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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 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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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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!

5 thoughts on “Building New Foundations: January 25, 2017

  1. I hear you about postponing a dearly desired event for a time you can pay for it directly as opposed to credit. Though we use credit cards, we don’t make a purchase (correction, we have made a few purchases since we were married) on credit unless we have the money to pay them back the next day if needed. May you enjoy your class and may it give you more tools for your ever-growing toolchest.

    And congrats to the Accomplice in his new position! He really needs that apron. 😀

    1. It just makes good sense. This way, if we don’t have immediate success, or if it’s slow building up, we haven’t spent anything we can’t afford.

      It’s well worth the extra time to have less stress – and, even better, the time means we have more opportunity for learning and adjusting as we go.

      And thank you. He’s liking the job thus far….he’s at the Ugly Rooster, and he’s a fan. =)

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