Welcome to My Sunday Post for July 13, 2014

 

Have you ever had the best of intentions, but found yourself spread just a bit too thin to manage everything you’d hoped to do?

Yes, that’s me, over the last two weeks. I meant to do a Sunday Post, both weeks, but…

Well, I was writing, and reading, and celebrating, and, today, I’m mourning when I might have been celebrating. It’s the eleventh birthday of our second child, Elijah…and we are now twelve days from the eleventh anniversary of his death.

What makes it even stranger is that Tuesday was our daughter’s tenth birthday, filled with all the goodness a birthday should have.

For me, July is just like that. Four days after that anniversary, I will have a birthday, too. The entire month is something like surfing, trying to balance on the surging and ebbing waves of emotion.

I am a person who prefers an optimistic outlook. I choose to be grateful for the twelve days we had with our beautiful little boy, and the profound affect he’s had on the course of our life as a family. I choose to allow the grief to wash through me, but not to wallow in it. Death is an inevitable companion to life, like the shadows are to the sunlight.

Elijah James July 13-25, 2003.

 

That being said, here’s what’s up in my little corner of the blogosphere

Recently at shanjeniah:

 

Coffee and Conversation:

  • And Then She Was Ten… A celebration of a decade’s worth of my daughter, and some musings on the experiences of the day.

 

WIPpet Wednesday:

 

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Are We Getting Away From Getting Away?, in which I explore whether we will be taking a planned camping trip, or bowing out in favor of the comforts of the little cocoon called ‘home’.
  • Body Language, a Star Trek fan fiction excerpt, written stream-of-consciousness style, with the theme “body”.

 

ROW80 Updates:

 

I can’t imagine life without her in it!

 

What’s Next:

 

I’ve completed the rough draft of my first July CampNaNoWriMo WIP, The Stars Are Fire. This week, I’ll be continuing with my second WIP, Perchance to Dream, a Star Trek: TOS/ Enterprise fanfiction novel, and the other half of this duology.

 

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Life Stuff:

  • It was a busy “weekend” – ours is Monday and Tuesday – since I squeezed my workout in a day early, so that I could take my daughter out for a Girl’s Day to celebrate her tenth birthday. We took in a movie, did a little shopping, and went out to dinner. =)
  • I completed July’s CampNaNo challenge.
  • I pinned to my Pinterest boards for the first time in months!

 

Want to join the Sunday Post fun?

 

WIPpet Wednesday: A Taste of Sole?

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengelmaven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

Hi there! This month, I’m participating in CampNaNoWriMo. I’ve finished one WIP, The Stars are Fire,and have made it to the halfway point in another, Perchance to Dream. Neither of these are ready for public consumption, yet, so…

I’m continuing with snippets from my Story A Day May Challenge: Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction exploring the interspecies relationship of T’Pol and Trip, in a project titled The IDIC Romance.

Disclaimer: T’Pol,  Trip, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

A bit about the challenge:

Story a Day is just that- a story every day in May. To make the challenge more interesting for myself, I used all of the prompts offered throughout the month.

The stories are roughly sequential, with various tones, POVs, and voices, due to the particular prompts that were in play during the writing.

For those keeping track:

This is the first installment of Story #4, Tigress T’Pol . The prompt for this story

was to write a story of exactly 2000 words. An additional guest prompt from Heidi Durrow invited us to explore passion in this story.

WIPpet Math:

Today is July 9, 2014.

Today’s math…

  • 16 sentences, adding the month and day.

This snippet is told from Trip’s point of view. The wounded Klingon, Klaang, had been abducted from Enterprise. In an attempt to find him and bring him home, Captain Archer has ordered them to Rigel 10 – the first populated alien world Trip has been to. It doesn’t help that he’s paired with T’Pol, who clearly knows her way around, and seems to think she’s in charge. And then there’s that little matter of the odd history they’ve shared…

This is an add-on scene for the pilot episode: Broken Bow Part 1. I‘ve done my best to extrapolate without violating series canon.

“Hey, T’Pol, how long are we going to pretend that nothing happened between us?”

I was a little shocked at myself; I’d planned to wait her out, see if she ever brought it up. But then, I had a long history of sticking my foot in my mouth, and I was apparently hungry for the sole of my boot.

“I know of another merchant. Stay with me, and attempt to restrain yourself.” T’Pol acted like I hadn’t said anything, or maybe like anything I said was beneath her notice. Where was that alluring temptress she’d been in Fusion? She was as full of surprises now as she’d been in that club – I’d give her that much. Too bad they weren’t at all the ones I’d been hoping for ever since she walked into the Capn’s Ready Room.

Maybe she’d forgotten all about that night – but, if she had, why had she looked at me that way when she first came in? For a second or two, it was as though we were back there, with the music flowing through us. Even now, I could feel it – a deep awareness of her, more than physical desire, something I’d never felt before. I wanted more.

But maybe she just wanted to forget. She was as damned arrogantly superior as all Vulcans, like she knew more than any human ever could. Probably thought it was way beneath her to do something so primitive as to feel desire, or anything else, for some human male she saw in a club.

Will Trip get a reaction out of T’Pol? Will he regret it, if he does? Who’s really in charge here? Will they find the missing Klingon? Come back next week for the next excerpt!

Story A Day commentary…

Full version of the story…

These posts are the seeds of a project that will germinate over the next months, so input is especially valuable. Already, new stories are weaving themselves into the fabric. No need to feel shy; I’m a friendly sort, and will keep my phase pistol on stun ..for the most part.

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A Festive Stretch – ROW80 Update, July 9, 2014

 

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Ahhh…here we are again, at the first check-in of a brand-new round!

I’ve been up to a lot, but not so much things that are directly writing-related. You see, this round started on Monday, and Tuesday was my daughter’s tenth birthday. She wanted to have a Girls’ Day just with me. So I squeezed in my weekly workout on Monday, and Tuesday was all about her – taking her to a movie, shopping, and out to dinner.

We had a lovely time. She is delightful to be with, and I am amazed at the way she’s blossoming.

I haven’t really hit my stride with my ROW80 stretching just yet, because, well, the blue-eyed Force of Nature had priority. And I am more than OK with that! =D

How does this Wednesday evening find you? Are you happily engaged with people and activities that bring you joy? Is there some way you could have more of that? Have you stretched in any way, lately? I’d love to hear about it! =D

Part of the life ROW80 knows I have. =)

July Focal Areas:

  • CampNaNoWriMo

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Blog Maintenance and Exploration

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule;queue one post for each regular feature.A bit of a rough start; writing and celebrating took precedence.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. On target, although I have a comment backlog to address due to writin’ and celebratin’ and workin’ out.

  • I’ve visited several blogs, including my sponsor visits, and left often extensive comments.

Striking a pose, with attitude!

2014 Writing:

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

Continue drafting Perchance to Dream during July NaNoWriMo.On target.

  • Current word count: 94,846 (this is clearly going to be a loong draft!)

  • CampNaNo word count: 30,988/50,000

  • Scene 30/60 in progress.

2014 Hometending:

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

Clean out email files.On target.

  • I did a bit of this while looking for an email.

Birthday Dinner.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. On target.

  • As noted, Girls’ Day to celebrate Annalise’s tenth birthday.

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

One workout at the Y each week. On target.

  • A moderately intensive workout on Monday – weights and cardio.

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round. On target – I’ll explain these a little better on Sunday.

Workout goals for July:

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program.On target.

  • .48 miles in 10 minutes.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.On target.

  • 6.17 miles in 30 minutes; resistance to 13.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly.Target attained for this week.

Nutrition goals for July:

  • Acquire Intuitive Eating ebook.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 2 of each, thus far.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target attained for this week.

Weight goal for July:

  • Maintain or reduce weight measured at beginning of the round. On target

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WIPpet Wednesday: Disparate Bindings; Tangled Pulls

 

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Are you ready to WIPpet?!

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel,maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

It’s July, and July is an emotionally slippery month for me. It holds birthdays, death anniversaries, and the entire lifetime of our second child. It’s bisected by a much-anticipated annual out-of-state gathering, Unschoolers Rock the Campground.

I’ll be riding the waves this month. I’m also participating in CampNaNoWriMo. I’ll finish my current WIP, The Stars are Fire, and add more words to another, Perchance to Dream.

Since both of these are ragged and extremely rough, I’m going to continue with snippets from my Story A Day May Challenge: Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction exploring the interspecies relationship of T’Pol and Trip, in a project titled The IDIC Romance.

Disclaimer: T’Pol,  Trip, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

A bit about the challenge:

Story a Day is just that- a story every day in May. To make the challenge more interesting for myself, I used all of the prompts offered, throughout the month.

The stories are sequential, with various tones, POVs, and voices, due to the particular prompts that were in play during the writing.

For those keeping track:

  • This is the final installment of Story #3, Vermilion Threads . The prompt was to write a story of about 640 words. An additional guest post was to use the words “vermilion” and “musky” (both used in previous WIPpets). “musky” (both used in previous WIPpets).

WIPpet Math:

Today is July 2, 2014.

Today’s math…

  • 14 sentences, for the last two digits of the year. Yup, that simple! =D

This snippet is the aftermath of T’Pol’s meditation on her first hours of compulsory duty aboard the human starship Enterprise in the pilot episode:Broken Bow Part 1. It follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet,Trip, Stumble, and T’Pol.

 

I opened my eyes, considering the flame, and my fingers reached again to hover over the thread. Only now did I realize that Trip - Commander Tucker – had not intended an intimate gesture, but only to shake my hand in the manner of a human greeting. Although I knew I couldn’t return it, Awakened to him as I was, I allowed a moment of remorse that I hadn’t found some way to acknowledge his welcoming ritual, especially since there had been some element of challenge in it, something that spoke to those moments when our souls had communed with the surging music.

My own fingers, the restless indicators of my own inappropriate longing for him, danced away from the token of my bondage to Vulcan, to the PADD. I traced the vermilion piping on Trip’s uniform with paired, trembling fingers, then dared to caress his image’s face. I longed to sample the texture of his human skin; to feel the interplay of his muscles as they shifted in what seemed to be an endless dance, conveying emotions I didn’t have enough data to identify or comprehend.

I drew a deep breath, staring into those intensely blue eyes- the color of Earth’s sky on a sunny day – and imagined, for an uncontrolled moment, that he was here, in this room, meeting my gaze and accepting my touch.

I was intended to marry Koss, but I was Awakened to Trip. There was no logic in deluding myself – about the realities of the situation, or my own emotional agitation. They were as real as the strange scent of my new quarters, the too-chill temperature, the too-yellow quality of the ambient lighting, the unaccustomed vibrations of the humans’ primitive Warp 5 engine, the prototype of which they were so unaccountably and unabashedly proud.

I knew what my world demanded of me, and why. There was a logic to it that was a part of me, that had been whispered into my ear, as an infant: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few – or the one.” But now I looked at Trip’s image, and the thread Soval had given me, and I asked myself a question I knew ran counter to what it meant to be Vulcan.

Do I wish to honor my obligations to my family and my homeworld, or surrender myself to the pull of this human on my soul?”

What will T’Pol decide? What is Trip‘s reaction to T’Pol’s presence on Enterprise? Will this assignment change the course of both of their lives?

Yup, you guessed it…you’ll need to either read below, watch the series, or wait for next week, to learn more, from Trip’s point of view.

 

Story A Day commentary…

Full version of the story…

These posts are the seeds of a project that will germinate over the next months, so input is especially valuable. Already, new stories are weaving themselves into the fabric. No need to feel shy; I’m a friendly sort, and will keep my phase pistol on stun ..for the most part.

Want more WIPpets?

I’ve kinda left poor Captain Archer out of these stories, thus far, but someone made this nifty video…

 

Coffee and Conversation: ROW80 Round 2 Retrospective

 

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again – time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, myfamilywas driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own...

So, what about that ROW80 thing, anyway?

A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80), is the creation of Kait Nolan. It’s “the writing challenge that knows you have a life”. Rather than an intensive writing marathon with rigid rules, ROW80 divides the year into four 80 day segments, with breaks between. Each writer devises their own personal goals, then gives an accounting once or twice a week. If the goals aren’t working, they can be changed at any time.

It’s an idea that’s brilliant in its simplicity and flexibility. Through it, I have learned a great deal about myself- as a writer, and as a person. More, I’ve found a supportive community of fellow writers at all levels – I can learn from those who are further along the road than I, and offer support and advice to others, as well.

It’s break time now; Round 2 is over, and Round 3 begins on July 7. So, it’s a good time for me to take account of where I stand, in order to get a sense of what I’d like to do in the next round.

For 2014, I’ve set annual goals; each round, I make steps toward these in the form of smaller, incremental goals. Some of these goals will be somewhat altered for the next session, since I have a better idea of what I can accomplish at the midpoint of the year than I did at the beginning.

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So, without further ado, here are the goals I addressed in Round 2, and their status:

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Mostly, I set this aside, for this round.

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

  • I did fairly well with regular posting, and with answering comments.

  • As far as queues and sharing, not so much.

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • I have a better idea of what my eventual website will look like.

  • As for The Unfettered Life, it will be incorporated, in some form, into that website.

2014 Writing:

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

  • TBONTB complete.

  • TSAF nearly complete at 138K (it’ll need some cutting in the edits, for sure!)

Draft two more novels in the Trueborn double series, as NaNo projects.

  • I’ve got some extensive basic notes on one character’s story arc for one story.

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. (Overstrike; completed!)

  • The Last House concept was renamedKifo Island Chronicles, and will be developed as a series of novellas.

  • The Enterprise fan fiction project was named The IDIC Romance, and will be offered freely online as a serial project.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • Chameleon’s Dish in revision; set aside for most of this writing round.

  • Pre-planning notes for Bounded are complete.

  • Blood and Breath has had a read-through.

2014 Hometending:

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

  • Progress made in resetting rooms (but a slow process!) and in the study.

  • File cleaning was more organic; with the introduction of a snazzy new computer.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

  • I got together with some friends I hadn’t seen in longer than I wanted.

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

  • More thought being given to fitness and related goals.

Do you set long-term goals? Do you enjoy moving toward them as part of a group, or are you more of a soloist in that regard? Or, like me, do you prefer a blend of personal attention and group accountability? Please pull up a seat, and I’ll pour you a fresh cuppa while we chat!

 

Creative Delving : ROW80 Update, 6/25/14

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Well, hello there, and welcome to the final ROW80 midweek update of Round 2!

Ever look back at your last weeks, and find such a whirlwind of creativity that it spins your head a little?

Yup, that’s this round, for me. I delved two nascent ideas: the idea of a hospice resort in April’s Kifo Island Chronicles, and finally gave Trip and T’Pol my full attention in May’s The IDIC Romance.

In April and June, I moved forward with my Trueborn Weft Series fantasy WIP, The Stars are Fire.

I might try adding up all the words I’ve written this round, at some point…or I might not. While I’m pretty sure it’s staggering, it’s really not the point. The goal was creative exploration, and the honing of my craft. It was delving into myself, going deep, growing and evolving.

That’s a huge part of why I write – to discover myself, and to connect honestly with others. To give the daydreams that possess me space and breathe life into them that I can share with others, and maybe entertain, intrigue, provoke…

I write to learn who and what I am, and to become more of myself. To learn how to be a better version of me.

It’s been a big round, and there are revelations beginning to break my surfaces. I’m not quite ready to reveal them – like icebergs, they’re still mostly submerged, and I’ve learned to wait for the time when they burst forth on their own.

Art by Uwe Kils, Wiska Bodo, via Wikimedia Commons.

Do you find that your creative surges lead to revelations and epiphanies of a more personal nature?

I’ll be posting a full-round assessment on Sunday. For today, I’m focusing on what happened this June:

June Focuses:

  • Homeschool Reports (due 6/15) Target attained!

  • Guest post  -Blog series canceled.

  • JuNoWriMoOn target to finish by the end of the month.

2014 Blogging:

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

“Blogging Maintenance”: Post regular features; answer comments; make return visits. On target.

Build Features Queues: Add to Idea/Concept Files; develop post outlines; create posts; ship. Not yet.

Share Diversely: Look for more places to share and interact; develop a diverse sharing habit. Not yet.

2014 Writing:

Complete the JuNoWriMo Challenge: 50,000 words onThe Stars Are Fire and, if applicable, Perchance to Dream.On target to finish the challenge, and maybe the WIP, by the end of the month.

  • New words: 15,701!

  • June words: 40,775/ 50,000

  • WIP to date: 129,085/~ 140,000

  • I will likely be finishing up the challenge with TSAF.

Write guest post.  Blog series canceled.

Draft Round 3 Sponsor post. On target.

  • I have been tossing ideas around and letting them simmer in my mind. I’ll be drafting over the break.

2014 Hometending:

Continue family room reset: Move computer desk and pantry to new positions. On target.

  • Cleared some clutter from the desk itself; things have been landing there more than I like.

  • Things moving slowly…

Continue claiming my study: Clean and reset corner between work spaces. On target.

  • Nothing new this session.
  • Progress continues slowly, overall.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Maintenance goal: 5 salads/fruit smoothies peer week. On target.

  • 2 salad, 1 smoothies.

  • 3/attained.

Evaluate other fitness and lifetending goals. Something’s gone amiss, and I think I need some time and attention to what that is, what I want to accomplish, and what might be a better way to get there. On target.

  • During my moderately strenuous workout on Tuesday, I had a bit of an epiphany regarding these goals. I’m beginning to formulate that into an actual plan; more on that for Round 3.

Sponsor Visits:

How did the other ROWers ROW?

Okay, hopefully, my icerberg is not as titanically disastrous as this…

Creative Interlude : ROW80 Update, 6/18/14

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Well, hello there, and welcome to another ROW80 midweek update!

Do you ever feel like what you really need to fuel your creativity is to indulge yourself by doing something – well, completely different?

I haven’t been around much lately. I didn’t post an update on Sunday – instead, I spent the day in the pool and on the deck at my friend Sylvia’s house. We chatted, read, watched various combinations of four children play in the water. The kids and I had a rousing and silly game of Shark and Fish that lasted nearly an hour. We all took a bit more sun than needed, and that was OK.

After a lovely dinner and the angst of packing up, the rest of the night was taken up with the five-hour drive home. Sometimes, we have deep conversations during that dark journey, but this time the kids, sated with companionship and hours of swimming followed by a filling meal, slept, leaving me alone with the early Simon and Garfunkel Jeremiah had selected, because he loves “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” (he appears to have inherited a pacifist streak from his mother…).

My mind wandered over decades of memories, all tied to this beloved music, introduced to me by my near-lifelong friend, Eden Mabee, in our tempestuous teenage years…

And, then, even though they weren’t even created at the time, they showed up, and started dancing with each other again in my imagination. Stubborn, both of them. They don’t let up…

Well, I really don’t think I want them to…

Because something is shifting, with all this stirring-up and interspecies dancing:

  • I’m relaxing into this slack tide, letting it carry me where it will.

  • I’m reconnecting with my own past in more honest, open ways.

  • All this T’Pol and Trip is beginning to connect diverse things, and I feel my synapses getting ready for a creative storm of activity.

  • I’m growing more daring, and more committed…

At the moment, I’m not getting many JuNoWriMo words for The Stars are Fire…but I will. I can feel them rising to my surface, getting ready to break through me, out of my fingers, and into existence…

Until then, here’s what I’ve been up to the last ten days or so…

  • Homeschool Reports (due 6/15) – Target attained!

  • Guest post   Series canceled.

  • JuNoWriMo

2014 Blogging:

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

“Blogging Maintenance”: Post regular features; answer comments; make return visits. No Sunday post this week; I played hooky. Skipped Saturday and Monday comment answering sessions and visits.

Build Features Queues: Add to Idea/Concept Files; develop post outlines; create posts; ship.On target.

  • Still in the ideas phase for this one. But I do have some ideas, and that’s a start! =)

2014 Writing:

Complete the JuNoWriMo Challenge: 50,000 words on The Stars Are Fire and, if applicable, Perchance to Dream. Well behind target, but I feel a late-stage surge coming on….

  • New Words: 2,014

  • Word Count to date: 6,380/ 50,000

  • WIP Stats: Scene 41/60; 94,964/~120,000

Write Guest post. -Series canceled.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue family room reset: Move computer desk and pantry to new positions. On target.

  • Slow progress on clearing the porch.

Continue claiming my study: Clean and reset corner between work spaces. On target.

  • The corner is mostly clean. I need to deal with some errant cables and cords, before moving to the reset phase.

Submit homeschooling reports. Target attained!

  • This is one thing I did do in odd moments over the weekend away. I submitted them on Monday afternoon, technically a few hours late.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

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

Maintenance goal: 5 salads/fruit smoothies per week. Missed two last week; on target this week.

  • 2 salads, 1 smoothie last week.

  • 2 of each this week, thus far…4/5 attained. =)

Evaluate other fitness and lifetending goals. Something’s gone amiss, and I think I need some time and attention to what that is, what I want to accomplish, and what might be a better way to get there.On target.

  • While I haven’t gotten it into words yet, I’m beginning to understand where my fitness goals went wrong. Just this vague idea is helping; I’m beginning to feel more positive, and I’ve got the beginnings of a plan of action for Round 3.

  • I’ve gone walking and played Shark and Fish (a pool tag game) with one or both kids; I had a shortish but definitely strenuous workout on Tuesday.

Sponsor Visits: No, not this session. I indulged the need to be where I was, with those I was with. I’ll get caught up in time for Sunday, now that I’m home and settling in.

You can check up on the other ROWers, right here!

And, here’s a video I just discovered…more of the angsty side of that interspecies power couple.

Coffee and Conversation: Up for a StoryFest?

 

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again – time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own...

After you achieve a long-term goal, do you take time to celebrate your accomplishment? Do you reflect upon its meaning? Do you find that it’s changed you in some way?

Hooray! Confetti Time! =D

It’s been over two weeks now since I completed the Story a Day May Challenge, and I’ve been rereading, pondering, and growing as a result of having undertaken this project.

Participating in this challenge stretched me, in several ways:

  • I wrote in different voices and points of view than I typically do. I wrote to musical prompts, word lists, and images.

  • I got to play with two beloved characters, and their story netted me almost 70,000 new words.

  • I discovered several amazing writers.

  • I have a new passion for reading others’ Enterprise fan fiction, and this is feeding my imagination, adding to the stories I created.

  • I got to indulge myself and my imagination.

  • I found that I was not only capable of following the prompts and my own framework, but that the results were often unexpected and better than I’d thought they could be.

So, in celebration, I offer, a little belatedly, the StoryFest. I missed the “official” window, because I was away, but I can still share these stories, for your enjoyment.

And, hey, why I’m sharing, here’s, “The Logic of Emotion” one of my own favorites from my Story A Day WIP, The IDIC Romance.

Do you participate in organized creative challenges? How do you benefit from the experience? Pull up a chair, enjoy your cuppa, and let’s converse!

 

Creatively Elsewhere: ROW80 Update, 6/11/14

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Hi there, and welcome to my ROW80 Midweek Update!

How do you feel when your life seems to be, well…caught between inhalation and exhalation? Do you embrace this rarified space, or push and pull and resist the pause, needing something – anything – to happen?

I tend toward a little of both.

I’m feeling a little restless, and a little eager for something to happen. And yet, at the same time, this lull is deep and restful, and I’m cocooning into it, like cozy blankets on this cool and damp evening…

I’m writing a little, and reading more.

I’m puttering around the house, and indulging my need for rest and quiet.

I’ve been deeply centered in myself, and I’m getting ready for a very social weekend.

I’ve got stories dancing in my mind, but most of them don’t involve my current WIP.

I’m at once physically fatigued, and enjoying the surge of energy that comes from having a moderately challenging workout yesterday.

Between the inhalation and the exhalation, a whole lot can be happening…

Will I look like this, when I emerge from my cocoon?

Now, this session’s progress: I only update those goals I advanced during the current session.

Focuses for June:

  • Homeschool Reports (due 6/15)

  • Guest post

  • JuNoWriMo

2014 Blogging:

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

“Blogging Maintenance”: Post regular features and Sunday Post; answer comments; make return visits.On target.

  • Sunday Post for June 8, 2014

  • 1/3 weekly posts.

  • I‘ve dropped my weekly features to 3 per week. Wordless Wednesday may or may not return after its summer hiatus.

  • Comments and return visits a little backlogged. My social interaction has been more face-to-face, this last week.

2014 Writing:

Complete theJuNoWriMo Challenge: 50,000 words on The Stars Are Fire and, if applicable, Perchance to Dream. On target; still slow, but finding my rhythm.

  • New Words: 1,056

  • Words to date: 4,361 / 50,000

  • TSAF word count: 92,974/~ 120,000

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness. On target.

Maintenance goal: 5 salads/fruit smoothies per week.

  • 2/5 -one salad, one smoothie.

Evaluate other fitness and lifetending goals. Something’s gone amiss, and I think I need some time and attention to what that is, what I want to accomplish, and what might be a better way to get there. On target.

  • Jeremiah and I shared a moderate cardio and weight workout, and a mile of walking.

  • I’ve got the beginnings of insight into what hasn’t been working with my fitness goals. I’m not ready to put it into words, quite yet, but it’s a start…

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In the moment…photo credit: Eden Mabee.

 

Creative Conclusion (Or Not…) : ROW80 Update, 6/1/2014

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Well, hello there, and welcome to another ROW80 Sunday update!

So, it’s June.

I’ve been immersed in exploring strange new story worlds for two months. And now….

And now, my plans call for me to return to a more established WIP…

But a certain Vulcan woman and her human romantic interest are the stubborn sort. I should’ve known, maybe, from the start, that these two wouldn’t be happy with a single month’s worth of focused attention. Especially since I left them at a pivotal point that could be the end of their relationship, just when they thought they’d overcome the obstacles that were thwarting them…

So…where does that leave me, and all my plans for other things, this month?

Well – trying to work out a compromise (y’see, I’m not all that eager for the Vulcan/human sparks to stop flying, either – those two are just So. Much. Fun. Together).

We’re in negotiations.

My early offer is to give them some time once a week, which will be either planning, or new words. I’ll also be sharing the stories, as is and sequentially, as my WIPpet Wednesday project (to appease the mathematical tendencies of the scientist and the engineer, more than my own helter-skelter hopscotch writer nature).

And I’m watching Enterprise (most of the fourth and final season isn’t covered in my project-to-date, and I can’t just stop only episodes from series end. Besides, #itswritingresearch!).

I’m reading Enterprise fan fiction (#itswritingresearch – and when it’s good – oh, my!).

And I’m gently encouraging a certain young Huntress of my aquaintance to reveal herself, despite the Vulcan and human already in the middle of the room…

For a while, there’s likely to be quite a bit of creative blending in my life…and some videos for you. Because T’Pol. And Trip. =)

I could have worse problems. =)

What do you do, when you are having trouble with a transition- creative or otherwise? Do you find it easy to shift gears according to schedule? Does flux time suit you better, as you ease from one focus to another? Do you need space away from all projects, as you move between projects?

Now, this session’s progress:

Today’s update includes a goal revision, as I shift to the (somewhat) less intense JuNoWriMo and CampNaNoWriMo challenges.

May’s focuses:

  • Story-a-Day May  Target attained!

  • Homeschool reports

  • Guest post

For June:

  • Homeschool Reports (due 6/15)

  • Guest post

  • JuNoWriMo

Definitely a hard habit to break, these two…

2014 Blogging:

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

Continue posting on my regular schedule; share on Sunday Post, weekly.Missed two; longer stories took me away.

Complete and post 31 Story-A-Day May Enterprise fan fiction stories, following prompts.Target attained!

  • 31/31 Completed!

Respond to comments, and return visits.On target.

  • A little behind; story reality claimed me on Saturday.

For June:

  • Blogging Maintenance”: Post regular features; answer comments; make return visits.

  • Build Features Queues: Add to Idea/Concept Files; develop post outlines; create posts; ship.

  • Share Diversely: Look for more places to share and interact; develop a diverse sharing habit.

Ahh…the early days…lots of sparks, even more friction.

2014 Writing:

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. Target attained!

Complete 31 Stories for The IDIC Romance, using prompts wherever possible.(2014 Story-a-Day May).Target attained!

  • See above.

  • 66,996 words to date – yes, it’s the length of a shortish novel!

  • I used every prompt, although sometimes in a tangential manner.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process.Target attained!

  • 27/31 files prepared.

For June:

A look into their past, and their future…

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.

Get the computer desk moved out of the room.On target.

  • More cleaning on the porch- moving forward slooowwwwlllyyyy….

Continue claiming my study.

Complete the bulletin board reset. Target attained!

  • It’s done. Simple, colorful, pretty, and functional. I’ve got space for the six Trueborn WIPs currently in play. I’ll share pictures, once I’ve taken them!

For June:

  • Continue family room reset: Move computer desk and pantry to new positions.

  • Continue claiming my study: Clean and reset corner between work spaces.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 4 times a week.Target attained!

  • 3 salad, 2 smoothies.

  • 5/4 attained.

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

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.Meh, again. Too. Many. Words. Too. Much. Story.

  • Some days; not others.

For June:

  • Maintenance goal: 5 salads/fruit smoothies peer week.

  • Evaluate other fitness and lifetending goals. Something’s gone amiss, and I think I need some time and attention to what that is, what I want to accomplish, and what might be a better way to get there.

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