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Sowing Re-vision: May 21, 2017

Hi there!

It’s the time in the month where I assess my goals, so that I can finish with a strong sense of focus.

This month, the shift is more dramatic, since I’ve been exploring Gwen Montoya’s excellent, community-based course, Build Your Marketing Muscle, and, in the process, I’m working on a business plan at last.

And that has led me to some early realizations about the most effective ways to invest my time, energy, and focus. Changes will be noted as “Adapted goals.”

In other news, it’s been a busy few days -eye doctor for my son; homeschool teen game night for my daughter, then Waterford Canalfest with my son – along with marketing/labeling/drafting/revision/ and beta stuff…bits and pieces of a full-rich life.

How do you know when or if it’s time to stay the course or shift your goals?

Writing:

  • Story A Day May:  Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc, based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. 19/31 drafted for both projects. Still one day behind; will be caught up by end of day. Progress.

  • Kifo Island Series: Complete draft of The Last House (a Kifo prequel). (Approximate word count TBD). Target 3,333 words per week, after #STAD stories and FDWR; complete by May 31. Adapted tertiary goal: Back-burner focus until June (or higher priority goals on target).

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arcnecessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 20/31 in early progress. Caught up one day – progress.

  • Kifo Island: Complete plotting as needed to complete rough draft of The Last House. Begin hybrid planning for Still Nameless, using The Story Toolkit  and The Writer’s Coloring Book;get through basic character sketches. Adapted secondary goal: Back-burner until more caught up with higher-priority writing/plotting goals.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2 (Promises), and 3 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by May 31. Aim for 3 hours/week (timing TBD). Primary goal.well over/3 hours complete; pp 6682 for lesson 2; read Lesson 3 and worksheet; gathered materials for lesson; printed lesson pages and filed. On target – and delighted!

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy line editing if ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal. I’ve received my contract (and read it)! I’ll send it back in the next day or two, and then the final line edit should be done within a couple of weeks. On target!

Submission/Publication:

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

Social Media:

Hometending:

  • Homeschooling: Complete rough drafts of third quarter reports for both kids (due 6/15/17). Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Arrangements underway for ordering required tests/testing space.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Two flings on porch, and two 27 minute yardtending sessions weekly. At least six General Hometending rounds per day, 6 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending 4/6; yardtending; porch; family room, kitchen: 1/each. Not the best week for this; some outings, heat, rain. Modest progress.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; walks; business/labeling/marketing setup; eye doctor/Canalfest with son; homeschool teen game night with daughter. SUCCESS!!!

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry; aim for 10 hours/week. Secondary goal. Some video creation simmering; some discussion with Accomplice about labels and branding; label design and marketing class. Accomplice: 9/10 hours. Solid progress this week!

  • Beta reading/critiques: Complete at least first five chapters of both beta novels. Catch up with crits for my local group (I’m behind 3 at the moment). Tertiary goal. Highlighted first chapters of both betas for comment; Catchup critique 1/3 – a questionnaire (read the material; simmering). Solid progress here.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: meditation 4/5; journaling 3/5. Things have been a bit scattered, but great meditation. Modest progress.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Adapted Secondary goal under consideration…stay tuned! (4/4 hours strenuous; mowing; hiking; Baby Steps to 5K). 111: 3/5. 123: 0/ 2. 

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Building Your Marketing Muscles. This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Working here every 2-3 days is giving me plenty to simmer and play with. On target!

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Sowing and Germinating: May 14, 2017

Hi there!

Isn’t it amazing how much can change in just a few days?

When I posted on Wednesday, I was just emerging from a reclusive, “down” few days. I tend to be upbeat and happy, so, while these moods don’t typically last very long, they are rather unsettling, because I’m not used to them.

But the overcast has (mostly literally) lifted. We had lovely weather Thursday and Friday, and my teen son and I went on outings both days: to Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, a walk around the lovely Skidmore campus, and then lunch at Five Guys on Thursday; and a trip to Albany (about 40 minutes south of us) to take in the traditional Dutch street scrubbing, and the first hours of the Albany Tulip Festival (where I oohed and ahhed and swooned over flowers, and he chose a bench and reviewed the driver’s manual on his phone, because he’ll be 16 in a few months, and he likes to be prepared. There was a side trip to the New York State Museum, which has been a favorite place to explore since he was a toddler.

The fresh air and sunshine helped, and I’m feeling much more productive and settled, while at the same time aware that I’m deepening into a new level of awareness.

Know what I mean?

Writing:

  • Story A Day May: Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise  fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc , based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. 13/31 drafted for both projects. On target.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arcnecessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 13/31 complete. On target.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2 (Promises), and 3 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course  by May 31. Aim for 3 hours/week. Primary goal. 3/3 hours complete; pp 14-27/82. Finally some solid progress on this front!

Submission/Publication:

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 10/31 completed. I fell behind with the Thursday-Friday activities. Some progress.

Social Media:

  • Story a Day May: Post daily –I’m sharing the planning, along with favorite lines to the stories, and links to the complete writings, in separate posts to keep things from getting too long. Visit at least 1 other participant daily. Secondary goal. Day 10/31 posted. Behind with everything due to outings. Some progress.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Two flings on porch, and two 27 minute yardtending sessions weekly. At least six General Hometending rounds per day, 6 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending; family room; porch complete. Partial yartending; bedroom: kitchen. Other focuses prevailed.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation, text chat, walk; outings; television.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry; aim for 10 hours/week. Secondary goal Simmering/ groundwork for Patreon video. 5/10 hours;dipping my feet into marketing group page; setting up his new (my old) laptop. Some progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 5/5. Evening Journal: 1/2. Still having trouble fitting in the nighttime sessions. Some progress.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Secondary goal. Still struggling to get to that minimum, since the app counts activity differently than I do, but still satisfied that, overall, I’m moving more than earlier in the week. (3.5/4 hours strenuous). 111: 2/5. 123: 1/ 2. Solid progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Marketing With Muscle. This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. I’ve fallen a bit behind, but I’ve also had significant revelations. Great progress!

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Simmering this as I move through the marketing program.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

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Sowing Into Emotion: May 10, 2017

I was just getting ready to try to explain the deep internal explorations I’m in the midst of, and the complicated emotions that go with them…when I realized that a good part of this current inner turbulence could be related to the fact that Mother’s Day is this weekend.

As the mother of three children – two living, and one not – Mother’s Day is, at best, complicated. Fraught.

It being a rainy week, and having one of those blindsiding disagreements with my mate don’t make things any less turbulent.

But turbulence, while sometimes unpleasant to be in the midst of, is also essential for growth, and mighty handy for a writer. So, I’m bearing up and trying to stay grounded [more on that in another post], and trusting that all this not-necessarily-lovely chaos will lead me to places where I need to go.

All this is reflected in my goals – where social interaction was needed, I didn’t have much to offer Thursday -Monday. I’m feeling a bit more up now that the moon is full, the dust-up is settling, and I realized my emotional fragility with the bombardment of Mother’s Day…I’m just tired and headachy, not so much wanting to hide out from everyone who doesn’t live here. =)

For those who are parents, no matter the age of your children, may you appreciate them – this weekend, and always. And if, like me, you have a child you can’t hug – then please accept one from me; I grieve with you.

Writing:

  • Story A Day May: Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc, based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. 9/31 drafted for both projects. On target.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 2 scenes/week, after #StaD stories. Finish by May 25. Secondary goal. Scene 45/50 in progress; 1,361 words added. Progress, but not sure it’s on target, yet.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arcnecessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 9/31 complete. On target.

Submission/Publication:

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 9/31 completed. On target.

Social Media:

  • Kindness Challenge:  Write twice/weekly posts on weekly themes (7 week challenge, so it will continue through and a bit beyond this round. Respond to comments daily, and visit at least 3 other participants each week. Primary goal. Simmering combo post 2/3. A bit of progress; behind on the visiting.

  • Story a Day May: Post daily –I’m sharing the planning, along with favorite lines to the stories, and links to the complete writings, in separate posts to keep things from getting too long. Visit at least 1 other participant daily. Secondary goal. Day 9/31 posted. A bit behind still on linking at the site, visiting, and responding to comments. Some progress.

Hometending:

  • Homeschooling: Complete rough drafts of third quarter reports for both kids (due 6/15/17). Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Completed Lise’s English Language Arts section; 1/14. Scrolled through some recent pictures; nothing added yet.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Two flings on porch, and two 27 minute yardtending sessions weekly. At least six General Hometending rounds per day, 6 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending: 3/6. I’ve been tired and it’s been chilly. Family room 2/3 (sorting items from Miah’s room as he cleans and minimizes – his idea). Progress.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation, text chat, walk.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry; aim for 10 hours/week. Secondary goal. 20 Minutes/10 hours (skimming marketing group page).

  • Beta reading/critiques: Complete at least first five chapters of both beta novels. Catch up with crits for my local group (I’m behind 3 at the moment). Tertiary goal. Simmering both beta books, and considering a rational schedule for all crits.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 2/5. Evening Journal: 1/2.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Secondary goal. Still struggling to get to that minimum, since the app counts activity differently than I do, but still satisfied that, overall, I’m moving more. Progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s  30 day course, Marketing With Muscle.  This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Read all current posts in the Facebook group before sleep Sunday – simmering responses, and taking a deep breath before I dive into the participation side of things.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Simmering this as I move through the marketing program.

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Sowing Onward: April 30, 2017

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

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

What’s blooming in your May?

Writing:

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

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

Plotting:

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

Revision:

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

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

Submission/Publication:

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

Social Media:

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

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

Hometending:

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

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

Lifetending:

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

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

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

Selftending:

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

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

Leaps of Faith:

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

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

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

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

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

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Sowing Stories in Fallow Soil: April 16, 2017

Hey there!

How is life treating you?

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

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

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

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

Writing:

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

Plotting:

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

Social Media:

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

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

Hometending:

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

Lifetending:

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

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

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

Selftending:

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

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

Leaps of Faith:

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

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

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Sowing Connection: April 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

And then there are the other times…

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

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

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

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

Absolutely!

Writing:

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

Plotting:

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

Social Media:

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

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

Hometending:

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

Lifetending:

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

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

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

Selftending:

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

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

Leaps of Faith:

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

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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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