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Sowing Seeds of Revision: May 17, 2017

Hi there!

Ever have to tear yourself away from a project to get your update posted?

I’m less than 20 pages from finishing Lesson 2/22 of my revision course – the lesson I started way back in January – and I’m feeling like I need to do this before I can move on to other projects.

Later today, I’ll be taking my son for a visit to the eye doctor – so I want to be finished with those pages before I sleep…and I’m rather willing to work through the night, to get the job done – if I can manage to stay awake.

First, though, the update…


  • 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. 15/31 drafted for both projects. One day behind, by choice – see below.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 2 scenes/week, after #StaD stories. Finish by May 25. Secondary goal. Scene 45/50 in progress; setting aside until HTRYN Lesson 2 is complete.

  • Kifo Island Series: Complete draft of The Last House (a Kifo prequel) . (Approximate word count TBD). Target 3,333 words per week, after #STAD stories and FDWR; complete by May 31. Tertiary goal. May be moved to June, depending on progress of other writing goals this week.


  • 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 15/31 complete. One day behind, by choice.


  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2 (Promises), and 3 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by May 31. Aim for 3 hours/week (timing TBD). Primary goal.well over/3 hours complete; pp 2965/82 (yippee; less than 20 pages to go!) Lesson 2 is my priority until complete; it’s dragging on me.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy editing if ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal. Nothing yet, but the grapevine suggests it won’t be that much longer….


  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as/if needed. Primary goal. See above.


  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Two flings on porch, and two 27 minute yardtending sessions weekly. At least six General Hometending rounds per day, 6 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending 2/6; yardtending; porch: 1/each.


  • 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. Conversation, text chat, walks; computer setup; movie.

  • 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. Some video creation simmering; some discussion with Accomplice about his plans; delivered complimentary sauces. Accomplice: 2/10 hours.

  • 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 schedule; should have it set by Wednesday. Reread final questionnaire topic for one of the crit pieces; simmering. Will be tackling this once HTRYN Lesson 2 is complete.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 3/5.
  • 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. (1/4 hours strenuous). 111: 2/5. 123: 0/ 2.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Build Your Marketing Muscles. This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Skimmed what’s new; will devote more energy to this once Lesson 2 is done.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Likely setting aside until marketing class is complete.

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11 thoughts on “Sowing Seeds of Revision: May 17, 2017

  1. Thank you for including that link to Holly Lisle’s How-to-revise-a-novel class. I’m waiting through the month of May for beta reader feedback and am looking forward already to June as being very focused on revision. Always lots to learn. I’ve been thinking about you since reading your poignant Mother’s Day entry just last week. As always, I’m in awe of the breadth of your projects. May the writing continue to be healing and a creative source of joy.

    1. Thank you, Beth.

      Holly’s course is amazing. Not a casual amount of money, for us, especially with our less than certain financial situation for the last year or so, but I have several first-draft novels that could be earning money, potentially – IF I know how to revise them.

      So, like the expenses related to the hot sauce business, it was an investment in our future.

      We’re proud that we haven’t borrowed anything to work on these goals. Now, if I could just somehow double my time, so that I could fit most of the things into every day… =)

      Mother’s Day was fine; low-key and mostly just a day spent with family. Now I get a deep breath or three until July – when my daughter and I have birthdays bracketing Elijah’s entire lifetime. Needless to say, it’s an emotionally fraught month for me, but I’ll just keep breathing, and creating, and doing all I can to find joy, beauty, and gratitude wherever I can.

      Always lovely to have a visit from you, Beth!

    1. I’m not sure I didn’t go overboard on it, but that’s all right – I’ll learn more, and do better, as I use this method more.

      That’s one of the reasons I started with a fan fiction piece – I won’t feel as though the inevitable mistakes and missteps will be so detrimental, so I can learn freely.

      It feels great to be done, and I’m also feeling more than a little tired – a long day, on not much sleep…

      1. I think using a fan fiction piece is brilliant. I used a 29k novella, which I am planning on expanding at some point. Glad you are doing well with it. 🙂

        1. I think this comes in at about 14K (82 pages, which feels like a good length for me, since most of my waiting-to-be-revised stuff is novel-length.

          I can already see that it’s going to give me the “in” I’ve needed to move to the next level – revision for publication.

  2. Glad you’re making progress on the revision lessons, even if it means you have to set some other things aside for a little bit. I’m sure you’ll be able to catch up. 🙂

    1. I think I needed to do that – it was getting to the point where it was in the way of everything else I want to do.

      Now Lesson 2 is done, done, done! *happy, up-all-night dance*

      Lesson 3 is far less involved, and I can do it while I’m doing other things….which means that you and Denise can expect first chapters back hopefully within the week, since neither of them are especially long.

      Eye doctor this afternoon, and some sleep sooner or later, but I hope to get my WIPpet posted, and the STaD stories written for yesterday and today. I’ll work on catch-up posting tomorrow, I think.

      But it feels so liberating having that intensive lesson done!

      1. Yay for finishing it! And a less involved lesson coming up.
        Good luck with getting some sleep and catching up. I’m having another scattered day, but I’m trying to go with that instead of fighting against it.

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