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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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And Never Kindly: Sea Changes (Kifo Island #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’m doing today’s post a bit fast and furious. It’s 3AM as I write this, I haven’t slept, and I’m planning to get up in about 4 hours to go to Fort Ticonderoga with my teen son (it’s Hamilton unschooling time again!) It’s 3 hours of driving, several to see and do, and I usually don’t sleep well when I need to be up early. so I might be too tired and full of experiences to even think about this post later – so now it is. A couple of hours’ recharge will be easier to get if I don’t take a pair of blogposts to bed with me (I also do a ROW80 update on Wednesdays).

More on life stuff next week – all I can say now is that it’s going to be a Non-Stop final week before NaNo, and there are things I want to get done before then…

Hoping to get round to everyone (four times in a row?!) by the end of day Friday.

May you all have a lovely week, and now… on to the WIPpet!

We’re back to Ava Garcia  in Sea Changes

Ava grew on me during the writing of her story. She was a constant revelation, and her struggle is compelling. For me, it goes beyond the issue of whether people should be allowed to choose the manner of their death. She encapsulates my personal attitudes about how children deserve to be treated. It’s an honor to share her voice with you!

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 has been rough-edited (trust me, you don’t want to see the muddled-beyond-hope original version! My plan is to begin creating a more structured revision plan once the 24 scenes pass through my local crit group (which isn’t happening very quickly at all, at the moment).

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

Context:

Ava is dreaming, and possibly drowning.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is October 26, 2016

  • I‘ve got 8 sentences today adding the digits of the day (2+ 6=8).

And Never Kindly

She was drowning, and she was going to die. It wasn’t a nightmare, or not exactly one, anyway. This wasn’t a dream, was it? She was in a new place, not in the tub or the ocean, but in a chair, and she was going to drown if she didn’t do something about it.

Strong hands again, but these didn’t yank at her. They supported her, offered a lifeline, maybe. Whose hands were they? Not Mami’s, and no way they were Papi’s – Papi only touched to hurt, and never kindly.

Where is Ava, really?

Whose hands are these?

Is this just another part of the dream?

Next week, we’ll learn a little more.

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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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Beneath Empty Eyes: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

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!

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 week, I bring you nine sentences – Snippet #2 of “Monday Morning Coffee” my second published story, which I will self-publish in 2017.

Thisstory that’s been with me longer than my oldest child, now 15. It began, in its earliest form, when I was only a year older than he is. A compelling local event fired my empathy and imagination. A teenaged boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event, and, several days later, was found, deceased.

From that story, over the course of decades, came this one – the connection might be obscured by time, but it’s there.

Context:

Our as-yet unnamed narrator is reflecting on society while waiting for her train on a damp. dismal Monday morning.

Beneath Empty Eyes

It’s a complex social construct – the girls in the coffee-shop; the people tromping the snow and crowding the benches and the space between. Today’s girl had two rings, at least, on every finger. One hand clutched a smartphone. When I looked into her eyes, to make a connection on some human level, she might as well have been a mannequin.

Are we all just all teeth in the cogs of one another’s existence, clicking together, then apart again, with nothing more exchanged than the mechanical processes?

I shake my head, water droplets launching from my frizzing bangs. The woman next to me sighs and jerks her bag away, her crimson-lipped mouth drawn up in a tight, closed line beneath empty eyes. Shouldn’t there be more joy, this close to the holidays? Enough, at least, that driving sleet and to-do lists didn’t take away any semblance of good cheer and communal acceptance?

Where is this story going?
What’s with all these empty-eyed people?
Are rainy Mondays really this bad?

Come back next week and learn more!

Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review, edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and add it as my own self-published library.

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She Knew The Truth: 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’m working on a three week trend of getting to everyone. It helps that things have been quieter around here, with fewer people to visit. Still, since I’d been dropping the ball more often than not until recently, it feels good to make it around to all of the other posters. I’m still slow at getting to comments, though, so that’s what I’m trying to improve now. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the comments; it’s that life is life, y’know?

And now,  back to Ava Garcia in Sea Changes

Ava grew on me during the writing of her story. She was a constant revelation. Her struggle is compelling. For me, it goes beyond the issue of whether people should be allowed to choose the manner of their death. She encapsulates my personal attitudes about how children deserve to be treated. It’s an honor to share her voice with you!

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 has been rough-edited (trust me, you don’t want to see the muddled-beyond-hope original version! My plan is to begin creating a more structured revision plan once the 24 scenes pass through my local critique group (which isn’t happening very quickly, at the moment).

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

Context:

Ava is dreaming, and possibly drowning…or is she?

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is October 19, 2016

  • I‘ve got 11 sentences todaybecause adding the digits of the day (1+9=10) is equal to the monthand, because it makes more sense and there’s an equality there, I’ve given you an extra sentence. You’re welcome!

She Knew the Truth

“You’re not in the tub to play, Ava. Bath time is for getting clean. I can’t wait until you’re old enough to take a shower without me babysitting you the whole time so you don’t drown.”

Ava wanted to scream that she was drowning, right now, but she didn’t have enough breath left to her for that. But she wasn’t under the water anymore, was she?

How could she be drowning, if she wasn’t under the water?

“Now hurry up and finish. I’ve still got plenty to do once you’re in bed, you know.”

But Ava was drowning, and the bubbles were gone, lost in the thick jagged ocean of angry words – wait; where was the tub?

But she knew the truth. It had been a long, long time since there were any bubbles in her life.

Can Ava find some bubbles in her life?

Is she in the water, or is this part of the dream?

Will Ava find her way forward?

Next week, we’ll learn a little more.

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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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