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Sowing and Growing: May 31, 2017

Hi there!

I meant to get this post up on the 1st, then Sunday…but none of those happened. I’m now, finally, getting to it. Okay, I know that June is a week old, but I’m still here, to account for May.

Since it’s taken so long, I’m going to keep this short (see what I did there)?


  • 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.COMPLETED!

  • 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 arcnecessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 33/31 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.


  • 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.1/3 hours complete; Lesson 3: Created notes for Scenes 1-3/p. 9/82; index cards pending (I’ll do those neatly after read-through and notes are complete).

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy line editing if ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal. Contract signed and returned. On target.


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

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to as completed. Secondary goal. Day 28/31 complete. I’ve moved from 9 days behind to only 2without abandoning my family! Definite progress; will finish later today!

Social Media:

  • 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. Simmering combo post 2/3. A bit of progress; behind on the visiting.

  • 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 33/31 complete. Visits through Monday. Solid progress here.

  • 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 adapted.


  • 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. Completed Lise’s English Language Arts section; 1/14. Scrolled through some recent pictures; nothing added yet.

  • 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.


  • 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. Homeschool co-op; conversation; lunch; television; flirting.

  • 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. Accomplice: 1/10 hours; marketing course.

  • 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. 1/5 mornings.

  • 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.


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. l This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Downloaded Scapple trial and began mapping and brainstorming. Copied and skimmed Step 2 for simmering.

  • 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.

  • JuNoWriMo: Organize/flesh out lists of blog topics; create one sentence sketches for all ideas; develop sketches into rough outlines for at least 50 posts.

  • 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!

2 thoughts on “Sowing and Growing: May 31, 2017

    1. It was less a forcing, and moe a choice based on new learning and new focus. Ultimately, I think it’ll get me closer to where I want to be, so this was a positive back-burnering. =)

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