Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round Four 2015, ROW80 2015

Sleepy Gratitude: December 9, 2015

From my 2015 self-evaluation questions:

What’s one thing I wish I’d done, but didn’t?

I didn’t sleep last night. It’s been a day of connection, laughter, deep thoughts and conversations that remind me yet again that my children are nearer now to adults than to babies.

I could have slept, but I’m not sorry that I didn’t.

For 2015, I have a few things I wish I ‘d gotten to, or done more of:

  • Listening...I love to talk ; but I also love hearing others’ stories. More of that would have been wonderful.

  • Revisions: I intended to do more of these this year, but…Other Things.

  • Submissions: I need to revise to submit, after all…

  • Tai chi: I got back to class and at home learning, but not as often or as regularly as I wished. I’d like this to be more regular….and frequent.

  • Breathing: Sometimes, I still forget to slow down, breathe, and, when needed, remove myself from the fray. I’m  better at this than I used to be, but there’s still lots of room for improvement.

  • Random acts of kindness: More is always better here!

  • Beta readings and critiques: I’m ridiculously backed up…and I feel guilty  about that…

  • Connecting with others: I tend to lose track of people in the thick of drafting something new.

  • My Round 4 Goals (updating soon).

  • My 2015 Goals (updating soon).

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.

Writing:

Plotting:

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Using existing notes (once complete); create a revision plan for “Slow Jazz Awakening” (the lynchpin of my Trip/T’Pol shipping fan fiction); write revised draft; 16 short scenes. (Download all relevantfiles / assess my current status for this project.)   Baby-steps here. I’ve got pre-planning revision notes for 6/16 scenes. Scene 7  in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. Pondering schedule; all posts current!

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Making good progress using my new streamlined Fire.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. As a bonus, I also signed up to sponsor Round One 2016 (I think I may be a lifer, sponsor-wise!) =)

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. First steps; ascertained which files I’ll need to download; charged camera battery.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5; moderate.
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision categories. Ideas abound; will begin enacting once my project table is clear (the board hangs over this). Working on the table, and refining ideas.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Plans in the works for get-togethers with local friends, faraway friends, a trip to the state museum, and a Christmas party at an area business that puts up a wonderful free light display each year.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. No write-in this week; December is a more casual month,with various holiday plans, and just post-NaNo. After a busy week, I opted to stay home.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Conversation and cuddles; played To The Moon through to completion at the boy’s request; canoodling.
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 3/7 for journaling; 2/7 meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. 3/5. A nascent idea for evaluation is gestating here…

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Categorize poems roughly for 2016 development.

  • Website/Business blog: Come to a decision for 2016 before WP renewal time; research self-hosting. I think I’ve decided; letting the decision settle a bit before committing.

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra. The last snippet of “Mission” will appear on Sunday, after which I will begin commenting and interacting on the site while I polish these little fluffy bits of slightly more than slightly naughty fun!

  • Self-publishing: Finish reading The Indie Author Power Pack. 100%. (3/3). So many ideas and nascent plans forming. I feel a leap coming on strong!

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge  – the one that knows that you and I have lives!~

 Find more ROWers right here!

Posted in Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, NaNoWrimo, Novel Excerpts, Sexuality and Erotica

Not Only Metaphor: The IDIC Romance for #SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: ‘to/too/two’ – one, two, or all…

I didn’t intend to write this piece as my SoCS post for this week. I’d toyed with doing a Trip and T’Pol story, because those two get pretty antsy when I work on other projects, and I have been rather immersed in Sea Changes, which is a very different type of story…now that’s all drafted, and I’m rereading my fantasy-in-progress, Foul Deeds Will Rise, because it’s next on my completion agenda.

And, somehow, although I crept in sideways just to do some freewriting for next April’s Enterprise A-Z posts (work smart, not hard, y’know?), they figured out that there was a hole in my schedule, and decided they’d just take over…I was writing along, and suddenly realized I’d used all three prompt words when I actually followed ‘too’ with ‘Two’. If you want a bit of extra fun, see if you can spot that one! =)

Maybe that makes this the very best kind of Stream of Consciousness Saturday post, because I wasn’t even trying to write one, and did anyway?

I don’t know. I also don’t know exactly how this ends, as of yet. It’s not really a story, just yet – more like the fragment of a story that might eventually exist…

Standard Disclaimer Applies: I don’t own these two; I don’t want to make any money from writing their stories.

This excerpt is rated PG-13 for adult themes and suggestiveness. You’ve been warned. =)

Not Only Metaphor

Again?”

“Moremoremore….please….” The words seemed to pour out, the first she’d managed since the ecstasy had wrapped them in waves of sensation –

Am I now to start thinking in terms of human metaphor? Will I lose everything of precision, along with my control?

T’Pol – if this thing – whatever it is – “

“It’s an exploration of inter-species sexuality,” she replied, in part to prove to herself that she could still name it that. It did nothing to prove that she believed it, however.

Whatever.” He gestured dismissively; he had other names for the sharing they had been engaged in. He also had little need for either control or precision, here in her bed, beyond that which would produce the – desired – results. “Anyway, whatever we call it, it’s only going to work if we face certain immutable facts that have become apparent over the course of our – explorations.”

Strange, how, when she seemed to be most incapable of logic and control, he was the one who could employ them…”What immutable facts, Trip?”

One, that I’m human, and my endurance and physiology are, too. Two, that you’re a wanton, wanton woman. Three, I’m never going to be able to keep up with you unless we make some kind of – well, adaptations, I suppose.”

When had her hand risen to stroke his shoulder, toy with his ear? T’Pol frowned; a human expression she’d never made before joining this Terran crew. One she could no longer wholly control, with the icefires of trellium coursing through her veins, carried all the more swiftly, like a river of frozen lava, by the exertions just past.

Frozen lava? Not only metaphor, apparently, but the type of paradox humans so frequently indulged in…

What comes next? Well, I’m inviting you to come play with me. Drop me a comment, or, if you’re brave, a prompt word or suggestion, and I’ll add a paragraph to this story in your name. =)

Have you tried stream-of consciousness writing?

Come read more, or join in – there’s just a few simple rules.

Check out the #SoCS hashtag,

or click here!

Posted in Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Blogging From A-Z 2015, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Travel

“Traveling Through the Alphabet” Reflections on the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, April 2015

 

So, do you remember what you did in April? Was it a blur of routine, with nothing standing out as special? Did you have a vacation, a birthday, a wedding or a promotion…?

Or did you undertake a personal challenge of some type?

For me, April has come to mean two separate writing challenges: April CampNaNoWriMo, for which I drafted one novel, and began another; and

The Blogging from A-Z April Challenge

This post is my entry into the A-Z Reflections Blog Hop. Admittedly, I’m breathing down the neck of being late – posts are meant to be up no later than today, and, where I am, today’s got less than two hours left…

Maybe that’s fitting…

I seemed to spend most of the month scrambling to keep up.

It wasn’t intentional. I had my idea a year ahead; I meant to set things up well ahead of time…but then life happened…

Along about the fall, my father-in-law invited us to come visit our Oregon family, and we decided to go in mid-February. There was plenty to be done, in addition to life. I had other projects: a poetry challenge in October, NaNoWriMo in November…and then the holidays come and go, and it’s a new year, and details are being set for a mid-February cross-continental journey, and all the preparation that went with it.

  • And I had a January challenge, and a February one – and then we were gone, and every day of our vacation was filled with life – but not so much writing. Internet access was spotty, and my focus was even more so. I got behind on my challenge when I couldn’t post.
  • We had a blistering flight change in Chicago- less than 45 minutes, with no departing gate announced, and, when we learned it, we discovered that we were to descend 3 levels, use the moving staircase to traverse the length of the terminal, then go up three levels…we barely made the flight.
  • On the day we were to head home, sitting in the airport 20 minutes before boarding the plane, I learned that Leonard Nimoy had died that morning. That might not seem like a big deal for many people – but try typing Leonard Nimoy or Spock on the search bar on the right…you’ll get a little idea of my grief.
  • We got home, and there was a round of head colds -and then my laptop power adaptor failed. Since it’s a Lenovo, and was under warranty, a new one could be sent from Texas – where there was bad weather slowing transit.

By the time everything was ready again, I was far behind- in blogging, and in planning the novel I meant to begin on April 1.

Oh, and it was already mid-March.

So I started the month far behind where I hoped to be. I had the first two days’ worth scheduled, when I wanted the whole month stacked up and ready to go…

I spent the month never quite falling behind, but never quite getting ahead, either…

It was more chaotic than I’d hoped – and the kids and I had a four day trip to visit out of state friends near the end of the month, which meant four days of less than normal writing…and two five hour drives for me.

And I was writing novels at the same time.

I didn’t get around to visit nearly as many other A-Zers as I wanted to. I hit a couple of frustrating dead ends, trying to visit people, and found several blogs I would have loved to have visited more often than I managed.

Yes, I got the posts done, and I enjoyed my travel theme, revisiting the early days of marriage, when my Accomplice and I worked in national parks and explored the country in our off time. I allowed myself to delve, to dream, to draw connections, and to share..

I hope I offered something of value; something that made the visit worthwhile.

Sometimes, it felt like climbing Moro Rock again…

Sometimes, though, challenges are more about seeing what we didn’t quite get right, and how we can fix it.

So, for next year’s challenge?

  • I already have my topic (no, I’m not telling -you’ll have to wait for next March to learn that!).
  • I have a list with a few post concepts for letters A-I.
  • I’m adding three letters every day or two.
  • Once I’ve gotten through the alphabet, I’ll start developing my ideas into posts, and choose a finalist for each letter.
  • I plan to be finished with my drafting by the end of the year, and finished with scheduling posts by the end of February.
  • As for visiting, I do plan to visit more A-Z posts during the coming weeks. I might also get brave enough to volunteer as a minion for 2016, to ensure I visit more folks, in a more timely manner, next year.

If you’re an A-Z poster who’d like a visit, drop me a comment with a link, and I’ll drop by! =D

Looking back…and peering ahead….
Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, April CampNaNoWriMo 2014, Blogging from A to Z 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, CampNaNoWriMo, Life Writing, Round One 2015, ROW80 2015

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.
Posted in Blogfest Entries, Blogfest Entries, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Blogging From A-Z 2015, Challenges and Contests, Coffee and Conversation, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Writing in Freedom

Coffee and Conversation: “Traveling Through the Alphabet” A-Z Theme Reveal

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while! It’s time for Coffee and Conversation!

When I was six, my family was 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.

Okay, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve remembered or managed to get here. Oops…! But it’s that time again…April approaches, and, with it, the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge – a letter each, every day but Sunday, until the alphabet is all planted. =)

 

April will bring showers of words! Click the calendar for more fun alphabetical activities!

I’ve begun this post twice before, and it seems to have gotten lost in the sweeping sands of time…in other words, the effort that it would take to locate it is a lesser one than what it will take to create a third post…so, in that vein, I’m going to go ahead and write it again….and post it this time, because it’s time for the Big Theme Reveal! =D  But before the curtain goes up, let’s talk a bit about why I love this challenge, and my own personal history with it…

I’ve participated in the  A-Z April Challenge for the last three years. In 2012, I chose random topics.

For 2013, I focused on a theme – I wrote 26 stories that became the exploratory basis of two novels – the original fantasy The Stars Are Fire, and the Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise fan fiction, Perchance to Dream.

Last year, for my third trip through A-Z Land, I decided to explore a niggling idea that I’d had for nearly a year – life on Kifo Island, a no-charge island hospice resort – a little like Fantasy Island for the dying. Each letter represented a character name; every character is either a dying person who has come to live out their life and create memories; a loved one; or someone who volunteers on the island. They’re a diverse mix of ages, personalities, and cultures. Some of the stories are romantic; a couple are humorous; and several are ominous or sad. 

Each year that I’ve undertaken this challenge, I’ve gained some stories, developed ideas, expanded my horizons, and learned a great deal, not only about my characters and their realities, but also about myself.

And now, April is on its way again, and it’s time to think about this year’s challenge. I toyed with several ideas – writing more Kifo Island stories – but I will be writing two novellas for that series as my April CampNaNo Challenge, and I don’t have 26 new characters in mind to develop.  So I’ve decided to go in a different direction -or, more accurately, several – this year.

Ready for the Big Reveal?  Well, ready or not… here it comes!

And the curtains slowly draw back to reveal…..

For several years, I’ve wanted to blog about the early years of our marriage, when my Accomplice and I traveled the country, working and playing in various places, including three national parks – Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Everglades. Along the way, we had some adventures that have become stories and vignettes that are a part of our family history and lore.

So, this year, I’m going to share these with you, alphabetically, as my challenge.

Now, without further ado, here’s my topic list for the month:

Wednesday, April 1:

  • A – Alligators and Agave

Thursday, April 2:

  • B – Bison and Black Sand Basin

Friday, April 3:

  • C – Chicago

Saturday, April 4:

  • D – Diving Here and There

Sunday, April 5:

  • A-Z Rest Day

Monday, April 6:

  • E – Everglades and Eagles

Tuesday, April 7:

  • F– Firehole and Fumaroles

Wednesday, April 8:

  • G – Grand Canyon

Thursday, April 9:

  • H – Havasu Falls

Friday, April 10:

  • I – In the Dark

Saturday, April 11:

  • J – Joshua Trees

Sunday, April 12:

  • A-Z Rest Day

Monday, April 13:

  • K – Klamath Falls

Tuesday, April 14:

  • L – Lone Star Geyser and Lava Lake

Wednesday, April 15:

  • M– Mooney Falls and Mosquitoes

Thursday, April 16:

  • N- Nine Mile Pond

Friday, April 17:

  • O -Old Faithful and Oregon

Saturday, April 18:

  • P – Pacific and Pennekamp

Sunday, April 19:

  • A-Z Rest Day

Monday, April 20:

  • Q–  A Quiet Quarry

Tuesday, April 21:

  • R– Robert is Here

Wednesday, April 22:

  • S – San Francisco, Sequoias, and Stars

Thursday, April 23:

  • T – Thermal Features and Tourons

Friday, April 24:

  • U – Umpqua

Saturday, April 25:

  • V – Viewpoints

Sunday, April 26:

  • A-Z Rest Day

Monday, April 27:

  • W – Wyoming and Wild Things

Tuesday, April 28:

  • X – X Marks The Spot

Wednesday, April 29:

  • Y – Yellowstone

Thursday, April 30:

  • Z – ZZZ…Sleeping Outside

And that’s it…my A-Z Challenge all laid out. I even mapped it out on my day planner, so that I know what to do. And now, I just need to write the 26 posts, find relevant images and links, and get them all set up and scheduled.  

Throughout the month of April, if you see this logo at the head of the post, and a letter badge, you’ll know you’re in for a bit of adventure (and often humor, too!).

Sound exciting?  Looking for a little adventure in your life? There’s still time to join in, or read others’ posts! =D I’ll brew a fresh pot of coffee, and you can reveal your April theme!   And I’ll see you Out There, under that Wanderin’ Star!

Posted in #8Sunday, A Round of Words in 80 Days, Blogfest Entries, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Blogging From A-Z 2015, CampNaNoWriMo, Challenges and Contests, Coffee and Conversation, Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Novel Excerpts, Reblogs, Round One 2015, ROW80 2015, Second Serving Sunday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Second Serving Sunday: The “It’s Spring, Sir!” Edition

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, from my little corner of the blogosphere

Life Stuff:

My last Second Serving Sunday post: The It’s Been A While Edition

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

It’s been an interesting week. We’ve had a taste of spring, followed quickly by the return of winter weather, and a power outage that lasted about five hours. Things are warming up sllloooowwwwyyyy, now…

I’ve got a split on the bottom of my foot (my skin tends to crack during the cold season), and it’s making walking very painful. I’m thinking that I’ll try a corn cushion pad, and see if I can get back to moving without a limp, because limping around while hometending just isn’t my idea of fun.

In other news – while I’m still feeling “behind” in my prepping for the various challenges I’ve scheduled for the next four months, I’ve done a good chunk of plotting for my CampNaNoWriMo project – the first two novellas in my Kifo Island Chronicles series, which is based on my A-Z Challenge posts from last year. I’ve also written a new Trip and T’Pol story, roughed out two essays, edited and collaged some pictures for future blogposts, and done most of the reverse engineering needed for revisions of my TnT short story, “Slow Jazz Awakening”, which I wanted to submit to Ad Astra in February, but am hoping now to get out before the end of March.

I’ve also been hometending – getting a jump on the spring fling, even if the weather isn’t exactly cooperating with me, just yet.

All that to say, I’ve been doing stuff. Lots of it. =)

And now, last week’s features:

Coffee and Conversation:

  • Nothing this week…but stay tuned!

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • Peace in the Stars?: An excerpt from my time-travel fantasy novel-in-progress, Chameleon’s Dish. Tisira is with her father, watching the stars that have always brought comfort – but her reality is shifting, and she was somewhere else, a few breaths ago – was she not?

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • I, Eye, Aye, Sir?”: The highly illogical vagaries of written English prove problematic for Enterprise‘s Vulcan Science Officer, with unexpected and amusing results.

Eight Sentence Sunday:

ROW80: The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.

Variety’s Spice: Two reblogs, this week, and both well worth a look! =D

What’s Next:

March Focuses:

  • Wrapping up ROW80 Round One – the round goes in the books, officially, on Thursday. I’ll post my final update on Wednesday, and then look at my longer-term goals during the break before Round Two starts on April 6.
  • Completing and submitting homeschool paperwork (done!), and my fan fiction story, “Slow Jazz Awakening”, currently in revision.

This week, on the blog:

  • For Coffee and Conversation: At long last, my Blogging from A-Z Challenge Intro Post. (Yes, I thought that it would be posted this past Monday, but it turns out I was a week early for the Big Theme Reveal, so it will post this week, instead.)
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: A final bit from Chameleon’s Dish, at least for the next few months, as we find out what happens next to Henry, a boy on his own, facing a possibly disastrous situation…and then we move to new stuff for April – July.
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS):A post based on the weekly prompt, TBA Friday. Might be fiction, or not, but it’s always surprising!
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Eight more sentences from the Prologue of The Earth Doth Move. This is the last week for a while – I’ll be sharing excerpts from my Kifo Island Chronicles novellas during April.
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land: A celebration of spring!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, April CampNaNoWriMo 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Blogging From A-Z 2015, CampNaNoWriMo, Challenges and Contests, JuNoWriMo, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, Parenting, Round One 2015, ROW80 2015, Story a Day May Challenge

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…