Sprucing and Pruning My Nest: December 10, 2014

 

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So, how are you doing, this late winter? Here in the frozen north, we’re wrapping up a two-day storm. I’ve taken advantage of a disparity in mine and the kids’ sleep/wake cycles to get in some words, move the reports forward, and evaluate my goals buffet, pruning some branches I’m not going to get to this round.

The next few days, the kids and I will be away, so I’ll be writing more hit-or-miss until at least Monday.

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

  • My box is clear, and I now intend to keep the level below 100.

2014 Fitness:

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

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Snow shoveling.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Played ‘cat with ball’ with Annalise.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water; Fish or seafood (crab cakes).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Still wrapped up in story, and still a bit behind with blogging…

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Still very slow; but forward momentum.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Sunday: 1,983 words. My first “almost” of the month.

  • Monday: 4.998 words (at least; didn’t chart.)

  • Tuesday: 4,082 words.

  • Scene: 51/60.

  • This was where much of my focus was, this session.

2014 Hometending:

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

Complete the family room reset.

  • More general cleaning.

Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • We STILL have a kitchen counter! And it’s even a little cleaner!

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Organizing and sweeping.

Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is.

  • Nothing new.

Clean files:

Clean up all Desktop files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

  • Made the first pass. Cleaned/organized some story and novel files.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete except attendance log.

  • Jeremiah’s report about one-quarter done.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • A few more pages of The Unschooling Handbook. 131/219.

  • 1/3 complete.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • The kids and I are preparing to visit our friends, the Woodmans.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Completed another slip, and snuggled up to someone special.

2014 Fitness:

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

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • Ready to spend a few days with friends…there will be ice skating.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

  • Yogurt: 1 /2.

  • Whole grains: 1/3 (dry multigrain cereal).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 2/3 (romaine lettuce; extra veggies on sub)

Not Yet:

  • ‘Tis the time to drop a few of these until 2015 Round 1.

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

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

  • Queue one post each for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Create a potential sharing list for each feature (Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, blog hops, etc.)

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Draft a Rough Website Wish List.

  • Give some attention/publicity to my Second Serving Sunday blog hop in the making…

  • Start a list of favorite Unfettered posts, with links.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, (overstrike) and Perchance to Dream.

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Write rough ideas for all as-yet unwritten volumes in the Trueborn duology.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

  • Clean up Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • Complete my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play.

2014 Fitness:

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

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

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Coffee and Conversation: 31 Round Tuits…and Counting…

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

Remember back in August, when I shared my idea of 33 Round Tuits? I meant to post monthly updates, but life….

With the philosophy of better very late than never, I’m finally getting a round tuit! So, without further ado, here are the 33, neatly categorized and itemized.

Of my 33 Tuits:

  • 2 are complete.

  • 19 are in progress.

  • 12 are still waiting for me to “get a round tuit”.

Sweet L’il Lenovo, now rehomed. <3

I “got a round tuit”:

Delete files from old computer (Sweet L’il Lenovo), reset to factory default, and give to Declan, a young friend looking for an XP machine for gaming.

  • I completed this in August.

Write a blogpost about my long-lost friend, Barbara Leonard, whom I would LOVE to reconnect with.

  • Completed in October.

One of my old photos – Lone Star Geyser with raiinbow (geyserbow?), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1999-2000ish.

I’m “getting round tuit”:

Scan all old photos, organize files, and begin sharing them digitally.

  • I’ve begun by scanning a few pictures for use in blog posts. I plan to intensify this effort in the winter months.

Reread and organize all my old story notebooks.

  • I’ve organized the notebooks; another project I plan for the winter (upstate New York winters give many opportunities for this type of activity!)

Read all nine books currently in my bedroom To Be Read stack.

  • Currently reading: 3/9.

Complete all the items in my Play Jar.

  • I’ve completed two or three of these; slow and erratic, as whims take me. You know, playfully! =D

Finish resetting the family room, playroom, and kitchen.

  • The family room and kitchen are both underway. The (former) playroom was, as well, but it’s also the front porch, and my Accomplice bought a new door he didn’t have the chance to install before the cold weather came, and now it may wait till spring to be addressed.

Rehome wandering game pieces.

  • Accumulating into a central area, as a first step.

Contact Kristen Lamb and collect my WANACon Social Media Prize.

  • I made contact, and we’ve chatted once or twice, but then – life, and the need to ponder my goals and next steps. Another this-winter project.

Update my bio and my blog sidebar – it’s outdated and jumbled.

  • I’ve looked at it, and started to consider changes that will transfer to a website.

Finish organizing my study.

  • Forward progress made; a long way left to go. I intend to take my time and enjoy the ongonig process of creating a nurturing space of my own.

Buy a wheeled storage footstool.

  • I’ve selected one I really like; now to budget for it…by spring, I hope.

Buy a set of Corelle dishes.

  • I’ve looked briefly online and in stores; no decision yet.

Read all old writing practice notebooks and mine for usable materials.

  • I’ve organized the notebooks for winter reading.

Begin submitting Trek fan fiction to a fan fiction site (this will require a bit of experimentation to find the right “home”.

  • I’ve been reading at different sites; choosing one or more will be an early 2015 goal.

Complete rough drafts of all novels in the Trueborn series (I think there are between 3-5 waiting to be developed and drafted.

Complete the first revision pass of Chameleon’s Dish.

  • 12/60 scenes completed.

  • Once all scenes have been revised; I will complete a full-draft pass.

Reclaim the flower beds, and begin growing cutting flowers, herbs and vegetables.

  • The beds were reclaimed, mostly weeded, and put to sleep for the winter.

Complete revisions of 3 short stories: “Morning Coffee”, “A Splash of Red”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”; submit to L.S. Englers World Unknown Review.

  • I’ve submitted one; and had it accepted! WAHOO!

  • The other two stories are scheduled for early 2015 revisions.

Write 31 new poems for OctPoWriMo; revise the ones written in 2012.

  • The new poems are written; nothing revised as yet.

Return embarrassingly overdue library books.

  • I’ve gathered what I think are all the books; next up – actually remembering to take them back.

 

I need more of these! “RoundTuit”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I haven’t “gotten a round tuit” yet:

  • Watch all of Star Trek in chronological order.

  • Blog about it.

  • Go get a professional massage.

  • Buy an Irish cloak.

  • Buy a new pair of workout sneakers.

  • Learn how to thread my sewing machine.

  • Buy wireless television headphones.

  • Create a visual timeline for my Trueborn series.

  • Create rough outlines for the Kifo Island Chronicles novella series.

  • Contact the high school teacher who changed my life.

It’s amazing how much we can accomplish, when we make it a priority…just writing things out, and posting them, has helped me to keep them as a greater focus in my life. I’m enjoying this adventure of “getting a round tuit” more than I thought I might…

How about you? Are there things you’ve been meaning to do, “when you get a round tuit”, too? Join in the conversation, and I’ll get you a fresh beverage while I listen!

Yup! Looks like we all need a refill, and not when I ‘get a round tuit”, but right now! =D

OctPoWriMo Day 28: Hunger

Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Eight!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I’ve followed many of the prompts, and had the double joy of play and discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to write a poem to fit this equation:

Prompt: Hunger + Secondary Emotion = Your Poem

Add to HUNGER another, secondary emotion of your own choosing.

Possibilities include

sadness

joy

ambition

lust

yearning

self doubt

boredom

(or fetch your own via five minutes of free writing on the theme of hunger.)

Hunger

Hunger

    is the

             slinking

      sinuous

prowling

      hollowed

      stray

                tom cat

       of the

empty

soul

Yesterday’s poem was epic, so maybe it’s fitting that today’s is a mere 15 words….

But 14 potent words, born of one of my first memories. I was in my crib, walking back and forth running my hand along the rail = I liked the cool smoothness of the plastic bite guard under my fingertips. It was daytime, and I was waiting for my mother to come upstairs and release me from my nap. There was a small high window near the foot of the crib, and, as I looked out the window, I saw Hunger.

Hunger was a local stray, big headed and with prominent ribs – and, back in the early 70s where spaying and neutering weren’t mentioned much, I suppose, he had a seemingly endless appetite for scraps and our tortoiseshell cat, Hudson.

I watched Hunger strut and stalk through our yard, aware of everything around him, and I thought that “Hunger” was the perfect name for him…even as a toddler, words have been a playground for me.

And, even at the age of 45, if someone says the word “hunger”, that beat up, half-starved prowling creature of appetite will be the first image-meaning that slips into my mind…

I’m not sure if the secondary emotion comes through, or is just implied- it’s emptiness, loneliness – and maybe a touch of nostalgia.

Hungry for more OctPoWriMo?

OctPoWriMo Day 27: Just a Dream of Broken Hearts

Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Seven!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I intend to follow many of the prompts, and get the joy of discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to write a poem that dealt with sleep or dreaming….

And they’ve been in my head, showing me what happens, when they dream…

So I gave them 1300 words or so to each say their piece; of course, they both surprised me. Then I went through both passages, and created a list of found phrases, which, adapted, became the components of this blended dream.

If I pulled it off, you will feel two distinct voices throughout….

Warning: this is a rather epic poem, at over 700 words. No, I didn’t plan that!

And for those who care – SPOILER ALERT! This poem has MAJOR, HUGE, BIG-TIME SPOILERS for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Home” and points surrounding. Don’t go further if you don’t wanna know…

Disclaimer: T’Pol, Trip, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

Word Prompts:

sleep (sleepy, sleeping)

dream (dreaming, dreamer)

nap

awake

insomnia

Just a Dream of Broken Hearts

“oh god, T’Pol – why can’t

this be just a dream?”

you watched her get married

she’s Koss’s wife not yours

you have no right to her now

it’s his bed she’ll share tonight

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

her beautiful face blurred

and ran with my tears and hers

an old oil painting melting

beneath her hot red sun

What right had Koss to me?

Angry blood seared my veins.

“oh god, T’Pol – why can’t

this be just a dream?”

not the friendly sands of Florida

sands of another world

red sands where she

sacrificed herself

on the altar of her logic

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

My nails dug into my palms.

“I must meditate.”

To whom did I speak?

There was no one here.

“oh god, T’Pol – why can’t

this be just a dream?”

“She’s mine – “

“Yes, Trip – I am yours – “

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

Koss had the right

to take me as wife.

“oh god T’Pol – why can’t this

just be a damned dream?”

we moved together

no hurry but unspoken urgency

bodies and minds and souls

tangled together

inseparably forever

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

In this space, I could pretend…

Pretend if I went out the door,

turned left, rounded the corner,

and crossed the corridor,

felt it rising surging

bursting forth – power

and crushing pain

that I would be at Trip’s door -

he would welcome me in,

her citrus-and-sandalwood

arousal scent blended

with the salt air of home

He’d take me into his arms

and I would come fully to life.

“oh god T’Pol – why does this

have to be just a dream?”

her eyes glowed and it was almost

as if I could feel what she felt

touch what she touched

know what she knew

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

hot fingers trailed down my chest

plasma arc of sharing

everywhere she touched

Peace slipped away and popped

like the soap bubbles on Trip’s chest.

“oh god T’Pol – why does this

have to be just a dream?”

to lose myself in her fierce bliss

popping like soap bubbles

under her virgin fingers

as she learned at last how

to play just play

without purpose

but just

for fun

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

“You don’t play nearly

enough, pepperpot.”

Vulcan children did not ever

Play simply to play.

she was opening receiving

all I could give

giving so much more

than I thought she had

“oh god T’Pol – why does this

have to be just a dream?”

What he’d fanned into vibrant life,

now dull, numb, broken toys.

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

“don’t suppose that’s sugar-free pie?”

sugars hit her hard and fast

take logic and inhibition

toss them out the airlock

we don’t need them now

My hot touch excites him

Into vivid human flame.

“oh god T’Pol – why does this

have to be just a dream?”

she rained kisses on my face and I

kissed her pecan pie tasting mouth

deeper and deeper breathing her in

but never breathing her out

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

hot sticky smears over my chest

before I could say anything but “hey!”

well she certainly learned how to play

“oh god T’Pol – why can’t this

be more than just a dream?”

Tempt me from solitude

And quiet meditation

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

her hot breath came sharp and quick

cutting through the sounds of the waves

and the gulls and the setting sun

Cool human fingers soothing

The heat of my hungry skin.

“oh god T’Pol – what does it mean

that we’re dreaming the same dream?”

Our tumultuous bubble of peace

Punctured by tradition and duty.

she kissed my cheek and

gave me the gift of

her thoughts and her tears

“Trip, is this what humans mean,

When you speak of ‘broken hearts’?”

Find more dreamy OctPoWriMo poems here!

A Busy Nest: October 26, 2014 Update

 

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Ever watch a tadpole become a frog? Ever face one of those weeks where there’s a LOT going on, and you’re a little tired just thinking about it all?

No, one thing doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the other. I’m a bit kid-rich and coffee-deficient at the moment, and I’ve already been regaled with stories of the creation of Five Nights at Freddy’s, and sat on by a cat. So, it’s just possible that I’m a little loopy…

Anyway, there is a newly metamorphosed frog here amongst our menagerie. A few weeks back, in the summer, Annalise brought in some tadpoles she found in her neglected sandbox. Attrition occurred, until only one was left…but that turned out well, because about three weeks ago, she noticed that PomPom (yes, obviously, a tadpole needs a name!) was growing legs. We’ve had tadpoes before, but never gotten to that point, so it was big news.

And those back legs kept growing, until they looked like tiny, translucent frog legs! Then there were front legs, and she (gender determined by Annalise; not necessarily accurate) started kicking…

And then, three days ago, Lise came to me, distraught. Her tadpole was not in her little plastic bin!

She was sure the cat had eaten her. Squeak cat-egorically denied those allegations…

I looked, and found a tiny little froglet hiding behind the tank, looking mightily confused. I wasn’t sure she hadn’t dried up, but, when I put a bit of paper down near her, she hopped right on, and then back into her tank – and Lise got the frog habitat set up.

So, now we have a little frog. Today, her tail has been absorbed, and she hops and hangs on the walls of her home, and she’s growing.

I think that’s pretty amazing, even if it’s just what frogs do.

Like I said, it’s shaping up to be a busy week. Tomorrow, I get my tooth extracted – no more absecesses from that, thank you! Tuesday, I’ll take Annalise shopping for costume elements. Wednesday will be a preparation day, and Thursday, the kids and I will make our traditional five-hour drive to spend Halloween with their best friends in central New Jersey. Friday is Halloween, and the final day of the month, and OctPoWriMo, and Saturday, in addition to the five-hour drive home, is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo.

By Sunday, I’ll be ready for a day of rest – but there’ll probably be unpacking and laundry, instead! =) I’ll also be posting my end-of-month evaluation, and updated November goals (hint; NaNo!).

And now, onto this week’s update!

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One sassy Nightmare Fairy!

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31. On target.

  • Moving forward, a little less swiftly than I hoped; but progress is progress….

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 25/31 posted. I’m going to miss this…until I’m consumed by NaNo, anyway!

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target, maybe…

  • I think so; but I got busy, and didn’t keep track…

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. On target.

Writing:

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

  • 48/60 Cheat Sheets and formatted scene files waiting in Scrivener. Hoping to be finished by Wednesday, at the latest.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

  • 25/31 poems completed – and a surprise flash fiction draft, too!

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for one short story. On target; goal adapted.

  • There’s no way to give three stories the time and attention they need; I don’t want to rush and submit sub-par storytelling.

  • I will complete “A Splash of Red” which is in the final stages of the revision process; and save the other two stories for 2015.

Submitting:

Submit one Deep Revision story to World Unknown Review. On target; goal adapted.

  • Again, three stories would mean shoddy writing; I will submit the one that’s nearly polished.

“SCREEEECH!”

Hometending:

Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is. Target attained!

  • I spent time revising, reading poetry, and hanging out with Annalise.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. Target attained!

  • Slipped a little on purging; catchup Tuesday till Friday.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. Target attained!

  • Nothing new added; but set to ping me with current stuff.

Read Smart Change. On target.

  • 31% complete.

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). Target attained!

  • 6/5: 2 salads/ 4 smoothies; 2 /2 nuts – pumpkin seeds; pistachios. 2/2 Greek yogurt.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Not so much. I kept meaning to, but didn’t.

  • 1/3 – apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. Target attained!

  • 4/3 – corn tacos, whole wheat roll, flax seed bread twice – yummy as toast!

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

ROW off to visit some more ROW80 updates!

Tis the season!

Little Nest in the Big Weeds: October 15, 2014 Update

 

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Did you know that I used to be a waitress? I’ve mentioned that, here and there, but it was longer ago than my eldest child is old, now, and sometimes I don’t even think about it –

But then, something reminds me…and it’s like I’m back at the Old Faithful Inn again, at lunchtime, staring at over 600 customers clamoring for 300 seats, half hungry after seeing geothermal forces erupting more or less on schedule, and the other half in a rush to get out there and see the geyser cone blow its top, as though they’ve forgotten its name in a place that bears it –

Ummm, it’s called Old Faithful for a reason, folks. It isn’t putting on a show; it’s just doing what it’s done for a very long time now. It doesn’t need you there to do it, and it’ll do it again so predictably that there is actually a schedule posted just outside the restaurant…

Oh. Where was I?

Oh, yes. Waitressing in Yellowstone.

When a waiter is overwhelmed, and struggling to tend to their tables, it’s known as being “in the weeds”. No one wants to be “in the weeds”. I used to have nightmares of having those 300 seats to tend to all by myself – and no matter what people ordered, I could only deliver stacks of folded laundry (years after this, Old Navy did a commercial that gave me flashbacks…)

I’m a bit in the weeds with my writing, just now. Mostly, it’s due to a focus on NaNo prep and OctPoWriMo and my abscessed tooth, for which I am on a fairly strong antibiotic. My focus and stamina are on getting better, and the big stuff, so lots of little stuff is falling like leaves into those weeds…

But maybe it’s a good thing. I’m feeling a creative surge coming on, bubbling up like the hot sulfurous waters rumbling underfoot before they roar up from beneath the surface.

I’ll settle into my little weedy nest. It’s early days, still, and there’s no need to rush things that will happen in their own time. I’ll let images and ideas grow in this fertile soil, while I rest a little, and regain my strength, and prepare…

How are you feeling, with 9 days down and 71 to go? Are you where you want to be, soaring along? Nestling down into the weedy places with me? Migrating, with a new nest far away to look forward to?

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 14/31 completed.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • I think so, for those I completed.

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. Not so much…

  • I’ve been dealing with a badly abscessed tooth since Saturday. It’s feeling better, but I seem to be moving in slow motion; my brain is fatigued and a bit muzzy, and this area took a direct hit.

  • I’m a post behind, and comments are backed up for about 5 days.

  • Will be a focus this next session.

 

Scene of my waitress nightmares…

Writing:

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

 

  • G/M/C/D’s complete for 2/3 characters, and in progress for the last.
  • G/M/C/D’s complete: 54/60 scenes.

 

I’ll do scene summaries and Cheat Sheets together, for efficiency.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

 

  • 14/31 complete.

Lunch at the OFI – that trout is delicious, and the pickle is kosher!

Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level. Target attained!

Lifetending:

Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed. On target.

 

Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Not so much…

 

  • I didn’t have the focus or endurance to fit these in more than once or twice.

Yes, I’ve been to the Crow’s Nest- terrifying and beautiful!

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). On target.

 

  • Smoothies:1; Yogurt: 2. Nuts off this week’s menu, due to dental issues.

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

 

  • My Accomplice brought me acorn and butternut squash soups – delicious, especially the acorn! Goal met with delighted taste buds.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

We’re ROWing, ROWing, ROWing – see who’s out ROWing!

And a last, lingering look before I go weave some new leaves into my  weedy little nest!

Second-Serving Sunday: The Poetically Plotting Edition

 

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

So, how are you this fine Sunday?

Here in lovely upstate New York, the sun is shining, the kids are laughing, I’m hanging with my Accomplice in Mischief before he goes off to work -

And I have an abscessed tooth.

I’ve known it was a problem for a while, now – but my dentist died rather suddenly, almost two years ago, and we really loved him. There was a period of shock and grief that prevented us from finding a new dentist. When we did, a few months ago, my Accomplice was in more dire dental straits than I was, and needed some rather extensive work, so he went first.

And now it’s a holiday weekend, and my face is swollen…

Fortunately, I come from strong peasant stock, and I’ve got a fairly high pain threshold. It feels a little better, right now, so maybe I can avoid antibiotics. But I’m going to need to see the dentist, several times, or there’ll only be other, bigger problems down the road.

In other news: ROW80 and OctPoWriMo are both well underway, and I’m deeply engaged in plotting The Earth Doth Move, which will be my NaNoWriMo project next month… more on all of these later in the post.

Now, I’m going to get on with the show, because it is pretty outside, and I have creative landscapes to explore…

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: The OctPoWriMo Edition:

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

OctPoWriMo:

ROW80 Updates:

  • Assessing My Nest: ROW80 Round 4 October Goals: October’s a busy month – OctPoWriMo, NaNoWriMo planning, stories and a WIP to revise and another to draft- and exercise and blogging and getting ready for winter, and going places – Oh, My!
  • Plotting a Poetic Nest: The title pretty much says it all – my first two days were filled with poetry and plotting my next novel. Oh, and working out!

What’s Next:

My fiction writing plans for October:

  • Complete character sketches and biographies, and plot my NaNoWriMo project, The Earth Doth Move (was King of Infinite Space), another Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction – the companion novel to my fantasy WIP, Blood and Breath, which is in pre-revision.
  • FutureLearn Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Two free courses began last week – lots to learn!
  • OctPoWriMo: 31 poems in 31 days! I’ll give you a new poem each day, as well as revising those I wrote two years ago.
  • Unknown Worlds Review- Continue revising 3 stories for submission here by October 31.
  • Revising my 612-13 London time-travel fantasy novel, Never Doubt I Love (was Chameleon’s Dish).
  • Drafting Perchance to Dream, the Star Trek: TOS/ Enterprise fan fiction – companion novel to my original fantasy, The Stars are Fire.

And on the blog:

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Life Stuff:

  • More hometending, and playing in my study.
  • Some pretty serious exercise, and some pretty serious mouth pain, too….
  • A trip to the New York State Museum with the kids.
  • And lots of poetry, blogging, and plotting.

Anything new and different in your world this week? Have you got plans for the next? Ever have an abscessed tooth (I hope not!)? Drop me a line, and tell me what’s up in your world!