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A Prosperous Ending: November 30, 2016

Hey there!

This is the last day of the month. Tomorrow, I start on my December goals list, looking to both wrap things up and look forward to a new year of writing challenges.

My daughter isn’t home – she’s sleeping over with her best friend until Friday – and the house is quiet with just my son and I home. A little later, we’ll be watching Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (his choice), and Dead Poets’ Society (mine – he hasn’t yet seen Robin Williams in a dramatic role, and, at 15, he’s a very good age for this favorite of mine). Tomorrow, we’re most likely going to the Y for a workout, and to the Victorian Street Walk in Saratoga Springs, a local tradition we try to make when the weather is decent.

Friday evening, he and I will hopefully be attending Hamilton’s Albany, a documentary preview from our local PBS station, at the Albany Institute of History and Art, which also currently has a Hamilton exhibit.

Saturday is our homeschool community center holiday party….so it’s a busy spell, for us. ‘Tis the season!

It’s been a bit since I shared excerpts as part of the intro. Since I’ve been revising my fan fiction story, “First Contact, With Jazz,” I thought I would share a bit from both of my POV characters today. By the way, standard disclaimers apply: I don’t own them, and I don’t profit from them; I just love them!

T’Pol:

Once, as an infant, T’Pol had thrust her fingers into her mother’s meditation flame, despite the warning that it would bring injury. Her second foremother, T’Mir, reported that she had screamed and struggled when the physicians attempted to treat her. They had been concerned for her overall well-being, and ceased the efforts to wholly heal the wounds. She still bore faint burn scars on two of her fingertips.

She retained no memory of the pain, but she remembered the beauty and power of the flames with great clarity. The learning gained through that experience couldn’t be defined by logic. It had changed her, as she had later been changed when she ingested the metamorphic nectars of her world’s rarest fruit.

Trip:

Trip Tucker’s mama had raised him to be a gentleman. He tried not to judge the people friends picked to share their beds with, but he honestly didn’t know what the hell cultured Lara saw in that arrogant pr-

He stuck his tongue in his cheek. It was that or bite it. The things he thought had this slippery way of oozing out of his mouth, and Lara had been a good friend for a long time. He wasn’t going to throw that friendship away over a man like Orin Price-Thomas.

Did you enjoy those snippets? Want more?

Well, you’re in luck! My fanfiction.net page has ten stories to date, several still in progress.

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

Writing:

Revision:

  • 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. Primary goal. Began revision of “FC,WJ” First Pass Complete: Scene 1/16 first fine-tuning pass complete; Scene 2/16 first revision pass in progress; reread Scene 3/16; 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 a few ROWers, since I hadn’t been there in a bit, due to NaNo. One #8sunday poster so far; it’s a start.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yacon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least weekly, each site. Secondary goal.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 22 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. (For the week): Random: 12/22; study: 3/4.

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather info/draft first quarter reports (due 12/15). Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Lise’s 9/10 sections complete (just Attendance left).

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Wednesday/Saturday focus. Kept the email at a much more reasonable level; spikes only into the 90-range –definite progress. And, at last, all three of the directories are clean and organized.

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; canoodling; videos; workout and dinner with my Accomplice; homeschool community center time with my daughter. Upcoming events listed in intro.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited FB 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 (2- 6 minutes;). Evenings: 1/3; 3:33 (it’s a start!).

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 70: 3/5; 90: 2/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of ten hours. Tertiary goal. 3.75/10 hours. Cardio and strength. Not going to make this, but did make an effort…

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Haven’t shared one of these for a bit – but it seems like a good time! =D

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A Wealth of Happenings: November 27, 2016

Hey there!

I wrote a paragraph on Wednesday, and then got busy with other things and forgot for the rest of the week:

  • I have a complete novel draft! And a homeschool report in progress. Also forward momentum on my #atozchallenge posts, and, at long last, “First Contact, With Jazz.” I also have a new rejection letter for “Presence,” which was “Beneath the Ice.” It’s a great letter that includes detailed ideas I’ll be able to use in my next revision pass. In other, non-writing news, it’s Thanksgiving Eve. =)

On Tuesday my son, 15, mentioned that he’d like to learn to play the cello. On Wednesday, a local friend whose daughter was his very first friend posted a student cello for sale. Talk about timing!

So, on Friday, we became cello owners. Miah spent some time exploring the tuner and metronome, learning how to change a string, and getting familiar with it. Next up is finding a teacher who will meet his needs and our budget.

In between, on Thursday, we maintained our family tradition of going to a Thanksgiving buffet, and watching the parade and the dog show.

Oh, and I found a fan fiction story I’d lost almost a year ago…and there are some other behind the scenes things in the works….more on those later, as they develop.

Here’s a teaser from that once-lost, now found story, “Too Close For Comfort.” Standard disclaimer applies; I neither own nor profit from them.

“From a book, T’Pol?” Trip felt all his hopes come crashing down inside him with the sound of shattering glass. Shards stabbed at his eyes, his heart, his soul – “If you need a book to tell you how you feel, you don’t feel what I want you to. I think maybe it’s time I go – “

How about you? Any big news? Accomplishments? Funny jokes or favorite dishes? Drop ‘em in the box below; let’s chat!

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

Writing:

  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Tertiary goal. Wrote my G poem; Week 2: 6/6 written; Essay for “A” post; Week 1; 1/1 completed.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: The Far Shore (KIC #5): Complete draft as a postscript to my NaNoWriMo efforts. Side goal. Now that Tsunamis is completed, it’s time to ease back into this. Reread Scenes 1-8 (which is still in progress); it’s been a while since I looked at this, and I need the refresher. Scene 8/24 complete; 24,899/ ~65,000 words; 3,392 new. 

Thankfully, he never sat in her section. He wanted to taunt first from a distance, so that it would build, this knowing that he was going to come for her.

Plotting:

  • Plot #atozchallenge 2017 posts. Primary goal. This has three components for each post: a poem, image, and themed essay. Chose poem styles for Week 5 (T-Z): copied formats for Week Four (N-S).

Revision:

  • 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. Primary goal. Began revision of “FC,WJ” First Pass Complete: Scene 1/16; Scene 2/16 highlighted for revision. I think I’ve finally gotten the insight I needed to introduce what needs to be introduced without it being dry as Vulcan! ABOS: Relocated the three files (not easy; I didn’t name them with the story prefix) and reread. Split the third into two sections, since it was over 30 pages – too long really for a single chapter.

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 of the WIPpet posters. Better than I’ve done in the past several weeks.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least weekly, each site. Secondary goal. I got to half; again, better than it’s been.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. I posted to #8sunday and #SoCS/#weekendcoffeeshare.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 22 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. (For the week): Random: 2322; study: 4/4; porch: 1/4; family; 2/4. A bit better than the rest of the month to date.

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather info/draft first quarter reports (due 12/15). Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Completed Lise’s Mathematics and Sciences; 4/10 sections complete. Progress.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Wednesday/Saturday focus. Kept the email at a much more reasonable level; spikes only into the 100-range. Blogging and Beta Reading files organized, culled, and sooo pretty!!! Homeschooling directory 1/3 main folders complete.

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; snuggles; videos; Thanksgiving buffet with the family.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited FB page/ online sprints.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. 4/6 journaling; 1/6 morning meditation. Not the best week for this…Other Things.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 70: 5/5; 90: 3/3.

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I’m Pretty Psyched! #SoCS and #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you kindly to ignore the dishes in the sink and the counter – don’t worry, there’s a clean cup for you – and the laundry on the table that the mostly-grown but still incorrigibly kittenish young feline is using for her bed. On that note, it’s pretty likely that you’ll end up kicking one of her cat toys – Legos, socks, Ace bandages and Matchbox cars – okay, pretty much anything she can carry in her mouth, kick across the floor, pounce on, and roll around with it ensnared in her deadly predator’s embrace…

But, cute and entertaining as Miss Amelia Rose (Ammy, to her twelve year old pet human and everyone else around here) is, she isn’t the reason I’m pretty psyched. Neither is this homemade bread, but I’m going to offer you some, and your choice of a variety of toppings (I like whipped butter; I’m a simple kind of soul when it comes to tastes).

So, if it’s not the cat or the buttered bread….what is it?

I’m pretty happy that you asked, because everyone here is asleep, so shouting my good news as I skip through the house would not only look ridiculous and probably end in me falling over a kitten toy, but would also net me three very unhappy human housemates….

So, maybe it’s a pretty good idea that I tell you, instead, where I can let my fingers do the talking (and, if you get that reference, I’ve just dated myself, but I don’t care).

What’s all this fuss about?

Anyone who reads here often probably knows that I write a lot of Star Trek fan fiction. I kind of have to – I live with two Vulcans and their supporting cast in my head, and Vulcans aren’t exactly shy about telling it like it is. Matter of fact, one of these two has woken me up at night to tell me parts of her life story that made me cry – and I’m pretty sure she did that so SHE wouldn’t!

So, I wrote this mini-arc of three stories, in September of 2015, as part of the Story A Day September Challenge. I really liked all three of them, which deal with what I perceive as “blank spaces” in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Daedalus”, and also give some explanations for what seems like a colossal Vulcan brush-off without messing with canon.

I found the first part, “Lost, Found, Lost”, and the second, “We’d Better Hurry”. But the third part, which really packed a punch on all kinds of levels and provides an answer Trip can’t understand to the question T’Pol can’t – that one was lost.

Not a little lost, or pretty lost.

LOST in big letters.

I couldn’t remember what I named it, so I couldn’t search for it by that. I’ve looked and looked and…

And, less than an hour ago – I found it!!!

I’d been organizing some file directories, and accidentally recycled a folder I need. I went searching for it in the Recycle Bin, and that’s when it hit me that, I could search for it using keywords (sometimes things take a long time to occur to me). So…that’s what I did. First, I searched up “IDIC”, because my Trip and T’Pol story world is titled The IDIC Romance, which is pretty self-explanatory if you know Trek, and pretty irrelevant if you don’t.

The point is, the story wasn’t there…and then, I had a pretty amazing flash of inspiration, and my next search was:

“Trip T’Pol Kir’Shara.”

And….

(Standard disclaimer applies; not my characters, and this is for love, not money):

“He didn’t need to ask to know what she was reading, or that it had something to do with her mother’s death. Her mom had wanted her to read the Kir’shara, and T’Pol was damned well going to read it.”

I found it – and a sequel! I’m pretty psyched!

And it’s perfectly okay to look at me like I’m a madwoman. I pretty much expect that…

Yes, I see that you’re nodding and backing away slowly (unless you’re One of Us, in which case you’re probably pretty bummed there isn’t more to that story, so here’s a link to my online fan fiction – you’re welcome!).

Wasn’t that bread tasty? I’m glad you stopped by…now maybe I can contain myself until my family is awake to nod tolerantly at my news! They’re pretty used to me, after all!

Please watch out for rogue kitten toys as you’re backing away!

This post is part of #WeekendCoffeeShare. Come join us for a cuppa at Part Time Monster Blog! Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: pretty,’ used any way you (pretty) please. If you enjoyed this dip into the Stream of Consciousness waters,come join in there’s plenty of room, and just a few simple rules.

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Like An Accusation: #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

I’m running a few hours earlier than I was last week, so there’s a chance I might get this posted with a few hours of Saturday to spare. There’s also a chance I’ll get around to see a few of the other posters today…now that I’ve finished my NaNoWriMo draft, and made some headway on the next batch of homeschool paperwork, due on December 15.

Of course, that’s not going to happen if I don’t get on with it, so here goes!

Monday Morning Coffee” is a story that’s been with me longer than my oldest child has. It began, in its earliest form, when I was only sixteen, and there was a compelling news story that fired my sense of empathy and imagination, together. 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 came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.

I’m not quite sure what to classify this story; any ideas and impressions you have, I’d love to hear them!

Context:

A young woman is waiting for her Monday morning train and musing about the disconnection of the people around her. As she prepares to sip her coffee, she realizes that she’s being watched by a man she doesn’t know.

Like An Accusation

He’s huddled into an unlined windbreaker, with the slightly bewildered look of someone who doesn’t quite know how his life turned out this way. I watch him, covertly, between passing bodies. There’s a battered duffel bag between his feet, and the knees of his light trousers are torn around their fraying patches.

Suddenly, my warm cloak feels too tight, like an accusation. What right do I have to be warmly dressed, while he sits in clothing a season and a half too light for the weather? To be tasting this sweet hot steam, when he’s cold and without? Goodness and warmth – something he probably needs a lot more than I do.

Three teenaged girls pass between us, each holding a hot drink in one hand, and a pastry in the other.

Who is the watcher?
Is this man dangerous?
Does he want something from her?
What about the girls?
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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A Prosperity of Progress: November 23, 2016

Hey there!

I thought I’d try something different this week:

I wrote a paragraph each of life-as-it-happened, Monday and Tuesday…and I’m sharing them with you! =)

Monday:

  • There’s snow on the ground, some order returning to our home and our lives, and we’re getting used to my Accomplice’s newly variable work schedule (for the last nine years, he worked a very regular schedule). The kids and I spent some time in hometending, and my fifteen year old son and I shared some Billy Joel classic videos– he played “Piano Man, which is a mutual favorite, and I introduced him to Allentown” and Goodbye, Saigon” – two of my favorites. My twelve year old daughter and I have been sharing a current interest of hers, the twisted and somewhat gruesome absurdist cartoon humor of “Llamas With Hats.” After that connection, we went on to our own activities – which means I focused on reading, blogging, and writing – as I type this, I’ve started the penultimate scene of Tsunamis.

Tuesday:

  • The kids have spent a good deal of today out playing in the snow. Miah’s developed an interest in coffee. Now they’re And I’ve got two characters in the final scene of Tsunamis who were intended to die, but had other, more intriguing ideas for their futures…yup. I’m on the last scene; I expect to finish it at tonight’s write-in. I think I’m going to be as surprised as anyone else at the ending, because I definitely didn’t plan for this!

For all those who celebrate Thanksgiving, and any who practice gratitude, may your observances be filled with a wealth of joy!

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

Writing:

  • NaNoWriMo: Complete draft of Tsunamis (KIC#6); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. Scene 24/24 complete; final word count: 62,946/~65,000 words). Also a good deal of associated research, and a completely reworked ending, since two characters originally meant to die didn’t agree with my master plan. Goal completed!

Plotting:

Revision:

  • 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. Primary goal. Gathered materials for “FC,WJ” and highlighted first three paragraphs for revision. Simmering, but I have an idea how to approach what had been a tricky opening.

  • Kifo Island: Submit Sea Changes scenes 5-8 to critique group. Critique crit partners’ work as posted. Side goal. Setting this aside for the rest of the month; we’ve decided to put the group on hold until January.

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 one #8sunday so far. Not great, but I’ve been focused on finishing the novel.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least weekly, each site. Secondary goal.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. I scheduled my first post here, for WIPpet Wednesday.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 22 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. (For the week): Random: 13/22; study: 4/4. Hometending helps me unsnarl plotlines, so there was a good deal of hometending as I worked through my adapted ending!

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather info/draft first quarter reports (due 12/15). Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Completed Lise’s English Language Usage and Library Skills; 2/10 sections complete.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Wednesday/Saturday focus. Kept the email at a much more reasonable level; spikes only into the 200-range.
  • Yard Beautification: Declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Side goal. May have a place to rehome little-kid playground stuff.

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; television; music; videos; research and lots of career brainstorming with my teen.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited FB page/ online sprints; write-in.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. 3/6 journaling; 1/6 morning meditation.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 70: 3/5; 90: 2/3.

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“Help!”: 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

It’s been almost two weeks since the election (I’m writing this on Monday, because I tend to think I have all the time in the world…and then, suddenly, I’m running late with, well, everything!) We’re getting a better idea about what the next few years will bring.

It doesn’t look very pretty from here, and I can’t say I’m surprised. As a native upstate New Yorker, I’ve known most of my life what kind of man the President-elect is. He’s said himself that he’s scarcely changed since he was a child, and he seems to have been right.

I prefer to look for the bright side…and I do think there is one, here. Some things that have been hidden in the shadows will be coming to light. In the dark places, we couldn’t deal with them. But when they’re brought out in the open, their ugliness will show, and we’ll be able to examine and correct them.

I think it’s going to be a rough road, but we’re going to emerge stronger at the broken places, a more whole and accepting nation at the other end – a nation that truly does have understanding and a place for all of its citizens – red, white, and every other color, every orientation, every religion (or those of us who profess no religion at all).

I hope so.

I don’t want my children to grow up in a country that goes in the opposite direction.

**tucks away soapbox**

Ah….where were we?

Oh, yes. WIPpet Wednesday.
 

We’re 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 crit group (which isn’t happening, at the moment. Post NaNo, I expect to pick up steam for the next few months.)

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

Context:

Ava was dreaming of drowning…

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 23, 2016

  • I‘ve got 7 paragraphs todayI added the digits of the month and the date: 1+1+2+3=7.

Help!”

“Help!”

Was that pathetic little croak her?

“Easy – easy, Ava. You’re having a nosebleed.”

Something familiar in the calm and gentle voice. Something that triggered memory – white blonde hair, palest of blue eyes taking in all the light –

“Donovan? Drowning -”

“Nosebleed.” She didn’t realize she was flailing, as though struggling for an unseen surface, until he caught her hands. “Try to be still, and breathe through your mouth, if you can. That’s what your medial records say you usually do -”

“Bleed?” But there wasn’t really any need to ask; now that she was awake, Ava could taste the blood at the back of her throat.

Is Ava’s nosebleed serious?

Can Donovan help her?

Has she won her freedom too late?

Next week, we’ll learn a little more.

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Sometimes, things need to be said. Saying them with respect and kindness can intensify their impact…
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals End of October Update

 

About this year’s #oneword.

Note: I update periodically throughout the year, but at least at the end of each quarter. I’ll adapt, change, add, or delete as my life and progress indicate. This post covers progress only through October 31, 2016; further progress will be contained in future updates.

My ROW80 Round and Monthly goals are derived from these goals.

Writing:

  • Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2016. Fan fiction and self-publishing are acceptable. 23 new stories written; three submitted (one accepted; one rejected; one still waiting.)
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Write 3 new novels in this series as April, June and July NaNo projects. Write 31 new flash stories for #STaD May; these can be the basis of these or future Kifo stories. A Rising Tide (1/3) completed during JuNoWriMo. The Far Shore (2/3) in drafting; Scene 8/24 in progress; 21,533/65,000 words. Forward progress very slow, but moving.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest.

  • The IDIC Romance: Plot 25 April and 30 September stories. Completed.

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’. All novels/stories planned/plotted; rough materials for timeline and bible created in the process.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan/plot Weft #3 (Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough timelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect. Setting aside for 2017.

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals. Goal completed!

Revision:

  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Critique group on hold until January, so goal more or less completed.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” and its prequel story. Goal completed!

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Nothing new.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.) Setting aside until at least 2017.

Social Media:

  • Blog Maintenance: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Clear backlog of comments and spam folder. Transitioning to my website; that’s the goal for Round Four.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Done.
  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. Fair. Not bad; not great.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience. Ebbs and flows; but goal completed.
  • Redesign blog, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. Incorporate the best of The Unfettered Life and shanjeniah’s Trueborn Jottings, and let those blogs go. The blog took a backseat to the website, which is developing; more integration in 2017.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. Lise’s portfolio added to; Miah’s begun; neither sorted or culled. Moving along.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All but the kitchen moving along; I have a system for forward momentum that’s working well. Moving the kitchen to 2017.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. Progress; breaking it down to smaller bites. I won’t finish this before the year ends, so the adapted goal: Create a plan to have this completed by the time I’m ready for a computer upgrade (maybe after tax time).
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. A little work outside.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Nothing new. Adapted goal: Make plan for scanning and organizing all photos in 2017.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Canceled two.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. This remains a fundamental and easy goal to maintain.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes to both. Lots of stuff: parties, historic sites; museums; stores; and more.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Goal completed; crit group on break until January.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Some beta reading, and a promo post. No reviews this month.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like. Nothing new.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods. Nothing new.
  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes, twice daily. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Meditating/journals several days a week. Happy with the meditative practices I’ve developed thus far.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. Nothing new.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and more strenuous activities building to thrice weekly by year’s end. I’m up to 60/minutes, 5 days/week, and 75 minutes thrice a week.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Dropping this goal for 2016.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Write and submit one story each month (not necessarily the same story). I’ve attained this with fan fiction. Three new submissions.

  • Submit fan fiction.Nothing new submitted.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Cover image in simmering stage.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. Gathering poems. The setup likely to wait for 2017. A couple of new poems written.

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