Quiet Growth: May 27, 2015

ROWin’ to the end of May, and looking for June!

Sometimes growth is a rampant, busting out at the seams affair – and other times, it slips in quiet and deep and still….

Know what I mean?

After the tumult of last week, when my daughter’s hormones were running wild and sending her into a growing-up tailspin, things have calmed down. It’s gone from being cool to hot again. The kids had a lovely Sunday with their cousins, with lots of swimming. I had my writing group Sunday, and t’ai chi Tuesday…

And some deep thoughts, some deep connection, some deep creativity.

It’s not flashy, and not so obvious, by looking at my update…but it’s here, within me. It’ll build into progress, although it may not take a form that I’m expecting right now.

Life and growth are like that.

Like the spontaneous walk I just went on with my daughter (it’s 10:30pm Tuesday as I write this). She told me it was beautiful and calming out, and she was right – moon and clouds and breeze again…and the first fireflies of the season – and a tiny, few-inches long snake that I fortunately stepped over, not on, because I didn’t see it on the road until she pointed it out and we watched it slither away.

Sometimes, a few minutes of living, of opening, can offer up so much beauty and wonder…and connection, her growing hand in mine, her thoughts shared…

Sometimes, the best parts aren’t on any goals list, but held in our souls and our memories.=)

Have you had any of those moments lately?

My most recent Story a Day tales:

  • Something Completely Different…(as yet untitled and incomplete story for May 22)….coming along slowly, but coming along!
  • Letters Unsent:  In the wake of a huge shift in their relationship, Trip and T’Pol are at the center of a communications breakdown.
  • She’s A Natural”: Trip watches T’Pol with their daughter, and reflects upon her maternal instincts.
  • Born of Us Both:  A private interlude for a new family…shhh, they’re nesting…in a blanket fort!

The Big Scoop on what I’ve been up to this week is at Second Serving Sunday! 

The past week was both lovely and chaotic….Zentangle art and photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

My updated Round 2 goals, and 2015 goals. 

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. This is a secondary goal for the rest of the month…not happening yet. New goal: Have it ready by the time I finish Generations (KIC#2). Next up: Complete Rock Your Plot Premise Testing Exercises; set plot/pinch points for all.

Draft 31 Story a Day MayTrip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • 25/31 stories drafted, and over 79,0000K new words since the beginning of May. Still a little behind, right now – the May 22 story is finally moving (second midpoint pending); May 24th was nearly 6K. 25Th and 26th complete; and 27th percolating. Next up, drafting remaining 6 daily stories; completing notes and transcription/development for remaining 16 ideas.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit. Rereading scenes and notes, compiling revision planning notes; nothing new this session: 2/16 scenes complete. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and notes; create revision pass plan.

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. Yes!
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Nothing new. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, a post for each day’s #StaD story. Post stories,snippets, story sparks; or related essays on progress or process. 25/31. Mostly stories and snippets. Next up: Continue, and develop some update posts…like for Mindful Monday.

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 2/5 days; 1/3 yard/declutter. Mellow to moderate activity level here, indoor stuff. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; a bit of Facebook; write-in; hangout time with each of my beloveds. Much, much time with a growing-up-is-HARD girl. Next up: More of this and more patience and calmness when I state my needs and feelings. Touched-out is touched-out, but I can be kinder about needing a few minutes’ respite, too, and remember how much I would have loved that, when I was a growing-up girl.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. Next up….something new (maybe more pansies – thanks, cold nights! =(

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 2/3: Hometending; t’ai chi. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. One at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 1 /2: Breathing meditation, t’ai chi with standing meditation; 2 /2: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Cementing Intentions journal habit.

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Annalise in February, at the Oregon Coast. She’s grown a lot since then! Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

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Growing Pains: May 24 (oops, 25th!), 2015

ROWin’ and Growin’….

When you were a kid, did you ever experience growing pains? You know, those intense aches in arms and legs that just wouldn’t quit? That made it hard to run and play and – well, be a KID?

I did. My daughter’s having them now – not so much the physical pains, but the almost-eleven-is- just-HARD-to-be-pains….I can commiserate, and hug her lots, and be with her, and give her space, and offer suggestions – but I can’t take the pangs and sting of growing up away. I’ve got no magic want to make her little enough to fit on my lap or in my womb again, and none to make her grown enough to be past this awkward, big-and-little, body-faster-than-the-brain place she’s in right now…

All I can do is love her (imperfectly, because perfect I’m NOT!) while I experience other growing pains she won’t know for decades, yet – the surge of purpose and angst that can come at midlife…when menopause collides with big ideas and new perspectives…

The most important growth is never without discomfort…

My most recent Story a Day tales:

The Big Scoop on what I’ve been up to this week is at Second Serving Sunday!

My updated Round 2 goals, and 2015 goals. 

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. Reread all background material for the 3 POV characters: Donovan, Ava, and Karina. This is a secondary goal for the rest of the month Next up: Complete Rock Your Plot  Premise Testing Exercises; set plot/pinch points for all.

Draft 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • 22/31 stories drafted, and over 67,0000K new words since the beginning of May. A little behind, right now – the May 22 story is proving both long AND recalcitrant…I’ll keep working on it along with new ones. Next up, drafting remaining 9 daily stories; completing notes and transcription/development for remaining 16 ideas.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit. Rereading scenes and notes, compiling revision planning notes; nothing new this session: 2/16 scenes complete. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and notes; create revision pass plan.

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. Yes!
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Nothing new. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, a post for each day’s #StaD story. Post stories,snippets, story sparks; or related essays on progress or process. 22/31. Mostly stories and snippets. Next up: Continue, and develop some update posts…like for Mindful Monday.

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 6/5 days; 5/3 yard/declutter. Mellow to moderate activity level here, good mix of indoor/outdoor stuff. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; a bit of Facebook; hangout time with each of my beloveds. Much, much time with a growing-up-is-HARD girl. Next up: More of this and more patience and calmness when I state my needs and feelings. Touched-out is touched-out, but I can be kinder about needing a few minutes’ respite, too, and remember how much I would have loved that, when I was a growing-up girl.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 3/2 new things – planted pansies by the mailbox, wrote my first Mindful Monday post, and started having #onegoodcup. Next up….something new (maybe more pansies – thanks, cold nights!) =(

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 7/3!: Hometending/yardtending each day this session. T’ai chi at home. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. One at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Attended Tuesday class; deep and inspiring. Almost added Thursday class, but sick people in the house, and nocturnal ones, too…Practiced hand movements for Cloud Hands. It’s getting better, still not natural or flowing as much as I’d like it to. Keeping this one, so I can perfect hand motions, and add footwork to the mix. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 4 /2: Meditation (t’ai chi and standing meditation; breathing meditation thrice); 2 /2: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Cementing Intentions journal habit.

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Deepening Roots: May 20, 2015

ROWing on, gROWing deep…

Hi there! How’s this fine Wednesday treating you? It’s cool, cloudy, and breezy here, the kind of day that seems to beg for reading, writing, sunggling, lots of coffee, and maybe some TV. So far, I’ve had at least some of all of those, and done a little very mellow hometending.

Mostly, I’ve been contemplating and deepening. In yesterday’s t’ai chi class, our instructor, Sal, incorporated eight minutes of standing meditation into our warmup, interspersed with our movements. Each time we did a standing pose, he urged us to imagine ourselves putting roots into the floor, deeper and deeper.

That describes this session, for me. I didn’t spend much time working from my goals list; instead, I was more inwardly focused, following where whim and intuition led me…I was so inspired by this meme by August McLaughlin that I even wrote a post about it – and I lived it, too.

A lovely way to honor our roots. <3

Deep roots…

Like those I hope my new pansies will grow.

Like a deep, lifelong friendship that has roots that extend through every layer of my life; sustaining and enriching. Like spending most of Tuesday with my Syster-by-choice, Eden Mabee, doing what we’ve done since we were nine or so – talking about stories, creating stories, getting a little silly, swimming, nibbling…I always feel so very much myself, with her. It’s been a sometimes rocky road, this being in one another’s life…but those deep roots….they’re strong.

It’s that I want to tend, in writing and in life. Deep roots don’t show directly above the surface, but they’re what feeds everything else. They’re my stable foundation.

What roots you? How do you feed and sustain that grounding growth? How is it reflected in the way you blossom? You’ll add a little color to my day, if you share!

Nabbed from Being Mommy on Facebook.

(Eden’s meme)

In the meantime, here’s what I did!

My most recent Story a Day tales: 

  • The Captain’s Mess:  Why can’t Captain Archer use his private space, and why is he so angry about it? Could be that the space is occupied, who’s occupying it, and why…
  • Dinner With the Boss Tonight”:Why is Trip trying to talk T’Pol out of dinner with the Captain, and what does it have to do with Orion women or that hypospray in her hand? Prequel to The Captain’s Mess.
  • Pillow Talk?  Trip wakes up in a compromising position…and that’s only the first surprise in this sequel to Sticking Point

Last week’s news at Second Serving SundayMy updated Round 2 goals, and 2015 goals. 

My updated Round 2 goals, and 2015 goals. 

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Generations (KIC#2): Continue writing a minimum of 1 scene/week. Next up: Nothing. My soul is telling me to take a break from this one, both to get a better feel for it, and to gather the necessary strength to finish this difficult story. I’m listening to my soul till JuNoWriMo, and developing a plan that will keep it from dominating my life.
  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. This is a secondary goal for the rest of the monthNext up: Reread all background material for the 3 POV characters; complete Rock Your Plot Premise Testing Exercises.

Draft 31 Story a Day May  Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • 19/31 stories drafted, and over 51,0000K new words since the beginning of May. Have a brainstormed list of topics to develop for next year’s Enterprise – A-Z stories. Percolating for rest of May. It seems as though every story is triggering at least one, and usually more than one idea; I’m going with the flow of what comes. Next up, drafting remaining 12 daily stories; completing notes and transcription/development for remaining 16 ideas.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit. Rock Your Revisions . Rereading scenes and notes, compiling revision planning notes; nothing new this session: 2/16 scenes complete. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and notes; create revision pass plan.

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. Not as many visits as I intended to do; much other stuff, instead.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Some brainstorming. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, a post for each day’s #StaD story. Post snippets, story sparks; or related essays on progress or process. 19/31. Next up: Continue, and develop some update posts…like for Mindful Monday.

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 2/5 days; 2/3 yard/declutter. General hometending; mostly laundry, dishes, and tidying. Planted pansies and mowed front yard. Day off Tuesday. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; a bit of Facebook; hangout time with each of my beloveds, and Tuesday with my Syster. Next up: More of this!
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 2/2 new things – planted pansies by the mailbox, and wrote my first Mindful Monday post. Next up….something new!

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 3/3: Mowing/hometending Sunday/Monday. T’ai chi and swimming on Tuesday. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. Add one at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Attended Tuesday class; deep and inspiring. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 3 /2: Meditation (t’ai chi and standing meditation; breathing meditation twice); 1 /2: Intentions Journal exploration.. Next up: Creating Intentions journal habit.

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Pansy love! Sayen Garden, Hamilton, NJ, June 2013. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

 

 

Naked Growth: May 17, 2015

ROWin’ my way through a flowery May! =D

This week, I took a plunge. Not into a swimming pool, or off the deep end, or anything like that….I took a leap of faith – in myself.

That’s right. I screwed together all my daring and bravery, such as it is, and I…

Wrote a blog post. But not just any blog post; one I’ve been putting off for months. One that scared me to write, and to share.

One I knew I needed to write, and share, for just that reason…

It was about the message. I’m the conduit through which the experiences and thoughts traveled. I have a passion for pondering and sharing what’s in my head, my heart, and my soul. The trick is to learn to do that, and be comfortable with letting it go, when it grows bigger than what I myself can contain…

– Excerpted from What Am I Hiding?

I’ve also been happily engaged with home and yardtending, decluttering, planning, writing, engaging with my beloveds, and exploring my inner terrain this session. I feel something shifting and deepening, and that’s always an exciting place to be!

How about you? Are you swelling from the inside out, burgeoning with new growth? In what ways are you blossoming? I’d love to celebrate with you!

Until then, though….on with the update!

My most recent Story a Day tales:

  • Sticking Point: Torn by unanswerable questions, a very drunk Trip Tucker is offered acceptance and healing from an unexpected source.

The Big Scoop on what I’ve been up to this week is at Second Serving Sunday! 

Shrouded Vistas, Sequoia National Park, view from atop Moro Rock, 1997. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

My updated Round 2 goals,  and 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Generations (KIC#2): Continue writing a minimum of 1 scene/week; will be a back burner project till June. No new writing yet; reread the existing three scenes. Next up: Will do a scene and a half each this week and next to catch up.
  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. Reread A-Z Stories for Donovan, Ava, and Karina. This goal will be approached piecemeal, for now…Next up: Reread all background material for the 3 POV characters; complete Rock Your Plot Premise Testing Exercises.

Draft 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • 16/31 stories drafted, and almost 44,500 new words since the beginning of May. Have a brainstormed list of topics to develop for next year’s Enterprise – A-Z stories. Percolating for rest of May. Next up, drafting remaining 15 daily stories; completing note transcription/development for remaining 16 ideas.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”, using Rock Your Revisionsand submit,  Rereading scenes and notes, compiling revision planning notes: 2/16 scenes complete. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and notes; create revision pass plan.

  • Move “Peach Liqueur Love” through Step 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision exercises. While rereading the relevant exercises, I discovered that I’ve only completed Step 1 for this story. (I haven’t worked on it since winter, maybe longer). Next up: Exercise #2.

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. Still ahead; visits slowed this session.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Updated challenges; explored some new widget ideas. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, post for StaD each day – a story; a snippet, a story spark; or an essay on progress or process. 16/31. Next up: Continue, and develop some update posts…like for Mindful Monday.

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 6/5 days; 5/3 yard/declutter. Moderate week. Time in master bedroom, Chaos Porch, yard, living and family rooms. Flower beds and front yard. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; a bit of Facebook; hangout time with each of my beloveds. Next up: More of this.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 2/2 new things – bought pansies on a whim, and listened to my radio interview from March…and I wrote about it! Next up….we’ll see!

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 3/3: Yardtending/decluttering Wednesday- Friday. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. Add one at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Car trouble – no class so far this week. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 2 /2: Meditation; 2 /2: Intentions Journal exploration.. Next up: Creating Intentions journal habit.

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Wandering my internal Terrain…view from Moro Rock, Sequoia Nat’l Park, CA, circa 1997. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Grateful Growth: May 13, 2015

ROWin’ through the rapids, and on to smoother waters.

Before I get on to today’s update…

Thank YOU!

Sunday was a tricky day for me.

It can be scary, talking about things that hurt, things that can’t be made better, but only lived with, imperfectly. Laying myself bare is something I do better through fiction or poetry than in plain text.

But so many people stopped by, with a few kind words, and sometimes pain of their own. Pain I understand…pain I’d wish on no one.

Sharing that kind of pain has healing in it for me, and I hope it did for those who bravely revealed their heartbreaks, and for those who only read, too…

Thanks for being here, with me, whatever your stories…

And, speaking of stories, here are my most recent Story a Day tales:

  • Get Out Your White Hat: Trip’s been caught red – uhh – lipped, and the tempting Vulcan has clearly gotten the wrong idea, and is not amused.
  • Fierce:  One very determined, and very, well, passionate, Vulcan woman, and the man who loves her enough to paddle her canoe.
  • Telling Stories: Trapped in an Everglades lightning storm with a critically ill wife, Trip tries to tell her a story…

And, as a special treat, here’s my 100 word Drabble, in its entirety (reading the preceding two stories will add context, but isn’t necessary). No, I don’t own the characters; nor do I profit in any monetary fashion from playing with them. It’s pure love, plain and simple.

Don’t Shave”

Falling.

Into flames.

Into nothing –

T’Pol threw her arms out. There must be an edge –

No.

But there was a scent, a mind –

Moving bands of color.

‘Red on yellow; kill a fellow.’

Danger!”

She jerked up too quickly, almost toppled. Was caught. Held in strong arms.

Shhh, pepperpot. You’re safe. We’re home.”

Safe? Home?” Eyelids parted. Not enough to see his face. “Trip?”

He helped her trembling hand. Bliss of touch, but this was uncharted terrain.

T’hy’la?”

Yes, pepperpot?”

Sigh of pleasure; fingertips caressing newly bearded cheek.

Don’t shave.”

Treasured human laughter followed her into dreams.

It could possibly be that I am imbuing T’Pol with my own love of a bearded male face – but I think it’s more that those incredibly sensitive Vulcan fingertips find the exploration too good to give up…but that’s another story, and not one I’m telling today, because we’ve got goals to chat about! =D

My updated Round 2 goalsand 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Generations (KIC#2): Continue writing a minimum of 1 scene/week; will be a back burner project till June. Nothing new. Next up: Keep going…
  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. This will happen piecemeal, for now…beginning with rereading all background material and stories for the POV characters.

Draft 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • 13/31 stories drafted, and almost 32,000 new words since the beginning of May. Next up, drafting remaining 18 daily stories; completing note transcription/development for remaining 16 ideas; and adding to idea list.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit. Delete’ snippets to IDIC slush pile, tagging those destined for future stories; 16/16 scenes complete. Word count now down from 13,782 to 10,674. Began general to-do list for next revision pass -will continue organically, from here. Next up: Reread scenes and notes.

  • Move “Peach Liqueur Love” through Step 3 of Sarah Selecky’s  Deep Revision exercises. Reread original story, early revision notes, and first two completed exercises. Next up: Reread relevant exercises; and do Exercise #3.

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. Still ahead.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Updated challenges; explored some new widget ideas. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, post for StaD each day – a story; a snippet, a story spark; or an essay on progress or process. All caught up, didn’t stay that way before. Next up: Continue, and develop some update posts…like for Mindful Monday.

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 2/5 days; 1/3 yard/declutter. Mellow so far this week. Still a little emotionally worn. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; a bit of Facebook; hangout time with each of my beloveds. Next up: More of this.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 1/2 new things – bought pansies on a whim. Next up….we’ll see!

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 1/3: Yardtending/decluttering Tuesday. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. Add one at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Car trouble – no class so far this week. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 1 /2: Meditation; 0 /2: Intentions Journal. Next up: Cement meditation habit; catch up with Intentions journal.

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No Golden Ring: May 10, 2015

ROWing on through the deeps…

 

Do you know that feeling of forgetting something important? The way it niggles and tickles at memories, shifts your mood, makes the obstacles in life loom a little higher, and the summits feel a little less inspirational and uplifting, until, all at once, you realize what it is?

That’s me, this week.

  • Maybe I should have known right off, when four out of my seven #StaD stories this week had to do with babies.

  • Or when the ‘museum image’ prompt led me straight to a rocking chair that presented itself to me as a cradle….

  • Or when I realized that it’s Mother’s Day week, and I’m the mom of two healthy children- and one who died at 12 days old.

No matter what we might wish, some things are harder to live with than others. Some days, however joyous, carry an edge of raw pain that never truly fades…and that’s part of living. I’ve laughed today, and cried, and felt both nurtured and very alone…so I took my living children out for tacos and ice cream, and we bought milk and frozen pizza and cupcakes and a beefsteak tomato and pansies like my Gramma and Grandpa had when I was little…

Sometimes, you don’t get the golden ring – but you still get to ride the carousel, even if it makes you dizzy.

My four most recent Story a Day tales:

  • Apples and Peanut Butter:  Just a sweet little piece about pregnancy cravings and graphic novels….
  • Unsettled: When reality defies logic, unsettled emotions can overrule even Vulcan discipline.
  • Phoenix Time:  Something very strange is happening with Trip and T’Pol…
  • Something… Trip knows there’s something very wrong with T’Pol, and he searches for clues in her quarters.

My updated Round 2 goalsand 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

Writing:

Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Each day in May, engage in playful StaD exploration of this world, using all or part of the day’s prompts for any stories or fragments that appear. 3 /9 done. Sunday; Monday’s and Tuesday’s percolating. Next up: I’ve decided to delete this goal -it doesn’t feel right for this story, or my mood. I want to give myself to my “official” project.
  • Generations (KIC#2): Continue writing a minimum of 1 scene/week; will be a back burner project till June. Scene 3/24 complete; 6,481/~50Kwords. Percolating scene 4. Next up: Keep going…
  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. This will happen piecemeal, for now…beginning with rereading all background material and stories for the POV characters.

Draft 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • 9/31 stories drafted, and over 22,000 new words since the beginning of May, with the prompts taking me in directions I wouldn’t have gone, else; notes for 15/31 stories transcribed/revised. Created list for the undeveloped ideas breeding like tribbles; will continue to update roughly daily. This is my primary focus until the challenge is completed; focusing on transcriptions that are candidates for the current day’s prompt. Next up, drafting remaining 22 daily stories, completing note transcription/development for remaining 16 ideas, and adding to idea list.

Nautilus shell rocker – a cradle in my story, “Unsettled” – which is exactly how I’m feeling right now.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit. Rock Your Revisions;. Highlighting/comments complete for 16/16 scenes. Began general to-do list for next revision pass -will continue organically, from here. Delete’ snippets to IDIC slush pile, tagging those destined for future stories; 4/16 scenes complete. Next up: Complete Step One of the general plan…move all ‘delete’ snippets for remaining 12 scenes.

  • Move “Peach Liqueur Love” through Step 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision exercises. Reread original story, early revision notes, and first two completed exercises. Next up: Reread relevant exercises; and do Exercise #3.

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. 0/3 Wednesday; way more than three the rest of the week. On average, I’m ahead. Next up: cement this into habit country by targeting likelier days/times for visiting.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Updated challenges; explored some new widget ideas. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, post for StaD each day – a story; a snippet, a story spark; or an essay on progress or process. All caught up, and will stay that way. Next up: Continue, and develop some new posts…like for Mindful Monday

A little bit tangled, emotionally speaking…

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 5/5 days; 4/3 yard/declutter. Moderate yard/general hometending/declutter/laundry on Wednesday; mellow rest of week. Tired and emotionally tangled…and I fell on the dog. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; a bit of Facebook; hangout time with each of my beloveds, although it was a week with some friction. Next up: More of this – not all moments are ‘perfect’.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 0/2 new things. Or maybe one – that I allowed my feelings to direct my activity level. Next up….we’ll see!

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 3/3: Yardtending/decluttering Sunday. T’ai chi and lots of walking on Tuesday. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. Add one at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Watched two videos. No actual practice. Next up: Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 2 /2: Meditation; t’ai chi. 0 /2: Intentions Journal. Next up: Cement meditation habit; catch up with Intentions journal.

Blog Hop Portal:

An Unsettled View….

Fluid Growth: May 6, 2015

ROWin’ my Way down the river of May!

 

Ever feel like life’s running like a river? Not in a cliché, everything’s smooth and perfect kind of way – I mean like a real river – with tributaries and currents, driftwood and river plants, squishy places and sudden deeps, floods and drying up, turtles, eddies, whirlpools – maybe even rapids and waterfalls and little still pools off to the side…

Yup, that’s my May, so far. I’m sometimes swimming hard, sometimes bobbing along in a tumult, sometimes floating gracefully, treading water, spluttering as I try to stay afloat…

And all the while, I’m awash in creation, ideas, images, snippets of conversation…and stories…

My three most recent Story a Day tales:

On Sunday, I made May goals changes. Today, I updated my Round 2 goals,  and 2015 goals.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.

“My Liquid Laugh”. Poem by Shan Jeniah Burton, October 2014.

Writing:

Continue Kifo Island Chronicles Series:

  • Each day in May, engage in playful StaD exploration of this world, using all or part of the day’s prompts for any stories or fragments that appear. 3 /5. Sunday‘s done; Monday’s and Tuesday’s percolating. Next up: catch up and keep going!
  • Generations (KIC#2): Continue writing a minimum of 1 scene/week; will be a back burner project till June. Scene 3/24 complete; 6,481/~50Kwords. Percolating scene 4. Next up: Keep going…
  • Sea Changes: (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go for JuNoWriMo. This will happen piecemeal, for now…beginning with rereading all background material and stories for the POV characters.

Draft 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts.

  • 5/31 stories drafted; notes for 15/31 stories transcribed/revised. Created list for the undeveloped ideas breeding like tribbles; will continue to update roughly daily. This is my primary focus until the challenge is completed; focusing on transcriptions that are candidates for the current day’s prompt. Next up, drafting remaining 26 daily stories, and completing note transcription/development for the remaining 16 ideas.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.  Highlighting/comments complete for Scene 12/16. More epiphanies, and a clearer sense of this story and my next steps. Next up, complete highlighting and comments for remaining 4 scenes, then create to-do list for next revision pass.

  • Move “Peach Liqueur Love” through Step 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision exercises.  I’ll begin this after finishing the revision notes for “SJA”, above, and alternate between these projects from that point, allowing one to rest while working on the other. Begin by rereading story, existing material, and relevant exercises.

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit an average of 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day. 2/3 Sunday; 8/3 Monday; 0/3 Tuesday. On average, I’m ahead. Next up: cement this into habit country.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Updated challenges; explored some new widget ideas. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D
  • Beginning May 1, post for StaD each day – a story; a snippet, a story spark; or an essay on progress or process.  Running about a day behind with posting.  Next up: Continue, and aim for better timing/integration. I’m aiming, but not on top of this yet. Might adapt, if it’s still a no-go on Sunday.

    Anybdsy home? Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton, February 2015.

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 3/5 days; 1/3 yard/declutter. Moderate yard/general hometending/declutter/laundry on Sundayl hometending on Monday/Tuesday. Next up: Continue this trend!

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; a bit of Facebook; snuggling, chatting, and art with daughter; chatting and planning, and helping son with a project. Watched most of a Brosnan/Berry Bond movie and couples’ time with my Accomplice. Write-in with friends. Next up: More of this! =D
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 0/2 new things. Next up….we’ll see!

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 3 times/week at minimum. 4/3: Yardtending/decluttering Sunday. T’ai chi, weights,  and lots of walking on Tuesday. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi!
  • Attend t’ai chi weekly. Add one at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Watched two videos. Next up: Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly. 1 /2: Meditation; t’ai chi. 0 /2: Intentions Journal. Next up: Cement meditation habit; catch up with Intentions journal.

So, are you bobbing along, floundering, or finding the ROWing smooth? Drop me a line – I’d love to know!

And, if you want to ROW along the ROW80 Blog Hop River or join in, make the icon your portal, and the water’s fine!

 

 

Willamette River Valley Sunset…Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton, February 2015.