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!
Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete through Scene 38. Scene 34/50 in progress.
The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 4/25 in progress. (D).
Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. It’s decided! I will be writing the next Kifo Island Chronicles volume this spring, and it even has a working title: Shifting Tides. Planning has commenced, with a readthrough of the three short stories I wrote for MCs Linwood, Robert, and Wilma during the 2014 Blogging From A-Z Challenge.
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.
Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current.
A ll 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).
- 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.
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.
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.
The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!