How Did I Do? Round Two Final Assessment

As I began my Expansion Round, I wrote this:

I want to embrace my goals, and nurture them while they nurture me, in a symbiotic relationship. I want there to be more joy, and less stress.

So, I’ve winnowed and shifted my goals, and I’m ready to adapt, if I feel an unnatural pressure forming. This is my Expansion Round, and I’m looking not for rampant swelling, but a more natural growth. Like a plant or a baby, where growth is the order of the day.

With that in mind…off we go, to sow some seeds!

Now it’s the end of the round, and time to evaluate. I feel like I kept true to the spirit of the intention. I made solid forward progress, but in a way that never felt breakneck or white-knuckled. I didn’t achieve everything on the list, and that’s OK. Another round starts a week from tomorrow, with 80 days more to indulge in my passions…

So, here’s the rundown!

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:

Write1Sub1: Draft one story, and submit one, each month, on average. Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” by the end of the round; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits through Deep Revision Step 3. CampNaNo Kifo Island Chronicles  novel projects for April and June; 31 new TnT stories for May.

  • Created basic pre-editing plan for “Slow Jazz”. Highlights/comments for Round 3 edits complete; detailed pre-editing notes for 12/16 scenes. Still behind with submitting; made progress with “Jazz” while focused on drafting. Reread “Peach Liqueur” during “Jazz” resting phases.
  • Far ahead on the writing component of this goal, with 31 new stories for May, and a second KIC novel in progress and targeted to finish in June.

Kifo Island Chronicles: Draft 3 novellas, using Cathy Yardley’s  Rock Your Plot. 

  • Transitions (KIC #1): Complete at 58,730 words.

  • Generations (KIC #2): Drafting; Scene 17/24 nearly completion; 47,134/~60,000 words.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Plotting about midway through.

Star Trek Chronology Project:  Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise.

The IDIC Romance:  Draft 31 new stories for Story a Day May; post stories or excerpts from each, daily.

  • Stories and posts completed; posting one per day,  plus several snippets, “why am I doing this?”, wrap-up, and link page. 

Blogging from A-Z travel posts: Complete all, on time.

  • 26/26!
  • Reflections post.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Select July project and plot, using The Snowflake Method (read this book).

  • Book read; project selected: Foul Deeds Will Rise, a Trueborn Weft Series fantasy novel that will chronicle the coming-of-age stories of Tribed Trueborn twins Niaan and Vaara.
  • Snowflake Step 3: Character Development, 2/4 characters complete.

 

Editing:

The IDIC Romance:  Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening”.

  • Preparing for Revision Pass #3; scene 12/16 notes complete.

Write1Sub1: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; choose final short story to revise in 2015.

  • Revision Process in early progress.

Social Media:

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

  • Posts on track, even in busy times…Coffee and Conversation took an April hiatus, and moved to Fridays. Visits and comments fluctuated, but better.

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

  • Several changes to sidebar; more planned.

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

  • Sporadic, especially during my drafting marathon.

Explore social media as it fits with life and writing.

  • Not the easiest fit, with writing intensity..satisfied, overall.

Hometending:

Continue with near-daily decluttering/beautification projects; begin shifting some energy and focus to the yard.

  • Progress in all bedrooms; family; living room; and front porch; raking and decluttering yard; planting, weeding, and mowing. This one’s a HUGE win!

Homeschool Administration: Complete third quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due June 15. Letters of intent filed. Annalise’s standardized test ordered, administered, and returned by July 1.

  • Reports and letters submitted; testing phase completed, and pulling-together phase has commenced. Expect to have this ready and in the mail by Tuesday the 30th, at the latest.

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

  • Some Arizona; some others, as needed for posts.

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

  • I consistently did very well with this.

Lifetending:

Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 1, and write reviews for 3.

  • This was a bust; too much drafting. Next up:Plan to make this a secondary focus for August and September, which are revision months for me.

NNWM local group: Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.

  • I love my group – this was easy! =D

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation twice a week.

  • Becoming more natural and varied; making the goal every week. Big win!

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

  • Not yet. Seems I have something happening near the end of each month, and time slips away…

My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least four times per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • Exceeding – Usually, a few times a week for each. I rocked this one; family harmony and connection multiplying exponentially! <3

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity at least twice weekly.

  • Mostly; not perfect.

Practice: Resume t’ai chi or yoga classes by end of round.

  • T’ai chi has become a regular part of my schedule. Postponing yoga at least for now.

Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering.

  • Nothing new read. Pondering.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s

ROW80 Writing Challenge

the writing challenge that knows  you have a life!

Growing Through A Restful Pause: June 24, 2015

Paddles Up….and….Rest a While! =D

ROW80 Round Two will be officially “put to bed”

less than 24 hours from now.

Spring has shifted into summer….

is your garden blooming, literally, literarily, or figuratively?

Are the weeds choking out the healthy growth?

Did time get away from you, leaving you with seeds galore,

but nothing actually sprouting?

I’ve had a productive round. I didn’t finish everything on my list, but, then, I prefer having options that allow me to be flexible more than I love be able to say, “I finished everything on my to-do list!” I’ve made some solid progress, and I’ve learned things. So, for me, that’s a definite win!

Since I set monthly goals this round, you’ll notice that my Next Up heading is still here – I’ve got June left. If you want to know how the rest of my month pans out, check back on Monday for my Ready. Set. WRITE! Update.

Because I like to keep my posting rhythm:

  • Sunday, June 27: Round Two progress.

  • Wednesday, July 1: 2015 progress.

  • Sunday, July 5: Round 3 goals.

  • Monday, July 6: Round Three Starts!

And now – My Final  ROW80 Round Two 2015 update!

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): Complete rough draft during JuNoWriMo, aim for one scene/day average. Scene 15/24 in progress. 40,758/~60,000 words. JuNo word count: 35,158/50,000. A little behind due to weekend travel; but gathering steam to finish this draft… Next up: Continue on….and finish, not worrying about scenes per day; just writing.
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go when Generations is complete. Nothing new this session. Next up: Complete plotting and setup by the end of June.

The IDIC Romance:

  • Compile 2015 Story A Day May  stories with existing The IDIC Romance stories, in chronological order. Nothing new this session. Next up: Compile new #STaD stories chronologically into existing IDIC Romance Scrivener file; fix errors in 2014 story layout.

Trueborn Weft Series:

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions, and submit. Scene 12/16 notes complete. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and creating detailed revision notes; create revision pass plan. Finish notes by end of month.

Blogging:

  • Complete all sponsor visits on time; visit 3 other blog hop and challenge participants each day, on average. Finished sponsor visits; fairly on par with blog hop visits. Next up: Continue; focus on the weekly hops; I’ve fallen down on these…
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Two new widgets added; three widgets deleted; several rearranged. Next up: continue until I’m satisfied with the status of the widgets in my life. =)

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. Mowing; packing and un, laundry and a bit of general tidying. Next up: Keep on keepin’ on.
  • Homeschool Paperwork: Order/administer/ submit Annalise’s test by July 31; complete and submit third quarter reports for both children by June 15; submit Letters of Intent to Homeschool by July 1. Letters of Intent submitted. Next up: Submit Annalise’s test for scoring; create Jeremiah’s Peer Review form by month’s end.
  • Catch up Email. Dealt with first actionable item; moving toward that mythical 2,500 mark…. Next up: More. I’ve got a long way to go. Finish the weeding and answer all actionable items by the end of the month.
  • Scan, save, and organize Arizona Photos. Nothing new this session. Next up: Rehoming, wiping, scanning, organizing.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Time with my three live-in beloveds, and dear friends.Some blogs visited and comments answered. Next up: More.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenge without forcing. Try two new things each week. 2/2 Art All Night –  the next morning!) in Trenton, NJ with Jim Woodman and the girls. Much more peaceful than Saturday night. So much so that I was able to relax, and not get stressed as leaving time approached with all its uncertainty and tangled emotion….for the first time ever! Next up….some more new things.

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 5 times/week at minimum. 3/5; 2 walks (and the art festival); hometending; and mowing. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi once to twice weekly. One at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Nothing this session – sleep schedule off, and very tired.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal thrice weekly. 1/3: Meditation,1/3: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Keep on with these.

Adding in, because I forgot to list it with my June goals…

  • Enjoy #onegoodcup daily. So far, so good. Every day, in a variety of ways. 3/7 for the week.

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Wandering Growth: June 17, 2015

ROWin’ into the final week.

What are your weekend plans?

I’m keeping this short, because it’s after 9pm already, and the kids and I are headed out to visit friends a state over in a little over 12 hours – and I’ve still got some packing to do and loose ends to tie up…honest – eventually, I’ll have a lot more to say, but, for now…

My ROW80 update!

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): Complete rough draft during JuNoWriMo, Aim for one scene/day average. 12/24 scenes complete; Scene 13 (by far the longest in the novel) is wrapping up at last. 36,250/~60,000 words. JuNo word count: 30,608/50,000; past the halfway point for both. Next up: Continue on….and finish, not worrying about scenes per day; just writing.
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go when Generations is complete. Fleshed out goal/ motivation/ conflict/ disaster for Scene 1/24it’s a beginning! Next up: G/M/C/D for all remaining scenes; summaries for all; begin Cheat Sheets and Scrivener file..

The IDIC Romance:

  • Compile 2015 Story A Day May stories with existing The IDIC Romance stories, in chronological order; create notes and explorations for future story ideas as inspired; write one sentence ideas for A-Z 2016 potential topics. SoCS story Zip, Zap, Whoosh, ZOOM! written/posted Saturday. Letters completed: 20/26..Prompts gathered for IDIC page through May 19. Next up: complete U-Z topics; finish gathering and add prompt links for IDIC page.

Trueborn Weft Series:

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions, and submit. Scene 10/16 complete. Scene 11 in progress. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and creating detailed revision 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. Added two new widgets. Next up: Continue cleanup; reorganization; and widget exploration.

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. Mostly inside, feeling tired for Reasons. Next up: Taking a break from this goal for the rest of the week, after today, since kids and I’ll be traveling.
  • Homeschool Paperwork: Order/administer Annalise’s test by July 31; complete and submit third quarter reports for both children by June 15; submit Letters of Intent to Homeschool by July 1. Annalise’s testing is completed! Reports complete and submitted. Moving through the list! Next up: Submit Annalise’s test for scoring (next week, after a weekend off); write and submit Letters of Intent.
  • Catch up Email. More weeding and deleting. Messages crept up near 4K again, while Lise had my Kindle. Next up: More. I’ve got a long way to go (and Annalise had my Kindle for two days)!
  • Scan, save, and organize Arizona Photos. Clearing of Hoosier cabinet progressing; will finish next week. Next up: Rehoming, wiping, scanning, organizing.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Lots of time with beloveds; a little online interaction; almost all through blogs; write-in. Next up: More – including a weekend trip to a neighboring state to visit friends.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 1/2 Helped Lise order her longed-for American Girl doll – Grace.. Next up….some more new things. Something’s in the works….more on that Sunday.

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 5 times/week at minimum. 3/5; 3 Shortish walks; hometending. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi once to twice weekly. One at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. Nothing this session – waylaid by a broken brake line that needed repairing.. Next up: A break till next week.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal thrice weekly. 1/3: Meditation,3/3: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Keep on with these.

Adding in, because I forgot to list it with my June goals…

  • Enjoy #onegoodcup. So far, so good. Every day, in a variety of ways.

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Growth in the Deeps: June 14 (ummm, 15…), 2015

ROWin ‘ on to the approaching shore….

Ever feel like things are shifting in deep ways you can’t express?

Yup, that’s me.

I’m not even going to try. It’ll happen, when it happens.

All I’ll say is that I’m alive, well, and growing…

And on to the reason we’re all here –

my ROW80 update!

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):  Complete rough draft during JuNoWriMo, aim for one scene/day average. 11/24 scenes complete; Scene 12 in progress. 29,435/~60,000 words. JuNo word count: 23,738/50,000; nearly at the halfway point of the novel. Next up: Continue on….and finish this draft.
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go when Generations is complete. Reviewed/revised character sketches; set plot/pinch points for all. Created scene by scene story outline: 24/24 scenes named and ordered. Next up: Flesh out all scenes with goal/ motivation/ conflict/ disaster or resolution. This is the point that makes the story ‘real’ to me.

The IDIC Romance:

  • Compile 2015 Story A Day May  stories with existing The IDIC Romance  stories, in chronological order; create notes and explorations for future story ideas as inspired; write one sentence ideas for A-Z 2016 potential topics; write wrap-up post and create blog page for IDIC stories. Letters completed: 13/26. Wrap-up post and blog page published.  SoCS story written Saturday. Next up: complete N-Z topics; add prompt links for IDIC page.

Trueborn Weft Series:

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening”, using Rock Your Revisions, and submit. Scene 9/16 complete. Scene 10 in progress. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and creating detailed revision 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. Did an initial weedthrough of sidebar widgets; chose several to try; added one. Next up: Continue cleanup; reorganization; and widget exploration.

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. Four more flower patches seeded; weeding. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.
  • Homeschool Paperwork: Order/administer Annalise’s test by July 31; complete and submit third quarter reports for both children by June 15; submit Letters of Intent to Homeschool by July 1.  Annalise has completed all  but her Language Usage test. Reports complete and submitted. Next up: Complete Annalise’s testing; submit for scoring; write and submit Letters of Intent.
  • Catch up Email. More weeding and deleting. ~3600 messages (getting closer….). Next up: More. I’ve got a long way to go (and Annalise has had my Kindle for two days)!
  • Scan, save, and organize Arizona Photos. I cleared off the scanner – a small but integral step! Unfortunately, the stuff is now on the desktop, waiting to be rehomed. Next up:Rehoming, wiping, scanning, organizing.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Lots of time with beloveds; a little online interaction; almost all through blogs. Next up: More.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 2/2 – Submitted a story, and nominated one, for StoryFest 2015. Wrote blogpost for that. Joined the Ready. Set. WRITE! Summer Intensive, and wrote an intro/goals post. Next up….some more new things. Not sure what quite yet, but something….

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 5 times/week at minimum. 7/5; 6 Shortish walks; planting; weeding; home and yardtending; and t’ai chi. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi once to twice weekly. One at-home practice move per week. This week’s move: Cloud Hands. I got up and ready for Thursday’s class, but the kids were both asleep, and since I would get home after Accomplice left for work, I wasn’t comfortable with that. No at-home practice yet, this session, but it’s getting easier in class, and I reviewed the form. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal thrice weekly. 3/3: Meditation,4/3: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Keep on with these.

Adding in, because I forgot to list it with my June goals…

  • Enjoy #onegoodcup daily. So far, so good. Soooo good! So emotion and thought provoking.

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Fresh Seedlings: June 10, 2015

So, what about this weather?!

I heard on my local news last night that our rainfall total for the previous 24 hours was greater than our rainfall total for the whole of May…

My seeds and weeds don’t watch the local weather reports, but they know we’ve gotten needed rain – the growth is explosive!

Nature has its own way of being, no matter what we humans do to manipulate it.

As for me, I’m joining a new challenge…the Ready. Set. WRITE! Summer Intensive.  It’s a weekly goal-setting, mutual accounting, and cheering section.

I’m planning to participate in some of the promised fun, all summer long! My weekly goals will complement my ROW80 goals, so I’ll be essentially working on two challenges at once – I love when I can do that! =) You can find my first RSW post here.

But now, on with the reason we’re all here –

my ROW80 update!

The Big Scoop on what I was 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:

  • Generations (KIC #2):  Complete rough draft during JuNoWriMo,  aim for one scene/day average. Scene 9/24 complete; 22,345/~60,000 words. JuNo word count: 15,552/50,000. Caught up to JuNo target; Next up: Continue on….and catch up from the three-scene personal target deficit.
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go when Generations is complete. Reviewed/revised character sketches; set plot/pinch points for all. Next up: Create story outline by ordering scenes; flesh out all scenes with goal/ motivation/ conflict/ disaster or resolution.

The IDIC Romance:

  • Compile 2015 Story A Day May stories with exising The IDIC Romance stories, in chronological order; create notes and explorations for future story ideas as inspired; write one sentence ideas for A-Z 2016 potential topics; write wrapup post and create blog page for IDIC stories. Letters completed: 6/26. Wrapup post and blog page in progress. Next up: continue G-Z topics; complete #StaD wrapup post and blog page.

Trueborn Weft Series:

Editing:

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. Did an initial weedthrough of sidebar widgets; chose several to try. Next up: Begin sampling widgets; continue cleanup and reorganization.

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. Two more flower patches seeded; weeding. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.
  • Homeschool Paperwork: Order/administer Annalise’s test by July 31; complete and submit third quarter reports for both children by June 15; submit Letters of Intent to Homeschool by July 1. Annalise completed her Reading test. Annalise’s report complete through Music. Next up: Complete Annalise’s report and testing; complete Jeremiah’s report.
  • Catch up Email. More weeding and deleting. Under 6K messages (yeah, I know….). Next up: More. I’ve got a long way to go!
  • Scan, save, and organize Arizona Photos. Nothing yet. Next up: Clear off the scanner – a small but integral step!

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Lots of time with beloveds; online interaction. Next up: More.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 2/2 Submitted a story, and nominated one, for StoryFest 2015. Wrote blogpost for that. Joined the Ready. Set. WRITE!  Summer Intensive, and wrote an intro/goals post. Next up….some more new things. Not sure what quite yet, but something….

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 5 times/week at minimum. 5/5; 2 Shortish walks; planting; weeding; home and yardtending; and t’ai chi. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi once to twice weekly. One at-home practice move per week. Attended Tuesday class, This week’s move: Cloud Hands. No at-home practice yet, this session, but it’s getting easier in class. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal thrice weekly. 2/3: Meditation,2/3: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Keep on with these.

Adding in, because I forgot to list it with my June goals…

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Shoots and Sprouts: June 7, 2015

ROWin’ through the winding calms and roaring rapids of growth….

It’s been a week of Big Growth, concealed in Small Things.

Things like night walks and long talks. Seedlings and mowing. Writing words and taking tests. Connection, and introspection.

Laughter and some tears…

The stuff of life. Lovely chaos in many disparate forms…

This update will reflect that. There’s some huge progress, in some areas, while some still haven’t budged, others are inching along, and one or two are sliding backwards down that otter run over there…

It’s possible that there’s no otter run, but that Annalise and I saw a woodchuck (groundhog, whistle pig, take your pick on the name!) in our backyard while she was taking her state-mandated standardized test.

It’s also possible that it’s nearly 6am, and I’ve been up all night (again), writing up blogposts so that I can sleep a few hours, then dive back into life…and that this is what I’m like, at the tail end of many hours awake and actively engaged…

Bloomin’ Love! Bouquet by Annalise S. Burton; Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

So on with the reason we’re all here – the update!

The Big Scoop on what I’ve been up to this last 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:

  • Generations (KIC #2): Complete rough draft during JuNoWriMo, aim for one scene/day average. Scene 7/24 in progress; 15,791/~60,000 words. JuNo word count: 8,898/50,000. A little behind, but weekends are busy blogging times for me, and I was home and yardtending in the lovely weather, and being with beloveds. I expect a surge in the not so distant future… Still below scene a day average target by three scenes, but gathering momentum even with busy blogging weekend and homeschool stuff. Next up: Continue on….and catch up.
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go when Generations: (KIC#2) is complete. Completed premise testing for this novel. Next up: Review/revise character sketches; set plot/pinch points for all.

The IDIC Romance:

  • Compile 2015 Story A Day May stories with existing The IDIC Romance stories, in chronological order; compile notes and explorations for future story ideas as inspired; write one sentence ideas for A-Z 2016 potential topics; write wrapup post and create blog page for IDIC stories.  Jotted some notes for new story spark; assigned date for wrapup post and blogpage completion. Next up; continue B-Z topics; write #StaD wrapup post.

Trueborn Weft Series:

 

Three springs back, three hoops! =) Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions, and submit. 5/16 scenes complete. Organic adaptations to general to-do list for next revision pass. Next up: Continue rereading scenes and creating detailed revision 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 quite there on visits, due to busy, beloved-oriented week…Next up: more socializing later today!
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar. Nothing new. Next up: Play with some widgets! =D

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 6/5 days;4/3 yard/declutter. Donated two garbage bags full of outgrown clothing! =) Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.
  • Homeschool Paperwork: Order/administer Annalise’s test by July 31; complete and submit third quarter reports for both children by June 15; submit Letters of Intent to Homeschool by July 1. Annalise’s test is here. She completed her Mathematics test, and began her Reading test. Annalise’s report complete through Social Sciences. Next up: Continue Annalise’s report; complete her testing.
  • Catch up Email. Started weeding and deleting. Next up: More. I’ve got a long way to go!
  • Scan, save, and organize Arizona Photos. Nothing yet. Next up: Clear off the scanner – a small but integral step!

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Lots of time with beloveds; online interaction. Next up: More.  Write-in; planning trip to see friends.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 3/2 -Began JuNoWriMo; used ambient sounds for my writing sprints. Watched “Little House on the Prairie” in son’s room with son and daughter. Next up….some more new things. Not sure what quite yet, but something….

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 5 times/week at minimum. 6/5; Five shortish walks, and hometending; yardtending. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi once to twice weekly. One at-home practice move per week. Skipped Tuesday class due to digestive ickiness, This week’s move: Cloud Hands. No practice yet, this session. Read and reviewed footwork. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal thrice weekly. 3/3: Meditation, 4/3: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Keep on with these; increase frequency.

Adding in, because I forgot to list it with my June goals…

  • Enjoy #onegoodcup daily. So far, so good. Soooo good!

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Sayen Gardens Springtime Symphony. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Digging In the Dark Places: June 3, 2015

ROWin’ to the end of Round 2!

OK, it’s a new month. June! Here in the Northern Hemisphere,

that means long, hot days and short warm nights….

Well, maybe not this year.

It was hot, at the end of May…and then June dawned to a cold snap – seriously, we went from fans and getting air conditioners ready for summer to the heater kicking in and putting those extra blankets back on the beds.

Seasons have gotten – chaotic, this year.

Maybe that fits well with my return to delving the darker side of human nature with my JuNoWriMo project, or maybe not so much…either way, I’d love to see things warm up, so that the rain and the sunshine can perform their special alchemy…and I can enjoy going back to digging in the earth, and planting things…

But, whether the weather be hot, or not, June brings new goals and projects for me….

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

My freshly 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): Complete rough draft during JuNoWriMo, aim for one scene/day average. Scene 5/24 in progress; 11,514/~60,000 words. Just a bit below scene a day average target. Next up: Continue on….
  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Complete all planning and plotting; ready to go when Generations: (KIC#2) is complete. Wrote a one sentence premise for this novel. Next up: Complete Rock Your Plot Premise Testing Exercises; set plot/pinch points for all.

The IDIC Romance:

  • Compile 2015 Story A Day May stories with the existing IDIC Romance stories, in chronological order; compile notes and explorations for future story ideas as inspired; write one sentence ideas for A-Z 2016 potential topics; write wrap-up post and create blog page for IDIC stories. Ideas written for the 3 “A” topics. Next up; continue A-Z topics; write #StaD wrap-up post.

Trueborn Weft Series:

  • Plan/plot Foul Deeds Will Rise using The Snowflake Method, in time for July CampNaNoWriMo. Nothing this session. Next up: Begin once Premise Testing complete for Sea Changes (KIC#3). 

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions, and submit.. Reread existing notes, for Scenes 1 and 2; 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. Mostly stories and snippets. Next up: A wrap-up post.

Hometending:

  • Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering and yard projects minimum of 3 days. 1/5 days; 1/3 yard/declutter. Next up: Continue this trend, paying attention to my own needs for activity and rest.
  • Homeschool Paperwork: Order/administer Annalise’s test by July 31; complete and submit third quarter reports for both children by June 15; submit Letters of Intent to Homeschool by July 1. Annalise’s test ordered, will be shipped on Thursday. Annalise’s Reading Section complete. Next up: Continue Annalise’s report; begin test once received.
  • Catch up Email. It’s been sitting for 2 months waiting for me to be done with it. Nothing yet. Next up: start weeding and dealing with what’s left.
  • Scan, save, and organize Arizona Photos. Nothing yet. Next up: Clear off the scanner – a small but integral step!

Lifetending:

  • Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends; social media. Blogs and comments; write-in; hangout time with each of my beloveds. Next up: More.
  • Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing. Try two new things each week. 2/2Began JuNoWriMo; used Rainy Cafe and Jazz and Rain for my writing sprints. Next up….some more new things. Not sure what quite yet, but something….

Selftending:

  • Continue physical activity and exercise – 5 times/week at minimum. 3/5;Three shortish walks, and hometending. Next up: More moving; more tending; more exercise; more t’ai chi.
  • Attend t’ai chi once to twice weekly. One at-home practice move per week. Skipped Tuesday class due to digestive ickiness, This week’s move: Cloud Hands. No practice yet, this session. Read and reviewed footwork. Next up: Possibly attend Thursday class. Practice. Because practice makes better.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal thrice weekly. 0/3: Meditation, 1/3: Intentions Journal exploration and writing. Next up: Keep on with these; increase frequency.