Forward, Ho! – ROW80 Goals Update, 10/14/12

It’s been a mellow few days here. I haven’t gone anywhere, and have spent most of my time in hometending, time with the rest of the family, and writing…

I have made progress on every one of my goals. However, I have not wiped any completely from the slate, and so I am adding nothing new between now and the net update. Since I have several items nearing completion, I will likely have some space then…

Honoring Myself  (Original goals post)

My one goal for this round is to honor myself – my rhythms, energy, and needs. My truth. My dreams and desires and emotions.

A fundamental part of that is to identify my energy type each day, and list what I do. It’s my hope that, throughout the round, patterns will emerge which will lead me to a more joyful and organic writing flow – one that truly honors me, while at the same time allowing me to get the most out of my writing time, which is seldom predictable.

What’s coming up, during the next days..?

Long Term Projects – Five in-progress.

  • ROW80 Sponsor Visits Throughout the Round
  • I completed my sponsor visits on Thursday. 
  • OctPoWriMo in October –
  • Poems for each day – still on track to complete all, on time.
  • NaNoWriMo in November Continue prepping, freewriting, and daydreaming my way to the shape of the story during October.
  • I did some freewriting, and wrote an initial list of questions to ask Jeniah.
  • I have a better idea of where the plot and motivations are, although only still in a very general sense.
  • I have registered myself and my novel on the Nano site.
  • New Fitness Goals – I will focus on eating something each time I am hungry (and trying to get protein and/or magnesium into every other time I eat).
  • I will be active enough that I can always feel my body, and my muscles.
  • Wednesday was a slack day for me, physically, because there was a lot of writing to attend to.
  • Thursday, I did some mellow hometending, and moved the remainder of the firewood into the garage, completing that goal.
  • Friday involved an intensification of hometending, cutting the dead foliage in the front flowerbed (a freeze is expected tonight; our first of the season), and untangling a bit more of the jumbled front porch/playroom (my goal is to be able to stash bicycles and winter toys there, so the kids’ bikes don’t rust and the sleds don’t get buried in the snow rather than gliding over it…
  • Saturday – I woke with a migraine that strengthened and receded throughout the day. I did a little very mellow hometending – dishes and laundry. Also brought in some firewood for the house, which made Jeremiah happy – he has been building and tending the fire the last two days. I also made our bed. 

Short Term Projects – Five in-progress..

  • Moving firewood, as weather permits.
  • All of the usable firewood is now in the garage and safe from wet.
  • There is still some stacking and organizing to be done; that will blend with the restocking of the house and cleaning of the garage.
  • I made a good start at the house restock. It was a cold day, and Miah started the fire at about 5pm, so he was using as I was stocking. I hope to finish reloading tomorrow, when the daylight hours are predicted to be warmer.
  • Brainstorm and Create Lists for Ebb Tide and High Tide projects.
  • I have collected my brainstormed ideas, mostly for Ebb Tides, from 750Words, and moved them to a LibreOffice file.
  • The Ebb Tide list is categorized and includes several general projects for each.
  • The High Tide list is just a few ideas (most of which I’ve begun in some way, one of which I have completed) buried in the midst of some text.
  • It seems I will not need as many of these ideas at once, though, because they are so much less about housekeeping and require time and creativity.
  • I will be moving these to their own section or list, categorizing, and adding at least several more items to the list, so that there will always be a few waiting there when I need an idea.
  • Revise and submit “Namaste” guest post for a friend’s blog, promised far too long ago.
  • I have cut several paragraphs, and made notes for the next revision, to begin Saturday.
  • This piece is now 1212 words. I would like to trim it to somewhere below 1000 in the next editing run.
  • I have a draft waiting for rereading and possibly the final revision. .It is 953 words long, which feels like a far more manageable length.
  • Revise and submit “Claiming My Passions piece” WIP submission to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
  • I have reread, made minor changes, and a note.
  • I will be rewriting this as an interview with myself.
  • I have made some cuts and changes as the preliminary phase of the interview rewrite.
  • New Project – Register and Set up Novel Info at NaNoWriMo –
  • I and my novel-to-be, King of Infinite Space, are set up on the NaNo site.
  • There are still details I want to add; my intent is to have all the relevant details in place by October 25.

My energy levels and poems for the last few days…(full account is here)

  • Thursday: Slack tide, (resting from Wednesday’s busyness), with elements of Ebb tide. 
  • Poem: The Broken Code
  • Friday: Slack tide, moving toward High.
  • Poem: Passion
  • Saturday: Ebb tide (due to hormonal migraine throughout the day).

Now, for my thoughts on the specific long -term projects I listed in my goals post:

I am serving as a sponsor for this round.

  • I completed my sponsor visits on Thursday. =D
  • I began a list of resources and ideas born from my visits, to experiment with during Ebb Tide times. It’s a very short list, still, but it will undoubtedly grow longer as the round progresses.
  • I have been adding to my Things to Check Out list. I have added things gleaned from other sources, as well, and there are already a couple dozen items to explore. Is it wrong to be half-wishing for a long cold winter? =D 

I am participating in the OctPo WriMo Challenge throughout October.

  • I have continued to write a poem each day, as noted above.
  • I continue to mull the project idea for the 31 poems when completed.
  • I have decided to make Tuesday and Friday my OctPoWriMo visiting days. I will visit several blogs on those days to spread the love.
  • I visited 5 poets on Friday, my first “official” visiting day. 

I will be participating in NaNoWriMo throughout November, writing at least 50,000 words of another novel in my Truebornseries, King of Infinite SpaceI might plan or sketch out parts ahead of time, or I might just leap in blind, with only the vaguest sense of where I am headed, which tends to work out for me.

  • I am continuing to gain a sense of the basic plot shape, and details are beginning to appear.
  • As noted above, the plot is starting to appear with more detail. I’ve done a bit more freewriting, just jotting down what I feel, and doing more pondering and opening myself to the story and characters.
  • I ‘m currently considering what questions to ask my characters – hope to have a list to work with by the next update, if other busyness permits.
  • I have a list for Jeniah, as she is the character I seem to know the least well. It’s not a long list but it is detailed enough that, once I learn the answers to most of these, I will be able to write her from a natural Jeniah-space within myself.
  • I will continue to do some freewriting to explore, and perhaps also write a flash fiction piece or two, if I have enough material, time,and inspiration.
  • I did some productive freewriting, and am priming to do more.
  • My novel and I are now on the NaNo site! I have not yet filled in all the details; that will come during the next week or two.

I will be answering a rather embarrassing backlog of blog comments that have, in some cases, waited for months…it’s time – actually, far past time – to attend to these, acknowledge those who took the time to comment, and, in the process, enrich myself.

  • I have answered all backlogged comments on shanjeniah.
  • I will be answering comments there on Mondays and Thursdays, at least for the next week or two. I will assess this as I go forward, and adapt as needed to find the best balance and timing to answer comments in a timely manner.
  • I had a few comments to respond to on Thursday; they were much more manageable to attend to . I think I like this schedule, and it may inspire me to schedule more of my blogging and writing tasks, so long as the schedules serve rather than chain me.
  • I will now be moving on to answer comments on the guest post I wrote for Tiny Buddha waaaaay back last winter.
  • I had good success with answering comments every other day, so I will do this for the Tiny Buddha post as well.
  • Once I get through all the comments for my guest post, I will move on to the comments on The Unfettered Life. That will be the last of the major spots I need to catch up.
  • I am so happy to have shanjeniah caught up at last! WOOTWOOTWOOT!!!

In addition to the projects above, I added:

Moving firewood, as weather permits.

  • The current pile is in the garage.
  • I am cleaning it up during the next days, as I restock the house.

Moving ahead with the Reporting Pages project on The Unfettered Life.

  • There was not a great enough page allowance at the main blog, so I created reporting blogs for bothAnnalise and Jeremiah.
  • .I completed the text for Annalise’s Reading page, and began Jeremiah’s Reading page.
  • I began Annalise’s Writing/Spelling Page, and adding links and visual elements to the Reading page.
  • I completed adding links to Jeremiah’s Reading Page. I will find and add images at a slightly later point in time.
  • I would like these blogs to also serve as a type of portfolio for each child – a clearly visible record of what they are doing, exploring, and learning. I may even add recordings or videos…in time. All in time….
  • My long-range goal, for the rest of this month, is to have enough material for each topic to construct the main body of the report, so that completing the reports in a timely manner does not conflict with my NaNo participation.

Short-Term Projects In Progress for 10/10 – 10/13 (completed items in blue):

Continue brainstorming Ebb Tide and High Tide projects.

  • As noted above, I have moved forward on this project. Lists are progressing and evolving.

Review and revise guest post for a friend’s blog, promised far too long ago.

  • I have reread the piece, entitled Namaste. It is far more raw and scattered than I remembered, but I can see potential and truth there, too.
  • I’ve completed a rough edit, more to reorient myself to the ideas, delete unneeded passages, and trim the words than to create a submittable draft, at this point.
  • I have a version awaiting rereading/possible revision, and then it’s time to submit it.

Revise and prepare WIP items for submission to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.

  • I have reread a freewritten essay, “Claiming My Passions”, which I plan to develop for submission here.
  • I have completed a rough edit of this piece, to correct the many obvious errors (it was speed-written), and to reorient myself to it.
  • I’ve begun the interview rewrite.

Review guest post policy at Words In Sync for possible guest posting opportunities.

  • I have reviewed the Guest Policy, and have begun to read the suggested links.
  • I have a never-published flash fiction piece, “A Splash of Red” that I feel might be right at home with Shah. It is complete, but I will want to reread and perhaps revise before sending it off.

For a detailed list of my activities by day, and my reading list for the last few days, click here!

Final Goals Update for ROW80 Round 3, 2012

 

Check it out here!

Color code key:

Current round goals

Current round completed goals

Goals being shifted to future rounds

Current goals that have been modified for this round.

WIP Novels:

Trueborn Series

  • Trueborn:
  • Reread current rough drafts from 1998-9ish and 2000.
  • This goal was attained during the round.
  • Create story arc for rewrite.
  • This goal will be moved to another round, quite likely in a somewhat altered form.
  • Triage existing research.
  • This goal was mostly attained. I categorized the research, but have not yet found a suitable manner of filing it….although it just occurred to me that I can take photos of each page, sort them into Picasa albums, and shed the hard copy….hmnnn, Something to consider for next round…
  • Consider title change.
  • Still waiting to see where the story arc and rewrite process takes me, and this story…at some point, I will just know it’s fine as is, or a more apt title will present itself.
  • Since I did consider, though, this goal was attained during the round.
  • Blood and Breath:
  • Complete story arc (unless completed before the ROWnd starts).
  • This goal was attained before or during this round.
  • Create a flash fiction piece for each story arc point.
  • This goal was moved to the later’ category. I never began it; instead, I have roughly two-thirds of a meandering first draft of another novel in the series, To Be Or Not to Be. The change has been very profitable, in terms of beginning to pull all these novels into a somewhat linear, cohesive shape (with holes in it for the portions as yet untold…). I am even able to see the nascent marketable portions, and how to keep the intertwined fanfic elements, without any copyright infringement. That’s a long way from a solid plan, but also a long way from where I was.
  • I therefore feel the tradeoff was well worth it! =D
  • Use Scrivener to compile into a pre-rough draft.
  • Again, I never got to this, due to moving into a new rough draft.
  • Consider creating a blog for this novel or perhaps for the series, with pages for each novel as it progresses… (I have created a blog, shanjeniah’s Trueborn Jottings, which will be a home for all the volumes in this series).
  • I did more than consider; I created a still vastly empty blog. Ideas are churning for beginning to fill it up, and that will come later.
  • This goal was attained during this round.
  • Chameleon’s Dish:
  • Finish inputting into Scrivener ( completed during break).
  • Compile a print copy for editing, page count, and to see what it looks like!
  • I didn’t begin this one. I want to do a rough edit, and restructure the chapters, but I did something odd with the way I saved to Scrivener, and am a little foggy on what I need to do to put things right. Also, my focus for this novel was on research.
  • Go through each scene to edit, take notes, and list research questions.
  • I did begin this, but was stymied to find scenes not where I thought they would be…and then there was research, and summer birthdays, and travel…in retrospect, this is a goal far better suited to cold weather, when we tend to stay home a lot more and all engage in multiple creative avenues…
  • Complete basic research based upon library books and websites; looking for information to enhance later digging and prevent hugely obvious gaffes).
  • This goal was attained for this round.
  • Experiment with removing Tisira’s story as a YA novel, with a potential optional add-on of the fanfic elements….not sure how this will work, exactly, but I think it might be the best approach to have something marketable without sacrificing my vision.
  • I gave this idea quite a bit of consideration, but not a lot of actual experimentation. I do have an idea of how to work it – and that will involve restructuring the story chapters, which will in turn require a story arc. Again, a project better suited for cold weather.
  • Create a print copy of this experimental version, as well.
  • Nothing done here beyond vague thoughts. It’s hard to print a copy of something you don’t have an original of, yet! =D

 

  • Watch and/or read Henry VIII – which is the play during which the Globe burned. Get cozy with it the way Nockatee and Henry would be.
  • No. Same issue as with the above – summer is not the time for me to delve deeply into engrossing literary performances, or to read Shakespeare I’ve never encountered before. Winter for this, too!
  • Begin canvassing for beta readers for both versions…does not need to be the same group for both.
  • No. I will do this when I have drafts that are just about ready to be read, which I do not now. I also suspect I will do so largely through my new Trueborn Jottings blog, as I place excerpts and the like on the Chameleon’s Dish page.

Flash Fiction WIPs:

  • Collect all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen files.
  • Nope. I did look at some, but I also have stories gathered and wandering in many areas. As I continue paper decluttering efforts in my room and file decluttering in the various household computers, I expect to be adding to this folder. Another thing I am much more likely to attend to in the winter, and not during creative phases.
  • Complete/edit/rewrite where indicated.
  • Novels took my attention away from flash fiction, and, with the exception of the flash piece that became the basis for the To Be Or Not to Be prologue, I haven’t edited anything. I seems, though,that this goal would work well intandem with the gathering goal…in the winter, when I am in a gathering/gleaning place...
  • Explore markets.
  • Since it’s hard to research markets for projects that I’m not engaged with at the time, this goal never got off the ground.
  • Begin compiling a list for possible ebook anthology.
  • This goal was attained for this round. It was a small beginning, yet every project starts somewhere.
  • Go through old story notebooks and old papers for source material.
  • I read some, here and there, during the break at the beginning of the round. I didn’t set anything aside to transcribe. I have come to believe that this will be a long term, ongoing project, fit into spaces where I won’t find it either hugely distracting or irksome. It’s a rather narrower window than allows for speed…

Essay WIPs:

  • Collect all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen file.
  • No; not even close. These seem to trail behind me like bread crumbs, hither and thither and everywhere. An long-term ongoing project if there ever was one!
  • Compile list for possible ebook collection (by theme; just brainstorming at present).
  • I did not compile a list, per se, but there are a list of posts on my Facebook writer page. These come from The Unfettered Life, and I have not finished the readthrough there (I know there are more…).
  • I also have a direction in mind for the ebook aspect. It’s a rough direction, and I am not really ready to share, but further progress here will be made with that direction in mind.
  • Complete/edit/rewrite as needed.
  • No. No compiled list; no edits.
  •  Research markets – BOLDLY GO!
  • No. I have sold an essay to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, and know that the editor would welcome more from me. So I will begin there, when I resume, and take it from there…and that is as bold as I can be about it, just now.

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

  • Letters of Intent to Homeschool if not done (due July 1)
  • Completed 6/26.This goal was attained in the break before this round began.
  • End of Year Narrative for Lise (due Sept. 1).
  • This goal was attained during this round – with a wrinkle. The superintendent reports that he did not receive our copy, mailed on August 30 from one town over…so I will be resubmitting via email, and will do so from this point forward. That should settle the matter.
  • Standardized Test for Miah (due Sept.1).
  • This goal was attained during this round, again with a wrinkle – no, you aren’t imagining it – there are a LOT of wrinkles with this school district. This time, it’s that they are demanding all of the test scores, and not simply the composite required by law…I will do it, but I need to be clear that the law does not allow them to demand it of us.
  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • This goal was attained during this round. They need a final looking- over, and to be emailed with the other details I mentioned above. That will most likely happen during the break…or soon after, if not. 
  • Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
  • This goal has been attained, in a very basic sense, for this round.  
  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!
  • This one has most assuredly been attained during this round! =D

Reading:

  • Continue reading books as interest and energy levels allow – this works better during periods of gathering input than in periods of intense output or times of processing.
  • This goal was attained for this round. Turns out I read more blog posts and articles online than I did books, in August and September. I did recently begin The Dark Mirror, and I read books extensively in July, for research and pleasure.
  • Continue to Read  via my Kindle Cloud Reader app, as a learning and experimenting process.
  • No. I wanted to get to it, but, during my computer time, I always seemed to have far more open tabs already than time to spend with them….I see a Kindle in my future….
  • Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks from the Stillwater Free Library and the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS).
  • No. Partly because we owe fines, and haven’t gotten the opportunity to pay them. Mostly because I had other things going on, and never felt the silly bravery I tend to need to embark upon new feats of technological wonder- hey, this is not native technology for me, and I am fairly easily intimidated, even though I do generally muddle and wander my way through, and accomplish what I was attempting…
  • Continue reading from my To Be Read files during times of input gathering.
  • No, not a one. Just not a high enough priority, with all I was already embarked upon. The time will come….I tend to read voraciously, once the smell of woodsmoke settles over the house, and the scent of frost and fecund leaves is in the air….allllmmoooossssttttt…
  • Continue reading and commenting on blogposts and articles, during times of gathering input..
  • This goal has been attained (modestly, and in spurts), during this round.
  • Continue reading and commenting on blogposts and articles, during times of gathering input..
  • This goal has been attained (modestly, and in spurts), during this round.
  • Consider getting a pair of reading glasses for magnification purposes, and so my getting-older eyes can handle all my readin’ and writin’! (I bought a pair on June 29. Very helpful, although bifocal lenses would be more so – I get a little blurry looking through them unless reading, and I look up a lot!).
  • This goal was attained during the pre-round break.

Other Writing:

  • Play with flash fiction pieces as the mood strikes; aim for two submittable stories each month.
  • Nope. I have not written one in months. Ideas I have, time and energy to sit and let them be born, not so much. The time will come, but it’s not now. 
  • Play with essay ideas as desired; aim for two submittable essays each month. 
  • Again, not the round for new essays. Even my update posts have been rather perfunctory and sporadic…novels had me, and homeschool stuff, and a full-rich life.
  • I did write a few worthy bits here, and a book review I am quite proud of….so yes on playing with ideas; no on submittables.
  • Write at 750 Words every day, with possible hiatuses for Unschoolers Rock the Campground (July 12-16); Learn Nothing Day (July 24); Northeast Unschooling Conference (August 23-7; and kids’ birthdays (July 8, September 2).On my birthday (July 29), I WRITE!!!
  • This goal was, for the most part, attained during this round. I did miss a few days, here and there, not scheduled for hiatuses, and I stopped writing on September 21, because I really felt I needed some space and time for other things not writing- related.
  • Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.
  • This goal has been attained for this round.

Blogging/Connecting:

  • The Unfettered Life: 
  • Focus on using this blog to keep copies of reports, activities, events, and my ponderings on the unschooling facets of our lives.
  • I had ideas, but none really reached the implementation stage. I blog a lot more often in cold weather, though, and like sprucing up my virtual spaces then, too….so those ideas I had will eventually be useful.
  • Begin considering a (slightly) more structured organizational system for this blog.
  • I did begin the considering, and, over the course of the round, I made a few adaptations and added a page or two…I have had this blog since 2003, though, and it is a big chaotic whirl. I don’t want it to lose its unschooly flavor – that is its purpose. But, as we have grown, this blog hasn’t exactly kept pace.
  • This goal has been attained for this round, in a basic, planning stages way.
  • Begin using this blog in a way that really supports documenting, so that it does double duty as a personal tool for me in the way it once did, only better.
  • I only posted once this summer, but I kept to this idea, and made a post I later mined for details to add to the children’s reports. If I could get to a place where I did this at least twice a month, and also updated the IHIP goals by “school subject” categories, I would have an awesome and flexible way to accomplish this…
  • The above thoughts are still very, very new; I haven’t done anything concrete toward any of them. Since we are into the first reporting quarter, I may begin setting it up during the break, especially since I will be joining OctPoWriMo in October, NaNoWriMo in November, and the reports will be due December 1….
  • This goal was attained for this round, although there is certainly much more to do and experiment with before things are as I envision them…
  • shanjeniah:
  • Aim to focus weekly attention, non-ROW80 update material here. This may take the form of adding to my pages; creating new ones; other challenges, blog hops, etc; writing samples of various types; musings on writing and life; guest posts; photo essays; or whatever else seems relevant at the time.
  • I posted very little that wasn’t an update, and many of those were very basic. I’m thinking this was not well-suited as a summer goal…
  • Consider and perhaps experiment with creating a blog for the Trueborn series. (Started a blog on June 25) This could contain excerpts, bits of what I am working on (character sketches, research, flash fiction, story arcs; inspirational images and quotes, etc. Its purpose would be specifically to share the process of creating the series, from the beginning on….in a way, a window into m world and my mind as none of my other spaces are…I find myself very excited about the above idea…I am coming to see this series at last, after most of a lifetime of living with it, as a cohesive, lovely entity almost ready to emerge from its ancient chrysallis. I want to welcome its rebirth with a new home that embraces while allowing a wide, free space to span and soar. And, in so doing, maybe I will stretch and soar just a bit, myself!
  • This goal was attained for this round. I created and began to lay out shanjeniah’s Trueborn Jottings, and will be adding to it as the novels progress and I have a clearer vision of what I would like the blog to do and reveal…
  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn…
  • Continue inputting June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook, if not completed before ROWnd begins.
  • This goal was attained for this round. 
  • Mine June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook for usable pieces.
  • I never got to this one at all. Too many things already in progress. I will get there, in due time.
  • Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
  • I began this process. I’ve found, though, that I can focus on creation or these maintenance kinds of things – and sometimes I can blend the two. But when my focus is on a hugely creative and involved project like a rough draft, these types of things get set aside. I’ve decided to simply always have a notebook I am inputting, and one I am mining, and progress as life leads me…
  • Continue sorting and filing files on laptop.
  • I moved this goal, but did delete unneeded files, defragment my hard drive, and get links I haven’t tested yet for several operations which will hopefully streamline my machine and offer less frustration than the programs I am using now. 
  • Look into having external hard drive repaired, or at least getting the files from it.
  • No. finances were being used elsewhere (and will be, for a while, as we transition into a new used car, heating season, tax bills, and home repairs season, which will be closely followed by the holiday season…). Also, I moved on to other projects, and a busy summer of travel and activity.
  • Continue reading marketing and ebook publishing sites and articles.
  • This goal has been attained for this round, in a random fashion – bits here, pieces there.
  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • This one was a partial success. I did much better at keeping the number of new messages mostly below 75. I still didn’t read many, unless I had been expecting them, and also did not even open any of the folders to sort or read the contents….another winter project.
  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
  • Yes, but not in the ways I was thinking about at the time I originally wrote this goal. I have joined challenges and communities I didn’t know existed, at the beginning of this round. I have stuck my next out and spoken up about several things that I felt very strongly about, and have spoken my truth without insulting or belittling anyone else’s. I’ve done it most often on Facebook, and am considering going back to a few of theses and saving my comments to post as essays….I find it is very clarifying to debate an issue with people who consider things for themselves and state their position logically – and, maybe more so, but in a completely different way, to debate with those who call names and insult anyone who does not share their beliefs….fascinating stuff to be learning; something everyone, maybe, could benefit from knowing. This goal has been attained for this round.
  • Celebrating Life!
  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • Although I would have liked to do more, I did focus more on activity throughout this round. I danced a little, walked a lot, hiked some, swam when there was a chance, added weight when I carried and moved 75-pound plus Lise through the water, climbed, moved firewood, and did a considerable number of home and yardtending projects. There was camping and gardening and mowing. Keeping track of the details was more a matter of mind than paper. This goal was attained for this round.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • This goal has been well attained for this round. Joy was a primary focus of my days. And bringing joy to others adds joy to my life, too.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • This goal has been well attained for this round. Joy was a primary focus of my days. And bringing joy to others adds joy to my life, too.
  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • Still human -and therefore, still fallible. Still learning. For coming long way toward this, though, and realizing that there will always be those moments that take over, I am willing to say that this goal was attained for this round, more or less.
  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • I did very well with the first part of this goal, and practiced the second. I wasn’t always successful, but I feel that my reactivity has lessened, and the outbursts, when they come, are less frequent and intense. So, I count this goal as attained for this round.
  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)
  • Some moments were better than others, but this goal has been attained for this round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROWing Into My Deeps… ROWnd Three Goals

Goals for ROW80 ROWnd 3, 2012

If you are looking for my goals, unembellished, they are here.

My first Round, I was  excited and apprehensive.  it was a big step, and, although I felt it was the time for me; it was a huge thing.  I took many, many leaps of faith.

For my second, I leapt and charged ahead.  I had grown so much, as a person and a writer, that I felt a need to plunge forward and test myself to see just what I could accomplish.

And now, as I embark upon ROWnd 3, I feel a need to settle into this new way of life, to grow it deeper and wider, to blend it more fully with the other parts of my soul and my living…

Annalise demonstrates the wonders of her 3DS with cousins Nate, Sam, and Carlee.

And so, this time, no mad dash.

No wondering if I can do it.

Just me – and some goals I chose because these are areas where I feel a deeper, richer pull –  something in my nature leading me…

I’ve learned a lot from ROW80, and so much of it is in tune with the way living and learning happen, here…

Carlee, my father, and the family’s newest addition, Carlee’s niece, Shelby Lynne, born April 21.

I intend to lay myself bare.  I intend to Run naked through the Huntlands, and into the caverns of myself…I intend to hunt, and to be tender, and to delve my truths…

And I intend to share what I discover…

Won’t you join me, and know me better?

WIP Novels:

Trueborn Series

  • Trueborn:
  • Reread current rough drafts from 1998-9ish and 2000.
  • Create story arc for rewrite.
  • Triage existing research.
  • Consider title change.
  • Blood and Breath:
  • Complete story arc (unless completed before the ROWnd starts).
  • Create a flash fiction piece for each story arc point.
  • Use Scrivener to compile into a pre-rough draft.
  • Consider creating a blog for this novel or perhaps for the series, with pages for each novel as it progresses… (I have created a blog, shanjeniah’s Treuborn Jottings, which will be a home for all the volumes in this series).
  • Chameleon’s Dish:
  • Finish inputting into Scrivener ( completed during break).
  • Compile a print copy for editing, page count, and to see what it looks like!
  • Go through each scene to edit, take notes, and list research questions.
  • Complete basic research based upon library books and websites; looking for information to enhance later digging and prevent hugely obvious gaffes).
  • Experiment with removing Tisira’s story as a YA novel, with a potential optional add-on of the fanfic elements….not sure how this will work, exactly, but I think it might be the best approach to have something marketable without sacrificing my vision.
  • Print this version too!
  • Create a print copy of this experimental version, as well.
  • Watch and/or read Henry VIII – which is the play during which the Globe burned. Get cozy with it the way Nockatee and Henry would be.
  • Begin canvassing for beta readers for both versions…does not need to be the same group for both.

MIah, in Silly Mode. ;D

Flash Fiction WIPs:

  • Look through all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen files.
  • Complete/edit/rewrite where indicated.
  • Explore markets.
  • Begin compiling a list for possible ebook anthology.
  • Go through old story notebooks for source material.

Essay WIPs:

  • Look through all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen file.
  • Compile list for possible ebook collection (by theme; just brainstorming at present).
  • Complete/edit/rewrite as needed.
  • Research markets – BOLDLY GO!

handsome boy…

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

  • Letters of Intent to Homeschool if not done (due July 1) – completed 6/26
  • Fourth Quarter reports for both children (due Sept. 1).
  • End of Year Narrative for Lise (due Sept. 1).
  • Standardized Test for Miah (due Sept.1).
  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!

My loves…..they make my soul sing!

Reading:

  • Continue reading books for Bookmark Break Challenge – aim for 7 in July, 8 in August, and 9 in September, but these targets will be flexible – summer is prime traveling time for the kids and I and we have things planned and others we’re considering.
  • Read at least one book each month from my Kindle Cloud Reader, as a learning and experimenting process.
  • Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks from the Stillwater Free Library and the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS).
  • Continue reading an average of three articles from my To Be Read files, weekly.
  • Continue reading five blogposts each week, on average.
  • Consider getting a pair of reading glasses for magnification purposes, and so my getting-older eyes can handle all my readin’ and writin’! (I bought a pair on June 29. Very helpful, although bifocal lenses would be more so – I get a little blurry looking through them unless reading, and I look up a lot!).

Maybe the last pre-gap picture…there is a very wiggly tooth in that smile!

Other Writing:

  • Write 1 book review each week.
  • Play with flash fiction pieces as the mood strikes; aim for two submittable stories each month.
  • Play with essay ideas as desired; aim for three submittable essays each month.
  • Complete the two guest posts left ovcr from ROWnd 2, if not completed before ROWnd 3 begins.
  • Write at 750 Words every day, with possible hiatuses for Unschoolers Rock the Campground (July 12-16); Learn Nothing Day (July 24); Northeast Unschooling Conference (August 23-7; and kids’ birthdays (July 8, September 2).On my birthday (July 29), I WRITE!!!
  • Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.

Annalise – just add water.

Blogging/Connecting:

  • The Unfettered Life:
  • Post on average at least biweekly.
  •  Make at least one post an update, perhaps roughly categorized to make creating reports easier.
  • Begin using this blog in a way that really supports documenting, so that it does double duty as a personal tool for me in the way it once did.

Sister-cousins, Carlee and Annalise

  •  shanjeniah:
  • Aim to post, at least weekly, non-ROW80 update material on . This may take the form of adding to my pages; creating new ones; other challenges, blog hops, etc; writing samples of various types; musings on writing and life; guest posts; photo essays; or whatever else seems relevant at the time.
  • Consider and perhaps experiment with creating a blog for the Trueborn series. (Started a blog on June 25) This could contain excerpts, bits of what I am working on (character sketches, research, flash fiction, story arcs; inspirational images and quotes, etc. Its purpose would be specifically to share the process of creating the series, from the beginning on….in a way, a window into m world and my mind as none of my other spaces are….I find myself very excited about the above idea….I am coming to see this series at last, after most of a lifetime of living with it, as a cohesive, lovely entity almost ready to emerge from its ancient chrysallis. I want to welcome its rebirth with a new home that embraces while allowing a wide, free space to span and soar. And, in so doing, maybe I will stretch and soar just a bit, myself!
  • Continue submitting guest posts; aim for three again this ROWnd.
  • Continue hosting guest bloggers as they present themselves. Gently, sweetly, and a little persistently request that they present themselves! =)

Happy girl!

  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn…
  • Continue inputting June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook, if not completed before ROWnd begins.
  • Mine June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook for usable bits and pieces.
  • Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
  • Continue sorting and filing files on laptop.
  • Look into having external hard drive repaired, or at least getting the files from it.
  • Continue reading marketing and ebook publishing sites and articles.
  • Draft a loose Mission Statement to guide me through the rest of the ROWnd, and carry me forward into the next.
  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!

Zest for Life!

  • Celebrating Life!
  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)

Three cousins – Nate, Sam, and Annalise.

July is a good and natural month for me to focus on a more introspective set of goals, and an increased presence in my life.

It’s the month most fraught with emotional energy, for me…

  • July 8 is Annalise’s birthday –  always accompanied by memories of how frightened we were for her –  it was a high risk pregnancy.
  • July 9 will mark one year of estrangement from my parents and sister.  There was an ugly ambush, three against one, in frony of four young children.  No one behaved as well as those children needed us to, and I realized that I do not want to be around those who feel it is acceptable to unleash rage and ridicule on those they do not agree with, or with parents who still carry out abusive patterns with their long-grown children, as though the fact of parentage gives them perpetual right to do so.
  • July 12 – 16, the children and I will be at Unschoolers Rock the Campground 4, in Plymouth, MA.  Lovely long summer days at the lake, in the lodge, or around the campfire with families we don’t get to see as often as we would like…and perhaps new friends to be made, and maybe a trip to Plymouth, as in the past two years, or, finally, to Boston, where we have not yet been…

Sam and Lise share a private moment….

  • July 13 is Elijah’s birthday (five days short of a year before that of the baby sister he didn’t live to meet).  Five days from the delight of Annalise’s big day, to the memories of a baby born not breathing, and the 12 days of heartrending limbo that followed…
  • July 22 was my first fiance, Tim’s, birthday. He died of cystic fibrosis in  April 1995, and we buried his ashes on his birthday.  I am rich for having loved and been loved by him, and there will be bittersweet remembrances.
  • July 25 marks the ninth anniversary of Elijah’s death –  a death we prayed for, because his life was torture without benefit (he was comatose for most of it, with extremely low brain function, and so prone to grand mal seizures that only toxic levels of medication quelled them).  And yet, how to accept that this brand-new, sweet-smelling, beautiful baby you are holding is not there, and never again will be?  Nine years, and I still really only live with the sorrow, unable to unravel all the paradoxes of it…
  • July 29, only four days later, I will turn 43.  I don’t have parties or a big to-do anymore – it’s too soon to rebound from the memories of Elijah’s Days, and too close to the end of what is inevitably an emotional tumult of a month….

swingin’ good time!

We generally throw the kids a joint birthday celebration the first weekend in August, and I truly enjoy all the messy noisy kid-bliss it brings.

So, if I seem somewhat less sunny this month, please don’t fret.  It’s just the deeper, shadowy places July calls forth.  The sorrow blends with joy, the memories blend through each moment, the ebb with the flow, as at no other time in my year.

I am well, and I will be well.  I’ll just be who I am, in July, moment by moment, date by date.

Playful Spirits!

ROWin’ with the Motion….ROW Update #13

Someday, I may get back to the long, rambling essays I often write for these updates.

Today, though, is not that someday, and here’s why:

  • I have a headache.
  • I have a living room filling up with miscellaneous camping supplies. The children and I are attending the Always Learning Live May Symposium in Massachusetts this weekend; our first camping trip of the season). First trips always seem to involve more chaos than those later in the season, as we transition…
  • I have photos to add and a story to write.
  • I have hometending, packing, and organizing awaiting me.
  • I am more focused, right now, on the actual goals, and our weekend plans, than on deep musings. It’s getting to our active season, and I don’t want to still my busy mind long enough to get all pithy.
  • I have lots of clarity dawning, but….it’s not ready, just yet.

So, for now, I am just going to run down my progress, and add some pictures….

First iris of the spring, and the promise of many more….

Round 2 Goals:

Reading:

  • Read at least as many books as the number of the month (4 in April; 5 in May; 6 in June) from my To Be Read piles.

  • The Shelters of Stone: p 737 of 896.
  • Tuesdays With Morrie: Completed.
  • I have read 4 of 5 books for May.
  • Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
  • I have read Birth of a Homeschooler.
  • I have read 1 of 3 articles needed to attain this goal for the week.

Annalise staged a Snake Show on Wednesday evening…..

Sibs with Snakes!

Submitting:

  •  Submit at least 10 pieces of flash fiction or poetry this round.
  • I submitted my flash fantasy fiction story, “Sarjyn and the Kingdom of Man Above” to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
  • Within several hours, I received back what appears to be a form letter, and which has me puzzled, as it was an attempt to sell my a writing workshop, and contained no acceptance, rejection, or any specific references to the piece I submitted….

Freshly mown front yard….

  • I am in the process of investigating a few other markets for flash fiction:
  1. Digital American
  2. Diagonal Proof
  3. Anobiumlit.com
  4. Fix it Broken
  5. Monkeybicycle
  • I have submitted 2 of 10 pieces for this goal.
  • I will continue to investigate the five publications above over the coming days.

Boyo my Heart!

  • Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
  • I have a rough draft of my guest post for Elizabeth Anne Mitchell‘s blog,  (a little long at 993 words, I think).
  • I will let this piece rest for a day or three, and revisit/revise before offering it to Elizabeth.
  • I have separated the very long (2500+ word) essay I wrote as my Cooperative Catalyst guest post into four distinct philosophical threads.
  • Next, I will refer back to the letter from the editor (which I have yet to answer -oops!), and check on suggested word lengths as well as the other places he suggested I explore on the blog.
  • I will be using this information to polish the thread I offer as my first guest blogpost there.
  • I hope to be ready to submit to Cooperative Catalyst by next week.
  • I I have revised my 773-word Anything Goes post to a tighter and within the word limit 572 words.
  • I am much happier with this version, but will let it sit for a bit before looking at it over again, then submitting.

One Corki-dog; three moods!

  • Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
  • I am continuing with the Story a Day May Challenge.
  • Thus far, I have written a story each day, most of them loosely connected.
  • I have not yet written today’s story….first, a hot shower!
  • I have written each story just as it comes, and most in about a half-hour.

After the rain,…the rhododendrons!

Organizing:

  •  Edit all 2009 posts on  The Unfettered Life.  Consider layout and design changes.
  • I have edited the text for my post, Outside with Annalise.
  • In order to watermark the photos as a batch, I needed to download them to my Picasaalbums, then reset the syncing feature to include watermarks.
  • The photos are synced to my Picasa Web Albums, with watermarks, and I have edited and updated Outside with Annalise.
  • I have also updated the post Birthday Party Weekend – Part One.

Johnnies jumping up…such sweet tiny faces!

  • Take clips from first Penzu notebook.
  • I have taken all clips from the December 3 and 4th writings.
  • I have begun taking clips from Dec. 5 and 6th.
  • This leaves 9 posts left to clip for this ROWnd.
  • Input Chameleon’s Dish to Scrivener.
  • I have input original Chapter 9, into Scrivener.
  • I have found the next three chapters, and done a quick edit/reformatting of Chapter 10 (which will become Chapter 3), and Chapter 11 (which will be Chapter 4). It is now ready for inputting to Scrivener.
  • I have added Chapter 3 to my Scrivener Chameleon’s Dishbinder.
  • I have rough edited and reformatted Chapter 12; it is prepared for its future addition to my Scrivener binders.
  • Create story arc for Blood and Breath.
  • I have added Chapters Eight and Nine to the story arc.
  • As I suspected, the reconstructed version is drifting from the direction I know the last draft took. I’m a little sad about it, but accepting. It’s like a semi-rewrite, and I imagine the story will end up better for it.

Snake charmer…and flinger!

  • Clean up computer downloads, documents, photos, and other clutter – move it or lose it!
  • A few weeks ago, I placed all my writing-related files in a folder labeled Writing Bullpen.
  • This was a definite improvement over searching through all my document files for them.
  • However, there were dozens of files there, and they were not organized.
  • I have deleted redundant or unnecessary files, and organized the rest in subfolders.
  • My Writing Bullpen is now a well-organized home for all the writing projects I currently want close to hand.

Marketing:

The unsettled eastern sky at sunset, May 16, 2012….

Self-care:

  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Monday: Easy family day; allowed myself to express my feelings when I needed to.
  • Tuesday: Again, stated my needs and honored myself by doing so; time alone in a reasonably clean house.
  • Wednesday: Mowed the front lawn with new,self-propelled mower, easing calmly into packing for our weekend camping trip. Breathing.
  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Monday: Puttery hometending; packing.
  • Tuesday: Hometending.
  • Wednesday: Hometending; mowed front yard; began gathering camping supplies.

Recent art by Annalise, who is making artistic leaps, just now…

  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Monday: Family time; writerly stuff.
  • Tuesday: A few hours of sweet solitude!
  • Wednesday: Mowing; walking around the yard in the early morning; photographing nature and family life; attending a snake show.
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Jeremiah: Snuggles, tickles, and spelling help; deep conversations; photo ops; lots of second chances; and saying yes to him using the brand-new mower.
  • Jim: Honesty; even when it was hard; appreciation; conversation.
  • Annalise: Seeing her as she really is; attended and photographed her snake show; time with me in my room; saying yes to her own tent for this weekend’s camping trip; snuggles and spelling help.

Both kids spent time experimenting with stencil spin art…..they got quite good!

So there are my accomplishments for the last three days. I may or may not do a Monday check-in (it won’t be Sunday, as we will be returning home then, and, after two days camping in the company of other unschoolers, I know from experience that we will all be blissfully exhausted.

I will not have regular (and perhaps no) internet access over the weekend, so I won’t be as visible as I generally am. I have structured my writing so that I can focus on things that can be done offline suring the weekend. Although this is a symposium, and there will be speakers I want to hear, activities I want to participate in, children to be with, and social gatherings to attend, I know that there will also be the freedom to read and write.

I’m planning to write my Story a Day (in a notebook or in LibreOffice); to finish The Shelters of Stone if I haven’t before then; to begin a book review or two (I have a growing stack of books waiting for their turns); and to work on the children’s quarterly reports, which are due on June 1. I may do some, all, or even none of those things.

May the rest of everyone’s week be joyful and productive!

Namaste!

Why not  visit the other ROWers?

Just Rowin’ Along – ROW 80 Goals Update #9

Lise sleeping in the front yard….a new hobby.

I don’t have a lot to write tonight, beyond  my update.  No real reason; I’m just in a  quiet space, now, deep in processing mode, because things are happening, thoughts are swirling, and I really don’t want to put into words what isn’t ready yet.

I do, though, have news, and a few tidbits;

  • My poem, 4AM call, is being published in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.  I will make $3.00 for its publication –  my first paying gig in several years! =)
  • My life has been rich in family over the last days.  The collages here will attest to the mellow, peaceful flow going on here….smooth, rippling waters, with just a few swift currents.
  • With the wide array of goals I’ve set, I’ve been feeling like a few things are slipping away from me each week.  Not in an ignoring them way, more in a tucked into the corner way.
  • Today, I had a sudden idea to  use a tin to hold slips of paper with my goals categories written on them.
  • I experimented with pulling a slip from the jar, and working on that category’s goals.
  • When I have made measurable progress on each goal in the category, I set the slip aside and choose another.
  • I won’t return slips to their tin until all have been selected, which will make me feel a bit better, I think, about how I am balancing them.
  • I may stop using this method as I wrap up a few more of the goals, and feel that I’ve attained some form of equilibrium for those remaining.

Growing things….

Round 2 Goals:

Reading:

  • Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
  • I read the wonderful A Lucky 7 ROW, and made a long and personal comment (when you’ve known the author since you were both 4, it’s hard NOT to be personal!).
  • I read the inspirational and thought-provoking Fun Ways to Network.  I shared on Facebook and Twitter.
  • I read the celebratory  100,000 , shared on Facebook, and commented.
  • I read the delicious self-affirmation in Happy New May, Dear ROW#80 Friends, and commented.

Jeremiah communes with Elijah’s tree.

  • Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for  Chameleon’s Dish.  Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
  • I have added to the scene I have been working on, but think I will set it aside for a while and begin a new one, soon.
  • Pull material from 750 words posts not part of the Chameleon’s Dish first draft.
  • I have clipped one entry of about 650 words. and will be posting it both at The Unfettered Life and to in my Sunday update, here…
  • Create essays, stories, and other pieces based upon these writings.
  • I will be posting that piece both at The Unfettered Life and  in my Sunday update, here…
  • Locate, rough edit, and format all chapters of Chameleon’s Dish.  Input into Scrivener. 
  • I have located Chapter 9 (which will eventually be Chapter 2) and created a LibreOffice file for it.  I have also reformatted it for easy transferring to Scrivener.
  • I began to create a Scrivener project for Chameleon’s Dish-  Rough Draft by adding the first scene of Chapter 1, and setting up the basic project structure.
  • Finish father-in-law letter and send.
  • I added more notes to this letter draft, and still have about a quarter of the letter as written to mull over and make notes on.
  • Once the notetaking is done and the letter has had a few days to rest, I will begin writing a revised draft.

Jeremiah, Warrior of the Broken Sword

  • Create a “flow chart” for posting to shanjeniah and The Unfettered Life.  Use these, and adapt as necessary, throughout the round (with allowances made in April for the challenge).
  • I am having some trouble getting into the blogging flow… I think I just have too many other projects going on.
  • I am therefore going to use the flow charts only if I am at a loss as to what to write, and want to work on one of my blogs.
  • I will try to do the Monday highlights at The Unfettered Life at least twice a month, because it will make reporting that much better.

Networking:

  • Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
  • As mentioned above, I joined the Story a Day May Challenge.
  • Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
  • I have commented on and read four posts.

Annalise’s current round of chalk art.

Submitting:
  • Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
  • As mentioned above, I will be writing a story a day for the month of May.
  • That leaves two to join for May.

Photography:

  •  Organize all photos on hard drive/move to organized Picasa web albums or delete.
  • I have cleared my recent downloads, and also some redundant and empty files.
  • At this point, the remaining folders have some redundancies, as well as photos that have not yet been uploaded  to my Picasa Web Albums.
  • My focus, going forward from this point, will be to go through those folders, uploading and deleting as appropriate.  Some of these have been waiting for quite some time, and it will be a relief  -  an likely fun, too – to deal with them!
  • Watermark all photos that appear on my blogs, and all those I post going forward; begin watermarking favorites not on blogs.
  • I  added watermarks to all the photos in my Picasa Collages Album, and synced to my Web Albums.
  • Next, I will find the posts which use these collages, and replace with the watermarked versions.

The artist with her creations…..

 Learning:

  •  Get Scrivener  downloaded; begin learning by inputting  Chameleon’s Dish.
  • I have input Chapter One, Scene 2, into the existing novel format.
  • I was apprehensive about adding additional scenes past this point, because the existing format only has two, and I could not easily see how to create them.
  • I toyed with the program a little, and found that by clicking to the place  in the main binder where I want to add a scene or chapter, then clicking “Add Text”, I can add as many scenes and chapters as I need.
  • I added Chapter One, Scene 3 in this manner.
  • From this point, I expect that the adding of scenes and chapters will flow more quickly, naturally, and easily.
  • I will be doing minor reformatting and editing as I go, but anything major will be waiting for next ROWnd’s rewrite.
  • Use Twitter and HootSuite at least one day a week.  Learn more.
  • I used Twitter  -  just Twitter, without the HootSuite platform for several hours on Tuesday afternoon.
  • I am becoming a little more comfortable with this platform.  I might even feel at home there, someday!
  • For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
  • I have added my big question regarding last night’s domain name SNAFU (I somehow assigned the domain name to my new Story-a-day WordPress.org account, “stealing” it from my writer blog –  gulp!).
  • This issue seems to have ironed itself out! =)
  • I have added ideas to try for two of the other questions I already had on the list.
  • I will experiment, at some point, and see what that yields…..

More Lise and her chalk art – so glad I took the pictures before it rained!

Organizing:

  •  Edit all 2009 posts on  The Unfettered Life.  Consider layout and design changes.
  • I have reread Learning Nothing….the Final Frontier in preparation for editing and updating.
  • Next, I will begin a fairly major edit/reformatting of this piece.
  • Input Chameleon’s Dish to Scrivener; Complete story arc for Blood and Breath.
  • As mentioned above, I have moved both of these goals forward.
Self-care:
  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Monday: Skipped hometending; lazy at-home day; lots of outside Lise time.
  • Tuesday:Attended t’ai chi class and brought Miah. Stopped to see two pairs of Canada geese, one with several little yellow goslings, at the creek on Coon’s Crossing Road.  Snuggles and love with Lise.
  • Wednesday: Outside time with Lise and Miah; photography; being clear about my needs; sleeping in after two poor nights’ sleep; coffee with Jim.
  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Monday: Mowing, outdoors stuff.
  • Tuesday: T’ai chi class –  a surprisingly thorough workout!
  • Wednesday:A little more mowing; mellow hometending; outdoors activities with both kids.
  • Add self-decorating to every week!
  • Big time self-decorating.  Jim helped me to bleach a section of my hair and add vivid blue dye….
  • It isn’t just how I pictured it, but I’ve learned a bit more about the process, so next time will be better.
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Monday: Reading, writing, relaxing, and simply BEING.
  • Tuesday: More reading and writing; joined the Story-a-day Challenge; t’ai chi; a couple of hours of solitude; color for my hair; TWO hot showers!
  • Wednesday: Reading and writing; outdoor photography; taking the time to consider a vivid dream.
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Jeremiah: I invited Miah to join me for t’ai chi.  We had lots of fun and good, private connection time.
  • Jim: Coffee and companionship; help with the lawn (a bit much still for his broken hand); and the suggestion that he should get a new riding jacket to replace the leather one that has now been cut off him twice; and honest and open communication regarding or not-quite-aligning visions of our family’s future plans.
  • Annalise: Lots of snuggles and tickles; attended several animal weddings; toured her most recent chalk art exhibition, commemorated with photos; listened to her reading.

 Administrative Stuff:

  • Write and submit third quarter reports for both children.  These are due on June 1, 2012.
  • I have revised Jeremiah’s Reading section.
  • I have written Jeremiah’s Writing/Spelling section.
  • As we are now officially into our “fourth quarter”; I will be stepping up my focus on getting these reports finished and sent – it felt good to have them completed early, last quarter, and I am looking forward to that feeling –  maybe even sooner, this month!
  • Cleanup email folders/organize, move, read, delete, act upon as needed.
  • I have deleted over two dozen messages from my Transactions in Progress file (some, almost a year old!), leaving only those I need (hotel and campground confirmations; receipts for services I no longer want; etc.
  • This leaves only a few files with a couple of messages in each; after which I will begin reading and acting on what’s left.
  • I also intend to set aside a bit of time every so often to weed through these folders, so that they won’t get so congested in the  future.
  • Input two writing practice notebooks to Penzu.
  • I am now up to page 26 of 120 in notebook #1.
  • Given the time left in the round, this, too, will likely become a greater focus in the coming weeks, especially as I complete other goals.

A girl and her dog…..

At my last post, I skipped  introducing any of my followers, mostly because it was late, and I was very tired.

Tonight, though, I have 5 more  interesting people to recognize: 

I’ll maybe be more talkative, come Sunday…or maybe not.  Quiet times are a part of me.  Good stuff happens in the quiet times….

Some of the other ROWers may be more wordy….why not take a look around?

“Life Blooms; I ROW” – Goals Update #4

A busy day today. Up after not really as much sleep as I wanted, to get ready for co-op. Jim got a ride to work, so the kids and I headed to Hannaford and bought the supplies for the flarp we planned to make.

We got to co-op early, and there was a group of church children doing an activity in the room our tweens usually play in. So it was an unusual day, at least for a while.

The project went well…..a bit of chaos, and a bit of panic because the food coloring stained the counters of the church kitchen (thankfully, a good scrub with a little bit of borax on a scrubby sponge fixed that problem.

Making flarp with our Live and Learn Co-op gang!

It was a pretty day, a little unsettled, but the filtered light was good for making the colors of the flowers really pop, and so I got pictures of those.

I had a walk with Jeremiah (a tradition of ours), and another with Annalise and her friend Gabrielle (who was wearing roller skates). The kids had Shield Battles, Simon Says, and a girls vs. boys romp through the church and grounds.

Annalise and friends Gabrielle, Aleia, and Alana create flarp art.

There was ball play, and flirting, and then we came home, and both kids fell almost instantly asleep,. until I needed to wake them to go get Jim, because, at the moment, we are car-sharing, and we were his ride home. ~excerpt from Thursday’s 750words post ~

 Oh, and an invitation to Gabrielle’s seventh birthday party on Saturday…

Flarp fun with Jeremiah, Logan, Nolan, and John!

Where there was a bounce house, marshmallow shooters to make, necklaces and bracelets to bead, delicious foods to sample (Miah loved the veggie sticks, I loved the rice noodle dish, and Lise was crazy over the watermelon).There was a tire swing and a gazebo “shrine”, and the company of good friends, a house filled with interesting things,  and cake and ice cream and presents and love and laughter, and hiding out together, and snuggling, and many varieties of play, and computers and Netflixfor those who wanted them…

Springtime tulips....A welcome splash of color on a cloudy day.

And mostly lovely weather that had only a little, much needed rain…

A busy second half of the week, and, fitting into the spaces around those hours were other parts of living –  home and yardtending; snuggles, hugs, and play; lots of conversation; some stress and conflict and hurt feelings; tending to myself and my family; and shifting to the rhythms of a busier season.

More lovelies!

And there was reading, and writing, and claiming my dreams.

Round 2 Goals:

Reading:

  • Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
  • Completed for 4/11.
  • Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
  • Completed for 4/11.
  • I read K is for Transplant, and was deeply moved to comment.

M'boy!

Writing:

  • Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for  Chameleon’s Dish.  Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
  • I have had an idea of what may be a far better prologue for my story, and one that will foreshadow some of the important conflicts.
  • I am letting this idea simmer for a while, to dream on and play with, until I can’t wait another moment to write it, and then I will begin!
  • Pull material from 750 words posts not part of the Chameleon’s Dish first draft.
  • I have separated the June 9, 2011 post into one snippet and a complete essay, perhaps needing minimal editing.
  • Create essays, stories, and other pieces based upon these writings.
  • I have reread and done a rough edit of the first original essay pulled from this area.  It seems to need a few additional paragraphs, and some polishing.
  • In the meantime, I will decide whether I want to post it on my blog or look for a market to submit it to.
  • Find all chapters of Blood and Breath.  Input into Scrivener; possibly begin rewrite.
  • I have input Chapter One into Scrivener.
  • Next up is creating a story arc for the rest of the novel, and playing with characters and settings.
  • Finish father-in-law letter and send.
  • I am still allowing ideas to surface and be written out via my A to Z posts.
  • There seems to have been a reason I chose some of the topics, although I wasn’t aware of it at the time.

Gabrielle and Annalise enjoy birthday tire swing fun at Gabrielles's house.

Blogging:

  • Complete the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
  • I have written the rough drafts of my posts up to letter V, leaving 5 to write.
  • I have edited, embellished, and scheduled up to P is for Playfulness, leaving 10 posts to complete before meeting the challenge.
  • Create a “flow chart” for posting to shanjeniah and The Unfettered Life.  Use these, and adapt as necessary, throughout the round (with allowances made in April for the challenge).
  • I have posted both flow charts, and will begin easing into using them as I finish  the A to Z writing.
  • My goal remains to be using both flow charts by May 1.

Naomi and siblings Carson and Olivia model for me.

Networking:

  •  Explore She WritesTwitterStoryDamPinterest;and LinkedIn .  Use, develop, evaluate, adjust.
  • Am beginning to add connections and get braver in posting to LinkedIn, even posting my first link on Thursday.
  • I have pinned a couple of items on Pinterest, to test the Chrome extension I installed last week. Added a new board, Time Images.
  • I joined the Story Dam Facebook Page.  I’ve peeked around a little bit, and will be learning more, and likely interacting more, on future visits.
  • Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
  • I have looked at Shah Wharton’s latest Storyteller Writing Challenge.
  • I will let the words and image seep into my awareness for a day or three, then write.  I know I only need to do one, but both tempt me.  I’m a glutton for storytelling, I guess! =)

Jeremiah loves exploring the principles of physics - anytime, anywhere.

  • Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
  • I realized I haven’t been posting my A to Z posts on the Row80 Facebook page, so will be posting 2-3 there each day until I catch up.
  • So far, I have shared posts up to F is for Food there.
  • I am reading ROW80 update blogs and A to Z  blogs, as I can manage them.  There will be considerably more blog reading once I have finished my fourth book (in progress) of the month, and/or I get all of the A to Z posts written (I am up to V, at the moment).
  • I am mustering my bravery to begin posting links to my writing at the Story Dam Facebook Page and She Writes sites.  Soon, I think!

Marshmallow shooter making!

  • Do 3 guest posts and  host 3 guest bloggers this round.
  • I have posted a note to the ROW80 Facebook Page, seeking guest slots and guest bloggers.
  • If that doesn’t pan out in a day or so, I will write a separate blogpost with my request, and widen it to include The Unfettered Lifewhich would be an ideal place for fellow unschoolers to guest post.
  • I now have three guest posters……next up, working out schedules! =)
Submitting:

  •  Submit at least 10 pieces of flash fiction or poetry this round.
  • I am currently  pondering which pieces of flash fiction and poetry  I will submit to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.  They accept previously published work, one piece at a time.
  • Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
  • I am allowing the thoughts to coalesce for my Anything Goes submission on becoming/being a blogger.
  • Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
  • I have submitted once to The Storyteller’s Writing Challenge.
  • I am contemplating posting there again this week, and also to Chuck Wendig‘s Terrible Minds Flash Fiction Challenge.

Those bouncing young Burtons....

Photography:

  •  Organize all photos on hard drive; move to organized Picasa web albums or delete.
  • I deleted all redundant photos in my download file, after assuring I had a copy of them in my Picasa Web Albums.

Marketing:

  • Add useful articles to my shanjeniah Marketing Articles page.
  • I added two links to this page, with brief descriptions of both.  The first was on Book Promotion; and the second on creating a Rough Sketch of a WIP, which I believe will be useful later, when I create pages or blogs for my  WIPs.
  • Use this information to help define my direction; adjust as needed.
  • I am letting the ideas from the articles I read seep into my awareness.

Birthday cake!

Learning:

  •  Get Scrivener  downloaded; begin learning by inputting first an essay, and then Blood and Breath.
  • I have input all the available chapters of Blood and Breath into Scrivener, and will next be creating a story arc for mapping out the action in the missing chapters.
  • Use Twitter and Tweetdeck at least one day a week.  Learn more.
  • I am replacing Tweetdeck with HootSuite, which is much more to my liking.
  • Future goals updates will reflect the change.
  • I am running Hootsuite today (Sunday) -  a very, very quiet day thus far…
  • For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
  • I have created a rough list of questions to start with; next will come the learning the answers part, and, of course, more questions!

Yumminess!

  • Begin learning about how to publish ebooks.
  • I have begun reading here.  There is a lot to absorb, so I will be reading in stages.
  • Begin research list/research for  Chameleon’s Dish second draft.
  • I now have the beginnings of a research list. Next step is to look through the links I browsed in the rough draft writing more carefully, and gather them in a central and more accessible location.
Organizing:

  •  Edit all 2009 posts on  The Unfettered Life.  Consider layout and design changes.
  • Both children have been asking for some of my online space to share what they want.  Since The Unfettered Life is intended to be an unschooling/life blog, I am going to begin by creating a page for each of their  creations, and help them to add to them as they wish.
  • This is likely to necessitate a change in layout, which I had been toying with, in any event…
  • Input Blood and Breath and Chameleon’s Dish to Scrivener.
  • The existing chapters of Blood and Breath have been added.
  • Next, I will begin gathering and rereading the chapters of Chameleon’s Dish.  These are all in my possession, but not yet gathered in one place.
  • Clean up computer downloads, documents, photos, and other clutter – move it or lose it!
  • I cleared a number of redundant photos from my Downloads file.

Lovely bits of Gabrielle's home...

Self-care:

  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Thursday: Attended Live and Learn Homeschool Co-op.  Organized and orchestrated group Flarp making activity.  Lots of social  connection with like-minded moms and kids.  Photographed children and spring flowers.  A bit of reading and writing. One-on-one time with both children.
  • Friday: Recovery day from Thursday.  Reading, writing, uploading and editing photos.  Coffee in bed with Jim.  One-on-one  time with both kids.  Home and yard tending.  Worked in my new space.
  • Saturday: Very busy day! Friend Gabrielle’s seventh birthday.  Attended her party; lots more unschooly socialization with moms and children we love, and some dads, too.  Watching Lise and Miah enjoy tire swing and bounce house and time with friends.  On-on-one time with both kids.  Beaded a necklace.  Took a lot of pictures. A bit of work in my space.
  • Sunday: Coffee in bed with Jim.

More tire swing fun!

  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Thursday: Shopping.  Lots of movement at co-op.  Walks with both children, orchestrating activity,  and cleanup (we rent space in a local church, and so must tidy and put things to rights before we leave if we want to remain welcome tenants (which we do; the space is perfect for our needs – we even have access to a large kitchen and yard).
  • Friday: Half an hour each raking and working in my new space.  45 minutes of hometending.
  • Saturday: Birthday gift shopping.  Lots of walking, swing-pushing, and similar activity at party.  Helped with cleanup.  Worked a bit in my new space.
  • Sunday: One hour hometending.  35 minutes yardtending – raking (nearly done!); dog waste removal, and yard cleanup.  35 minutes working in my space – it’s coming along, and I plan to post progress pictures on Wednesday.
  • Add self-decorating to every week!
  • I decorated myself with a necklace and headband on Thursday.
  • I wore the necklace I beaded on Saturday until bedtime.
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Thursday: Social time with like-minded people of varying ages.  Photography – children and flowers in bloom.   Writing. Planning and orchestrating an activity. Time with both kids.
  • Friday: Home and yardtending. Reading and writing. Working in my space.  Editing photos.  Coffee with Jim. Time with both kids.
  • Saturday: More social time.  Celebrating.  Photographing children and decor.  Beading.   A little working in my space. Time with both kids.
  • Sunday: Yard and hometending.  Working in my space.  Reading and writing.  Editing photos.  Goals update.  Coffee with Jim: snuggles with both kids.

Girl eats Dandelion, #1

  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Jim: Coffee and conversation.  Flirting.  Being on time or early when picking him up from work.  Home, yard, and childtending.
  • Annalise: Snuggles.  Sharing in her imaginative play.  Helping her with reading and spelling. Conversation.  Arranging to go to Gabrielle’s party, and giving her the freedom to choose the gift.  New Littlest Pet Shop friends.  Pushing her on the tire swing.  Bringing beading supplies home so she can bead when she wants.
  • Jeremiah: Snuggles.  A soda while out shopping.  Answered his questions about driving.  Conversation.  Hanging with him at the party when he wanted me nearby.  Beading together.  Helped facilitate his cooking.  Honored his sleep patterns, which are currently a bit out of sync with everyone else’s.

Girl decides dandelion is not for her!

I am loving this writing. I am making myself a happy, peaceful place in which to focus my writing energies, and less removed from the life of the rest of the family. I can be nearby, even carry on conversations with the children, but still have a measure of privacy and room to myself.~ Excerpt from Friday’s 750 words~

I am so glad I realized I needed a writing space, and that there was this little tucked-away corner of the house just collecting debris……

had no idea I was going to write a flash fiction piece for this one. I couldn’t find a way to begin an essay on vision; maybe I’m not quite ready for that.

Everything I wrote felt like lecturing.

So I deleted, and it occurred to me that what I was meant to write about was Henry and Nockatee.

And that is what I did.

Every time I write one of these little pieces, I connect more fully with the characters, and in a more visceral sense.

Maybe it’s because so much needs to be accomplished in a very small space. Maybe it’s because I’m not trying to create an entire novel, just to create a vignette.

It occurs to me that doing a slew of these BEFORE starting a novel would give me a much better sense of the characters and their interactions and motivations.

OOOH! I want to do some of these as the basis for each scene in Blood and Breath’s missing chapters…

If each scene is an embellishment of a flash fiction story, there will always be a degree of conflict and resolution, and probably tautness, too!

~excerpt from Sunday’s 750 words~

 And now, for five more fans…please, step forward, and take a bow!
 

“Growth and Juggling…..” ROW80 Goals Update #3

Another day, another 750 words…..

It seems, as I learn to balance two rather large writing challenges with the growing and expansion (read, chaos!) of our hurly-burly lives in this last week or two, that I am usually writing only just over the 750 word “test mile” I set for myself each day.

On Wednesday, I forgot how involving my ROW updates can be, and didn’t write my words until after I finished the post, which left me with a bit over a hundred words left to write when the clock switched over to midnight.

It’s OK, though – all of it is part of the learning process, and I had 64 straight days of making that 750 word goal before I dropped one.

Balancing and juggling are the most hazardous, it seems, when the times of transition come, and the routine or flow that have become safe and familiar shift to accommodate the new….

I am hoping that, by the two week mark, I will have at least written, if not edited, all of my A to Z posts. That will free up a good deal of time to focus on other aspects of my admittedly prodigious, but still deeply felt and held, goals for this ROWnd.

Look what came today! Lookit that joy!

I am into my second of four books for April’s reading – beginning this month, I intend to alternate between nonfiction and fiction, because most of the nonfiction on my list is pretty weighty, and it takes a bit of time, given the circumstances of my current life, to focus and read to understand. The fiction is a nice fresh breath of air between, and allows time for ideas and impressions to sink in over time and before I write the reviews.

Happy girl with a mini-cupcake!

I had intended to write my reviews with a one-book break between, but, with the A to Z posts taking precedence just now, I have four completed books awaiting reviewing. That will be done, in stages, beginning after I finish the last of the A to Z writing, and concurrently with finishing the Cooperative Catalyst stuff (if I haven’t, by then; even odds on that…..) and start the Pittsbugh Flash Fiction Gazette   Anything Goes piece (and, I want to remember, that this is also a potential market for flash fiction and poetry- I think even erotica is welcome there, so perhaps a new place to try what Clean Sheets rejected – and to a paying market, too)!

Before and after of the entrance to my library.

I am still having the feeling that this is something of a dream, this life I am living. It’s not what I expected when I joined ROW80 – it is so much better!

In each of the two rounds I’ve entered, someone has read something I posted, and invited me to write something specifically for them.

Writing space, before and after. Still in early stages of deciding what i want here.

Heady, heady stuff – it is a bit tricky keeping my ego balanced. Does this say validating things about me and my writing?

Yes.

Does it mean that I am special or above anyone else?

No.

I think it means that I have become better at being me, honestly and without facades, and that I have also gotten better about expressing that me in writing, and in connecting the unique self that is me to the far greater pulse of the universal that is in all of us….

Lise brightens up my new space!

Or something like that. I do not claim to have it all figured out yet….

But I do feel a fulfillment in and from my writing that I never had, in the days when my words were scribbled painstakingly in notebooks, or typed on typewriters or into computers – and then just sat there, for the most part ignored and utterly unloved by anyone but me….

The floor, before...

There was a certain flavor of stinginess and jealousy to those days, a way of being that is very reflective of the way of being of my family of origin.

People meant to write are meant to share that writing. For me, it’s always been part of the equation, and an essential part…..what is written must either be shared, or be a burden upon my soul. By choosing at last to do just that – to share, even if I receive unwelcome feedback for the sharing.

The floor, after.....that rug is gonna go!

While I was not doing that, there was an unpleasant chained-upness to my writing time, a sense that I was in some sort of prison, writing on a treadmill or in a giant hamster ball, with no real purpose beyond self-importance and indulgence.

Now that I am sharing freely, I feel instead open expanses of generous possibilities, and a freedom I never suspected could be there…..

~~The above is an excerpt from my 750 Words freewritings of this week.~~

Round 2 Goals:

Reading:

  • Read at least as many books as the number of the month (4 in April ; 5 in May; 6 in June) from my bedroom To Be Read piles.
  • I finished reading aloud, to Annalise, Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales (including, per her request, the Introduction and The Isle of God (or Madeline’s Origin), and all notes regarding the locations featured in the watercolor art, which, in a week when she herself has created many watercolor pieces, Annalise finds captivating.
  • Completed book 3 out of 4 for April –  Star Trek:Rings of Time.
  • Began reading book 4 of 4 for April - Hold On to Your Kids
  • Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
  • I went through about a dozen posts here, deleting most, archiving a few, and posting one to my Facebook Writer Page.
  •  I read my three articles for this week.
Writing:
  • Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for  Chameleon’s Dish.  Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
  • I have a bit more than 150 words of a dialogue between a large group of characters, which occurs just after the point where I ended the rough draft – since I wasn’t really thrilled with the ending, I want to play with other ideas there.
  • Pull material from 750 words posts not part of the Chameleon’s Dish first draft.
  • I am up to the third of my June posts, and realized  it is a complete essay, needing only very minimal editing.   
  • Create essays, stories, and other pieces based upon these writings.
  • I have moved this post to my shanjeniah drafts folder, where I will do a minimal edit, and add some photos before scheduling it to post next Thursday, when my flow chart lists an excerpt or freewriting, and by which time I hope to have scheduled all my A to Z posts..
  • Finish father-in-law letter and send.
  • My other writings, especially Blogging From A to Z , seem to be informing my ideas for this project.
  • I have decided to wait until after I finish writing these posts to write a second version of this letter.
  • Until then, I will be expressing myself in other venues, and allowing ideas to compost.
  • Complete the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
  • I have written  rough drafts of P is for Playfulness, Q is for Quizzing, and R is for Resistance.
  • I have edited, added photos to, and scheduled M is for Money and Mindfulness, N is for Names, and O is for Openness. 
  • I have now completed and scheduled over half of the posts for this challenge, and have three more rough drafts waiting to be completed.
  • Complete Cooperative Catalyst post and relative links (interviews with both children, and their “day in the life” posts from last year) ; submit to editor.
  • Added numerous links and secondary edit of Annalise’sA Day in the Life” post.  Next up, adding photos to both posts, then publishing.

 Learning:

  • Use Twitter and Tweetdeck at least one day a week.  Learn more.
  • I kept HootSuite up and running on Monday, but have not used it since.  I am very much learning as  I go, as is my usual MO.
  • For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers
  • Began a several question list in my word processing program and saved.  Another small beginning.
  • Begin learning about how to publish ebooks.
  • I found and began reading this article on the basic considerations and how-tos of ebook publishing….I need to absorb this in chunks, I think.
  • Next step will be to create an “action plan” of sorts to direct my further research in this area.
  • Learn what I can do with my domain name.
  • I have found and saved an article that will help me link my seldom-used gmail account to my domain name, at least in theory.  Next step is to work through the process, which I will do when I feel ready to tackle it –  not on an update day! =)
  • Begin research list/research for  Chameleon’s Dish second draft.
  • Began a brainstormed list of topics on my word processor program.  Will be adding to it, and shifting research to appropriate chapters as I collect it.  Another small start made. =)
 
Organizing:
  •  Edit all 2009 posts on  The Unfettered Life.  Consider layout and design changes.
  • Have found my beginning point, in June 2009, and have read the first post in preparation for editing and adding images.
  • Take clips from first Penzu notebook.
  • I have taken clips from the first three entries, at this point.
  • Input Blood and Breath and Chameleon’s Dish to Scrivener.
  • I nave edited chapter 1.  Next,the slightly more involved process ofimporting it, scene -by-scene, into Scrivener.
  • I have decided that, from this point, I am going to go ahead and create a story arc for sunsequent chapters, then, if my hard drive issue hasn’t been resolved, revise the existing chapter and prologue and move foreward with the writing from there.  I can always take the best of the original chapters, if I gain access to them.
  • Clean up computer downloads, documents, photos, and other clutter – move it or lose it!
  • I went through my main Documents file, and sorted all documents.  Sent a couple of no longer needed items to the Recycle Bin; sent a few to the Homeschool Adminstration file in my Dropbox, to be sorted into appropriate folders later; and most went to a new Dropbox file, Writing Bullpen, from where some will be assigned folders, some are WiPs I want handy, and others may or may not be discarded..
  • There are still four random photos and two video file running rogue in my Documents file, and I will make executive decisions on these the next time I am tidying photo files.
  • My Documents file is much more pleasant to work with, now, so neatly sorted. =)
Self-care:
  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Monday:Reading and writing; tickling, reading, chatting with, play, TV with kids; help with home and yardtending; comtemplating what “my room” may be; permission to slow down, getting outside.
  • Tuesday: Began cleaning up/continued making plans for my new study; worked out; time for myself in the evening; family time.
  • Wednesday:Jim and I awoke before the kids.  Coffee and passion.  Wii arrived.  Used internet downtime (~1:30am -1:30pm) for sleep and reading. Ate a mini chocolate cupcake – and another one later.  Cuddles and play with Lise.
  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Monday:Walk in yard with kids and dog; raking yard, 10 minutes; yard cleanup; hometending.
  • Tuesday: Went to the Y for the first time since Jim’s accident on Feb. 19.  VERY mellow workout – walked one half mile with a tiny bit of jogging.  Shin splint and knee pain.  Fly: 3 sets of 1o reps; 10#, 15#, 10#.  Quad Press: 3 sets of 1o reps; 90#; 100#; 90#.  Torso rotation: 3 sets of 10 reps, each side; 30#, 35#, 30#.
  • Setting a goal to return to t’ai chi next week, and to use the above, intensified just a bit as my “test mile”.
  • The idea is to ease into a more regular and challenging routine, to avoid injuries.
  • 15 minutes of raking yard.
  • Hometending in a mellow way.
  • Wednesday: My body is a little achy and sore from yesterday, a more active day than I have had lately.  1 hour of hometending; 25 minutes cleaning in my space; 35 minutes raking.
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • I have been reading and writing, as always.  I spent time in hometending, and yardtending, but not so much time that these things overtook my days.
  • I remembered (after some delay) to charge batteries for the camera, so I can take pictures of kids’ recent projects and the utter current chaos of “The Room that Will Be My Own”.
  • I stood (no place to sit, at present!) in my newly designated space, and took some notes. First steps, and basic organization in a very rough sense…..
  • I do not intend to hurry, buy plan to play with this, on some level, for at least a few minutes each day, even if only in my mind, playing with ideas.
  • My goal is a welcoming, bright, cozy and inspiring nook –  close to, but a little removed, from the main flow of the house, where I can base myself from or retreat to in privacy if need be……
  • I took the before pictures, so am now cleared (in my own mind) to begin the large project of cleaning and truly claiming.
  • I made a preliminary list of 9 organizational points.
  • I worked out (in a very minimal way) on Tuesday, yet another return to a more normal life, post-wreck.
  • Cleaned up the floor in my space (still doesn’t have a name…  Study?  Library?  Office?  Hodgepodge?  My Room?).  Now there is a pile of stuff in the papasan chair, waiting to be sorted, but, first, I am going to be sure I have a place to sit in my own space, so that I can begin to more fully inhabit it and feel its possibilities.
  • I successfully cleared the chair, and the desktop, late Wednesday evening.  I will likely ask Jim for a minor furniture adjustment, because the best work surface is just a little too high…..oh!  my chair is adjustable.  I will experiment to see if I can find just the right combination.  I’m used to writing on my bed, so this is very different.
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Jim: Some kissing, some flirting, some hometending, some yardtending, some saying yes to Chinese food, some time to himself –  and a cuppa coffee, delivered . Lovemaking in the morning, kisses and smiles and a cleaner house, after work.
  • Jeremiah:Shared my Roku; cuddles and tickles; said yes to the gum and popcorn he offered,  and  to him making deviled eggs with the Easter eggs; watching Big Bang Theory and That 7os Show with him; more patience with moods; lots of late night chats; offered him my Star Trek book when I’ve finished it, because I feel he might enjoy the space exploration/time travel aspects of it, and the stowaway seems a lot like him.  And the Wii arrived!
  • Annalise: Read the rest of Mad About Madeline, yard cleanup together, meeting neighbor dog, played “Filly and the Raging Rivers”; hugs, tickles, and silly “just girls” games; more patient with her moods.  And the Wii arrived!  Took gum out her hair, painlessly; enjoyed her company in my new space.
Administrative Stuff:

  • Write and submit third quarter reports for both children.  These are due on June 1, 2012.
  • In my tradition of small starts, I have begun by pasting the English Language Arts headers and Resources list into a new document, as the beginning template of Annalise’s third quarter report.  
  • Next, I will do the same for Jeremiah’s, as I begin filling in Lise’s and move through the  state-required “subjects”.
  • Cleanup email folders/organize, move, read, delete, act upon as needed.
  • I sorted and emptied my Archives Folder.  Most messages deleted, a few shuffled to other folders until I decide on more permanent homes to offer them.
  • Input two writing practice notebooks to Penzu.
  • I am on page 7 of 120  in the first notebook, June 2000.
  • Take critters to the vet; renew Corki’s dog licence.
  • Asked Jim to assess his comfort level with making vet appointment for one or both animals.
  • Asked Jim to assess his comfort level with our budget to assess whether we can pay either of these this week.

So, I’m juggling. Sometimes, I drop one of more balls, or I change the pattern or number of balls, or switch to fruit, or flaming torches.

Juggling, paying attention to every move, until it starts to flow naturally again.

It will, I know.

That’s the nature of growth – periods of disequilibrium and discomfort, followed by smoothing out as the next plateau is reached.

And then, more growth…..

And that would be called life. =)

Margot the Manx explores and approves the space - she hangs out in here, so I will be sharing with her. =D

Other blogs I enjoyed over the last few days…

And, as promised, my second five followers:

Please, feel free to pay these fine folks a visit!

Updates for this ROWnd’s other ROWers! 

“On the ROW Tour” – Goals Update #2

Usually, I have a mini-essay to place in this space, but this time, I’m going to do something different, and just post a bit of one of my 750word rambles through my own mind…a  self-guided tour, if you will…..

~~This really feels good. I could see it as a daunting list, if I wanted to value myself by the list.

I am preferring to look at it more as a tour guide. Something that will help lead me along the path I have chosen, giving me options regarding the direction and sights I will explore along the way…..and thatallows me to backtrack, take an alternate route, stop and linger, and still to have the freedom of moving and vistas that truly draw me….

Aha!

I’ve been trying to find a graceful way of including my collection of new followers in a blog post…I think I have it…they’re along with me for the adventure, but the purpose is to delight in their adventures, just as I intend to……

So I will be their guide, but never their director. I invite them along, and am truly glad to have them along to share in the adventure with me.

Crunch time….I am about to lose my win streak if I can’t write a lot of words, and pretty damned quickly.

I say I don’t like writing this way, but, in a sense, I think I really do…….there is a tension and censor turning off…as I just delete and correct- ha!

But it does put me in another space, one where whatever is at the top of my head pours out of me…..a nice garbage and roses dump…..

Ah, things are moving along nicely. I don’t want to lose a 64 day streak, and the time is running out….five minutes left t type, and a bit over 200 words to write.

Can I do it?

Well, there were four more….and there were five more!

Yeah, sometimes, it’s desperation, just putting down any words at all to reach that goal….

Why?

No one is making me, after all. The police will not be knocking on my door tonight (at least I hope that they won’t).

I do it because I want to. That’s it, the whole entire reason. I want to challenge myself, aand I want to then meet that challenge.

The type of thing people can do when they aren’t overloaded, overburdened, living too much in the to-do list and not enough from their passions…

Because I have freedom, I can make this goal, and strive to attain it, even when it’s a bit stressful to do so. But I won’t make it tonight……..ah well. Such is life.

 ~~

Here are my goals, arranged in categories for this round: Reading:

  • Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
  • Done at4/4 check-in.
  • I read several more posts, commented to most, and, in some cases, shared.  I will list them toward the end of the post.
Writing:

  • Find all chapters of Blood and Breath.  Input into Scrivener; possibly begin rewrite.
  • Searched our old dinosaur of a desktop, used mostly by the kids to play games too old to play on our newer machines.  I found a treasure trove of chapters –  from two other works in progress.
  • No Blood and Breath….so now I will be looking for ways to extricate the info from the external hard drive, unless Eden Mabee happens to have chapters, which she may.
  • On the plus side, I now have two “new” WIP‘s  to work into future ROWs…..
  • Finish father-in-law letter and send. 
  • I have spent more time considering this.  Nothing written down yet, but I think I have a tone in mind, and also how to phrase why I object to the way he approached his concerns.
Blogging:

  • Complete the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
  • I have written a rough draft of L is for Learning, M is for Money,  N is for Names, and O is for Openness.
  • I have edited and scheduled I is for Intuition, J is for Jeremiah, K is for Knowledge, and .
  • Create a “flow chart” for posting to shanjeniah and The Unfettered Life.  Use these, and adapt as necessary, throughout the round (with allowances made in April for the challenge).
  • Flow chart for shanjeniah has been completed and posted.
  • Add pages/ edit sidebar layout on shanjeniah.
  • Following the example of KM Huber and adapting it to my own needs, I created a page for challenge goals, schedules, and my current flow chart.
  • This will make it easier for my to create my posts, and also for others to see the framework of my writing activity, if they choose to.
 Networking:

  •  Explore She WritesTwitterStoryDamPinterest; and LinkedIn .  Use, develop, evaluate, adjust.
  • Have begun learning more about Twitter through HootSuitewhich works more intuitively for me, and is far more inclusive and flexible than TweetDeck.
  • I used HootSuite to join in on an hour long StoryDam Twitter chat.  I enjoyed it, and next will be checking out their Facebook Group.
  • Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
  • I have continued to post my Blogging From A to Z April Challenge posts through the first week.
  • Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
  • I have been commenting, and have plans to begin sharing posts through StoryDam and She Writes within the next weeks.
Submitting:
  • Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
  • I have been invited to submit a 200-700 word essay on becoming/being a blogger to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.  If accepted, this will be a paid ($5.00) essay, and my first since joining ROW80.
  • Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
Learning:

  • Use Twitter and Tweetdeck at least one day a week.  Learn more.
  • I’ve learned enough to exchange Tweetdeck for HootSuite, for the reasons I listed above.
  • I  streamed my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and WordPress accounts to HootSuite on Thursday evening.  I enjoyed freeing myself from the constant lure of Facebook, and turned HootSuite on when I went online today.  It may become a daily tool.
Organizing:

  • Take clips from first Penzu notebook.
  • Began by clipping relevant parts of first post, moving them to my word processing program, then deleting it from my Penzu Jourmal to avoid confusion.
  • Second post to word processor, and deleted from Penzu.
Self-care:
  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Wednesday – Cleaning up with the kids, snuggles, being outside with Annalise.
  • Thursday- Morning coffee with Jim; hometending; chatting with writers at StoryDam; treating myself to HootSuite upgrade.
  • Friday - Snuggles with both kids, tickles with Miah, Madeline with Lise, hometending while embracing the always-shifting chaos.
  • Saturday - Took kids shopping at*8Target**.  Parked in last spot at side of building so we could walk.  I enjoyed the trip and their joy in their new possessions.
  • Suggested to Annalise that she might like to offer a sheet of stickers to a little girl who was having a difficult interaction with her mom in the checkout line, and that shifted both of their energies to a happier place, which brought me joy.
  • Add movement to every day, too! (it’s a tired week, so not LOTS of moving, but a couple of hours a day spent in hometending/yardtending sprints of purposeful work).
  • Wednesday – Hometending and yardtending.
  • Thursday - Hometending and yardtending.
  • Friday – Hometending.
  • Saturday -Took kids shopping at Target.  Parked in last spot at side of building so we could walk.  Loading and unloading the car, and minor hometending.
  • Add self-decorating to every week!
  • A small, symbolic beginning.  Cleaned my top dresser drawer Thursday, and found two sheer and lovely scarves I had forgotten about.  At about 10pm Friday night, I wrapped one around my waist as an impromptu belt, and I then held myself straighter, more aware of my posture.
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Reading and writing every day.
  • Happy moments with both children over the last few days; together and individually.
  • I have realized that everyone else in the family has a space in the house to call their own – except for me.
  • We have a “room” created from bolting three large bookcases together, with two facing into the space, and the third, facing into the living room proper.  It had been set up as a hobby space of sorts, but tends not to get used.
  • I have decided to claim this space for a study – type area.The family agrees that this is fair, and, over the next months, I will be playing with tidying up and arranging my new space. =)
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Annalise - Read 2 Madeline, helped with watercolor studio, snuggles, “mini-monk” made to order,  watched Weird True, and Freaky with her. Shopping trip on Saturday: candy, sneakers, cute socks, stuffed bunny, and assorted trinkets.
  • Jim - Doing without the car Wednesday through Friday, so that he could have the car (he doesn’t like sharing, because he often ends up waiting at work).  Being on time to pick him up Saturday.  Kissing.  Coffee and conversation
  • Jeremiah - Snuggles, tickles, setting things up on his laptop so he can make purchases more easily (he always asks, and understands about account balances!).  Ordered the 3DS battery he’s been needing.   Watched Shorties Watchin’ Shorties, That 70s Show, The Big Bang Theory,  and part of Nova:Hunting the Elements with him.
  • For the family - Helped orchestrate (with Miah and Jim), the purchase of a blue Wii.  Also ordered enough controllers for everyone to have access to one, at the same time, and Wii Family Game Night.
 Administrative Stuff:

  • Input two writing practice notebooks to Penzu.
  • A small beginning:  I typed in 4 out of 120 pages in my June 2ooo Writing Practice Notebook.
  • I began writing this notebook, from nearly 12 years ago, in the midst of a particularly volatile argument with Jim –  one of the standout blowups of our generally peaceful union….
  • I am finding a lot of perspectives in reading the many pages long rant I wrote then, with my feelings when we argue now.  Some patterns have shifted vastly; others are much as they were back then, and represent areas where we are still stuck in volatile patterns…..much food for marital and relational thought – and feeling, too.
Please note:  I did not include categories or goals that I did not work on during this time period, in order to simplify.  A full version of my goals can be found here.
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 And a further tour of my Week 1 Wednesday-Saturday ROW.
Blogposts I read :

Another Excerpt from 750Words:

~~So, there is another 500 words written. And nearly 750 here, already.

I am liking how these pieces are coming together. They are natural and largely unvarnished, and not too long to take a huge degree of focus from other things…..

it just occurred to me that I am now more than half the way through the alphabet – not with completed and scheduled posts, but with rough drafts written, and the ideas explored.

It’s taking about a half hour apiece to write these, and another hour or so to edit, add images, links, and tags, categorize, and schedule.

And lots more people are finding their way to my words and some of them are enjoying them…..

I am grounding myself, and preparing to soar, all at once…~~

Something New: Tour of Followers:


I would like to recognize those who have taken the time to visit and follow me here.  Beginning today, I will list 5 followers per week, until I’ve introduced everyone.

If you can, please take a few minutes to visit one or more of these bloggers.

This week, please meet:

Photos – I have some lovely watercolor art and other things the kids created this week; unfortunately, I keep forgetting to charge batteries for the camera, and so I do not yet have pictures.  I plan to charge the batteries soon, and add the pictures during tomorrow’s writing session….


 Lots more ROWin’ going on!

 

A-ROWing We Will Go….Update #1

ROW 80 Round 2 – Goals Update #1

Here we are, at the very first ROW check-in of Round 2.

It’s been a tumbled, tousled, and transformative time, here, in my real world.

I am writing a lot, reading some, and readjusting to Jim’s work schedule and a return to car-sharing, at least until our big old Dodge truck is repaired, we buy a second car (we have decided we want a used Subaru Outback; but are not yet really ready to go beyond that, and setting a budget for the purchase).

Today, Jim’s first day back to work, found us very low on milk (a staple around here!), and also coffee creamer (a far greater tragedy, on the whole!).

Transformation in the air....

We’re all a little unsettled, like the weather today.  Fits and starts of chilly rain and wind gusts, then a time of no wind and brilliant sunshine…..

Thankfully, I am more able to flow with the burly transitional energy than I used to be.   I am more in tune with my own energy, Jim’s, and the children’s. too.

Over the last few years, as I have become more peaceful in general, I’ve moved awayfrom long bouts of fury and futile yelling and punishing…..and of course, I would have to enforce my rules, and the punishments for them, in the name of “consistency”.

Now, I try to step back from my own feelings, and remind myself that feelings are fleeting, and I will feel happier feelings, at some point.  And, for this moment of feeling, I am better served by trying to find an action I can take to improve whatever has me feeling uncomfortable.

Sun and shadows...and the winds of change.

When the children are feeling less than loving toward each other, as siblings will, at times, I’ve moved away from policing the dispute and making decrees about how it will be resolved.

These days, I listen to both sides of the dispute, and try to help each child to understand the other’s point of view.  I offer suggestions to ways they might resolve the issue, and a neutral energy to help defuse the tensions or rages of the moment.

Usually, they can then work out an equitable resolution, and return to peaceful coexistence within just a few minutes.

So, today, I am breathing deeply.  I’m tired, and a little growly.  Knowing this, I am taking steps to resolve some mental, emotional, and physical clutter.

Rays of light and hope......

I am breathing, and remembering that this unsettled place, like the weather, will smooth out ahead, and there will be a return to ease and comfort.

And, until then, I will remind myself that just this type of unsettled , intense energy is what is needed to give birth……and, for certain, we are, in this moment, each birthing our future selves, and the lives they will live.

So, here, for your exploration, are my “labor pains”:

Here are my goals, arranged in categories for this round:

Reading:

  • Read at least as many books as the number of the month (4 in April ; 5 in May; 6 in June) from my bedroom To Be Read piles.
  • I am a little less than 50 pages from the end of my first book for April, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter  by Sue Monk Kidd.
  • Read at least 3 articles or blog posts a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
  • I have read this blog article from my Read Later Fast Chrome app - a stuffed-full of intentions space.  Saved the article to my Facebook Writer Page because I want to respond to it.
  • My second post read was on a scrap craft card.  I have shared it on my Facebook timeline and my Writer Page, because it has inspired an idea for me.
  • Third post read was this, on the effects of spanking.  Also shared to my Writer Page.
  • Fourth (and bonus!) article was on digital learning in schools.  I was moved to share on my Writer Page for possible future material, and also to comment on the post.
  • I have sorted several other saved posts there, some archived for later attention,and others deleted.
Writing:
  • Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for  Chameleon’s Dish.  Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
  • I have written one flash fiction piece (about 500 words), for the Blogging from A to Z April Challengletter H.  The piece will post on Monday, April 9.
  • I have created another flash fiction piece, using a different viewpoint character, for my Blogging From A to Z  I is for Intuition post, which will post on Tuesday, April 10.  Already, I feel new bits and perspectives on the story emerging, and I will be eager to move amongst my characters, getting to know each of them better.
  • I have had another idea of a rich vein to draw from.  Because of the existing Star Trek canon, I have a very good idea of what Spock was up to from the time he began sensing Jeniah to the time when they were finally able to physically consummate their bond.  What I don’t have is an equal awareness of Jeniah’s life throughout these years apart, yet connected.  It’s led to an imbalance and feeling of being stuck when I write from her POV, and so I will be writing some flash fiction and poetry that explore her  journey during those years.
  • I used the flash fiction approach to Jeniah’s life for the rough draft of my A to Z Challenge K post, K is for Knowledge. I am quite happy with the little vignette I got from it. =)
  • Pull material from all 750 words posts not part of the Chameleon’s Dish first draft.  
  • I have pulled the June 2011 posts up and imported them to LibreOffice.
  • I have highlighted and edited up to the third  post.  I found the seed of a couple of essay ideas, a few rough but complete essays I wrote but hadn’t returned to, and  a complete essay I think I posted on The Unfettered Life.
  • I am using a different color for each essay thread, so that it will be easier to separate them when it is time to move them to blog drafts or to Scrivener.
  •  I think I will create an essay and/or unschooling page here at shanjeniah for pieces like this, as well as preparing some to submit.
  • Create essays, stories, and other pieces based upon these writings.
  • I have written about 300 w0rds on the “seed idea”, and will let them rest a day or three before returning to reread them.
  • I was able to move the first essay to Scrivener  -  and find it again.  I even think I have a basic sense of how it works (no, I’m saving the tutorial for if I get stuck!).
  • Find all chapters of Blood and Breath.  Input into Scrivener; possibly begin rewrite.
  • I believe all the files for this WiP are on my external hard drive.  The only problem is that the hard drive is not currently working.
  • If that retrieval methods doesn’t pan out, I will be scouring memory sticks and the hard drives of our other computers, to see if I backed up there (I wrote the draft in 2009; memory has fogged a bit, since then.
  • All other methods exhausted, I will rewrite the draft as best as I am able.  Since I had the majority of the plot worked out, that would result in a draft that would be more evolved than a rough draft, and a bit less evolved than a revised second draft.
  • On the positive side, I have found a complete version of the Prologue.  It’s oddly formatted, which I will want to fix, but it is a starting point! =)
  • I have input the Prologue into Scrivener.  I managed to format it more or less as intended.  I am feeling really cool about that, and as though rewriting won’t be a horrific challenge, if it comes to that.
  • I found Chapter 1 – whole, complete, and in WordPerfect format.  My Sweet L’il Lenovo now has a free program the can read WordPerfect files. The chapter will need some editing before being moved to Scrivener.
  • Finish father-in-law letter and send. 
  • I had a dream the other night involving a maze in an unfamiliar place which I understood to be my father-in-law’s house (although not like where he actually lives).
  • I am going to let that dream be for a bit, and see what it evolves into.
Blogging:

  • Complete the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
  • I have scheduled the posts for April 1-9; letters A-H are edited and will post/have posted on their assigned days.
  • I have written rough drafts for letters   J  and K; which will be edited, then scheduled for April  10, and 11, respectively.
  • Complete Cooperative Catalyst post and related links (interviews with both children, and their “day in the life” posts from last year) ; submit to editor.
  • I have completed and posted both children’s interviews from this winter.  There are even pictures.  Annalise is here, and Jeremiah here.  In the interest of full disclosure, I had these posted up before the beginning of the round.
  • I have retrieved Annalise’s “day in the life” post, and edited the text.  In a day or three, I will add some relevant images and add the links before posting at The Unfettered Life.
  • I have also edited and added links to Jeremiah’s “day in the life” post, and will be adding images next.
  • Create a “flow chart” for posting to shanjeniah and The Unfettered Life.  Use these, and adapt as necessary, throughout the round (with allowances made in April for the challenge).
  • I have created a flow chart for this blog, and will pretty it up and post it within the next few days.
  • I have also created a flow chart for The Unfettered Life .  I will post after I add a pretty and inspirational image or two.
  • Add pages/ edit sidebar layout on shanjeniah.
  • I started small by creating a draft page for my online content.  Next will be tracking down a few links.

Networking:

  •  Explore She WritesTwitterStoryDamPinterest; and LinkedIn .  Use, develop, evaluate, adjust.
  • Started this goal off small.  I reset my forgotten She Writes password, and read this post there, sharing on my Facebook Writer Page.
  • I have saved a post on Twitter Best Practices to my Writer Page, to explore further, and asked for help in learning it, because it flummoxes me.
  • I got brave and reentered my Pinterest account.  Looked around –  there is a lot of empty real estate and possibilities there…..room to grow, and to explore.
  • I created one new board and got out of there, to return with a Chrome extension, and some images to pin…..and maybe to check out my followers (who seem to have come although I rarely visit there!).
  • I found and installed an extension, so now I can pin from any site, and I am planning to explore using it to save images for my posts.
  • Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
  • I posted a One-Minute Writer post early Monday morning (see Blogging, above).
  • I read up on Shah Wharton‘s Storyteller Writing Challenge.  I found the photo prompt compelling, and will let the idea sit for a while, freewriting on it later tonight or sometime tomorrow.
  • I wrote a 508 word rough draft of my as-yet untitled story for the Storyteller Challenge.  It will get a bit of resting time before reread.
  • My Flicker of Inspiration post is up, as noted above..
  • Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
  • I have  commented on and shared several blogs, as posted above.
  • I am continuing to challenge my comfort zone by offering my words to a wider audience.
  • I am just starting to notice that my posts are beginning to be shared and commented on by people I don’t know, even online.  It’s an interesting and slightly terrifying experience, and I am still absorbing it.
  • My book review for Last Child in the Woods was reblogged on Learn From Nature.
  • I have been experimenting with adding a greater variety of tags, categories, and links.  I think this may be at least part of the reason for the spate of new activity, and I will be checking my stats sometime over the next few days to see if I can learn more there.
  • Do 3 guest posts and  host 3 guest bloggers this round.
  • I’m in the process of making plans for a guest post exchange with Eden Mabee, who is a ROW80 sponsor this month, and whose bravery I admire!
  • I am officially requesting guest spots, and guest posters willing to diversify! 

Submitting:
  •  Submit at least 10 pieces of flash fiction or poetry this round.
  • I have a “seed idea” for my 2012 NaNoWriMo  novel;  I will explore this further and develop through flash fiction I submit for publication in places other than my own blog.
  • I have had another “seed idea” regarding Jeniah’s personal timeline (see Writing, above), and will be writing some of these as submissible pieces, as well as some posted here for more immediate feedback.
  • Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
  • I have developed the “seed essay idea” (see Writing, above) into a several hundred word freewriting.
  • I have highlighted several passages from my June 2011 750Words.com posts.  Some I will develop further, and others are ready to share as they are.
  • Next up will be beginning to research essay markets for these posts.
  • Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.
  • I am currently participating in the A to Z Challenge, as noted above.
  • I have an entry for the  Storyteller Challenge in progress, as noted above.
  • I have an entry for the Flash of Inspiration hop in progress, as well, as noted above.
  • My Flicker of Inspiration Character post, Spock – A Most Logical Character.  That is one submission for the month, thus far.
 Photography:

  •  Organize all photos on hard drive/move to organized Picasa web albums or delete.
  • I have made a cursory sweep of my meager My Pictures file, deleting all files that are already on  my Picasa Web Albums.
  • Most of my pictures are in my Documents and Downloads files.  That will be a more involved process.
  • I have deleted from my Downloads all loose (not in folders) pictures I know to be on Picasa web albums.
  • Learn how to watermark pictures.
  • I have downloaded the Picasa help page for watermarking, and skimmed it.  Next will be attempting the process.
  • Watermark all photos that appear on my blogs, and all those I post going forward; begin watermarking favorites not on blogs.
Marketing:
  •  Explore marketing articles on my Facebook Writer Page.
  • I have reposted three articles to the top of the page, so that I can find them again easily,  I will begin reading them during the next several days.
  • Add useful articles to my shanjeniah  Marketing Articles page.
  • Use this information to help define my direction; adjust as needed.
Learning:

  •  Get Scrivener  downloaded; begin learning by inputting first an essay, and then Blood and Breath.
  • Scrivener was downloaded ahead of the round, because I got nervous.
  • I have input one essay, and will continue with others, experimenting with the drafting process on smaller pieces first.
  • Use Twitter and Tweetdeck at least one day a week.  Learn more.
  • For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
  • Begin learning about how to publish ebooks.
  • Learn what I can do with my domain name.
  • Begin research list/research for  Chameleon’s Dish second draft.

Organizing:

  •  Edit all 2009 posts on  The Unfettered Life.  Consider layout and design changes.
  • Take clips from first Penzu notebook.
  • Input Blood and Breath and Chameleon’s Dish to Scivener.
  • Began with Prologue of Blood and Breath.
  • Clean up computer downloads, documents, photos, and other clutter – move it or lose it!
  • Began decluttering photo and document files, as noted above.
Self-care:
  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Monday – Writing time, flowerbed cleaning, trip dreaming, snuggles with Miah, listening to Lise read aloud!
    Tuesday – Allowing myself a home day, hanging and grilling outside, all together, skipping hometending, tried computer outside.
  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Monday – Hometending, decluttered yard and front flowerbeds, raked large flowerbed.
  • Tuesday – tired.  Moved around in yard and garden.
  • Add self-deorating to every week!
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
  • Lise: admiring chalk art, yard work, gardening together, reading time.
  • Miah: Morning snuggle, TV time, computer and website building talk.
  • Jim: Watched the Whitney Cummings  standup he’s been wanting to share with me, flirted and kissed.

Administrative Stuff:

  • Write and submit third quarter reports for both children.  These are due on June 1, 2012.
  • Cleanup email folders/organize, move, read, delete, act upon as needed.
  • Started cursory sweep of several files while searching for Blood and Breath chapters.  Deleted obviously unnecessary and unwanted items.


 So there it is – the contractions and striving that will help me to reach my goals.Jim is home from his first night back at work, and we are settling into our evening.   We’re watching Nova: Hunting the Elements, which the kids discovered after Annalise watched Nature: Humpback WhalesTime to sink back into the rhythm of my life…..You can find the other ROWers’ updates, here! =)

Rebirth.......

ROW80 Round Two: “Eyes Scanning The Horizon”

I’m still in the process of absorbing what the my first ROW80 round meant to me,  and how it has affected the way I approach my writing goals.  I expect that the process will continue for quite some time.

I feel more ready to explore it in writing, though – and this seems a very good time and place to begin….

Since Round 1 ended, I have been busy, but in a somewhat more flowing and less driven way than was prevalent the last few weeks of the challenge.

I’ve been finishing up and getting around to bits and pieces and projects that I laid aside as I worked on attaining the last few goals:

 

  • I have posted my topics schedule for the Blogging From A to Z April Challengeand I am working on this post, although there are likely several more sessions to go before it’s completed.
  • I have the A and B posts in rough draft form.
  • I am in the process of claiming the  three blog awards bestowed on me during the course of the last round.
  • I have been setting up and gathering materials and ideas for the next round.

    Annalise and Gabriella, post plaster puppy making.....

  • I have finished two books, and begun a third.
  • We have, as a family, visited friends in an adjoining state, a trip meant to take place the weekend immediately following Jim’s accident. There was, of course, packing and unpacking at both ends, and much joyful chaos between….
  • I’ve written three 500 word blogposts – for a giveaway to celebrate my 50th fan of my Facebook writer page.
  • I have gathered and edited pictures, and made some collages.
  • I have written  my blogpost for this month’s Unschooling Blog Carnival.  I intend to go back and add more, as I work through these projects.
  • I have posted a book review, and have a rough draft of another.
  • I have downloaded Scrivener (thank you, Eden Mabee!), installed, read a little, and peeked timorously at it from a for-now safe distance (I tend to need to ease into these new technological tools).
  • I have cleared space on my hard drive, and Jim’s (prior to the arrival of my Sweet L’il Lenovo at the end of last November, I worked most often on Jim’s Panasonic Toughbook, and I have left too many files and programs he doesn’t use on it.  It’s a bit of a mission for me to clean it up for him as I am doing hometending on my own machine…..
  • I’ve printed up a couple of forms Jim has needed for accident-related stuff.
  • And, of course, there has been homtending and parenting and learning facilitation and just being together and shopping and and and….

Studying the effects of plaster....

The time since the last round ended has seemed to just flow as an easy, floating time of very mellow productivity…..with a few torrents of activity and emotion thrown in for seasoning.
I’ve taken a lot of time for enjoying myself.  I have relaxed.  I have sat in Sylvia’s sunny kitchen, and watched girls make and later paint plaster puppies, and watched boys make slime worms and sour ice cream…..There was time for conversation, and snuggles, and fun, and treasure hunting.  There was time to play outside while the weather was nice.  Time for hot showers and quite a bit of TV.  And yet, all of that up there got done, too…….And that may be the second coolest thing I have gotten from A Round of Words in 80 Days…
The certainty that it is indeed possible to write – a lot and well-  while still honoring my energy level, my needs and those of my family, having as much of a social life as I desire, and living a rich, joyous, and passionate life.  It is possible to set goals I truly wish to attain, and to move toward them, and attain them, even when life becomes incredibly complex.
And so, with that fact firmly in mind….

Here are my goals, arranged in categories for this round:

Reading:

  • Read at least as many books as the number of the month (4 in April ; 5 in May; 6 in June) from my bedroom To Be Read piles.
  • Read at least 3 articles a week from my To Be Read files on computer, and categorize those I choose to keep or share.
  • Read at least 5 blogposts a week (not including my own), and like, comment, and/or share as I am moved to.
Writing:
  • Create flash fiction, short stories, dialogues, character sketches, alternate scenes, and poetry for  Chameleon’s Dish.  Wander cow trails, and learn these people and their lives more fully.
  • Pull material from 750 words posts not part of the Chameleon’s Dish first draft.  
  • Create essays, stories, and other pieces based upon these writings.
  • Find all chapters of Blood and Breath.  Input into Scrivener; possibly begin rewrite.
  • Finish father-in-law letter and send.

A new type of toe touch......

BWAHAHAHA!!!


Networking:
  •  Explore She Writes; Twitter: StoryDam; Pinterest; and LinkedIn .  Use, develop, evaluate, adjust.
  • Continue joining hops, fests, challenges, and other community blogging efforts.
  • Comment on and share blogs regularly; share my blogs as widely as seems feasible, and in diverse ways.
  • Do 3 guest posts and  host 3 guest bloggers this round.
Submitting:
  •  Submit at least 10 pieces of flash fiction or poetry this round.
  • Submit at least 5 essays or lists this round.
  • Continue submitting to hops, challenges, fests, etc.; at least 3 each month.

Two happily plastered girls!

Photography:
  •  Organize all photos on hard drive/move to organized Picasa web albums or delete.
  • Learn how to watermark pictures.
  • Watermark all photos that appear on my blogs, and all those I post going forward; begin watermarking favorites not on blogs.
Marketing:
  •  Explore marketing articles on my Facebook Writer Page.
  • Add useful articles to my shanjeniah 
  • Marketing Articles page.
  • Use this information to help define my direction; adjust as needed.

Happy Plaster Zombies!

Learning:
  •  Get Scrivener  downloaded; begin learning by inputting first an essay, and then Blood and Breath.
  • Use Twitter and Tweetdeck at least one day a week.  Learn more.
  • For WordPress, create a running list of questions; work on finding answers!
  • Begin learning about how to publish ebooks.
  • Learn what I can do with my domain name.
  • Begin research list/research for  Chameleon’s Dish second draft.

Just plastered.

Organizing:
  •  Edit all 2009 posts on  The Unfettered Life.  Consider layout and design changes.
  • Take clips from first Penzu notebook.
  • Input Blood and Breath and Chameleon’s Dish to Scivener.
  • Clean up computer downloads, documents, photos, and other clutter – move it or lose it!
Self-care:
  • Add JOY to every day!
  • Add movement to every day, too!
  • Add self-deorating to every week!
  • Add more of my passions to each day, in as many ways as I can manage.
  • Add all these for my beloved others, too!
 

Plastery joy! =D

Administrative Stuff:
  • Write and submit third quarter reports for both children.  These are due on June 1, 2012.
  • Cleanup email folders/organize, move, read, delete, act upon as needed.
  • Input two writing practice notebooks to Penzu.
  • Take critters to the vet; renew Corki’s dog licence.
  • Pay remaining balances for summer trips to Unschoolers Rock the Campground and Northeast Unschooling Conference.

Cleaning up......I love those two heads. =)

So, now I have a new set of goals.  As with the last round, they’re based on what I want to learn and do, so working on them will be not a chore but a joyful avocation.There’s a lot of variety here, so, whatever I’m in the mood for, I should be able to find something on this list to tickle that particular fancy….
I feel good about these goals, and how they will form the skeleton of my body of work over the next 80 days….I’m eager to delve in, and happy I have other projects and activities to keep me busy over the intervening few days, as the Round 2 countdown ticks down.
Before I go, I want to take a moment to acknowledge some of last rounds ROWers who have inspired, amused, informed, intrigued, and even become friends.  There’s no particular order here –  I love you all!

Washin' and a-grinnin'!

Rebecca J. Fleming (and Judgmental Dog,  of course!)
And, of course, my first friend, my syster, the one who tempted me into Simon and Garfunkel, Star Trek, a-ha, Middle Earth, and this challenge….who knows exactly scary and dysfunctional and un-nice I can be, and who loves me anyway. =)
I am sure there are a few of you who have slipped my mind….and more I will meet in the course of this round.Now, I gather myself, shake myself off, tidy up the matters-in-progress, and take a moment to look behind, at where I have come from. Then, I breathe deeply, until I am relaxed and flowing with the energy of my own soul, and look to the terrain ahead, the new, hazily beautiful horizon….

Early Springtime Tree.....

As Annalise, almost 8,  so aptly said, last night, “I’m made of bravery…….and water.”

I lower my hand, and step forward, into that new vista.

What vistas await the other ROWers? Find out here!