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Building to a Conclusion: February 22, 2017

Hey there!

Wow! I know February is the shortest month, but somehow I’m still finding hard to believe we’ve already reached the final week of it….whooosh!

With less than a week left, I’ve got a better sense of what I can finish this month, and, maybe more importantly, what I want to focus on. There are some changes in this update, and there may be more on Sunday, as I further refine for the last few days.

Do you adjust your goals frequently to reflect life’s shifts, or are you more likely to stay the course?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. 2,259/5,000 words; 72,161/~65,000 total (Scrivener count).Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Patreon Posts Complete February and March offerings. Secondary goal. Adapting. Complete materials to launch March 1.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled” and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: 2,190/~5,000 words. Scene 2/4 complete; notes outlining remainder of chapter, and a bit further.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Overall: Step 12/22 in progress; organized binder.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lesson 2 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars  13; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula” and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”; 1 chapter each. Primary goal. OATN: Worksheets: p 7-8/82 (Scene 3) in progress! ABOS: Epiphany on Chapter 2; Shifted POV to T’Pol (the most immediately and deeply affected), and made some preliminary notes. Back-burnering “Arachnid” and “Beagle” goals till ABOS is completely updated.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 78. Tertiary goal. Scene 7; revision notes in progress; p 2/4 completed. Moving forward slowly.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Continue working with Jaz on cover art; finalize and begin working on front/back matter checklists. Adapting; back-burnering end matter until I begin final revision pass; probably this summer, once I’ve finished HTRYN. Played with cover image photo; simmering ideas.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary: Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans ; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 21/28 complete.

  • 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. #8sunday in progress for this week and next.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise Sciences in progress: section 4/14.

  • 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. Study, family room 1/3: Bedroom 1/2. General: 14/29.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Make files at gmail account. Tertiary goal. Back-burnering until homeschool reports are submitted next month.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. Scanned the remaining pictures from last week, began next holdover batch.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; videos; ball play; air hockey; canoodling; television; Allegiance; dinner at Five Guys; snuggling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Interacted online; skipped write-in to spend time with my Boyo.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. I’ve received the first of the shorter pieces for a series I’ve beta’d previously, and may also be betaing a story for a fan fiction author.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal; 3/5 meditation. Evening: 1/3 journal; 1/2 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: 2/6; 99 minutes:2/2; Strenuous: 5/8 hours; lots of vigorous walking; air hockey.

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Building And Adapting: February 19, 2017

Hey there!

We’re down to less than ten days in this shortest month, and that means it’s time for me to prune my monthly goals, so that I can focus my attention on the ones I most want to address with the time left.

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

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 24/24 in progress. 7,207/5,000 words; 69,688/~65,000 total (Scrivener count). #soclose!

  • #atozchallenge: Write theme reveal post. Tertiary goal. More simmering, and some notes.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled” and Love and Loss. Side goal. Cowled: 1,032 words. Scene 1/4 in progress. I suspect the chapter will be in the 5K range.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2-5 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course . Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars  1-7; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula” and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”; 1 chapter each. Primary goal. Opened ABOS Chapter Two for revisions; epiphany on POV in progress! January 2017 sections of Arachnid and Beagle to compile into chapters for revision. OATN: Reread lesson materials for the Promises Worksheets: 29 pages. Worksheets: p 4/82 (Scene 2) in progress. Adapting OATN goal. I’ll be thrilled to finish Lesson Two this month. I don’t want to rush through the learning process and end up taking several projects to get a handle on things.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 710. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; revision notes in progress; p 2/4. Adapting goal: Complete Scenes 7/8.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 17; and Chapters 2 for “Arachnid” and “Beagle” to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Adapting goal: ABOS Chapters 2-3; setting others aside for 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 businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 18/28 complete. #atoz: Images selected/links added to post files through Week Five (Z): 26/26. Posts moved to files through Week Four (S): 20/26. Posts proofed and moved to blog drafts through Week Three (M). Formatting/links/adding images in progress for Week Two: 1/6 (B).

  • 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; Skywatch Friday; #8sunday; #weekendcoffeeshare; and #SoCS posted . Idea for the pre-April planning simmering and building; I now have a tentative framework upon which to build a plan.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Tertiary goal. Adapting: back-burnering till March.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Lise ELA/Math complete: 2/14(?) Lise: Fixed formatting in completed section; began Sciences: section 4/14).

  • 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: 3/3. Study: 2/3. Family room: 1/3. Bedroom; living room; bathroom: 2/2. General: 42/29.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Make files at gmail account. Tertiary goal. Adapting: back-burnering for now.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Side goal. 14/27.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; videos; flirting; couples’ workout; homeschool pizza party; music.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Not much interaction, but I am revising a piece for group.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Arranged to beta two stories by chapter; they’re from a series/author I’ve beta’d before, so it’s an established relationship.

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: 5/2; Strenuous: 3.5/ 8 hours; brief weights/cardio.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Continued rereading Chapter Three; Question 1/3 in progress for 4/5 goals; this is the beginning of my approach plan.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Adding goal: Draft two posts for the Beauty of a Woman blogfest  (March 6). This is last minute, because I didn’t realize #BOAW2017 was upon us already. I missed last year, and don’t want to repeat that! Simmering ideas for both posts.

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Building A Rebellious Teen: February 15, 2017

Hey there!

Well, it’s finally happened. I was warned, long ago, by a family member who stated authoritatively:

“All teenagers rebel, at least a little.”

She was sure our shift from authoritarian to partnership parenting would be a disaster. Our oldest was only 8 at the time, and we had a ways to go before any teens lived with us, so I didn’t argue.

It took the teen who calls me “Mom” almost 15.5 years to get around to what he calls his “cunning rebellion.” It was totally unexpected, when the moment came.

So, what happened?

Tuesday afternoon, I was chatting with him while I got some dishes soaking in the sink. Usually, I make it known that help with this ongoing cycle in our lives is appreciated, but this time there weren’t that many dishes to attend to, so I told him, “I don’t need any help with these dishes.”

I went to do something in another room, and, when I returned in a couple of minutes, the rebellion was in full swing, right there at the kitchen sink.

That’s right – my 15 year old son was washing the dishes!

When I asked if this was the teenage rebellion I’d been warned about, he confirmed, saying, “I finally got around to it.”

 I’m building rebels, one kindness at a time! =D

Other than the rampant and rather sudsy adolescent rebellion, it was a peaceful session. A foot of snow on Sunday set the mood for simmering and more targeted focus. I’m very close to wrapping up one of my major goals, and I’ve moved significantly closer on a few others.

I’m well set up for the second half of the month, which is good, because it looks to be busier than the first, with several outside activities.

Were you  ever a rebellious teen? 

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

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 24/24 in progress. 5,867/5,000 words; 68,389/~65,000 total (Scrivener count). I’m ahead of projected word count for the novel, and my weekly goal, but I expect to have this finished by Sunday’s update, because waiting to write a couple thousand more words at the most seems a bit silly, and I want to be finished!

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Cowled”  and Love and Loss. Side goal. Journaled notes for Cowled; reread notes; simmered, and wrote 189 words. I suspect the chapter will be in the 2-5K range; I’ll know more as I move through it. Simmering a plan on how to draw the drabbles together for the basis of a LAL chapter.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 7-10. Tertiary goal. Highlighted Scene 7; simmering for revisions.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary : Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans; visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 14/28 complete. I’m having so much fun with this!

  • 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. Mindful Monday post completed. Skywatch in progress forFriday.

Hometending:

  • 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. Bedroom 2/2. General: 27/29.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; canoodling; snuggling; video watching; punning.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Upcoming “busy spell”: Couples’ workout Thursday; Homeschool teen pizza party with daughter Friday; Allegiance with son on Sunday. Welcome to Night Vale Live Show with daughter in April (tickets purchased!) Kids and I in early planning for Unschoolers Rock the Campround Ten in July!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Virtual wordsprints and visiting the group page; working on my revision piece and posting to group.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal; 3/5 meditation. Evening: 1/3 journal; 1/2 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: 3/6; 99 minutes: 3/2; Strenuous: 3:10/ 8 hours; snowshoveling.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Rereading Chapter Three; Question 1/3 in progress for 4/5 goals; this is the beginning of my approach plan.

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Building in the Snow: February 12, 2017

Hey there!

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

How has your week been?

Writing:

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

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

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

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

Plotting:

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

Revision:

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

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

Blogging:

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

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

Hometending:

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

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

Lifetending:

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

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

Selftending:

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

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

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

Leaps of Faith:

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

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Building From Deep Places: February 8, 2017

Hey there!

I’ve been delving deeply this week – a lot of reading, a lot of plotting, some deep conversation online and in person, and digging into some too-long-neglected corners of our home…

I don’t have a lot to say, really, except that I’m simmering like a rich stew, and I know that something wonderful is about to bubble up.

That said, let’s get to the update, so I can get back to the simmering!

Have you ever felt this way – like you were just waiting for whatever’s inside to break the surface?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Primary goal. Scene 21/24 in progress. 1,571/5,000 words; 58,487/~65,000 total.

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

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Printed the remainder of the worksheets; Subplot Arc 1/ 2; p. 4/7 in progress; step 10/22. Fleshing out ideas for the paragraphs as I go; I now have a sense of them all.

  • Kifo Island: Flesh out AeonTimeline. File remaining/new series bible materials. Complete steps 1-8 of The Story Toolkit for April novel. Secondary goal. Printed the relevant worksheets; completed Initial Concept; 1/8.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2-5 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars 1-7; Revise January Chapters of “Arachnid Nebula”  and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”;  1 chapter each. Primary goal. I organized materials, reviewed where I was when I set OATN aside, and decided what to do this week. Finally dove back in; completed Sascha’s, and Silas’ Main Character Re-Focus worksheets; Orin’s in progress. 1/4.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Continue working with Jaz on cover art; finalize and begin working on front/back matter checklists. Chatted with Jaz, and had an inspiration.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: #Loveuary : Write a daily drabble focused on the next chapters of Love and Loss, using a prompt pool from my fans (yes, you can help!); visit other posters as I can. #atozchallenge: Sign up for the challenge and complete any loose ends and unfinished businessby the end of the month, all posts should be finished and scheduled (to both website and blog). Primary goal. #Loveuary Drabbles: 7/28 complete; #atoz: There’s no sign-up this year, so that’s taken care of.

  • 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. Simmering ideas for Mindful and Skywatch; also pre-production schedule, which I’ll firm up once I’ve finished my A to Z posts.

Hometending:

  • 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. Study: 2/3; General: 19/29.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; movies; rides to/from grandparents’ and Welcome to Night Vale podcast with my girl.

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

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Attended write-in. Hihlighted crit 1/2 in the queue; both in progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal; 3/5 meditation. Evening: 1/3 journal; 1/ 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: 3/6; 99 minutes: 2/2; Strenuous: 1.75/8 hours.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. More simmering based on recent reading.

Leaps of Faith:

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Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One End of January Update

Hey there!

It’s February, which means it’s also time for my first monthly Round One assessment!  There’s still a sprinkling of red, but the green is gaining ground, and there’s also more blue than I might have expected at this point, so I’m feeling happy and energized as I refocus and prioritize for February.

How about you? Do you set and move toward goals? A little over a full month into this new year, how are you faring?


Writing:

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. 7/22 steps of the toolkit completed; sketches simmering for next 2 stories.

  • 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. Novels selected; working titles chosen. Timeline created; all current/pending novels placed. Series bible created; 2/3 volume plotting pages included.

  • The IDIC Romance/Solemates: Begin TnT fan fiction Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Good progress here; timeline and notes taking shape; simmering.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what happens next? Use Scapple to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly:” Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. First round of edits returned to editors; awaiting further instructions.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Revision plan. Deleting this Secondary goal; saving for later in the year.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-16. Tertiary goal. Scenes 5 and 6 complete. Changing target to Scene 12.

  • 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. Revision plan begun for “OATN.” Chapters 1-3 in progress for “ABOS.” Deleting portions of this goal unlikely to happen in this timeframe at my current revision pace.

Submission/Publication:

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

  • 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.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit On Any Tuesday Night to beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Deleting OATN for now; moving through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel before sharing.

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. #JusJoJan: Completed 31 posts and guest hosting stint. Adapting: 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). #atozchallenge: Moved forward a bit.

  • 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. This is emerging, a bit intermittently.

  • 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. I’ve done this in fits and starts.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal. I’ve begun (barely, but still…) Lise’s report list.

  • 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. Moderate success. Didn’t hit all the goals each week, but hit most of them most weeks. Getting to the kitchen was hard with my Accomplice the chef out of work; now that he’s returned, it should be easier.
  • 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. Some modest progress.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Missed one week, but made it up the next. Usually 30 images/week. Adapting: I’ll sort after all are scanned.

Lifetending:

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

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Yes; every week; more planned.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Tertiary goal. Yes, for the most part.

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

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal. 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. Exceeded my strenuous goal hours by 2!

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal.
  • Smart Change: Plan one habit change using these methods. Side goal. Had an idea and downloaded book.

Leaps of Faith:

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

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Skimmed Panera site.

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

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Building From a Revised Blueprint: February 5, 2017

Hey there!

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

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

Writing:

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

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

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

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

Plotting:

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

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

Revision:

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

Submission/Publication:

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

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

Blogging:

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

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

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

Hometending:

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

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

Lifetending:

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

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

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

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

Selftending:

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

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

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

Leaps of Faith:

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

  • Go through Publication email folder.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post.

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