Creatively Productive: ROW80 Update, 4/13/14

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Well, hello there!

I hope this Sunday is as lovely where you are as it’s projected to be here – temps in the 70s for the first time since October, and sunny! I plan to spend a chunk of the afternoon outside, just taking it in and maybe puttering and playing…but, before dawn comes:

I’ve got some exciting news to share….I’ve finished a major component of one of my annual goals!

WAHOO!

Yes, on the 10th, I completed the rough draft of my Trueborn Warp/Weft WIP, To Be or Not to Be!

It’s the first of the three “hanging” drafts I plan to wrap up this year, and it was the closest to completion – oh, and the last of my totally pantsed drafts.

It’s put a spring in my step, for sure! =D

Today is important to me for another reason, too.  Nineteen years ago, on April 13, 1995, my fiance, Tim Simmons, died.  I was with him, the way he wanted.  My life has moved on – and I will always hold his memory in my treasured places.  A dew years ago, I wrote this letter as a tribute at Letters to the Dead.

Today, I’ll enjoy a bit of the warmth and sunshine for Tim, too.  He loved sunny days. =)

How about you? Have you accomplished something you’ve been moving toward for a while? Getting ready to? Feeling the push of springtime energy? Remembering someone gone, but still somehow a part of you?

Note:

I review my goals each month, and as indicated throughout the round. I update only those goals I advanced during each session.

My main focus, for April, is on the two challenges I’m involved with:

Other goals addressed on a secondary basis.

Taking time to smell the flowers….

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

Continue my regular posting schedule.Target exceeded!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • Developing stories through Week 3.

  • 11/26 stories posted.

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts.On target.

Respond to comments, and return visits. Target attained!

  • Got caught up on Friday. It may not last long (and I don’t want it to!), but it’s refreshing!

Visit three A to Z blogs each day, on average. Target exceeded!

  • Wednesday: 4/3

  • Thursday:     4/3

  • Friday:           4/3

  • Saturday:     5/3

Soon it will be pansy time again! =D

2014 Writing:

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

For April:

Complete TBONTB rough draft as a CampNaNo project.. Target attained!

  • CampNaNo count:  11,068 words.

  • Completed draft: 207,096 words.(Will split into two volumes).

  • This WIP is a big ole pantsed hodgepodge. But that’s true of all my WIPs until July 2013, and it’s not as scary as it used to be!

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.On target.

  • 3,599 new words.

  • Current NaNo count: 14,699/33,333 words.

  • Current scene: 29/60.

  • Current word count: 70,394/~100,000

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

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my 2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge.On target.

  • Continuing with development – most stories now have at least a premise.

  • 11/26 Complete.

Lush and fertile splashes of color!

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • Began clearing/organizing the first of the two bookcases.

Set up coffee/refreshment station.On target.

  • Fine-tuning. Should be done in a week or less.

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • Indirectly. One Tweet, via Facebook, with hashtags, during Castle.

Eat salad and/or drink fruit/vegetable juice or smoothies at least 3 times a week.Target exceeded!

  • One smoothie – cranberry, cherry, strawberry, and pomegranate.

  • One salad – made by Jim. Many veggies, beans, salmon, and pecans. Protein rich, filled with color, and delicious.

  • Two blended fruit/veggie juice – apples, berries, pomegranate, and purple carrot.

  • 4/3 attained.

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

For April:

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.Target exceeded!

  • Wednesday: stair stepping; arm curls with 5 pound weights; side stepping.

  • Thursday: marching in place; calf raises; wall push-ups.

  • Friday: t’ai chi “beach ball” movement; demi-plie (ballet); lunges.

  • Saturday: fly with 5 pound weights: bottom raises; air punches.

Ride my bicycle at least once a week.Getting ready to roll..

  • Jim brought my bike, which I haven’t ridden in years, out of the backyard tool shed on Friday, and filled my tires. Then, just after he left for work, it started to rain…

  • I sat on my bike Saturday: I’ll need to lower the seat.

An invitation to wander….

Sponsor Visits (and some extras!):

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Creative Renaissance: ROW80 Update, 4/9/14

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Well, hello there!

We’re a mere two days into the round; there are 78 days left. =)

I’ve been busy creating. Creating a little more order at home. Creating flash fiction that may grow into something else, at a later time. Ideas are springing up like the first green shoots in my yard.

I’ve also been coughing and sneezing- yup, yet another cold found the Burton family this week.

I’ve got lots of irons in my personal fire. It feels good, and just a little overwhelming, to be at the beginning of the round, still getting used to the pace of challenges and projects, feeling out the vibe of this new season and this new round, with its new, creative theme.

It’s a bit of a whirlwind, but I like it! =D

I could say more, but this creative surge means that I have, somewhat inadvertently, committed myself to four Wednesday posts for the balance of April and May.

Gulp.

Midweek updates are therefore bound to be brief and to the point. I’ll be aiming for efficiency.

That said, let’s get on with it then, shall we?

Note:

I’ll review these goals at the end of each month, adding or adapting goals as indicated throughout the round, and definitely at the beginning of each month. I update only those goals I engaged with during this session.

My main focus, for April, will be on the two challenges I’m involved with this month – April CampNaNoWriMo, and Blogging From A-Z. Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis. 

 

I’m getting a strong sense of an untold story…one I want to tell.

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.On target.

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • Currently developing stories through Week 3.

  • 7/26 stories posted.

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts.On target.

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • Moving through a small backlog – I never got to this on Saturday, and there are more since A to Z began, which is a good thing! =D

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average.On target.

  • Monday – 3/3.

  • Tuesday – 2/3.

More ideas…

2014 Writing:

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

For April:

Complete TBONTB rough draft as a CampNaNo project.On target.

  • Into the final scene, now.

  • Will likely be complete by the 10th, perhaps sooner.

  • NaNo word count: 9,707 /33,333 words.

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

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my 2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge.On target.

  • 7/26 Complete.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30.On target.

  • See Blogging, above.

2014 Hometending:

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

Plan the new coat area.On target.

  • Discussed my basic vision with Jim, so that he can help with the execution.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • Began clearing/organizing the first of the two bookcases I plan to move.

Set up coffee/refreshment station.On target.

  • I’ve almost got this figured out -and actually brewed myself a cuppa last night! =)

2014 Lifetending:

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

Open myself to opportunities to spend time with people I enjoy.

For April:

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

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.On target.

  • Indirectly. I made one Tweet, via Facebook, with hashtags, during Castle.

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.On target.

  • One smoothie – cranberry, cherry, strawberry, and pomegranate.

  • One salad – made by Jim. Many veggies, beans, salmon, and filberts. Protein rich, filled with color, and delicious.

  • 2/3 attained.

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

For April:

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.On target.

  • Only one (playful hip twists) on Monday.

  • Tuesday, three (stair stepping; arm curls with 5 pound weights; toe touches) to make up.

Sponsor Visits (and some extras!):

Well, that’s it for me! What does this Wednesday find you engaged with? Have you found your inner spring, or does winter still linger in your soul?

You can check up on the other ROWers, and their plans for Round 2, right here!

And a taste of what Season Three holds….

Embracing Creation: ROW80 Round 2 Intentions

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Well, hello there!

It’s that time again- the eve before the beginning of ROW80 Round 2. That means it’s time to set my intentions for the round to come.

I’ve found it’s easier to focus my goals, and my writing time, when I center them around a theme. So, for Round 2, my theme is….

Creation!

Spring has finally broken, here in upstate New York. My lawn is greening up; there’s beds on my lilac bushes. The birds and rabbits are busy in the yard, and I’ve finally been able to start opening the windows during the warmer hours of the day.

I’ve been in editing mode for most of the year, thus far. I’ve enjoyed it, but I’m feeling a desire to return to the creating of new stories, and moving existing ones along the path to completion. To create more welcoming spaces, new chapters in relationships, new engagement with my physical and spiritual self.

Creation in progress….

I might even create a garden, bringing new and nourishing life into the world.

For certain, I will create some joy and happiness in my life, and I’ll be spreading that around!

Note:

I will be reviewing these goals at the end of each month, and adding or adapting goals as indicated throughout the round, and definitely at the beginning of each month. I’ll be updating only those goals I engaged with during that session. 

My main focus, for April, will be on the two challenges I’m involved with this month – April CampNaNoWriMo, and Blogging From A-Z. Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Promises of things to come.

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

  • Continue posting on my regular schedule.

  • Complete April A to Z challenge.

  • Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts.

  • Respond to comments, and return visits.

  • Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average.

2014 Writing:

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

For April:

  • Complete TBONTB as a CampNaNo project.

  • Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.

Looking forward to butterflies…

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

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

  • Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge.

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

  • Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30.

  • Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process.

2014 Editing:

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

For April:

  • Continue revision plan for Chameleon’s Dish, as time and focus permit.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

  • Get the computer desk and moved out of the room.

  • Complete pantry cleanup; move; organize.

  • Plan the new coat area.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

  • Complete the bulletin board reset.

  • Move bookcases; buy and place new chair.

  • Set up coffee/refreshment station.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

For April:

  • Freewrite about what organization and productivity mean to me.

  • Begin considering ways to use this information in my day-to-day life.

Birch trees and ideas in bloom!

2014 Lifetending:

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

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar.

For April:

  • Resume picking and completing slips as a playful complement to the more intensive blogging, writing, and editing.

Open myself to opportunities to spend time with people I enjoy.

For April:

  • Attend at least one NaNoWriMo Tuesday Write-In.

  • Attend the Regional Food Bank Charity Dinner.

  • Contact one person from my People I’d Like to Meet list.

  • Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.

  • Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.

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

For April:

  • Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, or measured by pedometer outside.

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

  • Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week.

  • Ride my bicycle at least once a week.

  • Get a workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week.

What’s on your agenda for the burgeoning spring season, if it’s spring where you are? And, if it’s autumn, what are you planning for that crisply energetic season? I love hearing what others are up to!

You can check up on the other ROWers, and their plans for Round 2, right here!

Catch the sky!

Playful Pause: ROW80 Round 1 Review

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Hi, there!

No, you’re not just seeing things, and I do know this is a ROW80 break!

But, since I set annual goals for 2014, I thought I’d take this opportunity to give myself a little break from my A to Z plotting, and evaluate how far ROW80 Round 1 carried me toward my goals.

I made considerable forward progress, especially in the editing and blogging arenas. I’ve started most of my larger projects, and have a couple of things crossed off the list.

A few things will be bowing out in Round 2, to return later in the year, and a few will be given more intensive focus, as I shift more toward writing and planning new material, this round.

All in all, I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made…and I’m enjoying a bit of a slower and more focused pace, now, as I gear up for my April challenges…

I’ll be posting my Round 2 intentions next Sunday….until then, may you have peace, passion, and beauty in your lives! =)

My life is rich in blogging inspiration!

2014 Blogging:

  • Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan. Setting aside, awaiting Kristen Lamb’s Jedi touch later this spring.
  • Add all useful bits, templates, links, etc, for each feature to Master Resource File. A success!
  • Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely. Becoming a habit, keeping for Round 2.
  • Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home. Again, setting this aside, for a while. Other ideas are emerging; more are sure to come.
  • Visit five writing websites; consider what I do and don’t like about them. Informal, here-and there success.
The very first words of a spanking-new adventure!

The very first words of a spanking-new adventure!

2014 Writing:

  • Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream. Not much this round. More focus in Round 2.
  • Draft two more novels in the Trueborn double series, as NaNo projects. Some basic groundwork laid for the first. Plotting will be a Round 2 focus.
  • Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.Did a little; Round 2 will include plotting the first, and early development of the second.

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

  • Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge).Moving along; obviously a major early focus for Round 2.
  • Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).Also moving along.I’ll finish prep in April; write in May.

Cozily editing….

2014 Editing:

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

  • Work through Chameleon’s DishPre-Revision Action Plan by March 1. Done, and into the revision process. Carrying over to Round 2 as a secondary goal.
  • Check out NaNo Now What Months features in preparation for MarchNaNoEdMo.I got what I needed, there.
  • Complete pre-editing notes for Bounded by a Nutshell. Done! Next step in Round 2 or 3.
  • Reread Blood and Breath silently .Completed! Read-aloud later in Round 2.

Revise all poems for QOMIS, until satisfied with the results. Not much happened here; will reappear in Round 3, when some larger things are completed.

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs. Same progress.in play; revisiting in Round 3.

Life in progress on the family room desk…

2014 Hometending:

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

  • Continue the family room reset. Moved forward; visible progress made. Carrying forward to Round 2.
  • Spend time daily in my study. I did well, early on. The room is now the embodiment of Lovely Chaos. Carrying forward into Round 2, adapted.
  • Clean up homeschooling files by February 15. Some progress. In the mix for Round 2.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity. Yes, and no. Reshaping my concept of ‘organization’ during Round 2.

  • Experiment with play project schedule. Target attained! I have ideas to carry forward to Round 2.

Research small business establishment /administration.

Some things are really important!

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • Select and complete projects from my Play Jar. Resuming in April, even if slowly, for Round 2.
  • Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect.No, not so much. Revisiting for Round 2.

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

  • Choose one playful motion for each day in January; do it several times throughout the day, with a spirit of adventure. This goal shifted with each month, as intended. Adapting a new version of this goal for Round 2.

That’s it for me!  Round 2 starts April 7.  See you there!

A Not-So-Playful Wrapup: ROW80 Update, 3/26/14

 

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Hi there! I hope this finds you well and happy, indulging in things and people that delight you!

Here we are – time already to put ROW80 Round One in the record books, and ramp up for Round 2. My, that first quarter of the year went fast!

On Sunday, I will be posting my progress on my annual goals. But for today, I give you my final Round 1 update

I’d hoped to get more done, but…

Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes unexpected things happen (and, in the odd perimenopausal place I’m in, ‘often’ can be substituted for ‘sometimes’). Sometimes, decades after puberty, I get clusters of acne. Sometimes I get them in places I never had them before…and sometimes, that’s incapacitating in the way childbirth was, or that time I fell on the hot wood stove because I didn’t want to step on the dog…

Enough said. Monday and Tuesday were days of excruciating pain, and I am happy to report that today is much, much better. I can move and sit, stand and walk, just like a regular person! Hooray! =D

 

I lost some time, during those two days, and so, for the rest of the month, I’ll be playing catch-up:

  • Write and schedule five A to Z posts, to cover Week One.
  • Write my guest post for my friend Flo Gascon‘s lovely blog, and my ROW80 Sponsor Post for Round 2.
  • Queue some blog posts to cover the April creative bonanza without ignoring my followers.
  • Move To Be or Not to Be to Dropbox, and reread in preparation for April CampNaNoWriMo.
  • Set my intentions for Round 2.
  • Indulge myself, and gear up for the creative surge of April and May.
  • Continue revisions for Chameleon’s Dish, and plotting for “The IDIC Romance” stories.

My main focus areas (other than pain management) :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;
  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.
  • Preparation for ROW80 Round 2.

A break in the clouds….

2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On target.

  • Behind, due to pain affecting focus – oh, and happily, more comments these days!

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.  Target attained!

  • I think so. A little foggy.

Maintain regular posting schedule;queue one post for each regular feature. On target, mostly.

2014 Writing:

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

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge)On target.

  • This will be my major focus, until completed.
  • I will begin posting stories on Tuesday, April 1.
  • Hope to have 5 stories (for the first week) completed by then.

Create premises for all stories; write POV character’s GMCs . On target.

  • Premise:12/26 Completed; nearing the halfway point at last!
  • GMC:11/26 Completed.

Write brief character sketch for each MC.  On target.

  • 9/26 Completed.

Set Plot and Pinch Points for all stories.  On target.

  • 3/26 completed.

Write story summaries. On target.

  • 1/26 completed.
  • Write story Cheat Sheets. Pending.

“The IDIC Romance”Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May):Create premise, GMC, and character sketches for both protagonists by April 1On target.

Write character sketches/bios for both POV characters. On target.

  • Completed Habits and Mannerisms.

The promise of spring.

2014 Editing:

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

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • In progress: 8/60

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during MarchTarget exceeded!

  • 3/23: 1 hour; 30 minutes.
  • 3/24: 50 minutes.
  • 3/25: No revising.
  • Month to-date: 63 hours, 20 minutes.
  • This will be a lesser focus through the remainder of the month.

2014 Hometending:

  • There was little that could be called hometending this session. I was in debilitating pain.

2014 Lifetending:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body. Uh, no – not after Sunday.

  • Marching in place; yoga sun salute.
  • Does “seek out ways to move my body that don’t involve excrutiating pain” count?
  • No workout or walking yet – those were impossible, before today.

Sponsor Visits:

 

See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!

I hope the close of the round finds you in a place of joyful productivity. What are your plans for the coming days? For the new season? Will you be part of ROW80 Round 2?

 

 

 

Playful Preparation: ROW80 Update, 3/23/14

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Why, hello there!

 Well, here we are, at the second-to-last update of the round. It seems like we just started – but, no, that’s the first hints of spring playing tag with the patches of snow left over from a memorably wintry winter.

Yes, we may get more snow next week, but the air and ground are softening. Robins and rabbits are frolicking in our yard, the ducks and geese are back at the local pond.

The cold can’t grip us as it has the most of the winter…

 And yes, it means that the first round must be nearly done.

I’ll be posting my end of round evaluation on Wednesday, and an interim plan on Sunday (I like to keep the rhythm of these twice-weekly updates…and, although I do tend to relax during breaks, I don’t stop writing altogether – it’s too much fun).

But, for now, we’re still in Round 1, so let’s get on with it.

My main focus areas :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

  • Preparation for ROW80 Round 2.

Something brand new….Pandora’s box, perhaps?

2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On target.

  • After several days off, while I learned my new computer, I’ve gotten to some comments on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Caught up both main blogs over the weekend. There may be a few strays; I’m happily getting more comments, of late. =)

  • I’ve popped in at both Twitter and Facebook this session, and responded to some comments at each.

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.Target attained!

  • Yes. For now, visiting immediately after responding is working well.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.On target, mostly.

Shiny. New. Powerful…and pretty!

2014 Writing:

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

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge). On target.

Create premises for all stories; write POV character’s GMCs. On target.

  • Premise: 11/26 Completed; nearing the halfway point at last!

  • GMC: 9/26 Completed.

Write brief character sketch for each MC. On target.

  • 6/26 Completed.

Set Plot and Pinch Points for all stories. On target.

  • 1/26 completed.

  • Write story summaries. Pending.

Sign up for the challenge! Target attained!

  • All signed up; with the banner and badges page tagged in my Pocket file for later use.

“The IDIC Romance” Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May):Create premise, GMC, and character sketches for both protagonists by April 1.On target.

Write character sketches/bios for both POV characters.On target.

  • Both Personality sections complete – with some background stuff, too.

In the beginning…

2014 Editing:

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

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • Completed scenes: 7/60

  • In progress: 8/60

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. Target exceeded!

  • 3/19: No revising.

  • 3/20: 4 hours, 5 minutes.

  • 3/21: 3 hours.

  • 3/22: 40 minutes.

  • Month to-date: 61 hours.

Artful clutter….or, life as I know it.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • I’ve emptied the cabinet that will become the pantry.

  • Next up – giving it a thorough cleaning.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • I’ve been busily learning my new computer. Soon, I’ll begin a major organization of what I’m moving, and begin the process.

Our long and winding road..well, not so much long as steep!

2014 Lifetending:

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

Choose two playful activities per day; walk at least one mile each week: workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. On target.

  • Moving firewood; t’ai chi breathing; light in-house jogging; walking with kids and dog.

  • Used my new pedometer, and added

  • Y workout done on Tuesday.

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Learning Playfully: ROW80 Update, 3/19/14

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Hi there! Are you ready to ROW? Okay, grab your paddles, and let’s get underway…

I am coming to you from my brand new Lenovo Yoga 2! Yes, that’s right – income tax time afforded some purchases we’d been anticipating, and it was time for me to upgrade my extremely-well-used Lenovo IdeaPad S9, still running Windows XP.

I bought my older machine as a returned lease; I have no idea how much it was used, before I got it. I’ve worn some of the characters off the keys, and written hundreds and thousands of words on it. It’s earned a leisurely retirement as a backup machine – and now I have a brand-new, flexible, powerful machine as I get ready for the next phase of my writing life.

I set aside many of my regular projects this session, as I set about getting to know my Yoga, and began the process of moving files and learning Windows 8.1 (vastly different than Windows XP!). Oh, and I spent all of Monday night playing Cake Mania 3 in tablet mode; it’s so much more fun than the desktop version I had been playing. So much fun, in fact, that I kept going until I finally lost a round at about 10am.

Somewhere during that time, I had a clear inspiration about my Round 2 sponsor post, and several sub-language story ideas began to coalesce…

This update reflects that I did little revising and no blogging. I’ll be making them more of a focus through the latter half of this week.

So, anything new with you this week? =)

My focus for the balance of the round:

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.

  • Preparing for Round 2 (sponsor post, assessment, new targets)

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

You’ve done well, my small and sturdy friend!

2014 Writing:

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

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge) by March 25. On target.

Write brief character sketch for each MC. On target.

  • Sketches: 3/26

  • Write GMCD for each scene.Pending.

  • Write story summaries.Pending.

  • Sign up for the challenge! Pending.

“TheIDIC Romance” Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May):Create premise, GMC, and character sketches for both protagonists by April 1.On target.

Write character sketches/bios for both POV characters.On target.

  • Basic info: names, role in story, and occupations.

  • Physical descriptions.

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

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • 6/60 scenes complete; scene 7/60in revision.

  • One-tenth through revision run; all Inciting Incidents complete.

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. On target.

  • I didn’t make my two-hour goal on Monday, since I spent most of the day and all night exploring and orienting myself to my new computer. Tuesday, I had a great workout and a few hours with my bestie, Eden Mabee, on just a bit of sleep – by the time I was home and settled, I was just plain too tired to even open a computer.

  • Overall, though, I’m still above my average, and, now that I’ve begun the process of shifting files and adding Scrivener to this machine, I should be able to return to my two hours each day by Thursday.

  • 3/16: 2 hours, 10 minutes.

  • 3/17: 0 hours, 55 minutes.

  • 3/18 N/A – No revising.

  • Month to-date: 53 hours, 15 minutes.

  • Sweet L’il Lenovo has been a big part of our lives, these last years.

 

2014 Hometending:

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Clean up all email files; find a good timeframe for regular purging.Pending.

  • Begin using Google address for professional business.Pending.

  • Continue learning new computer and integrating writing files. Pending.

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • This session was given over to learning my new computer, and making it a writing home, and to physical pursuits.

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

Choose two playful activities per day; walk at least one mile each week: workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. On target, more or less.

  • Lots of good stuff to report here.

  • I got a good workout: four weight exercises; caught up those ten laps from last week, four with a one pound weight in each hand; lot of stretching; and pedaled 6.13 miles on the recumbent bike, using various resistances.

  • I bought a pedometer, and plan to give it a workout tomorrow. =)

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A very hard worker, ready for a life of relaxation!

Playful Diversity: ROW80 Update, 3/16/14

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Sooooo…..are you ready to ROW?! I am!

 It’s been a bit of a wild ride, the latter half of this week. We went from Winter Storm Vulcan (still love that name!) to weather warm enough to go swimming (in an indoor, heated pool, but still…). Annalise has a new-to-her computer. There’s a new microwave in the kitchen. The long winter is shifting into something that will become spring…

And my plot tribbles are definitely multiplying, all hopped up on that quadrotriticale someone left in my study…

Life is embiggening, and I’m throwing my arms wide to embrace it – when I’m not feverishly typing, that is!

Note: Several people have mentioned that my Enterprise posts have piqued their interest. This week and onward, if you click the episode title, you can stream the video free on Star Trek.com.

 I’m just Trying to Keep My Customers Satisfied…!

 

My focus for the balance of the round :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

  • Submitting the children’s homeschool reports; Target attained!

  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. Target attained!

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.Target exceeded!

  • Creating a habit of visiting as soon as I respond to the comment. That’s working well! =)

Set aside time on comment days to catch up if need be. On target.

  • Did this late Thursday and early early Friday.

  • Didn’t manage it on Saturday – we were out part of the day, and I had blogging and editing priorities.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.On target.

Trip’s not feeling so well, for rather “Unexpected” Reasons…

2014 Writing:

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

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge) by March 25.On target.

Create premises for all stories; write POV character’s GMCs. On target.

  • Premise: 9/26

  • GMC: 6/26

Write brief character sketch for each MC. On target.

  • Sketches: 1/26.

  • Write story summaries.Pending.

  • Sign up for the challenge!Pending.

 Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May):Create premise, GMC, and character sketches for both protagonists by April 1.On target.

  • Completed premise testing.

  • Both GMCs complete.

  • This project now has a tentative name “The IDIC Romance”

  • Write character sketches/bios for both POV charactersPending.

Continue watching episodes under consideration. On target.

Anybody up for a little comet walk?

2014 Editing:

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

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • 6/60 scenes complete; scene 7/60 in revision.

  • One-tenth through revision run; all Inciting Incidents complete.

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. On target.

  • 3/ 12: 2 hours, 10 minutes.

  • 3/ 13: 2 hours, 15 minutes.

  • 3 /14: 3 hours; 25 minutes.

  • 3/ 15: 2 hours; 0 minutes.

  • Month to-date: 50 hours, 10 minutes.

Okay, so we needed some agitated blue guys with attitudes and antennae!

2014 Hometending:

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Complete and submit both children’s reports by March 15. Target attained!

  • Completed and submitted! *takes bow and does happy giddy little jig!*

2014 Lifetending:

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

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

Choose two playful activities per day; walk at least one mile each week: workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. On target, more or less.

  • Moving firewood; t’ai chi breathing; shadow crosses; yoga tree pose; jogging in place, echappe.

  • Annalise and I swam and played at the Y pool; I’m counting this as a yes.

  • Walked 4 laps on the track. Also parked around the side of the department store, we visited. I probably managed a mile, or a little more, all told, but I still haven’t gotten a pedometer.

  • I’ll add 10 laps to my goal for next week, to compensate for this week’s low count.

Maybe I should apply the Rules of Acquisition to walking?

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(Winter Storm) VULCAN Play: ROW80 Update, 3/12/14

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Greetings. Your presence here honors me. Shall we begin?

Late last night, Annalise told me, excitedly, “It’s Winter Storm VULCAN, Mom!” Now, she’s not personally that into Star Trek, but the girl would need to be oblivious, or someone else’s kid, not to know how I feel about my pointy-eared fascination.

For herself, she says she thinks there ought to be a Winter Storm Steve, so I explained to her that they didn’t actually name the storm for the species, but instead for the Roman forge-God (which makes as little sense, maybe, as naming it for a desert-dwelling species whose planet has no snow would, maybe).

And there’s another tiny piece of how unschooling looks, in all its playful action.

I’m thankful for this storm. Jim gets an extra day off work, and we’re snug in a warm house. I have three blogposts to write, a report to finish, two hours of editing to do, and projects to develop. Nova and Nature will be on tonight, and there’ll be time to putter around the house and connect with my beloveds.

I’m tempted to thank the storm, but one does not thank logic.

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Instead, I’ll just offer this update.

My main focus for the balance of the round :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

  • Submitting the children’s homeschool reports;

  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

An achievement! image Courtesy WordPress.

 2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On target.

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.Target attained!

  • Two visits on Sunday; several more early early Tuesday.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.On target.

  • 1/4 weekly posts complete.

  • Ideas are forming; queues will be building!

  • Oh, and there’s this: The above post was my 500th on this blog. Yes, shanjeniah, you really are a writer! =D

2014 Writing:

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

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge).On target.

Create Scrivener file; list basic facts for each protagonist (name,age, gender, physical characteristics) by March 10. Target attained on the 11th!

  • Cursory physical characteristics: 26/26 characters.

  • Allowing these to suggest personality traits, and the genesis of their stories.

  • Create premises for all stories; write POV character’s GMCs.

Create timeline, premise, GMC, and character sketches for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May). by April 1.On target.

  • Storied will be in a roughly chronological order.

  • Watched Fusion – the jazz club flashbacks will be the launch point for my POV characters.

  • Wrote a basic, one-sentence premise as the framework for theses stories.

  • Watched Broken Bow and Strange New World. Ideas forming….

2014 Editing:

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

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • 5/60 scenes complete.

  • Scene 6/60 currently in revision.

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. On target.

  • 3/9: 3 hours, 5 minutes.

  • 3/10: 3 hour, 15 minutes.

  • 3/11: 2 hours, 30 minutes.

  • Month to-date: 40 hours, 20 minutes (over the 2/3 goal, for hours).

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • Continued emptying the cabinet that will become the pantry, once the computer desk is moved.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Complete and submit both children’s reports by March 15. On target.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts,Mathematics,Sciences, and Social Sciences completed: Arts in progress.

2014 Lifetending:

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

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

Choose two playful activities per day; walk at least one mile each week: workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Not so much.

  • I was tired after lots of activity last week, followed up by the time change. Did only one on Sunday and Tuesday, and none at all on Monday.

  • Marching in place; skipping rope.

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Party Play: ROW80 Update, 3/9/14

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Hi there! I hope this update finds you well and happy! For me, it’s been a time of productivity and celebration, since it was capped off with my niece’s birthday party.

My revision project is coming along – I’ve found it takes about two days to revise the existing “scenes” (although many of them really didn’t qualify as scenes, as they were originally written), and three or four days to write and revise new scenes.

Happily, I am currently revising the first of five scenes with existing material, so I should have some momentum going into Jim’s weekend.

Still, however long it takes, I am enjoying the process. There are many problems with this rough draft. I’ve grown tremendously as a writer, in large part due to ROW80 and the goal-setting and community that go with it. But the story is good, and exciting, at its core…

It’s gratifying and fun to take that core, and build upon it. Subplots, dialogue, tension, escalation…

Oh, yes! Great fun!

 And now, onto the update…

My main focus for the balance of the round :

  • Revising Chameleon’s Dish;

  • Submitting the children’s homeschool reports;

  • Preparing for April and May’s intensive writing projects.

  • Continuing with home embetterment.

  • Continuing with life embiggening.

Oh, yes! My story is alive with possibilities!

2014 Blogging:

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

Answer comments regularly, across all blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On target.

  • Facebook, Trueborn Jottings, shanjeniah, and a few on Twitter.

  • As a bonus, I checked in at LinkedIn.

  • I missed my Saturday commenting, due to my niece’s birthday party. Today will be a quieter at-home day, so I’ll catch up after posting this update.

Make at least two return visits every other day, on average.Target attained!

  • Three visits on Thursday, another on Saturday.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature.On target.

This WIP is beginning to stand proudly…

2014 Writing:

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

Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge).On target.

Create Scrivener file; list basic facts for each protagonist (name,age, gender, physical characteristics)by March 10. On target.

  • All characters have ages and gender assignations.

  • Allowing these to simmer into characteristics.

Create timeline, premise, GMC, and character sketches for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May). by April 1.On target.

  • Listed episodes I am drawn to expand.

  • Chose 14 episodes or sets of episodes to develop…each one will net two stories: one for each character’s POV.

  • Some may be a series of stories, others just two pieces.

  • So I now have at least an ersatz timeline – and I get to rewatch favorite episodes while I ponder the next steps! =D

Fertile revisioning….

2014 Editing:

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

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • 3/60 scenes complete; one-twentieth of the way! =)

  • Plot Point #1 completed for all three POV characters.

  • Scene 4/60 in revision.

Spend at least 60 hours (2hours/day average) on this pass during March. On target.

  • 3/5: 2 hours, 5 minutes.

  • 3/6: 3 hours, 50 minutes.

  • 3/7: 7 hours, 35 minutes.

  • 3/8: 2 hours, 10 minutes.

  • Month to-date:31 hours, 15 minutes.

  • More than halfway to the monthly hour goal! =)

Loving the process…

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.On target.

  • I began emptying the cabinet that will become the pantry, once the computer desk is moved to Jeremiah’s room.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Complete and submit both children’s reports by March 15. On target.

  • Completed Annalise’s report (excepting attendance).

  • Began Jeremiah’s report.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person from my list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. On target.

  • Spent several hours with my brother and sister-in-law, my former brother-in-law, and assorted nieces and nephews.

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

Choose two playful activities per day; walk at least one mile each week: workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. On target – getting better.

  • Moving firewood; walking; side stretches; ab crunches; stair stepping.

  • Still a bit short on this goal, but getting there!

  • Two more laps at the Y track Wednesday, and a whopping 13 on Thursday (thanks, Eden Mabee for the inspiration (and that pre-birthday visit to MochaLisa’s, too!).

  • A teeny tiny Y workout, at a busy time of day: stretching; chest press machine with light weights, light medicine ball circled around body.

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