding (idea) – Trueborn Jottings

  • Written Beatings, or Speaking my Truth? (WIP) – shanjeniah.

Visiting:

Complete all ROW80 sponsor visits twice weekly; comment, and share posts I read.

  • Blogs I’ve visited this session:

  • Goal completed for this session.

Read weekly at a writer-oriented blog that appeals to me; comment; share; learn; absorb, try, grow.

  • Using the Twelve Stages of Physical Intimacy To Build Tension In Your Novel

  • I love, love LOVE this sexy post!

  • I wanted to comment, but it’s an older post, and I can’t…so, I believe this will be the topic of next week’s shanjeniah post.

Submit guest posts, at least once monthly.

  • Goal completed for January.

  • I will begin my February post by the January 30 update.

Social Media:

Visit Pinterest, SheWrites, or StoryDam at least weekly. Get a better sense of how each works, and build my presence there with sharing, commenting, and asking questions.

  • Pinterest – Trolled the main page and repinned some items. Food, decorating, crafts, inspiration.

  • She Writes – Posted to a group; skimmed groups, my page, and a few comments. Still not sure where this site fits into my social media life…or if it does.

  • StoryDam – Checked the lay of the land, commented.

  • Goal completed for this week.

Continue visiting and interacting through Facebookand Twitter, especially via relevant groups, several times a week.

  • Facebook – Groups, a bit of scrolling and sharing, comments.

  • Twitter – Just a quick peek; no interaction as yet.

ExploreLinked In and WANATribe every other week. Both have things to offer, and are my newest social media connections. I want to get to know them better, slowly.

  • WANATribeI’m starting to get a feel for the place. I signed up forWANA: The Next Generation, and for the first day of the inauguralWANACon, as well. I would have loved to do both days, but I don’t think my family is ready for me to be less available two days running, nor can I easily see where I would find funds for both, just now (my Spousal Budget Coordinator assures me one day was possible, even with my blog upgrade – yup, he loves me!).

  • I feel that WANATribe may become a vital link in my writing network.

  • LinkedInPeeked in quickly; posted status update.

  • Still a bit on the fence about how well this will ultimately fit into my life, but willing to give it time…

  • Goal attained for this two weeks.

Claiming:

Poetry Book Project:

Complete a rough draft compilation, with dedication, introduction, and conclusion.

  • Using the notes I wrote last week, I crafted a 274 word rough introduction.

  • This step completed before the January 27 update.

  • I will reread all poems in preparation for crafting the conclusion.

  • I will have all poems reread by February 1.

Gather art and images for inclusion in the book.

  • I created an Art and Images folder in the Queen of My Infinite Spaces binder, and successfully uploaded and saved one photo, as experimentation.

  • Move all the personal photos used in relevant blog posts to the new folder by January 30 update.

Gather resources for learning how to publish ebooks.

  • I know that I have some, mostly scattered aroundFacebook.

  • I created a tag in myPocket app for these, and added one link to it.

  • Do a search for other e-publishing sources, and continue adding links throughout the round.

Owning My Perspective and Experiences:

At least once weekly, use expository writing time to explore memories, wounds, healing, perspective, or personal philosophy.

  • I wrote just over 750 words, partly on the intro to this post; the rest on obedience vs. judgment, which will appear in The Unfettered Life.

  • Goal attained for this week.

Continue my eating and health goals from Round 4, 2012. Aim to get to the Y once alone, and once with the children, each week.

  • I made it to the Y for my third consecutive week. My right knee, which I injured while mowing the lawn last May, was quite painful, perhaps due to approaching storms.

  • I still managed to increase the duration, variety, and intensity of my workout (I am attempting to keep this gradual, because I want to be able to find a balanced and sustainable level that feels good to my body and soul).

  • Still mulling how to effect a car share, but it’s now become a higher priority, because Jeremiah mentioned today that he’d like to plan a trip to the State Museum…thus far, I have not gotten the children to the Y.

  • I am continuing to eat intuitively, with a recent increase in variety, and more attention to water and eating more foods closer to their original state.

  • My writing energy has encompassed Ebb and Slack Tides. A large shift in the kids’ sleep schedules, and my lingering mild queasiness and knee pain, meant a lower -key time, creatively, as did Jim’s weekend, and shifted workout days.

  • Other than writing and my workout, I also spent more time in Annalise’s room, did general hometending, and restocked the house wood supply against the coming cold.

Reclaiming Our Home:

  • Clean Annalise’s and Jeremiah’s bedrooms, creating spaces of welcome and haven for them, with room for their favorite things and activities.

  • Jim helped me bring in the very large new set of shelves.

  • I cleaned Lise’s closet shelves, bookshelves, and corner cubby drawers.

  • Together we organized most of the new shelves.

  • I began her corner cubby (last surface in the room!).

  • I’m on track to finish these by the 25th.

  • We will go through bins and bags, and her room will be done by the 30th, so that I will have a day off before shifting her room to maintenance mode and beginning Jeremiah’s on February 1st.

Work on general decuttering at least five days a week, focusing on a clutter-prone area when time, attention, and energy allow.

  • I spent time in general decluttering.

  • I cleaned some outgrown clothes from the table in the living room.

  • I have cleaned 2 of 3 days, so far this week, and am on track to meet this goal for the week.

A few last points:

I plan to work on each major goal every session, and work in the minor goals as my time and focus allow.

  • I managed every goal but the kitchen one and blogging ones (not listed here) this session – but that one is on hold until March, so doesn’t really count.

  • This is the best showing I’ve had, thus far. Yay me! =D

I will evaluate my goals, progress and preferences biweekly. on Sunday, and adjust accordingly.

  • Next evaluation will be posted as my Sunday, February 3 update.

It’s a BLOG HOP!

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Trustful Blossoming: #ROW80 Update 1/23/13

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I’m taking this trust thing to a whole new level this year! And how about you?

Excerpt from Monday’s freewriting at 750 Words

~~I’m just going to more or less use this space for the top of my head thoughts tonight, just pour forth whatever randomness crops up, in keeping with a day that has been somewhat on the random side.

The children are in the midst of a shifting sleep pattern. They stayed up until late afternoon to earlyevening, today, then, Lise slept until 1:15am, and Miah 2am.

I had a workout, although my right knee has been bothering me for the last two days. I came home , with some groceries, to find the children both sleeping, and the family rooms somewhat torn apart, because Jim is in the process of fixing the coat and catchall cabinet, and mostly, today, that seems to have entailed taking many things off it, piling them around the room, and…

Well, the and, whatever it will be, hasn’t happened yet, so…

We watched the last bit of The Rifleman, and M*A*S*H, and then I took a hot shower, we had coffee, Jim massaged me with lotion…nice, because many of my muscles are feeling well used and pleasantly fatigued and sore.

Jim made us comfort food-Velveeta Shells and Cheese, with Nathan’s hot dogs cut up in it.

And then, after Castle, we took a rare nap…

I’m trying to get more into naps, these days, at least when I’m feeling tired. For a long time, I felt guilty about any need to sleep during the daytime hours (or anytime before I was going to bed for the night, the day,or whatever).

But that is one of those leftover part of the Puritan work ethic, and the legacy of my parents’ voices in my head, berating any way of life that doesn’t reasonably mimic theirs….

I’ve made the commitment to free myself of those leftover inherited ideas and requirements, anywhere that they do not support the life I want to live.

At the same time, I am learning to listen to my own body and my own needs.

And the children are growing up, not needing to have my full attention to keep them safe and fed, in the way that they did, a couple of years ago.

As, at the dawn of 2012, I claimed my writing life without guilt, I am now claiming my basic need to rest when I am weary.

It’s something of a run-up to eventually having an empty nest, or at least having children who are grown up enough to allow me, more or less, to live life on my own terms.~~

Jeremiah reflects while watching life-size board games on Ellen.

And that was just the beginning of my trusting leaps of faith…

  • I joined Kristen Lamb’s WANA 1013’s. I am excited to be embarking trustfully on this new journey!

  • I signed up for Day 1 of WANACon (would have done both days, but budget and family need other things…maybe next year).

  • I upgraded my main WordPressblog, shanjeniah, and began customizing it.

These three leaps constitute something new, for me…a significant financial investment in my writing life.

A year ago, when I first began contemplating classes, writing conferences, and blog upgrades, they seemed far away, almost impossible, and hugely too expensive to consider, even if I could find the time…

I see it differently, now. I’m willing to trust that, even if I do not see financial renumeration for these investments, I will still benefit, personally, by embracing my passion, developing myself in that arena.

I am doing these things for myself.

And that is trust, cubed. =D

Trusting Myself: My ROW80 Round One Update, 1/23/13:

Post-first evaluation goals

Goals, sans commentary

  • Goals on target or completed are noted as such.

  • Major goals appear in bolded blue.

  • Minor goals appear in bolded black.

  • Bolded black or blue italics denote time frames for completion.

One boy with many faces….and lots and lots of golden curls!

Creating:

WIP Novels:

Complete rough draft of Sima Garo Provides. Aim for 2 scenes each week (~3000 words), and notes for each scene.

  • I completed the notes for Chapter Twelve, Scene Two (19minutes).

Read through Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, making general notes as I go. Make task lists for next steps for both novels.

  • Chameleon’s Dish

  • I have added notes and placeholder files for the as-yet unwritten scenes that will eventually take this WIP from novella to novel length.

  • Note-taking goal accomplished for this WIP.

  • Next, I will begin the task list for this project. I am targeting February 10 as my tentative completion date.

  • Bounded by a Nutshell –

  • I began the note-taking process for this novel with Chapter One, Scene One, where rereading strongly suggested a change in POV character, and a near-immediate introduction of a secondary plot complication.

  • I attained my goal of beginning before the January 27 update.

  • My new goal is to complete note-taking on Chapters One-Five before the 1/27 update.

Begin timelines for both stories, throughout all WIP and extrapolated novels.

  • Sima Garo Provides

  • Synopsis complete through Chapter One.

  • I will reach Chapter Five of this process by the January 27 update.

  • Bounded by a Nutshell

  • I had intended only to work on only one synopsis at a time, but I realized that it would be simpler and more efficient to add this one, as I move through each scene in the note-taking process.

  • I have completed Chapter One, Scene One.

  • My goal is to complete the synopsis through Chapter Five by the 1/27 update.

Flash Fiction:

Create new flash fiction weekly through prompts, challenges, envisioning WIP scenes, and original ideas.

  • I wrote the rough draft of an as-yet untitled flash fiction piece, experimenting with an alternate scene for Bounded by a Nutshell, Chapter One, Scene One.

  • I reread and moved to a LibreOffice file for revision.

Revise existing pieces in my Writing Bullpen files, with an eye to submitting and/or creating a collection for a potential book. Aim for one biweekly.

  • I chose to work first onThe Last House.

  • I reread, so that I can allow the imagery to flow. I have a basic sense of what I want to accomplish in revision.

  • Next story up will be A Splash of Red, and then Morning Coffee.

  • I will have revised at least one story by the Sunday, January 27 update.

Submit at least one short story to a paying market each month.

  • See above for revision status of this month’s story.

  • I will submit before next Sunday (1/27).

Exposition:

Return to 750 words.com. Use this space for free expository writing at least every other day, and strive to complete every day of the round.

Write book reviews forBowlful of BunniesandFinding Esta, once I have finished reading them.

Bowlful of Bunnies – reading completed.

  • I wrote impressions for the review during my Sunday expository writing time.

  • I’ve arranged the color-blocked passages into a rough order.

  • Next, I will revise, and expand the passages into a rough draft.

  • My goal is to have completed rough draft by January 27.

Finding Esta –Reading is complete.

  • I will write my original impressions and notes during Thursday’s expository writing session.

  • Reading goal completed before personal deadline of 1/23.

Complete one essay or other piece of expository writing each week.

  • I will be revising the rough writing I did on my family issue during the last session.

  • I’ve reread the impressions, and have allowed myself processing time.

  • During freewriting, I began to explore the idea of obedience vs, judgment, something I have been pondering for quite a while now.

  • I will be returning to this idea, as well, during the next days.

Lise with The great Dollhouse Caper, which was my book when I was her age.

Connecting:

Blogging:

Create blog rolls for shanjeniah (writers and resources), and Trueborn Jottings (resources and inspiration).

  • Links added to my spiffy new blogroll:

  • ROW80

  • Kristen Lamb’s Blog

  • Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

  • I’ve decided to work first on shanjeniah, and then Trueborn Jottings, simply because shanjeniah is more often visited, is older, and many links from there will also be relevant at Jottings.

Edit sidebars and layout for all blogs (excepting childrens’ reporting blogs).

  • I created a list of next steps for shanjeniah’s sidebar, and will move through this list, adding new items as they occur:

  • Check page list – delete or hide ones that are no longer relevant.

  • Search bar to top of page.

  • Replace participant NaNo 2012 badge with Winner’s Badge.

  • Add August CampNaNo Winner’s Badge and WIP Title

  • Blog calendar under Pages.

  • Complete these first five steps by January 27 update.

  • Update Unfettered badge.

  • Add link to Trueborn Jottings

  • Update Facebook badge.

  • Add Twitter, Pinterest badges.

  • Blog follow under calendar.

  • Archives under blog follow.

  • I will have this sidebar edited by February 15.

Write at least one post weekly for three major blogs (shanjeniah; TruebornJottings, andThe Unfettered Life.

  • My pending posts for this week, and their status:

  • Obedience Vs. Judgment (WIP) The Unfettered Life

  • Using Pinterest for Worldbuilding (idea) – Trueborn Jottings

  • Written Beatings, or Speaking my Truth? (WIP) – shanjeniah.

A room to live in….not spotless, but a comfy retreat she finally can enjoy again! Yay us! =D

Visiting:

Complete all ROW80 sponsor visits twice weekly; comment, and share posts I read.

  • Blogs I’ve visited this session:

  • Goal completed for this session.

Read weekly at a writer-oriented blog that appeals to me; comment; share; learn; absorb, try, grow.

  • Using the Twelve Stages of Physical Intimacy To Build Tension In Your Novel

  • I love, love LOVE this sexy post!

  • I wanted to comment, but it’s an older post, and I can’t…so, I believe this will be the topic of next week’s shanjeniah post.

Submit guest posts, at least once monthly.

  • Goal completed for January.

  • I will begin my February post by the January 30 update.

Social Media:

Visit Pinterest, SheWrites, or StoryDam at least weekly. Get a better sense of how each works, and build my presence there with sharing, commenting, and asking questions.

  • Pinterest – Trolled the main page and repinned some items. Food, decorating, crafts, inspiration.

  • She Writes – Posted to a group; skimmed groups, my page, and a few comments. Still not sure where this site fits into my social media life…or if it does.

  • StoryDam – Checked the lay of the land, commented.

  • Goal completed for this week.

Continue visiting and interacting through Facebookand Twitter, especially via relevant groups, several times a week.

  • Facebook – Groups, a bit of scrolling and sharing, comments.

  • Twitter – Just a quick peek; no interaction as yet.

Explore Linked In and WANATribe every other week. Both have things to offer, and are my newest social media connections. I want to get to know them better, slowly.

  • WANATribeI’m starting to get a feel for the place. I signed up for a class, and for the first day of the inaugural WANACon, as well. I would have loved to do both days, but I don’t think my family is ready for me to be less available two days running, nor can I easily see where I would find funds for both, just now (my Spousal Budget Coordinator assures me one day was possible, even with my blog upgrade – yup, he loves me!).

  • I feel that WANATribe may become a vital link in my writing network.

  • LinkedInPeeked in quickly; posted status update.

  • Still a bit on the fence about how well this will ultimately fit into my life, but willing to give it time…

  • Goal attained for this two weeks.

Notes of tidiness and joy in a cozy room for my growing girl.

Claiming:

Poetry Book Project:

Complete a rough draft compilation, with dedication, introduction, and conclusion.

  • Using the notes I wrote last week, I crafted a 274 word rough introduction.

  • This step completed before the January 27 update.

  • I will reread all poems in preparation for crafting the conclusion.

  • I will have all poems reread by February 1.

Gather art and images for inclusion in the book.

  • I created an Art and Images folder in the Queen of My Infinite Spaces binder, and successfully uploaded and saved one photo, as experimentation.

  • Move all the personal photos used in relevant blog posts to the new folder by January 30 update.

Gather resources for learning how to publish ebooks.

  • I know that I have some, mostly scattered aroundFacebook.

  • I created a tag in myPocket app for these, and added one link to it.

  • Do a search for other e-publishing sources, and continue adding links throughout the round.

Owning My Perspective and Experiences:

At least once weekly, use expository writing time to explore memories, wounds, healing, perspective, or personal philosophy.

  • I wrote just over 750 words, partly on the intro to this post; the rest on obedience vs. judgment, which will appear in The Unfettered Life.

  • Goal attained for this week.

Continue my eating and health goals from Round 4, 2012. Aim to get to the Y once alone, and once with the children, each week.

  • I made it to the Y for my third consecutive week. My right knee, which I injured while mowing the lawn last May, was quite painful, perhaps due to approaching storms.

  • I still managed to increase the duration, variety, and intensity of my workout (I am attempting to keep this gradual, because I want to be able to find a balanced and sustainable level that feels good to my body and soul).

  • Still mulling how to effect a car share, but it’s now become a higher priority, because Jeremiah mentioned today that he’d like to plan a trip to the State Museum…thus far, I have not gotten the children to the Y.

  • I am continuing to eat intuitively, with a recent increase in variety, and more attention to water and eating more foods closer to their original state.

  • My writing energy has encompassed Ebb and Slack Tides. A large shift in the kids’ sleep schedules, and my lingering mild queasiness and knee pain, meant a lower -key time, creatively, as did Jim’s weekend, and shifted workout days.

  • Other than writing and my workout, I also spent more time in Annalise’s room, did general hometending, and restocked the house wood supply against the coming cold.

Reclaiming Our Home:

  • Clean Annalise’s and Jeremiah’s bedrooms, creating spaces of welcome and haven for them, with room for their favorite things and activities.

  • Jim helped me bring in the very large new set of shelves.

  • I cleaned Lise’s closet shelves, bookshelves, and corner cubby drawers.

  • Together we organized most of the new shelves.

  • I began her corner cubby (last surface in the room!).

  • I’m on track to finish these by the 25th.

  • We will go through bins and bags, and her room will be done by the 30th, so that I will have a day off before shifting her room to maintenance mode and beginning Jeremiah’s on February 1st.

Work on general decuttering at least five days a week, focusing on a clutter-prone area when time, attention, and energy allow.

  • I spent time in general decluttering.

  • I cleaned some outgrown clothes from the table in the living room.

  • I have cleaned 2 of 3 days, so far this week, and am on track to meet this goal for the week.

A few last points:

I plan to work on each major goal every session, and work in the minor goals as my time and focus allow.

  • I managed every goal but the kitchen one and blogging ones (not listed here) this session – but that one is on hold until March, so doesn’t really count.

  • This is the best showing I’ve had, thus far. Yay me! =D

I will evaluate my goals, progress and preferences biweekly. on Sunday, and adjust accordingly.

  • Next evaluation will be posted as my Sunday, February 3 .

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ROW80 2013 Round 1 Goals; post 1/20 Evaluation

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ROW80 2013 Round 1 Goals; post 1/20 Evaluation

Creating:

WIP Novels:

Complete rough draft of Sima Garo Provides. Aim for 2 scenes each week (~3000 words), and notes for each scene.

Read through Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, making general notes as I go. Make task lists for next steps for both novels.

Begin timelines for both stories, throughout all WIP and extrapolated novels.

Flash Fiction:

Create new flash fiction weekly through prompts, challenges, envisioning WIP scenes, and original ideas.

Revise existing pieces in my Writing Bullpen files, with an eye to submitting and/or creating a collection for a potential book. Aim for one biweekly.

Submit at least one short story to a paying market each month.

Exposition:

Return to 750 words.com. Use this space for free expository writing at least every other day, and strive to complete every day of the round.

Write book reviews forBowlful of Bunniesand Finding Esta, once I have finished reading them.

Complete one essay or other piece of expository writing each week.

Connecting:

Blogging:

Create blog rolls for shanjeniah (writers and resources), and Trueborn Jottings (resources and inspiration).

Edit sidebars and layout for all blogs (excepting childrens’ reporting blogs).

Write at least one post weekly for three major blogs (shanjeniah; TruebornJottings, and The Unfettered Life.

Visiting:

Complete all ROW80 sponsor visits twice weekly; comment, and share posts I read.

Read weekly at a writer-oriented blog that appeals to me; comment; share; learn; absorb, try, grow.

Submit guest posts, at least once monthly.

Social Media:

Visit Pinterest, SheWrites, or StoryDam at least weekly. Get a better sense of how each works, and build my presence there with sharing, commenting, and asking questions.

Continue visiting and interacting through Facebookand Twitter, especially via relevant groups, several times a week.

Explore Linked In and WANATribe every other week. Both have things to offer, and are my newest social media connections. I want to get to know them better, slowly.

Claiming:

Poetry Book Project:

Complete a rough draft compilation, with dedication, introduction, and conclusion.

Gather art and images for inclusion in the book.

Gather resources for learning how to publish ebooks.

Owning My Perspective and Experiences:

At least once weekly, use expository writing time to explore memories, wounds, healing, perspective, or personal philosophy.

Read through all 2012 blog posts, and make a list of items to consider or expand upon.

Continue my eating and health goals from Round 4, 2012. Aim to get to the Y once alone, and once with the children, each week.

Reclaiming Our Home:

Clean Annalise’s and Jeremiah’s bedrooms, creating spaces of welcome and haven for them, with room for their favorite things and activities.

Clean and reorganize kitchen, so that it supports a home where everyone prepares and serves themselves, and where cleanup is easy enough that we all will choose to participate.

Work on general decuttering at least five days a week, focusing on a clutter-prone area when time, attention, and energy allow.