Writing On Amid Entropy: Ready. Set. Write! July 13 -20, 2015 (Week 6 Update)

e66ae-rsw4Ready. Set. WRITE!, is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing. We set goals, write like crazy, and keep one another accountable.

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

And now, without further fuss and bother, my update!

I was a day late last week, and the linky list closed before I could post my link. That was a bummer, and I’m determined that, despite a weekend when everything I tried to do seemed to go of in some random and unexpected direction, I’ll have this post up by midnight!

I’m not going to say a lot, except this: I’m writing. The story has come to life, and I’m more or less along for the ride, waiting to see how much cooler my characters are going to make this story than what I plotted….

So, up goes the post, and on goes my life – see you all next week! Don’t forget to check out some other RSW posts at the #RSW2105 hashtag, or check in on the linky..

Color-coding key:

Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

Goal in progress = green.

Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

I’m making progress…not the blazing, get-to-everything progress I was hoping for, but progress that fit relatively sanely with the rest of life…but when I look at my goals list, I see I did indeed make progress!

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: draft to 45K as my July CampNaNoWriMo novel. 40,202/45,000 words. I didn’t quite make it, due to life being, well…life. I did write 34,135 words for the week, so this is a positive, if not quite the win I was hoping for.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and submit ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post. Sponsor post delivered. 8/9 features posted or scheduled, and.a bonus reblog, too! The final post (my ROW80 update) ran late. Almost a win on posting; but the sponsor post is a solid win!
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me! Fine-tune the flowand get to at least a few of the ‘pending’ comments, too! Made some dedicated ‘elderly comment’ and visiting time in my Thursday cycle.. keeping new comments tended to, and even answered five pending comments. Not caught up, but closer by a bit.

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015; submit Annalise’s PASS test scores to school district. I’ve started the peer review form, and photographed th test results, which came earlier in the week. No win, but progress.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times. 5/5. This can safely be called habit, I think! =D A great big WIN!!!
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =)  No, still not. Almost, but the weekend chaos got in the way…

My goals for this week:

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: draft to 70K as my July CampNaNoWriMo novel. This translates to 29,798 words for the week; less than last week’s total.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, Since I ‘m still in the thick of drafting, I won’t be too fussy about timing – I just want to get all 9 up by week’s end.
  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me! Fine-tune the flowand get to at least a few of the ‘pending’ comments, too! Keep on fitting this into my schedule….

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015; submit Annalise’s PASS test scores to school district. I started; now time to finish! =)

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times. Meditate four times. Adding a bit to this goal, for the stretch, and the soul.
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =) Giving this to myself as a gift!

A favorite line  passage from my story:

“She had no answers, as yet – nay, the first Hunt must be for the words to speak what was there within her, growing and ever Changing. Then must come the Hunt that planned the Hunt to help those who had the need…

So many Hunts – and no certainty that she would take her prey, that she wasn’t simply snapping at dartwings..”.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Entropy. Sometimes life just doesn’t go according to plan, and I’m not as good at adapting as I’d like to be…this week, I’ll try for more flexibility. =)

Something I love about my WIP:

  • The characters have all come to life – and there’s more life, conflict, depth, strength, hunger, vulmerability and all those other great storymaking threads than I could ever have planned…which gives me an idea you might hear more about, in a week of two.

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, July 20, to see how I’m doing. Join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

 

Who Are the People in YOUR Neighborhood? : 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.

So settle in, and I’ll get you a cuppa something refreshing, and let’s have a conversation…

How well do you know your neighbors?

I recently heard a news story that said we don’t know our neighbors in the way previous generations have. People move around more, so neighbors come and go more quickly than they once did. We’re busy with work, activities, electronic devices –

Our own lives are full of busyness, sometimes to the point where we might almost forget we have neighbors – where we exist in a kind of tunnel vision, where they’re only on the periphery of things rather than a vital part of our lives.

I live in a rural area, on the same country road I grew up on. It’s a little funny, to me, because I’ve traveled the country, worked in national parks, had my feet washed by both the Atlantic and the Pacific. I’ve hiked in the Grand Canyon, crossed the Continental Divide, and scuba dived in Key Largo.

And here I am, only a few hundred feet away from the home I grew up in, the place we moved to when I was only four and a half years old.

I know many of my neighbors, in theory. There’s the elderly widow and her son, who live next door on one side; I went to school with her grandson, and the father of the family who lives on the other side of us, and the three children of the couple on the other side of the street.

That’s about half the families in our six-house cluster.

So I know them – and yet, I don’t.

We’re not exactly an insular community, but it seldom goes much further than a wave and a few words exchanged. We’re not unfriendly, but we are, somehow, in some way, rather detached from one another.

I hadn’t given this much thought, until my daughter began to say that she’d like to bake some cookies and go meet our neighbors, get to know them, talk with them, see the insides of their houses instead of just always the outside…

And then, last week, I dropped her off at my parents’ house down the road. It was a very hot day, and humid, and she didn’t want to walk. As I pulled into my own driveway, I noticed my neighbor’s other son, the father of the boy (okay, a man in his 40s, now) I went to school with. He was tending his mom’s yard, as he often does on the weekends. Because he usually seems focused on what he’s doing, we generally nod or wave and move on.

But thinking about what my daughter had said, I stopped, and made a comment about the weather – which led into a twenty minute conversation, there under the murky and blazing summer sun.

We talked about our lives, his son, his wife and children. We talked about our homeschooling, and his years of driving a school bus, a job he’s recently retired from. We talked about the world, family history, our aging dog, and cats.

We talked about life, and the weather, and yard work.

And, at the end, I felt that I knew this quiet man better than I ever have, even though I’ve known him, to some degree, for most of my life.

We haven’t baked any cookies yet – July in upstate New York isn’t the best time for such a venture. But, when autumn comes and the weather cools, I’m not going to forget my daughter’s wish, or that conversation with the man next door. We’ll get some cute containers, make some cookies, and carry them to the other five houses in our little cluster. We’ll offer something sweet, and hope to get to know our neighbors – the ones we’ve never formally met, and the ones we thought we knew.

I expect we’ll laugh, and talk, and connect, and learn things about one another that we didn’t know….

How about you? Who are the people in your neighborhood? How well do you know them? Can you learn more about them? Reach out, in some way?

I don’t have cookies today, but I’ve got a wide range of refreshing beverages. Here, have another cuppa whatever tickles your fancy, tell me a bit about yourself, and let’s be neighbors!

Striding Forward: Ready. Set. Write! June 15, 2015 (Week 2)

Wow, can you believe how fast this last week went by –  

or was that just my life?

It’s already time for my Week Two Ready. Set. Write! update.

Short description:

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

On Mondays, we’ll check in at one of the host blogs, visit other participants, and spread some summer sunshine to them, too!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

Writing:

Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Generations (KIC #2): Complete through Scene 15. 12 /24 scenes complete. Scene 13/24 in early progress. Progress, but not quite to target.
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Set plot/pinch points for all characters; organize scene by scene outline. 24/24 scenes complete.

The IDIC Romance: 

  • Write one sentence ideas for A-Z C-M 2016 potential topics. Letters done; 13/26.

Trueborn Weft Series:

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Scenes 6 – 12: Reread scenes/in-line comments; create detailed revision notes. . Scene 9/16 complete. Scene 10 in early progress.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, on time. 7/9 completed on time. 2/9 completed a few hours late.
  • Create blog page for IDIC stories. List links to 2015 Story A Day May posts, and the prompts that inspired each. Page created, with story links. Prompt links and descriptions in progress.
  • Write #StaD wrapup post. Done.
  • Blog sidebar. Play with one new widget. Yes! Yes! Yes! See that cool Community widget, just below my Follow button? I did that!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Finish administering Annalise’s state-mandated standardized test. 2/3 sections and final placement test complete. Not quite done; but good progress.
  • Complete third quarter reports for both children and submit to school district. Reports complete; and submitted.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal three times. 4 entries each, for the journals; 3 for meditation.
Thought I’d share a bit of our not-so-distant past!

My goals for this week:

Writing:

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Scenes 10 – 16: Reread scenes/in-line comments; create detailed revision notes.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, on time.

  • Add #StaD prompts to IDIC Romance blog page.

  • Play with two new sidebar widgets.

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Finish administering Annalise’s PASS test – Language Usage -and submit.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal three times; meditate three times.
  • Prepare for and enjoy trip with kids to visit out of state friends.

Snowy Bliss!

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

(Okay, it’s more a snippet than a line, but it’s a taste that helps to explain another heading, as well).

“And now, liebchen, it’s time you run on. Too beautiful an afternoon for you to be inside.”

“But that is where you will be, until your chores are done.” Howard had a way of sneaking up unnoticed, until he was ready to make his presence known. Now, as Airisu stood there, halfway across the floor to Gladys, with nowhere to hide, frozen as surely by her fears as Gladys could be by Parkinson’s, he smiled his cunning smile, and she knew he planned something, something he didn’t want anyone else to see, some way of tormenting the child because she existed, and was happy.

Howard didn’t want others to be happy, unless there was something he could gain from it.

The biggest challenge I faced this week

(ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc):

  • Howard (the character written about above). He’s nasty, and, the more I write, the deeper and more complex the nastiness gets. I understand he has reasons, but they don’t and can’t excuse his behavior. Writing his scenes is uncomfortable, at best.

Something I love about my WIP:

  • It explores the difficult and personally relevant topic of social and familial dysfunction across generations, with what will, eventually, be a positive message.

Delight!

Okay, that’s it for today. Since we will be traveling, things may not move as fast as I hope, but I’ll be moving forward as I can. Come back Monday, June 22, to see how I got along, and hop on the linky list to join in or cheer us on! There’ll be Twitter parties (using the hashtag #RSW2015), giveaways and fun (I like fun!). And writing. Lots of that!

Let this be your gateway!

The Sowing Seeds Edition: Second Serving Sunday

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

It’s been an interesting week,for me, in ways that might seem commonplace, on the surface, but which are filled with depth and breadth and possibilities.

Maybe I should try to explain?

Last week, my daughter, who is almost eleven, was having a Very Hard Time with this whole Growing Up Thing. Hormones were surging in whole new ways she’s not yet used to, and she grew significantly, and everything seemed Not Right. At All!

But, after the storms, come the rainbows, or at least a time of quiet…

It’s still not easy for her, this Growing Up Thing. But, while helping her learn to navigate her emotional rapids, seeds of connection and deeper bonding have taken root. We’ve been going for walks, and chatting, late at night when we two are the only ones awake. The content of our conversations is perhaps less important than the fact of them, even though we’ve covered a lot of ground in them.

More on that in future posts…the point is, it’s been a week of sowing seeds, strengthening roots, new possibilities….

Life Stuff:

Last Week’s Edition: Digging Deep Big Thing and Small Things lead to deepening roots – and interruptions.

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

Last week’s features:

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

  • Growing Pains:  Deep growth is seldom painless or without stresses…and still I write.
  • Quiet Growth:  After the intensity of growth, comes the quiet time…

#8sunday:

  • “What Kind of Home…?”  In the aftermath of global tragedy with personal implications, Trip struggles to find reason – or even a place to belong.

Mindful Monday:

  • The #onegoodcup Project: I undertake a new ‘non’-activity; a cup of coffee without technological distractions, and with presence.

WIPpet Wednesday:

Coffee and Conversation:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Almost Too Much: A little ring, a major digestive issue, and small gestures lead to jealous conclusions…

Story a Day May:

  • Something Completely Different…(as yet untitled and incomplete story for May 22)….coming along slowly, but coming along!
  • Letters Unsent: In the wake of a huge shift in their relationship, Trip and T’Pol are at the center of a communications breakdown.
  • “She’s A Natural”: Trip watches T’Pol with their daughter, and reflects upon her maternal instincts.
  • Born of Us Both:  A private interlude for a new family…shhh, they’re nesting…
  • “A Sweet Wild Dream”: Sometimes, dwelling in illusion trumps an impossible reality.
  • Interspecies Medical Exchange:  Doctor Phlox observes and contemplates interspecies interaction in his Sickbay.
  • Not Jealousy: Confronted with too much evidence of a relationship he doesn’t want to accept, Captain Archer chooses denial…
  • Artistry in the Aftermath: In the wake of tragedy, Trip learns that T’Pol has a previously-undiscovered artistic side.

What’s Next:

May Focuses:

June Focuses:

This week, on the blog:

  • 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 The IDIC Romance.…because I can’t resist!
  • For Mindful Monday: A new feature! This week, we explore parenting with intention .
  • #8sunday: Ten final sentences from my WIPpet Wednesday story, “Pillow Talk? a little further on…
  • 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. This week, I transition from May to June goals, and update my Round Two progress.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

And that’s my week, in a blogpost. How about yours? Was it full of sunshine, shadows, or a lovely blend? Did you plant any seeds, or spot any sprouts?

Yes, I’m a little nosy. Writer thing. So, if you want to satisfy my perhaps inappropriate curiosity, drop me a line or a few in the box below!

Have I Gotten A Round Tuit Yet?: A Coffee and Conversation Post

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.

Last August, while pondering all the things I keep wanting to do and the way I don’t ever seem to get around to it, I conceived the ideas of 33 Round Tuits. 33 is an arbitrary number I just happen to love, and it seemed like it could give me a lot of variety without being hugely overwhelming.

I didn’t put an timeframe on the list; it’s just meant to be there, in the back of my mind, so that those things don’t just get forgotten. I updated it once, in December…

And today, I want to look again, as spring morphs into summer, and see where I am on the Round Tuit 33…are you ready?

OK, then, off we go!

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.

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

  • Contact Kristen Lamb and collect my WANACon Social Media Prize.

  • Return embarrassingly overdue library books.

  • Buy a new pair of workout sneakers.

Public domain image; courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

 

I’m “getting a round tuit”:

  • Scan all old photos, organize files, and begin sharing them digitally. I’ve done some scanning, some organizing, some editing that wasn’t part of the goal, and some sharing.
  • Reread and organize all my old story notebooks. I did some organizing and some reading in the winter.
  • Read all nine books currently in my bedroom To Be Read stack. Oops! Shifted stacks, and lost track. Three books in my room, but I’m sure there used to be more.
  • Complete all the items in my Play Jar. Did a couple, then forgot again.
  • Finish resetting the family room, playroom, and kitchen. Progressing, sometimes upstream, and not consistently, but progressing.
  • Rehome wandering game pieces. As I find them, I’m moving them to containment on the games shelves.
  • Update my bio and my blog sidebar – it’s outdated and jumbled. Sllooowwwllyyyy…..
  • Finish organizing my study. Progressing, in fits and starts.
  • Buy a wheeled storage footstool. I looked; but might not choose to do this; I’ve got another idea.
  • Buy a set of Corelle dishes. Not yet. Haven’t seen ones I love.
  • Read all old writing practice notebooks and mine for usable materials. Some; not remotely all.
  • Begin submitting Trek fan fiction to a fan fiction site (this will require a bit of experimentation to find the right “home”. Moving through revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”, the first story.
  • Complete rough drafts of all novels in the Trueborn series (I think there are between 3-5 waiting to be developed and drafted. Preparing to draft 2 this year, the first in July.
  • Complete the first revision pass of Chameleon’s Dish. A bit stalled, but returning in August.
  • Reclaim the flower beds, and begin growing cutting flowers, herbs and vegetables. In progress, now that spring is well underway.
  • Complete revisions of 3 short stories: “Morning Coffee”, “A Splash of Red”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”; submit to L.S. Englers World Unknown Review. Two completed and submitted, one published! Third currently in revision.
  • Write 31 new poems for OctPoWriMo; revise the ones written in 2012. All new poems written; no real progress on revisions…planning to deal with that in the late summer/early fall.
  • Watch all of Star Trek in chronological order. In Season 2 of Enterprise, the first (and my favorite) series, chronologically speaking.

Fragmentarry Progress….Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

I haven’t “gotten a round tuit” yet:

  • Blog about The Star Trek Chronology Project.
  • Go get a professional massage.
  • Buy an Irish cloak.
  • Learn how to thread my sewing machine.
  • Buy wireless television headphones.
  • Create a visual timeline for my Trueborn series.

Wow. That’s actually more progress than I thought I’d made!

How about you? Are there things you’ve been meaning to do, “when you get a round tuit”, too? Inspired to make a list? What would you put on it?

Join in the conversation, and I’ll get you a fresh beverage while I listen!

And onward we go…Willamette Valley Sunset from Rt. 1-5….Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

“What Kind of Home…?”: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

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Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday! 

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Sign up below with your name, blog and email and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday 05/16/15 and 9:00 AM on Sunday 05/17/15. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

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

Disclaimers:

  • Trip, T’Pol, and Star Trek: Enterprise belong to Paramount, even if Paramount has forgotten all about them.
  • This is an extrapolated “missing scene” story, detailing some of what might have happened during the months’ long and scarcely shown return to Earth in S2E26 “The Expanse”. Spoilers for that episode.

This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet Wednesday post, Spinning

Trip has gotten some very bad news from back home, and the ship is months away from Earth. Relieved of duty and out of options, he sees only one way to ease the pain – by getting good and drunk, and staying that way. I wrote this story for the Story a Day May Challenge, using the Second-Person POV prompt, which accounts for the unusual phrasing. I actually loved the way this story turned out (the POV was fanastic for a drunk scene!), but, if you  don’t care for second-person, it might not be for you.

I’m offering ten sentences today, because the new rules let me! =D

You roll to your belly. But that only makes you feel sick, and you don’t want to sleep, anyway. “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come?” 

Damned Shakespeare, too…gotta get out of here, get away, get unstuck. It’s the middle of the night; maybe you can slip into Engineering, just for a minute. If you can touch your engines, you’ll feel better. You’ll be home. 

Awww, hell. Home. What kind of home was there now, after -? 

Can Trip get unstuck? Will he make it to Engineering? Will he get sick? Will he dream?

For those who don’t want to wait for the next installment, here’s the current “Stuck in Space” arc:*

  • Sticking Point: Trip, tormented by unanswerable questions and unimaginable loss, just wants to stay drunk. 
  • Pillow Talk?: When the “comforting” veers into uncharted territory, conversation is – challenging, and fascinating.

*There may eventually be more stories in this arc.

Want more #8Sunday? The icon is your portal!

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Why Do We (To-) Do It?: A Mindful Monday Post for Tuesday!

One Monday in February, this was my to-do list! South Jetty Park, Florence, OR, USA.  Photo Shan Jeniah Burton.

Hi there, and welcome to my very first Mindful Monday Tuesday post! You can learn more about Mindful Monday, and the idea behind it, at Silver Threading!

So often, in our modern world, life seems to become a matter of checking things off to-do lists. There are so many options for planners, organizers, paper and online calendars, and other options intended to help us to get through those lists, while, at the same time, separating us from some of our money.

But why do we do it? How do we decide what goes on that list? What makes the cut, and what doesn’t? What happens if one of our beloveds needs us, and the list sits there, waiting and possibly accusing us with its mere presence? What about if we have a tired day, or an unanticipated opportunity, injury, or occurrence?

A few years back, as I was learning how to incorporate more joy into my family’s life, I realized that I spent a lot of my time doing things just because I thought I “had to”. I hadn’t given any thought to what the benefit was, or whether I actually wanted to do them.

When we get too wrapped up in our own lists and routines, we can forget that every item on the list represents a portion of our lives. If we complete it, we’ve spent that amount of our life in the process. If we don’t, there may be a lingering sense of obligation that saps some of the joy and energy out of all the other things we do instead.

Because, if we get too hung up on those lists, too devoted to them, we can fall into the trap of “If It’s Not On the List, It Doesn’t Count”.

I’m learning to look at my list mindfully, and consider what I’ve included, and why. I try to frame mylist things that will allow me to move toward larger life objectives:

  • I strive for greater peace and clarity in my life, so I have meditation and my intentions journal on my weekly to-do list.
  • I want to be more in touch with my physical self, so there’s a t’ai chi class that challenges and fulfills me, and a goal to do physical things throughout the week.
  • Same thing for time with friends, connection with my beloveds, and various writing, hometending, and yardtending items. Each of these is a step toward a larger goal.

My to-do list is fairly general, and specific, at the same time. I like a broader swath, so that I can have space to adapt to life as it happens.

Items make the list if they’re important to me. Sometimes, that means that something I might prefer not to do makes the list- like, writing homeschool reports, which I suspect will never make the list simply because I want to write them – I don’t. Our real life is far more textured and amazing than a report could capture – I’d rather focus on the living part. But we value our life as it is, and in our current state of residence, complying with the law means writing the reports.

Living the way we do matters, so the reports go on the list when it’s time, and I know the potential cost of not doing them.

Words of Wisdom from my friend August!

For most things on the list, though, the consequences of letting the item slide are negligible on any specific day. I can list the things I did instead, and be happy in the knowledge that I listened to myself and my inner sense of things – my mood or energy level can be different, when it’s time to address the list, than it was when I created it.

An example:

  • Last night, I attended a write-in with my local NaNoWriMo group (we meet year-round, and that’s on my list because I thrive on the combination of writing sprints, food, and writerly chatter with some very cool people).
  • Three of us stayed late, then I went to the store, my head still full of stories, because we needed things like toothpaste and dish soap.
  • I came home, spent some time with my family.
  • I wrote all night and well into the morning.
  • I passed an hour or two connecting with others on Facebook.
  • I collapsed into a fertile dreaming sleep for four hours or so.
  • I woke to coffee and conversation with my Accomplice.
  • I revised what I wrote last night.
  • I puttered with blog visits and comments.
  • I watched some television, mostly as background.
  • I roused myself, and mowed the rest of the front lawn.
  • I planted the last of the pansies I bought a week ago.
  • My Accomplice came home with pizza and groceries as I was finishing, and I made sure my help wasn’t needed with that.
  • I came back to the story of the day, which is now drafted at 4500 words.
  • During the day, there were moments of connection with those I love.
  • I was tired, from not much sleep and an active mind and yesterday.
  • I honored that, in the way I lived.

It’s nearly 11pm now, and I’m hoping I’ll have this post up by midnight.  almost 3am now, with a much needed rain a counterpoint to my laptop keys as I finish up this post. I’ve passed the whole day without giving serious consideration to my to-do list; but it should be clear that I wasn’t “just doing nothing….”

My life is at its best when there’s a base structure that allows time and space for – well, Other Things. Things I didn’t put on a list, but which make life – more.

Learning that wasn’t on any to-do list, but it’s changed my life!  

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Noticing beauty wherever it happens to be is in my indelible soul to-do list. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton, February, 2015.