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Building Like a Lion: March 1, 2017

Hey there!

This is it – the final update of February! I’ll have a spiffy new list of March goals to share on Sunday, as well as my Round One End-of February update.

All in all it was a good and eventful month, with a lot of new learning, some outings and explorations, and a healthy serving of inspiration and epiphany. I’ve moved forward, if not in every way, at least in several key areas…

How was your February?

What’s on tap for your March?

Writing:

  • Patreon Posts Complete February and March offerings. Secondary goal. Uh, No. Not yet.

  • #atozchallenge: Write theme reveal post. Tertiary goal. More simmering, and some notes. Waiting till I finish the posts, so I’ll have a clear idea what I’m offering.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for Cowled and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: COMPLETED! Notes and clarity for later chapters, too. LAL: some notes; simmering.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Overall: step 12/22 in progress; ideas for sketches; nothing written.

  • Kifo Island: Flesh out Aeon Timeline. File remaining/new series bible materials. Complete steps 1-8 of The Story Toolkit for April novel. Secondary goal. I got a start…then stalled.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 78. Adapted Tertiary goal COMPLETED! Scene 7 submitted. Scene 8 back-burnered until March.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as needed. Primary goal. Nothing from editors as yet.

  • A Splash of Red”: Continue working with Jaz on cover art; finalize and begin working on front/back matter checklists. Some initial cover art exploration.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-3; and Chapters 2 for “Arachnid” and “Beagle” to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Chapter 1 submitted.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary: Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished business – by the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: COMPLETED!#atoz: Adapted: Create a single page on this blog rather than format them again. That will save time, and help me to link and brand the two sites together. Didn’t complete goal, but made solid progress.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal. Posts up as scheduled; a few are a bit ahead. Idea for the pre-April planning simmering and building; no formal schedule as yet.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Tertiary goal. Adapting: back-burnering till March.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise: Arts in progress; section 6/14. Progress was made.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Not perfect; but very good progress here.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Make files at gmail account. Tertiary goal back-burnered.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Fell behind, but caught up; good enough to say COMPLETED!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal COMPLETED! (and ongoing!)

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal well COMPLETED!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal COMPLETED! Some online interaction; revising a piece to submit to the group.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Betas offered; one completed.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. Very satisfactory progress, overall.

  • Intuitive Eating: Create a basic plan for change. Tertiary goal.Back-burnering till March.
  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Made some progress here, then stalled.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete CV, and apply at Panera for part-time work. `No. Accomplice’s new job has been a major schedule adjustment, and I’ve been helping him with his business paperwork, too.

  • Go through Publication email folder. Back-burnering till March or April (at least until the homeschool reports are submitted).

  • Finish up Patreon page and post. Not yet.

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook  and one more; read two other books; write four reviews. Back-burnering the reviews.

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Building On Inspiration: February 26, 2017

Hey there!

Well, here we are at the penultimate update of February! I’ll have my final wrapup of these goals on Wednesday, and my brand-new list of March goals will appear in one week. My Round One End-of February update will also post on Sunday, March 5.

It’s been a week with a lot of progress, but also the type where a lot of it feels a little subterranean. In other words, there’s more to this update than meets the eyes. And I’m okay with that – my experience is that these times translate to productivity in their own time, and in their own way.

Suffice it to say that I’ve had a few inspirations and epiphanies, and they’re settling and simmering…and I’m happy.

And you?
Are you loving February, or happy to see it going?

Writing:

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: 4,693/~5,000 words. Scene 4/4 complete. More notes for later chapters; more clarity for the remainder of this one; more notes for LAL; simmering.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 78. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; revision in progress; p 3/5 complete. Adapting: complete and submit Scene 7; back-burnering 8 until March.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary: Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished business – by the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 25/28 complete. #atoz: Week Two: Formatting/links/adding images completed; 6/6 (B-G). Week One: A post finished and scheduled; 1/26 ready to go! Week Five: created files for posts; moved to directory folders; 7/7 (T-Z). Week Four: Moved posts to website blog interface; 6/6 (N-S). Adapting: I’m going to create a single page on this WP blog for the #atoz posts, rather than format them all again. That will save time, and help me to link and brand the two sites together.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal. WIPpet Wednesday/ #8sunday/ #weekendcoffeeshare/#SoCS complete. Next two WIPpets and one more #8sunday also in progress; two Mindful posts simmering, as well as next Skywatch (March 2). Idea for the pre-April planning simmering and building.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise: History/Geography in progress; section 5/14.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Kitchen; study; family room 3/3.Bedroom; living room; bathroom: 2/2. General: 41/29.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Finished last week’s batch; caught up; 15/27 for this week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; canoodling; journal; tic tac toe; videos; food prep.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Some online interaction; revising a piece to submit to the group.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. First beta chapter completed, another ready to go in March; awaiting fanfic story.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 7/6 journal; 7/5 meditation. Evening: 3/3 journal; 2/2 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 6/6; 99 minutes: 6/2; Strenuous: 6.25/8 hours; tai chi; moving firewood; yardtending.

  • Intuitive Eating:  Create a basic plan for change. Tertiary goal.Back-burnering till March.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Go through Publication email folder. Back-burnering till March or April (at least, until the homeschool reports are submitted).

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook  and one more; read two other books; write four reviews. Back-burnering the reviews.

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Building to a Conclusion: February 22, 2017

Hey there!

Wow! I know February is the shortest month, but somehow I’m still finding hard to believe we’ve already reached the final week of it….whooosh!

With less than a week left, I’ve got a better sense of what I can finish this month, and, maybe more importantly, what I want to focus on. There are some changes in this update, and there may be more on Sunday, as I further refine for the last few days.

Do you adjust your goals frequently to reflect life’s shifts, or are you more likely to stay the course?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. 2,259/5,000 words; 72,161/~65,000 total (Scrivener count).Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Patreon Posts Complete February and March offerings. Secondary goal. Adapting. Complete materials to launch March 1.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled” and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: 2,190/~5,000 words. Scene 2/4 complete; notes outlining remainder of chapter, and a bit further.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Overall: Step 12/22 in progress; organized binder.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lesson 2 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars  13; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula” and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”; 1 chapter each. Primary goal. OATN: Worksheets: p 7-8/82 (Scene 3) in progress! ABOS: Epiphany on Chapter 2; Shifted POV to T’Pol (the most immediately and deeply affected), and made some preliminary notes. Back-burnering “Arachnid” and “Beagle” goals till ABOS is completely updated.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 78. Tertiary goal. Scene 7; revision notes in progress; p 2/4 completed. Moving forward slowly.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Continue working with Jaz on cover art; finalize and begin working on front/back matter checklists. Adapting; back-burnering end matter until I begin final revision pass; probably this summer, once I’ve finished HTRYN. Played with cover image photo; simmering ideas.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary: Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 21/28 complete.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal. #8sunday in progress for this week and next.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise Sciences in progress: section 4/14.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study, family room 1/3: Bedroom 1/2. General: 14/29.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Make files at gmail account. Tertiary goal. Back-burnering until homeschool reports are submitted next month.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Scanned the remaining pictures from last week, began next holdover batch.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; videos; ball play; air hockey; canoodling; television; Allegiance; dinner at Five Guys; snuggling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Interacted online; skipped write-in to spend time with my Boyo.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. I’ve received the first of the shorter pieces for a series I’ve beta’d previously, and may also be betaing a story for a fan fiction author.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal; 3/5 meditation. Evening: 1/3 journal; 1/2 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 2/6; 99 minutes:2/2; Strenuous: 5/8 hours; lots of vigorous walking; air hockey.

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Building And Adapting: February 19, 2017

Hey there!

We’re down to less than ten days in this shortest month, and that means it’s time for me to prune my monthly goals, so that I can focus my attention on the ones I most want to address with the time left.

There’s a lot here to cover, so I hope you won’t mind if I just get right to it.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 24/24 in progress. 7,207/5,000 words; 69,688/~65,000 total (Scrivener count). #soclose!

  • #atozchallenge: Write theme reveal post. Tertiary goal. More simmering, and some notes.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled” and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: 1,032 words. Scene 1/4 in progress. I suspect the chapter will be in the 5K range.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2-5 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course . Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars  1-7; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula” and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”; 1 chapter each. Primary goal. Opened ABOS Chapter Two for revisions; epiphany on POV in progress! January 2017 sections of Arachnid and Beagle to compile into chapters for revision. OATN: Reread lesson materials for the Promises Worksheets: 29 pages. Worksheets: p 4/82 (Scene 2) in progress. Adapting OATN goal. I’ll be thrilled to finish Lesson Two this month. I don’t want to rush through the learning process and end up taking several projects to get a handle on things.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 710. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; revision notes in progress; p 2/4. Adapting goal: Complete Scenes 7/8.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 17; and Chapters 2 for “Arachnid” and “Beagle” to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Adapting goal: ABOS Chapters 2-3; setting others aside for March.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary: Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge:  Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 18/28 complete. #atoz: Images selected/links added to post files through Week Five (Z): 26/26. Posts moved to files through Week Four (S): 20/26. Posts proofed and moved to blog drafts through Week Three (M). Formatting/links/adding images in progress for Week Two: 1/6 (B).

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal WIPpet Wednesday; Skywatch Friday; #8sunday; #weekendcoffeeshare; and #SoCS posted . Idea for the pre-April planning simmering and building; I now have a tentative framework upon which to build a plan.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Tertiary goal. Adapting: back-burnering till March.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise ELA/Math complete: 2/14(?) Lise: Fixed formatting in completed section; began Sciences: section 4/14).

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Kitchen: 3/3. Study: 2/3. Family room: 1/3. Bedroom; living room; bathroom: 2/2. General: 42/29.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Make files at gmail account. Tertiary goal. Adapting: back-burnering for now.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. 14/27.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; videos; flirting; couples’ workout; homeschool pizza party; music.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Not much interaction, but I am revising a piece for group.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Arranged to beta two stories by chapter; they’re from a series/author I’ve beta’d before, so it’s an established relationship.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 7/6 journal; 7/5 meditation. Evening: 3/3 journal; 2/2 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 6/6; 99 minutes: 5/2; Strenuous: 3.5/ 8 hours; brief weights/cardio.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Continued rereading Chapter Three; Question 1/3 in progress for 4/5 goals; this is the beginning of my approach plan.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Adding goal: Draft two posts for the Beauty of a Woman blogfest  (March 6). This is last minute, because I didn’t realize #BOAW2017 was upon us already. I missed last year, and don’t want to repeat that! Simmering ideas for both posts.

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Building A Rebellious Teen: February 15, 2017

Hey there!

Well, it’s finally happened. I was warned, long ago, by a family member who stated authoritatively:

“All teenagers rebel, at least a little.”

She was sure our shift from authoritarian to partnership parenting would be a disaster. Our oldest was only 8 at the time, and we had a ways to go before any teens lived with us, so I didn’t argue.

It took the teen who calls me “Mom” almost 15.5 years to get around to what he calls his “cunning rebellion.” It was totally unexpected, when the moment came.

So, what happened?

Tuesday afternoon, I was chatting with him while I got some dishes soaking in the sink. Usually, I make it known that help with this ongoing cycle in our lives is appreciated, but this time there weren’t that many dishes to attend to, so I told him, “I don’t need any help with these dishes.”

I went to do something in another room, and, when I returned in a couple of minutes, the rebellion was in full swing, right there at the kitchen sink.

That’s right – my 15 year old son was washing the dishes!

When I asked if this was the teenage rebellion I’d been warned about, he confirmed, saying, “I finally got around to it.”

 I’m building rebels, one kindness at a time! =D

Other than the rampant and rather sudsy adolescent rebellion, it was a peaceful session. A foot of snow on Sunday set the mood for simmering and more targeted focus. I’m very close to wrapping up one of my major goals, and I’ve moved significantly closer on a few others.

I’m well set up for the second half of the month, which is good, because it looks to be busier than the first, with several outside activities.

Were you  ever a rebellious teen? 

  • Note: Goals engaged with during this session are detailed in this update. For complete goals lists, click the links below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 24/24 in progress. 5,867/5,000 words; 68,389/~65,000 total (Scrivener count). I’m ahead of projected word count for the novel, and my weekly goal, but I expect to have this finished by Sunday’s update, because waiting to write a couple thousand more words at the most seems a bit silly, and I want to be finished!

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. Journaled notes for Cowled; reread notes; simmered, and wrote 189 words. I suspect the chapter will be in the 2-5K range; I’ll know more as I move through it. Simmering a plan on how to draw the drabbles together for the basis of a LAL chapter.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 7-10. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; simmering for revisions.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary : Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 14/28 complete. I’m having so much fun with this!

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal. Mindful Monday post completed. Skywatch in progress forFriday.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Bedroom 2/2. General: 27/29.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; canoodling; snuggling; video watching; punning.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Upcoming “busy spell”: Couples’ workout Thursday; Homeschool teen pizza party with daughter Friday; Allegiance with son on Sunday. Welcome to Night Vale Live Show with daughter in April (tickets purchased!) Kids and I in early planning for Unschoolers Rock the Campround Ten in July!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Virtual wordsprints and visiting the group page; working on my revision piece and posting to group.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal; 3/5 meditation. Evening: 1/3 journal; 1/2 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 3/6; 99 minutes: 3/2; Strenuous: 3:10/ 8 hours; snowshoveling.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Rereading Chapter Three; Question 1/3 in progress for 4/5 goals; this is the beginning of my approach plan.

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Building in the Snow: February 12, 2017

Hey there!

I’ve been busy! Along with the progress you can see here, there’s more – ideas and epiphanies falling like the snowflakes outside! It’s a warm fuzzy kind of feeling on a stormy Sunday, and I love it…

How has your week been?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 22/24 in progress. 5,268/5,000 words; 62,517/~65,000 total (Scrivener count).

  • Patreon Posts Complete February and March offerings. Secondary goal. And simmering. I feel a surge working its way to the surface…A Tingly Now!

  • #atozchallenge: Write theme reveal post. Tertiary goal. Epiphany: I know the title, and the structure is coming together.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled” and Love and Loss. Side goal. Simmering…getting close to drafting.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Subplot Arc 1/ 2: page 4/7 in progress. Overall: step 10/22 in progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2-5 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars  1-7; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula” and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”; 1 chapter each. Primary goal. Opened ABOS Chapter Two for revisions; epiphany on POV in progress! January 2017 sections of Arachnid and Beagle reread. OATN: Completed Character Re-Focus worksheets for Lesson 2. Some organization completed. Rereading lesson materials for the Promises Worksheets.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 7-10. Tertiary goal. Read Scene 7 aloud into voice recorder; listened to it while doing cardio; simmering for revisions.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary : Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 11/28 complete.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and #weekendcoffeeshare posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Jotted a journal entry upon which I based my #weekendcoffeeshare (and then forgot to finish and post it- oops!). Simmering Mindful Monday post; #SoCS and #8sunday posted. Skywatch in progress for next Friday. I have an idea how to approach the pre-April planning; one which might carry me through my annual Creative Marathon (April/July), and its 5K Buddy (September/November).

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise ELA/Math complete: 2/14.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. All rooms to par; General: 37/29!
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. 30/27. Still owe a week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. 1984 Radio broadcast and Evolution; canoodling, couples’ workout/lunch; 70s movies; conversation and YouTube.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Attended write-in. Completed crit 1/3 in the queue and submitted.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 7/6 journal; 7/5 meditation. Evening: 3/3 journal; 2/2 meditation, and an epiphany – maybe two!

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 7/6; 99 minutes: 5/2; Strenuous: 2.75/8 hours; cardio and weights.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Skimmed Chapter One; Reread Chapter Two; downloaded worksheets from site.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook  and one more; read two other books; write four reviews. .Audiobook: 1984 radio broadcast with my son, 15.

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Building From Deep Places: February 8, 2017

Hey there!

I’ve been delving deeply this week – a lot of reading, a lot of plotting, some deep conversation online and in person, and digging into some too-long-neglected corners of our home…

I don’t have a lot to say, really, except that I’m simmering like a rich stew, and I know that something wonderful is about to bubble up.

That said, let’s get to the update, so I can get back to the simmering!

Have you ever felt this way – like you were just waiting for whatever’s inside to break the surface?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 21/24 in progress. 1,571/5,000 words; 58,487/~65,000 total.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. I’m using my #Loveuary posts to explore the LAL arc, in preparation for writing.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Printed the remainder of the worksheets; Subplot Arc 1/ 2; p. 4/7 in progress; step 10/22. Fleshing out ideas for the paragraphs as I go; I now have a sense of them all.

  • Kifo Island: Flesh out AeonTimeline. File remaining/new series bible materials. Complete steps 1-8 of The Story Toolkit for April novel. Secondary goal. Printed the relevant worksheets; completed Initial Concept; 1/8.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2-5 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars 1-7; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula”  and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”;  1 chapter each. Primary goal. I organized materials, reviewed where I was when I set OATN aside, and decided what to do this week. Finally dove back in; completed Sascha’s, and Silas’ Main Character Re-Focus worksheets; Orin’s in progress. 1/4.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Continue working with Jaz on cover art; finalize and begin working on front/back matter checklists. Chatted with Jaz, and had an inspiration.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary : Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans (yes, you can help!); visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 7/28 complete; #atoz: There’s no sign-up this year, so that’s taken care of.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal. Simmering ideas for Mindful and Skywatch; also pre-production schedule, which I’ll firm up once I’ve finished my A to Z posts.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 2/3; General: 19/29.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; movies; rides to/from grandparents’ and Welcome to Night Vale podcast with my girl.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. plans to see Allegiance with my son, and Welcome to Night Vale Live Show with my daughter.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Attended write-in. Hihlighted crit 1/2 in the queue; both in progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal; 3/5 meditation. Evening: 1/3 journal; 1/ 2 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 3/6; 99 minutes: 2/2; Strenuous: 1.75/8 hours.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. More simmering based on recent reading.

Leaps of Faith:

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