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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.
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Penultimate Vision: March 22, 2015

ROWin’ to the end…

Spring’s still out to lunch, and will be for another few days, it seems. It is getting slowly and unsteadily warmer, and I’m moving forward as the round, the month, and the time for prepping come to an end, and the four-month writing surge commences with the (eventual) change of seasons…

It’s the second-to-last update of Round One. During the next few days, I’ll be striving to wrap up as many of these goals as I can manage, and move others forward. The break will bring more intensive focus on plotting and setting up April posts, goals, and hometending ,with the aim of being ready to dive into CampNaNo, and my two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas- to -be on the first. I’d love to have all of my A-Z blogposts prepped and scheduled by then, too…but it’s likely that that won’t happen, since there are three other people living here, and they call me things like “Wife” and “Mom”…because they’ve got the right to!

So, I’ll be focusing on doing the best I can to get ready for April, and, somewhere in there, I hope to be able to start ramping up for Story-a-Day May, then JuNoWriMo, then July CampNaNo

As I’m typing this, it feels just a bit insane…and I think I love it! It’ll be a full-on creation fest…

And I’ll love August and September, for the slower pace, and the chance to delve back into editing!

What about you? Do you have big spring plans, or are you just ready to sit back and enjoy some sunshine, fresh air, and green things?

As for me, 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”. Ordering the relevant folders in progress. All Goal/Motivation/Conflict completed. Next up, setting up the Scrivener file with ordered scenes, and the rest of the plan, then on to Book 2, which I’ve been giving a little thought.
  • Hometending and lifetending. More hometending projects. The house is even tidier…and I might even dive into the Chaos That Is Our Front Porch in the next week or two…
  • Revising: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”; complete and submit by March 31. Completed through Plot Point 3, for both. Next up, the final 4 scene summaries, and then the Cheat Sheets for all 16 scenes.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. Second Serving Sunday, and ROW80 posts in progress Coffee and Conversation, WIPpet Wednesday, Eight Sentence Sunday, and Stream of Consciousness Saturday posted and/or scheduled, as well as a reblog. Next up, finishing this week’s, and beginning next week’s, posts.
  • Continue editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. More of Feb18th edited, up through t the end of our first visit with Jim’s sister Jennifer. Next up, more Flickr uploads, then the last of the Feb. 18 editing, of the sunset as we drove down I-5 to Eugene from points north.
  • Create a queue of three Coffee and Conversation posts: one essay, and two Walks With Jo. Wrote a jumbled essay rough draft and highlighted for revision. Three collages formatted for first Walk With Jo post. Next up, edit essay for 3/30 post, and embellish collages for Walk With Jo.
  • Write a paragraph or so of notes for all 26 A-Z posts. A and B paragraphs completed; next up, the other 24, then writing the posts.

Moving to 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.
  • Draft a Round 2 sponsor post.

Well, that’s it for me, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several? And, whatever the season where you are, may it be a joyful one for you and yours! =) And, because it’s spring, I leave you with something perfectly bouncy…

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Creative Reset: ROW80 Update, 4/30/14

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Well, hello there, and welcome to the last day of April!

It’s raining on our brand-new trampoline, and looks like it will be all week. One pogo stick of a girl is very miffed with this weather, so I hope the aftermath is warm and dry- and flower-filled!

It’s a time for me to wrap up some things, and to begin others. This update will account for my April, and make the shift to May…there’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in!

Goals being shifted for May appear thusly.

April’s focus:

May’s focus:

  • Story-a-Day May

  • Sponsor post

  • Homeschool reports

Memory of a sunny spring day, May 2013

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Continue posting on my regular schedule. On target!

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Complete April A to Z challenge. Target attained!

  • 26/26 stories posted!

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts.On target.

  • Complete and post 31 Story-A-Day May Enterprise fan fiction stories, following prompts.

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • Caught up on Sunday, and now behind again!

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. Target exceeded!

  • Sunday: 2/3

  • Monday: 7/3!

  • Tuesday: 4/3

  • Visit three Story-A-Day blogs each day, on average.

Spring 2013 unfurling….

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

For April:

Complete TBONTB rough draft as a CampNaNo project..Target attained!

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.Target attained!

  • The Stars Are Fire: Draft one scene each week.

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my 2014 A to Z April Challenge project.Target attained!

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge,Target attained!

  • 17,915 words of workable material created!

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30 .Moving forward…

  • 17/31 in development.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process. On target.

  • 2/31 scenes prepared.

  • Complete 31 Stories for The IDIC Romance, using prompts wherever possible.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

For April:

  • Continue revision plan for Chameleon’s Dish, as time and focus permit.Nope.

  • Chameleon’s Dish: Revise one scene each week.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

  • Get the computer desk and moved out of the room.Stalled.

  • Complete pantry cleanup; move; organize. Stalled.

  • Plan the new coat area.On target.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

  • Complete the bulletin board reset. Stalled.

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • Bookcases moved. Chair coming soon! =D

  • Buy and place new chair.

  • Clean work surfaces.

Set up coffee/refreshment station.Target attained!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

For April:

  • Freewrite about what organization and productivity mean to me. Stalled.

  • Begin considering ways to use this information in my day-to-day life.Stalled.

Move to Round 3 or 4.

Sunlight and shadows on the front lawn, last May.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar.

For April:

  • Resume picking and completing slips as a playful complement to the more intensive blogging, writing, and editing. Stalled.

Open myself to opportunities to spend time with people I enjoy.

For April:

  • Attend at least one NaNoWriMo Tuesday Write-In.No.

  • Attend the Regional Food Bank Charity Dinner. No.

Contact one person from my People I’d Like to Meet list. Target exceeded!

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.Mostly

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.Target attained!

  • One salad; one blueberry/pomegranate smoothie.

  • 2/3 attained.

  • Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 4 times a week.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

For April:

  • Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, or measured by pedometer outside.Not so much.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.On target.

  • A slow week for this. Helped set up a trampoline, though!

  • Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week. Some.

  • Ride my bicycle at least once a week.Not yet.

  • Get a workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Some.

Sponsor Visits:

You can check up on the other ROWers, and their plans for Round 2, right here!

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Creative Accomplishment: ROW80 Update 4/27/14

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Well, hello there! How are you?

Me? Why, thanks for asking. I’m just dandy. Let me tell you why!

This week:

  • I completed my CampNaNo goal of 33,333 words, split between two WIPs.

  • I signed up for JuNo WriMo, cause I’m crazy like that.

  • I am down to the wire (3 left) with my A-Z posts.

  • My Story a Day May plans are coming together.

I also did a fair amount of hometending, got rid of a bit of clutter, and got more exercise than I have in the last few weeks, and hung out with a friend and my beloveds…

And I’m feeling both accomplished, and very creative! =D

So, watch out, world – here I come!

And now, for what I’ve been up to:

Note:

  • Goals reviewed monthly- I’ll be doing that on Wednesday.

  • Additions/ adaptations made throughout round.

  • Update lists only goals engaged with during current session.

My main focus this month is on:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.Target attained!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • 23/26 stories posted. Three to go – all in development!

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts. On target.

  • See Writing, below, for details.

Respond to comments, and return visits.  On target.

  • Continuing to respond; returning visits at that time. =)

  • Running a little behind; but will get caught up this week.

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. About even, I think.

  • Sunday: 3/3

  • Monday: 0/3 (I totally forgot!)

  • Tuesday: 4/3

  • Wednesday: 5/3

  • Thursday: 4/3

  • Friday: 4/3

  • Saturday: 0/3 (I was busy with other things…)


2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

For April:

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.Target attained!

  • 6,355 new words.

  • 21,738 April WIP words.

  • Scene 38/60 (in progress; near completion)

  • WIP total: 88,651/~100,000 words. (It will be more like 120-130K, I think)

  • NaNo count: 33,336/ 33,333 words.

  • Taking the rest of the month off, to focus on completing my A-Z stories, and more intensive planning for Story-A-Day May.

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plan, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge. On target.

  • 23/26 complete.

  • Development continues – this will be my main focus until complete.

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 Enterprise fan fiction stories by April 30. (2014 Story-a-Day May). On target – in a big way!

  • Story ideas are popping, especially since I bought the prompt book, so I can plan ahead.

  • Selected episodes for stories from Plot Point 1 to Pinch Point 1, for both characters.

  • Began developing GMCDs and watching episodes. #itswritingreseacrh!

  • Updated scene list.

  • This will be my secondary focus until A-Z posts are completed.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • First bookcase emptied; Sorting wrapping up.

2014 Lifetending:

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.Targetexceeded!

  • 2 salads.

  • 3 smoothies.

  • 1 pomegranate juice.

  • 6/3 attained. I do love fruits and veggies! =D

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

For April:.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.So-so; tired week with lots of writing and hometending

  • Sunday: yes

  • Monday: 2/3

  • Tuesday: yes

  • Wednesday: no

  • Thursday: yes

  • Friday: 1/3

  • Saturday: 0/3

Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, on treadmill, or measured by pedometer outside. Better.

  • .4 mile outside, with kids and dog.

  • .4 miles on treadmill.

  • .2 mile walk with Lise and Corki-dog.

  • 1.0 /1.5 this week.

Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Outside bubble play with Annalise.

  • Monkey in the Middle with both kids.

Sponsor Visits (and some extras!)

Why not pop in on the other ROWers?

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Creative Potential: ROW80 Update 4/20/14

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Well, hello there!

Ever think you’ve got things all figured out, only to have new possibilities arise and swirl things into a state of lovely chaos?

Yup, that’s where I am!

  • Earlier this week, I read this post by Eden Mabee. Now, as some of you may know, we’ve been friends pretty near our whole lives; and, for that long, she’s been tugging me out of my comfort zone. So – I will be doing JuNoWriMo this year! My plan is to finish the rough draft of The Stars are Fire, then move on to Perchance to Dream, which will carry me closer to my 2014 goal of completing my three “hanging” WIPs. And, at this point, 50K in a month will hardly cause me to break a sweat!

  • A comment on a post I wrote in January may have led me to the perfect home for my fan fiction. I’ll be checking into that, and I’ll say more when I know more. Early indications are good! =)

And now, for what I’ve been up to:

Note:

  • Goals reviewed monthly.

  • Additions/ adaptations made throughout round.

  • Update lists only goals engaged with during current session.

My main focus this monthis these two challenges:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Volumes could (and may be, someday!) about the things this woman has gotten me into!

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.Target attained!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • 19/26 stories posted. Only seven to go!

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts. Target attained!

  • See Writing, below, for details.

Respond to comments, and return visits. Target attained!

  • Continuing to respond to some each day; retuning visits at that time. =)

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. A bit behind.

  • Sunday: 3/3

  • Monday: 0/3 (I totally forgot!)

  • Tuesday: 4/3

My plates are filled with delicious projects!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

For April:

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.On target.

  •   3,408 new words.

  • 15,383April WIP words.

  • Scene 35/60.

  • WIP total:     82,384/~100,000 words.

  • NaNo count: 26,643/33,333    words.

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge. On target.

  • 19/26 complete.

  • Development continues on as-needed/ as-fits-life basis.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30.On target – in a big way!

  • Completed GMCDs through Plot Point 1.

  • Watched several episodes.

  • Ideas for individual stories coalescing.

Building something wonderful…one step at a time!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

For April:

Continue the family room reset. On target, more or less.

  • Moved out to the front porch; cleaning this will help with the shifting of the family room/kitchen.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • A tiny bit of sorting.

2014 Lifetending:

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.Targetexceeded!

  • 1 salad.

  • 3 smoothies.

  • 4/3 attained.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

For April:.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.Almost

  • Sunday: yes

  • Monday: 2/3

  • Tuesday: yes

Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, on treadmill, or measured by pedometer outside. On target.

  • .4 mile outside, with kids and dog.

  • .4 miles on treadmill.

  • .8 /1.5 so far this week.

Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Outside bubble play with Annalise.

Ride my bicycle at least once a week. Getting closer…

  • Checked my bike out; need to lubricate brakes, seat adjustment, gear shifts.

Get a workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Target attained!

  • Cardio only workout with Jeremiah (he’s not old enough to use the Y’s weight room): Treadmill, recumbent bike, elliptical.

Weaving stories, words, and my life…

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Well, that’s it for me. I’ve got three more blogposts and 1,112 NaNo words to write before I sleep, and this home could use some pretty serious tending…so, until next time, I’ll leave you with something else Eden’s gotten me into…this guy named Art, and this other guy named Paul !

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The Creative Deeps: ROW80 Update 4/20/14

 

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 Well, hello there, and happy Easter, if you’re into that sort of thing!

As the title of this post implies; I’ve been swimming in deeply creative waters, this session.

When I decided that I would give my focus to the “Last House” (now Kifo Island Chronicles) stories in April, and to the T’Pol and Trip fanfic exploration (now, tentatively, The IDIC Romance), I really didn’t know what those explorations would look like.

Now, as I move through the first of these challenges, and the process of preparing for the second, I have a better idea.

I’m doing a lot more planning than any of the posted stories will reveal. I’m digging in, and setting up the structure and basic shapes of something bigger, for both.

  • For KIC, that may end up as a series of novellas.

  • And for TIR, I see a novel waiting to be born…and others on the horizon, because there’s obviously (to me, at least!) so very much more going on between these two characters, and I want to know what it is.

So, there’s a lot more than meets the eye, and these challenges are likely to grow into something much larger, at some later point (I have ideas on when, but, for now, I’ll keep those to myself).

How about you? Do you find yourself using challenges, writing or otherwise, as a way to reach toward larger, longer-term goals? Do you choose challenging projects for that reason? What challenges are you dealing with, now?

Note:

  • Goals are reviewed at the end of each month.

  • Additions/ adaptations made throughout the round.

  • Update list only goals engaged with during current session.

My main focuses this month:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Getting comfortable with the deep places. Photo by Eden Mabee.

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.Target attained!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • Currently developing stories through Week 3.

  • 16/26 stories posted.

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts. On target.

  • Lots of prepping and plotting; see Writing, below, for details.

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • I‘m getting to these more frequently, and they keep coming! Cool! =D

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. A bit ahead, this session.

  • Wednesday: 4/3

  • Thursday: 4/3

  • Friday: 4/3

  • Saturday: 4/3

Joyful Flow!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

  • What’s a better feeling than finishing a WIP draft? Why, finding out that you shortchanged yourself by 10K in your final word count, of course! Final count for TBONTB is over 217K, not 207K, as I thought. Since this will become two novels, that’s a pretty good end count.

For April:

MoveThe Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.On target.

  • 4,608new words.

  • 11,975April WIP words.

  • Currently writing scene33/60.Past the halfway point!

  • WIP total: 79,089/~100,000 words.

  • Current NaNo count: 23,235/33,333 words. Yup, just under 10K to go, now!

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge. On target.

  • 16/26 complete.

  • Development continues in an as-needed/ as-fits-life basis.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30.On target – in a big way!

  • Completed T’Pol and Trip’s character sketches.

  • Set plot and pinch points for both.

  • Completed Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disaster for each point., for both.

  • Set up plot/pinch points in T’Pol’s character arc, with spaces for connecting scenes yet to be plotted.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process. On target.

  • Happening organically as I move through the plotting process.

Reflected Zen depths…?

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • Continued clearing/organizing the first of the two bookcases.

  • Visited my chair at the store. =)

2014 Lifetending:

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.Target attained!

  • Indirectly. I made one Tweet, via Facebook, with hashtags, duringJeopardy!.

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.On target.

  • Two salads. Meals, more like – and there was avocado! =)

  • 1 smoothie.

  • 3/3 attained.

Depth by the handsful! Original photo by Jean Dorsey

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

For April:.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each. Mostly..

  • Wednesday: yes.

  • Thursday: yes.

  • Friday – yes.

  • Saturday – no- I took the kids shopping, so there was walking.

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You can check up on the other ROWers, and their plans for Round 2, right here!

 

What lies ahead…and beneath?