Gradual Presence: February 7, 2016

Happy Sunday to you! Here, the sun is making truth of the day, and, after 3 hours of PBS documentary indulgence (snub-nosed monkeys on Nature; bioluminescence on Nova; and the Western front of the Civil War), the house has settled into a quiet time, and I’m here to account for my last few days.

I’ve also had an epiphany or two, resulting in some new goals (offset in the list to differentiate them from existing goals), and more I’m contemplating and fine-tuning in my mind. Those will likely make an appearance by next Sunday, because, by then, I’ll have better settled back into a more typical flow after the intense marathon of preparing my short story for contest submission.

We’re not a football family, so the Super Bowl will happen without us. I’ll be going to my weekly write-in with our local NaNoWriMo group this evening, and my Accomplice, whose restaurant has no television, has an extra night off. He’s probably going to enjoy a few movies, or more documentaries.

But, before all that, comes an update. =)

Writing:

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 1/25 complete (A). Reread information for B post.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite of Scene 4/16 complete.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Beginning Wednesday, all posts on time. Experimenting with new schedule.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly.. Goal change pending. Answered some.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Back on track here.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Haven’t resumed yet; likely this week.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Better than it might have been; still room for improvement.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering, firewood.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Breakfast out with Annalise; plans with Jeremiah. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted beginning of “Slow Jazz”; completed crits for this week..
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 28/28 submitted to author. That’s a wrap – and I can’t wait to see the finished product! =)

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes. Outings; reading aloud; walks; conversation; canoodling.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews. Set aside for another week or so.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Finally got back to journaling and meditation on Thursday. 3/7. Getting back into this.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Good on the daily moving sprints: walks and hometending. Strenuous activity: 1 /2 carrying firewood.

 

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals here!

A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals Update

About this year’s #oneword.

I update this goals list periodically throughout the year, but at least at the end of each quarter. I’ll adapt, change, add, or delete as my life and progress indicate.

Writing:

  • Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2016. Fan fiction and self-publishing are acceptable. January: Several fan fiction, and one fantasy, stories. Submitted the fantasy. On track with this goal.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Write 3 new novels in this series as April, June and July NaNo prokects. Write 31 new flash stories for #STaD May; these can be the basis of these or future Kifo stories.
  • The IDIC Romance: Write 26 stories for April’s A-Z Challenge; and 30 for #StaD September, using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts, 1/26 A-Z stories drafted (M).

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. https://algren.submittable.com/submit The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Complete and submitted.

  • The IDIC Romance: Plot 25 April and 30 September stories. 1/25 April plot/pinch complete (A).

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series:Plan/plot Weft #3 Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough tinelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect,

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals.

Revision:

  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Until this week, when I’m running late due to my contest submission, I’ve submitted and critted every week. Expect this week’s post to be up today. On target.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” and its prequel story. The prequel is revised, polished, and submitted. On target.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories. “SJA” in revision planning. Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt” have been through the critique process. On target; 3/6 in progress.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete revisions for Sea Changes; first pass for Transitions; and revision plan for Generations. Currently sharing SC scene one as a WIPpet for initial feedback. On target.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).

Social Media:

  • Blog Maintenance: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Clear backlog of comments and spam folder. First steps to new schedule underway. Fell off toward end of month, when deadline loomed large.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round One Sponsor post in progress; visits fell off due to deadline.
  • Make regular visitis to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. Some; not as many as I’d hoped.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience. Getting the hang of this….

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. All steps in various stages of progress. On target.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All started; none finished. On target.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. A little. Ideas for better organization simmering. On target.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Focus on improving salability and preparing for anticipated 2017 move to Oregon. Decluttering ongoing. On target.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. This fizzled post-Oregon last year.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. This has become habit, but it’s a good habit to keep, so here it is again! On target.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. On target.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Off to a good start! On target.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. This is important, and worthy of more focus. Finally moving through a beta I accepted last January. Crits each week. On target.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods.
  • Intuitive Eating: Finish reading and begin implementing.
  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes, twice daily. including one eating meditation daily. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Fell off at end of month, due to deadline.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. I can do the first few moves well. Car troubles, injury, and deadline have gotten in my way.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and more strenuous activities building to thrice weekly by year’s end. I’m doing moderately active hometending sprints and moving firewood as a starting point. On target.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. One in January.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete the Write1Sub1 monthly challenge Fan fiction and self-publishing count, for me. The challenge is no more; but I will do the same, on my own. On target.

  • Submit fan fiction to Ad Astra and/ or Triaxian Silk. I have one poem submitted to TriS; site issues are preventing posting. Three stories in the revision process. On target.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. ASOR” is moving through my #8sunday postings, and has been through my crit group. Cover ideas simmering. On target.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. One poem, “Candlelight Commingled Kisses”, submitted to Triaxian Silk. A beginning….On target.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

 

Presently Not So Present: February 3, 2016

Yes, that title’s confusing – even to me, and I’m the one who wrote it! But then, it’s been two weeks (already?! Yes, indeed!) since I last posted a ROW80 update.

It’s not that I vanished, although it might seem like it. And I wasn’t pretending I had no writing goals, either.

I was simply so absorbed with creating the best short story I could, in a limited time frame, that there wasn’t much of me left over for anything else – and, as always, my family came first, in that regard.

So I fell out of touch. I’ve neglected my sponsor visits, but I will have them all caught up by this time tomorrow. I set aside pretty much all my other projects, too, so, for the beginning of February, I’m going to keep my remaining January goals. I’ll likely add some in on Sunday, depending on what I’ve managed to accomplish between now and then, and, from there, I’ll add if it looks like something I can make progress on, so long as other goals are going well.

But now, the update we’ve all (maybe) been waiting for!

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20. Finished, later than I’d hoped.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story – complete planning by EOD January 19; plotting by EOD January 20. Finished late.

Revisions:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. https://algren.submittable.com/submit The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 25; final revisions complete by January 30. You know the drill, right?

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite of Scene 2/16 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Got swept up in Revisionland…got to a few, and made more visits. Goal change pending for next monthI can’t keep up with all the comments at the moment, and need a better plan.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Dropped the ball on visits and updates as the contest deadline loomed.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Skipped this the last week of the month; needed to focus on the contest entry.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Better than it might have been; still room for improvement.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering, firewood.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week. Set aside until February.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Shopping for both kids; sleepover and thrift/pet stores for Annalise. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted “Monday Morning Coffee”; completed crits for this week..
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 20/28 submitted to author.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews. Set aside till February.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Both suffered in the last days of the month. Dropped eating meditation for now.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Took the month off for Other Things.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending; putting away groceries; firetending. 1 /2 health posts.. Moved firewood with my Accomplice, and on my own. Pushed a Cadillac! 6 /2 strenuous activities.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30. Sent this out just before 11pm on the 31st.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk.Registered at the site, and both stories are freshly revised and expanded, and went through my crit group. Although TriS isn’t able to post right now (site glitches), I have a poem submitted. Not exactly the leap I planned, but leap I did! =)

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ progress here!

Presence and Absence: ROW80 2016 Round One End of January Update

For me, the end of January got swept away in a torrent of preparations for a short story contest submission. I was present with that, and made the rather daunting deadline. I even submitted a story that I feel good about. Yes, I could probably make it better, but I probably will also always think that about everything I submit, and with good reason – perspective shows us what we might not see otherwise.

I did manage to advance a few other items, as well. Not as many as I’d hoped, but more than I would have, if I hadn’t tried.

Ready? OK, here we go!

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20. Not on schedule, but completed.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Not on schedule, but completed.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 1/25 complete (A).

  • Watch relevant episodes/clips for IDIC Romance A-Z stories after rough drafts are completed. 32 episodes, whole or in part.

Revision:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30. Ran a day late with this one; but I can live with that!

  • The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Reread hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas; polish; and submit to a fan fiction site. Moving along through the pre-beta revised draft (2.5).

  • The IDIC Romance: “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish and submit to crit group. Done!

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue offering first 3 scenes as WIPpet/#8sunday snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. I will be sharing this only as a WIPpet. That will allow for continuity. Moving along with scene 1.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Fell way off at the end of the month, due to contest deadline.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Respond to all older comments, with apologies for the delay. Again, the deadline…but I did take the time to warn my readers what was coming…

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Sponsor post done on time; visits and updates failed as deadline neared.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Header, tagline, comment prompt.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; sort Archives and Transactions in Progress folders. Well, I did well enough until, you guessed it…deadline crunch.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and add all current year items to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. House looking a lot better!

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Thus far, crickets.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Winter tends to be a cocooning time for us, but some outings will happen, nonetheless.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Working this into my weekly routine, and getting a little faster at critiques, too!
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 17/28 submitted to author; moving along.

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

  • Complete 7 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads. That should read 6.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice each month. You guessed it – deadline. Did well enough till then, though.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Put this aside. Car troubles, knee injury, deadline.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 40 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Lots of moving firewood. Pushed a Cadillac. Hometending, and some walking. I didn’t keep close track, but I did look for ways to be more active. Wrote 1 /2 health posts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Join the Write1Sub1 monthly challenge. Third time’s the charm, right?! Fan fiction and self-publishing will count, for me. This is out, at least officially; the challenge shut down. But I will keep one new story and submission a month as a personal goal.

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30. YES! Story conceived, planned, plotted, drafted, revised, beta-d, revised, polished, and submitted before the deadline!!! YAY, ME!!!
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, “Scavenger Hunt”, and “Slow Jazz Awakening; offer at Triaxian Silk. “Mission” and “Scavenger” have been sent through crit group, and “Jazz” is in pre-beta and crit group revisions.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other ROWers’ goals and updates here!

“Be Strong”: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday


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

Happy Wednesday!

I know, it’s been a bit since I appeared here. Two weeks ago, I posted, but never got around to everyone else. And last week…

Last week, I was rather single-mindedly trying to get a short story into shape for the Nelson Algren Literary Award contest. Pretty much everything else went by the wayside as I planned, plotted, drafted, revised, submitted to my crit group, revised again (taking away one character’s POV scenes, based on my group’s suggestions), got more feedback, revised again, polished and re-polished….

And finally submitted my dark fantasy story, “Beneath the Ice”, a little over two hours before the contest deadline.

What this has shown me is:

  • I can conceive, plan, plot, draft, revise, polish, and submit a 7,500 word story in a month.

  • I can be proud of what I’ve created.

  • I can’t do all that and still maintain my focus on life as usual…at least, as far as writing and blogging go.

I don’t have any magic bullets for that, just yet. Writing is a learning process; writing to potentially earn an income is even more so, and I have a lot of ground to cover before I’m there. I’ll happily accept any advice those further along the publication continuum might have to offer.

Until then, I’ll learn as I go, and, hopefully, before the next contest deadline comes at the end of April, I’ll be more on top of things.

For this week, I’m back with another snippet from Karina Karanova in Sea Changes, and the intention to visit each and every other WIPpeteer – before the weekend! Seems like a good way to pick up some of those dangling threads, and weave them back into my routine.

For those who’ve forgotten, or are new here, the premise:

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan this month or next. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is February 3, 2016.

  • Today, you get three new sentences (I know it’s not a lot, but it’s manageable after the onslaught, so that’s all for this week).

Context: Karina is in a pottery studio, working with clay and hating it, when an albino man sits near her, and begins a conversation. He’s just introduced himself as Donovan Nash, and they begin a tentative conversation as Karina’s frustration and distraction lead her to unintentionally destroy the project her mother has ordered her to make. Donovan asks if that was her intention, and their discussion brings Karina to tears she had been determined not to shed.

“Be Strong”

She hadn’t cried at Father’s bedside, or his funeral. “Be strong for your mother, your brothers, your sisters,” he had ordered, and so she had.

She hadn’t cried in all the years since.

Why did Karina think being strong meant not crying?

Will her tears help?

What will happen next?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more about Karina and her story.

Previous Karina WIPpets (chronologically):

Want more WIPpets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

 

Yes, I know it doesn’t technically fit…but, c’mon! Haunting song, Trip and T’Pol…what more do you need?!

Shattering the Dam: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday


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

Happy Wednesday!

After two weeks of visiting all the other WIPpeteers, I paved the road to failure with good intentions last week. Not only didn’t I make the rounds; I haven’t answered comments yet, either. My mission to practice revision became immersive, and there’s been blogging and planning a short story for submission to a contest with a deadline at the end of the month. There’s been moving firewood and hometending and writing group, and the new crit group a few local peeps, including me, began at the beginning of the year. And then there were these weird internet glitches…

So, now it’s just before midnight, and Wednesday is nearly here. I’m hoping to get this post and my ROW80 update done and posted before I sleep – not sure if that will happen, but that’s what I’d like to do. I’m also hoping to move the three crit projects forward, and maybe…

See?

There’s where I run into trouble- there’s always something else I want to do…but, for now, I’m just going to focus on this WIPpet.

Today, I’ve got more from Karina Karanova in Sea Changes, and so it’s on to the WIPpet!

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to let this draft rest for the rest of the month, and begin creating a revision plan in February. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is January 20, 2016
  • Today, you get nineteen new sentences –plus the last one from last week , for context and to make twenty.

Context: Karina is in a pottery studio, working with clay and hating it, when an albino man sits near her, and begins a conversation. He’s just introduced himself as Donovan Nash, and they begin a tentative conversation as Karina’s frustration and distraction lead her to unintentionally destroy the project her mother has ordered her to make. Donovan asks if that was her intention.

Shattering the Dam

Nyet.” It could be hard, still, sometimes, to shift from Russian to English. Karina shook her head, for emphasis, and waved a clay- coated hand at the plastic coated instruction booklet – more like a book, really – that Mother had insisted she follow precisely. “No, I mean. I am to create this.”

I understand a smattering of Russian. ‘Nyet’ was the first word I learned, but I won’t bore you with the story.” He rinsed his hands at the nearest of the little faucets spaced along the trough, and wiped them on a soft rag. “Would I be intruding if I asked to take a look? Sometimes, two heads are better than one, to get the ball rolling.”

Karina’s mind supplied mental images, the way it always did when she heard American metaphors. Given her mood, maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that she imagined someone bowling with her own head as the ball…”If you wish,” she told the young man. “It seems certain that I won’t be able to make use of them, at least until I learn how to contain my emotions well enough not to destroy anything I manage to achieve.”

She put her head into her hands, knowing that she was getting clay in her hair, and, in this moment, simply not caring. Tears were threatening, but Karina was determined not to let them fall. Nyet. A dutiful daughter should take joy in tending a mother, even through an illness that had gone on so terribly slowly, even through the deep depressions and frequent rages that had come along with it.

Even when it was a bondage she hadn’t sought, and one that had swallowed up the whole of her own living, and still demanded more, more, and yet more –

It broke from her in a crashing wave of feeling, shattering the dam she’d held against it for twelve years.

Will Karina’s tears help?

Will Donovan be comfort or distress her furher?

Will Karina ever get past hating the clay?

Will she be able to do what her mother demands?

What will happen next?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more about Karina and her story.

Previous Karina WIPpets (chronologically):

Want more WIPpets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

Presence, Confluence and ROW80: January 17, 2016

Have you ever been swept away by one or two projects when you had a laundry list of things you intended to be doing instead?

I’m experiencing that now. As you can see from the list below, I’ve got projects aplenty to engage with…

And yet, there’s a confluence of events in my life that pulled me strongly toward critiquing and making revision notes, more than anything else this week. I’ll be talking more about that in my Weekend Coffee Share later today. For now, it’s enough for me to say that I’m mostly content with the state of things. I feel a drive to get to the next stage in these projects. The full moon is coming on the 23rd; and I know I’ll have a shift toward creative energies around that date. Already, I can feel the wave building, beneath the surface.

So, for now, I’m going to be present, and go where instinct leads me, because instinct seldom leads me wrong…

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for the Nelson Algren Literary Award. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Running two day late with planning, Character Sketch 1/3 in progress. Nothing new.

Revisions:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30.

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Notations complete for Scene 13/16.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Got swept up in Revisionland…got to a few, and made more visits.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Visits and update current.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. I rearranged my widgets.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Not so much, this week.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 7/5 days. General maintenance; organization; decluttering.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted Monday Morning Coffee; completed crits for this week..
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 6/28 submitted to author. Chapter 7 in progress.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling, cooking, cuddling, and chatting. Oh, and reading.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews.

Selftending

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling/meditation 7/7 journals; 8/7 meditation. Coloring meditation.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. A tiny little ice-breaking at-home practice.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending; putting away groceries; firetending. Health post 1 /2 complete. Moved firewood with my Accomplice, and on my own. 4 /2 strenuous activities.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer Triaxian Silk. I’m now in contact with the site owner at TriS, and will soon be submitting there!

When focused on your current goals, do you use rigid schedules, freeform engagement, or, like me, a combination of both that keeps pace with a changing life?

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  – The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!