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Penultimate Growth: #ROW80 September 17, 2017

Hey there!

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

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

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

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

So, what are you doing this #SundayFunday?

 

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

Snippet from You Have News:

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

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

Snippet from The Hard Way:

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

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

Snippet from The Last House:

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

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

And she needed to open that door.

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

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

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

Snippet from My Name is T’Pol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Growth’s KISS: September 3, 2017

Hey there!

It’s a brand new month. Yesterday, I became the mother of someone legally old enough to drive.

On Tuesday, I’ll be taking him to the DMV to take his permit test. Once he passes, my life’s going to include helping him learn the things he needs to know to be a safe driver.

Which leads me to my mantra for September:

Keep It Simple.

My September goals  follow a trend I’ve been practicing for the last several months, as I learn the balance between what I want to do, and what I actually can accommodate in a busy family life, and at the budding stage of our family business.

I’m excited for new challenges, and for finishing those I’m still in the midst of…

So, here we go…on to my Keep It Simple September goals!

What growth do you plan for this month?

  • Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble each day, to challenge prompts. Day One done; Day Two finished just past midnight. Primary goal; up to date.
  • Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. Secondary goal; after StoryADay completed for day.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). Stretch goal; after other drafting goals met for day/week.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. First set of prompts in play; simmering Day 3. Primary goal; good progress.
  • Trueborn: Solemates: Use daily stories for notetaking, character sketching, outlining, and other materials that will allow me to plot the novel in October. Secondary goal.

  • Other Star Trek Enterprise TnT Fan Fiction: Enterprise Early Days Arc and Cogenitor/Expanse Limbo Arc (may include new writing). Continue revisions on these projects any day I choose, if I’ve completed an hour of HTRYN. Stretch goal.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. This is self-explanatory. Primary goal; left over from August.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Secondary goal; left over from August.

  • Fan Fiction: Post stories from Cogenitor/Expanse Limbo Arc to fanfiction.net as revised. Stretch goal; after 5 Duotrope and 3 email sites compiled each week.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. #weekendcoffeeshare posted; #8sunday scheduled. Missed #SoCS (may post Sunday). Primary goal; good progress.

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

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Posted a few pics from Miah’s birthday to my Instagram account. Stretch goal; modest progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 11/15 hours for blended week.Primary goal; good progress.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Watched first two videos, completed challenge, skimmed Facebook page (1/3 visits) and made my intro. Stretch goal; solid progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1.75/1.5 hours for blended week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity for blended week: 11.15 /8 hours. Meditate/journal: 7/8.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . Crit group: 15 min/3 hours on Moon Murder Chapter 3. Betas: 3.5/3 hours for blended week, finished/returned “Patrick and Sarah” Chapter 2; highlighted Spellfire’s Kiss, Chapter 3 for commenting.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

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A Season of Growth; #ROW80 Round 3, 2017

Hey there!

Well…when I last posted here, at the end of July, I thought August was going to be my month to “rest, renew, recharge, and shift to a slower, more contemplative pace” after my Chaostivity Marathon, which ran from April 1 -July 31.

Life (and a burgeoning family business) had other plans. I’m more than a little gobsmacked by all the changes (many of which are in areas that just won’t show on this update; I’m perfectly OK with that!).

I began my Chaostivity 10K on Friday, with Story A Day September. October will be OctPoWriMo, a poetry challenge, and November brings another NaNoWriMo.

There will also be much more business stuff, and some rather significant personal changes (more on those in Round Four!).

But, first, let’s take stock of my August progress on my Round 3 goals, shall we?

  • Trueborn Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Will resume once both Kifo novels are complete. Adapted – since this is the longest of the three unfinished projects, and the closest to completion (I’m in the climactic scenes now) I moved it to primary position. Added 11,284 words. Secondary (now Primary) goal; solid progress.
  • Kifo Island Series: Complete drafts of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8) and The Last House (A Kifo Island prequel). Adapted: Now Secondary goal; deleting SN till Round 4. Modest progress on THL: added 2,642 words; reached to midpoint or just past it for all three POV characters. Nothing added for SN. Primary (now secondary) goal; modest progress.
  • Blogposts: Complete all finite series begun during JuNoWriMo. Adapted: Complete October Secret Project posts, write intro material as/if needed. Stretch goal; no progress.

  • Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Adapted: Moved to primary position..Did some pre-production organization. Secondary (now Primary) goal; a bit of progress.
  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book  and The Story Toolkit  to finish plotting this novel. Adapted: Deleting for this round. Primary goal; no progress.

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Spend 50 hours revising “On Any Tuesday Night.” Start once Still Nameless Act One Beat Sheet is complete. Adapted: Spend 25 hours on classwork. 4/50 (now 25) hours completed. Primary goal; minimal progress.

  • Blogposts: Revise blogposts for use through November 2017. Adapted: Revise posts for October’s Still Secret Project. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it. Make a decision regarding sharing it with critique group, or waiting to run it through HTRYN. Stretch goal COMPLETED (July)!

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” Title of this short story is now “Being Colette”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Moving through third round of publisher edits; nearly finished with draft and (I think) the process.Primary goal; good progress.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for all projects I’d like to submit in 2017. Secondary goal deleted in August.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Research these; choose ten to pursue further. Stretch goal; no progress.

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to /maintain regular blogging schedule, and prepare for November NaNoWriMo. Kept mostly to schedule for August; some preliminary planning for fall posting. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Other Platforms: Create a cohesive brand across my Facebook Writer page; Pinterest, Patreon, and Instagram. Did more for Chef Bluebeard than for myself; still simmering. Secondary goal; a little progress.

  • Explore other avenues: Twitter (#writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats); LinkedIn; Medium; Quora; and Wattpad). Stretch goal; some modest progress.

  • Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide; begin enacting it. Adapted: Work through Prosperity for Writers and The 12 Week Year; then move on to completing the business plan using knowledge gained from those sources. 38% with PFW exercises; 20% on 12WY readthrough. Step 4/7 with business plan (from June). Primary goal; good progress.

  • Refine labeling/branding/platform/marketing for my Accomplice, and branding for myself; complete the PicMonkey branding tutorial for both ventures. Adapted: moving PicMonkey to Round Four. I’ve done a lot more for Chef Bluebeard: product and vehicle purchases; website; seeking and marketing to new venues; Facebook ads. A bit for myself, too. Secondary goal; great progress.

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans) and complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Adapted: Complete 1.5 hours hometending each week. Some hometending. Submitted IHIPs and fourth quarter reports. Lots of other business dealt with! Great progress!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Not quite up to target for physical and mindfulness goals, but close. Solid progress.

  • Lifetending: Reading: Crank It Out (from June goals); 20K A Day; Prosperity for Writers. Audiobooks; The Upside of Your Dark Side (from June goals); and Practicing Mindfulness; and The Star Trek Chronology Project  Episodes 281: Redemption Part 1290: A Matter of Time. Adapted: Watch STCP to Episode 320 (Deep Space 9: “Past Prologue”). Complete 6 books, 2 audiobooks, and keep up with Welcome to Night Vale podcasts. PFW: 78%; STPC: Episode 310 (The Next Generation: “Man of the People”); current with WTNV. Steady progress.

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This is what things looked like at our third farmer’s market in July….we’ve already come a long way!
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Growth Reflected Upon Over Coffee: #ROW80 August Final and #weekendcoffeeshare for September 1, 2017

If we were having coffee…

I’d thank you for meeting me for a cuppa on the run. There’s lots going on, and I’m combining indulgence with business today. I’m glad you’re still willing to get together!

August is over, and September means new challenges: Story A Day September and Va-Va Video career development for my writing, and for our blossoming hot sauce business.

Tomorrow, our firstborn turns sixteen years old. He and I are headed out to eat and do things he wants to do – a walk in a local park, and a stop by a lumber store, because he wants to make himself a desk. Sixteen is legal driving age in NY, but since it’s Labor Day Weekend, I’ll be taking him for his learner’s permit test on Tuesday. It all happened so fast!

Chef Bluebeard and I will be at the Waterford Harbor Farmer’s Market on Sunday, and have Monday off. Planning a mellow family day with a fire.

Well, lovely as it is to see you, I’ve got to get back to work, which means final accounting for my August ROW80 goals.

What’s on your weekend agenda? Another cuppa?
Find more #weekendcoffeeshare here!


  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,472/3,333. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week! Added 11,284 words for the month, and am into the climactic scenes of the novel. Solid progress.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Last House (until drafts completed). 461/5,555 words this week. 2,642 words added this month. Secondary goal; a bit of progress.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I’ve requested words as part of the Author’s Notes for “Highly Classified Mission,” and received one batch. No plotting to speak of. Primary goal; good progress.
  • Kifo Island Series: Plot as needed for SN, using hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • Enterprise Early Days Arc: Continue revisions on this project for my WIPpet Wednesday posts. This week’s post: It’s All Yours Secondary goal COMPLETE for week/month!

Submitting:

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Primary goal; no progress.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August/ September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. WIPpet done; simmering weekend posts, and September schedule. Primary goal; good progress.

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. Secondary goal COMPLETED for this week! 2/4 weeks completed; some progress.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1.5/3 hours; mins/1 hour; Quora. Stretch goal; some of each major throughout the month; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 11/11 hours; worked on website. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week; good progress for the month.

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 73% read; 58% exercises, which take a bit longer to complete. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; good progress throughout the month.

  • Unschooltending: Draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans), due Friday, August 4, and draft fourth quarter reports (due September 15), since those are easier to do in conjunction with each other; submit Lise’s test results, which got lost in the hustle. Sent fourth quarter reports a month early; mailed Lise’s test scores. Goal COMPLETED!

  • Hometending: Complete 1 hour of hometending/week. 1 hr, 30 minutes/1 hr. Goal EXCEEDED for this week; solid progress through the month.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at six hours physical activity/week, (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 7.5/6 hours; Meditate/journal 5/8. Solid progress this week, and for the month.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Crit Group: 2.5/ 3 hours. Finished Chapter Two of SK, sent to author; 1.5 /2 hours. Modest progress throughout the latter third of the month.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

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September 4, 2001 – or was that just yesterday? An uncertain young mother and a giant (10 pound, 2 ounce, 22.5 inches!) baby boy named Jeremiah, in Livingston, Montana. 16 years, in the blink of an eye – and now he’s a giant (6’3″ and growing!) young man. Tempis fugit!
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The Aftermath of Growth: August 30, 2017


Hey there!

After last week’s frenetic pace, this week has been less intense.

We’ve had our Sunday and Monday markets, and I slept well every night. Tuesday morning, I went for a 3.31 mile walk with my almost-16 year old son. We discussed tentative plans for his Saturday birthday and a radical feminism blog he’d read from and wanted to critique for some ideas that weren’t exactly based in reality….to say the least.

Honestly, it’s still Tuesday as I’m typing this – it tends to be a restful and recuperative day, and it’s better if I don’t try to take on too much. But Wednesday will be devoted to shopping with my daughter, because, while the aftermath of business growth may be a more restful period, the aftermath of my children’s growth is that they need larger clothes! I took Jeremiah shopping for his “standard uniform” – grey cargo pants and blue T-shirts – in July, before his camping trip, but Lise needs new cooler-weather clothes to fit a body that’s considerably more womanly than it was as last fall approached. Her taste in bedding has changed, too, so there will be some major updating of her overall “style.”

I’m growing, too… but in ways that are a bit less concrete or easily put into words. A bit ironic for a writer, isn’t it?

How have you grown lately?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 2,514/3,333. Primary goal; good progress.

He watched the man and the child as they talked, standing there by the pyre that still smoked faintly. The child poked a stick into the embers.

When the last one dies, Lasu will be forever gone.” He had the thickness of tears in his voice. Lasu had been huntmother to many; was she to a child who would nay ever be a hunter? Truth, she had a softness in her soul that would permit such a thing.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I’ve requested words as part of the Author’s Notes forHighly Classified Mission,” Checked site and signed up on the list for prompt posts. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. WIPpet in progress; simmering #weekendcoffeeshare and #8sunday. Primary goal; a bit of progress,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. .1 hour; began prepping two posts for Chef Bluebeard’s blog . Secondary goal completed for this week.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page ; Instagram, Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 40 min/3 hours; mins/ Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1 hour hometending/week. Adapted goal; .5/1 hr.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least six hours of physical activity. Catch up Baby Steps to 5K; meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 4.25/6 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8. Solid progress.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Crit Group: .25/3 hours. Finished Chapter Two of SK, sent to author; 1 /2 hours.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

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The Jenga of Growth: August 27, 2017

Hey there!

It’s been quite a week. I recounted the beginning of it on Wednesday, with the purchase of a 2007 Subaru Forester for my Accomplice, and the down payment on a 2005 Subaru Outback for me. When I wrote then, I was looking forward to our 20th anniversary dinner at the Plumb Oyster Bar.

Dinner was delicious. We shared two orders of asparagus prepared to perfection, and about a dozen and a half oysters of several varieties, all served on the half shell. We ended the meal by sharing crème brulee and carrot cake, and left pleasantly full.

Thursday afternoon, I purchased a website for Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces. It’s not active yet, but getting the basics done and taking it live are high on my agenda for the coming week…

Because Thursday wasn’t exciting enough with that huge step, Jim was experiencing abdominal pain all day, and, at around 11 PM, it got intense enough that we decided to go to the emergency room rather than take the chance that he had an appendix getting ready to burst. So that’s where we spent the night after our 20th anniversary – to ultimately learn that the probable culprit was his gall bladder having a disagreement with our celebratory dinner the night before.

On Friday, we took Jim’s Forester, which is a bit of a fixer-upper, to the shop, along with our elderly Legacy wagon, which will become an automotive organ donor – we gave it to the owner of the shop to part out at his discretion. We then went to Pizza Hut in my new Outback, making sure there was plenty of pie to bring home, because, after all, we have teenagers! =)

Saturday was Early Market Day #1, and today was Day #2, along the Erie Canal, which is why I’m only now getting to this post.

As for the name, I found a Jenga block in the backseat of my new car when we first saw it. I claimed it as name and talisman for my “Shuttlepod Two.” It also makes for a good explanation of the kind of week we had.

So, after all that…how was YOUR week?

Eventful, or mellow?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 2,062/3,333. Primary goal; good progress.

Here, on the Trueborn’s Ledge, where Niaan had once insisted that she remain to watch her Kaivelt’s stars, he made of himself a tool for Shinjao’s hunting – and made of her, at the same time, a tool for his own.

When he woke, it was the pearly sky that precedes dawn. The air was chill with silvered frost, and the last embers of the Welcoming fire flitted below. The places where the three pyres had been were only piles of charred remains; even their scent had been dampened down by the air, so that it was a lingering overlay to the scent of a coming storm.

Perhaps she should expect nothing else, on a ship commanded by a Terran who had openly professed a desire to “knock her on her ass”. She was still uncertain of the precise meaning of the colloquialism, but there was no doubt that it had been hostile.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. WIPpet and #SoCS/#8sunday done; Primary goal; some progress,

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram, Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1/3 hours; .5/1 hour; Quora. Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 22/11 hours; organization of new purchases; purchased and chose theme for website; acquiring/repairing cars; Saturday market. Primary goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Hometending: 1 hour home/yardtending each week. Adapted goal COMPLETED for this week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least six hours of physical activity/week, catch up Baby Steps to 5K (currently 2 weeks/6 workouts behind; meditate and journal daily. Activity 7.7hr/6 hours; BSto5K: 2/6 workouts made up, with two weeks left to catch up. Meditated every day but one/journaled every day. Good progress; adapted goal.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Finished a chapter for crit group member; Chapter Two of SK: p.6/11 completed.

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All Week Long for #SoCS and #weekendcoffeeshare

When it’s one thing after another, all week long, we’re looking at a bit of a jumbled up amalgam of Stream of Consciousness Saturday and #weekendcoffeeshare, because there’s not enough time or focus left in my day to do two separate posts, and tomorrow will come with another set of activities.

So, if we were having coffee now, I’d tell you that I’m fighting sleepiness on this Saturday night, after an extremely busy week…

Let me explain:

Recently, my Accomplice and I decided to cash in two modest investments, because we have business plans, but they require reliable vehicles – and we all require food, shelter, and clothing adequate for the weather. Finances have been precarious for over a year, and we had some sales, but not enough to move ahead after a long time of gradually losing financial ground.

With the investment capital in liquid form, though – we can do just what it suggests, and invest in ourselves, and our future.

And that’s what a lot of this week has been about.

We’ve purchased two used cars considerably newer and more reliable than our eldery 1998 Subaru Legacy Wagon, which was on the verge of almost literally falling apart. Jim now has a 2007 Forester in the shop for some repairs, and I have a vety sweet 2005 Outback. Since my 1998 Outback died on a local highway a few months ago, I’ve been missing having the freedom of my own car. More, our son will be 16 in a week, which means he’ll be eligible to get his learner’s permit – something he’s been looking forward to since he was 11 – and learning which would have had to wait if we still had a car that wasn’t suitable for his practice.

Both cars are blue. My favorite – and his. Also, the perfect color to go with the eventual magnetic signs for Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces that will grace them, at least on market and event days.

We also used some of our newly liberated funds to purchase a few items to move the business into the next level, and allow us to be better organized as we move between markets and events in the months to come. Additionally, we purchased a three year subscription for a hosted WP website, and, in the coming days and weeks, I’ll be setting up the basics, so that Chef Bluebeard has a new online home in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season.

It’s all very exciting – but that’s not all that happened this week….oh, no, it isn’t.

Wednesday was our twentieth wedding anniversary. We went out to a local oyster bar Jim’s been wanting to eat at since he was looking for work and applied there in the winter, while the place was still being set up. It wasn’t the best fit for him, but the decision was made mutually and without rancor, and the owner recognized him, and even offered us champagne on the house. We don’t enjoy it, but it was a lovely dinner – lots of perfectly prepared asparagus, oysters of several varieties on the half shell, and crème brule and carrot cake to share.

We had a wonderful evening with a bit of walking to and from, and then, because we are parents and have other people to feed besides ourselves, we went grocery shopping on our way home.
It was a perfect day – and we’ll hang on to that for a while, even if the aftermath got a bit crazy…

Sometime in the night, Jim started having abdominal pain that intensified into a sharp lance when he breathed deeply or moved the wrong way. He thought he might have pulled a muscle while doing some sink de-clogging the day before, but then the pain intensified, and we decided a trip to the emergency room to find there was nothing really wrong, rather than risk a ruptured appendix or worse.

Turns out, after 5 hours, bloodwork, urine test, and an ultrasound, that his gall bladder has some “sludge” in it, and didn’t like the rich dinner as much as our taste buds did. He’s also got a bit of a fatty liver, so an MRI will soon be scheduled to be sure there’s nothing more serious going on there. He’ll need to be more conscious of his diet to avoid further aggravating his contentious gall bladder, too.

And now it’s Saturday, and our first weekend market is done. We have another tomorrow morning, and then another on Monday evening, before we get back to another four “rest” days (unless we decide to attempt to fit in a Thursday evening market several of our vending friends recommend).

If we were having coffee, I’d apologize if I bored or exhausted you with our week full of living, and for yawning so many times during the retelling of it.

Now, it’s your turn. What have you been up to this week? What do you have planned for the week ahead? Anything momentous, silly, or just part of your beloved routine?

Get another cup of #weekendcoffeeshare!

Float down the Stream of Consciousness Saturday!