Plan B Reflections… August 31, 2015

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

Oh, Monday…how did you get here so fast?

And, Sunday, where did you go in such a hurry?

The last time I checked in, I was eagerly waiting for my new power adapters to arrive. Well, they came, but didn’t solve my problem. Neither could my tech-oriented son.

Right now, money does not exist in our budget to seek repairs, so I’m getting cozy with Plan B – an elderly machine that is quite limited in its abilities, but is able to do most if not all of what I want. Not quickly, and not flexibly, but competently, in a workmanlike fashion.

I made significantly less progress than I’d hoped, and, on Wednesday, (or maybe Thursday), I’ll be revamping my goals for September, taking the reality of reduced resources into account.

 

Here’s where I stand, on the eve of August’s demise…

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 95,000 words..
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-W paragraphs completed;23/26. Next up: X-Z.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Nothing new. Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Peach Liqueur Love” Exercises 2 and 3; Deep Revision.  Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3. Nothing new. Next up: Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this round.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Mostly on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Posting and comments a bit delayed due to power issues. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2 ; pulling from here and there, and sharing here and there. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3: visits Next up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing new. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5. Did more here, as stress relief and an option to computer stuff. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Annalise’s report proofed and RTG. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting.

Lifetending:

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

 

Selftending:

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

These goals are a part of Kait NolanROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop –

Find more ROWers right here!

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“The Child of Her Soul”: Foul Deeds Will Rise for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Sign up below with your name, blog and email and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their #8sunday posts.

It’s a second chance to share a small snippet of my current writing. Most weeks, I tie them back to my current WIPpet Wednesday post, so reading both can give a deeper peek…

This nine-sentence snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Preying Upon Her. It’s from Foul Deeds Will Rise, Book #2 in my Trueborn Weft Series.

Shentaa is a new mother, apart from her nursling, Osiru, for the first time since his birth. She’s not sure exactly what to do with herself, and so she Runs, somewhat aimlessly, considering the powerful pull of her child, and realizing that she will never again be truly alone.

The Child of Her Soul

This day, though, was her own. Canivaar had pack matters to tend to; he’d offered to run with her, but she had wanted to begin with strength, and taking him from his work so that she would not be alone was not the action of a strong huntress.

And so Shentaa ran, until she became tired, and then she found a likely denning place under an overhanging ledge of rock, and curled herself into sleep, nose neath tail.

She was floating, near as soon as she slept, running above the clouds, but, somehow, the sodden air was filled with the scents of the world neath her…the scents of growing things and wild life lived in balance

But she wasn’t meant to be running in the Huntlands, or even above them. Nay, her hunt lay along a different trail, and she ran on, out of Canivaarii places, into Untribed holdings, intent on her prey – the Kai’s Keep, and the Kai, who had been as her child long before Osiru the Hidden had suckled from her breast, filled her womb…

She must see Kaivaara, and know that she was well.

Why she must, she knew not; questioned not. It was as it was, and she must, and the knowing it was enough to spur her on, to Run her swiftest –

She Ran, because Vaara, the child of her soul, had placed bonds upon her, and needed her.

Who is Kaivaaraa, and does she truly need Shentaa?

Is the dream a reflection of reality?

What does it mean, or dies it mean anything?

Where will it carry Shentaa?

Next week might bring the answers – or only more questions…

Want more #8Sunday? 

 

The Best-Laid Plans…August 26, 2015

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

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

Life is good -despite the hiccups it brings…

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

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

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

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

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

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

Editing:

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

Social Media:

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

Hometending:

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

Lifetending:

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

Selftending:

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

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

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

Preying Upon Her: Foul Deeds Will Rise on WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She‘s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

This week, I’m sharing more from Foul Deeds Will Rise, and hoping my increasingly capricious power adapter will hold out until the replacements get here later in the week…so, in order to conserve what may be very limited battery power, I’m keeping this short and perhaps sweet.

Shentaa has recently given birth, and this is the first time she’s been separated from her infant son, Osiru…

WIPpet Non- Math:

  • Today isn’t August 19, 2015but this is the snippet I would have shared then, if I hadn’t shared A Pet Name?

  • So I’m being a rebel this week – or I’m time-traveling. You get to decide. =)

Almost 14 years ago, I was the new mother (of a ten pounds plus giant baby boy!)….

Preying Upon Her

Shentaa was alone, Running.

There had seldom in her life been a time when she was alone, and she hadn’t known, until a fiveday past, how much she enjoyed and was affrighted by it, together.

Mayhap it was that, though she was alone, she was not, in the same breath, nor would she ever be, now.

Once, she had thought her ties with the child called Vaara were the strongest bonds she would ever know, and, before the child, she’d thought it either her Pack, or her family and friends in the Seers’ Keep.

Then had come Solemating, and then, borne of that, Osiru…

It was the deepest thing of all, she thought now, to harbor a child within her own body, to grow it from her Solemate’s seed and her own egg, his blood, her Line….

They had created a new life, and now, she would ever be bound by it. By her son.

But, as much as she could be alone, in this breath, she was. Osiru was with his Huntmother; he was young for the first parting, but Trueborn. What had been denied to Vaara by their imprisonment, she was most determined would not be denied their child, even if he yet had no Tribed name. He would take his Huntmother’s milk as well as his mother’s, sleep in her embrace, be shown by her his first tiny sniffs and tastes of the Wolvenkeep’s life.

Truth, though – he was still with her, preying upon her mind and her heart…

How was it that a being so small in size could be so stealthy a Hunter, when all he had Hunted till now was her milk and his own baby rousal?

Shentaa knew not; knew only that it was so.

He Hunted her, and he would take her. She was his mother, and that made her his own.

But she would yet Run. He would be with Larys until dawning; that’s what they’d agreed upon, and she wouldn’t be the one to undo this most important matter, simply so that she could lay with him, suckle him, and breathe him in – truth, though, that is all she would Hunt, on the morrow.

Will all go well for Osiru’s first day with his Huntmother?

Will Shentaa be able to stay away?

What will she do with her time?

I’ll be posting the next ten lines from this scene for #8sunday,  if you’d like to find out what’s next.

Looking for more WIPpet Snippets, with chattier writers whose power adapters are A-OK? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

Savoring Blackberries in the Sun: A Mindful Monday Food Meditation

Hi there, and welcome to Mindful Monday, where I practice and share my explorations into living a life of self-awareness and intention. Are you ready to go deeper?

How do you eat? How do you feel when you eat?

Have you ever taken the time to really notice?

Last week, I shared the way a post over at Silver Threading led me to explore a new form of meditation. I promised that I would share my first eating meditation this week, and here I am to do just that.

I began with the idea that I would pick sun-ripened blackberries off the bush at the edge of our backyard. Then, I followed the steps here, and savored five and a half blackberries – the first I’d tasted this season.

Blackberries in the Sun….and ready for some mindful attention.

1. Create space:

  • It was a lovely, sunny day, and, although I debated sitting in my study, I decided to sit in the front yard, in my camp chair, and allow the berries to sustain me in the open air that gave them life.

2. Put your food in front of you, and consider it.

  • Five and a half blackberries (one fell apart while I was picking it; the other half fell to the ground to nourish another living thing, or to create new life) in my favorite stoneware bowl. They are plum, a dark purple-black, with their segments bumpy and yet smooth beneath my fingers. Their stem ends sport a deep red coloring, and they’ve released a bit of red-purple juice on my fingers and in the bowl. They smell of warmth and a tangy, fertile sweetness.

3. Think about its origins:

  • I bought our blackberry bush for $6.99 at Country Living, a local business I’ve been supporting since I was a little girl staring at the halters and desperate to have a horse of my own to put in one. The children were small then, and it took me so long to get around to planting it that it was little more than a stick when it was settled into the ground, and, when it didn’t burst forth the following spring, I was convinced that I’d killed it.

  • But the next year it came up, a little strong live thing, and, after that, it thrived, getting bigger every year. This year, it’s a thicket that shelters a rabbit warren, and assorted birds, and potentially a groundhog the kids have dubbed Wiggy –

  • I picked the berries myself, and carried them to my created space in the front yard. I pricked my hand a time or two, in the harvesting – blackberries taken from the bush may come at a cost.

4. Taste it.

  • The idea is to eat one bite at a time, taking the time feel its texture in your mouth, explore its taste. The blackberries were tartly sweet, earthy, warm, and smooth in my mouth. As I applied slight pressure, the little bulbs broke open, with their juices flowing, offering an assortment of vitamins and nutrients, their seeds small and hard within. My teeth crushed a few, but I spit a few out to maybe plant later, returning them to the cycle of life. The husks within, from which the berries grew, are slightly spiky, and I don’t eat them.

5. Notice your heart.

  • While I ate the berries, I felt happy and calm, grateful for the gift my blackberry bush offered – to me, and to the animals that are protected and sustained by its annual bounty. I was also a little awestruck at the workings of nature – yes, I purchased and planted the bush, but, other than an occasional pruning of the dead canes, the bush needs no upkeep or tending. It does what it does naturally….there’s something to be learned and absorbed in that, I think…

6. Pause between bites.

  • Each bite is meant to be savored and richly experienced. I took a berry or a bite of one into my mouth, and then kept my hands off the others. It took me about ten minutes to eat five and a half blackberries mindfully. At the end of the meditation, I spent a moment more considering the husks and the berries I saved, and then I rose and went inside, my hunger satiated and my soul full.

Joyfully Homegrown, Together. Annalise and the blackberry bush.

I’ve set a goal to do this meditation once weekly, to begin, and to sample a variety of foods during it. It won’t always be a food grown and harvested here in our yard, but I will follow these steps, and connect with it, each time. And, eventually, as this becomes a more natural process, I will increase the frequency with which I practice.

So, back to those questions I asked at the beginning of this post:

How do you eat? How do you feel when you eat?

Have you ever taken the time to really notice?

If you’re so inclined, leave me a message in the comments. I love hearing your perspectives! =D

Find more Mindful Monday at Silver Threading.

 

Potential for Deeper Mindfulness….stay tuned.

 

Penultimate, Already?! : Ready. Set. Write! August 17- 24, 2015 (Week 11 Update)

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

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

My Week Ten update: New Moon Creative

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

  • A heat wave, activities planned and otherwise, and my eighteenth wedding anniversary were all part of this brimming-over week. Rather than being distractions, though, each event seemed to feed my creativity, and I was able to cross several things off my grand to-do list.
  • It was a week where I seemed to thrive on focusing on one or two things at a time, and finishing them. Some things got lots of attention, and others none or almost none – and I’m fine with that, because it was a Good Week, all in all.

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 90,000 words. Current total: 85,600/ 90,000. 4,400 words to goal. Scene 29/50 in progress. Other things took precedence this week.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Break out highlighted notes by scene and topic; add to Cheat Sheets to form rough revision plan. 16/16 Scenes completed! =D
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercises 2 and 3.  Resumed working on the “lose your first draft” rewrite: 8 points completed. Slow, but I love what’s emerging from this exercise.

Plotting:

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

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts; schedule ahead if possible; post authorized reblog. 9/9 published; plus 2 reblogs! =D
  • Catch up all July and August blog comments and visits. August comments caught up. Working backwards through July – I’ve reached the 10th almost there!

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Proof quarterly reports; prepare end of year materials and submit to school district. Annalise’s ELA proofed. Glad I did; it needed sprucing up! Though I wanted to have these done this week, they’re not due till 9/15, so I still have some time.
  • Clean/tidy study. Project table cleaned; sewing machine set up.
  • Clear round table; add tablecloth. Didn’t even come close to happening. I was defeated by a mountain range of laundry, a heat wave, activities away from home, and – yeah, I’ll say it – a near-total lack of interest in actually doing it!

Lifetending:

  • Set up tentative plans for August/September outings and events. Take into account each child’s need for social time and hibernation. Broached topic with both; chatted about ideas…getting a better sense of what the fall may hold. Also made tentative plans with my Accomplice for a t’ai chi/lunch date. Annalise and I had a Girls’ Day – a juried art show, the gardens at Yaddo, and ice cream!

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate seven times. Do one eating meditation. 7/6 for journals; 8/7 meditation; mandalas , t’ai chi, and eating meditation. =D
  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. At home: 5/5; Class 2/ 2. =D
  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag twice! This didn’t happen. I kept meaning to, but….

Annalise at the Yaddo garden gate, looking more than a little like Alice entering Wonderland…

My goals for this week:

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Draft to 95,000 words. Current total: 85,600/ 90,000. 9,400 words to goal.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Draft exploratory summary paragraphs for Enterprise A-Z 2016 stories – letters F-O (33 paragraphs).

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, draft rough revision plan for 16 scenes.

Blogging:

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

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Proof quarterly reports; prepare end of year materials and submit to school district.
  • Clean/tidy study; focusing on hoosier cabinet this week.
  • Clear round table; add tablecloth: Take TWO!

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending August/September outings and events. Take into account each child’s need for social time and hibernation – and the all-important budget. Make birthday plans with the boyo.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate seven times. Do one eating meditation.
  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice.
  • Visit the #RSWrite hashtag once daily, because this is my last chance to do it while it’s still happening!

Life Happily Reflected in Art, Saratoga Arts Celebration, August 22.

A favorite passage from my story:

The desire for him became need, and she was filled with it, filled with Huntlust, with the hunger for her prey –

“Forget not the nature of your Hunt, my own…” Only a whisper, and the knowing, in her mind, but given, through the Huntthread, to all those who joined her in the weaving…

Vaara must be stopped.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • RSW is almost over! WAAAAA!

Something I love about my WIP:

  • That I’m learning so much about these increasingly complex characters and their realities.

Next Monday, August 31, is the final RSW update – did it just whizz by, or was that just me? I’ll be getting my fingertips prettified by this young manicurist I know…and celebrating a summer of accomplishment with other RSWers at the #manuscriptsandmanicures event!

Sweetest Summertime Photobomb EVER!

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

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

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

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

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

And now, a goals adjustment:

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

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

Editing:

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

Social Media:

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

Hometending:

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

Lifetending:

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

Selftending:

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

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

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