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Sowing Potential: April 23, 2017

Welcome, all!

How has your week been?

On Wednesday, after I posted my update, our new (refurbished) Samsung Galaxy S5 phones arrived – and my world opened up!

Yes, I know. The Galaxy is now up to the S8, so these phones are hardly the latest and the greatest. But, still…my previous phone was an LG Optimus Fuel. It was a nifty little phone when I bought it two years back.

But this new phone – it’s on a whole different level. Just one example: the Samsung Health app. I’m using it so far to track sleep, water and caffeine intake, and activity. Now I can SEE what I’m doing (and not doing), and it’s inspiring me to do more. Yesterday, for instance, my son and I did some hiking in our hometown and at Saratoga National Historical Park. I walked 7.5 miles! And the pictures….they speak for themselves!

Nielson Farm, Saratogal National Historical Park, April 22, 2017


What new worlds have opened up for you, lately?

Note: Goals I engaged with during this session are detailed in this update. For complete lists, see the links below.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,1q67 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal. 47,771/65,000 words (the novel will be longer than the target count). Under 20K left to reach my Camp goal…I think I’ve got this one. =)

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Secondary goal. 1,398/3,333 new words for the week, and I finally finished Scene 44/50! It’s ugly, and will need a LOT of revision…but I needed to write and wander my way back into this WIP, so I can live with that! It’s not quite the progress I was hoping for at the beginning of the month, but it is forward motion; I’m satisfied.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arccreate basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal. Read latest post at the site; finally started listening to the podcast. Bonus? Julie’s lovely Irish lilt, right here in my house!

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. Shared and linked through Q: 16/26; R and S posted, but not yet linked or shared; I got busy with Other Things.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; aim for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal.My Honor to Serve”. Not the best blogging week….

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Took some more pictures; editing and Flickerizing in progress. Still pending: tagging for albums…

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete two 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and in yard each week. At least five General Hometending rounds per day, 5 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending rounds: 5/5 for the week. Yard, porch, bedroom, bathroom, and study complete. Not perfect, but I’ll take it!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Chatting with all; couples’ workout (tai chi for me/cardio and weights for him); walks with daughter; historical hike with son.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Cabin visits: 4/5.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry. Tertiary goal. Lots of labeling stuff. Working through the obstacles and setbacks – talked to print shop at Staples and brainstormed ideas.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 6/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete. Evenings have been tricky, since my Accomplice shifted to an early schedule, but my new phone may hold the solution I’ve been looking for.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 7 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99: 5/5; 111: 2/2. Strenuous: 6 /7 hours; yardtending; tai chi; hiking.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. No actual worksheet writing here; but my new phone has given me a couple of minor epiphanies on a way forward…

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change.  Again, the phone may be instrumental to moving forward here.

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Hurly-burly spring sky over Saratgoa National Historical Park
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Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One Goals Final Update

Hey there!

It’s time to update my Round One goals! Since they’re plentiful, and I still have lots to do today, I’m just going to dive right in!

 

Writing:

  • Complete my two “hanging” novel drafts: The Far Shore (Kifo Island #6), and Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn Weft #2). Primary goal. FDWR: Scene 42/50 in progress. I’ll continue this goal until draft is complete.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella (needs a better name!): Draft Chapter Two: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea.” Secondary goal. Back-burnering till Round Two.

  • Patreon Posts – Complete January/May offerings. Tertiary goal. Adapting. Have one month’s offerings ready to go; then launch. Didn’t happen this round.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft three new chapters for Love and Loss; add one each to Arachnid Nebula, A Beagle’s Bedside Manner, and Cowled. Side goal. Cowled COMPLETED. LAL: 1 scene written; basic outline sketched for the 3 chapters. Good progress made.

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. Step 12/22 in progress; sketches simmering for rest of stories. This goal has been moved to the “Leap of Faith” section of my goals; my focus will be on my NaNo project for the rest of the round, and/or until it’s fully plotted. No further progress.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels; plot April novel using hybrid system focused on the Story Toolkit. Create rough Aeon Timeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Begin series bible with character sketches/locations/story world mandalas and scene outlines for six existing novels. Add materials for April novel as created. Secondary goal. Plotting: Step 8/22 in progress. Materials added to bible as complete.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what happens next? Use Scapple  to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal. Back-burnering until Round Two or Three.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly:” Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. “MSMF” complete pending copy editor review, which won’t happen for a few weeks, at least. Nothing on Philodosia.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Revision plan. Deleting this Secondary goal; saving for later in the year (you know – after it’s plotted and drafted!)

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-9 16. Tertiary goal. Scene 7 completed. Reduced this goal to Scene 9. Umm…REALLY not happening fast.

  • The IDIC Romance: Continue beta revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was “First Contact; With Jazz”) and Post- “FC,WJ” ensemble pieces to “Cowled.” Review A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. “Love and Loss” – review chapters 1-10 (already posted). Adapted side goal. Continue creating revision plan for OATN, using How To Revise Your Novel. Complete Lessons 2 and 3. Chapter 2/3 in progress for ABOS; back-burnering 4-7 to Round 2. Not much progress; other focal points took precedence.


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/edits/polishing passes; arrange for cover art; finalize art and packaging; publish! Secondary goal. Art and packaging in early stages; consulted with my artist of choice; simmering. Back-burnering until Round Two.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit On Any Tuesday Night to beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 17 3 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Deleting OATN for now; moving through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel before sharing. Reducing ABOS goal to Chapters 1-3. A bit of progress…

Website/Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  and Love is in da Blog : Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; help as I can. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, have all posts scheduled and ready to go by end of round. Primary goal. Adapted: Swapping Love is in da Blog, which is taking the year off, for #Loveuary, writing TnT drabbles exploring the next Love and Loss chapter(s). #Loveuary Drabbles COMPLETED! #atozchallenge: Just need to add a few final touches, and I’ll be finished. Almost got this big goal finished, but not quite.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday:  Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm for regular and NaNo months; maintain and fine-tune regular rhythm throughout the round. Secondary goal. Working on pre-stocking for April, to have most posts scheduled ahead. Good progress.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal. I have a rough list of what I want to do, and ideas for more refined plans.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. Adapting: I’m rethinking this; will delve more fully in Rounds Two and Three. Back-burnering till then.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom and/or kitchen (weather dependent). Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each week. Add 27 general flings weekly. Secondary goal. Lots of good, visible progress – and much more to do.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Email Writing subfolders, Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress; sort and delete excess. Tertiary goal. Back-burnering; might be the perfect “breather” during Round Two/Three’s Creative Chaos Marathon (TM).
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. . Adapting: I’ll sort in Round Two. Scanning and Side goal COMPLETED!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal COMPLETED!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Promo posts for #BOAW2017; crit group piece returned to author; 2 pieces for series I’ve previously beta’d, another pending. Good progress!

Selftending:

  • Journals six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal. Not perfect, but made good progress, overall.

  • 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 COMPLETED!

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal. Adapting: Making this a Leap of Faith goal in conjunction with Smart Change.
  • Smart Change: Plan one habit change using these methods. Side goal. Rereading: Chapter Three in progress; began worksheets. A bit of progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”. Postponing.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Skimmed Panera site. Moving slowly; changes in Accomplice’s work schedule and helping with his business paperwork sidelined this.

  • Make a decision on Holly Lisle revision course; follow through. Moving sporadically through Lesson 2/22. I decided to do this spontaneously; it’s a bit trickier to work it into my existing plans.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans. Saving relevant posts. On track.

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Nevertheless, We Persist: #BOAW2017 The #GirlBoner Edition!

Nevertheless, We Persist

She was warned.

She was given an explanation.

Nevertheless, she persisted.”

One woman dared to stand up,

revealing her sacred spaces,

her divine strength

and defied the rules

and the man

who tried to silence her.

“She was warned.

She was given an explanation.

Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Each woman has

her journey to make

Her stand to take

Her words to speak

Her love to share

In each of us,

a sacred space

belonging to us,

and to us alone.

She was warned.

She was given an explanation.

Nevertheless, she persisted.”

My own sacred inner space

pinging and zinging with truth

when I first heard those words,

spoken by a man,

from his patriarchal privilege,

as decree and judgment

upon a woman who dared

to call out a man,

echoing another woman

who had once done the same.

As women, we are often warned.

We’re given explanations.

We’re told, from the time we’re tiny girls,

that we are to follow the rules,

not step beyond the bounds

society made to envelop us

our lives,

our sacred selves,

our voices,

our bodies…

And the power of

Our sexuality.

Nevertheless, we persist.

Innumerable warnings,

from blatant to subtle,

told me I must

play “second fiddle” to men.

I made a good show

The “dutiful daughter”

But inside,

I was subversive,

sacred,

a sexual being,

just waiting to come

out and show myself.

I was warned.

I was given an explanation-

“Why buy the milk

When you can have the cow

For free?”

Nevertheless, I persisted

in believing

that I wasn’t a cow

That I had more to offer

As a wife

than my virginity.

I persisted,

Despite explanations

And warnings

Persisted, and insisted

that I had the right

to self-determination.

I was warned

I was given explanations

from the time I was a tiny girl,

to follow the rules,

not step beyond the bounds

made to envelop me

my life,

my sacred self,

my voice,

my body…

And the power of

My sexuality.

I was warned.

Nevertheless I persisted

in becoming

More than labels –

Daughter

Lover

Wife

Mother

I persisted until

I became wholly myself

So that I could look at my own

tiny girl of a daughter

and see the seeds of

a woman freed

From the warnings

and the explanations

A freedom that persists

And insists that

she simply

always be

Herself


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Building On Inspiration: February 26, 2017

Hey there!

Well, here we are at the penultimate update of February! I’ll have my final wrapup of these goals on Wednesday, and my brand-new list of March goals will appear in one week. My Round One End-of February update will also post on Sunday, March 5.

It’s been a week with a lot of progress, but also the type where a lot of it feels a little subterranean. In other words, there’s more to this update than meets the eyes. And I’m okay with that – my experience is that these times translate to productivity in their own time, and in their own way.

Suffice it to say that I’ve had a few inspirations and epiphanies, and they’re settling and simmering…and I’m happy.

And you?
Are you loving February, or happy to see it going?

Writing:

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: 4,693/~5,000 words. Scene 4/4 complete. More notes for later chapters; more clarity for the remainder of this one; more notes for LAL; simmering.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 78. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; revision in progress; p 3/5 complete. Adapting: complete and submit Scene 7; back-burnering 8 until March.

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 business – by the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 25/28 complete. #atoz: Week Two: Formatting/links/adding images completed; 6/6 (B-G). Week One: A post finished and scheduled; 1/26 ready to go! Week Five: created files for posts; moved to directory folders; 7/7 (T-Z). Week Four: Moved posts to website blog interface; 6/6 (N-S). Adapting: I’m going to create a single page on this WP blog for the #atoz posts, rather than format them all again. That will save time, and help me to link and brand the two sites together.

  • 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. WIPpet Wednesday/ #8sunday/ #weekendcoffeeshare/#SoCS complete. Next two WIPpets and one more #8sunday also in progress; two Mindful posts simmering, as well as next Skywatch (March 2). Idea for the pre-April planning simmering and building.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise: History/Geography in progress; section 5/14.

  • 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. Kitchen; study; family room 3/3.Bedroom; living room; bathroom: 2/2. General: 41/29.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Finished last week’s batch; caught up; 15/27 for this week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; canoodling; journal; tic tac toe; videos; food prep.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Some online interaction; revising a piece to submit to the group.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. First beta chapter completed, another ready to go in March; awaiting fanfic story.

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: 6/2; Strenuous: 6.25/8 hours; tai chi; moving firewood; yardtending.

  • Intuitive Eating:  Create a basic plan for change. Tertiary goal.Back-burnering till March.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Go through Publication email folder. Back-burnering till March or April (at least, until the homeschool reports are submitted).

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook  and one more; read two other books; write four reviews. Back-burnering the reviews.

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Raise a Glass to Freedom: #SoCS, #weekendcoffeeshare, and #JusJoJan Day Twenty-One

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m not exactly sure why I chose that title up there. It could be as simple as the fact that Hamilton lyrics have been my constant if variable earworms since last spring, and this is the one that’s been running through my head since I first read the Just Jot It January and Stream of Consciousness Saturday  prompt for today, “glass.” Linda assured us we could use the word as we see fit, or even use an object made of glass as our theme.

But I keep hearing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s plaintive, dubious little “Raise a glass to freedom,” right before he famously throws away his shot, and the mood feels – right.

So does this little post I wrote a year or so back, and titled “Schrodinger’s Glass”  – you know, the one that’s always either half-full, or half-empty, depending on how you look at it, or your nature, or your current mood…because, really, it’s both.

I’m thinking I may not be making much sense, but that’s also kind of how I feel, right now, so maybe it fits. I’m a bit like shards of broken glass, and a bit like fine glasswork that steals breath away even as it inspires. I’m aware of the dangers of sharp-edged, jagged fragments, and yet I’m filled nearly to overflowing with the beauty and potential I see, the grace that moves through everything.

Once, I wrote a story where one character destroys a handmade water service gifted to another character. It was a thing of irreplaceable beauty – the maker had learned, practiced, and developed her skill in the art to honor the recipient and his family. The owner of the service carefully gathers up every shard, although they slice his fingers, and carries them a great distance, as treasured items. Later, he fashions them into a symbolic piece of art that gives them a new and deeper meaning.

I feel like that – like that’s maybe where we are, as a nation.

It’s possible that some don’t know it yet. It’s possible that the crashing and shattering happening now is music to some people’s ears, the dream they’ve held dearest to their hearts.

But for many, it’s the kind of shattering that sets you back, makes you re-evaluate…

I’ve been doing that, quietly, for over a year, now. Threads of different things braiding or weaving together, fraying, coming together again in a new form – and yes, I know I’m mixing metaphors here, but, somehow, that, too, seems appropriate.

I’m becoming something different- evolving. In Sequoia National Park, so long ago that I wasn’t yet anybody’s mother who wasn’t feline, my Accomplice and I learned that the seeds of the giant trees need fire to germinate properly. There’s a scientific name for this, but that’s not as important, to me, right now, as that truth – the magnificent sequoia, which holds such majesty and tenacity as it stretches to the sky on a widely-flung, shallow collection of roots, springs from the destruction of its landscape. Only in the charred aftermath is it set free to fulfill its magnificent destiny, in the company of its scarred and surviving parents, who have the ability to withstand the flames.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this is how I feel, today…like there’s been a shattering, a scorching, a fraying – but that it hasn’t destroyed me, or the light of grace and mercy and simple, loving kindness in the world. I’m scarred, but still, I stretch, and soar, and grow…and I know that I’m not alone.

We are a strong forest, together. Will you grow with me, and find the beauty that comes after the flames?

Before you go, I will ask you if you have a story you want to share, or words of wisdom? Gouts of flame, torrents of sorrow, jolts of fear? Hope and a way forward that will embrace us all?

I’d love to hear from you. We’re all strongest when we have a voice, and use it to speak our truth. Please come back anytime you need to use yours, and, in the meantime, visit Diana at Part Time Monster Blog, and find some other places you can enjoy the #weekendcoffeeshare

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Building Diversely: January 18, 2017

Hey there!

Compared to last week’s marathon of going and doing, this week’s been quieter – but, in its way, no less busy.

Sunday, I picked up the Boyo from his weekend adventure, logging another 200 miles travel, and another two chapters of Alexander Hamilton while I drove. Monday was a home day. Yesterday, my Accomplice and I got our workout done early in the day, as a storm was predicted for the afternoon – sleet, snow, freezing rain. It was starting as we headed home, but we’re all tucked in now, with nowhere to go tomorrow.

On the other hand, I guest-hosted Just Jot it January from Sunday-Tuesday, so the diving back into the revision course hasn’t happened yet…and now, at 3am Wednesday, when I would love to be sleeping, I’m dealing with a migraine which has other ideas…

I have made progress on things that weren’t the course, though, which will allow me to devote more of myself to it when my head can bear it.

How about you?

Are your goals proceeding apace, or did you have more of an off session?

 

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 14/24 progress. 519/5,000 words; 44,347/~65,000 total.

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. Wrote a bullet list of brainstormed ideas for TAT. New printer cartridge arrived; printed Antagonist, Main Conflict, and Stakes; and Major Plot Points worksheets.Completed Concepts and Worldbuilding.

  • 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. IDIC events to TATV, on paper, with sketchy notes.

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: 17/31 complete. My three guest host posts are all up or scheduled. Guest post completed/posted. #atoz: Week Four: Created post folders (also for Week Five and “G” which I apparently deleted; whoops!). Selected images; loaded into folders.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. I’m working on getting a rhythm for drafting/pulling posts together.

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; deleting revision stuff; I’ll use my class info to do a better job of this once I’ve gotten further into the course.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather materials for second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal. Added bullet list to Lise’s English Language Arts; 1/11 sections.

  • 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: 0/3. Bedroom/1/1;Study 3/3. General: 12/27.
  • 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. All fiction files in one of three main sub=directories – Fan Fiction; Marketable Fiction, and Research. Blogging files resorted and maintained. Maintained Annalise’s Homeschool records; 1/3 subdirectories.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 photos for this week and last.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Chatting; canoodling; mall; dinner; drive home; Obama memes; snuggling; couples workout; moving firewood.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Picked up Boyo later today; workout Tuesday, and spring plans for him to have another weekend away.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Second piece comments complete; third highlighted for comments; fourth downloaded/initial readthrough.

  • 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: 3/6; Evening journal/meditation: 1/3.

  • 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: 3/6. Strenuous: 6/6 hours: cardio; weights; moving firewood.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Go through Publication email folder; make subcategory for marketing-related posts. Folder taken from 333 messages to 232; marketing folder created and being utilized in the sorting process; opened some posts and filed in bookmarks.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post. This hinges on getting at least the January materials finished, so that will be a focus prior to this.

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Building a Solid Foundation: January 2017 Goals and Update

Hey there!

We’re a week into ROW80 Round One (learn more by clicking the image above, or the link at the end of the post). I’ve been mostly focused on my revision goal, as I’m taking Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel, and it’s rather intensive. It’s going to change nearly everything about the way I handle revision, and for the better.

Other goals aren’t moving forward as quickly, but that’s fairly typical at the beginning of things – and revision is something I need to learn to do efficiently and much more quickly than I have so far, if I want a professional writing career. It’s part of my foundation. And I do….so, other things may take a backseat for a while. Some goals may adjust in the next week or two, or I may find a level of equilibrium.

How about you?

Have you set goals or resolutions for this coming year?

How are you doing, at this very early stage of the year?

How often do you assess your goals?

Have you shared them with others?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete: Currently Scene 12/24 in progress. 1,343/5000 weekly words; 39,230/~65,000 total. Secondary goal. Since I’m focused on revision, I may reduce this goal.

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. Downloaded Toolkit worksheets; read through all 66 pages.

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

 Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. I’ve made needed changes to 13/15 pages; simmering an idea for the POV transition.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Worksheet 1B; 82 pages of manuscript notations in progress (through Scene Twelve). Revision notebook now current; updating as I go.

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: 7/31 complete; drafted. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. Completed revision pass; simmering for a day or two before I finalize and submit.

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: 2/3; bedroom 1/1. General: 22/27. This goal has gone more by the wayside than I wanted, so far.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Time with Lise; canoodling; movies; sharing photos; lunch.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Workout/lunch with my Accomplice. Schuyler Mansion and Crailo (Catherine Van Rennselaer Schuyler’s family home) Twelfth Night and local author event on Saturday, all by myself. Miah 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. Comments progressing on current piece; page 10/21 in progress. Downloaded, filed, and read the second piece; simmering until first piece completed.

  • 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: 6/6; Evening: 1/3. New meditation video.

  • 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: 6/6. Strenuous: 2.5/6 hours (tai chi/moving firewood).

Leaps of Faith:

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Open fire cooking at Crailo - best pea soup I've ever had in my life - and then there was fresh buttered bread, Dutch doughnuts, and mulled cider...perfect for a very cold upstate New York night.
Open fire cooking at Crailo – best pea soup I’ve ever had in my life – and then there was fresh buttered bread, Dutch doughnuts, and mulled cider…perfect for a very cold upstate New York night.