Creative Potential: ROW80 Update 4/20/14

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Well, hello there!

Ever think you’ve got things all figured out, only to have new possibilities arise and swirl things into a state of lovely chaos?

Yup, that’s where I am!

  • Earlier this week, I read this post by Eden Mabee. Now, as some of you may know, we’ve been friends pretty near our whole lives; and, for that long, she’s been tugging me out of my comfort zone. So – I will be doing JuNoWriMo this year! My plan is to finish the rough draft of The Stars are Fire, then move on to Perchance to Dream, which will carry me closer to my 2014 goal of completing my three “hanging” WIPs. And, at this point, 50K in a month will hardly cause me to break a sweat!

  • A comment on a post I wrote in January may have led me to the perfect home for my fan fiction. I’ll be checking into that, and I’ll say more when I know more. Early indications are good! =)

And now, for what I’ve been up to:

Note:

  • Goals reviewed monthly.

  • Additions/ adaptations made throughout round.

  • Update lists only goals engaged with during current session.

My main focus this monthis these two challenges:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Volumes could (and may be, someday!) about the things this woman has gotten me into!

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.Target attained!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • 19/26 stories posted. Only seven to go!

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts. Target attained!

  • See Writing, below, for details.

Respond to comments, and return visits. Target attained!

  • Continuing to respond to some each day; retuning visits at that time. =)

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. A bit behind.

  • Sunday: 3/3

  • Monday: 0/3 (I totally forgot!)

  • Tuesday: 4/3

My plates are filled with delicious projects!

2014 Writing:

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

For April:

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.On target.

  •   3,408 new words.

  • 15,383April WIP words.

  • Scene 35/60.

  • WIP total:     82,384/~100,000 words.

  • NaNo count: 26,643/33,333    words.

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge. On target.

  • 19/26 complete.

  • Development continues on as-needed/ as-fits-life basis.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30.On target – in a big way!

  • Completed GMCDs through Plot Point 1.

  • Watched several episodes.

  • Ideas for individual stories coalescing.

Building something wonderful…one step at a time!

2014 Hometending:

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

For April:

Continue the family room reset. On target, more or less.

  • Moved out to the front porch; cleaning this will help with the shifting of the family room/kitchen.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • A tiny bit of sorting.

2014 Lifetending:

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.Targetexceeded!

  • 1 salad.

  • 3 smoothies.

  • 4/3 attained.

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

For April:.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.Almost

  • Sunday: yes

  • Monday: 2/3

  • Tuesday: yes

Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, on treadmill, or measured by pedometer outside. On target.

  • .4 mile outside, with kids and dog.

  • .4 miles on treadmill.

  • .8 /1.5 so far this week.

Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Outside bubble play with Annalise.

Ride my bicycle at least once a week. Getting closer…

  • Checked my bike out; need to lubricate brakes, seat adjustment, gear shifts.

Get a workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Target attained!

  • Cardio only workout with Jeremiah (he’s not old enough to use the Y’s weight room): Treadmill, recumbent bike, elliptical.

Weaving stories, words, and my life…

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Well, that’s it for me. I’ve got three more blogposts and 1,112 NaNo words to write before I sleep, and this home could use some pretty serious tending…so, until next time, I’ll leave you with something else Eden’s gotten me into…this guy named Art, and this other guy named Paul !

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The Creative Deeps: ROW80 Update 4/20/14

 

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 Well, hello there, and happy Easter, if you’re into that sort of thing!

As the title of this post implies; I’ve been swimming in deeply creative waters, this session.

When I decided that I would give my focus to the “Last House” (now Kifo Island Chronicles) stories in April, and to the T’Pol and Trip fanfic exploration (now, tentatively, The IDIC Romance), I really didn’t know what those explorations would look like.

Now, as I move through the first of these challenges, and the process of preparing for the second, I have a better idea.

I’m doing a lot more planning than any of the posted stories will reveal. I’m digging in, and setting up the structure and basic shapes of something bigger, for both.

  • For KIC, that may end up as a series of novellas.

  • And for TIR, I see a novel waiting to be born…and others on the horizon, because there’s obviously (to me, at least!) so very much more going on between these two characters, and I want to know what it is.

So, there’s a lot more than meets the eye, and these challenges are likely to grow into something much larger, at some later point (I have ideas on when, but, for now, I’ll keep those to myself).

How about you? Do you find yourself using challenges, writing or otherwise, as a way to reach toward larger, longer-term goals? Do you choose challenging projects for that reason? What challenges are you dealing with, now?

Note:

  • Goals are reviewed at the end of each month.

  • Additions/ adaptations made throughout the round.

  • Update list only goals engaged with during current session.

My main focuses this month:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Getting comfortable with the deep places. Photo by Eden Mabee.

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.Target attained!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • Currently developing stories through Week 3.

  • 16/26 stories posted.

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts. On target.

  • Lots of prepping and plotting; see Writing, below, for details.

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • I‘m getting to these more frequently, and they keep coming! Cool! =D

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. A bit ahead, this session.

  • Wednesday: 4/3

  • Thursday: 4/3

  • Friday: 4/3

  • Saturday: 4/3

Joyful Flow!

2014 Writing:

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

  • What’s a better feeling than finishing a WIP draft? Why, finding out that you shortchanged yourself by 10K in your final word count, of course! Final count for TBONTB is over 217K, not 207K, as I thought. Since this will become two novels, that’s a pretty good end count.

For April:

MoveThe Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.On target.

  • 4,608new words.

  • 11,975April WIP words.

  • Currently writing scene33/60.Past the halfway point!

  • WIP total: 79,089/~100,000 words.

  • Current NaNo count: 23,235/33,333 words. Yup, just under 10K to go, now!

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge. On target.

  • 16/26 complete.

  • Development continues in an as-needed/ as-fits-life basis.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30.On target – in a big way!

  • Completed T’Pol and Trip’s character sketches.

  • Set plot and pinch points for both.

  • Completed Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disaster for each point., for both.

  • Set up plot/pinch points in T’Pol’s character arc, with spaces for connecting scenes yet to be plotted.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process. On target.

  • Happening organically as I move through the plotting process.

Reflected Zen depths…?

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • Continued clearing/organizing the first of the two bookcases.

  • Visited my chair at the store. =)

2014 Lifetending:

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.Target attained!

  • Indirectly. I made one Tweet, via Facebook, with hashtags, duringJeopardy!.

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.On target.

  • Two salads. Meals, more like – and there was avocado! =)

  • 1 smoothie.

  • 3/3 attained.

Depth by the handsful! Original photo by Jean Dorsey

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

For April:.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each. Mostly..

  • Wednesday: yes.

  • Thursday: yes.

  • Friday – yes.

  • Saturday – no- I took the kids shopping, so there was walking.

Sponsor Visits (and some extras!):

You can check up on the other ROWers, and their plans for Round 2, right here!

 

What lies ahead…and beneath?

 

“The Huntress in Moonlight” – Flash Fantasy

The Storyteller Writing Challenge

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Are you a Storyteller? What inspires you?
What stirs you to pick up your pen, open your word doc. and write?
I offer TWO prompts for you to CHOOSE from:
 An Image prompt and an Other prompt. 
1. THE Image PROMPT
For this weeks image prompt, tell us what is evoked by this image.
What is this haunting environment? What story tumbles from your imagination?
Why is she there? Who is she?

The Talented Artist this week is - Artist: Agus - http://psdholic.deviantart.com/

“The Huntress in Moonlight”

Copyright 2012 by Shan Jeniah Burton

She seemed to have forgotten  I was there….

I sat on the wide  branch, my back pressed into the trunk – cushioned and cool where the  mosses caressed my shoulders; rough and warm where my lower back pressed against bare bark –  watching her.

She never seemed to  notice her  beauty,  yet she wore it naturally, with  ownership  I had never seen before.  I couldn’t pinpoint  what differed  from the beautiful, petulant queens of the high school court…Shirana,  Beverlee, and Aspen, who made the boys slobber over themselves like fools, and dismissed the rest of us with something that might have been contemptuous if they didn’t look at  walls and teachers  the same way…

~~ Perhaps  those girls believe  their appearance entitles them to privilege.  I find that attitude most – illogical.~~

I clutched my head,  nearly falling. “H-How —?” I asked, pressing myself backward, as if Tisira was going to attack.

I felt her, now. She was amused – and concerned that maybe she had lost my friendship.   She found me enjoyable and interesting.

She walked a little away, her tank top revealing just a bit of a midriff that was slender and muscular. Her long skirt swayed  with her, and she bowed her head to study her toes, making her short, shiny black bob fall across her face…

She was silhouetted by the enormity of the full moon, which leaning in  as if to tell Earth some wonderful secret….

A sceret about Tisira, maybe……

Without  warning, a small flock of birds winged straight at us.

I yelled, and this time I did fall out of the tree- well, half fell and half rolled, but, still, I hit the ground with a rattling, graceless thump.

When I looked up ,  Tisira  had a small, hawkish raptor  perched upon her shoulder.  She was whispering to it, and the bird seemed to be listening. The rest of the flock circled, then landed in several trees around the edges of the clearing.

“I am not a human high school student,” Tisira said. Although I hadn’t seen her move,  she was  offering me a hand up, which I gladly took.  Hers was calloused and strong, and I noticed a long, fine scar running from the back of her hand to just short of her elbow. “I am a Tacivaarii Huntress.”

In my mind, there was a sense of what that meant, but I could also tell that there was more – much more than I could ever understand.

“You read my mind, and command birds of prey.”

She steadied me as my knees threatened to collapse.

“It’s not reading your mind, exactly.  I could, but I wouldn’t.  I share the strong thoughts and feelings you project outward…..Father says that I always will, no matter how hard I attempt to shield myself. I’m sorry it troubles you.”

She helped me to sit  on a low stump where, hopefully, I could keep from further embarrassing myself with my clumsiness.

“As for the bird, I don’t command her. We have a symbiotic relationship. We share information about prey, when there is mutual benefit in doing so.  And we share feelings, sometimes.”

“Tisira – I don’t understand. About you, about this huntress thing; about reading my mind – or whatever the hell it’s called; about that bird. But most of all, I don’t understand why you’re telling me this.”

“There is something within you that needs to know, Sarah.  You care, and feel, and seek.  We are kindred, in ways that language can’t express.  You’re ready for what I am, and what I have to offer –  a symbiotic relationship of our own.”

That made me nervous. We were a long way from help – there were no houses for at least a mile in either direction. No one to run to for help, no one to hear me scream -

Tisira looked at me with glowing eyes, as the bird cried into the night….

And suddenly, a lynx crouched where she had stood…..

For a moment, I stared, and then a shaky  whisper emerged.

“Wh- what do you want with me?”