The Best-Laid Plans…August 26, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

It’s the last week of August, and I’ve got cool air blowing on me from my bedroom window and the stand fan on low while I type this and watch Prospectors. I’ve got a cuppa by my side, even though it’s past midnight, and my body is pleasantly achy and alive from an intense tai chi class.

Life is good -despite the hiccups it brings…

Like the power adapter for my Lenovo, which is becoming increasingly capricious.

Two new cords are en route. I’ve found a position in my study that’s working for charging. So I’m charging, using, repeating. It’s a different rhythm for me, but that’s not a bad thing. I’ve focused on things I might not have, and spent time with each of my beloveds. I’ve also had more space for a certain Vulcan and the human who loves her to start whispering in my head again…

My progress may look minimal, but appearances can be deceiving.

Some things are best measured in smiles! Annalise in the backyard, with the Rose of Sharon.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 85,600/~150,000 words drafted. Scene 29/50 in progress. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-O paragraphs completed;15/26. Next up: PZ.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Nothing new. Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Peach Liqueur Love” Exercises 2 and 3; Deep Revision.  Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3. Nothing new. Next up: Revision is moving along well, but not quickly. Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this month.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Posting up to date; comments a bit delayed due to power issues. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2 ; pulling from here and there, and sharing here and there. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3: visits .Next up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Looked, but didn’t empty anything. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 2/5. Surface cleaning, and routine maintenance. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Nothing new. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits – this week!
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. . Next up: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish. Read Beta Two through.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 3/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Lots of time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/6 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi, Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 1/5 at home practice sessions; 1 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand at-home practice.

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

Sunset, over the roof of my house, last Sunday.

Love, Marriage, and Goal-Adjusting : August 23, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

With August waning, it’s time for me to look at my wildly flowering garden of goals, and do a bit of weeding and pruning, so I can nurture those that are healthiest. I’ll come back to some of the others, next month…

It’s also my eighteenth wedding anniversary, so I thought I’d share some celebratory images, and a poetic glimpse into our lives

Sunset in Florence, Oregon, 2000. Yup, we took selfies LONG before they were cool – with a film camera, no less!

And now, a goals adjustment:

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 83,583/~150,000 words drafted. 200 new words; Scene 28/50 complete. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-E paragraphs completed; 5/26. Next up: FZ.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. 16/16 scenes compiled! Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision. Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.Moving through the point-by-point re-envisioning. 8 points completed. Next up: Revision is moving along well, but not quickly. Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this month.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Next up: On hold until September…

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. More comments; August caught up; July working backward to the 10th. Posting up to date. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2. I lost track. It was one or two, so I’ll call it one. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3 FB/Twitter linksNext up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 5/5;mellow due to heat wave and extra t’ai chi. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Proofed Annalise’s ELA section. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting; save IHIPs for September.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Setting aside for Other Things.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits – this week!
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. . Next up: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish. Read Beta Two through.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 8/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Next up: Waiting for September.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 7/6 days, 4/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi, playing ball, arts festival and garden visits. Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 6/5 at home practice sessions; 2 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand at-home practice.

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

Still Selfy after all these years – September, 2013, sixteen years and a bit in….Photo by Chef Bluebeard, of course!

Romantic Reflections: August 19, 2015

ROWing toward an important day…

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

The forward progress continues, on several fronts. With next week the final week of Ready. Set. Write!, my focus, for the rest of the month, will be on wrapping up those goals – or, if not, coming as close as I can before the month ticks over, and we ROW into the final days of Round Three, here.

It’s also my anniversary week, so my mind is focused on connecting, remembering, planning, and dreaming. It’s been a mostly wonderful eighteen years – and, during the inevitable difficulties that come in any life, and any marriage, there’s no one I’d rather have at my side or my back…

OK, enough mushy stuff…on to the raison d’etre of the day…

This photo from the Sterling Renaissance Festival, 2009, is one of my favorite candids. Can’t you just feel the joy?!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 83,583/~150,000 words drafted. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3) by end of month, using Rock Your Plot. begin drafting after FDWR, if there’s month left. Nothing new. Next up: Finish plotting scenes 11-24.

  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-E paragraphs completed; 5/26. Next up: FZ paragraphs.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Highlighted notes Cheat Sheets categorized and compiled; 4/16 scenes complete. Next up: Finish highlighting; draft revision plan.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for Round Four yet. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. More comments; most of the August caught up; posting up to date. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2 (many links shared to my FB writer page, with hashtags).. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3 FB and Twitter linksNext up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing new. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 2/5;mellow due to heat wave. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Nothing new. Next up: Complete IHIPs, proof and package end of year reporting.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 3/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/6 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi. Next up: More. It feels good to move!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 3/5 at home practice sessions; 1 / 2 classes. Next up: get to par –on track for this week.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s  ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – ROW along with us!

Reflections: Looking in on the carousel from outside. One of my requirements for a spouse was that he must be willing to ride a carousel with me, at least once. We rode the carousel in Missoula, Montana, in 2000, and he even caught me the golden ring! =) This is the Congress Park Carousel in Saratoga Springs, NY.

New Moon Creative : Ready. Set. Write! August 10 -17, 2015 (Week 10 Update)

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Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. 

This year, our RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, Katy Upperman and Elodie Nowodazkij. (For the detailed information about RSW, including  the wonderful buttons created by the lovely Jaime, click here)

We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, we check in at the linky, or one of the host blogs. Come join in, or cheer us on!

 Next week (8-24 – 8-31)  wraps up Ready. Set. Write! 2015. I know – it just flew by!  There’s going to be a virtual celebration –  Manuscripts and Manicures. We’ll each be painting our nails in a way that reflects our current WiP, then posting a photo of our manicure creations. (OK, my 11 year old will be doing me up, because she’s fancy, and I’m, well….NOT!).

Even when she’s plain, she’s fancy1

My Week Nine update: Scattered

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

With the new moon came an upswell of focus and creativity. I made progress on everything on my goals list, which hasn’t happened for at least a few weeks. There’s even quite a bit of blue down there!

More than that, though – it’s been a week of epiphanies and insights, many of them as yet invisible to the naked eye, and not appearing on this list. But they will, within the next week or two…so stay tuned!

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 87,500 words. Current total: 83,583/ 87,500. 3, 917 words short of goal. With all the progress in other areas, I’m happy with this.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread and import remaining 2015 stand-alone and arc stories stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. 10 stories added.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Complete highlighting detailed notes for setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. 16/16 completed.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercises 2 and 3. Re-envisioned two more passages. This was set aside for other things most of the week.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible; post missing Coffee and Conversation from last week and authorized reblog. 9/9 done! Plus the reblog and an extra post!
  • Catch up all July and August blog comments and visits. Kept up more than moved ahead…lots of visits!

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Draft Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Both fourth quarter reports drafted; Began exploring 6th grade standards.
  • Complete stowing camping gear. DONE!!!
  • Clean/tidy study – it’s gotten a bit scary in there… steps made most days. Looking better!

Lifetending:

  • Resume a more normal rhythm; pick time to go to State Museum with kids. Rhythm reestablished; discussions re: museum trip ongoing; will be a September weekday, after schools reopen, most likely. We like having the place to ourselves! =)

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate six times. 7/6 for journals.9/6 for meditation; t’ai chi, mandalas, eating meditation.
  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. 4/5 at home; Tuesday and Thursday classes; 2/2.
  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag twice! 1 /2 – a quick visit.

If T’Pol tells you to put out your cigarette, you might want to pay attention…even when time  traveling, Vulcans don’t bluff (besides, she’s not exactly having a good day…and the lady has a temper…).

My goals for this week:

Writing:

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Break out highlighted notes by scene and topic; add to GMC outline to form rough revision plan.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Draft exploratory summary paragraphs for Enterprise A-Z 2016 stories – letters A-E (16 paragraphs).

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible; post authorized reblog.
  • Catch up all July and August blog comments and visits.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Proof quarterly reports; prepare end of year materials and submit to school district.
  • Clean/tidy study.
  • Clear round table; add tablecloth.

Lifetending:

  • Set up tentative plans for August/September outings and events. Take into account each child’s needs for social time and hibernation.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate seven times. Do one eating meditation.
  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice.
  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag twice!

I told you she has a temper…more sometimes than others…

A favorite line (OK, passage) from my story:

She was trapped, captive, all will taken from her – by the very child she had raised, loved, longed to heal and protect. And because she had betrayed the Seers’ Way, Osiru must needs do his growing motherless, as Vaara had done.

Would Lyas be as a mother to him – more than only a Huntmother? Shentaa wanted that – and she did nay want it, in the same bloodpulse – except that she seemed to have no bloodpulse here, nor breath. Was she alive, or was this all a part of the Endhunt?

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Running out of week before the creative surge ended! Not a bad challenge to have, really… =D

Something I love about my WIP:

  • As I enter the buildup to Act Three; it’s still surprising me with every writing session!

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, August 3, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSWrite), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

 

Okay, I’m going to indulge myself with some geeky delight here…you’re not obligated to watch, but it could be fun! =)

Moving Reflections: August 16, 2015

ROWing reflectively….

Round Three is all about reflection, for me:

where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be,

and who I’d like to be when I get there.

After the in-tent-sity of Unschoolers Rock the Campground (I’ve finally gotten all the camping gear stowed -OK, somewhat haphazardly piled in the Chaos Porch until I’m up to making another surge of order happen there…), followed by exhaustion, then the scattered return to a more typical rhythm, comes….

  • Progress

  • Growth

  • Epiphanies

  • Creativity

  • And lots of words!

The forward progress, as predicted, is piling up, like the storm clouds on these dog day afternoons, or the snowflakes last winter – do you remember last winter? The one that went from December into May, and which we were incredibly lucky enough to get a ten-day Oregon intermission from, because yours truly was smart enough to have a Left Coast guy want to be her Accomplice in Mischief?

If you don’t, don’t worry – I have pictures…pictures guaranteed to cool you down a bit on even the hottest August afternoon!

Subarus in the Snow!

And now, my week so far….

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 82,017/~150,000 words drafted. I’ve had other focuses, this week, but some words happened, and ideas are simmering. Next up: Draft to 87,500/~150,000 words – 5,483 to incremental goal.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3) by end of month, using Rock Your Plot. Begin drafting after FDWR, if there’s month left. Reread existing plot outline‘ plotted scenes 6-10. Next up: Finish plotting scenes 11-24.

  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. Nine stories imported; current word count:194,101. Next up: A-E paragraphs.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Highlighting done for all detailed notes. Next up: Break out highlighted notes and GMC scene outline to create the revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision.  Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Nothing new. Other focuses prevailed this session. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for Round Four yet. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Comments/visits moving along, several times. ROW80 post a day late (Monday); otherwise up to date, with extras! Next up: More comments/visits/posts, and pending file. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 2 /2 (reblogs, shares to FB and SSS; SoCS posts to FB page).. Next up: Do it again!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 3/3 – browsing my tabs; SoCS posts; FB linksNext up: Do it again!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. 1 /2 Did some pruning while sniffing out a message I needed to address. Next up: Aim for two sessions this week.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5; energy built as the week moved along. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. General categories listed. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Drafted both quarterlies. Next up: More of the Paperwork Avalanche! Complete IHIPs, proof and package end of year reporting.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 6/6; mandalas, t’ai chi, eating meditation. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Read Kait Nolan‘s Red another wonderful, edge of the seat thrill ride – this one with fangs! Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 6/7 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi; weeding. Next up: I think I need one day a week where this isn’t an obligation; changing goal to 6/week.
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. Two classes; 4/5 at home practice sessions. Next up: get to par – almost there!

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

She loves a snowy day!

“Not a Damned Thing”: The IDIC Romance Freewriting Challenge

I was tagged for this nifty freewriting challenge by Kim Magennis.  I wrote my piece right away, but, as the kids and I were headed out on a camping trip hours later, and I hadn’t slept nearly enough, I set it aside – and then promptly forgot..

Now that I’ve settled back in, here it is, at last.

Kim’s topic was Unrequited Love, which, naturally, made me think of a certain Vulcan, and a certain often frustrated human…and so, I hereby present…

Disclaimer:

I don’t own these characters, or their franchise, and I’m not making any money from them.

Not a Damned Thing”

He stared at her, and wondered if she even remembered. Okay, he was staring at her backside, just the way he had when Henri took her to her table in Fusion – Trip wished he couldn’t remember exactly how long ago that was. Not because he didn’t want to remember that magical night when Miss Pointed Ears Under That Cowl stalked into his life, looking like a cross between a ninja, a dancer, and a Florida panther, but because it had put him through hell and back ever since, fantasizing about her.

None of those fantasies involved her standing there like she had a whole damned log up her ass, though, stiff and pretending like hell that she’d never seen him before, never stared into his eyes while she swayed to soft jazz, never opened the shutters he thought all Vulcans kept over their souls – their oh-so-logical souls – and damned near dragged him into her.

She stood there like he meant not a damned thing to her, like she’ d gone back into the Consulate and never given him even a second thought.

Well, two could play that game, couldn’t they?

Of course, it would be easier if she wasn’t wearing that damned perfume of hers, the one that seemed to shift and pulse through the Cap’n’s Ready Room, and through his body, straight to –

Down, boy!

He was so tempted to just stand up, stride the one and a half steps to her, spin her around, and tell her he wasn’t going to let her go until she told him what the hell she’d been up to that night, and why she was pretending that she hadn’t ever seen him before now.

But, if he did, Jon was gonna know there was something between them – or had been something, anyway – he’d sure as hell talked about the woman in the club that night, even dragged Jon back there, hoping to see her, wondering if his best friend the fancy starship Cap’n would pick up on the fact that the woman of his dreams wasn’t even human.

346words/10 minutes.

Time to fess up. Typing overtired and in the dark yielded scary results! Here’s the original:

He stared at her, and wondered if she even remembered. Okay, he was staring at her backside, just the way he had bwhen Henri took her to her table in fusion – Trip wished he couldn’t remember exactly how long ago that was. Not because he didnt’ want to remember that magical night when Mss Pointed Ears Under that Cowl stalked into his life, looking like a cross bwtween a ninja, a dancer, and a Florida panther, but because it had put him through hell and back ever since, fantasizing about her.

Nonw of those fantasies involved her standing tere like she had a whole damned log up her ass, though, stiff and pretending lke hell that she’d never seen him befoe, never stared into his eyes while she swayed to soft azz, never opened the shuttters he thought all Vulcans kept ober their souls – their oh-so-logical souls – and damned near dragged him into her.

She stood there like her meant not a damned thing to her, like she’ d gone back into the Consulate and never given him even a second thought.

Well, two could play that ganme, couldn’t they?

Of course, it would be easier, if she wasn’t wearing that damned perfume of hers, the one that seemed to shift and pulse throught the Cap’n’s Ready Room, and through his body, straight to –

Down boy!

He was so tempted to just stand up, stride the one and ahalf steps to her, spin her awrond, and tell her he wasn’t going to let her go until she told him what they hell she’d been up to that night, and why she was pretending that she hadn’t ever seen him before now.

But, if he did, Jon was gonna know there was something between them – or had been something, anyway – he’d sure as hell talked about the woman in the clud that night, even dragged Jon back there, hoping to see her, wondering if his best frined the fancy starship Cap’n would pik up on the fact that the woman of his dreams wasn’t evven humam.

Tag, You’re It! (no pressure, if you’re not into it!)

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Annalise as Nightmare Fairy.

Fantasy!

(topic provided by my 11 year old daughter, Annalise).

De-Rutify Your Life!

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shanjeniah:

Comfortable can become stagnant. And, as Amy Kennedy says, “How you go about your day is how you go about your life.”

An inspiring post to combat the rutty places in life.

Originally posted on Those Kennedy Women:

Do you ever find yourself doing things because that’s the way they’ve always been done? Because that’s how you were trained (either for a job or for life). Because when you moved in, your spouse, partner, BFF already had the ugly couch in front of the window, and even though you couldn’t actually open the window with the couch in front of it–you never considered just moving the flipping couch.

We get comfortable with inefficiencies and redundancies AND we live with mediocrity BECAUSE it’s how we’ve been trained, whether by ourselves or by someone else.

We have made our lives a bad habit, one, we’re probably not aware of, which is just another way of saying:

Our life might be in a rut.

So, how the heck do you get out of a rut you don’t know you’re in? Good question. My mom–the imitable Joan Kennedy — suggests trying something…

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