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Breaktime Blooms; June 25, 2017

Hi there!

Yes, I know. It’s the break between rounds. Days with no Round to call home – a little like a man without a country….

Some of us are a little subversive. We’re willing to keep on writing, even if this is supposed to be a break. Sometimes, I downshift – but this month, I’m in the homestretch of a challenge that has inspired and motivated me – 5o,000 words of blog post material in 30 days! I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’ve found a way to use my blogging to enrich my personal explorations, and, at the same time, to use my personal explorations to enrich my blogging.

It’s an incredible motivational idea, based on the old adage from my days working as a waitress at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park (at that time and in season, the fifth busiest restaurant in the world!).

What was that adage?

“Work both ways.”

That’s quickly becoming my new model, as I move into the more businesslike aspects of building a writing career.

Do you have any clue at all what I’m talking about? =D

I think I might be getting a little ahead of myself here…so let’s get on with my Un-Round Two, Un-Round Three, Un-ROW80, update.

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. ,42,931/50,000 words; less than 8K to go, and I’m starting to feel the drive to “get ’er done.” Primary goal ahead of target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. Did a snippet of new writing for next week’s upcoming WIPpet post; and a flash fiction story this week’s #SoCS post. Secondary goal on target.

Plotting:

  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8): Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit to plot this novel by June 30. I’ve begun moving the worksheets into a hybrid format that will let my choose which elements to include in each future project, and work on them using my laptop rather than hard copy. Thanks for the incredible tip, Fallon! Intial Concept Sheet in progress; 569 plotting words. Primary goal in progess.
  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Several more plotted and in early development. I probably have enough ideas to carry me past 50K, at this point. Secondary goal ahead of target.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Notes completed (82 pages; 21 scenes). Letting simmer a day or two (until plotting template is finished) then filling out the index cards to finish the lesson. Primary goal nearing completion.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting to par for the week thus far, with a post scheduled to post later in the week; and two more in development. Primary goal on target.

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page,  Instagram, and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch Secondary goal on target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprints Wed. AM; chat Wed-Fri. Stretch goal on target.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman  as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Printed Heaven and Hell Batch 3-4; Pequeno Diablo Batch 2, and Tropical Tickler Batches 1-2 labels; as well as some paperwork. Name selected for sauce #5: Mango Mystique; label designed and printed – all current inventory is now labeled! =D Simmering ideas for business cards (next up); signage; and social media/sales platforms. Secondary goal on target.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Simmering prior to beginning action plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning: 6/5 (brief sessions). Received Jeremiah’s testing supplies; Both have begun testing; and 2017-2018 Letters of Intent are in progress. Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 3/8. Hour; 2/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/5 hours.My activity level, and amount of sleep, are down together…something to think on,

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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals: EOR2

Hey there!

Below are the intentions I set forth at the beginning of the year. I wrote then that they were subject to change…and so they will, once I’ve had time to absorb and apply the new things I’m learning.

For now, though – the update.

Did you set aspirations for 2017?

How are you doing with them?



Writing:

  • Complete Hanging Manuscripts from 2015-2016. Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Scene 44/50 in progress.

  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September. 66 May stories complete.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts.

  • Create fan fiction, continuing current story arcs, and developing new ones as I’m drawn to them. A second collection of drabbles created, revised, and posted to fanfiction.net.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Began plotting Rose and Jeremy #2; Step 12/22.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Plotting for novel 1 /2; The Last House: Steps 15-22/22 in progress in situ.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems. 64 stories plotted for May.

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline. Take notes and simmer future projects while creating timeline. Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 –350. Projects simmering and in creation; timeline underway. Episodes complete through 260; on target to complete this goal.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.” “MsaMF” awaiting final line editing.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Scene 7/24 submitted to the group.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. Contract received and returned; awaiting edits.

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. “ASOR”: Simmering on cover art and lists of front/end matter. “MMC”: Sharing snippets at #8sunday; lots of positive feedback. Read Starting Out as an Indie Writer; #itswritingresearch.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit On Any Tuesday Night; Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed. One chapter of ABOS revised and submitted.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues. Gathering a list of publications accepting submission.

Website/Blogging:

  • Complete Just Jot It January , Love is in da Blog, and 2017 Kindness Challenge. I started the Kindness Challenge late, but now working through it.

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year. This didn’t happen, or only happened barely, in April and May, but June saw steady progress as I built up my blog pool, and had material to share.

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. Synchronization and branding progressing. Roughly sketched list of pages needed. Took a marketing class; percolating.

  • Move relevant posts from The Unfettered Life and Trueborn Jottings to website and blog. Lists and links for April posts gathered.

Hometending:

  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. Tests arrived; paperwork current.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. New laptop; more organization in files and email.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Progress being made in the rooms listed.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Moving forward.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes, every week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes, every week.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Yes; more or less.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Betas in progress.

Selftending:

  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Backslid here.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year. Here, too.

  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Nothing new/

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Deleting this goal, at least for now.

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Gathering resources; doing some reading; book purchased. Read for research. Have Angela Ackerman’s Writing Business Plan article; working through Step 4/7; completed Build Your Marketing Muscles class.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Printing, online help, lots of labeling/logo assistance, branding, marketing.

  • Listen to the 8 books currently on my Audible account. 6/8 in progress.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month. 10/24 complete.

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A Time to Sow: ROW80 Round Two Final Update 2017

Hey there!

Round Two is now officially over, and it’s time to assess my progress toward the goals I set for this quarter.

April contained the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge and CampNaNoWriMo.

Next was the #StoryADay May Challenge, and, as I write this, I’m in the backstretch of JuNoWriMo, where I’m using my allotted 50,000 words to build a stock of blogpost drafts – something I’ve been wanting to do for the last few years.

And now, it’s a reality! =)

Did you have any major goals for this quarter?

How did things turn out?

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House  (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal back-burnered after April; but a Camp win at 65,570 words.

  • 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. Modest progress. Secondary goal back-burnered.

  • Story A Day May: Main Project: Draft a Kifo Island-based exploration story every day during May, using challenge story prompts. Side project: Draft a 100 w0rd TnT fan fiction drabble daily; based on prompt words and advancing the Cowled arc. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Write rough drafts of blog posts for future use. Goal: 1,667 words/day, or 2-4 rough drafts. As of the end of Round Two: 36,537 words; more before you read this update) Quaternary goal on target; will complete during the break before Round Three.

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 COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Review brainstormed topic list; add/delete; develop rough outlines for at least 48 posts/5 topic arcs by May 31. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • July CampNaNoWriMo: Plan/plot using The Story Toolkit /The Writer’s Coloring Book combo. Begin in tandem with StaD explorations; complete through Toolkit Step 13/22 (Locations) before end of round. Will complete the final phase during the break between the end of Round Two and July 1; experimentation complete. this didn’t come up in rotation until the round was less than an hour from ending, so not much to report here. On the other hand, now that it has rotated in, it will be one of my focus goals until the end of the month. Quaternary goal; very modest progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2-4 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by June 30. Aim for completing 1 lesson each month. may complete Lesson 4 during the break after Round Two. Adapted goal: Audited Lesson 4; chose to back-burner it to Round 3. Lesson 3 complete excepting transcribing/revising scene notes onto index cards. Primary goal in progress.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete copy editor Approve line edits if they’re ready this month. Nothing new as yet. Secondary goal.

Submission/Publication:

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

  • Gather list of at least 25 possible short story venues for future research by May 31. This will likely go into higher gear toward the end of June, in the break, as some of my primary goals are achieved and ticked off the list…Secondary goal.

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. I completed the challenge, but didn’t respond to as many folks or visit as I wanted to. This seems to have been a popular theme with the venue change. Primary goal; progress fair.

  • May 2017: Begin the 2017 Kindness Challenge: complete in June; post daily flash fiction stories/excerpts to #StaD site: complete by May 31. Started late – in mid-June. Will finish around the end of July. Posted through Week One. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • 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; work on this 1 hour each on Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal; Progress poor.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year. Added a few pictures for both kids; more to come. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, porch, yard, and general hometending. Complete varying 27 thing flings each room, each week (based upon other obligations each month). Secondary goal; solid progress until Mid-mayish.

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 on target.

  • Career Furtherance: Patreon. Complete profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist Accomplice with his goals. Recorded a video for Patreon. Designed 4/5 labels for Chef Bluebeard’s sauces, and Tertiary goal progessing.

  • Challenges: CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. #StaD and #KindnessChallenge: Visit two other posters for each challenge, at least 5/week. Not where I want it to be, but I’ve started visiting. Tertiary goal; Spotty progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Generally good progress. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.), by end of round. Again, solid progress. Primary goal; fair progress.

  • Books: Listen to three audiobooks, and read 6 print or Kindle books by end of round. 3/3 audio in progress/4/6 read. Secondary goal on target.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Back-burnered while I took a marketing course.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change; have a sketched list by end of round. I need more pondering time, and to clear some mental and emotional space. Back-burnered.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/complete/worksheets; create an approach plan by end of round. Back-burnered.

  • 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 by end of round. Back-burnered.

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Blooming Right Along; June 21, 2017

Hi there!

Things have moved along in these last days of the round.

I signed over the title to my car Monday night, and my Accomplice cleaned it out and officially surrendered it Tuesday. It’s sad – and it’s not. This opens us to the possibility of a new-t0-us car, something my Accomplice won’t need to mechanic. He can do it, but he doesn’t enjoy it. And, as the years pass, it becomes more painful for him.

I’d rather wait a while longer to have a second car, and get something a little newer, and in better shape, than our remaining Subaru.

In other news, this is the last official check-in of Round Two – but, since the round doesn’t officially end for me until local midnight, my final update will post on Sunday. Also, since I work a set of monthly goals, I’ll be continuing on with those until month’s end, and update those in early July – wow….July again already! By the end of the second week of the month, I will be the mother of two teenagers…and I’m so excited! =D

Life is blooming in new directions. Some we planned for, while others were unexpected. But that’s the nature of life, and so on I go!

What surprises did life have for you, this round?

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 34,344/50,000 words. Primary goal a little above target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. Did a snippet of new writing for my upcoming WIPpet post. Secondary goal on target.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Several posts plotted/outlined. Secondary goal ahead of target.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Found my beginning point: Scene 4, p. 10. Organized materials; cleaned workspace for efficiency. Notes for Scenes 8-18 completed (p.62/82 in progress). Primary goal on target.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting has gotten closer to par, with two posts scheduled to post later in the week; and two more in development. Primary goal on target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprints Sunday-Tuesday AM; chat Sunday; read a bit on Quora. Stretch goal on target.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Designed Pequeno Diablo/ Tropical Tickler labels. Printed Heaven and Hell Batch 2 labels Simmering/discussing thoughts for POS marketing and platform creation – those will likely begin a bit later this week. Secondary goal on target.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Simmering prioction plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning: 3/5 (brief sessions). Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 3/8. Hour; 1/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/5 hours. Not much sleep leads to not much activity, and so does lots of heat. Write-in and time with each beleved; writing, meditating, journaling for me.

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Luck Blooms…Like Tribbles? June 14, 2017

Hi there! Do you feel lucky?

I do.

Last night at about 10:30, my fifteen year old son and I were on the local interstate, headed home from grocery shopping, when there was a loud clunk and the car veered from the far right lane, where I generally drive, to the far left.

Money has been something of an issue the last year or so. This may be the end of my beloved and elderly Outback.

I still feel lucky.

We could have been killed.

That we weren’t is maybe a combination of the hour and the decision to shop after the heat eased with darkness, so a road very busy during peak hours had no other traffic where we were. Or that I got my license in upstate New York in late November. That early experience had me instinctively steering into the skid, carefully applying brakes, and then somehow guiding the car back across three lanes, with something underneath that turned out to be a control arm broken and scraping.

Or maybe divine intervention. Whatever the reason, we’re safe. Two officers came and added their lights and assistance to make things safer. Because of smartphones, Jim was already on his way to us. We didn’t tip so much as a single bag of groceries.

Lucky.

Now, a few words about my goals…I’ve been changing things up this month, after feeling a bit too much overwhelm in recent months, as I always seemed to have more things to do by far than available time, energy, and attention to give them.

I’m now keeping only two major projects going at any one time. One of these is JuNoWriMo, a 50k/30 day challenge for which I’m creating a stock of blogpost drafts – something I’ve been wanting to do for years. The second changes as I complete items. First it was prepping my StoryFest piece, then working out the kinks in my Accomplice’s hot sauce labels. Now it’s the kids’ homeschool reports and ordering testing materials. After that, completing my revision lesson in progress, and so on.

I also keep 3-5 side projects going for the less intensive times.

So far, it’s working well. I know where I need my focus. I’m getting more done, with less stress. Sure, some things are just sitting there on my list, but I finally feel confident I can complete most of them before the month ends.

It’s a good feeling, and I’m feeling pretty lucky about that, too!

Recent posts you might have missed:

“My Fellow Human” (Eight Sentence Sunday)

Frenzy Stance (Kindness Challenge 2017/Mindful Monday)

What are you feeling lucky about today?

 

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 21,954/50,000 words. Primary goal on target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. Plot tribbles have arrived; I’m letting them at the quadrotriticale...so we’ll see what happens there. Did a snippet of new writing for my upcoming WIPpet post. Secondary goal on target.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Picking up a bit of pace, but don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, because that can be confusing. Secondary goal on target.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting has begun, Still not up to par, but closer (see post list above); had an idea for repurposed blogposts for July. Primary goal on target.

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

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). I created completed labels for two products; three are still pending. Secondary goal on target at last.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan.Skimmed through new items. Still have a few to go. Also taking Gwen’s 7 Day Video Challenge…more on that later… Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

I strained some muscles in my foot; it was significantly swollen Monday, and still a touch swollen and sensitive on Tuesday; combined with the heat, I’m taking a few day, with minimal tending and less walking to allow for recovery.

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning/yardtending: 3/5 (brief sessions). Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo. Lise’s report complete pending proofreadinging . Received superintendent approval for our required standardized testing; Miah’s complete to Math (section 2/14) will order tests in the next day or three.

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

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Sowing and Growing: May 31, 2017

Hi there!

I meant to get this post up on the 1st, then Sunday…but none of those happened. I’m now, finally, getting to it. Okay, I know that June is a week old, but I’m still here, to account for May.

Since it’s taken so long, I’m going to keep this short (see what I did there)?

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.COMPLETED!

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 2 scenes/week, after #StaD stories. Finish by May 25. Secondary goal back-burnered. Much as I want to finish, trying to do it by the end of the month, or even this already overly busy round is more stress than I need. I’m setting this aside until August/September, when I have more breathing room.

  • 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. Tertiary goal backburnered. See above.

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 33/31 complete. On target.

  • 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. Secondary goal backburnered. The Last House will wait for August, as noted above. Still Nameless will be a priority in June.

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.1/3 hours complete; Lesson 3: Created notes for Scenes 1-3/p. 9/82; index cards pending (I’ll do those neatly after read-through and notes are complete).

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy line editing if ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal. Contract signed and returned. 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. On target.

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net as completed. Secondary goal. Day 28/31 complete. I’ve moved from 9 days behind to only 2without abandoning my family! Definite progress; will finish later today!

Social Media:

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

  • Story a Day May: Post daily –I’m sharing the planning, along with favorite lines to the stories, and links to the complete writings, in separate posts to keep things from getting too long. Visit at least 1 other participant daily. Secondary goal. Day 33/31 complete. Visits through Monday. Solid progress here.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly Stream of Consciousness Saturday Eight Sentence Sunday, Mindful Monday,WIPpet Wednesday,  and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Tertiary goal adapted.

Hometending:

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

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

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. Homeschool co-op; conversation; lunch; television; flirting.

  • 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. Accomplice: 1/10 hours; marketing course.

  • 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. Spellfire: Author thinks we’re a good fit, so on we go! Highlighting for Chapter 2/13 in progress, p. 16/161. Stained: Chapter 1/26 complete; taking a detour because I forgot I had an unrelated chapter left to beta. Did initial read-through for that one; simmering.

Selftending:

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

  • 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.

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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. l This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Downloaded Scapple trial and began mapping and brainstorming. Copied and skimmed Step 2 for simmering.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Setting aside until marketing class is complete and simmered.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. Setting aside for a more reflective period.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change. See above.

  • JuNoWriMo: Organize/flesh out lists of blog topics; create one sentence sketches for all ideas; develop sketches into rough outlines for at least 50 posts.

  • Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2018: Gather links and sketch out base idea for these posts. Setting aside for June; it makes more sense there.

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June Blooms: June 4, 2017

Hi there!

We’re four days into June, and I haven’t checked in for a week. I needed to relax and reset after I completed #StoryADay May and eased into #JuNoWriMo.  I’m past the halfway point of my Creative Chaos Marathon, and I’m a little fatigued.

Last year I pushed on – and burned out before July was over.

So, I’m shifting direction, and taking June largely away from fiction. I’m building a pool of blog posts (these words are part of that effort). I tend to stop blogging when I’m in the midst of an intensely creative period. Soon, I’ll have raw posts to polish, package, and publish when I’m too fictionally focused to write them.

It’s easier to work with my nature than against it. So this month’s goals will be simpler, in keeping with my need for a breather before the return to fictional intensity with CampNaNoWriMo.

I’m also taking a more businesslike approach to my writing career, and these goals reflect that transition.

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 5,085/50,000 words. On target. Primary goal.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. I’ve been intensely focused on fiction for the last two months. My mind needs freedom to play or not. Writing might include my two WIP novels, short stories, and/or fanfiction. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. I’ve done some sketching out of the first several posts. I expect to pick up steam as I settle into this new direction. Secondary goal.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. I’m leaning toward a time-based weekly goal rather than an endpoint based on lessons completed. Read Lesson 4; about half of Lesson 5, Primary goal.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it a week or two ago – and move forward with the revisions as desired. Began organizing the manuscript. Secondary goal.

  • Look at the #StoryADay critique group; choose one of my last two SN stories and submit for peer review. Take action as indicated to polish the story; share for #StoryFest. In my ongoing quest to grok revision, I need to push the envelope a bit more. Asking relative strangers to review a story I wrote in under a day seems like a very good way to do that! I’ve joined the group; received an invitation to collaborate, and chosen my story. It needs a quick revision pass, then I’ll send it on its way. Stretch goal *

*Stretch goals are that “little bit extra”; things that might make me uncomfortable, but will facilitate further growth. They will be in the background, mostly, so they don’t scare me too much! =)

Submitting:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Currently waiting to hear back from the copy editor; should be soon. Primary goal.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for the two projects I’d like to submit this summer/fall. One is a novella length story (I think); the other a short story based in the Adirondacks, which I only have the first teasing glimmers of. Secondary goal.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. This is pretty self-explanatory. I just want a source pool I can research in a couple of months, when the CCM winds down. Stretch goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Began revisions of the first post or two (including this one). It’s still very early in the month, though. Primary goal.

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page, Instagram and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch. Patreon video: created relaxed script; polished, and Miah shot the video “on location” at Saratoga Battlefield. Will be editing/polishing during the next week or so. Secondary goal.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. It’s almost magical to be able to share my Trek passion with others who “get it”, since my family really doesn’t. Plus, I’ve been invited to role-play a crew position, which is an extra layer of playful Trekgeek fun). I’d like to find similar vibes in other places where my quirks will add value. Joined #writingcrew sprint Friday; #AllStarTrek Thursday. Stretch goal.

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). I worked out one complication; moving forward. Secondary goal.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan.” Worked through items I’ve missed during the end of May. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

Note: Customarily, I’ve separated these into separate categories. This month, I’m trying more general categories, and being more mindful. None of these goals has a priority designation.

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. June began on Thursday; so 3/5 days for activity (all walking/hiking), with about 1.75 hours strenuous. Meditation/journaling 3/8.

  • Lifetending: Continue developing professional goals and connections; reading and audiobook listening, and The Star Trek Chronology Project. Onward w/marketing, #writingcrew, #JuNo, and revisions.

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Dawn of a new month, and a new direction!