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Building Into a New Month: January 2017 Final Update

Hey there!

It’s February 1, which means that my January goals are now history, and it’s time for me to proceed on to a new month, with an updated focus. I’ll unveil those on Sunday, along with my Round One progress to date. For today, though…my final January update.


  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 20/24 in progress. 1,609/5,000 words; 55,721/~65,000 total. I didn’t finish, but I’ve definitely moved this along.

  • Patreon Posts Complete January/March offerings. Tertiary goal: Adaptation: Complete all materials need for a February 1 launch (includes bio). I made progress, but not as much as I’d hoped for.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Arachnid Nebula,” and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner.” Side goal complete.


  • 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. Character Arc worksheets;7/7 complete. Printed Romance Arc worksheets. Simmering WednesdayFriday sketches. Didn’t finish, but made good progress, and have a much better sense of this story than at the beginning of the month.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal complete.

  • 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 completed.


  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. First pass edits complete.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 58. Secondary goal. Scene 5 and 6: Revised and submitted. Didn’t finish; but moved forward.

  • 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: Chapter 1 completed. Chapter 2 simmering for secondary revision pass. Chapter 3 highlighting for revision complete.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. I was at the beginning of Lesson 2 when I realized that I really needed to wrap up some other things first; 1/3 completed.


  • 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: 31/31 complete. #atoz took a backseat, but some forward progress was made.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. Completed the first portion; still working on the second.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; make lists/basic sketches of new pages. Tertiary goal. I have a rough list.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal complete.


  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal completed.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Began working with Jaz; initial matter checklists jotted.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. I got close, but didn’t submit anything until after midnight on the 31.


  • 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; a bit of progress here.

  • 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. I’d call this a moderate success; I was more mindful of the goals.
  • 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. I did some of this, but not as much as planned.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Goal Adapted: I made one general directory, but will wait to organize until I’ve finished the travel photo scanning. Good progress.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. This continues to be the simplest to meet and most important of my goals! =)

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal completed (and ongoing). Shopping with daughter; write-in; vaccination appointment and lunch with son; plans for couples’ workout on Thursday; also tentative plans to see George Takei’s Allegiance with my son on the 19th, and the Welcome to Night Vale All Hail Live Show with my daughter in April.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. This was a solid if incomplete success. Three pieces critiqued in January (with three more in the queue, and one of my own submitted.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. I could have done better, here.


  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. I’m getting better at the evening stage; still slip when I stay up all night, which often happens 2-3 times a month.

  • 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: most weeks. Strenuous: 8/6 hours. Both much better than previous months.

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

Leaps of Faith:

  • Apply at Starbucks and Panera for part-time work. . Adjusting: Will save Starbucks as a secondary option. Read job description; made first steps in applying to Panera.

  • 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. Changes in my email accounts threw me off.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post. This hinges on getting at least the January materials finished, which I’m still working on.

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Audiobook:82% complete. Read the books, but no reviews, making this a mixed bag.

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A Hawk for Peace: #JusJoJan Day Thirty-One

Welcome to Day Thirty-One – already the final day of Just Jot It January, where the theme is: “detritus.” It’s been a delicious adventure, and I want to keep on. I’ve even gotten this crazy idea to follow John Holton’s example, and blog every day this year. At any rate, I’ll be participating in Ritu’s impromptu #Loveuary, where I’ll be bringing back my favorite fan fiction couple, and letting them offer you a tiny little snippet of their stories each day.

And here’s the fun part:

If you want to be part of my fun, you’re welcome. All you have to do is lead me a word or words, and I’ll add them to the pool I’ll use as writing prompts for the month. Bonus points if you pick something that might not seem easily reconciled with a science fiction story.

If you add words, I’ll let you know when I use any of yours!

But enough about next month; it’s now time to finish out this one. The following was jotted in my journal at about 11:30AM today:

A Hawk for Peace

There’s a hawk inside the dove; a hawk for peace.

The above is the beginning of a poem…I don’t have the rest yet, but it’s taking shape within me, like a baby gestating in its mother’s womb.

I am a fertile seed, and the detritus of hatred, rage, and pride without merit are the rich soil I’m growing in.

Because there’s a power in despair, in seeing something happening that menaces and dismantles decency, and in knowing that there may not be a way to immediately stop it, or even to slow it down.

We know there will be fallout (and we hope it won’t be nuclear).

We know there will be human casualties – of body, mind, and spirit.

Kindness doesn’t enter this picture; the humane is subverted; it’s drowning beneath the slogans, rhetoric, code words, and lies.

Together, they form a thick sucking sludge that wants to tear away what is good and sweet and decent in us, and make it something other.

But we don’t need to become hopelessly mired in the muck…

Because that muck, that stinking waste already spewing forth?

It’s fertilizer!

All it needs are pockets of opportunity, hope, and potential.

I am a seed of humanity. And I am not alone.

We can plant ourselves thick in that soil.

Add some soaking rains of nurturance; the sunlight of warmth and fellowfeeling, and the attentive care of conscious intention.

From this excretment will grow something both beneficial and meaningful.