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Building Like a Lion: March 1, 2017

Hey there!

This is it – the final update of February! I’ll have a spiffy new list of March goals to share on Sunday, as well as my Round One End-of February update.

All in all it was a good and eventful month, with a lot of new learning, some outings and explorations, and a healthy serving of inspiration and epiphany. I’ve moved forward, if not in every way, at least in several key areas…

How was your February?

What’s on tap for your March?


  • Patreon Posts Complete February and March offerings. Secondary goal. Uh, No. Not yet.

  • #atozchallenge: Write theme reveal post. Tertiary goal. More simmering, and some notes. Waiting till I finish the posts, so I’ll have a clear idea what I’m offering.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for Cowled and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: COMPLETED! Notes and clarity for later chapters, too. LAL: some notes; simmering.


  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Overall: step 12/22 in progress; ideas for sketches; nothing written.

  • Kifo Island: Flesh out Aeon Timeline. File remaining/new series bible materials. Complete steps 1-8 of The Story Toolkit for April novel. Secondary goal. I got a start…then stalled.


  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 78. Adapted Tertiary goal COMPLETED! Scene 7 submitted. Scene 8 back-burnered until March.


  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as needed. Primary goal. Nothing from editors as yet.

  • A Splash of Red”: Continue working with Jaz on cover art; finalize and begin working on front/back matter checklists. Some initial cover art exploration.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-3; and Chapters 2 for “Arachnid” and “Beagle” to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Chapter 1 submitted.


  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary: Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished business – by the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: COMPLETED!#atoz: Adapted: Create a single page on this blog rather than format them again. That will save time, and help me to link and brand the two sites together. Didn’t complete goal, but made solid progress.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal. Posts up as scheduled; a few are a bit ahead. Idea for the pre-April planning simmering and building; no formal schedule as yet.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Tertiary goal. Adapting: back-burnering till March.


  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise: Arts in progress; section 6/14. Progress was made.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Not perfect; but very good progress here.
  • 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. Make files at gmail account. Tertiary goal back-burnered.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Fell behind, but caught up; good enough to say COMPLETED!


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal COMPLETED! (and ongoing!)

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal well COMPLETED!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal COMPLETED! Some online interaction; revising a piece to submit to the group.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Betas offered; one completed.


  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. Very satisfactory progress, overall.

  • Intuitive Eating: Create a basic plan for change. Tertiary goal.Back-burnering till March.
  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Made some progress here, then stalled.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete CV, and apply at Panera for part-time work. `No. Accomplice’s new job has been a major schedule adjustment, and I’ve been helping him with his business paperwork, too.

  • Go through Publication email folder. Back-burnering till March or April (at least until the homeschool reports are submitted).

  • Finish up Patreon page and post. Not yet.

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook  and one more; read two other books; write four reviews. Back-burnering the reviews.

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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!

8 thoughts on “Building Like a Lion: March 1, 2017

  1. Awesome progress! And I love the new look of your website. It’s so colorful and fun, and it suits you. My plan for March is to finish a revision of my novella/potentially novel-length work “Spellfire’s Kiss” and send it to my CPs. This story is getting close, and I’m excited! Happy writing/creating, Shan!

    1. Thanks! I decided to drop my premium upgrade here on WP, since I’ve got an official website I pay for, and I wanted to make this one more cost-effective.

      I was nervous about changing, but I’m with you – I love this fresh new space, and, once I get to it, I can see lots of ways I can utilize it as a two-way street with the website.

      Excited I’ll get the chance to help you birth “Spellfire’s Kiss” into the wider world! =)

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