Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2014, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, NaNoWrimo, Round 4 2014

A Nestful of Plot Twists: November 9, 2014

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So, here we are – edging up on the middle of November. It’s getting colder here, and our outdoor preparations for winter are intensifying. There may be snow in our not-far distant future, and, for sure, another upstate New York winter is leaning in on us.

It’s been an interesting few days. In my NaNo novel, my characters have started to breathe, think, feel and live for themselves. I love this feeling, where it’s almost as though they’re playing out their lives for me to transcribe, inviting me into their skins, letting me live with them.

And, as always, things are veering from my plans, and I’m loving the changes, and the chance to find out what really happened…

Then there’s real life. My father-in-law has decided that he wants to treat us all to cross-country airfare so that we can come visit our Oregon family. He’s getting older, and his health hasn’t been great these last few years. This might be the last chance we have to visit him.

Airplanes scare me. The idea of them scares Annalise, too.

But it looks like we’ll be heading to tiny little Dexter (not far from Eugene), in February. We’re hoping to get a chance to get out to the coast, and visit our favorite restaurant in Florence, The Blue Hen Cafe, if it’s still there.

We haven’t been to Oregon since I was four months pregnant for Jeremiah, who is now 13. It’s possible that, one day, we may live there, and my writing nest will be on the other side of the continent…

It’s rather a lot to absorb, though, and I’ve only known about it for a few days. For now, one step at a time. Finish the novel. Have a plan to care for our home and pets while we’re away. Figure out travel and budget. Live the days between now and then…

And get this update posted, from my suddenly twisty nest…

New York Country Girl in the Oregon Woods.

See my original November goals.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Fitness:

  • Weekly workout at the Y; 4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and Greek yogurt; whole grains).

  • Smoothies/Salads: 5/5 (3 salads; 2 smoothie).

  • Greek yogurt: 3 / 2.

  • Nuts: 2 / 2 (pistachios/slivered raw almonds)

  • Whole grains: 4/3 barley (in soup); tortilla chips; corn bread; multigrain crackers.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • 4/3: Romaine lettuce; pomegranate; banana; veggie stuffed eggplant.

Eat vegetable or broth based soup weekly.

  • Vegetable beef and barley.

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

2014 Fitness:

  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • More asphalt shingles; moving outgrown kid toys.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Annalise and I played with the plant-clipping. As she said, it was a ‘disassembly line’!

  • Kids imitated several of my WiiFit exercises with me.

ROW80 Sponsorship:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Kelp Monster!

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 3/20

  • Current Scene: 10/60

  • Word Count: 36,054/~125,000

  • New Words: 23,149!

  • New Pages: 42!

2014 Hometending:

Complete the family room reset.

  • Began decluttering the area that will become our coat/boot/laundry supplies storage area. There’s a long way to go, still, but I’ll get there.

Continue cleaning my study.

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level.

  • The level is a little higher with NaNo; my goal is under 333 messages (because I love that number!)
  • Currently: 40/333 – far, far beneath my “acceptable” NaNo parameters.

2014 Lifetending:

Return to exploring Play Jar slips in a playful, FUN way!

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Catch up on my FutureLearn class: Exploring Play.

  • Currently 28% through the course; finishing week 2/7.

2014 Fitness:

  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

  • Only once this week, for 12 minutes. Better than nothing.

Before Corki-dog, there was Bunko on the beach…

Not yet:

2014 Hometending:

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Continue organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.
  • Work up to walking 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

2014 Nutrition:

Get a peek at the other ROWers‘ nests here!

Sunset on the Oregon Coast.

 

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Just for Fun!, Life Writing, My Poetry, OctPoWriMo Challenge, Sexuality and Erotica

OctPoWriMo Day 21: Panera Poem

Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Twenty-One!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I intend to follow all the prompts, and get the joy of discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to write a poem using the theme ‘I was here‘. There were several ideas for prompts; I used the word list, beginning each line with successive words, and adapting when needed. At the end of the list, I came back to the present and completed the poem.

Words for Inspiration

  • Hand

  • Foot

  • Sand

  • Impression

  • Memory

  • Beach

  • Ocean

  • Fingers

I started a different poem; but it wasn’t flowing- this one was written in less than 15 minutes, while I ate my dinner at Panera, my regular post-workout indulgence. I’ll save the other beginning to play with another time.

This one is a memory, from early in our marriage. My husband and I were camping at Honeyman State Park near Florence, Oregon. After exploring the dunes and the beach, we found a secluded place in the woods, where we could hear and smell the ocean, and where hummingbirds flitted above, and we made love…it’s a simple and magical memory, more warming than butternut squash soup on a chilly, damp fall night.

It makes me think of the secret memory-treasures we all hold within us…

Mayflower II masts and rigging, Plynouth, MA July 2010.

Panera Poem

Hand in eager hand, we stroll

Feet on the way to “X marks the spot”

Sand grit-squishing up between bare toes

Impressions on the capricious shore, in

Memory’s treasure chest locked

Beach hidden by dunes as we make love to

Ocean’s love songs and hummingbirds’ dance

Fingers and bodies echoing in slower tempo

I sit alone at Panera, autumn’s chill early dark

Outside the window, oldies playing

Waves of conversation, gull-cries of laughter

With my apple salad, pumpkin spice latte

Wheat roll and butternut squash soup

Secret oceans and you moving in my soul  

I’m not the only one here!

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Coffee and Conversation: “Gratitude for Two Years”

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again! – time not too late! for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own…

Chef Bluebeard  just before the fall…

My husband’s vacation officially started when he arrived home last night. As a chef in an area noted mostly for summer tourism, February brings a major slowdown, so that’s when his vacation falls.

He came home with a toothache, and incubating a virus that’s catching up to him today. Not, for sure, the very best way to start two weeks off….

But it could be much worse.

I’m not just saying that as a way to put a bright face on a less than auspicious beginning to this much-anticipated family time. I’m saying it because I know it’s true; know how very much worse it could be.

Two years ago, on another Sunday night – one that happened to be, all at once, the eve of his vacation, his forty-eighth birthday, and the fifteenth anniversary of the day we met, my husband nearly died.

It had been an extremely mild winter here in upstate New York, and Jim never stopped riding his motorcycle, as he’s usually compelled to before November is out, if not sooner. Now, I have no objection to motorcycles – I was a moving force behind the acquisition of his current bike – but I always worried about him riding the bike home from work.

“It’s only ten miles”, he’d say. “I’ve been riding since I was six years old; I know how to handle the bike, and I know the roads.”

The first three parts of those statements were unassailable; I couldn’t argue with any of them. But that part about the roads…

I grew up on the same road we live on. My family moved here when I was four years old; I lived here until I was nearly 21, and visited after. And I knew things about these roads – especially at night, when chefs are coming home from work – that always made me worry.

Between our rural home, and Jim’s place of business in a neighboring small village lies a National Park. Saratoga National Historical Park, to be specific. A park rife with deer, deer whose natural predators have all been eliminated, and where humans are not allowed to hunt.

“Sometimes you can’t avoid hitting a deer,” I said.

 “I’ve never hit one yet,” he countered.

And so I watched him ride off, day after day, and I worried.

Until we came to that pre-vacation Sunday. We’d had a fight, that morning, about I really don’t remember what; but likely something small that was blown far out of proportion. Jim had left early for work, without a word goodbye, without a kiss or a hug, without, seemingly, a thought to me, left at home with the emotional wreckage – mine, and that of two children who were hurt, confused, and frightened – and showed those things in ways that further abraded my already raw edges.

So, when the phone rang a little after nine, just at the time Jim would be getting out of work; I didn’t answer it. I was still angry, and didn’t want to lose my cool again.

And then, too much time went by.

I started to worry; not enough to call him; but enough to make me restless as I finished up my ROW blogpost.

I was still doing that when the dog began to bark frantically, and then there was a knock on the door.

And I was looking at a county sherriff, who told me calmly, “Your husband had had a motorcycle accident. He is all right, ma’am; he’s being airlifted to Albany Medical Center right now.” He went on to say that he had had a collision with a deer, and that he had been thrown about a hundred feet. All he could tell me was that my husband was conscious, but that the paramedics had seen something concerning enough to warrant landing a helicopter on a country road for.

Remarkably unscathed!

That something turned out to be a collapsed lung, lacerated spleen, eight broken ribs, and a hand injury. He could have died, out there on that road, that night.

And he didn’t. He got well. Yes, he aches more than he used to; but he’s alive, two years later.

We’re watching TV together, intermittently. M*A*S*H; Castle, Antiques Roadshow. Jim went out earlier, for a workout and to buy groeceries…Pax left the Burton larders rather depleted. I’ve been visiting blogs, answering comments, and working through the pre-revision stuff for my novel-in-progress, Chameleon’s Dish.

Both children were up all night, and have been asleep on and off today – growth spurts need lots of food, and lots of sleep.

Life is peaceful here, for the four of us – all here, and all alive.

It’s a lovely day. =D

What were you doing, two years ago? What are you thankful for, today? What brings your to a place of gratitude and quiet peace? I’ll replenish your cuppa and listen, and the hugs are free; let’s converse! =)


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Weaving Through Discord: ROW80 Update, 11/4/13

 

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So, ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows I have a life – and, also, that life is not all unicorns and rainbows, all the time.

It’s been a hard few days, here. Sometimes even good marriages have rough and jagged places, where old wounds fester and burst. We’re in one of those places. Something that has always been a pressure point in our relationship has become abraded, and some resolution must be arrived at.

 

Always before, I’ve tried to force that, but, this time I can see that that would be a mistake. I am instead learning to let go of expectations from my spouse, and instead to focus on being attentive to myself, to clarify my goals and purpose – and to leave Jim the time and space to decide how – and if –  he wants to approach it.

 

This is new ground, and a little scary. Writing helps, and so do all of you who are here with me as I grow up a little….thank you all!

My Goals Buffet Platter Samplings:

Blogging:

Focus points:

  • Queuing posts.

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. Target attained!

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused. Target attained!

  • NaNo-late, but done.

Five posts queued for each Regular Feature: Coffee and Conversation; Wordless Wednesday; WIPpet Wednesday; and Saturday’s Share – November 1. Pending.

  • Used all queued posts during NaNo prep.

  • Eked out posts a day or two ahead; hope to build momentum, going forward.

  • New goal: Queue posts as possible during November; intensify effort if KOSAP complete before November 30.

Writing:

Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

  • NaNo Planning

  • NaNo Drafting

To Be or Not to Be:

Completerough draft: ~200,000 words totalOctober 31. November 30.

  • Chapter Fifty-Seven: 2,401 new words.

  • WIP total: 201,430/ ~ 200,000 words. Word count target exceeded!

  • October total: 12,088/ ~11,899 words.

  • November, to date: 586 words.

Plan King of Shreds and Patches (A Trueborn Warp Series Star Trek fan fiction novel);complete Rock Your Plot planning exercise/ scene-by-scene outline. – October 31. Target exceeded!

  • All steps completed; with 1.5 days to spare!

  • Began creating “cheat sheets” for each scene – a quick whowhatwherewhenwhyhow page to attach to their Scrivener files! =)

King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. On target.

  • Completed Scenes: 4/60. One fifteenth of the way, on day two!

  • Word Count: 8,609/ ~100,000.

  • New Words: 8,609.

And to wrap up the prepping phase:

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow). On target.

  • 11/60 scenes completed. One sixth done!

     

Set up scenes in Scrivener. On target.

  • 10/60 scenes set up. One sixth done!

Double check all notes and prep for consistency. On target.

  • 11/60 scenes completed. One sixth done!

  • Making minor tweaks as I create my”cheat sheets” for each scene.

Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Keep email inbox clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time. Target attained!

  • Still good!

     

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • Yup!

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!

  • Remained (mostly) nor-reactive during messy discord.

  • Clarifying my beliefs.

  • Making peace with the discord, and tending to myself, so as not to make a difficult time more so.

  • Allowing him space and time.

Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!

  • Tended their feelings with conversation, affection, and listening.

  • I’ve tried to be level and calm and sweet with them, to give them space, and to be patient with their reactions.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. On target.

  • Intense presence within my family life. I can’t navigate everyone’s emotions – including my own – otherwise, and that seems crucial, right now.

  • Attending to my own needs and purpose.

  • I’ve developed a strategy that will – I hope! – keep me calm when the timefor resolution comes.

  • An immediate benefit to the conflict – the emotionally intense early scenes of my NaNo WIP. That purging ground is helping me to remain calm, elsewhere in life. Win/win.

  • Oh, and Enterprise , all by myself, indulgently. =)

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. On target.

  • Intense evaluations ongoing.

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • A very moderate workout, walking, hometending moving small stack of firewood.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • Not so great…I was otherwise focused.

     

Work out at least once a week. Target attained!

  • Done on Tuesday.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day. Target attained!

  • Yes! Firewood on Wednesday and Saturday, trick-or-treating Thursday, photos on Friday.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Yup. Giving this special focus, during discord.

     

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links. Target attained!

  • Several of this week’s WIPpet Wednesday posts. Intend to get to more in the next day or two.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Wanna sneak up on other ROWers?

All photos credited to Annalise S. Burton.  Used with permission.

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Saturday’s Share: Sixteen-Year Selfie

A Playground Hug, August 2013. That’s Jim’s “let me be sure of the angle” look!

Photo credit: Jim “Chef Bluebeard” Burton.

Welcome to Saturday’s Share – Reflections and impressions inspired by and celebrating images from daily life, to add a bit of sparkle to the weekend. Happy Saturday! 

Do you share any special, small traditions or rituals with your loved ones, little things you do together that started up as impromptu moments?

I don’t remember when Jim and I took our very first self-portrait, with him holding the camera to frame us both – him, because, the few times I tried, I got the tops of our heads and little more! =) I know that we took one at Shoshone Point at the Grand Canyon, on the day that our friend Tom was taking posed shots for our DIY wedding invitations. We’ve almost certainly got others taken at the Canyon, where we lived and worked together for 9 months. I seem to remember taking them at Desert View, at Duck-on-a-Rock, and at the North Rim.

We have two selfies from the Cody Night Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming, where we spent our second wedding anniversary. One is of us kissing, and the other is of us being kissed by our 4 month old blue-eyed puppy, Bunko. We’ve taken selfies in the hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, on the Oregon Coast, in the mangrove swamps of the Everglades, and near Lone Star geyser, in Yellowstone. We have selfies of us in caves, of us in Wall, South Dakota, and even SCUBA diving in Key Largo.

We have a self-portrait, taken in the doorway of a Montana hospital room, with me holding two-day-old Jeremiah, who barely made it into the frame.

I don’t believe we have any of our second child, Elijah, who died at 12 days. When we were holding him, that’s where we were focused, and not on trying to juggle a camera.

There is a widening in the space between selfies, in the years since we became parents, but we have a great one of the four of us all smooshed together and wildly laughing on the couch, disheveled and happily in the middle of a whole-family tickle fest. We’ve got one taken outside Fort Ticonderoga, in the Adirondacks, on one of the rare days when Jim and I took a few hours to go on an adventure by ourselves.

We have one taken on the Metro, on our way from Maryland to Washington, D.C. Jeremiah’s just-turned-seven head barely visible over my shoulder. I’m sticking out my tongue in that one…

And now, there’s this one. Jim snapped this on September 4th – the first day of school for most kids in our area -but not for our unschoolers. Instead, we drove up into the Adirondacks along scenic Route 28, to Minerva and a historical landmark, and then went back to Lake George to spend a delightful hour, all together, walking around, sitting to watch the tour boats, the shadows of the clouds on the mountains in the late afternoon sunshine, and the first SNUBA divers we had ever seen. We wandered a little wild garden tucked into the side of the walking path, and had a sweet treat at Ben and Jerry’s.

And then, tired, but not quite ready to go home, we took the kids to this playground, surrounded by trees. While they played and ran around, Jim and I had a bit of time to chat and just be together. And, spontaneously, we posed for this selfie…

I see us, as we are today -sixteen years and more older than we were when we posed for our first selfie. We’ve lived, and grieved, and been furious with each other. We share passion and the children that were born of that passion. We share jokes and memories and challenges and triumphs and, sometimes, conflict.

And, because of this simple little ritual, started at our beginning, we have a record of it, in scattered images throughout the years.

How do you and your family commemorate the passage of time in your lives? Do you collect holiday ornaments, measure children in doorways, plant trees, or something else?  Saturdays are for sharing! =)


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Try a Little…Acceptance: ROW80 Update, May 12, 2013

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Today is a day of interwoven memory and emotion for me….a paradox beyond untangling.

It’s Mother’s Day, here in America, and I am the mom of three children – two living, and one not.

I have a mother. We are estranged. I would like things to be otherwise, but this is the most peaceful and healthy choice I see, now.

I’m learning to accept the paradox of these things, to let them be as they are.

Today has another reason to be special for me.

Sixteen years ago, in beautiful turquoise water deep within the Grand Canyon, a man named Jim held me in his arms and asked me to marry him.

I said yes.

Not every moment has been happy, or could be. We’ve had tragedy – Elijah’s death, more minor catastrophes like Jim’s motorcycle accident, or the time I lost the house payment…

There have been disagreements, arguments, disputes, and downright ugly fights – not too many, and tapering off as we two people who didn’t learn how to handle conflict healthily as children learn more and more to get it right.

We are partners, friends, lovers – the shadows of the hard times are contrast for the prevailing sunshine of peace, love, and passion.

Our Beautiful Tiny Tiger, Elijah James (July13-25,2003)

I choose to celebrate the joys, sorrows, and ambivalence of this day – to accept, and not hide from, the feelings it brings.

Resistance brings too much pain, as I struggle against realities I can’t change. Acceptance allows peace. It allows me to embrace what is joyful, rather than fixating on what is less so.

Are there difficult things you’ve learned to accept – or still struggle with? Has acceptance or struggle shaped your life?

There will be more about my own paradoxical relationship with Mother’s Day in tomorrow’s Coffee and Conversation post.

And now, a look at where things stand, ROW80-wise:

Noveling:

CompleteBlood and Breath by June 1.

  • Completed Chapter 16;Scenes 2 and 3.
  • WIP Total: 84,484 of 100,000 words.
  • Pending.

Complete To Be or Not to Be (double volume) by June 30.

  • (Will net two complete WIPs, once sorted).
  • Chapter Twenty-Seven – in progress.
  • WIP total: 109,216 of 200,000 words.
  • Pending.

 

In the hurricane booth…April 2013.

Blogging:

Continue throughout round:

Sharing posts from all blogs.

  • The sharing continues!
  • Target Attained!

Commenting according to my posted schedules.

  • I’m running a few hours late, and hope I will be forgiven.
  • Pending.

Completed by May 10:

Revise my blogging action plan and post.

  • Done (on May 11)! I will share it across all blogs, in the near future.
  • Target attained (just a bit later)!

Revise and post my blogging schedule.

  • Posted on May 12.
  • Target attained (a bit late)!

Completed by May 15:

Create resource lists for all features, and add to them in an organic and ongoing way.

  • Creating templates and resource files as I prepare posts.
  • Pending.

Completed by June 1:

Build scheduled posts two weeks ahead for each feature.

  • One week ahead forSaturday’s Share.
  • Next weeks’ posts in progress or scheduled.
  • Templates created for several features – adding organically.
  • Excellent blog building session!
  • Pending.

 

Joined hands, full hearts, open minds…July 4, 2010.

By End of Round:

Draft plan for website hosting expenses (where will money come from?).

  • I will be saving most of my spending money. Currently: $72 of $350 saved. On my way to a website of my own!
  • Considering a few other options…more on that later.
  • Pending.

Networking:

Continue throughout round:

ROW80 updates and sponsor visits

  • Current session done. Back visits nearly caught up.
  • Pending.

Check weekly updates for blogs I follow, two Mondays each month.

  • I checked my email this week, but haven’t been back to do anything with the many intriguing posts I found.
  • Pending.

Comment on posts and share as inspired.

  • Yes and yes.
  • Target attained!

Use in features where appropriate.

  • Again, check. So much fun to share this way! =)
  • Target attained!

Create discussions around new thoughts.

  • Did this with several Facebook items.
  • Target attained!

 

In the beginning….August 23, 1997.

Facebook and Facebook Groups :

I fell away from my groups over the last months. Reconnect, participate, share.

  • More Facebook time this session, to browse and re-immerse. Comments, shares, statuses, a bit of groups stuff.
  • Target attained!

Real-life:

Continue participating in activities and connecting with friends. This tends to slide during busy writing times; take advantage of natural lulls to feed my social spirit.

  • Reconnected with a friend. Trying to schedule a get-together for us and kids this month.
  • Surprise opportunity to meet a virtual friend in real-time next month! Wahoo! =D
  • Target attained!

Return to WANATribe – by May 10:

Check back on WANA113 and Writing Moms class groups.

  • Quick check on WANA 113 – I’ve missed a lot, there! I will be scheduling time to read and move through lessons in the next week or two.
  • Peeked at Writing Moms. Things to catch up on there, too!
  • Pending.

 

Smaller kids, same joy!

Other Writing:

Children’s Third-Quarter Homeschooling Reports: Due on June 1.

(Submit to district by May 25.)

  • Completed Annalise’s Writing/Spelling section;English Language Usage section nearing completion.
  • Pending.

Queen of My Infinite Spaces (poetry volume):

Revise poems and end matter by end of this round.

  • Highlighting for future revision: 7 out of 31 poems.
  • Pending.

My most recent fortnightly (or so) long term goals evaluation.

It’s a BLOG HOP!

Must be time for cheese and nuts! All of us, together, 2009ish sometime.
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Intuitive Trust -#WANACon #ROW80 – February 24, 2013

 

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As some of you may know, my theme for this round is trust – trusting myself, life, those around me, new opportunities – and my own intuition. Trusting my gut, my heart, and my soul when they are whispering songs, stories, and wishes into my mind’s ear…

This trust has already led me in some interesting and unexpected directions this round….

  • Joining the WANA113 Blogging for Brand class. I had been hesitant to invest money in building my writing skills, so this was a leap of faith.
  • Shifting my goals as a result of my first grokking for this class.
  • A few weeks ago, after some wee-hours mulling, I told Jim that attending a writer’s conference was on my list of things to do within the next few years. The truth was, I would have loved to schedule one then and there…
Fulfilling her gorilla dreams….

Trust tells me that my family still needs me too much for that. Both kids still remember the 30 hours I was away when Eden Mabee and I went to Maine on a quick mommies’ getaway. They were 6 and 3 then – they are now 11 and 8.

Our budget already accommodates two major trips each year – Unschoolers Rock the Campground and the Northeast Unschooling Conference, which the kids and I attend. Until I am earning a more sizable writing income, another hotel trip is a little beyond us.

Only a few days after I stated that intention, I first heard about WANACon – a completely online weekend writer’s conference. I knew in that moment that I needed to be a part of it. I checked the prices and dates. The entire weekend seemed like more than my family could spare me, and a bit of a stretch for a budget that is already largely spoken for for the next several months. But it fell during Jim’s vacation, and so he could be the in-charge parent for one day.

I’m inspired by their delight in learning.

My gut said to choose Day One, and so I did, attending these sessions:

  • Publishing 101 – Also with Jared Kuritz

There were other sessions I missed (damn that need for sleep!), but there will be recordings available, so I can watch them later, and it will be like a conference bonus. =)

There were nice breaks between sessions, and Jim left me with a tidyish house (best we ever get, really, and then rarely!), and took the kids out for the day, so that I could attend without distractions or guilt – – have I ever mentioned that I really, REALLY love this guy?

Learning to value my own learning as much as theirs…

Each session had a video link for the host, and most had a slideshow, too. There was a chat box, and a place for notes. Jenny Hansen even got all fancy and shared pages with us! People could talk, although I was feeling a bit shy and didn’t. Something about hearing too much of my own voice in an atypically quiet house, I think.

I learned a tremendous amount – and I can’t say too much about it, because it’s still all aswirl, working its way into who I am and how I see myself and my writing…I know that there is great treasure in the grokking of it, and I don’t want to rush it.

I know that I will find a way to attend both days next year (I keep saying next year as a not so subliminal message to Kristen Lamb that there should absolutely be a next year!). I know that I will be making many changes and tweaks as time goes on…

The Capital Rotunda ceiling from below…

So what about ROW80?

My BIG TWO:

Homeschool reports:

  • This allows my mind processing time. Finished Social Sciences section of Jeremiah’s report, about 2/3 complete.

Target:

  • Have rough draft done by Wednesday, February 27.

WANA 113:

  • Nothing new written….pondering word cloud grokking.
  • Set to the side for WANACon.

Targets: Word cloud grokking submitted by Sunday, March 3.

Connect with all classmates by Sunday, March 10.

Coral in the invertebrate house – at the National Zoo

Other stuff :

I have an intense need for input right now. I’m READING – lots!

Vinny Reams Lincoln – first sculpture the US government commissioned from a female artist.

Queen of My Infinite Spaces –

  • Wrote conclusion.

Targets:

  • Dedication and acknowledgments by March 1, which will give me a completed rough draft.
  • Look into NaNoEdMo by February 28, and decide if I want to participate.

750 Words

  • Each day – exposition and fanfic (alternate scenes for WIP Bounded).

Sponsor visits: I’m up to date on these.

What’s next…?

  • Finish homeschooling reports and submit to school district.

WANA 113

  • Connecting with other classmates
  • Complete word cloud grokking

QUOMIS

  • Dedication and early acknowledgments.

Other stuff:

  • Continue reading. Do exercises in Steering.
  • Work on action plans for blogging and noveling.
  • Submit guest post and “something else” by month’s end….
  • Adjustments and changes to blogs and social media will be gradual, but ongoing.
“We found a rubber duckie in the fountain!”

So, how is your round going? Are you still humming along with your original goals, or charting a new course?

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