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Present With Love: February 14, 2016

Today is Valentine’s Day. Around the US, many people will be scrambling to buy the right card, hoping they made the right dinner reservations, gasping at the cost of long-stemmed roses, and hoping the person they love will say yes – between the covers and behind closed doors, or to a bit of crystallized carbon set in precious metal and offered on on knee, perhaps.

Not that I’m knocking any of that – but, to me, there’s something hollow in the compulsion to declare love on February 14, if you aren’t visibly living it the rest of the time.

Because love, as I tell my children, is a verb. Not just three little words that can be said without thought, meaning, or even feeling. Love is the act of acceptance, cherishing, nurturing, supporting. Of making ourselves or someone else important, not in words or gifts, but in deeds – in the setting aside of other things to give them primacy.

It’s about seeing and taking our beloveds, not as we would have them, but as they are. Embracing them, not with words or flowers, but with ourselves.

So, today, while my Accomplice the chef cooks Valentines’ dinners for other sweethearts, I’ll be here, at home, literally keeping the home fires burning on a day where windchills are expected to fall below -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whatever today brings you, may you warmed by love!

Writing:

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 4/25 in progress. (D).

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite of Scene 9/16 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. All posts on time. Nearly prepared to announce new schedule.

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least thrice weekly. I may not get to them all; but I will get to some. 3/3 for this inaugural week.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Back on track here.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Made changes to which pages display; gave pages a thorough weeding.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Emptied email inbox. Some progress on Archives (889 messages there; it’ll take a while to read and weed through them all, I’m doing them a few at a time).

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.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering. 6/5.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Day out with Jeremiah. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in; submitted next installment of “Slow Jazz”for this week‘s submission. Reading critique project #1: p.97/222.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes. Converation, play, documentaries.
  • Complete 6 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. Journaling and meditation: 7/7. Bought a meditation coloring book and used it.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Actually went back to class, and LOVED it!

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Good on the daily moving sprints: walks and hometending. Strenuous activity: 2/2 carrying firewood; tai chi. One health blogpost, which you can read here. 1 /2.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk.

  • Read through The Writer’s Coloring Book by Rachel Funk Heller in preparation for using it to plot and draft my April CampNaNo Kifo Island project. Complete. New goal: Purchase all needed supplies before I finish this month’s Foul Deeds Will Rise chapters, so that I can begin planning as soon as I finish.

  • Begin exploring FanFiction.net for possible submissions there. New goal.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

 

Posted in Blogging from A to Z 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, CampNaNoWriMo, Challenges and Contests, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Novel Excerpts, Stream of Consciousness Saturday

SoCS : “Defiled?” A Kifo Island Chronicles Story

Rowing down the Stream of Consciousness! Badge by Doobster at Mindful Digressions.

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme. The idea is simple and brilliant: write and post an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the current weekly prompt: the prefix de-, with a bonus for the suffix -ed”.

This snippet is from my April CampNaNoWriMo project: Transitions, Volume #1 of my Kifo Island Chronicles novella series-in-progress.  This series was born as my A-Z Challenge for 2014, in the form of 26 flash fiction stories. It’s unedited except for typos, with more repetition and less clarity than it will eventually have. This bit is from Scene 4, and deals with a love-triangle in the making…Terrance has just learned that his longtime husband, Barry, has kissed Corinne, a young potter whose shop they’re visiting. Now the spouse and his unexpected rival are sparring in the aftermath…

That was cruel. He deserved better than that.”

He’d thought the girl was all sweetness, with nothing beneath but more sweetness. But, like Barry, she had bedrock beneath.

Cruel, how?” Terrance smiled, and knew it wasn’t pleasant. “Seems to me it’s a hell of a lot crueler to get someone all hot and bothered, and then not follow through. I defused the time bomb you set; that’s all.”

She took three steps toward him, then stopped. “Maybe next time, we won’t stop.” Her chin was up, and the fire in her eyes was a surprise. She put her hands on her hips, and glared at him. “We did it as a courtesy to you, you know.”

Terrance decided that he would’ve liked it better if she’d denied it, the way he’d thought she would. If she had, there would’ve been a chance that it wouldn’t go any further than it had. But if she was willing to be forthright, if she was unashamed… “You kissed my husband, defiled my marriage, and you call it a courtesy?”

I defiled it?” She came to the chair, and Terrance tensed, but she only knelt and picked up two large pieces of the bell. “Barry said you’ve cheated – a lot more than just once. How the hell does a kiss, even a passionate one, defile a commitment more than that does?” She held the shards of the pottery close to her chest. “You broke this intentionally, didn’t you?”

Terrance sneered, and ignored the hurt in her question. “What are your intentions toward my husband?”

I’m not sure.” Again, she was honest; Terrance wished that she’d give him some reason to hate her. “What are yours?”

Mine? None of your blasted business, little girl. He’s my husband. I don’t need to explain or justify anything to you, or anyone but Barry Kelmore.”

If he were someone else, you probably would’ve destroyed your marriage years ago.” She got up, and put the shards on the table in front of him. “Just like you destroyed this bell. I made it for my mother, when I was twelve -”

And did you take it back, the way you tried to take my husband?”

My mother is deceased.” Four short words that deflated his pleasure in the moment of destruction.

I’m sorry,” Terrance said, and meant it. “Sometimes I don’t think before I act.”

Enjoy stream-of consciousness writing? Come play – there’s just a few simple rules. See you next week, for another live-streaming look into the lovely chaos in my mind! =)

Get more SoCS right here!

Posted in #8Sunday, Blogfest Entries, Blogging from A to Z 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, CampNaNoWriMo, Challenges and Contests, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Novel Excerpts

WIPpet Wednesday: Ready for Something New?

WIPpet good!

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

This week, I’ve got something brand-new – as in, less than a day old. It’s the beginning of my April CampNaNo Novella #1 (I hope to do two this month, assuming I can get the second one plotted!).

So what is this project? Well, last year, for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge, I wrote 26 stories set at the Kifo Island Hospice Resort, which is a bit like Fantasy Island for the dying and their families.

During the course of writing the stories, I realized that what I had could be the basis for a series of novellas.

Transitions is Volume One in the Kifo Island Chronicles series. For now, let’s say that it’s a love triangle, with unexpected angles. It’s a contemporary fantasy/romance, or at least that’s what I think it is now, at the beginning of things…

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is April 1, 2015 – no kidding!
  • You get 1 sentence today –the first one. Try not to spend it all in one place, OK? =)

Hey, Corinne – you ready in there?”

Yup, that’s it. Who’s Corinne? Well, you can find her original A-Z story here. Who’s talking to her? Not going to tell you. What’s she need to be ready for? Nope, not telling you that, either. If you’re curious, though, you can pop over for my #8Sunday post, where I’ll share a snippet 8 times as long as this one. =)

Hopefully, by next Wednesday, I’ll need to be more selective about what I share…because I’m well into the novella.

If you’d like to read a longer WIPpet Snippet, hop on over to some other WIPpeteers – you can even join in!

 

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, April CampNaNoWriMo 2014, Blogging from A to Z 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, CampNaNoWriMo, Life Writing, Round One 2015, ROW80 2015

A Somewhat Surreal Vision: March 26, 2015

ROWin’ past the finish…and on to the beginning!

Well, here we are, at the official end of Round One, and I feel a little like I’m surrounded by a Dali landscape. Know what I mean?

Time seems fluid; my dreams are exceptionally vivid. Characters are talking (not always the ones I’m listening for, but it’s good to hear the voices in my head, so I’m trying to just be happy I have characters with stories to tell…although I do feel a little like writing T’Pol a letter to remind her that humans need more sleep than Vulcans do, and revealing emotionally intense moments in her life just as I’m drifting off is not sleep-inducing – it’s writer-brain inducing!).

Tired writers with stories whirling in their heads are seldom logical…

Anyway, on to the business at hand. I’m moving along with the reverse-engineered story revision; I’m at the threshold of the last stages of plotting my first CampNaNo novella, and I have a better idea what’s going to be in my A-Z Challenge posts. As you’ll see below, there’s plenty to occupy me over the break, as I prepare to launch myself into four straight months of mad writerly creativity (should I cackle and rub my hands together, here, or stroke the cat, who’s been begging for it?)….decisions, decisions…

While I mull it over, here’s how I’m doing with my revised goals:

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. Plan and plot two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas before April 1. KIC #1- “Transitions”. Scrivener file set up with ordered chapters/scenes. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. 24/24 Scene Summaries complete! Next up, Cheat Sheets; then the rest of the plan, then on to Book 2, which I’ve been giving a little thought. No, I didn’t get both novellas planned before the end of the round, but I’ve made significant progress, and this will remain a focus until I either finish both, or run out of March. If that happens, I’ll finish plotting Book Two while drafting Book One.
  • Hometending and lifetending. More hometending projects. A couple of slower days, as I nurse a sore footand I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or so…I didn’t necessarily do all of the things on my goals list, but I did a lot of decluttering, purging, cleaning, and organizing. That and a fair amount of added physical activity added up to what I’m calling a solid win in this area.
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Scene summaries completed for both! Cheat Sheets: 8/16 – both complete through Midpoint; Scrivener story file created; Cheat Sheets and Template added. Next up, the other half of the Cheat Sheets; then a rewrite! Okay, I’d hoped to be long done with this by now, but I think it was necessary to go through and reverse engineer a structure for this story. I feel the revision will come together more quickly, and be far better, because I took the time. This will remain a priority for the rest of the round.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday and ROW80 posted. Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, and Eight Sentence Sunday scheduled. Final ROW80 post and Second Serving Sunday in progress. Next up, finishing these, and moving forward on queuable posts for April. After a few rough weeks, I got back into a better place, and I’m posting regularly again, and even moving ahead a bit. I’m happy with my progress, all things considered.
  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts. Paragraphs completed through G (third day of Week Two); next up, the other 19, then actually writing the posts. Again, I was hoping to have all of the posts written by the end of the round, but I know I’ll be able to focus on these more as I finish some of the other, longer term prep work. Since I have all month to get them posted, they’re a secondary focus until either the novellas are plotted, or the short story revised. I definitely want to have Week One, at least, scheduled by March 31.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Embellished collages for first Walk With Jo. Next up, edit essay for 3/30 post, and draft Walk With Jo Post. I’m happy with the progress here; it’ll remain a secondary project for the rest of the month.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. Feb18, first batch of the sunset as we drove down I-5 to Eugene from points north; Next up, the last of the Feb. 18 editing, then sharing more on FB album. This is going slowly, but I’m editing and sharing a couple of times a week, so I’m pleased. I’ll continue this as a secondary focus.

Adding during the break:

  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. Assessing where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly. Next up, continuing comments on Round One and 2015, and writing February/March update. Moving to a tertiary position, until a couple of other things are done.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post. This is a secondary goal.
  • Draft my Round 2/ April goals. This is a tertiary goal.

In case you’re wondering, the cat won out, as cats generally do. =)

You’ve reached the end of my Round One – find other ROWers’ wrapups right here!

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali. Fair use image via WikiaArt.
Posted in Blogging from A to Z 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Coffee and Conversation, Life Writing, Story a Day May Challenge

Coffee and Conversation: Tangential Thoughts

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again – time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, myfamilywas driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own...

It’s nearly nine o’clock on the second Monday of June, local time. It’s been over a week now since I completed the two month writing marathon of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge and Story A Day.

I’m still feeling tired, and a bit disoriented, after all that sustained effort. My blogging has been a bit erratic – I have things to say, but I’m finding it exhausting and sometimes all but impossible to write the words that will say them.

It’s making me a bit restless. I’m not especially a creature of routine, which, given the rather freeform manner of our family life, is probably just as well.

I do have a certain affinity for flow and rhythm. Running water. Poetry. Music. The gently settling darkness outside my open window, with birds and crickets and fireflies and June bugs (well, actually, I’m not especially a fan of those big screen bashing beetles….). I like the flow of seasons, and days, the sun rising out the same bedroom window, and falling, amidst deepening shadows, giving its last light to the kitchen window…

I had a plan for today’s post, and it was going to be a part of the flow of my day.

But I’m tired, and I’m heading into a time of quiet and contemplation. The thoughts, emotions, and desire to express them are there.

But the words and the will aren’t. The things I would say, right now, are still subterranean, tucked within the sleepy aquifers deep within my soul.

I need to leave the creative outpouring of the last two months, to some degree, while remembering things like laundry and dishes and homeschool reports due soon and taking time to indulge myself and my beloveds; to reconnect, perhaps paradoxically, with my surfaces and my deep places…

Less of a balancing act, and more of a blending…

I’m tired, and spent, but it’s the good fatigue that comes from having done something strenuous, and done it with attention and care.

I “officially” wrote 57 stories (in lengths from 140 character Twitter fiction to 6,000-plus word complex “short” stories), in two months. I say “officially”, because that wasn’t all of them. I wrote two stories that I loved, but which didn’t fit the arc I was weaving (yes, I’ve saved them, and I had the delight of writing them). One story was rewritten, experimentally, using several points of view, and changed with each new framing.

And, through it all, I blogged.

I’m (if you will indulge the pun) all Tuckered out. I might even T’Pol asleep. (Okay, I could be a bit loopy from all that crawling into other skins and other lives…

During May, I wasn’t even human, all the time. It’s an odd trick, to be a Trellium-D addicted Vulcan starship officer fighting her rampant and uncontrolled desires while at the same time being a settled wife and mother who’s never left her planet of origin, and only canoodled with members of her own species…

I‘ve been living life:

  • Strangely?

  • Differently?

  • In odd wisps and fragments?

  • Beneath the surface, and on it?

  • As though it’s all up for creative debate?

The question marks mean I don’t know for sure. I’ve never been anything other than a seeker, a dreamer, a dweller in depth and breadth. For the first couple of decades of my life, I resisted, and gave myself to a string of false pearls known as “have-to”.

And then, I came, through shattering personal experience, to know that not one of us is immortal; not one of us can depend on a certain span of life to hold who we are and what we choose to give ourselves to.

For now, I give myself wholly to the deep places within – the currents and veins of as-yet unworded life, and to those I love. I give myself to passion, and indulgence of this breath, and all it contains, and then to the next, and the next, and beyond…

This isn’t what I planned to write today.

But it is who I am, in this moment. It’s honest, and true, and I’m sharing it with you.

Who are you, in this moment, while you read this? My house is filled with sleeping people who are wrapped around and through my heart and my soul, but we can sip our hot beverages and have a quiet chat while we listen to the nightsong of the crickets…

Posted in Blogging from A to Z 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Coffee and Conversation, Flash Fiction Pieces, Life Writing

Coffee and Conversation: Looking Back on the Alphabet

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again – time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my familywas driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own…

It’s the last Monday of May, and, as I move through the final week of my Story A Day challenge, it seems like a good time to do a little online hometending. One of the things I’ve been meaning to do is to write a reflection post for this year’s Blogging from A-Z April Challenge, now that I’ve had a little time and space from the intensity of the challenge itself. Read my pre-challenge Big Theme Reveal post.

  • I chose to do this challenge because it was a perfect vehicle for a writing project that had been swirling around my mind for a year, and was ready to be born. This challenge, whose only requirement is to write 26 alphabetical posts, allowed both a framework, and the freedom to explore in whichever ways my creative impulse carried me.

  • I chose to do it because there’s something satisfying in participating in a challenge with a group of others, pursuing the same goal, each in their own unique way. This meant others sharing in the journey. New blogs to discover, new friends to make. New ideas to ponder, and be expanded by…

  • And the excitement of writing and stretching myself to complete and ship my post, 26 out of 30 days.

So, did I get what I wanted out of this challenge?

Let’s take a look.

  • That nascent idea became Kifo Island Chronicles – 26 stories of characters residing, for various reasons, on a no-cost private hospice island. Some are dying; some are mourning; some are desperate for a chance to live.

  • By the end of the month, I knew that I want to use this source material to create a series of novellas. Each will contain between 2-5 interwoven story arcs. There will be some recurring characters, and themes and arcs may encompass more than one novella, although each will stand alone.

  • For each character, I have a brief character sketch, and a rough outline of their story arc. I can see many intersection points, and ways in which diverse characters will intertwine in various ways.

  • I have 17,915 words of story; and plans for much more. For each of my characters, I have one crystallized story that captures them and their conflicts.

Yes, it’s a long way from a completed series – or even one completed arc. But every project must begin somewhere – and I began with play, and now have a solid beginning.

And how about that group participation?

I discovered some wonderful blogs and bloggers during the challenge. This seems like a perfect time to introduce a few of my very favorites:

Badge of Honor!

Obviously, there’s lots of ideas and creative fodder here! =)

I’ve also picked up a few new blog followers, myself!

But, more importantly than the stories, or the camaraderie, or even the challenge, is the fun, the feeding my own creative life, the pouring forth of my daydreams…

Will I be back next year, for another take on this challenge?

Absolutely!

Enough about me – how about you? Have you undertaken a purposeful challenge, lately? What were your goals and hopes, going in? What inspired you? Did you get out of it what you wanted? Expected? Were there unexpected benefits?

I’ll brew up another pot with the new coffeemaker, and set out some tasty treats (we have muffins!). Why not tell us all about it? =)


Posted in April CampNaNoWriMo 2014, Blogging from A to Z 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, CampNaNoWriMo, Challenges and Contests, Coffee and Conversation, JuNoWriMo, Life Writing, NaNoWrimo, Story a Day May Challenge

Coffee and Conversation: Up for a Challenge?

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again – time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my familywas driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own…

Hey there! How are you, this fine Monday?

If you’ve been reading here over the last few weeks, you’ve probably encountered a challenge post. Maybe you’ve wondered why I take on so many of these.

  • I do it primarily because I like to stretch myself, challenge myself, and expand my horizons. If it’s true that learning new things keeps the mind agile and healthy; mine must surely be thriving!
  • I choose challenges that match well with my writing goals. It gives me another motivation and a framework that allows for a period of intense activity and focus. I don’t always complete the project, but I always make progress that moves me closer to the larger goal.
  • I meet many new people, and gain the perspective and companionship they offer. I read new writers, learn new things, and am exposed to new ideas.
  • I see what I love and am capable of, while feeding my creativity. A series of challenges met, failed at, and dropped out of has shown me what I can do, what means the most to me, and helps me to tap into rich veins of imagination and connection.

Spring seems like a perfect time for challenges. They are as abundant as new growth, and the surging energy of the season, the return of longer, sunnier days, seems to inspire me. Here’s what I’ve been up to, this season, and what’s yet to come:

April Challenges:

CampNaNoWriMo:

Word Count: 33,335 words.

What I Gained:

  • Completed one “hanging” WIP (To Be or Not to Be) ; moved another forward by over 20,000 words (The Stars Are Fire).

What Lies Ahead:

  • More CampNaNo in July.
  • More participation in group events, online or physically.

Blogging From A-Z:

Word Count: Nearly 20,000 words.

Story, World, and Character Building:

  • A location that existed only nebulously in my mind for the last year now has form, substance, and some operating principles.
  • It also has inhabitants across a diverse spectrum, and, although the stories themselves don’t reveal it, a complete story arc for each of the 26 characters….and a few more characters, who began as secondary, but who may merit deeper explorations when I return to further develop this concept.

Things Gained:

  • Exposure to many new blogs, people, and ideas.
  • New followers, and new blogs to follow.

What Lies Ahead:

  • Planning is in the very earliest stages for next year’s challenge.
  • Further development of my Kifo Island Chronicles stories; perhaps as a series of novellas, each dealing with 2-5 characters whose stories intertwine. Not sure exactly when this will happen, but it’s exciting.

May Challenge:

Story A Day May:

Word Count on May 5: 3,930 words.

Story, Character, and Craft Building:

  • I get to play with T’Pol. Trip, and their relationship, as it evolves.
  • I am learning more about these characters, and about the process of writing quality fan fiction.
  • By following the prompts, both official and guest, I am exploring and honing my craft.
  • I’m meeting new people – participants and authors. And I get to read lots of cool stories, too!

What Lies Ahead:

  • Continuing on with the challenge; challenging myself and these two intriguing characters.
  • And, eventually, possibly, a novel-length WIP (The IDIC Romance) to serialize at a fan fiction site. And an excerpt to use in a Facebook contest, too!

And what’s in the wings…

JuNoWriMo:

Why?:

  • Because I have two “hanging” WIPs I want to complete drafting this year.
  • And, well, challenges are are fantastic way to stir the creative stew, and to meet new people and forge new friendships.

Hopes:

  • I hope to finish TSAF, and make some good forward project on PTD.

July CampNaNo:

Why?:

  • Because I just love me some NaNo, and I love the flexibility of setting my own word count.

Hopes:

In the mists of future time…?

Well, there’s OctPoWriMo, and the “original” NaNoWriMo in November. More poems, perhaps on a theme, and a new novel yet to be selected

How about you? Do you find yourself seeking out new challenges or pursuing new projects as the weather warms into spring? Do you look forward to a creative surge? Do you have favorite activities for this time of the year…I’ll take a little break from my challenges, and we can have a cuppa while you tell me all about it.