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Professional Growth: August 13, 2017

Hey there!

Have you ever been poised on the edge of a dream, staring at the precipice, and the amazing reality on the other side?

That’s where we are as a family – and where I am, too, on a personal level.

Two weeks ago, my husband learned that his employer was struggling financially. Since he was the highest-paid employee, he would be let go, with the option to pick up some part-time work on Labor Day Weekend.

Our financial situation has been uncertain for over a year, now. We’ve been managing, mostly because we don’t have house or car payments, live simply, and have a family tendency toward both innovative approaches to difficulties, and a conscious choice to look for the possibilities in even the most challenging of situations (even when the process of getting there is a bit ugly).

So now, we’re poised on the edge, all together, and ready to take the leap of faith that will carry us to the other side…

Have you ever taken a huge Leap of Faith? How did it go?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,333/3,333. Primary goal complete for this week.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Last House The Far Shore (until drafts completed). I was mistaken about one of the titles. It’s The Last House. Reread last several scenes to find my way back into the story, which I began in April.1,133/5,555 words. Secondary goal; a bit of progress.

You don’t need to be alone anymore, Tim.”

The sweetly accented, slightly husky voice was so real, he would have looked around, except that he was busy fantasizing now that he really did have Rebekkah right here with him. It didn’t matter that he’d never seen her face; maybe it was even better than he hadn’t, because his imagination could make her however he wanted her.

The possibilities were endless.

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

  • Enterprise Early Days Arc: Continue revisions on this project for my WIPpet Wednesday posts. This week’s post: Is That an Order?” Secondary goal complete for this week.

You just tried to shake hands with a Vulcan.”

“You said we were supposed to extend her every courtesy. Just thought extending my hand was part of the deal.” Trip shrugged. “Apparently, she doesn’t agree.”

And then some.”

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

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. Went through JuNoWriMo directory, organized raw material into folders. 1 hour. Secondary goal completed for this week.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram; Pinterest; and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1.5/3 hours;all main sites excepting Patreon /1 hour dabbling; Quora. Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 10.25/11 hours; first Southern Saratoga County YMCA Farmer’s Market; some promotion/ business communication/market research. Primary goal; excellent progress!

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

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 5/5 hometending) ; 2/3 yardtending sprints complete; bedroom sprint. Progress improved over last week despite very busy week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 4/5; Strenuous: 2.5/2 hours. Meditate/journal 7/8. Solid progress.

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Trekkish Growth; August 8, 2017

Hey there!

I’ve had a Trek-centric beginning to my week – and that makes me a very happy Shan. Actually, I’m purring like a contented tribble!

Sunday was the #AllStarTrek #Trektacular on the Heroes and Icons channel. For those not in the know, they do a 5-hour block 6 nights a week, with an episode from each existing Trek series (and, on Sundays, they add an hour of Star Trek: The Animated Series, as well). There’s a live (and lively!) Twitter chat that goes along with the airing, and I’ve found my “Trek tribe” there, which essentially means I can stop driving my family nuts talking about this stuff.

This Sunday, though, H&I ran non-stop Trek from 12pm-3am. There were many documentaries I hadn’t seen before, and enough Leonard Nimoy to make me cry a time or three from the joy of seeing him again. I watched most of the fifteen hours, and chatted for the majority of what I watched.

Monday night, a few of kept on chatting after Enterprise (the final installment in the line-up, and my favorite Trek series), and the conversation was wide-ranging and free-flowing, inspiring my writing mind in all kinds of ways….which showed up Tuesday, as I dug out and polished the first chapter of a fan fiction story I wrote a couple of years ago, now titled, “Highly Classified Mission.” It’s getting positive reviews over on fanfiction.net, and will serve as the base of my StoryADay September TnT drabbles.

My mind is humming with ideas that extend beyond sci-fi…Star Trek has been a conduit to other writing for me since I was 13, and indulging my passion for it makes me a better writer – and a better human, too.

Do you indulge your non-writing passions?
If you do, do you find they feed your writing?

If you don’t….why not give it a try?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,333/3,333. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week.

The communication is thankfully brief, and, once it’s concluded, T’Pol moves away from her work station. Perhaps it would be wisest to begin reviewing the encrypted information that accompanied the transmission, but she will admit to herself that she is agitated at the thought of doing so. Instead she brings forth her table, her cushions, and her candle, and attempts to meditate.

Each time her eyes close, however, there is a sense of – of something. She can’t name the emotions she’s experiencing. Nothing in her training has prepared her to do so. She has been fascinated by the diverse range of words the humans she lives and serves with give to their emotional states; but she often doesn’t understand the emotions to which they are referring. She’s been conditioned, from infancy, to suppress emotion, to separate it from thought and action, rather than to label and define and allow it into every action and thought, as her human colleagues do.

Perhaps it would be useful to be a human now. A human could feel freely, and define the emotions. A human might also know how to deal with them. A human wouldn’t be compelled by duty to their world to pursue a fugitive they were frightened to pursue.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I chose my theme for Solemates (it’s anything relating to both characters’ backstories and eventual meeting) and the TnT story to create drabbles for: it’s Highly Classified Mission,” the original segments of which were written a couple years back for #StaD, so perfect for developing there! Reread story as-is; made a polishing pass of Chapter One; and posted to fanfiction.com. Will finish submitting before September 1; I’ll add the request for words there. Primary goal; good progress.

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

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 3, 75/11 hours; mostly at market; some mellow promotion. Primary goal.

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 73% read; 53% exercises, which take a bit longer to complete. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; good progress.

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

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 0/5 hometending) but 3 partial); 1/3 yardtending sprints complete.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 1/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/2 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8.

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August Growth; August 2, 2017

Hey there!

July is over, and August has begun.

Which means that my four-month Chaostivity Marathon has ended, and I have a month-long breather to renew my energy and focus before my Chaostivity 10K, which runs from September – November.

I could have set goals that tried to do a lot of catching up or surging forward on non-writing goals. I’ll admit that the idea is tempting….

But I ‘ve learned some things about myself in the five years I’ve been participating in ROW80. One of them is that I need a low-impact stretch after times of intensity. It’s my gathering time; a refilling of the wellspring of creativity. It’s a time to rest and dream a little….and dreaming is essential for fiction writing.

So, this will be a month devoted to fun as well as productivity. And here’s the scoop on that, one day into this new month…

What’s on your agenda for August?

Drafting:

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed).This one’s been nearly finished for months – I will complete it by end of August. Primary goal.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Far Shore (until drafts completed). I will complete The Far Shore, and move Still Nameless in that direction. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. Sometimes prompts are available early, other times not. This affects the degree to which I can plot ahead, but I will end the month with general arcs and outlines of what I’ll explore next month. Primary goal.
  • Kifo Island Series: Plot as needed for SN, using hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit. Thus far, I haven’t done much plotting (I did do over 20K of character/planning work, though, and this was my Story A Day May main project). I like the way the story is evolving, but keeping this option open. Secondary goal.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Class: Spend 7 hours/week on this class, using my TnT fanfiction story, “On Any Tuesday Night.” Improving the quality and efficiency of my revision process is essential to my career development, so this will be a major focus until complete. Primary goal.

Submitting:

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

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. I usually read these emails while I’m in the middle of other things, and set them aside “for later”. Well, it’s later. =) Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. This will help me with consistency, and with the goal below. Primary goal,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. I’ve got 50K words or so of raw material to turn into blog posts and series. Time to bring some order to the process! Secondary goal.

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

Business:

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. This may include marketing; social media; website development; financial matters; direct sales; labeling; and anything else that I can do to make this a success. Primary goal.

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article byAngela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 33% complete; working through Exercise #1; one point a day. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; some early progress.

Tending goals:

  • Unschooltending: Draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans), due Friday, August 4, and draft fourth quarter reports (due September 15), since those are easier to do in conjunction with each other; submit Lise’s test results, which got lost in the hustle. Drafted Lise’s English Language Skills for fourth quarter reports; section 1/14. Looked up World Book Typical Course of Study for Grade 8, then copied and categorized items to draft objectives. It’s a start; this will be a major focus until completed.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 1/3 hometending sprints complete.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Carrying over from last month’s busy-ness. This month will be better for selfcare; I’m important, too! Activity 1/5; Strenuous: 20 minutes/2 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. I’ve had these on my docket a lot longer than intended. Time to change that.

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Accidental Growth; August 1, 2017

From my journal, 8/1/17:

I forgot to verify my CampNaNoWriMo win…and I’m really not that upset by that fact.

The reason I didn’t remember is that I was busy – at the farmer’s market, and doing my revisions for the Dark and Bitter anthology.

The fact that I’m not upset – that I don’t need it to “count” to know I wrote the words – is growth. Once before, I didn’t get verified because I couldn’t find the button on a new format. I was very upset that “everyone” wouldn’t be able to see that I’d “won CampNaNo.”

But it’s not about the “winning” anymore. It’s about the “wording.”

How do you feel when you don’t get credit for an accomplishment?

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). Final count: 68,280/66,666 words. Primary goal COMPLETED!
  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. Secondary goal; solid progress despite a very busy and emotionally charged month.

Plotting:

  • Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. This got lost in the busy-ness of the month fairly early on. Secondary goal; some progress.
  • Play with fan fiction as desired; because Trip and T’Pol say so. A snippet each week for WIPpet Wednesday, and three scenes revised, placed in a chapter, and posted to my fanfiction.net story-in-progress, Arachnid Nebula. Stretch goal COMPLETED!

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Spend 3 hours/week revising “On Any Tuesday Night.” Start once Still Nameless Act One Beat Sheet is complete. Primary goal; no progress. Back-burnered; there wasn’t enough month to give this the attention it deserves.

  • Blogposts: Revise JuNoWriMo blogposts one hour each week. Secondary goal; back-burnered.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it a week or two ago. I sorted all the pages I have located while proctoring kids’ state-mandated standardized testing. Decided to reprint the remaining ones; mostly marked up for pre- How to Revise Your Novel editing. Stretch goal; good progress.

Submitting:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication.  Received the edits; read through, and simmered until the 31st, when I began serious revision pass. Primary goal; fair progress.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for the two projects I’d like to submit this summer/fall. Secondary goal; back-burnered due to change of focus.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Stretch goal; back-burnered due to lack of time/attention available.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Blogging was hit-or-miss this month. I wrote over 50K words of blog draft material in June, but didn’t have the time to revise much of it in an extremely busy July. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Other Platforms: Post twice weekly to my Facebook Writer page, ; and once weekly to Instagram, and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch. Posted to Instagram each week; launched Patreon page on my birthday (July 29) . Writer page and Pinterest were more sporadic. Secondary goal; solid progress.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Stretch goal COMPLETED!

Business:

  • Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress from June. Nothing new; I’ve decided to work through Prosperity for Writers (see below) before returning to the final steps of this process. Primary goal; back-burnered.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). THIS is where much of my time/focus was this month! New Facebook page is here! Secondary goal COMPLETED!
  • Complete Gwen’s 30 Day Selfie Challenge. Did the first few days of the challenge, but only posted 2 or 3, then fell off completely during this crazy-full month. Stretch goal; a bit of progress.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans); complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Some good progress.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Solid progress; was close to meditation goals every week, and fair on the activity front.

  • Paying It Forward: Finish back business for local crit group; and one chapter/week for Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Did a little of all of these. Very modest progress.

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Birthday Out on a Limb: #weekendcoffeeshare and #SoCS

Well, by the time I finish this post, it won’t be Saturday or my birthday anymore, but, if we were having coffee, I’d tell you that yesterday was both.

It was also a rather momentous day, in small but personally monumental ways.

You see, I went out on a limb – in a good way.

After months of putting it off, coming to play for a bit here and there, and then going away again, I’ve launched my Patreon page.

My Birthday Leap of Faith! Yup, virtual confetti was definitely in order!

I think I was more afraid of doing well with it, of having people I know, and maybe even people I don’t know yet, offer funds to support my writing dreams. It’s not that I don’t think I’m worth it….not exactly.

It’s bound up in a lot of things said by my parents when I was growing up. Things like “don’t act conceited” that make it tricky to go ahead and “toot my own horn.” Things like attitudes of prosperous people ingrained through my early life. “Rich people are just greedy.”

Since I began taking my writing seriously, and building very gradually (and somewhat hesitantly) toward a writing career, I’ve found that I’m more at the mercy of those old ideas than I’d like to be.

But yesterday I turned 48, and it’s past time to find the way to let them go, replace them with better thoughts – thoughts that can lead to more prosperity – for myself and my family, who have had a very lean year, and so that I’ll have more resources to share with others.

My very first patron…happy birthday to me, and a commitment to honor!

More than that, though – I’ll be finally proving that, when my father was wrong when he insisted that if I didn’t want to be a journalist, I’d only be “just existing,” and that wanting to earn a living with my writing was only a “pipe dream.” I don’t want to prove it to him –

I need to prove it to myself.

It may seem like I’m going out on a limb – but, really, I’m not.

I’m claiming my life, and the skills I’ve built over decades of writing, the vast majority offered for free to anyone who wanted it. I will still offer that; I love my fan fiction community, and sharing generously.

It’s scary-exciting, to have done this thing.

But it was the right thing to do.

Have you ever felt that way?

My Patreon page is here.

This post has been a joint venture for Part-Time Monster’s #weekendcoffeeshare, and Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday (#SoCS), where the weekly prompt was “limb.”

 

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Growth and Its Opposite: July 26, 2017

From my journal, July 25, 2017:

Fourteen years ago right about now, we were leaving for St. Peter’s Hospital NICU. I’d called earlier in the morning, as I had every morning since my discharge, to check in on Elijah, our baby boy, who suffered a profound brain injury at birth.

He had been stable.

By the time we reached the hospital a little of an hour later, he was dying.

The time after that passed in a blur – we were aware that the NICU was being cleared out. Someone I later learned was Jeri, with whom I’d attended school, and who would later lose her baby girl, took Miah, who was only 22 months old. The chaplain came, offered to baptize Elijah, and we accepted. We’re not religious, but there hadn’t been much chance to commemorate his arrival, and it seemed fitting.

Around 2 o’clock, Elijah James Burton, 12 days old, stopped breathing, and our lives changed forever.

His heart valves open and close in someone else’s chest, and that reality is the seed of my current CampNaNoWriMo novel. There’s a certain catharsis in writing it this month…and the reality is close to my heart.

Hug your children, if you can, for some of us can’t.

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 55,182/66,666 words; a bit above par after a week below. Primary goal; On target and then some.

That made Serrah laugh. She suddenly realized that she’d laughed very little in her whole life….well, not her whole life. The little girl she’d just gotten to know – the little girl she’d been long ago – that little girl had laughed a lot, before she got sick.

  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. 55 min. Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Slow, gradual start; posted to WIPpet Wednesday. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Other Platforms: Post twice weekly to my Facebook Writer page; and once weekly to Instagram, and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch. Posted my walk, with a photo of the sky, to Instagram. Secondary goal; a bit of progress.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Stretch goal; good progress.

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Made labels, posted to his page 2/3 times, answered comment, posted to Instagram, started exploring other markets, worked local market. Secondary goal; great progress.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans); complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. After last week’s Crazy-Happy-Busy, more rest was in order…Hometending 1/5.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 1/5; Strenuous: .5 /2 hours; Meditation/journaling 3/8.

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Preparing for New Growth; July 19, 2017

For the last twelve years, I’ve not-so-secretly dreaded July 13-25.

In 2003, the year Elijah was born and died, life was in limbo. We were afraid for our baby’s life, and didn’t yet know how significant those 12 days would become – that they would mark out an extremely abbreviated lifetime.

In 2004, Lise was 5 days old when those days started. Needless to say, I had other things on my mind and in my heart than the calendar.

Since then, though…

It’s been hard, every year.

Until this one.

It’s not that I don’t miss my baby who never had the chance to grow up. I’m aware of this 12 days, and I know what they mean in my life…

But I’m alive. WE’RE alive, as a family…and we’re an especially busy family, right now:

  • It’s homeschool reporting time. I’ve got Lise’s test scores to send to the district, and IHIPs to draft and finalize this month.

  • In addition to the weekly local farmer’s market where we have a table this summer, this weekend Jim and I will be working a charity food event for his employer, and we’ve secured permission from him to also offer his sauces, which will open another new market for us.

  • I’ve got a short story to revise and submit by month’s end, and, as always, writing and fitness goals, and a home to tend.

It turns out that when life is full of things that nourish myself and those I love, there’s less space available for dwelling on the tragedies that are part of life.

I’m just too focused on these various leaps of faith to sink into the deep well of anguish and “what-ifs” for which there never have been answers…my focus is more on the here-and-now of life.

Is this what acceptance feels like…knowing that some things can’t be, that they will affect me more powerfully at some times than others – and still going on with the daily stuff of living, simply because I and the rest of my beloveds are alive?

What do you think?

 

Drafting:

  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 38,798/66,666 words; a bit less than 1K from Tuesday’s goal. Primary goal; On target plus a bit.

Naomi’s regard was intense, and a little threatening; Ophelia went back to staring at the pizza, her stomach twisting as though Pandora’s creatures were whizzing around in there, banging against the sides and stirring up the acid.

  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. 15 min/2 hours. Secondary goal; progress.

Revising:

  • Blogposts: Revise JuNoWriMo blogposts one hour each week. Secondary goal back-burnered till August.

Social Media:

  • Other Platforms: Post twice weekly to my Facebook Writer page; and once weekly to Instagram, and Pinterest.  Complete Patreon profile and launch. 1/ 2 FB page. Lots of pinning! Secondary goal; good progress.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Stretch goal; good progress.

Business:

  • Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress from June. Primary goal.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Got the PayPal Business account and new email/Google identity set up, all sauces in Facebook Business Page Shop; which is now open for business! Also set up Pinterest/Instagram accounts, and failed at setting up Twitter. Dipped toe into website/blog. Secondary goal; a dizzying amount of progress!

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans); complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Hometending: 1/5. Received Lise’s test scores in mail Tuesday; will copy and send to district this week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 1/5; Strenuous: .5/2 hours; Meditation/journaling 3/8.

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