It feels like only yesterday I was welcoming the new month – and now it’s a third of the way over. Maybe it’s really flying by that fast, or maybe it’s that my life’s been even busier than during a very busy summer?
Sooner or later, I’m going to have a slow month…or maybe just a slow week. I know it will happen – but this doesn’t seem to be the week or the month for it.
The highlights include a new driver – who of course has a lot to learn, and wants me to be the one to facilitate that – and changes and growth in our still-newborn cottage business.
Oh, and there’s changes happening in the way I look at my life, productivity, my place in the business, and my writing…
There’ll be more on those changes in Round Four. For now, let’s just say I’m growing, and, though it’s a bit scary and a lot uncomfortable, it’s a good kind of growth, and discomfort is a chance for learning…
Which makes me glad for my September mantra:
Keep It Simple.
How are you growing this month?
- Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble each day, to challenge prompts. Day Nine finished for both, although I. Primary goal; up to date.
- Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. 2,232/2,222 words. Secondary goal COMPLETED for this week.
That the Canivaarii had a hunt that might bring harm to Niaan was a risk that must be accepted, in the quest for his own quarry. But, if Vaara proved the stronger –
That stopped him, and sent the chill of the water, down from the heights of the Snowsdeep Mountains, into his soul. He had nay considered that – that Niaan might trespass the Kai’s holdings, and lose in a battle with Vaara.
That would end all his plans, before they were well begun.
- Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). 2,050/ 3,333 words. Stretch goal; solid progress.
Maybe that’s why she and Tim had worked. He didn’t know anything at all about that part of her life, or how fast she’d been willing, once upon a time, to drop her pants for anyone who’d let her get at what was in theirs. It didn’t matter whether they were men or women – or even how many there were, sometimes.
It was only about the empty place. Only now, years later, did she see the truth.
- Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. More simmering than plotting, but still getting words. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week.
Other Star Trek Enterprise TnT Fan Fiction: Enterprise Early Days Arc and Cogenitor/Expanse Limbo Arc (may include new writing). Continue revisions on these projects any day I choose, if I’ve completed an hour of HTRYN. revised three paragraphs of Early Days for WIPpet Wednesday: “Kaiidth”. Stretch goal; some progress.
T’Pol moved to the console he indicated, and sat on the chair anchored to it. It was unsettling to do so; most Vulcan duty stations were designed for standing use. Kaiidth. It was as it was. She would adjust to it, and to the unspecified discomfort of the furnishing, which had been designed for a human occupant. Neither of these discomforts were of any significance to this mission. She would be aboard for only eight days; it would be inefficient and illogical to expect the station to be altered for her benefit.
Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Saved five contest sites to Pocket for further exploration; 5/10 for Step 1. Secondary goal; good progress.
Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. Missed #SoCS (may post Sunday) and #8sunday this week. WIPpet Wednesday; drafted #weekend coffee share; checked #SoCS prompt/simmering. Primary goal; some progress.
Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Visited all posters on the #ROW80 Facebook page for the most current update. Pinterest; Instagram. Stretch goal; a bit of progress.
Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 15.5/15 hours; shopped for trim materials for gift buckets, set up prototypes; began designing magnets; Tugboat Roundup Day 1. Primary goal EXCEEDED for this week.
Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Skimmed Facebook page again; saved resources, added an app; checked out Challenges #2 and #3;staging/planning for #2 . Stretch goal; modest progress.
Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 120 min./1.5 hours. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!
Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 7.92/8 hours. Journal; 7/8; meditate 8/8. Very good progress.
Lifetending: Reading: The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran; and How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career, by James Scott Bell. Listening; Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling; and Welcome to Night Vale September podcasts; and The Star Trek Chronology Project Episodes 311: TNG: Relics to 320: DS9: Past Prologue. 12WY: 35%; STCP: Episodes 311–320 – Relics; Schisms; True Q; Rascals; A Fistful of Datas; The Quality of Life; Chain of Command 1 and 2; DS9: Emissary and Past Prologue. 10/10 complete. Goal on target.
Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . Crit group: 1.5 /3 hours on Moon Murder Chapter 3. Solid progress.
The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!