Nest of Absinthe and Thistle?: November 24 2014

 

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How do you know that you’re a writer?

No, I don’t mean just that you write, so, obviously, you’re a writer. I don’t mean all the drifts and banks and tides of words you create. I’m not even talking about the things that you’ve published.

I’m talking about those moments when you know, deep down, that you’re doing something most people wouldn’t be doing, in a way they might not be doing it – purely for the sake of your current project.

Like staying up all night writing, and then, at 6am, losing myself in researching absinthe. No, I’m not looking to start experimenting with this fascinating alcoholic beverage Despite my intrigue, it contains both anise  and fennel – and I strongly dislike those flavors.

But my main character does experiment – and then absinthe becomes a moving force in his life.

And so, there I was, learning about the composition of absinthe, its effects (known and rumored), the ritual of preparation and variants of that, its history, and the equipment used to perform the ritual…

Including those beautiful spoons…yes, I’m swooning for those spoons! They led me to the thought that the spoons used in my character’s version of the absinthe ritual might be symbolic-

Which meant that at 7am, I was researching thistles…

And that is how I know I’m a writer! How about you?

“Green Muse” -Albert Maignan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

And now, on to the ROWing!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014). (adapting goal)

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 161/333.
  • Still well under my comfort level, definitely slowed down as the writing steps up.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Reviewed and adapted November blogging plans.

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • Two slips outstanding.

2014 Fitness:

  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals ( soup;yogurt; nuts; grains).

  • 2/2 Greek yogurt.

  • 3/ 2 nuts (sea salted cashews; salted almonds).

  • 4/3 grain (whole grain bread; corn flakes; corn taco shells; whole wheat wrap).

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • 5/3; sub with veggies; veggie/shrimp tacos; clementine; snap peas; veggie wrap.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

By SDC (Copied from the English Wikipedia.) [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Sharing hasn’t been great, and this post is late. I’ve been writing, writing, writing!

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 8/20

  • Current Scene: 30/60

  • Word Count: 105,729/~125,000

  • New Words: 31,194!

  • New Pages: 58!

2014 Hometending:

  • Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Continue my FutureLearn class, Exploring Play, until finished.

  • Still at 37% complete. Week 3/7. Nothing new this time…writing.

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • 1/ 2 excursions complete.
  • Second excursion planned for Monday.

Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

  • Friday: 10 minutes.
  • 2/3 sessions.
  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.
  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.
  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 3/5; all salads.

By Eric Litton (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

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

Pablo Picasso, 1901-02, Femme au café (Absinthe Drinker), oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.jpg

Pablo Picasso, 1901-02, Femme au café (Absinthe Drinker), oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Second-Serving Sunday: Instant Plot Twist – Just Add Absinthe Edition

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

Okay, maybe I should explain that title up there, and add a disclaimer…

I’ve never tried absinthe, and although I’ve been fascinated by it for decades, I have no current plans to. I have children, and they need me, and what I’ve read and heard from people I know who have tried it, it’s too intense for where I am in my life, especially since I indulge in alcohol of any kind less than a handful of times in a typical year…

That doesn’t mean that I’ll never try it. It won’t be that many more years before my kids are grown enough that they don’t need us in the same way…but today isn’t a ‘will she or won’t she” post.

Rather than debate, one of my characters leapt without looking at all, and the new absinthe in his life has led to all manner of new plot twists – and a LOT of words…seriously – a lot.

What about you? Have you ever tried something that seemed remarkable? Absinthe? Skydiving? Petting a tiger? Something completely different? If you’re a writer, do you throw you characters off the limb in ways the reader might not expect? Do you love seeing your character discover a new side of him/her/itself as it adjusts to the change?

Or is that my own particular brand of fun writerly madness? Drop me a line and clue me in – I promise I’ll get caught up on comments after NaNo! ;D

“Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. Courtesy Wikimedia and Google Art Project.

And now, on to the week’s goodies!

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: NaNoWinMo Edition!

And now, last week’s features…

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Intoxication and Intimacy: In a NaNo -oriented SoCS post, a young half-Vulcan cadet named Spock learns some new ways of connecting…using the prompt “IN”, and legal intoxicants.

ROW80 Updates:

What’s Next:

My writing plan for November:

  • Complete a rough draft my NaNoWriMo project, The Earth Doth Move, another Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction - the companion novel to my fantasy WIP,Blood and Breath. I’ve written many many words, and the story is surprising me with every scene. Into the second set of pinch points, sailing toward Act Three!
  • Complete the review I promised a fellow writer a few weeks back, so it doesn’t get lost in the NaNo madness…I drafted this last Tuesday. I will revise as needed and post it to Amazon this Tuesday. =)

And on the blog:

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

  • My research on absinthe led me to these lovely absinthe spoons. Whether I ever balance sugar on them or not, these little masterpieces were a feast for my eyes.
  • It’s NaNo Time! At the end of the month, I’m going to treat myself to a cool NaNo poster!
  • Van Gogh was an absinthe fan. In his honor, I offer this domino tribute video!

Life Stuff:

  • Tomorrow, the kids and I are going to celebrate a bit of unseasonably warm weather by going for a swim, and maybe a walk at a park or playground.
  • Tuesday, there’s another NaNo Write-In, and Thursday, we’ll celebrate my Accomplice having the day off, and go to a local buffet restaurant, where everyone can eat what they like, since half the members of our family aren’t fans of traditional Thanksgiving fare…
  • And then, I write like a madwoman till the end of the month! BWAHAHA!

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

SoCS : “Intoxication and Intimacy”

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 in.

It’s November, and, for me, that means NaNoWriMo. For this month, I’ll be using the prompts to inspire passages of my novel-in-progress, The Earth Doth Move.

This week’s post is a little different. When I read the prompt, I realized that I’d just written a stream-of-consciousness passage that fit perfectly. A little warning – there are mild drug references in this passage, so, if you find those offensive, this might not be the post for you. I went where the story carried me.

I’ve got another 615 words, the beginning of a bonfire scene. Enjoy!

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!

Spock sat, watching the flow of humans bathed in the light of the fire, listening to the surging and falling of the waves, an unseen but deeply felt powerful force that tugged at him.

It was late, and the humans seemed to be clustering, now, in small groups – couples, and sometimes more. He longed for Mara, but she was on duty tonight, and couldn’t find anyone to switch.

“Hey, I heard you were here all by your lonesome. If you smile for me, I’ll share some of this, and maybe we can go for a walk along the beach.”

Spock had indulged in a pitcher of sangria, and his body was consumed in the flickering of the fire and the song of the waves, the light murmuring chatter of the others, some passing a variety of devices between them, to the potent smell of cannabis. He smiled, enjoying the way the firelight caught in her eyes and sent ever-varying shadows over her face…almost, he could feel T’Lys coming alive within him. “What is ‘this’ precisely?”

“Well, I heard a rumor you know about cannabis, and have enjoyed it more than once or twice. Is that true?”

“It is true, Darna. I find it -most agreeable.’

“Well, then, I think you’re going to love mine. I’ll let you in on a little secret, but you have to keep it to yourself, OK?”

“‘Tis in my memory locked, and you yourself shall keep the key of it.'”

“I didn’t know you knew Shakespeare. You are definitely the most – fascinating- Vulcan I’ve ever met.”

“You mentioned a secret, Darna.”

She flopped down next to him and reclined on his blanket,her head propped up on one elbow. “I grow it myself, back home. I’ve been doing it since I was fifteen or so, I guess. What I harvest- it’s parsecs better than anything else you’ll find in this town. But I don’t want people to know that. It’s my secret.”

“I will not tell.” She had a bag of a size that made it unlikely that it only held cannabis. “Have you something else to share with me this night, Darna?”

“Not here by the fire. This part’s not a secret; but I’ve only got enough for two, so maybe we could take a couple of torches and the blanket with us, and find a little spot a bit further up the beach. It’s the hour when that’s expected.”

“I had noticed that the number of people gathered around the fire is significantly reduced.” He rose, and dared to offer her his hand. She took it, and Spock focused on his breathing until he adjusted to the touch. Then he rolled the blanket, and they each took a burning stick from the fire – someone had seen that there were several of medium thickness, and, along the beach, little bits of firelight bobbed.

They didn’t speak as they walked, but, often, she pulled him in close, running her hands down his back to his hips, and he kissed her, with increasing fervor. It was clear in her mind- she desired him, and there would be no games, tonight, unless they were his. Her hunger was a pure hot flame within her, and Spock responded to that – with his own fiery passion, born upon the sands of Vulcan, and with that of T’Lys that was stretching and rousing within him.

They found a secluded space in the lea of a dune, where waving grasses provided an extra measure of intimacy and camouflage. “The tide’s coming in,” she said. “So we don’t want to get any closer to the shoreline – in case we’re too distracted to notice.”

 

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!

A Snowy Feather in My Nest: November 19, 2014

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Is it just me, or does November seem to be rushing by and taking its own sweet time, all at once?

I keep getting confused about what the date is. We’ve had some out-of-rhythm days here, and those tend to throw me a little. Add in NaNo, and well – I’ll know when the month is over, I’m sure. Right now, I’m a little perplexed and bewildered…but that’s an OK state to be in, when I’m half-lost in a story reality.

I also have some exciting news to share! One of my goals for this round was to revise my short story, “A Splash of Red”, and submit it to the brand new literary anthology, World Unknown Review. I managed to get it in just before the deadline – and I found out late Sunday that it was accepted!

This is my first short story to be published, and it’s -get this! – a paying market! My story will help to launch this new project, and go out into the wider world, testing out its new wings!

Or something like that. It’s 6am, and I haven’t been to bed yet…so I’m a bit muddled.

On that note, on to the ROWing!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 126/333.
  • Still well under my comfort level, but little behind in emptying, this week, due to my workout and a NaNoWriMo Write-In.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Reviewed and adapted November blogging plans.

2014 Lifetending:

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

2014 Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Spent time cleaning up yard, trimming weeds, and building/tending the fire.

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

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals ( soup).

  • Chicken and wild rice.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Play Jar slips from the past…

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Comment answering and visiting have been more or less wretched, with the recent off-kilter schedule. I will be doing better over the next few days!

  • Sharing might have been diverse, but I really wasn’t paying much attention…

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 6/20

  • Current Scene: 21/60

  • Word Count: 74,039/~125,000

  • New Words: 12,427

  • New Pages: 22

  • I’m running behind where I hoped to be; I’ve had a bit of a lull, but I feel the momentum starting to build again, now…

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • An item or two; not a real focus for this session.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • The Road Less Traveled: page 318/318. Completed!

  • The Unschooling Handbook: page 38/224. I read this book when my now-teen was a toddler; it seems like a good time to reread. It’s a relatively simple, quick format.

  • 1/2 Books complete.

Continue my FutureLearn class, Exploring Play, until finished.

  • Still at 37% complete. Week 3/7. Class has ended; I’ll keep going!

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Trip to Chuck E. Cheese for a birthday party.
  • 1/ 2 excursions complete.

Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Not quite. Only two core exercises; NaNo-abbreviated workout.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…
  • Still standing at this marker; no treadmill this week.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • Skipped the track this week.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.

  • Pedaled a mile; NaNo-abbreviated workout.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Skipped these this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (yogurt; nuts; grains).

  • 1/2 Greek yogurt.

  • 1/ 2 nuts (sea salted cashews).

  • 2/3 grain (whole grain bread).

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 2/5; both salads.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • 1/3; extra veggies on a sub.

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

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

The next phase of a NaNo WIP past, Bounded by a Nutshell. Revision pending.

WIPpet Wednesday: About a Thousand Years Ago…

 

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’ve got kind of big news to share today! My fantasy short story, “A Splash of Red” was accepted by L.S. Engler for her brand-new literary anthology, World Unknown Review!

I’m excited. I’ve never had a short story accepted before, and I spent a lot of time with this one. It took about three years to go from a half-autobiographical dream to the version I submitted. There were times in the revision process where I was certain it was a tangled and half-baked story that would never make sense, and that no one would want to read it.

If I hadn’t spent those years sharing my writing in forums like this one, I don’t think I would have had the courage to submit this story, which is truly a little piece of my soul, and my life, to a paying market. It would still be just “something I’m playing with”.

But now, it will be more. My little baby story is out in the world, getting ready to fly…

It’s scary-wonderful. I’m deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity.

And now, on to the WIPpeting! =D

I’m sharing a story 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.

Disclaimer: 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!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 19, 2014.
  • My simple non-math: 11 mostly short paragraphs, for the month.

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.

This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Little Miss Not So Logical? Trip’s in the middle of his own rather intense reaction…will T’Pol be able to help him, or will she give in to her own powerful impulses?

“Are you well, Commander Tucker?”

I realized I’d been staring at her chest, and jerked my focus back to her face – damn, was it just my imagination, or did she actually look amused?

“I’m, uh, just fine'”.

“Your complexion has changed color, your respiration and heart rate have undergone marked acceleration, and your pupils are dilated – ” She might be back to being a clinician, but this was damned sure not my idea of ‘playing doctor’!

I seem to remember you being more than a little green and breathless yourself, a few minutes ago, Subcommander.

I have explained that my -intense reaction – was due to an instinctive and involuntary response -”

“Yeah? Well, I’m, uh- having a pretty’ intense reaction’ to you, just now. I’ll, uh, get hold of myself in a few seconds.” How the hell I was going to do that, I had no idea, but I didn’t need to tell her that.

“Is there some way I can – assist you?” Her voice went all soft and husky, and the places my mind leapt to – her pinning me down again, or stripping out of her clothes, or – were definitely not helping…well, they were helping something, but I hadn’t exactly had any problems in that department, at least not since she walked into the Cap’n’s Ready Room and put my body and imagination on high alert, even when she was ignoring me or driving me nuts…

“Aww, hell…” I wanted to grab her, crush her against me, breathe in that exotic scent, feel her come passionately alive, throw caution out the nearest airlock and touch my fingertips to hers, so we could get lost together in whatever that plasma current was… “Stop it, Tucker. Stop it right now, while you still can.” I growled it through gritted teeth, and straightened my spine to attention. T’Pol’ eyes scanned slowly down my body, pausing just south of center, and she sighed and quivered. Nothing in hell I could do to hide the fact that I was at attention with all I had…

“Damn damn damn,” I whispered, watching my hand reach toward her as though it belonged to someone else, wondering what it was going to do, sure it was going to get us both in more trouble…but all I did was straighten her jacket so that it hung evenly again…well, that and curl my hand over that trembling shoulder, almost close enough to touch her delicately pointed ear…

“Commander Tucker.” She said it softly, her eyes wide, and her full lips almost seeming to caress my title and name – but it was enough. I scrubbed a hand over my face and through my hair – damn, please don’t let her decide she needs to fix it again! Before she could, I whirled around and paced the three steps to the corner she’d gone to after that first kiss, about a thousand years ago, now…

Will Trip stay in the corner? Will T’Pol let him? Will they ever figure out how to be in the same place and not have’ intense reactions’ to each other?

You guessed it – you can watch the episode, or come back next week for another WIPpet snippet!

Until next week, live long, prosper, and, if it applies, happy NaNoing, y’all!

A Somewhat Off-Kilter Nest: November 16, 2014

 

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So, is it warm enough for you? Or cold enough?

I know. That’s a little paradoxical, as questions go. But I have readers all across the world, and so these are things I think about.

It’s cold, here. I’ve resisted starting a fire, so far – I don’t know why, but it’s the same every year, like there’s some little part of me that thinks that this small act of bringing fire inside is the beginning of the winter season.

Once we’ve done it, I revel in the glow, the warmth, the smell, even the challenge of keeping the fire fed, without allowing it to either die out or get uncomfortably warm. But, for now, I’m avoiding, even though the first snow of the season has fallen, and was enough to dust the ground for several hours.

It’s not quite winter enough, just yet…

Note: The kids and I attended a party early in the day, today. When we got home, my Accomplice had already left for work…and left us a mellow little first fire of the season.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 27/333.

2014 Fitness:

  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • First week’s success, here!

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals (yogurt; nuts; grains).

  • 2/2 Greek yogurt

  • 2/ 2 nuts (pistachios; slivered almonds).

  • 3/3 grain (whole grain bread; whole grain tortilla; corn tortilla chips).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Comment answering and visitin have been slow and spotty, but the others are good.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 5/20

  • Current Scene: 20/60

  • Word Count: 62,562/~125,000

  • New Words: 12,169

  • New Pages: 22

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • More on the great magnet project of 2014!

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Catch up on my FutureLearn class; Exploring Play.

  • 37% complete. Week 3/7. Class is ending, so:

  • Goal change: Continue the class until finished!

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Ideas currently being discussed: nature walk; indoor play space; swimming.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.

  • I was tired, and stopped after two miles. I’ll try again next week.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Arc trainer: 1 minute
  • Eliptical: 2 minutes.
  • Rowing machine: 3 minutes.
  • First week I’ve managed to do all three since I set this goal; now to increase the time.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 3/5 salads/smoothies.

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals ( soup).

  • Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

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

Second-Serving Sunday: NaNoWinMo Edition!

 

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

On Tuesday night, I reached the 50,000 word milestone, my NaNowriMo “win” while at a local write-in. That’s not the end of my NaNo month; I’m looking to finish a complete novel draft, at about 125,000 words. I’m edging up on 66,000 now, which is a bit behind where I would ideally like be, but still a reachable, if challenging, goal.

We’ve had our first snow, with big fat flakes that looked like stars when we peered up into the sky. It accumulated in a confectioner’s sugar dusting which lingered into this morning. Winter is on the way…we’ve got a little fire in the woodstove, and the house is a little tidier than usual…life is sweet.

And now, on to the week’s goodies!

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: Words, Words, Words Edition:

And now, last week’s features…

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

Variety’s Spice:

ROW80 Updates:

What’s Next:

My writing plan for November:

  • Complete a rough draft my NaNoWriMo project, The Earth Doth Move, another Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction - the companion novel to my fantasy WIP, Blood and Breath. This is moving right along, toward the midpoint
  • Complete the review I promised a fellow writer a few weeks back, so it doesn’t get lost in the NaNo madness…Nothing on this, yet…it’s scheduled for Tuesday.

And on the blog:

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Life Stuff:

  • Birthday party for my nephew, at Chuck E. Cheese. Lots of noise, lots of fun, lots of play!
  • NaNoWriMo Write-in, getting ready for winter, and still more words.

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