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Building in the Snow: February 12, 2017

Hey there!

I’ve been busy! Along with the progress you can see here, there’s more – ideas and epiphanies falling like the snowflakes outside! It’s a warm fuzzy kind of feeling on a stormy Sunday, and I love it…

How has your week been?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 22/24 in progress. 5,268/5,000 words; 62,517/~65,000 total (Scrivener count).

  • Patreon Posts Complete February and March offerings. Secondary goal. And simmering. I feel a surge working its way to the surface…A Tingly Now!

  • #atozchallenge: Write theme reveal post. Tertiary goal. Epiphany: I know the title, and the structure is coming together.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled” and Love and Loss. Side goal. Simmering…getting close to drafting.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Subplot Arc 1/ 2: page 4/7 in progress. Overall: step 10/22 in progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2-5 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars  1-7; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula” and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”; 1 chapter each. Primary goal. Opened ABOS Chapter Two for revisions; epiphany on POV in progress! January 2017 sections of Arachnid and Beagle reread. OATN: Completed Character Re-Focus worksheets for Lesson 2. Some organization completed. Rereading lesson materials for the Promises Worksheets.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 7-10. Tertiary goal. Read Scene 7 aloud into voice recorder; listened to it while doing cardio; simmering for revisions.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary : Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 11/28 complete.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and #weekendcoffeeshare posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts. Jotted a journal entry upon which I based my #weekendcoffeeshare (and then forgot to finish and post it- oops!). Simmering Mindful Monday post; #SoCS and #8sunday posted. Skywatch in progress for next Friday. I have an idea how to approach the pre-April planning; one which might carry me through my annual Creative Marathon (April/July), and its 5K Buddy (September/November).

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise ELA/Math complete: 2/14.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. All rooms to par; General: 37/29!
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. 30/27. Still owe a week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. 1984 Radio broadcast and Evolution; canoodling, couples’ workout/lunch; 70s movies; conversation and YouTube.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Attended write-in. Completed crit 1/3 in the queue and submitted.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 7/6 journal; 7/5 meditation. Evening: 3/3 journal; 2/2 meditation, and an epiphany – maybe two!

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 7/6; 99 minutes: 5/2; Strenuous: 2.75/8 hours; cardio and weights.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Skimmed Chapter One; Reread Chapter Two; downloaded worksheets from site.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook  and one more; read two other books; write four reviews. .Audiobook: 1984 radio broadcast with my son, 15.

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Building From a Revised Blueprint: February 5, 2017

Hey there!

It’s a new month, and that means updated monthly goals for me. This is the complete list; from this point, I’ll only list those goals I engage with each session.

There’s a lot here to cover, so I hope you won’t mind if I just get right to it.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 20/24 in progress. 2,768/5,000 words; 57,250 /~65,000 total.

  • Patreon Posts Complete February and March offerings. Secondary goal. Completed first month drafts of flash fiction piece and poem.

  • #atozchallenge: Write theme reveal post. Tertiary goal. Wrote an introduction for the daily posts that will serve as the jumping off point for this goal.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled” and Love and Loss. Side goal. I’m using my #Loveuary posts to explore the LAL arc, in preparation for writing.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Romance arc: page 7/7 completed and filed in project binder; sketches for future stories will be based on this arc.

  • Kifo Island: Flesh out AeonTimeline. File remaining/new series bible materials. Complete steps 1-8 of The Story Toolkit for April novel. Secondary goal. All existing printed novel materials have been moved to series bible (three others waiting to be printed).

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 7-10. Tertiary goal. Pulled chapter pages for read-aloud.

Submission/Publication:

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

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7; and Chapters 2 for “Arachnid” and “Beagle” to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Chapter 1 for ABOS submitted.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary : Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans (yes, you can help!); visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 4/28 complete: “Weren’t You Listening?;  “I’ll Want That Back”; “He’d Been Wrong”; and “Don’t You Know?”; #atoz: Visited site; awaiting a “big announcement.” Week Two: B-G posts proofed and moved to website blog template for finishing. Week One: Wrote basic intro paragraph; formatted A post and added/edited images.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Add biweekly SkyWatch Friday posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts Secondary goal. #SoCS, #weekendcoffeeshare, WIPpet; and #8sunday complete.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Tertiary goal.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: two 27 thing fling each room each week. 29 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. All completed at new levels! WAHOO!
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Make files at gmail account. Tertiary goal.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Photos placed on printer – yup, that’s as far as I got.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Lunch; conversation; food prep; television; canoodling.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Workout/shopping/lunch with my Accomplice; plans to see Allegiance with my son, and Welcome to Night Vale Live Show with my daughter.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. 1/3 crits in the queue complete. Another is highlighted, but has been pushed back, as I rushed one for that member earlier in the week. The third is downloaded; it’s next.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 7/6 journal; 7/5 meditation. Evening: 3/3 journal; 2/ 2 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly; 99 minutes twice weekly, and 8 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 90 minutes: 6/6; 99 minutes: 3/2; Strenuous: 1.75/8 hours (tai chi class; 600 meter swim).

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete CV, and apply at Panera for part-time work. Working on CV.

  • Go through Publication email folder.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post.

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Building Into a New Month: January 2017 Final Update

Hey there!

It’s February 1, which means that my January goals are now history, and it’s time for me to proceed on to a new month, with an updated focus. I’ll unveil those on Sunday, along with my Round One progress to date. For today, though…my final January update.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 20/24 in progress. 1,609/5,000 words; 55,721/~65,000 total. I didn’t finish, but I’ve definitely moved this along.

  • Patreon Posts Complete January/March offerings. Tertiary goal: Adaptation: Complete all materials need for a February 1 launch (includes bio). I made progress, but not as much as I’d hoped for.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Arachnid Nebula,” and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner.” Side goal complete.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Character Arc worksheets;7/7 complete. Printed Romance Arc worksheets. Simmering WednesdayFriday sketches. Didn’t finish, but made good progress, and have a much better sense of this story than at the beginning of the month.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal complete.

  • The IDIC Romance/Solemates: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal completed.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. First pass edits complete.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 58. Secondary goal. Scene 5 and 6: Revised and submitted. Didn’t finish; but moved forward.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz. Review A Backdrop of Stars  1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. ABOS: Chapter 1 completed. Chapter 2 simmering for secondary revision pass. Chapter 3 highlighting for revision complete.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. I was at the beginning of Lesson 2 when I realized that I really needed to wrap up some other things first; 1/3 completed.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 31/31 complete. #atoz took a backseat, but some forward progress was made.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. Completed the first portion; still working on the second.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; make lists/basic sketches of new pages. Tertiary goal. I have a rough list.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal complete.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal completed.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Began working with Jaz; initial matter checklists jotted.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. I got close, but didn’t submit anything until after midnight on the 31.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather materials for second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal. Expanding bullet list to Lise’s English Language Arts; 1/11 sections; rewrote template intro for the current report; a bit of progress here.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. I’d call this a moderate success; I was more mindful of the goals.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. I did some of this, but not as much as planned.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Goal Adapted: I made one general directory, but will wait to organize until I’ve finished the travel photo scanning. Good progress.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. This continues to be the simplest to meet and most important of my goals! =)

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal completed (and ongoing). Shopping with daughter; write-in; vaccination appointment and lunch with son; plans for couples’ workout on Thursday; also tentative plans to see George Takei’s Allegiance with my son on the 19th, and the Welcome to Night Vale All Hail Live Show with my daughter in April.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. This was a solid if incomplete success. Three pieces critiqued in January (with three more in the queue, and one of my own submitted.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. I could have done better, here.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. I’m getting better at the evening stage; still slip when I stay up all night, which often happens 2-3 times a month.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: most weeks. Strenuous: 8/6 hours. Both much better than previous months.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Downloaded book for rereading/goalsetting. It’s a beginning.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Apply at Starbucks and Panera for part-time work. . Adjusting: Will save Starbucks as a secondary option. Read job description; made first steps in applying to Panera.

  • Go through Publication email folder; make subcategory for marketing-related posts. Folder taken from 232 messages to 197; opened some posts and filed in bookmarks. Changes in my email accounts threw me off.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post. This hinges on getting at least the January materials finished, which I’m still working on.

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Audiobook:82% complete. Read the books, but no reviews, making this a mixed bag.

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“Sleeping?” Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt

I’d like to say that I got to everyone last week, but I don’t think that’s true. I’ve had so much going on since then, I really can’t remember – but, as soon as I post this, I’m going to the linky to be sure that, at the least, I’ll know that I tried to get to everybody else who’s posting this week.

But first, I need to get this post finished, so how about I just get on with it?

We’re still with Ava Garcia in Sea Changes,  from my Kifo Island series.

Ava was a constant revelation during the writing of her story. Her struggle goes beyond the issue of whether people should be allowed to choose the manner of their death. She encapsulates my personal attitudes about how children deserve to be treated. It’s an honor to share her voice with you!

The Premise:

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?

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Building While Traveling: January 15, 2017

Hey there!

It was a busy week of coming and going, doing and being…and, somehow, I managed to cross a few goals off my list, move several further along, and even start a couple I hadn’t gotten to. As I enter the second half of the month, things are looking pretty good for a fine month.

Writing:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete essays for T-Z posts. Primary goal. I decided to get this out of the way Wednesday night, and wrote the seven remaining essays: 26/26 and goal completed.

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 14/24 in early progress. 5,270/5000 weekly words; 43,828/~65,000 total.

  • Patreon  Posts – Complete January/March offerings. Tertiary goal. Made initial list of what I’ll need each month.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Arachnid Nebula,”  and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner.” Side goal. Chapter Two of “Arachnid” installments #2: 560 words; and #3: 435 words; as JJJ posts. Chapter complete.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Ordered new black printer cartridge so that I can print the worksheets. Simmering.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline  for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Created timeline; added all ten currently drafted or projected novels. Goal completed.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Began tracking IDIC events through end of Season One on paper.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. First pass edits complete.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars  1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. FC,WJ: See below.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Lesson 2/22: working through Main Character Re-focus Worksheet; 4/8 characters complete: materials ordered for Lesson 3, which is ready when I am. I got behind schedule due to a week of going and doing that was better suited to less intensive projects, but I expected that.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January; Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 14/31 complete. I’m guest hosting Sunday-Tuesday; Sunday post scheduled; 1/3 complete. Simmering a guest post. #atoz: Week One: Post moved to blog interface; Week Two: Links added to F and G posts; 6/6 complete.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. The duplication is spotty, still, but I’ve started; created a sidebar icon for the WP blog, and verified my top of page website link. Goal completed.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. Reviewed and polished; submitted first revision.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Family room: 3/3.General: 30/27. It’s hard to get to the kitchen with my Accomplice home and using it. I supplemented with more general cleaning to keep my rounds on par. I may adapt the goal.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. Into the tertiary round of folder sorting/organizing; this is a large directory, and will take several more sessions to complete.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 photos selected; all photos divided into 30 photo groups; 12 in total.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Couples’ workout; canoodling; chatting.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Lots of plans; workout/errands; Miah clothes shopping; coffee date for me with a friend on Wednesday; workout/swim Thursday; Miah to his weekend plans on Friday.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Second piece highlighted for comments; page 2/19 complete.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; I’m not doing so well at fulfilling – that’s going to happen this week.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal/meditation: 7/6; Evening journal/meditation: 2/3.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 7/6. Strenuous: 4.85/6 hours: weights; swimming.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Started listening to the audiobook on the way home from dropping Miah at his meetup spot, and continued Saturday. 36% complete.

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Building and Going: January 11, 2017 Update

Hey there!

The first ten days of the month have whooshed by for me! I’ve dived in deeply, dipped my toes in, floated along on the current, made progress with a strong forward stroke, and even sat on the bank taking in the view.

And, while I was doing all those things, some progress was made – both the kind that shows on the goals list and that other kind – the kind that isn’t expressed in language. That counts at least as much to me as the progress I can quantify and tally up.

As I mentioned on Sunday, this is a busy week, and I’m still in the thick of it. The boy has new clothes, and my Accomplice and I got a couples’ workout. I attended my weekly write-in. Still upcoming is a coffee date, grocery shopping, tai chi, and meeting my son’s friends halfway on Friday and Sunday (we live in upstate New York, and the party is in Pennsylvania). Each round trip will be 200 miles…so Saturday, I’m going nowhere.

But that’s still in the future.

Right now, it’s time to take account of where I am, right now.

 

  • Note: Goals I engaged with this session are listed in  this update. For complete goals list, check the links below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Currently Scene 13/24 in progress. 4,069/5000 weekly words; 42,621/~65,000 total. On Sunday, I was considering reducing this goal, but…well, I added words, and broke through the “stuck” place I was in. So, for now, I’m keeping this goal as-is.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough Aeon Timeline  for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Finalized selections for Camp novels. Created rough paper timeline with all current/planned stories placed.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 10/31 complete. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. Getting there with the rhythm…at least for now.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. First duplicate posted.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Made initial contact with Jaz.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 3/3; bedroom and living room; 1/1. General: 17/27. Tuesday was a very active day for hometending.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Movie/TV; write-in, plans for the weekend; clothes shopping with son.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Lots of plans;workout/errands; Miah clothes shopping; coffee date for me with a friend on Wednesday; tai chi Thursday; Miah to his party on Friday – and attending out-of-state escape room party on the 14th.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. First piece complete; second simmering; third downloaded.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; promo post completed.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal/meditation: 3/6; Evening: 0/3. Return to mandalas.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 3/6. Strenuous: 3.75/6 hours: weight/cardio/moving firewood. Over halfway, with two-thirds of the month left – finally, a hooray here! =D

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Reflections of Prosperity: January 1, 2017

Hey there!

It’s time to get started with a new year’s worth of goals….

But, before I do that, I’ve got one more bit of business to wrap up from last month.

It was a good month, all in all. Lots of blue, lots of green, and some red, but not too much. It helped that I stayed busy during the break, even when I left lots of time for reading fan fiction, watching the first half of a Downton Abbey marathon, and being with my beloveds.

But now, it’s time to get back to full functionality, and that means it’s time to post this final update for 2016, and then move along to my 2017 goals.

Ready? Okay, then….Here we go!

 

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 11/24 in progress. 36,792/~65,000 words/ 1,083 new.
  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Secondary goal. Week Five: W, X, Y, and Z poems complete: 7/7and that means that I now have 26/26 poems completed! Week Four: O, P, Q,R, and S essays written; 6/6. Just Week 5’s 7 essays left to write.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. Goal completed. I’ve abandoned the timeline; it served its purpose.

  • Brainstorm list of 33 possible blog topics to develop in 2017. Tertiary goal complete!

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week Three: Chose photos; added links; added images to post files by letter; 6/6.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 46 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Chapter 4: now Makeshift Seclusion; and 5: In the Way; rough revision passes. Pulled Chapter 6: Night Terrors: and bonus Chapter 7: Five Days from the expansive Marriage of the Magi file; reread both, and simmering. Chapter 1, Returns and Remembrances; Color-coded for revision pass number 3; getting closer to finished.”Chapter 2/: now A Single Huddled Form; Color-coded for second revision pass. Chapter 3 Oceans of Tears first revision pass complete. Scene 4/7: Makeshift Seclusion.

  • Self-Publication: Revise/polish “A Splash of Red”; offer for critique readers. Secondary goal. Back-burnered.

  • Kifo Island: Revise Sea Changes scenes 5-8 in preparation for submitting to critique group. Tertiary goal. BBed.

  • Philodosia”(Hamiltoninspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. WIPpets in progress.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Sunday/Wednesday focus. Tertiary goal. Two snippet posted; reblog in progress.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete/revise/submit first quarter reports (due 12/15). Continue to file to Flickr portfolios. Gather materials for second quarter reports; facilitate further learning as needed/wanted. Primary goal.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 0/5. Kitchen: 3/5. Indoor random; 29/25.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page; write-in.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer promotional posts, reviews, and beta-reading for other writers. Tertiary goal. One offer of promotion on the table.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 1/6 morning; 0/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 5/5; 90 min: 4/4.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of eight hours. Tertiary goal. Cardio/strength workout at Y: 4/8 hours.

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to Ad Astra. Primary goal. I didn’t submit ABOS, but I submitted my Christmas poem to both sites. 

  • Create Patreon page, and incorporate it into my social media…this is an exploratory time. Secondary goal.

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal.

  • Listen: Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Side goal. Through Chapter 10/19; 29% complete.

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