When the Nest Leaks: October 22, 2014 Update

 

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Ever have that feeling the roof is coming down on you?

Well, it wasn’t so much the roof as the ceiling. Or, more accurately, a single panel of the ridiculously ugly drop ceiling in our bedroom, which we’ve been meaning to get rid of for the nearly 13 years we’ve lived here.

It rained. The roof leaked, the panel slipped, landing right on my night table, where I usually set that first cup of coffee I enjoy in bed  each morning. Thanks to my middle-aged bladder, and my Accomplice’s dentist appointment (he usually brings me coffee as soon as I’m awake, because he rocks like that), neither I nor my coffee were there.

Still, it was a mess…and my Accomplice decided that yesterday was finally the day to ditch the drop ceiling.

So he removed, and sealed leaks, and added insulation -and now we have a higher, but unfinished, ceiling. The thing is, we’re not quite sure what to do next, so, for a bit, we’ll be looking at insulation above our heads..

It’s been a rather chaotic session, though, with the unplanned, half-day project. But a positive one – a long-postponed project moved forward, and not having access to the bedroom meant that I spent some quality time in my study, where I finally had my delayed first cuppa…I may make a habit of that, at least a few times a week. It was pleasant, and productive.

How about you? Has chaos or order prevailed, in your world?

My Magnetic Poem, “My Liquid Laugh”, created for OctPoWriMo….this was lots of fun!

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

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

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

  • C and C posts are in development through December! =D

  • WIPpet posts are in development through December 15! =D

  • Additionally, I have decided to use the SoCS prompts for November, and write NaNo excerpts for them. That will up my word count and help make my SoCS posts at the same time. Hooray for efficiency!

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 21/31 posted. Into that final stretch! =D

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

  • 2/3 places for Sunday and Monday posts. Will share each at least once more apiece.

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

Writing:

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

  • 29/60 scenes ready to go in  Scrivener. Almost halfway! =D

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

  • 21/31 poems completed.

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories. On target.

  • Not sure I’ll get all three finished. “A Splash of Red” is taking shape.

Hometending:

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

  • I spent time writing, revising, and just being, daily.

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

  • I do a little every time I check my email; larger sorting/deleting 2-3 times weekly for a complete purge.

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

  • Plotted out Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday blog features into December, with notes.

Read Smart Change. On target.

  • 20% complete.

My OctPoWriMo “found poem”, “My Favorite Music” – from a page of my flash fiction story, “A Splash of Red” currently in revision.

Lifetending:

Return to exploring the slips inside – in a playful, FUN way! On target.

  • I pulled a slip! I pulled a slip! Update to follow….

Fitness:

At least one workout at the Y each week. On target.

  • A truncated workout, as I’m still feeling tired from the tooth issue and not much sleep.

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

  • A slower pedal: 6.79 miles in 30 minutes.

Nutrition:

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

  • 1/5 salads/smoothies – Fuji Apple Chicken Salad; 1 /2 nuts – pumpkin seeds.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. On target.

  • 1/3 – apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. On target.

  • 2/3 – corn tacos, whole wheat roll.

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

  • Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

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

Come ROW with us, or cheer us on from the shore!

 

My first OctPoWriMo poem, “Dream-Chrysalis”. Filmed by Annalise S.Burton, who says that the darkness suits the poem. I think i agree. =)

OctPoWriMo Day 20: Wait With Life

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Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Twenty!

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

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

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

Today’s prompt was to write a poem using the theme ‘Rain’. The poetry type was “Blitz”. There was a word list; I used a few, even though  I didn’t really look until after I finished.

I’d never heard of Blitz, and when I first read the description, I was intimidated. Here’s what Shadow Poetry had to say about it…

  • This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow.

  • Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliché. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

  • The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition.

  • Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.

  • The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.

  • There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.

I almost didn’t try; my brain was twisted and tangled with these instructions. But, once I got going, using pre-numbered lines to avoid confusion, the poem flowed fairly quickly. Here’s what I came up with.

Wait With Life

Hurry up let’s go

Hurry up and wait

Wait a minute

Wait an hour

Hour after hour

Hours piling into days

Days spent running

Days wasted in rushing

Rushing through rooms

Rushing past life

Life given up

Life of driving

Driving further

Driving faster

Faster faster faster

Faster than breath

Breath in stabbing gasps

Breath never enough

Enough is enough

Enough time

Time enough to breathe

Time enough to be

Be where we are

Be alive right now

Now all there is

Now all we have

Have a seat

Have a cold drink

Drink in life

Drink and savor

Savor each breath

Savor every moment

Moment into moment

Moment melting in a sigh

Sigh and stretch

Sigh and relax

Relax and be

Relax into living

Living and loving

Living and laughing

Laughing at the rush

Laughing at a joke

Joke of false hurry

Joke of cheating death

Death comes for us all

Death to end life

Life too precious to rush

Life meant to be cherished

Cherished

Rush

Take Your Time…the other posts are here!

Second-Serving Sunday: The Nest in the Weeds Edition

 

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

It’s been a challenging week – and that’s a good thing. Mostly. I’ve recovered from the abscessed tooth, which will be extracted a week from tomorrow. Hopefully, that will eliminate the largest danger, but I’ll need some other dental work in order to avoid a repeat with another tooth…

I’ve continued to write a poem every day, to plot my NaNo novel for next week, and (mostly) stayed up to date with my blogging. I’ve made many, many visits to other bloggers, and dove back into my flash fiction revision project. I’ve done a bit of hometending- but it’s been a tired week, as my body fought the infection, so I took things easy, and mostly rested.

We stayed home this week, but, last Thursday, the kids and I went to our state museum. Those pictures haven’t been edited yet, so I’ll share a few from previous visits – the museum is a favorite destination for us.

Enjoy!

The Cohoes Mastodon

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Second-Serving Sunday: The Poetically Planning Edition:

Coffee and Conversation:

  • I missed my regular C and C post this week; emergency dental appointment; lots of pain…
  • C and C Bonus Cuppa: Island of Glass Cover Reveal -come have a cuppa, and read along while Ruth Nestvold shares glassmaking, fairy tales, alternate history, and humor in her latest YA offering!

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Shape of My Heart: What’s better than a TnT snippet every week? Getting a bonus story, with a soundtrack by Sting, that’s what! =D

OctPoWriMo:

ROW80 Updates:

Unschooling Architecture!

What’s Next:

My fiction writing plans for October: (I’ve dropped and adapted, here, so I can focus on the high priority projects for the remainder of the month).

  • Complete character sketches and biographies, and plot my NaNoWriMo project, The Earth Doth Move, another Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction - the companion novel to my fantasy WIP, Blood and Breath.
  • FutureLearn Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. For research and inspiration…
  • OctPoWriMo: 31 poems in 31 days! I’ll give you a new poem each day, as well as revising those I wrote two years ago.
  • Unknown Worlds Review- Continue revising 3 stories for submission here by October 31.

Canned food tornado sculpture

And on the blog:

Exploring historic machines…

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Life Stuff:

  • Abscessed tooth, poetry, growing pains, recovery, and home beautification were the order of the week!

How about you? What have you been up to, this week? What’s on tap for next? Drop me a line, and share what’s happening in your world!

Who thinks every museum should have a carousel? We do!

OctPoWriMo Day 17: My Liquid Laugh

 

Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Seventeen!

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

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

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

Today’s prompt was Magnetic Poetry. We have kits, but I decided to play online…

I chose the Poet’s Kit, and, when I started, I had no idea what direction the poem would take, or even if I could find a poem with someone else’s word choices rather than my own…

But the two words leapt from the screen and set fire to my imagination:

Liquid Laugh

These two words gave me a rich sensory image -and a subject for my poem. I spent the next while- I was having too much fun to note the time! – shifting and choosing and playing, creating and recreating…

And this is what I came up with…

My Liquid Laugh

No, I’m not going to reveal who or what this poem is about. I’m curious to see if anyone can guess, or knows, based on the poem alone…

If you want to guess, drop a comment in the box. It’ll be interesting to see what images this poem evokes for others!

Find more magnetic poetry here!

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

 

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

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

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

Oh. Where was I?

Oh, yes. Waitressing in Yellowstone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 14/31 completed.

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

  • I think so, for those I completed.

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

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

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

  • Will be a focus this next session.

 

Scene of my waitress nightmares…

Writing:

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

  • 14/31 complete.

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

Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level. Target attained!

Lifetending:

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

 

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

 

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

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

Nutrition:

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

 

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

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

 

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

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

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

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

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

Settling Into My Nest: October 12, 2014 Update

 

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Is it really already week into the round? I guess I was busy writing, and didn’t spend so much time marking the passing of days…

But here we are, alreasy, six days in. I haven’t been marking the days as much as I’ve been living them…and the last two have come with a badly abscessed tooth and a holiday weekend…I’m managing, but I look a little like a lopsided chipmunk with one cheek full of nuts and the other empty. Hopefully, the swelling will go down before Tuesday, but, well – there’s clearly some dental work in my near-immediate future…

My theme for the round is Nesting, and I’m doing more of that the last two days, since the pain is sapping some of my energy and motivation. I’m doing minimal hometending, so the chaos isn’t overwhelming, and I’m hoping to be able to get back to it soon. In the meantime, there’s poetry, and blogposts, and plotting, and my two classes to play with….

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

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

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

  • All C and C posts mapped through December 1.

  • All WIPpets mapped out through November 12.

  • Next WIPpet post in drafting stages.

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 11/31 completed.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. Target attained!

  • 3/3 (counting hashtags as locations, at least for now).

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. Scheduled posts on target; commenting not so much.

Writing:

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream. On target.

  • Reread the scene I left dngling at the beginning of the round.

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

  • As of midnight on Saturday, Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disaster for 23/60 scenes.

  • Once these are done, I’ll write scene summaries and Cheat Sheets – and then I’ll be done with the plotting. =)

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

  • 11/31 poems completed.

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories. On target.

  • Exercise 4/5 in progress for story 1/3. These will become my priority as soon as NaNo planning is complete.

  • Both other stories are at earlier points in the revision process.

Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study. On target.

  • Quite a lot of progress here on Thursday night. Pictures will come at some point.

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

  • Spent several hours enjoying the space, with and without guests, over this session.

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

  • Email cleared and sorted. Now to keep it that way during NaNo…

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. On target.

  • Mostly just for future post mapping, this session.

Lifetending:

Move Play Jar to a more visible area. Target attained!

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

Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Not as much as I would like.

  • Week 3 starts today.

  • Shakespeare: Week: 2. Exercise: 9/13.

  • Play: Week:1. Exercise: 13/15.

  • Hoping to catch up at least one class by the end of this week.

Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week. Target attained!

  • Did some reorganizing in my study.

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

  • Took a brief walk with the kids; a little dancing.

Use Wii balance board for 10 minutes at least twice weekly. Target attained!

  • Used board Sunday, Monday and Wednesday; up to 38 minutes per session.
  • Sidelined by fatigue and pain. Hoping to be back to it soon.

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity. Target attained!

  • Apple-picking and museum visiting. Check.

Nutrition:

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

  • 5/5. 3 salads, 2 smoothies.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Target attained!

  • 5/3: Added a carrot and a banana to my existing count.

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

  • 3/3.

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

  • Done on Tuesday.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

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

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Second-Serving Sunday: The Poetically Plotting Edition

 

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

So, how are you this fine Sunday?

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

And I have an abscessed tooth.

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

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

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

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

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

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: The OctPoWriMo Edition:

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

OctPoWriMo:

ROW80 Updates:

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

What’s Next:

My fiction writing plans for October:

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

And on the blog:

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Life Stuff:

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

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