Welcome to My Sunday Post for June 1, 2014 !

Since my ROW80 updates are getting a little crowded, this seems to be an interesting way to update some things without adding to the clutter. I’m still figuring out what form I’d like this feature to take, so please expect there to be evolution as the weeks pass!

June will be my “test month” for this feature. I’ll be evaluating and adapting, with a bit of a sandbox approach…summer’s a good time for playing in the sand! =D

We’re back to older pictures this week – of my study, and revision in progress. No new images today, sorry!

The view from above, this past winter.

 

Last Week on My Blog:

shanjeniah:

ROW80 Updates:

Story A Day May:

All my Story A Day posts.

Stories Sans Commentary, for the purist.

Tiny treasures in my study…

What’s Next:

This week, after two months of intensive blogging challenges, I settle back into a more sedate pattern for the next three months. Say it with me; you know you wanna! “Ahhhh….!” Big exhale into the wide-open space!

  • For Coffee and Conversation, I’ll be exploring the pitfalls of treating children as projects rather than as people.
  • WIPpet Wednesday will host an excerpt from The IDIC Romance – I’ll be picking up where I left off last week, with a Trip drabble, my very first…
  • For Wordless Wednesday, I’ll share images of….well, it’ll be something. Yes. Something. I know, I said that last week, and something ended up being a lot like, well- nothing!
  • And for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, I’ll be doing just what the title suggests – writing a stream-of-consciousness post on the weekly prompt. Last week, my stream of consciousness was on T’Pol and Trip, and I missed posting to this meme.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Cool Stuff I’ve Found along the way…with a lot of remembering, this week.

Life Stuff:

  • I switched from lilacs in my blue-painted pitcher to Siberian iris, in my tall blue-chased glass vase.
  • I wrote powerful things, beautiful things, things that made me angry, and that made me laugh and cry.
  • I read things – see above for descriptions.
  • I watched lots of (but not nearly enough) Enterprise.
  • I hugged and cuddled and laughed with my beloveds.
  • I cleaned stuff – lots of stuff. Not as much as was grubby, but things are more prettified, in places.
  • I existed much of the time in the universe inside my head.
  • The whispering Vulcan and human in my head don’t want to stop, even though their month is up. And, well – they’re both pretty danged stubborn…I may need to give them a day a week for a while, until they settle a bit. If they settle a bit…which isn’t likely, if they have things to say.
  • I’m gradually gearing back up for our busier travel and birthday season.

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Playing at revisions with a different Vulcan, a few months back…

 

Coffee and Conversation: Looking Back on the Alphabet

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

It’s Monday again - time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my familywas driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own…

It’s the last Monday of May, and, as I move through the final week of my Story A Day challenge, it seems like a good time to do a little online hometending. One of the things I’ve been meaning to do is to write a reflection post for this year’s Blogging from A-Z April Challenge, now that I’ve had a little time and space from the intensity of the challenge itself. Read my pre-challenge Big Theme Reveal post.

  • I chose to do this challenge because it was a perfect vehicle for a writing project that had been swirling around my mind for a year, and was ready to be born. This challenge, whose only requirement is to write 26 alphabetical posts, allowed both a framework, and the freedom to explore in whichever ways my creative impulse carried me.

  • I chose to do it because there’s something satisfying in participating in a challenge with a group of others, pursuing the same goal, each in their own unique way. This meant others sharing in the journey. New blogs to discover, new friends to make. New ideas to ponder, and be expanded by…

  • And the excitement of writing and stretching myself to complete and ship my post, 26 out of 30 days.

So, did I get what I wanted out of this challenge?

Let’s take a look.

  • That nascent idea became Kifo Island Chronicles - 26 stories of characters residing, for various reasons, on a no-cost private hospice island. Some are dying; some are mourning; some are desperate for a chance to live.

  • By the end of the month, I knew that I want to use this source material to create a series of novellas. Each will contain between 2-5 interwoven story arcs. There will be some recurring characters, and themes and arcs may encompass more than one novella, although each will stand alone.

  • For each character, I have a brief character sketch, and a rough outline of their story arc. I can see many intersection points, and ways in which diverse characters will intertwine in various ways.

  • I have 17,915 words of story; and plans for much more. For each of my characters, I have one crystallized story that captures them and their conflicts.

Yes, it’s a long way from a completed series – or even one completed arc. But every project must begin somewhere – and I began with play, and now have a solid beginning.

And how about that group participation?

I discovered some wonderful blogs and bloggers during the challenge. This seems like a perfect time to introduce a few of my very favorites:

Badge of Honor!

Obviously, there’s lots of ideas and creative fodder here! =)

I’ve also picked up a few new blog followers, myself!

But, more importantly than the stories, or the camaraderie, or even the challenge, is the fun, the feeding my own creative life, the pouring forth of my daydreams…

Will I be back next year, for another take on this challenge?

Absolutely!

Enough about me – how about you? Have you undertaken a purposeful challenge, lately? What were your goals and hopes, going in? What inspired you? Did you get out of it what you wanted? Expected? Were there unexpected benefits?

I’ll brew up another pot with the new coffeemaker, and set out some tasty treats (we have muffins!). Why not tell us all about it? =)


Creativity, Multiplying: May 11, 2014

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Well, hello there! A happy day to you, whether you’re a mother or not.

Have you ever had that feeling that things are a big scramble – only to realize that you actually did a lot more than you realized?

Yup. Happened to me this week – and then, while preparing my Sunday Post, I tallied 14 blog posts (and there’s actually another 7 bare-bones posts at my Story-A-Day blog…oh, and writing those stories, visiting and commenting, hometending, time with people I love – even mowing a bit of the lawn.

I’m aswirl in creative energies. They’re pulsing through me, and the best thing I can do, right now, is to give this surging the space and time it needs. Eventually, the ebb will come, and things will slow down again…until then, I’m riding the wave!

And while I’m riding, this week, I intend to refocus on a couple of playful aspects of life I’ve set aside a bit more often than I’d like, of late…more on that during the next few weeks! =D

I hope this post finds you well and engaged in joyful pursuits – whatever those might be, for you!

May’s focus areas:

  • Story-a-Day May

  • Homeschool reports

  • Guest post

2014 Blogging:

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

Continue posting on my regular schedule; share on Sunday Post, weekly.Target attained!

Complete and post 31 Story-A-Day May Enterprise fan fiction stories, following prompts. On target.

  • 10/31 Completed.

  • 22/31 In development.

Respond to comments, and return visits.On target.

  • Did on scheduled days. A bit behind, due to increased volume.

Visit threeStory-A-Day blogs each day, on average.On target.

  • Wed-Friday, none.

  • Saturday, 7. I seem to go in streaks.

2014 Writing:

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

The Stars Are Fire: Draft one scene each week.On target.

  • Reread 3 scenes. 1 to go before I can plan the next.

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Complete 31 Stories for The IDIC Romance, using prompts wherever possible.(2014 Story-a-Day May).On target.

  • See Blogging, above.

  • 12,045 words to date.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process. On target.

  • 10/31 scenes prepared.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

Chameleon’s Dish: Revise one scene each week.

  • Began freewriting new scene; 9/60.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

Get the computer desk and moved out of the room.On target.

  • I got back into digging out the very messy enclosed porch, where the desk will go when there’s room.

Continue claiming my study.

Clean work surfaces.On target.

  • My hoosier cabinet/desk is clean again!

  • Next up, the tabletop…

Other things:

2014 Lifetending:

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

Contact one person from my People I’d Like to Meet list. Target attained!

  • I’ve contacted three.

  • Getting together is the next step.

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.Target attained!

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 4 times a week. Not this week.

  • One salad; one “breakfast” smoothie.

  • 2/4 attained.

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

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.Still meh.

  • Still slow. I’ve been doing a lot of hometending, but forgetting the playful motions.

  • Recommitting this week! =)

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Blogging From A-Z: E is for Exuberance (Kifo Island Chronicles)

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Exuberance spun out of the twirl. The man was still watching her. She sashayed over to the bar, swishing her skirt, and stood with her bared back to the table where he sat. She felt his stare making suggestions she wasn’t getting enough, these days.

“May I buy you a drink, pretty lady?” He was beside her now, leaning on the fake driftwood bar; a middle-aged man, neatly dressed. He looked like he took good care of himself, other than the broken vessels on his cheeks that said he was a drinking man.

She smiled, and he smiled back.

“I like cosmos.” She let a hand reach out to almost brush his. The man’s eyes followed it, and Exuberance’s smile got wider as he hurried to catch the bartender’s attention. She flipped her hair over her shoulder, as he ordered drinks – her cosmo, and a double scotch, neat, for himself.

They toasted to nothing, and sipped. After a minute or so, he said, “Do you only dance alone, or -”

“Are you asking?”

“Yes. Will you dance with me, -?” He left a space for her to say her name, and he leaned in close. Exuberance just breathed him in for a few breaths. He smelled of good scotch, suntan lotion, and expensive cologne; the smell of easy money and luxury.

Photo by Lynn Kelley Author, courtesy WANA Commons at Flickr.

It had been too long since she’d had either.

“I only give my name to people who give me theirs, first,” she answered, and this time she did touch his hand. He caught it, brought it to his lips. They were soft, and lingered just long enough to tease her. His eyes glittered in the low lighting.

“You can call me Howie,” he said, with a crooked grin that made promises – promises Exuberance thought she might let him keep.

“Hello there, Howie. I’m Exuberance.” She grinned. She hadn’t had a night this exciting in months; maybe longer. Suddenly, she felt alive – even exuberant enough for the name she’d taken. “Yes, I’ll dance with you.”

Howie was smiling, too. He had a nice smile, and that glitter in his eyes got her imagining. “Exuberance. What an unusual – and fitting – name.”

He kept her hand, and led her out onto the dance floor just as the music changed to a hot Latin beat. They nearly ran into another couple; a silver-haired man with a very young girl, maybe not even out of her teens. They clung together, kissing and swaying, as though they didn’t notice that the slow dance was over.

“Shameful,” Howard said, looking back over his shoulder at them. “He must be three times her age, at least.”

“They seem happy.”

He scowled. “It just doesn’t seem right,” he said.

Instead of arguing, she whirled out onto the floor, pulling him along until he wrapped his arms around her, bringing her hard against him before spinning her away.

Howie was a good dancer, and, when the next slow song came on, he pulled her in close, his arm just a little tighter than she liked – but it felt so good to be held by a good-looking man with money that she pretended she was comfortable, and gave herself to touch and motion happily.

They danced until they were breathless, and then headed back to the bar. After one drink, Exuberance excused herself to go “to the powder room” she said, like she was a fancy lady. When she got back, Howie had already ordered another round.

“Thank you,” she said, as he wrapped an arm around her and kissed her. He tasted of scotch, and his mouth was hungry on hers. She sipped the drink, then let him buy her another, and another, although she had a rule about stopping at two.

Photo by Lynn Kelley Author; courtesy WANA Commons at Flickr.

She was a little giddy when he bent to brush her hair from her ear and whispered, “Would you like to go get something to eat? I know a very nice place, secluded and quiet, up the beach. Very, very classy.”

“I know the place – you mean the Oyster’s Treasure? Howie, that’s the most expensive place on the whole island!”

“I’m thinking it’s going to be worth it.” The glitter in his eyes was brighter now. Was there a shadow in them? No, she decided. It was just the drinks catching up with her.

Exuberance shoved the doubt away, and teased, “And if it isn’t?”

“Then I’ll have to take you again,” he said, and his smile this time said all the things his words didn’t.

Exuberance let Howie lead her to the door.

 

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Weaving and Puttering : ROW80 Update 12/4/13

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It’s a preparing time for me – preparing for the holidays to come, and preparing for a busy weekend that begins tomorrow, and ends Sunday.

Post NaNo – I’m puttering with this and that.  It feels good to give King of Shreds and Patches a well-deserved rest, and to delve back into writing the final few scenes of To Be or Not  to Be and the pre-editing notes for the “Monsterscript,” Bounded by a Nutshell.  It feels great to be blogging regularly again, and to follow a cow trail or two from one delicious blog to another, visiting old friends and finding new favorites.

Closing out NaNo by attending the local Thank God It’s Over party gave me a threshold to cross, and I feel more at peace than I’ve felt in previous years.  A much more satisfying ending to the WIP probably didn’t hurt, either! =)

Sunday’s update may be brief, or absent, but I’ll be back by Wednesday, and there will be posts between to keep you company, while I’m busy with other things.

May you find much delightment, until we meet here again! 

Round 4 Wrapup Buffet Selections:

Final NaNo 2013 Stats.

Final NaNo 2013 Stats.

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly. Target exceeded!

That’s 5! 5 Lovely posts…..BWAHAHA!

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused. Target attained!

  • Comments answered on time, on Thursday and Saturday.

Strive for high-concept posts for shanjeniah Regular Features. Target attained!

  • Yes. Monday’s post was one of my most popular; I got something right, there! =)

Writing:With NaNo, over, I return to my other three WIPs, gradually…

Focus point:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

To Be or Not to Be:

Complete rough draft: ~200,000 words total-December 31. On target.

  • Great news! I surpassed the 200K mark! Not sure when -I was almost certainly prepping for NaNo at the time.

  • I had a flash of inspiration on how the story is going to end –This is a completely pantsed WIP. The end is only a few scenes away (I figure 215-220K, for this WIP that will become two novels.

  • New Words: 988

  • WIP total: 202,995 words.

  • Chapter Fifty- Seven completed…estimate 61 chapters, total (including epilog) .

  • Sketchy freewriting on conclusions.

The opening scenes of my lovely, rainbowy scene list, with word count total.

The opening scenes of my lovely, rainbowy scene list, with word count total.

Editing: Editing hasn’t been on the list much this round, due to NaNo plannning and writing. It seems a perfect time to ease back in…

Focus Point:

  • Continue pre-revision process for Bounded by a Nutshell (Trueborn Warp Series).

Complete on-page editing notes - January 31, 2014. On target.

  • Scene #2 on-page notes completed; p 6/734.

Complete scene-by scene revision notebook – February 28, 2014. On target.

  • Scene #1 notes completed; p 3/734.

Screenshot 2013-12-03 00.08.28Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Complete family room shift, with new desk as anchor. On target.

  • Jim recycled the old washer that had been hanging out there since the new one came last week. I spent time cleaning up the area, and getting ready to move the Papasan chair into its new home before tackling the not-so-very-lovely chaos that is the computer desk.

Clear email inbox and Spam folder twice weekly; sort, file, and delete.Target attained!

  • Clean and shiny again. I figured that since Jim bought a new mailbox for the house…. =)

Complete and submit quarterly homeschooling reports. -Due December 15. On target.

  • Annalise: Completed 13/13 sections. Yup, it’s a draft!

  • Tally up attendance logs; proof; submit before 12/15.

  • Jeremiah: Highlighted through Practical Arts – section 6/10 (double-check that I have them all).

  • Completed through Sciences -section 4/10.

  • This will be my top priority from 12/1 until completed.

Part of the 'How" section.

Part of the ‘How” section.

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, and the children, in ways that are meaningful and important. Target attained!

  • Helped negotiate kids’ preferred gifts at a price Jim was comfortable with. Patience with a potentially costly mistake. Ordered Jim the Kindle Fire we wanted to get him for his birthday last February. Because he waited so patiently, he will have the newest, fanciest model in the house! =)

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence.

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. On target.

  • Oh, yes! Blogs and new words and editing notes, oh my!

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • Mellow to moderate hometending; still post-NaNo tired.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • Doing a bit better.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Yup. It’s a good time for self-indulgence!

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

And extras:

Connect! Target attained!

  • The kids and I attended my local NaNoWriMoTGIO (Thank God It’s Over!) party at a local coffeeshop. Miah and Lise were made very welcome. So many writers, so much NaNo bingo, laughter, and delectable victuals…hard to believe that I waited four years to attend an event! I’ve done two this month, and will definitely attend more next year! =D

  • Reading at extra blogs, following appealing links, and appealing bloggers. Oooh, SHINY!!!

See some  more shiny new ROW80 posts!

The very first words of a spanking-new adventure!

The very first words of a spanking-new adventure!

Write a Story with Me! #70 – Real Estate Queens!

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Welcome to “Write a Story with Me!”

View the Story Here

What is Write a Story with Me?

This story began July 17,  2012 with the first installment by Jennifer M. Eaton.  Different authors from all genres joined in, and have added, or are getting ready to add, their wonderful talent and ideas to keep this story moving.

The great thing about being a part of “Write a Story with Me!” is that no one author knows where we are going, and we have no idea what the person ahead of us is going to write that we will have to build on.

It is the ultimate challenge to your creative imagination.

I hope you enjoy our story.  If you’d like to hop on-board, NO PROBLEM!  The more the merrier!  Just click here to add your name to the list, and you will be tagged when your turn pops up.

Please read and abide by the rules before signing up.

Thank you, and enjoy!

Marci feigned tears as Mother and Sian went off. She’d long since learned that adults held their words when children were about, speaking freely only when they thought themselves alone.

In one motion, she beat her new wings powerfully, freeing herself from Bethany, and soaring into the shadowy foliage of a truth-tree. She remembered pretend play at spying with her faerie friend. Now, Jenelle’s games felt more like lessons – tools she could use, to learn what was said.

She lay flat upon a thick branch, invisible.

“You are well not to trust her, or anyone other”, Sian was saying. Her voice was sharp as bitterfruit. “I do not. But, if you will trust, do not trust Yoran your husband, nor any Fey who tries to turn your mind to their ideas.”

Can I trust you, Sian?”

Trust no one, Mother.” She whirled, pointing, and a beam of light pierced the foggy night air, and sizzled into Marci’s heart. Then she was taking flight, following the beam to light behind Sian, feeling

first Sian, and then Jenelle’s voice, in her soul. She knew what they intended; trembling, she agreed.

“Release her!” Mother’s voice cracked; the baby screamed.

“No,” Sian said. “She’s coming with me. Yoran was right about one thing, at least. It is all about real estate. We will build our nests, and raise our young, in Establishment places I have prepared in secrecy. We will be real estate queens – and they will never know we breed our invasion force among them!”

They let their laughter trail behind them as they took to the skies, together.

Sunday Sampler for May 17, 2013: The NaNoBrain Issue!

 

Assorted lovelies for your reading and viewing pleasure….offered up weekly on a pretty blog platter!

I love learning and stretching my perspective; I love sharing what I find with others, and learning and stretching more in the process.

I offer up this  virtual Sunday paper, filled with things I have read and enjoyed recently, in the spirit of learning and sharing.

And now, this week’s buffet of ideas…heavily influenced by NaNoWriMo, which is what November means to me!

Creating:

Learning:

Relating:

Inspiration:

Hows and Whys:

Smiles and Laughter:

  • Let’s finish off with a little perfect-for-NaNo comic gem from XKCD.

Share your opinions, editorials, and ideas for future topics or articles in the comment receptacle below…and may the rest of your weekend be filled with restorative wonder!

Weaving with a Plot Tribble – ROW80 Update, 10/31/13

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Have you ever had a shiny new idea seize you, right on the cusp of a Great Big Project?

Yup, it’s happening to me. I watched the Enterprise episode “Home” with Jim last night. And, whammo!

An enormous, gigantic, frantically fertile plot tribble. It carries back and forward through several scenes, already, and…it knows where the quadrotriticale is!

And it’s just over 24 hours until NaNoWriMo starts, and I begin my crazyquest to draft all of King of Shreds and Patches. So, plot tribbles aside, whatever their size, Trip and T’Pol will have to wait a month for me to give them the space for their stories.

I’m hoping, though, that they will continue sharing their story with me, giving me tidbits here and there…because I love the stories that are left untold…what happened, on the way to Vulcan? What did Trip do, after the wedding? What kind of arrangement do T’Pol and Koss make, now that their family obligation to marry has at last been fulfilled? How are Vulcan marriages different than human ones? Was a tremendous mistake made?

Ah, plot tribbles, all over the place.

I think I’d better make sure I only leave out just enough food to keep them from breeding so fast I get inundated….and, while I do that, here’s my current plateful of progress….

Current Goals Buffet Samplings:

Blogging:

Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly, throughout the round. On target.

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. I tend to lose track when I am especially creation-focused. Target attained!

  • Done on Sunday and Wednesday. A tad late, still! =D

Writing:

Focus points:

  • Noveling-in-progress.

  • NaNo Planning.

To Be or Not to Be:

Completerough draft: ~200,000 words total -October 31.

  • Chapters Fifty-Four and Fifty-Five: 6,291 new words.

  • WIP total: 199,615/ ~ 200,000 words. Under 1K to go, now, and the end is taking shape!

  • October, to date: 10,273/ ~11,899 words.

  • I am into the second to last chapter of this WIP -well second to last chapter, and then the epilogue. I hope to be done by the time NaNo begins. If not, I will double up until I am.

PlanKing of Shreds and Patches (A Trueborn Warp SeriesStar Trek fan fiction novel);complete Rock Your Plot planning exercise/ scene-by-scene outline. – October 31.

Add GMCD for all connecting scenes.

  • 29/29 scenes complete!

Sketch action for all scenes.

  • 60/60 scenes titled – WAHOO! =D

  • 60/60 scenes complete. A paragraph each for Opening, Middle, and Disaster.

  • Worked out a large, five-scene pileup of a tangle! I am so happy I plotted, so I could lop a few tentacles off that beastie before it turned into a Kracken in the drafting process! =)

Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow).

  • 6/60 scenes completed. One tenth done!

Set up scenes in Scrivener.

  • 5/60 scenes set up. One fifteeth done!

Double check all notes and prep for consistency.

  • 5/60 scenes completed. One fifteenth done!

  • Breathe deeply till Friday!

Hometending:

Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Keep email inbox clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time. Target attained!

  • Still good!

Keep Spam folder clear. Check at least twice weekly; sort, file, and delete each time.Target attained!

  • Yup!

Lifetending:

Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!

  • Yes. Working through a disagreement, romance (with a candle, yet!), collaboration, and lots of patience. Oh, and Enterprise and Deadliest Catch.

Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!

  • Attended a birthday party, patience, lots of free time; hugs and snuggles and chatting.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. On target.

  • I’ve been a bit NaNo-distracted, but have spent time with each of my loves, this session.

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. On target.

  • With Halloween, and the imminence of NaNo, and the kids both in growth phases, things have been a little off-kilter. I expect that to shift, once the holiday excitement is past, and my NaNo flow is established.

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • A very mellow workout, some hometending, and moving a small stack of firewood.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • Better. Moving regularly helps me think.

Work out at least once a week. Target attained!

  • Pleasant half-hour pedaling cardio workout with Eden Mabee. One arm machine.

Get outside for at least a few minutes each day. Target attained!

  • Out and about on Sunday and Tuesday; moved firewood Monday and Wednesday.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Yup. Time with loved ones; Enterprise with Jim, and that enormous plot tribble to play with. Time outside in the air! Had coffee and biscotti with Eden; rescheduled visit with Elizabeth for a week from Monday.

Complete beta reading by October 20. On target, running very late.

  • Didn’t fix the problem; did contact the writer to touch base.

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

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It’s (not) Learn Nothing Day (here): ROW80 Update, July 24, 2013

 

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 What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

So, I guess I ought to explain that rather tangly title up there. In the unschooling world , today is Learn Nothing Day – a day intended as a joke/experiment to see if it is actually possible to go an entire 24 hours without learning anything.

It sounds a little silly, maybe, as evidenced by these criticisms, but, in truth, it’s a simple and elegant example of how natural learning works, and, for those of us who were traditionally schooled, it can be a huge eye-opener about how much we really learn each day, and how impossible it is to stop -even for a day.

But here’s the thing.

My kids refuse to play.

Yup, that’s right. They are not willing to even try not to learn, not even just for a single day. They learn every other day of the year, and greedily, they want to learn on Learn Nothing Day, too.

To be fair, they tried for two years, and then they were done. They want to learn, and they see no reason to stop.

So, since they are contrarily actively learning today, I bring you instead pictures from a few years ago, the first year we tried to learn nothing. Enjoy the pictures, and read more about our past efforts, here…

Dead-eye Burton with the Lego gun he created.

If I myself wanted to Learn Nothing today, it might have been better not to have continued with my NaNo effort, because I learned a lot about my characters, their interactions, and the plot. I might also have avoided photo editing, because I learned more about how to use the paintbrush more efficiently, and gained skill in other effects, too.

I could have avoided watching a Peanut Butter Gamer video with Jeremiah, because I learned a lot about MySims Kingdom. I could have happily avoided learning what it feels like to step barefoot on a wooden rhythm stick…but it’s a little too late for that.

Really, I am trying not to learn here…so watching the local news is just a mistake…

Fortunately, I watched PBS just before midnight, so all the fascinating bits I learned about the Buddha, and the potential discovery of his remains, are “safe” learning.

I wish I could say I’ll get through the rest of the day without learning…but my record is not very good, and there are hours to go yet…

And now, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to….in the form of my ROW80 Goals Progress…

Blogging:

Create new blog headers for Trueborn Jottings and The Unfettered Life, using new loglines. On target.

  • I have created a prototype header for Unfettered, but it’s too small, and the blog title was appearing mid-frame. More experimentation is pending.

Prepare Wordless Wednesday Sayen Gardens post. On target.

  • I began editing the pictures using PicMonkey. Progress is slow with the program, so, if the post isn’t ready, I will carry it over for next week, instead.

Write Coffee and Conversation post for July 29 (my birthday). Pending.

  • I have ideas forming in my mind; nothing written as yet.

Young Coquette and book love.

Prep Write a Story With Me post for July 29 posting. Pending.

Keep up with comments and sharing. On target.

  • I have kept up with comments.

  • I’ve shared a little; there will be more of this once I finish my

Writing:

(July CampNaNoWriMo) -Continue writing. On target.

  • NaNo current total: 85,923 of 100,000 words. Less than 15,000 words to go, now!

Continue with Perchance to Dream writing. On target.

  • Current total: 35,471 of 50,000 words. Almost four-fifths of the way there!

Continue detailed planning one scene ahead for each POV character. On target.

  • Planning complete through scene 12.

  • Scene 10, Amanda’s POV, in progress.

Tidy up The Stars are Fire corkboard cards. On target.

  • I updated the status of all scenes. Small beginning steps.

Keep updates current, and interact socially around NaNo. On target.

  • Internet outage in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (prime writing time for me), foiled me…lasted a couple of hours. Updated when the connection was restored.

  • Social interaction was good, via #CampNaNoWriMo and #ROW80, mostly.

Learn Nothing day coincided with a folk-tale puppet show at the historic Schuyler House, Ummm….way too much learning, there!

Business-y Stuff:

Maintain sponsor visits. Target attained!

ELA and Mathematics for both IHIPs and fourth quarter reports. Pending.

  • Nothing yet. After NaNo!

Check in with WANA113. Pending.

  • Not yet. Again, this will be a bigger focus, post-NaNo.

Post to at least one NaNo forum. Pending.

  • Again, not yet. As I get closer to finishing, I will get more involved in this social aspect of NaNo.

 

That’s about it, except to say, that after what seems half an eternity, the heat and humidity have broken, and it is actually cool outside. The air conditioner is off, the windows are open wide, and I am weeding and hometending, with more vigor than I have in weeks. =D

May July roll sweetly to its end, for all of my readers!

To peek in on, and/or encourage other ROWers, click here!

General Blogging Action Plan Update (for all blogs)

Round 3 Action Plan for shanjeniah:

  • Create 6 headers (and randomize)
  • Update header text
  • Tidy sidebar
  • Review pages
  • Review categories
  • Update bio
  • Build queue
  • Recruit guest posters

Will complete during ROW80 Rounds 2 and 3; 2013

June 23, 2013 Update:

I’ve set these goals aside, for the most part, as I focus on adjusting my blog posting, and preparing for JulyCampNaNo.

They will be a priority during August, and I will fit in some July progress, as opportunity provides.

I’ve attained a goal or two, and moved a couple a bit further along, in a nudging kind of way…

First Priority:

Develop and post Individual Action Plans through 2013On target.

  • I will post these with my Round 3 Goals.

Write and post Mission StatementsPending.

Post Features Schedules Target Attained!

  • These will be adapted for Round 3, as summer is a very active social and emotional time for my family.

  • I will post the revised schedule when I post my Round 3 goals.

Rewrite bio/aboutsPending.

Build post and draft queues. - On target.

  • Templates in use for all features to speed creation.

  • Revising my posting schedule will make this a more attainable goal.

Resource lists and files for all features.Target attained!

  • All lists have been created and are in use.

Second Priority:

Experiment with Image/Logo. – On target.

  • My vision is a series of images that embody my logline – Lovely Chaos.

  • I have brainstormed logline adaptations for each blog.

Tidy Sidebars. – Pending.

Revamp Headers – a good space for trying out logos. - On target.

  • As noted above, I have logline ideas.

Evaluate pages.- Pending.