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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 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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Building From Deep Places: February 8, 2017

Hey there!

I’ve been delving deeply this week – a lot of reading, a lot of plotting, some deep conversation online and in person, and digging into some too-long-neglected corners of our home…

I don’t have a lot to say, really, except that I’m simmering like a rich stew, and I know that something wonderful is about to bubble up.

That said, let’s get to the update, so I can get back to the simmering!

Have you ever felt this way – like you were just waiting for whatever’s inside to break the surface?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 21/24 in progress. 1,571/5,000 words; 58,487/~65,000 total.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. I’m using my #Loveuary posts to explore the LAL arc, in preparation for writing.

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. Primary goal. Printed the remainder of the worksheets; Subplot Arc 1/ 2; p. 4/7 in progress; step 10/22. Fleshing out ideas for the paragraphs as I go; I now have a sense of them all.

  • Kifo Island: Flesh out AeonTimeline. File remaining/new series bible materials. Complete steps 1-8 of The Story Toolkit for April novel. Secondary goal. Printed the relevant worksheets; completed Initial Concept; 1/8.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2-5 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars 1-7; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula”  and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”;  1 chapter each. Primary goal. I organized materials, reviewed where I was when I set OATN aside, and decided what to do this week. Finally dove back in; completed Sascha’s, and Silas’ Main Character Re-Focus worksheets; Orin’s in progress. 1/4.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Continue working with Jaz on cover art; finalize and begin working on front/back matter checklists. Chatted with Jaz, and had an inspiration.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary : Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans (yes, you can help!); visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 7/28 complete; #atoz: There’s no sign-up this year, so that’s taken care of.

  • 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. Simmering ideas for Mindful and Skywatch; also pre-production schedule, which I’ll firm up once I’ve finished my A to Z posts.

Hometending:

  • 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. Study: 2/3; General: 19/29.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; movies; rides to/from grandparents’ and Welcome to Night Vale podcast with my girl.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. plans to see Allegiance with my son, and Welcome to Night Vale Live Show with my daughter.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Attended write-in. Hihlighted crit 1/2 in the queue; both in progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal; 3/5 meditation. Evening: 1/3 journal; 1/ 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: 3/6; 99 minutes: 2/2; Strenuous: 1.75/8 hours.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. More simmering based on recent reading.

Leaps of Faith:

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Building New Foundations: January 25, 2017

Hey there!

Life moves pretty fast….so said Ferris Buehler, and, for me and my family, this week is definitely proving him right!

Fresh on the heels of my shift from WordPress.com to a .blog account, my Accomplice has a new job. He’s been in and out of work since mid-July, so he’s really hoping this will be the right fit for him.

In the meantime, we’ve had a lot of extra family time. He moved forward several steps with his hot sauce business, getting him nearly to the point where he can begin selling. It’s exciting, and there will soon be pages on my website to introduce his labors of art and culinary love.

And me? I’ve been working on “clearing the decks,” so to speak, with the intent to wrap up some of thee projects that are keeping me from being able to give the How to Revise Your Novel class priority attention next month. I’d love to be able to do that now, but we decided to act on a narrow window of opportunity to invest in my professional future at a modest but, to us, very important discount (to the degree possible, we would both like to build our careers on funds we have, not credit).

Which is to say, I was ready for the leap of faith, but had a good many irons already in my fires…

So, I’ve come to a decision. I’m going to set the class aside until next month, when I will make it my priority. For the rest of this month, I’ll be focusing on wrapping up some of the other items on this checklist, so that I’ll be free to shift my focus without leaving making many things hanging.

Here’s how things shook out in this transitional session:

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 19/24 in progress. 3,750/5,000 words; 52,885/~65,000 total.

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. Antagonist worksheets: 5/5 complete (step 6/22 complete); printed Supporting Character Worksheets (x4). 2/4 completed. Simmering Wednesday sketch.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 58. Secondary goal. Scene 5:12/12 pages complete.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars  1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. Adapted goal: FC,WJ: Back-burner till February.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January: Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 24/31 in progress.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. Received confirmation that my revisions were received by publisher; awaiting review.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. I chatted with Jaz and sent her a file of the story. Played with the hawk image per her suggestions.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 13/27.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Videos, chatting; deeper conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Write-in Sunday.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Attended write-in; chatted with crit group members. Will prioritize one member’s upcoming piece, as she’d like to submit it by end of month.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal: 2/6; meditation: 2/5; Evening journal: 0/3; meditation: 0/2.

  • 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. Moderate: 2/6. Strenuous: 7/6 hours.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Had an inspiration about what goal I want to focus on…it’s a start.

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Building Toward: January 22, 2017

Why, hello!

I’m building toward…. Something.

I don’t have all the words or ideas, just yet, but they’re coming in bits and pieces and fits and starts….here’s an early glimmer,  before we get down to the business of accounting for the writing-things I’ve been building – which seems to involve a nice foundation of green, with liberal blue accents, and just a touch of red.*

*It strikes me that this could be seen as political commentary, but it’s not!

I may have more to say by Wednesday….

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 16/24 in progress. 5,266/5,000 words; 49,101/~65,000 total.

  • Patreon Posts – Complete January/March offerings. Tertiary goal. Completed drafts of a shortish introductory feed post, a 931 word essay and have 398 words of a flash story draft. Adapting goal: Complete items needed to launch on February 1 (offerings/bio).

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. Moved through 5/22 sets of worksheets (Main Character – Protagonist).Simmering Wednesday sketch.

  • The IDIC Romance/Solemates: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Into 2152, with some research on the plausibility of T’Pol still being alive when Spock was growing up (FYI: Yes. She would only be 142 at his birth, which is middle-agish for Vulcans. Phew! Otherwise, a LOT of my head canon would have exploded!)

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-8. Secondary goal. Page 5/10 in progress.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11908712/1/A-Backdrop-of-Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. ABOS: Chapter 1 (page 2/4 in progress). Adapted goal: Back-burnering Chapters 4-7 until February.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 21/31 posted. #atoz: Week Two complete.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. I think I’m hitting my stride with blogging; a massive redesign and moving to the WP .blog tag are giving me some new ideas on ways to blend the blog and website more easily, for more nimble sharing of All The Things I want to share. =)

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; make lists/basic sketches of new pages. Tertiary goal. Jotted a rough list of what I want to address; refining as I commit it to typeface and my laptop.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal complete. As mentioned above and evident all over this space, I’ve made giant strides here. If you look in the sidebar, you’ll see a link to the website, and recent posts duplicated or adapted from those that appear there. Mission accomplished, and evolving!

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. I have a description of the art I’d like; and I’ve mocked up a cover concept. I found this. Jotted lists; simmering.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Family room: 3/3; kitchen 1/3. Living room and bathroom; 1/1.General:31/27. Close, but the kitchen foiled me again!
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. Reduced Homeschooling from over 300 to 36 actionable messages; Transactions from ~650 messages to 40 items I’ll want to examine/address/save.

 Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Chatting; canoodling; business planning/administration; cuddling; couples workout.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Tai chi Thursday.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal: 7/6; meditation: 7/5; Evening journal: 3/3; meditation: 3/2. Wahoo! I think this is the first session this month I hit or exceeded every target here!

  • 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. Moderate: 6/6. Strenuous: 7/6 hours: tai chi. And the first time since I started setting “strenuous hour” goals that I’ve met it, let alone exceeded it!

Leaps of Faith:

  • Go through Publication email folder; make subcategory for marketing-related posts. Folder taken from 232 messages to 197; opened some posts and filed in bookmarks.

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I Am Penetrable: #mindfulmonday and #JusJoJan Day 16

Welcome to Day Sixteen of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: “impenetrable,”  used any way we wish. Today, I offer you a rare peek into my journal, where I mused on impenetrability and its opposite.

This is also a Mindful Monday post, particularly since I journal after meditating.

As I was jotting down ideas for what I want to be impenetrable in the world/in my reality, the word broke up in my head, and I heard it as “I’m Penetrable.”

And I am – or, at least, I’m far more so than I once was.

The ever-present sense of impending danger I lived with, growing up in an emotionally volatile home forced me to take survival measures – and one of them was building armor over my emotional sensitivity.

You see, every time I didn’t, my mother, father, sister, or brothers would find the open and vulnerable place, and attack it.

My childhood was emotionally bloody, and I only survived by building an imperfectly impenetrable fortress around myself and my feelings.

I used words, and stories, and imagery. The greatest part of my intelligence was turned to this purpose.

Later, I would find a kindred spirit in a half-Vulcan character named Spock – a make-believe man whose very “existence” demanded emotional barriers.

At seventeen, this was one of my favorite songs:

I entered adulthood still an emotional infants who had been raised and damaged by emotional infants. Not everyone who wears the body of a grown up has lived in conditions that nurture emotional growth.

My parents didn’t. And, so, neither did I.

I might have never even realized that…but life gradually found its way into the cracks in my armor.

College helped some, even though it was a small New England school and I didn’t stay long.

Love wielded powerful weapons. Sometimes they injured, but, at others, they healed. It might seem strange to many that the death of my fiance was healing to me, or that the death of our second son was.

But they were.

In both cases, I gave of myself – well, selflessly. Cystic fibrosis demands a great deal of time and energy to treat. A newborn with a devastating brain injury does, too.

I couldn’t give that level of myself and not be broken open.

The losses were devastating, but the gifts…they were priceless. My life is immeasurably richer because these two souls passed through it, and because I opened myself to them.

Because I loved Tim, I’m a better wife to Jim. Nineteen years into our marriage, I’m still learning how to be a better one, and still open to that learning.

Because of Elijah….

Well, because of Elijah, I have kids who look like this, most of the time:

No sisters were harmed in the taking of this photograph! =)
No sisters were harmed in the taking of this photograph! =)

It could easily have been different. I started off as a very different parent – but the death of a baby is so profound a loss that there was no way to keep being who I’d been – nor to keep believing that the lives of his siblings – of all of us – aren’t as fragile.

Death comes for us all, and so the changes we make, we have to make while we’re here, and alive.

And so, I’ve learned a new way of living, and being. I’m opening up to you – and I don’t even know which of “you” will read this.

I’m vulnerable and open.

I’m penetrable.

And there’s a beautiful kind of strength in that.

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Building While Traveling: January 15, 2017

Hey there!

It was a busy week of coming and going, doing and being…and, somehow, I managed to cross a few goals off my list, move several further along, and even start a couple I hadn’t gotten to. As I enter the second half of the month, things are looking pretty good for a fine month.

Writing:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete essays for T-Z posts. Primary goal. I decided to get this out of the way Wednesday night, and wrote the seven remaining essays: 26/26 and goal completed.

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 14/24 in early progress. 5,270/5000 weekly words; 43,828/~65,000 total.

  • Patreon  Posts – Complete January/March offerings. Tertiary goal. Made initial list of what I’ll need each month.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Arachnid Nebula,”  and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner.” Side goal. Chapter Two of “Arachnid” installments #2: 560 words; and #3: 435 words; as JJJ posts. Chapter complete.

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. Ordered new black printer cartridge so that I can print the worksheets. Simmering.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline  for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Created timeline; added all ten currently drafted or projected novels. Goal completed.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Began tracking IDIC events through end of Season One on paper.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. First pass edits complete.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars  1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. FC,WJ: See below.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Lesson 2/22: working through Main Character Re-focus Worksheet; 4/8 characters complete: materials ordered for Lesson 3, which is ready when I am. I got behind schedule due to a week of going and doing that was better suited to less intensive projects, but I expected that.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January; Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 14/31 complete. I’m guest hosting Sunday-Tuesday; Sunday post scheduled; 1/3 complete. Simmering a guest post. #atoz: Week One: Post moved to blog interface; Week Two: Links added to F and G posts; 6/6 complete.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. The duplication is spotty, still, but I’ve started; created a sidebar icon for the WP blog, and verified my top of page website link. Goal completed.

Submission/Publication:

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

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Family room: 3/3.General: 30/27. It’s hard to get to the kitchen with my Accomplice home and using it. I supplemented with more general cleaning to keep my rounds on par. I may adapt the goal.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. Into the tertiary round of folder sorting/organizing; this is a large directory, and will take several more sessions to complete.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 photos selected; all photos divided into 30 photo groups; 12 in total.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Couples’ workout; canoodling; chatting.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Lots of plans; workout/errands; Miah clothes shopping; coffee date for me with a friend on Wednesday; workout/swim Thursday; Miah to his weekend plans on Friday.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Second piece highlighted for comments; page 2/19 complete.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; I’m not doing so well at fulfilling – that’s going to happen this week.

Selftending:

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

  • 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. Moderate: 7/6. Strenuous: 4.85/6 hours: weights; swimming.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Started listening to the audiobook on the way home from dropping Miah at his meetup spot, and continued Saturday. 36% complete.

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