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A Matter of Faith for WIPpet Wednesday

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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.

Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…and enjoy the journey!

I’m typing this today in the cardiac cath lab waiting area. Jim is inside, being prepped for his central line port placement, through which he will receive his chemotherapy at some near-future time that has yet to be announced.

It’s 7:20am, an hour when I’m usually asleep.

Instead, I was up all night writing, blogging, and drafting my son’s homeschool report, because it’s much easier for me to stay up for early appointments than it is for me to get up for them – and Jim won’t be allowed to drive himself home.

So, while I have a few minutes to rub together, I thought I’d set up this post. I don’t have internet here, so no posting till later, but it’s nice to be getting to it early in the day. I’m often butting up hard against midnight, lately – if I get to posting at all.

Well, it’s now 11 hours later, and this post hasn’t made it past Word to my blog template yet. I was called in to be with Jim, then, while he had his procedure, I chatted with two other women in the waiting area until I was ushered back to his side while he recovered. Once we got home, I crashed for a three-hour nap. Since then, I’ve been alternately moving forward on hometending goals and puttering.

Now, though, it’s time to get this post done.

One last thing…

I haven’t been the best at visiting other #WIPpeteers, or responding to comments. There has been a great outpouring of positive energy headed our way…so much that it’s more than a bit overwhelming. In a very good way, but still…I’m emotionally overflowing, and need to take the answering a little at a time.

So, if you’re one of the people I’ve “ignored” since last week, please know it’s not because your comment doesn’t matter – but because it matters so much, I want to be able to give you the return attention you deserve. I do hope to get to everyone in the next week or so.

And now….on to the WIPpeting!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 29, 2017.
  • My “fuzzy math” is: 9-2=7, and the month is 11…both lucky numbers when it comes to dice. Since my lucky number is 3, I’m sharing three sentences today, free of context.

A Matter of Faith

The problem was a matter of faith. Faith she was losing – if she ever truly had it.

It was difficult to tell whether what she had was truly faith, or the conditioning of a child that had been too young when taken from all she knew to resist what they gave her to replace it.

Who is the thinker of these thoughts?

Is she losing her faith?

Did she ever truly have it?

Any guesses?

If you’re missing my TnT fan fiction, and want more before they return from shore leave next week, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page anytime and stock up. =D

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The Scent of Inkberries: #SoCS and #NaNoWriMo2017

 

“But let us return to the story.” She lifted a hand, fingers lightly closed. “Each of the Nine came to Mother, each sharing the same core of truth. Two daughters would be born.” She lifted a finger to give the words the weight of a list; another thing about her that had nay changed with time. “One would carry the blood of Tacivaar, and the other of Canivaar.” A second finger joined the first. This one bore the stains of her inkberries, minding Niaan of those nights when she would wake to the sound of Konii’s quills scratching away at vellum, or scraps of fabric paper Rachyl sometimes wove and bound into books for her. They had had long whispered talks, oftimes, about what Konii was learning in the archives, and what Niaan was learning in the Huntlands, and how it ever seemed more real than anything they were learning as part of Mother’s lessons.

That early closeness had faded, but the scent of inkberries, or their stain on the Mouse’s fingers and shift, was still enough to bring the memory of it surging, bringing warmth and trust –

“You have stopped listening, little sister.”

What do inkberries smell like?

What is the rest of this story?

Do you want to read more?

This stream-of-consciousness snippet was written for Among the Firestars, Volume Five (I think) of my epic fantasy Trueborn series-in-the-making, and my current NaNoWriMo novel-in-progress.

 

Meanwhile, in real life…

Well, as they say, nothing is written in ink, or in stone – including that people who married each other a little over 20 years ago will get to live to grow into old age together.

My husband has metastasized pancreatic cancer. The first suggestion of the realities to come was the day after our twentieth anniversary on August 23. He was having abdominal pains – sharp and shooting, and, after most of the day thinking maybe it had more to do with the rich dinner we’d had at the oyster bar the night before, we were finally concerned enough about the possibility of appendicitis that we headed to the emergency room.

An ultrasound revealed the culprit was likely his gall bladder, and that he might need to be more careful of rich or dairy foods. But there was also a spot on his liver “Probaby fatty tissue,” we were told, but it was recommended that he see his primary care physician sometime the next week to be sure.

He didn’t go. We were between insurance plans, money was tight as we were launching a small business, and he didn’t want to pile up bills that would make things even tighter. He decided to wait for his regular appointment a few weeks later.

But he wasn’t feeling great. Digestive issues became chronic. In the back of my mind, I worried. He was tired, and his belly hurt. When he saw his doctor, she confirmed a mass on the larger lobe of his liver, and he came home to tell me there would be a series of tests and treatments, starting with a colonoscopy, and ending with the surgical removal of the alleged fatty tissue.

A day or so before the Thursday colonoscopy, his leg started hurting. He limped out of the appointment. The pain didn’t abate, and it swelled. On Monday, he went to the emergent care, because he’d been told they had the equipment to do an ultrasound on the leg. They didn’t, so they sent him on to the emergency room – and, there, they diagnosed a deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot running the length of his leg.

Then there was the bloodwork, which showed proteins indicative of cancer in his blood. The ultrasound that showed the liver mass, and a node on his pancreas. The biopsy that showed pancreatic tissue in the liver mass. The diagnosis, and the prognosis: six to twelve months. Inoperable. Incurable. Radiation won’t help. Chemotherapy will give him maybe more time, and better quality of life. But it won’t cure this.

Only death will.

Things aren’t written in stone, or in ink. But maybe I can change that – find a way to use indelible ink to etch these last twenty years and however many months, weeks, days – maybe even years, if we get very lucky – into my soul.

Maybe ink isn’t needed. Maybe the indelibility is right here with us, in our children, in our home, in our minds and memories –

And in every moment we’re all still here, and living, and loving…

**

This post is my dip into Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where this week’s prompt is “ink.”

Read more SoCS posts right here.

Want to join in? Here are the rules.

Remains of the Last Supper of Our Old Normal, Aug. 23, 2017.

 

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Tangled and Useless for WIPpet Wednesday

 

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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.


Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers  and friends!

I’m so glad you came along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…and enjoy the journey!

It’s been an – eventful week. I’m not ready to discuss, but events have led to some serious shuffling of priorities and timelines – and I don’t see that changing much for the near future, at least.

So, while I was going to bring a brand-new segment of Among the Firestars, my epic fantasy NaNoWriMo novel, I’ve yet to add any new words today, so far. So, instead, I’m sharing 8 sentences of my main character’s fever-dream…

I could give you context for this story…but I think it’s more fun if I don’t, so…

On to the WIPpeting!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 8, 2017.
  • I have 8 sentences for you today, for the day.

Tangled and Useless

It was he, in Kaivelt’s guise, taking from her that which she meant only for her Solemate. He was a Usurper; he took what was nay his and seeded her with his poisoned blood, so that she produced nay the beginning of her Line, but instead a tiny, twisted babe who never drew breath, never roused for his Welcoming…

Tacivaar had usurped her. As the talons and fangs of the Usurpers’ machines rent the world-mother’s skin, and drove in their anguish, so had Tacivaar pierced her while wearing Kaivelt’s guise, leading her back to the maze each time she found some hint or shadow of his true form –

Was it Kaivelt, or Tacivaar, who wanted her now?

Which of them was coming for her? She saw both, intertwined as the pattern of one of Rachyl’s weavings. What if to pull them apart was to undo her, and leave her as nothing but the strands, tangled and useless to all, even herself?

Who is having the dream?

Who are Tacivaar and Kaively?

Why is she having these dreams?

Any guesses?

If you’re missing my TnT fan fiction, and want more before they return from shore leave next month, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page for an all-hours buffet. =D .

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Gearing Up for New Growth: September 20, 2017

Hey there!

So, Round Three is about over, but September still has ten days to go. So this is my midweek update on monthly goals – and I’ll have my end-of-round update on Thursday….because I like to use the last day of the round to the fullest.

My mantra for September is:

Keep It Simple.

I think that would be an easier mantra to achieve if our business hadn’t just entered a new growth phase, at the same time my son’s learning to drive, and I’m in a phase of personal growth, too…

I wonder if a clone would make things simpler, or if I’d find enough shinies to match whatever number of me I happen to have…?

Well, all silliness aside, on with the update.

Do you ever find your life getting more complicated just when you planned on simplicity?

How do/did you handle that?

 

Excerpt from “Far Beyond Her Reach“:

It was well into the night, and the sky was clear. There would be Kaivelt’s firestars, and nay soon enough to please either of them, his ship would be another light in the sky.

And then he would come for her, and she would come to him, and the long, long sunrounds of waiting would finally have come to an ending.

Excerpt from “She Knows Everything(standard disclaimer applies; I neither own nor profit from them):

“T’Pol, we’re friends. I can’t force you to talk, but I’m worried for you.”

The memory-coil again. Two men. Running. Chanting priest. Restraining hands.

And T’Pol knows. She knows everything.

“You have logical cause to worry, Jonathan.”

Excerpt from Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2):

“You feel me at last, my Shentaa!” She had never thought to hear such jubilation in him again as he had had when she whelped a child of his blood. But it surged in him, and through him, to her – and Shentaa felt the first fleeting whispers of hope.

And, through the whispers, and his jubilation, she thought she might begin to See a path that would lead to the vengeance she craved.

 

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Added 3 contests from Writer’s Market 2018: 8/25 markets. Primary goal; modest progress.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Writer’s Market: 6 non-fiction/poetry markets; 11 /10 for Step 1. Okay, they didn’t all come from the mail, but the general purpose has been met. Secondary goal; stage 1/2 complete.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. #weekendcoffeeshare and #ROW80 Sunday posted; WIPpet Wednesday /scheduled.. Tentatively rough scheduled October special project. Primary goal; solid progress.

  • October special features blogpost drafts: Revise, package, and schedule this project. Once I’ve got two weeks’ worth ready, announce the project with schedule (I do better at these things when I commit to a time frame). Made a tentative schedule for this project; simmering production schedule to revise and package posts. Secondary goal; modest progress.

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. 6/60 Story A Day visits complete; it’s a start. Played on Instagram. There may be somewhere short of 60 to read. Stretch goal; good early progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 10/15 hours; worked market; worked on creating/researching marketing materials; applied for craft fair; downloaded UPC codes Jim purchased (a prelude to store sales). Primary goal; good progress.

  • Personal professional Development: Complete and post September Patreon offerings. Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Finished Patreon post, with Scene One of a never-before-seen story; shared twice. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. .7/1.5 hours. Goal on target for this week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 3.8 /8 hours. Meditate/journal: 4/8. Goal on target for this week.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 –

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Penultimate Growth: #ROW80 September 17, 2017

Hey there!

I’m writing to you today from the bank of the Erie Canal, where Chef Bluebeard and I are at the Waterford Harbor Farmer’s Market.

No sales so far; it seems to be a slow weekend. Waterford (the oldest incorporated village in the United States) is having its village-wide garage sale this weekend; people passing through seem to be moving slowly, and ambling more. We’ve had interest; it just hasn’t converted to sales yet.

It’s a beautiful day to be beside the water, though, and there’s good free wifi, conversation, and live music. Later, I’ll be heading back out to my weekly write-in at a Denny’s about 30 minutes from home, where I’ll chat and write by turns (we run 2o minute sprints through the evening).

It’s also the penultimate update of Round Three. I’ll have  my regular update on Wednesday, then a final tally for my Round Three goals on Thursday. Then, although Round Four won’t begin until October 2, I will continue posting on these goals through the end of September. As I’ve mentioned before, I will be making major changes to the way I set goals at that time. More on that aswe get closer…

So, what are you doing this #SundayFunday?

 

  • Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble  each day, to challenge prompts. Day 16/30 finished for both, Primary goal; COMPLETED for this week; on target for the month.

Snippet from You Have News:

“Are you going to tell it, or hoard it to yourself like you did that fur when you were seven sunrounds, and dragged it into the Great Hall, and would nay let any other touch it or take it from your jaws?”

“Nay – I will tell it. I want none of the flogging Mother gave me when I fell asleep with it.”

Snippet from The Hard Way:

Trip pokes at the flaky croissant, dips it in cherry jam – then puts it back on his plate, uneaten. He stares at the page on the PADD without really seeing it. The print swims; he still hasn’t slept.

  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). 3,459/ 3,333 words. Stretch goal EXCEEDED for this week!

Snippet from The Last House:

Drea promised herself she was going to stop on the way out and take a picture or two to remember them by, since tulips had a fleeting season.

She was tempted to do it now – but she was afraid that, if she lost her momentum, she wasn’t ever going to open the door and go inside.

And she needed to open that door.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. On-the-fly plotting ongoing. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Class: Spend 5 hours/week on this class, using my TnT fanfiction story, “On Any Tuesday Night.” 5/5 hours completed. Lesson 5/22:Conflict: 14/21 scene cards completed. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. ROW80 Midweek; WIPpet Wednesday; #8sunday, and #SoCS posted; #weekendcoffeeshare drafted. Primary goal; solid progress.

Snippet from My Name is T’Pol

“Human courtesies, Commander Tucker. My people’s customs differ -” She considered how to broach the topic of what he had offered, and what it meant among Vulcans, but that was a discussion which required a level of privacy the current circumstances wouldn’t accommodate.

“Was there supposed to be an end to that sentence – cause I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I wouldn’t want it reported to the High Command that I interrupted their chaperone before she was done preaching at me.”

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Visited 3 #weekendcoffeeshare, #SoCS, and all WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 bloggers; commented on each 4/60 visits complete; it’s a start. Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 16/15 hours; worked event/two markets, did a bit of market research; and worked on gift bucket prototypes. Primary goal ExCEEDED for this week.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Filmed videos #2 and#3. Still need editing. Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1.75/1.5 hours. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 7.76/8 hours, including Run 5K, swimming, and tai chi class (I really, really missed it!). Journal; 7/8; meditate 11/8. Very solid progress!

  • Lifetending: Reading: The 12 Week Year  by Brian P. Moran; and How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career, by James Scott Bell. Listening; Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling; and Welcome to Night Vale September podcasts; and The Star Trek Chronology Project Episodes 311: TNG: Relics to 320: DS9: Past Prologue. 12WY and #WTNV: 100%. HTWSSAUTTFYWC: 36%. Solid progress; on target for the month.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . Crit group: 1.6 /3 hours on Moon Murder Chapter 3; current obligation met. 3.25/3 hours on betas; Stained Blood: highlighted Chapter 2 for future commenting. Began comments on Spellfire’s Kiss, Chapter 3 completed and delivered; Chapter 4 highlighted for future commenting. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

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Hard News for #StoryADay/#SoCS

Hi there, and welcome to my joint #StoryADay/ Stream of Consciousness Saturday post.

The #SoCS prompt for this week is “vol.” I used three “vol” words, and a list of prompt words from a worksheet created by my friend and NaNoWriMo ML, Shannon Kauderer. Those are listed before the TnT drabble. I confess to editing that one to maintain the 100 word limit, so you can consider it a bonus if you’d like.

The first post is completely unedited.

I haven’t been posting my #StoryADay writing on a daily basis, but it fit so well here, I couldn’t resist. Learn more about StoryADay September 2017.

“You Have News” 

(Preparation for my upcoming Trueborn series epic fantasy series WIP, Solemates.)

“So, sister, you have news you have nay shared with me yet.”

Niaan might have been surprised, once, at the ease with which Rachyl discerned such things, when she had thought them camouflaged and safe from encroachment. But she was sitting on cushions beside a voluminous planting of sensates. She could nay read any but the most basic of the messages the plants made, but Rachyl tended to the plants as to dear friends, and they spoke to her even if she didn’t touch them.

“Are you going to tell it, or hoard it to yourself like you did that fur when you were seven sunrounds, and dragged it into the Great Hall, and would nay let any other touch it or take it from your jaws?”

“Nay – I will tell it. I want none of the flogging Mother gave me when I fell asleep with it.”

“As though I would flog you for simply being as you are, sister. Come, now, you know me better than that. Besides, your fangs are far sharper, and your Huntskills far stronger, than they were then. I value my skin too much to wish it punctured. Even more my breathsource and bloodsource, sister. So, if you will nay tell me now, I will wait on your choice, and hold to my own wonderings.” Rachyl sipped her tea sedately; as though nothing could ever disturb her.

Mayhap it could nay. She was a fine healer, and had been so since she was a child. It was she who had made and applied the salve after Mother’s flogging.

But, if there was that which could disturb her, it was like as nay the news Niaan had to share. It had been so long, near to her lifetime, and many tended to think she had only imagined it in some fever-sickness long past, and that she was merely a fool who chased after dartwings, and would nay release the dessicated carcass of a prey long since dead.

She set her drinking bowl on the flat rock beside her, and studied her sister closely for a moment. “Kaivelt is coming to me, Rachyl.”

Word Prompts for September 16, 2017:

  1. flaky
  2. bloody
  3. well-groomed
  4. bounce
  5. page
  6. cherry
  7. trick
  8. print
  9. embarrass
  10. brother
  11. prickly
  12. finicky
  13. bored
  14. domineering
  15. volatile
  16. voluble

Standard disclaimer:

I don’t own or profit from these characters.

The Hard Way

(Exploration for upcoming chapters of my Star Trek: Enterprise TnT fan fiction story, “Highly Classified Mission,” which is based on S2E7: “The Seventh.” All previous and subsequent Story A Day September Drabbles can (eventually) be found on my fanfiction.net page.)

Trip pokes at the flaky croissant, dips it in cherry jam – then puts it back on his plate, uneaten. He stares at the page on the PADD without really seeing it. The print swims; he still hasn’t slept.

Bored with playing a volatile, domineering tyrant so soon?” Malcolm doesn’t look tired enough. There’s still a bounce in his step. He’s well-groomed. “Too finicky for Chef’s breakfast, too, I see.”

Trip is prickly. Malcolm’s too damned voluble. Trip’s brother taught him well how to embarrass someone, and and Malcolm Bloody Reed’s about to learn a trick or two – the hard way.

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Growth and Shiny Things: September 13, 2017

Hey there!

After the crazy-happy-busy week I detailed in my Sunday (well, posted Monday) update, the week has settled into something that’s not really a lull, but definitely the wake of that mad ROWing!

It’s a quietly productive time fueled by the shift in the seasons and the air, the late night and early morning fogs, the cooling of the nights and the softening light of the days, the songs of the crickets and the cry of the blue jays. Things are being born in me: autumn is an intensely creative time for me, and I tend to be abustle with tending goals and plans for a long New York winter by the time September is midway through… which it very nearly is, as I type this in the last minutes of Wednesday morning.

It can be tempting for me to want to charge ahead with each new plan or idea or Shiny Thing as it arises, particularly as the vibrancy of color intensifies, and the cool shifts to a frost-edged chill…

There’s a reason for my September mantra:

Keep It Simple.

Much as I might want to add new goals, and chase after the Shinies of life…I’m going to stick with what I have. I’ll remind myself as needed that these goals were the Shinies as I moved into the month, and that I set them with intention, in service to long-term contributions. I do have a plan to add one thing to the upcoming Round 3/Round 4 break – but it’s a thing that will make all the other things easier to attain.

Rather than adding goals, I’ve decided to indulge my desire for new Shinies by seeing some goals in a new way, and by embracing some new experiences, large and small. And, of course, by getting out into this lovely weather regularly, rather than spending all my time at the keyboard (which is essential to a writing career, but certainly not all there is to experience in life!).

So, here we go…on to my Keep It Simple September Roughly Midmonth Update!

Do you find yourself creatively energized by cooler weather?

Do you have autumn where you live?

  • Notes: For clarity, only goals I engaged with this session appear in this update.  Comprehensive goals lists can be found below. Standard disclaimer applies on Trek excerpts – I neither own nor profit from these characters.

  • September goals

  • Round Three goals (updated)

  • 2017 Goals

  • #oneword for 2017

  • Story A Day September : Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble each day, to challenge prompts. Day Twelve finished for both, Primary goal; on target for the month.

Excepted from: “Far Past Time:”

“It’s about time.”

“It is far past time.”

“Blame me, Jim – I took too long getting into my dress uniform.”

Excepted from: “Triaxian Silk:”

I caress the cloth -Triaxian silk, in an appealing rainbow of color. I worked hard for a whole night to make the deal that bought me these, but I figure if I get to see her wearing it even once, I have made a profit.

Excepted from: S48: “I Will Hold You:”

Niaan woke alone, and chilled despite the warmth of her borrowed furs. Kilyp was nay here; she must have slept overlong, and he, in the manner she knew so well, had gone to tend to her fastbreaking and morning brew, as though she could nay tend to it herself.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. A writing group friend mentioned having several 100-word prompt lists. She’s shared them with me; I’m now word-rich, and shouldn’t need more! Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. Finalized my schedule for September (finally!). Made up #SoCS. WIPpet and this post in progress. Primary goal; solid progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1/1.5 hours.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 2.9/8 hours, including Run 5K and tai chi class (I really, really missed it!). Journal; 3/8; meditate 3/8.

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Last night, I grew, and explored a Shiny Thing: my new wok!