Really, Really Spring: April 15, 2015

ROWing along through April!

So, can you believe it?!

What, you ask?

Well, here in upstate New York, it’s spring at last! Yup. And I’ve got the proof, right here in this post.

Witness Exhibit A:

Crocuses! Real, live crocuses! In my yard! =D

Yes, indeedy. The most intrepid of flowers, the crocus, is blooming, at the edge of my yard, slightly shaded by the huge pines – which leads to another proof of spring. During the early part of the winter, we lost a branch large enough to be a tree itself. Now that the snow is melted, my son and I tried to drag it (uh, NOT going to happen; it’ll need to be cut where it lays). In the process, I got a healthy coating of pine pitch – yup, the sap’s running!

In the wetlands of ponds, I’ve seen several red-winged blackbirds. Some people watch for robins, but I’ve seen them weeks before the winter weather ended. The blackbirds, though, don’t show up until spring shoves in.

So, now that we’re ten days into the round, with seventy to go, how am I doing on my goals?

I‘m still mostly concentrated on my two April challenges: the #atozchallenge, and CampNaNoWriMo. I’m definitely writing a shorter novel rather than a novella; I’ve made my peace with that. The story is flowing, and surprising me – the part I love the most!

Within the next week or two, I’ll be much closer to finishing both of these challenges; and then the majority of my time, for the rest of the month, will be split between editing existing works, and preparing for May and June challenges.

For clarification, here are my Round Two  and overarching 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:

Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1  completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • Transitions: Drafting: Scene 17/24 in progress; 35,811/~ 50K words. Act Three has commenced =D Next up, Scenes 17-24.
  • Generations: Plotting: Scene Summaries (and the plotting phase) complete. Set up Scrivener file . Cheat Sheet 4/24 Complete and added to Scrivener outline. Next up, finish hometending for scenes 5/24.
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available. I’ve had a thought or two about this; may change this goal a bit on Sunday.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/14 (L); Drafted through 4/17 (O). Next up, Draft P-Z; schedule M-Z.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar.

Hometending:

Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 2/5 days. Moderate day Sunday; very mellow Monday; no hometending on Tuesday.

Lifetending:

Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • I’m opening up like the crocuses in the yard. More details on the way…eventually…

Selftending:

This entire category fell by the wayside last week to allow for “Otherstending”. Now that we’re feeling better, as a family, I intend to give these, and myself, some much-needed attention.

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • Attempt #1 at yardtending; more furniture moving; a mellow workout; and a one mile walk.
  • Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 2 /2: Attempted to move a very large branch that wasn’t structurally stable enough to last the winter. The only thing that moved was the pine pitch I got all over my hand! A one mile walk, because I parked at the grocery store and walked to and from the Y.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 1 /2: Reviewed journal’s current entry, and updated. Five minutes of breathing meditation; getting more natural, with less thought-clutter.

What are your favorite sure signs of spring? Are they different where you live now than when you were growing up? What are your favorite spring activities? Leave a note, an image, a link, or a comment in the little box, and share your springtime with us!

My next update on will be posted Sunday. Till then, let’s ROW along the ROW80 Blog Hop River, or, if you’re suitably inspired, come join in! You’ve got nothing to lose, and only your goals to attain! The icon is your portal!

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And, before I go, and especially for Tammy Rizzo, who spoke longingly of missing them – I offer 45 seconds of another sure sign of spring, here – peeper frogs, accompanied by bullfrogs, and what I think are ducks…no real visual, but the sound….that’s a whole symphony of spring!

Second Serving Sunday: The Greening Up Edition

 

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, from my little corner of the blogosphere

Life Stuff:

My last Second Serving Sunday post: The A-Z CampNaNo Edition

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

This week was – interesting. Yes. That’s the word I’m going with.

It started with my daughter getting sick shortly after I got home from my write-in last Sunday night. Monday had her on the couch, sleeping on and off all day. I call her the Force of Nature, and not because she’s generally sedentary. The whole vibe shifted, without her kinetic energy bubbling through everything else.

Tuesday was even more interesting. My Accomplice got the stomach bug, just as my daughter was recovering. The aging dog decided that the cat needed chasing – that’s something that happens a couple of times a week. But this time he caught her, and ‘played’ with her. He got a lacerated nose; she hid under the sink for two days before emerging, still stiff and sore, but jumping and climbing. She’s now curled up on my bed, and I’m making a point to wear the dog out more often, to avoid further angst and injury, and promote healthier canine/feline relations (or at least a detente!).

I’m kind of glad the second part of the week was more mellow, you know?

In other news, I’m gearing up to dive into Act Three of my first CampNaNo novel(-la?), Transitions (KIC#1) ; I’ve done the majority of the plotting for Generations (KIC#2). I’m on schedule with my Blogging from A-Z April Challenge,  and I’m planning to finish up and submit my ROW80 sponsor post later today.

And now, last week’s features:

ROW80: The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.

Eight Sentence Sunday:

  • Introductions” : A young potter named Corinne is introduced to two older men…opening paragraphs of my Kifo Island Chronicles novella-in-progress, Transitions.

Coffee and Conversation:

  • On April hiatus.

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • Until Today? Terrance has suspicions, and what he thought were the unshakable foundations of his marriage might be crumbling. More from Transitions (Kifo Island Chronicles #1).

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

A-Z Challenge: Traveling my Way Through the Alphabet in April!

  • Everglades and Eagles: We travel back to the River of Grass to visit some wildlife; then out west to Yellowstone, for a close encounter of the bald eagle kind.
  • Havasu Falls:  A trip to the place of the blue-green waters, and a new stage in a relationship’s journey…
  • In the Dark: How do you feel about being in the dark – now, how about in a cave or underwater cavern?
  • Joshua Trees:  Music can inspire and transport us to unexpected and wondrous places – sometimes, literally.

What’s Next:

April Focuses:

  • Setting ROW80 goals for Round Two, which starts on April 6.
  • Completing 60,000 words for CampNaNo (roughly two novellas).
  • Draft two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas: Transitions and Generations.
  • Complete the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge.
  • Planning and plotting for Story A Day May, when I will explore more stories for The IDIC Romance.

Sneak Preview:

  • For Coffee and Conversation: C and C is on April hiatus. There will be an A-Z post each week, so feel free to stop by any Monday, and enjoy!
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: New stuff for April – July. I’ll be sharing whatever I’m writing, when I get to Wednesday. This week, one last snippet from Transitions, before I begin drafting Generations.
  • Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS):A post based on the weekly prompt, TBA Friday. Might be fiction, or not, but it’s always surprising!
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Eight sentences from my Kifo Island Chronicles novellas, Transitions and Generations, throughout April. We’ve got one more from Transitions, and then Generations takes center stage.
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and/or long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday, beginning April 5, with my Round Two goals post.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

May your week ahead exceed your wildest expectations! Spring is finally here, and I’m…

 

Sowing and Sprouting: April 12, 2015

ROWin’ through April!

It’s one week into Round 2 of ROW80. The #atozchallenge, and CampNaNoWriMo are in full swing – as were the bats in the marathon 19 inning Yankees/Red Sox game. How do I know that? Because my daughter and I were looking forward to watching The Amazing Race, and there was this ball game, so we figured we’d watch it till it ended, and see if our show came on later. And then we kept watching, to see how long it would last…all I can say is that I’m glad we’re night people!

I’ve also had a few days to play with my new April goals, drawn from my Round Two  and overarching 2015 goals .

Most of my writing time has been spent on the challenges above – drafting A-Z posts and Transitions, the first Kifo Island novel (-la? – It might be too long to be called that, when all is said and done), and plotting Generations, the second volume. I’m in brainstorming mode for Volume 3 (which I’ll at least begin drafting sometime in June).

And there’s a Vulcan whispering in my ear again – I have to listen carefully, because Vulcans have better hearing than humans, and so her whispers are very quiet. Quiet, but insistent. The lady isn’t a big fan of waiting her turn, apparently. I’m trying to give her my attention in the non-occupied moments when I’m hometending or driving or showering…but, did I mention that she’s rather insistent? Oh, and insistent. =)

On the plus side, having this fired up imagination has led to ideas for other stories, too, and to a round of repurposing around the house. So I really don’t mind the insistent and very quiet whispers – even if I don’t speak Vulcan…

Okay, if you ever thought I was sane…yeah, right. Vulcans, baseball, and sanity notwithstanding, though, let’s get on with the 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:

Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1  completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • Transitions: Drafting: Scene 14/24 complete; 28,355/~ 30K words. This is obviously going to be a short novel length (closer to 50K than 30K) rather than a novella…ah, well! It’s a great story, and I’m not complaining. Act Three is about to commence =D Next up, Scenes 15-24.
  • Generations: Plotting: Plot/Pinch Points; Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disasters; and ordering scenes into rough novella outline complete. Scene Summaries complete through 16/24. Next up, Scene Summaries (paragraphs for beginning/middle/end of each scene).
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Rough draft of sponsor post written and highlighted and ordered for revision. Next up, Revision Pass #1. I expect to submit this before I sleep on Sunday.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/11 (J); Drafted through 4/15 (M), and halfway through. Next up, Draft N-Z; schedule K-Z.
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar.

Hometending:

Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 6/5 days. Slow day Wednesday – tired and headachy. Better day Thursday, slower again Friday – headache, more on Saturday.

Lifetending:

Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

  • Yankees/Red Sox with my daughter. Conversation with my Accomplice.

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • I’m sharing on social media, and had a brief chat with a dear friend, but haven’t really been online except for blogging purposes. The words and stories have me. I did do something rather brave, but it’s personal family stuff, and I’m not ready to talk about it yet. I am counting it as an expansion.

Selftending:

Still getting back up to speed after intense“Otherstending”. Now that we’re feeling better, as a family, I intend to give these, and myself, some much-needed attention.

Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • Playtime with the dog. Moving moderately sized furniture.
  • Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • See above.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 1 /2 for both; measured breathing meditation for 3 minutes.

All in all, a good session, getting back into a more regular rhythm after the sickness at the beginning of the week.

And how about you? Was your week pleasant, or less so? Any big news or small victories? What challenges are you dealing with, right now? I love when you share!

I’ll have another update on Wednesday. Till then, come ROW along with other participants by clicking the little icon below – it’s your portal into the ROW80 Blog Hop! And if you’re suitably inspired, come join in! You’ve got nothing to lose, and only your goals to attain!

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April Showers Bring…Sickness?!: April 8, 2015

ROWing on into Round Two….

How are you feeling, this fine Wednesday? If you’re a fellow ROWer, this is the first Wednesday of the brand-spanking-new Round Two. If you’re playing at the #atozchallenge, it’s “G” day. If you’re a NaNoWriMo April Camper, it’s Day 8, which means you’ve got 23 day let to achieve your goal.

Of course, it might not even be Wednesday in your part of the world when you read this, which will nullify that whole paragraph! =)

Anyway, it’s been an off-kilter few days here. My daughter began vomiting Sunday night, and my Accomplice on Monday evening. They had strong chills and were too weak to move around much. They’re both on the mend, now – Annalise says she’s feeling great today, and my Accomplice is planning to go back to work as scheduled.

The sickness did mean that my writing time was sporadic, and that we’ve rescheduled a planned weekend visit to our dear friends in New Jersey…

Every writer has a life, and a reality within which they create. Sometimes, things flow easily, and support our writing – and other times, like the last few days have been for me, they don’t. Life does what it does, and we’re swept along, whatever our plans are. We can fight it, flail against it – or surrender to the flow of what is…

Me? I’m all for surrender. I wrote less, but returned when I could. Energy and focus were largely devoted to my sick beloveds, when they needed me, and writing happened in little drips and drops mre than in long sessions.

But a lot can be done, with drips and drops of time – like the light rain tapping my windows, the drips and drops of water nourishing the shoots of new grass gradually greening up our lawn after a winter of epic proportions, and waking the seeds that still lie within the earth’s embrace…and so, here are my brand-new April goals, based on my Round Two and overarching 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:

Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1  completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • Transitions: Drafting: Scene 9/24 in progress; 16,541/~ 30K words.
  • Generations: Plotting: Plot/Pinch Points 2/3 complete.
  • Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts if available.

Editing:

  • Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

Blogging:

Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/7 (F); Drafted through 4/11 (J).
  • Clean up/update blog sidebar.

Hometending:

Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 2/5 days. Took Tuesday off from most hometending.

Lifetending:

Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

  • Couples time, conversation, and movies with my Accomplice; watching Yellowstone geyser and mud pot videos and conversation with my sick daughter; shopping, write-in, Tori Amos, and conversation about his new online friends in Nepal and Germany, with my son.
  • Attended local NNWM write-ins on Sunday and Tuesday evenings; more virtual interaction, and saw my lifelong bestie, Eden Mabee, on Tuesday, too! Hooray!

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • I’m interacting and sharing more on social media, but in a way that feels right for me, rather than as platform-building strategy. And I have nebulous ideas…

Selftending:

This entire category fell by the wayside to allow for “Otherstending”. Now that we’re feeling better, as a family, I intend to give these, and myself, some much-needed attention.

  • Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.
  • Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.
  • Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.
  • Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

So, that’s my first session, and my Sunday-Tuesday. How about you? Did the last few days go according to plan, for you, or were there unexpected wrinkles? How do you adapt, when things go awry? Are you a roll with the punches type, or more inclined to try to keep all those balls up in the air? Do you have any tricks for surviving those less-than-ideal times? Sharing them might just give someone else exactly the tool they’ve been looking for!

I’ll be back with another update on Sunday. Till then, you can ROW along with other participants by clicking the little icon below – it’s your portal into the ROW80 Blog Hop

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Round Two Goals: Natural Growth

ROWing into Round Two!

Can you believe it’s time for ROW80 Round Two? I’m having a weird feeling of being very ready, and not at all ready, all at once.

Ever felt that way?

I came home from a write-in last night, spent some private time with my Accomplice – and then our daughter vomited – so it was an odd night, with her feeling weak and queasy, and me not feeling much better, whether out of sympathy or because we have the same thing, whatever it is…

But enough about that. It’s time to ROW!

Round One was my Revisioning Round – my chance to explore and stretch and get a better sense of where I’m going. I accomplished a good deal. But here’s the thing…it felt a bit too forced, too rushed, like there was always more waiting for me than I could get to.

I want to embrace my goals, instead, 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 nature of life.  

As usual, I’ll share my April goals at the first check-in. I’ll update my progress toward those each Wednesday and Sunday; movement toward Round Two goals at the end of each month; and 2015 goals at the end of the round -80 days from now!

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

Writing:

Write1Sub1: Draft one story, and submit one, each month.

  • I’m counting my CampNaNo Kifo Island Chronicles novella projects for April and June. May will see 31 new stories. I will revise and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” in April; “Peach Liqueur Love” in May, and possibly the next compilation story from The IDIC Romance in June.

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

  • Transitions (KIC #1): Currently in drafting. Scene 6/24; 12,794/~30,000 words.

  • Generations (KIC #2): Currently in planning.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Currently in brainstorming.

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.

  • Story plotting reverse-engineered and rewritten. Resting at present; awaiting next revision pass.

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

  • Still drafting. Scheduled through April 6; drafts through April 10.

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

  • This is likely to be a June project, primarily.

Editing:

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

  • Story plotting reverse-engineered and rewritten. Resting at present; awaiting next revision pass.

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

  • This will be a back-burner project that will get done in bits and pieces. I’ll likely do the bulk of this in June.

Social Media:

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

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

  • Likely to be done in fits and starts as time, energy, and focus permit.

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

Explore social media as it fits with life and writing.

Hometending:

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

  • I’m dropping the specifics; just going with the flow of what seems most relevant.

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

  • By the end of the round, we’ll be in full-on end-of-year/ beginning of year mode. This will be a May/June focus.

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

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

Lifetending:

Kindle ebooks: Read 3, and write reviews for 5 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • This might be a bit too ambitious, with my other projects; we’ll see.

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

  • This is an easy one. I love my group! =D

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

  • Keeping it simple, because I’ve got a LOT else going on!

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

  • Keeping this – and them! – as a priority. <3

Selftending:

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation and intention journal twice weekly.

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

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

  • Fell by the wayside in a bitter winter; time to indulge!

Intuitive Eating:

Read and begin considering.

  • 32% read. Lots of pondering.

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

A Year of Exploration: 2015 Writing Goals EOR1 Progress

ROWin’ on to Round Two – and a last look at Round One!

My overarching theme for 2015 is Exploration. I’ll be exploring various aspects of my life, learning and growing as I move toward and evaluate my goals.

Below are my quarterly themes:

January-March: Re-Visioning

April -June: Expansion

July-September: Reflection

October-December: Gratitude

Writing:

Complete the Write1 Sub1 Challenge: Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2015.

  • Yes for January; February and March brought 11 new stories! Submission waylaid by vacation.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles: Write rough sketches for 10 novellas; plot 5 novellas; draft 3 novellas.

  • Character lists complete. Rough sketches: 2/10; planning list drafted. 1/5 plotted, in the early stages of drafting KIC #1: “Transitions”. In early stages of plotting 2/5 KIC#2: “Generations”.

Complete the Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch the entire canon Star Trek franchise, in chronological order – taking notes for future fan fiction development.

Develop The IDIC Romance: Plot and write 31 new stories; submit revised stories through “Movements” to at least 1 fan fiction site.

  • Rough sketches for all 2015 Story-a-Day entries; “SJA” in pre-sub revisions.

Blogging from A-Z: Draft 26 alphabet -themed travel posts.

  • Topic list and an intro post completed.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan, plot, and draft one novel in each series; as July CampNaNoWriMo and November NaNoWriMo projects.

  • Rough sketches done.

Write at least 750 words daily: at 750words.com.

  • Only missed three days before vacation. A lapse during and after; now using FocusWriter.

Editing:

  • Chameleon’s Dish (title subject to change): Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).
  • Bounded by a Nutshell: Create pre-revision plan, using existing notes and Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revision.
  • The Stars Are Fire/Perchance to Dream: Readthroughs and pre-revision notes.

The IDIC Romance: Organize Scrivener file; revise stories through “Golden Slipper”.

  • Revising compilation of first three stories.

Write1Sub1 Challenge: Revise 5 existing short stories using Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision process.

  • Monday Morning Coffee” revised/submitted.
  • 2012/2014 OctPoWriMo poems: Revise all poems; categorize by project.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance: Keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits.

  • More consistently through round.

Build blog queues: 5 each WIPpet and C and C posts.

  • On and off.

Blogging Action Plan: Review; revise; and implement.

  • Brainstorming, and on hold.

Twitter and Facebook: Visit at least twice weekly.

  • Fairly consistently.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect: Visit at least one weekly.

  • Some; not as much as I’d hoped.

Share posts – mine, and others': Share at least 15 items per week.

  • 5 a week; about a third of the round.

Blog views and followers: Increase views to 150 at least 10 times/ month; followers to 1000; WordPress followers to 333, because I like that number!

  • All trending up. And thank you! =)

Hometending:

Complete resets/reorganizations: family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen.

  • Considerable work done; most not in specified areas.

Inhabit my study: cleaning, organizing, and using the space daily, when home.

  • Much progress here! I love this evolving space!

Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess.

  • Fair progress, despite Laptop Interruptus.

Homeschool Administration: Complete all homeschool paperwork, including Annalise’s standardized testing, on time. Streamline where possible.

  • Everything up to date.

Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris.

  • Nope. Long, hard winter intervened.

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

  • Oregon images scanned; Arizona is up next.

ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date.

  • A little slow, at times, with discord; but a win.

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February.

  • And a glorious time had by all!

Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for the 22 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • 2/22 read. 0/22 reviews complete; 1/22 drafted.

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

  • Sporadic on the interaction; great at write-ins; attended most weeks.

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least 3 times/week.

  • Lost track during vacation. Was meditating once a week.

TBR Stacks: Complete bedroom TBR pile.

  • Read one.

Smart Change: Work through at least one goal using the methods in this book.

  • Reread Chapter One; then vacation stall.

Starfleet: Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.

  • Reconnected.

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

  • Major win – much more than scheduled, for all of them! <3

Paying it Forward: Complete at least six beta reads and ten promotional blog posts for other writers.

  • Stalled on beta read 1; no blog posts.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity thrice weekly; with Wii Fit four times weekly.

  • Made it to the Y most weeks; more physical activity; not so much with the Wii.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog three times weekly.

  • Sometimes.

Practice: Resume t’ai chi and yoga classes, either/or at least twice/month.

  • Found a class schedule; that’s it.

Intuitive Eating: Read and put into practice as I continue to evolve nutritional goals that make me feel healthy and energized.

  • 25% complete; lots to chew on…
  • Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 30 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.
  • 4/30. It’s a start.

Weight: Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

  • Mostly maintained, on average.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s ROW80 Writing Challenge – Round Two leaves the dock on Monday. April 6!

Round One Goal Update: Life in Revision

ROW paused; time to assess.

Hi there! This new year of ours is nearly a quarter gone, now. How are you feeling about things? Has life offered you lemonade, or moldering, fermented lemons? Has it been rolling by, more or less while you watch it like a passing train, or have you been the conductor, orchestrating symphonies of beautiful memory-melodies?

It’s been a bit of both, for me, thus far. Our family vacation cross-country to Oregon brought me treasured recollections and new stories…and, more, a new direction for our lives – we’re now a family hoping to relocate on the other side of the country two years from now – a monumental and dizzying prospect, at present, but, little by little, we’re putting together our ideas of what we’ll need to do to accomplish it…

But that’s not what this post is about. It’s time, now, to look not forward, but back – back to the beginning of the year, and the goals I set for ROW80 Round One, when, perhaps fittingly, my theme was Revisioning…here’s what I said, at the onset of the round.

I’ll expand my comfort zone by stretching past it, to make expeditions out into the world and into my soul. I will experiment and interact with the world around me, from the microcosm of my personal and family spaces, to as far into imaginary and real space as I can manage. I will play, and learn, and love, and grow, and share…

These ROW80 Round One goals, are exploratory steps along a path – part of the trail I’m blazing in this discovery quest. I’m Re-Visioning, this round, making it my purpose to see things differently, and improve them where I see a need and a means. Simple things, and more complicated ones…

Writing:

Write1Sub1: Draft at least one story and submit at least one story each month.

  • Written: A total of 11; 4 character building stories for KIC – “Transitions”; 6IDIC Romance stories; 1 The Earth Doth Move – based flash story – Spock as a toddler.

  • Submitted: 1 of 2;“Monday Morning Coffee”; potentially the opening of a novella.Slow Jazz Awakening” in revision for pending fan fiction submission.

Kifo Island Chronicles Plot 3 novellas, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot.

  • Characters chosen for the three novellas; plan created for plotting both April CampNaNo novels. First novella planning commenced; in early stages.

Star Trek Chronology Project:  Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise; take notes and develop list of stories to write; update/complete background materials.

  • Through “Civilization” with notes taken.
  • Through “Fusion” without.
  • Background materials read. Revised versions in progress.
  • List of 2015 stories with brief sketches completed.

The IDIC Romance: Choose a fan fiction site; submit the story compiled from “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities”.

  • Compilation Draft 1.5 completed; reverse engineering revision plan progressing.

A-Z travel posts: Complete rough drafts of all.

  • List of post topics created; intro post published; notetaking for posts commenced.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series: Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

Write 750 words daily: at 750words.com.

  • No 750 words post-vacation; experimenting with FocusWriter.

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish:  Revise all plot and pinch points, prologue and epilogue (13 scenes).

  • No forward momentum; other projects took over.

The IDIC Romance: Revise stories through “Tigress T’Pol”. (3 stories).

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” revisions progressing.

Write1Sub1: Revise “Morning Coffee” and “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; choose three more short stories to revise in 2015.

  • Monday Morning Coffee” completed.
  • 2/3 new stories selected: The Venom Club” and “Answering Machine Flash”.

Social Media:

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

  • A bobble or two; otherwise good.

Build blog queues: 3 each WIPpet and C and C posts.

  • Not really.

Blogging Action Plan: Review/revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar.

  • Plan reviewed.

Twitter  and Facebook: Visit at least twice weekly.

  • Mostly.

Pinterest, LinkedIn,  WANATribe, ect: Visit at least one weekly.

  • Some.

Share posts – mine, and others': Share at least 5 items a week.

  • Mostly.

Blog views and followers: Increase blog views to 50 at least 10 times per month; followers to 700; WordPress followers to 222.

  • Some views above 50…
  • 733 total followers.
  • 226 WP followers.

Hometending:

Complete resets/reorganizations: Complete family room reset; clean all kitchen counters; organize/remodel island; and rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.

  • Progress made.

Inhabit my study: Clean and organize floor and project table; replace calendar and candle; use the space at least twice per week.

  • Almost finished with floor and table.

Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and backup Desktop and Writing Bullpen files; sort Leisure Time Reading file; maintain inbox below 100 messages at least twice weekly.

  • A good deal of organizing and purging.

Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.

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

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

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February.

Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for 6 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • 2/6 books read; 1/6 review in drafts.

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

  • Great attendance; fair interaction.

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least once a week.

  • Some.

TBR Stacks: Read 3 books bedroom TBR pile.

  • 1/3.

Smart Change: Select a goal to focus on, using the methods in this book.

  • Reread Chapter One.

Starfleet: Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.

  • Reconnected.

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

  • Far exceeded. =)

Paying it Forward: Complete at least two beta reads and promotional blog posts for other writers as requested.

  • Beta read 1 /2 stalled.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly; with Wii Fit at least once weekly.

  • Not so much WiiFit.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog thrice weekly.

  • Sometimes.

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

  • Found class schedules.

Intuitive Eating:

Read and begin considering.

  • 25% read.

Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 10 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

  • 4/10.

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

Weight: Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

  • Maintained.

These goals were a part of Kait Nolans ROW80 Writing Challenge – Check back on April 5, 2015 for my Round Two goals.