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Change is Blooming; June 18, 2017

Hi there!

When I last updated on Wednesday, the dramatic breakdown of my car (on an interstate, at about 50 mph, with my teen son beside me) was still fresh, and so was the stress between my spouse and I that boiled over in the aftermath…it seems inevitable that these times bring to the fore those few persistent issues that keep cropping up, because they’ve yet to be resolved…

Sometimes, marriage is a matter of millimeters gained, and meters lost – and then the flip when it seems to go the other way.

The car breakdown came at a far-less-than-ideal time, financially speaking. Or, looked at another way, it came at the perfect time to shake us out of our assumptions, and open our minds to new possibilities and potential.

We’re still in the early stages of figuring things out – but, with a few days’ perspective, we can see the potential for growth and positive change here.

Have you ever had a setback that led to new potential?

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 28,596/50,000 words. Primary goal just above target.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. 12 rough post sketches completed ahead of current drafting. Secondary goal ahead of target.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Found my beginning point: Scene 4, p. 10. Organized materials; cleaned workspace for efficiency. Completed Notes for Scenes 47 (p.25/82 in progress). Read about half of Lesson 5; it said not to go further until I’d completed the work to that point. Decision made; I’ll finish Lesson 3, then break until July. Primary goal on target.

Social Media:

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

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

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by  Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 2/7 complete. Using this as an opportunity to write a series of blog posts on this process as I move through it. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). I continued printing labels for two products; received pertinent information from Accomplice to create the next three (I’ll probably start those sometime this weekend. Simmering thoughts for POS marketing and platform creation – those will likely begin later next week. Secondary goal on target.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles  class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Joined a 7 day video challenge, and got behind due to car; catching up (Day 3/7 recorded; read some course materials). Simmering prior to beginning action plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

It still wasn’t my best week for tending goals; the vehicle situation and its aftermath upset the rhythm, but there was more focus as the week wore on.

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning: 5/5 (brief sessions). Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo. Canceled Office trial; unneeded. Third quarter reports submitted; standardized tests ordered for both children; Lise’s has arrived, so we’ll begin sometime next week, most likely.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 2/8. Hour; 1/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/5 hours.

  • Lifetending: Continue developing professional goals and connections; reading and audiobook listening, and The Star Trek Chronology Project. Onward w/ #writingcrew, #JuNoWriMo. Completed a newsletter I volunteered to write for JuNoWriMo. Began audiobook: The Upside of Your Dark Side; chapter4/8 in progress.

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June Blooms: June 4, 2017

Hi there!

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

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

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

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

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

Drafting:

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

Plotting:

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

Revising:

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

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

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

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

Submitting:

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

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

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

Social Media:

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

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

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

Business:

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

Tending goals:

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

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

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

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

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Sowing Seeds for June: May 28, 2017

Hi there!

Have you ever found yourself reassessing your goals very close to the end of a cycle?

That’s what’s happened to me. Through the marketing class I’m taking,* I’ve come to a realization – or, more accurately, the clarification of an issue. I’ve known for some time that I tend to set more goals, with a wider focus, than I can maintain – but I didn’t know what to do about it, because everything on the lists seems beneficial.

However, as I begin the process of creating a writer’s business plan, I’m beginning to see where I can trim my goals and tighten my focus to those projects which best feed my priorities. I’m considering some major changes for June, but some things will bring a lightness that will energize the rest of my May…

This is a bit long, so here’s a shortcut. All goals with ** doubled asterisks are being postponed to a later/ better suited time, leaving me free to focus on those that remain.

  • Gwen Montoya’s Building Your Marketing Muscle – I highly recommend this class!

Writing:

  • Story A Day May: Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc, based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. 27/31 drafted for both projects. Caught up Sunday night, and have stayed that way. On target!

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

  • **Kifo Island Series: Complete draft of The Last House (a Kifo prequel) . (Approximate word count TBD). Target 3,333 words per week, after #STAD stories and FDWR; complete by May 31. Tertiary goal backburnered. See above.**

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arc  ;necessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 27/31 complete. On target.

  • **Kifo Island: Complete plotting as needed to complete rough draft of The Last House. Begin hybrid planning for Still Nameless, using The Story Toolkit  and The Writer’s Coloring Book; get through basic character sketches. Secondary goal backburnered. The Last House will wait for August, as noted above. Still Nameless will be a priority in June.**

Submission/Publication:

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 18/31 complete. I’ve got some forward momentum, and am establishing a rhythm. This is part of my overarching primary focus until it’s caught up; I’ve moved from 13 days behind to only 9 – not a blistering pace, but a steady one. Definite progress!

Social Media:

  • Day May: Post daily I’m sharing the planning, along with favorite lines to the stories, and links to the complete writings, in separate posts to keep things from getting too long. Visit at least 1 other participant daily. Secondary goal. Day 18/31 complete. I’ve got some forward momentum, and am establishing a rhythm. This is part of my overarching primary focus until it’s caught up. =D Multiple visits Wednesday Saturday.

Hometending:

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

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. Three-mile walk and trip to store for a new phone charger with son; night walk (and bullfrog chorus!) with daughter; TV and a long-overdue conversation with Accomplice.

  • Beta reading/critiques: Complete at least first five chapters of both beta novels. Catch up with crits for my local group (I’m behind 3 at the moment). Tertiary goal. Spellfire: Author thinks we’re a good fit, so on we go! Highlighting for Chapter 2/13 in progress, p. 16/161. Stained: Chapter 1/26 complete; taking a detour because I forgot I had an unrelated chapter left to beta. Did initial read-through for that one; simmering.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 6/5 meditation (5/5 journaling; I forgot Wednesday!). Evening:1/2; Bookmarked several sleep/evening meditations; tried one and greatly enjoyed.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Secondary goal. (4/4 hours strenuous). 111: 4/5. 123: 0/ 2 – but got to 116 on Saturday. Solid progress.

Leaps of Faith:

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

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

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

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

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Sowing Something Different: May 24, 2017

Hi there!

There’s a change in the wind….

I don’t know yet where it will carry me – but the revision course, the marketing course, the new commitment to my personal fitness, embracing our business ventures, and the changing dynamic of life with older, far more independent kids -all of these are adding up to something rising up within me…something that will eventually break the ground, grow, and blossom…

I’m not going to rush it. I’m just going to prepare, so I’m ready when it arrives, as it eventually will. You may see it before I do, if you read here regularly.

Have you ever felt this way – as though there’s something Big and Exciting happening inside you, and you’re shifting into some new version of yourself?

Writing:

  • Story A Day May: Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise  fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc, based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. 23/31 drafted for both projects. Caught up Sunday night, and intend to stay that way for the rest of the month. On target!

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arcnecessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 23/31 complete. Caught up at last. On target!

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2 (Promises), and 3 (Sentences for Revision) of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course  by May 31. Aim for 3 hours/week (timing TBD). Primary goal.1/3 hours complete; Lesson 3: Created notes for Scenes 1-3/p. 9/82; index cards pending (I’ll do those neatly after read-through and notes are complete).

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

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as/if needed. Primary goal. See above. On target.

Social Media:

  • Story a Day May: Post daily –I’m sharing the planning, along with favorite lines to the stories, and links to the complete writings, in separate posts to keep things from getting too long. Visit at least 1 other participant daily. Secondary goal. Day 11/31 in progress. Set up 2/3 posts (1 already posted) in blog/site templates. A bit of progress; expect to be closer by Sunday.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Two flings on porch, and two 27 minute yardtending sessions weekly. At least six General Hometending rounds per day, 6 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending 2/6; all rooms but study: 1/3.

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. Videos; walks; conversation; shopping; ice cream with my girl; workout with my boy; M*A*S*H, Hogan’s Heroes, and Star Trek with my Accomplice.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry; aim for 10 hours/week. Secondary goal. Accomplice:1/10 hours; marketing course; labeling. Simmering Patreon video ideas.

  • Beta reading/critiques: Complete at least first five chapters of both beta novels. Catch up with crits for my local group (I’m behind 3 at the moment). Tertiary goal. Spellfire: Chapter 1/13 completed; returned to author; waiting for her decision regarding my style and her needs. Stained: Chapter 1/26 complete. Progress; although finishing five chapters each seems rather unlikely at this point.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 2/5. On target.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Secondary goal. (1/4 hours strenuous). 111: 2/5. 123: 0/ 2.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Building Your Marketing Muscles. This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Caught up on group page; simmering some of the more involved tips and brainstorming for business plan.

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Sowing Seeds of Revision: May 17, 2017

Hi there!

Ever have to tear yourself away from a project to get your update posted?

I’m less than 20 pages from finishing Lesson 2/22 of my revision course – the lesson I started way back in January – and I’m feeling like I need to do this before I can move on to other projects.

Later today, I’ll be taking my son for a visit to the eye doctor – so I want to be finished with those pages before I sleep…and I’m rather willing to work through the night, to get the job done – if I can manage to stay awake.

First, though, the update…

Writing:

  • Story A Day May: Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc, based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. 15/31 drafted for both projects. One day behind, by choice – see below.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 2 scenes/week, after #StaD stories. Finish by May 25. Secondary goal. Scene 45/50 in progress; setting aside until HTRYN Lesson 2 is complete.

  • Kifo Island Series: Complete draft of The Last House (a Kifo prequel) . (Approximate word count TBD). Target 3,333 words per week, after #STAD stories and FDWR; complete by May 31. Tertiary goal. May be moved to June, depending on progress of other writing goals this week.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arc ;necessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 15/31 complete. One day behind, by choice.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2 (Promises), and 3 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course https://hollylisle.com/how-to-revise-a-novel/ by May 31. Aim for 3 hours/week (timing TBD). Primary goal.well over/3 hours complete; pp 2965/82 (yippee; less than 20 pages to go!) Lesson 2 is my priority until complete; it’s dragging on me.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy editing if ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal. Nothing yet, but the grapevine suggests it won’t be that much longer….

Submission/Publication:

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

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Two flings on porch, and two 27 minute yardtending sessions weekly. At least six General Hometending rounds per day, 6 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending 2/6; yardtending; porch: 1/each.

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. Conversation, text chat, walks; computer setup; movie.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon  profile and launch site. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry; aim for 10 hours/week. Secondary goal. Some video creation simmering; some discussion with Accomplice about his plans; delivered complimentary sauces. Accomplice: 2/10 hours.

  • Beta reading/critiques: Complete at least first five chapters of both beta novels. Catch up with crits for my local group (I’m behind 3 at the moment). Tertiary goal. Simmering schedule; should have it set by Wednesday. Reread final questionnaire topic for one of the crit pieces; simmering. Will be tackling this once HTRYN Lesson 2 is complete.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 3/5.
  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Secondary goal. (1/4 hours strenuous). 111: 2/5. 123: 0/ 2.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Build Your Marketing Muscles. This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Skimmed what’s new; will devote more energy to this once Lesson 2 is done.

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

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Sowing… Something Strong? April 26, 2017

Hey there!

Ever get to the moment of accounting, and wonder exactly what you’ve been doing?

Yup, you guessed it. I’m there right now.

You see, I’ve significantly upped my daily activity level, and I’m using my new-t0-me phone to do it. Last Saturday, I walked and/or hiked 7.5 miles, most of it with my son. Sunday, I went to the Y on what is often a sedentary day for me, and biked 6.5 miles (after a 40 minute session in the weight room). Monday, I kicked off my Baby Steps to 5K program (also on my phone; if you have a Samsung phone and haven’t checked out Samsung Health, and want to be more fit, it’s got LOTS of options).

Despite that strong start on Monday, I’d only slept a couple of hours, and I tanked out a bit early, not quite making my recently upped 6,666 step/day goal. On Tuesday, I didn’t make either the word count goal or the activity goal of 99-111 minutes.

I know I did move both days – but there’s a certain disappointment that comes with “not cutting it” when you’re “keeping score”. I know that’s not logical, because I definitely moved both days, and I did have three consecutive days with intense activity levels. But I still wanted to make those goals…after all, that’s why I set them. =)

But they’re goals, not requirements. And my body, mind, and soul are telling me that, despite the imperfect start. My muscles are pleasantly achy, in a way that feels strong and alive beneath my padding, which can sometimes be numbing. I’m aware of those muscles, and their willingness to move me, if I only provide the impetus. My posture is a bit straighter, these last days. I’m being more mindful of what I’m eating without dieting – more of the veggies and grains I love, in new combinations. I downloaded a series of tai chi lesson videos that were recommended by my instructor, Sal. Now I can finally learn the form on my own, little by little, rather than following along in class, but not able to replicate it once I’m home.

It’s a similar thing with writing… lots happening, and a lot of it mostly invisible from the top, yet essential for foundation building.

So it’s deeper than the numbers – but then, it usually is.

Have you ever had an experience like this, when the “score” only hinted at the progress?

Writing:

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. There’s a newly available checklist, so I’ll be getting to work on that through the rest of the week, so I’ll be ready with at least the first few days by Monday.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal. Shared and linked through U; 21/26 complete; no visits made or comments answered yet this week.

Hometending:

  • 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: 2/5 for the week.

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. Canoodling, chatting, videos. Took myself out for a workout on Sunday, attended write-in later that evening.

  • CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. Secondary goal. Attended write-in. Cabin visits:1/5.

  • 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. More label stuff; investigated and discussed a few options, and clarified what he wants first.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 2/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete.

  • 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: 1/5; 111: 1/2. Strenuous: 7 hours, 36 minutes/7 hours; cardio; weights; Baby Steps to 5K program workout 1/30.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. Simmering, but think I’m getting ready to move forward on this one.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change. Simmering this one, too.

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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