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A Year of Exploration: 2015 Writing Goals Final Assessment

My overarching theme for 2015 was Exploration. I began the year with a great many goals – too many, as it turns out.  Some definitely got lost in the course of the year. Here’s the final assessment.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

Writing:

  • Complete the Write1 Sub1 Challenge: Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2015. The writing was easy; I blew that goal away. Submitted (and was accepted!) once.
  • Develop Kifo Island Chronicles: Write rough sketches for 10 novellas; plot 5 novellas; draft 3 novellas. The first three are drafted; I have ideas and notes for at least three more. These turned into novels.
  • Complete the Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch the entire canon Star Trek franchise, in chronological order – taking notes for future fan fiction development. Once I got into this, I realized I’d have to radically alter my life to do it in a year! Through Enterprise, and into The Original Series.
  • Develop The IDIC Romance: Plot and write 31 new stories; submit revised stories through “Movements” to at least 1 fan fiction site. Many new stories! Revising is slow, slow going; nothing ready for submission yet.

Editing:

  • Chameleon’s Dish (title subject to change): Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).
  • Bounded by a Nutshell: Create pre-revision plan, using existing notes and Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revision.
  • The Stars Are Fire/Perchance to Dream: Readthroughs and pre-revision notes.
  • The IDIC Romance: Organize Scrivener file; revise stories through “Golden Slipper”. Still working on the first story, “Slow Jazz Awakening”. As the lynchpin for my vision, I want to give it all the time and attention it deserves to shine and be a cornerstone.
  • Write1Sub1 Challenge: Revise 5 existing short stories using Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision process. Revised 1/5“Monday Morning Coffee”, published here; story 2/5, “Peach Liqueur Love”, in progress.
  • 2012/2014 OctPoWriMo poems: Revise all poems; categorize by project.

Social Media:

  • Blog Maintenance: Keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits. I did fairly well, but not quite well enough to make this blue.
  • Build blog queues: 5 each WIPpet and C and C posts.
  • Blogging Action Plan: Review; revise; and implement. Well…
  • Twitter and Facebook: Visit at least twice weekly. Ummm….sometimes….
  • Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect: Visit at least one weekly.
  • Share posts – mine, and others’: Share at least 15 items per week. Not 15 times a week; sometimes not at all; but there was some sharing.
  • Blog views and followers: Increase views to 150 at least 10 times/ month; followers to 1000; WordPress followers to 333, because I like that number!

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All started; none finished. Ongoing.
  • Inhabit my study: cleaning, organizing, and using the space daily, when home. A Great Big Blue here!
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. Having my laptop down nearly half the year slowed this down.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all homeschool paperwork, including Annalise’s standardized testing, on time. Streamline where possible. Finished the year with a couple of pending reports in progress.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Much better than previous years, and still improving.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. This fizzled post-Oregon.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date.

Lifetending:

  • Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February. And a wonderful break from a LOT of snow at home!
  • Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for the 22 books on my cloud written by writers I know. Read 8; reviews posted for 2.
  • NNWM local group: Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.
  • Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least 3 times/week.
  • TBR Stacks: Complete bedroom TBR pile. Dispersed the pile, and lost track of what was in it. Some read; some not.
  • Smart Change: Work through at least one goal using the methods in this book. Lost track of this goal.
  • Starfleet: Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least thrice per month, doing something of value to us both. Big time blue! Lots of happy connection. =D
  • Paying it Forward: Complete at least six beta reads and ten promotional blog posts for other writers. Some. Not as many as the goal, though.

Fitness and Nutrition:

  • Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity thrice weekly; with Wii Fit four times weekly. I was more active, but not at this level.
  • Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog three times weekly. Again, not this much, but some.
  • Practice: Resume t’ai chi and yoga classes, either/or at least twice/month. Mostly.
  • Intuitive Eating: Read and put into practice as I continue to evolve nutritional goals that make me feel healthy and energized. A little; not much.
  • Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 30 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals. I got to four or five; cooking isn’t my thing.
  • Weight: Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks. I’m still wearing the same size clothing, but not focusing on the scale.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  is the Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

 

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Final December 2015 Goals Update: #ROW80

OK, I know…I’m a bit late with this update. Other Things took me in other directions, and, though I’ve been working on it…well, it wasn’t quite finished.

Today, that changes.

Scrolling down the list shows me that I’ve got a good deal of green there, some nice blue, and a bit of red. For me, that’s a very productive month, with lots of projects ongoing, some wrapping up, and some either waiting their turn or an evaluation to see whether they really suit my life and goals as they currently exist.

I’m calling that a success, and something of a head start for my 2016, ROW80 Round One, and January goals.

Do you set goals for yourself? What’s your approach? Do you keep them in your head? Write or record them? Keep them as private motivators? Share them with others? Do you assess your progress? On a schedule, or as the mood strikes? How do you evaluate your progress, if you do? Do you consider your goals, once committed to, set in stone, or more changeable?

Something I’ve learned in four years of participating in ROW80 is that there are as many approaches to the process of attaining goals as there are people setting them – actually, it’s likely more, since many of us change over time, as we learn and grow.

I love getting insight into how others interact with their goals, so it would tickle me no end to read a bit about your process – and I’ll learn something from what you share – not that I’m trying to pressure you to share, because, well, that’s icky. =)

And now, the update!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

 

Writing:

 

Plotting:

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Using existing notes (once complete); create a revision plan for “Slow Jazz Awakening” (the lynchpin of my Trip/T’Pol shipping fan fiction); write revised draft; 16 short scenes. (Download all relevant OneDrive files to assess my current status for this project.) Scene 16/16 pre-planning notes complete! And I have a basic revision plan, too!

  • Peach Liqueur Love”: Complete steps 2 and 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; rewrite in preparation for steps 4 and 5.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. All posts current; Advent stories all posted. Schedule revisions pending.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Keeping up with current comments; still have older ones pending..

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Cleared Inbox; cleared some from Archives.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Get computer repaired! Wahoo!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. House looking a lot better!
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision/Finishing categories. Yup!

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Some visiting, some events, some hanging at home.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Attended write-in; small and informal group.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Big success here! =D
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews. 1/7 complete (Red).

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. This has become habit.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory. This was a tricky round for practice, for various reasons.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. Good enough to call it done.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Categorize poems roughly for 2016 development.

  • Website/Business blog: Come to a decision for 2016 before WP renewal time; research self-hosting. Talked with my Accomplice about my plans.

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra. The last snippet of “Mission” will appear on Sunday, after which I will begin commenting and interacting on the site while I polish these little fluffy bits of slightly more than slightly naughty fun!

  • Self-publishing: Finish reading The Indie Author Power Pack. Finshed!

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 is the Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.  

Find more ROWers, or become one yourself, right here!

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A Grateful Season: ROW80 Round Four Final Update

What are you grateful for?

That was the question I asked myself at the beginning of Round 4. I wanted to connect with my deeper emotions, and those things I’m grateful for that can’t be added to a shopping list – people who are beloved to me, and hold me as beloved to them. Health. Happiness. Contentment. The ability to experience the pleasures of a life lived simply. Friends who get me, expand me, challenge me. Taking another breath, and another, and another, while my heart beats. Going to sleep, and waking up again. Activity and dreams….

My intention was to take these challenges – the ones I set for myself and those life offered up as unexpected gifts – as opportunities for growth and gratefulness…and, all round, I had many chances to practice that intention.

Here’s how I did: All in all, a great round. Plotting and revision were a bit scant on progress, due to CPS  and laptop issues. Fortunately, both of those were resolved, favorably and with a minimum of pain, and life went on…gratefully.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete draft. Given that I only had a modern laptop for the last week or so of the round, and my Scrivener file for this project was on the laptop…I’m happy to have reached scene 32/50 by the end of the round.

  • OctPoWriMo: Complete one poem each day; revise as possible; post. 12/31 days complete. Life took over. I do have ideas for the ones I missed, and may write them in the future…

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete 11:11 freewritings. Select and rough draft all 2016 A-Z posts. Order #StaD September stories in main Scrivener file. This, too, was reduced due to computer issues, now thankfully resolved.

Revision:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas; polish; and submit to a fan fiction site. Pre-planning notes Scene 12/16 in progress. Goal change: Write revised Draft #3 once plan is complete. I’m not yet fast at revisions. Learning, and making progress.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises; beta; polish,  and submit. Exercise 2/5 in progress. Goal change: Complete Steps 2 and 3; rewrite draft in preparation for Steps 4 and 5. Very slow, almost stalled, progress.

 

 

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead as possible. Queue C and C, Mindful Monday, WIPpet, and #8sunday posts; pars of 3 for each. Post authorized reblogs at least twice monthly. Up and down progress here. Sharing really suffered in the absence of my laptop.

  • Catch up on all blog comments and visits. Not all; overall better.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Submit Round 4 Sponsor Post.

  • Empty email inbox and tend to actionable materials. Goal addition: Empty Archives folder. Getting better at this; it’s easy on my new Fire tablet.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs; deal with Peer Review issue from 2014-15. Goal addition: Set up Flickr portfolios for both kids. Nothing completely finished; all well underway.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; choose two focal areas for each working day. It was a banner round for home betterification!

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events while taking budget and each child’s need for social time and hibernation into account. Make doctor appointments for both. Doctors’ appointments done, excepting a January vaccination follow-up for Lise. A more social round than we’ve had in a while.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Progress made.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Lots and lots of good connection!
  • Read 3 fellow author books; complete 7 reviews. Is there such a thing as book review fright?

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal, and gratitude journal and meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore three new meditative practices. I’ve done my journals and meditation nearly every day. Eating meditation; not so much…

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory, and adding movements to my at-home practice. I faltered fairly early in the round, but never completely stopped.

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. Fell down a little on the phone app; did well with activity, mostly in short bursts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • This is a brand new category for me. There seem always to be things on my horizon I’m wanting to explore, but know very little about.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Did some research; very early planning stages.

  • Website/Business blog: early brainstorming with my Accomplice.

  • Fantasy convention: Unattainable at present.

  • Fan fiction stuff: A bit of browsing and reading.

  • Self-publishing: Read The Indie Author’s Power Pack, 3 great reference books; ideas simmering.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows I have a life!  Come join us, or peek into other writers’ to-do lists, right here!

 

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Grateful Solstice: December 20, 2015

As the days reach maximum shortness, on their way to lengthening, maybe it’s natural that there would be something of a corresponding pause in my productivity – or, at least, my perception of it.

Honestly, I’ve made good progress this session. It’s just that having my Lenovo back has meant that, rather than focusing on the writing I’d been intending to make my primary goal. There are other projects I can do far more easily, now, and I’ve been playing catch-up as I relearn my machine.

As a result, I got a thing or two crossed off the list, a few new things started, and more than a few moved forward.

I also had some lovely connection with my beloveds, and at least one creative indulgence for myself.

This is already, the penultimate update! I’ll have a final assessment on my Round 4 goals available on the 24th, a day after my final ROW80 update on the 23rd.

For all who are celebrating – whatever you are celebrating, may the Solstice find you merrily greeting the longer days to come…

Dona Nobis Pacem.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete note-taking process for 26 stories. Completed notes for FM; 13/26; halfway done.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Using existing notes (once complete); create a revision plan for “Slow Jazz Awakening” (the lynchpin of my Trip/T’Pol shipping fan fiction); write revised draft; 16 short scenes. (Download all relevant OneDrive files to assess my current status for this project.) Pre-planning revision notes complete for 7/16 scenes.

  • Peach Liqueur Love”: Complete steps 2 and 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; rewrite in preparation for steps 4 and 5.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. #8sunday and Thursday/Friday Advent posts scheduled in advance; all other posts current.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. I caught up with all current comments on Friday, thanks to my Lenovo, which makes it a breeze!

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. I caught up on all of these, and more, on Wednesday night.

  • Maintain at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Cleared a few items from the archives. Cleared Inbox; cleared a few dozen from Archives.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Reread requirements for grade 9-12 IHIP – the boy already does well above those minimums! English and Mathematics sections complete, Uploaded images captured last week to OneDrive, in preparation for creating Flickr albums for them.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 7/5; moderate.
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision/Finishing categories. Board is finished!

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Plans in the works for a girls’ day after Annalise’s next doctors’ appointment. We’ll be buying her winter boots, and lunching out.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Attended write-in; small and informal group.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Cuddles, conversation, cooking, lunch,an outing, television, and couples’ time.
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 7/7 for journaling; 7/7 meditation. Missed Tuesday; but caught up by journaling and meditating twice on Wednesday.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. 5/5; walking; hometending; shopping.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Categorize poems roughly for 2016 development.

  • Website/Business blog: Come to a decision for 2016 before WP renewal time; research self-hosting. Talked with my Accomplice about my plans.

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra. http://adastrafanfic.com/ The last snippet of “Mission” will appear on Sunday, after which I will begin commenting and interacting on the site while I polish these little fluffy bits of slightly more than slightly naughty fun!

  • Self-publishing: Finish reading The Indie Author Power Pack.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s ROW80 Writing Challenge  –

the one that knows you have a life.

 Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, Life Writing, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Ecstatically Grateful: December 16, 2015

Have you ever waited and waited for something you wanted desperately? Remember how it felt when you finally attained your heart’s desire?

I’m typing these words, a little stumblingly, on my Lenovo Yoga – the one that’s been out of commission since the end of August. We couldn’t afford a repair bill then, because we’d just spent hundreds on car repairs, with more to go. So my beloved laptop sat and waited – until yesterday, when I finally had the budgetary go-ahead.

And the irony?

The “repair” consisted of a Geek Squad member putting the machine on a charging cable for about fifteen minutes. The battery charged to about 4% in that time, and ‘my’ Geek was able to get to the start screen. He also ascertained that my Lenovo power adapter was dead.

There was no charge for this service.

I will be buying an official Lenovo replacement cord, because what I think happened was that the replacements I bought from a Lenovo-recommended outside source weren’t strong enough to recharge the battery once it died.

In the meantime, though, I’m joyfully relearning the machine that once was an extension of me, moving files from the little Toughbook that served me so much better than it was ever intended to – and grinning.

Definitely grinning!

And now, the update!

  • My Round 4 Goals (updating soon -really!).

  • My 2015 Goals (updating soon – really!).

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

    Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete this draft; 24/50 scenes left. Scene 28/50 in progress. 1,152 new words this session (365 moved from existing blog post). Due to the resurrection of my Yoga, I’ll be pausing to reread the scenes I didn’t have access to, then picking up from there, at Scene 30/50.

  • The IDIC Romance: Write rough drafts of the 26 stories I will be using as my Blogging from A-Z posts in April 2016.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete note-taking process for 26 stories. Completed notes for B-E; 5/26.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Using existing notes (once complete); create a revision plan for “Slow Jazz Awakening” (the lynchpin of my Trip/T’Pol shipping fan fiction); write revised draft; 16 short scenes. (Download all relevant OneDrive files to assess my current status for this project.) Pre-planning revision notes for 6/16 scenes. Scene 7 in progress.

  • Peach Liqueur Love”: Complete steps 2 and 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; rewrite in preparation for steps 4 and 5.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. #8sunday scheduled; all other posts current. These will be faster and more efficient as I reorient to my Yoga.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. A few comments responded to, even during a busy “weekend”. A little backed up, at the moment.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. I missed checking in on anyone for Sunday. Will get to those later today, once all blogging duties are tended.

  • Maintain at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Cleared a few items from the archives.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Reread requirements for grade 9-12 IHIP – the boy already does well above those minimums!
  • Get computer repaired! On Tuesday. SQUEE! =D
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5; moderate.
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision/Finishing categories. Board nearly complete; just needs finishing touches.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Annalise’s overnight plans canceled by her cold. =( The boy and I had breakfast at Panera, and walked through a local mall we hadn’t been to in a few years.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Attended write-in; small and informal group.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Cuddles, conversation, an outing, television, and couples’ time.
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 2/7 for journaling; 2/7 meditation. Missed Tuesday.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. 3/5. A blogpost leads the way to a new health and fitness journey.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Categorize poems roughly for 2016 development.

  • Website/Business blog: Come to a decision for 2016 before WP renewal time; research self-hosting. I think I’ve decided; letting the decision settle a bit before committing.

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra.  The last snippet of “Mission” will appear on Sunday (really, this time!), after which I will begin commenting and interacting on the site while I polish these little fluffy bits of slightly more than slightly naughty fun!

  • Self-publishing: Finish reading The Indie Author Power Pack. 100%. (3/3).

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge – the one that knows you have a life!

Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Geekily Grateful: December 13, 2015

Ever found something you’ve been looking for, and felt this wonderful feeling of getting just what you wanted? Ever known that it would be hard to explain to anyone else just why you’re so excited about it? Known that your delight marks you,well and truly, as a geek?

Two days ago, while looking for something else, I found this:

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Maybe it would help if I explained that, other than T’Pol’s “Just because they smile and eat chicken doesn’t mean they’ve learned to master their emotions,” this is about my favorite humorous Enterprise quote. This moment happens early in Season One, during the episode “Breaking the Ice”, which defines not only Trip’s character, but which also signifies a change in Trip and T’Pol’s relationship that will have far-reaching implications for them both.

I’m so happy and grateful to have found this, and I’ll wear the geek tag with pride – because I’ve got the poop question, and that just plain makes me grin!

And now, the update!

  • My Round 4 Goals (updating soon -really!).

  • My 2015 Goals (updating soon – really!).

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

Writing:

Plotting:

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Using existing notes (once complete); create a revision plan for “Slow Jazz Awakening” (the lynchpin of my Trip/T’Pol shipping fan fiction); write revised draft; 16 short scenes. (Download all relevant OneDrive files to assess my current status for this project.) Pre-planning revision notes for 6/16 scenes. Scene 7 in progress.

  • Peach Liqueur Love”: Complete steps 2 and 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; rewrite in preparation for steps 4 and 5.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. I missed the linky for #8sunday, so will sit out this week. All else posted as scheduled.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. I made more comment replies, and and maintaining easier, when I use my new Fire for this, as it’s very streamlined and portable. I’ve had two sessions of returning commenter visits, as well.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Cleared a few items from the archives.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Took many pictures for Annalise’s’s portfolio; Annalise’s IHIP and report drafts complete, excepting attendance.
  • Get computer repaired! Baby step: looked into Best Buy’s services.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5; moderate.
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision categories. Ideas abound; will begin enacting once my project table is clear (the board hangs over this). Moving forward on the table and related areas; nearly ready to begin.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Plans in the works for get-togethers with local friends, and a trip to the state museum. We attended a Christmas party at an area business that puts up a wonderful free light display each year.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. No write-in this week; December is a more casual month, with many people occupied with various holiday plans, and just post-NaNo. After a busy week, I opted to stay home.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Couples’ and TV time; cuddles, conversation, and an outing with the kids.
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 6/7 for journaling; 6/7 meditation. Missed Saturday.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. 5/5. A nascent idea for evaluation is gestating here…

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Categorize poems roughly for 2016 development.

  • Website/Business blog: Come to a decision for 2016 before WP renewal time; research self-hosting. I think I’ve decided; letting the decision settle a bit before committing.

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra. The last snippet of “Mission” will appear on Sunday, after which I will begin commenting and interacting on the site while I polish these little fluffy bits of slightly more than slightly naughty fun!

  • Self-publishing: Finish reading The Indie Author Power Pack. 100%. (3/3).

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s

ROW80 Writing Challenge –

the one that knows you have a life!

 Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Sleepy Gratitude: December 9, 2015

From my 2015 self-evaluation questions:

What’s one thing I wish I’d done, but didn’t?

I didn’t sleep last night. It’s been a day of connection, laughter, deep thoughts and conversations that remind me yet again that my children are nearer now to adults than to babies.

I could have slept, but I’m not sorry that I didn’t.

For 2015, I have a few things I wish I ‘d gotten to, or done more of:

  • Listening...I love to talk ; but I also love hearing others’ stories. More of that would have been wonderful.

  • Revisions: I intended to do more of these this year, but…Other Things.

  • Submissions: I need to revise to submit, after all…

  • Tai chi: I got back to class and at home learning, but not as often or as regularly as I wished. I’d like this to be more regular….and frequent.

  • Breathing: Sometimes, I still forget to slow down, breathe, and, when needed, remove myself from the fray. I’m  better at this than I used to be, but there’s still lots of room for improvement.

  • Random acts of kindness: More is always better here!

  • Beta readings and critiques: I’m ridiculously backed up…and I feel guilty  about that…

  • Connecting with others: I tend to lose track of people in the thick of drafting something new.

  • My Round 4 Goals (updating soon).

  • My 2015 Goals (updating soon).

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

Writing:

Plotting:

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Using existing notes (once complete); create a revision plan for “Slow Jazz Awakening” (the lynchpin of my Trip/T’Pol shipping fan fiction); write revised draft; 16 short scenes. (Download all relevantfiles / assess my current status for this project.)   Baby-steps here. I’ve got pre-planning revision notes for 6/16 scenes. Scene 7  in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. Pondering schedule; all posts current!

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Making good progress using my new streamlined Fire.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. As a bonus, I also signed up to sponsor Round One 2016 (I think I may be a lifer, sponsor-wise!) =)

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. First steps; ascertained which files I’ll need to download; charged camera battery.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5; moderate.
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision categories. Ideas abound; will begin enacting once my project table is clear (the board hangs over this). Working on the table, and refining ideas.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Plans in the works for get-togethers with local friends, faraway friends, a trip to the state museum, and a Christmas party at an area business that puts up a wonderful free light display each year.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. No write-in this week; December is a more casual month,with various holiday plans, and just post-NaNo. After a busy week, I opted to stay home.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Conversation and cuddles; played To The Moon through to completion at the boy’s request; canoodling.
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 3/7 for journaling; 2/7 meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. 3/5. A nascent idea for evaluation is gestating here…

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Categorize poems roughly for 2016 development.

  • Website/Business blog: Come to a decision for 2016 before WP renewal time; research self-hosting. I think I’ve decided; letting the decision settle a bit before committing.

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra. The last snippet of “Mission” will appear on Sunday, after which I will begin commenting and interacting on the site while I polish these little fluffy bits of slightly more than slightly naughty fun!

  • Self-publishing: Finish reading The Indie Author Power Pack. 100%. (3/3). So many ideas and nascent plans forming. I feel a leap coming on strong!

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge  – the one that knows that you and I have lives!~

 Find more ROWers right here!