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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 End of Round One Update

Hey there!

ROW80 Round One has ended, which means it’s time to evaluate where I am on my 2017 goals before I set my sights on Round Two. My aspirations for the year are soaring; now’s the time to measure the reality…

Do you have aspirations for the year?
How are you progressing toward them?

Writing:

  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts.

  • Create fan fiction, continuing current story arcs, and developing new ones as I’m drawn to them. New collection of drabbles; new chapters for three stories; three more in planning/drafting. This will be an ongoing project, with more drabbles and chapters planned for Round Two.

  • OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems.


Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Began plotting Rose and Jeremy #2; Step 12/22.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Timeline and series bible COMPLETED! Plotting for novel 1 /2; The Last House: Step 7/22 in progress.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. 

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fictionEnterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline. Take notes and simmer future projects while creating timeline. Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 –350. Projects simmering and in creation; timeline underway. Episodes complete through 250; on target to complete this goal.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.” “MsaMF” awaitting copy editing; nothing more needed until then.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Scene 7/24 submitted to the group.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas.

  • Fan Fiction: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact; With Jazz). using Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel class materials; Love and Loss  and A Backdrop of Stars;   other stories/chapters as desired. Chapter 2/7 of ABOS in progress. FCWJ: Lesson 2/22 in progress; p. 11/82.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry. A bit of information gathering.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. At a waiting point; see above.

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. “ASOR”: Played with/consulted artist on cover art and gathered lists of front/end matter. “MMC”: Sharing snippets at #8sunday; lots of positive feedback.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit On Any Tuesday Night; Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed. One chapter of ABOS revised and submitted.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues. Gathering a list of publications accepting submission.

Website/Blogging:

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. Synchronization and branding progressing. Roughly sketched list of pages needed.

Hometending:

  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. IHIPs, and first and second quarter reports completed. Assessed Miah’s requirements; he should be able to complete them by the time he’s sixteen, or soon thereafter.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. Some progress in several directories here.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files. All travel photos scanned.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Progress being made in the rooms listed.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Moving forward; gathering velocity.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes, every week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes, every week.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Yes; more or less.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Two promotional posts completed; beta’ing chapters.

Selftending:

  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Getting more consistent at this.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year. Up to 99 minutes 5/week; 111 minutes 2/week, and 6 hours/month at Round One finish.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin applying principles to my own eating habits.
  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Reading and began worksheets.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Creating a CV.

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Gathering resources; doing some reading; book purchased.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Printing, online help, labeling/logo assistance; writing letters.

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Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One Goals Final Update

Hey there!

It’s time to update my Round One goals! Since they’re plentiful, and I still have lots to do today, I’m just going to dive right in!

 

Writing:

  • Complete my two “hanging” novel drafts: The Far Shore (Kifo Island #6), and Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn Weft #2). Primary goal. FDWR: Scene 42/50 in progress. I’ll continue this goal until draft is complete.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella (needs a better name!): Draft Chapter Two: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea.” Secondary goal. Back-burnering till Round Two.

  • Patreon Posts – Complete January/May offerings. Tertiary goal. Adapting. Have one month’s offerings ready to go; then launch. Didn’t happen this round.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft three new chapters for Love and Loss; add one each to Arachnid Nebula, A Beagle’s Bedside Manner, and Cowled. Side goal. Cowled COMPLETED. LAL: 1 scene written; basic outline sketched for the 3 chapters. Good progress made.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Step 12/22 in progress; sketches simmering for rest of stories. This goal has been moved to the “Leap of Faith” section of my goals; my focus will be on my NaNo project for the rest of the round, and/or until it’s fully plotted. No further progress.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels; plot April novel using hybrid system focused on the Story Toolkit. Create rough Aeon Timeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Begin series bible with character sketches/locations/story world mandalas and scene outlines for six existing novels. Add materials for April novel as created. Secondary goal. Plotting: Step 8/22 in progress. Materials added to bible as complete.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what happens next? Use Scapple  to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal. Back-burnering until Round Two or Three.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly:” Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. “MSMF” complete pending copy editor review, which won’t happen for a few weeks, at least. Nothing on Philodosia.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Revision plan. Deleting this Secondary goal; saving for later in the year (you know – after it’s plotted and drafted!)

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-9 16. Tertiary goal. Scene 7 completed. Reduced this goal to Scene 9. Umm…REALLY not happening fast.

  • The IDIC Romance: Continue beta revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was “First Contact; With Jazz”) and Post- “FC,WJ” ensemble pieces to “Cowled.” Review A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. “Love and Loss” – review chapters 1-10 (already posted). Adapted side goal. Continue creating revision plan for OATN, using How To Revise Your Novel. Complete Lessons 2 and 3. Chapter 2/3 in progress for ABOS; back-burnering 4-7 to Round 2. Not much progress; other focal points took precedence.


Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions/edits/polishing passes; arrange for cover art; finalize art and packaging; publish! Secondary goal. Art and packaging in early stages; consulted with my artist of choice; simmering. Back-burnering until Round Two.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit On Any Tuesday Night to beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 17 3 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Deleting OATN for now; moving through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel before sharing. Reducing ABOS goal to Chapters 1-3. A bit of progress…

Website/Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  and Love is in da Blog : Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; help as I can. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, have all posts scheduled and ready to go by end of round. Primary goal. Adapted: Swapping Love is in da Blog, which is taking the year off, for #Loveuary, writing TnT drabbles exploring the next Love and Loss chapter(s). #Loveuary Drabbles COMPLETED! #atozchallenge: Just need to add a few final touches, and I’ll be finished. Almost got this big goal finished, but not quite.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday:  Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm for regular and NaNo months; maintain and fine-tune regular rhythm throughout the round. Secondary goal. Working on pre-stocking for April, to have most posts scheduled ahead. Good progress.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal. I have a rough list of what I want to do, and ideas for more refined plans.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. Adapting: I’m rethinking this; will delve more fully in Rounds Two and Three. Back-burnering till then.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom and/or kitchen (weather dependent). Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each week. Add 27 general flings weekly. Secondary goal. Lots of good, visible progress – and much more to do.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Email Writing subfolders, Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress; sort and delete excess. Tertiary goal. Back-burnering; might be the perfect “breather” during Round Two/Three’s Creative Chaos Marathon (TM).
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. . Adapting: I’ll sort in Round Two. Scanning and Side goal COMPLETED!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal COMPLETED!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Promo posts for #BOAW2017; crit group piece returned to author; 2 pieces for series I’ve previously beta’d, another pending. Good progress!

Selftending:

  • Journals six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal. Not perfect, but made good progress, overall.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal COMPLETED!

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal. Adapting: Making this a Leap of Faith goal in conjunction with Smart Change.
  • Smart Change: Plan one habit change using these methods. Side goal. Rereading: Chapter Three in progress; began worksheets. A bit of progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”. Postponing.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Skimmed Panera site. Moving slowly; changes in Accomplice’s work schedule and helping with his business paperwork sidelined this.

  • Make a decision on Holly Lisle revision course; follow through. Moving sporadically through Lesson 2/22. I decided to do this spontaneously; it’s a bit trickier to work it into my existing plans.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans. Saving relevant posts. On track.

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Building in Some Deep Breaths: March 26, 2017

Hey there!

I know it’s officially a ROW80 break – Round One is over, and Round Two won’t begin until Monday, April 3….but, since I set my goals by month as well as by round, and since I was rather busy out of the house on Wednesday and Thursday, and playing catch-up on many things Friday and Saturday, I missed my midweek post.

All that said, I’m here today to update for the week, and help myself get centered for the week in progress…I’ve got 6 days left of March, and some goals that are rather important for me to meet before April gets here…and I’m feeling an intermittent panic I tell myself is unreasonable, since these are personal goals, and lives don’t depend on them. But, still – I know why I set them, and how other goals will be complicated if I don’t finish certain things…

Deep breath.

And again.

Then once more.

I think that’s better.

Do you ever find yourself in a position like this, where the things you’ve “assigned” yourself seem to be piling up, and your progress creeping along?

If so, how do you deal with the feeling?

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

  • #oneword for 2017

  • Round One goals (updating later today)

  • 2017 Goals  (updating later today)

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2): Reread existing material; complete draft (10/50 scenes). Write 6,666 words/week till complete (by March 31). Primary goal – adapted. Scene 44/50 in progress; 3,775/6,666.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island: Complete The Story Toolkit for April novel; flesh out with pages from The Writer’s Coloring Book. Flesh out AeonTimeline.  File new series bible materials. Primary goal adapted. Antagonist Character Arc: p. 7/7 in progress (3/3 arcs); Overall: Step 8/22 in progress.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Secondary goal. I’m all set until the copy editor goes through my story; not before the end of round, so calling this COMPLETED!

Submission/Publication:

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

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete and schedule all posts by March 31; make page on shanjeniah.blog; write theme reveal post and schedule for reveal date still TBD (keep eyes open for this). Secondary goal. Adapted goal: Have all materials scheduled and ready to launch by March 18. All posts are scheduled; will be going back to add link for Theme Reveal, and Mindful Monday branding to B,H,N, and T posts (part of my scheduling goal, below); (and daily during April to add the #atozchallenge links as they appear.)

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday and Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts where possible; have all drafts in website interface or Scrivener by March 31. Tertiary goal. I have a schedule for how to proceed; WIPpet completed. Set aside weekend posting for this week, too – I’m focusing on drafting and plotting, because I really want these two tasks finished by month’s end.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 27/33; Kitchen; living room; study; bedroom; bathroom completed: 3/3. Porch: 1/1.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; planning; TV and movies; canoodling; flirting; and a rare storm of tempers lost and reconciliation reached.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Discussed currently queued posts with authors; write-in; online chatter.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Behind on beta read; will get to that this week.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 6/6 journal/ meditation. Evening: 2/4 journal; 1/3 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 5/5; 111 minutes: 2/2; Strenuous: 4 hours, 20 minutes /9 hours; tai chi.

Leaps of Faith:

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Building the Ending: March 19, 2017

Hey there!

It’s the penultimate Sunday update of my round, which officially ends Thursday (Next Sunday will be my final wrap-up of Round One goals). So it’s a perfect time for me to assess the buffet I selected at the beginning of the month, and narrow my focus to those things which have become my priorities for the remainder of the round, (then, by extension, the month, since that’s how I lay out my goals.  But, before I dive into that, here’s a little peek at what I’ve been writing this week:

Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2)

What have you done?!” Shrill. So shrill it stabbed through her ears and into her mind. She was Kai, now – so the shrill voice must be screaming at her.

(Loveuary Drabble Expansion Project)

* Standard disclaimer applies; I neither own nor profit from this labor of love in any pecuniary sense – it just feeds my soul!

“While the Big Three are away, the ensigns will play,” she said, lifting her glass, which made it a toast, and a statement of intent.

He was under attack by a superior invasion force. For a second, Travis wondered if he should go to Red Alert. Then Hoshi gave a quick tug to one of her laces, and he was overwhelmed.

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2): Reread existing material; complete draft (10/50 scenes). Write 6,666 words/week till complete (by March 31). Primary goal – adapted. Scene 42/50 in progress; 6,753/6,666; 3,389 new.

  • Fan Fiction (The IDIC Romance): Draft three chapters for Love and Loss, based upon the drabbles I wrote in February. Secondary goal. Designated scenes for Chapter 3/3 chapter, and took notes for drafting. Will draft once FDWR is completed; actually did 721 word expansion of a 1oo word drabble; it was a good break from more intense focuses. Chapter 1/3 in progress.

Plotting:

  • 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. Tertiary goal back-burnered.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2- of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars 1-3. Primary goal back-burnered. Chapter Two rewrite drafted; simmering before revisions.

Submission/Publication:

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 2 and-3 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal back-burnered.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete and schedule all posts by March 31; make page on shanjeniah.blog; write theme reveal post and schedule for reveal date still TBD (keep eyes open for this). Secondary goal. Adapted goal: Have all materials scheduled and ready to launch By March 18. Week Four (N-S; April 17-22): All done through Week Four. Week Five: T-V: (April 24-30) complete. W-Z (April 23-26): Added Images; fixed titles; still need formatting, links, and finishing. Overall, 22/26 posts scheduled at site (only awaiting the daily linkup); almost there! Didn’t finish by the 18th, but will be done by end of day on the 20th.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday and Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts where possible; have all drafts in website interface or Scrivener by March 31. Tertiary goal. (and in progress for March 19). Chose to set aside weekend posts to focus on the #atozchallenge stuff. Will resume this week. WIPpet: “You Have Been Recalled.”

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. All rooms par; lots of snow removal outside. General: 43/33.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; business stuff; flirting; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Created a CampNaNo cabin for our group; chatted online.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. All pars met.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 6/5; 111 minutes: 4/2; Strenuous:3 hours, 20 minutes /9 hours; lots of shoveling snow.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Draft CV and revise. Simmering; skimmed notes for cover letter; made more notes.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Back-burnering.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change. Back-burnering.

  • Patreon  Posts Complete March offerings and launch site. Back-burnering.

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Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One Goals End of February Update

Hey there!

It’s time to update my Round One goals! Since they’re plentiful, and I have two posts to draft and polish for tomorrow, and a write-in tonight, I’m just going to dive right in!


Writing:

  • Complete my two “hanging” novel drafts: The Far Shore (Kifo Island #6), and Foul Deeds Will Rise(Trueborn Weft #2). Primary goal. TFS: Complete at ~72,161/65,000 words.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella (needs a better name!): Draft Chapter Two: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea.” Secondary goal. Back-burnering till Round Two.

  • Patreon Posts – Complete January/May offerings. Tertiary goal. Adapting. Have one month’s offerings ready to go; then launch.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft three new chapters for Love and Loss ; add one each to Arachnid NebulaA Beagle’s Bedside Manner; and Cowled.  Side goal. Cowled COMPLETED. Drabbles/notes written for LAL framework. On track; just need to flesh out the drabbles into short stories.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Step 12/22 in progress; sketches simmering for rest of stories. This goal has been moved to the “Leap of Faith” section of my goals; my focus will be on my NaNo project for the rest of the round, and/or until it’s fully plotted.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels; plot April novel using hybrid system focused on the Story Toolkit. Create rough Aeon Timeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Begin series bible with character sketches/locations/story world mandalas and scene outlines for six existing novels. Add materials for April novel as created. Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance/Solemates: Begin TnT fan fiction https://www.fanfiction.net/u/3623108/Shan-Jeniah Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Good progress here; timeline and notes taking shape; simmering; 30 new TnT drabbles written.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what comes next? Use Scapple  to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal. Back-burnering until Round Two or Three.

  • Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 (TNG: Encounter at Farpoint) 250 (TNG: Hollow Pursuits.) Side goal. 183-230 completed. On track.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly:” Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. Waiting to hear from editors.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Revision plan. Deleting this Secondary goal; saving for later in the year (you know – after it’s plotted and drafted!)

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-9 16. Tertiary goal. Scene 7 completed. Reducing this goal to Scene 9; it’s not happening fast, and I’m OK with that.

  • The IDIC Romance: Continue beta revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was “First Contact; With Jazz”) and Post- “FC,WJ” ensemble pieces to “Cowled.” Review A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. “Love and Loss” – review chapters 1-10 (already posted). Adapted side goal. Continue creating revision plan for OATN, using How To Revise Your Novel. Complete Lessons 2 and 3. Chapter 2/3 in progress for ABOS; back-burnering 4-7 to Round 2.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions/edits/polishing passes; arrange for cover art; finalize art and packaging; publish! Secondary goal. Art and packaging in early stages; consulted with my artist of choice; simmering. Back-burnering until Round Two.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit On Any Tuesday Night to beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 17 3 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Deleting OATN for now; moving through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel before sharing. Reducing ABOS goal to Chapters 1-3.

Website/Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January and Love is in da Blog : Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; help as I can. #atozchallenge:  Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, have all posts scheduled and ready to go by end of round. Primary goal. Adapted: Swapping Love is in da Blog, which is taking the year off, for #Loveuary, writing TnT drabbles exploring the next Love and Loss chapter(s). #Loveuary Drabbles COMPLETED! #atozchallenge: Moved forward a bit; A post  (1/26) scheduled; on track.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm for regular and NaNo months; maintain and fine-tune regular rhythm throughout the round. Secondary goal. This is getting more natural, and I’ve developed a few strategies to carry me along.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal. I have a rough list of what I want to do, and ideas for more refined plans.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. Adapting: I’m rethinking this; will delve more fully in Rounds Two and Three. Back-burnering and simmering till then.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal. I’ve begun (barely, but still…) Lise’s report list.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom and/or kitchen (weather dependent). Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each week. Add 27 general flings weekly. Secondary goal. Moderate success. Didn’t hit all the goals each week, but hit most of them most weeks. Getting to the kitchen was hard with my Accomplice the chef out of work; still adjusting to the newrhythms, but getting better.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Email Writing subfolders, Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress; sort and delete excess. Tertiary goal. Back-burnering; might be the perfect “breather” during Round Two/Three’s Creative Chaos Marathon (TM).
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Missed one week, but made it up the next. Usually 30 images/week. Adapting: I’ll sort after all are scanned. On track to finish the scanning.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Yes; every week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Yes; every week; more planned.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Tertiary goal. Yes, for the most part.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Crit group; beta for a series I’ve worked on before; a fanfic beta is pending.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal. Not perfect, but made good progress, overall.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal EXCEEDED!

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal. Adapting: Making this a Leap of Faith goal in conjunction with Smart Change.
  • Smart Change: Plan one habit change using these methods. Side goal. Rereading: Chapter Three in progress; began worksheets.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”. Postponing.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Moving slowly; changes in Accomplice’s work schedule and helping with his business paperwork sidelined this.

  • Make a decision on Holly Lisle revision course; follow through. Moving sporadically through Lesson 2/22. I decided to do this spontaneously; it’s a bit trickier to work it into my existing plans.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans. Saving relevant posts. On track.

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Building A March Framework: March 5, 2017

Hey there!

It’s a new month, and that means new goals for me. With quarterly homeschooling reports due mid-month, and my Creative Chaos Marathon (TM) running from April-June, I’ve pared these goals down (a little), in order to focus on what seems most important to my being ready for everything, more or less on time.

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2): Reread existing material; complete draft (10/50 scenes). Primary goal. Reread: Scene 5/40 complete.

Plotting:

  • 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. Tertiary goal. Overall: step 12/22 in progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2- of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars  1-3. Primary goal. OATN Worksheets: p 9/82 (Scene 3) in progress;will resume once reports and #BOAW2017 posts are submitted. ABOS Chapter 2; initial notes; reread chapter; simmering major rewrite/POV shift.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Secondary goal. Waiting to hear from the editors.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 8 and 9. Tertiary goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 2 and-3 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete and schedule all posts by March 31; make page on shanjeniah.blog; write theme reveal post and schedule for release date still TBD (keep eyes open for this). Secondary goal. Week Three (H-M): All images/links added; formatting done. Week Two (B-G): Add logos/tags and schedule: C in progress; 2/6.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday and Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts where possible; have all drafts in website interface or Scrivener by March 31. Tertiary goal. WIPpet Wednesday; #weekendcoffeeeshare; #8sunday; SkyWatch complete. Pre-stocking post plan taking shape; several #8sunday in the works, plus prep for more; Scrivener project created to corral drafts waiting to be scheduled.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft, proof, and submit second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Both rough drafts completed; will let sit for a day or two before proofing and submitting.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, (1) family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal.All rooms completed to par; general: 37/33.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Tertiary goal.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; shopping; homeschool co-op; lunch; television and videos.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Write-in; online interaction; critique piece in progress.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Read through second mainstream beta chapter; simmering. Awaiting fanfic story.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 6/6 journal/ meditation. Evening: 3/4 journal; 2/3 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 5/5; 111 minutes: 3/2; Strenuous:0/9 hours.

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

Leaps of Faith:

  • Draft CV and revise. This will happen after my BOAW posts are scheduled.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Simmering some exciting new ideas; stay tuned!

  • Patreon: Complete March offerings and launch site.

  • Draft next chapter of Cowled, based on existing notes.

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Building On Inspiration: February 26, 2017

Hey there!

Well, here we are at the penultimate update of February! I’ll have my final wrapup of these goals on Wednesday, and my brand-new list of March goals will appear in one week. My Round One End-of February update will also post on Sunday, March 5.

It’s been a week with a lot of progress, but also the type where a lot of it feels a little subterranean. In other words, there’s more to this update than meets the eyes. And I’m okay with that – my experience is that these times translate to productivity in their own time, and in their own way.

Suffice it to say that I’ve had a few inspirations and epiphanies, and they’re settling and simmering…and I’m happy.

And you?
Are you loving February, or happy to see it going?

Writing:

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: 4,693/~5,000 words. Scene 4/4 complete. More notes for later chapters; more clarity for the remainder of this one; more notes for LAL; simmering.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 78. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; revision in progress; p 3/5 complete. Adapting: complete and submit Scene 7; back-burnering 8 until March.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary: Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished business – by the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 25/28 complete. #atoz: Week Two: Formatting/links/adding images completed; 6/6 (B-G). Week One: A post finished and scheduled; 1/26 ready to go! Week Five: created files for posts; moved to directory folders; 7/7 (T-Z). Week Four: Moved posts to website blog interface; 6/6 (N-S). Adapting: I’m going to create a single page on this WP blog for the #atoz posts, rather than format them all again. That will save time, and help me to link and brand the two sites together.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Secondary goal. WIPpet Wednesday/ #8sunday/ #weekendcoffeeshare/#SoCS complete. Next two WIPpets and one more #8sunday also in progress; two Mindful posts simmering, as well as next Skywatch (March 2). Idea for the pre-April planning simmering and building.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise: History/Geography in progress; section 5/14.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Kitchen; study; family room 3/3.Bedroom; living room; bathroom: 2/2. General: 41/29.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Finished last week’s batch; caught up; 15/27 for this week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; canoodling; journal; tic tac toe; videos; food prep.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Some online interaction; revising a piece to submit to the group.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. First beta chapter completed, another ready to go in March; awaiting fanfic story.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 7/6 journal; 7/5 meditation. Evening: 3/3 journal; 2/2 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 6/6; 99 minutes: 6/2; Strenuous: 6.25/8 hours; tai chi; moving firewood; yardtending.

  • Intuitive Eating:  Create a basic plan for change. Tertiary goal.Back-burnering till March.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Go through Publication email folder. Back-burnering till March or April (at least, until the homeschool reports are submitted).

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook  and one more; read two other books; write four reviews. Back-burnering the reviews.

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