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Shoots and Sprouts: June 7, 2015

ROWin’ through the winding calms and roaring rapids of growth….

It’s been a week of Big Growth, concealed in Small Things.

Things like night walks and long talks. Seedlings and mowing. Writing words and taking tests. Connection, and introspection.

Laughter and some tears…

The stuff of life. Lovely chaos in many disparate forms…

This update will reflect that. There’s some huge progress, in some areas, while some still haven’t budged, others are inching along, and one or two are sliding backwards down that otter run over there…

It’s possible that there’s no otter run, but that Annalise and I saw a woodchuck (groundhog, whistle pig, take your pick on the name!) in our backyard while she was taking her state-mandated standardized test.

It’s also possible that it’s nearly 6am, and I’ve been up all night (again), writing up blogposts so that I can sleep a few hours, then dive back into life…and that this is what I’m like, at the tail end of many hours awake and actively engaged…

Bloomin’ Love! Bouquet by Annalise S. Burton; Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

So on with the reason we’re all here – the update!

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

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): Complete rough draft during JuNoWriMo, aim for one scene/day average. Scene 7/24 in progress; 15,791/~60,000 words. JuNo word count: 8,898/50,000. A little behind, but weekends are busy blogging times for me, and I was home and yardtending in the lovely weather, and being with beloveds. I expect a surge in the not so distant future… Still below scene a day average target by three scenes, but gathering momentum even with busy blogging weekend and homeschool stuff. Next up: Continue on….and catch up.
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go when Generations: (KIC#2) is complete. Completed premise testing for this novel. Next up: Review/revise character sketches; set plot/pinch points for all.

The IDIC Romance:

  • Compile 2015 Story A Day May stories with existing The IDIC Romance stories, in chronological order; compile notes and explorations for future story ideas as inspired; write one sentence ideas for A-Z 2016 potential topics; write wrapup post and create blog page for IDIC stories.  Jotted some notes for new story spark; assigned date for wrapup post and blogpage completion. Next up; continue B-Z topics; write #StaD wrapup post.

Trueborn Weft Series:


Three springs back, three hoops! =) Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.


  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions, and submit. 5/16 scenes complete. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and creating detailed revision notes; create revision pass plan.


  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. Not quite there on visits, due to busy, beloved-oriented week…Next up: more socializing later today!
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Nothing new. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D


  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 6/5 days;4/3 yard/declutter. Donated two garbage bags full of outgrown clothing! =) Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.
  • Homeschool Paperwork: Order/administer Annalise’s test by July 31; complete and submit third quarter reports for both children by June 15; submit Letters of Intent to Homeschool by July 1. Annalise’s test is here. She completed her Mathematics test, and began her Reading test. Annalise’s report complete through Social Sciences. Next up: Continue Annalise’s report; complete her testing.
  • Catch up Email. Started weeding and deleting. Next up: More. I’ve got a long way to go!
  • Scan, save, and organize Arizona Photos. Nothing yet. Next up: Clear off the scanner – a small but integral step!
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.


  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Lots of time with beloveds; online interaction. Next up: More.  Write-in; planning trip to see friends.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 3/2 -Began JuNoWriMo; used ambient sounds for my writing sprints. Watched “Little House on the Prairie” in son’s room with son and daughter. Next up….some more new things. Not sure what quite yet, but something….


  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 5 times/week at minimum. 6/5; Five shortish walks, and hometending; yardtending. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi once to twice weekly. One at-home practice move per week. Skipped Tuesday class due to digestive ickiness, This week’s move: Cloud Hands. No practice yet, this session. Read and reviewed footwork. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal thrice weekly. 3/3: Meditation, 4/3: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Keep on with these; increase frequency.

Adding in, because I forgot to list it with my June goals…

  • Enjoy #onegoodcup daily. So far, so good. Soooo good!

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Sayen Gardens Springtime Symphony. 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!

15 thoughts on “Shoots and Sprouts: June 7, 2015

    1. Well, that’s an interesting question. We’re unschoolers, which, for basic intents and purposes means that we know that learning is intrinsically and inextricably bound up in everything we do, and that people, of whatever ages, if given a rich environment in which to do so, will find their way, through what fascinates them and ignites their passions, to a great deal of associated knowledge.

      So the answer is that we are always learning (not just the kids; all of us!), and that, to reflect this, I record on a year-round schedule.

      However, since we have over nearly 300 hours more in, at the end of our third quarter, than our state law requires, I’ve duly informed the children that they can get away with not learning anything for the rest of the ‘school year’ – not that that really means much to them, except that their schooled cousins will have a little more free time.

      They both looked at me with that, “Yeah, OK, Mom, we’re Minecrafting here, look, and went on about their business. =D

      And, as I type this, Annalise is singing along to her Five Nights at Freddy’s playlist, as she works on the final section of her standardized test – her choice.

      I see no sign either one of them is interested in calling a halt to the learning – they’re simply having way too much fun, and they need to know things to do the things they want to do!

      I totally don’t mind respectful questions. We all love the way we live, and I’m happy to share bits and pieces of it!

  1. Hey Lady! I’ve missed checking in with you…I am back!!! 🙂

    You are so organized! How do you do it? I need to take notes and try some of your techniques.

    Best of luck on JuNoWriMo…I am, alas, going to pass. I have a bunch of other projects to work on. So, I will be busy.

    1. Basically, I keep trying things until I find methods that work with my mind and my life. Then I keep those. If they stop working so well, I make changes. And I’m always willing to try something new if it feels like it might be useful.

      So I guess my organization comes from knowing myself, and how I tick.

      Happy to have you back!

      Knowing that you aren’t up for a specific challenge is a good way of organizing our life. =)

    1. Why thank you, sir! The testing, at least, will be soon done. The girl’s all but begging to play with it (at least in part so she can give her critique on the intelligence level of the questions, I suspect…). She’s only got the Language Usage left, now, and the next two days are predicted to offer rain, so maybe I’ll do the homeschool reports while she finishes up…

      Rainy days are also wonderful for writing! =)

    1. Thanks. The butterfly was a lovely coincidence. I happened to be look out the kitchen window and see it, and it stayed long enough for me to get the camera and take several shots, of which this is my favorite.

    2. Also, I forgot to say that I was an especially disorganized kid (papers and random bits EVERYWHERE!), but that I’ve made great progress by working with who I am and how my mind functions. What you see today is the result of a lifetime of trial-and -error still in progress! =)

  2. I’m a big fan of ambient sound while I’m writing. And reading, and trying to go to sleep. The page you linked to is a great collection (they missed Noisli, though). I’m going to bookmark it.

    1. I’m actually loving it. I’ve tried vocal music, but I get caught up in the lyrics – if I don’t know them, I’m compelled to learn them. If I do, I’m compelled to sing them. If I’m going to sing them, I want to do that well –

      Great for singing. Not so great for writing….

      I love the collection and also bookmarked it. I have a write-in tonight, so I might give Noisli a try then – you definitely find some very cool stuff! =)

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