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Proof of Love: June 5, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

For June, I’m adapting my updating process. I’m going to post only those with which I’ve interacted in some way. That leaves space at the top of the post to chat with you, share things I’ve learned, challenges and joys the last days have brought.

It also provides a more streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus are going.

There’s a link to the full goals list below.

Have you ever found music that felt like it reached into your soul, and set you to resonating with understanding deeper than nature? Discovered an artist who takes you there, again and again, without fail?

For me, that’s Paul Simon. In over 50 years of making music professionally (a few years longer than I’ve been alive), he’s never released a song I dislike. And, more, there are only a very few that I don’t love.

So, when I learned there would soon be a new album, I knew I was going to get it. Today, during some down time, I looked for it, and found it was available. Bought it right away…

And was transported. Song after song. In many ways. There were hints of past themes, and new expressions – and a new live version of one of my favorites, “Duncan.” My blog title today is also the title of a lovely track on the album.

I’m richer this evening by far more than the cost of the album. I’m fertile with nascent inspiration, some of which came out to play in my brand-new Instagram account.

How about you?

How is your life richer this week?

What inspired or transported you?


  • The IDIC Romance (Boldly Go stories): Continue adding to my Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars arcs. Completed a new chapter/story for ABOS, “Something Wasn’t Right” at 1,569 words;1,016 new (counting toward JuNo total of 7,214/ 50K).


  • JuNoWriMo: Plan/plot The Far Shore: 24 scenes, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Finished Quincette’s Main Character Sheets; her paper doll nearly finished. Completed Theresa’s main character sheet, and had an epiphany!


  • 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. ABOS: 2/2 posted chapters revised.

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. 4/3; RT, follow, like, comment, and share. Hosted #JuNoWriMo sprints.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

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

  • Answer story comments at least twice weekly. 2/2.


  • 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. 6/5; helped Lise deep-clean the living room (her idea!), and reminded Jeremiah about laundry and recycling.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Made vet appt. for kitten next week; swimming/ lunch with kids.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly and check in on the Facebook group as inspired.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; chatting; walking; cleaning; planning.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Progress weekly with FutureLearn Mindfulness class. 7/7 Journaling; 12/10 meditation.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc. 1/5; Swimming with the kids; swam 500 meters, then played Shark and Fish with the kids.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. Hometending; yardtending, dancing, walking, etc. 4/5. Walking; weeding; home and yardtending.Not so great at using the timer yet. Something to work on.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Change beta-reading availability on to active; work any requests into rotation. No requests yet.

  • Website/blog interface: Begin linking feature posts to website; this month is for experimenting. Created a draft by trial and error, linking to my #SoCS post. It should be up in a day or so, when I fine-tune things. It’ll get easier from here on out.

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Nearly finished with bookshelves in family room and bedroom.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!


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!

7 thoughts on “Proof of Love: June 5, 2016

  1. I recently discovered an Irish folk group called Danu. Their cover of the song “Passage West” by John Spillane is probably the most hauntingly beautiful song I’ve ever heard. You can find a video of Spillane performing the song on YouTube if you’re interested. Really, really good stuff.

    Happy writing, Shan Jeniah!

    1. I have a soft spot for Irish music; may have to look that up. =)

      Right now, though, I’ve got my new Paul Simon, and, after that, the soundtrack from Hamilton.

      Happy writing for you, too!

  2. I, too, love Paul Simon, along with most of the singers and songwriters from his era. I try not to be biased, but I find very few songs written after the mid-1980s that I really love. Give me some Eagles or Queen or America any day of the week, and it kind of just helps me find my place in the world.

    Best wishes on a productive week which includes lots of music.

    1. This album is lovely. Totally worth it, and I’m listening to it right now. So much beauty and truth here. =)

      I enjoy the music of Tori Amos, U2, Jewel, and country singer Hal Ketchum, who hails from my neck of the woods. All of it was from post mid-80s, and speaks to me.

      But, even though I wasn’t born until 1969, I have a strong attraction to 50s and 60s music – and everything by Paul Simon, from any decade, from “Hey, Schoolgirl” right up to “Horace and Pete” which is playing right now.

    1. Ooh, Erin! I must go check that out!

      And Shan… you know how I feel about music–now, since I can’t listen to this here (remoting in to home) I’m going to have to hope-hope hope I don’t forget this before I can listen tomorrow

  3. Nice work!

    Music is such an important part of my process that when I can’t listen to it when I’m writing, things feel off. It inspires me and sometimes even drives the story (one of my old projects was like that. It’s a psychological horror novel, and it pretty much wrote itself while I listened to Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime album). I have what I call “epic music” for fight scenes (symphonic metal) and most books and characters have their own theme songs. I did a blog post on quite awhile ago — must dig it up.)

    I’m happy to know that you’ve been inspired by music, too. 🙂

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