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The Proof is in the Wording: April 17, 2016

Hey there!

When I updated my goals on Wednesday, I was feeling more than a little behind. I’d only added a couple thousand words to my CampNaNo novel-in-progress, A Rising Tide, and I was scrambling to get my A-Z posts and the longer submissions turned in each day.

I didn’t mention it at the time, but I was also feeling that a 99,999 word count for April was not going to happen.

I’m shifting my perspective,now. Partly, it’s getting back to the novel, and finding that the word counts are rising (like the tide?) Partly, it’s that I realized I can and should  count all those written and revised stories, because, well, I wrote and/or revised them this month (except for the first one, Arachnid Nebula, which I’m leaving out of the count.)

I’ve just completed my calculations:

  • I’ve posted 28,119  April words for the A-Z Boldly Go project.

  • Added to the 18, 484 I’ve drafted for A Rising Tide, I now have

  • 48,803 new words this month, thus far…

  • I’m still a few thousand words below par, but, now that I’m including the fan fiction words, I’ve got little doubt I can make it!

Stress relieved, momentum restored, passion re-invoked, goal attainable; all by shifting the way I looked at it!

Has this ever happened to you?


  • Draft A Rising Tide (Kifo Island Chronicles #4) for CampNaNoWriMo. Scene 10/24 in progress; 18,484/~65,000 words. Picking up speed with this, as I finish other projects.

  • Write or adapt remaining A-Z Boldly Go expansion stories. Moving along here; Trip and T’Pol have lots to say, and neither is the shy, retiring type.=) 15/26;A-N and P drafted. O in progress.

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Finish this draft as part of Camp. Scene 40/50 in progress. Will begin once A Rising Tide is drafted.


  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 stories, as needed to complete writing goal above. I’m deciding on a case by case basis as I go. Through U, if I choose to use them; 21/26 complete.

  • Keep eyes open; plan Story A Day May Kifo Island stories, purchase ebook if available before month’s end. I scored an ARC in return for an unbiased review before launch day; stay tuned! I’ve finished my initial readthrough, and getting a feel for how I will approach the stories. Selected 6 characters; read their 2014 stories.


  • Complete revisions for “Peach Liqueur Love”. Setting aside for this month.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revisions as needed to complete writing goal above. Currently revising O;14/26 complete.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least every other day. I’m back on track here.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post. Done.

  • Blogging From A-Z: Complete all Minioning duties in a timely manner. Back on pace Wednesday; stayed that way!

  • Maintain email at below 333 messages; making good use of folders. Incredibly, yes! It’s running near empty, and I’m checking it once or twice a day; I’m using my email as part of my minioning duties, which helps.

  • Answer story comments at least twice weekly. 2/ 2. I didn’t clear them all, but I got to all reviews and some PMs.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Discussed my Grand Plan with my Accomplice. Now to enact it…
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering. 6/5. Mostly basic stuff; a bit more energy.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week. WAHOO!!! One major subscription canceled, semi-accidentally!


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Annalise has a birthday party/sleepover planned for later in the month; summer plans in discussion.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. submit “Peach Liqueur Love”, and critique as possible for our small crit group. Write in at Professor Java’s. Peeked in on group a time or two. Critiquing is still on hold; I’ll resume once I get caught up word count-wise.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Snuggles, conversations, canoodling, walking, Littlest Pet Shop play.
  • Complete 1 pending book review. That would be the excellent Slave Again, by Alana Terry. One will break the ice.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling 7/7; meditation: 11/7. Began exploring new practice; Breathwalking. Becoming a regular routine.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool).

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, twice monthly. Hometending sprints; 1 /2 strenuous.
  • Read: Smart Change  and Gift From the Sea. Finished both; simmering and absorbing.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Offer 26 stories at 14/26 stories (or new chapters for stories; which I’m counting) submitted; getting lots of feedback and some conversation!

  • Play with website building. Brief exploration of Weebly’s site.

  • Initial beta reading of Stained by Ashes. Not sure I can get to this during April, which is why it’s here.

  • New:2016 Story A Day Prompts: Complete readthrough of book; mark typos; send back; draft review materials (Amazon and blog post); have all completed before April 23 (launch date). Readthrough complete. 100% marked for typos. Sent message regarding marked draft; no reply at last check.

  • New: Read both candidates’ websites prior to Tuesday’s New York primary.

  • New: Use standing desk one work session 3 days per week.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

Yes, this stuff matters to me! =D


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!

17 thoughts on “The Proof is in the Wording: April 17, 2016

  1. Lots and lots of green there and blue, too. I titled my April Camp NaNo Project “All the Projects” for a reason. 🙂 The only thing I haven’t included was my edits(harder to include when you’re changing little things here and there. And my side projects I work on over the weekend. I may end up adding those before the end of the month, I haven’t decided yet.

    1. A lot of the fanfics are revisions – but, since I’ve done a LOT of rewriting/expanding/developing, I’m just going with the final word counts.

      It was silly that I embarked on putting them out at because I wanted to stop acting like they were “less than” writing, but then didn’t give myself credit for the word counts. My brain can be very silly, sometimes! =)

      Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
      Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
      shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

  2. Perspective… I think we all need a little shift in it here and there. Change isn’t a bad thing, but human nature is designed to avoid it (somewhere in our evolutionary past, we probably started equating change with risk and danger). Of course… when one is cleaning the couch… change is good. 😉

    Sorry… a little.

    My the rest of your progress continue to be as upbeat and full of delightful realizations as this one.

    1. Some days are diamonds, and some days there’s no change in the couch.

      You know me, though. I’ve got a lifetime of practice at being a silver-linings girl. Can’t give that up for pocket change.

      Yesterday was – challenging. But some things were talked out that needed to be, other things are being dealt with, and I watched two episodes of Enterprise (#itswritingresearch, and good for the soul!) I’m feeling better. Just hoping I can finish exploring candidates’ websites before I collapse into bed. The thing about choosing between candidates of substance is that they have a lot to say, and it’s well thought out and researched, which means a lot of mind-intensive exploration….which is good, but another challenge…

      You know. =)

      1. The candidate mission… I don’t envy you at all that–I’ve been having my own journey into that myself. I don’t find myself completely comfortable with any of them (all for different reasons… for example, beyond the fact he seems to be urging divisiveness in people, my biggest issue with Trump is that people who’ve dealt with him one-on-one say he is horridly abusive and insulting to “The Help” eg, waitstaff, etc.; I can’t get behind that at all: Hillary… well, politically she IS capable, and she ‘s likely to do well, but she’s very much “The Ends justify the Means” in how she gets support and presses her agenda: Bernie, on the other hand, seems the most morally grounded of them, but I think his platform is relying on a lot of “feel good” ideals without wanting to admit you can’t change human nature with laws)

        Ack! Sorry, didn’t mean to write a political diatribe! (And sorry about a challenging day yesterday… if you need to talk, or just to have a hug, I’m at Java’s tonight offering a hug. Glad you had some #Enterprisetherapy however.)

        1. I think my biggest issue is that the candidates I’m choosing betwixt have so much to say, and it’s actually of substance.

          It’s a close call for me, but I think my initial instinct was correct (I’ve been reading most of the night and till now, and I’m almost finished with the second site’s issues section at last!)

          I won’t say here who they are, but I’ll happily tell you, if you don’t know me well enough to suss that out (I’m not into overt sign-waving, on the whole – I had too much of that growing up). Might eventually get a sign for the lawn, but not yet.

          I won’t be at Java’s because I haven’t slept, and Jim would love it if I stayed home, and I should probably nap before I vote so I don’t end up voting for someone I didn’t intend to, or show up at the polling place that isn’t ours anymore, or something…

          #Enterprisetherapy was delightful. “The Andorian Incident” and “The Seventh”, for research. “Bounty” because T’Pol is simply awesome when she’s too young to be as hot and bothered as she is! And poor Phlox, poor Malcolm, and poor Trip, whom we can just about bet might have been in there with her if he’d had any idea at all what therapy the pretty sweaty lady shoveling food into her face with her bare hands needed! 😉

          Enjoy something yummy for me, though. The rough places are better, now – just lots of STUFF all at once, because sometimes life thinks I need an April avalanche…

          And I missed Castle, too, so I can’t give any spoilers for this week.

          I think i just answered both of you comments in this one – I need to finish reading, because that’s my mission – and then sleep a bit!

          1. What an amazing comment for someone who, I am sure is as tired as you must be after all the research…

            Voting is… both personal and pretty straight forward. I doubt I’ll ever get a sign in my yard, even if I love a candidate Like you… I don’t like to wear my politics on my sleeves. I’ll note little details I’ve observed, but I don’t like to “share” when it comes to who I’m voting for. At least not until after the fact…

            Sorry you missed Castle… unless it is because of awesome Enterprise time. Then… not all that sorry. We must make concessions to our passions after all.

            As always, much love. Rest and enjoy great dreams of nifty Vulcans and humans and… even perhaps a more comfortable election process.

          2. Other than forgetting my reading glasses, and trying to use their blurry magnifying sheet, it was effortless. I played Tori Amos down and back, and there were geese flying beneath that huge almost full moon that probably means I won’t sleep so much tonight, either…

            Castle went in favor of conversation with this blue-bearded guy I know…indulging other forms of passion. ;D

            Personal and pretty straightforward…yup. I did a LOT of research, and I’m not sorry, because I was open to having my mind changed, and now I know I didn’t just go with an impulse – I explored, learned, pondered, and then exercised my right to have something like a voice.

  3. Awesome work, Shan! Look at all that green and blue! And 48k is nothing to sneeze at. I’m at 17k.

    Been meaning to ask…what is a plot/pinch point? Reason why I’m asking is that I’m experimenting with different outlining techniques, and it sounds interesting.

    1. They’re from Rock Your Plot. In a three-act structure, the plot points are the Inciting Incident that gets the ball rolling, Plot Point One, which is the story question, Pinch Point One – the first major obstacle; the Midpoint, where the protagonist sees the direction they need to go to answer the story question, Pinch Point Two, which is an escalating obstacle, Plot Point Three, which sets up the final confrontation, the Black Moment, when it all goes wrong, and the Resolution, where we learn how it all turns out.

      For my novels, I do these for each main character (in my Kifo books, every scene is one of these for one of my three POV characters; I weave them together into a story map before drafting, but they often shift some as I go and my characters tell me better stories…because that’s how my characters work. In my longer Trueborn series, there are also “breather” scenes that further develop the action, subplots, and characters, but the Kifo books are shorter and more to the point.

      For the TnT stories in this goal, I only do one set of plot/pinch points, for the story as a whole, because they’re pretty much all going to be under 5K.

      It gives me just enough structure to have a sense of direction, but is plenty open-ended enough to allow characters to come to life. T’Pol, in particular, finds surprising me most agreeable, apparently. Once, she literally made a HUGE, plot-shattering revelation – in the MIDDLE OF A SENTENCE that was going in a completely different direction before she hijacked it for reasons I’m not even sure SHE can claim were logical….

      So, there’s still plenty of adventure, but I start with something more than a vague sense of things, and I’ve found that the process brings the story alive before the drafting begins (which helps the word count, too….)

      17K is nothing to sneeze at. My main issue is that I set my goal for this month at 99,999 (I like 9s), and I don’t want to lower it. Because, like the Vulcan lady and her favorite engineer, I’m the stubborn type. =)

      Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
      Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
      shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

  4. I can’t get over how many words you’ve written in such a short period of time! I wish I’d done half of what you’ve done!

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