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Prosperity in a Rush: October 30, 2016

Hey there!

Just a quick intro today – I’m deep in finishing up my plotting for Tsumanis (Kifo Island Chronicles #6), which will be my NaNoWriMo project for this year, while at the same time rewriting/revising a short story, and pushing hard against the deadline, midnight on Halloween. Since tomorrow will include trick-or-treating with my daughter and some new homeschooling friends (her friend is sick, so trick or treating will be a more minimal affair in our rural area), then our local NaNo group’s annual Halloween/NaNo kickoff party, today is my big day for writing.

On Wednesday, I’ll post my November goals, as well as my final October update. Sunday will bring a Round Four Update, and possibly my 2016 update (which might also be the following Wednesday, dependent upon All the Things.)

Now, let’s get to it, shall we?

Note: Only those goals I interacted with during this session are listed. For complete goals lists, follow the links below.

Writing:

  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 29/31 complete. Back on track, and intending to stay that way.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Scene Cards completed; Scene by Scene Outline created; Scene Profile Page 4/24 in progress.

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. Week Two (B -G): D and E poems written.

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Created new Scene List; G/M/C/D and summary for eight new scenes. Restructured existing story for Old Scenes in preparation for rewrite; Scene 1/8 in progress.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited 2 ROWers on Wednesday; not a good week for visits, since I’ve got these deadlines.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Once each for green items. Answered review at ff.net. Again, not the best week for being social.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Study: 4/4; porch: 3 /4; family 2/4. Random inside/outside: 23/20. Overall, not bad, considering a busy and much wetter week than we’ve had recently.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Email at about 5 messages.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; Jeremiah and I went to Fort Ticonderoga; last Hamiltoning trip for a few weeks; daughter to Halloween party, and Monday trick-or-treat planned with friends, prior to my NaNo Halloween/kickoff party.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Visited FB page.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal. In addition to next week’s blog tour post, I also tweeted out a book link for a struggling writer friend.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 6/6; Meditation morning: 6/6 (variable; 6-10 minutes); evening: 2/3 (4 minutes). Getting better at remembering the evening session.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 min: 5/5; 90 min: 4/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 2.5 hours; monthly total: 7 hours; 10 minutes. I won’t make the goal, but I did make progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. WUR: In progress.

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A Wealth of Activity: October 26, 2016

It’s time for a midweek ROW80 Update!

I’m doing this on the speedy side, because, as the title suggests, I’ve got lots going on. It’s 1:45 AM local time, and I just saw Orion in the sky for the first time on this chill upstate New York late-October night.

I want to get this post, and my WIPpet Wednesday post done, and maybe two poems drafted, before I sleep a bit, then take my fifteen year old son on a road trip to Fort Ticonderoga, in the Adirondacks, where there are collections of personal effects of Philip Schuyler, his daughter Angelica Schuyler Church, and his son-in-law…wait for it…Alexander Hamilton, including his writing box from the Battle of Yorktown.

This will wrap up our Hamiltoning for a few weeks, but there is a Hamilton’s Albany exhibit happening at the Albany Institute of History and Art through the end of the year, and the local PBS station will be airing a special on the same topic in December. Also, we have dear friends who live very near Princeton, New Jersey, where Aaron Burr is buried, and the kids and I are all interested in old cemeteries, so that’s a visit that might happen in the not-distant future.

For now, though – setting up this update, grabbing a hot shower while thinking about poetry and rewriting, then pulling it all together…

All in all, a good session, with a more focused approach that moved some things a good deal further along…

Note: Only those goals I engaged with during this session are listed. For complete lists, click links below:

Writing:

  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 24/31 complete. One behind; will write 2 today (on the road, if needed.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Finished Story World Mandalas, the last step of the planning stage. Basic Scene list completed; 2/24 scene cards completed.

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. Week One (just letter A this year): Poem drafted; other two components simmering. Week Two (B -G): B and C poems written. Week Three (HM): Poem descriptions copy-pasted. Week Four (N-S): Poem type selected. Week Five (T-Z): Titles selected. This is moving fairly quickly at the moment, because the many moving parts fit well into small spaces between my larger projects, so are perfect for breaks.

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery: and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Made general notes; color-coded and made scene-specific notes through Scene Thirteen. Created Basic Scene Outline for rewrite.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited 8 ROWers on Sunday. Visited 4 #8sunday posts Sunday/Monday.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Once each for green items. Answered review at ff.net.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Secured permission for another reblog.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Study: 2/20; porch 3/4. Random inside/outside: 12/20.

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather info for first quarter reports. Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Added a few Schuyler Mansion photos for Lise.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; movies; Minecraft club. Fort Ticonderoga with my boy today; Halloween stuff for girl this weekend; Halloween/NaNo kickoff party for me this weekend.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Visited FB page.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal. A surprise opportunity to offer promo space for a writer I admire. Score!

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 3/6; Meditation morning: 3/6 (eleven minutes); evening: 1/3 (4 minutes).

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 min: 2/5; 90 min: 1/3.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. WUR: In progress.

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Transitional Prosperity: October 23, 2016

It’s time for a ROW80 Writing Update!

Hey there! How are things with you this fine Sunday (or whatever day you’re reading this, if it’s not Sunday).

It’s sunny here, after three overcast rainy days. I’m not complaining – we’re in a drought, so the rain was wanted and needed. But the sunshine – ahh, it’s making this fresh-scrubbed land gleam, and that makes me smile.

Of course, I might also be smiling because I’m watching Hamilton’s America for the third time. =D Or that my daughter and I visited Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site on Thursday….

And, on Friday, my husband went for an impromptu working interview, and was offered a job – so the rhythm of our lives is going to change again, as the fall moves on.

Somehow, I still managed to have a pretty productive writing session. I finished the #StaD stories; caught up with my poems for OctPoWriMo, and dug into the revision work for “Beneath the Ice” (title will change).

How’s the weather where you are?

Have you gotten out to enjoy it?

What did you do?

Through the magic of Instagram, I enhanced this tree, reflected in a puddle on the slate walkway of the Schuyler Mansion gardens.
Through the magic of Instagram, I enhanced this tree, reflected in a puddle on the slate walkway of the Schuyler Mansion gardens.

“Writing the Ending” (TnT/Philodosia):

There was a time of silence, as the fog rolled back over the Hudson.

Then, from some nearby farm, there was the crow of a cock, greeting the rising sun.

Note: Only those goals with which I engaged are included in this update. Links to full goals posts below:

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending. Primary goal. Story 5/5 (TnT/Philodosia) complete: 6,740 words total.
  • Poets on the Page : Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 22/31 complete. I got as far as 11 poems behind, but I’m now caught up, thanks to Friday and Saturday poetic surges.

Plotting:

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. I’m going to let this simmer until December, so I can weed through the several ideas I’ve had for the challenge. Secondary goals. So…I typed that, and then I had The Idea – complete with the nebulous beginnings of several posts. I guess that means that this is back in the mix, even if only in a scattery way.

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Reread existing material; decided on a radical rewrite. Made general notes; color-coded and made scene-specific notes through Scene Five (page 18/36 in progress).

  • Kifo Island: Submit Sea Changes scenes 5-8 to critique group. Critique crit partners’ work as posted. Secondary goal. Back-Burnering (BB).

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars; review 1-3; Love and Loss. Tertiary goal. BB.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Some ROW80; all WIPpeteers.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Once each for green items.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Changed title page and linked to my WP blog. WIPpet Wednesday and #8sunday post. Played with Amazon’s new Prime Photos, which should ease many of my between-device sharing issues; set up begun for two weekend posts.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Random inside/outside: 24/20; study 5/4.

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather info for first quarter reports. Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Added a few Schuyler Mansion photos for Lise.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; Tesla documentary; canoodling; Schuyler Mansion and Hamilton’s America with my girl. Planning to go back for Twelfth Night festivities on January 7.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal; critique group likely on hold or very slow until after NaNo.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal. BB.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 6/6; Meditation morning: 4/6 (ten minutes; it’s getting easier, but this was an “off” week); evening: 2/3 (2 minutes).

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 min: 5/5; 90 min: 3/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 30 minutes; monthly total: 4 hours; 40 minutes.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. WUR: In progress.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to either Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Secondary goal. BB.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. BB.

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A Prosperous Life: October 19, 2016

Hey there!

Ever had one of those sessions where your focus was on things other than writing? That was this session for me.

Sunday was my write-in; I did manage to write 4K words of the final #StaD story, which has evolved to be a TnT fan fiction framing an alternate history (written as a fan fiction…it’s complicated).

Monday, I wrote very short poems, and took the kids to see a preview of portions of the upcoming PBS documentary, Hamilton’s America (it was at least as wonderful as I thought it would be.) I came home with a headache, but wrote another several hundred words on the story. I also did some rereading for the third submission story; I plan to begin revisions later today.

Yesterday, Lise wanted to go to Minecraft club at our homeschool community center. Despite the fact that my  headache had intensified into near-migraine country, I managed to finish the next step of the planning for Tsunamis; I’m getting close to the end of the planning portion of that goal.

I also watched some Star Trek, finishing up that goal, and cleaned up quite a bit of email and open tabs. I’ve been playing some Cake Mania 3 and watching PBS – I feel things simmering and about to coalesce…I’m allowing them the time and space to grow rich and layered.

With many projects still in process, and the month passing quickly, and November rushing in; I’ll be looking at my goals this week, and making some choices about which goals to set aside for now, and which to focus on.

Do you have gathering times, when you’re preparing for a new creative surge? Do you wait them out, or get anxious? If you wait, what do you do in the lull?

Note: Only goals I engaged with this session are listed. Use the links below for comprehensive goals/progress lists.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending . Primary goal. Story 5/5 (Philodosia): 4,565 words.
  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 10/31 complete. Wrote three very short poems from Zeke’s perspective; good insight into a character with a significant mental difference.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Finished Zeke’s Settings, Time, and First Big Moment sheets.

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Read Omniscient POV draft; insights and revelations simmering.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Not as many as I’d hoped.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Once each for green.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Made some tweaks to social contacts; began setting up an events page.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Random inside: 6/20. Headache and a busy-elsewhere session slowed me down.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Email maintenance.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Star Trek; conversation; flirting; television; Minecraft club. Kids and I went to  preview screening of Hamilton’s America at our state museum.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Write-in; nothing new in crit group lately.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 4/6; Meditation(morning): 2/6 (ten minutes; it’s getting easier); Evening: 1 two minute session.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 min: 1/5. Headaches and activities slowed me down.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. Returned at Sunday’s write-in. I miss it. I need my own.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. WUR: In progress.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. Spoke with potential illustrator.

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Hidden Prosperity: October 16, 2016

 

Hey there!

How are you this fine Sunday (insert whatever day you happen to be reading this)?

This round, I’m focusing on prosperity….but what does prosperity mean, exactly? If it’s having financial independence – well, my family and I are rather far from that, at the moment. I expect that’s going to change within the next few months, but it may be a few more than that before we’re back in a more balanced state.

The thing is, I’m not especially motivated by money, and I never have been. If our children were grown instead of growing, there’d be very little worry for me in this financial ebb. With growing children, it becomes more important to have the funds to feed, clothe, and offer them some opportunities.

Fortunately, we tend toward a simple lifestyle. We own our older, well-worn home and cars outright. We carry very little debt; we’re needing to be careful with money, these days, but we aren’t in dire straits. We’re OK.

There’s prosperity in being able to move through difficult times without piling stress on top of uncertainty. It’s the prosperity of simplicity.

It’s been a prosperous week for me, writing-wise. My focus was on the two short stories I wanted to submit – one a short story, and the other flash fiction. The short story was in a considerable state of disarray; as I pieced it together and teased out themes, symbolism, coherence, and sensory detail, I realized that there’s a hidden prosperity in having the desire, commitment, and ability to bring the ideas that rattle around in my mind out onto the screen, shape them, tend them – and release them into the world.

Have you discovered any hidden prosperity in your life lately?

This update includes only those goals I interacted with this session.  Complete goals lists are at the links below:

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending . Primary goal. Story 5/5 simmering; reread all existing segments.

Plotting:

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. DaB and Machinery submitted Friday/early Saturday. Reread final existing draft for “WUR”; simmering prior to reorganizing/rewriting.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars; review 1-3; Love and Loss. Tertiary goal. I don’t think I’ll get to LAL this month.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Not as many as I’d hoped.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Once each for highlighted items; twice for strikethroughs.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Set up another ReBlog post; WIPpet Wednesday post.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Study: 4/4; Family room and porch: 1/ 4 each. Random inside: 16/20.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Canoodling; chatting; couples’ workout; drive/shopping/lunch with my boy. Plans for next week or two– Hamilton’s America preview;shopping with girl; NY State Museum; Schuyler Mansion; Fort Ticonderoga. Halloween plans under consideration.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. 7/6 journaling; 7/6 morning meditation at 8 minutes twice, and 10 minutes four times (wahoo!). Evening meditation before sleep; 1/3; 2 minutes.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 min: 6/5; 90 min: 4/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 1 hour; monthly total: 4 hours; 10 minutes.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. Read Who Tells Your Story? and end matter; page 287/287. Should be returning this at Sunday’s write-in.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. DaB and Machinery submissions sent.

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Prosperity in Pain: October 12, 2016

It’s Infant Loss Awareness Week. If you’ve lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth, I grieve with you. There’s a certain small someone much in my mind today – someone who might be 13 now, but instead died in a coma at the age of 12 days. Elijah James Burton, our Tiny Tiger…I love you, and I’m forever your Mommy.

A Backdrop of Stars Finale:

Diclaimer: I don’t own or profit from them!

“Shh, shh. I know. I know. I’ll get Phlox to explain it- no, not all, just enough to get the point across… Damnit, Jon – what the hell are you doing here, anyway? Haven’t you done enough damage?”

“Brought -” Jon’s voice scratched and clawed its way out, and emerged diminished. “I brought you something to eat.” He stayed where he was; he wasn’t going to take any more chances with a clearly irrational Vulcan. If she hadn’t been so weak, she might have killed him before Trip even woke up. It was sobering, and more than a little scary.

“Yeah, I remember that’s your favorite technique for spying on us. Get this through your head, Captain. We’re married. It’s been cleared with Admiral Gardner. Nothing you can do about it – and if you try anything so asinine again, I might not be fast enough to keep my wife from doing exactly what she wants to do to you. Since you had Surak in your head, and her hands around your throat, you’ve probably got some idea of what that is.”

“I won’t kill him. But he must leave, and not return.”

Note: Only goals engaged with this session are displayed.

Follow the links for complete goals lists.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending . Primary goal. Vignette 4/5 (A Backdrop of Stars) complete:4,462 words.
  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 7/31 complete. I’ve fallen behind as I focus on revisions, but plan to use the next three poems as character development for Tsunamis, so should catch up fairly quickly once the stories are submitted.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Setting/Time worksheets for 2/3 characters (Xavier/Yvette) complete. Began Setting sheet 3/3 (Zeke).

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. Simmering; I have a theme – no, make that a nascent plan! Once the first two submissions are done, I’ll get to work on that.

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. DaB rewrite in progress: 1,762 words (almost to the end of Scene 1/ 2). The story has broken open, and this is by far the best version I’ve written thus far. A plan is simmering for “Philodosia”; will begin working on that later today.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Began visits; more pending for today.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Once each for highlighted items.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Set up another ReBlog post.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Study: 2/4. Random inside: 8/20.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. 96 messages in inbox.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Couples’ workout; chatting. Plans for next week or two: Hamilton’s America preview, NY State Museum; Catskills road trip with the kids; Schuyler Mansion; Fort Ticonderoga; shopping. Halloween plans under consideration; workouts and write-ins.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Attended write-in; visited group page.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. 3/6 journaling/ 3/6 morning meditation at 8 minutes twice, and 10 minutes once (wahoo!). Finally remembered evening meditation before sleep; 1/3 for 2 minutes – it’s a start to build on.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75: 3/5; 90: 2/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 1 hour; monthly total: 3 hours; 20 minutes.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. I’ve read through It’s Quiet Uptown; page 256/287. Seems like a fitting stopping point for Infant Loss Week.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Revisions underway for DaB; plan simmering for Machinery.

  • Create Patreon page, and incorporate it into my social media…this is an exploratory time. Side goal. Nothing specifically on my page; took on my first sponsee; my young Canadian friend Idzie Desmarais, a lovely writer and grown unschooler who has inspired my family’s unschooling journey. Find her at Patreon, or at her website: I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write.

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Prosperity in Wording: October 9, 2016

Lots of progress this week, and also some revelations. So, let’s get right on with the stories and the update, shall we?

Do You?” Finale:

“Vulcans mate. Humans make love. Our bond was forged while we were engaged in the latter activity.”

Trip took his tongue back out of his cheek. He hadn’t been going to correct T’Pol’s ex-husband, even if he had to bite it. But she’d done it for him, and he leaned in to her. Her pupils dilated as she drew him the rest of the way with her paired fingers, and, right there in front of her ex-husband and his newhusband, Trip gave his wife a good, old-fashioned, human tongue-tangle of a kiss.

Parted From Me

She held to that. She would be a good bondmate in this one way, if she couldn’t be what he needed or desired in any other way. The pain and suffering, exacerbated by the trellium that allowed her to feel him, were the price of this commitment.

If this was the one thing she could give him, she would give it willingly, whatever the personal cost.

Only October goals I engaged with this session are included in this update.

Writing:

  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 7/31 complete; a day behind.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Reread character work, since it’s been a while since I’ve looked at this Made a few minor notations on existing material. Began Xavier’s Settings worksheet; 1/3.

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. Simmering; I have a theme, and inspiration struck again very late Saturday!

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review . Primary goal. Reconstructing the bones of the story; had a major story breakthrough that’s simmering. Transcribed reconstruction into LO; reread original story. Simmering.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited all fellow WIPpeteers; some #8sunday, and a couple of #weekendcoffeesharers and #SoCS folks.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Instagram; ROW80 2/2. Blog/website once each.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Posted WIPpet; gathered and did most of the assembly for three ReBlog posts.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Random (inside/weeding/ declutter outside): 23/20; all rooms to quota.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Email at 66 messages; working through the remaining (ones I want to read before deciding on) from oldest to newest.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; writing stuff; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Shared a link; read a bit. Finished the queued critique and sent back.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 7/6. Meditation: 6/6. I keep forgetting the evening round.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 minutes: 5/5; 90 minutes: 3/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 1 hour, 10 minutes; monthly total:2 hours; 20 minutes.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. I’ve read through Burn; page 240/287.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Revisions underway for DaB.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to either Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Secondary goal. Read and commented a bit at Ad Astra; may submit there in the next week or two.Trix’s submission system has been broken all year, and it doesn’t seem like it’s likely to be repaired, so I’ll focus on AdAstra, where there really aren’t many TnT stories. I can change that! =)

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. Found pictures of the Cooper’s Hawk (see above) for cover image. Discussed candidates with daughter; edited three images as potential cover bases.

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