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Sowing Organic Structures: April 19, 2017

Hey there!

How is every little thing going with you?

For me, over the last few days, things have been more settled. We’re still trying to fine-tune my Accomplice’s labels – my printer isn’t quite up to clarity needed for ease of reading, or the labels he chose aren’t best for the job. I’m not sure which yet; I’m going to buy something a bit higher quality, and we’re also researching professional printing services.

In my own writing, I have written my way back to the positive side of this line:

I’m experimenting with something new – time-blocking. Well, maybe not so new, since I did something similar back in school. It’s more like an updated, more realistic version of that, I guess. If you’re interested in exploring it, here’s the link.

It feels good to know I stand on solid-ish ground.

Have you made any exciting progress lately?


  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 39,378/65,000 words. I was about 6K under target at Sunday’s update, but time-blocking helped me to make up a lot of ground, to the tune of 7,570 words on Sunday! Back on the positive side, and blocked Monday and Tuesday, too.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Secondary goal. 987/3,333 new words for the week. Feels great to be back to this after a week off – and the time away has led to some new insights.


  • 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. Read latest post at the site; still need to listen to podcast. Cowled: Created Scrivener file; will organize 14,304 words of existing material there, and use drabbles and prompts to extend story and fill in the gaps, based on my rough trajectory.


  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lesson 2 (Promises) of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course  by April 30. Aim for 20 pages/week analyzed. Primary goal. Finally got back to this! Page 14/89  in progress; 5/20 complete for this week.

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. P post scheduled for just after midnight; posts shared and linked through O: 15/26 complete; answered comments on N post. visits made for 0/6 days; that’s a priority for the second half of the week. Posts are listed live at Slices of An Unschooling Life.

  • 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. Tuesday’s hour used for catching up on a-z; still considering a third hour on Saturday or Sunday.


  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Took some pictures. Now to edit, Flickrize, and tag for albums…

  • 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:3/5 for the week. Study; bedroom; bathroom complete.


  • 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. Time chatting and canoodling with Accomplice (business and workout schedule planning); helping daughter with game account; time outside in the spring rain with son.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Attended write-in; lots of words; lots of inspiration! Cabin visits: 2/5.

  • Career Furtherance:  Complete Patreon 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. Working through the obstacles and setbacks.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 3/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete.

  • 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: 0/2. Strenuous: 3 hours, 10 minutes/7 hours.

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I was introduced to Erin McKeown via The Weather on the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. Last week, she was the musical performer at the live show Lise and I attended. And this morning, I found this – which makes me just all kinds of happy!

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Podcasts, Presence, and Potential: #atozchallenge for April 19, 2017

Slices of An Unschooling Life Theme Reveal Post

Today’s Poetry Type:

Parralelogram de Crystalline




Podcasts heard in the night

While the full moon scuttles through clouds above


My presence

There with her in her world

Chatting together while dawn birds sing


My daughter

This lovely glowing girl

Blossoming dewy morning glory


Eyes dancing

Rooted in love’s soft soil

In the radiance of bright new day

Light and shadows create art; nighttime and togetherness do the same.
Light and shadows create art; nighttime and togetherness do the same.

One of my favorite things about the way we live is how naturally it flows. Sometimes, my daughter and I meet in the deep of the night, when we’re both awake. We might go for a walk on our quiet country road, if the weather is good. In those times, we tend to share secrets and deep conversation. We’ve greeted more than a few dawns together, walking, or sitting in the camp chairs in our front yard, watching the world lighten and awaken.

Other times, we sit in my study or the living room, and chat. We might watch videos (some of hers, some of mine), or listen to a podcast of Welcome to Night Vale, a Lovecraftian fictional community radio show.

So many conversations, and so much closeness, have been inspired by these middle-of-the-night, the-world-has-grown-quiet times. It’s a luxury we couldn’t entertain nearly as often if we followed a schedule dictated by the clock rather than our own internal rhythms.

In my mind, the walking, the dawn, and the podcasts are all interwoven, essential threads in the fabric of our lives.

Do you share special times and activities with your children?
Have you ever  watched or listened to their favorite shows with them?
Have you ever gone for a predawn walk with someone you love?

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Please come back tomorrow for a quiet query or three.

She worked on these LPS party favors during a late-night hangout session.
She worked on these LPS party favors during a late-night hangout session.