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A Season of Growth; #ROW80 Round 3, 2017

Hey there!

Well…when I last posted here, at the end of July, I thought August was going to be my month to “rest, renew, recharge, and shift to a slower, more contemplative pace” after my Chaostivity Marathon, which ran from April 1 -July 31.

Life (and a burgeoning family business) had other plans. I’m more than a little gobsmacked by all the changes (many of which are in areas that just won’t show on this update; I’m perfectly OK with that!).

I began my Chaostivity 10K on Friday, with Story A Day September. October will be OctPoWriMo, a poetry challenge, and November brings another NaNoWriMo.

There will also be much more business stuff, and some rather significant personal changes (more on those in Round Four!).

But, first, let’s take stock of my August progress on my Round 3 goals, shall we?

  • Trueborn Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Will resume once both Kifo novels are complete. Adapted – since this is the longest of the three unfinished projects, and the closest to completion (I’m in the climactic scenes now) I moved it to primary position. Added 11,284 words. Secondary (now Primary) goal; solid progress.
  • Kifo Island Series: Complete drafts of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8) and The Last House (A Kifo Island prequel). Adapted: Now Secondary goal; deleting SN till Round 4. Modest progress on THL: added 2,642 words; reached to midpoint or just past it for all three POV characters. Nothing added for SN. Primary (now secondary) goal; modest progress.
  • Blogposts: Complete all finite series begun during JuNoWriMo. Adapted: Complete October Secret Project posts, write intro material as/if needed. Stretch goal; no progress.

  • Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Adapted: Moved to primary position..Did some pre-production organization. Secondary (now Primary) goal; a bit of progress.
  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book  and The Story Toolkit  to finish plotting this novel. Adapted: Deleting for this round. Primary goal; no progress.

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Spend 50 hours revising “On Any Tuesday Night.” Start once Still Nameless Act One Beat Sheet is complete. Adapted: Spend 25 hours on classwork. 4/50 (now 25) hours completed. Primary goal; minimal progress.

  • Blogposts: Revise blogposts for use through November 2017. Adapted: Revise posts for October’s Still Secret Project. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it. Make a decision regarding sharing it with critique group, or waiting to run it through HTRYN. Stretch goal COMPLETED (July)!

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” Title of this short story is now “Being Colette”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Moving through third round of publisher edits; nearly finished with draft and (I think) the process.Primary goal; good progress.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for all projects I’d like to submit in 2017. Secondary goal deleted in August.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Research these; choose ten to pursue further. Stretch goal; no progress.

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to /maintain regular blogging schedule, and prepare for November NaNoWriMo. Kept mostly to schedule for August; some preliminary planning for fall posting. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Other Platforms: Create a cohesive brand across my Facebook Writer page; Pinterest, Patreon, and Instagram. Did more for Chef Bluebeard than for myself; still simmering. Secondary goal; a little progress.

  • Explore other avenues: Twitter (#writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats); LinkedIn; Medium; Quora; and Wattpad). Stretch goal; some modest progress.

  • Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide; begin enacting it. Adapted: Work through Prosperity for Writers and The 12 Week Year; then move on to completing the business plan using knowledge gained from those sources. 38% with PFW exercises; 20% on 12WY readthrough. Step 4/7 with business plan (from June). Primary goal; good progress.

  • Refine labeling/branding/platform/marketing for my Accomplice, and branding for myself; complete the PicMonkey branding tutorial for both ventures. Adapted: moving PicMonkey to Round Four. I’ve done a lot more for Chef Bluebeard: product and vehicle purchases; website; seeking and marketing to new venues; Facebook ads. A bit for myself, too. Secondary goal; great progress.

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans) and complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Adapted: Complete 1.5 hours hometending each week. Some hometending. Submitted IHIPs and fourth quarter reports. Lots of other business dealt with! Great progress!

  • 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. Not quite up to target for physical and mindfulness goals, but close. Solid progress.

  • Lifetending: Reading: Crank It Out (from June goals); 20K A Day; Prosperity for Writers. Audiobooks; The Upside of Your Dark Side (from June goals); and Practicing Mindfulness; and The Star Trek Chronology Project  Episodes 281: Redemption Part 1290: A Matter of Time. Adapted: Watch STCP to Episode 320 (Deep Space 9: “Past Prologue”). Complete 6 books, 2 audiobooks, and keep up with Welcome to Night Vale podcasts. PFW: 78%; STPC: Episode 310 (The Next Generation: “Man of the People”); current with WTNV. Steady progress.

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The Thorn for #WeWriWa #8Sunday


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’

Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all!

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

Confession Time: This post was listed as part of last week’s collection, but when I checked on it earlier in the week, I realized I’d forgotten to, you know, hit that “Schedule” button in my editor…so, a week belatedly, here it is!

Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.

From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.


Rose is at work on a Monday morning, exploring the gift given to her by a shabbily dressed man who occupies her mind.

The Thorn

My fingers explore the petals and then the stem – and stick again on the thorn. It’s a different texture than the rest of the creation, sturdier, and green-brown…

I bring the rose closer to my face, and take my magnifying lens from the top drawer, so that I can get a closer look.

The thorn is made of money.

“Not the twenty I gave you, Jeremy, please!” My whisper rasps through the quiet. I meant the money to offer him comfort; I don’t want it now, if it means that he’s hungry and cold.

I tug at it experimentally, and it pulls free of the sculpted rose, to lie in my hand. It’s not my twenty.

Where did Jeremy get the money?

Why did he use it to make the thorn?

What will Rose do next?

Any guesses?

“Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review,  Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

Another week…and, as I type this on Friday, I haven’t been much better at the visiting and answering comments thing…my only defense is that it’s been A WEEK.

Yup, all caps.

I won’t go into detail here, but, if you’re so inclined, you can read more about it here [#weekendcoffeeshare/#SoCS post]. Here’s the bullet list of highlights:

  • Sunday: Farmer’s market; test drove and bought 2007 Subaru Forester.
  • Monday: Paperwork; eclipse; picked up Forester; farmer’s market.
  • Tuesday: Looked for second car; put down payment on 2005 Subaru Outback.
  • Wednesday: 20th wedding anniversary; lovely dinner out.
  • Thursday: Purchased business website for Chef Bluebeard; spent night in emergency room – husband with abdominal pain (suspected appendicitis; turned out to be gall bladder).
  • Friday: Made reservations for midweek getaway in the fall; picked up Outback; dropped off Forester for repairs; packed Outback for weekend markets. 
  • Saturday: Market #1; workout; lunch out; shopping.

We have the #8sunday you’re  looking for!