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Sowing Re-vision: May 21, 2017

Hi there!

It’s the time in the month where I assess my goals, so that I can finish with a strong sense of focus.

This month, the shift is more dramatic, since I’ve been exploring Gwen Montoya’s excellent, community-based course, Build Your Marketing Muscle, and, in the process, I’m working on a business plan at last.

And that has led me to some early realizations about the most effective ways to invest my time, energy, and focus. Changes will be noted as “Adapted goals.”

In other news, it’s been a busy few days -eye doctor for my son; homeschool teen game night for my daughter, then Waterford Canalfest with my son – along with marketing/labeling/drafting/revision/ and beta stuff…bits and pieces of a full-rich life.

How do you know when or if it’s time to stay the course or shift your goals?


  • 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. 19/31 drafted for both projects. Still one day behind; will be caught up by end of day. Progress.

  • 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. Adapted tertiary goal: Back-burner focus until June (or higher priority goals 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 arcnecessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 20/31 in early progress. Caught up one day – progress.

  • Kifo Island: Complete plotting as needed to complete rough draft of The Last House. Begin hybrid planning for Still Nameless, using The Story Toolkit  and The Writer’s Coloring Book;get through basic character sketches. Adapted secondary goal: Back-burner until more caught up with higher-priority writing/plotting goals.


  • 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 6682 for lesson 2; read Lesson 3 and worksheet; gathered materials for lesson; printed lesson pages and filed. On target – and delighted!

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy line editing if ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal. I’ve received my contract (and read it)! I’ll send it back in the next day or two, and then the final line edit should be done within a couple of weeks. On target!


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

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  • Homeschooling: Complete rough drafts of third quarter reports for both kids (due 6/15/17). Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Arrangements underway for ordering required tests/testing space.

  • 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 4/6; yardtending; porch; family room, kitchen: 1/each. Not the best week for this; some outings, heat, rain. Modest progress.


  • 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; walks; business/labeling/marketing setup; eye doctor/Canalfest with son; homeschool teen game night with daughter. SUCCESS!!!

  • 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 labels and branding; label design and marketing class. Accomplice: 9/10 hours. Solid progress this week!

  • 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. Highlighted first chapters of both betas for comment; Catchup critique 1/3 – a questionnaire (read the material; simmering). Solid progress here.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: meditation 4/5; journaling 3/5. Things have been a bit scattered, but great meditation. Modest 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. Adapted Secondary goal under consideration…stay tuned! (4/4 hours strenuous; mowing; hiking; Baby Steps to 5K). 111: 3/5. 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, Building 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. Working here every 2-3 days is giving me plenty to simmer and play with. On target!

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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 Re-vision: May 21, 2017

  1. I may, someday, pick your brain about business planning… or take the class. For now… I’d just admire all this lovely green and blue. How was the Canalfest this year? We had a thing for a choir the Boodle wants to join (I think it’s more because of the kids than the music, but that fact he got to hang out with a bunch of great kids and help play the Star Wars theme on the cathedral organ probably didn’t hurt either)… Someday! someday we’re going to get up to Waterford for some canal goodness!

    1. The business plan isn’t a course. It’s a freebie from Jane Friedman, and you can find it here:

      It can be worked on in your own time and way.

      I do recommend both the revision course (it makes so much more sense than anything I’ve done to date, and I’m only on lesson 3/22!), and Gwen’s marketing course, which is a lovely month long chatty little course that uses Facebook as an interface to share actionable bits of wisdom. It’s marketing from one’s personal strengths and being, rather than huckstering or “used-car sales” approach. I’m loving it, and it’s community based, so it’s built in networking without being trolling. Also, and this is pretty important to us right now – it’s not very expensive, and I feel it’s already paid for itself a couple of weeks in.

      Canalfest with Miah was lovely. We share a love of walking, so we did a lot of it. Decided to come back and do the boat ride at a future point, and walk some more – maybe on a farmer’s market day.

      Choir stuff doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend a Saturday, either, though. =)

      1. All sounds good… and thank you for the link (and the commentary about the marketing course. That is one of my biggest (among many) weak points… and my biggest fear-factor as far as writing goes, so it sounds like something I definitely would like to look into.

        I hear you on the boat ride. Sometimes doing just “one more thing” can ruin a perfectly awesome day… or at least make it feel exhausting instead of rejuvenating

        1. Well, in this case, it was more about using the budgeted funds elsewise this time. We haven’t done it in the past, because Lise isn’t interested, and she wasn’t of an age where we could have left her alone and had her feel OK about it. But now she loves being home alone, and Jim gets home earlier now, so….

  2. You mention coming up with a business plan. That gives me the willies. We have been working, nonstop it feels like, on the business plan for my daughter’s nonprofit. It seems like we never get it finished, as something comes up and we need to make changes, and we’ve even scraped it entirely and started from scratch at one point. I can’t imagine writing a business plan for myself, but perhaps that is something to explore, as a means of keeping me on track. I don’t know, though, it sounds scary. Good luck with that yourself.

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