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“You Sound Tired”: 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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt. 

Have you ever come home after a few days away, and everything looks both normal and strange at the same time?

That’s me with blogging over the last few weeks. Other than my regular ROW80 updates, I really haven’t posted much in June. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing, because writing (and plotting, and planning) has been a lot of what has kept me away. Well, that and making sure offspring with social plans got where they were headed, and home again..

And Hamilton. Mustn’t forget Hamilton (as if I could)…

Now A Rising Tide, the fourth of my Kifo Island novels, is a complete rough draft. The Far Shore, has been plotted, and I’m over 10K into the writing (since I’m expecting it to be about 65Kish, that’s a fair chunk, and I only started writing on Sunday night, at our local write-in.

I think it’s safe to say, at this point, that I’m very happy with the way The Writer’s Coloring Book, which is the basis for this year’s Kifo Island plotting, is working for me. – and that’s good, because I’ve just dived into planning for the third and final KIC novel for this year, Tsunamis.

Eventually, all three will be drafted, and waiting as I work on getting as efficient at revisions as I’m getting at this plan/plot/draft thing….

But that’s another mountain range, for another day.

In the meantime, let’s rejoin Donovan Nash and Ava Garcia in Sea Changes (how’s that for a bad segue? You’re welcome.)

Donovan is one of my favorite Kifo Island characters. He had a major supporting role in both of my previously drafted Kifo stories. Now, he gets his own (well, shared with Karina and Ava, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)

The premise:

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 begin creating a revision plan beginning in August as the 24 scenes pass through my local crit group. Until then, I’m focused on new writing.

Your input is gratefully accepted, and might go a long way toward making this a better novel!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is June 29, 2016
  • I‘ve got 9 sentences today.

Donovan has agreed to assist Ava in her quest to live out her life the way she wants, and asked for access to her medical records. We pick up from there.

“You Sound Tired”

“You sound tired, Ava. Is there anything I can do right now to make you comfortable?”

“I usually nap at this hour – or what would be this hour, back home. I’ve only been here a day; I’m still a bit jetlagged.” She spoke like a seasoned traveler, and Donovan wondered if she’d had the chance to see some beautiful places before she became ill. “Maybe it’s not fair to ask you before you’ve read up on me and know what all you’re getting yourself into here – but I’ve gotten used to other people moving around while I sleep, and I’d feel better if you’d stay -”

“It’s getting a bit too bright out there for me, anyway. Would you like help getting to bed?”

“No – I’ll nap right here. It’s a very comfortable chair, and I haven’t been comfortable nearly enough, for the last three years – maybe even longer.”

Will Ava be comfortable with Donovan there?

What will her records reveal?

Will her nap be restorative?

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 of Donovan’s story.

To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, just follow the links:


If you’re enjoying my Kifo Island posts, and would like to see the evolution of my two upcoming WIPs, The Far Shore and Tsunamis, I’ll eventually be posting an index for my Story a Day May 2016  vignettes.

Want more WIPpets? 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!

 

 

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Proving Ground: ROW80 2016 Round Two Goals End Of Round Update

Hey there, ROWers and others!

At the beginning of Round Two, I wrote:

This round is my proving ground, where I will test my mettle and my limits, where I hope to learn some new skills, and gain proficiency and confidence that will bring my closer to that next level – completed works ready for self-publication.

May brought plenty of progress, and increased clarity regarding my purpose and direction. That trend continued inJune goals. What I’ve learned will be utililzed as I plan for Round Three – and beyond.

Until then, though…how did I do in Round Two?

  • This round was focused on writing and plotting. Blogging was turbulent, and so was revision, but both did find room. Hometending was sporadic, as was lifetending.

  • I feel like the selftending took a distinct backseat, but, even so, this spring was maybe better and less stressful than last spring’s creative intensity.

  • Overall, it was an excellent building round where I learned a great deal about myself. Read on to learn more!

Note: This update only goes to June 23, 2016. All progress after that date will be included in future updates.

Writing:

  • A Rising Tide (KIC#4): Draft approximately 65,000 words as my CampNaNoWriMo  project. Scene 24/24 complete. 53,660 words (17, 885/ 50K JuNo words – delayed, but now done.)

  • Kifo Island Chronicles #5: Draft as my JuNoWriMo project; approximately 65,000 words. No progress; still plotting at end of round.

  • Story A Day May (#StaD):  Write 31 new Kifo Island stories, using challenge prompts. Use this challenge for exploration of the June and July novel drafts. 30 Kifo, and 1 fan fiction, as prompted.

Plotting:

  • IDIC Romance A-Z stories: Watch or read transcripts where I’m not sure of events, sequences, or relevant details, prior to scheduling posts.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Choose characters and storylines for two new novels, reread all relevant materials, and plot both. To the extent possible, do plot sketches for #StaD stories. Plotting for novel 1 /2 well underway. Changed goal for 2/2.

Revision:

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises;  submit to critique group. Adapted to completing Steps 2 and 3. That didn’t help; no progress this month.

  • The IDIC Romance: First Contact, With Jazz”: Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas. Complete revisions to “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish all, and submit to a fan fiction site. Three betas ready when “FCWJ” is finished; I began setting up Scenes 1-4 to address crit group input. Set other goals aside till Round 3.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Offer first 3 scenes as WIPpet snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. Scene 2/3 in WIPpet progress. Readthroughs complete through Scene 3/24.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Shifting as I slowly move to a website-centric presence.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post before April 9.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Deleting due to ongoing website shift.

  • Maintain email at under 333 messages. Exceeded.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue; create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and add all current year items to them.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life.

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Adjusting the goal to two more cancelations.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads. 2/6 done. Reducing goal to 3 books this round, which is more doable.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Journaling dropped a day or two. Completed Intentions journal. Didn’t take on a new practice, and missed a few days and meditations here and there.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Learn 24 form well enough not to be lost on World Tai Chi Day. Participate in our local event. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Swim biweekly, at least 500 meters at the Y pool. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Go for walks at least thrice weekly. I’ve been going for short to moderate walks every day the weather is pleasant.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. More often than not. No health blogging.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” to an erotic fiction contest. Missed deadline.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development. Created rough categories for OctPoWriMo 2015 poems.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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“A Lifetime Ago:” 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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt. 

I didn’t make it here last week. It was a crazy-busy week of taking two kids in opposite directions on separate days, then picking them up again – oh, and one of them involved two 300 mile round trips.

In the spaces between, I was planning and plotting and writing and hometending and spending time with my Accomplice and falling in love with Hamilton and and and…

Now A Rising Tide, the fourth of my Kifo Island novels, has been drafted. The Far Shore, which will be next, is now in the final stages of plotting – I hope to be drafting it by the weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing something that probably won’t surprise anyone who’s been here more than a time or two….

I’ve been playing with Trip and T’Pol. And I’m toying with an idea for next month, to go along with my CampNaNoWriMo writing – and maybe give me a jumping-off point for a September project.

Right now, though, it’s time to rejoin Donovan Nash and Ava Garcia in Sea Changes.

Donovan is one of my favorite Kifo Island characters. He had a major supporting role in both of my previously drafted Kifo stories. Now, he gets his own (well, shared with Karina and Ava, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)

The premise:

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 begin creating a revision plan within the next few months, when all 24 scenes have passed through my local crit group. That’s moving slowly, as I’ll be focused more on new writing than revision until August.

That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is June 22, 2016
  • I‘ve got 4 sentences today (2+2=4).

Ava has wryly mentioned that Donovan may need longer to read her medical records than she’ll live.

A Lifetime Ago

“Luckily, I’m a fast reader,” Donovan reassured her, and was rewarded with a faint smile. “And I’m pretty much limited to indoors pursuits during the middle of the day – if that’s a problem for you, we can find you someone else to cover those hours, so you won’t be limited by my limitations.”

“Heat and sun wear me out these days,” she said, and her voice sounded tired and a little defeated. “I used to love the summers – I grew up on the coast in Massachusetts, and summers were glorious – I had actual time to do things I wanted, and energy left for them once all the enrichment activities my folks insisted on were done – but that seems like a lifetime ago, now…”

Will Donovan and Ava decide to work together?

What will her records reveal?

What’s next?

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 of Donovan’s story.

To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, just follow the links:

And now, a friendly reminder:

If you’re enjoying my Kifo Island posts, and would like to see the evolution of two upcoming novels, The Far Shore and Tsunamis, I’ll soon be posting an index for my Story a Day May 2016 vignettes (OK, maybe soon is a relative term. Maybe we should go with ‘eventually’ instead….

Want more WIPpets? 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 sometimes you just need a little Vulcan Rubdown (saucy and possibly NSFW)

 

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(Not Quite) Final Proof: June 22, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Can you believe it?

Here we are – (not quite) at the end of the round. Technically, it ends at midnight, so I have the rest of today to see what else I can achieve. It’s been a good last few days, and, after all the to-and-fro-ing of last week, all four members of the Burton Bunch are back under the same roof again, and life is settling back into something more like a typical rhythm.

The heat has broken, for the moment, although it’s expected to go back up for the weekend, and tomorrow may be rainy. I plan on getting outside to do some weeding and tending this afternoon and evening, while it’s pleasantly warm and breezy. My Accomplice mowed the lawn on Monday, while I was picking up our son (a 300 mile round trip) and rain would really help green it back up.

I was still more focused on a few key goals than making an across-the-goals effort, which suits my settling-in process as well as my need to finish plotting The Far Shore so I can start the drafting process.

I don’t really take between-round breaks. I’ll be with my June goals until month’s end, although probably at a more leisurely pace. So here’s what will happen, ROW80-wise, during the off time.

  • Sunday, June 26: Final Round Two Assessment

  • Wednesday, June 30: 2016 Goals End of Round Two Update

  • Sunday, July 3: Final June assessment and Round Three Goals Reveal

  • Wednesday, July 6: First Round Three Update and July Goals Reveal

But all that is still in the future. Right now, it’s time for my (not quite) final update for Round Two!

I’ve simplified my June goals (well, for my wide-angle norm, anyway.)

I post only those goals I’ve interacted with in some way. That leaves space to chat with you, and gives me a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were spent.

How about you?

Do you stop writing altogether between projects or rounds?

Do you allow yourself more freedom with your projects?

Do you maintain the same pace and rhythm?

I’m fascinated by differing approaches.

I’d love to hear yours! =)

Writing:

Plotting:

Revisions:

  • FanFiction.net: Revise/organize Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars. Complete a revision pass “First Contact, With Jazz”, using crit group notes; submit for beta reading. LAL: Chapter 4/20 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least four times weekly. Sunday. 1/4.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, three times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @shanjeniah. 2/3; sprint, sprint hosting on #JuNoWriMo, likes.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Exceeded visits.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Got above a time or three during the busyness.

  • ROW80: Draft, polish, and submit Round Three Sponsor Post. Highlighted several paragraphs for revision. Will be a major focus over the next days, until complete and submitted.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 1/5; Tuesday.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Girls’ night, driving boy home.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Write-in on Sunday. Peeked at group page.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. TV; Girls’ night; Welcome to Night Vale; Hamilton; driving home.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique at least one chapter each week; through Chapter Eight. Chapter Five complete and sent. 35/253 pages.

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Progress weekly with FutureLearn Mindfulness class. Journaling: 3/7; Meditation: 3/10.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 3/5.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Shelves underway in both areas.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here 

And because Hamilton! Gotta love Mad King George!

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Penultimate Proof: June 19, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

How is the last day of spring (or the last day of fall, if that’s what today is where you are) treating you? 

I’m still in the midst of my extremely busy kid-week. In a little over an hour, I’ll be taking my daughter swimming, and then we’ll run a couple of errands before heading out to my write-in. She doesn’t always go with me, but she’d rather do that tonight than be home alone for a couple of hours waiting for my Accomplice to finish work (yes, it’s Sunday, and Father’s Day, but he’s a chef, so….)

Anyway, my focus was narrower by necessity and a desire for sanity as I made my way through the comings and goings this week held. We’re nearly through now; tomorrow, I’ll drive about 300 miles, to meet our out-of-state friends at the halfway point and bring our son home after his weekend away. I’m looking forward to the time with him, and having him back home. I’ve missed him, and so has his younger sister, who’s been an “only child” since Friday afternoon!

By Tuesday or Wednesday, life should be settling back into a more typical rhythm for us, and I expect to be drafting The Far Shore by then, too, since plotting has been moving on apace through all the comings and goings of the week.

How about you?

What plans do you have for the new season?

Ever have a happy-hectic week?

I’ve simplified my June goals (well, for my wide-angle norm, anyway.)

I post only goals I’ve interacted with in some way. That leaves space to chat with you, and I get a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were spent.

Writing:

 Plotting:

Revisions:

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least four times weekly. Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Saturday. 4/4.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, three times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @shanjeniah. 7/3; sprint, sprint hosting on #JuNoWriMo, like, converse, reply, share.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 4/5; Sunday; Wednesday; Friday; Saturday. Off week due to travel.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Oh, yes. Two kids, two directions, dropping off and picking up underway.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Peeked at the group.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; travel; music; conversation; videos; snuggles.
  • “Swineherdess:” Complete beta reading and return to author. Goal changing, since ReGi published! =D I’ll be reviewing this awesome story, instead.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Progress weekly with FutureLearn Mindfulness class. Journaling: 7/7; Meditation: 9/10.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc. 2/5. Long hilly walk with the boy.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 5/5.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/blog interface: Begin linking feature posts to website; this month is for experimenting. I had a neat idea here; not quite ready to share, but stay tuned.

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Shelves underway in both areas; finished neither, due to travel week.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

Loads of travel go more smoothly with a generous dollop of amazing road music! Enter Hamilton, stage left!

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Class, Kindness, Coffee, and Hamilton: An #SoCS #RevofKindness #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee, I’d try to take a nice deep breath and relax while you’re here. But I’d have to admit that I’m feeling the press of time’s passage, today, and apologize for the fact that I’m rather scattered and rushed today.

In order to get some things done, and hopefully with some sense of relevance, I’m making this post due triple duty, or maybe even a little more than that. It’s my Stream of Consciousness Saturday post, which makes allowances for the scattered and unedited nature of this post. Today’s prompt is “class.”

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I loved school. It was there that I first learned about Alexander Hamilton – that he was a Founding Father, the first Treasury Secretary, and that he was on the ten dollar bill. I also learned that he was killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. I may have heard that Martha Washington named a tom cat after him, or maybe I heard that later.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my own children, now just shy of 12 and almost 15, had ever had a history class. They have, however, been to Philip Schuyler’s house in Schuylerville, NY, right around the corner from where their dad works. We’ve watched magical puppet shows on the same lawn where Alexander Hamilton may have walked or watched his own children play (Philip Schuyler was his father in law.) We’ve attended an Eighteenth Century Day on a summer afternoon where we watched weaving, sheep shearing, quilling, and soapmaking. My daughter tried her hand at candlemaking and stiltwalking, and my son was fascinated by medical leeches.

 

The Schuyler House at dusk, July 2010.

We have a different kind of life, as unschoolers. My children can learn about Alexander Hamilton, and the world he lived in, in many ways, even if neither has thus far been thrilled by my recent fascination with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breathtaking musical…I hadn’t made the connection between Schuyler and Hamilton until my son stopped to read the sign as we were leaving from that puppet show.

How my kids learned about the duel…

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I value this life where learning comes not from classes, but from all the directions our lives carry us. It’s organic and unpredictable and not at all within my control. Daily, something one of my children says, or does, or creates, awes me. What they know, they know. They don’t know it to pass tests; they know it for their own reasons, and use it for their own purposes.

Leeches at the Schuyler House!

It’s very cool. This week has been busy with kid travel. My daughter had a sleepover at her best friend’s house. My son is on his first out of state trip without me, to a boys’ only birthday party. I met his friends halfway, and, before that, we stayed up all night, talking, and going for a long walk, and I was quietly amazed at this child I gave birth to, who is now an intriguing combination of almost a man and a great big goofy puppy with oversized paws and ears who just gallumphs joyfully through life.

A curvy dipped candle fail, but a cool experience nonetheless. August 2013

 

It was a long drive home, all alone. It had been a long time since I had a long drive solo – and I listened to Hamilton and enjoyed -until my new Bluetooth speaker cut out, and, without the boy who excels at the tech stuff that flabbergasts me, I ended up at a rest area, trying to work things out.

If we were having coffee, I’d mention the car I noticed next to me, with an elderly gentleman in the passenger seat, and a young man maybe in his 20s behind the wheel. It was a casual kind of noticing, because I really wanted to figure out the speaker (I did, but not until I was home again.) When the car pulled away, I was occupied, but when it pulled back in and the passenger attracted my attention, I was a little surprised.

Stiltwalker in Shadows…

He had a story of having left his wallet and cell phone at a rest area a few hours before, and being without funds, not able to find the person who could help him relocate his lost items. They said they were headed for Syracuse, and we were still considerably south of Albany.

He was willing to give me contact information if I could help him. I had only a small amount of money – perhaps ironically, a ten dollar bill with Alexander Hamilton’s portrait. I could have assumed this was a scam. It happens.

But, instead, I gave the man my ten dollars, and said it wasn’t necessary to share information or repay me. In the end, I figured that kindness trumped purpose. I don’t need to know if their story was true, or their gratitude genuine. I’ve been in dire circumstances, and there have been times when a complete stranger came to my aid.

Kinetic Still Life at the Schuyler House

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that giving the money to those two men was also an act of kindness for myself. I set aide the speaker, and popped in my Jewel CD, and sang my way home.
I’d also tell you that this post is my #weekendcoffeeshare entry, and that it’s also my Kindness Challenge Week Six post, where the theme is “Inspired by Kindness.

Given this post, it seems only fitting to share this, from last Sunday’s Tony Awards.

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Proof of Parenthood: June 15, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

I’ve simplified my June goals (well, simplified for my wide-angle norm, anyway.)

I now post only goals I’ve interacted with in some way. That leaves space to chat with you, and I get a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were spent.

Ever feel like you’re going in seven different directions, all at once?

I launched a busy Mom week yesterday with taking my ever-growing fourteen year old son shopping for new clothes. He dislikes clothes and shoe shopping exactly as much as his sister loves it. He’s also not fond of having his picture all over the internet, so you don’t see him here much these days. But spending time with just him is pretty cool. He’s half a head taller than me, with nearly three months to go before his next birthday. I can’t escape the fact that he’s very nearly grown, and my time with him as a minor is slipping away every day.

He’s quite a guy, this Gigantiboy of mine. =)

Earlier today, I took my daughter to a sleepover with a local friend. She’ll be away till Friday morning. Tomorrow, I’ll have a longer drive, meeting out-of-state friends halfway, so that my boy can celebrate a guys-only weekend with another friend. He’ll be gone till Monday.

Friday I go pick up the girl, and Sunday she’s attending my write-in with me. Monday I go back to get the boy.

Thursday night, my Accomplice and I will have the house to ourselves (well, along with an elderly dog, an ancient guinea pig, a mature cat, and a kitten.) That hasn’t happened since …well, since we didn’t HAVE children!

Somewhere in all of that, I want to finish drafting A Rising Tide – I’m on the last scene! – and begin scene plotting The Far Shore (getting close with the character work, now.) Oh, and write some fan fiction, and and and….

Mostly, though, I might be contemplating what seems to be a new, outward, independent phase of our parenting lives…

And what are your plans for this weekend?


Writing:

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plan/plot The Far Shore: 24 scenes, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Theme page complete. All time and color mapping worksheets completed. Ubunta’s story world mandala complete; 1/3 Quincette’s in progress; 2/3. This is the last step before plotting commences. This is will be a major focus until complete – projected by Sunday.

Revisions:

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue readthrough aloud (record and listen).Rough revisions through Scene 6/24, and submit to crit group. Finished revision of Scene 2/24; submitted to group. Read Scene 3 silently, then aloud into phone. Separated and clipped hard copy of Scene 4 for next week.

  • FanFiction.net: Revise/organize Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars. Complete a revision pass “First Contact, With Jazz”, using crit group notes; submit for beta reading. LAL: Chapter 3/20 complete (explicit); A Sweet Wild Dream.” ABOS:. “FCWJ”: Organizing a master file with original and all crit group revisions for 4/16 scenes. I’ve been working on this in quarters; I’ll continue that way, then make a final pass of the entire document before passing on to the three betas I have for it.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least four times weekly. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday; 3/4.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, three times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @shanjeniah. 3/3; sprint, sprint hosting on #JuNoWriMo, like, converse, reply, share.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders.

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments at least twice weekly. 0 /2. Checked. No messages this week, thus far.

  • ROW80: Draft, polish, and submit Round Three Sponsor Post. Drafting/resource gathering; page 2/3. Rough revisions.rewriting as I go.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 2/5; Sunday.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Shopping for son’s first solo weekend with out of state friends. Busy travel week starts today!

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Peeked at the group twice.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; shopping; Hamilton.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique at least one chapter each week; through Chapter Eight. Catching up; Chapter Five in progress; 23/253 pages complete.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Progress weekly with FutureLearn Mindfulness class. Journaling: 3/7; Meditation: 5/10.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 1/5; shopping; walking.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Shelves begun in both areas.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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