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Purposefully Poised – August 31, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Lately, I’ve been starting out with a bit of what I’m writing:

From A Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”, a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story WIP (Standard disclaimer applies -no infringement intended; no money made!):

  • He’d brought three sets of “Starfleet blues” and two changes of off-duty clothes. It pleased her in ways she didn’t fully understand that he’d brought more than what was needed for a single night.

From The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #4):

  • You’ve come because I was made a tool tonight.” It was quiet, certain. The child’s deep brown eyes held her gaze, and there was nothing of shock in them.

Here we are, at the end of August. There was a lot more on my list for this month than I could get to. Of course, I do have the rest of the day, so I’ll be sharing my August wrap-up on Sunday. I’ll also be unveiling September’s goals, with Round Three and 2016 goals updates happening in the next week or two.

I’m also on the verge of my second creative marathon of the year:

A week ago, I didn’t feel even a little bit ready for these challenges. Since then, I’ve done quite a bit of research, made some plans, and revised my expectations, and I’m now standing on the threshold with a much stronger sense of where I am, and where I’m headed….

All that starts tomorrow. Right now, it’s time for a ROW80 Update!

 

I include only those goals I interacted with during this session.

Writing:

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Additional goal: Read unpublished portions of Love and Loss”, “A Backdrop of Stars”, and all of “Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”. Adapted goal: Sketch stories for IDIC/Hamilton September stories. Topic sentences written for 31/31 stories. Sketch paragraphs; 8/31 stories complete.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. Playback of Scene 5/24 complete. Hard copy notations: page 22/22 complete.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2 complete; none at website as yet. Two posts in progress; more pending…stay tuned!
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date. Update done; visited everyone.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Doing better with getting there within a few days. Calling this a win.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Under 40.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Scanned two relevant documents; saved to files.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; birthday and event planning.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Plans in the works for a busy week: homeschool Minecraft club; General Schuyler House (#itswritingresearch, Hamilton fun, and history in one!); a Spockumentary (actually next week) and tai chi/swimming for me; and a birthday dinner for my soon-to-be-15!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Nothing new in crit group; write-in on Sunday.

  • Complete Amazon reviews of Starfane; Dragon Time; “The Swineherdess”; and Duchess and the Damned. Starfane: It’s taken a little time, but this review is coming together, and should be posted by month’s end. Hopefully, subsequent reviews will go more quickly, as I get familiar with the template and procedure I’m exploring.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 1/5; Meditation: 1/5.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 2/5 moderate (45 minutes);0/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Helped him with a thank you note.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. Up this week.

Kait Nolan’sROW80 

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!

                      This kid’s about to be 15! Whoa, that was FAST!

 

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Forward – With Purpose: August 28, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Lately, I’ve been starting out with a bit of what I’m writing:

From A Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”, a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story WIP (Standard disclaimer applies!):

  • She sighed softly, her ear coming to his chest like it was magnetized, her hot breath tickling the hairs on his chest. “Better,” she said in her sleepy voice. She rested there, listening to his heart. Hers thrummed away against his belly. When had it started feeling natural there?

From the itty bit of The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) I added this session:

  • By now, she certainly knew. She and her dreams were on the other side of the door, shattered.

In other news, this is my penultimate August update. On Wednesday, I’ll know just how much I could accomplish in this busy administrative month. I’ll also be working out my September goals – likely a continuation of those I don’t finish this month, with some of the ones I set aside added in.

You’ll get to see those on Sunday. My Round Three and 2016 goals updates will happen in the following week or two. Since it’s also the entry to the final third of the year, I’ll be doing some re-evaluating of my longer-term goals before we gear up for Round Four, which will also bring some changes to the ROW80 community.

But all that’s in the future. Right now, it’s time for a ROW80 Update!

Writing:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete draft of The Far Shore. Scene 8/24 in progress; 20,626 /`65,000 words. 174 new words! Yes, new words!
  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. 29/31 complete. 1.454 new words, and finally done with story 29, and moving into 30 (it’s a little nebulous where one ends and the next begins.)

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Copied prompts onto master list; 31/30 complete. Selected 5 focal stories for the month. Additional goal: Read unpublished portions of Love and Loss”, “A Backdrop of Stars”, and all of “Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”, Found and read all additional ABOS and LAL sections; Adapted goal: Sketch stories for IDIC./Hamilton September stories. 15/30 story topics assigned. Prelim research for Lise’s Hamilton “Philodosia” shipfic; ideas popping!

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. Scene 4/24 revised and submitted to ctitique group; Silent and recorded readthrough of Scene 5/24 complete.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 2/2 in progress. Resumed Weekend Writing Warriors with a redux post.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update; visited everyone.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Getting there ASAP seems to be much better for me than waiting, because there are always Other Things to do and….oh, SHINY! It took a few days to get to WIPpet posts, due to internet usage, but did this Saturday.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Under 40, after a day of no internet.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Overdue third quarter reports submitted two days before revised deadline. With that, all overdue paperwork is done! WAHOO! Jeremiah’s test results received; file downloaded. Other than fourth quarter reports (still pending, and due on September 15), I’m done with end of year materials.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Planning to go back to Minecraft club next Tuesday, and my write-in later today.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 5/5; Meditation: 2/5 (plus a 2 minute session.)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 5/5 moderate (45 minutes);2/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Learned how to export pdf files.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

The kids and I like to play with words. This appeared on the fridge last week. May you also have A Tingly Now!
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“Hawks Eat Doves” Redux: #WeWriWa #8Sunday | shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like leftover holiday memories….

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

 

This post was first written nearly a month and a half ago.  Life was in a state of flux then, and, after that week, I was pulled away to other matters, and blogging took a distinct backseat. I didn’t intend to be away so long; but life is life, and now it’s the last weekend in August.

I’m ready to come back now, but, since it has been a while, and since I’m shifting to my new home here on my bright shiny new website, I decided it would be best to  replay my last entry before moving on with the story next week.

Click the button below to read “Hawks Eat Doves.”

It’s been a wild ride here, the last week. As I write this on Friday, it’s one week past my daughter’s twelfth birthday. Wednesday was our second child’s birthday, but since Elijah died when he was only 12 days old, it’s not the kind of birthday to celebrate; it’s more a time of reflection and remembrance…

Except that, this year, it was also the day that my Accomplice was fired from a job he’d had for nine years, because the owner of the restaurant he helped to create wanted to move in another direction, and hire his own son as chef.

We’re facing uncertainty, and looking at it as an opportunity to move in a different direction.

 

Posted in "Mutually Acceptable", Fan fiction, Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, Writing Sample

“I CAN’T Think”: Rewinding 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

This month, I’ve been playing Evil Fan Fiction Writer. It started on the first Wednesday of the month, when I shared only two sentences, with no context at all. In case you blinked and missed them, or forgot them, here they are:

“No. Honestly, I’m more interested in the guy in the bathroom.”

I filled in a bit more the next week, and more last week, but we still didn’t find out who that was in the bathroom. And, guess what?

Yup. You got it.

I’m not telling you this week, either.

Except that I’m kidding about that. This is the week you find out who’s behind that door, and consequently the object of Hoshi’s interest.

And, as a bonus, you also get to find out what the bleep he’s doing in there, and get an idea why T’Pol has to go in the first place.

Why am I being so nice? Well, yesterday was my nineteenth wedding anniversary. I felt like giving you a little bit of a gift! ❤

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money on them; I just love them!

WIPpet Math:

Today is August 24, 2016

Twenty-four sentences. Easy-peasy!

 

I CAN’T Think”

 

“You wish me to leave you?” T’Pol turned her back on Hoshi to stare at Trip. Her voice sounded like she might cry, and Hoshi remembered her in the aftermath of Trip’s transfer, pacing and crying for a mate she thought she’d lost forever.

“Just feel my mind, tinatinga, and you’ll know what I want. But we’ve gotta make it through the next hour or so, get that damned list from Jon, and get back here or to your place, before we can do that. It’s our likha, remember?” The way he was using those Filipino words, and the way they seemed to soothe T’Pol, made her happy that she’d given them that PADD.

“I’ll go.”

“Malcolm, I need you to go wait in the head – with the door closed. And locked.”

“Trip, you can’t think I -”

“You’re right. I can’t think – and you’ve got no idea how strong these Vulcan instincts are. So go wait in the head with the damned door closed and locked, until my woman is out that door – because I love you, but, if she walks past you, I may have to kill you.”

Hoshi’ had seen Trip angry – it got to be a pretty regular thing right after the Xindi attack. But he wasn’t an angry man by nature, or not by his own nature anyway. On the other hand, T’Pol was standing there, her back arched more than a little, her hands playing with each other behind it. Hoshi could see her face in profile – chin up, and the visible nostril flaring. Her skin had gone a lovely burnished copper.

She clearly liked the alpha-male behavior – which could lead to a dangerous situation, since she’d been clear about not wanting to give in to “my primal nature,” as she’d called it.

“It’s time to go, T’Pol.”

“Go?” T’Pol didn’t even glance in Hoshi’s direction. “My ashayam is here.”

“That’s kind of the problem, pepperpot.”

Will Malcolm go into the head without further protest?

Will he find out that Hoshi finds him ‘interesting’?

Why is Trip being in the room a problem for T’Pol?

Next week, we’ll wrap up with one more snippet from this story, before we go back to Kifo Island to visit with Ava and Donovan in Sea Changes.

If you want more WIPpets…click the blue froggy!

And for more TnT….

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To The Purpose: August 24, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Sometimes I feel like starting out with a bit of what I’m writing:

Oh, pepperpot. Haven’t you figured out yet that you can’t turn human emotional responses into an equation?”

“It’s not an equation. It would more accurately be described as an evolving algorithm. Nevertheless, you are upset, and I am the cause.”

Is T’Pol the cause of Trip’s upset (or is she wrong about him being upset in the first place?)

Maybe. Maybe not. More writing is required…

oh, and btw, the standard disclaimer applies: I don’t own them; I make no money from them.

Except the last few days have been more about homeschool and resume stuff. Fortunately, I’m moving along with those, so I should have a few days left at the end of the month for focusing on other goals.

Only goals I’ve interacted with this round appear in this update. For my full goals lists, click the links:

Writing:

Plotting:

Revision:

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update; visited everyone.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Getting there ASAP seems to be much better for me than waiting, because there are always Other Things to do and….oh, SHINY!
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Under 30!

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Lise’s overdue third quarter report revision; section 9/14 complete.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling, Hamilton, chatting, write-in; Minecraft club at homeschool co-op, shopping.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in with my boy; homeschool group’s Minecraft club and GameStop with LiseTuesday afternoon.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Went to write in. Potential beta-read author wasn’t looking for my style of beta; goal deleted. No new critiques submitted.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 2/5; Meditation: 1/5 (plus a 2 minute session.)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 3/5 moderate (45 minutes);1/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. 27 Thing Fling in the study.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Done with the resume and cover letter, unless he wants anything tweaked for specific opportunities.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!

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Resting With Purpose: August 21, 2016

We’re nearing the end of August. Tuesday is my nineteenth wedding anniversary. With budgetary concerns, we’re planning a very low-budget mutual treat – maybe a box of our favorite hazelnut chocolates.

What’s more important is reflecting on the years of our partnership, considering where we started, where we are, and where we’d like to go from here. That’s becoming more of a consideration as our children grow into and through their teen years. The time is getting closer when it will just be the two of us again, the way it was for the first four years of our union.

That will be a different life, and we both have ideas – separately, and together.

During this session, I spent a bit more time away from my writing. I needed a more restful spell after finishing up some major administrative projects earlier in the week. So I spent some time playing Cake Mania 3 and Spider Solitaire, finishing up the beta read I’ve been doing, and rereading my own fan fiction, as I shift into the earliest phases of planning for a more involved writing month in September. I took my daughter to a game night at a local homeschool community center we’re joining.

Sometimes, I need the rest, and the time to percolate. I do feel ideas starting to coalesce, bit by bit. But the well is refilling rather than fully replenished, so I may continue to spend more time on administrative details and preparations than on actual writing for another few days, or even the rest of the month.

I’ve learned that when I go with these flows, I’m ultimately more productive, and definitely happier and less stressed. More than that, I tend to details I usually set aside when I’m immersed in story worlds, so, in a sense, I’m laying the foundation and setting the stage…because, if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that the words will come.

How about you?

Are you a consistent writer, or do you find there are times when you tend more to other things?

Do you feel guilty, or grateful, when that happens?

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. 29/31 in progress. 421 words added. “Or the pause between the beats of your heart,” he gave her, as he reached down to feel its thrumming. Her breath caught, and her eyes glowed, and so did her soul.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Started copying prompts onto a master list; 9/30 complete. Reread all 10 published stories. Additional goal: Read as-yet unpublished portions of Love and Loss”, “A Backdrop of Stars”, and all of “Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”, which I intend to revise and publish throughout the fall.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits to all.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Visited all ROW80 and 3 Wordless Wednesday posters overnight Wednesday; WIPpet Wednesday on Thursday.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 99.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Received approval for IHIPs – on time and as written! Hooray for a new superintendent! Started revising Lise’s overdue third quarter report.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. A Bird Story, Minecraft and art, resume and couples stuff; pizza party/game night at local homeschool community center.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Attended a Friday evening teen/preteen game night/pizza party at a local homeschooling community Lise wanted to check out; we’ll be joining soon, and we both made some new friends.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. I finished this on Thursday.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 6/5; Meditation: 3/5.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 5/5 moderate (45 minutes); 3/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. 27x3 Thing Fling in the study; 21 and 25 in the family room; both looking tidier.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Online resume completed; next up, the print version and cover letter. Ordered resume print kit on Amazon.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. Submitted Saturday evening.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!

Art by Lise Burton, Used with permission.