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Building Diversely: January 18, 2017

Hey there!

Compared to last week’s marathon of going and doing, this week’s been quieter – but, in its way, no less busy.

Sunday, I picked up the Boyo from his weekend adventure, logging another 200 miles travel, and another two chapters of Alexander Hamilton while I drove. Monday was a home day. Yesterday, my Accomplice and I got our workout done early in the day, as a storm was predicted for the afternoon – sleet, snow, freezing rain. It was starting as we headed home, but we’re all tucked in now, with nowhere to go tomorrow.

On the other hand, I guest-hosted Just Jot it January from Sunday-Tuesday, so the diving back into the revision course hasn’t happened yet…and now, at 3am Wednesday, when I would love to be sleeping, I’m dealing with a migraine which has other ideas…

I have made progress on things that weren’t the course, though, which will allow me to devote more of myself to it when my head can bear it.

How about you?

Are your goals proceeding apace, or did you have more of an off session?



  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 14/24 progress. 519/5,000 words; 44,347/~65,000 total.


  • 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. Wrote a bullet list of brainstormed ideas for TAT. New printer cartridge arrived; printed Antagonist, Main Conflict, and Stakes; and Major Plot Points worksheets.Completed Concepts and Worldbuilding.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. IDIC events to TATV, on paper, with sketchy notes.


  • 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: 17/31 complete. My three guest host posts are all up or scheduled. Guest post completed/posted. #atoz: Week Four: Created post folders (also for Week Five and “G” which I apparently deleted; whoops!). Selected images; loaded into folders.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. I’m working on getting a rhythm for drafting/pulling posts together.


  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Made initial contact with Jaz; deleting revision stuff; I’ll use my class info to do a better job of this once I’ve gotten further into the course.


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

  • 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: 0/3. Bedroom/1/1;Study 3/3. General: 12/27.
  • 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. All fiction files in one of three main sub=directories – Fan Fiction; Marketable Fiction, and Research. Blogging files resorted and maintained. Maintained Annalise’s Homeschool records; 1/3 subdirectories.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 photos for this week and last.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Chatting; canoodling; mall; dinner; drive home; Obama memes; snuggling; couples workout; moving firewood.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Picked up Boyo later today; workout Tuesday, and spring plans for him to have another weekend away.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Second piece comments complete; third highlighted for comments; fourth downloaded/initial readthrough.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; I’m not doing so well at fulfilling – that’s going to happen this week.


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

  • 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: 3/6. Strenuous: 6/6 hours: cardio; weights; moving firewood.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Go through Publication email folder; make subcategory for marketing-related posts. Folder taken from 333 messages to 232; marketing folder created and being utilized in the sorting process; opened some posts and filed in bookmarks.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post. This hinges on getting at least the January materials finished, so that will be a focus prior to this.

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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 “Building Diversely: January 18, 2017

    1. Thanks, Syl! I’m loving it, too! I resisted it for a while, but since I got the new website, it was a waste of funds to renew the premium features I was using in the old layout. I went from .com to .blog (which I’m told is a bit like changing a car’s license plate, but it’s cheaper), and decided to check out a whole new theme. I love the clean, and Lise helped me pick the background – purple for her, turquoise for me! I’m looking forward to doing some new things in this refreshed space – for a fraction of the price!

      Always lovely to see you here!

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