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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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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 feel like life could use a little silliness to build on today, so….