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Sowing and Sprouting: April 12, 2015

ROWin’ through April!

It’s one week into Round 2 of ROW80. The #atozchallenge, and CampNaNoWriMo are in full swing – as were the bats in the marathon 19 inning Yankees/Red Sox game. How do I know that? Because my daughter and I were looking forward to watching The Amazing Race, and there was this ball game, so we figured we’d watch it till it ended, and see if our show came on later. And then we kept watching, to see how long it would last…all I can say is that I’m glad we’re night people!

I’ve also had a few days to play with my new April goals, drawn from my Round Two  and overarching 2015 goals .

Most of my writing time has been spent on the challenges above – drafting A-Z posts and Transitions, the first Kifo Island novel (-la? – It might be too long to be called that, when all is said and done), and plotting Generations, the second volume. I’m in brainstorming mode for Volume 3 (which I’ll at least begin drafting sometime in June).

And there’s a Vulcan whispering in my ear again – I have to listen carefully, because Vulcans have better hearing than humans, and so her whispers are very quiet. Quiet, but insistent. The lady isn’t a big fan of waiting her turn, apparently. I’m trying to give her my attention in the non-occupied moments when I’m hometending or driving or showering…but, did I mention that she’s rather insistent? Oh, and insistent. =)

On the plus side, having this fired up imagination has led to ideas for other stories, too, and to a round of repurposing around the house. So I really don’t mind the insistent and very quiet whispers – even if I don’t speak Vulcan…

Okay, if you ever thought I was sane…yeah, right. Vulcans, baseball, and sanity notwithstanding, though, let’s get on with the update!

Color-coding key:

Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.


Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1  completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • Transitions: Drafting: Scene 14/24 complete; 28,355/~ 30K words. This is obviously going to be a short novel length (closer to 50K than 30K) rather than a novella…ah, well! It’s a great story, and I’m not complaining. Act Three is about to commence =D Next up, Scenes 15-24.
  • Generations: Plotting: Plot/Pinch Points; Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disasters; and ordering scenes into rough novella outline complete. Scene Summaries complete through 16/24. Next up, Scene Summaries (paragraphs for beginning/middle/end of each scene).
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available.


  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.


Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Rough draft of sponsor post written and highlighted and ordered for revision. Next up, Revision Pass #1. I expect to submit this before I sleep on Sunday.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/11 (J); Drafted through 4/15 (M), and halfway through. Next up, Draft N-Z; schedule K-Z.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar.


Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 6/5 days. Slow day Wednesday – tired and headachy. Better day Thursday, slower again Friday – headache, more on Saturday.


Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

  • Yankees/Red Sox with my daughter. Conversation with my Accomplice.

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • I’m sharing on social media, and had a brief chat with a dear friend, but haven’t really been online except for blogging purposes. The words and stories have me. I did do something rather brave, but it’s personal family stuff, and I’m not ready to talk about it yet. I am counting it as an expansion.


Still getting back up to speed after intense“Otherstending”. Now that we’re feeling better, as a family, I intend to give these, and myself, some much-needed attention.

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • Playtime with the dog. Moving moderately sized furniture.
  • Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • See above.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 1 /2 for both; measured breathing meditation for 3 minutes.

All in all, a good session, getting back into a more regular rhythm after the sickness at the beginning of the week.

And how about you? Was your week pleasant, or less so? Any big news or small victories? What challenges are you dealing with, right now? I love when you share!

I’ll have another update on Wednesday. Till then, come ROW along with other participants by clicking the little icon below – it’s your portal into the ROW80 Blog Hop! And if you’re suitably inspired, come join in! You’ve got nothing to lose, and only your goals to attain!

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I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

8 thoughts on “Sowing and Sprouting: April 12, 2015

    1. Well, I really don’t take breaks between rounds; my rhythm slows and I relax my focus. I had a break-time goals list, so many of these things were already in progress when the round started.

      Hometending is just more pleasing a concept to me than ‘housework’, and it catches the vibe I want to embrace – tending our home, not for image, but for the peace and comfort of those of us who happen to live here.

      Personally, I don’t like to be too serious about the tending. Committed, but not serious. I prefer to have fun with it!

      Hope you find some fun in yours, too! TTFN, back atcha! =D

  1. You have a lot going on. I love the color-coding system. I like to use color too so I can see at a glance if I am getting anywhere. So far this Round I haven’t gotten to use any color, but I have plenty of time,right? Have a productive week.

    1. If you’re getting closer to getting to use color, that’s something! I love my colors for the same reason, and because they’re cheery, too.

      I like to have options, and keep my mind busy. if I don’t, it charges off in about 33 directions, all at once, and nothing really gets accomplished (and then everything on my update would be red, a color I’m not especially fond of!).

      May your week be filled with progress and joy! =)

    1. Coffee. Definitely coffee. Or chai. I do love chai. =)

      Thanks for the energy – today is lovely, thus far (up till 7 watching Frozen with my girl, then up again at 11:30, and getting ready to hang with my boy in an hour – so this hour is dedicated to comments and Second Serving Sunday.

      Later tonight, there’ll be a write-in with local people at a diner. I love that time – both concentrated writing, and conversation…

      In between will be hometending, enjoying the spring that’s finally gotten here, and maybe – yawn – a wee little nap! =)

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