Lately, I’ve been starting out with a bit of what I’m writing:
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.
“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.
- Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete draft of The Far Shore. Scene 8/24 wrapping up; 20,452 /`65,000 words 907 new words.
- The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. 30/31 in progress. 1,250 new words.
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 Additional goal: Read unpublished portions of “Love and Loss”, “A Backdrop of Stars”, and all of “Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”.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.
The Star Trek Chronology Project: View 13/26 Season 2 of Star Trek: The Original Series; Episodes/clips of Enterprise as needed for story creation/revision. 37/79 TOS episodes viewed; 13/13 for goal. “The Changeling”; “The Apple”; “Mirror, Mirror”; “The Deadly Years”; and the always-fun “I, Mudd” and “The Trouble With Tribbles.” Referenced transcript for “Affliction” for #STaD planning.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!