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Impromptu Building: January 29, 2017

Hey there!

We’re rolling into the last three days of the month as I write this, and I’m like a midwinter firefly, flitting from here to there, dabbling in this, toying with that, diving into something else.

As is true most months, I won’t finish everything on my goals list this month; but, as I contemplate my intentions for February, I see that I have finished a lot, and gotten even more underway. It’s been a month of solid, focused progressed interspersed with other things – like a nation yawing from steady, thoughtful leadership to something….that’s not exactly that, or close, from early indications.

I’ll be carrying some goals over to next month, and not adding as many new ones, as I get ready to ramp up for CampNaNo in April – I know it seems like there’s plenty of time to worry about that later, but there’s never as much as there seems like there would be, so….

For the rest of this month, more diving and toe-dipping, and more progress, await. But for now, an update.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 19/24 in progress. 5,138/5,000 words; 54,242/~65,000 total.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal.  Supporting Character Worksheets. 4/4 complete; step 7/22. Printed Character Arc worksheets; 7/7 pages. Working through these: 3/7 complete. Simmering Wednesday sketch.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 58. Secondary goal. Scene 5 and 6: Revised and submitted. Finally some movement here!

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz. Review A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. ABOS: Began a final pass of Chapter 1 (page 3/4 in progress). Chapter 2 simmering for secondary revision pass; considering a more comprehensive rewrite for this piece.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January: Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 28/31 complete.

 

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Played a bit with this.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather materials for second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal. Expanding bullet list to Lise’s English Language Arts; 1/11 sections; rewrote template intro for the current report.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 24/27. Study: 1/3; Living room:1/1. Not a great cleaning week; activities away from home and not feeling great.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 for the week. Goal Adapted: I’ve made one general directory, but will wait to organize until I’ve finished the travel photo scanning.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; shopping; assistance with Accomplice’s business paperwork.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Shopping with son; couples’ workout; extra impromptu write-in, and shopping planned with daughter.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Prioritized completing one member’s upcoming piece, as she’d like to submit it by end of month. Attended an impromptu write in with other group members at a local cafe.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. One crit group piece completed; three more in the current queue.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal: 5/6; meditation: 5/5; Evening journal: 2/3; meditation: 1/2.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 5/6. Strenuous: 8/6 hours.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Downloaded book for rereading/goalsetting.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Apply at Starbucks and Panera for part-time work. . Adjusting: Will save Starbucks as a secondary option. Read job description.

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Audiobook:67% complete.

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Building New Foundations: January 25, 2017

Hey there!

Life moves pretty fast….so said Ferris Buehler, and, for me and my family, this week is definitely proving him right!

Fresh on the heels of my shift from WordPress.com to a .blog account, my Accomplice has a new job. He’s been in and out of work since mid-July, so he’s really hoping this will be the right fit for him.

In the meantime, we’ve had a lot of extra family time. He moved forward several steps with his hot sauce business, getting him nearly to the point where he can begin selling. It’s exciting, and there will soon be pages on my website to introduce his labors of art and culinary love.

And me? I’ve been working on “clearing the decks,” so to speak, with the intent to wrap up some of thee projects that are keeping me from being able to give the How to Revise Your Novel class priority attention next month. I’d love to be able to do that now, but we decided to act on a narrow window of opportunity to invest in my professional future at a modest but, to us, very important discount (to the degree possible, we would both like to build our careers on funds we have, not credit).

Which is to say, I was ready for the leap of faith, but had a good many irons already in my fires…

So, I’ve come to a decision. I’m going to set the class aside until next month, when I will make it my priority. For the rest of this month, I’ll be focusing on wrapping up some of the other items on this checklist, so that I’ll be free to shift my focus without leaving making many things hanging.

Here’s how things shook out in this transitional session:

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 19/24 in progress. 3,750/5,000 words; 52,885/~65,000 total.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Antagonist worksheets: 5/5 complete (step 6/22 complete); printed Supporting Character Worksheets (x4). 2/4 completed. Simmering Wednesday sketch.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 58. Secondary goal. Scene 5:12/12 pages complete.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars  1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. Adapted goal: FC,WJ: Back-burner till February.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January: Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 24/31 in progress.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. Received confirmation that my revisions were received by publisher; awaiting review.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. I chatted with Jaz and sent her a file of the story. Played with the hawk image per her suggestions.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 13/27.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Videos, chatting; deeper conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Write-in Sunday.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Attended write-in; chatted with crit group members. Will prioritize one member’s upcoming piece, as she’d like to submit it by end of month.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal: 2/6; meditation: 2/5; Evening journal: 0/3; meditation: 0/2.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 2/6. Strenuous: 7/6 hours.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Had an inspiration about what goal I want to focus on…it’s a start.

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Building Toward: January 22, 2017

Why, hello!

I’m building toward…. Something.

I don’t have all the words or ideas, just yet, but they’re coming in bits and pieces and fits and starts….here’s an early glimmer,  before we get down to the business of accounting for the writing-things I’ve been building – which seems to involve a nice foundation of green, with liberal blue accents, and just a touch of red.*

*It strikes me that this could be seen as political commentary, but it’s not!

I may have more to say by Wednesday….

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 16/24 in progress. 5,266/5,000 words; 49,101/~65,000 total.

  • Patreon Posts – Complete January/March offerings. Tertiary goal. Completed drafts of a shortish introductory feed post, a 931 word essay and have 398 words of a flash story draft. Adapting goal: Complete items needed to launch on February 1 (offerings/bio).

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit  and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Moved through 5/22 sets of worksheets (Main Character – Protagonist).Simmering Wednesday sketch.

  • The IDIC Romance/Solemates: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Into 2152, with some research on the plausibility of T’Pol still being alive when Spock was growing up (FYI: Yes. She would only be 142 at his birth, which is middle-agish for Vulcans. Phew! Otherwise, a LOT of my head canon would have exploded!)

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-8. Secondary goal. Page 5/10 in progress.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11908712/1/A-Backdrop-of-Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. ABOS: Chapter 1 (page 2/4 in progress). Adapted goal: Back-burnering Chapters 4-7 until February.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 21/31 posted. #atoz: Week Two complete.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. I think I’m hitting my stride with blogging; a massive redesign and moving to the WP .blog tag are giving me some new ideas on ways to blend the blog and website more easily, for more nimble sharing of All The Things I want to share. =)

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; make lists/basic sketches of new pages. Tertiary goal. Jotted a rough list of what I want to address; refining as I commit it to typeface and my laptop.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal complete. As mentioned above and evident all over this space, I’ve made giant strides here. If you look in the sidebar, you’ll see a link to the website, and recent posts duplicated or adapted from those that appear there. Mission accomplished, and evolving!

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. I have a description of the art I’d like; and I’ve mocked up a cover concept. I found this. Jotted lists; simmering.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Family room: 3/3; kitchen 1/3. Living room and bathroom; 1/1.General:31/27. Close, but the kitchen foiled me again!
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. Reduced Homeschooling from over 300 to 36 actionable messages; Transactions from ~650 messages to 40 items I’ll want to examine/address/save.

 Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Chatting; canoodling; business planning/administration; cuddling; couples workout.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Tai chi Thursday.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal: 7/6; meditation: 7/5; Evening journal: 3/3; meditation: 3/2. Wahoo! I think this is the first session this month I hit or exceeded every target here!

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 6/6. Strenuous: 7/6 hours: tai chi. And the first time since I started setting “strenuous hour” goals that I’ve met it, let alone exceeded it!

Leaps of Faith:

  • Go through Publication email folder; make subcategory for marketing-related posts. Folder taken from 232 messages to 197; opened some posts and filed in bookmarks.

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I feel like life could use a little silliness to build on today, so….

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Raise a Glass to Freedom: #SoCS, #weekendcoffeeshare, and #JusJoJan Day Twenty-One

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m not exactly sure why I chose that title up there. It could be as simple as the fact that Hamilton lyrics have been my constant if variable earworms since last spring, and this is the one that’s been running through my head since I first read the Just Jot It January and Stream of Consciousness Saturday  prompt for today, “glass.” Linda assured us we could use the word as we see fit, or even use an object made of glass as our theme.

But I keep hearing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s plaintive, dubious little “Raise a glass to freedom,” right before he famously throws away his shot, and the mood feels – right.

So does this little post I wrote a year or so back, and titled “Schrodinger’s Glass”  – you know, the one that’s always either half-full, or half-empty, depending on how you look at it, or your nature, or your current mood…because, really, it’s both.

I’m thinking I may not be making much sense, but that’s also kind of how I feel, right now, so maybe it fits. I’m a bit like shards of broken glass, and a bit like fine glasswork that steals breath away even as it inspires. I’m aware of the dangers of sharp-edged, jagged fragments, and yet I’m filled nearly to overflowing with the beauty and potential I see, the grace that moves through everything.

Once, I wrote a story where one character destroys a handmade water service gifted to another character. It was a thing of irreplaceable beauty – the maker had learned, practiced, and developed her skill in the art to honor the recipient and his family. The owner of the service carefully gathers up every shard, although they slice his fingers, and carries them a great distance, as treasured items. Later, he fashions them into a symbolic piece of art that gives them a new and deeper meaning.

I feel like that – like that’s maybe where we are, as a nation.

It’s possible that some don’t know it yet. It’s possible that the crashing and shattering happening now is music to some people’s ears, the dream they’ve held dearest to their hearts.

But for many, it’s the kind of shattering that sets you back, makes you re-evaluate…

I’ve been doing that, quietly, for over a year, now. Threads of different things braiding or weaving together, fraying, coming together again in a new form – and yes, I know I’m mixing metaphors here, but, somehow, that, too, seems appropriate.

I’m becoming something different- evolving. In Sequoia National Park, so long ago that I wasn’t yet anybody’s mother who wasn’t feline, my Accomplice and I learned that the seeds of the giant trees need fire to germinate properly. There’s a scientific name for this, but that’s not as important, to me, right now, as that truth – the magnificent sequoia, which holds such majesty and tenacity as it stretches to the sky on a widely-flung, shallow collection of roots, springs from the destruction of its landscape. Only in the charred aftermath is it set free to fulfill its magnificent destiny, in the company of its scarred and surviving parents, who have the ability to withstand the flames.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this is how I feel, today…like there’s been a shattering, a scorching, a fraying – but that it hasn’t destroyed me, or the light of grace and mercy and simple, loving kindness in the world. I’m scarred, but still, I stretch, and soar, and grow…and I know that I’m not alone.

We are a strong forest, together. Will you grow with me, and find the beauty that comes after the flames?

Before you go, I will ask you if you have a story you want to share, or words of wisdom? Gouts of flame, torrents of sorrow, jolts of fear? Hope and a way forward that will embrace us all?

I’d love to hear from you. We’re all strongest when we have a voice, and use it to speak our truth. Please come back anytime you need to use yours, and, in the meantime, visit Diana at Part Time Monster Blog, and find some other places you can enjoy the #weekendcoffeeshare

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The Press of Time: #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

Just a quick note today: I’ve already written lots of words in lots of places this week, and I’d like to wrap up a few other things before midnight, when my “accounting” week ends.

I owe you all an apology: I’ve been lousy about getting around to folks or answering comments lately. I can’t exactly say why, except that I’ve been doing other things, and, when I look up, a truly embarrassing amount of time has gone by, but I just have these three other things I’m * soclose * to finishing, and then there are more ideas, more things to do and see, people to chat with, hug, laugh with, and love, purring cats, things to read, and…

I’m guessing you get the idea, and that it probably bothers me more than you, since I’m sure you have full or maybe sometimes overflowing lives of your own.

I’ll be around more, this week. It’s a priority. You are a priority.

See you soon, but, till then….a fitting snippet.

“Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local 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.

Context:


A young commuter has offered her coffee to the poorly dressed man who was watching her.

The Press of Time

I wave the coffee almost close enough to his nose to be impolite, driven by the press of time. I want him to have this; want to know that I’m not leaving him huddled and yearning. But there is also something that demands I make more than the empty gesture; that I give him not only my coffee, but something of myself. “I’m Rose, and it will please me greatly if you will take this, and enjoy it.”

A smile tickles at the corners of his mouth. “I accept only that which I can pay for. Therefore, I will accept your name, kind Rose, and give you my own. I am called Lost Jeremy.”

Will Lost Jeremy finally accept the coffee?

Will he insist on paying?

How?

Will Rose make her train?

Any guesses you’d like to share?

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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“Cause for Concern”: #JusJoJan Day Twenty

Welcome to Day Twenty of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: “transcendent,” used any way we wish. Today, I offer you yet another peek into my fan fiction playground, with the fourth and final installment of my A Beagle’s Bedside Manner  sequel story. Follow the links below to read previous installments.

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

She Belonged Here


Trip spun away again, toward the door.

Please don’t go.” It was a thick, hoarse whisper; that voice she used when she felt more than she could keep inside.

When she was breaking.

That spun him round fast, but not fast enough, apparently, because T’Pol was huddled on the biobed, her knees up to her chin, hugging herself, and new tears streaked her pale face. Her eyes were focused down and away again; she needed privacy –

And she needed him.

What will Trip do next?
Will it be enough?

To read the rest of the chapter, click here, or the icon below!

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“Cause for Concern”: #JusJoJan Day Nineteen

Welcome to Day Nineteen of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: “rubbish,” used any way we wish. Today, I offer you yet another peek into my fan fiction playground, with the third installment to my A Beagle’s Bedside Manner  sequel story. Follow the links to read previous installments.

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

“Cause for Concern”

If you don’t want me here for this -”

“Haven’t I made it clear that I do?” T’Pol’s unwillingness – or, more likely, inability – to release her mate might indeed become gossip, if anyone else were witness to it, but, to Phlox, it was a positive development. With her ability to contain her emotions depressed by the ravages of trellium -D and the Pa’Naar Syndrome that had already reached the moderate stages, she was compensating by entrusting herself to her mate.

“It’s not that you haven’t made it clear, pepperpot.” Commander Tucker’s voice carried a note Phlox had only heard him use with T’Pol, and only when he was concerned for her. “It’s that I’m worried that your judgment might not exactly be at its best right now. Even without – well, without those injections, it’s been a hell of a day, and you told me yourself you haven’t been getting enough food or sleep. I wouldn’t want you to regret my hearing whatever it is Phlox has to say.”

T’Pol was a most discerning woman. She hadn’t entrusted herself foolishly.

However, both she and the human engineer seemed largely unaware of the depth and significance of the connection they shared. It would be a breach of Vulcan privacy to speak on it, even if Phlox weren’t firmly of the opinion that this was a discovery they deserved the pleasure of making themselves.

What is it that Phlox knows, but Trip and T’Pol don’t?

Will Trip accept that T’Pol truly wants him here?

Is she capable of exercising good judgment?

And what does Phlox have to say?

If you want answers to these questions and more, follow this link or click on the icon below to read more of the story!

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There will be one more installment to wrap up this story, so check back soon! Until then, here’s a little something to tempt you…