There was a lot that was distracting about last month. My NaNoWriMo word count slammed to a halt as the election results began to come in, and then remained all but stalled for the next few days. I know I wasn’t alone in this; it seems to have been an unofficial period of mourning.
I know that, for me, the implications of what happened led to a feeling that was very much the way I felt when our infant son Elijah died at 12 days old, or when the Challenger exploded. The children and I sat up all Tuesday night, trying to find balance in what seemed like a disaster – and which still might be one.
However, I tend toward optimism and positive action. When our son died, we donated his heart valves. After Challenger, I resolved not to take space flight for granted, and embraced my passion for writing Star Trek fan fiction more seriously, although, at age 17, that looked different than it does now that nearly three decades have passed.
In this case, I deepened my personal commitment to live my life in accordance with the ideals of IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. I am an ally for those who need one; I will use my voice for good, and I will remain wary, looking past and through deceptions and distractions to see what’s happening in the places I wasn’t meant to see…
And I will write, and live, and love…and update my ROW80 progress.
December 2016 goals (new)
Round Four goals (updating Wednesday, December 7)
2016 goals (updating Sunday, December 11)
- NaNoWriMo: Complete draft of Tsunamis (KIC#6); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal.Scene 3/24 complete; 63,461/~65,000 words). Two out of three characters refused to comply with my plotted outline, and I’m thrilled – their ending was much better, even if it did take a little longer!
- Poets on the Page: Write final two poems using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. This took longer than I expected, but I finished, so it’s a win!
- Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Tertiary goal. Wrote my “H” and “I” poems; Week 3: 2/6 poems completed. Since I didn’t expect to finish, only to continue; this is a win!
- Kifo Island Chronicles: The Far Shore (KIC #5): Complete draft as a postscript to my NaNoWriMo efforts. Side goal. Scene 8/24 complete; 24,899/ ~65,000 words; 3,392 new. Nice progress for a goal I didn’t expect to finish. The ice has been broken, and momentum, though sporadic, exists. I’m satisfied.
- Plot #atozchallenge posts. Three components for each post: poem, image, and themed essay. Primary goal. Week One plotting complete. Week Two waiting for essay planning; Week Three in play (poetry drafting in progress); Weeks Four and Five topic and poetry type selected. Not done, but moving along – and, with NaNo in play, it’s actually better than I expected.
- Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch final 12 episodes, Season Three of Star Trek: The Original Series. Secondary goal. This turned out to be a good way to gather my thoughts, and give myself space between finishing Tsunamis and digging back into The Far Shore. Goal completed!
The IDIC Romance: Revise “First 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. Good progress, considering NaNo.
- Self-Publication: Revise/polish “A Splash of Red”; Offer for critique readers. Secondary goal. Not a thing happened here.
Kifo Island: Submit Sea Changes scenes 5-8 to critique group. Critique crit partners’ work as posted.Side goal. Canceled due to NaNo; we decided to pick up in January.
Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. I’m giving this a green, though only barely – I was consumed by words, election, and other parts of life, and did very little visiting, overall.
- 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. Again, only barely green. I tried, here and there, but I was mostly absent.
- 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 still have a stack of reblogs waiting to be finished up and posted, so that’s a fail. I managed better with my snippets; I think about I met about half of that portion of this goal.
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. I did better than I might have here, although there were definitely also some skips and places where I fell a bit short. Solid progress.
Homeschool Administration: Gather info/draft first quarter reports (due 12/15). Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. One report nearly drafted; second in early stages. Minimal work on Miah’s portfolio. I’m on track to finish the reports on time, though, so all is good.
- 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. Email got a bit away with me at one point, but I rallied. And, at last, all three of the directories are clean and organized! A huge win here – and in a NaNo month, no less!
- Yard Beautification: Declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris.Side goal. Some progress; not as much as I’d hoped. Inside things took precedence.
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. This continues to be one of my most important, favorite, and easy to meet goals. Success!
NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. A little less of the “in person” than I’d hoped, due to budgetary restrictions and weather, but, all in all, a solid success.
- Paying it Forward: Offer promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal. My post for the Walking on Faith blog tour netted me a win for this goal.
Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. I did – okay. Not great. But, with all the chaos of the month, I’m satisfied.
Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. Again, well enough to be satisfied.
Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of ten hours. Tertiary goal. 3.75/10 hours. I didn’t even reach the halfway mark on this one. Partially my Accomplice’s new job, which played havoc with our scheduled “couples’ workout” sessions and short-circuited my personal routines.
Leaps of Faith:
- Mentor Yacon Writing Class. Primary goal. Not needed; goal deleted.
- The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to Ad Astra. Secondary goal. I wanted to get to these for the last two months. I still do.
- Create Patreon page, and incorporate it into my social media…this is an exploratory time. Tertiary goal. Nothing at all accomplished here.
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Overall, I’m Satisfied….