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Naked Growth: May 17, 2015

ROWin’ my way through a flowery May! =D

This week, I took a plunge. Not into a swimming pool, or off the deep end, or anything like that….I took a leap of faith – in myself.

That’s right. I screwed together all my daring and bravery, such as it is, and I…

Wrote a blog post. But not just any blog post; one I’ve been putting off for months. One that scared me to write, and to share.

One I knew I needed to write, and share, for just that reason…

It was about the message. I’m the conduit through which the experiences and thoughts traveled. I have a passion for pondering and sharing what’s in my head, my heart, and my soul. The trick is to learn to do that, and be comfortable with letting it go, when it grows bigger than what I myself can contain…

– Excerpted from What Am I Hiding?

I’ve also been happily engaged with home and yardtending, decluttering, planning, writing, engaging with my beloveds, and exploring my inner terrain this session. I feel something shifting and deepening, and that’s always an exciting place to be!

How about you? Are you swelling from the inside out, burgeoning with new growth? In what ways are you blossoming? I’d love to celebrate with you!

Until then, though….on with the update!

My most recent Story a Day tales:

  • Sticking Point: Torn by unanswerable questions, a very drunk Trip Tucker is offered acceptance and healing from an unexpected source.

The Big Scoop on what I’ve been up to this week is at Second Serving Sunday! 

Shrouded Vistas, Sequoia National Park, view from atop Moro Rock, 1997. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

My updated Round 2 goals,  and 2015 goals.

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.


Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Generations (KIC#2): Continue writing a minimum of 1 scene/week; will be a back burner project till June. No new writing yet; reread the existing three scenes. Next up: Will do a scene and a half each this week and next to catch up.
  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. Reread A-Z Stories for Donovan, Ava, and Karina. This goal will be approached piecemeal, for now…Next up: Reread all background material for the 3 POV characters; complete Rock Your Plot Premise Testing Exercises.

Draft 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • 16/31 stories drafted, and almost 44,500 new words since the beginning of May. Have a brainstormed list of topics to develop for next year’s Enterprise – A-Z stories. Percolating for rest of May. Next up, drafting remaining 15 daily stories; completing note transcription/development for remaining 16 ideas.


  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”, using Rock Your Revisionsand submit,  Rereading scenes and notes, compiling revision planning notes: 2/16 scenes complete. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and notes; create revision pass plan.

  • Move “Peach Liqueur Love” through Step 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision exercises. While rereading the relevant exercises, I discovered that I’ve only completed Step 1 for this story. (I haven’t worked on it since winter, maybe longer). Next up: Exercise #2.


  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. Still ahead; visits slowed this session.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Updated challenges; explored some new widget ideas. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, post for StaD each day – a story; a snippet, a story spark; or an essay on progress or process. 16/31. Next up: Continue, and develop some update posts…like for Mindful Monday.


  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 6/5 days; 5/3 yard/declutter. Moderate week. Time in master bedroom, Chaos Porch, yard, living and family rooms. Flower beds and front yard. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.


  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; a bit of Facebook; hangout time with each of my beloveds. Next up: More of this.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 2/2 new things – bought pansies on a whim, and listened to my radio interview from March…and I wrote about it! Next up….we’ll see!


  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 3/3: Yardtending/decluttering Wednesday- Friday. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. Add one at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Car trouble – no class so far this week. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 2 /2: Meditation; 2 /2: Intentions Journal exploration.. Next up: Creating Intentions journal habit.

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Wandering my internal Terrain…view from Moro Rock, Sequoia Nat’l Park, CA, circa 1997. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.


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!

12 thoughts on “Naked Growth: May 17, 2015

  1. I really missed this blog when I fell off the ROW80 boat for a while. I love how you lay out your writing goals, intertwine them with life goals, and always seem to make progress in almost every area. You inspire me. 🙂

  2. Hi Shan – things are feeling nice here – not so much swelling with new growth – but I am doing a post I have been putting off for a bit – one that is just a post I need to write for me – so I know what you mean with that part for sure. oh and that photos from Sequoia National Park are beautiful 🙂

    1. That’s what this post was about – something I needed to be ‘on the record’ about. I hope yours goes well, and does what you need it to.

      From you, photo compliments are high praise indeed! Thank you! =D

      1. oh you are so sweet to say that dear “Lady Writer” (sorry that is the name that comes to mind right now) – and getting ready for my star trek adventure next month. I had another blogger give me tips on where to start – my, my my….

        1. I do hope they said “Start with Enterprise.” Because, chronologically in the timeline, it’s first, although it was made last.

          But, wherever you start, I wish you joy. =)

          And I’ll happily accept the title Lady Writer, because it makes me smile! =)

          1. well I should have asked you for some input on where to start- and well, I know you are busy – but maybe in June I can drop back by for a few suggestions. It feels a bit overwhelming because there is so much – but after I watch the show sitting in my DVR – I will then plot my path. So just if you think of it – anytime in June will be good if you have a few tips. I won’t start until July.

          2. I’d recommend the Star Trek Chronology project. You get things in order, but, if you find you especially like or dislike a series or an episode, you could feel free to skip, linger, or jump around (because I’m writing Enterprise fan fiction all this month, and I write as the ideas come, not in chronological order, I’ve been jumping around.). I’ll try to remember to grab you the blogspot link for that, or you could Google it – it pops right up!

            We could try to watch a show or two at the same time, and chat about it, if you want. July’s a tricky emotional month for me, with lots of highs and some pretty low lows, so that would be a good diversion!

          3. Ok – I will google it – and the July viewing sounds absolutely fun. thanks for thinking of it (and wow – July is that kind of month for you… must be a unique month for sure). Looking forward to it.

          4. July is – July. I’ve written about it before, and likely will again….but happy things are much appreciated!

            Let me know if/when you’re ready! =D

          5. sounds good – (and some day I really need to just come to your blog and read some back posts here – and maybe find that July one) –

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