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Building From a Revised Blueprint: February 5, 2017

Hey there!

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

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

Writing:

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

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

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

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

Plotting:

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

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

Revision:

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

Submission/Publication:

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

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

Blogging:

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

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

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

Hometending:

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

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

Lifetending:

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

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

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

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

Selftending:

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

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

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

Leaps of Faith:

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

  • Go through Publication email folder.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post.

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“Cause for Concern”: #JusJoJan Day Twenty

Welcome to Day Twenty of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: “transcendent,” used any way we wish. Today, I offer you yet another peek into my fan fiction playground, with the fourth and final installment of my A Beagle’s Bedside Manner  sequel story. Follow the links below to read previous installments.

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

She Belonged Here


Trip spun away again, toward the door.

Please don’t go.” It was a thick, hoarse whisper; that voice she used when she felt more than she could keep inside.

When she was breaking.

That spun him round fast, but not fast enough, apparently, because T’Pol was huddled on the biobed, her knees up to her chin, hugging herself, and new tears streaked her pale face. Her eyes were focused down and away again; she needed privacy –

And she needed him.

What will Trip do next?
Will it be enough?

To read the rest of the chapter, click here, or the icon below!

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“Cause for Concern”: #JusJoJan Day Nineteen

Welcome to Day Nineteen of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: “rubbish,” used any way we wish. Today, I offer you yet another peek into my fan fiction playground, with the third installment to my A Beagle’s Bedside Manner  sequel story. Follow the links to read previous installments.

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

“Cause for Concern”

If you don’t want me here for this -”

“Haven’t I made it clear that I do?” T’Pol’s unwillingness – or, more likely, inability – to release her mate might indeed become gossip, if anyone else were witness to it, but, to Phlox, it was a positive development. With her ability to contain her emotions depressed by the ravages of trellium -D and the Pa’Naar Syndrome that had already reached the moderate stages, she was compensating by entrusting herself to her mate.

“It’s not that you haven’t made it clear, pepperpot.” Commander Tucker’s voice carried a note Phlox had only heard him use with T’Pol, and only when he was concerned for her. “It’s that I’m worried that your judgment might not exactly be at its best right now. Even without – well, without those injections, it’s been a hell of a day, and you told me yourself you haven’t been getting enough food or sleep. I wouldn’t want you to regret my hearing whatever it is Phlox has to say.”

T’Pol was a most discerning woman. She hadn’t entrusted herself foolishly.

However, both she and the human engineer seemed largely unaware of the depth and significance of the connection they shared. It would be a breach of Vulcan privacy to speak on it, even if Phlox weren’t firmly of the opinion that this was a discovery they deserved the pleasure of making themselves.

What is it that Phlox knows, but Trip and T’Pol don’t?

Will Trip accept that T’Pol truly wants him here?

Is she capable of exercising good judgment?

And what does Phlox have to say?

If you want answers to these questions and more, follow this link or click on the icon below to read more of the story!

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There will be one more installment to wrap up this story, so check back soon! Until then, here’s a little something to tempt you…

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“In the Middle of Sickbay”: #JusJoJan Day Seventeen

Welcome to Day Seventeen of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: complaint,” used any way we wish. Today, I offer you yet another peek into my fan fiction playground, with the first installment to my A Beagle’s Bedside Manner sequel story, and follows my Day 15 story, “What’s Up, Doc?”

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

“In the Middle of Sickbay”

“Uh, you sure you want to be hugging up on me like this in the middle of Sickbay, pepperpot?”

T’Pol breathed in the scent of her mate, wondering how she had come to be in his arms. But that question had little relevance; if her memory was to be believed, Phlox had been witness to considerably more intimate contact than this.

“I have no complaint with our current connection, t’hy’la.”

“As indeed you should not. However, it might be more prudent to move to the treatment bay; there will be more privacy there.” Phlox’s voice was calm, but firm. “While this contact is no doubt beneficial for you both, you might prefer to keep it between us.”

“Doc’s right.” Trip was watching her, his concern palpable in his eyes and his scent. “You’re the Captain; and a Vulcan.”

“I am aware of both facts.” She attempted a controlled tone, but her voice emerged in a deeper voice, more suitable to their sexual explorations. Nor had she made any move to separate from her mate.

“Mmn-hmn,” Trip said, with a crooked smile that didn’t erase his worried expression. “You’re aware; but you aren’t going to let me go, either – don’t even waste the time to tell me the logical reasons. Let’s just go ahead and move to somewhere we can pull a curtain between us and anyone who’ d be willing to gossip.” He stood up again, and carried her to the alcove, settling onto a bed with her. “There. Now, do you want me to go while -”

“I do not.” Belatedly, T’Pol realized that Phlox must have called Trip, and that suggested there was some cause for concern. She’d been in the imaging chamber – yes. A scan she’d requested – “Where is Porthos?”

“He’s gone back to his bed. Perhaps, however, he would be more comfortable with you, where he might visit the Ready Room. However, at the moment, it is your condition that must be addressed, Captain.”

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“There Is No Cure”: #SoCS and #JusJoJan Day Fourteen

This post originally appeared on my website, Shan Jeniah’s Lovely Chaos; click the icon to see it there.
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Welcome to Day Fourteen of Just Jot It January, where the prompt is: the letter p,” used any way we wish, with extra points for beginning and ending with “p” words. Today, I offer you another peek into my fan fiction playground, because the prompt was perfect, with a third and final installment to my Arachnid Nebula sequel story, still unnamed.

To access the other #JusJoJan installments:

This is also a Stream of Consciousness Saturday post – click to learn more.

And, as always, standard disclaimer applies. I write these stories for love, not profit. I don’t own the characters or their world. It’s not my fault that they keep whispering stories in my head, and that they demand I write them, is it?

“There is No Cure”

Perhaps Kov should feel discomfort at the open intimacy between T’Pol and Trip. Were he living a more typically Vulcan life, he certainly should have, but the course of his investigations into himself and the true nature of his people had led to a greater understanding of the deeper needs that drove them, and the forms they might take. This physical expression was perhaps as near as T’Pol could come to revealing the esteem in which s he held her human Intended. His willingness to share in it was an expression of the deepening emotion he felt for this woman.

It was also an exceptionally efficient and apparently instinctive panacea against the neural devastation the onset of Pa’Naar Syndrome could cause in those afflicted.

Perhaps that explained the calming of his own agitation, as well.

“Please elucidate upon Pa’Naar Syndrome.” Had she adopted a more human manner of speech with intent, or were they already so closely connected that she would be influenced by the physical contact? Fascinating.

“The specific causes are uncertain, although it always involves a melding, and generally one that is in some way not wholly wanted by both participants. The resistance to the sharing causes a disruption of the neural net that is exacerbated if the limbic system is engaged. Untreated, it’s immediately terminal.”

Terminal!” Trip increased the pressure of his embrace; T’Pol seemed to welcome it, and to be untroubled by the significant volume of the human’s exclamation. “If that’s true, why the hell aren’t we treating her now?”

“We are treating her now, Trip. “Kov smiled. A most passionate man, and protective of those he cared for. “The emergency support provided in T’Pol’s quarters, and the contact you are currently providing, are precisely the type of treatment she needs at this stage, whether or not she develops Pa’Naar.”
“When will we know, and what is the prognosis?” She was a noted scientist, and a woman being supported by her Intended. T’Pol accepted the treatment without question, and set her attention to the next issue. A most remarkable woman, in the mate she had chosen, but she was still Vulcan.

“The next six hours will ascertain whether the damage will result in Pa’Naar Syndrome. If you have contracted the disorder, treatment will mitigate the progression for a time.” Kov paused to draw a centering breath; he didn’t wish to deliver the eventual result of the assault, but the responsibility had fallen upon him. “There is no known cure. Those afflicted eventually and invariably perish.”

How will T’Pol react?

What about Trip?

Does she have Pa’Naar Syndrome?

Well, that will have to wait a little while, but I may begin another story in a day or two, so don’t forget to come back!

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During the transition from this WordPress blog (which will soon be undergoing some changes) to my website as my primary online presence, I’ve neglected something I’ve wanted to do all along…make duplicate posts.

Today, I’m correcting that. This is experimental; it may shift as I get the hang of it.

At any rate, here’s my Day 10 Just Jot It January post, “There Are Other Dangers.” Click on the post title, or the image below:

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Bits of Prosperity: December 18, 2016

Hey there!

I tend to be the optimistic type – but not in an ostrich-hiding-out way, but rather in a focusing-on-the-positive helps me find new ways to add to it. When I get fixated just on what’s wrong, I tend to get all mired up in that place.

So, in that vein…

We had a little windfall this week – a small tax rebate. It’s enough to cover a few essentials – I’ll be getting a winter coat tomorrow – I haven’t had one for a couple of years. Last winter, when money was more plentiful, it didn’t really get cold or snowy, but this year seems to be different already, and I’ll be grateful for the added warmth.

It was also a good time for my Accomplice not to be working, since the weather was iffy, and he didn’t have to drive in it. We went for a workout on Wednesday. We’d gotten out of the habit with his variable work schedule, so that was connecting and happy.

He also cooks when he’s home. Me? I’d rather play with words. The kids tend to like to get their own meals, so I eat better when the chef’s home. Saturday, he made a batch of hot sauce; once we can afford to have labels made and liability insurance purchased, he’ll have a small inventory ready to go.

I’m also busy creating an inventory – and the foundations of a business. Since it’s the middle of the month, or thereabouts, I’m trimming my December goals, to focus on those that are my current priorities.

Since this will be a longish post, I’m going to give you a snippet, then step out of the way of my own progress – but first, I’d love to know what bits of prosperity have fallen into your week?

From The Far Shore (Kifo Island #5); Scene Ten:

“Why am I asking myself these questions, when I’m probably never going to have the answers?”

But she didn’t have an answer for that, either. All she had was an unused pregnancy test and too many questions. Those, and a broken heart.

Note: I list the goals I interacted with during the current session.  Complete goals lists are linked below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 10/24 in progress. 32,711/~65,000 words/
  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Secondary goal. Week Two: F and G essays drafted: 6/6. Week Four: N, O, and P poems drafted; 3/6. Read instructions and topic for PQ”; simmering, 4/6.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. Color-coded/organizing brainstormed possibilities for March-December; 12/12 months complete. Simmering.

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week One: Added two photos. Created an A-Z image file directory and folder for the A post; 1/1 completed; 1/26 overall. Week Five: Moved all poem tutorials for letters T-Z to planning page; 7/7 for the week, this step complete for 26/26 posts.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-6 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Completed first revision pass for Chapter 1/3, “Returns and Remembrances;” reread Chapter 2/3 “Clinging to One Another,” color-coding for first revision pass complete. “FC;WJ”: I’ve decided to restructure, and seriously tighten. Next revision pass for segments of Scenes One and Two, now the opening scene. Now have revised/restructured Scenes One Three, with more to go from these two original scenes (it’s complicated)! Things will be a bit chaotic as I rejigger, but I expect the result to be much lovelier.

  • Self-Publication: Revise/polish “A Splash of Red”; offer for critique readers. Secondary goal. Setting it aside to focus on in January.

  • Kifo Island: Revise Sea Changes scenes 5-8 in preparation for submitting to critique group. Tertiary goal. This probably isn’t going to happen this month, but since I have at least two scenes which two of my partners haven’t gotten to yet, I’m OK with taking a couple of weeks in January to get moving on this.

  • Philodosia”(Hamilton-inspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal. Color-coded for first post-rejection revision pass; simmering.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited 3 #weekendcoffeeshare; #SoCS, #ROW80 Sunday. Wednesday, and #8sunday and all WIPpet Wednesday. participants. Goal completed for the week – hooray!

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus. Another goal completed!
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Sunday/Wednesday focus. Tertiary goal. Discovered I can do a lot of setup while listening to podcasts, and thinking I may do this once or twice a week. Made my first efforts at countdown posts – see widget in sidebar. Not really satisfied, but simmering. This session; WIPpet: Your Records Say”; #8sunday: Glimpses of Him scheduled and linked. Edited images for next 2 Skywatch Friday/#weekendcoffeeshare posts. Reblog post in progress.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 5/5. Kitchen: 3/5 (Accomplice tends to take it over when he’s not working, which makes it a bit harder to get to). Indoor random; 25/25.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal. Email back in sane parameters! Began organizing Writing Stuff into more specific folders; Began with 2,150; now at 1,724. Started secondary sorting of IDIC; Went through Arcs in Progress and Boldly Go folders; began One-Offs (actually, most of them can fit into existing arcs); 3/6 folders in progress.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; podcasts; planning; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 6/6 morning; 1/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 6/5; 90 min: 5/4. Wahoo!

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of eight hours. Tertiary goal. Cardio/strength workout at Y: 2/8 hours.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal. Cleaning my work table in order to get to the board; surveyed and simmering.

  • Listen: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Side goal. Through Chapter 5/19; 11% complete. I was waiting to finish the Trek movies, the reports, and catch up on the Welcome to Night Vale podcast so I could listen to Episode 100 with Lise. Now that I’ve done all of those, this will be my primary focus.

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