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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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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


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.

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2017, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round One 2017, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom

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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