When Setbacks Strike…: Ready. Set. Write! June 29 – July 6, 2015 (Week 4 Update)

OK, who’s taking all the weeks?!

That’s the only logical explanation for where all the days are going so fast…or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway. Because here it is, already time to Update Four of Ready. Set. Write!

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, I check in at one of the host blogs, Why not hop in and help me spread some summer sunshine to them, too?

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

Sometimes things get a little…Zentangled! Art and photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

How I Did On Last Week’s Goals:

Overall, some progress got made, and some didn’t. I had a few setbacks, and some things are just taking longer than I expected them to…that’s life.

The trick, I’ve found, is not to dwell on the places where I fell down or puttered along. Instead, I’m looking at a week of good intentions that sometimes panned out, sometimes didn’t, and sometimes just need more time to get there…life can be like that, sometimes.

Writing:

  • Generations (KIC #2):  Complete the final 3 scenes; set aside to percolate. It’s a draft, and a great big win!

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3):Complete GMCD or R for each scene; Write beginning/middle/ending summaries for each scene; move all relevant materials to Scrivener file. Nothing to report, here, except that it was set aside for Other Things.

  • The IDIC Romance: Compile 2015 Story A Day May stories with existing stories, in chronological order; fix continuity problems in IDIC 2014 stories. See above.
  • Trueborn Weft Series:Foul Deeds Will Rise: Attend NaNo local group’s The Snowflake Method plotting workshop on Tuesday; begin drafting on Wednesday (so plotting needs to be done by then!), Rereading/revising step 6/6 (four-page summary) in progress; scene by scene outline 12 scenes complete. Nope, not drafting just yet, but soon…so a mixed bag, here.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” Reread scenes 13 – 16 and margin comments; make detailed notes and revision plan for Draft 2.5. A bummer; somehow, I lost the revision notes I made for scenes 8-12; so I backtracked and redid those, before moving forward… Scene 16/16 complete, except for final readthrough. Calling this an almost-win.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and First Friday Photo, all on time, and draft ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post. 9/9 posted or scheduled on time! Didn’t draft the sponsor post yet; another almost-win.

  • Add challenges gallery widget to sidebar. Nada here.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Made a start; answer comment, return visit, repeat! Not a win, but not a loss, either…call it a solid draw!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Make records, and submit Annalise’s PASS test. Later today, I will scan and mail – if you listen, you might here my exuberant cheering ringing through the land! Did you hear it? Did you HEAR it?! Done, done DONE!!! Win, Win, WIN!!!!

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times. 6/5; and mined these journals for a blogpost! A big strong WIN!
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =) Uh, gee, no…sorry about that…I kept meaning to, then doing other things, instead…

Fragmentation can be lovely. Creswell Coffee House, Creswll, OR. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

My goals for this week:

Since last week was so chaotic, since this week includes a special birthday (and another too complicated to detail here), and since I have a LOT of drafting to do, once I finish the plotting, this week features pared-down goals…

Writing:

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Final readthrough/ scene 16 and detailed notes; set aside to percolate.

Blogging:

  • Publish 9 regular features posts, and draft ROW80 Round 3 Sponsor Post.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. This will stay until I get there – your comments are important to me!

Homeschool Paperwork:

  • Create Jeremiah’s Homeschool Peer Reveiw Panel Assessment Form for 2014-2015.

Selftending:

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal five times.
  • Actually visit the #RSW2015 hashtag! =)
  • There’s a birthday in the house on Wednesday…elevens should be bright and shiny, right? =)

Beautiful about -to-be-eleven. Florence, OR, South Jetty Beach, February. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

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

  • “Again, the base of this scene has lots of potential….and then falls flat, with a great big thud!” (from my detailed revision notes for “Slow Jazz Awakening”. Several scenes share this common trait, as written…which is why I’m basically rewriting this story!

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

  • Myself. I kind of got in my own way….

Something I love about my WIP:

  • I should be able to start drafting it in another day or three…and I can tell it’s going to be a good draft, because I’m getting antsy!

That’s it for me. Come back next Monday, July 13, 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!

Yup – let’s make sure she still sparkles like when she was brand-new! Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

The ‘On a Break’ Edition: Second Serving Sunday

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead,

from my little corner of the blogosphere…

Are you ready for a Second Serving?

Life Stuff:

It’s been a rest week for ROW80, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped writing…as a matter of fact, I really haven’t even slowed down…

On A bREAK

There have been a few setbacks. Plotting is taking longer than I hoped it would – but I feel that the drafting, once I get started in another day or two, is going to go much better, because of the manner of the prep work I’m doing…

And it’s July.  It’s an emotionally turbulent month for me, with my daughter’s birthday, mine – and the birth and death anniversaries of our second child, Elijah, who died at twelve days old. 

I’m planning to do what I do each year, and surf the waves of emotion, feeling what I feel, sharing as I feel…

And now, onward…

Last Week’s Edition: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

Last week’s features:

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

  • Yes, ROW80 and I were indeed “on a break” this week; but that doesn’t mean no ROW80-centric posts…

Eight Sentence Sunday: The weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!

  • It Wasn’t the Knife: It wasn’t the blade at her throat that terrifies Airisu; it’s the words her abuser said…

Ready, Set, WRITE!: A Summer Writing Intensive and Cheering Section

Mindful Monday: A Weekly Delving of Self-Awareness…

  • #Onegoodcup After Another:  I delve into my #onegoodcup Project journals, and discover some nuggets of wisdom and insight while preparing for new challenges.

WIPpet Wednesday: A Date Related Snippet of a Work-in-Progress – WIPpet Good!

Coffee and Conversation: Refreshment, and Sharing…

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday): Writing Freely to a Weekly Prompt.

What’s Next:

June Focuses (from last month):

July Focuses:

  • Birthdays, death anniversaries, and other emotional rollercoaster stuff…
  • More homeschooling paperwork – ’tis the season!
  • Unschoolers Rock the Campground
  • Complete plotting for Sea Changes: Kifo Island Chronicles #3.
  • Complete plotting for Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2.
  • Complete 75,000 words for July CampNaNoWriMo.
  • Update blog sidebar.
  • Complete next revision pass (2.5) for “Slow Jazz Awakening”
  • Resume revisions on “Peach Liqueur Love”

This week, on the blog:

  • Ready, Set, WRITE!: Update #4; setbacks, progress, emotional turbulence, and more (I did some writing, too…).

  • For Mindful Monday: Surfing the waves of joy and sorrow July holds – as mindfully as I can manage.
  • ROW80 Updates: We kick off Round Three reflectively, with my goals for the next 80 days. On Wednesday, I’ll post July goals, and the progress made in the first two days of the round.
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: This week, by popular demand, we’ve got a Vulcan, a human, a chair, and a standoff…and a somewhat clueless Captain.
  • #8sunday: Eight to ten sentences of The Night Before, from The IDIC Romance, a little further on from my WIPpet Wednesday post…

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

  • What if what you write is a little, well, risky? Or risque, even?
  • The kids showed me this link…how far we’ve come!

 

A Season of Reflection: ROW80 Round Three Goals

Are you ready to ROW?!

Have you ever stared into a mirror so long that you don’t

recognize the face that’s staring back at you?

Have you ever looked deeply at your life,

your goals, and your soul,

to see what’s reflected there?

That’s what Round Three is all about, for me. Since this is my Year of Exploration, I’m going to take the next 80 days to reflect on where I am and who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be…

By the end of this round, I’ll have a better idea of what I want to focus on for the final quarter of the year, and the shape of things to come…

With that objective in mind, here are my Round Three goals…on Wednesday, I’ll break these down and announce my July goals and progress to date.

And now, hi ho, hi ho; it’s off to ROW I go!

Under Unsettled Skies. Indian Meadows Park Trail, Scotia, NY. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Writing:

Kifo Island Chronicles: Draft Sea Changes (KIC#3), using Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Plot.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Plotting about midway through. Next up: finish plotting; draft as a tertiary project for July and a secondary for the rest of round, until complete.

Star Trek Chronology Project: Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise; complete through S4E3: “Home”.

The IDIC Romance:  Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors.

  • Created a chronological list of all 31 stories; this relatively simple project will fit into smaller chunks of time without demanding lots of focus. Perfect for camping, or drafting/editing breaks. A tertiary focus until complete.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete plotting Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2, using The Snowflake Method, and draft.

  • Running behind due to Life. No panic, – I’m enjoying the plotting process, and the book is starting to take shape well enough to feel almost real. I think drafting will be streamlined greatly using this process, and I’ll catch up fairly quickly once it commences (be end of day July 5, at the latest). Primary focus for July.

International Reflections. Tugboat Roundup, Erie Canal Lock Two, Waterford, NY. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Editing:

Write1Sub1: Complete “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits using Deep Revision, choose a market for “PLL”, and submit both. Choose final short story to revise in 2015.

  • Revision and submission are secondary goals for July; primary in August and September.

Chameleon’s Dish; Reread revised scenes and revision plan; complete revision of all plot and pinch points , using existing plan.

  • 11/24 scenes left to reach this goal; this will be tertiary for July, and primary thereafter.
  • I’m not as interested in how long the revision takes, as in attention to the process. I expect to get faster and better with practice.

Me, on the Atlantic Coast, reflecting. York, Maine. Photo by Eden F. Mabee.

Social Media:

ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date.

  • I’ve got a great idea for my sponsor post, nothing drafted yet. I’m all geared up to start making the rounds again on Sunday!

Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • I’ve been doing well with posting; will maintain that, and up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting.

Blogging Action Plan: Revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar.

  • More changes to sidebar in the works;  plan revision will occur during less intense creative times, or as an interlude.

Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously and variously as inspired!

  • Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some ideas…

Go on at least one social media adventure each week.

  • I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it!

Reflections with Yorick; a beauty shop in Manhattan, NYC, NY. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Hometending:

Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly.

  • I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life.

Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results when received; develop IHIPs for 2015-2016; submit fourth quarter reports and Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel form once the quarter ends on July 31 (due September 15).

  • These are good ‘productive fillers’.

Photo digitalization: Scan Arizona travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Carried over from last round…

History, reflected. Annalise at Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater, NY, July 4, 2010. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Lifetending:

Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 3, and write reviews for 5.

  • A tertiary, filler project for July; secondary focus for August and September.

NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete three critiques.

  • Make the checking-in part of my social media routine. Two critique projects already queued and waiting…

Meditation: Practice meditation four times a week. Experiment with five new techniques.

  • Increasing the frequency and variety will provide me with more options, and help create a habit.

Starfleet: Fill out application and attend at least one USS Albany group meeting.

  • Make this a filler project for July – check on meeting time and complete application.

My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week.

  • Not a problem area; still, I don’t want to get swept away to the point where I forget to connect with my three favorite humans! =)

Kindle Triple Exposure (Enterprise, lodge, and me!). Pinewoods Campground, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Selftending:

Make one hour of physical activity a part of every day; use phone app to track.

  • I tend to get too sedentary when I’m intensely creatively focused; time to do something about that! Current goal: work up to an hour a day, as tracked by my phone (It’s not good at counting…so my actual level will be higher than it records).

Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice.

  • Add second class weekly. At home practice will provide even more goodness, between, and count as meditation and physical activity, besides.

Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering.

Lake Reflections. Annalise at Unschoolers Rock the Campground, Plymouth, MA, July 2014. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

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

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“The Day Before”: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

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 07/4/15 and 9:00 AM on Sunday 07/5/15. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their #8sunday posts.

For me, 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, although not necessary can give a deeper peek…

This ten-sentence snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Except in the Line of Duty.

The Day Before

On the day before reality shattered, Captain Jonathan Archer approached the Situation Room to see Trip pulling up a chair, and saying, with great determination, “You’ve got a choice. You can sit down by yourself, or I can pick you up and help you sit down – right on your damned Vulcan dignity, if that’s what it takes.”

T’Pol was standing, or, more accurately, leaning, against the situation table, holding onto it with both hands. Maybe it was the light, or Trip’s words, but she looked almost desperately fragile, and Jon thought about ordering her to go to Sickbay. “Commander Tucker -”

“Don’t you dare ‘Commander Tucker’ me, T’Pol. You’re a wreck, Commander- you haven’t eaten in ten days; you haven’t slept more than a few hours altogether in longer than that, and you’re not even trying to meditate anymore -”

Jon held back, to see what would happen, and to tell himself that it didn’t bother him that Trip seemed to know so much about T’Pol’s personal life.

“I’m fine, Trip,” T’Pol said, but her voice was faint, and she didn’t dress him down for talking openly about what she was sure to consider ‘classified’ and ‘private’. That alarmed Jon, but he strode with mock cheeriness into the midst of the standoff.

“Good morning, Commanders.”

What’s wrong with T’Pol?

Will she sit, or will Trip press the issue?
Will the Captain defuse the tension, or make things worse?

Why is he ‘not bothered’ by Trip and T’Pol’s connection?

And, maybe most importantly, what happens tomorrow to shatter reality?

This excerpt comes from the discarded stories file of The IDIC Romance, my Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction series, which chronicles the canon inter-species relationship between Chief Engineer Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III and Commander T’Pol, the Vulcan scientist who is First Officer. The timeframe is somewhere in the six-year gap between the events of S4E21: “Terra Prime” and S4E22: “These Are the Voyages” After playing with this excerpt, I’ve decided to pull it out of the discards, and eventually build the bridge between this story, and Not Jealousy, written for Story A Day May 2015, I have an arc building, so there may be much more in the future…

Disclaimer:

Trip, T’Pol, Captain Archer, and Star Trek: Enterprise are not mine. I write these stories because the characters insist, and  I accept no monetary compensation for sharing them, now or in the future.

Want more #8Sunday?

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Kaiidth: An Exploration of What Is for SoCS

Rowing down the stream of consciousness. Badge by Doobster @Mindful Dirgressions.

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: beginning with the word “is. There’s bonus points for ending with ‘is’, as well, which I did.  I used the word in several ways in this free-written passage that reflects on a project that isn’t going exactly the way I thought it should, or at the pace I’d like it to…and delves a bit into Vulcan philosopy, too. 

Is this the post I planned to write today?

No, it isn’t. Honestly, I was hoping to be able to share an excerpt from my new fantasy novel-in progress, Foul Deeds Will Rise. The problem is that I don’t have an excerpt to share; not yet.

Why not?

Well, it’s that Life thing…

  • I decided to plot the novel using a method I’ve never tried before – The Snowflake Method.
  • I took longer to finish my previous drafting project, the second in my Kifo Island Chronicles series.
  • I had homeschooling paperwork in abundance to get through, and the kids and I spent four eventful days last month visiting our dear friends in Central New Jersey…

So, as a result, I’m still, four days into the month, plotting the novel.

I do hope to be done with that before my local NaNoWriMo group  write-in tomorrow night, and I’m sure that the novel will benefit from the new system, especially in the way I’m combining with elements from Rock Your Plot, the method that I’ve been using for the last two years. Each has definite advantages, but, as with learning anything new, there’s more than a little fumbling around as I work out the kinks…

I can feel the story taking shape, in a more cohesive fashion than it would if I were using Rock Your Plot by itself. The Snowflake Method alternates between character and plot development, and from a single sentence to a four-page synopsis, so, where RYP brings me to the scene list with separate character arcs for each character, and a puzzle to solve in order to fit them together into a cohesive whole, TSM brings me to this point with a synopsis that includes all of the framework to break out scenes that are already fit together.

It makes a difference that is a little hard to articulate, but which I can feel, in the way the story is starting to breathe its own life. It’s exciting, to be nearing the point where I can start writing, and to have such a clear sense of the story’s shape and scope. Even more exciting, TSM advocates backtracking through all preceding steps each time I complete one, so the story is getting stronger and stronger as I move through these final phases of plotting –

I can’t wait to see what emerges, and how the writing proceeds, once I actually start drafting.

And, in the meantime, I think of the Vulcans. Yes, I do do that a lot – but, honestly, it is only logical since the Vulcans are so very very cool…especially under pressure.

A Vulcan would say, “Kaiidth” – a word whose closest English translation is the concept, “What is, is.

Have you tried stream-of consciousness writing? Come join in – there’s just a few simple rules. Check out the brand-new #SoCS hashtag, or get more SoCS right here!

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Exploration and Growth: 2015 Writing Goals EOR2 Progress

My overarching theme for 2015 is Exploration. I’m exploring various aspects of my life, learning and growing as I move toward and evaluate my goals…changed goals appear beneath existing ones, in bolded italics.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

My quarterly themes:

January-March: Re-Visioning

April -June: Expansion

July-September: Reflection

October-December: Gratitude

Writing:

Complete the Write1 Sub1 Challenge: Write and submit at least 1 story each month in 2015.

Draft novels in July and November. Otherwise, focus on revising/submitting, to end the year with twelve submissions.

  • A novel, most of another, and 31+ new stories!
  • Submitting stalled at one.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles novellas: Write rough sketches for 10; plot 5 ; draft 3.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles series: Draft 3 novels in 2015.

  • 1/5 drafts completed (KIC #1: Transitions).
  • 2/5 final scene progressing; complete before end of July 1 (KIC#2: Generations).
  • 3/5 halfway through plotting (KIC #3: Sea Changes).

Complete the Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch the entire canon Star Trek franchise, in chronological order – taking notes for future fan fiction development.

Complete A rewatch of Enterprise, excepting finale; begin rewatch of The Original Series as part of the Star Trek Chrononlogy Project.

  • Complete through Enterprise S2:E15, “Cease Fire”.

Develop The IDIC Romance: Write 31 new stories; submit revised stories through “Movements” to at least 1 fan fiction site.

  • 2015 Story-a-Day May Challenge; 31 stories; several stand-alone stories written, as well.
  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” in pre-sub revisions.

Blogging from A-Z: Draft 26 alphabet -themed travel posts.

  • 26 travel posts, intro and reflections completed.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan, plot, and draft one novel in each series; as July CampNaNoWriMo and November NaNoWriMo projects.

  • Rough sketches done for both; July novel in plotting phase for July Camp; drafting to begin by July 3.

Write at least 750 words daily at 750words.com.

  • Deleting goal: unnecessary.

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish (title subject to change): Complete first pass revision using Rock Your Revision; reread/create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).

  • Nothing new this round.

Bounded by a Nutshell: Create pre-revision plan, using existing notes Rock Your Revision.

  • Deleting goal: time factor.

The Stars Are Fire/Perchance to Dream: Readthroughs and pre-revision notes.

Deleting goal: time factor.

The IDIC Romance: Organize Scrivener file; revise stories through “Golden Slipper”.

  • First revision pass made on the “Suliban cell” compilation story.
  • Detailed notes in progress (12/16 scenes) for “SJA” Revision Pass 2.5.

Write1Sub1 Challenge: Revise 5 existing short stories using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process.

  • 1/5 complete, submitted: “Morning Coffee”.

2012/2014 OctPoWriMo poems: Revise all poems; categorize by project.

  • Nothing yet.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance: Keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits.

  • Happy with this!

Build blog queues: 5 each WIPpet and C and C posts.

  • Nope.

Blogging Action Plan: Review; revise; and implement.

  • Moving slowly, but moving.

Twitter and Facebook: Visit at least twice weekly.

  • Not so much.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect: Visit at least one weekly.

  • Well…

Share posts – mine, and others': Share at least 15 items per week.

  • Sporadically…

Blog views and followers: Increase views to 150 at least 10 times/ month; followers to 1000; WordPress followers to 333, because I like that number!

  • WP: 241
  • Total follows: 758
  • Views gradually and intermittently spiking; best day 149 views…

Hometending:

Complete resets/reorganizations: family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen.

  • Progress made in all areas.

Inhabit my study: cleaning, organizing, and using the space daily, when home.

Continue to inhabit and improve my study.

  • Sporadic progress/use.

Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess.

  • Progress continues.

Homeschool Administration: Complete all homeschool paperwork, including Annalise’s standardized testing, on time. Streamline where possible.

  • Testing in progress at end of round; everything else current.

Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris.

  • Taking advantage of the warm weather. More plantings planned.

Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Some.

ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date.

  • Check!

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February.

Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for the 22 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • Nothing new. 2/22 read. 0/22 reviews complete; 1/22 drafted.

NNWM local group: Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.

  • Sporadic on the interaction; attended write-ins regularly.

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least 3 times/week.

  • Two to three times a week; nearly there.

TBR Stacks: Complete bedroom TBR pile.

  • Nothing new.

Smart Change: Work through at least one goal using the methods in this book.

  • Pondering and observing…

Starfleet: Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.

  • Nothing new.

My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least thrice per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • More than scheduled! <3

Paying it Forward: Complete at least six beta reads and ten promotional blog posts for other writers.

  • Stalled on beta read 1; one promotional posts.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity thrice weekly; with Wii Fit four times weekly.

One hour physical activity, measured with phone app, thrice weekly.

  • Less consistently than I’d like.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog three times weekly.

  • Some…

Practice: Resume t’ai chi and yoga classes, either/or at least twice/month.

  • Yes for t’ai chi; postponing yoga.

Intuitive Eating: Read and put into practice as I continue to evolve nutritional goals that make me feel healthy and energized.

  • 34% complete; lots to chew on...back-burnered.

Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 30 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

  • 4/30. Nothing new.

Weight: Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

  • Deleting goal; numbers aren’t the point.

These goals are my guide for Kait Nolan’s ROW80, the writing challenge that knows I have a life!

Except in the Line of Duty: A Mystery for WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.

It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway.

Do you have a day, week, or month that’s emotionally chaotic?

I do. And this month is it.

I’m not ready, this early in the month, to go into all the reasons why – the highs and lows that make July the month I try to surf through, knowing I’m likely to wipe out here and there, and hoping it’s not too lengthy or ugly when it happens…

There’s nothing I can do about the lows, and I wouldn’t trade the highs (or, really, the lows either, because what I’d need to give up to have avoided them hurt too much to lose… or something like that).

Anyway, maybe it’s not a surprise that I begin this month – discombobulated and sideways. I’m still finishing my June project; I’ve got something about half plotted that I’m not sure where to fit in my production schedule, and the novel I’m slated to do is still being framed up, using a new method I’m learning as I go…

Life isn’t always tidy and organized…

Anyway, on to the WIPpet!

I’d been planning to return to my Trueborn series – it’s been quite a while since I’ve shared from that. But I haven’t exactly finished plotting it yet, in part because Life, and in part because I’m using the Snowflake Method for the first time. And first times – well, for me at least, they just take longer. Especially in July, apparently.

I’ll have something to share from it by next week. This week, though, I’m doing something a little different…

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is July 1, 2015.
  • I therefore offer one sentence of undisclosed ancestry, because I’ve decided to go with the tricky July vibe.

Except in the Line of Duty

Neither one of them spoke much at all, anymore, except in the line of duty.

Who isn’t speaking much anymore, and why?

Whose voice are we hearing?

What the bleep’s going on here?

When will we learn more?

I’m willing to answer the last question first. I’ll be posting the next few lines from this scene for #8sunday, if you’d like to learn like more. And that’s all I’m saying, for now – in keeping with the preference of the subjects of today’s sentence.

Looking for WIPpet Snippets with a bit more to say? Hop along with the little blue froggy; assorted WIPpetty lily-pads to choose from, and writers eager to share sneak-peeks with you! =D