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“It’s All Yours” for WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.


Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!


By the time I post next week, I’ll be the mother of a sixteen year old, and he should have taken his learner’s permit test, in preparation for getting his license!

Tempus fugit…

But now it’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise . It’s a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects. I’m slowly figuring out how to pull them all together into a coherent whole that explores just how and why T’Pol was the one Vulcan chosen to accompany Enterprise NX-01 on her maiden voyage.

I’ve decided to use this story, once revision gets to a point I’m comfortable with, as my intiation into Wattpad. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something’s not working for you – it will make a better story in the long run!

Recap:

T’Pol is having difficulty adjusting to duty on a human ship – and to her responses to a certain human male’s offer of a handshake.

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is August 30, 2017.
  • I have 21 sentences for you today – for the digits in the month, day, and year, added together.

“It’s All Yours”

The sharp whine of overloaded circuitry came from her left, accompanied by an acrid scent, and the Terrans at the table leapt away from it. As though able to sense the problem through walls and doors, Commander Tucker burst from the passageway behind her. “Move it or lose it,” he said, and pushed past her, his scent and energy disturbing the calm she was attempting to regain after his closeness in the Ready Room.

“Damn it, you people trying to burn the ship down before she even launches? And in front of our chaperone?”  He went to the wall and pressed a button, and a chemical mist emerged from the ceiling. “I made sure the fire suppression system was up even before life support. Did all the work in an EV suit. There was a reason for that. I want a report on just how it got turned off in one hour – tops. If I don’t get it, I’ll have you all checking EPS conduits and scrubbing plasma injectors on double shifts for the entire mission. Now, get that table repaired, get me a report, and, if anything else sparks up, and that system doesn’t come on like it’s supposed to, I’m leaving you all here and starting over, because you’ve got no business wearing those red stripes or the uniforms they’re on.”

With the emergency abated, and the Bridge suddenly devoid of human verbalizations, he turned to T’Pol. “Suppose you’ll be tellin’ old Soval all about this little mishap.”

“I simply wish to assume my station.” She wouldn’t allow his presence to affect her. Certainly not while she was on duty. Nor would she admit she didn’t know where her duty station was located.

“Well, assume away, then.” He gestured to the station nearest the lift doors. “It’s all yours, Sub-Commander.

Will T’Pol respond to Trip’s sharp tone?

Will she even notice it?

Will there be another fire?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to my brand-new story-in-progress, “Highly Classified Mission.” – new chapters posting about once a week.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!

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The Aftermath of Growth: August 30, 2017


Hey there!

After last week’s frenetic pace, this week has been less intense.

We’ve had our Sunday and Monday markets, and I slept well every night. Tuesday morning, I went for a 3.31 mile walk with my almost-16 year old son. We discussed tentative plans for his Saturday birthday and a radical feminism blog he’d read from and wanted to critique for some ideas that weren’t exactly based in reality….to say the least.

Honestly, it’s still Tuesday as I’m typing this – it tends to be a restful and recuperative day, and it’s better if I don’t try to take on too much. But Wednesday will be devoted to shopping with my daughter, because, while the aftermath of business growth may be a more restful period, the aftermath of my children’s growth is that they need larger clothes! I took Jeremiah shopping for his “standard uniform” – grey cargo pants and blue T-shirts – in July, before his camping trip, but Lise needs new cooler-weather clothes to fit a body that’s considerably more womanly than it was as last fall approached. Her taste in bedding has changed, too, so there will be some major updating of her overall “style.”

I’m growing, too… but in ways that are a bit less concrete or easily put into words. A bit ironic for a writer, isn’t it?

How have you grown lately?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 2,514/3,333. Primary goal; good progress.

He watched the man and the child as they talked, standing there by the pyre that still smoked faintly. The child poked a stick into the embers.

When the last one dies, Lasu will be forever gone.” He had the thickness of tears in his voice. Lasu had been huntmother to many; was she to a child who would nay ever be a hunter? Truth, she had a softness in her soul that would permit such a thing.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I’ve requested words as part of the Author’s Notes forHighly Classified Mission,” Checked site and signed up on the list for prompt posts. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. WIPpet in progress; simmering #weekendcoffeeshare and #8sunday. Primary goal; a bit of progress,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. .1 hour; began prepping two posts for Chef Bluebeard’s blog . Secondary goal completed for this week.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page ; Instagram, Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 40 min/3 hours; mins/ Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1 hour hometending/week. Adapted goal; .5/1 hr.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least six hours of physical activity. Catch up Baby Steps to 5K; meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 4.25/6 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8. Solid progress.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Crit Group: .25/3 hours. Finished Chapter Two of SK, sent to author; 1 /2 hours.

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The Jenga of Growth: August 27, 2017

Hey there!

It’s been quite a week. I recounted the beginning of it on Wednesday, with the purchase of a 2007 Subaru Forester for my Accomplice, and the down payment on a 2005 Subaru Outback for me. When I wrote then, I was looking forward to our 20th anniversary dinner at the Plumb Oyster Bar.

Dinner was delicious. We shared two orders of asparagus prepared to perfection, and about a dozen and a half oysters of several varieties, all served on the half shell. We ended the meal by sharing crème brulee and carrot cake, and left pleasantly full.

Thursday afternoon, I purchased a website for Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces. It’s not active yet, but getting the basics done and taking it live are high on my agenda for the coming week…

Because Thursday wasn’t exciting enough with that huge step, Jim was experiencing abdominal pain all day, and, at around 11 PM, it got intense enough that we decided to go to the emergency room rather than take the chance that he had an appendix getting ready to burst. So that’s where we spent the night after our 20th anniversary – to ultimately learn that the probable culprit was his gall bladder having a disagreement with our celebratory dinner the night before.

On Friday, we took Jim’s Forester, which is a bit of a fixer-upper, to the shop, along with our elderly Legacy wagon, which will become an automotive organ donor – we gave it to the owner of the shop to part out at his discretion. We then went to Pizza Hut in my new Outback, making sure there was plenty of pie to bring home, because, after all, we have teenagers! =)

Saturday was Early Market Day #1, and today was Day #2, along the Erie Canal, which is why I’m only now getting to this post.

As for the name, I found a Jenga block in the backseat of my new car when we first saw it. I claimed it as name and talisman for my “Shuttlepod Two.” It also makes for a good explanation of the kind of week we had.

So, after all that…how was YOUR week?

Eventful, or mellow?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 2,062/3,333. Primary goal; good progress.

Here, on the Trueborn’s Ledge, where Niaan had once insisted that she remain to watch her Kaivelt’s stars, he made of himself a tool for Shinjao’s hunting – and made of her, at the same time, a tool for his own.

When he woke, it was the pearly sky that precedes dawn. The air was chill with silvered frost, and the last embers of the Welcoming fire flitted below. The places where the three pyres had been were only piles of charred remains; even their scent had been dampened down by the air, so that it was a lingering overlay to the scent of a coming storm.

Perhaps she should expect nothing else, on a ship commanded by a Terran who had openly professed a desire to “knock her on her ass”. She was still uncertain of the precise meaning of the colloquialism, but there was no doubt that it had been hostile.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. WIPpet and #SoCS/#8sunday done; Primary goal; some progress,

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram, Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1/3 hours; .5/1 hour; Quora. Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 22/11 hours; organization of new purchases; purchased and chose theme for website; acquiring/repairing cars; Saturday market. Primary goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Hometending: 1 hour home/yardtending each week. Adapted goal COMPLETED for this week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least six hours of physical activity/week, catch up Baby Steps to 5K (currently 2 weeks/6 workouts behind; meditate and journal daily. Activity 7.7hr/6 hours; BSto5K: 2/6 workouts made up, with two weeks left to catch up. Meditated every day but one/journaled every day. Good progress; adapted goal.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Finished a chapter for crit group member; Chapter Two of SK: p.6/11 completed.

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All Week Long for #SoCS and #weekendcoffeeshare

When it’s one thing after another, all week long, we’re looking at a bit of a jumbled up amalgam of Stream of Consciousness Saturday and #weekendcoffeeshare, because there’s not enough time or focus left in my day to do two separate posts, and tomorrow will come with another set of activities.

So, if we were having coffee now, I’d tell you that I’m fighting sleepiness on this Saturday night, after an extremely busy week…

Let me explain:

Recently, my Accomplice and I decided to cash in two modest investments, because we have business plans, but they require reliable vehicles – and we all require food, shelter, and clothing adequate for the weather. Finances have been precarious for over a year, and we had some sales, but not enough to move ahead after a long time of gradually losing financial ground.

With the investment capital in liquid form, though – we can do just what it suggests, and invest in ourselves, and our future.

And that’s what a lot of this week has been about.

We’ve purchased two used cars considerably newer and more reliable than our eldery 1998 Subaru Legacy Wagon, which was on the verge of almost literally falling apart. Jim now has a 2007 Forester in the shop for some repairs, and I have a vety sweet 2005 Outback. Since my 1998 Outback died on a local highway a few months ago, I’ve been missing having the freedom of my own car. More, our son will be 16 in a week, which means he’ll be eligible to get his learner’s permit – something he’s been looking forward to since he was 11 – and learning which would have had to wait if we still had a car that wasn’t suitable for his practice.

Both cars are blue. My favorite – and his. Also, the perfect color to go with the eventual magnetic signs for Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces that will grace them, at least on market and event days.

We also used some of our newly liberated funds to purchase a few items to move the business into the next level, and allow us to be better organized as we move between markets and events in the months to come. Additionally, we purchased a three year subscription for a hosted WP website, and, in the coming days and weeks, I’ll be setting up the basics, so that Chef Bluebeard has a new online home in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season.

It’s all very exciting – but that’s not all that happened this week….oh, no, it isn’t.

Wednesday was our twentieth wedding anniversary. We went out to a local oyster bar Jim’s been wanting to eat at since he was looking for work and applied there in the winter, while the place was still being set up. It wasn’t the best fit for him, but the decision was made mutually and without rancor, and the owner recognized him, and even offered us champagne on the house. We don’t enjoy it, but it was a lovely dinner – lots of perfectly prepared asparagus, oysters of several varieties on the half shell, and crème brule and carrot cake to share.

We had a wonderful evening with a bit of walking to and from, and then, because we are parents and have other people to feed besides ourselves, we went grocery shopping on our way home.
It was a perfect day – and we’ll hang on to that for a while, even if the aftermath got a bit crazy…

Sometime in the night, Jim started having abdominal pain that intensified into a sharp lance when he breathed deeply or moved the wrong way. He thought he might have pulled a muscle while doing some sink de-clogging the day before, but then the pain intensified, and we decided a trip to the emergency room to find there was nothing really wrong, rather than risk a ruptured appendix or worse.

Turns out, after 5 hours, bloodwork, urine test, and an ultrasound, that his gall bladder has some “sludge” in it, and didn’t like the rich dinner as much as our taste buds did. He’s also got a bit of a fatty liver, so an MRI will soon be scheduled to be sure there’s nothing more serious going on there. He’ll need to be more conscious of his diet to avoid further aggravating his contentious gall bladder, too.

And now it’s Saturday, and our first weekend market is done. We have another tomorrow morning, and then another on Monday evening, before we get back to another four “rest” days (unless we decide to attempt to fit in a Thursday evening market several of our vending friends recommend).

If we were having coffee, I’d apologize if I bored or exhausted you with our week full of living, and for yawning so many times during the retelling of it.

Now, it’s your turn. What have you been up to this week? What do you have planned for the week ahead? Anything momentous, silly, or just part of your beloved routine?

Get another cup of #weekendcoffeeshare!

Float down the Stream of Consciousness Saturday!

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No Perceptible Pattern for WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.

Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!


It’s been another busy week. In addition to ordering some things for Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces – director’s chairs that are easier to get in and out of than our slingback camp chairs; a new tote that will organize smaller supplies in a more compact form; a waterproof canopy tent; and sign holders – we’ve also bought two reliable used Subarus, which will make it far easier to load and unload for markets, and allow us to expand to more markets and events, and eventually, move to stores.

That’s what took up a lot of my week thus far….but not why I’m so late getting this posted that it might actually be Thursday before you read this.

Today happens to be our 20th anniversary. So please forgive the lateness; I was celebrating with oysters, asparagus, and yummy desserts!

But now…

It’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise . It’s a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects. I’m slowly figuring out how to pull them all together into a coherent whole that explores just how and why T’Pol was the one Vulcan chosen to accompany Enterprise NX-01 on her maiden voyage.

I’ve decided to use this story, once revision gets to a point I’m comfortable with, as my intiation into Wattpad. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something’s not working for you – it will make a better story in the long run!

Recap:

T’Pol is emotionally agitated after reporting for duty on Enterprise.

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is August 23, 2017.
  • I have 20 sentences for you today – for the 20 years Chef Bluebeard and I have been married, as of today! 

No Perceptible Pattern

Meditation would perhaps assist her in recovering herself. However, she had reported for duty, and therefore must take her station. Perhaps it would be logical to request permission from Captain Archer, due to the likelihood that the exercise would improve her efficiency.

But T’Pol didn’t turn back to do so. Her reticence to face either of the two human men again was certainly illogical, and evidenced her agitation. She would meditate on that at the earliest opportunity, but she wouldn’t risk further impediments to her ability to function now.

She was expected to be at her station, although she had received nothing from Jonathan Archer that could be logically construed as a duty assignment. She would therefore spend the interim learning the station and the others, so that she could attend to her duties immediately once she had specific tasks upon which to focus.

Her course decided, T’Pol moved to the entrance of the short corridor that led from the Bridge to the Captain’s Ready Room. The area beyond seemed to have changed little since she passed through it on her way to report to Captain Archer, if the shouting, clanging, and irrelevant conversational fragments were any indication. Perhaps that was the manner of starship functioning on human vessels. If so, she was going to be satisfied with Soval’s directive that she remain in her assigned quarters when not required on the Bridge. She would have need of quiet and order.

She had hesitated already far longer than was logical, or would be acceptable for an officer on a Vulcan crew. T’Pol took a deep breath, and passed through the doorway.

Humans moved frenetically about the Bridge, moving with no perceptible pattern from one position to another. Much of the activity seemed to be centered around a large diagnostic display table in an alcove to her left. Three crewman were adjusting the device, while four more watched from the perimeter of the space, and three more lingered in the entrance to the space, exchanging greetings and accounts of what they’d been doing when prematurely called to duty.

Perhaps she should expect nothing else, on a ship commanded by a Terran who had openly professed a desire to “knock her on her ass”. She was still uncertain of the precise meaning of the colloquialism, but there was no doubt that it had been hostile.

Will T’Pol find emotional stability?

Will she get the chance to meditate?

Can she adjust to working on a human ship?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to my brand-new story-in-progress, “Highly Classified Mission.” – new chapters posting at least twice a week, and hopefully sooner.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!

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Two Decades of Growth: August 23, 2017

Hey there!

Today is a very special day – because, today, August 23, 2017, is my twentieth wedding anniversary.

It’s been a busy few months, and there have been tensions and frictions. As our children move closer to adulthood and need us less, we’re re-negotiating the terms of our partnership. As those who’ve been reading here over the last months know, we’ve had over a year of financial uncertainty as we transition into entrepreneurship funded with dwindling family income.

Recently, we made the decision to cash in some modest investments, which is allowing us to go from one twenty-year-old car to two more reliable, newer models, and to make more investments in the business that will allow us to seek new markets and increase profitability.

With this week’s focus being decidedly and intentionally business-focused, there’s been much less to report in the way of writing progress through the first half of the week, but, now that the cars are purchased, this will shift some (still a busy Other Stuff week, though, so maybe not as much as my fantasies suggest, unless someone clones me or finds a way to time travel so I can get more done).

We’re investing in ourselves in a whole new way. It’s scary – but also very exciting. I’m sure there will be periodic updates as we move along this new and uncharted trajectory.

It’s been two decades, and we’re still learning and growing together. We’re also laughing and having fun.

I think that bodes well for the next score of years.

It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years already – and, at the same time, it feels like we’ve been a team forever.

Is there anything in your life that feels this way to you?

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. Wednesday posts in progress; simmering those for weekend posts. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page, Instagram, Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. Made all chats thus far. Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 11+/11 hours; Waterford Harbor Farmer’s Market and Mechanicville District Public Library Farmer’s Market; acquiring more reliable vehicles/equipment. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week, and I expect to do considerably more, too!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least six hours of physical activity/week, catch up Baby Steps to 5K (currently 2 weeks/6 workouts behind; meditate and journal daily. Activity 1 hr, 40 min/6 hours; status quo on BSto5K, but hope to make better progress with cooler weather and better focus. Meditated/journaled every day. Solid progress; adapted goal.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. About 2.5 hours on crit group stuff. Hoping to get to betas by week’s end – finally! Modest progress.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

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These two people were young and in love on August 23, 1997. They’re maybe not so young anymore, on August 23, 2017 – but they’re still in love – and, maybe more importantly, in like! =)
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A Time for Growth: August 20, 2017

Hey there!

Are you ready for the solar eclipse?

It’s not going to be such a big deal where we are, in upstate New York. We’ll see about 66% of the sun covered, but that’s not enough to make it dark. If you’re in The Eclipse Zone, may you safely enjoy.

In other news, our financial circumstances have lightened, and we’re in the midst of allocating funds to things that have been put off for far longer than we intended, as well as considering how to build the business – and have some fun after a long spell of needing to be somewhere beyond careful.

It feels good to be able to relax a little, and feel more abundance in our lives.

Have you ever felt this way?

Do you have eclipse plans?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,359/3,333 words. Primary goal complete for this week.

You never told me that you have a child, little rabbit.” When Niaan turned to face Kilyp, he was watching her with his head tipped. She couldn’t read the emotions that weaved through his scent.

“I have no child. Ysirt was made motherless in the attack – he lost both mother and Huntmother. No child should be left without both, and so I will serve.”

“Ah, little rabbit. Always, you will serve. I nay understand the nature of huntmothering – but I have a deep ken of yours. You will give until you have nay a crumb left to share, and then you will try to give still more. But the child is right. For this night, it’s for me to tend your needs, bring you pleasure, and see that you have your rest.”

Drea was free.

Free to go to Devin, or just sit around the house all day, without worrying about the suffocating schedule of Tim’s treatments, or the ceaseless “breathe; hiss” of living with him –

She was missing that sound. She hadn’t realized that til just now – but she was missing it. It was part of Tim, part of the background of life here in this place. She’d only been without it when Tim was in the hospital. But that’s not where he was now; his things would still be here if he was; the emeergency workers always took portable oxygen, and she’d have a call waiting to come with a bag for him, because they didn’t take that kind of thing in the ambulance. More, he wouldn’t have driven his own car to the hospital; if he was sick enough to go, he’d need a ride.

He was gone, and he didn’t want her to know where, or why.

  • Enterprise Early Days Arc: Continue revisions on this project for my WIPpet Wednesday posts. This week’s post: If They Had Touched Secondary goal complete for this week.

Her feelings for this human had proven repeatedly that they were beyond her ability to control, or even contain. There was no possibility that she would have been able to do so if they had touched in so intimate a manner.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. Tentative August blogging schedule followed. #weekendcoffeeshare; #SoCS; WIPpet. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page, Instagram, Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1.5/3 hours; mins. Stretch goal; a little progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 11/11 hours; Southern Saratoga County YMCA Farmer’s Market; promotion/ business communication; prepared for website launch; printing. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers . Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 73% read; 62% exercises in progreess. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; good progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. Adapted: 1 hour home/yardtending each week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Some activity. Meditate/journal 7/8. Solid progress; simmering reworking of this goal; life is in the way.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. About 1.5/3 hours on Crit Group Project 1 /2. Finally getting to a plac where I can give these some lomg-awaited attention.

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