Exploration and Growth: 2015 Writing Goals EOR2 Progress

My overarching theme for 2015 is Exploration. I’m exploring various aspects of my life, learning and growing as I move toward and evaluate my goals…changed goals appear beneath existing ones, in bolded italics.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

My quarterly themes:

January-March: Re-Visioning

April -June: Expansion

July-September: Reflection

October-December: Gratitude


Complete the Write1 Sub1 Challenge: Write and submit at least 1 story each month in 2015.

Draft novels in July and November. Otherwise, focus on revising/submitting, to end the year with twelve submissions.

  • A novel, most of another, and 31+ new stories!
  • Submitting stalled at one.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles novellas: Write rough sketches for 10; plot 5 ; draft 3.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles series: Draft 3 novels in 2015.

  • 1/5 drafts completed (KIC #1: Transitions).
  • 2/5 final scene progressing; complete before end of July 1 (KIC#2: Generations).
  • 3/5 halfway through plotting (KIC #3: Sea Changes).

Complete the Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch the entire canon Star Trek franchise, in chronological order – taking notes for future fan fiction development.

Complete A rewatch of Enterprise, excepting finale; begin rewatch of The Original Series as part of the Star Trek Chrononlogy Project.

  • Complete through Enterprise S2:E15, “Cease Fire”.

Develop The IDIC Romance: Write 31 new stories; submit revised stories through “Movements” to at least 1 fan fiction site.

  • 2015 Story-a-Day May Challenge; 31 stories; several stand-alone stories written, as well.
  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” in pre-sub revisions.

Blogging from A-Z: Draft 26 alphabet -themed travel posts.

  • 26 travel posts, intro and reflections completed.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan, plot, and draft one novel in each series; as July CampNaNoWriMo and November NaNoWriMo projects.

  • Rough sketches done for both; July novel in plotting phase for July Camp; drafting to begin by July 3.

Write at least 750 words daily at 750words.com.

  • Deleting goal: unnecessary.


Chameleon’s Dish (title subject to change): Complete first pass revision using Rock Your Revision; reread/create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).

  • Nothing new this round.

Bounded by a Nutshell: Create pre-revision plan, using existing notes Rock Your Revision.

  • Deleting goal: time factor.

The Stars Are Fire/Perchance to Dream: Readthroughs and pre-revision notes.

Deleting goal: time factor.

The IDIC Romance: Organize Scrivener file; revise stories through “Golden Slipper”.

  • First revision pass made on the “Suliban cell” compilation story.
  • Detailed notes in progress (12/16 scenes) for “SJA” Revision Pass 2.5.

Write1Sub1 Challenge: Revise 5 existing short stories using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process.

  • 1/5 complete, submitted: “Morning Coffee”.

2012/2014 OctPoWriMo poems: Revise all poems; categorize by project.

  • Nothing yet.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance: Keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits.

  • Happy with this!

Build blog queues: 5 each WIPpet and C and C posts.

  • Nope.

Blogging Action Plan: Review; revise; and implement.

  • Moving slowly, but moving.

Twitter and Facebook: Visit at least twice weekly.

  • Not so much.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect: Visit at least one weekly.

  • Well…

Share posts – mine, and others': Share at least 15 items per week.

  • Sporadically…

Blog views and followers: Increase views to 150 at least 10 times/ month; followers to 1000; WordPress followers to 333, because I like that number!

  • WP: 241
  • Total follows: 758
  • Views gradually and intermittently spiking; best day 149 views…


Complete resets/reorganizations: family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen.

  • Progress made in all areas.

Inhabit my study: cleaning, organizing, and using the space daily, when home.

Continue to inhabit and improve my study.

  • Sporadic progress/use.

Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess.

  • Progress continues.

Homeschool Administration: Complete all homeschool paperwork, including Annalise’s standardized testing, on time. Streamline where possible.

  • Testing in progress at end of round; everything else current.

Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris.

  • Taking advantage of the warm weather. More plantings planned.

Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Some.

ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date.

  • Check!


Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February.

Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for the 22 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • Nothing new. 2/22 read. 0/22 reviews complete; 1/22 drafted.

NNWM local group: Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.

  • Sporadic on the interaction; attended write-ins regularly.

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least 3 times/week.

  • Two to three times a week; nearly there.

TBR Stacks: Complete bedroom TBR pile.

  • Nothing new.

Smart Change: Work through at least one goal using the methods in this book.

  • Pondering and observing…

Starfleet: Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.

  • Nothing new.

My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least thrice per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • More than scheduled! <3

Paying it Forward: Complete at least six beta reads and ten promotional blog posts for other writers.

  • Stalled on beta read 1; one promotional posts.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity thrice weekly; with Wii Fit four times weekly.

One hour physical activity, measured with phone app, thrice weekly.

  • Less consistently than I’d like.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog three times weekly.

  • Some…

Practice: Resume t’ai chi and yoga classes, either/or at least twice/month.

  • Yes for t’ai chi; postponing yoga.

Intuitive Eating: Read and put into practice as I continue to evolve nutritional goals that make me feel healthy and energized.

  • 34% complete; lots to chew on...back-burnered.

Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 30 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

  • 4/30. Nothing new.

Weight: Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

  • Deleting goal; numbers aren’t the point.

These goals are my guide for Kait Nolan’s ROW80, the writing challenge that knows I have a life!

Except in the Line of Duty: A Mystery 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.

It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway.

Do you have a day, week, or month that’s emotionally chaotic?

I do. And this month is it.

I’m not ready, this early in the month, to go into all the reasons why – the highs and lows that make July the month I try to surf through, knowing I’m likely to wipe out here and there, and hoping it’s not too lengthy or ugly when it happens…

There’s nothing I can do about the lows, and I wouldn’t trade the highs (or, really, the lows either, because what I’d need to give up to have avoided them hurt too much to lose… or something like that).

Anyway, maybe it’s not a surprise that I begin this month – discombobulated and sideways. I’m still finishing my June project; I’ve got something about half plotted that I’m not sure where to fit in my production schedule, and the novel I’m slated to do is still being framed up, using a new method I’m learning as I go…

Life isn’t always tidy and organized…

Anyway, on to the WIPpet!

I’d been planning to return to my Trueborn series – it’s been quite a while since I’ve shared from that. But I haven’t exactly finished plotting it yet, in part because Life, and in part because I’m using the Snowflake Method for the first time. And first times – well, for me at least, they just take longer. Especially in July, apparently.

I’ll have something to share from it by next week. This week, though, I’m doing something a little different…

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is July 1, 2015.
  • I therefore offer one sentence of undisclosed ancestry, because I’ve decided to go with the tricky July vibe.

Except in the Line of Duty

Neither one of them spoke much at all, anymore, except in the line of duty.

Who isn’t speaking much anymore, and why?

Whose voice are we hearing?

What the bleep’s going on here?

When will we learn more?

I’m willing to answer the last question first. I’ll be posting the next few lines from this scene for #8sunday, if you’d like to learn like more. And that’s all I’m saying, for now – in keeping with the preference of the subjects of today’s sentence.

Looking for WIPpet Snippets with a bit more to say? Hop along with the little blue froggy; assorted WIPpetty lily-pads to choose from, and writers eager to share sneak-peeks with you! =D

#Onegoodcup After Another: Mindful Monday

As June slips into July, I transfer my attentions from my second Kifo Island Chronicles novel, Generations, which is a near-future fantasy, to Foul Deeds Will Rise – a straight-up, shapeshifting, otherworld fantasy from my Trueborn Weft series.

Poised between these two projects, I’m going to pause and take a few deep breaths, and ground myself in the present.


Because all of my creativity springs from within me, in the alchemy of thought, feeling, experience, and perception. So, while the pause in the forward momentum seems a bit – sideways – I feel it’s necessary; a pause to touch base with myself…


By revisiting my writings during the first and most recent days of my own personal #onegoodcup project, and seeing where I was at the end of May, and now, a month later, at the end of June.

The first entries are from my Intentions Journal – a series of prompts intended to stir thought and ideas for life changes.

May 25, 2015

Remember those deep breaths!

  • When I feel overwhelmed.

  • When I’m feeling emotionally charged.

  • Before I say difficult things.

  • When I feel the impulse to escape.

  • When I want to be open.

  • When I want to focus.

  • When I want to relax.

That’s pretty good advice, if I do say so myself. Oh, wait, I did! =D

May 26, 2015

Keep breathing!

No, I don’t mean in a live-or-die way, but an inhalation, opening to the possibilities; exhalation, releasing the past sense.

Although I’m feeling a little pressure, it’s mostly internal.

Let that go, and simply enjoy indulging in life, today.

Why all this focus on breathing? Breathing is essential. Without air, we soon die. Without the breath of life and creativity, we stagnate. That’s something I tend to forget, sometimes, when I get busy pursuing my goals.

Deep, easy breaths. Pauses to breathe, and to be. I might accomplish more, that way – but that’s not my prime intent – balance and centeredness is…

Now, we turn to the last two days, from my #onegoodcup journal – a yoga-centric theme with inspirational quotes and art sprinkled among the pages. I bought this during our Oregon vacation in February, during an a few hours alone at Suislaw River Coffee Roasters. Using it reminds me of the peace of that day, and the joys of that trip with my beloveds…

June 28, 2015

I begin the day with about 1800 words to my JuNoWriMo goal, and three scenes left to write in Generations. Going to get the JuNo words, then do my Second Serving Sunday and Round 2 posts.

Somewhere in there, I’ll scan and save the test documents, so they’ll be ready to mail tomorrow.

Right now, I have a slightly soggy purring cat beside me, a variety of drips from the rain, and Jeremiah and his friend Josh’s Minecraft Skype chat wafting out from his bedroom. Miah is intermittently talking about 90s internet connections.

I’ve got other ideas percolating, but I’m going to let them simmer another day or two.

Sometimes, the thing to do is just simply to pay attention to where I am, right now, and what’s happening around me. It’s not always the best idea to struggle to understand deep things too soon; getting still and absorbing this moment will eventually bring deeper understanding to the surface…

June 29, 2015

I’ve won JuNoWriMo!

Still have two scenes and a bit left to write, and the test scores to mail, and two blogposts to get out today –

And plotting. I’m supposed to begin another novel on Wednesday, but I’m not ready with either of the ones I’ve been prepping.

I’ll get there, or I won’t.

We’ve got a Snowflake Plotting Workshop tomorrow, so I’ll do what I can before that, and try to finish during it.

It’s Jim’s weekend; he’s staying home today. Miah is planning a Skype/recording call with Josh, who lives in Pennsylvania.

These might seem disconnected, but, like the chat Annalise is having with her best friend, Gabriella, I need to consider them…

Because everyone’s needs and desires are important, and we all affect one another in the way we choose to pursue our own and honor (or not), each other’s.

This is definitely one of the ways in which my approach can be a model for my family, or a nightmare…

Gorgeous clouds banked outside my window…they look like an oil painting, over the lushness of the trees. After a very dry May, June has been quite wet…everything is vibrant.

The lawn is getting mighty shaggy, and the lawn mower has ceased to function…something will need to be done…

But I’m anything but a mechanic, so writing about how something will need to be done is about as far as I can go.

Well, I’ve got about half a cuppa left.

Know how I know that writing is what I’m meant to do?

Here’s how:

I’m sitting here writing in this journal, thinking about what I need to do before I can settle in for – yup – a day of writing!

There’s both a joke, and a truth, in there, somewhere…

What’s the point of that passage?

Well, I’m not sure. Maybe something to do with letting my thoughts happen, even if they seem unconnected and trivial. They still matter, and sometimes circle around to something deeper – or, in writing them, maybe I just eliminate a little of my surface mental chatter – an exhalation of the mind, to leave room for more attention and deeper mindfulness…

Have you ever felt this way? Do you keep a journal? Do you ever go back and review things you wrote in the not so distant past? Have you made discoveries or gained insight there?

More Mindful Monday at Silver Threading.

Let the icon be your gateway!

So Close, So Far Away… Ready. Set. Write! June 22 -29, 2015 (Update 3)

Are you ready to write?!

It’s already time for Update 3  of Ready. Set. Write! 

I can hardly believe how fast it’s going!

Short description: Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, I check in at one of the host blogs, Why not hop in and help me spread some summer sunshine to them, too!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:


  • Generations (KIC #2): Complete the final 10 scenes; set aside to percolate. Scene 22/24 nearing completion. I didn’t quite finish, but expect to later today, or Tuesday at the latest.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; create Scrivener file and move all relevant materials there; begin drafting one day after Generations is complete. Scene 5/24 moved to Scrivener; 6/24 Summarized; 7/24 GMCD. I was focused on drafting.


  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Reread scenes 12 – 16 and margin comments; make detailed notes and revision plan for Draft 2.5. Scene 12/16 complete. Nothing new here either…you know the story by now, right?


  • Publish 9 regular features posts, End of Round Two ROW80 update, and one promotional post for another writer, all on time.9/9 features posts and the promotional post completed (3/9 features a few hours late, oops!)

  • Play with one new sidebar widget ; shuffle three elements. Added three, shuffled several, and deleted a couple. I’ll live with them a bit, and tweak as needed.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Not caught up, but getting to these more often.

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Make records, and submit Annalise’s PASS test. Write Letters of Intent to Homeschool; submit to school district before July 1. Letters of Intent revised and submitted..#2 pencils purchased and answer sheet completed; verification signed.


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup (add link) journal four times. 5 /4. Good stuff cropping up; ideas simmering!

My goals for this week:


  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; move all relevant materials to Scrivener file.

  • The IDIC Romance:  Compile 2015 Story A Day May  stories with existing IDIC stories, in chronological order; fix continuity problems in IDIC 2014 stories.


  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Reread scenes 13 – 16 and margin comments; make detailed notes and revision plan for Draft 2.5.


  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and First Friday Photo, all on time, and draft ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post.

  • Add challenges gallery widget to sidebar.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Make records, and submit Annalise’s PASS test. Later today, I will scan and mail – if you listen, you might here my exuberant cheering ringing through the land!


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times.
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =)

A favorite phrase from my story that sums up what I wrote:

  • Generations. It passes down through generations. What my mother lacked, she didn’t have to give to me. What I lacked, I didn’t give to Estella, and what she lacked, she didn’t give to Howard. What he lacked, and Aijo lacked, they didn’t give to Airisu….

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Car-sharing with my husband. That wouldn’t seem to be a big thing, but it threw me a bit out of sync…

Something I love about my WIP:

  • It’s nearly finished! And the ending is coming together better than I’d hoped!

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, July 6, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

How Did I Do? Round Two Final Assessment

As I began my Expansion Round, I wrote this:

I want to embrace my goals, and nurture them while they nurture me, in a symbiotic relationship. I want there to be more joy, and less stress.

So, I’ve winnowed and shifted my goals, and I’m ready to adapt, if I feel an unnatural pressure forming. This is my Expansion Round, and I’m looking not for rampant swelling, but a more natural growth. Like a plant or a baby, where growth is the order of the day.

With that in mind…off we go, to sow some seeds!

Now it’s the end of the round, and time to evaluate. I feel like I kept true to the spirit of the intention. I made solid forward progress, but in a way that never felt breakneck or white-knuckled. I didn’t achieve everything on the list, and that’s OK. Another round starts a week from tomorrow, with 80 days more to indulge in my passions…

So, here’s the rundown!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.


Write1Sub1: Draft one story, and submit one, each month, on average. Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” by the end of the round; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits through Deep Revision Step 3. CampNaNo Kifo Island Chronicles  novel projects for April and June; 31 new TnT stories for May.

  • Created basic pre-editing plan for “Slow Jazz”. Highlights/comments for Round 3 edits complete; detailed pre-editing notes for 12/16 scenes. Still behind with submitting; made progress with “Jazz” while focused on drafting. Reread “Peach Liqueur” during “Jazz” resting phases.
  • Far ahead on the writing component of this goal, with 31 new stories for May, and a second KIC novel in progress and targeted to finish in June.

Kifo Island Chronicles: Draft 3 novellas, using Cathy Yardley’s  Rock Your Plot. 

  • Transitions (KIC #1): Complete at 58,730 words.

  • Generations (KIC #2): Drafting; Scene 17/24 nearly completion; 47,134/~60,000 words.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Plotting about midway through.

Star Trek Chronology Project:  Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise.

The IDIC Romance:  Draft 31 new stories for Story a Day May; post stories or excerpts from each, daily.

  • Stories and posts completed; posting one per day,  plus several snippets, “why am I doing this?”, wrap-up, and link page. 

Blogging from A-Z travel posts: Complete all, on time.

  • 26/26!
  • Reflections post.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Select July project and plot, using The Snowflake Method (read this book).

  • Book read; project selected: Foul Deeds Will Rise, a Trueborn Weft Series fantasy novel that will chronicle the coming-of-age stories of Tribed Trueborn twins Niaan and Vaara.
  • Snowflake Step 3: Character Development, 2/4 characters complete.



The IDIC Romance:  Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening”.

  • Preparing for Revision Pass #3; scene 12/16 notes complete.

Write1Sub1: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; choose final short story to revise in 2015.

  • Revision Process in early progress.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • Posts on track, even in busy times…Coffee and Conversation took an April hiatus, and moved to Fridays. Visits and comments fluctuated, but better.

Blogging Action Plan: Revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar.

  • Several changes to sidebar; more planned.

Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously as inspired!

  • Sporadic, especially during my drafting marathon.

Explore social media as it fits with life and writing.

  • Not the easiest fit, with writing intensity..satisfied, overall.


Continue with near-daily decluttering/beautification projects; begin shifting some energy and focus to the yard.

  • Progress in all bedrooms; family; living room; and front porch; raking and decluttering yard; planting, weeding, and mowing. This one’s a HUGE win!

Homeschool Administration: Complete third quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due June 15. Letters of intent filed. Annalise’s standardized test ordered, administered, and returned by July 1.

  • Reports and letters submitted; testing phase completed, and pulling-together phase has commenced. Expect to have this ready and in the mail by Tuesday the 30th, at the latest.

Photo digitalization: Scan Arizona travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Some Arizona; some others, as needed for posts.

ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date.

  • I consistently did very well with this.


Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 1, and write reviews for 3.

  • This was a bust; too much drafting. Next up:Plan to make this a secondary focus for August and September, which are revision months for me.

NNWM local group: Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.

  • I love my group – this was easy! =D

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation twice a week.

  • Becoming more natural and varied; making the goal every week. Big win!

Starfleet: Fill out application and attend at least one USS Albany group meeting.

  • Not yet. Seems I have something happening near the end of each month, and time slips away…

My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least four times per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • Exceeding – Usually, a few times a week for each. I rocked this one; family harmony and connection multiplying exponentially! <3

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity at least twice weekly.

  • Mostly; not perfect.

Practice: Resume t’ai chi or yoga classes by end of round.

  • T’ai chi has become a regular part of my schedule. Postponing yoga at least for now.

Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering.

  • Nothing new read. Pondering.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s

ROW80 Writing Challenge

the writing challenge that knows  you have a life!

The Light at the End of the Tunnel Edition: Second Serving Sunday

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead,

from my little corner of the blogosphere!

Are you ready?

Life Stuff:

Last Week’s Edition: New Jersey

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

It’s been a week of writing and plotting, family connection, hometending, deep thoughts, and inspirations beginning to rise to the surface in a series of exciting little bubblings-up. It’s a little like a Yellowstone mud pot of the mind.

I’m heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel, three scenes from the end of the most emotionally difficult novel I’ve ever drafted, and I’ve got a fairly firm sense, now, of how it’s all going to come together (as usual, my characters, once plotted and released to their own lives, went off the plan in ways that were unexpected and far more real than what I envisioned!).

Sometime in the next few hours, I will complete my JuNoWriMo challenge, with 50,000 new words (As I type this, I’m at 48,458; given my activity pattern, I’ll probably reach the goal before this is posted).  I expect to finish this novel sometime today or tomorrow, which means I will be stepping up my plotting for Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #3) and  Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn Weft Series #2), which will both be receiving some drafting treatment in July…

July, which is a deeply emotionally charged month for me, and the final month of this four-month creative marathon. Although I’ve loved the challenges and the results, there will be a certain quiet joy in shifting, at month’s end, to the quieter world of revision and reflection…

What does July mean to you?

Last week’s features:

ROW80: The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.

  • Just Add Water: The penultimate update finds me at poolside, a state away from home, with the kids, soaking up friends and fun before a long drive home.

Eight Sentence Sunday: An eight to ten sentence fictional hors-d’ouvre!

Ready. Set. Write! (updates on Mondays, from 6/15 on)!

Mindful Monday: A weekly foray into self-awareness and intention.

  • On the Horizon: Parenting with Intention Part 4: For the past three weeks, we’ve explored the past and present of my journey to mindfulness in parenting. Now, for the fourth installment, we bring out the crystal ball, and peer into the future…

WIPpet Wednesday: A date-related snippet from a WIP (Work in Progress). Get it? WIPpet!

  • Did It?  After a frightening incident with her stepfather, Airisu runs away to consider whether it means what he said it did. Another excerpt from Generations.

Coffee and Conversation: In which we explore personal realities, over a cuppa!

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday): A freely-written, unedited (except for typos), passage.

Variety’s Spice: Extra seasoning to add diversity to life!

What’s Next:

As June prepares to roll into July, I’m wrapping up some of these goals. None finished, quite yet, but several teetering on the edge, just waiting for that good gust of focus…that’s what the next few days will be, for me – blowing gusts of focused energy at various projects, to see what I can complete before I run out of month…

June Focuses:

This week, on the blog:

  • #8sunday: Eight to ten new sentences from….well, I think I’ll keep that a surprise for now.
  • Next week’s Second Serving! Exciting blogposts! Story excerpts! Bits of life as I know it! How could we go wrong?
  • Ready. Set. Write!: My Week Five Update! I intend for this to be filled with new projects, and much progress – and fun! =D
  • Mindful Monday: A #onegoodcup update: I’ve been having my cuppa for a couple of months now, and some things have happened…
  • WIPpet Wednesday: New stuff for April – July. I’ll be sharing whatever I’m writing, when I get to planning Wednesday’s posts. This week….something else. Yup, that’s all I’m saying about that!
  • Coffee and Conversation: And here comes July…my own personal emotional roller coaster of a month…I explore the heights and the descents as they commence…
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS): A post based on the weekly prompt, TBA Friday. Might be fictional, or non, depending on how and where the stream flows…but probably fictional through July – the last month of my four-month creative marathon!

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

  • Unregrettable:  Some thoughts about living with regrets – and a call to just ditch the nasty little buggers!


It Wasn’t the Knife: Generations (KIC#2) for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

The Quill is mightier than the Sword (at least on the weekend.

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday! 

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Sign up below with your name, blog and email and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday 05/30/15 and 9:00 AM on Sunday 05/31/15. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their #8sunday posts.

It’s a second chance to share a small snippet of my current writing. Most weeks, I tie them back to my WIPpet Wednesday post, so reading both can give a deeper peek…

This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Did It?”

This excerpt comes from Generations , the second novel in my Kifo Island Chronicles near-future fantasy series.

Can Kifo Island help three generations of a wounded makeshift family coexist despite the forces and secrets that tear them apart, or will time run out for the dying grandmother, the abusive stepfather, and the brilliant, traumatized little girl caught in the middle?

I’m offering eight sentences today. Airisu has run away, after a troubling interaction with her stepfather. Now, she’s pondering his parting words, and their implications.

Caution – Potential Triggers….

It Wasn’t the Knife

But Airisu had known; she could tell. He was dangerous, just like all the other johns who came to Aijo.


He was the most dangerous of all.

She couldn’t tell. She wouldn’t. Because of his words.

“Whores don’t have friends, Iris; you’ll lose them all, if they know…”

It wasn’t the knife that had frightened her; it was the blade of those words.


Is what Father Howie said true?

Will he find out that she’s run away?

What happened to Airisu, and will she be safe?

I’m only 4 scenes from the end of this novel, now, so all will be known (to me), by the end of the novel. Everyone else will have to wait a while….

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