When Setbacks Strike…: Ready. Set. Write! June 29 – July 6, 2015 (Week 4 Update)

OK, who’s taking all the weeks?!

That’s the only logical explanation for where all the days are going so fast…or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway. Because here it is, already time to Update Four of Ready. Set. Write!

Short description: Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, I check in at one of the host blogs, Why not hop in and help me spread some summer sunshine to them, too?

And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

Sometimes things get a little…Zentangled! Art and photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

Overall, some progress got made, and some didn’t. I had a few setbacks, and some things are just taking longer than I expected them to…that’s life.

The trick, I’ve found, is not to dwell on the places where I fell down or puttered along. Instead, I’m looking at a week of good intentions that sometimes panned out, sometimes didn’t, and sometimes just need more time to get there…life can be like that, sometimes.

Writing:

  • Generations (KIC #2):  Complete the final 3 scenes; set aside to percolate. It’s a draft, and a great big win!

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3):Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; move all relevant materials to Scrivener file. Nothing to report, here, except that it was set aside for Other Things.

  • The IDIC Romance: Compile 2015 Story A Day May stories with existing stories, in chronological order; fix continuity problems in IDIC 2014 stories. See above.
  • Trueborn Weft Series:Foul Deeds Will Rise: Attend NaNo local group’s The Snowflake Method plotting workshop on Tuesday; begin drafting on Wednesday (so plotting needs to be done by then!), Rereading/revising step 6/6 (four-page summary) in progress; scene by scene outline 12 scenes complete. Nope, not drafting just yet, but soon…so a mixed bag, here.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Reread scenes 13 – 16 and margin comments; make detailed notes and revision plan for Draft 2.5. A bummer; somehow, I lost the revision notes I made for scenes 8-12; so I backtracked and redid those, before moving forward… Scene 16/16 complete, except for final readthrough. Calling this an almost-win.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and First Friday Photo, all on time, and draft ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post. 9/9 posted or scheduled on time! Didn’t draft the sponsor post yet; another almost-win.

  • Add challenges gallery widget to sidebar. Nada here.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Made a start; answer comment, return visit, repeat! Not a win, but not a loss, either…call it a solid draw!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Make records, and submit Annalise’s PASS test. Later today, I will scan and mail – if you listen, you might here my exuberant cheering ringing through the land! Did you hear it? Did you HEAR it?! Done, done DONE!!! Win, Win, WIN!!!!

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times. 6/5; and mined these journals for a blogpost! A big strong WIN!
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =) Uh, gee, no…sorry about that…I kept meaning to, then doing other things, instead…

Fragmentation can be lovely. Creswell Coffee House, Creswll, OR. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

My goals for this week:

Since last week was so chaotic, since this week includes a special birthday (and another too complicated to detail here), and since I have a LOT of drafting to do, once I finish the plotting, this week features pared-down goals…

Writing:

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Final readthrough/ scene 16 and detailed notes; set aside to percolate.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and draft ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times.
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =)
  • There’s a birthday in the house on Wednesday…elevens should be bright and shiny, right? =)

Beautiful about -to-be-eleven. Florence, OR, South Jetty Beach, February. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

  • “Again, the base of this scene has lots of potential….and then falls flat, with a great big thud!” (from my detailed revision notes for “Slow Jazz Awakening”. Several scenes share this common trait, as written…which is why I’m basically rewriting this story!

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Myself. I kind of got in my own way….

Something I love about my WIP:

  • I should be able to start drafting it in another day or three…and I can tell it’s going to be a good draft, because I’m getting antsy!

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, July 13, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

Yup – let’s make sure she still sparkles like when she was brand-new! Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

A Season of Reflection: ROW80 Round Three Goals

Are you ready to ROW?!

Have you ever stared into a mirror so long that you don’t

recognize the face that’s staring back at you?

Have you ever looked deeply at your life,

your goals, and your soul,

to see what’s reflected there?

That’s what Round Three is all about, for me. Since this is my Year of Exploration, I’m going to take the next 80 days to reflect on where I am and who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be…

By the end of this round, I’ll have a better idea of what I want to focus on for the final quarter of the year, and the shape of things to come…

With that objective in mind, here are my Round Three goals…on Wednesday, I’ll break these down and announce my July goals and progress to date.

And now, hi ho, hi ho; it’s off to ROW I go!

Under Unsettled Skies. Indian Meadows Park Trail, Scotia, NY. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Writing:

Kifo Island Chronicles: Draft Sea Changes (KIC#3), using Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Plot.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Plotting about midway through. Next up: finish plotting; draft as a tertiary project for July and a secondary for the rest of round, until complete.

Star Trek Chronology Project: Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise; complete through S4E3: “Home”.

The IDIC Romance:  Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors.

  • Created a chronological list of all 31 stories; this relatively simple project will fit into smaller chunks of time without demanding lots of focus. Perfect for camping, or drafting/editing breaks. A tertiary focus until complete.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete plotting Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2, using The Snowflake Method, and draft.

  • Running behind due to Life. No panic, – I’m enjoying the plotting process, and the book is starting to take shape well enough to feel almost real. I think drafting will be streamlined greatly using this process, and I’ll catch up fairly quickly once it commences (be end of day July 5, at the latest). Primary focus for July.

International Reflections. Tugboat Roundup, Erie Canal Lock Two, Waterford, NY. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Editing:

Write1Sub1: Complete “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits using Deep Revision, choose a market for “PLL”, and submit both. Choose final short story to revise in 2015.

  • Revision and submission are secondary goals for July; primary in August and September.

Chameleon’s Dish; Reread revised scenes and revision plan; complete revision of all plot and pinch points , using existing plan.

  • 11/24 scenes left to reach this goal; this will be tertiary for July, and primary thereafter.
  • I’m not as interested in how long the revision takes, as in attention to the process. I expect to get faster and better with practice.

Me, on the Atlantic Coast, reflecting. York, Maine. Photo by Eden F. Mabee.

Social Media:

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

  • I’ve got a great idea for my sponsor post, nothing drafted yet. I’m all geared up to start making the rounds again on Sunday!

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

  • I’ve been doing well with posting; will maintain that, and up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting.

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

  • More changes to sidebar in the works;  plan revision will occur during less intense creative times, or as an interlude.

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

  • Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some ideas…

Go on at least one social media adventure each week.

  • I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it!

Reflections with Yorick; a beauty shop in Manhattan, NYC, NY. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Hometending:

Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly.

  • I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life.

Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results when received; develop IHIPs for 2015-2016; submit fourth quarter reports and Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel form once the quarter ends on July 31 (due September 15).

  • These are good ‘productive fillers’.

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

  • Carried over from last round…

History, reflected. Annalise at Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater, NY, July 4, 2010. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Lifetending:

Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 3, and write reviews for 5.

  • A tertiary, filler project for July; secondary focus for August and September.

NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete three critiques.

  • Make the checking-in part of my social media routine. Two critique projects already queued and waiting…

Meditation: Practice meditation four times a week. Experiment with five new techniques.

  • Increasing the frequency and variety will provide me with more options, and help create a habit.

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

  • Make this a filler project for July – check on meeting time and complete application.

My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week.

  • Not a problem area; still, I don’t want to get swept away to the point where I forget to connect with my three favorite humans! =)

Kindle Triple Exposure (Enterprise, lodge, and me!). Pinewoods Campground, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Selftending:

Make one hour of physical activity a part of every day; use phone app to track.

  • I tend to get too sedentary when I’m intensely creatively focused; time to do something about that! Current goal: work up to an hour a day, as tracked by my phone (It’s not good at counting…so my actual level will be higher than it records).

Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice.

  • Add second class weekly. At home practice will provide even more goodness, between, and count as meditation and physical activity, besides.

Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering.

Lake Reflections. Annalise at Unschoolers Rock the Campground, Plymouth, MA, July 2014. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

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

Let this be your portal!

July, Again….A First Friday Photo 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.

Today we return to First Friday Photo /, Eden Mabee’s nifty once-a-month blog hop that encourages us to share an image (or more), on the first Friday of each month. So sit back, sip, and let me tell you what’s on my mind, today…

What pictures do you must treasure?

Why are they important to you?

This image of Elijah James, our second child, is one of my most treasured, because I can never take another picture like it. That’s true for every baby, every person, really – we’re never exactly the same, from one moment to the next, after all.  But we’re so used to that, we scarcely even think about it as we go about our lives.

But, with Elijah, there are no more chances for any pictures.

This image was taken on July 21, 2003. Four days later, he died.

Elijah was twelve days old, and lived his entire life in the NICU of a hospital an hour from our home.

This makes every image of him, every memento, every memory, more precious – because they’re finite in a very definite way. Not only did his infancy disappear; his life did. All the potential he held within him, anything he might have been or done or said, was irretrievably lost on a Friday afternoon in late July.

But I have memories, and images, and the intention not to let him slip unremembered into the mists of time…

Which has led me to play with this image, and memorialize our Tiny Tiger in various ways, such as this edit…

The quote is from a poem I wrote for Elijah during OctPoWriMo. com/ I also wrote poems for his two living siblings, who have grown and changed with the years….but Elijah’s is the one that most tugs at my heart, and which I remember, each July 13- 25,  which will forever be Elijah’s Days in my mind – the twelve days that encompassed his entire life.

Here’s the poem in its entirety…

Soul to Soul

Twelve days makes a very short lifetime –

So very much I never knew

About who you might have been.

A brief little blip, like the ones on the monitors

That measured the breaths and beats of your life.

Made less by that robber-baron, coma.

So very much of your life taken

From you, even while you still lived

Leaving a half-death that we couldn’t share.

But before we knew, and grieved,

On the night of your birth, when still

There was hope…

That night, as soon as I could,

I came to you, and pulled myself up

To see your face for the first time.

Your gaze found mine, instantly

You knew the sound of my voice,

And so you watched me.

Soul to soul, mother and son

Everything else faded out, and away

And there was only us.

You met my eyes as an equal

As though you knew you could not stay,

And had long since accepted what I could not.

Peace and wisdom met me, embraced me

In the way I longed to hold you

You settled into my being, my son.

You seemed to be saying that

All was as it was meant to be

Leaving me only to accept.

I looked and looked

And, in that shared gaze

A lifetime of knowing was held.

The next day those wise eyes

Drooped, then closed

And did not open again.

It’s both solace and sorrow, to revisit these images of a child now nearly twelve years gone – a child whose lifespan was only twelve days long. It reminds me of my most shattering loss – and makes an indelible statement about what’s important, and why. Because of Elijah, we live in a way we might not, without him. Because of him, I don’t take my loved ones for granted; I know, every moment, that life is finite – not just for him, but for every one of us…

This last image was taken on the day Elijah would have been three years old. I love this one because it holds the potential for joy, and play, and all that life can offer…the kids and I had just taken letters and pictures to Elijah’s tree in the front yard, to read to him. Then, it was time for Cozy Coupe calamities and the stuff of living-little-kidness…which, so often, is the best balm…

Do you have a favorite image of a loved one lost, or one who isn’t?

One that reminds you that life and death, joy and sorrow,

are inextricably bound up in one another?

I’d love to chat about it; I find that talking and sharing help.

Let me refill our cups, while you tell a story…

Have something to share for First Friday Photo?

Click the little linky guy and hop right in.

Exploration and Growth: 2015 Writing Goals EOR2 Progress

My overarching theme for 2015 is Exploration. I’m exploring various aspects of my life, learning and growing as I move toward and evaluate my goals…changed goals appear beneath existing ones, in bolded italics.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

My quarterly themes:

January-March: Re-Visioning

April -June: Expansion

July-September: Reflection

October-December: Gratitude

Writing:

Complete the Write1 Sub1 Challenge: Write and submit at least 1 story each month in 2015.

Draft novels in July and November. Otherwise, focus on revising/submitting, to end the year with twelve submissions.

  • A novel, most of another, and 31+ new stories!
  • Submitting stalled at one.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles novellas: Write rough sketches for 10; plot 5 ; draft 3.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles series: Draft 3 novels in 2015.

  • 1/5 drafts completed (KIC #1: Transitions).
  • 2/5 final scene progressing; complete before end of July 1 (KIC#2: Generations).
  • 3/5 halfway through plotting (KIC #3: Sea Changes).

Complete the Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch the entire canon Star Trek franchise, in chronological order – taking notes for future fan fiction development.

Complete A rewatch of Enterprise, excepting finale; begin rewatch of The Original Series as part of the Star Trek Chrononlogy Project.

  • Complete through Enterprise S2:E15, “Cease Fire”.

Develop The IDIC Romance: Write 31 new stories; submit revised stories through “Movements” to at least 1 fan fiction site.

  • 2015 Story-a-Day May Challenge; 31 stories; several stand-alone stories written, as well.
  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” in pre-sub revisions.

Blogging from A-Z: Draft 26 alphabet -themed travel posts.

  • 26 travel posts, intro and reflections completed.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan, plot, and draft one novel in each series; as July CampNaNoWriMo and November NaNoWriMo projects.

  • Rough sketches done for both; July novel in plotting phase for July Camp; drafting to begin by July 3.

Write at least 750 words daily at 750words.com.

  • Deleting goal: unnecessary.

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish (title subject to change): Complete first pass revision using Rock Your Revision; reread/create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).

  • Nothing new this round.

Bounded by a Nutshell: Create pre-revision plan, using existing notes Rock Your Revision.

  • Deleting goal: time factor.

The Stars Are Fire/Perchance to Dream: Readthroughs and pre-revision notes.

Deleting goal: time factor.

The IDIC Romance: Organize Scrivener file; revise stories through “Golden Slipper”.

  • First revision pass made on the “Suliban cell” compilation story.
  • Detailed notes in progress (12/16 scenes) for “SJA” Revision Pass 2.5.

Write1Sub1 Challenge: Revise 5 existing short stories using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process.

  • 1/5 complete, submitted: “Morning Coffee”.

2012/2014 OctPoWriMo poems: Revise all poems; categorize by project.

  • Nothing yet.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance: Keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits.

  • Happy with this!

Build blog queues: 5 each WIPpet and C and C posts.

  • Nope.

Blogging Action Plan: Review; revise; and implement.

  • Moving slowly, but moving.

Twitter and Facebook: Visit at least twice weekly.

  • Not so much.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect: Visit at least one weekly.

  • Well…

Share posts – mine, and others': Share at least 15 items per week.

  • Sporadically…

Blog views and followers: Increase views to 150 at least 10 times/ month; followers to 1000; WordPress followers to 333, because I like that number!

  • WP: 241
  • Total follows: 758
  • Views gradually and intermittently spiking; best day 149 views…

Hometending:

Complete resets/reorganizations: family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen.

  • Progress made in all areas.

Inhabit my study: cleaning, organizing, and using the space daily, when home.

Continue to inhabit and improve my study.

  • Sporadic progress/use.

Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess.

  • Progress continues.

Homeschool Administration: Complete all homeschool paperwork, including Annalise’s standardized testing, on time. Streamline where possible.

  • Testing in progress at end of round; everything else current.

Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris.

  • Taking advantage of the warm weather. More plantings planned.

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

  • Some.

ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date.

  • Check!

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February.

Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for the 22 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • Nothing new. 2/22 read. 0/22 reviews complete; 1/22 drafted.

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

  • Sporadic on the interaction; attended write-ins regularly.

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least 3 times/week.

  • Two to three times a week; nearly there.

TBR Stacks: Complete bedroom TBR pile.

  • Nothing new.

Smart Change: Work through at least one goal using the methods in this book.

  • Pondering and observing…

Starfleet: Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.

  • Nothing new.

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

  • More than scheduled! <3

Paying it Forward: Complete at least six beta reads and ten promotional blog posts for other writers.

  • Stalled on beta read 1; one promotional posts.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity thrice weekly; with Wii Fit four times weekly.

One hour physical activity, measured with phone app, thrice weekly.

  • Less consistently than I’d like.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog three times weekly.

  • Some…

Practice: Resume t’ai chi and yoga classes, either/or at least twice/month.

  • Yes for t’ai chi; postponing yoga.

Intuitive Eating: Read and put into practice as I continue to evolve nutritional goals that make me feel healthy and energized.

  • 34% complete; lots to chew on...back-burnered.

Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 30 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

  • 4/30. Nothing new.

Weight: Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

  • Deleting goal; numbers aren’t the point.

These goals are my guide for Kait Nolan’s ROW80, the writing challenge that knows I have a life!

#Onegoodcup After Another: Mindful Monday

As June slips into July, I transfer my attentions from my second Kifo Island Chronicles novel, Generations, which is a near-future fantasy, to Foul Deeds Will Rise – a straight-up, shapeshifting, otherworld fantasy from my Trueborn Weft series.

Poised between these two projects, I’m going to pause and take a few deep breaths, and ground myself in the present.

Why?

Because all of my creativity springs from within me, in the alchemy of thought, feeling, experience, and perception. So, while the pause in the forward momentum seems a bit – sideways – I feel it’s necessary; a pause to touch base with myself…

How?

By revisiting my writings during the first and most recent days of my own personal #onegoodcup project, and seeing where I was at the end of May, and now, a month later, at the end of June.

The first entries are from my Intentions Journal – a series of prompts intended to stir thought and ideas for life changes.

May 25, 2015

Remember those deep breaths!

  • When I feel overwhelmed.

  • When I’m feeling emotionally charged.

  • Before I say difficult things.

  • When I feel the impulse to escape.

  • When I want to be open.

  • When I want to focus.

  • When I want to relax.

That’s pretty good advice, if I do say so myself. Oh, wait, I did! =D

May 26, 2015

Keep breathing!

No, I don’t mean in a live-or-die way, but an inhalation, opening to the possibilities; exhalation, releasing the past sense.

Although I’m feeling a little pressure, it’s mostly internal.

Let that go, and simply enjoy indulging in life, today.

Why all this focus on breathing? Breathing is essential. Without air, we soon die. Without the breath of life and creativity, we stagnate. That’s something I tend to forget, sometimes, when I get busy pursuing my goals.

Deep, easy breaths. Pauses to breathe, and to be. I might accomplish more, that way – but that’s not my prime intent – balance and centeredness is…

Now, we turn to the last two days, from my #onegoodcup journal – a yoga-centric theme with inspirational quotes and art sprinkled among the pages. I bought this during our Oregon vacation in February, during an a few hours alone at Suislaw River Coffee Roasters. Using it reminds me of the peace of that day, and the joys of that trip with my beloveds…

June 28, 2015

I begin the day with about 1800 words to my JuNoWriMo goal, and three scenes left to write in Generations. Going to get the JuNo words, then do my Second Serving Sunday and Round 2 posts.

Somewhere in there, I’ll scan and save the test documents, so they’ll be ready to mail tomorrow.

Right now, I have a slightly soggy purring cat beside me, a variety of drips from the rain, and Jeremiah and his friend Josh’s Minecraft Skype chat wafting out from his bedroom. Miah is intermittently talking about 90s internet connections.

I’ve got other ideas percolating, but I’m going to let them simmer another day or two.

Sometimes, the thing to do is just simply to pay attention to where I am, right now, and what’s happening around me. It’s not always the best idea to struggle to understand deep things too soon; getting still and absorbing this moment will eventually bring deeper understanding to the surface…

June 29, 2015

I’ve won JuNoWriMo!

Still have two scenes and a bit left to write, and the test scores to mail, and two blogposts to get out today –

And plotting. I’m supposed to begin another novel on Wednesday, but I’m not ready with either of the ones I’ve been prepping.

I’ll get there, or I won’t.

We’ve got a Snowflake Plotting Workshop tomorrow, so I’ll do what I can before that, and try to finish during it.

It’s Jim’s weekend; he’s staying home today. Miah is planning a Skype/recording call with Josh, who lives in Pennsylvania.

These might seem disconnected, but, like the chat Annalise is having with her best friend, Gabriella, I need to consider them…

Because everyone’s needs and desires are important, and we all affect one another in the way we choose to pursue our own and honor (or not), each other’s.

This is definitely one of the ways in which my approach can be a model for my family, or a nightmare…

Gorgeous clouds banked outside my window…they look like an oil painting, over the lushness of the trees. After a very dry May, June has been quite wet…everything is vibrant.

The lawn is getting mighty shaggy, and the lawn mower has ceased to function…something will need to be done…

But I’m anything but a mechanic, so writing about how something will need to be done is about as far as I can go.

Well, I’ve got about half a cuppa left.

Know how I know that writing is what I’m meant to do?

Here’s how:

I’m sitting here writing in this journal, thinking about what I need to do before I can settle in for – yup – a day of writing!

There’s both a joke, and a truth, in there, somewhere…

What’s the point of that passage?

Well, I’m not sure. Maybe something to do with letting my thoughts happen, even if they seem unconnected and trivial. They still matter, and sometimes circle around to something deeper – or, in writing them, maybe I just eliminate a little of my surface mental chatter – an exhalation of the mind, to leave room for more attention and deeper mindfulness…

Have you ever felt this way? Do you keep a journal? Do you ever go back and review things you wrote in the not so distant past? Have you made discoveries or gained insight there?

More Mindful Monday at Silver Threading.

Let the icon be your gateway!

So Close, So Far Away… Ready. Set. Write! June 22 -29, 2015 (Update 3)

Are you ready to write?!

It’s already time for Update 3  of Ready. Set. Write! 

I can hardly believe how fast it’s going!

Short description: Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

On Mondays, I check in at one of the host blogs, Why not hop in and help me spread some summer sunshine to them, too!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

Writing:

  • Generations (KIC #2): Complete the final 10 scenes; set aside to percolate. Scene 22/24 nearing completion. I didn’t quite finish, but expect to later today, or Tuesday at the latest.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; create Scrivener file and move all relevant materials there; begin drafting one day after Generations is complete. Scene 5/24 moved to Scrivener; 6/24 Summarized; 7/24 GMCD. I was focused on drafting.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Reread scenes 12 – 16 and margin comments; make detailed notes and revision plan for Draft 2.5. Scene 12/16 complete. Nothing new here either…you know the story by now, right?

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, End of Round Two ROW80 update, and one promotional post for another writer, all on time.9/9 features posts and the promotional post completed (3/9 features a few hours late, oops!)

  • Play with one new sidebar widget ; shuffle three elements. Added three, shuffled several, and deleted a couple. I’ll live with them a bit, and tweak as needed.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Not caught up, but getting to these more often.

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Make records, and submit Annalise’s PASS test. Write Letters of Intent to Homeschool; submit to school district before July 1. Letters of Intent revised and submitted..#2 pencils purchased and answer sheet completed; verification signed.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup (add link) journal four times. 5 /4. Good stuff cropping up; ideas simmering!

My goals for this week:

Writing:

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; move all relevant materials to Scrivener file.

  • The IDIC Romance:  Compile 2015 Story A Day May  stories with existing IDIC stories, in chronological order; fix continuity problems in IDIC 2014 stories.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Reread scenes 13 – 16 and margin comments; make detailed notes and revision plan for Draft 2.5.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and First Friday Photo, all on time, and draft ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post.

  • Add challenges gallery widget to sidebar.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Make records, and submit Annalise’s PASS test. Later today, I will scan and mail – if you listen, you might here my exuberant cheering ringing through the land!

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times.
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =)

A favorite phrase from my story that sums up what I wrote:

  • Generations. It passes down through generations. What my mother lacked, she didn’t have to give to me. What I lacked, I didn’t give to Estella, and what she lacked, she didn’t give to Howard. What he lacked, and Aijo lacked, they didn’t give to Airisu….

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Car-sharing with my husband. That wouldn’t seem to be a big thing, but it threw me a bit out of sync…

Something I love about my WIP:

  • It’s nearly finished! And the ending is coming together better than I’d hoped!

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, July 6, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

How Did I Do? Round Two Final Assessment

As I began my Expansion Round, I wrote this:

I want to embrace my goals, and nurture them while they nurture me, in a symbiotic relationship. I want there to be more joy, and less stress.

So, I’ve winnowed and shifted my goals, and I’m ready to adapt, if I feel an unnatural pressure forming. This is my Expansion Round, and I’m looking not for rampant swelling, but a more natural growth. Like a plant or a baby, where growth is the order of the day.

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

Now it’s the end of the round, and time to evaluate. I feel like I kept true to the spirit of the intention. I made solid forward progress, but in a way that never felt breakneck or white-knuckled. I didn’t achieve everything on the list, and that’s OK. Another round starts a week from tomorrow, with 80 days more to indulge in my passions…

So, here’s the rundown!

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:

Write1Sub1: Draft one story, and submit one, each month, on average. Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” by the end of the round; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits through Deep Revision Step 3. CampNaNo Kifo Island Chronicles  novel projects for April and June; 31 new TnT stories for May.

  • Created basic pre-editing plan for “Slow Jazz”. Highlights/comments for Round 3 edits complete; detailed pre-editing notes for 12/16 scenes. Still behind with submitting; made progress with “Jazz” while focused on drafting. Reread “Peach Liqueur” during “Jazz” resting phases.
  • Far ahead on the writing component of this goal, with 31 new stories for May, and a second KIC novel in progress and targeted to finish in June.

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

  • Transitions (KIC #1): Complete at 58,730 words.

  • Generations (KIC #2): Drafting; Scene 17/24 nearly completion; 47,134/~60,000 words.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Plotting about midway through.

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.

  • Stories and posts completed; posting one per day,  plus several snippets, “why am I doing this?”, wrap-up, and link page. 

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

  • 26/26!
  • Reflections post.

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

  • Book read; project selected: Foul Deeds Will Rise, a Trueborn Weft Series fantasy novel that will chronicle the coming-of-age stories of Tribed Trueborn twins Niaan and Vaara.
  • Snowflake Step 3: Character Development, 2/4 characters complete.

 

Editing:

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

  • Preparing for Revision Pass #3; scene 12/16 notes complete.

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

  • Revision Process in early progress.

Social Media:

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

  • Posts on track, even in busy times…Coffee and Conversation took an April hiatus, and moved to Fridays. Visits and comments fluctuated, but better.

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

  • Several changes to sidebar; more planned.

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

  • Sporadic, especially during my drafting marathon.

Explore social media as it fits with life and writing.

  • Not the easiest fit, with writing intensity..satisfied, overall.

Hometending:

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

  • Progress in all bedrooms; family; living room; and front porch; raking and decluttering yard; planting, weeding, and mowing. This one’s a HUGE win!

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

  • Reports and letters submitted; testing phase completed, and pulling-together phase has commenced. Expect to have this ready and in the mail by Tuesday the 30th, at the latest.

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

  • Some Arizona; some others, as needed for posts.

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

  • I consistently did very well with this.

Lifetending:

Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 1, and write reviews for 3.

  • This was a bust; too much drafting. Next up:Plan to make this a secondary focus for August and September, which are revision months for me.

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

  • I love my group – this was easy! =D

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation twice a week.

  • Becoming more natural and varied; making the goal every week. Big win!

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

  • Not yet. Seems I have something happening near the end of each month, and time slips away…

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

  • Exceeding – Usually, a few times a week for each. I rocked this one; family harmony and connection multiplying exponentially! <3

Fitness and Nutrition:

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

  • Mostly; not perfect.

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

  • T’ai chi has become a regular part of my schedule. Postponing yoga at least for now.

Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering.

  • Nothing new read. Pondering.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s

ROW80 Writing Challenge

the writing challenge that knows  you have a life!