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Sowing Seeds for June: May 28, 2017

Hi there!

Have you ever found yourself reassessing your goals very close to the end of a cycle?

That’s what’s happened to me. Through the marketing class I’m taking,* I’ve come to a realization – or, more accurately, the clarification of an issue. I’ve known for some time that I tend to set more goals, with a wider focus, than I can maintain – but I didn’t know what to do about it, because everything on the lists seems beneficial.

However, as I begin the process of creating a writer’s business plan, I’m beginning to see where I can trim my goals and tighten my focus to those projects which best feed my priorities. I’m considering some major changes for June, but some things will bring a lightness that will energize the rest of my May…

This is a bit long, so here’s a shortcut. All goals with ** doubled asterisks are being postponed to a later/ better suited time, leaving me free to focus on those that remain.

  • Gwen Montoya’s Building Your Marketing Muscle – I highly recommend this class!


  • 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. 27/31 drafted for both projects. Caught up Sunday night, and have stayed that way. On target!

  • **Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 2 scenes/week, after #StaD stories. Finish by May 25. Secondary goal back-burnered. Much as I want to finish, trying to do it by the end of the month, or even this already overly busy round is more stress than I need. I’m setting this aside until August/September, when I have more breathing room. **

  • **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 backburnered. See above.**


  • 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 27/31 complete. On target.

  • **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. Secondary goal backburnered. The Last House will wait for August, as noted above. Still Nameless will be a priority in June.**


  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 18/31 complete. I’ve got some forward momentum, and am establishing a rhythm. This is part of my overarching primary focus until it’s caught up; I’ve moved from 13 days behind to only 9 – not a blistering pace, but a steady one. Definite progress!

Social Media:

  • 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 18/31 complete. I’ve got some forward momentum, and am establishing a rhythm. This is part of my overarching primary focus until it’s caught up. =D Multiple visits Wednesday Saturday.


  • 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. Mission Accomplished on all counts!


  • 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. Three-mile walk and trip to store for a new phone charger with son; night walk (and bullfrog chorus!) with daughter; TV and a long-overdue conversation with Accomplice.

  • 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. Spellfire: Author thinks we’re a good fit, so on we go! Highlighting for Chapter 2/13 in progress, p. 16/161. Stained: Chapter 1/26 complete; taking a detour because I forgot I had an unrelated chapter left to beta. Did initial read-through for that one; simmering.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 6/5 meditation (5/5 journaling; I forgot Wednesday!). Evening:1/2; Bookmarked several sleep/evening meditations; tried one and greatly enjoyed.

  • 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. (4/4 hours strenuous). 111: 4/5. 123: 0/ 2 – but got to 116 on Saturday. Solid progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • **Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Setting aside until marketing class is complete and simmered.**

  • **Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. Setting aside for a more reflective period.**

  • **Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change. See above.**

  • **Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2018: Gather links and sketch out base idea for these posts. Setting aside for June; it makes more sense there.**

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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!

4 thoughts on “Sowing Seeds for June: May 28, 2017

  1. I tend to have a zillion goals at once, too. So you’re not alone in that. I tend to hop from WIP to WIP, and I’m trying to focus more and get some works out there and as “completed” as any work can be. I’ll look into the marketing class you mentioned; marketing is something I’ve realized I need to focus on more this year as I prepare to release a novel and really move forward with my writing career. Good luck, Shan, as you journey down the wending path of writing. I’m finding it to be full of surprises, twists, and turns. 🙂

  2. Looks like you’re making progress and figuring things out. That is a good thing. I’m feeling a bit scattered and I definitely need to figure out what to focus on. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later! Nice work!

  3. Looks like a lot of good progress here and yay for figuring out what you need to focus on more. Just as I’m heading into one of my more scattered cycles 😉 Because these things always seem to go in cycles for me. 🙂

    1. They do for me, too…. which is how I got to such a place with so many projects going to begin with! But every time I focus, I’ve learned something I can use…so maybe the scattered times have their place, too.

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