Posted in Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Mindful Monday, Writing in Freedom

In a Playful Holiday Spirit: Mindful Monday

Do you play? If so, how, when, where, why, and with whom?

What do you think of when you hear the word play? Is it a single activity, or a wild array of options – a structured garden, or a wild meadow?

Can you say or write the word ‘play’ in another language? Sign it?

What good is play? Is it possible to play mindfully? What would that look like?

What would a life centered around play – one where play is the goal of the family, look like? Is that possible? Is it a good idea, or a disaster waiting to happen?

I’ve been mulling the idea of play very seriously, these last few days., turning it over and over in my mind, like the rock I hold when I meditate (for playful reasons of my own, I refer to this as my trellium rock). I’m exploring it through all of my senses, and at different angles.

And I’ll likely be coming back to it, again and again, here on my blog.

Today, two childhood memories arose They’re connected to each other, and to play. I don’t promise that I have the words of these memory-voices exactly right,because memory and perception are, at best, capricious things…

Memory #1:

I’m sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of black coffee. I’ve got a pen in my hand, and I’m writing yet another Star Trek fan fiction Spock story. My parents don’t know this, but it’s an erotic story, as all of my stories are. I think I’m about sixteen years old. The erotica is particularly bad; I’ve got no personal experience to go on, at this point in my life.

Why are you wasting time with that scribbling?” My father yells. “You’ll never make any money writing, unless you become a journalist. Otherwise, this is just a pipe dream.”

I don’t want to be a journalist. At sixteen, I already know I’m too opinionated; a trait inherited  honestly. I don’t want to report objectively; I want to write what I want, and find the truth in the stories I weave.

Memory #2:

 My mother is finishing supper preparations, and I’m setting the table, because it’s my job.

How can someone as smart as you like such a stupid show?” Her voice is scornful; it always is when Star Trek comes up.

“It’s not a stupid show -” I start, but she cuts me off. She doesn’t want to hear it; her mind is made up. Judgment has been passed, and it’s a stupid show, so that’s that. She doesn’t really want an answer from me, anyway.

So there’s no point in telling her that, for me, Star Trek is a fascinating playground full of new ideas, new philosophies, new possibilities. I don’t dare tell her that it’s my lifeline when things are too much in our volatile home? And how could I ever tell her how very much I love to play with Vulcans, or why?!

And Now…

For decades, I heard those voices endlessly repeat in my mind. I didn’t stop loving Star Trek – without it, quite simply, I wouldn’t be me…it’s woven into my warp and my weft, and indelible part of the pattern of my life.

I didn’t stop writing, either (or, at least, thinking about writing, since there was a marked dry spell of actually putting words to paper when my children were small). I didn’t even stop writing Star Trek fan fiction.

I put my writing guiltily in spiral bound notebooks; when they were full, I guiltily piled them on a shelf, or in a cupboard – proof of the time a smart person had spent stupidly, and of my childish refusal to give up onpipe dreams.

I seldom showed them to anyone, except my best friend. Once in a while, I would read one of the ‘naughty’ bits to my Accomplice. But, for the most part, those stories just sat there, gathering dust, taunting me.

If you browse the sidebar, you’ll see that’s no longer the case.

These days, I treat all of my writing – fanfic and otherwise. – as mindful play. The fanfic itself has changed, some – I’m more likely to write Trip and T’Pol shipping stories now than I am Spock stories. But, regardless of the particulars, that’s my playground, my sandbox, my learning lab. It’s indispensable to me, as a writer and a human being.

I learn about writing from them – and I learn about myself, and the world I inhabit, at the same time. I’m a better writer and a better human because of them…

And, this holiday season, I’ve decided to honor that.

How?

Beginning tomorrow, December 1, I’ll be sharing my Enterprise Advent Calendar.

What’s that?

Well, for that part, you’ll just have to wait a day – (or, if it’s after December 1, 2015 when you read this, click the date and be a time traveler!).

Come on back tomorrow, and open that Very First Tab!

Click for more Mindful Monday playtime!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Gratefully Approaching The End: November 29, 2015

Can you believe it’s already the penultimate day of November? For those trying to finish NaNoWriMo, it’s definitely crunch time. For me, it’s an odd time of things finished – my rough draft of Sea Changes, for one – and the new. A new Kindle. A new story soon to be published. Foul Deeds Will Rise gaining new words, slowly.

Most of the red is gone from my goals list. It may not all be gone, when the month ends at midnight on Monday…but I’ll carry any leftovers over into December, which I plan on using to wrap some things up, and set others up for the new year.

How about you? What do you plan to do with the rest of your month? Your year?

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

    Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Continue this draft beginning 11/20. Scene 26/50. 1,811 new words added. Nowhere near the 2k a day I predicted, but I’ve been occupied with a lot of simmering thoughts which will evolve into many words, likely in tandem with the new moon.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Choose one freewriting for each letter to develop into an A-Z post; make episode list for rewatching, and take notes as needed. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 26/26 stories chosen for development (A-Z); episode list made;note-taking process 1/26 stories in progress (I’m thinking I ultimately want a series of questions to ask while I watch each episode).

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Still not doing Second Serving Sunday or Coffee and Conversation, and I forgot to link an #8sunday post for this week, so I’ll skip that, as well, and #SoCS was late. December will be a good time to reset.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Got back to this.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Yes and yes.

  • Maintain email inbox below 333 messages. Current total 71 messages -and so much faster on my new Kindle! =D

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5; general hometending, on a minimal to moderate scale; Accomplice’s holiday work schedule has me feeling a little “off” this week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Continue dour family tradition of going to a buffet restaurant where everyone can eat as they please. A more home-oriented energy prevails, since.

  • 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. Doing a bit better overall; hoping to get to one of these critiques in the next couple of weeks.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Deep conversations, silliness and snuggles, and sharing of interesting things.
  • Complete 7 pending book 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. 7/7 for journaling; 8/7 for meditation (qigong meditation at the end of tai chi).

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory. Attended class on Tuesday, for the first time since late September. It felt soooo gooood! =D Practiced at home Friday; about 10 minutes total, throughout the day; 1/3.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 5/5 for activity, including tai chi. Experimenting with phone app, and considering a FitBit – anyone have input on those? 2/3.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Basic research and discussion ; simmering.

  • Website/Business blog: Brainstorming.

  • Fantasy convention:

  • Fan fiction stuff: I did a quick surveillance run at Ad Astra, where I’m planning to break the submission ice. They don’t have a lot of TnT shipping; either there’s untapped potential there, else it’s not the best place for it. Anyway, I’ve decided to put a quick polish on “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer those, since they’ve had good feedback in serialized form on this blog.

  • Self-publishing: More reading of Write. Publish. Repeat.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 The Writing Challenge That Knows I Have A Life. 

 Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Parenting, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Unschooling

The Stuff of An Unschooling Life: #SoCS for 11/28/15

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: “stuff” used an any way we like – I went fairly basic,but got a little saucy at the end!

As sometimes happens, I had something else in mind for this post, which I intended to write a few hours from now, once I’d gotten my morning journaling, reconnecting with the kids after sleep, and enough hometending done that I could give myself to the process.

Instead, I wrote this journal entry, and realized, when the word ‘stuff” emerged all on its own, that this was actually my #SoCS post for today.

Sometimes, people ask me how my kids can learn if I’m not actively teaching them; or without the use of a curriculum. School has become so entrenched in our culture as the place kids must go to learn, that we’ve heard, more than once, despite both kids’ obvious intelligence (and, of course, I’m not remotely biased in that regard!), that they must be stupid or backward if they’re not either in school or sitting round the kitchen table being overseen in their lessons (“School-at-home”).

What follows isn’t necessarily a “typical” day. Our lives are organic; each day flows with its own rhythm, energy, and focus. Sometimes we’re much more active; sometimes we spend the day going places and doing things. It’s just a glimpse into a bit of yesterday, told sketchily so I have some kind of personal record, and shared as an example of what learning looked like, for bits and pieces of yesterday, here at our house.

And a note: I forgot to add paragraphs for last Saturday’s post. So, if you’re looking for more of the story, stay tuned after today’s SoCS, because I’ve got more to share! =D

The Stuff of An Unschooling Life

November 28, 2015 –

Yesterday was a lovely day. Once I was up and came to my study for my morning(ish) journaling, Miah and I had a long and wandering conversation that started with him talking about a story he just edited for someone on the FIMfiction site. That led to a decision to find him some fun grammar books for the Kindle, and a discussion of opening lines. I’m reading Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington, and read him the first line – led to an exploration of life as a slave…and talk of Tuskegeethe school, and the experiments

Then I read him the first line of Sea Changes:

Karina sighed.

He wants to read these when I’m done. We talked then about marketing funnels, and some of what I’m doing with the Kifo stories and fan fiction in that regard. Then I read him the first line of Bounded By a Nutshell (the Monsterscript), where Spock suddenly collapses…

And somehow that led to watching one of his favorite My Little Pony episodes…

Sweetness.

Later, Lise and I hung out, watching The Amazing Race, Shark Tank, and Dateline. She cleaned her desk and made paper chains; I puttered with email and other stuff on my Kindle, and there were times of snuggly, silly fun, too – she can still crawl onto my lap in the blue chair! =)

**

That was rather a lot of stuff, but I’ve got a little more on its way to you….last week, as some of you might remember, I shared an original one-off bit of Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction, “Not Only Metaphor”. I promised to add a paragraph for each comment I received…and then I forgot to follow through – oops!

So here, a week belatedly, is a little bit more of that story…

To remind you, T’Pol and Trip are in bed, together, discussing – uh, ‘explorations of inter-species sexuality.’ Yeah, that’s it. Anyway, T’Pol finds herself awash in human language constructs and her own primal Vulcan impulses..

If you guessed that this is an PG-13 rated bit, you’re right.

Helen Espinosa, Erin Zarro, and Fallon Brown all get new paragraphs today! If you like what you read next, why not pop over to their places and say thanks ?

Standard Disclaimer Applies: I don’t own these two; I don’t want to make any money from writing their stories.

“Four Already?”

Hey, pepperpot – you all right? If you give me an hour or so to rest and refuel, I’m more than willing to give your ‘moremoremore’ another go…” But then, he added, in a whisper he didn’t think, perhaps, that she could hear, “I just hope I’ll be able to drag myself to Engineering in six hours – hell, four, already?”

You didn’t tell me you were on duty in four hours, Trip.” She hadn’t meant for it to sound like an accusation; did humans always perceive her statements that way?

No, I didn’t.” Now he was frowning, as he propped himself up on one elbow. “And I’m guessing you haven’t reviewed the revised duty roster, since you’ve been off for the last 40 hours or so…” He stroked her forehead with his lips, and added, “So how is it that you know about it, when I was just wondering how I’m going to make it through that shift?”

Did Trip really say anything?

If he didn’t, how does T’Pol know what he’s thinking?

Will Trip make it through his shift?

Will T’Pol get her moremoremore?

Want to help me write this story?
I’m inviting you to come play with me!

Drop me a comment, prompt, or suggestion,

,and I’ll add a paragraph in your name next Saturday. =)

Enjoy stream-of consciousness writing?

Come read more, or join in – there’s just a few simple rules.

Check out the #SoCS hashtag, or

click here!

Not just paper chains…she also made this woven paper art – copy paper and staple construction.
Posted in Challenges and Contests, Just for Fun!, Marketing my Writing, NaNoWrimo, Novel Excerpts, WIPpet Wednesday, Writing Samples

Was It?: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) 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 was resurrected by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, and is now in the capable fingers of Emily Witt, over at A Keyboard and an Open Mind.

As you read this, I’m listening to a documentary about the Pilgrims on PBS. The children are asleep – they’ll be awake again in the wee morning hours. My Accomplice and I are settling in for an extra day off for him. We go to a buffet for dinner, thereby affording everyone their favorite food options, and avoiding family-of-origin frictions. So tomorrow will mostly be a quiet day at home, and I expect to do some writing, and explore my new, smaller, more streamlined Kindle Fire…

I’m serializing the first scene, of Sea Changes, where we meet our first of three POV characters, Karina Karanova. Rather than introduce her through exposition, I thought I’d just dive into her story. Because that might be a bit disorienting, here’s the premise of Sea Changes, so you have something to go on…

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to let this draft rest for December, and begin creating a revision plan in January. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 25, 2015.

  • I added the digits of the date; 2+5= 7

  • Today, you get seven shortish paragraphs, including dialogue.

For a bit of added context, last week we left Karina refusing an offer of tea with the claim that she had no time. Now, we begin to get some hints as to why…and I added the initial quote, since I ended in the midst of a quote.

Was It?

I have only until my mother wakens, and then I must return to her. It is important that I waste no moment of the time I have; even these that we have been talking may be too many. She must see the urn before – “ Karina snapped her jaws closed so tightly that her teeth ached with the shock of it. She had said too much all ready; she had forgotten decorum, and herself, in her frustration. Her father had always said that her mouth would be her undoing, and it was proving true, this morning.

But she hated the thought of the urn, and what it represented so much that it was like a festering sore within her – or the cancer that had taken Father so swiftly. Sometimes, Karina thought it would consume her; hoped that it would.

There would be something of release in that.

She could see the girl – how did a child come to own such a place? – still standing there, watching, for another moment. Well, not the whole of her. There was only the deep blue flowing skirt, but it was enough.

“Well, if you need anything – anything at all – just let me know. I’ll be within easy hearing of the bell.”

Karina nodded, and, finally, the girl moved away, back to whatever business of her own she had to attend to. Karina didn’t want to feel guilty for driving her away. It wasn’t the child’s fault.

But it wasn’t hers, either, was it?

Why is Karina in such a hurry?

What is it she doesn’t want to say or think about?

Why does she feel so guilty?

Will her mouth get her into trouble?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more about Karina and her story.

And, if you’re missing TnT, here’s the link to the final snippet of “Scavenger Hunt”, with links to all the other snippets.

I’m also still serializing the prequel, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday . You can read the current snippet, “Not In the Slightest”, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

Want more WIPpet Snippets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

(Because we need a bit of TnT for Thanksgiving, right?!)

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, Life Writing, Parenting, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Celebrating Gratitude: November 22, 2015

How do you feel about gratitude? If you’re American, how about Thanksgiving?

While I’ve been making a conscious effort to focus on gratitude for years – it’s even my theme for this round, after all – I’m more than a little ambivalent about the American celebration of Thanksgiving (for my international readers, it’s celebrated tomorrow, the last Thursday of November).

Why?

Because I know the history of my country. While I am profoundly grateful to have been born here, and to be raising my children, especially my daughter, in a ostensibly free and prosperous nation, I know that I have this privilege because my European ancestors took this land by force from those who already lived here, who had their own cultures, families, and lives…and then, to compound the destruction they wrought, their descendants shipped people in, crowded onto ships, chained and denied personhood…

I didn’t do any of these things, but that doesn’t negate that they were, in fact, done, and that the pain and wounding of them lingers…

To me, sitting around a table, and gearing up for a month of gluttonous consumption, seems more than a little insensitive, just like those pastuerized images of the happy natives and Pilgrims feasting together…

There’s more to every story.

That’s something I intend to keep in mind, through this season. I’m likely to write more about it, in the coming weeks, because ideas and insights are swirling and taking shape.

I wish you – all of you, wherever you are, and whomever you are – a life that comes with joy and reasons for deep gratitude, and deep compassion, as well.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

    Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Resume and complete draft (currently on Scene 25/50). Goal adaptation: Continue this draft beginning 11/20. Pre-drafting reread of WIP and plotting outline for remaining scenes complete. 617 new words added – it’s a start! =)

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Choose one freewriting for each letter to develop into an A-Z post; make episode list for rewatching, and take notes as needed. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 26/26 letters completed.12/26 stories chosen (A-K;M); 9/26 episodes listed.

  1. Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch first 10 chronological episodes from Season One of Star Trek (TOS).  “Balance of Terror” and “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” (and more inconsistency in the chronology). 10/10 complete.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible.  Mindful Monday posted (a bit late) and WIPpet in progress; that’s forward momentum! =)

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. A little stalled at the moment; Other Things took precedence.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Yes and yes.

  • Maintain email inbox below 333 messages. Current total 279 messages.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5; general hometending, on a minimal scale; Accomplice’s holiday work schedule has me feeling a little “off” so far this week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. The girl and I  headed out for a few pre-holiday necessities today. Tomorrow, we’ll continue our family tradition of going to a buffet restaurant where everyone can eat as they please.

  • 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. Doing a bit better overall; hoping to get to one of these critiques in the next couple of weeks.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Oh, yes! Lots of chatting, snuggling, sharing Internet links, TV together, and couples’ time.
  • Complete 7 pending book 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. 3/7 for journaling; 4/7 for meditation (qigong meditation at the end of tai chi).

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory. Attended class on Tuesday, for the first time since late September. It felt soooo gooood! =D

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 2/5 for activity, including tai chi.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Basic research and discussion ; simmering.

  • Website/Business blog: Brainstorming.

  • Fantasy convention:

  • Fan fiction stuff

  • Self-publishing: Dipping my big toe into that something I was considering….stay tuned.

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

 Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in Blogfest Entries, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Marketing my Writing, Mindful Monday, NaNoWrimo, Novel Excerpts

More Than Enough for Mindful Monday

How much is enough?

I asked that question the last time I posted this feature, way back on October 27 (has it really been that long?!). I thought then that I would be able to post here every other week, maybe plumping things up with a reblog or two, or combining it with Coffee and Conversation.

Well, that didn’t happen. Not the bi-weekly posting, as a stand-alone or in combination with another post. Nope, no reblogs, either.

What happened?

Well, I was pulled into a whirlwind of writing and life. At the end of October, we were still dealing with a family-related issue. The children and I were preparing for a  Halloween trip to visit friends in Central New Jersey. I was gearing up for NaNoWriMo: Sea Changes, the third (but chronologically first) of my Kifo Island Chronicles novels, was only an open-ended plan waiting to be birthed into a rough draft.

Sometimes, being mindful means being absent.

I know, I know. It sounds more than a little oxymoronic, but there it is. In order to give myself to my writing, and to my beloveds and the life we share together, I needed to let some things go.

I chose to  focus on the creative, light, and upbeat. There was something soothing in that, since the family issue raised strong emotions, and the novel dealt with intensely emotional and maybe polarizing topics.

Now the issue has been resolved in our favor, and my emotions are calming into new convictions and a preparation for action. I’ve finished the drafting, and won’t begin editing until January, so that the story can simmer.

And I’m back, a little sad to have been away so long, but also happy that I can return from a mindful, fertile, reflectively restful place. Because when I try to take on too many things, all at once, I end up feeling like Kaivaara does, in this excerpt I just discovered while rereading my Trueborn Weft Series fantasy novel-in-progress, Foul Deeds Will Rise:

Do you remember my ciphers, Shentaa?” The inner Huntress vanished, as Kaivaara assumed her outer form, rising to walk to a place where two large trees arched down to form something of an entrance, and, within, there were stonework benches for sitting, and a still small reflecting pool made of the same blue stone as that which formed the walk. Now, it gave back the image of Everdeep filled with its blazing gems.

I remember them, Kaivaara. They brought you comfort, it seemed, in a time when there was little enough of that to offer.”

I used them, to find the balance in my life, Shentaa. But, in this life, among these people, there are far too many variables. Each time I settle one, it multiplies exponentially.”

“I’m sorry, Kaivaara – I have not the understanding of that -“

It means that for each problem for which I Hunt an answer, and take my prey, there will be perhaps a hand more presented, and I must Hunt anew – but when I take those answers, there is a fourhand of difficulties – and then on, and on, and on – mayhap there will never be an ending to it.”

Shentaa laughed, and the Trueborn started, just as she always did – she had not a clear grasp of humor, mayhap because of her childhood of silence. “Ah, Kaivaara – you have discovered the nature of being grown. Ever it is so, for all of us.”

Then – there is no ending to it?”

“There is the Endhunt. Before that, none that I know.”

Then how do I go on, when all I do continues to set me further behind?”

You do what you are able, and leave the rest as though it were naught but a reflection in that pool.”

I think Shentaa gives good advice. Maybe, as often happens, I was really giving myself advice, when I wrote that passage…

And that’s one reason why, sometimes, I disappear a little from this blog. Sometimes, the things I most need to be mindful of are revealed to me in my fiction…where my subconscious mind often comes out to play hide-and-seek with me.

Are there things you need to let go of, when you seek to grow more mindful?

Do you have any hobbies or passions that clue you in to your own inner life?

I’d love to hear more about

your experiences!

Radiant Flowers on Table

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

Gear-Shifting Gratitude : November 22, 2015

Ever have a whirlwind week where it seems that, every time you think you know just what’s going on, something happens, and you’re seemingly forever trying to keep up with?

  • On Monday, we got word that our CPS case was being closed as unfounded.

  • On Tuesday, I learned that my Accomplice’s work schedule would be different for the next two weeks.

  • On Wednesday, I finished drafting Sea Changes, and learned that my short story, “Monday Morning Coffee” had been accepted by the World Unknown Review anthology. It’s my second year with this publication, and I’m quite pleased with myself, and honored to be included again.

  • On Thursday, the kids’ new mattresses were delivered, and I started rereading my fantasy draft-in-progress, Foul Deeds Will Rise.I’ll be completing the draft over the next weeks.

  • On Friday, I validated my NaNoWriMo win at 66,633 words.

  • Saturday, I was inundated by epiphanies in the form of blog post ideas, plot tribbles, and insights…these lasted through dreams, and are still lingering and popping like those last kernels of popcorn…

And I’m grateful for every chaotic bit of it!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

Writing:

  • NaNoWriMo: Complete draft of Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #3). . This near-future fantasy will be about 60,000 words, total. Official end of 11/19 (and NaNo, for me) word count: 66,833, which is comparable to my other two KIC drafts. Backed up novel using redundant methods.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Choose one freewriting for each letter to develop into an A-Z post; make episode list for rewatching, and take notes as needed. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/26 stories chosen. 24/26 letters completed;through X writings completed. This is a focus now that NaNo is over, and I’m rereading FDWR.

  1. Star Trek Chronology Project:Watch first 10 chronological episodes from Season One of Star Trek (TOS). “Charlie X” (and found an episode out of order in the chronology). 8/10 complete.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Still not doing Second Serving Sunday, Coffee and Conversation, or Mindful Monday; but began a post with more ideas simmering…this week. #8sunday scheduled on Thursday.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. I’m making good progress, now that Sea Changes is a complete draft.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. I finally made the rounds for Sunday’s update on Friday. All caught up now.

  • Maintain email inbox below 333 messages. Got total to 0 messages. First time since before NaNo! =D

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5 family room; living room; study; yardtending.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Both kids more nocturnal than I currently am, and content to stay home and sleep during the daytime hours.

  • 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. Doing a bit better overall; hoping to get to one of these critiques in the next couple of weeks.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Oh, yes! Walking. Chatting. Couples’ time.
  • Complete 7 pending book 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. 6/7 for journaling and meditation – early activities threw me off on Thursday.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory. Planning to begin with one class on Tuesday, now that the family issue is resolved.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 5/5; 2/3 with phone.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Basic research and discussion ; simmering.

  • Website/Business blog: Brainstorming.

  • Fantasy convention

  • Fan fiction stuff

  • Self-publishing: Dipping my big toe into that something I was considering….stay tuned. Reading Write. Publish. Repeat.

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

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