Posted in Life Writing, Sunday Sampler, Writing in Freedom

Welcome to My Sunday Summary August 10, 2014

Blogging from wherever life takes me…like Pinewood Lodge in Plymouth, MA.

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, in my little corner of the blogosphere

Notice anything different?

Since June, I’ve been participating in the Sunday Post meme, as an experiment. I like the format; it’s a tidy recap of my week just past, and a little preview of what the week just beginning will hold.

However, the meme just isn’t a very good fit for me, personally. It’s geared toward book blogs; I’m interested in blogging about – well, life. It’s not that I have a problem with book blogs, but, personally, I would rather read books and write books than spend all of my blogging time blogging about books.

So I’ve decided to drop my participation in the meme, and, over the next weeks, I’ll be adapting this space into something that’s a better fit for my own life…won’t you come along and explore with me?

Who needs a window when a deck is this lovely?

Recently at shanjeniah:

Welcome to My Sunday Post for August 3, 2014: Writing and revising, Shakespeare outside, feline death, and the rest of life; Amy Mitchell shares deep thoughts with her kids;August McLaughlin

explores whether pretty is a privilege; and I may have shared this video:

Coffee and Conversation:

  • Would You? An internet meme posed the question, “Would you give up the internet for three months, in exchange for three million dollars?” I pass the query along, with my own answer.

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • Let’s be Friends: Trip and T’Pol, held captive by the Suliban for unknown reasons, attempt to get the knack of interspecies communication. Will their mutual attraction be help, or hindrance?

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

ROW80 Updates:

  • A Shakespearean Stretch: In which we enjoy the Bard in a beautiful setting, and I move some goals along their paths to completion.
  • Stretching Into Revisions: In which I get cozy with three fascinating characters I haven’t seen for a while, and do some other things, too.
Lakeside View….soothing and lovely.

What’s Next:

My focus for August and September is on revising my time-travel fantasy novel, Chameleon’s Dish, set in the 1612-13 London area. I’m also drafting another WIP, Perchance to Dream, a Star Trek: TOS/ Enterprise fanfiction novel, and the second half of a duology, And then there’s the ever-present homeschool administration – ’tis the season for masses of reporting and testing requirements.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

And because this is my little piece of Lovely Chaos, and I love pit bulls…

Life Stuff:

  • This week has been a week of writing and revising, getting into state- required homeschool testing, lots of decluttering and hometending…and then there was the Big Thing…
  • Yes, I will be attending the World Sexual Health Day in New York City on September 4! And – and this is the coolest part! – I’m gonna get to meet my friend August McLaughlin live and in person! =D
  • I introduced my 9 year old nephew to Star Trek: Enterprise! It was lots of fun watching him enjoy something he hadn’t known about.

What’s been going on with you lately? So, what are your plans for the coming week?

Triple Exposure, Me, with the lodge behind, the lake through the sliding glass door behind me, and Enterprise on my Kindle.
Posted in Life Writing, Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler: Welcome, November!

 Assorted lovelies for your reading and viewing pleasure….offered up weekly on a pretty blog platter!

                                                                                                                                                                                       

I love learning and stretching my perspective; I love sharing what I find with others, and learning and stretching more in the process.

I offer up this virtual Sunday paper, filled with things I have read and enjoyed recently, in the spirit of learning and sharing.

 

Learning:

Inspiration:

Smiles and Laughter:

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, Life Writing, Round 4

ROW80 Update– Quiet Weaving

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Often, I write something fun in this space, or share revelations that occur to me during the week. Today, though, I’m just not feeling that talkative- saving myself up for NaNo, I guess.

I’m plotting, and blogging, and writing.

So, instead, I’ll just say I hope everyone here is happy, healthy, and doing many things they love!

And now, my ROW80 progress for this session…

Current Goals Buffet Samplings :

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. Target exceeded!

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. Target attained!

  • Done on Friday and Sunday. A tad late, but better than forgetting! =D
Cover art inspiration.

Writing:

Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.
  • NaNo Planning

Write or Plan one scene weekly for The Stars are Fire and Perchance to Dream, through October. Target attained!

Perchance to Dream: Target attained!

  • Planned :Adapt Scene #20; Plan Scene #21
  • Written: Scene #20; 2,079 words
  • WIP Total: 72, 464 / ~100,000 words.
  • On hiatus until December, to accommodate NaNo.

The Stars are Fire:Target attained!

  • Adapted/Planned :Scenes #27 and #28
  • Written: Scene #27; 1,666 new words.
  • WIP Total: 66,811 / ~100,000 words.
  • On hiatus until December, to accommodate NaNo.

Plan King of Shreds and Patches; complete Rock Your Plot planning exercise/ scene-by-scene outline. – October 31. On target.

Add quick sketches of connecting scenes. Target attained!

  • 28/28 -All done!

Add GMCD for all connecting scenes. On target.

  • 17/28 scenes complete. Over half done with this step! =D

Give quick title and sketched action for all scenes.On target.

  • 60/60 scenes titled – WAHOO! =D
  • 36/60 scenes complete. A paragraph each for Opening, Middle, and Disaster. Over half of the way to my first-ever fully outlined NaNo novel! =D
  • Working out the tangles as I go.

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow).On target.

  • 2/60 scenes completed.

Set up scenes in Scrivener.On target.

  • 2/60 scenes set up.
  • Double check all notes and prep for consistency.
  • Breathe deeply till Friday!
Feeling a little reflective…

Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Ponder . Brainstorm, discuss, freewrite, percolate. On target.

  • A natural by-product of NaNo planning; more details in December.

Decorate bulletin board, take down maps (moving to family or living room). On target.

  • Bought new wrapping paper to prettify board, and a staple puller for the maps.

  • Found a new home for our large US map.

Hang ribbon board. On target.

  • Jim found tacks and a hammer.– now to use them!

Keep email inbox clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • A little less on top of this. Haven’t used Kindle in a day or two, during NaNo final planning stages.

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • See above.

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.
  • Exercise and Movement.
  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him.Target attained!

  • I asked Jim. He said I did. =)

Do the same for the children, individually and together.Target attained!

  • Our first trip to the independent local game store. I bought each child a game or two.
  • Trip to Target.
  • Time at the Y.
  • Playing with pendulums, inverted and otherwise.
  • Walks and a birthday party.
  • Annalise’s Halloween costume ordered.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. On target.

  • A banner writing week! Lots of planning for KOSAP, and a scene each for PTD and TSAF. Good times!
  • I was present with these cool people I live with, although a little crankier than I’d like, here and there!

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed.On target.

  • NaNo hasn’t made me crazy, yet – only slightly sleep-deprived! =)

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes.Target attained!

  • Two workouts, a walk, and moderate hometending.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • Definitely better this time.

Work out at least once a week. Target attained!

  • A fast and moderate 45 minute workout. 3 minutes on the arc trainer, 2 machines each for arms, legs, and body.

Work out on Thursday, while kids enjoy Prime Time program. Target attained, if abbreviated.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day.Target attained!

  • Yes! Every day – whether to stand out in a light, almost-snow rain, or to and from the car, or out walking or chatting.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Yup. Time with loved ones;plotting; blogging. All the new Deadliest Catch episodes on Netflix.Time outside in the air!

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links.Target attained!

Tend sponsor duties promptly.Target attained!

Why not go ROWer-peeping this fall?

The Stars are Fire-inspired art.
Posted in Life Writing, Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler for October 6, 2013

Note to my regular readers: If you’ve been reading here for a while, you might remember my Sunday Sampler feature. As it was, it was long, and time consuming to compile.

I’ve decided that a shortened form will be easier to maintain long-term, and easier to read, too. So, biweekly, I will offer three items, in three categories – because I love the number 3!

So, now that the business end of things has been tended to, I have a question – Are we ready to read?!

Assorted lovelies for your reading and viewing pleasure….offered up weekly on a pretty blog platter!

I love learningand stretching my perspective; I love sharing what I find with others, and learning and stretching more in the process.

I offer up this virtual Sunday paper, filled with things I have read and enjoyed recently, in the spirit of learning and sharing.

 

Inspiration:

Hows and Whys:

Smiles and Laughter:

Share your opinions, editorials, and ideas for future topics or articles in the comment receptacle below…and may the rest of your weekend be filled with restorative wonder!

Posted in Life Writing, Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler for September 22, 2013 – Renewal

Note to my regular readers: If you’ve been reading here for a while, you might remember my Sunday Sampler feature. As it was, it was long, and time consuming to compile.

I’ve decided that a shortened form will be easier to maintain long-term, and easier to read, too. So, each week, I will offer three items, in three categories – because I love the number 3!

So, now that the business end of things has been tended to, I have a question – Are we ready to read?!

 Assorted lovelies for your reading and viewing pleasure….offered up weekly on a pretty blog platter!

I love learning and stretching my perspective; I love sharing what I find with others, and learning and stretching more in the process.

I offer up this virtual Sunday paper, filled with things I have read and enjoyed recently, in the spirit of learning and sharing.

And now, this week’s buffet of ideas….as I return to this feature! There’s a cellular peptide cake (with mint icing) and refreshing beverages on the table.  Help yourself! =)

Creating:

Learning:

Relating:

  • A courage of their own: Shannon at Breaking Daylightshares what happened in her family when she waited for her sons to discover their own types of courage, in their own ways and in their own time.

  • Running Naked Through An Emotional Forest: Rhenna Morgan shares this provocative bit of philosophizing about emotional indulgence and receptivity.

  • Talking to Your Dog is Not as Crazy as You Think: L.E. Carmichael explores the science of human/canine communication. Not that I care if people think me mad, so long as I can chat up the Corki-dog!

I hoped you enjoyed the return of the Sunday Sampler.  Do you have  opinions? Comments?Suggestions? Questions? Ideas?Links to share? An editorial?

I love hearing from you! 

Posted in Life Writing, Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler for June 16, 2003

Assorted lovelies for your reading and viewing pleasure….offered up on a pretty blog platter!

I love learning and stretching my perspective; I love sharing what I find with others, and learning and stretching more in the process.

I offer up this virtual Sunday paper, filled with things I have read and enjoyed recently, in the spirit of learning and sharing.

And now, this week’s buffet of ideas….

Creating:

Learning:

Relating:

  • Moscow Subway’s Stray Dogs: What to do when your shelter and the place you eat are miles apart? Become asubway-hopping canine, naturally! Behavioral evolution in progress.

Inspiration:

Hows and Whys:

Smiles and Laughter:

Share your opinions, editorials, and ideas for future topics or articles in the comment receptacle below…and may the rest of your weekend be filled with restorative wonder!

Posted in Life Writing, Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler for May 25, 2013

 Assorted lovelies for your reading and viewing pleasure….offered up weekly on a pretty blog platter!

I love learningand stretching my perspective; I love sharing what I find with others, and learning and stretching more in the process.

I offer up this virtual Sunday paper, filled with things I have read and enjoyed recently, in the spirit of learning and sharing.

And now, this week’s buffet of ideas….

Creating:

Learning:

Relating:

                       

Inspiration:

Hows and Whys:

Smiles and Laughter:

Share your opinions, editorials, and ideas for future topics or articles in the comment receptacle below…

Happy Sunday Reading! =)