Second-Serving Sunday: Betwixt and Between Edition

 

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

I’ve been – busy.  No, that’s not the perfect word, but it’ll do.  Inspiration has led to action, and more inspiration, and more action, and…

I’m engaged in many things, and, maybe predictably, I don’t have a lot else to say…So, on to the good stuff! =D

 

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: Inspiration Edition!

  • It was an inspiring week filled with ideas, explorations, and wonder…click on the links to take a peek into the past!

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • First Things First? A prompt to use an ordinal number leads me on a ramble about prioritizing when all parts seem equal, birth order, and the changing season.

A Sprinkling of Seasonings: The bits of this and that I added to the mix!

ROW80 Updates:

 

What’s Next:

My fiction writing plans for the last days of September, and the beginning of October:

  • Continue revising my time-travel fantasy novel, Chameleon’s Dish (title subject to change), set in the 1612-13 London area.
  • Continue drafting Perchance to Dream, the Star Trek: TOS/ Enterprise fanfiction companion novel to my original fantasy, The Stars are Fire.
  • Complete character sketches and biographies, and begin plotting my NaNoWriMo project, The Earth Doth Move (title changed), another Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction which is the companion novel to my existing fantasy WIP, Blood and Breath, which I’m rereading and making pre-revision notations.
  • FutureLearn Shakespeare and His World: This is a free class that begins tomorrow! Bee Halton clued me in, and deserves HUGE thanks! It’ll be fun, and #itswritingresearch! =D
  • OctPoWriMo: 31 poems in 31 days! I’ll be writing a new poem each day, as well as revising the one I wrote on that date 2 years ago. Fun and poetic times await! =D
  • Unknown Worlds Review- Continue revising 3 stories for submission here by October 31.

And on the blog:

  • For Coffee and Conversation, A special treat this week – my friend and fellow WIPpeteer, Amy Leibowitz, is having a Cover Reveal! Come learn more about her upcoming novel, Lower Education. We’ve got the cover, and we get to peek inside!
  • WIPpet Wednesday will host another excerpt from my Story a Day May exploration, The IDIC Romance I’ll be picking up where I left off last week, with Kroykah?, the fourteenth installment of “Tigress T’Pol”. Will Trip‘s efforts to slow down T’Pol’s amorous onslaught save her from her primal instincts, before they reach the point of no return?
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), I’ll be writing a stream-of-consciousness post on the weekly prompt.
  • ROW80 Updates: It’s a break for A Round of Words in 80 Days. I’ll be doing an evaluation of my yearly goals, and then relaxing until Round 4 begins on October 6.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

  • And because I can’t get enough of these two…

Life Stuff:

  • Lots of hometending, yardtending, and getting ready for winter.
  • And relaxing while I wrap up some things and move others forward, during the ROW80 break.
  • Apple picking and enjoying the fall weather.

So, what have you been up to this week? Any exciting fall plans for next week? I’d love to hear about it!

Trip-le Exposure? Me taking a picture of my Kindle, playing the Enterprise, while the sliding door behind me reflects the woods and lakes…neat, huh?!

A Relaxing Stretch: September 24, 2014

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Wow – is it really the end of Round 3!?

Well technically, it’s not -tomorrow is. But this is the last linky of the round, so I’ll make my final September goals tally. On Sunday, I’ll update my yearly goals, and then I’ll see you early in October with my Round 4 Goals Post…

I hope my fellow ROWers are stretching and readying themselves for a well-earned restful phase. I hope that all of my readers enjoy the shifting season! I definitely stretched, in many ways – but I’ll talk more about that in a future post…I like a little processing time at the end of the round…

For now, I’ll just trot out those September goals, and account for myself! =D  

How did September treat YOU?

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete) Target attained!

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions Moving along.

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space Moving along.

As always, I list only those goals I moved forward this round.

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My boy turned 13 early in the month…

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. On target.

  • Second-Serving Sunday: Inspiration Edition!

  • I’ve created a template for a new C and C subfeature (more on this for Round 4). 0/3 Queued, but that will change before Round 4 begins!

  • WIPpet: 2/3 in revision; and posts tentatively mapped out into October. 0/3 Queued; again, will change by Round 4!

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.Target attained!

  • My comments and interactions have skyrocketed this round. I’m loving it – it’s not so easy keeping up, but I will get to you! =)

  • I’m also making many more visits, and I’ve found some awesome bloggers and new friends this round! =D

Silly boy, new teen!

2014 Writing:

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

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily until the draft is completed. Target (mostly) attained!

  • September 21: 773 words.

  • A slower session; I missed Monday due to intense blogging; and Tuesday due to my workout and wanting to spend time with Jim.

  • I pan to make up the deficit by the end of the day on Thursday.

  • Currently pending: Scene 50/60.

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, King of infinite Space, as my November NaNoWriMo project.

Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic. On target.

  • Chapter Three read-aloud pending.

Complete pre-planning for King of Infinite Space, through character sketches/bios. On target.

  • Gathered existing material to use in Rock Your Plot character sketches/bios. Hope to have all three done by month‘s end, so I can have all of October for plotting.

A view of the big, big city!

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

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

  • Scene 13/60 in progress – about 2/3 through Devices revision pass.

  • This will be a focal area through the break.

Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. On target.

  • Chapter Two: 5/17 pages notated.

Revise three short story WIPs for October 31 submission deadline. On target.

  • Reread all material for “A Splash of Red”.

  • Began third exercise in Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision series.

Ready to stretch….Photo credit: August McLaughlin

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • I’ve made good progress throughout the round; this will be a focal area for Round 4.

Clean email files. On target.

  • I’m still behind, but not by nearly as much as at the beginning of the round.

Continue the family room reset.Target attained!

  • Big progress! The computer desk has been moved to the living room and repurposed as Annalise’s art studio. The cabinet that will be the pantry has been moved to its new home.

  • I can now move forward with organization, and even get some of Lise’s art supplies out of my study! Double-win! =D

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. Target attained!

  • Yes. Blogging, drafting, and revision were the big winners, this round.

  • Hooray for my calendar app! I’ll be exploring new ways to use it through Round 4.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Continuing a loosely structured plan; gathering resources for a more focused surge.

  • More on that in Round 4; when it will be a focus.

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. Target attained!

  • I’ll be using the calendar app on my computer to fine-tune this in Round 4.

Happy girl at Tugboat Roundup.

2014 Lifetending:

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • Every week this month! =D

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

  • At least 3 of each; each week. Most weeks, more than that.
  • I increased weights and reps on all machines.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target attained!

  • I’ll be setting a new goal for Round 4.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target -getting closer.

  • 7.67 miles in 30 minutes, with manual intervals.
  • Getting closer to the goal!

Maintain or reduce August body weight. Not quite.

  • My weight was up 2.5 pounds this month; but I think I know the reason for this, and will adapt.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained!

  • Tugboat Roundup this month, and plans for an active weekend.

Continue exploring nutrition goals – more on this throughout the round.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target (mostly) attained!

  • 3/5; 2 smoothies; 1 salad.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target (mostly) attained!

  • Yogurt: 2/2; nuts 2/2.

A tiny tug!

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

How’d the ROWing go?

International Septtember evening on the Erie Canal.

Stretching into the Fall: September 17, 2014

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Is it me, or does autumn carry a certain level of transformative energy that summer, for all its warmth and sunshine, doesn’t have?

I’m seeing lots of new possibilities, in so many places. It’s in the air, the cries of the geese as they wing by overhead, hurrying away from the approaching chill…

It’s in my various sprucing and beautifying efforts, inside and out. It’s in the roughness of my hands, from weeding and toting firewood and cleaning surfaces.

It’s in my writing, my planning, my revising, and my blogging…

It’s in my playing with imagery, memory, color, texture, and language…

It’s in each breath, and every heartbeat…

How about you? Do you live in a place where autumn is in the air, or are you eagerly opening up to signs of the coming spring? What type of energy does the changing season have upon you and your creativity?

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete) Target attained!

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

As always, I list only those goals I moved toward this round.

September fun at the Erie Canal!

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. On target.

  • Next week’s WIPpet is in my WordPress Drafts file; the following week’s in prep; with the next snippet in revision. Wahoo! =D

  • I have several Coffee and Conversation ideas ready for development.

  • Second-Serving Sunday: “I’m Back!” Edition

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.Target attained!

  • Still moving through, still getting more. Happy times!=)

Celebrating my study’s magical bits…

2014 Writing:

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

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Not quite.

  • Sunday was a busy day, with yardtending, andI ran out of day before I ran out of projects…

  • September 14: 516 words.

  • September 15: 827 words.

  • September 16: 864 words.

  • Currently drafting: Scene 49/60.

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, King of infinite Space, as my November NaNoWriMo project.

Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic. On target.

  • Prologue read-aloud complete.

My grandmother’s Hoosier cabinet; my study desk.

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

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

  • Scene 12/60 complete at last! I really like the way it turned out -and now only one resolution scene to go….

Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. On target.

  • Prologue: 10/10 pages.

  • General Chapter Notes.

Resting places for me, and for my Trueborn duology planning.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • A bit more tidying – and I took some pictures of the magical bits, to share in this post.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • Yes. Blogging, drafting, and revision were the big winners, this round.

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. On target.

  • Homeschool paperwork.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Target attained!

Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15. Target attained!

  • Annalise’s complete, except for attendance.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts and Library Skills sections complete.

Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet. Target attained!

  • Annalise’s IHIP complete.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts and Library Skills sections complete.

Submit Jeremiah’s PASS test results when received. Target attained!

  • Results received. Need to scan or photograph them, and send then with the reports.

Views of my study shelf….

2014 Lifetending:

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. On target.

  • Plans in the works for apple picking and a trip to a local “amusement farm”.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target exceeded!

  • 1 mile in about 20 minutes; fewer and shorter rest breaks.
  • I’ll be adapting this goal, making it more challenging for Round 4! =)

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • 7.54 miles in 30 minutes. My legs are feeling much stronger, and my speed is increasing, even at higher resistances. Getting closer….

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

  • Arms:4; Legs:3; Core:3.

  • I increased weight on all machines, number of reps for several.

Continue exploring nutrition goals – more on this throughout the round.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 2/5 so far; 1 smoothie; 1 salad.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. On target.

  • Yogurt: 2/2; nuts 0/2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

Draft my Round 4 sponsor post by 9/25 (end of round 3). Target attained!

  • My post draft is written, and resting. =)

  • New Goal: Revise sponsor post by 9/25.

 

Who’s ROWing through the last week?

 

A Tangled Stretch: September 14, 2014

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Know that place where progress and problems get all tangled up in each other? Where it seems all your steps amount to a lot of sideways travel?

Well, that’s been this session, for me.

Yes, I’ve made progress on several projects. I’m about to get the homeschooling reporting done, and that will free me up until the next (smaller) batch is due in December. Early planning for my NaNo project is coming along. I feel like I’m finding a more sustainable blogging rhythm that fits in with my life. Revisions are moving slowly, but moving, and the results – well, I’m loving the results, and this is just the beginning of the first pass! Perchance to Dream is inching its way to completed-draft status; that’ll be the last “hanging” WIP, and the last of my hybrid planning projects. I’m doing well with my fitness goals, too.

That all sounds pretty good, right? Well, there’s a flip side…

I’m in the midst of an awakening to deeper aspects of myself. As often happens, my Accomplice in Mischief hasn’t yet gotten the memo, and so there’s a certain dissonance between us. It’ll ease, and it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it adds a certain friction that frays at the edges of life.

It’s the week where the kids and I seem to be on different schedules, and the brief zone where a few days go by without there ever being a time when we’re all asleep.

And my planning and rereading have led me to a tangled place in my Trueborn duology in the making – the timelines do not come close to matching up! I’m going to have to split Blood and Breath into two novels, and I’m not sure where in the novel to do it. I know I’ll need to expand both halves…

Ahh, the tangly, lovely chaos of autumnal transitions!

Silly kids at the Erie Canal!

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

As always, I list only those goals I moved toward this round.

They found this cow creepy…I think it’s cute!

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. Not quite for posting; on target for queuing.

  • All posts on schedule except Second-Serving Sunday, which I missed last Sunday.

  • I’ve got this week’s WIPpet excerpt in drafts; next week’s in prep; and the following week’s in revision. Wahoo! =D

  • Second-Serving Sunday: “I’m Back!” Edition

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.Target attained!

  • So many comments! So much interaction. I’m making peace with the idea that a backlog is a good thing, because it means that the conversation is ongoing. I’m learning how to pace myself so that there’s still time to write things we can chat about. =D

Walking along the towpath…

2014 Writing:

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

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed.Target exceeded!

  • September 10: 798 words.

  • September 11: 996 words.

  • September 12: 814 words.

  • September 13: 761 words.

  • Currently drafting: Scene 49/60; into the third act we go! =)

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, King of infinite Space, as my November NaNoWriMo project.

Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic. On target.

  • Prologue read-aloud complete.

Complete pre-planning for King of Infinite Space, through character sketches/bios. On target.

  • Rock Your Plot premise testing exercises complete.

  • Reread goal/motivation/conflict section; set POV characters.

  • Spock’s G/M/C complete; 1/3.

Girl on the towpath.

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

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

  • Scene 12/60; Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Resolution pass about half finished.

Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. On target.

  • Prologue: On-page revision notes: 8/10 pages.

Backlit on a barge.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • A little magnet sorting; general tidying, bulletin board sprucing, and contemplating what’s next.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • A surge is taking shape. Lots of writing, and not a little revising- and even more dreaming and scheming, sprinkled with planning.

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. On target.

  • Mostly homeschool paperwork.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15. On target.

  • Annalise’s complete, except for attendance.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts and Library Skills sections complete.

Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet. On target.

  • Annalise’s IHIP complete.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts and Library Skills sections complete.

Submit Jeremiah’s PASS test results when received. On target.

  • Results received. Need to scan or photograph them, and send then with the reports.

Tugboat lineup!

2014 Lifetending:

Continue exploring nutrition goals – more on this throughout the round.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 5/5 so far; 3 smoothies; 2 salads.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded!

  • Yogurt: 5/2; nuts (walnuts; mixed; slivered almonds): 3/2.
  • It was clearly a Greek yogurt kinda week! =)

 

My friend Yorick!

 

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

Draft my Round 4 sponsor post by 9/25 (end of round 3). On target.

  • I have a theme, and an idea or three bouncing around in my head. I’ll be playing with them this week.

 

Come ROWing with us!

Playful sibs!

A Daring Stretch: September 7, 2014

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Ever have a week so full of exciting things that it leaves your mind spinning and swirling as it tries to absorb it all?

Yup, that was this past week, for me! Not only did I become the mother of a teenager on Tuesday; on Thursday, I dared to travel to the Big Scary City (as I thought of New York before the trip) and attend the second annual World Sexual Health Day Celebration at the Cutting Room. I’ll be writing more about this amazing and uplifting event tomorrow; for now, let’s just say that I have definitely fulfilled my Round 3 theme of stretching, this week…and then some!

And for those who’ve been watching me push it aside week after week – I also finally got brave enough to reconnect with WANA Mama Kristen Lamb, to set the wheels in motion for the social media prize I won in the WANACon raffle waaay back in February. Why did I need to be brave to do that? I don’t really understand it, but it might have to do with the fact that I have a hard time asking for help, sometimes, even when I have every right to it, and know the other party wants to help.

Needless to say, I am feeling stretched, achy – and more limber than I was at the beginning of the week!

How about you? Done anything personally daring lately? What simple things scare you for reasons you don’t fully understand? Or are you the fearless type?

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

I had a ticket to ride!

As always, I list only those goals I moved toward this round.

2014 Blogging:

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

Get the Kristen Lamb social media wizardry ball rolling. Target attained!

  • We’ve chatted briefly, in the middle of the night, and on very general terms; but already, I feel more of a sense of direction, and I’ll know better what I’m looking for when we talk again.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. Target attained for posting; On target for queuing.

  • Second Serving Sunday: #NotBacktoSchool Edition – this will be delayed; Windows burped and swallowed the nearly completed post. I don’t have the energy to rewrite it tonight, but I will do it by Tuesday, and add  the link then.

  • I have ideas for future CandC posts. Will begin developing them this week.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation. Target attained!

  • I’ve answered many comments, gotten new ones, and stretched a bit further with sharing and visits: used hashtags and shared beyond my regular readership via Facebook group.

My buddy Yorick – I had a lot of fun with him at the salon while August got shined up for the evening’s festivities!

2014 Writing:

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

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Target exceeded!

  • September 3: 1107 words.

  • September 4: 831 words.

  • September 5: 776 words.

  • September 6: 760 words.

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Pre-Revision Plan for Bounded by a Nutshell: Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

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

  • After several days’ break, I began the editing device pass for scene 12/60; Resolution scene 2/3.

  • Progress on this goal is slow, but significant in quality.

A Joyful September August!

2014 Hometending:

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

Clean out email files. On target.

  • Still weeding…I try to get to some each time I check my email. It’s helping.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Mount Magnet is being sorted slowly, and some shuffling of items so that I can use the printer. It was a week busy in other, away from home, things.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. Target attained!

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Administrative Frames, maybe?) Target attained!

  • Mostly planning for this week’s events, and some chatting with a certain WANA Mama!

Man and Nature in Peaceful Coexistence.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. On target.

  • Finally took myself out on a date to the big city. Delightful!

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

  • Although not on the list, I walked roughly 3.5 miles, carrying a day pack, on Thursday. That was certainly moving and challenging my body – as my fatigued muscles are still reminding me on Sunday! =)

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Not quite.

  • 4/5. Two of each. Not bad, for a busy week!

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Not quite.

Yogurt: 2 /2. Nuts: 1 / 2.

Pretty pink petals – gorgeous symbolism!

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

  • Yes – and I signed on for Round 4, as well. =D

  • Which leads to the new goal below:

Draft sponsor post by the end of the round (September 25).

We’re ROWin’ along – come join the fun by reading or posting!

 

My favorite picture of the day! Don’t they both just have all kinds of wonderful mischief in their eyes? ;D

Stretching Into Bigness: September 3, 2014

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Last update, I was wondering where August went. This time, I’m looking at a boy nearly as tall as me, with some very mature attitudes and opinions, and wondering…where did my baby boy go?

He’s disappeared into the years – and yet, he hasn’t. In some ways, he seems so grown, so close to being an adult – and in others, he’s still a silly boy, seeming very young and new in the world, sometimes.

In a way, maybe, these early teen years are my grace period as his mother. I’m on notice, now. This boy, who wanted a Pokemon game for his gift, and chose to see If I Stay rather than Let’s Be Cops or Guardians of the Galaxy, will soon – maybe too soon for me to believe – be a man. Hopefully, he’ll retain some silliness, some sense of childlike wonder to carry him through some of the rougher edges of adult life. Hopefully, his parents will have done their job, and he’ll be well prepared…

Thirteen years seems like a long time – but it really isn’t. Not when it measures the journey from brand new life to the threshold of manhood. Not when it marks out my own son’s life…

I’m guessing that if you have older or adult kids, you know what I mean. If you have younger ones – take a few minutes, today, to just soak them in where they are, because tomorrow, they’ll be a little different, a little more grown…

After a good workout, dinner.

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

As always, I list only those goals I moved toward this round.

The sillier side of thirteen! =)

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. On target for posting; nothing queued yet.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation. On target.

  • I’ve answered many comments, gotten new ones, and even branched out a little with sharing and visits- more on that as the month goes on.

And a more serious side emerges…

2014 Writing:

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

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Target exceeded!

  • August 31: 793 words.

  • September 1: 860 words.

  • September 2: 760 words.

Salady delight!

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Pre-Revision Plan for Bounded by a Nushell: Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

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

  • I’ve highlighted scene 12/60 for its first of two problem area passes.

Still Plays Peekaboo?

2014 Hometending:

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

Clean out email files. On target.

  • Weeding through a batch or two each day. Slow headway.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Mount Magnet is eroded, sorted rubble! I’ve begun containing the piles, and wondering how one family ever ended up with SO MANY MAGNETS!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • Yes, with variations on Tuesday to allow for birthday stuff!

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Administrative Frames, maybe?) On target .

  • Mostly planning for this week’s events.

On our way, 2014….

2014 Lifetending:

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

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. On target.

  • Spent Jeremiah’s birthday with him; we worked out, swam, hit the game store, had dinner, and took in a movie. It was delightful, and I’m honored he still likes me enough to want to hang out with me!

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

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • Jeremiah had a weight room orientation, and then we swam, so I skipped my usual cardio routine.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target attained!

Maintain or reduce August body weight. Target attained!

  • My intention not to diet or try to “lose weight”, but rather to organically create a lifestyle that feels better as I live it is reaping dividends. For the second month, I lost 3.5 pounds, by eating more of healthier foods I love, working out weekly, and fitting more activity into each day.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 3/5. One salad; two smoothies.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. On target.

Yogurt: 1 /2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

Get your ROW on here!

When he turned twelve….

Stretching Into September: August 31, 2014

The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life/

Wow! Can someone please tell me where August has gone? I swear it was here only a minute or two ago, but it’s already getting ready to leave for a year!

The coming of September finds me in a state of flux. I’ll be continuing many of my goals, tweaking others, and setting a few aside for later rounds. The month will begin with my son’s 13th birthday, and, two days later, I’ll be attending a World Sexual Health Day event with Elizabeth Anne Mitchell -oh, and meeting August McLaughlin, too! =)

A busy start- so it may take me a week to really get into a September swing. That’s all right- I know the autumnal air will energize me, and being wholly present during these experiences will feed my soul, and my writing! =D

How about you? Is September a shifting time, or a period of continuity?

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space.

Soon to be a teen! =D

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan. - I haven’t get to any of these, this round. Shifting two to back-burner status until 2015.

  • Get the Kristen Lamb social media wizardry ball rolling. - Contact Kristen by September 7.

  • Play with Web Lab app; goal is exploration and experimentation. -setting aside for Round 1, 2015.

  • Start planning new website, using input from previous two goals. -setting aside for Round 1 /2, 2015.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely. – On target. I’m posting and interacting regularly and often. Sharing is shakier, but I have ideas…

  • Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. -hoping this will give me a clearer target.

  • Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.

  • Update sidebar; it’s a little outdated and jumbly.

A mischievous girl in a pink mustache!

2014 Writing:

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

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. On target. Gearing up for the final quarter; I’ve had several revelations regarding story that are definitely taking things in a tenser direction!

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, as my November NaNoWriMo project. - Time to start planning for November’s drafting.

  • Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic.

  • Complete pre-planning for King of Infinite Space, through character sketches/bios.

  • Rough out concepts for remaining books in this series.

This is my smile on Shakespeare!

2014 Editing:

  • First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Pre-Revision Plan for Bounded by a Nushell: Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath. -This goal is subject to change; revision takes longer than I thought, at the moment!

  • Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

  • Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • Complete first pass revision pre-planning for Bounded by a Nutshell. Setting aside for Round 1, 2015.

  • Revise three short story WIPs for October 31 submission deadline. -More on this goal in the coming week or two.

Seventeen years later, we still like each other – OK, MORE than like! =D

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset. On target .

Clean out email files. On target .

Continue reclaiming my study. On target .

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminstrative Frames, maybe?) On target .

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Mail Annalise’s End of Year report. Target attained!

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target. Test returned for scoring.

Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15. On target .

Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet.On target .

My girl – lover of fashion and wildlife!

2014 Lifetending:

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

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar. Nothing yet.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded, and there will be more!

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. Better – did something special with each child this month; Jim and I, and myself, not yet.

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

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained with Sterling Renaissance Festival.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target attained- new goal pending.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. Not quite. Closer, though!

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target attained most weeks.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded!

A Midsummer Evening’s Dream…

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target exceeded!

Come ROW along with us!

 

Annalise’s Shakespearean Still Life!