“You WILL Answer Me”: 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 may be less physically present for a bit, but she’s still our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway.

Before I get on with the WIPpetty (it’s a word; I just made it up!) business of the day, I have an announcement:

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This is the 1000th post on this blog! And here we are, all here together! How cool is that? Because now, I can invite you over to my 999 party for fun and refreshments and the chance to meet some new friends, and say hi to older ones. C’mon over and party with me!

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Today’s WIPpet is brought to you by CampNaNoWriMo

I’m sharing, from Generations (name may change); the second novel in my Kifo Island Chronicles series-in-the-making. The Kifo Island stories takes place at a resort that’s a little like hospice meets Fantasy Island

Generations Premise:

Can Kifo Island help three generations of a wounded makeshift family coexist despite the forces and secrets that tear them apart, or will time run out for the dying grandmother, the abusive stepfather, and the brilliant, traumatized little girl caught in the middle?

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is April 22, 2015 – Earth Day, in America.
  • I‘m giving you the first 22 sentences, plus one to remind us that we all share one world (and because the last sentence rounds things out).

Today we meet Gladys, an elderly woman with Parkinson’s Disease; Howard, her grandson; and Iris, Howard’s young stepdaughter. Gladys is in her kitchen, with a window cracked open, when she hears Howard and Iris arriving by car.

Iris. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Disclaimer for language and possible triggers…I want this story to offer a positive message; but not to shy away from the topic of child abuse and its impacts. If you’re especially sensitive to fictional mistreatment of children, please don’t read this, because someone is not going to be very nice to a child, right from the start.

And listen here, you little bastard brat. You will answer me when I speak to you – and you will call me Father Howie, and nothing else. Got that?”

There were times when Gladys Marieta wished that her hearing had gone the way of her agility. But, then again, her not hearing wouldn’t stop the verbal blows that her grandson lobbed at the huddled little lump of a girl who stared at him with wide and stunned eyes.

There was no sound from the child. There never was. Gladys wished that she could reach into Iris’s mind, and tell her that if she could just bring herself to answer, things would be all right.

I expect you to do as you’re told – and that means that you will answer me. Say it, brat. ‘Yes, Father Howie, I hear you.’” A car door slammed, and Gladys took as deep a breath as she could manage, in a futile attempt to prepare herself for the onslaught to come. She was thankful, at least, that she had had enough warning to take her medication – she shouldn’t be especially shaky. For some reason, Howard was always edgier, and far less pleasant, when her Parkinson’s was very evident.

There wasn’t a peep from the girl; she slipped out of the car, dark head bowed and shoulders hunched; and Gladys, watching them come, wished that she could still run outside, scoop the girl into her arms, and whirl her around in a dance, the way she had Howard, when Estella would dump him with her.

Then, she could whisper that as long as he was here with her, everything would be all right. There would be enough to eat, enough to do, enough hugs and kisses and laughter –

But she’d been wrong back then. It had been enough when he was here, but not enough to hold him through the long months and years of boarding and prep schools. And there was even less to give to this motherless little waif who had the manner of a puppy who’s been kicked its entire life.

She couldn’t make it all right that Iris had lost her mama- her ‘hahaoya’, whom she still called out for in the night. Those pitiful whimpered cries were the only time Gladys had ever heard the child speak; the only reason she knew Iris could speak.

If only she would speak to her stepfather, say the words he demanded…

Looking for cheerier WIPpet Snippets? Well, hop onto the little blue froggy; assorted genres, styles, lengths and moods of WIPpet lily-pads to choose from! =D

 

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

ROWin’ on through April – and into the Party Zone

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

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

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

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

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

I’m throwing a party!!!

Balloons Afloat. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now, that update:

Round Two and overarching 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

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

Writing:

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

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

Editing:

Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

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

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

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

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

Clean up/update blog sidebar.

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

Hometending:

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

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

Lifetending:

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

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

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

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

Selftending:

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

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

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

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

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 1 /2; see above.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

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

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

 

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

The Wordy Weekend Edition: Second Serving Sunday

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

Life Stuff:

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

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

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

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

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

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

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

And now, last week’s features:

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

Eight Sentence Sunday:

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

 

Coffee and Conversation:

  • On April hiatus.

WIPpet Wednesday:

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

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

 

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

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

Variety’s Spice (reblogged this week):

What’s Next:

April Focuses:

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

This week, on the blog:

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

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

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

 

 

“Coat Me In Clay”: #WeWriWa – #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky list with your name, blog url and email address on Mondays, 8:00 AM EST. Each week, the list remains open until Saturday, 11:59 PM. Then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.

It’s a chance to share a small snippet -exactly eight sentences – of my current writing. I’m sharing one last excerpt from my April CampNaNoWriMo project, Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles, Volume One.  The Kifo Island series takes place at a resort that’s a little like hospice  meets Fantasy Island  Transitions chronicles the intersecting and changing lives of Barry, Terrance, and Corinne.

This snippet immediately follows last week’s WIPpet Wednesday  post, “That Simple”. Corinne is debating what to do about Barry, when he walks into her pottery studio…

But then he strode across the room, and pulled her up and into his arms, kissing her and crying at the same time – or was it her who was clutching at him, kissing and crying? Hadn’t her hands been in the slip bucket -?

Oh, hell, Barry, I’m getting drippy clay all over you -”

I don’t give a damn. I love you, Corinne. Coat me in clay, I don’t care. I can’t wait one more second to hold you, to be with you – “

You don’t mean -?”

Well, what does Barry mean? Is it what Corinne wants to hear? What does she want to hear?

No, I’m not telling you, because that would ruin the fun, but I’ll have 8 sentences from something else next week – and yes, it’s likely to raise a whole new set of questions! =D

While you wait, you can go visit other #8Sunday posts,which might just offer more answers (but probably will only leave you with more delicious unanswered questions!

What does Enterprise have to do with this post? Well, maybe not much, but, well, it’s Trip and T’Pol…and I’m gearing up to write some Warp 5 fan fiction next month…besides, it’s cute, and it fits this poised-on-the-edge-of-who-knows-what snippet…

“ A Piece of Peace”: A Kifo Island Chronicles Story for SoCS

Merrily down the Stream of Consciousness I go!

 This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: piece/peace. I made use of both, several times, and they provided me a symbol and a theme for a very intense scene.

This is the final SoCS story from my April #CampNaNoWriMo project: Transitions, Volume #1 of my Kifo Island Chronicles series-in-progress. It’s unedited except for typos, with more repetition and less clarity than it will eventually have. This bit is from Scene 19, from the viewpoint of Terrance Acosta, a jealous husband whose destructive impulses didn’t turn out the way he’d hoped…

Disclaimer:

This scene has triggers for infidelity and self-harm, and a PG-13 rating for language, suggestiveness, and innuendo. Proceed with due caution.

You’re me, Barry – and she’s you. You’re no better than me. You’re garbage, too.”

Exuberance nearly carried him out the door of the woman-child’s shop. He manged to get off the parting shot, using all of his remaining breath, and the energy born of his ire, and Barry’s rejection. To see him sharing breakfast with the very lovely and so very young Corinne – the way he’d pulled out her chair, bowed over her hand, played the courtly gentleman lover with her –

Except he wasn’t playing. He was a courtly gentleman. Once, only weeks ago, he’d been Terrance’s gentleman, always there, making him better.

You OK, sugah?”

No. Take me home, get me wasted, and fuck me to death, lover. Do it for real, and I’ll leave you everything I’ve got left that isn’t his.”

Oh, Sugah….you don’t mean that.”

The hell I don’t.” He leaned on her; let her greater size and strength support him as she took him to the golf cart and got him settled.

If that’s what you want. First, though – I’ve got something for you -” there was a shrill but somehow chiming sound in the distance, coming nearer .“Oh, hell. Sugah, you want the medicos?”

Terrance shook his head. No. Exuberance sprang around the back of the cart and into the driver’s seat, and Terrance leaned back and let her take him wherever she wanted. He only wanted to be left to die in peace – okay, that wasn’t true, either. What he really wanted was to just go to pieces – to break into smaller and smaller shards and fragments – like the pieces of the bell he’d smashed, when he first knew what was building between Barry and Sweet Young Corinne. Like the pieces shattered on the floor, once they’d been forcefully evicted from the cart he’d grabbed, the same way he’d grabbed Barry, that morning the sparks had ignited. Only, today, he’d used his hooker’s strength to create chaos and destruction – but it hadn’t done any good.

Barry was still gone. Barry, who was better than him, who made him more than garbage – or let him believe that he was.

Terrance opened his eyes when the cart stopped. “Home sweet home, sugah. But before I take you inside -” she leaned over him, her cartoonish, swollen breasts nearly in his face. “Reach in, sugah- I got you a souvenir.”

A part of him didn’t want to – but he was garbage, after all – nothing but garbage. He let her guide his hand – his arms were heavy and tired, and he was even tireder of games – with her, or anyone else.

His fingers connected with something hard and smooth; he followed its curving shape, which seemed to fit the swell of flesh beneath, to a sharp edge that pressed into his skin, almost puncturing him. He pulled it out and stared –

It was a pottery shard. A piece of what he’d ruined, wanted to ruin – good now only for throwing away.

Exuberance got out, and crunched along the path, the sound echoing, sounding like colorful bits of dried and glazed clay underfoot – like something broken past any hope of repairing…

Terrance wanted peace, suddenly and desperately. Peace – from a piece of art. There was a certain serendipity in the thought. He stared at the shard of baked earth, then at the frail, thinning skin on his wrists…

http://creswellcoffeeco.com/index.php

Shards. This image was the inspiration for this scene, and others, in this novel. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton, Creswell Coffee Company, Creswell, OR February 2015.

What will Terrance do with the pottery shard? How did he get it? Does he have any chance at all of winning Barry back?

Well…

I’ve almost finished the draft, so I’ll soon know the answers…as for you – you may have to wait a while!

Enjoy stream-of consciousness writing? Come play – there’s just a few simple rules. See you next week, for another live-streaming look into the lovely chaos in my mind! =)

Get more SoCS right here!

Really, Really Spring: April 15, 2015

ROWing along through April!

So, can you believe it?!

What, you ask?

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

Witness Exhibit A:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Color-coding key:

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

Writing:

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

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

Editing:

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

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

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

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

Hometending:

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

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

Lifetending:

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

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

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

Selftending:

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

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

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

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

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

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

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

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

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

Click to enter the Portal -or to join in!

 

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

Second Serving Sunday: The Greening Up Edition

 

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, from my little corner of the blogosphere

Life Stuff:

My last Second Serving Sunday post: The A-Z CampNaNo Edition

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

This week was – interesting. Yes. That’s the word I’m going with.

It started with my daughter getting sick shortly after I got home from my write-in last Sunday night. Monday had her on the couch, sleeping on and off all day. I call her the Force of Nature, and not because she’s generally sedentary. The whole vibe shifted, without her kinetic energy bubbling through everything else.

Tuesday was even more interesting. My Accomplice got the stomach bug, just as my daughter was recovering. The aging dog decided that the cat needed chasing – that’s something that happens a couple of times a week. But this time he caught her, and ‘played’ with her. He got a lacerated nose; she hid under the sink for two days before emerging, still stiff and sore, but jumping and climbing. She’s now curled up on my bed, and I’m making a point to wear the dog out more often, to avoid further angst and injury, and promote healthier canine/feline relations (or at least a detente!).

I’m kind of glad the second part of the week was more mellow, you know?

In other news, I’m gearing up to dive into Act Three of my first CampNaNo novel(-la?), Transitions (KIC#1) ; I’ve done the majority of the plotting for Generations (KIC#2). I’m on schedule with my Blogging from A-Z April Challenge,  and I’m planning to finish up and submit my ROW80 sponsor post later today.

And now, last week’s features:

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

Eight Sentence Sunday:

  • Introductions” : A young potter named Corinne is introduced to two older men…opening paragraphs of my Kifo Island Chronicles novella-in-progress, Transitions.

Coffee and Conversation:

  • On April hiatus.

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • Until Today? Terrance has suspicions, and what he thought were the unshakable foundations of his marriage might be crumbling. More from Transitions (Kifo Island Chronicles #1).

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

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

  • Everglades and Eagles: We travel back to the River of Grass to visit some wildlife; then out west to Yellowstone, for a close encounter of the bald eagle kind.
  • Havasu Falls:  A trip to the place of the blue-green waters, and a new stage in a relationship’s journey…
  • In the Dark: How do you feel about being in the dark – now, how about in a cave or underwater cavern?
  • Joshua Trees:  Music can inspire and transport us to unexpected and wondrous places – sometimes, literally.

What’s Next:

April Focuses:

  • Setting ROW80 goals for Round Two, which starts on April 6.
  • Completing 60,000 words for CampNaNo (roughly two novellas).
  • Draft two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas: Transitions and Generations.
  • Complete the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge.
  • Planning and plotting for Story A Day May, when I will explore more stories for The IDIC Romance.

Sneak Preview:

  • For Coffee and Conversation: C and C is on April hiatus. There will be an A-Z post each week, so feel free to stop by any Monday, and enjoy!
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: New stuff for April – July. I’ll be sharing whatever I’m writing, when I get to Wednesday. This week, one last snippet from Transitions, before I begin drafting Generations.
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS):A post based on the weekly prompt, TBA Friday. Might be fiction, or not, but it’s always surprising!
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Eight sentences from my Kifo Island Chronicles novellas, Transitions and Generations, throughout April. We’ve got one more from Transitions, and then Generations takes center stage.
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and/or long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday, beginning April 5, with my Round Two goals post.

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