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Breaktime Blooms; June 25, 2017

Hi there!

Yes, I know. It’s the break between rounds. Days with no Round to call home – a little like a man without a country….

Some of us are a little subversive. We’re willing to keep on writing, even if this is supposed to be a break. Sometimes, I downshift – but this month, I’m in the homestretch of a challenge that has inspired and motivated me – 5o,000 words of blog post material in 30 days! I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’ve found a way to use my blogging to enrich my personal explorations, and, at the same time, to use my personal explorations to enrich my blogging.

It’s an incredible motivational idea, based on the old adage from my days working as a waitress at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park (at that time and in season, the fifth busiest restaurant in the world!).

What was that adage?

“Work both ways.”

That’s quickly becoming my new model, as I move into the more businesslike aspects of building a writing career.

Do you have any clue at all what I’m talking about? =D

I think I might be getting a little ahead of myself here…so let’s get on with my Un-Round Two, Un-Round Three, Un-ROW80, update.

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. ,42,931/50,000 words; less than 8K to go, and I’m starting to feel the drive to “get ’er done.” Primary goal ahead of target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. Did a snippet of new writing for next week’s upcoming WIPpet post; and a flash fiction story this week’s #SoCS post. Secondary goal on target.

Plotting:

  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8): Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit to plot this novel by June 30. I’ve begun moving the worksheets into a hybrid format that will let my choose which elements to include in each future project, and work on them using my laptop rather than hard copy. Thanks for the incredible tip, Fallon! Intial Concept Sheet in progress; 569 plotting words. Primary goal in progess.
  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Several more plotted and in early development. I probably have enough ideas to carry me past 50K, at this point. Secondary goal ahead of target.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Notes completed (82 pages; 21 scenes). Letting simmer a day or two (until plotting template is finished) then filling out the index cards to finish the lesson. Primary goal nearing completion.

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 to par for the week thus far, with a post scheduled to post later in the week; and two more in development. Primary goal on target.

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page,  Instagram, and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch 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. Sprints Wed. AM; chat Wed-Fri. Stretch goal on target.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman  as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Printed Heaven and Hell Batch 3-4; Pequeno Diablo Batch 2, and Tropical Tickler Batches 1-2 labels; as well as some paperwork. Name selected for sauce #5: Mango Mystique; label designed and printed – all current inventory is now labeled! =D Simmering ideas for business cards (next up); signage; and social media/sales platforms. Secondary goal on target.
  • 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. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Simmering prior to beginning action plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

  • 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: 6/5 (brief sessions). Received Jeremiah’s testing supplies; Both have begun testing; and 2017-2018 Letters of Intent are in progress. Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo.

  • 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 3/8. Hour; 2/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/5 hours.My activity level, and amount of sleep, are down together…something to think on,

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More Than Perhaps for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’

Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all!

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.

From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.

Context:

A new connection between a shabbily dressed man and a commuter is interrupted by her train’s arrival

More Than Perhaps

Jeremy feathers kisses across my forehead. “May you have a day as beautiful and charming as your soul and your smile, dearest Rose, fellow human.”

“I don’t want to go.”

He folds his newspaper. I will carry a fresh one, tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…I’ll carry the paper, and come early to the station.

“You have your life, dearest Rose, and I mine. Perhaps time and life will bring us together again, and perhaps not.”

“I want more than perhaps,” I say, and then can’t bear to see if it was too much, and far too soon.


What will Rose do now?

Will she ever see Jeremy again?

Does Jeremy have a better answer than he’s given?

Any guesses?

Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review, edited by L.S. Engler.  Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

After last week’s chaos with the car breakdown, this week, so far, has been calm – and yet – exciting. Things are happening. Important things. Potentially life-changing things. They have to do with my Accomplice’s business, finally beginning to launch in a very soft manner, and in my own transition from writing as avocation to writing as profession. And also in the growing of our children, and a sunny Tuesday that follows a stormy Monday.

I’ll have more to say on those things in coming weeks.

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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals: EOR2

Hey there!

Below are the intentions I set forth at the beginning of the year. I wrote then that they were subject to change…and so they will, once I’ve had time to absorb and apply the new things I’m learning.

For now, though – the update.

Did you set aspirations for 2017?

How are you doing with them?



Writing:

  • Complete Hanging Manuscripts from 2015-2016. Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Scene 44/50 in progress.

  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September. 66 May stories complete.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts.

  • Create fan fiction, continuing current story arcs, and developing new ones as I’m drawn to them. A second collection of drabbles created, revised, and posted to fanfiction.net.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Began plotting Rose and Jeremy #2; Step 12/22.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Plotting for novel 1 /2; The Last House: Steps 15-22/22 in progress in situ.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems. 64 stories plotted for May.

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline. Take notes and simmer future projects while creating timeline. Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 –350. Projects simmering and in creation; timeline underway. Episodes complete through 260; on target to complete this goal.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.” “MsaMF” awaiting final line editing.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Scene 7/24 submitted to the group.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.

Submission/Publication:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. Contract received and returned; awaiting edits.

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. “ASOR”: Simmering on cover art and lists of front/end matter. “MMC”: Sharing snippets at #8sunday; lots of positive feedback. Read Starting Out as an Indie Writer; #itswritingresearch.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit On Any Tuesday Night; Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed. One chapter of ABOS revised and submitted.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues. Gathering a list of publications accepting submission.

Website/Blogging:

  • Complete Just Jot It January , Love is in da Blog, and 2017 Kindness Challenge. I started the Kindness Challenge late, but now working through it.

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year. This didn’t happen, or only happened barely, in April and May, but June saw steady progress as I built up my blog pool, and had material to share.

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. Synchronization and branding progressing. Roughly sketched list of pages needed. Took a marketing class; percolating.

  • Move relevant posts from The Unfettered Life and Trueborn Jottings to website and blog. Lists and links for April posts gathered.

Hometending:

  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. Tests arrived; paperwork current.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. New laptop; more organization in files and email.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Progress being made in the rooms listed.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Moving forward.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes, every week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes, every week.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Yes; more or less.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Betas in progress.

Selftending:

  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Backslid here.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year. Here, too.

  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Nothing new/

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Deleting this goal, at least for now.

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Gathering resources; doing some reading; book purchased. Read for research. Have Angela Ackerman’s Writing Business Plan article; working through Step 4/7; completed Build Your Marketing Muscles class.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Printing, online help, lots of labeling/logo assistance, branding, marketing.

  • Listen to the 8 books currently on my Audible account. 6/8 in progress.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month. 10/24 complete.

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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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This Wasn’t the Time for WIPpet Wednesday

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


Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!

I’m early with the drafting again, and intend to have this post scheduled before life can throw me any more curve-balls. That’s the plan, anyway – that, and getting around to see everyone this week, since it’s Monday morning, and I’ve yet to visit anyone from last week (hopefully, that will happen a bit later in the day, after I finish my JuNoWriMo word count, and do some printing for my Accomplice’s business.

It’s time to get a better handle on my blogging. I don’t feel quite right when I skip posts and hops that feel like regular parts of my week. I’ve actually been working on solving that problem all month, by building a stockpile of raw blog material as my JuNoWriMo project. It’s working out so well, I may do this every June. If I can manage to prepare enough, I might be able to get through the rest of the year with just a couple of hours a week of maintenance and rebuilding.

I’ve also brought this feature back to my WordPress blog, which is easier to comment on. I’ve got plans for better cohesion and use of this blog and my Squarespace website, but they’re still in development, so I’ll wait to say more on that until I actually have something more concrete to announce.

It’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects. I’m slowly figuring out how to pull them all together into a coherent whole that explores just how and why T’Pol was the one Vulcan chosen to accompany Enterprise NX-01 on her maiden voyage.

Recap:

Trip’s “Vulcan Surprise Package” has just walked into his life for the second time – but now she’s their Vulcan “chaperone.”

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is June 21, 2017.
  • I have 6 sentences for you today – for the month.

This Wasn’t the Time

Trip tried to wipe off the ridiculous grin he knew he was sporting, but had to settle for covering it with his hand, and hoping that Jon couldn’t see him past the husky-voiced Vulcan Surprise Package who had just walked back into his life. Not that he’d mind if she knew how thrilled he was that she was their Vulcan “chaperone,” but Jon had some rather unpleasant ideas about Vulcans – and Trip had never really argued with them.

It was going to be hard to go from saying he’d be happier with a beagle on the Bridge than a Vulcan, to being delighted at her arrival. And, whatever had been in those gorgeous eyes of hers, he wanted the chance to see them up close. Preferably, while he was holding all those luscious curves right up tight.

But this wasn’t the time or place for that kind of entertainment.

Will Trip be able to keep the secret?

Does T’Pol even want him to?

What would Jon say, if he knew the truth?
And, by the way, what IS the truth?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to my Story A Day May drabbles – a loosely-connected serial of bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

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

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Blooming Right Along; June 21, 2017

Hi there!

Things have moved along in these last days of the round.

I signed over the title to my car Monday night, and my Accomplice cleaned it out and officially surrendered it Tuesday. It’s sad – and it’s not. This opens us to the possibility of a new-t0-us car, something my Accomplice won’t need to mechanic. He can do it, but he doesn’t enjoy it. And, as the years pass, it becomes more painful for him.

I’d rather wait a while longer to have a second car, and get something a little newer, and in better shape, than our remaining Subaru.

In other news, this is the last official check-in of Round Two – but, since the round doesn’t officially end for me until local midnight, my final update will post on Sunday. Also, since I work a set of monthly goals, I’ll be continuing on with those until month’s end, and update those in early July – wow….July again already! By the end of the second week of the month, I will be the mother of two teenagers…and I’m so excited! =D

Life is blooming in new directions. Some we planned for, while others were unexpected. But that’s the nature of life, and so on I go!

What surprises did life have for you, this round?

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 34,344/50,000 words. Primary goal a little above target.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. 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. Several posts plotted/outlined. Secondary goal ahead of target.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Found my beginning point: Scene 4, p. 10. Organized materials; cleaned workspace for efficiency. Notes for Scenes 8-18 completed (p.62/82 in progress). Primary goal on target.

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 gotten closer to par, with two posts scheduled to post later in the week; and two more in development. Primary goal on target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprints Sunday-Tuesday AM; chat Sunday; read a bit on Quora. Stretch goal on target.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 4/7 in progress. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Designed Pequeno Diablo/ Tropical Tickler labels. Printed Heaven and Hell Batch 2 labels Simmering/discussing thoughts for POS marketing and platform creation – those will likely begin a bit later this week. Secondary goal on target.
  • 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. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Simmering prioction plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

  • 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: 3/5 (brief sessions). Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo.

  • 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 3/8. Hour; 1/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/5 hours. Not much sleep leads to not much activity, and so does lots of heat. Write-in and time with each beleved; writing, meditating, journaling for me.

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A Lovelier Form of Frenzy? Mindful Monday and #RevOfKindness

Note:

This post was written a week ago; I’m running each post the week following its drafting, so I can reflect on each again as I prepare it for posting.

About a week ago, I wrote about how frenzied my life can at times become, and declared my intention to attend to what I term my “Frenzy Stance” and learn some new techniques to employ before the things I’m trying to do start to feel like they’ll chew me up and swallow me whole if I’m not vigilant.

How did I do with that goal?

Well, it might help to start with a bullet summary of some moments and incidents that stood out to me:

  • I realized that the moon was nearing full (a time of both intense creativity and a distinct lack of sleep, for me; I call myself a Full Moon Creative).

  • When my Accomplice rushed me to finish his label project before I had cleared the time and mental space to focus on it, and before I had an idea of how to address the obstacles I was struggling to scale, I let him know, calmly but decisively, that my mind works best when it can simmer ideas for a bit. Once he gave me the time I needed, it was about a day and a half before I had a completed template ready for his approval. A couple of very minor fixes, and the first label was a go!

  • I am currently volunteering as a #JuNoWriMo Twitter Sprint leader. When I saw that there was a need to write pep talk introductions for the challenge newsletter, I agreed, and have been moving through the process at a pace that works for me, being honest about what would be too much to expect of me. I did the same thing when asked to host an extra hour of sprints on one of my “days off.” I set the schedule to allow me space and time not to be hosting, where I could spend that time with family or my own thoughts. On the other hand, when I realized that I’ve been scheduled for a three-hour stretch on Saturday that I didn’t sign up for, I weighed the time against the benefits, and decided that I’ll accept that shift.

  • I’ve reduced the number of things I focus on at one time. My brain is generally happiest when it has a diverse selection of goals to pursue, but, over the last few months, I’ve come to see, more and more clearly, that when I allow it to simply bounce between all of them, I dilute my efforts sometimes to the point where I feel I’m exerting a tremendous amount of energy to get nowhere. So I’ve begun choosing two main projects (this month, the #JuNoWriMo Challenge is the primary goal, along with something like labels; StoryFest participation; homeschool reporting; or the like as a secondary). Other less intensive goals round out my day, offfering progress with minimal dilution of effort, and a change of pace when needed from the main projects. Because they’re less intensive, they allow the main projects to simmer while I’m not actively pursuing them.

Those are the major things. It was a busy week, and there were other moments when I felt I was attentive to the goal in positive ways. There were also times when I was less mindful, and less successful – I snapped impatiently at my daughter, slept very little, pushed myself mentally and physically, didn’t drink as much water, journal, meditate, exercise, or do as much home and yardtending as I might have preferred for my overall well-being. Even there, though, the fact that I can recognize the lack is a sign that I am paying more attention.

It’s not a solution, or even, yet, a plan to get to the point of resolution. But as I move into my belated Week 2’s theme of Self-Compassion, I’ll be considering how to apply it to my Frenzy Stance, and see where that leads me.

Sometimes, mindfulness takes time to develop. I’m giving myself time to become mindful of the things that tend to overwhelm, the symptoms that overwhelm is on the way, and the beginning glimmers of ways to deal with those symptoms before they escalate.

Find more Mindful Monday here.

And more Kindness Challenge, Week One, right here.

How does overwhelm manifest in your life?

Do you have techniques to deal with it?

Will you share?

The suggestion you make might be exactly what someone else needs.