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A Matter of Faith for WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.

Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…and enjoy the journey!

I’m typing this today in the cardiac cath lab waiting area. Jim is inside, being prepped for his central line port placement, through which he will receive his chemotherapy at some near-future time that has yet to be announced.

It’s 7:20am, an hour when I’m usually asleep.

Instead, I was up all night writing, blogging, and drafting my son’s homeschool report, because it’s much easier for me to stay up for early appointments than it is for me to get up for them – and Jim won’t be allowed to drive himself home.

So, while I have a few minutes to rub together, I thought I’d set up this post. I don’t have internet here, so no posting till later, but it’s nice to be getting to it early in the day. I’m often butting up hard against midnight, lately – if I get to posting at all.

Well, it’s now 11 hours later, and this post hasn’t made it past Word to my blog template yet. I was called in to be with Jim, then, while he had his procedure, I chatted with two other women in the waiting area until I was ushered back to his side while he recovered. Once we got home, I crashed for a three-hour nap. Since then, I’ve been alternately moving forward on hometending goals and puttering.

Now, though, it’s time to get this post done.

One last thing…

I haven’t been the best at visiting other #WIPpeteers, or responding to comments. There has been a great outpouring of positive energy headed our way…so much that it’s more than a bit overwhelming. In a very good way, but still…I’m emotionally overflowing, and need to take the answering a little at a time.

So, if you’re one of the people I’ve “ignored” since last week, please know it’s not because your comment doesn’t matter – but because it matters so much, I want to be able to give you the return attention you deserve. I do hope to get to everyone in the next week or so.

And now….on to the WIPpeting!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 29, 2017.
  • My “fuzzy math” is: 9-2=7, and the month is 11…both lucky numbers when it comes to dice. Since my lucky number is 3, I’m sharing three sentences today, free of context.

A Matter of Faith

The problem was a matter of faith. Faith she was losing – if she ever truly had it.

It was difficult to tell whether what she had was truly faith, or the conditioning of a child that had been too young when taken from all she knew to resist what they gave her to replace it.

Who is the thinker of these thoughts?

Is she losing her faith?

Did she ever truly have it?

Any guesses?

If you’re missing my TnT fan fiction, and want more before they return from shore leave next week, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page anytime and stock up. =D

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!

 

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Breathing Into My Foundations:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 8 Final

A *funny thing has been happening since Jim received his diagnosis….

In the midst of this time when the possibility for Jim to grow old with me, or even to see the children through their final run-up to adulthood has been whisked away from us…

I’m seeing possibilities everywhere, and in everything.

Maybe, when life is shaken to its foundations, the resultant tremors and shifts open up new landscapes and new perspectives. Maybe it’s as simple as the fact that I’m trying to be present here in the moment, where all the magic lives, and, at the same time, to look ahead and try to anticipate our needs, and potential trouble spots, before we get to them…or maybe it’s just the book I’m reading (You are a Badass by Jen Sincero).

Whatever it is – I’m seeing alternatives I hadn’t, before…and having choices is breathing new air into my shaky foundations…and giving me the strength to find stable places in which to anchor myself, and my family, as we move forward…still together.

*Well, actually – I’m not sure “funny” is quite the right word. But then, I’m not sure there really is a “right” word, either…so let’s just go with it, OK?

Have you ever had a revelation (or a whole series of them), when faced with a serious challenge?

Relationships, Family, and Home: 

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Weeks 89.

  • Bedroom: 5/5
  • Porch: 3/3
  • Study: 1/1
  • Week 8 goal COMPLETED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Weeks 8-9.

  • Living room, kitchen, family room, and bathroom rounds completed; 4/4
  • Week 8 goal COMPLETED!

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 8-9.

  •  1/3 practices completed.
  • Hopefully, repair will be made in next week or two, and we can get back to it.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 33%.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 8.

  • Sciences Section completed; Social Sciences (4 subcategories categories) in progress, 6/16.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 30%.

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules One/Two:  Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Slaying SEO:

Get all relevant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 8.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 8- 9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Complete 50,000 words of rough draft: Week 8.

  • Despite taking Thanksgiving Day off to just relax, I managed to chip away at the total, and, with a surge at the end, cross the 50,000 word line sometime very early Saturday morning.
  • Wednesday, November 22: 1,884 words.
  • Thursday, November 23: 0 words.
  • Friday, November 24: 5,151 words.
  • Saturday, November 25: 1,155 words.
  • Total word count: 50,270/50,000 words.
  • NaNo Official Word Count: 50,633/50,000 words.
  • Year One Goal EXCEEDED!

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: about 15%.

Complete plan for offering wholesale opportunities: Weeks 8-9.

  • Began organizing materials to inventory current stock.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 25%.

Discuss how/if to address/publicize selling at local events in future: Weeks 8-9.

  • Posted a status giving a general health update, and acknowledging that our business model is going to have to change.
  • More thought on how to move forward.
  • Began cleaning/organizing the stock area; in preparation for inventory. Once we have numbers, it will be easier to decide on an approach, going forward.
  • Week 8 Progress: 20%.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 8-12.

  • Mostly, at this point, dealing with things as they arise; appointments and clearing other items off my list, so I can have the focus, time, and acuity needed to delve into the learning aspects.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 50%.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 8-12.

  • More responding to individual messages. Still haven’t needed help; still considering what types of help will be most, well, helpful.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 75%.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 812.

  • My body seemed to most need to rest and recharge this week.
  • A fair amount of hometending through the course of the week.
  • Week 8 progress: about 50%.

Tai chi: Attend Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday classes; work around schedule and energy levels: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 812.

  • Acorn squash ravioli on Monday; vegetable lasagna on Tuesday; blueberry smoothie on Wednesday; Chinese vegetables and rice on Friday; pomegranate seeds on Saturday.
  • 5/3 for the week.
  • Week 8 goal EXCEEDED!

Personal Expression:

  • Acquire new, more efficient jewelry storage: Week 12.
  • I began setting up my new system. I might want to buy a couple of tiny wooden knobs for the jewelry box.
  • Week 8 and 12Week Year goal COMPLETED!

Evaluate and purchase ear muffs: Weeks 8- 10.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

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Rebuilding Foundations:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 8 Midweek

The resiliency of the human spirit amazes me. 

It’s been less than three weeks since we learned that Jim has metastasized pancreatic cancer, and that it’s terminal.

And somehow, we’re starting to adjust to this reality. To find the positives in it – even this.

Because there are positives – even if it’s just that Jim gets to find out just how many lives he’s touched, and we all have time to prepare, and build memories together, and brace ourselves for the changes to come.

Whether we accept their reality pragmatically, or rage and rail against it – it’s happening.

Given that, I’d rather be positive, and not have the regret of wasted time, later.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Weeks 8-9.

  • Bedroom: 4/5
  • Porch: 1/3
  • Week 8 Progress: about 60%.

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 8-9.

  • Brief driving practice on Monday during errand run. Learned to set/release the emergency/parking brake. 1/3 practices completed.
  • My car started making a funny sound just before Jim and I got home on Tuesday. Might not be taking him driving again until repair is made, to be on the safe side.
  • Week 8 Progress: 33%.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 8.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules One/Two:  Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Slaying SEO:

Get all relevant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 8.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 8- 9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Complete 50,000 words of rough draft: Weeks 8-9.

  • I’m close enough to 50K now that I didn’t set an incremental goal for this week – and I’m starting to feel get-there-itis, so I might forego my 2,500 word-a-day cap (which I haven’t honestly been hitting that much this month), and go for it, so I can focus on Other Things till the end of the month. And yes, I DO tend to write convoluted run-on sentences when I have a lot on my mind (if you don’t believe me, you should read my NaNo draft!).
  • Sunday, November 20: 3,647 words.
  • Monday, November 21: 286 words.
  • Tuesday, November 22: 1,279 words.
  • Total word count: 42,080/50,000 words.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 85%.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 8-12.

  • Some preliminary discussion; no research yet.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 15%.

Complete plan for offering wholesale opportunities: Weeks 8-9.

  • Again, some preliminary discussion on terms and businesses we’d like to work with.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 20%.

Discuss how/if to address/publicize selling at local events in future: Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 8-12.

  • On Tuesday, we had an appointment with the oncology social worker, who will be assisting us with many details as we move through this journey. I have a good deal of homework to tend to over the next days.
  • Appointments scheduled for next week include port placement, chemo learning (so we know what to expect with the home portions of the therapy); and pre-chemo bloodwork and assessment for Jim, after which the chemo will be scheduled. Lots of learning on the horizon.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 50%.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 8-12.

  • I’ve been responding to the many well-wishes and offers of help – not as fast as I might like, but as expeditiously as I can manage – it’s an emotional thing, and I have an abundance of emotional stuff right now; I’m easily emotionally exhausted. So I’m portioning out my responses.
  • Interacting with the social worker is the first step toward seeking and accepting help, and has been very useful in helping us figure out what our priorities and objectives are for the coming months.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 75%.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 812.

  • Hometending, and lots of rest.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 25%

Tai chi: Attend Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday classes; work around schedule and energy levels: Weeks 8-12.

  • This isn’t going to happen this week, and likely not next, either, due to holiday and appointments. I do want to prioritize it, though, as tai chi class always brings me a calm energy and centeredness I could REALLY use right now.
  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 8-12.

  • Acorn squash ravioli on Monday; vegetable lasagna on Tuesday.
  • 2/3 for the week.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 66%.

Personal Expression:

  • Acquire new, more efficient jewelry storage: Week 12.
  • I will be using found items – a jewelry box Jim and I bought together at an antique shop when we were newlyweds, and one of the small slatted wood window shutters he found somewhere along the way when the kids were small. Not quite sure how I’ll set it up yet, but pondering – and I think I have everything I need to make it work, with no need to buy anything.
  • Week 8 and 12Week Year goal COMPLETED!

Evaluate and purchase ear muffs: Weeks 8- 10.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

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 Creating New Foundations: 12 Week Year/ ROW80 Week 7 Final

As the seventh week of my first 12 Week Year passed, and ROW80 Round 4 moved into its second half, I struggled with blending my goals with our new reality as a family dealing with a terminal medical diagnosis.

There are many things to be tended to – from tiny details to broad strokes. We’ve started thinking and talking through some of these things. Whether I like it or not, and whatever time frame it follows, it seems I will end this particular journey as a widow with two teenaged children to finish raising.

Next to that, these goals seem – inconsequential? No, that’s not quite it. But certainly, less weighty, when compared to the magnitude of what lies ahead.

And yet…

Right now, we’re still a family of four. Jim doesn’t feel great, but he is able to drive, to cook, to be here and laugh and cry and hug and love – and to tell me that it’s all right for me to live a normal life. To do the things I was doing, back when life was “normal.” To have my own goals and dreams.

So, even though it was a struggle that took all week (hence my missed Wednesday update), I’ve gone through each goal. I’ll be posting the adapted list later in the day, but here’s my slightly belated Week 7 progress.

  

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 7-12.

  • In troubled times, it helps to give something back to the community – and both are great stories!
  • Week 7 Progress: 0%

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Weeks 79.

  • Hometending helps me find order in times of chaos, and show my love in a practical, comfortable way.
  • Week 7 goal: COMPLETED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 79.

  • Accomplished all these, and more.
  • Week 7 goal: COMPLETED!

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 79.

  • We drove twice this week, including a good stretch on the local interstate highway. He’s becoming quite proficient.
  • Week 7 progress: 66%

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Weeks 7-8.

  • Sciences (Section 3/16) in progress.
  • Week 7 progress: about 15%


Professional/Financial:

New Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules One/Two:  Weeks 7-12.

  • Week 7 progress: 0%

 Slaying SEO:

Get all revelant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Weeks 7-8.

  • Week 7 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 7-12.

  • Week 7 progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 7- 9.

  • A little,  early in the week.
  • Working through Subplot 2/3.
  • Week 7 progress: 20%

Complete 50,000 words of rough draft: Weeks 7- 9.

  • I started writing to deal with trauma and the inexplicable. It’s the way I most easily process these things. While I’m making no claims on the overall quality of this draft, I’m making progress, and learning about my characters and their stories. Roughly at the midpoint now.
  • 36,686/50,000 words completed. I wrote more some days, and nothing on Saturday, since I spent the day in company with Jim, watching Alaska documentaries and puttering at cleaning.
  • Week 7 progress: I didn’t set a quantity goal, but overall I’m about 75% to goal.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 7-12

  • Discussion; Jim’s ready to give up the website, which is paid for 3 years.
  • Week 7 progress: 20%

Contact 10 business establishments regarding wholesale opportunities: Weeks 7-12.

  • Some discussion about what direction to take– we’ve decided on an asking and minimum price, as well as a barter option to liquidate stock.
  • Week 7 progress: about 5%

 

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Learn about and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, in order to deal with circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 7-12.

  • There’s been less formal learning thus far, and more adjusting and learning to cope as an individual, couple, and family.
  • We had an oncology consult, and met with social worker.
  • Week 7 progress: Hard to assess, but I think about 40%

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 7-12.

  • We’re still adjusting and coming to a place of stability with what’s happening. We don’t really know what we’ll need yet (other than to replace a leaky roof we haven’t been able to afford to do more than patch).
  • We have accepted a financial gift intended to fund some dreamed-of family travel while Jim is feeling well enough to enjoy it, carpooling, a friend paying for my write-in dinner, many well-wishes, and an unexpected but delicious apple tart.
  • Week 7 progress: about 40%

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and nurturance they need in trying times:  Weeks 7-12.

  • This week’s exercise consisted mostly of yard and hometending – with lots of rest. I needed just that.
  • Week 7 goal: COMPLETED!

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 712.

  • I think I got 2/3.
  • Week 7 progress: about 66%

Personal Expression:

Purchase ear muffs: Weeks 7-12.

  • Week 7 progress: 0%

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Holding My Foundations: #12WeekYear / #ROW80 Midweek 6 Update

If ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows we all have lives, this is the week my life decided to be sure I know it’s there – in spades.

I’m not ready to share details, but there are things that take precedence over goals, and this is one of them. So, although I was planning to re-evaluate my #12WeekYear goals at the end of the week, I’ll be setting some aside, at least temporarily, a little early.

I’ll also be focusing in on other goals more intensely, because, when life is chaotic and uncertain, I’ve found that certain activities help me to channel my nervous and restless energies. And that’s imperative, because as I go, so does my household.

What do you do, when life throws you a hard curve?

Have you found some techniques that work better than others?

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained Blood; one Spellfire’s Kiss, until both are complete: Weeks 6-12.

  • Resumed Stained Blood Chapter 5 comments: page 5/11 in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 5%

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Week 6.

  • Study: 2/5
  • Bedroom: 0/3
  • Porch: 0/1
  • 2/9 total.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 22%

Homeschooling:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 6-9.

  • 1/3 for the week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 33%

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Week 6.

  • English Language Arts and Mathematics drafted; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 11%

Professional/Financial:

Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 6.

  • Worked on Breadcrumb Method.
  • Week 6 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Week 8.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 6-7.

  • .25 / 3 hours.
  • Answered comments and skimmed a few things on the workshop page.
  • Page descriptions started for blog in Week 5; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 8%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 6-12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete The Story Toolkit Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated); then move forward with Acts Two-Four Beat Sheets as I complete each previous act’s drafting: Weeks 612.

  • Subplot A (1/3): 1/7 in progress.
  • Section 10/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 20%

Complete rough draft to 25,000 words: Week 6.

  • 11/5:   3,010 words:   15,035/50,000.
  • 11/6: 1,836 words:    16,871/50,000.
  • 11/7: 1,690 words:    18,561/50,000.
  • Session Total: 6,536 words.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 40%

Chef Bluebeard:  All goals on hold for the time being; hopefully not for long.

Adapt media schedule: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Goal: COMPLETED!

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales: Week 6.

  • Completed most of online application for 2 events; it just needs to be signed and have payment remitted (they didn’t state how, so I need to find out) – on hold, due to extenuating circumstances.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health  (on hold; I likely won’t finish this program before it runs down):

Complete 5K Week 8 (missed 2 workouts); 2 workouts from Week 9: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Tai chi ,yoga, and reiki: (all goals on hold, for now).

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 6 -12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 6.

  • Missed Monday meal; thought I was still on twice a week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Evaluate bras; choose a favorite. Week 6.

  • The Goddess sports and Cacique everyday bras are in a dead heat, but I don’t need another sports bra. So, when the time comes, I’ll be adding another Cacique to my collection.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Return Torrid bra. Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

 Make a list of jewelry items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Weeks 6-7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

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Novel Foundations: #ROW80 #12WeekYear W5 Final Update

 Hey there!

As I write this, four days of NaNoWriMo are in the books, and I’m in the midst of the second of three write-ins I’m attending this weekend.

My progress this week was focused on a few specific goals, while others took a back-burner position, simmering through a waiting week. While I’d love for all of my goals to be at least the green of progress being made, I know this is natural for my transitions between one challenge and another.

Speaking of challenges…

I’m getting to the point where I can feel my characters starting to breathe into their lives and flesh out. They aren’t exactly jumping up and taking over yet, but they are more than I imagined them as in my 25K words of planning and early plotting.

What is different is that last night I had an epiphany regarding the major plot problem of not just this novel, but also the entire series. And here’s the thing – the answer was there all the time – it features prominently in every volume in the series. I won’t have to change anything, and it won’t seem contrived at all when it comes into play later in this novel. As a matter of fact, it’s the kind of realization that makes me wonder why it didn’t occur to me sooner…now that it has, it seems absolutely obvious – and perfect, as far as I can see right now.

Have you ever had this kind of writing epiphany?

If so, has it stood the test of drafting?

If not, what’s your biggest plotting challenge?

Blue with Overstrike: COMPLETED!

Green: Progress Made.

Black: No Progress this week.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained; one Spellfire, until both are complete. Weeks: 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Weeks 5-6.

  • Study: 5/5 completed
  • Bedroom: 3/3 completed.
  • Porch: 1/1
  • 9/9
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED! 

Homeschooling:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 59.

  • Driving in local larger cities, in traffic. First roundabouts; busy stores. Doing very well and becoming comfortable at 55mph. 3/3
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

Draft Lises’s first quarter report: Week 5.

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Weeks 5-6.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Professional/Financial:

Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Weeks 5- 7.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 5-7.

  • 3 / 3
  • Still quite a ways behind where I’d like to be, but learning a LOT, and moving forward with a better sense of where I’m going and how I’m getting there. New page titles for this blog (private until the pages are revamped), and Jim’s website. Page descriptions started for blog; 2/16
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated): Week 5.

  • Character Arc: 7/7 sheets completed;
  • Romance Arc: 4/7 in early progress.
  • Section 8/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 5 Progress: About 47%

Complete 6,668 words of rough draft: Week 5.

  • 11/1: 2,161 words:    2,161/50,000.
  • 11/2: 1,691 words. 3,852/50,000.
  • 11/3: 2,150 words. 6,002/50,000.
  • 11/4:6,023 words. 12,025/50,000. (Double-Up Saturday!)
  • Week 5 Goal EXCEEDED!

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete poems 29-31. Week 5.

Chef Bluebeard:

Adapt media schedule: Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales. Weeks 56.

  • Contacted 2 holiday venues; considering a third.
  • Received online application from Dec. 2 event; will return by Monday.
  • Week 5 Progress: about 25%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality: 

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 8: Week 5.

  • Made up run from Monday, Oct. 30. Struggled with the 20 minute jogging interval; 1/3 for week.
  • Week 5 Progress: 33%

Tai chi, yoga, and reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class  at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat two vegetable based meals/snacks; Wednesday/Friday: Week 5.

  • Wednesday: Butternut squash and rosemary sage ravioli.
  • Friday: Bell peppers; celery; carrots; strawberries; and hummus.
  • 2/2
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

Personal Expression:

Purchase snow gloves: Week 5

  • Gloves purchased!
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

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Pressing for #NaNoWriMo2017 WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.

Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…and let me weave you a story.

But now, on to the WIPpeting!

I’ve been sharing installments of my TnT fan fiction story, a revised version of Humanity’s Enterprise.

But it’s now November, and that means National Novel Writing Month. And THAT means I’m working on something new.

I thought I’d play a little game, here. Each week, I’ll post a snippet of my new story. For every comment I get, I’ll share one fact about the novel the story is coming from.  And, since it’s been tricky for me lately, if you visit me, I’ll come visit you right back.

No worries – next month, my favorite interspecies couple will be back to irk and entice each other (and delight us).

Until then, though…here’s a little taste of something brand new.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 1, 2017.
  • I have 1 paragraph for you today, for the date.

Pressing

Her scalp tightened with each new item, so that, by the end, it felt far too tight to hold her skull, and the familiar pain was settling in behind her left eye like a Canivaarii fang, pressing and puncturing.

Who is “she”?

What are the items she references?

What do you most want to know after reading this?

Any guesses?

If you’re missing TnT, no worries. While our co-combatants are on hiatus, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page anytime, and catch up on some of their other adventures.

 

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!