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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 New Perspectives: May 7, 2017

Hi there!

It’s one of those weeks that feels momentous, even though I can’t exactly put my finger on why. I think it’s more like I’ve made an inner shift – not something that can be quantified or defined (at least as yet), but which is permeating my life on multiple fronts, and which may well shape my path, moving forward.

I’ve felt, for much of the week, as though I’ve been scrambling to not quite keep up. I’m in transition in many areas, and things are shifting and stirring…

Always an exciting, if unsettling, place to be.

Have you ever had that transitional feeling?

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. 6/31 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 arc ;necessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 6/31 complete. On target.

Submission/Publication:

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 6/31 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. First post is up: 1/14 completed. Self-love: Meditation; journaling, taking care of myself in a time of conflict; walking; attending to my personal health; . Other-love: Ami snuggles; hometending with love and intention; time with beloveds; walks;The Power of Vulnerability; interacting online with other meditators; shopping/lunch with my son. On target.

  • 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 6/31 posted. bit behind still on linking at the site, visiting, and responding to comments. 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. Completed all! Success!

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. Videos, walks, business and relationship stuff, planning, flirting, shopping/workout/dinner with my teen. A win!

  • 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. 3 hour45 minutes/10 hours. I ran out of week….some success.

  • 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 first book. Some progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: complete; evening journaling 1/2 complete.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. 84 minutes on Wednesday – not a win, but not vegetating, either. 111: 3/5. 5/4 hours strenuous: Baby Steps to 5K program; yardtending; weights; cardio. Although I didn’t hit my daily targets, I did stay mindfully active every day, and did better than my goal for overall strenuous activity. 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. Skimmed the Facebook page before sleep Friday – just in time for first posts.

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“Don’t Die” for Story A Day May: Day Five

“Don’t Die”

Ophelia sighs. That run was just what she needed – and, with Marilyn finally safely in rehab, she was able to just run, without worrying what was going on with her sister.

Strange, that she’d always thought the daughter Sean Martin had with his lawfully wedded wife had it better than the illegitimate one he’d made on a Hawaiian fling. But she’d had a loving, stable mother, and a happy home. Her mom had always told her that she was “the pearl of great price” in her life.

That’s not how it had been for Marilyn.

Her mother had resented the child she’d been left with, and hated the man who left her. She’d gone into a downward spiral of alcohol, then drugs.

Maybe it’s no wonder Marilyn is in the predicament she’s in. She’s been exposed to those things since she was only a baby. Maybe she’d never had a chance.

Ophelia is trying not to feel guilty about that. It’s not like she was there, and it’s not like Marilyn’s father had told her own mother that he already had a wife and child. No, he’d saved that until later, when he was ready to go home to that family, leaving Misa to discover she was pregnant, and raise Ophelia alone.

But now she’s here, and she’s seen what happened to Marilyn. She wants to call her mother, thank her for bearing the burden of raising a daughter all alone, and doing in it a way that always let her think that burden was some kind of a gift. She wants to go back in time, to fix things for Marilyn, but that’s not possible.

She can only help fix them going forward. And only if Marilyn’s ready, and willing to do a hell of a lot of very hard work to get herself clean, and learn other ways of coping.

Ophelia hopes she is.

She gets to her door. She’s got a tiny studio apartment, with an alcove by the door she calls her “office.” She loves this place – the first one she’s ever had all of her own.

She lets herself in, and turns to hang her keys in their place in the alcove –

Her hand covers her mouth, the keys jabbing into her lip, cold and metallic-tasting.

The whiteboard in her office alcove has a message that wasn’t there when she left.

“Whatever happens, don’t die. See you Monday.”

It’s scrawled, but not in dry-erase marker, because it’s dripping. Paint?

Is it meant to be some kind of joke?

Is it a threat?

Who wrote it?

There is a sudden sound from further into the apartment – from the corner where she had her daybed, screened by mosquito netting, to remind her of home. She clutches the keys, wriggling them so they poke out between her fingers like weapons, and peers around the corner in the direction of her bed.

She can see something mounded there. It isn’t her laundry – that’s overflowing its basket beside the bed, not on it – or the bedding, because she made the bed before she left.

Then the shape moves, with a soft moaning sound.

What or who is in Ophelia’s apartment?

Is it the same person who wrote the message?

Is the message a warning – or a threat?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!

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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… Something Strong? April 26, 2017

Hey there!

Ever get to the moment of accounting, and wonder exactly what you’ve been doing?

Yup, you guessed it. I’m there right now.

You see, I’ve significantly upped my daily activity level, and I’m using my new-t0-me phone to do it. Last Saturday, I walked and/or hiked 7.5 miles, most of it with my son. Sunday, I went to the Y on what is often a sedentary day for me, and biked 6.5 miles (after a 40 minute session in the weight room). Monday, I kicked off my Baby Steps to 5K program (also on my phone; if you have a Samsung phone and haven’t checked out Samsung Health, and want to be more fit, it’s got LOTS of options).

Despite that strong start on Monday, I’d only slept a couple of hours, and I tanked out a bit early, not quite making my recently upped 6,666 step/day goal. On Tuesday, I didn’t make either the word count goal or the activity goal of 99-111 minutes.

I know I did move both days – but there’s a certain disappointment that comes with “not cutting it” when you’re “keeping score”. I know that’s not logical, because I definitely moved both days, and I did have three consecutive days with intense activity levels. But I still wanted to make those goals…after all, that’s why I set them. =)

But they’re goals, not requirements. And my body, mind, and soul are telling me that, despite the imperfect start. My muscles are pleasantly achy, in a way that feels strong and alive beneath my padding, which can sometimes be numbing. I’m aware of those muscles, and their willingness to move me, if I only provide the impetus. My posture is a bit straighter, these last days. I’m being more mindful of what I’m eating without dieting – more of the veggies and grains I love, in new combinations. I downloaded a series of tai chi lesson videos that were recommended by my instructor, Sal. Now I can finally learn the form on my own, little by little, rather than following along in class, but not able to replicate it once I’m home.

It’s a similar thing with writing… lots happening, and a lot of it mostly invisible from the top, yet essential for foundation building.

So it’s deeper than the numbers – but then, it usually is.

Have you ever had an experience like this, when the “score” only hinted at the progress?

Writing:

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. There’s a newly available checklist, so I’ll be getting to work on that through the rest of the week, so I’ll be ready with at least the first few days by Monday.

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. Shared and linked through U; 21/26 complete; no visits made or comments answered yet this week.

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. Canoodling, chatting, videos. Took myself out for a workout on Sunday, attended write-in later that evening.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Attended write-in. Cabin visits:1/5.

  • 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. More label stuff; investigated and discussed a few options, and clarified what he wants first.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 2/5 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: 1/5; 111: 1/2. Strenuous: 7 hours, 36 minutes/7 hours; cardio; weights; Baby Steps to 5K program workout 1/30.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. Simmering, but think I’m getting ready to move forward on this one.

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

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Sowing Organic Structures: April 19, 2017

Hey there!

How is every little thing going with you?

For me, over the last few days, things have been more settled. We’re still trying to fine-tune my Accomplice’s labels – my printer isn’t quite up to clarity needed for ease of reading, or the labels he chose aren’t best for the job. I’m not sure which yet; I’m going to buy something a bit higher quality, and we’re also researching professional printing services.

In my own writing, I have written my way back to the positive side of this line:

I’m experimenting with something new – time-blocking. Well, maybe not so new, since I did something similar back in school. It’s more like an updated, more realistic version of that, I guess. If you’re interested in exploring it, here’s the link.

It feels good to know I stand on solid-ish ground.

Have you made any exciting progress lately?

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 39,378/65,000 words. I was about 6K under target at Sunday’s update, but time-blocking helped me to make up a lot of ground, to the tune of 7,570 words on Sunday! Back on the positive side, and blocked Monday and Tuesday, too.

  • 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. 987/3,333 new words for the week. Feels great to be back to this after a week off – and the time away has led to some new insights.

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. Read latest post at the site; still need to listen to podcast. Cowled: Created Scrivener file; will organize 14,304 words of existing material there, and use drabbles and prompts to extend story and fill in the gaps, based on my rough trajectory.

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. Finally got back to this! Page 14/89  in progress; 5/20 complete for this week.

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. P post scheduled for just after midnight; posts shared and linked through O: 15/26 complete; answered comments on N post. visits made for 0/6 days; that’s a priority for the second half of the week. Posts are listed live at Slices of An Unschooling Life.

  • 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. Tuesday’s hour used for catching up on a-z; still considering a third hour on Saturday or Sunday.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Took some pictures. Now to edit, Flickrize, and tag for albums…

  • 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:3/5 for the week. Study; bedroom; bathroom complete.

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. Time chatting and canoodling with Accomplice (business and workout schedule planning); helping daughter with game account; time outside in the spring rain with son.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Attended write-in; lots of words; lots of inspiration! Cabin visits: 2/5.

  • 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. Lots of labeling stuff. Working through the obstacles and setbacks.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 3/5 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: 3/5; 111: 0/2. Strenuous: 3 hours, 10 minutes/7 hours.

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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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