Learning (Anything But) Nothing: July 27, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

Yesterday was Learn Nothing Day.

Once again, I failed….spectacularly.

(Actually, it was July 24, which I learned while getting the link…so, I failed by learning different stuff than what’s listed below, but I still failed!)

It started just after midnight, when I took a walk with my daughter, and learned that, although we couldn’t see the moon, it was still fairly bright out.  

It just went on from there.  I learned about:

  •  freelance writing,
  • t’ai chi,
  • Windows 10.
  • that my writing group is filled with amazing, awesome and compassionate women.  
  • what was going on in my husband’s, daughter’s, and son’s heads.
  • about a very cool postcard poetry challenge.
  • a new-to-me way to learn languages and more..
  • new things about my characters and their stories.

And I learned that 2015 was not the year I was going to learn nothing on Learn Nothing Day.   Maybe 2016?

At any rate, it’s time for my belated-by-a-day update…

Annalise, on Learn Nothing Day, 2009. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

No learnin’ to see here, folks! Jeremiah, Learn Nothing Day 2009. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors. Existing stories ordered and 2015 stories slotted in. Next up: Import 2015 story text to appropriate Scrivener files and folders.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Nothing new. Next up: Highlight Plot notes for all 16 scenes.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercise 2. . Nothing new. Next up: Reread what I have written so far, and do Exercise #2.

Something we learned on Learn Nothing Day 2009 – oops! Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. My sponsor post is in; visits current.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. Doing better. I’ve found it’s somewhat easier to tackle a few at a time, when I need time to percolate ideas, watch Enterprise, wait for that molar to fall out of the girl’s mouth…Next up: make some visits and respond to more comments, including pending ones.
  • Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas…Nothing this session. Next up: share! Interesting and inspiring things, funny things, things that make me go hmmmm…
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! 2/1: Spent some time on Facebook, and updated my Pinterest feed. Next up: Make this so, again – and again!

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. I honestly can’t say for sure, because Other Things. Stuff was done. Other stuff wasn’t. Next up: Begin shifting back into maintenance mode…and more weeding!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Not yet. Next up: make a beginning.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Test scores are back; Peer Review Form body completed. Next up: Finish what I’ve started: Need end matter for form; print for campground. Crop Annalise’s test score photos, and submit to district.

Inventing a game, and learning all the while…Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. Yes on write-ins, and peeking at the group…critiques? Not yet. Next up: Read short scene critique.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nothing new. Next up: Follow up with beta #1.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 8/4 for this week; thrice with mandalas, and once during t’ai chi. Continued reading about mandala meditation and began practice;1 /2 new techniques. Selected new technique; did very early stage research – more on that when I’m closer to actually starting… Next up: Research technique #2,and begin.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing new. Next up: print application.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Yes, yes, and yes! Next up: More! =D

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 6/7 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, weeding, hometending, and t’ai chi. Next up: take the kids camping.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. At-home practice daily: Reading to increase knowledge base, brief warm-up, then Ward Off/ Rollback/Press and Push combo. It’s now part of my morning flow, and becoming habit. Next up: Continue class and at- home practice.

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

A close up of the game – and other learning – in progress, 2009. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Many Many Words: July 22, 2015

ROWing right along on an ocean of words….

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

Guess what?

I did it!

“Did what?”, you say?

Well, this!

Yes, indeed! This is, in fact, my ABOVE PAR word count for Foul Deeds Will Rise!

It took ten days of serious writing, wiggled in around a good deal of living- most wonderful, but some, well, not really so much…There was chaos, lovely and otherwise, and connection, and a bit of its opposite.

I can’t say for sure that I couldn’t have done this without the Snowflake plotting, especially since my characters have taken over and are spinning my pretty plot like it’s a toy (and telling me a far more convoluted, interesting, and real story in the process)…

But I think it’s helped.

Since I am back on solid finishing footing, I’m bring back my Next Up, and will be adding in some of the goals neglected during my Quest to Catch Up.

And now, on with it!

Slightly distorted, still, but a peaceful reflection…Lava Lake, Montana, 1999. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors. Existing stories ordered through #14 (“Hey, Cinderella”); slots created for S1: “Get Out Your White Hat”, and pre – S1: “Slow Jazz Awakening”, which is a compilation of stories #1-3 of the 2014 series. Nothing new. Next up: Move forward.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Nothing new. Next up: Highlight Plot notes.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercise 2. Nothing new. Next up: Reread what I have written so far, and do Exercise #2.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. My sponsor post is in; visits current.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. Kept my head above water….Next up: make some visits and respond to more comments! I love comments!
  • Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas…Nothing this session. Next up: share! Interesting and inspiring things, funny things, things that make me go hmmmm…
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! Not yet. Next up: Make this so.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 1/5; Very light hometending; this was sacrificed to the Word Gods…or something…Next up: Begin shifting back into maintenance mode…and weed!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Not yet. Next up: make a beginning.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Test scores are back; Peer Review Form started. Nothing new this session. Next up: Finish what I’ve started.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. Yes on write-ins, and peeking at the group…critiques? Not yet. Next up: Read short scene critique.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nothing new. Next up: Follow up with beta #1.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 3/4 for this week; twice with mandalas, and once during t’ai chi. Continued reading about mandala meditation and began practice; 1 /2 new techniques .Next up: select another technique…and begin.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing new. Next up: print application.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with daughter and my Accomplice; my son’s been in teen hibernation mode the last few days. Next up: time with the boy; more time with everyone else.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 2/7 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking and t’ai chi. Next up: take the kids for a swim.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. We practiced a portion of the form in small groups; I’m going to adopt that and the opening as my at-home practice. Next up: at- home practice; begin adding Thursday class in August.

These goals are a part of

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  –

It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

 

Funhouse Mirror Reflections…: July 20, 2015

ROWing through the impromptu….

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

Ever have a stretch where it seemed that everything that could possibly be an obstacle, and a few things you never suspected might be, got in the way of the things you planned to do, cleared time to do, announced to all your beloveds that you intended to do?

That’s the last two days, for me. I had no other plans, and my kids’ sleep/wake schedules were conducive, and so I let the family know that I planned to spend the bulk of my weekend writing.

Which was a lovely idea that did not pan out, because I am Mommy, and Wife, as well as Writer.

Cousins on a sleepover!

Carlee and Annalise – Cousins on a sleepover!

An impromptu sleepover, an impromptu walk, two impromptu trips to McDonald’s. An impromptu clearing of the writing decks to be with my Accomplice. An impromptu two hour text chat with a homesick girl awake after everyone else was asleep. Arriving for my weekly write-in to find no one else from my group there, because the power had gone out, and I didn’t check the Facebook group before I headed out…

So, I didn’t get that two days I was looking forward to – but I did a lot of writing, in the cracks and crevices left to me, in the midst of living…

And that’s enough…although I’m holding out high hopes, still, that I can make up a bit for some of the lost time, today and tomorrow…because hope, after all, springs eternal!

A moment....

A moment….

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors. Existing stories ordered through #14 (“Hey, Cinderella”); slots created for S1: “Get Out Your White Hat”, and pre – S1: “Slow Jazz Awakening”, which is a compilation of stories #1-3 of the 2014 series. Nothing new.
Silliness run in the family! =D

Silliness run in the family! =D

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Nothing new.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. My sponsor post is in; visits current.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. Better, despite chaos…
  • Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas… Yup! I shared several things!
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! Nothing this week.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 4/5; Very light hometending.
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Not yet.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Test scores are back; Peer Review Form started.
Pretty silly girls.

Pretty silly girls.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. Missed write-in due to power outage – didn’t peek at the group at the right time…critiques? Not yet.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nothing new.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 3/4 for this week. Continued reading about mandala meditation; 1 /2 new techniques.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing new.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Walks, McD’s, and many chats with both kids; couples’ time; conversation; and bleeding brakes with my Accomplice. We all went to the drive-in.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 7/7 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, weeding, and hometending.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. No…but soon!

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  –

It’s also a blog hopFind more ROWers right here!

 

Moving Along, Reflectively…: July 15, 2015

ROWing across the still waters…

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am,

where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

We’re now into the period I call Elijah’s Days – the twelve days that encompass the life span of our second child. There’s something about these days, for me – particularly the ten that fall between his birthday and the anniversary of his death on July 25th – that seems ripe for reflection, connection, reassessment…

It’s not straightforward. Sometimes, it’s far deeper than language. It’s the shifting that comes with living, and with being reminded that living doesn’t go on forever, for any of us – and that I want to make the most of it, while I’m here.

I’m going to give my attention to the things that most matter to me – joy, connection, expression…

Do you ever have times like this?

Storefront reflections, Schuylerville, NY, last week. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Nothing new.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. My sponsor post is in; visits current.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. Not doing so well here; Monday was an especially out-of-sync day, between Elijah’s birthday, several hours at the movie theatre during my Prime Writing Time, and various other Life Stuff. I hope to have a better assessment by Sunday.
  • Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas… Nothing happening…not even crickets. By Sunday…
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! Nothing yet, but I have something planned.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 1/5; Hometending. Another thing that got pushed aside for Life Stuff, but will figure in the rest of the week.
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Given a bit of thought; no action yet.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Test scores are back; nothing else done here.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. Yes on write-ins, and peeking at the groupcritiques? Not yet.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nothing new.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 3/4 for this week, including while bleeding brake lines with a stressed spouse on a hot day, so I could stay calm. Continued reading about mandala meditation; 1 /2 new techniques.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing new.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Walks with daughter; chats with both kids; chats; couples’ time; and bleeding brakes with my Accomplice. We also all went to the drive-in movies for a double feature- Minions and Inside Out. It was the kids’ first drive-in experience and loads of fun!

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/7 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, weeding, and hometending.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. No class yet this week; perhaps tomorrow. Taken out by car stuff that is – at last! – resolved, for the moment.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  –

It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers!

Let this be your portal

Sometimes reflections are distorted…Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

 

Today’s the Day…: July 13, 2015

ROWing into the emotional rapids…

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am,

where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

As the title of this post says, today is the day…the day our second child would begin his last year as a pre-teen. The day he’d be ready to sit up front, in the passenger seat of my aged Subaru Outback, and maybe start asking questions about how to drive, the way his older brother did, a couple of years back. The day we’d do the things he wanted to do, all day long if that’s how he wanted it, the way we did for his younger sister’s birthday, just last Wednesday…

It didn’t turn out that way. Instead, we received his death certificate in the mail the day before his birth certificate arrived. That’s a very different kind of reality…and, needless to say, going from the joys of last week to the memories of today isn’t an easy transition…

I could pretend I’ve wholly made peace with that, but I’d be lying. Instead, I’m going to take Teddy Roosevelt’s advice, and do what I can, where I am, with what I have.

Two amazing living children. And one who died, but gave another child a profound gift of life. That little girl, whoever she is, is a teenager now, and every time her heart beats, my child’s heart valves, strong and healthy, open and close in her heart, moving her blood, fueling her life…that’s profound, to me.

That’s what I’m going to hold onto, as I share this slightly-late-but-for-good-reasons update.

But before you read on, please hug someone you love. For me. For Elijah. And for you! <3

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Tertiary focus for this round; good for the campground or breaks from more intense projects.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. I’ve got a great idea for my sponsor post, drafting complete. I’m running a bit late, but will have it to Kait before midnight. Visits current.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. A secondary goal for July. Was doing well, until Sunday, when I fell down a bit…hope to be caught up by Wednesday’s posts.
  • Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas… Secondary goal for July. I shared some; there’ll be more when I’m a bit more balanced with drafting and posting.
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! 2/1 for the week; I had a brief Twitter interlude; to get my feet wet…

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5; Hometending; weeding; planted beans and carrots.
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Tertiary brainstorming list, for this round.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. These are good ‘productive fillers'; secondary goal for July. 

Beautiful boy -gone, but never, ever forgotten, <3

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. This is a great group; time to give back! =) Two critique projects already queued and waiting…
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Tertiary goal for July.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Increasing the frequency and variety will provide me with more options, and help create a habit.2/4 for this week. Bought a mandala meditation kit at a thrift store…I’ve started playing with it a bit: 1/ 2 new techniques.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. A tertiary filler project.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Birthdaying and walks with my girl; shopping and dinner with both kids; chats with everyone; couples’ time with my Accomplice.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 7/7 days, 5/3 with phone; adding goals. Lots of walking on Wednesday! Mellower Thursday; some hometending.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. At home practice will provide even more goodness, between, and count as meditation, besides. Due to travel, car sharing, and nocturnal tendencies; I haven’t been in three weeks.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge

It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Let this be your portal!

 

People for me to celebrate – and hug – today!

Month of Paradox…: My ROW80 July Goals for July 8, 2015

ROWing through the currents of July!

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

July, though – July is a month of a different character. Maybe the perfect place to begin, or maybe the worst month I could choose. But here it is...today, my daughter is eleven years old. (Actually, tomorrow, but she and I have birthday-ing plans, so I’m prepping this on Tuesday morning).

On Monday, July 13, our second child would be twelve years old, if he hadn’t died at twelve days old, instead – an anniversary that happens to be four days before my forty-sixth birthday…

So much to reflect on, so many emotionally charged moments…there are gifts in grief, even if they’re not as obvious as the gift of joy.

Presents, and Presence….

And life.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Floral arrangement by Annalise; image by her loved mother! =)

Writing:

Force of Nature, at the Oregon sand dunes, Florence, OR, Feb. 2015. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Tertiary focus for this round; good for the campground or breaks from more intense projects.

A girl with vision! At Aunt Jennifer’s, in Oregon. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. I‘ve got a great idea for my sponsor post, but nothing drafted yet.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule,  attend to comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. A secondary goal for July.
  • Share posts – mine, and others': Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas… Stay tuned; this is a secondary goal for July.
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! I got a little helpful push when Laura Prepon repinned one of my Trip and T’Pol pins (of course I have a TnT board!). Turns out she’s got a really cool and extensive Trek board, which I am now following, and may have immersed myself in, rather than, you know, plotting a novel. Still, I get the goal completed for this week, so it’s all very logical. Really. =D

Nightmare Fairy – oooh, scary! Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 2/5; Hometending; weeding; planted beans and carrots.
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. This will be a tertiary brainstorming list, for this round.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. These are good ‘productive fillers'; secondary goal for July. Test has been submitted for scoring.

She likes dem apples! =D Saratoga Apples, Schuylerville, NY, October 2014. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. This is a great group; time to give back! =) Two critique projects already queued and waiting…
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Tertiary goal for July.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Increasing the frequency and variety will provide me with more options, and help create a habit. 1/4 for this week.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. A tertiary filler project.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Walks and chats with both kids; chats and couples’ time with my Accomplice.

Rear view stroll along the Erie Canal. Tugboat Roundup, Waterford, NY, September 2014. Image by – well, you know!

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 2/7 days, 1/3 with phone (23 minutes, but it was frugal with its measurements!).
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. At home practice will provide even more goodness, between, and count as meditation, besides. Due to travel, car sharing, and nocturnal tendencies; I haven’t been in three weeks.

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

Let this be your portal!

 

How much she’s grown, in just a year! How much sparkle added to our lives! What a lucky mom I am, to have had the chance to have so many amazing moments to capture that I could have put a hundred here, and still had favorites left over!

 

 

A Season of Reflection: ROW80 Round Three Goals

Are you ready to ROW?!

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

recognize the face that’s staring back at you?

Have you ever looked deeply at your life,

your goals, and your soul,

to see what’s reflected there?

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

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

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

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

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

Writing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editing:

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go on at least one social media adventure each week.

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

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

Hometending:

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

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

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

  • These are good ‘productive fillers’.

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

  • Carried over from last round…

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

Lifetending:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selftending:

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

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

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

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

Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering.

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

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

Let this be your portal!