The On the Road Again Edition: Second Serving Sunday

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

I’m writing this this post from Hamilton, New Jersey, sitting at a Barnes and Noble cafe table with my dear sisterfriend Sylvia.  The kids and I arrived on Thursday, and will go home Sunday evening (through the magic of print, it’s Saturday evening as I type, no matter when you read it.)

With a road trip taking up the latter half of the week, I needed some ingenuity to keep things humming along, and not be that houseguest who does nothing  but her own stuff.  Fortunately, I tend not to need a great deal of sleep,  so, when others retired, and during pockets throughout the days, I was able to keep on track,  and even pull a little ahead, with my projects.  Not to mention the resurgence of creativity that comes from being with creative and beloved people I haven’t seen for a while-  there’s a synergy that I only find with others who embrace that side of themselves.  I’m brimming with it, and I get to carry it home and back into my everyday life….

Life Stuff:

Last Week’s Edition: Wordy Weekend

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

Last weekend, I targeted some specific goals (blue=done).:

  • Reduce my distance to my CampNaNo word count goal (according to the official site count at 1pm Saturday, 17,114 words away). I’d like to add 10K for the weekend; a doable goal.
  • Complete drafting Transitions (Finished Tuesday night).
  • Complete setup (Cheat Sheets and Scrivener outlines) for Generations (KIC#2) which I will begin drafting later this week. (Finished Sunday evening).
  • Post or schedule all blog posts through Monday.

And now, last week’s features:

 

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

  • The Well Springs Anew: As I wrap up one novel and prepare to start the next, while gearing up for a short-story marathon, new ideas and inspirations abound.
  • The Nine-Ninety-Nine WAHOO Party!: I finish a novel, make my CampNaNo goal, and post my 999th post to shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos! Yup, time to celebrate – come party with me!

Eight Sentence Sunday:

  • Coat Me in Clay”: Barry surprises Corinne – in several ways, all at once. Final snippet from my Kifo Island Chronicles novel-in-progress, Transitions.

Coffee and Conversation:

  • On April hiatus.

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • You WILL Answer Me: Sometimes, expectations and reality conflict. The first lines of my new WIP, Generations: Kifo Island Chronicles #2.

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Some Freakish Little Bird”:Iris is perched on a chair while Gladys and Howard argue about what type of treatment she deserves. A story written for Generations: Kifo Island Chronicles #2.

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

  • A Quiet Quarry: We take an impromptu overnight detour, and I contemplate a certain quality of quiet.
  • Robert is Here:  We visit our favorite quirky fruit stand – and leave with more than fruit!
  • Thermal Features and Tourons:  The scariest thing in the park? The people who don’t respect the wild places and wild life they’ve come to see.
  • Umpqua: Find out what place names and a feisty feline have in common!
  • Viewpoints: What we bring to the places we go can influence what we see when we get there…

What’s Next:

April Focuses:

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

This week, on the blog:

  • For Coffee and Conversation: C and C is on April hiatus. There will be an A-Z post each week, so feel free to stop by any Monday, and enjoy!
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: New stuff for April – July. I’ll be sharing whatever I’m writing, when I get to Wednesday. This week, another snippet from Generations.
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Eight sentences from…something.  Something with a Vulcan, most likely! =D
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and/or long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday, beginning April 5, with my Round Two goals post.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Well, that’s it for me…it’s early Sunday morning, now, and I’m wrapping up my weekend posts, reading a book on revisions, and planning to shower and sleep soonish, so that I can enjoy these last few hours with usually distant friends…I hope your weekend was/is filled with everything you hope– and more! If you want to tell me all about it, there’s a little box down there – fill ‘er up! =D

“Some Freakish Little Bird”: A Kifo Island Chronicles Story for SoCS

Rowing along the Stream of Consciousness…Badge by Doobster @Mindful Digressions

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme – an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: vary/very” – as they are or with variations. I made use of both, in various ways (see what I did there?).

Today, I give you the first (and likely only, at least for a while) SoCS story from my April #CampNaNoWriMo project: Generations, Volume #2 of my Kifo Island Chronicles series-in-progress. It’s unedited except for typos, with more repetition and less clarity than it will eventually have. This stream-of-consciousness drafting is from Scene 1, where we meet Gladys, a very elderly woman; Howard, her adopted and recently widowed grandson; and Iris, Howard’s misunderstood and unwanted stepdaughter.

I’ve found it difficult to write this novel. The characters are demanding that I tell their stories, but they aren’t sweet, uplifting stories. As I was plotting, things made a hard left turn into dark places. Some I know intimately well from my own life; others sprang from the characters themselves, and very little of what will happen is sweet or comforting. As a result, this might be the most uncomfortable SoCS post I’ve ever written…

Disclaimer: This scene has triggers for predjudice and mistreatment of a child, and a PG-13 rating for language and suggestiveness. Please be advised.

Two Little Birds…Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton, February 2015.

 

Iris yanked her hand back under the quilt; and huddled into the customary crouch, her large dark eyes not quite watching Howard, but not shifting their focus from him.

Laws aren’t perfect, Howard. Not for any of us. I did what I could for you; now it’s your turn to do what you can for this young soul given into your keeping. She deserves better than to be struck, or for you to be always kicking her with your voice, as though she’s nothing more than a stone. She deserves the chance to smile, and laugh, and play, and to know that she’s safe – ”

I wasn’t.” His chin jutted as though he were the child, and not the little dark girl who sat statue-still, and only watched, her expression never varying.

You were, here.” Gladys knew it was wisest not to add that there were far too many smaller creatures that were not, when Howard was with her.

Then why the hell did you keep sending me back to that bitch of a daughter of yours, and every man she invited into her- ”

Enough.” Gladys raised a hand; it shook with a warning tremor. “There is a very lonely child here, right now, Howard, and she is your responsibility You are the adult, now, and you can choose how you’ll meet her needs – for clothing and shelter, for nurturing, for laughter and play and delight – ”

Ha! If you only knew what this little half-black -”

Howard. Iris may not speak, but I am quite certain that she can hear, and understand.” The shaking was moving up her hand, into her arm, and Gladys used the other to move it, in an attempt to settle it. Usually, the medications worked well, but her doctor had told her that their effectiveness might vary, if she were under stress.

Howard bolted up, glaring at her, then the child, who drew back into herself, but never eased her vigilant watching. “If she can hear, and understand, then she should damned well be able to answer me when I speak to her!” He yanked the quilt away, tossed it across the floor. “You coddle her, let her pretend she’s too dumb to speak, let her perch in that chair as though she’s some freakish little bird, and not a kid.”

I coddled you, too, Howard -and you had a mother. This child doesn’t anymore – don’t you think she deserves a bit of comfort?”

Deserves? Deserves?! I was tricked, Grandma Gladys – I never wanted that little brat; not any little brat. All kids do is eat and cause trouble.”

What trouble has she caused?” Gladys wanted a calm tone, but an edge crept in, sharp and too shrill. Howard had always hated shrill.

We’re fighting, aren’t we? Would we be, if she weren’t here?” He took a step toward the child, but Iris didn’t vary her posture even a fraction – she was like nothing so much as a deer pinned by headlights, unable to move. “You buy her ridiculous things like that tea set – why the hell did you get that, when you never bought me a tea set?”

Did you want a tea set, Howard?”

That’s not the point. You never bought me one.”

I’m your grandmother, not your mother. You are her father – ”

You can take one look at her and see I’m not!”

Biologically, no. But when you married her mother, Howard, you became a de facto parent to her child. Now Aijo is dead, and Iris has no one else.” Gladys looked at the middle-aged man claiming her living room with his wide-legged stance, and saw the little boy with tousled blonde curls and one balled fist clutching a slingshot, trying so very hard not to cry.

She has you! I hope the two of you enjoy the hell out of each other – an old woman and a mute little brat!”

Howard turned and stomped out the door, slamming it so hard that every window in the house rattled.

What will happen now? Will Iris find her voice? Can Gladys help her feel safe? Is Howard gone for good? Would it be better if he was?

We’ll have to see.

Have you tried stream-of consciousness writing? Come join in there’s just a few simple rules.

Get more SoCS!

Nine-Ninety-Nine WAHOO Party!: April 22, 2015

ROWin’ on through April – and into the Party Zone

So, I’ve got a question – what’s YOUR favorite number?

Mine happens to be three. Love love love that number (see what I did there?).

And this happens to be the nine-hundred ninety-ninth post on this blog – yup, that’s three hundred thirty-three times three!

I also completed the rough draft of Transitions, the first novel in my Kifo Island Chronicles series while at a write-in with fellow members of my National Novel Writing Month local Albany chapter…and passed my CampNaNo  goal of 60,000 words with the opening of Generations, KIC Book #2. I’m still giggling over the adventures of Lizette’s rubber tree plant (you maybe had to be there!).

With all this goodness going on, there seems only one logical thing to do – so…

I’m throwing a party!!!

Balloons Afloat. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Now, I know some folks would get more excited about the thousandth post – but those folks probably don’t understand the magnitude of my three-love (and, anyway, the thousandth post will follow this one by a matter of hours, so those who like tidier milestones can celebrate that, if they like). And yes, finishing that first draft isn’t the same as publishing the book – but it’s hard to publish a book that doesn’t yet exist. I also know that having written over sixty thousand words in a month gives no assurances whatever about the quality of the story produced – or even that it is a story…readers can judge that for themselves, with a variety of snippets from Transitions. 

So, Shan, what’s this bit about throwing a party?”

Well, I’m glad you asked! Here’s how it works:

  • After you read this post (feeling free to skip the ROW80 update below if it’s not of interest to you), drop a comment and a link to one of your posts – please make it an upbeat one, because, after all, this is a party!). If you feel inclined to share a virtual beverage or snack, or an image, feel free to do that, too!

Help yourself to a cupcake – but maybe blow out the candle first! Photo by Shen Jeniah Burton.

Then pop by and visit another commenter or two – because sitting in the corner is no fun! If you make it a point to visit at least one person you don’t know, you might make a new friend!

As your party host, I’ll be circulating around to everyone – if I miss you, somehow, put on a funny hat and do a silly dance – or say the words, “Vulcan” or “avocado” very softly – those always get my attention! =)

Most importantly of all, have fun! Because it’s time to celebrate! <3

And now, that update:

Round Two and overarching 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.
  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.
  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

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

  • Transitions: Final Scene 24/24 complete!; 58,730/~ 55K words.
  • Generations: Cheat Sheets and Scrivener outline complete – PLOTTING DONE!!! Scene 1/24 in progress; 692/~50Kwords.
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available.  Step 1 complete; I bought and read the prompt ebook! Next up, transcribe handwritten rough notes for 30 stories; list out the ideas T’Pol’s been whispering not-so-subtly in my head, and roughly assign prompts and days to story ideas. I will focus on this once all A-Z posts are drafted.

Editing:

Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

  • These will resume in tandem with planning the new May stories. Next up, reread Second Pass revision info from Rock Your Revisions; create to-do list for next pass.

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

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

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/21 (R); Drafted through 4/24 (U). Next up, Draft V-Z; schedule S-Z. Only 5 posts left to draft – this will be my focus until all posts are scheduled.

Clean up/update blog sidebar.

  • After a comment from an alert visitor, (thanks, Susan Scott!); I’ve finally added my April challenge badges, shuffled a couple of things, and spent a minute or two considering widgets to add. Next up, a more complete overhaul!

Hometending:

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

  • 2/5 days. Lots of time in both kids’ rooms Sunday, with laundry and the Front Porch Fiasco added. Mellow day Monday; kids’ rooms and laundry. This goal being put on hold for the rest of the week, due to travel.

Lifetending:

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

  • Time with daughter, just being together; couples’ time and flirtiness with my Accomplice; Sunday and Tuesday write-ins which included many friends.  Blog visiting.

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

  • I went back to t’ai chi class, and I’ve begun getting up earlier, to take advantage of the mellower morning hours at my house.

Selftending:

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • 1 /2 t’ai chi (in place of regular workout.)

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

  • T’ai chi on Tuesday – I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I went back!

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 1 /2; see above.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 0 /2: Intentions Journal.
  • 1 /2: Meditation…t’ai chi.

My next update will be posted Sunday, live from New Jersey. Till then, let’s ROW along the ROW80 Blog Hop River, or, if you’re suitably inspired, come join in! You’ve got nothing to lose, and only your goals to attain! The icon is your portal!

 

And now, it’s your turn! Come party with me by leaving your link below!

The Wordy Weekend Edition: Second Serving Sunday

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

Life Stuff:

My last Second Serving Sunday post: The Greening Up Edition .

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

So, what was on your agenda this fine weekend? Spring cleaning? Preparing for winter (for those on the opposite side of the equator)? Time outside? With friends? Family? Some creative pursuit, perhaps?

For me, it’s an extremely wordy weekend…on Saturday, several members of my local NNWM group met at our ML‘s home for a seven-hour marathon write-in, complete with libations (I’m not so much into those); snacks; sometimes raucous conversation; and communal writing sprints. This is a fun group of people, with a diverse range of passions, and they always stir the pot of my creativity.

Later tonight, I’ll be meeting up with them again, at our regular Sunday night write-in, bracketing my weekend with committed writing time.

Like I said, a very wordy weekend! Here’s what I’m targeting:

  • Reduce my distance to my CampNaNo word count goal (according to the official site count at 1pm Saturday, 17,114 words away). I’d like to add 10K for the weekend; a doable goal.
  • Complete drafting Transitions  (I have five scenes left, and a decent idea how things will play out).
  • Complete setup (Cheat Sheets and Scrivener outlines) for Generations (KIC#2) which I will begin drafting later this week. ( Seven scenes remaining).
  • Post or schedule all blog posts through Monday (that’s three; all in production).

And now, last week’s features:

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

Eight Sentence Sunday:

  • By All the Nebulae in the Galaxy”: Terrance is lying, and his husband knows it – so why is Barry the one who’s acting guilty, and ablaze with desire? From my Kifo Island Chronicles novel-in-progress, Transitions.

 

Coffee and Conversation:

  • On April hiatus.

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • That Simple?: Sometimes the things that sound the easiest really aren’t, as Corinne is discovering in this snippet from Transitions.

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

 

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

  • Klamath Falls:  What happens when things don’t go the way we planned? We end up someplace completely different, and unexpectedly wonderful!
  • Lone Star and Lava Lake: Know those places you’re going to go “someday?” We travel to two of mine, with lessons learned and beautiful memories created!
  • Nine Mile Pond: What do canoeing in the mangrove swamps and marital discord have in common? Paddle on to find out!

Variety’s Spice (reblogged this week):

What’s Next:

April Focuses:

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

This week, on the blog:

  • For Coffee and Conversation: C and C is on April hiatus. There will be an A-Z post each week, so feel free to stop by any Monday, and enjoy!
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: New stuff for April – July. I’ll be sharing whatever I’m writing, when I get to Wednesday. This week, the very first snippet from Generations!
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Eight sentences from my Kifo Island Chronicles novel-in-the-making, Generations, throughout the rest of April.
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and/or long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday, beginning April 5, with my Round Two goals post.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Well, that’s it for me…it’s Saturday afternoon, here, as I write this, and I’m getting things together for my Wordy Weekend…I hope yours was filled with everything you hoped – and more! If you want to tell me all about it, there’s a little box down there for just that purpose! =D

 

 

Really, Really Spring: April 15, 2015

ROWing along through April!

So, can you believe it?!

What, you ask?

Well, here in upstate New York, it’s spring at last! Yup. And I’ve got the proof, right here in this post.

Witness Exhibit A:

Crocuses! Real, live crocuses! In my yard! =D

Yes, indeedy. The most intrepid of flowers, the crocus, is blooming, at the edge of my yard, slightly shaded by the huge pines – which leads to another proof of spring. During the early part of the winter, we lost a branch large enough to be a tree itself. Now that the snow is melted, my son and I tried to drag it (uh, NOT going to happen; it’ll need to be cut where it lays). In the process, I got a healthy coating of pine pitch – yup, the sap’s running!

In the wetlands of ponds, I’ve seen several red-winged blackbirds. Some people watch for robins, but I’ve seen them weeks before the winter weather ended. The blackbirds, though, don’t show up until spring shoves in.

So, now that we’re ten days into the round, with seventy to go, how am I doing on my goals?

I‘m still mostly concentrated on my two April challenges: the #atozchallenge, and CampNaNoWriMo. I’m definitely writing a shorter novel rather than a novella; I’ve made my peace with that. The story is flowing, and surprising me – the part I love the most!

Within the next week or two, I’ll be much closer to finishing both of these challenges; and then the majority of my time, for the rest of the month, will be split between editing existing works, and preparing for May and June challenges.

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

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.
  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.
  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

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

  • Transitions: Drafting: Scene 17/24 in progress; 35,811/~ 50K words. Act Three has commenced =D Next up, Scenes 17-24.
  • Generations: Plotting: Scene Summaries (and the plotting phase) complete. Set up Scrivener file . Cheat Sheet 4/24 Complete and added to Scrivener outline. Next up, finish hometending for scenes 5/24.
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available. I’ve had a thought or two about this; may change this goal a bit on Sunday.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

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

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/14 (L); Drafted through 4/17 (O). Next up, Draft P-Z; schedule M-Z.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar.

Hometending:

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

  • 2/5 days. Moderate day Sunday; very mellow Monday; no hometending on Tuesday.

Lifetending:

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

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

  • I’m opening up like the crocuses in the yard. More details on the way…eventually…

Selftending:

This entire category fell by the wayside last week to allow for “Otherstending”. Now that we’re feeling better, as a family, I intend to give these, and myself, some much-needed attention.

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • Attempt #1 at yardtending; more furniture moving; a mellow workout; and a one mile walk.
  • Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 2 /2: Attempted to move a very large branch that wasn’t structurally stable enough to last the winter. The only thing that moved was the pine pitch I got all over my hand! A one mile walk, because I parked at the grocery store and walked to and from the Y.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 1 /2: Reviewed journal’s current entry, and updated. Five minutes of breathing meditation; getting more natural, with less thought-clutter.

What are your favorite sure signs of spring? Are they different where you live now than when you were growing up? What are your favorite spring activities? Leave a note, an image, a link, or a comment in the little box, and share your springtime with us!

My next update on will be posted Sunday. Till then, let’s ROW along the ROW80 Blog Hop River, or, if you’re suitably inspired, come join in! You’ve got nothing to lose, and only your goals to attain! The icon is your portal!

Click to enter the Portal -or to join in!

 

And, before I go, and especially for Tammy Rizzo, who spoke longingly of missing them – I offer 45 seconds of another sure sign of spring, here – peeper frogs, accompanied by bullfrogs, and what I think are ducks…no real visual, but the sound….that’s a whole symphony of spring!

Sowing and Sprouting: April 12, 2015

ROWin’ through April!

It’s one week into Round 2 of ROW80. The #atozchallenge, and CampNaNoWriMo are in full swing – as were the bats in the marathon 19 inning Yankees/Red Sox game. How do I know that? Because my daughter and I were looking forward to watching The Amazing Race, and there was this ball game, so we figured we’d watch it till it ended, and see if our show came on later. And then we kept watching, to see how long it would last…all I can say is that I’m glad we’re night people!

I’ve also had a few days to play with my new April goals, drawn from my Round Two  and overarching 2015 goals .

Most of my writing time has been spent on the challenges above – drafting A-Z posts and Transitions, the first Kifo Island novel (-la? – It might be too long to be called that, when all is said and done), and plotting Generations, the second volume. I’m in brainstorming mode for Volume 3 (which I’ll at least begin drafting sometime in June).

And there’s a Vulcan whispering in my ear again – I have to listen carefully, because Vulcans have better hearing than humans, and so her whispers are very quiet. Quiet, but insistent. The lady isn’t a big fan of waiting her turn, apparently. I’m trying to give her my attention in the non-occupied moments when I’m hometending or driving or showering…but, did I mention that she’s rather insistent? Oh, and insistent. =)

On the plus side, having this fired up imagination has led to ideas for other stories, too, and to a round of repurposing around the house. So I really don’t mind the insistent and very quiet whispers – even if I don’t speak Vulcan…

Okay, if you ever thought I was sane…yeah, right. Vulcans, baseball, and sanity notwithstanding, though, let’s get on with the update!

Color-coding key:

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

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

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

Writing:

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

  • Transitions: Drafting: Scene 14/24 complete; 28,355/~ 30K words. This is obviously going to be a short novel length (closer to 50K than 30K) rather than a novella…ah, well! It’s a great story, and I’m not complaining. Act Three is about to commence =D Next up, Scenes 15-24.
  • Generations: Plotting: Plot/Pinch Points; Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disasters; and ordering scenes into rough novella outline complete. Scene Summaries complete through 16/24. Next up, Scene Summaries (paragraphs for beginning/middle/end of each scene).
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Rough draft of sponsor post written and highlighted and ordered for revision. Next up, Revision Pass #1. I expect to submit this before I sleep on Sunday.

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

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/11 (J); Drafted through 4/15 (M), and halfway through. Next up, Draft N-Z; schedule K-Z.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar.

Hometending:

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

  • 6/5 days. Slow day Wednesday – tired and headachy. Better day Thursday, slower again Friday – headache, more on Saturday.

Lifetending:

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

  • Yankees/Red Sox with my daughter. Conversation with my Accomplice.

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

  • I’m sharing on social media, and had a brief chat with a dear friend, but haven’t really been online except for blogging purposes. The words and stories have me. I did do something rather brave, but it’s personal family stuff, and I’m not ready to talk about it yet. I am counting it as an expansion.

Selftending:

Still getting back up to speed after intense“Otherstending”. Now that we’re feeling better, as a family, I intend to give these, and myself, some much-needed attention.

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • Playtime with the dog. Moving moderately sized furniture.
  • Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • See above.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 1 /2 for both; measured breathing meditation for 3 minutes.

All in all, a good session, getting back into a more regular rhythm after the sickness at the beginning of the week.

And how about you? Was your week pleasant, or less so? Any big news or small victories? What challenges are you dealing with, right now? I love when you share!

I’ll have another update on Wednesday. Till then, come ROW along with other participants by clicking the little icon below – it’s your portal into the ROW80 Blog Hop! And if you’re suitably inspired, come join in! You’ve got nothing to lose, and only your goals to attain!

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Round Two Goals: Natural Growth

ROWing into Round Two!

Can you believe it’s time for ROW80 Round Two? I’m having a weird feeling of being very ready, and not at all ready, all at once.

Ever felt that way?

I came home from a write-in last night, spent some private time with my Accomplice – and then our daughter vomited – so it was an odd night, with her feeling weak and queasy, and me not feeling much better, whether out of sympathy or because we have the same thing, whatever it is…

But enough about that. It’s time to ROW!

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 here’s the thing…it felt a bit too forced, too rushed, like there was always more waiting for me than I could get to.

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 nature of life.  

As usual, I’ll share my April goals at the first check-in. I’ll update my progress toward those each Wednesday and Sunday; movement toward Round Two goals at the end of each month; and 2015 goals at the end of the round -80 days from now!

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

Writing:

Write1Sub1: Draft one story, and submit one, each month.

  • I’m counting my CampNaNo Kifo Island Chronicles novella projects for April and June. May will see 31 new 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.

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

  • Transitions (KIC #1): Currently in drafting. Scene 6/24; 12,794/~30,000 words.

  • Generations (KIC #2): Currently in planning.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Currently in brainstorming.

Star Trek Chronology Project: Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise.

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

  • Story plotting reverse-engineered and rewritten. Resting at present; awaiting next revision pass.

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

  • Still drafting. Scheduled through April 6; drafts through April 10.

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

  • This is likely to be a June project, primarily.

Editing:

The IDIC Romance: Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening.

  • Story plotting reverse-engineered and rewritten. Resting at present; awaiting next revision pass.

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

  • This will be a back-burner project that will get done in bits and pieces. I’ll likely do the bulk of this in June.

Social Media:

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

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

  • Likely to be done in fits and starts as time, energy, and focus permit.

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

Explore social media as it fits with life and writing.

Hometending:

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

  • I’m dropping the specifics; just going with the flow of what seems most relevant.

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

  • By the end of the round, we’ll be in full-on end-of-year/ beginning of year mode. This will be a May/June focus.

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

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

Lifetending:

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

  • This might be a bit too ambitious, with my other projects; we’ll see.

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

  • This is an easy one. I love my group! =D

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

  • Keeping it simple, because I’ve got a LOT else going on!

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

  • Keeping this – and them! – as a priority. <3

Selftending:

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation and intention journal twice weekly.

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

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

  • Fell by the wayside in a bitter winter; time to indulge!

Intuitive Eating:

Read and begin considering.

  • 32% read. Lots of pondering.

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