- For Story A Day May, Day Seven (click the heading to see the full post with prompt by writer, by writer, ghostwriter and independent editor Stuart Horwitz, founder and principal of Book Architecture).
This story is the seventh in a series of explorations for my upcoming novel, Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8), which I will be drafting in July.
It’s one of those weeks that feels momentous, even though I can’t exactly put my finger on why. I think it’s more like I’ve made an inner shift – not something that can be quantified or defined (at least as yet), but which is permeating my life on multiple fronts, and which may well shape my path, moving forward.
I’ve felt, for much of the week, as though I’ve been scrambling to not quite keep up. I’m in transition in many areas, and things are shifting and stirring…
Story A Day May: Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc, based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. 6/31 drafted for both projects. On target.
Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arc ;necessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 6/31 complete. On target.
#StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net as completed. Secondary goal. Day 6/31 completed. On target.
Kindness Challenge: Write twice/weekly posts on weekly themes (7 week challenge, so it will continue through and a bit beyond this round. Respond to comments daily, and visit at least 3 other participants each week. Primary goal. First post is up: 1/14 completed. Self-love: Meditation; journaling, taking care of myself in a time of conflict; walking; attending to my personal health; . Other-love: Ami snuggles; hometending with love and intention; time with beloveds; walks;The Power of Vulnerability; interacting online with other meditators; shopping/lunch with my son. On target.
Story a Day May: Post daily –I’m sharing the planning, along with favorite lines to the stories, and links to the complete writings, in separate posts to keep things from getting too long. Visit at least 1 other participant daily. Secondary goal. Day 6/31 posted. bit behind still on linking at the site, visiting, and responding to comments. Some progress.
Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Eight Sentence Sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Tertiary goal. Hit or miss; some progress, but I got behind midweek, and still catching up on things.
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. Videos, walks, business and relationship stuff, planning, flirting, shopping/workout/dinner with my teen. A win!
Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry; aim for 10 hours/week. Secondary goal. 3 hour45 minutes/10 hours. I ran out of week….some success.
Beta reading/critiques: Complete at least first five chapters of both beta novels. Catch up with crits for my local group (I’m behind 3 at the moment). Tertiary goal. Simmering first book. Some progress.
Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: complete; evening journaling 1/2 complete.Some progress.
Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Secondary goal. 84 minutes on Wednesday – not a win, but not vegetating, either. 111: 3/5. 5/4 hours strenuous: Baby Steps to 5K program; yardtending; weights; cardio. Although I didn’t hit my daily targets, I did stay mindfully active every day, and did better than my goal for overall strenuous activity. Solid progress.
Books: Listen to The Power of Vulnerability, by Brene Brown. Read two beta novels: Spellfire’s Kiss, by Denise Young, and Stained Blood by Fallon Brown. Tertiary goal Completed Vulnerability: 56 chapters, and initial read-through for Spellfire; 13 chapters; 160 pages complete. Good progress here.
Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Marketing With Muscle. This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Skimmed the Facebook page before sleep Friday – just in time for first posts.
I’ve been away for a couple of weeks – much as I try, I seem to get swallowed up in new projects, especially ones that are novel-length. I’ve also been very remiss in visiting and commenting…something I’m getting a gradual handle on, now that the insanity of April’s challenges is settling into the slightly saner one I’ve taken on for May.
But, all that said, it’s getting late, and I’d love to be able to make it onto the linky this week, so on we go!
“Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.
From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.
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