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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.


  • 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.


  • 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).


  • 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;; 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

3 thoughts on “A Wealth of Happenings: November 27, 2016

  1. Looks like you got quite a bit done there. And I’m betting you can guess my reaction to the fan fic snippet: “Oh, Trip” *hugs him then runs away from T’Pol*

    1. It’s quite possible that, though Trip can certainly use a hug right now, that T’Pol could use some understanding…and a partner who could see that although she meant what she said, it might not mean what he thinks it means…

      And there could be some big-time trouble ahead for both of them…

      As for that hug – I don’t think you should. T’Pol’s not exactly – umm, stable = at the moment.

      In other news, it was a good session in many ways.

      1. I can understand that. I’m not always so good at saying words the right way. They tend to come out better if I can write them down.
        I am so not surprised about the trouble. But, what kind of story would it be if there was none?
        And that’s why I started running. 😉
        Glad it was a good session for you.

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