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Sowing Stories in Fallow Soil: April 16, 2017

Hey there!

How is life treating you?

For me, it’s been something of a mystery package. I excelled in some areas, and all but ignored others. I had a 6K+ word writing day on Friday, and am still behind with my overall count by nearly that much.

It’s a bit like scrambling up a mountainside. Lots of work, but the overall progress doesn’t necessarily reflect the effort expelled.

Today, the sun is shining intermittently. There’s a warm breeze in the air potent with suggestions of storms and summer. Birds are chattering, and my daughter’s cat is sleeping curled up on a small stack of books in my bedroom window. The house is quiet, and I’m about to spend another hour writing.

For those  who celebrate Easter, Passover, or anything else, may your day be sweet!


  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 27,120/65,000 words. I was nearly 10K behind on Wednesday; at Saturday midnight, I was a bit over 6K behind, due to a quieter week. I wrote a bit over 6K on Friday, and, even better, the characters are coming to life and adding to their stories.


  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arccreate basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. Info about this year’s challenge is starting to appear on the site for news, still need to listen to the podcast and see if there’s some info there.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. K post up and linked, L and M up, but not linked yet: 11/26 complete; visits made for 0/6 days – yes, I’ve fallen a bit behind this week, but hope to rectify that in the week to come.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal. Thursday’s session had more catch-up than new material; considering a third hour on Saturday or Sunday. Another off week here; had the #SoCS/#weekendcoffeeshare post nearly finished when I altered the format, and didn’t have the energy or time to redo, It’s definitely still a work in progress! On a positive note, here’s my #8sunday post, The Poetry of Creation, and my WIPpet; “I’m Not Qualified”.


  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds 5/5 for the week. Not the best hometending week, but it could have been a lot worse.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Couples’ workout/salad date/shopping with Accomplice. Plans to take advantage of National Park Week’s free admission, and visit some historical sites with my son. Also, a potential family trip to Corning Museum of Glass, and NYS Museum with daughter are on the radar.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. 5/5 Cabin visits. Somehow, I managed everything but the write-in, though I’m not quite sure how!

  • Career Furtherance: Patreon. Complete profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. Lots of labeling stuff; lots of steps toward offering his first sauce on my website. I’ve decided to put rejoining the workforce on hold; there’s lots to do to help him, and I don’t think I can do both. Therefore, I’m dropping the CV goal for now.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 4/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete. Not a great week here.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99: 3/5; 111: 1 /2. 3 hours, 10 minutes/7 hours strenuous; hiking; cardio; weights. Fair progress here.

Leaps of Faith:

  • NEW GOAL! Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2018: Gather links and sketch out base idea for these posts. Continued filling in links for planning base list; about 2/3 complete with information-gathering section; simmering how to use this material.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Worked on commerce aspects, so we can sell my Accomplice’s hot sauce, now that he’s cleared all the hurdles, and can legally do so! Adding images, email, checkout materials. This will be ongoing, and might comprise the whole of my progress here for this month, and until we’ve crossed all i’s and dotted all t’s, so to speak.

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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!

7 thoughts on “Sowing Stories in Fallow Soil: April 16, 2017

  1. Writing does seem to come according to its own rhythms. I know some people demand a schedule, and to a degree, I agree… it’s hard to get good at anything one is not regularly practicing at, which is where the Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard/Pen really helps. But there also has to be research, processing, just… ‘being’. It’s a bit like the old “Don’t Quit your dayjob” thing too. Having a second ‘life’ beyond writing (or with fanfiction, ‘in’ writing) gives an outlet to allow other creative forces to flow in.

    That’s probably why you’ve got this so well. Because you have so many possible outlets…. and inputs.

    1. Honestly, BICHOK has always seemed a bit Puritanical and punitive to me. And a writing schedule wouldn’t work well with our lives. I think that will even be true for me after the kids are grown.

      I like being able to go where instinct and life carry me – and, since I delight in writing time, there’s no need to be terribly strict about it.

      Other things are needed – like you said, inputs. For instance, I set aside my time blocks today, when the new phones came, so that I could learn mine well enough to use it for at least what I could use my previous phone for, and so I can help Jim with basic stuff if he gets stuck.

      I’m deeply grateful for all the inputs and outlets in my life. =D

      1. I agree, BICHOK as a ‘rule’ is punitive and somewhat Puritanical, but as a sense of ‘the words aren’t going to write themselves’ and ‘practicing one’s craft’, it has its place. But then, it’s just a tool in the toolchest, imho.

        YES! Love the multiplicity of creative flows…

  2. Since I’m pulling in a lot of my pieces I wrote for the Just Jot It prompts, my word count looks low though I’m finishing up a lot of scenes. Sometimes it makes me think I’m not getting as much done as I want to. But, I’m right on track with my goals. Sometimes I’m just a little too hard on myself, though.

    Looks like you’ve had a pretty good week overall, though.

    1. Sometimes, it’s not about word count at all. =) If you’re finishing scenes and on track with goals that are taking you where you want to go, I’d say that’s a good sign that all is well.

      It was an okay week, writing-wise. Other things just came first for a lot of the one previous, so I was playing catch-up, and the business stuff was rather involved, so it took large chunks of time I might have been writing.

      I did tell Jim I’m going to work on it every other day (barring anything time-sensitive), so that I can have a day between sessions to gather myself, since this is all new to me, and there’s so much going on this month (and that’s not even including the three computers and two phones that need to be shifted, and helping Jim set his up, because he’s just not great at that kind of thing….

      May this week show us both that we’re doing just fine, or maybe a bit better than fine!

  3. Shan, I appreciate what you said about the progress not necessarily being reflected by the effort you put out. I feel that way sometimes. Mostly I feel grateful for any progress at all. And sometimes I think that we may not ‘see’ all the progress that we do make, for especially in writing, some of those ideas work away when we’re not even thinking about them! Your life is full, rich with love for hubby and children, and blessedly aware of the value of a quiet hour, with cat nearby. Time to write.

    1. ** And sometimes I think that we may not ‘see’ all the progress that we do make, for especially in writing, some of those ideas work away when we’re not even thinking about them!**

      So much this! I had another surge yesterday, hitting over 7,500 words even though it was a writing group night, and we do sprints of writing, chatting, and eating.

      So, between Friday -Sunday, I added over 13K new words! I might have fallen behind, but I clearly was processing and simmering SOMETHING while I wasn’t writing!

      The business stuff seems like a lot of effort for the results, but I think that’s because so much of it is new, and I’m starting “from scratch”, as it were.

      Once I’ve laid the groundwork, made templates, and the like, things should become more routine in these areas, and it will be on to learning something else.

      **Your life is full, rich with love for hubby and children, and blessedly aware of the value of a quiet hour, with cat nearby. Time to write.**

      Indeed. With older kids, I get more quiet hours than I used to, but I also feel more keenly the desire to set work aside in favor of spending an hour or two with either of them, because soon they’ll be grown, fully independent, and their own lives will diverge from ours. I feel those times of connection as increasingly rare jewels not to be overlooked or taken for granted.

      The cat’s not in the window now, which must be why it’s time for answering comments and not new writing! =)

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