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Sowing Onward: April 30, 2017

As April waxes into May, it’s time for me to evaluate my ROW8o progress. Often, I wait to do this until the month is officially over, and make an additional post for it. But it occurs to me that it might be more efficient to do the major post now, and add any extra progress to the first May update, so I can just use my regular schedule.

Today has been a more restful day for me, between finishing up my April challenges, and moving into new ones tomorrow…

What’s blooming in your May?

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,1q67 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 65,090/65,000 words. I’m not calling this a complete win, because I still have a third to a half of the story left to write. Lots of progress, and I’m still eager to finish, so this is a success. =)

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Secondary goal. While I did add words intermittently throughout the month, I never quite reached the weekly goal, and the book is only modestly closer to being finished. Minor success.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arccreate bbasic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. Cowled: Read 6/12 existing stories; added 7 “placeholder” scene slots with general description as base for new drabbles. It’s a beginning…I couldn’t do as much as I wanted with this goal, since I was expecting a prompt book in advance of the challenge, but there wasn’t one this year. A bit of progress; a bit of success.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lesson 2 (Promises) of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course  by April 30. Aim for 20 pages/week analyzed. Primary goal. Well…20 pages a week was laughable, really. It never got close to happening, but I did move forward several pages, and have printed more worksheets, organized the materials, and purchased a huge new 3” binder to expand into. Modest success.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy editing if they’re ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal. Still waiting.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as/if needed. Primary goal. Waiting.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. All posted on website: 26/26. Shared and linked through W; 23/26 complete (wrapping that up later today). I fell down a little in the sharing and the visiting, due to the busy, busy month and new format. A modest success.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal. The prep stuff and regular blogging were spotty. I managed WIPpets every week. Moderate success.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. I took some new pictures during outings, but didn’t edit, Flickrize, or tag for albums.. Moderate success.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Didn’t hit every mark every week, but solid progress despite an extremely transitional month.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Chatting, videos, business stuff, planning. Tai chi/salad date with my Accomplice Thursday afternoon. Plans in the works for some upcoming travels (and a newer car more suited to those adventures). Calling this goal COMPLETED!

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Cabin visits:5/5. I didn’t visit the forums the last two weeks, but calling this solid progress based on doing well everywhere else.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. Conversation, dreaming, simmering, brainstorming. I decided to put off joining the workforce, since my Accomplice needs a good deal of help with his business setup and working out a marketing plan – and, as a bonus, this helps me learn these skills for my own future writing plans. A solid if adapted success.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings were a bit more hit-or-miss; it was an active month. Evenings – well evenings didn’t happen. Moderate success.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. Began the Baby Steps to 5K 10 week program; also using the Samsung Health app on my new phone. Not a perfect month, but a new mindset and commitment makes this solid progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • NEW GOAL! Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2018: Gather links and sketch out base idea for these posts. The links are about half gathered; simmering base ideas. Solid progress.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Did some work for my Accomplice’s commerce pages – learning, designing, and implementing. Resounding success!

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. Simmering. Moderate progress.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change. Simmering this one, too. Modest progress.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit  and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. No progress whatsoever.

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Sowing… Something Strong? April 26, 2017

Hey there!

Ever get to the moment of accounting, and wonder exactly what you’ve been doing?

Yup, you guessed it. I’m there right now.

You see, I’ve significantly upped my daily activity level, and I’m using my new-t0-me phone to do it. Last Saturday, I walked and/or hiked 7.5 miles, most of it with my son. Sunday, I went to the Y on what is often a sedentary day for me, and biked 6.5 miles (after a 40 minute session in the weight room). Monday, I kicked off my Baby Steps to 5K program (also on my phone; if you have a Samsung phone and haven’t checked out Samsung Health, and want to be more fit, it’s got LOTS of options).

Despite that strong start on Monday, I’d only slept a couple of hours, and I tanked out a bit early, not quite making my recently upped 6,666 step/day goal. On Tuesday, I didn’t make either the word count goal or the activity goal of 99-111 minutes.

I know I did move both days – but there’s a certain disappointment that comes with “not cutting it” when you’re “keeping score”. I know that’s not logical, because I definitely moved both days, and I did have three consecutive days with intense activity levels. But I still wanted to make those goals…after all, that’s why I set them. =)

But they’re goals, not requirements. And my body, mind, and soul are telling me that, despite the imperfect start. My muscles are pleasantly achy, in a way that feels strong and alive beneath my padding, which can sometimes be numbing. I’m aware of those muscles, and their willingness to move me, if I only provide the impetus. My posture is a bit straighter, these last days. I’m being more mindful of what I’m eating without dieting – more of the veggies and grains I love, in new combinations. I downloaded a series of tai chi lesson videos that were recommended by my instructor, Sal. Now I can finally learn the form on my own, little by little, rather than following along in class, but not able to replicate it once I’m home.

It’s a similar thing with writing… lots happening, and a lot of it mostly invisible from the top, yet essential for foundation building.

So it’s deeper than the numbers – but then, it usually is.

Have you ever had an experience like this, when the “score” only hinted at the progress?

Writing:

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arccreate basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. There’s a newly available checklist, so I’ll be getting to work on that through the rest of the week, so I’ll be ready with at least the first few days by Monday.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. Shared and linked through U; 21/26 complete; no visits made or comments answered yet this week.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds: 2/5 for the week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Canoodling, chatting, videos. Took myself out for a workout on Sunday, attended write-in later that evening.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Attended write-in. Cabin visits:1/5.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. More label stuff; investigated and discussed a few options, and clarified what he wants first.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 2/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99: 1/5; 111: 1/2. Strenuous: 7 hours, 36 minutes/7 hours; cardio; weights; Baby Steps to 5K program workout 1/30.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. Simmering, but think I’m getting ready to move forward on this one.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change. Simmering this one, too.

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Sowing Potential: April 23, 2017

Welcome, all!

How has your week been?

On Wednesday, after I posted my update, our new (refurbished) Samsung Galaxy S5 phones arrived – and my world opened up!

Yes, I know. The Galaxy is now up to the S8, so these phones are hardly the latest and the greatest. But, still…my previous phone was an LG Optimus Fuel. It was a nifty little phone when I bought it two years back.

But this new phone – it’s on a whole different level. Just one example: the Samsung Health app. I’m using it so far to track sleep, water and caffeine intake, and activity. Now I can SEE what I’m doing (and not doing), and it’s inspiring me to do more. Yesterday, for instance, my son and I did some hiking in our hometown and at Saratoga National Historical Park. I walked 7.5 miles! And the pictures….they speak for themselves!

Nielson Farm, Saratogal National Historical Park, April 22, 2017


What new worlds have opened up for you, lately?

Note: Goals I engaged with during this session are detailed in this update. For complete lists, see the links below.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,1q67 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 47,771/65,000 words (the novel will be longer than the target count). Under 20K left to reach my Camp goal…I think I’ve got this one. =)

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Secondary goal. 1,398/3,333 new words for the week, and I finally finished Scene 44/50! It’s ugly, and will need a LOT of revision…but I needed to write and wander my way back into this WIP, so I can live with that! It’s not quite the progress I was hoping for at the beginning of the month, but it is forward motion; I’m satisfied.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arccreate basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. Read latest post at the site; finally started listening to the podcast. Bonus? Julie’s lovely Irish lilt, right here in my house!

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. Shared and linked through Q: 16/26; R and S posted, but not yet linked or shared; I got busy with Other Things.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal.My Honor to Serve”. Not the best blogging week….

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Took some more pictures; editing and Flickerizing in progress. Still pending: tagging for albums…

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds: 5/5 for the week. Yard, porch, bedroom, bathroom, and study complete. Not perfect, but I’ll take it!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Chatting with all; couples’ workout (tai chi for me/cardio and weights for him); walks with daughter; historical hike with son.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Cabin visits: 4/5.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. Lots of labeling stuff. Working through the obstacles and setbacks – talked to print shop at Staples and brainstormed ideas.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 6/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete. Evenings have been tricky, since my Accomplice shifted to an early schedule, but my new phone may hold the solution I’ve been looking for.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99: 5/5; 111: 2/2. Strenuous: 6 /7 hours; yardtending; tai chi; hiking.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. No actual worksheet writing here; but my new phone has given me a couple of minor epiphanies on a way forward…

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change.  Again, the phone may be instrumental to moving forward here.

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Hurly-burly spring sky over Saratgoa National Historical Park
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Sowing Organic Structures: April 19, 2017

Hey there!

How is every little thing going with you?

For me, over the last few days, things have been more settled. We’re still trying to fine-tune my Accomplice’s labels – my printer isn’t quite up to clarity needed for ease of reading, or the labels he chose aren’t best for the job. I’m not sure which yet; I’m going to buy something a bit higher quality, and we’re also researching professional printing services.

In my own writing, I have written my way back to the positive side of this line:

I’m experimenting with something new – time-blocking. Well, maybe not so new, since I did something similar back in school. It’s more like an updated, more realistic version of that, I guess. If you’re interested in exploring it, here’s the link.

It feels good to know I stand on solid-ish ground.

Have you made any exciting progress lately?

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 39,378/65,000 words. I was about 6K under target at Sunday’s update, but time-blocking helped me to make up a lot of ground, to the tune of 7,570 words on Sunday! Back on the positive side, and blocked Monday and Tuesday, too.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Secondary goal. 987/3,333 new words for the week. Feels great to be back to this after a week off – and the time away has led to some new insights.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arccreate basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. Read latest post at the site; still need to listen to podcast. Cowled: Created Scrivener file; will organize 14,304 words of existing material there, and use drabbles and prompts to extend story and fill in the gaps, based on my rough trajectory.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lesson 2 (Promises) of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course  by April 30. Aim for 20 pages/week analyzed. Primary goal. Finally got back to this! Page 14/89  in progress; 5/20 complete for this week.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. P post scheduled for just after midnight; posts shared and linked through O: 15/26 complete; answered comments on N post. visits made for 0/6 days; that’s a priority for the second half of the week. Posts are listed live at Slices of An Unschooling Life.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal. Tuesday’s hour used for catching up on a-z; still considering a third hour on Saturday or Sunday.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Took some pictures. Now to edit, Flickrize, and tag for albums…

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds:3/5 for the week. Study; bedroom; bathroom complete.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Time chatting and canoodling with Accomplice (business and workout schedule planning); helping daughter with game account; time outside in the spring rain with son.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Attended write-in; lots of words; lots of inspiration! Cabin visits: 2/5.

  • Career Furtherance:  Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. Lots of labeling stuff. Working through the obstacles and setbacks.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 3/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99: 3/5; 111: 0/2. Strenuous: 3 hours, 10 minutes/7 hours.

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Sowing Stories in Fallow Soil: April 16, 2017

Hey there!

How is life treating you?

For me, it’s been something of a mystery package. I excelled in some areas, and all but ignored others. I had a 6K+ word writing day on Friday, and am still behind with my overall count by nearly that much.

It’s a bit like scrambling up a mountainside. Lots of work, but the overall progress doesn’t necessarily reflect the effort expelled.

Today, the sun is shining intermittently. There’s a warm breeze in the air potent with suggestions of storms and summer. Birds are chattering, and my daughter’s cat is sleeping curled up on a small stack of books in my bedroom window. The house is quiet, and I’m about to spend another hour writing.

For those  who celebrate Easter, Passover, or anything else, may your day be sweet!

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 27,120/65,000 words. I was nearly 10K behind on Wednesday; at Saturday midnight, I was a bit over 6K behind, due to a quieter week. I wrote a bit over 6K on Friday, and, even better, the characters are coming to life and adding to their stories.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arccreate basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. Info about this year’s challenge is starting to appear on the site for news, still need to listen to the podcast and see if there’s some info there.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. K post up and linked, L and M up, but not linked yet: 11/26 complete; visits made for 0/6 days – yes, I’ve fallen a bit behind this week, but hope to rectify that in the week to come.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal. Thursday’s session had more catch-up than new material; considering a third hour on Saturday or Sunday. Another off week here; had the #SoCS/#weekendcoffeeshare post nearly finished when I altered the format, and didn’t have the energy or time to redo, It’s definitely still a work in progress! On a positive note, here’s my #8sunday post, The Poetry of Creation, and my WIPpet; “I’m Not Qualified”.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds 5/5 for the week. Not the best hometending week, but it could have been a lot worse.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Couples’ workout/salad date/shopping with Accomplice. Plans to take advantage of National Park Week’s free admission, and visit some historical sites with my son. Also, a potential family trip to Corning Museum of Glass, and NYS Museum with daughter are on the radar.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. 5/5 Cabin visits. Somehow, I managed everything but the write-in, though I’m not quite sure how!

  • Career Furtherance: Patreon. Complete profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. Lots of labeling stuff; lots of steps toward offering his first sauce on my website. I’ve decided to put rejoining the workforce on hold; there’s lots to do to help him, and I don’t think I can do both. Therefore, I’m dropping the CV goal for now.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 4/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete. Not a great week here.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99: 3/5; 111: 1 /2. 3 hours, 10 minutes/7 hours strenuous; hiking; cardio; weights. Fair progress here.

Leaps of Faith:

  • NEW GOAL! Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2018: Gather links and sketch out base idea for these posts. Continued filling in links for planning base list; about 2/3 complete with information-gathering section; simmering how to use this material.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Worked on commerce aspects, so we can sell my Accomplice’s hot sauce, now that he’s cleared all the hurdles, and can legally do so! Adding images, email, checkout materials. This will be ongoing, and might comprise the whole of my progress here for this month, and until we’ve crossed all i’s and dotted all t’s, so to speak.

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Sowing Connection: April 12, 2017

Ever have one of those stretches where the focus has been about nearly everything but your writing goals?

When I first began to approach my writing as a serious life goal, my children were young – 8 and 5. Perhaps naturally, I made a personal oath – my writing was not going to rule the rhythms of my family.

At first, that meant I wrote in little bits and chunks of time when I wasn’t needed. We unschool, which means there’s no curriculum or set lessons – but there’s also no strict schedule or firm artificial structure to the way learning progresses.
The kids are big now. At 15.5, my six-foot-two and still growing son hardly qualifies as a kid, and, as my daughter nears her 13th birthday this summer, she’s growing and maturing so quickly, it’s got my head spinning a bit.

Clearly, they don’t need me nearly as consistently. Sometimes, I have nearly entire days when I’m free to decide just how to spend my time. The kids are passionate about several things each, and they pursue them, often independently.

And then there are the other times…

The times of connection and spontaneous exploration. The lovely morning spent in our suddenly alive front yard beneath the budding lilacs, listening to Rush, R.E.M, Billy Joel, and Melanie Martinez – current favorites for the young people at my house. The trip to the State Museum, and discovering it’s closed for remodeling on Mondays, and the walk around the Empire State Plaze – twice – and visiting a playground with a not-quite-grown girl. Exploring our hometown with my boy, and sharing slices from the local pizza place next to the Hudson River, and a historic replica eighteenth century blockhouse.

All that in addition to the already scheduled Welcome to Night Vale Live Show at The Egg.

These are the times that keep my family connections strong, and build trust with my getting-close-to-adult offspring. Things that come before writing-things, but fill the well so that it runneth over.

My update will reflect that. Am I OK with that?

Absolutely!

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 16,842/65,000 words. I’m behind, but I did flesh out the beat sheets for the last four scenes of Act One. This session had other focuses, so I can accept that. The latter part of the week will be focused on writing, so I expect to catch up, and maybe even pull ahead a bit.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arc;create basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. I checked the site for news on this year’s prompts; decided to listen to the podcast and see if there’s some news there.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge:  Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. H post up and linked; I up but not linked yet: 9/26 complete; visits made for 0/6 days.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal. Green posts in progress.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds 2/5 for the week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Welcome to Night Vale “All Hail” Live Show with daughter; local outing with son. More outings planned for the next weeks.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. I passed on the write-in this week; it was a busy Friday -Monday, and Sunday was my slightly headachy, full-moon sleeplessness, recharging day. 2/5 Cabin visits.

  • Career Furtherance: Patreon: Complete profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. More labeling stuff for my Accomplice.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 1/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99: 2/5; 111: 1/2. .5/7 hours strenuous; hiking.

Leaps of Faith:

  • NEW GOAL! Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2018: Gather links and sketch out base idea for these posts. Continued filling in links for planning base list; about 2/3 complete with information-gathering section; simmering how to use this material.

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Sowing Abundantly: April 9, 2017

Hey there!

We’re a week into ROW80 Round Two, and nine days into CampNaNoWriMo. Today is a quiet day – at the #AtoZChallenge, and for me. It’s been a whirlwind of activity – our income tax returns came in, and some things we’ve been waiting on during the lean times over the last several months can now happen.

I’m typing this on my new Lenovo Yoga. It’s smaller than my 3 year old model, but faster and more powerful. The small size makes it even easier to tote anywhere I want to go. The screen is the same size as my old one, and the keyboard is virtually identical, so the learning curve wasn’t at all steep.

I’m cleaning my former computer out to pass it along to my Accomplice, after which I’ll clean his netbook out to pass along to Lise.

Oh, and I designed the prototype label for my Accomplice’s hot sauce bottles! We’re getting close to the launch point, now. You can get a sneak peek at the bottom of this post, and read about its creation in my Stream of Consciousness Saturday post, linked below.

With all this going on, it’s probably not surprising that my focus was narrower in the latter part of the week, but…

I did still manage some writing and blogging:

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel) . ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 16,126/65,000 words. Between blogging, the laptops, and the shopping, I didn’t add any words on Saturday.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Secondary goal. 2,334/3,333 new words for the week. I did well with this until life got busy!

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 3 times/week. Primary goal. All Week Two posts up and linked (through letter G); visits made for 5/6 days. You can find links to all live posts here at Slices of an Unschooling Life. Answered comments; n0t exactly daily, but a few times during the week.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal. I missed the Skywatch; but all others complete – follow the links up top to check out these fine posts!

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds; 5/5 for the week. Living room and porch done; 10 items in yard. Not a great hometending week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. In spades….that’s what I did instead of hometending, so I can’t be sorry!

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Posted to cabin 5/5 days; write-in, and visited the fanfiction thread in the Campfire Circle forum. Another big win!

  • Career Furtherance:  Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist Accomplice with launching his cottage hot sauce industry. Tertiary goal. See below; finalized his logo, paid for it, and designed a label prototype we both love, and which is getting good reviews from those who’ve seen it. Opinions?

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. I lost track, but it wasn’t good. Too many Other Things.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. I think I got close, but I honestly lost track.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Simmering….

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Label copyright 2017 Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces. “Chef Bluebeard” logo design by Jaz Johnson.