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Accidental Growth; August 1, 2017

From my journal, 8/1/17:

I forgot to verify my CampNaNoWriMo win…and I’m really not that upset by that fact.

The reason I didn’t remember is that I was busy – at the farmer’s market, and doing my revisions for the Dark and Bitter anthology.

The fact that I’m not upset – that I don’t need it to “count” to know I wrote the words – is growth. Once before, I didn’t get verified because I couldn’t find the button on a new format. I was very upset that “everyone” wouldn’t be able to see that I’d “won CampNaNo.”

But it’s not about the “winning” anymore. It’s about the “wording.”

How do you feel when you don’t get credit for an accomplishment?

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). Final count: 68,280/66,666 words. Primary goal COMPLETED!
  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. Secondary goal; solid progress despite a very busy and emotionally charged month.

Plotting:

  • Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. This got lost in the busy-ness of the month fairly early on. Secondary goal; some progress.
  • Play with fan fiction as desired; because Trip and T’Pol say so. A snippet each week for WIPpet Wednesday, and three scenes revised, placed in a chapter, and posted to my fanfiction.net story-in-progress, Arachnid Nebula. Stretch goal COMPLETED!

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Spend 3 hours/week revising “On Any Tuesday Night.” Start once Still Nameless Act One Beat Sheet is complete. Primary goal; no progress. Back-burnered; there wasn’t enough month to give this the attention it deserves.

  • Blogposts: Revise JuNoWriMo blogposts one hour each week. Secondary goal; back-burnered.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it a week or two ago. I sorted all the pages I have located while proctoring kids’ state-mandated standardized testing. Decided to reprint the remaining ones; mostly marked up for pre- How to Revise Your Novel editing. Stretch goal; good progress.

Submitting:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication.  Received the edits; read through, and simmered until the 31st, when I began serious revision pass. Primary goal; fair progress.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for the two projects I’d like to submit this summer/fall. Secondary goal; back-burnered due to change of focus.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Stretch goal; back-burnered due to lack of time/attention available.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Blogging was hit-or-miss this month. I wrote over 50K words of blog draft material in June, but didn’t have the time to revise much of it in an extremely busy July. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Other Platforms: Post twice weekly to my Facebook Writer page, ; and once weekly to Instagram, and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch. Posted to Instagram each week; launched Patreon page on my birthday (July 29) . Writer page and Pinterest were more sporadic. Secondary goal; solid progress.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Stretch goal COMPLETED!

Business:

  • Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress from June. Nothing new; I’ve decided to work through Prosperity for Writers (see below) before returning to the final steps of this process. Primary goal; back-burnered.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). THIS is where much of my time/focus was this month! New Facebook page is here! Secondary goal COMPLETED!
  • Complete Gwen’s 30 Day Selfie Challenge. Did the first few days of the challenge, but only posted 2 or 3, then fell off completely during this crazy-full month. Stretch goal; a bit of progress.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans); complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Some good 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. Solid progress; was close to meditation goals every week, and fair on the activity front.

  • Paying It Forward: Finish back business for local crit group; and one chapter/week for Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Did a little of all of these. Very modest progress.

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Stop to Smell the Blooms; July 1, 2017

The ROW80 logo appears to be having kittens. So, instead, I bring you more blooms for the break!

Hi there!

It’s July 1 – so that means it’s time to  wrap up my June goals, in preparation for setting  my Round 3 and July goals.

I took a different tack on my goals this month. First, I set fewer goals for June. Next, I focused on only two major goals at a time, with a smattering of smaller goals for seasoning.

It worked well. On the whole, I accomplished more of my goals than I have in past rounds, and in a more targeted, purposeful direction. I didn’t get to submissions in June, but that should be less of an issue as July moves on. At the beginning of the month, I’ll be finishing up other June goals in progress.

But first, I take stock….

Do you do monthly assessments and reshaping of your goals?

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 50,087/50,000 words! Primary goal COMPLETED!
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. Did a snippet of new writing for next week’s upcoming WIPpet post; and a flash fiction story this week’s #SoCS post. Secondary goal COMPLETED!

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. I have enough material in development to carry me through maybe a dozen or so additional posts. Secondary goal EXCEEDED!

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Notes completed (82 pages; 21 scenes). Primary goal nearing completion.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it a week or two agoand move forward with the revisions as desired. Most of manuscript organized; missing some pages. Will look through piles, and reprint if I can’t find them. Secondary goal: solid progress.

  • Look at the #StoryADay critique group; choose one of my last two SN stories and submit for peer review. Take action as indicated to polish the story; share for #StoryFest. Revised and posted. I was a little less than two hours late submitting my link, but the form took me, so…Stretch goal COMPLETED!

Submitting: Untouched in June.

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Currently waiting to hear back from the copy editor; should be soon. Primary goal.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for the two projects I’d like to submit this summer/fall. One is a novella length story (I think); the other a short story based in the Adirondacks, which I only have the first teasing glimmers of. Secondary goal.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. This is pretty self-explanatory. I just want a source pool I can research in a couple of months, when the CCM winds down. Stretch goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting to par for the week thus far, with a post scheduled to post later in the week; last weekend post in development. Primary goal; solid progress.

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page,  Instagram,  and Pinterest.   Complete Patreon profile and launch. Secondary goal; solid progress.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprint Wed. AM.; Chat. Wed/ Thu. AM. Stretch goal; solid progress.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress; getting close to the end. Primary goal; very good progress.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Created a Facebook Business Page,signage, and two simple business cards. Attended local farmer’s market with him; first time. Will be updating/ adding as needed. Secondary goal; great progress.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles  class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Simmering prior to beginning action plan. Stretch goal; solid progress.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. 2017-2018 Letters of Intent submitted; simmering IHIPs. Hometending 3/5. Lise testing completed; Miah in progress. Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling /8. Hour; /5; Strenuous: /5 hours.

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Blooms Wide Open; June 28, 2017

Hi there!

Yes, I know. Round 2 is over, and Round 3 doesn’t start until next week.

But I’m not fond of stopping during the breaks, in part because I break my goals down into monthly batches. So, while it’s officially a break between rounds, I’ve got 2.5 days left to June as I type this – and there are still several things on my goals list that I haven’t yet wrapped up. While I might not be able to get to all of them, I certainly don’t want to stop with those still waiting.

Truth is, I love writing and writing-things.

I just plain don’t want to stop.

A break would be a kind of punishment.

I’m not into punishing myself. I’m happier when I’m moving toward my goals. It’s part of living my life with intention, awareness, and joy. Writing and writing-things make me happy, and I like being happy. =D

So, here’s my penultimate June update. I’ll post the final one (and my July goals) on Saturday, July 1 – and then my Round 3 goals on Sunday, July 2.

How about you?

Do you use the break to reset, rest, renew, recharge?

Or are you happier just going on with your writing?

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 50,087/50,000 words! Primary goal COMPLETED!
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. Did a snippet of new writing for next week’s upcoming WIPpet post; and a flash fiction story this week’s #SoCS post. Secondary goal COMPLETED!

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. I have enough material in development to carry me through maybe a dozen or so additional posts. Secondary goal EXCEEDED!

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Notes completed (82 pages; 21 scenes). Primary goal nearing completion.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting to par for the week thus far, with a post scheduled to post later in the week; last weekend post in development. Primary goal on target.

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page, Instagram, and Pinterest.Complete Patreon profile and launch Secondary goal on target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprints Sun./Mon. AM.; Chat Mon. AM. Stretch goal on target.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress; getting close to the end. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Created a Facebook Business Page, signage, and two simple business cards. Attended local farmer’s market with him; first time. Will be updating/ adding as needed. Secondary goal on target.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles  class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Simmering prior to beginning action plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. 2017-2018 Letters of Intent submitted; simmering IHIPs. Hometending 2/5. Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week.

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Breaktime Blooms; June 25, 2017

Hi there!

Yes, I know. It’s the break between rounds. Days with no Round to call home – a little like a man without a country….

Some of us are a little subversive. We’re willing to keep on writing, even if this is supposed to be a break. Sometimes, I downshift – but this month, I’m in the homestretch of a challenge that has inspired and motivated me – 5o,000 words of blog post material in 30 days! I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’ve found a way to use my blogging to enrich my personal explorations, and, at the same time, to use my personal explorations to enrich my blogging.

It’s an incredible motivational idea, based on the old adage from my days working as a waitress at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park (at that time and in season, the fifth busiest restaurant in the world!).

What was that adage?

“Work both ways.”

That’s quickly becoming my new model, as I move into the more businesslike aspects of building a writing career.

Do you have any clue at all what I’m talking about? =D

I think I might be getting a little ahead of myself here…so let’s get on with my Un-Round Two, Un-Round Three, Un-ROW80, update.

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. ,42,931/50,000 words; less than 8K to go, and I’m starting to feel the drive to “get ’er done.” Primary goal ahead of target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. Did a snippet of new writing for next week’s upcoming WIPpet post; and a flash fiction story this week’s #SoCS post. Secondary goal on target.

Plotting:

  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8): Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit to plot this novel by June 30. I’ve begun moving the worksheets into a hybrid format that will let my choose which elements to include in each future project, and work on them using my laptop rather than hard copy. Thanks for the incredible tip, Fallon! Intial Concept Sheet in progress; 569 plotting words. Primary goal in progess.
  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Several more plotted and in early development. I probably have enough ideas to carry me past 50K, at this point. Secondary goal ahead of target.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Notes completed (82 pages; 21 scenes). Letting simmer a day or two (until plotting template is finished) then filling out the index cards to finish the lesson. Primary goal nearing completion.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting to par for the week thus far, with a post scheduled to post later in the week; and two more in development. Primary goal on target.

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page,  Instagram, and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch Secondary goal on target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprints Wed. AM; chat Wed-Fri. Stretch goal on target.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman  as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Printed Heaven and Hell Batch 3-4; Pequeno Diablo Batch 2, and Tropical Tickler Batches 1-2 labels; as well as some paperwork. Name selected for sauce #5: Mango Mystique; label designed and printed – all current inventory is now labeled! =D Simmering ideas for business cards (next up); signage; and social media/sales platforms. Secondary goal on target.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Simmering prior to beginning action plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning: 6/5 (brief sessions). Received Jeremiah’s testing supplies; Both have begun testing; and 2017-2018 Letters of Intent are in progress. Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 3/8. Hour; 2/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/5 hours.My activity level, and amount of sleep, are down together…something to think on,

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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals: EOR2

Hey there!

Below are the intentions I set forth at the beginning of the year. I wrote then that they were subject to change…and so they will, once I’ve had time to absorb and apply the new things I’m learning.

For now, though – the update.

Did you set aspirations for 2017?

How are you doing with them?



Writing:

  • Complete Hanging Manuscripts from 2015-2016. Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Scene 44/50 in progress.

  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September. 66 May stories complete.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts.

  • Create fan fiction, continuing current story arcs, and developing new ones as I’m drawn to them. A second collection of drabbles created, revised, and posted to fanfiction.net.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Began plotting Rose and Jeremy #2; Step 12/22.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Plotting for novel 1 /2; The Last House: Steps 15-22/22 in progress in situ.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems. 64 stories plotted for May.

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline. Take notes and simmer future projects while creating timeline. Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 –350. Projects simmering and in creation; timeline underway. Episodes complete through 260; on target to complete this goal.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.” “MsaMF” awaiting final line editing.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Scene 7/24 submitted to the group.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. Contract received and returned; awaiting edits.

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. “ASOR”: Simmering on cover art and lists of front/end matter. “MMC”: Sharing snippets at #8sunday; lots of positive feedback. Read Starting Out as an Indie Writer; #itswritingresearch.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit On Any Tuesday Night; Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed. One chapter of ABOS revised and submitted.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues. Gathering a list of publications accepting submission.

Website/Blogging:

  • Complete Just Jot It January , Love is in da Blog, and 2017 Kindness Challenge. I started the Kindness Challenge late, but now working through it.

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year. This didn’t happen, or only happened barely, in April and May, but June saw steady progress as I built up my blog pool, and had material to share.

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. Synchronization and branding progressing. Roughly sketched list of pages needed. Took a marketing class; percolating.

  • Move relevant posts from The Unfettered Life and Trueborn Jottings to website and blog. Lists and links for April posts gathered.

Hometending:

  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. Tests arrived; paperwork current.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. New laptop; more organization in files and email.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Progress being made in the rooms listed.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Moving forward.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes, every week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes, every week.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Yes; more or less.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Betas in progress.

Selftending:

  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Backslid here.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year. Here, too.

  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Nothing new/

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Deleting this goal, at least for now.

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Gathering resources; doing some reading; book purchased. Read for research. Have Angela Ackerman’s Writing Business Plan article; working through Step 4/7; completed Build Your Marketing Muscles class.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Printing, online help, lots of labeling/logo assistance, branding, marketing.

  • Listen to the 8 books currently on my Audible account. 6/8 in progress.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month. 10/24 complete.

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A Time to Sow: ROW80 Round Two Final Update 2017

Hey there!

Round Two is now officially over, and it’s time to assess my progress toward the goals I set for this quarter.

April contained the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge and CampNaNoWriMo.

Next was the #StoryADay May Challenge, and, as I write this, I’m in the backstretch of JuNoWriMo, where I’m using my allotted 50,000 words to build a stock of blogpost drafts – something I’ve been wanting to do for the last few years.

And now, it’s a reality! =)

Did you have any major goals for this quarter?

How did things turn out?

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House  (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal back-burnered after April; but a Camp win at 65,570 words.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Modest progress. Secondary goal back-burnered.

  • Story A Day May: Main Project: Draft a Kifo Island-based exploration story every day during May, using challenge story prompts. Side project: Draft a 100 w0rd TnT fan fiction drabble daily; based on prompt words and advancing the Cowled arc. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Write rough drafts of blog posts for future use. Goal: 1,667 words/day, or 2-4 rough drafts. As of the end of Round Two: 36,537 words; more before you read this update) Quaternary goal on target; will complete during the break before Round Three.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arc; create basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Review brainstormed topic list; add/delete; develop rough outlines for at least 48 posts/5 topic arcs by May 31. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • July CampNaNoWriMo: Plan/plot using The Story Toolkit /The Writer’s Coloring Book combo. Begin in tandem with StaD explorations; complete through Toolkit Step 13/22 (Locations) before end of round. Will complete the final phase during the break between the end of Round Two and July 1; experimentation complete. this didn’t come up in rotation until the round was less than an hour from ending, so not much to report here. On the other hand, now that it has rotated in, it will be one of my focus goals until the end of the month. Quaternary goal; very modest progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2-4 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by June 30. Aim for completing 1 lesson each month. may complete Lesson 4 during the break after Round Two. Adapted goal: Audited Lesson 4; chose to back-burner it to Round 3. Lesson 3 complete excepting transcribing/revising scene notes onto index cards. Primary goal in progress.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete copy editor Approve line edits if they’re ready this month. Nothing new as yet. Secondary goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as/if needed. Signed and returned contract. Primary goal.

  • Gather list of at least 25 possible short story venues for future research by May 31. This will likely go into higher gear toward the end of June, in the break, as some of my primary goals are achieved and ticked off the list…Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge:  Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. I completed the challenge, but didn’t respond to as many folks or visit as I wanted to. This seems to have been a popular theme with the venue change. Primary goal; progress fair.

  • May 2017: Begin the 2017 Kindness Challenge: complete in June; post daily flash fiction stories/excerpts to #StaD site: complete by May 31. Started late – in mid-June. Will finish around the end of July. Posted through Week One. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; work on this 1 hour each on Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal; Progress poor.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year. Added a few pictures for both kids; more to come. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, porch, yard, and general hometending. Complete varying 27 thing flings each room, each week (based upon other obligations each month). Secondary goal; solid progress until Mid-mayish.

Lifetending:

  • 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 on target.

  • Career Furtherance: Patreon. Complete profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist Accomplice with his goals. Recorded a video for Patreon. Designed 4/5 labels for Chef Bluebeard’s sauces, and Tertiary goal progessing.

  • Challenges: CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. #StaD and #KindnessChallenge: Visit two other posters for each challenge, at least 5/week. Not where I want it to be, but I’ve started visiting. Tertiary goal; Spotty progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Generally good progress. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.), by end of round. Again, solid progress. Primary goal; fair progress.

  • Books: Listen to three audiobooks, and read 6 print or Kindle books by end of round. 3/3 audio in progress/4/6 read. Secondary goal on target.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Back-burnered while I took a marketing course.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change; have a sketched list by end of round. I need more pondering time, and to clear some mental and emotional space. Back-burnered.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/complete/worksheets; create an approach plan by end of round. Back-burnered.

  • 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 by end of round. Back-burnered.

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Blooming Right Along; June 21, 2017

Hi there!

Things have moved along in these last days of the round.

I signed over the title to my car Monday night, and my Accomplice cleaned it out and officially surrendered it Tuesday. It’s sad – and it’s not. This opens us to the possibility of a new-t0-us car, something my Accomplice won’t need to mechanic. He can do it, but he doesn’t enjoy it. And, as the years pass, it becomes more painful for him.

I’d rather wait a while longer to have a second car, and get something a little newer, and in better shape, than our remaining Subaru.

In other news, this is the last official check-in of Round Two – but, since the round doesn’t officially end for me until local midnight, my final update will post on Sunday. Also, since I work a set of monthly goals, I’ll be continuing on with those until month’s end, and update those in early July – wow….July again already! By the end of the second week of the month, I will be the mother of two teenagers…and I’m so excited! =D

Life is blooming in new directions. Some we planned for, while others were unexpected. But that’s the nature of life, and so on I go!

What surprises did life have for you, this round?

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 34,344/50,000 words. Primary goal a little above target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. Did a snippet of new writing for my upcoming WIPpet post. Secondary goal on target.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Several posts plotted/outlined. Secondary goal ahead of target.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Found my beginning point: Scene 4, p. 10. Organized materials; cleaned workspace for efficiency. Notes for Scenes 8-18 completed (p.62/82 in progress). Primary goal on target.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting has gotten closer to par, with two posts scheduled to post later in the week; and two more in development. Primary goal on target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprints Sunday-Tuesday AM; chat Sunday; read a bit on Quora. Stretch goal on target.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Designed Pequeno Diablo/ Tropical Tickler labels. Printed Heaven and Hell Batch 2 labels Simmering/discussing thoughts for POS marketing and platform creation – those will likely begin a bit later this week. Secondary goal on target.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Simmering prioction plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning: 3/5 (brief sessions). Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 3/8. Hour; 1/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/5 hours. Not much sleep leads to not much activity, and so does lots of heat. Write-in and time with each beleved; writing, meditating, journaling for me.

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