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Leaping Faith: My ROW80 Round One Update, 1/27/13:

Post-first evaluation goals

  • Goals on target or completed are noted as such.

  • Major goals appear in bolded blue.

  • Minor goals appear in bolded black.

  • Bolded black or blue italics denote time frames for completion.

Creating:

WIP Novels:

Complete rough draft of Sima Garo Provides. Aim for 2 scenes each week (~3000 words), and notes for each scene.

  • I completed Chapter Twelve, Scene Two(1343 words;1 hour, 23 minutes).

  • I completed notes for Chapter Twelve, Scene Three (33 minutes).

  • I completed Chapter Twelve, Scene Three (1514 words; 2 hours, 9 minutes).

  • Goal completed for this week.

Read through Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, making general notes as I go. Make task lists for next steps for both novels.

  • Chameleon’s Dish -
  • Note-taking goal accomplished for this WIP.
  • Next, I will begin the task list for this project. I am targeting February 10 as my tentative completion date.
  • Bounded by a Nutshell -

  • Note-taking for Chapters One-Five completed before 1/27 update.

  • The idea that I had for the first scene means a significant rewrite of the early scenes, which will be much stronger, after. I’m excited about the possibilities opening up, and will be playing with ideas via flash fiction – and lots of dreaming!

  • Complete note-taking for Chapter Six by 1/30 update.

 

Begin timelines for both stories, throughout all WIP and extrapolated novels.

  • Sima Garo Provides -

  • Chapters Two and Three synopses complete.

  • I didn’t make my goal for this; I forgot that each chapter contains four scenes, some rather long.

  • I am adapting this to two chapters each week.

  • I completed two chapters this week.

  • I will reach Chapter Five of this process by the 2/3 update.

  • Bounded by a Nutshell -

  • Synopses for Chapters One -Five completed before 1/27 update.

  • I’ve found at least one scene, thus far, that is a throwaway. That leads me to think that there is value beyond the timeline in this project; because, if there is little of value to summarize, that is a good indication of a scene that fails to capture attention or to move the plot along…

  • I will complete the Chapter Six synopsis by the 1/30 update.

Flash Fiction:

Create new flash fiction weekly through prompts, challenges, envisioning WIP scenes, and original ideas.

  • I wrote a flash fiction piece, Introduction to Kivaswine, while experimenting with an alternate scene for Bounded by a Nutshell, Chapter One, Scene One.

  • I posted this  to Trueborn Jottingsmy first-ever publicly offered flash fan fiction. I know there is a camp that says I ought to be embarrassed at writing it,and that respectable writers don’t share such ill-begotten literary offspring…

  • But, here’s the thing – This writing is so integral to my life and my creativity, I’ve decided to trust in that passion and own it, so more Star Trek fanfiction will certainly be in the offing. I will never charge for any of these stories. =D

  • Goal completed for this week.

  • In addition, I have freewritten two more scenes for this experimental storyline, and will revise these as flash fiction, and perhaps future sharing.

Revise existing pieces in my Writing Bullpen files, with an eye to submitting and/or creating a collection for a potential book. Aim for one biweekly.

  • I finished The Last House.

  • This story took on a life of its own during revisions. I have saved various bits, and think there may be full-sized short story, or even a novella, in there…

  • Goal of completing by 1/27 update completed.

  • Next story up will be A Splash of Red, and then Morning Coffee.

  • I will revise the next story by the February 10 update.

Submit at least one short story to a paying market each month.

  • Submitted on 1/27, to the market that rejected it a month or so ago.

  • Goal completed for this month.

 

Exposition:

Return to 750 words.com. Use this space for free expository writing at least every other day, and strive to complete every day of the round.

Write book reviews forBowlful of Bunnies and Finding Esta, once I have finished reading them.

Bowlful of Bunnies – reading completed.

  • I have completed a rough draft of this review, and will let it rest a bit before revising.

  • Goal to write rough draft before 1/27 completed.

  • Post review before 2/3 update.

Finding Esta -Reading is complete.

  • I used freewriting time to jot original impressions and notes during Thursday’s expository writing session.

  • Goal of freewriting before 1/27 update complete.

  • I will have a completed rough draft by the Sunday, February 3 update.

Complete one essay or other piece of expository writing each week.

  • I have completed my family issue piece, Written Beatings?.

  • I was unsure about a portion of this draft, in an area I was too close to, and made the leap of faith of posting on two facebook groups to ask for readers. I got a reply from Elizabeth “Buffy Greentree”, who helped me immensely.

  • During freewriting, I began to explore the idea of obedience vs, judgment, something I have been pondering for quite a while now.

  • I completed this essay.

  • Goal exceeded for this week.

Connecting:

 Blogging:

 Create blog rolls for shanjeniah (writers and resources), and Trueborn Jottings (resources and inspiration).

  •  Links added to my spiffy new blogroll:
  • Tia Bach, Author of Depression Cookies

  • alberta ross – so many words, so many pictures and worlds created

  • The Cellar Door

  • I’ve decided to work first on shanjeniah, and then Trueborn Jottings, simply because shanjeniah is more often visited, is older, and many links from there will also be relevant at Jottings.

Edit sidebars and layout for all blogs (excepting childrens’ reporting blogs).

  • I created a list of next steps for shanjeniah’s sidebar, and will move through this list, adding new items as they occur:

  • Check page list – delete or hide ones that are no longer relevant.

  • Check. I made several pages private, and will later consider what to do with the information they contain.

  • Search bar to top of page.

  • Check. I can’t put it above the pages, so it’s directly under. I gave it a title, and it seems to stand out better, now.

  • Replace participant NaNo 2012 badge with Winner’s Badge.

  • Check.

  • Add August CampNaNo Winner’s Badge and WIP Title.

  • Check.

  • Blog calendar under Pages.

  • Check. I also changed the design, because the palette I was using did not show well which days I had posted.

  • Goal completed for this week.

  • Remaining projects:

  • Update Unfettered badge.

  • Add link to Trueborn Jottings

  • Update Facebook badge.

  • Add Twitter, Pinterest badges.

  • Blog follow under calendar.

  • Archives under blog follow.

  • I will have this sidebar edited by February 15.

Write at least one post weekly for three major blogs (shanjeniah; TruebornJottings, andThe Unfettered Life.

  • My posts for this week:

Visiting:

Complete all ROW80 sponsor visits twice weekly; comment, and share posts I read.

  • Blogs I’ve visited this session:

 

Read weekly at a writer-oriented blog that appeals to me; comment; share; learn; absorb, try, grow.

Submit guest posts, at least once monthly.

  • Goal completed for January.

  • I will begin my February post by the January 30 update.

Social Media:

 Visit Pinterest, SheWrites, or StoryDam at least weekly. Get a better sense of how each works, and build my presence there with sharing, commenting, and asking questions.

  • Goal completed for this week.

Continue visiting and interacting through Facebook and Twitter, especially via relevant groups, several times a week.

  • Facebook – Groups, a bit of scrolling and sharing, comments.

  • Twitter – Just a quick peek; no interaction as yet.

  • This goal fell a bit by the wayside this week, with other writing and editing taking precedence.

 Claiming:

 Poetry Book Project:

  •  Gather resources for learning how to publish ebooks.
  • I bought an ebook on self-publishing, to add to my resource banks.

  • Do a search for other e-publishing sources, and continue adding links throughout the round.

Owning My Perspective and Experiences:

 At least once weekly, use expository writing time to explore memories, wounds, healing, perspective, or personal philosophy.

  • I wrote the intro to this piece, finished Obedience vs. Judgment, completed Written Beatings?, and did other random mental wandering.

  • Goal attained for this week.

Continue my eating and health goals from Round 4, 2012. Aim to get to the Y once alone, and once with the children, each week.

  • We’ve figured a plan for car sharing, so, beginning next week, we will be getting out to the Y!

  • I am continuing to attend to my eating, but have slipped a bit on water.

  • My writing energy has encompassed Slack and High Tides. My knee is feeling better, but the kids’ shifting sleep schedules have them currently waking up in the middle of Jim’s sleep, an hour or two later than I want to be up. I don’t want them waking up alone, and Annalise doesn’t like to be the only one awake when it’s dark, so I’ve been staying up till both kids are awake. Last night, that meant three hours of sleep, so I’m weary, and happy it’s Jim’s weekend.

  • I have been writing intensely, and with intensity. I’ve felt the surge coming for a while. I completed two essays, wrote a fan fiction piece, and thoroughly rewrote a very emotional flash fiction piece that may end up evolving into something much more.

  • I’ve been editing Finding Esta, and, because I love the story and know how upset Shah has been about the bumps in the road. Some other things are waiting; mostly the poetry project, because it is a goal I know I can complete fairly straightforwardly.

  • Other than writing and my workout, I also spent more time in Annalise’s room, did general hometending, and kept the house wood supply restocked through the fierce cold.

Reclaiming Our Home:

  •  Clean Annalise’s and Jeremiah’s bedrooms, creating spaces of welcome and haven for them, with room for their favorite things and activities.
  • All of the shelves were finished by the 25th, and I began sorting through bins and bags, getting all of those that were on the floor.

  • We will continue to go through bins and bags, and her room will be done by the 30th, so that I will have a day off before shifting her room to maintenance mode and beginning Jeremiah’s on February 1st.

  • I am definitely on track to make this goal.

Work on general decuttering at least five days a week, focusing on a clutter-prone area when time, attention, and energy allow.

  • I spent time in general decluttering.

  • I cleaned some outgrown clothes from the table in the living room.

  • I have cleaned 6 of 7 days, and met this goal for the week.

A few last points:

I plan to work on each major goal every session, and work in the minor goals as my time and focus allow.

  • I managed every goal but the poetry book. Since I added a spontaneous editing project, I am very OK with that.

I will evaluate my goals, progress and preferences biweekly. on Sunday, and adjust accordingly.

  • Next evaluation will be posted as my Sunday, February 3 update.

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Trusting Myself: My ROW80 Round One Update, 1/23/13:

Post-first evaluation goals

Goals, sans commentary

  • Goals on target or completed are noted as such.

  • Major goals appear in bolded blue.

  • Minor goals appear in bolded black.

  • Bolded black or blue italics denote time frames for completion.

Creating:

WIP Novels:

Complete rough draft of Sima Garo Provides. Aim for 2 scenes each week (~3000 words), and notes for each scene.

  • I completed the notes for Chapter Twelve, Scene Two (19minutes).

Read through Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, making general notes as I go. Make task lists for next steps for both novels.

  • Chameleon’s Dish -

  • I have added notes and placeholder files for the as-yet unwritten scenes that will eventually take this WIP from novella to novel length.

  • Note-taking goal accomplished for this WIP.

  • Next, I will begin the task list for this project. I am targeting February 10 as my tentative completion date.

  • Bounded by a Nutshell -

  • I began the note-taking process for this novel with Chapter One, Scene One, where rereading strongly suggested a change in POV character, and a near-immediate introduction of a secondary plot complication.

  • I attained my goal of beginning before the January 27 update.

  • My new goal is to complete note-taking on Chapters One-Five before the 1/27 update.

Begin timelines for both stories, throughout all WIP and extrapolated novels.

  • Sima Garo Provides -

  • Synopsis complete through Chapter One.

  • I will reach Chapter Five of this process by the January 27 update.

  • Bounded by a Nutshell -

  • I had intended only to work on only one synopsis at a time, but I realized that it would be simpler and more efficient to add this one, as I move through each scene in the note-taking process.

  • I have completed Chapter One, Scene One.

  • My goal is to complete the synopsis through Chapter Five by the 1/27 update.

Flash Fiction:

Create new flash fiction weekly through prompts, challenges, envisioning WIP scenes, and original ideas.

  • I wrote the rough draft of an as-yet untitled flash fiction piece, experimenting with an alternate scene for Bounded by a Nutshell, Chapter One, Scene One.

  • I reread and moved to a LibreOffice file for revision.

Revise existing pieces in my Writing Bullpen files, with an eye to submitting and/or creating a collection for a potential book. Aim for one biweekly.

  • I chose to work first onThe Last House.

  • I reread, so that I can allow the imagery to flow. I have a basic sense of what I want to accomplish in revision.

  • Next story up will be A Splash of Red, and then Morning Coffee.

  • I will have revised at least one story by the Sunday, January 27 update.

Submit at least one short story to a paying market each month.

  • See above for revision status of this month’s story.

  • I will submit before next Sunday (1/27).

Exposition:

Return to 750 words.com. Use this space for free expository writing at least every other day, and strive to complete every day of the round.

Write book reviews forBowlful of BunniesandFinding Esta, once I have finished reading them.

Bowlful of Bunnies – reading completed.

  • I wrote impressions for the review during my Sunday expository writing time.

  • I’ve arranged the color-blocked passages into a rough order.

  • Next, I will revise, and expand the passages into a rough draft.

  • My goal is to have completed rough draft by January 27.

Finding Esta -Reading is complete.

  • I will write my original impressions and notes during Thursday’s expository writing session.

  • Reading goal completed before personal deadline of 1/23.

Complete one essay or other piece of expository writing each week.

  • I will be revising the rough writing I did on my family issue during the last session.

  • I’ve reread the impressions, and have allowed myself processing time.

  • During freewriting, I began to explore the idea of obedience vs, judgment, something I have been pondering for quite a while now.

  • I will be returning to this idea, as well, during the next days.

Connecting:

Blogging:

Create blog rolls for shanjeniah (writers and resources), and Trueborn Jottings (resources and inspiration).

  • Links added to my spiffy new blogroll:

  • ROW80

  • Kristen Lamb’s Blog

  • Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

  • I’ve decided to work first on shanjeniah, and then Trueborn Jottings, simply because shanjeniah is more often visited, is older, and many links from there will also be relevant at Jottings.

Edit sidebars and layout for all blogs (excepting childrens’ reporting blogs).

  • I created a list of next steps for shanjeniah’s sidebar, and will move through this list, adding new items as they occur:

  • Check page list – delete or hide ones that are no longer relevant.

  • Search bar to top of page.

  • Replace participant NaNo 2012 badge with Winner’s Badge.

  • Add August CampNaNo Winner’s Badge and WIP Title

  • Blog calendar under Pages.

  • Complete these first five steps by January 27 update.

  • Update Unfettered badge.

  • Add link to Trueborn Jottings

  • Update Facebook badge.

  • Add Twitter, Pinterest badges.

  • Blog follow under calendar.

  • Archives under blog follow.

  • I will have this sidebar edited by February 15.

Write at least one post weekly for three major blogs (shanjeniah; TruebornJottings, andThe Unfettered Life.

  • My pending posts for this week, and their status:

  • Obedience Vs. Judgment (WIP)- The Unfettered Life

  • Using Pinterest for Worldbuilding (idea) – Trueborn Jottings

  • Written Beatings, or Speaking my Truth? (WIP) – shanjeniah.

Visiting:

Complete all ROW80 sponsor visits twice weekly; comment, and share posts I read.

  • Blogs I’ve visited this session:

  • Goal completed for this session.

Read weekly at a writer-oriented blog that appeals to me; comment; share; learn; absorb, try, grow.

  • Using the Twelve Stages of Physical Intimacy To Build Tension In Your Novel

  • I love, love LOVE this sexy post!

  • I wanted to comment, but it’s an older post, and I can’t…so, I believe this will be the topic of next week’s shanjeniah post.

Submit guest posts, at least once monthly.

  • Goal completed for January.

  • I will begin my February post by the January 30 update.

Social Media:

Visit Pinterest, SheWrites, or StoryDam at least weekly. Get a better sense of how each works, and build my presence there with sharing, commenting, and asking questions.

  • Pinterest – Trolled the main page and repinned some items. Food, decorating, crafts, inspiration.

  • She Writes – Posted to a group; skimmed groups, my page, and a few comments. Still not sure where this site fits into my social media life…or if it does.

  • StoryDam – Checked the lay of the land, commented.

  • Goal completed for this week.

Continue visiting and interacting through Facebookand Twitter, especially via relevant groups, several times a week.

  • Facebook – Groups, a bit of scrolling and sharing, comments.

  • Twitter – Just a quick peek; no interaction as yet.

ExploreLinked In and WANATribe every other week. Both have things to offer, and are my newest social media connections. I want to get to know them better, slowly.

  • WANATribeI’m starting to get a feel for the place. I signed up forWANA: The Next Generation, and for the first day of the inauguralWANACon, as well. I would have loved to do both days, but I don’t think my family is ready for me to be less available two days running, nor can I easily see where I would find funds for both, just now (my Spousal Budget Coordinator assures me one day was possible, even with my blog upgrade – yup, he loves me!).

  • I feel that WANATribe may become a vital link in my writing network.

  • LinkedInPeeked in quickly; posted status update.

  • Still a bit on the fence about how well this will ultimately fit into my life, but willing to give it time…

  • Goal attained for this two weeks.

Claiming:

Poetry Book Project:

Complete a rough draft compilation, with dedication, introduction, and conclusion.

  • Using the notes I wrote last week, I crafted a 274 word rough introduction.

  • This step completed before the January 27 update.

  • I will reread all poems in preparation for crafting the conclusion.

  • I will have all poems reread by February 1.

Gather art and images for inclusion in the book.

  • I created an Art and Images folder in the Queen of My Infinite Spaces binder, and successfully uploaded and saved one photo, as experimentation.

  • Move all the personal photos used in relevant blog posts to the new folder by January 30 update.

Gather resources for learning how to publish ebooks.

  • I know that I have some, mostly scattered aroundFacebook.

  • I created a tag in myPocket app for these, and added one link to it.

  • Do a search for other e-publishing sources, and continue adding links throughout the round.

Owning My Perspective and Experiences:

At least once weekly, use expository writing time to explore memories, wounds, healing, perspective, or personal philosophy.

  • I wrote just over 750 words, partly on the intro to this post; the rest on obedience vs. judgment, which will appear in The Unfettered Life.

  • Goal attained for this week.

Continue my eating and health goals from Round 4, 2012. Aim to get to the Y once alone, and once with the children, each week.

  • I made it to the Y for my third consecutive week. My right knee, which I injured while mowing the lawn last May, was quite painful, perhaps due to approaching storms.

  • I still managed to increase the duration, variety, and intensity of my workout (I am attempting to keep this gradual, because I want to be able to find a balanced and sustainable level that feels good to my body and soul).

  • Still mulling how to effect a car share, but it’s now become a higher priority, because Jeremiah mentioned today that he’d like to plan a trip to the State Museum…thus far, I have not gotten the children to the Y.

  • I am continuing to eat intuitively, with a recent increase in variety, and more attention to water and eating more foods closer to their original state.

  • My writing energy has encompassed Ebb and Slack Tides. A large shift in the kids’ sleep schedules, and my lingering mild queasiness and knee pain, meant a lower -key time, creatively, as did Jim’s weekend, and shifted workout days.

  • Other than writing and my workout, I also spent more time in Annalise’s room, did general hometending, and restocked the house wood supply against the coming cold.

Reclaiming Our Home:

  • Clean Annalise’s and Jeremiah’s bedrooms, creating spaces of welcome and haven for them, with room for their favorite things and activities.

  • Jim helped me bring in the very large new set of shelves.

  • I cleaned Lise’s closet shelves, bookshelves, and corner cubby drawers.

  • Together we organized most of the new shelves.

  • I began her corner cubby (last surface in the room!).

  • I’m on track to finish these by the 25th.

  • We will go through bins and bags, and her room will be done by the 30th, so that I will have a day off before shifting her room to maintenance mode and beginning Jeremiah’s on February 1st.

Work on general decuttering at least five days a week, focusing on a clutter-prone area when time, attention, and energy allow.

  • I spent time in general decluttering.

  • I cleaned some outgrown clothes from the table in the living room.

  • I have cleaned 2 of 3 days, so far this week, and am on track to meet this goal for the week.

A few last points:

I plan to work on each major goal every session, and work in the minor goals as my time and focus allow.

  • I managed every goal but the kitchen one and blogging ones (not listed here) this session – but that one is on hold until March, so doesn’t really count.

  • This is the best showing I’ve had, thus far. Yay me! =D

I will evaluate my goals, progress and preferences biweekly. on Sunday, and adjust accordingly.

  • Next evaluation will be posted as my Sunday, February 3 update.

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ROW80 2013 Round 1 Goals; post 1/20 Evaluation

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ROW80 2013 Round 1 Goals; post 1/20 Evaluation

Creating:

WIP Novels:

Complete rough draft of Sima Garo Provides. Aim for 2 scenes each week (~3000 words), and notes for each scene.

Read through Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, making general notes as I go. Make task lists for next steps for both novels.

Begin timelines for both stories, throughout all WIP and extrapolated novels.

Flash Fiction:

Create new flash fiction weekly through prompts, challenges, envisioning WIP scenes, and original ideas.

Revise existing pieces in my Writing Bullpen files, with an eye to submitting and/or creating a collection for a potential book. Aim for one biweekly.

Submit at least one short story to a paying market each month.

Exposition:

Return to 750 words.com. Use this space for free expository writing at least every other day, and strive to complete every day of the round.

Write book reviews forBowlful of Bunniesand Finding Esta, once I have finished reading them.

Complete one essay or other piece of expository writing each week.

Connecting:

Blogging:

Create blog rolls for shanjeniah (writers and resources), and Trueborn Jottings (resources and inspiration).

Edit sidebars and layout for all blogs (excepting childrens’ reporting blogs).

Write at least one post weekly for three major blogs (shanjeniah; TruebornJottings, and The Unfettered Life.

Visiting:

Complete all ROW80 sponsor visits twice weekly; comment, and share posts I read.

Read weekly at a writer-oriented blog that appeals to me; comment; share; learn; absorb, try, grow.

Submit guest posts, at least once monthly.

Social Media:

Visit Pinterest, SheWrites, or StoryDam at least weekly. Get a better sense of how each works, and build my presence there with sharing, commenting, and asking questions.

Continue visiting and interacting through Facebookand Twitter, especially via relevant groups, several times a week.

Explore Linked In and WANATribe every other week. Both have things to offer, and are my newest social media connections. I want to get to know them better, slowly.

Claiming:

Poetry Book Project:

Complete a rough draft compilation, with dedication, introduction, and conclusion.

Gather art and images for inclusion in the book.

Gather resources for learning how to publish ebooks.

Owning My Perspective and Experiences:

At least once weekly, use expository writing time to explore memories, wounds, healing, perspective, or personal philosophy.

Read through all 2012 blog posts, and make a list of items to consider or expand upon.

Continue my eating and health goals from Round 4, 2012. Aim to get to the Y once alone, and once with the children, each week.

Reclaiming Our Home:

Clean Annalise’s and Jeremiah’s bedrooms, creating spaces of welcome and haven for them, with room for their favorite things and activities.

Clean and reorganize kitchen, so that it supports a home where everyone prepares and serves themselves, and where cleanup is easy enough that we all will choose to participate.

Work on general decuttering at least five days a week, focusing on a clutter-prone area when time, attention, and energy allow.

ROWing Into My Deeps… ROWnd Three Goals

Goals for ROW80 ROWnd 3, 2012

If you are looking for my goals, unembellished, they are here.

My first Round, I was  excited and apprehensive.  it was a big step, and, although I felt it was the time for me; it was a huge thing.  I took many, many leaps of faith.

For my second, I leapt and charged ahead.  I had grown so much, as a person and a writer, that I felt a need to plunge forward and test myself to see just what I could accomplish.

And now, as I embark upon ROWnd 3, I feel a need to settle into this new way of life, to grow it deeper and wider, to blend it more fully with the other parts of my soul and my living…

Annalise demonstrates the wonders of her 3DS with cousins Nate, Sam, and Carlee.

And so, this time, no mad dash.

No wondering if I can do it.

Just me – and some goals I chose because these are areas where I feel a deeper, richer pull –  something in my nature leading me…

I’ve learned a lot from ROW80, and so much of it is in tune with the way living and learning happen, here…

Carlee, my father, and the family’s newest addition, Carlee’s niece, Shelby Lynne, born April 21.

I intend to lay myself bare.  I intend to Run naked through the Huntlands, and into the caverns of myself…I intend to hunt, and to be tender, and to delve my truths…

And I intend to share what I discover…

Won’t you join me, and know me better?

WIP Novels:

Trueborn Series

  • Trueborn:
  • Reread current rough drafts from 1998-9ish and 2000.
  • Create story arc for rewrite.
  • Triage existing research.
  • Consider title change.
  • Blood and Breath:
  • Complete story arc (unless completed before the ROWnd starts).
  • Create a flash fiction piece for each story arc point.
  • Use Scrivener to compile into a pre-rough draft.
  • Consider creating a blog for this novel or perhaps for the series, with pages for each novel as it progresses… (I have created a blog, shanjeniah’s Treuborn Jottings, which will be a home for all the volumes in this series).
  • Chameleon’s Dish:
  • Finish inputting into Scrivener ( completed during break).
  • Compile a print copy for editing, page count, and to see what it looks like!
  • Go through each scene to edit, take notes, and list research questions.
  • Complete basic research based upon library books and websites; looking for information to enhance later digging and prevent hugely obvious gaffes).
  • Experiment with removing Tisira’s story as a YA novel, with a potential optional add-on of the fanfic elements….not sure how this will work, exactly, but I think it might be the best approach to have something marketable without sacrificing my vision.
  • Print this version too!
  • Create a print copy of this experimental version, as well.
  • Watch and/or read Henry VIII – which is the play during which the Globe burned. Get cozy with it the way Nockatee and Henry would be.
  • Begin canvassing for beta readers for both versions…does not need to be the same group for both.

MIah, in Silly Mode. ;D

Flash Fiction WIPs:

  • Look through all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen files.
  • Complete/edit/rewrite where indicated.
  • Explore markets.
  • Begin compiling a list for possible ebook anthology.
  • Go through old story notebooks for source material.

Essay WIPs:

  • Look through all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen file.
  • Compile list for possible ebook collection (by theme; just brainstorming at present).
  • Complete/edit/rewrite as needed.
  • Research markets – BOLDLY GO!

handsome boy…

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

  • Letters of Intent to Homeschool if not done (due July 1) – completed 6/26
  • Fourth Quarter reports for both children (due Sept. 1).
  • End of Year Narrative for Lise (due Sept. 1).
  • Standardized Test for Miah (due Sept.1).
  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!

My loves…..they make my soul sing!

Reading:

  • Continue reading books for Bookmark Break Challenge – aim for 7 in July, 8 in August, and 9 in September, but these targets will be flexible – summer is prime traveling time for the kids and I and we have things planned and others we’re considering.
  • Read at least one book each month from my Kindle Cloud Reader, as a learning and experimenting process.
  • Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks from the Stillwater Free Library and the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS).
  • Continue reading an average of three articles from my To Be Read files, weekly.
  • Continue reading five blogposts each week, on average.
  • Consider getting a pair of reading glasses for magnification purposes, and so my getting-older eyes can handle all my readin’ and writin’! (I bought a pair on June 29. Very helpful, although bifocal lenses would be more so – I get a little blurry looking through them unless reading, and I look up a lot!).

Maybe the last pre-gap picture…there is a very wiggly tooth in that smile!

Other Writing:

  • Write 1 book review each week.
  • Play with flash fiction pieces as the mood strikes; aim for two submittable stories each month.
  • Play with essay ideas as desired; aim for three submittable essays each month.
  • Complete the two guest posts left ovcr from ROWnd 2, if not completed before ROWnd 3 begins.
  • Write at 750 Words every day, with possible hiatuses for Unschoolers Rock the Campground (July 12-16); Learn Nothing Day (July 24); Northeast Unschooling Conference (August 23-7; and kids’ birthdays (July 8, September 2).On my birthday (July 29), I WRITE!!!
  • Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.

Annalise – just add water.

Blogging/Connecting:

  • The Unfettered Life:
  • Post on average at least biweekly.
  •  Make at least one post an update, perhaps roughly categorized to make creating reports easier.
  • Begin using this blog in a way that really supports documenting, so that it does double duty as a personal tool for me in the way it once did.

Sister-cousins, Carlee and Annalise

  •  shanjeniah:
  • Aim to post, at least weekly, non-ROW80 update material on . This may take the form of adding to my pages; creating new ones; other challenges, blog hops, etc; writing samples of various types; musings on writing and life; guest posts; photo essays; or whatever else seems relevant at the time.
  • Consider and perhaps experiment with creating a blog for the Trueborn series. (Started a blog on June 25) This could contain excerpts, bits of what I am working on (character sketches, research, flash fiction, story arcs; inspirational images and quotes, etc. Its purpose would be specifically to share the process of creating the series, from the beginning on….in a way, a window into m world and my mind as none of my other spaces are….I find myself very excited about the above idea….I am coming to see this series at last, after most of a lifetime of living with it, as a cohesive, lovely entity almost ready to emerge from its ancient chrysallis. I want to welcome its rebirth with a new home that embraces while allowing a wide, free space to span and soar. And, in so doing, maybe I will stretch and soar just a bit, myself!
  • Continue submitting guest posts; aim for three again this ROWnd.
  • Continue hosting guest bloggers as they present themselves. Gently, sweetly, and a little persistently request that they present themselves! =)

Happy girl!

  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn…
  • Continue inputting June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook, if not completed before ROWnd begins.
  • Mine June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook for usable bits and pieces.
  • Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
  • Continue sorting and filing files on laptop.
  • Look into having external hard drive repaired, or at least getting the files from it.
  • Continue reading marketing and ebook publishing sites and articles.
  • Draft a loose Mission Statement to guide me through the rest of the ROWnd, and carry me forward into the next.
  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!

Zest for Life!

  • Celebrating Life!
  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)

Three cousins – Nate, Sam, and Annalise.

July is a good and natural month for me to focus on a more introspective set of goals, and an increased presence in my life.

It’s the month most fraught with emotional energy, for me…

  • July 8 is Annalise’s birthday –  always accompanied by memories of how frightened we were for her –  it was a high risk pregnancy.
  • July 9 will mark one year of estrangement from my parents and sister.  There was an ugly ambush, three against one, in frony of four young children.  No one behaved as well as those children needed us to, and I realized that I do not want to be around those who feel it is acceptable to unleash rage and ridicule on those they do not agree with, or with parents who still carry out abusive patterns with their long-grown children, as though the fact of parentage gives them perpetual right to do so.
  • July 12 – 16, the children and I will be at Unschoolers Rock the Campground 4, in Plymouth, MA.  Lovely long summer days at the lake, in the lodge, or around the campfire with families we don’t get to see as often as we would like…and perhaps new friends to be made, and maybe a trip to Plymouth, as in the past two years, or, finally, to Boston, where we have not yet been…

Sam and Lise share a private moment….

  • July 13 is Elijah’s birthday (five days short of a year before that of the baby sister he didn’t live to meet).  Five days from the delight of Annalise’s big day, to the memories of a baby born not breathing, and the 12 days of heartrending limbo that followed…
  • July 22 was my first fiance, Tim’s, birthday. He died of cystic fibrosis in  April 1995, and we buried his ashes on his birthday.  I am rich for having loved and been loved by him, and there will be bittersweet remembrances.
  • July 25 marks the ninth anniversary of Elijah’s death –  a death we prayed for, because his life was torture without benefit (he was comatose for most of it, with extremely low brain function, and so prone to grand mal seizures that only toxic levels of medication quelled them).  And yet, how to accept that this brand-new, sweet-smelling, beautiful baby you are holding is not there, and never again will be?  Nine years, and I still really only live with the sorrow, unable to unravel all the paradoxes of it…
  • July 29, only four days later, I will turn 43.  I don’t have parties or a big to-do anymore – it’s too soon to rebound from the memories of Elijah’s Days, and too close to the end of what is inevitably an emotional tumult of a month….

swingin’ good time!

We generally throw the kids a joint birthday celebration the first weekend in August, and I truly enjoy all the messy noisy kid-bliss it brings.

So, if I seem somewhat less sunny this month, please don’t fret.  It’s just the deeper, shadowy places July calls forth.  The sorrow blends with joy, the memories blend through each moment, the ebb with the flow, as at no other time in my year.

I am well, and I will be well.  I’ll just be who I am, in July, moment by moment, date by date.

Playful Spirits!

Lightly ROWing Along….Goals Update #21

At my last check-in, I was pondering what will happen if some of my ambitious goals have not been met when midnight comes on June 22….

Basically, nothing special. I won’t lament it, even….

I will just keep on writing, and lving, in ways that make sense and being me joy, and leave me free to enjoy life, and to be there when my family needs me…

Round 2 Goals:

Reading:

Learning:

  • Input Chameleon’s Dishto Scrivener.
  • After some stumbling around through the transition from November’s NaNo writings, done on Diigo, and those that began in January, at 750 Words, I think I have located all missing scenes thus far, and have a coherent draft into Chapter 7.
  • I am continuing to input scenes from chapter 7 (originally Chapter 14).
  • I found the last remaining chunk of missing text (I only downloaded part of January’s 750 words posts – ooops!).
  • I have now completed Chapters 7 and8, and am partially throughChapter 9 (which was Chapter 16. I recall that these middle chapters were long and rambling as I played with ideas and plotlines and characters.
  • There is still one snarl I will need to remedy – a misplaced and fragmented scene. I have highlighted one of the relevant passages, and will fix it once I have collected them all.
  • Other than that, the transcription process should proceed smoothly, as I am far more familiar with the program, and I now have all the text I need to finish.
  • I completed Chapters 9, 10, and 11 (original chapter 18). I inadvertently made a fornatting error on Chapter 11, which it looks like I can fix, but I may need to play around a bit to accomplish that, which I will do before moving on to Chapter 12.
  • There were 25 chapters in the rough draft, I am at the beginning of Chapter 19’s text.
  • This leaves six chapters and an epilogue left to transcribe in order to attain this goal.
  • Create story arc for Blood and Breath.
  • I reread Chapters Tenand Eleven,for reference.
  • I wrote the story arc for Chapters Twelve and Thirteen.
  • Use Twitter and Tweetdeck at least one day a week.  Learn more.
  • I actually used Twitter for some chatting, Tuesday night, and also for writing sprints.
  • I am dropping the idea of needing to use it once a week, though.
  • If I get more comfortable with it, and find it more personally relevant, I know I will begin using it more regularly.
  • So, this goal will now read: Use Twitter and other social media platforms as desired. Learn more.
  • This goal has been attained.
  • For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
  • I have reviewed and added some comments to my list.
  • I have at least briefly answered most of the questions on the list, and I don’t have any more at the moment.
  • I will be setting this list aside, unless something I really want to know crops up, until the next ROWnd.
  • This goal has been attained.
  • Begin learning about how to publish ebooks.
  • I have a very good source or two to explore in more detail; but that will wait until the next ROWnd. I am definitely in a producing rather than absoebing phase, at the moment, and I likely will be until the Rownd has ended.
  • This goal has been attained.
  • Begin research list/research for  Chameleon’s Dish second draft.
  • I have a list, and also some resources (as well as ideas for explanding those resources in diverse ways).
  • I intend to explore attaching the list to Scrivener, so that I can keep a running list of questions and answers while I edit and do the rough revisions I’m planning, before preparing for a full rewrite.
  • Until then, I will likely set this list aside, for now, until I am ready for that experimentation.
  • I have borrowed several volumes from our local library, which I will use to get a basic sense of just what I want to learn more about before I move into the rewrite.
  • I will be exploring these books during the next several weeks, and compiling a more detailed list; which I can then explore in greater detail…
  • This goal has been attained.

Networking:

  •  Explore She WritesTwitterStoryDamPinterest;and LinkedIn .  Use, develop, evaluate, adjust.
  • I have been intermittently exploring these sites, but have found that I am using far more of my writing time for actually writing and reading, orediting and organizing, at the moment.
  • I ‘ve come to the conclusion that I will be appearing in new virtual places only as the natural flow of life allows, so that my explorations will be born of interest, and not out of some sense of duty.
  • I will continue to learn and evolve in these areas, as opportunity and desire present themselves.
  • This goal has been attained, although I will continue the research into the next round, and possibly beyond.
  • Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
  • I have joined the Flicker of Inspiration linkup for this week with my flash fiction piece, The Pickle Barrel Incident, inspired by Jeremiah’s (long overdue) birth…
  • I have been entering these events consistently throughout the ROWnd, as I have felt able to, and will continue to do so,
  • This goal has been attained throughout the round, although I will continue entering challenges and other blogging venues as the opportunity arises.
  • Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
  • I feel as though I’ve really had a hard time with this one.
  • I’ve been very busy with living, and with writing and organizing, and this fell by the wayside.
  • I’d like to be able to be more supportive, so I will set fewer goals next round, and give this one more priority.
  • Do 3 guest posts and  host 3 guest bloggers this round.
  • I have written most of the rough draft of an essay which I hope will be my second guest post.
  • I have an idea about where and what my third guest post will be.
  • I am still seeking two guest bloggers for shanjeniah.
  • However, I am not into forcing things.
  • Sima garo will provide. I need only be open to it. =)
  • I have posted one guest blogger.
  • I have submitted one guest post.

Self-care:

  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Monday: Relaxing day; puttering; reading;writing; family time; venting.
  • Tuesday: Solitude, reading, puttering, writing, connection with family and dear friend.
  • Wednesday: Supplies for various projects, library, family time, reading, exploring.
  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Monday: Gardening and weeding; hometending.
  • Tuesday: Mellow hometending.
  • Wednesday: Shopping; library visit; short in-village walk; hometending; carrrying heavy bags of soil, groceries, and library books.
  • Add self-decorating to every week!
  • So far this week, I have worn my blue streaks, anti-frizz cream, pretty shirts, and a whole lotta joy!
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Monday: Reading; writing; hometending; yardtending.; family connection; spousal intimacy.
  • Tuesday: Reading; writing; creating: hometending; time to myself; a visit with Eden Mabee; playing.
  • Wednesday: Happy afternoon shopping and to library with kids; induging bibliophilia; homrtending; writing; reading; researching.
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Jeremiah: Helped with birthday list; trip to library and new card; cuddles and conversation.
  • Jim: Spousal time; conversation; supported his fishing trip.
  • Annalise: Helped with her birthday list; read aloud; trip to library; new card; paid fine; lots of yesses; cuddles; play; conversation.

So, why am I, after all the hard work and goal setting, and striving, not terribly worried about whther I complete these goals?

Well, I do have all the hard work and passion I put in. I wanted to write and to pursue those specific goals – but the end date is just an arbitrary point in time. I am not a failure if I need more time than that. I am a person pursuing a goal, and delighting in the process...

My thoughts and perceptions are shifting and deepening. I earned a tiny little bit of money with my writing this round; in the first, I didn’t.

I don’t need the validation of money, and money is a supremely useful tool when I want to trade it for something I value more.

I’ve been published in more places, and I have submitted in more places. No, it’s still not commonplace; yes, it is still fraught with a nameless apprehension, mixing with anticipation.

It’s sharing my words and my truth with more of the world, and I am feeling quite brave about it…

There are still more reasons, but it’s past dawn outside, and I have been reading, writing, watching PBS (the War of 1812), and playing Cake Mania 2 all nigt long…..so I am going to go to sleep….soon!

I haven’t posted the Linky, lately, so here it is.…have a ROW with some other amazing writers!

ROW80 Update – “Sudden Impact”

Chef Bluebeard, pre-accident.

 

As some of you may know, my husband was seriously injured late Sunday night when his motorcycle collided with a deer.

He was thrown about 100 feet.  He fractured 8 ribs, tore his spleen, and one of his lungs collapsed.

Needless to say, these last few days have been very intense.  We have two children, ages 10 and 7, and the hospital is nearly an hour from home.  I’m juggling everyone’s needs, and we are very much just taking things moment by moment.

 

A safer ride......

He could have easily died, right there at the scene.  I am still absorbing that, too….

Writing helps.

But I’m exhausted, and easily distracted, and a bit befuddled.

I’m not going to do an elaborate report, just a quick update on what I’ve done, writing-wise.

Progress Toward A Round of Words Goals

  • I’ve written at least 750 words of my WiP , Chameleon’s Dish, each day.
  • I completed and emailed Jeremiah’s second quarter report.
  • I finished my first book review and posted it here.
  • I’ve worked on the “Big News” piece I’m in the midst of over at The Unfettered Life.
  • I’ve approved some comments to this blog.

Jim is a physical guy. It's scary seeing him struggling to move.

That’s pretty much it ……

I do have plans afoot, for the next several days, to be worked on as the chance and energy exist….

  • Complete Annalise’s second quarter report and email.
  • Finish “Big News” post.
  • Write “Animals” post for Unschooling Blog Carnival.
  • Continue using 750 words to work on Chameleon’s Dish.
  • Input more pages into Penzu.

Jim and Annalise at Congress Park, Saratoga Springs,NY

I’m letting everything else rest for a bit, until things settle out some and a bit more predictability returns to our days…..Right now, my focus is on helping Jim to heal,  providing a nurturing one-parent home for children accustomed to having two involved parents,  and taking good enough care of myself well enough to do those things and  nurture me, too.We have an amazing and far-flung chosen family, and various members have brought groceries and dinner, filled our gas tank,  given the children a place to play with friends and have respite from the intensity here and there, and chopped enough firewood to warm us even if winter decides to kick in with ferocity.

So happy we are still a happy family. At Amigo's Cantina, Schuylerville. NY

That’s it for now.  I am very tired, and still have words to write.

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