Snuggling into My Nest: December 17, 2014

Wanna ROW with us? Another round starts in January!

Can you believe Hanukkah has begun, and Christmas Eve is only a week away? That we’re down to the final two weeks of 2014?

Do you have big plans, for these two weeks?

I’m wrapping up. Not gifts, so much – we have a rather non-traditional approach to gift-giving, here, and the kids have pressed ‘purchase’ on their Amazon wish lists, so, other than stocking stuffers, that’s done.

Instead, I’m wrapping up my 2014 writing; and looking forward to 2015.

It’s been a banner year…I’ll have more on that for Round 1, 2015; but, for now, I’m recovering from our weekend trip, making steps to get our home back into a state approximating chaotic order. I’m making progress, and getting closer to the end of my NaNo novel…and wrapping up other projects.

And I’m giving myself some time and space to relax, and dream, and allow that to help me shift to a new year, and new goals.

And, on that note…

Thanks to George Takei’s Facebok page! <3

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children. Completed 12/15.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Both done and submitted on Monday. Free now until March.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Recently visited our friends, the Woodmans, in New Jersey.

2014 Fitness:

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

  • Reduced weight by 1 pound from October weight; didn’t check in November.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water

  • Fish or seafood (shrimp).

  • Soup: 2/1 (French onion).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • I’m dragging my Second Serving Sunday post. Post-travel tired; family time. Will get to it today or tomorrow.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Momentum stalled; still backlogged. Will change this by the end of the round.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Sunday: 2,048 words.

  • Monday: 4,126 words.

  • Tuesday: 3,070 words.

  • Scene: 56/60. At the beginning of the first resolution scene.

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire,  and Perchance to Dream.

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

  • I’ve reread most of the current draft, in preparation for planning and new writing.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • Puttering and general cleanup; no big progress.

Clean up files:

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain below 100 messages.

  • A little above 100, on average. Playing post-travel catch-up.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

  • General notes and impressions; will write a draft later this week.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new. By the weekend, though.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

At least one workout at the Y each week.

  • Very mellow cardio workout; first time back in three weeks. I was very fatigued, post-travel.

Meet or increase existing cardio goals.

  • Treadmill:.5 mile/10 minutes; about 2 minutes off my target/mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 6.2 miles/30 minutes; 1.8 miles off target.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Nothing new.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Nothing new.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • 1/ 2 complete.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 3/5; (2 salads; 1 smoothie).

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

  • Whole grains: 2/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain roll).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 2/3 (broccoli; clementine).

Celebrating New York’s Dutch roots…our way!

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

  • Clean up Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.

  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Greek yogurt.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

  • Wrote something that may form the basis of the draft; will play with it later this week.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

WIPpet Wednesday: A Horse’s What Did You Say?

 

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 is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

I’m sharing a snippet from The IDIC Romance, my Story A Day May Challenge project. This is a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction, exploring the interspecies relationship of T’Pol and Trip.

Disclaimers: T’Pol, Trip, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

Last week Trip and T’Pol tried to figure stuff out. This week, they take it a step – or a saying – further…this one’s pretty long, but I had fun with Kathi’s word, ‘horse’s’ – pretty much everything in this snippet is brand new material! Thanks, WIPpet Mistress!

Will Trip be able to explain slang toT’Pol? Do they both have secret agendas? Read on!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is December 17, 2014.
  • My simple math: 18 paragraphs, with lots of quick dialogue, and one added as a December treat (one shabbos candle; one star; one snowflake; one month to go till 2015, one saying, or another…your choice!)

Add-on scene for the pilot episode: Broken Bow Part 1. Ive done my best to extrapolate without violating series canon.

 

So, you like being in the company of a horse’s ass, then?” I whispered it so softly, I wasn’t even sure I’d made a sound, but T’Pol turned to face me again, the frown right where I thought it would be. Figuring her out was promising to be even more fun than figuring out that fancy Warp Five engine up on Enterprise.

Is ‘a horse’s ass’ analogous to a ‘jackass’, Trip?” She raised a brow at me, and tipped her head a little, and I’d be damned if it didn’t look like she had a bright little glimmer in her eyes while she waited for her answer. Was I really gonna finally get lucky enough to have a woman I wanted to figure out think I was worth figuring out, too? But then I remembered that she was going to be gone, as soon as we got that huge Klingon fellow back to his own people. She’d be at the damned Vulcan Consulate, where protocol said she had to stay put, not even go out for a few minutes. They sure as hell weren’t going to let her keep in touch with a human engineer…

Unless I could figure out a way to make her want to stay, the Cap’n agree to keeping her around – and the damned Vulcan High Command to assign her to us permanently…

If you are attempting to discover the lower threshold of my auditory range, you have done so.”

What – oh. No, I didn’t say anything – I kinda got to thinking…” But I couldn’t tell her, not yet. I figured we needed to actually get to bed with each other, first, spend some quality time where she could let go the way she seemed to want to, at least sometimes.

Does my query truly require so much analysis?”

Your query -?” Damn, I’d gotten distracted by plotting to keep her here; what the hell had she asked me?

Are the terms ‘a horse’s ass’and ‘jackass’ analogous?”

Oh. Right. Well, yes and no, I guess. I’m pretty sure a ‘jackass’ was actually a term for a male donkey, originally. A ‘horse’s ass’ is technically the – well, the rump of the horse.” I patted my own backside for effect. “But, when they’re used to describe behavior, they mean pretty much the same thing.”

I fail to see the logic in the terminology.” That glimmer was still in her eyes, and I suddenly got the idea that she might just be indulging her ‘fascination’ with me, too.

Maybe that’s because it’s not ‘terminology’, and it’s not supposed to be logical. They’re just sayings, T’Pol – you know, idioms. Figures of speech. Expressions.” She just looked at me, her face never changing, as though maybe she was waiting for me to start making sense. It might be a long wait, sweetheart…but I was damned sure gonna try to teach her something; make good use of every chance for inter-species understanding I could. “There are a lot of sayings with horses in them, maybe because they were an important part of our history.”

Such as?”

You can lead a horse to water; but you can’t make him drink. Getting up on your high horse. A herd of wild horses couldn’t keep me away. Horsefeathers. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Horse sense. That’s a horse of a different color. Dark horse. Don’t beat a dead horse. I could eat a horse – ”

I believe I have heard enough. Does each of these – figures of speech – carry some significance, to humans?”

Well, it’s kind of cultural; informal language isn’t the same as formal. People from different areas use different expressions. Malcolm, Travis, and Hoshi all use some I’m not used to, because they grew up in different places. It’s not an exact science, or a science at all, but, if you understand the expression someone’s using, it gives you a better sense of what they mean, without them needing to explain.”

It seems a most -inexact method of communication. There is no such confusion, in Vulcan.” She looked like she was trying to figure out if that was a good thing, or not. Maybe she was fascinated by slang- wouldn’t that be something, with the way she talked?

You mean, there aren’t any idioms, at all?” She shook her head a little, and I tried to imagine what that would be like, but couldn’t. Or maybe I could – a whole planet of people who sounded like living computers, the way she sometimes did, at least before we got locked in here. “I guess we’ve got a lot to learn about each other’s cultures,” I said. “I’m looking forward to having the chance to figure it out with you.”

Perhaps at least some of the ‘figuring out’ could be done upon a comfortable bed, and behind a door that can be locked.” She’d been still, this whole time, but now she started to quiver again – and her scent and her eyes spoke another type of language entirely. One I thought I could spend about a lifetime getting to know…

Did T’Pol just proposition Trip?! Will they find the elusive bed and door, and the time to use them to figure each other out?

Come back next week to find out more!

Movable and Inspiring Nest: December 14, 2014

Wanna ROW with us?

Hey there! How are ya?

The kids and I have been visiting our dear friends, the Woodman family, since late Thursday. We live in upstate New York, and they live in central New Jersey…but Skype and text chats can only go so far, so, a few times a year, we load up the Outback and make the five-hour drive to our “second home”.

No one gets much sleep, but a tremendous amount of fun is had…the pictures will say it better than I can!

Writing is not as prolific for me, here – too many wonderful other things to do, and, after all, it’s not why we came, even if Sylvia is my personal patron of the arts and loves to have my typing away at her kitchen table, on the guest bed, or in her living room…so, while there is writing, the focus narrowed to blogging, the kids’ reports (nearly done, and due tomorrow), and my NaNo WIP, which is getting close to the resolution scenes, and still surprising me…

But the inspiration? That will ride home in the car with us, later today, and be with me for some time to come…be on the lookout for many, many words in the next week or two!

Here’s looking at you and yours, Sylvia Woodman! You guys make me a better me! =D

Do you have personal friends who inspire you to go more deeply into your passions? Have you let them know what that means to you?

Creating her own ice cream volcano! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Finally “caught up”: but with a travel weekend, I still might slip a bit behind this week before I hit an even keel.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Currently visiting our friends, the Woodmans, in New Jersey.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Played “Emperor Penguin Catch” and went for a walk.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water

  • Fish or seafood (crab cakes).

  • Nuts: 3 / 2 (pumpkin seeds; slivered almonds).

  • Yogurt: 2 /2.

  • Whole grains: 3/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain challah bread; Cheerios).

  • Fruits/vegetables: lots: Number uncertain (romaine lettuce; extra veggies on sub; carrots; hummus; steamed broccoli; clementines).

    Soup: Tomato basil.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Four friends, piling up for Minecraft fun! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – answer comments.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Increasing momentum; there’s still a backlog.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Wednesday: 3,505 words.

  • Thursday:    2,034 words.

  • Friday:         5,112 words.

  • Saturday:     3,002 words.

  • Scene: 54/60. Getting very close to the end; things are beginning to come together.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • Out of town – nothing new.

Clean files:

  • Nothing new.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Added one item.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete except attendance log.

  • Jeremiah’s report about two-thirds done.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • Our trip to visit friends has included ice skating for Annalise; lots of physical play; and going for walks.
  • 1/ 2 complete.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 2/5 (both salads).

I’m festive! Hats were a big part of this weekend! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

  • Clean up Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

Besties at the ice rink, apres skate. Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

SoCS : Back Through the Wreckage

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme.

The idea is simple – post an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt -this week’s is back.

This week, I’m going back (see what I did there?) to my Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel-in-progress, The Earth Doth Move. We’ve heard from Spock and his father, Sarek, in past SoCs posts; now, as I move through the final few scenes of the draft, we get to experience a moment through the viewpoint of Amanda Grayson, Spock’s human mother, as she contemplates the aftermath of disaster, and the steps taken to avoid devastation.

This post is also a little special for another reason. In the just after midnight hours of November 1, I began this novel as my NaNoWriMo 2014 project. And, because my children and their out of state best friends like to spend Halloween together, I began it right where I am now, just after midnight on December 13, (12/13/14!), on the guest bed at the home of my very own personal patron of the arts, Sylvia Woodman.

I’d love to finish the seven scenes and a bit I have left to write before we leave here Sunday evening. There’d be a certain symmetry in completing it, back here where I started it. I’m not sure I can do it, but I’m giving it a try!

Here’s that first post, Memory Swirled….

And, now, onto the new! =D

Disclaimer: Spock, his family, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful even when I’m not logical!

Amanda’s mind drifted back, through the past days, through the sharing, reaching to hold her son, to feel him as much as she was able.

Would Spock be able to find his way back to them, through the wreckage of his psyche? Could there be healing, for him, when the wound was so traumatic, still so open and bleeding?

The Starfleet physicians had tended to his body – T’Pol had sensed that much. The physical wounds were no longer a threat to his life, but they’d come from his inner injury, and they couldn’t heal that for him. Not even the extraordinary sharing could heal him – only offer him support, and a way back if he was strong enough, and if he chose to take it. And if he could…

“Amanda, it’s time.”

“Wha – oh!” She hadn’t known that she had fallen asleep, until T’Pol’s voice jolted her awake – awake from some dream of Spock and his Huntress, Sarek and Winona, T’Pol and Trip, all dancing along in their sharings, without her – she was bereft, on the outside, with no way to get back to them….

“You aren’t alone, you know.” She opened her eyes to T’Pol, standing on her own now, but with the human man’s arm wound snugly around her waist. Trip was smiling at her. “We’ve all felt left out a time or two. But you’re not. You’re our boy’s mom, and if anyone can help him find his way back from the edge, it’s you, and we’re all here to back you up as best as we can -“

“Enough, Trip. You won’t speak to her further, now. You’re correct; I’m a jealous woman, and it’s best that you don’t forget.”

“Silly little pepperpot. Now that I’m back with you, do you think I’d be stupid enough to screw this up?”

“Past experience suggests that either of us might ‘screw this up’, in a variety of ways.”

“That ‘past experience’ is a century old! Give us both some credit for having learned a thing or two.”

T’Pol accepted his proffered ouz’hesta; fingers brushed fingers, soul brushed soul, and Amanda longed to feel that touch so badly that her own fingers twitched and ached for it, her soul opening to -to -

To Sarek, reaching back to her through their bond, which was singing and alive as he stretched toward her, enveloped her in awareness of him, made her truly a part of what he was sharing with Winona, from whom he was gradually pulling back; retreating, as he became more and more able to reclaim his own will, as the compulsion to act out Spock’s longings and madness faded away…

This week’s guest prompt comes to us from Pavowski.  I don’t mind that he’s a high school English teacher; he doesn’t seem to mind that my teen’s never attended school a day in his life (but knows about anthropomorphism, because he does watch PBS!)

Enjoy stream-of consciousness writing? Anyone can play, so long as they are willing to follow a few simple rules. See you next week, for another live-streaming look into the lovely chaos in my mind! =)

Join in or read more SoCS posts here!

WIPpet Wednesday: Figuring Stuff Out


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 is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

I wanted to get to more WIPpets last week – really, I did.

And then the story took over, and, before I knew it, it was this week, with a new set of WIPpets…and another chance for me to do better…I’m traveling, and so there won’t be quite as much focus for writing – but maybe just enough for reading and commenting on WIPpets!

If I don’t get to you, feel free to lob something reasonably soft and smooth-edged in the general direction of my head…because I really, really don’t want to forget to visit you! =)

Anyway, here we are, back to TnT and their adventure in a little cell…

I’m sharing a snippet from The IDIC Romance, my Story A Day May Challenge project. This is a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction, exploring the interspecies relationship of T’Pol and Trip.

Disclaimers: T’Pol, Trip, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

Last week Trip tried for humor to as a distraction, in, “That Query is Illogical” only, T’Pol took him seriously. This week, they try to figure stuff out, with a shocking twist or two…

Will Trip put his foot back in his mouth? Will T’Pol finally figure out how to get them out of there? Is there a comfy bed in their future? Read on!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is December 10, 2014.
  • My simple math: 11 shortish paragraphs, and one added as a December treat (one shabbos candle; one star; one snowflake; one month to go till 2015, one sharp-eared Vulcan in a cell….your choice!)

This story is an add-on scene for the pilot episode: Broken Bow Part 1. Ive done my best to extrapolate without violating series canon.

T’Pol, listen – ”

Yes, Commander?” She turned her head slightly; but her fingers kept delicately probing the edge of the field generator; something I maybe should’ve done when we were first dumped here- except I’d been worried about her, and then she’d pushed me into the wall, and then I’d kissed her, and reality shifted forever, at least for me. But she looked like she was all the way back to duty mode and pure Vulcan logic, with no room left for anything as illogical as inter-species attraction.

I didn’t mean I was literally in danger of dying if we stay here. Truth is, I was talking to myself, and I had no idea those ears of yours are as sharp as they are beautiful -”

It would be highly illogical to evolve an ear shape specifically for aesthetic appeal, Trip. Vulcan ears are designed to capture and cup sound in a desert environment, where various factors can make tracking sound and source difficult. They are a survival characteristic; nothing more.”

Well, they’re a hell of a lot more to me. They’re beautiful, and I want to kiss them and nibble them and whisper things into them that would shock you down to your prim little toes – which I’ll just bet are as sexy as the rest of you…”

T’Pol’s left hand jerked just a little -and caught the edge of the beam. She made a startled little gasp, and shook it before examining it. She didn’t turn around, though.

Aww, hell, T’Pol. Sorry – I’ve got this habit of needing to figure stuff out. Makes me a pretty damned good engineer – but maybe not the best guy to share a cell with.”

Does that mean that you do not wish to – ” Damn, she was quivering again, and adding new layers of smell to those already in the little room. “To do the things you said you desired, regarding my ears and toes?”

I laughed. She didn’t have to be even looking at me anymore for me to know she was wearing that confused little frown. “Oh, I want to do them, all right, T’Pol. And more, too. I don’t want to miss so much as a centimeter between them. I want to make those toes of yours curl, and your back arch, and feel you quivering – and damn, woman, why don’t you just order me to shut my damned mouth?”

Perhaps that is something that engineers and scientists have in common, Trip. I also find- pleasure- in ‘figuring stuff out’. And I find your ears – ” She stopped, still facing the wall, with her head turned so I could get just a little peek of her face. I thought she wasn’t going to finish the sentence, when she added, “fascinating. Your ears – and the rest of you, as well. I can think of no one I would prefer to be locked in a cell with.”

All right, Tucker. Ball’s in your court; don’t blow it. At least she can’t see you picking your jaw up off the floor…

What’s Trip’s next move, here? Will he figure out the tempting little Vulcan lady who keeps shocking him, and herself? Did she hear his jaw hitting the floor?

Come back next week to find out more!

 

Second-Serving Sunday: The SQUEE! Edition!

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

Last week in life:

  • NaNoWriMo 2014 wrapped up with a Sunday write-in (I’ve found my new weekly writing group!). My final word count for November – 167,303 words, a huge new record for me! I attended the after party; then started catching up with the rest of life (blog comments, hometending, reading, and those homeschool reports); fell right back into the novel, including a best ever single day of 11,533 words, and set a writing plan for December.
  • In other writing news, I finally posted the review I promised! And…cue the drum roll, please… I received payment for my short story, “A Splash of Red”, which means it will soon be appearing in the premiere issue of World Unknown Review! Don’t worry, I will post links when I have them!

And now, on to the week’s goodies!

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: The Day-Late, WHEW! Edition

And now, last week’s features…

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Uschooling Present: The prompt ‘present’ leads me to explore multiple facets of the word as they relate to our unschooling family.

ROW80 Updates:

  • Leaving My NaNo-Nest: I write many, many words as I finish NaNoWriMo 2014; and look forward to a mellower December.
  • A December Nest: I set some new goals for a new month…and keep on drafting!

What’s Next:

My writing plan for December:

  • Complete kids’ first quarter homeschool reports, due December 15. I’ve started my daughter’s report, as it’s the more complex of the two.
  • Complete rough draft my NaNoWriMo project, The Earth Doth Move, another Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fictiongreat progress this week; I’ve now got only 11 scenes left to write.
  • Complete rough draft of my “dangling” fanfiction WIP from July 2013 CampNaNo, Perchance to Dream. – 10 scenes left to write. I’ll finish this one after I finish TEDM.
  • Complete and post the review I promised a fellow writer a few weeks back. I finally posted this to Amazon! It was easier than I thought it would be. I will definitely be doing more of these, as I didn’t know how important they are for independent and self-publishing authors.
  • Draft a basic writing plan for 2015, with a focus for each season/round. I’ve given this a little thought, and will rough out ideas this week.

And on the blog:

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Life Stuff:

  • Another local NaNo write-in, a trip to visit our New Jersey friends, more writing, hometending, and maybe a swim with my girl…

Want to join in on the Second Serving Sunday fun? Here’s how!

A December Nest: December 4, 2014

Come ROW with us!

So, what happens, after the NaNoThon?

Well, in my case, I keep writing. I’ve got a little more than a quarter of the story left to write, and a sixth of another, and I want to finish them both (and well) this month.

But I’m doing it at a more leisurely pace. And I’ll be doing other things, things I put aside for the NaNoThon – writing things, reconnecting things, traveling things, preparing things, reviewing things, joyful things, learning things…

You know. Life.

What about you? Is December a continuation of your November plans? A law unto itself? Just another month? Something completely different? I’d love to know!

So, with the above in mind; I offer up my December goals, already in progress…

Our 2012 trip tp the Street Walk…

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water; vegetables/fruits (veggie wrap; broccoli; celery; carrots; cucumbers; grape tomatoes).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Elegance and silliness – an some dancing in the street!

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • I lost track in the NaNo endgame and aftermath, but am getting caught up now.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Delving in gradually.

2014 Writing:

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, as my NaNo project.

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Monday: 4,013 words.

  • Tuesday: 4.003 words.

  • Scene: 42/60

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Complete the family room reset.

  • More general cleaning/tidying.

Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • My Accomplice made significant progress on the kitchen counter; I’m moving it forward.

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • A bit more magnet cleaning….almost done at last!

Clean up files.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

  • Just under 300 messages; aiming to clean out by Sunday.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Added a trip to New Jersey.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Met with local NaNo folk for the TGIO party; made arrangements to visit our friends, the Woodmans.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan/execute at least two activities each month that promote physical activity.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Grains (whole grain rice and bread); nuts (slivered almonds); yogurt; salads/smoothies (2 salads; 1 smoothie).

Exploration and Ornamentation…

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • Queue one post each for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Create a potential sharing list for each feature (Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, blog hops, etc.)

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Draft a Rough Website Wish List.

  • Give some attention/publicity to my Second Serving Sunday blog hop in the making…

  • Start a list of favorite Unfettered posts, with links.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Write rough ideas for all as-yet unwritten volumes in the Trueborn duology.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts of all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is.

Clean up files.

  • Clean up all Desktop and Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

  • Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • Complete my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

  • Add fish or seafood once a week.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

Well, that seems like plenty to start December off with! Spread some cheer to the other ROWers, too!

Moments on the Street…