Organic Growth: Round Two April Update

ROWin’ my way down the river that is May!

Where does the time go? How can Round Two be a month in, already?

I entered the round feeling very ready, and not at all ready, at the same time.

Maybe it figures that, as I take a few moments to take account on where I’ve come from, where I’m headed, but mostly where I am, right now, I feel like I’ve come a long way, and not far at all…

Is there such a thing as a tessaract? ;)

Round One was my Revisioning Round – my chance to explore and stretch and get a better sense of where I’m going. I accomplished a good deal. But it felt more forced and rushed than I like. I prefer playful challenges to the exhaustive grinding marathon of ‘have-to’s’. Imaginative expeditions into possibility fit our unschooling family much better than a stressed-out, results-driven woman sharing their home..

So, at the beginning of Round Two, my Expansion Round, I wrote this:

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

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

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

It’s been a month. I feel as though the growth and expansion are happening, and, mostly, they’re organic. I’ve fallen into that ‘have-to’ trap here and there, but I’ve climbed out again…and here’s where I was, on May 1.

Writing:

Write1Sub1: Draft one story, and submit one, each month.  Kifo Island Chronicles  novella projects for April and June. May will see 31 new TnT stories. I will revise and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” in April; “Peach Liqueur Love” in May, and possibly the next compilation story from The IDIC Romance in June.

  • Started the highlighting and commenting in preparation for Round 3 edits on “Slow Jazz”. Behind on this goal; I’ll finish “Jazz” in May, and play with “Peach Liqueur” during its resting phases.
  • Ahead on the writing component of this goal, and with at least 31 new stories this May, I’ll have a cornucopia of editing candidates.
  • Adapted goal: Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” by the end of the round; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits through Deep Revision Step 3.

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

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

  • Generations (KIC #2): Drafting slowly; Scene 1/24; 2,279/~55,000 words.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Brainstorming; planning phase commencing midMayish.

Star Trek Chronology Project: Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise.

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

  • Idea list growing. Bought/read this year’s prompt book. Planning commenced in last two days of April, and decisions were made.

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

  • 26/26 complete.

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

  • Will read the book, and choose a project, by May 10.  Will choose a plotting method by May 20.

Editing:

The IDIC Romance: Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening”; Draft 31 new stories in May.

  • Story plotting reverse-engineered and rewritten.
  • Began planning for new stories.

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

Social Media:

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

  • Comments and visits fluctuate. Posts on track!

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

  • Minor changes to sidebar.

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

Explore social media as it fits with life and writing.

Hometending:

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

  • Progress in all bedrooms; family; living room; and front porch; mostly planning for yard, due to weather.

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

  • May/June focus.

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

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

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

Lifetending:

Kindle ebooks: Read 3, and write reviews for 5 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • Too ambitious, with other projects.
  • Adapted goal: Read 1, and write reviews for 3.

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

  • I love my group! =D

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

  • Becoming more natural and varied.

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

  • Not yet. Aiming for May.

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

  • Exceeding – something with each twice a week or more, on average.

Fitness and Nutrition:

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

  • Mostly; not perfect.

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

  • I indulged, and I plan to do it again…and again…and again!

Intuitive Eating:

Read and begin considering.

  • 34% read. Pondering.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Adrian’s Sticky Note and Other Little Things: WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She may be less physically present for a bit, but she’s still our fearless shepherd!

Today’s WIPpet is brought to you by Story a Day May and a couple of old friends some of you have been waiting for…

Oh, yes – they’re back! And with them comes the obligatory disclaimer:

Disclaimers:

  • T’Pol and Trip are the property of Paramount; no copyright infringement is intended; and no money is being made from this writing…it’s simply an act of passion for characters they abandoned!

  • This story contains mild suggestiveness.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is May 6, 2015.
  • I added the month and day (5+6=11), then added one…for baby Elizabeth.
  • Twelve mostly short paragraphs today.

Today’s snippet uses several prompts. The official” Story A Day prompt was to write a story rich in setting (I get better at this as I revise, usually, but I tried). A guest prompt from Seanan McGuire offered this phrase: “Some little things got left out, and a little means a lot.” That becomes important later in the story. And, although you have to read the full version to find out how, I also used a “sticky note” as an integral plot device. That prompt came from fellow WIPpeteer Adrian Smith, who gets to throw me a word for every 10K she writes, until her story is finished. (I’ll do that for anyone who’s interested; I love the challenge of fitting in oddball words from other people’s heads!).

A bit of setup… (and a warning to stop here, if you don’t want spoilers!)

Trip and T’Pol’s baby daughter, Elizabeth, has just died as a result of the flawed cloning process that created her without their knowledge (It’s complicated; there was a human supremacy plot…). This is the aftermath, and my scene picks up right where this one leaves off…

“It’s the Little Things…”

Her hand was shaking, and her fingers clutched at him. The golden chain of her IDIC dropped over his leg. In the wombike dimness, there was something so intimate in the touch, the silence filled only with their breath and Elizabeth’s death. God, was it only days ago that she had told him that she didn’t know how they had a baby, but that she was certain she could feel their child – ?

“Oh, hell, T’Pol, this hurts so bad. How the hell are we supposed to get through this?”

That’s when the first tear slipped down her cheek, then another, and another. “We grieve together, Trip. We grieve as her family. We grieve, and we remember.” It was just a faint little whisper, like she didn’t have the energy for more. But her words were strong. Strength and fragility in one beautiful, confounding, complicated package.

Trip was very aware of her tears, her trembling fingers, the pressure of her warmer-than-human hand on his thigh…and the tiny weights of the chain and what was in his chest pocket, over his heart.

The trace of citrus and sandalwood in the air, with a strong mineral lacing…oh, damn.

“Her family…yeah, I guess we’re that, forever.” He wanted to rub his mouth, but with his other arm in a sling, he had to settle for sticking his tongue in his cheek.

**

“The connection is indelible.” She was unsure how he would feel about that; less so how he would feel when he learned that the bond between them was, as well. Would he find it comforting, or confining? He had suggested that they might try to conceive a child; did that come from his pain and loss, or was it a desire to share life with her, in some manner?

His cool fingers held to hers, intimate, strong, capable…fingers that had calibrated fine micro-circuitry, maintained the most powerful engine his people had ever invented, stroked their daughter’s cheek, mastered neuropressure, ouz’hestas, and caresses that sent her spiraling into the ecstasy of sexual release…

“You OK?” His voice was soft and rough; he tipped his head and used the same tone he had five years ago, when he had first asked. Then, she hadn’t understood.

“No. Are you?”

“Not even close.” He squeezed her hand; the pleasure rippled through her, building to a quiver. Dangerous, to have touched him so. More so by far, to persist in doing so.

Necessary.

What’s next for our grieving parents? Can they heal together, or will this mean the end of their relationship?

Now, usually, I leave you hanging. This time, though, I can say that the series finale that followed this episode was – unsatisfactory, to say the least. It jumped six years into the future, and TnT weren’t a couple anymore, if the holodeck programming on Enterprise-D (Captain Picard‘s ship) is to be believed (I’m inclined to think it’s not). No reason was given as to why…

So…

I’m coming up with something better. Because I’m a writer, and that’s what we do!

You can read the rest of this story, and my other non-chronological Story A Day TnT entries, at these links:

Need more, non-Trek WIPpet Snippets? Well, hop onto the little blue froggy;we’ve got a WIPpet lily-pads to choose from! And may you all have a delightful week –  I’m off to play with TnT, empires and news stories! =D  

 

And, let’s end with a video tribute to baby Elizabeth and her parents, with delicious vocals by Alison Krauss

Story Blossoms: May 3, 2015

ROWin’ and blossomin’ my way through May!

Am I the only one that spring sneaks up on, year after year? Who is always bewildered by the suddenly green, fiercely vibrant season? The welling-up of life and energy and new perspective fills me, and I’m a whirlwind of new ideas, new plans, new life…

So, as May breaks over us, and my lilacs, tulips, and daffodils prepare to bloom, here I am with a new set of goals…featuring an exploitation of my creative energies, in the form of Story A Day May.  If you don’t know what that is, clicking the link will give you a better idea – or you could stop by tomorrow, 5/4/15, to learn more about my personal take on the challenge.

You can find my two stories-to-date at these links:

Today is the third story, with a 640 word limit, and I’m about to go outside, do some yardtending, and see what ideas percolate…

But first, I’ve got goals to update…with May changes based on my Round 2 (I’ll have an update ready for this by  Wednesday) and overarching 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

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

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

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

It’s not about the winning for me, as much as the stories – but a new blue badge is decorative and fun!

 

Writing:

  • Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1 drafted; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress. Official CampNaNo word count: 64,875/60,000.

Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Each day in May, engage in playful StaD exploration of this world, using all or part of the day’s prompts for any stories or fragments that appear. 1 /2 days. Ran out of day Saturday before I got to this. Next up: catch up and keep going!
  • Generations (KIC#2): Continue writing a minimum of 1 scene/week; will be a back burner project till June. Scene 3/24 in progress; 5,615/~50Kwords. Next up: Keep going…
  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. This will happen piecemeal, for now…beginning with rereading all background material and stories for the POV characters.
  • Draft 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts. 2/31 stories drafted; notes for 12/31 stories transcribed/revised. This will be my primary focus until completed; focusing on transcriptions that are candidates for the current day’s prompt. Next up, drafting remaining 29 daily stories, and completing note transcription/development for the remaining 19 ideas; create list for the undeveloped ideas breeding like tribbles.

There’s something about these marked-up pages…

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.  Rock Your Revisions: Highlighting/comments complete for Scene 10/16. I’ve had a few minor, and one fairly major, epiphanies that will shape the next pass. Next up, complete highlighting and comments for remaining 6 scenes, then create to-do list for next revision pass.

  • Move “Peach Liqueur Love”through Step 3 of Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision exercises. I’ll begin this after finishing the revision notes for “SJA”, above, and alternate between these projects from that point, allowing one to rest while working on the next step of the other.

Almost 15,000 words about going places!

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, at minimum. Every day but Saturday, when I did only two. Next up: Make up the missing visit, and cement this into habit country.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Updated challenges; explored some new widget ideas. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, post for StaD each day – a story; a snippet, a story spark; or an essay on progress or process. Still a bit sketchy; but I have posts for Friday and Saturday’s stories – two for Friday! Next up: Continue, and aim for better timing/integration.

Scenes from my study…

 

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 6/5 days; 3/3 yard/declutter. Moderate yard/general hometending/declutter on Wednesday. Laundry Thursday. Yardtending, Chaos Porch, kids’ rooms Friday and Saturday. Next up: Continue this trend!

Fragments, shards, bits, and pieces merging into art…or something like that, anyway!

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs; a bit of Facebook; snuggling, chatting, and art with daughter; cleaning up and chatting with son. Gave my Accomplice extra time to himself; he had a very busy work week and needed that more than my company. Next up: Write-in tonight; helping son with a project; couples’ time over Accomplice’s weekend.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 4/2 new things: Snowflake plotting; t’ai chi ebooks; nature photography using my phone; solo grocery shopping while kids stayed home alone. Next up….we’ll see!

Embracing me as I am, in many ways..

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Selftending:

  • Continue increasing physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 5/3: Yardtending/decluttering Wednesday-Saturday. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi!
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. Add one at-home practice move per week. This week’s move selected: Cloud Handsit gives me trouble in class. Next up: Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 3 /2: Meditation…t’ai chi; 5 minute pre-travel stress release; 5 minute breathing on Tuesday. 0 /2: Intentions Journal – oops. Kept intending to get to it, but never did! Next up: Cement meditation habit; catch up with Intentions journal.

I’m feeling that little extra spring in my step, these days, and a new expansiveness in my soul. Does that ever happen to you? I’d love to hear your stories!

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Ever wonder why a scene got deleted? This one is wonderful, and I laughed out loud. I KNEW I liked Trip’s mom!

The Omega and the Alpha Edition: Second Serving Sunday

 

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, from my little corner of the blogosphereare you ready?

Life Stuff:

Last Week’s Edition: On the Road Again.

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!
  • Yes, I will be attempting to complete a story a day, using prompts, all month long. The first two days have brought mixed results, but stories with potential emerged despite the missteps. I’m willing to accept that stumbles are a part of life; and there are always things to learn…
  • My April goals are also blossoming and changing with the new month.
  • We’re home from our trip, and I’ve spent some time yardtending and just hanging out in the yard with the kids – delightful, after a long and determined winter!

Last week’s features:

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

  • Travels and Tribulations: The kids and I take a much-anticipated road trip, and I find embarking on a new writing project deeply unsettling.
  • Gearing Up for a Lane Shift: As April winds down and May waits in the wings, I prepare for new challenges and new growth, and reflect on what sprouted in April.

Eight Sentence Sunday:

  • “Too Fast”: Sometimes, things happen too swiftly to stop, and have powerful impact. So it is with Gladys, Iris, and Howard.

Coffee and Conversation:

  • Returning from April hiatus. Look for something new this week!

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

A-Z Challenge: Traveling my Way Through the Alphabet in April!

  • ZZZZZZZZ…..: Sleeping, and other shenanigans, under the stars – and farewell to A-Z 2015!

Story a Day May:

  • Into the Sunset…:  A horseback ride with T’Pol might be fun – but it’s certainly not like any Western Trip’s ever seen!

Variety’s Spice (something extra!):

April Focuses:

  • Setting ROW80 goals for Round Two, which starts on April 6.
  • Completing 60,000 words for CampNaNo.
  • Draft two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas: Transitions and Generations (I won’t finish this one until June, but this month I make a start).
  • Complete the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge.
  • Planning and plotting for Story A Day May,  when I will explore more stories for The IDIC Romance.

May Focuses:

  • Complete the Story A Day May Challenge.
  • Complete revisions and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening”.
  • Resume revisions on “Peach Liqueur Love”.
  • Plot Sea Changes: Kifo Island Chronicles #3.
  • Update blog sidebar.

This week, on the blog:

  • For WIPpet Wednesday: New stuff for April – July. I’ll be sharing whatever I’m writing, when I get to Wednesday. This week….
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS):A post based on the weekly prompt, TBA Friday. Might be fiction, or not, but it’s always surprising!
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Eight final sentences from Generations, at least for the next month.
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and/or long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday, beginning April 5, with my Round Two goals post.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

And, just because I can…!

Complementary Challenges: The IDIC Romance for SoCS

Rowing merrily down the Stream of Consciousness! Badge by Doobster at Mindful Digressions.

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme – an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt:compliment/complement.  I used both

This story, abridged here, was written for Story A Day May , – I like combining complementary challenges. I also used “cucumber” – a prompt from a fellow WIPpeteer, and the full version includes a William Blake quote….yup, four challenges in one little story! I’ve deleted passages to make it fit here, but it’s otherwise unedited. 

POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT!

This story is a fan fiction extrapolation of an unwritten follow -up scene based upon the Star Trek: Enterprise episode S4 E3 Home. Trip has returned home following T’Pol’s wedding, and is dealing with the implications…

Disclaimer: T’Pol and Trip are property of Paramount; no copyright infringement is intended.

Cucumbers and Complements

“I think a cucumber would be the perfect complement for this veggie platter.” Kathleen Tucker didn’t look at her son. Whatever was eating at Trip was going to burst out any minute now; he hadn’t taken his tongue out of his cheek for the last five minutes, and his breath was coming out in little sharp puffs, the way it had when he was a toddler.

Some things never changed.

Trip went to the stasis unit without a word, but then stood there with a knife dangling in one hand, and the other on the handle. “When’s the last time this was serviced, Mom?”

Kathleen laughed. “Serviced? Trip, it’s brand new, like everything else in this house. And you’re not – I repeat, not – going to take out your frustrations on my kitchen. That’s an order, son.”

“Who says I’m frustrated? Just restless, is all.”

Trip brought out the cucumbers. “Never saw anyone who loved these things as much as she does – not that she’d be caught dead admitting to loving anything…”

Here it comes…Kathleen prepared herself for the onslaught…when Trip had been holding something in, it always poured out of him like a tidal wave, rising and rising until there was nothing left to pour out…

But he just stood there staring at the two cucumbers, as though he’d forgotten everything else. She stared at the bubbling water, and moved the eggs around in the kettle, even though there was no good reason to do so.

“Let me drain that for you.”

“I’ll cut the cucumber, then -”

“No!” His voice cracked, and the kettle clanged against the porcelain sink. “Damn – I chipped it. Sorry, Mom – but please don’t. I want to cut it.”

“This place was too new – it needs a little Tripification.” She reached up to wrap an arm around his shoulder, noticing how hard and tense he was. He’d always taken care of himself – but this was different. Almost like what she imagined the inflexibility of a soldier would be.

What the hell had happened to him out there? What had he sacrificed?

She felt a tiny hiccup go through him – and she knew. That was a tell he’d had all his life. Kathleen thought of what he’d said about the cucumbers. This was a woman he’d lost, then.

But who?

Trip shrugged out from under her arm even while he wrapped his around her waist and gave her a squeeze. “Well, consider it Tripified, Mom – and the eggs drained. I’m going to get on that cucumber now.”

The knife clattered to the floor as Trip jumped back, swearing in a way that would’ve embarrassed him, once, his face white as he clutched his left hand with his right, blood dripping down too fast for this to be a minor cut.

“Let me see.” She took his hands and led him back to the sink, his blood falling on the eggs, vividly red against the white. There was a long gash across his palm, and it was deep – but clean. She yanked open the cloth drawer and bound it. “You hold that while I get the first aid kit out of the cupboard.”

Trip stopped swearing, but he was still grunting in pain. “You’d make a helluva engineer, Mom.”

“Is that the best compliment you know how to give a woman, son?” She came back with the kit to find him already poking at the wound, the rag dripping uselessly. “I told you to put pressure on it.”

“I never was very good at listening to directions I didn’t like.” A small, wincing shrug. “And maybe I’m just outta practice. There’s no logic whatsoever in complimenting a Vulcan – as she’d be the first to tell me, if I dared to try – “ He cut himself off, biting his lip.

Kathleen took hold of his hand again, relieved to see that it wasn’t quite as deep as she’d thought – the knitter would be enough. “This will only take a few minutes if you behave yourself and hold still.”

Surprisingly, he cracked a grin that turned into a grimace as she positioned the wounded hand. “Ouch – I never realized how much she sounds like you, sometimes. Wonder if that has something to do with how I feel about her – hell – Mom, how the hell do I stop thinking about that damned infuriating woman?”

“Hold still, Trip, or you’re going to make this worse. Blood all over my kitchen isn’t my idea of Tripification. Scuff things up, take them apart, upgrade them, chip or scratch them – but no one’s going to want to eat here if it looks like I massacred my son in here.”

Will Trip hold still? Will he forget about T’Pol? Will I manage a story a day all month?

We’ll have to see.

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I know – this song isn’t a perfect fit-  but it’s a sweet childhood memory for me, and I think it captures the mood of the Tucker kitchen in happier times…plus, really cute kids!

Gearing Up for a Lane Shift: April 29, 2015

ROWin’ on toward those promised May flowers!

So, here we are, already to the end of April…Friday is May Day. That will mean a goals shift for me, as I transition from CampNaNoWriMo  and Blogging from A-Z April Challenge to Story-A-Day May.

I’m slowly shifting from novel drafting to preparing for a month of revisions and short story writing. We’re back from our weekend in New Jersey, so the next two days will be about hometending and writing…reviewing April goal progress, and setting May goals that move me closer to the Round 2 and 2015 goals. 

Color-coding key:

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

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

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

Writing:

Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1 completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • Transitions: Complete!; 58,730/~ 55K words.
  • Generations: Scene 2/24 in progress; 3,794/~50Kwords. I’m slowly getting into this story, and past my resistance…
  • Total word count: 62,524/60,000.

Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May  Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • Notes for 6/31 stories transcribed/revised. This will be my primary focus until completed. Next up, notes for the remaining 25 developing story ideas; the list for the undeveloped ideas breeding like tribbles; and beginning to assign prompts/dates to stories.

Editing:

Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

  • Reread Rock Your Revisions. Highlighting and comments for Scene 2/16. Next up, complete highlighting and comments for remaining 14 scenes, then create to-do list for next revision pass.

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/29 (Y); Drafted through 4/30 (Z). Next up, schedule Z. This will be a secondary focus until scheduled – by the end of Wednesday.

Clean up/update blog sidebar.

  • Next up, a more complete overhaul! This will happen in the bits of space between revision and story plotting, once A-Z posts are done.

Hometending:

Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 2/5 days. Unpacking and a little laundry on Monday. A little laundry on Tuesday.

Lifetending:

Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

  • Conversation with son and daughter; couples’ time with my Accomplice; blogs; and now waiting for our final April CampNaNo write-in to commence. Sunday dinner with New Jersey friends.

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • T’ai chi, and added a walk; allowed myself a little extra randomness.

Selftending:

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • T’ai chi with a walk to and from.

Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

  • T’ai chi on Tuesday – two weeks in a row! =D

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 1 /2; see above.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 0 /2: Intentions Journal – update.
  • 3 /2: Meditation…t’ai chi; 5 minute pre-travel stress release; 5 minute breathing meditation on Tuesday.

All in all, April flowed fairly smoothly even if I didn’t quite ever get very far ahead of the A-Z posts, and didn’t get as much of the May planning as I had wanted to. I haven’t had a great deal of stress, and some sweet memories were unearthed as I traveled through the alphabet, and the minimal planning for Story A Day May has led me to a shift of ideas that I think might lead to both greater creativity and increased productivity, not to mention a lot more flexibility. More on that, and other May things, on Sunday.

How did April treat you? Did it bring new growth, or settling in? Revelations, or certainty? Something completely different? I’d love to know!

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Travels and Tribulations: April 26, 2015

ROWING to the end of April….and beyond!

Ummmm – wow, is it Sunday already?!

Yes, I can hear you chuckling…but seriously, I’m a bit in a tizzy, because it seems like forever since last Sunday, and yet, at the same time, this week has just seemed to whizz by.

Ever been there?

Part of it is that it’s been a momentous week for me, writing-wise. At Tuesday’s write-in, I achieved my 60K CampNaNoWriMo  goal – and finished Transitions, which means I said farewell-at-least-for-now to Barry, Terrance, and Corinne – and hello to Gladys, Howard, and Iris, the focal characters for Generations: Kifo Island Chronicles #2.

New characters always take some settling-in, but this story is different. It deals with child abuse, bigotry, and some other things that are likewise unsavory. My friend Sylvia, asked, while I was shedding tears for what I know is coming in this story, whether I ever resist writing what the characters show me.

I answered that I’m resisting this one. I know where the characters want to take me – and some of it is very intimately related to painful personal history. I know why they want to take me there- but it’s not easy, or especially fun, to make this journey…which is, of course, why I know I have to see it through, for myself at least as much as for anyone else…

Know what I mean?

Speaking of Sylvia, the children and I embarked upon a five hour drive on Thursday, to visit with Sylvia and her family here in Central New Jersey, where tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths are blooming in abundance, so that Saturday morning brought me this treat:

She Bloomin’ Loves Me! <3

So, what did I manage to do, writing-wise, with my primary focus on enjoying time with friends we only see a few times a year? Read on…

For clarification, here are my Round Two and overarching 2015 goals .

Color-coding key:

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

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

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

Writing:

Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1 completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • TransitionsComplete!; 58,730/~ 55K words.
  • Generations: Scene 1/24 in progress; 2,279/~50Kwords. I’ve been focused elsewhere; this session, and resisting. Dipping my toe in more than immersing myself…
  • Total word count: 61,009/60,000.

Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May  Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts. I’m making this a primary focus beginning on Monday. Next up, transcribe handwritten rough notes for 30 stories; list out the ideas T’Pol’s been whispering not-so-subtly in my head, and roughly assign prompts and days to story ideas.

Editing:

Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

  • Reread Rock Your Revisions. Highlighting and comments for page 1/28. Next up, complete highlighting and comments, then create to-do list for next pass.

 

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/25 (V); Drafted through 4/30 (Z). Next up, schedule W-Z. This will be a secondary focus until all posts are scheduled – hopefully, by the end of Tuesday.

Clean up/update blog sidebar.

  • Next up, a more complete overhaul! This will happen in the bits of space between revision and story plotting, once A-Z posts are done.

Hometending:

Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 3/5 days. Lots of pre-trip laundry on Wednesday. This goal being put on hold for the rest of the week, due to travel.

Lifetending:

Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

  • Some of Nature: Animal Homes (puffins!); chatting; art and play with daughter. MLP episodes and conversation with son. Couples’ time with my Accomplice before we left.

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • Mostly in ways that are internal and difficult to quantify in words, but no less real. But then, there was also this…my very first time trying something I’ve been interested in exploring for years, now.

My very first Zentangle!

Selftending:

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • Not so much. Still 1 /2 for the week.

Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

  • T’ai chi on Tuesday!

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 1 /2; see above.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 1 /2: Intentions Journal – update.
  • 2 /2: Meditation…t’ai chi; 5 minute pre-travel stress release.

I feel like this was a good session – I accomplished some writing things without sacrificing this time with friends, and there was plenty of conversation over coffee, tea, and a White Russian; a trip to the thrift store with the kids to find some new treasures, time outside, and a lovely visit to Barnes and Noble, just Sylvia and I, because her husband took all four kids to a pizza place that has free vintage arcade games. Most of the time, we visit amidst the lovely chaos of these young people, so a lingering just-us time was a rare treat of a different sort.

We’ll be heading home later today, full of creative cameraderie, laughter, and fun. And I’ll gt back to Gladys, Howard, and Iris…even though their stories are unsettling.

How about you? Have you ever reacted this way to a project, writing or not, that you know is worthwhile, but strikes just a little too close to home? What did you do?

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Wishing the novel were this smooth and lovely!