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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


This post is part of the Beauty of a Woman BlogFest VI – #GirlBoner Edition! To read more entries, and potentially win a fun prize, visit the fest page on August’s McLaughlin’s site between today and 11pm PST March 11th.

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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.
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I’ve Got A Purpose: August 17, 2016

So, I did lots of other-than-writing stuff these last few days. I’ve also evaluated my goals, and shifted a few to back-burner status. Those are included in this post.

And now, on with it!

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable.” 29/31 in progress.Just a few; was busy with Other Things, in the interest of clearing the decks of necessary administrative details, so I can write out the month. Favorite lines:

Hoshi smiled at the way he looked at her as though she’d suddenly grown a second head. She shrugged as her fingers trailed through the light forest of hair on his chest.

“I like the way it sounds.”

Plotting:

  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Reread “MMC”, Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Moving to the back-burner.

  • Dark and Bitter”: Check guidelines; Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and raw source material from my pre-existing nascent story, “The Venom Club.”Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Same status as “MMCS” above. You know the drill; back-burner time for this one, too – although I’ll be simmering a cool idea for it.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! Hard copy notations complete through Scene 4/ page 60.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. I don’t see this happening till next month; but I could be wrong.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2. I’ve been focused on the two blogs this session; I want to explore them while I ponder the topic of pages. Setting scheduling goals aside for this month.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Visiting as many as I can, as soon as possible, then catching more as I make return visits from my own posts, seems to be working. I’m blogging less right now; not sure if this method is sustainable once more hops are added.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 20ish. Keeping up.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Second quarter reports sent. Jeremiah’s test completed and mailed Tuesday.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Aim for three times a week. 2/3; between rainstorms.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Minecraft and art; breakfast, walking and Pokemon hunting; Olmpics, resume, cuddliing, and conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Spontaneous breakfast run/Pokemon hunting with my boy. Mailing run that got complicated, but included Hamilton.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. I skipped the weekly write-in in favor of staying home and making revision notes in the company of my family. I was exhausted, and needed home-energy.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: 24/27 chapters complete; page 232/253.) Yes, you read that right. I finished the chapters I owed from last week, plus three more! This book is already good!

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 2/5; Meditation: 3/5 (up to 10 minutes; with a 2 minute night session – twice!)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 3/5 moderate (45 minutes); 2/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous (walking in very hot humid weather.) I think I’ve found a rhythm that may help make this routine.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. A little more in both.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Should have resume done and posted by bedtime today.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I began a rough draft, then set it aside to deal with other admin details. Once the resume is posted, it’s top priority.

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“Schrodinger’s Vase or Feline Trouble.” Pen and ink drawing by Lise Burton. Used with permission.

 

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Purposeful Variables: August 10, 2016

 Hi there, ROWers and others!

So, what have you been up to these last few days?


Here’s my list:

  • Homeschooling Administration

  • Beta Reading

  • Learning my Website

  • Helping my Accomplice With His Resume

  • Blog Visits and Comments

  • Fan Fiction

I’ve shifted back to a more wide-angle approach, but it wasn’t exactly intentional. I needed a bit of a breather after finishing two large items in my goals list, and decided to putter…which led me to pick a few of the things that on my list had been neglected.

One of those things was my baby website, which I set aside for the grand creative surge. I’ve got a lot to learn before using it even starts to feel natural – but I have a lot less to learn than I did on Monday morning. Not quite up to speed with sharing the blogposts yet, but I’m getting closer, tweaking things, and learning, learning, learning….

Have you learned anything extra cool or useful lately?

I include only goals I’ve engaged with this session. For my comprehensive August goals, Round Three goals, and overarching 2016 goals, click the links below.

 

Writing:

Plotting:

  • Dark and Bitter”: Check guidelines; Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and raw source material from my pre-existing nascent story, “The Venom Club.”Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Same status as “MMCS” above. I have a nascent idea on how to combine two ideas for this, but I’m not ready to share ANYTHING yet!

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! Scene 3/24 rough-revised and submitted; silent read-through of Scene 4/24.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Played with the market interface, and discussed some preliminary topics with my Accomplice (the chef with hot sauce to sell.) Began setting up a new and improved cover page; changed header; shared excerpt from July 31 ROW80 update. Learning a lot! Answered comments (but still have plenty backed up): 1/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. I hit on something that might work; I’ll be testing it over the next couple of weeks.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 111.
  • Answer fanfiction.net comments twice weekly. 1/2; one PM and two reviews. And inspiration to up fan fiction goals a bit next month.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Adapted goal: Complete, add cover letter, and submit by the end of the weekend, so they’ll be there for beginning of business on Monday. And already received a cordial response. =) Preliminary testing scheduling discussed with the boy. Began his second quarter report: section 4/14 in progress.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Aim for thrice a week. Weeding, and moving branches trimmed by my Accomplice last week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Olympics; dawn walking; canoodling; chatting.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Owed critique 3/3 finally complete; submitted my piece.

  • Complete 3 Amazon/1 Goodreads reviews. Got a great review template from a friend; plan to test it out soon!

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: Chapter 17/27 in progress; page 7/12.)

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. 2/5 for both; up to 6 minutes for meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 1/5 moderate (45 minutes). 1/3 moderate (60 minutes). Hometending; walking.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Both are well underway; hot summer days make these good projects for this round. A bit more in the family room; a tiny bit in my study.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Offered suggestions, revision, and rewriting of resume. Should have it done by bedtime Wednesday; then starting on the cover letter.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I have the idea, and have let it simmer. Plan to write a rough draft by Thursday night, which will leave me about a week to refine and find the post in there. =D

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, Or Cheer Us On!

Found this in my Flickr stream; it’s too adorable not to share, even if it is WAY out of season!