Stream of Consciousness Saturday: A Tale of Two Tongues

 

Because we needed a cute little (unrelated) tongue for this post!

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’sStream of Consciousness Saturday meme. For the rules and this week’s prompt, click here!

  This week’ prompt was the word tongue.

The idea is simple – write a stream of consciousness piece that somehow ties into the theme.   Today, rather than a general tap-into-whatever’s-in-my-head mode, I realized that the prompt would translate well to The Stars are Fire, the fantasy novel I am drafting for JuNoWriMo. As it happened, I was in the midst of a scene where my POV character wants to encourage her sister to reveal information. She’s turned this type of thing into an art form, and gives it her full attention…

She took the time it took for Rachyl to turn from the window to remind herself yet again to mind her tongue, to let no word slip from it that was not guarded, measured, intended.   Mayhap that made it the more interesting, the way that Rachyl’s pale pink tongue flicked out to taste her teeth and lips, and perhaps even the air or that boy who seemed to have captured her imaginings.

Ah, a tongue so restless and reckless would like as not be unguarded indeed. And the nursery mouse would be attentive, letting herself crouch into the shadowy place by the hearth as the young Healer was held its captive, giving off the secrets that she had held within her bosom for all the glass between the chance meeting with a boy who spoke with a voice like wild music.

Wild music?   Did that mean, mayhap, that he was a boy of the Tribes?

No not a boy. Rachyl had said ‘young man’….Konii played it back again, in her mind. Yes. She had named him so, and twice. She would have little interest in a boy now that she was a woman grown. Or, certain sure, not the manner of interest that would have her tongue freeing itself so eagerly from her mouth, as though it would taste and savor every mention, every grain of contact, every word that had been spoken or shared between them.

Konii settled with the tea the healer offered, the nursery mouse making of herself a listening ear, as her sister tasted the encounter with her young man of wild music.

“He is called Alaane.” Her tongue, freed of any constraint she might have held upon it caressed the name in the way Mother sometimes caressed one of the serving-boys. Caressed it, and held it as though a treasure. Her lips softened in a smile.

I hope you enjoyed my first fictional SoCS offering. Remember, anyone can play, so long as they are willing to follow a few simple rules. See you next week, for another live-streaming look into the lovely chaos inside my head! =)

(Winter Storm) VULCAN Play: ROW80 Update, 3/12/14

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Greetings. Your presence here honors me. Shall we begin?

Late last night, Annalise told me, excitedly, “It’s Winter Storm VULCAN, Mom!” Now, she’s not personally that into Star Trek, but the girl would need to be oblivious, or someone else’s kid, not to know how I feel about my pointy-eared fascination.

For herself, she says she thinks there ought to be a Winter Storm Steve, so I explained to her that they didn’t actually name the storm for the species, but instead for the Roman forge-God (which makes as little sense, maybe, as naming it for a desert-dwelling species whose planet has no snow would, maybe).

And there’s another tiny piece of how unschooling looks, in all its playful action.

I’m thankful for this storm. Jim gets an extra day off work, and we’re snug in a warm house. I have three blogposts to write, a report to finish, two hours of editing to do, and projects to develop. Nova and Nature will be on tonight, and there’ll be time to putter around the house and connect with my beloveds.

I’m tempted to thank the storm, but one does not thank logic.

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Instead, I’ll just offer this update.

My main focus for the balance of the round :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

  • Submitting the children’s homeschool reports;

  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

An achievement! image Courtesy WordPress.

 2014 Blogging:

 Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On target.

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.Target attained!

  • Two visits on Sunday; several more early early Tuesday.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.On target.

  • 1/4 weekly posts complete.

  • Ideas are forming; queues will be building!

  • Oh, and there’s this: The above post was my 500th on this blog. Yes, shanjeniah, you really are a writer! =D

2014 Writing:

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge).On target.

Create Scrivener file; list basic facts for each protagonist (name,age, gender, physical characteristics) by March 10. Target attained on the 11th!

  • Cursory physical characteristics: 26/26 characters.

  • Allowing these to suggest personality traits, and the genesis of their stories.

  • Create premises for all stories; write POV character’s GMCs.

Create timeline, premise, GMC, and character sketches for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May). by April 1.On target.

  • Storied will be in a roughly chronological order.

  • Watched Fusion – the jazz club flashbacks will be the launch point for my POV characters.

  • Wrote a basic, one-sentence premise as the framework for theses stories.

  • Watched Broken Bow and Strange New World. Ideas forming….

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • 5/60 scenes complete.

  • Scene 6/60 currently in revision.

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. On target.

  • 3/9: 3 hours, 5 minutes.

  • 3/10: 3 hour, 15 minutes.

  • 3/11: 2 hours, 30 minutes.

  • Month to-date: 40 hours, 20 minutes (over the 2/3 goal, for hours).

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • Continued emptying the cabinet that will become the pantry, once the computer desk is moved.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Complete and submit both children’s reports by March 15. On target.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts,Mathematics,Sciences, and Social Sciences completed: Arts in progress.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Choose two playful activities per day; walk at least one mile each week: workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Not so much.

  • I was tired after lots of activity last week, followed up by the time change. Did only one on Sunday and Tuesday, and none at all on Monday.

  • Marching in place; skipping rope.

Sponsor Visits:

See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!

And now, I bid you to go forth, live long, and prosper!

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Coffee and Converation: Hey, Teachers! Leave Their Minecraft Alone!

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again – and time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own…

Here, each Monday, I strive to reach that understanding by offering ideas and tidbits from my life. Settle in for a while, and maybe share something of yours, too…

Recently, I read this article debating whether Minecraft was brain-rotting kid crack, or whether this open-ended and almost infinitely variable gaming experience might have educational benefits.

Touted in the article, which was mainly positive toward Minecraft, were several programs initiated by teachers who wanted to bring some educational value to the game.

  • Students in one school were given gravity lessons.
  • Students in a (Danish) school were free to play, but only in English.
  • Some schools have instituted assigned quests for kids to work on collaboratively.

I’m all for schoolkids – everyone! – learning through play. That’s the purpose of play – to learn, by challenging ourselves.

But reading this made me sad.

My unschooled kids discovered Minecraft late last winter, and, by spring, they were both intensely engaged with the game That passion has not subsided. Minecraft is part of their daily routine.

Some adults might call this level of passion obsessive. They might fear video game addiction, impose limits, or require kids to earn their gaming time. Teachers (if they had them) might complain that Minecrafting was interfering with their studies…

Happy Minecraft moment.

I have a different perspective on my kids’ Minecrafting. I willingly make plenty of room for it, in our home and in our schedule. I listen when they tell me what they’re doing in the worlds they’ve created, and I look when invited. I can sing several Minecraft parody songs creditably well.

I don’t interfere or impose any agenda upon their play, because I believe that what they learn on their own, for their own purposes, by trial and error, experimentation, and imagination, is more valuable than any curriculum could be. I’ve seen it, over and over, in innumerable ways, since I stopped trying to direct what they learned and how they learned it.

Besides, what they come up with is deeper, richer, wider, and more diverse than anything I could have planned. Life is lived in moments and inspiration, here. I want my kids to be free to explore, and to follow their inspirations where they lead.

In the process of creating and playing, they’ve learned and used many skills valued in classrooms, and in life:

  • Geographic features, mapreading, and coordinates
  • Elements, compounds, and their properties
  • Chemical formula and properties of TNT
  • Writing and spelling
  • Coding and programming
  • Architecture and construction with a variety of materials
  • Animal husbandry
  • Collaborative play – creating worlds, working together toward common goals, figuring out how four children can play together using two Kindle Fires and two iPad Touches
  • Mentoring others in aspects of games play
  • Budgeting, purchasing and selling
  • Interior and exterior designs of rooms, buildings, structures, dams, canals, rollercoasters, machines, and other items
  • Reading
  • Research on various aspects of the game, and various notable gamers
  • Music- learning, singing, and composing parody songs
  • Foreign languages- several of the Minecrafters they follow are native speakers of other languages, and so they are exposed to both their spoken and written forms.
  • Social sciences- history, character interaction, sharing game spaces.
  • Games modification using various means.
  • Virtual exploration of assorted ecosystems.
  • Virtual exploration of practical arts – smelting and forging metals, mining, farming, shearing sheep, building a wide variety of items.

This is just a sampling. I don’t analyze their play to look for learning in it. I’m sure they’re learning far more than I know, far more than they can articulate. Minecraft is helping them both to frame their models of the universe, and it empowers them to play with life on a grand and ultimately risk-free scale.

Happy Minecrafters!

And they do – because it’s theirs, and not mine.

That’s the mistake that’s being made, I think, by those well-meaning educators. By imposing their idea of learning, and what should be learned, upon the children in their charge, they take away the children’s ownership of their Minecrafting.

And with that goes the magic.

Children need things of their own, things adults don’t understand. That feeds fashion and lingo and music. It’s why kids a couple of generations ago built clubhouses in the woods.

When adults invade these private spaces, they usurp them. For the kids in these programs, Minecraft is now part of the adult world, something else being used to control them, with artificial conditions imposed by authority figures, for their own purposes.

What makes Minecraft so amazing is that it can be played with any goal, or none at all. Well-meaning adults put kids’ focus where they think it will best serve their ends, and, in so doing, divert the kids from the grand and wild ideas they might have explored, on their own.

If schools would really like to support learning through Minecraft, they would do better to start Minecraft clubs in the school, and the community. Rather than a programmed goal, people could just gather to play as they please. Age would not matter; Minecraft is a great equalizer – every player will have their own approach, interests, and special skills to share. Adults might easily find that there is a great deal more to the game than they thought, and that the little children can lead them to discoveries they might not have made, so long as they wanted only to use the game as a teaching tool.

And that is a different kind of magic.

Are there Minecrafting kids in your life?  How do you feel about it?  I’ll supply an ear, and a fresh round of hot beverages – won’t you join the conversation?

Masters of their own universes!

Of Passion and Calmness – ROW80 Update, 7/4/13

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I’m just a bit late with my midweek ROW80 update, because – well, because I was working on my goals!

What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

July is a life-filled month. The coming week will involve camping, local exploration, birthdays, and the beginning of Elijah’s Days….

There’s going to be a lot of activity, and much of it social, and writing will, often, be taking a backseat.

Here in the final days before the floodgates of activities open, I am enjoying the calm of home, and banking words, so that I can enjoy the days to come without feeling the pressure of more words to write than time and focus to write them with…

So far, I am delighted with my emerging WIP – the first of two I will be working on, this month. Plotting for both is moving along, and I managed to get my Wednesday posts up.

Exploring historical hats.

In early happy news, I now have 99 blog followers on this blog! I appreciate each and every one of you, whether you read here once in a while, every post, or somewhere in between. 99 is such a fun number – and only 6 away from my “magic number” of 105!

It’s a solid, peaceful beginning, calm, in the service of passion. That’s the theme of this round, for me….delving my own passions, embracing them, delighting in them.

All goals for Round 3 are based on those I created for my WANA113 Big Goals Grokking. There will be additions and deletions as the round goes along, and, for each objective, a weekly goal or goals that will move me closer to that lovely blue Target attained!

Local history.

I move through my action plans for each blog, adapting as necessary, and enjoying the process of creating and connecting. All of my blogposts hit the 800-1000 word range, and my readership has grown by 25% for each.

Week One Goals:

Post individual blogging action plans to shanjeniah, Trueborn Jottings, and The Unfettered Life. Pending.

All my blogposts are within the 800-950 word range. Target attained for this session!

I share each post via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and use hashtags to expand my reach. Target attained for this session!

Historical exploration.

I design a logo or graphic art image that represents me across all social media, and an action plan that guides me as I contemplate the best way to unify my three main blogs – merging into my own website.

Week One Goal:

I create variations on my shanjeniah logline, “Lovely Chaos” for Trueborn Jottings and The Unfettered Life. Target attained!

  • Unfettered Life: Our Lovely, Chaotic Life: Learning, Loving, Laughing, and Living!

  • Trueborn Jottings: The Lovely Chaos of Creation.

A hot historical hobby.

I continue with my plans for the Trueborn double series.

Week One Goals:

I begin July CampNaNo with The Stars are Fire roughly planned for pivotal scenes. Target exceeded!

  • I detailed plans of all pivotal scenes, and began roughing the connective scenes, before the challenge began. Thank you, Cathy Yardley and Rock Your Plot!

  • I am plotting one scene ahead for each POV character (when I finish their scene, I plot their next). This gives each scene room to breathe freely, without much need to adapt the following scenes.

I finish planning pivotal scenes for Perchance to Dream. On target.

  • All pivotal plot points are roughed.

  • I have begun expanding Plot Point #1 for POV characters.

I write a minimum of 3000 words a day. Target exceeded for this session!

  • 15,121 words over four days, so far.

I update my word count after each writing session. Target attained for this session!

I participate in at least 3 #wordmongering sessions. On target.

  • 2 down; 1 to go.

  • I have also participated in #wordsprints and #1K1hr sessions.

Faux-quill guestbook signing.

I breathe deeply as I move into the next phase of my writing career….yes, career! I have a writing career! =D

Week One Goals:

I write my ROW80 Sponsor Post. On target.

  • I have a rough draft I really enjoyed writing, and will revise during the remainder of the week.

I fulfill my sponsor duties. Target exceeded for this session!

Cannon salute.

I check in with Facebook periodically. Target attained for this session!

I check in with Twitter at least twice. Target exceeded!

I check in with Google+. Target attained!

I check in with WANA Blogging for Brand. Pending.

I check in with my CampNaNo cabin (which I may switch). Pending.

  • I did switch. Once I have a cabin I am happy with, I will check in.

I continue to breathe, expand, and believe! Target attained!

So, I’ve made a good and solid beginning, and I am having a lot of fun! I hope this update finds you enjoying your July activities, as well! =D

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Unfurled….

Read a Little…Rockin’ Revelations: ROW80 Update, June 16, 2013

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Along with writing, I  took the kids to the playground, at Annalise’s request  on our one sunny day.

Jeremiah and I watched this TEDMed Talk together,  inspiring  deep conversation (and an interest in watching more of this type of programming), and lots of hugs.

I had insights into his mind, and,  I was struck by the way he thinks, expresses himself, and looks to the future.  He’s growing up, and it’s fascinating to be a part of.

I also read two books on my KindleCathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot and Rock Your Revisions. These seem  just-right  for the way that I write, and I will  use them experimentally for my July Camp NaNoWriMo efforts, and for the August and September revisions of Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell.

As we close in on the last days of the round, I am seeing the next steps, while also deeply enjoying where I am now.

Here’s  a peek at my recent doings:

Noveling:

Complete Blood and Breath by June 15. - Target attained June 16!

  • Chapter 19; Scenes 2 -4 and Epilogue completed.
  • It took five years, but i have a completed rough draft!
  • WIP Total: Completed at 103, 825 of ~100,000 words.

Complete To Be or Not to Be (double volume) by October 31. -On target.

  • (Will net two complete WIPs, once sorted).
  • Write 25,000 words /non-NaNo month, till complete.
  • Chapters Thirty - Thirty-Two completed.
  • Chapter Thirty – Three planned.
  • Monthly total: 10,236 of 25,000 words.
  • WIP total: 122,985 of ~ 200,000 words.

A to Z post stories -Complete by June 30.

Plan WIPS.

Trueborn Weft (no title yet): -On Target.

  • Completed Niaan’s story arc –14 of 14 stories completed.
  • Added arc and planning notes to Scrivener files.
  • Deciding the beginning point and  general flow.
  • Rock Your Plot I read and highlighted this book during this session.
  • I have done the exercises for part one.
  • I’ll continue on, hoping to finish all of them, for this WIP, by July 1, in time for CampNaNo.
  • I will then  have a flexible, very useful plot in place before beginning, for the first time ever!

Trueborn Warp (Working title: Perchance to Dream): – This will be  carried to Round 3, I think.

  • Began Spock‘s story arc – 1 of 13 stories completed.
  • Created planning notes folder, file, and began notes of early impressions.
  • Read Rock Your Plot.

Blogging:

Continue throughout round:

Sharing posts from all blogs. – Target attained!

  • I did better than last session, even getting a bit adventurous with my hashtags! =)

Commenting according to my posted schedules. - On target. 

  • I am getting more comments, and may need to evaluate my schedule and reply process – I began answering comments as part of my cycle on Thursday, throughout the day Friday, and on into Saturday, then Sunday. Hmmmmmn…..

Completed by May 15:

Create resource lists for all features, and add to them in an organic and ongoing way. Very late, but on target for end of round.

  • Nothing yet.  Next session.

Completed by end of round:

Build and maintain scheduled posts two weeks ahead for each feature.  Moving this goal to Round 3. – pending.

By End of Round:

Draft plan for website hosting expenses (where will money come from?). On target.

  • I will be saving most of my spending money. Currently: $240 of $350 saved.
  • No new money this session, thus far.Only $110 to go!

Networking:

Continue throughout round:

ROW80 updates and sponsor visits: Target attained!

  • Visited a few extras this session, to make up for so many late visits the last few days.

Comment on posts and share as inspired. Target attained!

  • Yes, and yes.

Use in features where appropriate. Target attained!

  • Yes, one.

Create discussions around new thoughts. Target attained!

  • Yes.

Facebook and Facebook Groups : On target.

I fell away from my groups over the last months. Reconnect, participate, share.

  • I poked my nose in here and there, and not much else. Busy writing and blogging.

Twitter:

Visit on Tuesdays and Fridays; read, share, tweet, comment. Target attained!

  • Wednesday -extra happy day on TweetDeck.
  • Also Wednesday, I downloaded Tweetcaster for my Kindle, but haven’t played with it yet.
  • Remembered my Friday, and spent most of the day in #wordmongering sessions….to the benefit of my word counts! Yeah, two stones with one bird! =)

Real-life:

Continue participating in activities and connecting with friends. This tends to slide during busy writing times; take advantage of natural lulls to feed my social spirit. On target.

  • Get-togethers seem iffy, at the moment.
  • Plans for taking the kids to a movie cementing.
  • We will host my nephew, age 13, July5-8 (Annalise’s birthday)
  • The kids and I will be gathering with many unschooling friends for early July camping.
  • Hoping to get together with a childhood friend who was Lise’s Parelli horsemanship instructor a few years back.

And how about you? Are you happy with what you’ve created, lately?

My most recent fortnightly (or so) long term goals evaluation.

Progress on my Blogging Action Plan

Progress on my Noveling Action Plan

It’s a BLOG HOP!

 

Wait a While, While I Wrap Up:ROW80 Update, June 11,2013

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So, we’re almost to the end of Round 2, and my plate is arranged. I am settled in for the feasting – the focused, end-of-round wrapup and evaluation.

The surreal space of my last update has given way to…

Words.

Words.

Words.

(And Enterprise!).

I am writing! Thousands of words, between Monday and Tuesday, and more today.

The ideas are flowing, the conflict is escalating, and I am beginning to see the climax of Blood and Breath.

In seemingly unrelated but deeply interconnected news, I cleaned and reorganized the kitchen counter, and some surfaces in my bedroom. I called the vet and made an appointment to get Achoo spayed.

Yup, wrapup is a productive time…

And now, a peek at my recent doings:

Noveling:

Complete Blood and Breath by June 15. - On target.

  • Chapter 19; Scene 1 completed.
  • Chapter 19; Scene 2 planned.
  • WIP Total: 97,687 words.

Complete To Be or Not to Be (double volume) by October 31. -On target.

  • (Will net two complete WIPs, once sorted).
  • Write 25,000 words /non-NaNo month, till complete.
  • Chapter Twenty-Nine completed.
  • Chapter Thirty planned.
  • Monthly total: 2,668 of 25,000 words.
  • WIP total: 115,272 words

A to Z post stories -Complete by June 30.

Plan WIPS.

Trueborn Weft (no title yet): -On Target.

  • Continued creating Niaan’s story arc8 of 14 stories completed.
  • Added to Scrivener files for arc and planning notes.
  • New insights will affect general flow of WIP!

Trueborn Warp (Working title: Perchance to Dream): -Pending.

  • Will begin after completing Niaan’s story -perhaps not until Round 3

Blogging:

Continue throughout round:

Sharing posts from all blogs. – Pending.

  • In the paraphrased words of Sergeant Schultz, “I shared nothing…..NOTHING!”
  • It wasn’t intentional – I was simply too busy writing!

Commenting according to my posted schedules. - Maybe.

  • Monday – I honestly can’t remember. I have been writing, and blogging, a LOT!

Completed by May 15:

Create resource lists for all features, and add to them in an organic and ongoing way. Very late, but on target for end of round.

  • Only the Coffee and Conversation feature is without, at this point.
  • I will create that with my next post.

Completed by end of round:

Build and maintain scheduled posts two weeks ahead for each feature. Moving this goal to Round 3. – pending.

  • I have 3 WIPpet Wednesday posts and two Friday Frolics pending in drafts.
  • I am contemplating a change in how I post to features. More on this in round 3.
  • Pending.

By End of Round:

Draft plan for website hosting expenses (where will money come from?). On target.

  • I will be saving most of my spending money. Currently: $240 of $350 saved.
  • Only $110 to go!

Networking:

Continue throughout round:

ROW80 updates and sponsor visits: Target attained!

  • I caught up!
  • Here is the full list!

Comment on posts and share as inspired. -Pending.

  • Yes, and no.

Use in features where appropriate. Pending.

  • None this session.

Create discussions around new thoughts. Target attained!

  • Yes.

Facebook and Facebook Groups : On target.

I fell away from my groups over the last months. Reconnect, participate, share.

  • I poked my nose in here and there, and not much else. Busy writing and blogging.

Twitter:

Visit on Tuesdays and Fridays; read, share, tweet, comment. Target attained, with adaptations!

  • I meant to open Tweetdeck on Tuesday, but never did.
  • I did open it today (Wednesday).
  • I participated in several #wordmongering sprints. Big fun, and I got my writing in for the day in a more social way.

Real-life:

Continue participating in activities and connecting with friends. This tends to slide during busy writing times; take advantage of natural lulls to feed my social spirit. Target attained!

  • Working on two get-togethers that may or may not pan out this week.

And how about you? Are you wrapping things up? Resetting? Gearing up for Round 3? Feeling the rush, or deep in panic….?

My most recent fortnightly (or so) long term goals evaluation.

Progress on my Blogging Action Plan

Progress on my Noveling Action Plan

It’s a BLOG HOP!

Noveling Action Plan, Revised May 20,2013

April Camp NaNo -

Novels awaiting completion:

  • Sima Garo Provides -Rough draft completed at ~110,000 words. Target attained!
  • Blood and Breath – WIP Rough draft – 86,072 of ~100,000 words. Complete by June 1. On target.
  • To Be or Not to Be – WIP Rough draft – 110,019 of ~200,000 words (double novel). Complete by June 30. On Target.

Here’s what will happen.

In May:

Read through A to Z stories. On target.

  • I have read the first four stories, in alphabetical order.
  • Once all stories are properly filed, I will read the Spock and Niaan arcs separately. 

Move to Scrivener and revise. On target.

  • I have highlighted each story for later revision as I move them to their Scrivener files.
  • 4 of 26 stories in Scrivener.

Create rough plans for the rest of Spock and Niaan’s Trueborn Warp and Weft Genesis novels. Pending.

  • …these should carry both through the moment of truth when they choose their own destiny, by means of an act that cannot be revoked….killing Kaitiiraan, and accepting appointment to Starfleet Academy.

Complete Blood and Breath. On target- see above.

Continue To Be or Not to Be. On target -see above.

In June:

Reread and create To-Do lists for:

  • Chameleon’s Dish
  • Bounded by a Nutshell

Once the lists are complete for these three, begin prioritizing the lists, so that August and September can be used for mass editing runs….with lots of focus available.

Finish/polish plans for Trueborn Genesis novels.

  • Complete by June 30, for July Camp NaNo.

In July:

Sign up for Camp NaNo,

Write Trueborn Genesis novels.

  • Goal- 100,000 words during the month (remembering that things may slow down during Rock the Campground).

In August and September:

Edit using To Do lists – in this priority:

  • Chameleon’s Dish 
  • Bounded by a Nutshell

In October:

Create a timeline if not already done, and note gaps for late 2013 and 2014 work.

  • Virtual and physical timelines for entire scope of both series.

Also create a plan (idea to plan) for King of Shreds and Patches (the ST:TMP to STII:TWOK Spock storyline which partners with Sima Garo Provides).

  • Prepare this for NaNo.

Sign up for NaNo, and, if time permits, explore the gaps, and consider further the Kirana/Andrew and Tisira/Henry storylines….

In November:

  • COMPLETE a draft of King of Shreds and Patches….remember that it must fit around and through Sima Garo Provides. Goal: 100,000 words.

In December:

Wrap up editing runs (To-Do lists) for:

  • Chameleon’s Dish
  • Bounded by a Nutshell 

Begin canvassing for beta readers for these.

  • Try to place each with five beta readers by March 31, 2014
  • Possibly rejoin Critters (a good place for Chameleon?)

Sketch out plans for first half of 2014, which will include:

Beta readings of:

  • Chameleon’s Dish
  • Bounded by a Nutshell

Editing To Do Lists for:

  • Sima Garo Provides
  • King of Shreds and Patches
  • Blood and Breath – plan for partner novel. 
  • To Be or Not to Be – split into Spock/Niaan volumes.
  • Trueborn Genesis -Niaan
  • Trueborn Genesis-Spock

Flesh out explorations/ play with flash fiction for remaining “gap” novels.

  • Begin shaping into plans for 2014 NaNo drafts.

Rough schedule for the rest of 2014.

  • Note NaNo months, and be prepared with planned novels.

Noveling Action Plan – 2013

April Camp NaNo – (April 1-30)

 

Novels pending completion (75,000 word goal exceeded) :

 

  • Sima Garo Provides – Complete!

 

  • Blood and Breath – Pending.

 

  • To Be or Not to Be – Pending.

 

In May:

 

Read through A to Z stories.

 

Revise, and create rough plans and story arcs the rest of Spock and Niaan’s Trueborn Warp and Weft stories….

 

  • These should carry both through the moment of truth when they choose their own destiny, by means of an act that cannot be revoked….namely, killing Kaitiiraan, and accepting appointment to Starfleet Academy.

 

Complete Sima Garo Provides, with a May 5 target date.

 

  • Completed!

 

Complete Blood and Breath, with a June 1 target date.

 

  • 86,072 of 100,00 words on May 15.

 

Continue To Be or Not to Be, with a June 30 target date.

 

  • 110,019 of 200,000 words on May 15.

 

In June:

 

Complete To Be or Not to Be rough draft.

 

Flesh out plans for the Trueborn stories (pending working titles); prepare for July drafting.

  • Spock’s story
  • Niaan’s story

 

Reread and create To-Do lists for:

 

  • Chameleon’s Dish

 

  • Bounded by a Nutshell

 

 

Once the lists are complete for these three, begin prioritizing the lists, so that August and September can be used for mass editing runs….with lots of focus available.

 

In July:

 

Camp NaNo, and plan to FastDraft (take the class before that!) both Trueborn Stories during the month (remembering that things may slow down during Rock the Campground).

 

  • Spock’s story: 50,000 words
  • Niaan’s story: 50,000 words
  • Total target: 100,000 words

 

Finish prioritized editing lists if not previously completed.

 

 

In August and September:

 

First Editing Run using To Do lists:

 

  • Chameleon’s Dish
  • Bounded by a Nutshell

     

 

In October:

 

Create a timeline if not already done, and note gaps for late 2013 and 2014 work.

 

  • The timeline should be both virtual and physical.
  • Brainstorm and explore projects that will fill these gaps, so that all portions of the saga will be in progress by the end of 2014.

 

Also create a plan (idea to plan) for King of Shreds and Patches (the ST:TMP to [near] STII:TWOK Spock storyline).

 

  • Collect existing scenes and experimentations, and possibly create new flash fiction for this novel.
  • Use this plan to create an outline.

 

Sign up for NaNo, and, if time permits, consider further the Kirana/Andrew and Tisira/Henry storylines….

  • Just play with these, for now…flash and freewriting.

 

In November:

 

COMPLETE a draft of King of Shreds and Patches….remember that it must ultimately fit around and through Sima Garo Provides.

 

  • I hope to complete what will essentially be a double NaNo…a complete 100 thousand word draft!

 

In December:

 

Wrap up Primary editing runs (To-Do lists) for:

 

  • Chameleon’s Dish
  • Bounded by a Nutshell

 

Sketch out plans for first half of 2014, which will include:

 

Beta readings of:

 

  • Chameleon’s Dish
  • Bounded by a Nutshell

 

 

Editing To Do Lists for:

 

  • Sima Garo Provides
  • Blood and Breath
  • To Be or Not to Be

 

Flesh out explorations/ play with flash fiction for remaining “gap” novels.

 

  • Use 750 Words, and a dedicated notebook.

 

Rough schedule for the rest of 2014.

 

  • Assess status of all existing and planned projects, and move forward with plnning.

 

WOW!!!!

 

That was a pretty comprehensive and exciting list! And now, I feel I have a direction to move in, and a focus.

 

Also, with the techniques I have learned, am learning, and will be learning, I believe this list is not only possible, but attainable with sanity…..and while blogging, working on Queen of My Infinite Spaces, and writing flash fiction and essays…..and while learning more about the business side of writing….and while continuing to be an active participant in the groups and communities that fit me, and while pursuing my other writing goals….

 

ROWing Toward My Dreams… Row Update #11

It’s been a jumbly, tumbly kind of few days, here.  The weather has been unsettled, and I am, too…..

For good reason….

On Saturday, my first poem was published in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.

On Tuesday, my post appeared  on Tiny Buddha.

I have plans in the work for guest bloggers, and guest posts.

Things are moving, on many fronts, and I am…..

Hmmmn…..

Yes, I am.

Round 2 Goals:

Reading:

  • Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
  • I have read Wind and Rain, an article about the out-of-doors, rainy-day fun families can have together.
  • I read a second article there, but it was not very useful, and particularly poorly edited, so I will not recommend it  (or out it) here.
  • I also read  A New Approach, an article by a mother trying out some “free-range” ideas in her family.  This article made me sad, because it seems she’s missed the point of allowing children the freedom of many choices – she seems to be only allowing the freedom as a way of getting more cooperation from her children, and she finishes by limiting electronics (which will likely have led, by now, to electronics being used for all allotted time, and perhaps begged for, or contended over, otherwise…).  There are no further posts on the blog, so I suspect she may have aborted her “experiment” before it had time to prove its merit….
  • I have attained this goal for this week.
  • Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
  • I have read When Does Fan Fiction Cross an Ethical Line?  This is a pretty serious consideration for me in my Star Trek-related fanfic, which is an integral part of the universe I have created, and I really don’t have any answers.  All I know is, I can’t seem to let go of my Spock-passions, and I don’t want to, either! =D  I commented with words to that effect, more or less.
  • I have read 1 of 5 blogposts for this week.

Writing:

  • Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for  Chameleon’s Dish.  Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
  • I have written three more stories about Tisira , the main character from Chameleon’s Dish.  
  • I  have posted  “The Huntress in Moonlight” to my Story a Day  blog, shanjeniah.org
  • I will be adding the next two segments to the blog within the next few days.
  • Finish father-in-law letter and send.
  • I have given this more thought, and have been constructing portions of it in my head.  I almost have a version cohesive enough to attempt another freewriting, but  not quite.
Blogging:

  • Complete Cooperative Catalyst post and relative links (interviews with both children, and their “day in the life” posts from last year) ; submit to editor.
  • I have heard back from the editor; I will be looking at the article again, to see if there are naturally separating themes or portions.
  • He has also read one of my blogposts, I’m THAT Mom…Naturally!, and thought that, with adaptations, it might make a good post, as well.
  • He has also suggested another writer whose posts I might like to read, and a category or two to explore and comment on, to “introduce” myself to what is an organic community.
  • It is quite possible that I will find a home of sorts there. =)

Networking:

  • Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
  • As noted above, I have joined two challenges.
  • At the moment, I feel these are all I can handle, for now.
  • Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
  • I am doing fairly well on sharing my blogs. through several means –  challenges, posting comments,  submissions, and sharing via several forms of social media.
  • For the moment, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with the increased attention, and will be just focusing on adjusting, before I diversify further.
  • My essay, Sometimes There Is No Right Way , posted to Tiny Buddha on Tuesday.  It has received nearly two dozen comments and an email, at this point, and I am feeling some pretty major overwhelm.  It’s a big step from where I was, visibility-wise, two weeks ago to where I am now, and I am feeling a considerable degree of disequilibrium at the sudden change after a lifetime of dreaming…
  • As a dear friend and I have been discussing, learning curves are messy.  I will adjust, with time and a lot of deep breathing….and eventually I will get to over 30 comments waiting for me in various places….really!

Submitting

  • Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
  • As mentioned above, editing and research are being considered prior to formally submitting a piece, but the lines of communication has been opened.
  • Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
  • As noted above, I have participated/am participating in two challenges thus far, for May.
  • This leaves one challenge left to enter, prior to  this month’s end.

Photography:

  • Watermark all photos that appear on my blogs, and all those I post going forward; begin watermarking favorites not on blogs.
  • I decided I am satisfied with the batch watermarking, and this will make it possible to quickly mark all of my pictures within the next weeks, as opportunity presents itself.

Learning:

  • For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
  • During dinner with Eden Mabee, she answered one of my questions –  about how to replace the standard header text.
  • I have successfully changed my header text.  It may or may not be permanent, but now I know I can do it, so it will be a simpler matter to change it if I decide  to, at some later point.

Self-care:

  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Monday: I allowed myself a mellow day of puttering, both in my writing projects and in my hometending. A simple day spent with my beloveds.
  • Tuesday: Joy Abounding! I slept in, and, although I woke with a headache at the time t’ai chi was starting, and although it was a damp and somewhat dreary day outside, I was basking in the company of my Syster, Eden Mabee.  When you’ve been friends since you were four and share writing dreams and motherhood and a lifetime of shared memories and interwoven stories, hours can slip by….and then, I was greeted in the driveway, a little after 2am, by my family.  Chatted with the children until 5:30am. Sweet day!
  • Wednesday:  Another mellow, wet, restful day of puttering….I feel my energy slowly returning.  I’ve had some bug writing developments over the last several days, and I am feeling a need to lay a bit low and absorb them.  Why is success scarier for me than failure?
  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Monday: Puttering around the house and yard.  Moving furniture and bicycles.
  • Tuesday: Moving from building to car, and car to building, and grocery shopping…..not a big moving day…..sometimes, that’s exactly what I need.
  • Wednesday: Puttering with hometending; moving more bicycles –  yes, there DO seem to be an inordinate number of them here –  and I still haven’t moved my own!
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Monday: Reading and writing, puttering with storyworlds and blogging.
  • Tuesday: A rare, lovely day with a dear friend.  Utterly rejuvenating.  I wrote my story, but, beyond that, I simply enjoyed the company and the unrolling of the moments.
  • Wednesday: Reading, writing, lolling with the kids, absorbing the nearing of a lifetime of dreaming, and puttering.  A hot shower awaits me, after I post here.
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Jeremiah: Finding his bigger bike, saying yes to lots of cooking.  Conversation and cuddles, and patience when he needed it.
  • Jim:  A harmonious home, companionship, and consideration.  Laughter.
  • Annalise: Finding her bigger bike, serious and mature conversation, help when a fall spoiled her baby mosquito study, patience when she needed it, imagination and laughter.
 It seems to be one of those periods where I am doing things, but there is really relatively little concrete to report.
Much is happening beneath the surface, and there is no telling, really, what will evolve from here.
I know, though, that it will involve love, and writing.
And I know that I will keep on ROWing, with trepidation and daring, and remain present not only to the misty path ahead, but also to the rocky, swift, twisty places I am traversing right now…..
Until next time, I leave you with 5 more followers to get to know….

And the ROW Linky, for keeping up with all the other ROWers….

“The Huntress in Moonlight” – Flash Fantasy

The Storyteller Writing Challenge

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Are you a Storyteller? What inspires you?
What stirs you to pick up your pen, open your word doc. and write?
I offer TWO prompts for you to CHOOSE from:
 An Image prompt and an Other prompt. 
1. THE Image PROMPT
For this weeks image prompt, tell us what is evoked by this image.
What is this haunting environment? What story tumbles from your imagination?
Why is she there? Who is she?

The Talented Artist this week is – Artist: Agus – http://psdholic.deviantart.com/

“The Huntress in Moonlight”

Copyright 2012 by Shan Jeniah Burton

She seemed to have forgotten  I was there….

I sat on the wide  branch, my back pressed into the trunk – cushioned and cool where the  mosses caressed my shoulders; rough and warm where my lower back pressed against bare bark –  watching her.

She never seemed to  notice her  beauty,  yet she wore it naturally, with  ownership  I had never seen before.  I couldn’t pinpoint  what differed  from the beautiful, petulant queens of the high school court…Shirana,  Beverlee, and Aspen, who made the boys slobber over themselves like fools, and dismissed the rest of us with something that might have been contemptuous if they didn’t look at  walls and teachers  the same way…

~~ Perhaps  those girls believe  their appearance entitles them to privilege.  I find that attitude most – illogical.~~

I clutched my head,  nearly falling. “H-How —?” I asked, pressing myself backward, as if Tisira was going to attack.

I felt her, now. She was amused – and concerned that maybe she had lost my friendship.   She found me enjoyable and interesting.

She walked a little away, her tank top revealing just a bit of a midriff that was slender and muscular. Her long skirt swayed  with her, and she bowed her head to study her toes, making her short, shiny black bob fall across her face…

She was silhouetted by the enormity of the full moon, which leaning in  as if to tell Earth some wonderful secret….

A sceret about Tisira, maybe……

Without  warning, a small flock of birds winged straight at us.

I yelled, and this time I did fall out of the tree- well, half fell and half rolled, but, still, I hit the ground with a rattling, graceless thump.

When I looked up ,  Tisira  had a small, hawkish raptor  perched upon her shoulder.  She was whispering to it, and the bird seemed to be listening. The rest of the flock circled, then landed in several trees around the edges of the clearing.

“I am not a human high school student,” Tisira said. Although I hadn’t seen her move,  she was  offering me a hand up, which I gladly took.  Hers was calloused and strong, and I noticed a long, fine scar running from the back of her hand to just short of her elbow. “I am a Tacivaarii Huntress.”

In my mind, there was a sense of what that meant, but I could also tell that there was more – much more than I could ever understand.

“You read my mind, and command birds of prey.”

She steadied me as my knees threatened to collapse.

“It’s not reading your mind, exactly.  I could, but I wouldn’t.  I share the strong thoughts and feelings you project outward…..Father says that I always will, no matter how hard I attempt to shield myself. I’m sorry it troubles you.”

She helped me to sit  on a low stump where, hopefully, I could keep from further embarrassing myself with my clumsiness.

“As for the bird, I don’t command her. We have a symbiotic relationship. We share information about prey, when there is mutual benefit in doing so.  And we share feelings, sometimes.”

“Tisira – I don’t understand. About you, about this huntress thing; about reading my mind – or whatever the hell it’s called; about that bird. But most of all, I don’t understand why you’re telling me this.”

“There is something within you that needs to know, Sarah.  You care, and feel, and seek.  We are kindred, in ways that language can’t express.  You’re ready for what I am, and what I have to offer –  a symbiotic relationship of our own.”

That made me nervous. We were a long way from help – there were no houses for at least a mile in either direction. No one to run to for help, no one to hear me scream -

Tisira looked at me with glowing eyes, as the bird cried into the night….

And suddenly, a lynx crouched where she had stood…..

For a moment, I stared, and then a shaky  whisper emerged.

“Wh- what do you want with me?”