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Hard News for #StoryADay/#SoCS

Hi there, and welcome to my joint #StoryADay/ Stream of Consciousness Saturday post.

The #SoCS prompt for this week is “vol.” I used three “vol” words, and a list of prompt words from a worksheet created by my friend and NaNoWriMo ML, Shannon Kauderer. Those are listed before the TnT drabble. I confess to editing that one to maintain the 100 word limit, so you can consider it a bonus if you’d like.

The first post is completely unedited.

I haven’t been posting my #StoryADay writing on a daily basis, but it fit so well here, I couldn’t resist. Learn more about StoryADay September 2017.

“You Have News” 

(Preparation for my upcoming Trueborn series epic fantasy series WIP, Solemates.)

“So, sister, you have news you have nay shared with me yet.”

Niaan might have been surprised, once, at the ease with which Rachyl discerned such things, when she had thought them camouflaged and safe from encroachment. But she was sitting on cushions beside a voluminous planting of sensates. She could nay read any but the most basic of the messages the plants made, but Rachyl tended to the plants as to dear friends, and they spoke to her even if she didn’t touch them.

“Are you going to tell it, or hoard it to yourself like you did that fur when you were seven sunrounds, and dragged it into the Great Hall, and would nay let any other touch it or take it from your jaws?”

“Nay – I will tell it. I want none of the flogging Mother gave me when I fell asleep with it.”

“As though I would flog you for simply being as you are, sister. Come, now, you know me better than that. Besides, your fangs are far sharper, and your Huntskills far stronger, than they were then. I value my skin too much to wish it punctured. Even more my breathsource and bloodsource, sister. So, if you will nay tell me now, I will wait on your choice, and hold to my own wonderings.” Rachyl sipped her tea sedately; as though nothing could ever disturb her.

Mayhap it could nay. She was a fine healer, and had been so since she was a child. It was she who had made and applied the salve after Mother’s flogging.

But, if there was that which could disturb her, it was like as nay the news Niaan had to share. It had been so long, near to her lifetime, and many tended to think she had only imagined it in some fever-sickness long past, and that she was merely a fool who chased after dartwings, and would nay release the dessicated carcass of a prey long since dead.

She set her drinking bowl on the flat rock beside her, and studied her sister closely for a moment. “Kaivelt is coming to me, Rachyl.”

Word Prompts for September 16, 2017:

  1. flaky
  2. bloody
  3. well-groomed
  4. bounce
  5. page
  6. cherry
  7. trick
  8. print
  9. embarrass
  10. brother
  11. prickly
  12. finicky
  13. bored
  14. domineering
  15. volatile
  16. voluble

Standard disclaimer:

I don’t own or profit from these characters.

The Hard Way

(Exploration for upcoming chapters of my Star Trek: Enterprise TnT fan fiction story, “Highly Classified Mission,” which is based on S2E7: “The Seventh.” All previous and subsequent Story A Day September Drabbles can (eventually) be found on my fanfiction.net page.)

Trip pokes at the flaky croissant, dips it in cherry jam – then puts it back on his plate, uneaten. He stares at the page on the PADD without really seeing it. The print swims; he still hasn’t slept.

Bored with playing a volatile, domineering tyrant so soon?” Malcolm doesn’t look tired enough. There’s still a bounce in his step. He’s well-groomed. “Too finicky for Chef’s breakfast, too, I see.”

Trip is prickly. Malcolm’s too damned voluble. Trip’s brother taught him well how to embarrass someone, and and Malcolm Bloody Reed’s about to learn a trick or two – the hard way.

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Growth and Shiny Things: September 13, 2017

Hey there!

After the crazy-happy-busy week I detailed in my Sunday (well, posted Monday) update, the week has settled into something that’s not really a lull, but definitely the wake of that mad ROWing!

It’s a quietly productive time fueled by the shift in the seasons and the air, the late night and early morning fogs, the cooling of the nights and the softening light of the days, the songs of the crickets and the cry of the blue jays. Things are being born in me: autumn is an intensely creative time for me, and I tend to be abustle with tending goals and plans for a long New York winter by the time September is midway through… which it very nearly is, as I type this in the last minutes of Wednesday morning.

It can be tempting for me to want to charge ahead with each new plan or idea or Shiny Thing as it arises, particularly as the vibrancy of color intensifies, and the cool shifts to a frost-edged chill…

There’s a reason for my September mantra:

Keep It Simple.

Much as I might want to add new goals, and chase after the Shinies of life…I’m going to stick with what I have. I’ll remind myself as needed that these goals were the Shinies as I moved into the month, and that I set them with intention, in service to long-term contributions. I do have a plan to add one thing to the upcoming Round 3/Round 4 break – but it’s a thing that will make all the other things easier to attain.

Rather than adding goals, I’ve decided to indulge my desire for new Shinies by seeing some goals in a new way, and by embracing some new experiences, large and small. And, of course, by getting out into this lovely weather regularly, rather than spending all my time at the keyboard (which is essential to a writing career, but certainly not all there is to experience in life!).

So, here we go…on to my Keep It Simple September Roughly Midmonth Update!

Do you find yourself creatively energized by cooler weather?

Do you have autumn where you live?

  • Notes: For clarity, only goals I engaged with this session appear in this update.  Comprehensive goals lists can be found below. Standard disclaimer applies on Trek excerpts – I neither own nor profit from these characters.

  • September goals

  • Round Three goals (updated)

  • 2017 Goals

  • #oneword for 2017

  • Story A Day September : Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble each day, to challenge prompts. Day Twelve finished for both, Primary goal; on target for the month.

Excepted from: “Far Past Time:”

“It’s about time.”

“It is far past time.”

“Blame me, Jim – I took too long getting into my dress uniform.”

Excepted from: “Triaxian Silk:”

I caress the cloth -Triaxian silk, in an appealing rainbow of color. I worked hard for a whole night to make the deal that bought me these, but I figure if I get to see her wearing it even once, I have made a profit.

Excepted from: S48: “I Will Hold You:”

Niaan woke alone, and chilled despite the warmth of her borrowed furs. Kilyp was nay here; she must have slept overlong, and he, in the manner she knew so well, had gone to tend to her fastbreaking and morning brew, as though she could nay tend to it herself.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. A writing group friend mentioned having several 100-word prompt lists. She’s shared them with me; I’m now word-rich, and shouldn’t need more! Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. Finalized my schedule for September (finally!). Made up #SoCS. WIPpet and this post in progress. Primary goal; solid progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1/1.5 hours.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 2.9/8 hours, including Run 5K and tai chi class (I really, really missed it!). Journal; 3/8; meditate 3/8.

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Momentous Growth: September 6, 2017

Hey there!

I wrote this on Sunday: Yesterday, I became the mother of someone legally old enough to drive.

Today, I’ll add: Yesterday, I became the mother of someone legally able to drive.

That’s right. Jeremiah fulfilled a years’ long dream, and earned his New York State learner’s permit. He didn’t miss a single question on the permit test, and he did most of the prep work of gathering, printing, and filling out the required forms – made his mom’s life pretty easy, and learned a lot about administration. He even made the decision to sign up as an organ donor. Since his dad and I have both made the same decision, this makes me very honored to be his mom. He’s always been a generous soul – but this is generous on another level.

My boy is growing up, becoming a man, and outgrowing the need to be parented. It’s exactly as it should be – and somehow, it’s heart-filling and amazing when it’s happening to this boy, whose lifetime has been so permanently and intricately bound up in my own…

It feels momentous, and more than a little staggering.

Has anything staggered you, lately?


Now, on to my Keep It Simple September goals progress!

This barbaric, bellicose side of you is a bit disturbing.” He’s got a split lip, and Trip grins savagely as Malcolm starts to circle, feeling him out more cautiously this time.

We’re just sparring.” Trip lunges in with a stiff-armed drive he’s seen T’Pol use, and Malcolm goes down again.

When did you morph into a barbaric tyrant, Trip?”

  • Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. 1,072/2,222 words. Secondary goal; just under halfway to target.

Even that was nay enough to put fear in the man’s scent, or his manner. He simply sat, his acceptance like another garment over those he wore.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. Drafting in my head and on the fly; it’s working thus far. Prompt words coming in a few at a time. Primary goal; on target.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Renewed subscription; did first search; base exploration turned up 5/25 markets. Primary goal; one-fifth through primary step.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. Sunday #ROW80 posted Monday; #8Sunday (The Thorn) completed (excerpt follows). Primary goal; mostly on target.

The thorn is made of money.

Not the twenty I gave you, Jeremy, please!” My whisper rasps through the quiet. I meant the money to offer him comfort; I don’t want it now, if it means that he’s hungry and cold.

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Visited all posters on the #ROW80 Facebook page for Sunday update. #8sunday/ #weekendcoffeeshare and StoryADay still pending. Stretch goal; 25% completed.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Skimmed Facebook page; read through; interaction; and Challenge Two still pending. Stretch goal; very modest progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 30 min./1.5 hours for blended week. 33% of goal.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/) beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 2.25 /8 hours. Meditate/journal:journal; 3/8; meditate 4/8. Just over 25% of activity goal; a bit under target for journaling; on target for meditation.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . Crit group: .5 /3 hours on Moon Murder Chapter 3. A little slow to reach goal.

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August Growth; August 2, 2017

Hey there!

July is over, and August has begun.

Which means that my four-month Chaostivity Marathon has ended, and I have a month-long breather to renew my energy and focus before my Chaostivity 10K, which runs from September – November.

I could have set goals that tried to do a lot of catching up or surging forward on non-writing goals. I’ll admit that the idea is tempting….

But I ‘ve learned some things about myself in the five years I’ve been participating in ROW80. One of them is that I need a low-impact stretch after times of intensity. It’s my gathering time; a refilling of the wellspring of creativity. It’s a time to rest and dream a little….and dreaming is essential for fiction writing.

So, this will be a month devoted to fun as well as productivity. And here’s the scoop on that, one day into this new month…

What’s on your agenda for August?

Drafting:

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed).This one’s been nearly finished for months – I will complete it by end of August. Primary goal.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Far Shore (until drafts completed). I will complete The Far Shore, and move Still Nameless in that direction. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. Sometimes prompts are available early, other times not. This affects the degree to which I can plot ahead, but I will end the month with general arcs and outlines of what I’ll explore next month. Primary goal.
  • Kifo Island Series: Plot as needed for SN, using hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit. Thus far, I haven’t done much plotting (I did do over 20K of character/planning work, though, and this was my Story A Day May main project). I like the way the story is evolving, but keeping this option open. Secondary goal.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Class: Spend 7 hours/week on this class, using my TnT fanfiction story, “On Any Tuesday Night.” Improving the quality and efficiency of my revision process is essential to my career development, so this will be a major focus until complete. Primary goal.

Submitting:

  • Explore Duotrope;  compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. This is self-explanatory. Primary goal.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. I usually read these emails while I’m in the middle of other things, and set them aside “for later”. Well, it’s later. =) Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. This will help me with consistency, and with the goal below. Primary goal,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. I’ve got 50K words or so of raw material to turn into blog posts and series. Time to bring some order to the process! Secondary goal.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page, Instagram,  Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1/3 hours; mostly Patreon, for monthly post; one post each to Instagram and Facebook Writer page. Stretch goal; good early progress.

Business:

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. This may include marketing; social media; website development; financial matters; direct sales; labeling; and anything else that I can do to make this a success. Primary goal.

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article byAngela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 33% complete; working through Exercise #1; one point a day. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; some early progress.

Tending goals:

  • Unschooltending: Draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans), due Friday, August 4, and draft fourth quarter reports (due September 15), since those are easier to do in conjunction with each other; submit Lise’s test results, which got lost in the hustle. Drafted Lise’s English Language Skills for fourth quarter reports; section 1/14. Looked up World Book Typical Course of Study for Grade 8, then copied and categorized items to draft objectives. It’s a start; this will be a major focus until completed.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 1/3 hometending sprints complete.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Carrying over from last month’s busy-ness. This month will be better for selfcare; I’m important, too! Activity 1/5; Strenuous: 20 minutes/2 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. I’ve had these on my docket a lot longer than intended. Time to change that.

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A Time to Sow: ROW80 Round Two Final Update 2017

Hey there!

Round Two is now officially over, and it’s time to assess my progress toward the goals I set for this quarter.

April contained the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge and CampNaNoWriMo.

Next was the #StoryADay May Challenge, and, as I write this, I’m in the backstretch of JuNoWriMo, where I’m using my allotted 50,000 words to build a stock of blogpost drafts – something I’ve been wanting to do for the last few years.

And now, it’s a reality! =)

Did you have any major goals for this quarter?

How did things turn out?

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House  (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal back-burnered after April; but a Camp win at 65,570 words.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Modest progress. Secondary goal back-burnered.

  • Story A Day May: Main Project: Draft a Kifo Island-based exploration story every day during May, using challenge story prompts. Side project: Draft a 100 w0rd TnT fan fiction drabble daily; based on prompt words and advancing the Cowled arc. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Write rough drafts of blog posts for future use. Goal: 1,667 words/day, or 2-4 rough drafts. As of the end of Round Two: 36,537 words; more before you read this update) Quaternary goal on target; will complete during the break before Round Three.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arc; create basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Review brainstormed topic list; add/delete; develop rough outlines for at least 48 posts/5 topic arcs by May 31. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • July CampNaNoWriMo: Plan/plot using The Story Toolkit /The Writer’s Coloring Book combo. Begin in tandem with StaD explorations; complete through Toolkit Step 13/22 (Locations) before end of round. Will complete the final phase during the break between the end of Round Two and July 1; experimentation complete. this didn’t come up in rotation until the round was less than an hour from ending, so not much to report here. On the other hand, now that it has rotated in, it will be one of my focus goals until the end of the month. Quaternary goal; very modest progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2-4 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by June 30. Aim for completing 1 lesson each month. may complete Lesson 4 during the break after Round Two. Adapted goal: Audited Lesson 4; chose to back-burner it to Round 3. Lesson 3 complete excepting transcribing/revising scene notes onto index cards. Primary goal in progress.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete copy editor Approve line edits if they’re ready this month. Nothing new as yet. Secondary goal.

Submission/Publication:

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

  • Gather list of at least 25 possible short story venues for future research by May 31. This will likely go into higher gear toward the end of June, in the break, as some of my primary goals are achieved and ticked off the list…Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge:  Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. I completed the challenge, but didn’t respond to as many folks or visit as I wanted to. This seems to have been a popular theme with the venue change. Primary goal; progress fair.

  • May 2017: Begin the 2017 Kindness Challenge: complete in June; post daily flash fiction stories/excerpts to #StaD site: complete by May 31. Started late – in mid-June. Will finish around the end of July. Posted through Week One. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; work on this 1 hour each on Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal; Progress poor.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year. Added a few pictures for both kids; more to come. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, porch, yard, and general hometending. Complete varying 27 thing flings each room, each week (based upon other obligations each month). Secondary goal; solid progress until Mid-mayish.

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 on target.

  • Career Furtherance: Patreon. Complete profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist Accomplice with his goals. Recorded a video for Patreon. Designed 4/5 labels for Chef Bluebeard’s sauces, and Tertiary goal progessing.

  • Challenges: CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. #StaD and #KindnessChallenge: Visit two other posters for each challenge, at least 5/week. Not where I want it to be, but I’ve started visiting. Tertiary goal; Spotty progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Generally good progress. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.), by end of round. Again, solid progress. Primary goal; fair progress.

  • Books: Listen to three audiobooks, and read 6 print or Kindle books by end of round. 3/3 audio in progress/4/6 read. Secondary goal on target.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Back-burnered while I took a marketing course.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change; have a sketched list by end of round. I need more pondering time, and to clear some mental and emotional space. Back-burnered.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/complete/worksheets; create an approach plan by end of round. Back-burnered.

  • 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 by end of round. Back-burnered.

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A Time to Sow: ROW80 Round Two Goals 2017

Hey there!

Round Two is nearing an end – and I haven’t gotten around to updating my progress on my quarterly goals. Today, I’m changing that. =)

This update my look a bit uneven – I’ve had a major sea change in the way I see things since the beginning of the round, and that’s reflected in what I chose to work on, and what I set aside.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal back-burnered after April.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Modest progress. Secondary goal back-burnered.

  • Story A Day May: Main Project: Draft a Kifo Island-based exploration story every day during May, using challenge story prompts. Side project: Draft a 100 w0rd TnT fan fiction  drabble daily; based on prompt words and advancing the Cowled arc. Tertiary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Write rough drafts of blog posts for future use. Goal: 1,667 words/day, or 2-4 rough drafts. Quaternary goal; will complete during the break before Round Three. No progress.

Plotting:

  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arc; create basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • JuNoWriMo: Review brainstormed topic list; add/delete; develop rough outlines for at least 48 posts/5 topic arcs by May 31. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • July CampNaNoWriMo: Plan/plot using The Story Toolkit /The Writer’s Coloring Book combo. Begin in tandem with StaD explorations; complete through Toolkit Step 13/22 (Locations) before end of round. Will complete the final phase during the break between the end of Round Two and July 1; Experimentation complete. Quaternary goal; in progress.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2-4 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by June 30. Aim for completing 1 lesson each month. may complete Lesson 4 during the break after Round Two.Lesson 3 in progress. Primary goal in progress.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete copy editor Approve line edits if they’re ready this month. Secondary goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • Gather list of at least 25 possible short story venues for future research by May 31. This will likely go into higher gear toward the end of the month, as some of my primary goals are achieved and ticked off the list…Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge:  Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal; progress fair.

  • May 2017: Begin the 2017 Kindness Challenge: complete in June; post daily flash fiction stories/excerpts to #StaD site: complete by May 31. Stalled out. Secondary goal back-burnered.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; work on this 1 hour each on Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal; Progress poor.

Hometending:

  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal; no progress.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, porch, yard, and general hometending. Complete varying 27 thing flings each room, each week (based upon other obligations each month). Secondary goal; solid 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 on target.

  • Career Furtherance:  Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Assist Accomplice with his goals. Some progress. Tertiary goal progessing.

  • Challenges: CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. #StaD and #KindnessChallenge: Visit two other posters for each challenge, at least 5/week. Tertiary goal; Spotty progress.

Selftending:

  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Generally good progress. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.), by end of round. Again, solid progress. Primary goal; fair progress.

  • Books: Listen to three audiobooks, and read 6 print or Kindle books by end of round. 2 audio/4 read. Secondary goal on target.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Back-burnered while I took a marketing course.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change; have a sketched list by end of round. Back-burnered; I need more pondering time, and to clear some mental and emotional space.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/complete/worksheets; create an approach plan by end of round. See above.

  • 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 by end of round. This, too.

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Full Moon and Stories in Bloom; June 11, 2017

Hi there, and Welcome to StoryFest Weekend!

I hear you scratching your heads and trying to figure out what I’m talking about. Well, no worries – I’m here to answer your questions. StoryFest is a recital for those who participated in the #StoryADay May Challenge – our chance to spiff up our favorite story of the month, and offer it  for the world to see. This year, there was even a brand-new mini-critique group to help the polishing process along.

The selection is diverse and engaging. There are dark reads, light reads, humorous and heroic and tragic tales – there might even be a bit of naughtiness among the offerings.


Tempted? Well, it IS the weekend, so read away! Click on the icon above, and be transported anytime until the end of day Sunday, and have at it!

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 17,140/50,000 words. Primary goal on target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired.Plot tribbles have arrived; I’m letting them at the quadrotriticale…so we’ll see what happens there. Did a snippet of new writing for my upcoming WIPpet post, Secondary goal on target.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Picking up a bit of pace, but don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, because that can be confusing. Secondary goal on target.

Revising:

  • Look at the #StoryADay critique group; choose one of my last two SN stories and submit for peer review. Take action as indicated to polish the story; share for #StoryFest. Revised and posted. I was a little less than two hours late submitting my link, but the form took me, so…\Stretch goal COMPLETED!

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

Social Media:

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

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Complete Patreon  profile and launch.Wrote a post, changed profile and cover images, did some liking as my FB page; reviewed videos and selected one to use; liked and followed, added Layouts, and posted a collage on Instagram. Created a new secret board for Jim’s business in Pinterest; one public post, too. Secondary goal on target.

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

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). I worked out several complications; created a solid prototype ; accepted info for next product and began creating template; will begin sometime in next coupke of days. Secondary goal on target at last.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan.Skimmed through new items. Went through some of the material I’ve missed. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

It really wasn’t the best week for my tending goals; the full moon and transition from May to June caught me somewhat off-guard and off-form.

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning: 5/5 I(brief sessions). Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo. Contacted school superintendent to request approval for our required standardized testing.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 1/8. Hour; 3/5; Strenuous: 1.5/5.

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