Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2014, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round 3 2014

Stretching Into September: August 31, 2014

The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life/

Wow! Can someone please tell me where August has gone? I swear it was here only a minute or two ago, but it’s already getting ready to leave for a year!

The coming of September finds me in a state of flux. I’ll be continuing many of my goals, tweaking others, and setting a few aside for later rounds. The month will begin with my son’s 13th birthday, and, two days later, I’ll be attending a World Sexual Health Day event with Elizabeth Anne Mitchell -oh, and meeting August McLaughlin, too! =)

A busy start- so it may take me a week to really get into a September swing. That’s all right- I know the autumnal air will energize me, and being wholly present during these experiences will feed my soul, and my writing! =D

How about you? Is September a shifting time, or a period of continuity?

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space.

Soon to be a teen! =D

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan. I haven’t get to any of these, this round. Shifting two to back-burner status until 2015.

  • Get the Kristen Lamb social media wizardry ball rolling. Contact Kristen by September 7.

  • Play with Web Lab app; goal is exploration and experimentation.setting aside for Round 1, 2015.

  • Start planning new website, using input from previous two goals.setting aside for Round 1 /2, 2015.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely. – On target. I’m posting and interacting regularly and often. Sharing is shakier, but I have ideas…

  • Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday.hoping this will give me a clearer target.

  • Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.

  • Update sidebar; it’s a little outdated and jumbly.

A mischievous girl in a pink mustache!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. On target. Gearing up for the final quarter; I’ve had several revelations regarding story that are definitely taking things in a tenser direction!

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, as my November NaNoWriMo project. Time to start planning for November’s drafting.

  • Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic.

  • Complete pre-planning for King of Infinite Space, through character sketches/bios.

  • Rough out concepts for remaining books in this series.

This is my smile on Shakespeare!

2014 Editing:

  • First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Pre-Revision Plan for Bounded by a Nushell: Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.This goal is subject to change; revision takes longer than I thought, at the moment!

  • Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

  • Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • Complete first pass revision pre-planning for Bounded by a Nutshell. Setting aside for Round 1, 2015.

  • Revise three short story WIPs for October 31 submission deadline. -More on this goal in the coming week or two.

Seventeen years later, we still like each other – OK, MORE than like! =D

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset. On target .

Clean out email files. On target .

Continue reclaiming my study. On target .

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminstrative Frames, maybe?) On target .

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Mail Annalise’s End of Year report. Target attained!

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target. Test returned for scoring.

Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15. On target .

Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet.On target .

My girl – lover of fashion and wildlife!

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar. Nothing yet.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded, and there will be more!

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. Better – did something special with each child this month; Jim and I, and myself, not yet.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained with Sterling Renaissance Festival.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target attained- new goal pending.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. Not quite. Closer, though!

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target attained most weeks.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded!

A Midsummer Evening’s Dream…

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target exceeded!

Come ROW along with us!

 

Annalise’s Shakespearean Still Life!
Posted in Life Writing, Parenting, Second Serving Sunday, Unschooling

Second-Serving Sunday: #NotBacktoSchool Edition!

 

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, in my little corner of the blogosphere

What do I mean by #notbacktoschool? Well, it’s only a coinflip away from #backtoschool – and a universe apart.

Neither of our kids have ever gone to school. We began as eclectic homeschoolers (a lot of the “curriculum” I used with our son came from other homeschoolers, garage sales, and imagination), then shifted into the relaxed category, then became so relaxed, we were radically unschooling by the time our son turned eight. He’ll be thirteen in a couple of days, and we’ve never looked back.

So no back to school lists, chores, or schedule changes for us. Just life as we know it, flowing on. Birthday plans. Work plans. A trip to New York City for me, to expand my own horizons. Working out and swimming, and making connections with friends. Learning, living, laughing, and loving as we go.

Today’s pictures come from another #notbacktoschool week, when our youngest was officially “kindergarten-eligible” (now, she’s 10!). I think they capture the flavor of our lives very well!

Annalise’s Zen-style volcano.

 

And speaking of life…what have I been up to?

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday for August 24: Big Stretch Edition!

A week of romance as my Accomplice and I celebrated 17 years of marriage, I dis some odd things I wasn’t expecting, and new perspectives were formed. I wrote my inaugural post for Rose B. Fischer‘s Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge, Trip and T’Pol got all tangled up in each other, and drafting and revising took a step back for a few days. David Vienna urged parents to CFTD; Kerry took us to the museum to share Shakespeare’s First Folio; and there was this blogfest announcement:

 

 

This week’s fun:

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Thirteen Years: This week’s SoCS prompt was “Age”. Apropos as our oldest becomes a teen this week. Here, I contemplate the threshold between childhood and adulthood, choice and control, and what these have to do with maturity.

ROW80 Updates:

Learning about “monies” in a lobster hat, cause that’s how we rolled back then!

What’s Coming Up?:

My writing focus for September is on:

Siblings in communion with the TV, and each other.

 

This week’s blogging:

Annalise discovers that light is made of colors!

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Learning is fun, and makes this girl grin!

Life Stuff:

  • I reflected on the past, looked forward to next week, and spent a busy week in the middle.
  • I took Jeremiah out for a workout and lunch on Tuesday, and we set up his weight room orientation. On Friday, both kids and I went for a swim, and to do some provisioning.
  • I bought my ticket for the NYC World Sexual Health Day event, and began making the travel details with my companion for the day!
  • Magnet Mountain was reduced to barious sorted piles of rubble…uh, magnets.
  • Jeremiah’s testing was completed and submitted for scoring; Annalise’s end-of-year report was submitted to the school district, and I moved forward with fourth quarter resporting and IHIP for Lise.
  • All in all, a week with some busyness, and some calm, in a pleasing blend.

What was your favorite part of your week? Did things go according to plan, or were there surprises along the way?

“I’m riding a horse on the army!”
Posted in Life Writing, Parenting, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Unschooling

SoCS: Thirteen Years

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme.

Rules and this week’s prompt.

The idea is simple – post an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt. This week, it’s “Age”.

 

Boy at oneish. He loved vacuums passionately!

Age has been very much on my mind the last few weeks. In early July, my daughter – my youngest child – turned 10, a milestone age. Three weeks after that, I turned 45 – halfway between 40 and 50, halfway to age 90 – it’s both exciting, and a little intimidating. My youth is past, and time seems to be more precious than I once thought it was, and I’m less inclined to want to waste it on things that don’t fulfill me or meet my own purposes in life.

It’s been nearly five weeks since my birthday, and my son’s is fast approaching. It’s a momentous day for him, too – he will be thirteen.

Yes, I’m about to be the mother of an adolescent.

It seems like it was just a blink ago that he was born – a giant baby boy weighing over ten pounds, who could hold up his own head right from the start. But now he’s almost as tall as me, and most likely will be before another birthday passes. He’s thinking about his future; he’s a year from the age where he can get his working papers and, then, a “real job”. He’s been excited about that, and looking forward to it, since he was eleven, and now that it’s so close, he’s getting pretty serious about the idea. He’s three years from being old enough to get his driver’s license, and he routinely asks questions about driving rules and technique, and has expressed an interest in saving for a car of his own.

He’s growing up. Were we Jewish, he’d be celebrating with a bar miztvah, and he would be considered an adult. In many other cultures, and in many times in history, that would be true. It’s our current American society that keeps people of this age firmly in the “child” category. While he’s still a few years from being legally independent (another facet of our society, and not necessarily one I agree with, since many people who are legally conferred adult status do not react and respond in a rational or responsible manner; there is something suspect to me in tying maturity to age, as though they truly are one and the same.)

No, he’s not an adult – not quite yet. But then, neither is he a child who needs me to make the small decisions of his life- or even, in truth, not nearly so many of the larger ones. I, personally, don’t base my children’s freedom to make their own choices upon age or social convention, but rather upon the capacity to make those choices. Larger choices are based upon the foundation of making smaller ones, of succeeding, and failing, too. There are things to be learned from the choices that work, and also from those that don’t turn out the way they hoped.

When he was seven, we began exploring and evolving our family life from one where we were authoritarian parents – honestly, I was more like a tyrant, controlling every possible aspect of my childrens’ lives, and imposing strict and often harsh consequences when they didn’t meet my standards (which were too high for their abilities) – to a partnering relationship, where we help them to have the greatest possible degree of autonomy in their own lives.

So now, as he spends his last few days as a preteen, he has nearly six years of choosing under his belt. He’s chosen what to wear, whether and how to cut his hair, what to read, watch, eat, play, when and where to sleep, whether to accept work, when and how to save or spend his money, and what to do with nearly all of his time. In the last year or two, he’s also had a great deal more freedom in deciding whether he will go with us when we leave the house, or remain behind. He’s twice had the freedom, during a weekend unschooling conference, to sign charges to our hotel room as he wished.

Yes, there are some big choices coming up, for him. Whether I dominate his life, or not, that’s as true for him as it is for anyone approaching adulthood. Parents can try to control their kids, and, when they’re little, it might even work. But he’s not little now, and it would be hard to control someone almost as big as me, who’s physically stronger than I am, and who is only five years from the legal age of independence. Such attempts at control would be illusory, at best, and, at worst, could destroy our relationship – or even his life, if he were driven to extreme measures to resist my efforts to run his life.

Thirteen. It’s a bit surreal, this coming birthday, and what it means, to him and to me. He’s not little; he’s big. He’s not truly dependent; he’s capable in so many ways. He’s becoming an adult, right now, and there’s really no way to put the brakes on that.

I’m a little apprehensive, but a lot more excited. For him, because he’s well on the way to being a man, and he’s going to be a good one – already, he’s kind, generous, sensitive, responsible, thoughtful, and has personal convictions and the courage to follow through on them. He’s a great many other things, too, but there isn’t enough room in this post to go into deep detail…

I’m also excited for me, because this change is also a change for me, and for our family. This getting-older boy, busily becoming a man, means there is an ending coming, for me, and a beginning. He doesn’t need me in the same way, already, and, once he becomes a man, it will be different, still. It’s a time for me to release him to his life, and expand more wholly into my own.

Age is so often just an undercurrent to life – but, right now, right here in my own, it seems like a tidal wave of significance.

Do you enjoy stream-of consciousness writing? Anyone can play, so long as they are willing to follow a few simple rules. See you next week, for another live-streaming look into the lovely chaos in my mind! =)

Join in or read more SoCS posts here!

Last month of being twelve. At “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Skidmore College ,August 1, 2014.
Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2014, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round 3 2014

A Busy Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/28/14

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Is it my imagination, or is summer just flying by this year?

Just like that, it seems, August is nearly over. Next week, I’ll become the parent of a teenager, meet August McLaughlin and attend World Sexual Health Day (I need to remember to buy my ticket and make the final travel arrangements…), and, oh, yes, that big yellow school bus will be rolling down our street again – and not stopping here. =D

There’s a lot going on.. Lots of homeschooling reporting and planning underway, lots of writing, revising, planning, and hometending. As the seasons shift, so does our family’s focus, and there’s always a heap more lovely chaos abounding…

On that theme, Sunday will bring new and updated goals for September, as I fine-tune my objectives for the rest of Round 3, and start to think more seriously about what Round 4 will be…

But, for now, there’s already enough happening, so let’s take a look.

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

 

Once upon a time, last winter….

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. On target for posting; nothing queued as yet. September goal change pending.

  • I slipped a bit with this post, but was on track schedule-wise.  next week’s bigness might throw me. Going to try to get a jump on things so that doesn’t happen.

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet. September goal change pending.

  • I’ve got some sharing ideas I’ll be implementing in an organic manner within the next few weeks. Things are a bit too chaotic to focus on that until all the homeschooling stuff is done.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

  • Comments continue to pour in! I love them, and returning visits. A bit of a backlog, just now, but I plan to get caught up again before Sunday.

 

Farewell, old friend! May you bring as much joy in the next phase of your life!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed.Target exceeded!

  • August 24: 757 words.

  • August 25: 865 words.

  • August 26: 982 words.

  • Completed scene 42/60.

There’s a certain delight in marking up pages…!

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all resolution plot points by September 1. Goal changed; on target.

  • Resolution plot point 2/3.

  • I have a much clearer idea about how the resolution will play out through this scene and the next. Hooray!

Aglow with care and tidiness!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • More general decluttering in family room and playroom.

  • I began moving some food items to the computer desk, as it’s where the pantry cabinet will eventually go.

Clean out email files. On target.

  • Getting to these more often, now.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • More erosion of Mount Magnet; general decluttering.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target.

  • My daily flow continues tp yield results.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target.

  • A little less hometending; life has been busier in other areas.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target.

  • Worked on reports, facilitated testing, other things tended to.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target.

  • My daily flow continues tp yield results.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target.

  • A little less hometending; life has been busier in other areas.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target.

  • Worked on reports, facilitated testing, other things tended to.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Tis the season for major homeschool administration, so here it is.

Mail Annalise’s End of Year report. Target attained!

  • Sent today – check!

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target.

  • Test completed and submitted. Results now pending.

Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15. On target.

  • Annalise’s Sciences section done.

  • This will be a priority for the next week, or until complete.

Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet.On target.

  • Annalise’s Sciences section done.

  • This will be a priority for the next week, or until complete.

 

Such a big part of my life, and our family, for so long…

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

  • Meeting with friends this evening; possibly another friend on Friday.

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. On target.

  • Spent the evening hours with Jeremiah; walking, workout, Panera, shopping -and lots of connecting on the beginning of his last week as a preteen.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

One workout at the Y each week. On target.

  • I was tired, and Miah and I went for a walk, so I skipped the treadmill today.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • 7.71 miles! I was able to maintain a higher speed, and improved nearly .5 mile!

 

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target attained!

  • Yup.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 2/5; 1 of each, so far.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts/seeds minimum twice weekly. On target.

  • 2 yogurt; 1 sunflower seeds.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session.Target attained!

Come join the ROWing!

 

And my life goes on, with a trusty new companion….
Posted in Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Uncategorized, WIPpet Wednesday

WIPpet Wednesday: Intimate Contact

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

Today’s snippet comes from The IDIC Romance, my Story A Day May Challenge: Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction, an exploration of the interspecies relationship of T’Pol and Trip. I’ll be sharing the remainder of this story, and a Twitter fiction, before we give Trip and T’Pol some much-needed privacy.

Disclaimer: T’Pol, Trip, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

Story a Day is just that- a story every day in May. To make the challenge more interesting, I used all of the prompts offered throughout the month. The stories are sequential, with various tones, POVs, and voices.

For those keeping track:

This is the eighth installment of Story #4, “Tigress T’Pol” . The prompt was to write a story of exactly 2000 words. An additional guest prompt from Heidi Durrow invited us to explore passion in this story.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is August 27, 2014.
  • 28 sentences, because they fit, and I like you. =)

This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, When the Limb Breaks. Trip and T’Pol deal with the aftermath of their unexpected intimate contact…

This is an add-on scene for the pilot episode: “Broken Bow Part 1”. Ive done my best to extrapolate without violating series canon.

The beginning of this fan video has clips from Rigel 10, right before Trip and T’Pol land in that cell, and T’Pol slamming Trip into a shower wall, and lots of other tidbits that aren’t too spoilery – with a song that seem very apt for these two intrepid but flummoxed explorers! (Bits from all seasons, beginning with “Broken Bow”, Season 1).

I lifted my arms halfway, offering her the chance to come back, and hoping like hell that she would. “Hey, I don’t remember complaining. Feel free to have all the lapses of control you want, with me, if they’re all like that.” I just knew I was grinning like a fool – whatever that plasma-fire thing was, it beat just kissing all to hell, and I wanted more of it.

I was willing to bet that T’Pol did, too – but she backed away the five steps or so to the other corner, watching me the whole time, as though maybe she thought I couldn’t control myself. I bit my tongue hard enough to get my mind off other parts of me and wondered what the hell I was supposed to do now. Far as I knew, Starfleet didn’t have any protocols for how to handle the aftermath of a scorching kiss with a sexy Vulcan scientist. And then I remembered my wiseass comment about her not warning us about drinking the water, and that she’d cautioned us against ‘intimate contact’ in that neutral voice of hers, and I started to laugh at the absurdity of the mess we were in.

“Trip -” T’Pol cut herself off, like maybe she didn’t know what she wanted to say. Was she as confused as I was? She was still watching me while not quite making eye contact. I wiped my mouth to stop my laughter, still tasting and smelling her – damn, she’d felt so good, so right, pressed up against me, forgetting herself…wrong direction, Tucker, and the lady’s waiting for you to answer…

“Yeah, T’Pol?”

For a few breaths, she only stood with her back pressed into the corner, as though maybe she needed the support, and I thought again about that blow to the head she’d taken, and started to feel like maybe I’d taken advantage of her. When she finally spoke again, her voice was little more than a whisper. “On the night we first – encountered – one another, I left the compound without authorization. It was a serious breach of protocol.” Something in her manner said that breaches of protocol were dangerous stuff, at the Vulcan consulate.

“You mean, they just expect you to stay inside, and you’d be in trouble for sitting in a jazz club for – what was it, like ten minutes?” I acted like I didn’t know exactly how long she’d been there – twelve minute, sixteen seconds.

I had no business to attend to outside of the consulate, and we were -strongly encouraged – to avoid unnecessary contact with humans. I acted – impulsively.”

“We never touched or even said a word to each other.” I didn’t mention all the things I’d imagined doing with her, while I was trying to pretend I wasn’t watching her.

“That’s no longer true.” Her voice was flat, but she finally looked into my eyes, as though she understood the tangle of desire, humor, and awkwardness better than I ever would’ve thought a Vulcan could. “Trip, I, too, was warned against intimate contact with alien species.”

What’s next for our slightly naughty but highly entertaining pair? Will they throw caution and protocol to the wind? Will they be found out? Will they rot in that cell?!

Hopefully, this video, out of context, isn’t too spoilery…but it does really show the interplay between these two…and this time, Trip has the upper – uh, lips? =) (From “Bound”, Season 4)

You guessed it – you can watch the episode, click the links below, or come back next week for the conclusion of this story!

Story A Day excerpt and commentary…

Full original version of the story…

These posts are the seeds of a project I’m expanding in 2015. Your input is valuable. No need to feel shy; I’m a friendly sort, and will keep my phase pistol on stun… for the most part. 😉

Let’s just say that smoking, time travel, this guy, and possibly other things, make T’Pol powerfully cranky….and leave it at that, for now. (From “Carpenter Street”, Season 3).

Posted in Coffee and Conversation, Life Writing

Coffee and Conversation: 33 Round Tuits

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while. It’s time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own..

So, how many times have you said, “I’ll do that when I get around to it?”

Personally, I’ve lost count of all the things I’m planning to get around to, and that’s gotten me to thinking that it’s time that I stop waiting to get around to all those things floating and swirling and circling in my mind, and decide that – well, I’m going to get around to them.

Then I remembered something from my childhood. As a young teen, I was part of a church youth group, and, at one meeting, once we were all seated, our group leader instructed to us to look under our chairs. Taped to the underside of my folding chair was a token, with printing around the edge that read “I’ll read my Bible when I get a round tuit.” In the center, on both sides, it declared itself to be “A ROUND TUIT”.

“RoundTuit”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Somewhere between the ages of 13 and 45, and cross-country moves, the Round Tuit has left me, but now I’m seeing it in a new way. Why am I waiting to get “a round tuit”? Why am I resisting even the act of listing some of these things that leap about in my mind like little fleas, biting and sucking off some of my energy?

I’ve had a round tuit. I looked online, and it’s not hard to find another. Round Tuits are apparently kind of a thing.

But I’m going to take a different approach.

All those things I’ve been putting off, waiting for “round tuits”, sap my life in small ways. I have a beautiful life, but, with all the unfinished business, it feels a little like this:

Lovely… but a little lacklustre…

So, today, I’m going to do something about it. I’m going to make the first step. I’m going to list 33 Tuits.

Why 33? Simple. I like the number. Love it, actually.

So, here are my 33 Tuits, in no particular order:

  • Delete files from old computer (Sweet L’il Lenovo), reset to factory default, and give to Declan, a young friend looking for an XP machine for gaming.

  • Write a blogpost about my long-lost friend, Barbara Leonard, whom I would LOVE to reconnect with.

  • Scan all old photos, organize files, and begin sharing them digitally.

There’s the first three. See, that was pretty easy! =)

  • Reread and organize all my old story notebooks.

  • Watch all of Star Trek in chronological order.

  • Blog about it.

  • Go get a professional massage.

  • Buy an Irish cloak.

  • Buy a new pair of workout sneakers.

  • Read all nine books currently in my bedroom To Be Read stack.

  • Learn how to thread my sewing machine.

  • Complete all the items in my Play Jar.

  • Buy wireless television headphones.

There’s 13 of my 33. I’m getting into the swing of it, now!

  • Finish resetting the family room, playroom, and kitchen.

  • Rehome wandering game pieces.

  • Contact Kristen Lamb and collect my WANACon Social Media Prize.

  • Update my bio and my blog sidebar – it’s outdated and jumbled.

  • Finish organizing my study.

  • Buy a wheeled storage footstool.

  • Buy a set of Corelle dishes.

  • Create a visual timeline for my Trueborn series.

  • Create rough outlines for the Kifo Island Chonicles novella series.

  • Read all old writing practice notebooks and mine for usable materials.

23 Tuits down; only ten more to list. I want to make these last few count. Hmmn, let’s see….

  • Begin submitting Trek fan fiction to a fan fiction site (this will require a bit of experimentation to find the right “home”.

  • Complete rough drafts of all novels in the Trueborn series (I think there are between 3-5 waiting to be developed and drafted.

And now I’m down to the final five….

  • Contact the high school teacher who changed my life.

  • Reclaim the flower beds, and begin growing cutting flowers, herbs and vegetables.

  • Complete revisions of 3 short stories: “Morning Coffee”, “A Splash of Red”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”; submit to L.S. Engler‘s World Unknown Review.

  • Write 31 new poems for OctPoWriMo; revise the ones written in 2012.

  • Return embarrassingly overdue library books.

Okay! There we have it – 33 Tuits, made public on my blog! I already feel more accomplished, with them written out in a list I can look at – not when I “get a round tuit” , but as a part of the fabric of my life. It didn’t take that long to write them, and I’m already working on several.

Whenever I get one of these tuits done, I’ll post an update here on the blog; and I’ll be doing monthly check-ins. Hopefully, as I move through my Tuits, learning and growing, my life will look more and more like this…

THIS is more like it! =D

How about you? Do you have Tuits in your life, too? Have you ever attempted to actually “get around tuit,” and get them off your mental list? I’d love to chat with you – and I’m gonna want a cuppa to energize me for the getting around tuit to come…won’t you join me?