Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, NaNoWriMo 2012, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Transient Trick or Treating Growth: October 28, 2015

Is Halloween a big deal where you live? Is your family into it, over it, or somewhere in between?

It used to be a Very Big Deal for both of my kids – a grand adventure that only got grander when we began visiting out of state friends who live in suburbia (we’re quite rural; trick or treating doesn’t even happen on this still-sleepy country road).

Now, though, it’s shifting. My teen, the oldest of the group by almost 3 years, is letting three tween girls costume him this year. He’s in it for the time with friends, and hasn’t even mentioned candy.

My daughter and her two best friends are excited for a weekend together, and have spent hours in Skype consultations about costumes, accessories, and makeup. Candy? Definitely not the star of their show…

And me? I’m looking forward to coffee, conversation, laughter…and the opening salvo of NaNoWriMo…which brings me to my final days of #NaNoPrep…

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

Writing:

  • Write one poem daily for the OctPoWriMo Challenge. Each poem will fit the theme “Gratitude”. 22/31. Still behind; but catching up…This week: Complete and post all poems. Another poem posted, for a total of 11/31, with 7 more added to my template for polishing and posting; 18/31 posted or in progress.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete 2/3 paragraphs for the remaining letters (Q-Z); do an 11:11 Stream of Consciousness sprint for each; these will be the basis for new stories and A-Z posts. Choose one paragraph for each to develop into the post; make episode list for rewatching. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/31 stories chosen. 21/26 letters completed; 1 /2 V completed. This week: Complete drafting.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, complete rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Rewrite and offer as a beta read.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises  and submit.

  • Monday Morning Coffee”: My World Unknown Review submission was lost in the editor’s email ether. Review/revise as necessary, and resubmit by 10/31.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead if possible: This week: Do all regular features; schedule all October WIPpets and #8sunday posts;figure out what to do about C and C and Mindful Monday posts for November. On track to complete all posts; 5/8 complete. WIPpet and #8sunday scheduled early Tuesday. Will do C and C/Mindful Monday posts on alternating weeks.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This week: Keep on keeping on. Do better at visiting; that seems to be tripping me up, ATM. Several comments answered, and return visits made. Many more to attend to.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Complete and submit Round 4 Sponsor Post. This week: Visits; try for a few extras. Read Monday post.

  • Empty email inbox and maintain below 333 messages. This week: Maintain inbox and habit. Sorting email while watching TV or hanging with family is going moderately well; still a bit over 500 messages.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. This week: Continue; focus on clearing the decks for NaNo and travel, and implementing ideas from 5,000 Words Per Hour.  3/5 days. General hometending; desk declutter; floors. Adapted spreadsheet and did two 5 minute 5KWPH sprints.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. This week: Lise doctor appointment and Halloween shopping; weekend trip to New Jersey. Plans and preparations well underway for all of these; need to touch base with our Halloween hosts.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Regular write-in. This week: Read the first of the critique projects; ‘attend’ the kickoff party virtually from NJ.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121). This week: Work on this as I can; it’s a busy week, but it might be perfect while traveling.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with each, already, and more to come!
  • Read 3 fellow author books; complete 7 reviews.  3/3 books complete. This week: Bite the bullet and write all the reviews!

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journals 3/7. Meditation: 3/7. This week: Journals; eating meditation; meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory, and adding movements to my at-home practice. This week: At least two at-home practices.

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. This week: the same. Activity: 3/6; Tracking: 2/3.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks:I did some very basic research on what chapbooks are; letting the concept simmer for a bit.

  • Website/Business blog: early brainstorming with my Accomplice.

  • Fantasy convention

  • Fan fiction stuff

  • Self-publishing

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  – the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

It’s also a blog hop –

Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, WIPpet Wednesday, Writing in Freedom

“Watch Movies, Eat Popcorn”: The IDIC Romance for WIPpet Wednesday


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’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

How are you doing, this fine Wednesday? Actually, it’s not Wednesday yet; I’m typing this at 5am Tuesday morning. Why? Well, partly because it’s a full moon, and I’m nocturnal. Partly because my daughter has a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, so I don’t want to be squeezed. On Thursday, the children and I are headed to New Jersey, so that they can spend Halloween with their best friends a state away.

So here I am early, hoping to get as much as I can scheduled for the next days and weeks – I’ll be driving us home on the first – of November, and of NaNo

But enough about me…it’s WIPpet time!

I’m serializing my flash fiction story, “Scavenger Hunt” in its entirety. Since it hasn’t appeared anywhere else, and only the first few paragraphs have previously been shared here, you can feel free to consider this a WIPpet Wednesday exclusive.

I’m eager for comments, criticisms, and feedback. I’m edging closer and closer to biting the bullet, so to speak, and posting my first story to an actual fan fiction site, so input is extremely valuable, at this point.

Disclaimer: Trip, T’Pol, and Trek – it’s a love thing, not a money thing; I don’t own them, but they won’t let me go! =)

No spoilers in this one. I envision it taking place soon after my previous story, “Mission Accomplished”. In canon terms, that would be between S4E17: “Bound, and S4E20: “Demons”. Enterprise is en route home to Earth, with no urgent business, and Captain Archer decides that he’ll put his second and third in command through some ‘team-building exercises’. He’s got no idea (or, at least, he’s trying to convince himself that he has no idea), that they’ve got other, more pleasurable ways of connecting and working together, and that these little side missions are getting in the way…

Never fear, though, because TnT have ways of tending to the business at hand without sacrificing all the pleasures of a relationship that’s finally going well…

Note: I’m not quite sure all I have them doing in this snippet would fit into two days – so the timeline may eventually change to reflect reality…or it could be that Trip’s not being entirely truthful here…

WIPpet Sorta- Math:

  • Today is October 28, 2015.
  • One sentence for each day in the date. You can call it a treat, if you’d like! =)

“Watch Movies, Eat Popcorn”

“Well – answering a Vulcan’s questions isn’t exactly easy.” Trip stared at the ceiling as though praying for strength.

“What does that mean?”

“It wasn’t enough to find ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’ and get a clip of a chess game. We had to watch the movie, and then she needed to understand chess, which meant teaching her – and having my pride handed to me fifteen times in a row. Wasn’t enough to know who Shirley Temple was – we had to watch every single one of her movies, including the “Baby Burlesks”. I might never get those out of my head.”

“Human entertainments are baffling. However, Shirley Temple Black went on to have a significant career as a diplomat, so perhaps the early training was valuable to her, even if I find it incomprehensible.”

“And don’t tell me. You took a shuttlepod out covertly, and found yourselves a terrible storm – “

“I have experienced a wide variety of inclement weather, Captain, including the sandfires on my homeworld. However, I found the concept of ‘storm chasing’ worthy of further investigation.”

“See what I mean, Cap’n? If you’re going to assign us any more of these ‘team building’ exercises, you might want to consider that scavenger hunts and murder mysteries don’t exactly translate cross-culturally.”

“You weren’t complaining while we were watching the movies, Trip. Moreover, you consumed an alarming amount of popcorn, and little else.”

“It’s the rule. Watch movies, eat popcorn.” Trip winked at Jon. “Right, Cap’n?”

“I’m not sure you’ll find it written anywhere – “ He caught a glance between the other two, and put up a hand. “No, I don’t want you to do an exhaustive search to find out – that might take the two of you till we get back to Earth. Let me double-check the list: a black-and-white cat, a pot of gold, hair curlers, a terrible storm, a chess game, and…I don’t see a cow, Commanders. Don’t tell me you forgot.” 

Did they forget the cow?

Are they being honest?

Will Trip explode from all that popcorn?

Will they research the Movie Popcorn rule?

Does Jon believe them?

Will there be consequences?

Well, if you want the answers to these questions, you’ll just have to come back next week!

In case you want to read back, here’s the WIPpets that have posted so far:

I’m also serializing the prequel to this story, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday. You can read the current snippet, This Damned Mystery, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday (as long as it get it scheduled before we head home, that is). There’s a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

Looking for WIPpet Snippet tricks and treats? Get ’em, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

Vombies are scarier than human zombies – but they’re also vegetarians!

Posted in Blogfest Entries, Challenges and Contests, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, My Poetry, OctPoWriMo Challenge, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

Page Of Reality: A Blitz Poem for #OctPoWriMo Day 13

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If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

I’m way behind in posting, so this is the prompt from October 13, even though today is actually the 27th – 14 days after the 13th. I subscribe to the concept that it’s better (way) late than never…and it makes me both grateful and happy to finally be posting this. =)

The October 13 prompt  is to write a poem about what I’m willing to risk in my writing, and what I hope to gain…I also accepted the challenge to make this a Blitz poem – definitely my favorite of the forms I explored last year!

Page Of Reality

Writing on the wall

Writing on the page

Page in my journal

Page of indelible ink

Ink flowing from my pen

Ink recording my life

Life as it happens

Life glorious and raw

Raw and abraded moments

Raw power in the words

Words that claim my life

Words that claim my truth

Truth I can look back on

Truth with which to grow

Grow past the hitting

Grow into myself

Myself there in my words

Myself revealed and naked

Naked on the page

Naked and strong

Strong memories burn

Strong structure sustains

Sustains me in memory

Sustains me as I learn

Learn to accept my past

Learn to change my now

Now the only moment

Now the only magic

Magic in the concrete

Magic of going deep

Deep truths of my soul

Deep dreams delved

Delved for the knowing

Delved for their beauty

Beauty of revealed life

Beauty of life imperfect

Imperfect words unfinished

Imperfect exposure of my soul

Soul that is tucked within

Soul no longer safely hidden

Hidden behind blue eyes

Hidden within my skin

Skin the thin shell

Skin offers no shelter

Shelter an illusion

Shelter conceals reality

Reality in the writing

Reality is the goal

Goal

Writing

Like what you read? Drop me a comment in the box below!

And find more risky poetry at OctPoWriMo!

Posted in Blogfest Entries, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Mindful Monday, NaNoWrimo

How Much is Enough for Mindful Monday

How much is enough? When have we done all that we can? Are we doing enough, and who is it, exactly, that gets to decides these things?

I’m taking a different approach than I used to, these days. Enough, as I define it, is that which makes me and those who I am responsible for, and/or attached to happy and safe. It needs to be supportive, and enhancing – but what it doesn’t need to be, even remotely, is strenuous in every moment.

There’s a lot to be said for flow, for building up to natural rhythms, and listening to individual needs.

If I get lost in doing All The Things, in making the type of self-sacrifice that children are supposedly expecting from their mothers, or that society thinks mothers ought to give in some saintly fashion, than I might just be overextending myself, and then I’m using my finite supply of energy on things that really may not matter to anyone but me and some weird and warped sense of duty that benefits –

Well, no one.

So that’s where I am and what I’m thinking on my way to NaNoWriMo, poised at the edge of doctor’s appointments and a trip to a neighboring state, and things that are waiting for my attention, and people who are beloved to me.

I‘m thinking about what is really enough, and I’ve decided that the only way to determine that, for me, is mindfully.

What does that mean, exactly?

I’m still working that out, noodling with it in my mind. I think, though, that those words up there at the top of this post, which were written in a five-minute writing sprint, hold the clue…

Here’s what I feel enough means, right now, on the cusp of many things:

  • It supports the safety and/or happiness of myself and/or those I love

  • It’s not a self-sacrifice for the sake of satisfying some societal or personal sense of duty without actual benefit beyond that.

  • It makes wise and productive use of my finite energies, time, and focus.

  • It moves me or someone I love closer to a goal.

With those factors in mind, I’m going to be redefining ‘enough’ as it applies to Mindful Mondays in November, so that I can focus on novel drafting.

  • Enough will be posting every other week.

  • Enough may be sharing a post with Coffee and Conversation, another of my regular features that will appear on a more limited basis for the next month.

  • Enough might be a reblogged post with a mindful theme.

  • Enough may mean that Mindful Monday doesn’t exactly happen on Monday…

I love writing and posting this feature, so long as it enhances my mindfulness. But if it becomes a stress factor for me, it just makes sense to post a little less often, so that I can come to the post calmly, in the spirit of mindfulness I want to embrace.

 

I will still be mindful in my life, even if I’m a bit quieter here. And, once the drafting is complete, I’ll be back at full capacity, and most likely exuberant and energized by the time spent embracing my creative impulses.

Have you ever considered what’s ‘enough’ for you? Are you struggling to do ‘enough’? Are their steps you can take to get things into a more mindful balance? I love hearing about your experiences!

For more Mindful Monday, please visit Silver Threading.

This represents what’s enough for me! =)

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, NaNoWrimo, Parenting, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Grateful Growth: October 26, 2015

So, how was your weekend?

The kids and I spent Saturday at an indoor waterpark, where Annalise and her friend attended a birthday party. Jeremiah and I hung out together, had lunch, talked, and connected.

The party was for the child of the relative who instigated the events that occuied so much of my focus the last few weeks. I was determined to be civil, and not broach the topic during this child’s big day.

It wasn’t difficult. I wasn’t stressed. I relaxed, and let the day unfold as it would. I was rewarded with the gift of my growing-up-fast son, and the giggling of tween girls in the backseat all the way there and back.

Life is very, very good. =)

In other news, I’m shifting my focus for the rest of this month, as I prep for NaNoWriMo and weekend travel.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

  • New Goal = magenta.

Writing:

  • Write one poem daily for the OctPoWriMo Challenge. Each poem will fit the theme “Gratitude”. 17/31. Still behind; still doing some…This week: Complete and post all poems.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete 2/3 paragraphs for the remaining letters (Q-Z); do an 11:11 Stream of Consciousness sprint for each; these will be the basis for new stories and A-Z posts. Choose one paragraph for each to develop into the post; make episode list for rewatching. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/31 stories chosen. 21/26 letters completed; 1 /2 V completed. This week: Complete drafting.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, complete rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Rewrite and offer as a beta read.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises  and submit.

  • Monday Morning Coffee”: My World Unknown Review submission was lost in the editor’s email ether. Review/revise as necessary, and resubmit by 10/31.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead if possible: This week: Do all regular features; schedule all October WIPpets and #8sunday posts;figure out what to do about C and C and Mindful Monday posts for November.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This week: Keep on keeping on. Do better at visiting; that seems to be tripping me up, ATM. Still not where I want it to be. A little better; still not great. It’s a Life Thing.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Complete and submit Round 4 Sponsor Post. This week: Visits; try for a few extras. Read Monday post.

  • Empty email inbox and maintain below 333 messages. This week: Maintain inbox and habit. Some, but not as much as I’d hoped. I backslid a bit…need a better plan for busier times.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 5/5 days. General hometending; desk declutter; Annalise’s room; outside; porch. This week: Continue; focus on clearing the decks for NaNo and travel, and implementing ideas from 5,000 Words Per Hour.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Attended birthday party; sleepover canceled. This week: Lise doctor appointment and Halloween shopping; weekend trip to New Jersey.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Regular write-in, and a plotting workshop. This week: Read the first of the critique projects; ‘attend’ the kickoff party virtually from NJ.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121). This week: Work on this as I can; it’s a busy week, but it might be perfect while traveling.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with each, already, and more to come!
  • Read 3 fellow author books; complete 7 reviews. Read The Flying Burgowski, by Gretchen K. Wing. 3/3 books complete. Loved this YA story enough to recommend it to the 14 and 11 year olds at my house. This week: Bite the bullet and write all the reviews!

Selftending

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journals 7/7. Meditation: 7/7. This week: Journals; eating meditation; meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory, and adding movements to my at-home practice. This week: At least two at-home practices.

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. Activity: 6/6; Tracking: 3/3. This week: the same.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks

  • Website/Business blog: early brainstorming with my Accomplice.

  • Fantasy convention

  • Fan fiction stuff

  • Self-publishing

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Second Serving Sunday

The Aswirl With Activity Edition: Second Serving Sunday

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

Are you ready for a Second Serving?

Life Stuff:

Last Week’s Edition: Peace Falling Like Leaves

  • This week came with the unexpected –  OnTuesday, the kids received a last-minute invite to a party at an indoor water park a little over an hour from home. Miah declined, but Lise wanted to attend – and none of her swimsuits fit after her recent growth spurt.
  • Wednesday afternoon, she and I visited four stores before finding one in her size that she liked. Sporting goods store FTW!
  • Because her brother didn’t attend, Lise was able to invite her friend Gabrielle, so we picked her up on the way. While the girls attended the party, Miah and I had lunch at Johnny Rockets, and spent some quality one on one time together before we all were reunited for the drive home. Both kids were asleep within an hour or two of getting home, so I also had some private time with my Accomplice.
  • The week also included a fair amount of cleaning and organizing – the continuation of our goal to declutter and prepare to move to Oregon in a year or two.
  • What didn’t happen as much as I’d hoped is writing-related activity. It’s hard for me to be both outwardly focused, and inwardly oriented, at the same time. I did write a few poems, and some blogposts, and did a bit of freewriting for next year’s A-Z. But plans to get caught up went awry in the swirl of activity…
  • Which did include both my weekly Sunday write-in with our local NaNoWriMo group, and a plotting workshop at a local library on Monday. So there was writing-related stuff, just not nearly as much as I’d hoped at the beginning of the week.
  • Sometimes, life takes precedence. And that’s OK.
With my nearly grown boy at The Great Escape Lodge and Waterpark,  yesterday.

Last week’s features:

ROW80:  The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.

  • Warmth and Gratitude: The first freeze, and my update, from within my cozy, happily active home.

  • Flurries of Gratitude: As the first flakes fall and the leaves swirl in brisk breezes, I find gratitude amidst the chaos of the unexpected.

Eight Sentence Sunday: The Blog Hop For Everyone Who Loves to Write!

  • Something Totally Unrelated”: T’Pol’s questions lead to an inspired volley and a questioning of the evidence…but the certainty that they must follow the Captain’s orders is what’s tripping up Trip.

Mindful Monday:  Because Self-Awareness is Vital to My Joyful Life.

  • I was apparently mindfully elsewhere on Monday, and didn’t post.

WIPpet Wednesday: Date-related WIP Snippets!

  • Being Bamboozled”: In the second snippet from The IDIC Romance‘s “Scavenger Hunt”,  Trip and T’Pol exchange a verbal volley regarding their performance of a days-off assignment that might or might not have been a game,  and Jon knows he’s being bamboozled – but the how is still a mystery.

Coffee and Conversation: Grab a cup of something refreshing, and let’s chat!

  • I had coffee and conversation, just not on my blog…

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday): A weekly prompt to free the mind, and the words!

  • Where’s the Beef?”: An unexpected party brings an opportunity to spend some time with my fourteen-year-old – and a reflection on growing up.

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OctPoWriMo: 31 poems in 31 days!

In the Wilds of Internet-Land: What Piqued My Interest This Week:

  • A Day of Fasting:  A lovely and meaningful poem that inspired my week’s activities.
  • Selfieish:  When women are so insecure about how they look that they leave little photographic record of their existence.

This week, on the blog:

  • #8sunday: More “Mission Accomplished” from that delicious inter-species duo, Trip and T’Pol. Will kissing trump sleuthing?
  • Mindful Monday: How much is enough? Is it time for a November hiatus?
  • ROW80 Updates: On Sunday and Wednesday, for the duration of the round.
  • WIPpet Wednesday: I’m serializing “Scavenger Hunt”, another #StaD story from The IDIC Romance, and the sequel to “Mission”. The nature of Vulcan questions, and the human correlation between movies and popcorn.
  • Coffee and Conversation: A potential schedule change, and a possible partial hiatus. And maybe more about bullying, as well.
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS): A post based on the weekly prompt, TBA Friday. I’ll go wherever my wandering mind takes me.
  • OctPoWriMo: A month long exploration of and celebration of poetry. I intend to finish the month with 31 poems written and posted.
With Annalise and Gabrielle at the Great Escape. Notice the matching sharks they got at the arcade. =)

What’s Next:

  • I’ll keep moving toward my ROW80 and OctPoWriMo goals. This will include a bit of a ROW80 reset, to accommodate the end of the month, and a shift to NaNoWriMo and novel drafting.
  • 2015-16 homeschool paperwork, and a minor fix from last year’s reporting.

  • A few other matters need tending – loose ends from the last weeks. This week, I wrap up some of those projects in progress.

  • Halloween travel, and a doctor’s appointment for Lise.

That’s what I’ve been up to, and will be getting up to.

What about you?

Anything exciting happening in your corner of the world?

Any Second Servings to offer?

(Yes, I’m a little nosy. Writer thing.)

If you want to satisfy my perhaps inappropriate curiosity,

drop a line, a link, or an image into the rectangular receptacle below 

or just pass around the serving platter!

Seconds? No! I couldn’t even finish the firsts…
Posted in Challenges and Contests, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Parenting, Stream of Consciousness Saturday

“Where’s the Beef?”for #SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: the word ‘beef’, used any way we like.

‘Tis right here…the beef, and a time of connection with a boy who will soon be grown…

Here’s the beef – in specific, a teriyaki pineapple burger I enjoyed earlier today, and the reason, in part, that I’m late with this post – see what I just did there? It means I’m tired, and my head aches, and I really want this post up by midnight, and that I’ve got only 23 minutes until that happens, and an elderly computer…

Maybe the beef got lost in a run-on sentence.

Maybe not.

Anyway, this beef was accompanied by friends – carmelized onion, pineapple, bell pepper, lettuce, and delicious sauce and nestled in a lovely bun, then a Johhny Rockets paper, and all that was cozied up to sweet potato fries.

Yummy!

I enjoyed it while lunching with my growing up boy, while my growing up girl splashed in the waterpark and feted her same -age, also growing up cousin.

And that’s where the beef was, what I did, and why I’m late, all in one!

Have you tried stream-of consciousness writing?

Come join in – there’s just a few simple rules.

Check out the #SoCS hashtag, or click here!