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Sowing Seeds for June: May 28, 2017

Hi there!

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

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

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

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

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

Writing:

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

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

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

Plotting:

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

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

Submission/Publication:

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

Social Media:

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

Hometending:

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

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Three-mile walk and trip to store for a new phone charger with son; night walk (and bullfrog chorus!) with daughter; TV and a long-overdue conversation with Accomplice.

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

Selftending:

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

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

Leaps of Faith:

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

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

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

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

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Sowing Something Different: May 24, 2017

Hi there!

There’s a change in the wind….

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

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

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

Writing:

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

Plotting:

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

Revision:

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

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

Submission/Publication:

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

Social Media:

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

Hometending:

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

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Videos; walks; conversation; shopping; ice cream with my girl; workout with my boy; M*A*S*H, Hogan’s Heroes, and Star Trek with my Accomplice.

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

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

Selftending:

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

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

Leaps of Faith:

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

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Sowing Re-vision: May 21, 2017

Hi there!

It’s the time in the month where I assess my goals, so that I can finish with a strong sense of focus.

This month, the shift is more dramatic, since I’ve been exploring Gwen Montoya’s excellent, community-based course, Build Your Marketing Muscle, and, in the process, I’m working on a business plan at last.

And that has led me to some early realizations about the most effective ways to invest my time, energy, and focus. Changes will be noted as “Adapted goals.”

In other news, it’s been a busy few days -eye doctor for my son; homeschool teen game night for my daughter, then Waterford Canalfest with my son – along with marketing/labeling/drafting/revision/ and beta stuff…bits and pieces of a full-rich life.

How do you know when or if it’s time to stay the course or shift your goals?

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. 19/31 drafted for both projects. Still one day behind; will be caught up by end of day. Progress.

  • 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. Adapted tertiary goal: Back-burner focus until June (or higher priority goals 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 20/31 in early progress. Caught up one day – progress.

  • Kifo Island: Complete plotting as needed to complete rough draft of The Last House. Begin hybrid planning for Still Nameless, using The Story Toolkit  and The Writer’s Coloring Book;get through basic character sketches. Adapted secondary goal: Back-burner until more caught up with higher-priority writing/plotting goals.

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 by May 31. Aim for 3 hours/week (timing TBD). Primary goal.well over/3 hours complete; pp 6682 for lesson 2; read Lesson 3 and worksheet; gathered materials for lesson; printed lesson pages and filed. On target – and delighted!

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy line editing if ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal. I’ve received my contract (and read it)! I’ll send it back in the next day or two, and then the final line edit should be done within a couple of weeks. 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.

Social Media:

Hometending:

  • Homeschooling: Complete rough drafts of third quarter reports for both kids (due 6/15/17). Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Arrangements underway for ordering required tests/testing space.

  • 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 4/6; yardtending; porch; family room, kitchen: 1/each. Not the best week for this; some outings, heat, rain. Modest progress.

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; walks; business/labeling/marketing setup; eye doctor/Canalfest with son; homeschool teen game night with daughter. SUCCESS!!!

  • 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 labels and branding; label design and marketing class. Accomplice: 9/10 hours. Solid progress this week!

  • 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. Highlighted first chapters of both betas for comment; Catchup critique 1/3 – a questionnaire (read the material; simmering). Solid progress here.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: meditation 4/5; journaling 3/5. Things have been a bit scattered, but great meditation. Modest progress.

  • 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. Adapted Secondary goal under consideration…stay tuned! (4/4 hours strenuous; mowing; hiking; Baby Steps to 5K). 111: 3/5. 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. Working here every 2-3 days is giving me plenty to simmer and play with. On target!

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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 and Germinating: May 14, 2017

Hi there!

Isn’t it amazing how much can change in just a few days?

When I posted on Wednesday, I was just emerging from a reclusive, “down” few days. I tend to be upbeat and happy, so, while these moods don’t typically last very long, they are rather unsettling, because I’m not used to them.

But the overcast has (mostly literally) lifted. We had lovely weather Thursday and Friday, and my teen son and I went on outings both days: to Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, a walk around the lovely Skidmore campus, and then lunch at Five Guys on Thursday; and a trip to Albany (about 40 minutes south of us) to take in the traditional Dutch street scrubbing, and the first hours of the Albany Tulip Festival (where I oohed and ahhed and swooned over flowers, and he chose a bench and reviewed the driver’s manual on his phone, because he’ll be 16 in a few months, and he likes to be prepared. There was a side trip to the New York State Museum, which has been a favorite place to explore since he was a toddler.

The fresh air and sunshine helped, and I’m feeling much more productive and settled, while at the same time aware that I’m deepening into a new level of awareness.

Know what I mean?

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. 13/31 drafted for both projects. 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 13/31 complete. On target.

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  by May 31. Aim for 3 hours/week. Primary goal. 3/3 hours complete; pp 14-27/82. Finally some solid progress on this front!

Submission/Publication:

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 10/31 completed. I fell behind with the Thursday-Friday activities. Some progress.

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 10/31 posted. Behind with everything due to outings. Some progress.

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; family room; porch complete. Partial yartending; bedroom: kitchen. Other focuses prevailed.

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, walk; outings; television.

  • 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 Simmering/ groundwork for Patreon video. 5/10 hours;dipping my feet into marketing group page; setting up his new (my old) laptop. Some progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 5/5. Evening Journal: 1/2. Still having trouble fitting in the nighttime sessions. Some progress.

  • 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. Still struggling to get to that minimum, since the app counts activity differently than I do, but still satisfied that, overall, I’m moving more than earlier in the week. (3.5/4 hours strenuous). 111: 2/5. 123: 1/ 2. Solid progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Marketing With Muscle. This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. I’ve fallen a bit behind, but I’ve also had significant revelations. Great progress!

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Simmering this as I move through the marketing program.

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Sowing Into Emotion: May 10, 2017

I was just getting ready to try to explain the deep internal explorations I’m in the midst of, and the complicated emotions that go with them…when I realized that a good part of this current inner turbulence could be related to the fact that Mother’s Day is this weekend.

As the mother of three children – two living, and one not – Mother’s Day is, at best, complicated. Fraught.

It being a rainy week, and having one of those blindsiding disagreements with my mate don’t make things any less turbulent.

But turbulence, while sometimes unpleasant to be in the midst of, is also essential for growth, and mighty handy for a writer. So, I’m bearing up and trying to stay grounded [more on that in another post], and trusting that all this not-necessarily-lovely chaos will lead me to places where I need to go.

All this is reflected in my goals – where social interaction was needed, I didn’t have much to offer Thursday -Monday. I’m feeling a bit more up now that the moon is full, the dust-up is settling, and I realized my emotional fragility with the bombardment of Mother’s Day…I’m just tired and headachy, not so much wanting to hide out from everyone who doesn’t live here. =)

For those who are parents, no matter the age of your children, may you appreciate them – this weekend, and always. And if, like me, you have a child you can’t hug – then please accept one from me; I grieve with you.

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. 9/31 drafted for both projects. On target.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 2 scenes/week, after #StaD stories. Finish by May 25. Secondary goal. Scene 45/50 in progress; 1,361 words added. Progress, but not sure it’s on target, yet.

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 9/31 complete. On target.

Submission/Publication:

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 9/31 completed. On target.

Social Media:

  • Kindness Challenge:  Write twice/weekly posts on weekly themes (7 week challenge, so it will continue through and a bit beyond this round. Respond to comments daily, and visit at least 3 other participants each week. Primary goal. Simmering combo post 2/3. A bit of progress; behind on the visiting.

  • 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 9/31 posted. A bit behind still on linking at the site, visiting, and responding to comments. Some progress.

Hometending:

  • Homeschooling: Complete rough drafts of third quarter reports for both kids (due 6/15/17). Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal. Completed Lise’s English Language Arts section; 1/14. Scrolled through some recent pictures; nothing added yet.

  • 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: 3/6. I’ve been tired and it’s been chilly. Family room 2/3 (sorting items from Miah’s room as he cleans and minimizes – his idea). Progress.

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, walk.

  • 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. 20 Minutes/10 hours (skimming marketing group page).

  • 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 both beta books, and considering a rational schedule for all crits.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Mornings: 2/5. Evening Journal: 1/2.

  • 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. Still struggling to get to that minimum, since the app counts activity differently than I do, but still satisfied that, overall, I’m moving more. Progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s  30 day course, Marketing With Muscle.  This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Read all current posts in the Facebook group before sleep Sunday – simmering responses, and taking a deep breath before I dive into the participation side of things.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Simmering this as I move through the marketing program.

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Sowing New Perspectives: May 7, 2017

Hi there!

It’s one of those weeks that feels momentous, even though I can’t exactly put my finger on why. I think it’s more like I’ve made an inner shift – not something that can be quantified or defined (at least as yet), but which is permeating my life on multiple fronts, and which may well shape my path, moving forward.

I’ve felt, for much of the week, as though I’ve been scrambling to not quite keep up. I’m in transition in many areas, and things are shifting and stirring…

Always an exciting, if unsettling, place to be.

Have you ever had that transitional feeling?

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. 6/31 drafted for both projects. 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 arc ;necessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Day 6/31 complete. On target.

Submission/Publication:

  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to fanfiction.net  as completed. Secondary goal. Day 6/31 completed. On target.

Social Media:

  • Kindness Challenge:  Write twice/weekly posts on weekly themes (7 week challenge, so it will continue through and a bit beyond this round. Respond to comments daily, and visit at least 3 other participants each week. Primary goal. First post is up: 1/14 completed. Self-love: Meditation; journaling, taking care of myself in a time of conflict; walking; attending to my personal health; . Other-love: Ami snuggles; hometending with love and intention; time with beloveds; walks;The Power of Vulnerability; interacting online with other meditators; shopping/lunch with my son. On target.

  • 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 6/31 posted. bit behind still on linking at the site, visiting, and responding to comments. Some progress.

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. Completed all! Success!

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, business and relationship stuff, planning, flirting, shopping/workout/dinner with my teen. A win!

  • 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. 3 hour45 minutes/10 hours. I ran out of week….some success.

  • 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 first book. Some progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: complete; evening journaling 1/2 complete.Some progress.

  • 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. 84 minutes on Wednesday – not a win, but not vegetating, either. 111: 3/5. 5/4 hours strenuous: Baby Steps to 5K program; yardtending; weights; cardio. Although I didn’t hit my daily targets, I did stay mindfully active every day, and did better than my goal for overall strenuous activity. Solid progress.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Marketing With Muscle.  This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts. Skimmed the Facebook page before sleep Friday – just in time for first posts.

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