Where does the time go? How can Round Two be a month in, already?
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.
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.
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.
- Through S2E13: “Dawn”.
- 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.
- Will read the book, and choose a project, by May 10. Will choose a plotting method by May 20.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Read and begin considering.
- 34% read. Pondering.