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A Season of Growth; #ROW80 Round 3, 2017

Hi there!

My annual Chaostivity Marathon has now ended, and it’s time to rest, renew, recharge, and shift to a slower, more contemplative pace, before I begin my Chaostivity 10K from September-November.

But, since it’s a new month, it’s also time to take a look at my July progress on my Round 3 goals.

So let’s get on with that, shall we?

  • Trueborn Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); This was my July 2018 CampNaNo project; paused at 86,840. Will resume once both Kifo novels are complete. Secondary goal.
  • Blogposts: Complete all finite series begun during JuNoWriMo. I’ll have a better sense of what these are when I organize them in August; more details then. Stretch goal.

  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book  and The Story Toolkit to finish plotting this novel. I wanted to finish this before July started; instead, I’’m plotting on the fly while drafting. 21,064 plotting words; Antagonist #1 in progress; Step 6/22 TST; just need to do coloring materials for TWCB. Setting aside until/unless needed. Primary goal.
  • 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.

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Spend 50 hours revising “On Any Tuesday Night.” Start once Still Nameless Act One Beat Sheet is complete. Rather than set a goal by lesson, I’m trying a time goal. Primary goal.

  • Blogposts: Revise blogposts for use through November 2017.  Secondary goal.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it. Make a decision regarding sharing it with critique group, or waiting to run it through HTRYN. I will be running this through HTRYN, likely in 2017. Stretch goal COMPLETED!

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Partially through revision pass. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for all projects I’d like to submit in 2017. I’m evaluating what/if I’ll be submitting this fall; developing ideas if so. Secondary goal back-burnered. I believe focusing on revisions is ultimately a more productive goal, at this point in my career.

  • Explore Duotrope;  compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Research these; choose ten to pursue further. This is pretty self-explanatory. Stretch goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to /maintain regular blogging schedule, and prepare for November NaNoWriMo. I’m planning something a little special for this fall….stay tuned! Primary goal; some progress.

  • Refine labeling/branding/platform/marketing for my Accomplice, and branding for myself; complete the PicMonkey branding tutorial for both ventures. I continue learning and moving through the process of creating platforms and brands. Set up Pinterest and Instagram accounts; a bit of posting. More plans simmering for him and me. Secondary goal; great progress.

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans) and complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Hometending. Started IHIPs. Testing complete; results submitted. Canceled reservations for campground; arrangements for Miah.

  • 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. Meditation/journaling. Complete Gwen’s 30 Day Selfie Challenge. Dropped the challenge; too much going on. Stretch goal; some progress.

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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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My Birthday Salad! =D
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Another Year’s Growth; July 30, 2017

Well, it has been a year, hasn’t it?

Yesterday was my birthday – 48 trips around a small yellow sun. It’s been….an eventful year, in an eventful life.

Let’s say that.

Yesterday was full of contrasts. I won’t call them “good” or “bad.” As Shakespeare said, “Tis nothing good nor bad but thinking makes it so,”

I woke to a cleaner house, thanks to my Accomplice. I worked on my Patreon page, which I’ve been at now long enough to gestate a baby. I’d decided I was going to finally launch on my birthday, and I’d worked on it until I fell asleep.

My son and I had plans to attend a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs – a very pretty location where we’ve taken in the Bard more than once. But, when we stopped for gas – we couldn’t fill the car. All the gas just leaked out the bottom.

I called my Accomplice, and he came on his motorcycle, found a hole in the intake tube, and used a funnel and a gas can to get us enough gas – but by that time, both Jeremiah and I had been more or less stranded for close to an hour, so we decided we’d be happy to just come home again.

It was a good choice for me. I had half of the delicious goat cheese crouton, poached pear, and pecan salad I’d asked for. I finished my Patreon page and launched it, I worked on blog posts, and added 1,171 words to my word count for Still Nameless. And there will be a performance of Twelfth Night next week, so….

                                               Birthday Salad!

Do you roll with the punches when plans get catty-wompus?

Or do you find it harder to adapt and find those silver linings?

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 68,280/66,666 words. Will add another 1,111/day till month’s end. Primary goal COMPLETED!

How ironic, that the person who had been her jailer would be the one to open the door to this prison she’d locked herself into the day Marilyn and Lavender died.

  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. 2 hours, or close to it. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • Play with fan fiction as desired; because Trip and T’Pol say so. Reworked a snippet for WIPpet Wednesday. Stretch goal.

He had engendered numerous questions for which she had no answers – and also an array of inexplicable physical symptoms, such as respiration accelerated by 4%, circulation by 8%, and the tremors that had begun in her fingertips, as they had the night the strange music seemed to bind them together.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. WIPpet Wednesday. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Other Platforms: Post twice weekly to my Facebook Writer pageand once weekly to Instagram Complete Patreon profile and launch. Posted my walk, with a photo of the sky, to Instagram’ 2 updates to Facebook page….AND I LAUNCHED my Patreon page (sorry for yelling; it’s been on my goals list for a long time, and I’m excited! Secondary goal; fantastic progress!

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

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Posted to his page 2/3 times; posted to Instagram; promoted him on my Facebook timeline; explored other markets; registered for a Wednesday event; worked local market; ordered supplies for business cards/brochures. Secondary goal; great 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. After last week’s Crazy-Happy-Busy, more rest was in order…Hometending 3/5.

  • 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. Activity: 3/5; Strenuous: 1 /2 hours; Meditation/journaling 7/8.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80:

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Growth and Its Opposite: July 26, 2017

From my journal, July 25, 2017:

Fourteen years ago right about now, we were leaving for St. Peter’s Hospital NICU. I’d called earlier in the morning, as I had every morning since my discharge, to check in on Elijah, our baby boy, who suffered a profound brain injury at birth.

He had been stable.

By the time we reached the hospital a little of an hour later, he was dying.

The time after that passed in a blur – we were aware that the NICU was being cleared out. Someone I later learned was Jeri, with whom I’d attended school, and who would later lose her baby girl, took Miah, who was only 22 months old. The chaplain came, offered to baptize Elijah, and we accepted. We’re not religious, but there hadn’t been much chance to commemorate his arrival, and it seemed fitting.

Around 2 o’clock, Elijah James Burton, 12 days old, stopped breathing, and our lives changed forever.

His heart valves open and close in someone else’s chest, and that reality is the seed of my current CampNaNoWriMo novel. There’s a certain catharsis in writing it this month…and the reality is close to my heart.

Hug your children, if you can, for some of us can’t.

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 55,182/66,666 words; a bit above par after a week below. Primary goal; On target and then some.

That made Serrah laugh. She suddenly realized that she’d laughed very little in her whole life….well, not her whole life. The little girl she’d just gotten to know – the little girl she’d been long ago – that little girl had laughed a lot, before she got sick.

  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. 55 min. Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Slow, gradual start; posted to WIPpet Wednesday. 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 my walk, with a photo of the sky, to Instagram. Secondary goal; a bit of progress.

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

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Made labels, posted to his page 2/3 times, answered comment, posted to Instagram, started exploring other markets, worked local market. Secondary goal; great 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. After last week’s Crazy-Happy-Busy, more rest was in order…Hometending 1/5.

  • 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. Activity: 1/5; Strenuous: .5 /2 hours; Meditation/journaling 3/8.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

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Crazy-Happy Busy Growth: July 23, 2017

Wow, what a week!

  • Monday, there was a thunderstorm – the farmer’s market was indoors, and I reconnected with a classmate I haven’t seen for 30 years.

  • Tuesday, there was provisioning my son for his first trip to Unschoolers Rock the Campground in Plymouth, Massachusetts without his sister or me. He’s with a friend and his family, but this is still a big step for him.

  • Wednesday, I got my Accomplice’s Facebook shop set up, and now Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces can be purchased online. I also set up our first ad. There’s a long way still to go, but this is big for his blossoming business.

  • Thursday, we met our friends at our area’s largest mall, and Jeremiah left with them. Lise and I went in. She had birthday money, and spent it at teen-geared stores. She bought some fandom items from Five Nights at Freddy’s – a poster, and some pens, and a purple heart key chain. We had soft pretzels and lemonade and explored and hung out together.

  • Yesterday, my Accomplice was working his day job at the Schuyler Yacht Basin Lions Club Food and Wine Tasting event. He made Cajun catfish and dirty rice for the restaurant where he works, The Ugly Rooster. His employer gave authorization for him to also market his hot sauces, so I went to tend to those. We offered many samples, gave out many cards, and sold seven bottles. It’s cool to be finding a market organically, at smaller venues. The business is only 3 months old, and we financed it without a loan during very uncertain financial times. It’s a leap of faith, and it’s my husband’s passion. I love being part of his success for reasons that are far more than financial.

  • Later today, I’ll be heading out to pick up my traveling teen at a local park. And then I’ll get ready for what I hope will be a quieter week of absorbing all this growth!

What have you been up to?

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 45,379/66,666 words; a bit over 2K from par. Primary goal; behind due to crazy-busy week.

“Because I want to make love with you!” The admission burst out of her. She’d tried to hold that in; but there was no more holding it back. She’d been loud enough that the glances of the people at the nearest tables turned into outright states.

Ophelia didn’t care. Didn’t care whether she’d just been inappropriate; didn’t care whether the other patrons of this restaurant approved or not.

She’d waited twenty-six years – most of it not even admitting to herself that she was waiting, that she’d essentially put her entire life on hold, just to punish herself for something that had never been her fault to begin with –

  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. About 45 minutes? Not quite sure. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • 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.

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. Setting aside until August. Primary goal.

  • Blogposts: Revise JuNoWriMo blogposts one hour each week. Setting aside until August. Secondary goal.

Submitting:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Had a bit of a revelation on this; details pending. Primary goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Due to the Crazy-Happy-Busy week, posts were minimal this week. Primary goal; some setup.

  • 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 from Accomplice’s event. Secondary goal; some progress.

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

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Tagged in Instagram post; followed; helped with Lions Club Food and Wine Tasting. Big week for Chef Bluebeard! Secondary goal; great 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. Hometending: 4/5 days.

  • 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.Meditation/journaling 7/8; activity: 3/5; Strenuous: 1/2.

  • Paying It Forward: Finish back business for local crit group; and one chapter/week for Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Highlighted another chapter for questionnaire.

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Hot Sauces at the Yacht Basin, July 22, 2017.
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Preparing for New Growth; July 19, 2017

For the last twelve years, I’ve not-so-secretly dreaded July 13-25.

In 2003, the year Elijah was born and died, life was in limbo. We were afraid for our baby’s life, and didn’t yet know how significant those 12 days would become – that they would mark out an extremely abbreviated lifetime.

In 2004, Lise was 5 days old when those days started. Needless to say, I had other things on my mind and in my heart than the calendar.

Since then, though…

It’s been hard, every year.

Until this one.

It’s not that I don’t miss my baby who never had the chance to grow up. I’m aware of this 12 days, and I know what they mean in my life…

But I’m alive. WE’RE alive, as a family…and we’re an especially busy family, right now:

  • It’s homeschool reporting time. I’ve got Lise’s test scores to send to the district, and IHIPs to draft and finalize this month.

  • In addition to the weekly local farmer’s market where we have a table this summer, this weekend Jim and I will be working a charity food event for his employer, and we’ve secured permission from him to also offer his sauces, which will open another new market for us.

  • I’ve got a short story to revise and submit by month’s end, and, as always, writing and fitness goals, and a home to tend.

It turns out that when life is full of things that nourish myself and those I love, there’s less space available for dwelling on the tragedies that are part of life.

I’m just too focused on these various leaps of faith to sink into the deep well of anguish and “what-ifs” for which there never have been answers…my focus is more on the here-and-now of life.

Is this what acceptance feels like…knowing that some things can’t be, that they will affect me more powerfully at some times than others – and still going on with the daily stuff of living, simply because I and the rest of my beloveds are alive?

What do you think?

 

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 38,798/66,666 words; a bit less than 1K from Tuesday’s goal. Primary goal; On target plus a bit.

Naomi’s regard was intense, and a little threatening; Ophelia went back to staring at the pizza, her stomach twisting as though Pandora’s creatures were whizzing around in there, banging against the sides and stirring up the acid.

  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. 15 min/2 hours. Secondary goal; progress.

Revising:

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

Social Media:

  • Other Platforms: Post twice weekly to my Facebook Writer page; and once weekly to Instagram, and Pinterest.  Complete Patreon profile and launch. 1/ 2 FB page. Lots of pinning! Secondary goal; good progress.

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

Business:

  • Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress from June. Primary goal.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Got the PayPal Business account and new email/Google identity set up, all sauces in Facebook Business Page Shop; which is now open for business! Also set up Pinterest/Instagram accounts, and failed at setting up Twitter. Dipped toe into website/blog. Secondary goal; a dizzying amount 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. Hometending: 1/5. Received Lise’s test scores in mail Tuesday; will copy and send to district this week.

  • 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. Activity: 1/5; Strenuous: .5/2 hours; Meditation/journaling 3/8.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  

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Growth’s Expansion; July 16, 2017

Hi there!

This week has felt both calm and chaotic, restful, and productive.

Know what I mean?

If you do, you might be better at deciphering paradoxes than I am….or maybe you’re just a bit more removed from my brand of paradox…

I know that at least some of this is due to the huge, inescapable month-long paradox that is July. Just over a week ago, we celebrated our daughter’s entry into the world of adolescence…and then, Thursday was the fourteenth birthday of our second son, Elijah, who lived his entire 12-day life in July 2003.

So here we are, in the thick of what I’ve come to call Elijah’s Days. Things will be a bit emotionally fraught for me until the 25th, which marks the anniversary of his death. Then, only four days later, I will be 48.

July contains more than it seems any month should be able to, and that tends to affect the way I experience it.

So, until we move through this emotionally potent month, I’ll be riding the waves of paradoxical growth.

What does July mean to you? 

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 35,622/66,666 words; about 1K from Monday’s goal, and haven’t written yet Sunday at the time I typed this. Primary goal; On target and then some.

Excerpt:

She threw back her head, closed her eyes, and laughed.

When she opened them again, she was in the pottery shop she’d seen on the Kifo Island website, and in front of her was a beautiful, anatomically perfect walnut-sized heart – except that it was missing one very important piece.

She took up the wooden sculpting tool, and etched an L into the surface.

  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. 2 hours. A much better week; not quite back to regular schedule, but much closer than previous few weeks:

WIPpet Wednesday:

“I’ll try to remember that,” she said. It would be most agreeable to tell him that she hadn’t forgotten it for a moment of the last fourteen months, three weeks, and five days.

Combined #weekendcoffeesshare and Stream of Consciuousness Saturday:

I wasn’t a very nice mother, before I made a conscious, and very difficult to enact, decision that I needed to become a kinder, gentler, more respectful version of myself.

My kids, shortly after this change, referred to my former self as “Mean Mommy.” As in, “Back when you were a Mean Mommy.”

That hurt, to hear them say it. It still hurts that it was true, even though it’s been years since I lived up to that title.

#8sunday:

I burst up, nearly upsetting the latte before Jeremy rescues it. I try to look back, but the other commuters are jostling and pushing for the car entrances, a tsunami that sweeps me away from him.

Secondary goal; great progress.

Plotting:

  • Play with fan fiction as desired; because Trip and T’Pol say so. Wrote 12 new sentences for WIPpet Wednesday (see above for excerpt). Stretch goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Not quite back to regular pace, but closer. 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. A very good week! 1/2 FB page; saved a batch of pins, and posted to Instagram once. Did some learning and reviewing my existing Patreon info; simmering changes. Secondary goal.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. All chats and sprints; time on Quora and Wattpad. Stretch goal; good progress.

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/ branding/ platform/ marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Discussed/researched banners and displays. Secondary goal; some 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. Hometending; 6/5.

  • 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. Activity: 5/5; Strenuous: 2 /2 hours; Meditation/journaling 7/8.

  • Paying It Forward: Finish back business for local crit group; and one chapter/week for Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. 1/3 chapters for crit group member, contact w/ SK author re:timing of crit.

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