Creative Potential: ROW80 Update 4/20/14

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Well, hello there!

Ever think you’ve got things all figured out, only to have new possibilities arise and swirl things into a state of lovely chaos?

Yup, that’s where I am!

  • Earlier this week, I read this post by Eden Mabee. Now, as some of you may know, we’ve been friends pretty near our whole lives; and, for that long, she’s been tugging me out of my comfort zone. So – I will be doing JuNoWriMo this year! My plan is to finish the rough draft of The Stars are Fire, then move on to Perchance to Dream, which will carry me closer to my 2014 goal of completing my three “hanging” WIPs. And, at this point, 50K in a month will hardly cause me to break a sweat!

  • A comment on a post I wrote in January may have led me to the perfect home for my fan fiction. I’ll be checking into that, and I’ll say more when I know more. Early indications are good! =)

And now, for what I’ve been up to:

Note:

  • Goals reviewed monthly.

  • Additions/ adaptations made throughout round.

  • Update lists only goals engaged with during current session.

My main focus this monthis these two challenges:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Volumes could (and may be, someday!) about the things this woman has gotten me into!

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.Target attained!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • 19/26 stories posted. Only seven to go!

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts. Target attained!

  • See Writing, below, for details.

Respond to comments, and return visits. Target attained!

  • Continuing to respond to some each day; retuning visits at that time. =)

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

  • Sunday: 3/3

  • Monday: 0/3 (I totally forgot!)

  • Tuesday: 4/3

My plates are filled with delicious projects!

2014 Writing:

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

For April:

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

  •   3,408 new words.

  • 15,383April WIP words.

  • Scene 35/60.

  • WIP total:     82,384/~100,000 words.

  • NaNo count: 26,643/33,333    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 my2014 A to Z April Challenge project.

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

  • 19/26 complete.

  • Development continues on as-needed/ as-fits-life basis.

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

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30.On target – in a big way!

  • Completed GMCDs through Plot Point 1.

  • Watched several episodes.

  • Ideas for individual stories coalescing.

Building something wonderful…one step at a time!

2014 Hometending:

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

For April:

Continue the family room reset. On target, more or less.

  • Moved out to the front porch; cleaning this will help with the shifting of the family room/kitchen.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

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

  • A tiny bit of sorting.

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • 1 salad.

  • 3 smoothies.

  • 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.Almost

  • Sunday: yes

  • Monday: 2/3

  • Tuesday: yes

Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, on treadmill, or measured by pedometer outside. On target.

  • .4 mile outside, with kids and dog.

  • .4 miles on treadmill.

  • .8 /1.5 so far this week.

Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Outside bubble play with Annalise.

Ride my bicycle at least once a week. Getting closer…

  • Checked my bike out; need to lubricate brakes, seat adjustment, gear shifts.

Get a workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Target attained!

  • Cardio only workout with Jeremiah (he’s not old enough to use the Y’s weight room): Treadmill, recumbent bike, elliptical.

Weaving stories, words, and my life…

Sponsor Visits (and some extras!):

Well, that’s it for me. I’ve got three more blogposts and 1,112 NaNo words to write before I sleep, and this home could use some pretty serious tending…so, until next time, I’ll leave you with something else Eden’s gotten me into…this guy named Art, and this other guy named Paul !

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The Creative Deeps: ROW80 Update 4/20/14

 

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 Well, hello there, and happy Easter, if you’re into that sort of thing!

As the title of this post implies; I’ve been swimming in deeply creative waters, this session.

When I decided that I would give my focus to the “Last House” (now Kifo Island Chronicles) stories in April, and to the T’Pol and Trip fanfic exploration (now, tentatively, The IDIC Romance), I really didn’t know what those explorations would look like.

Now, as I move through the first of these challenges, and the process of preparing for the second, I have a better idea.

I’m doing a lot more planning than any of the posted stories will reveal. I’m digging in, and setting up the structure and basic shapes of something bigger, for both.

  • For KIC, that may end up as a series of novellas.

  • And for TIR, I see a novel waiting to be born…and others on the horizon, because there’s obviously (to me, at least!) so very much more going on between these two characters, and I want to know what it is.

So, there’s a lot more than meets the eye, and these challenges are likely to grow into something much larger, at some later point (I have ideas on when, but, for now, I’ll keep those to myself).

How about you? Do you find yourself using challenges, writing or otherwise, as a way to reach toward larger, longer-term goals? Do you choose challenging projects for that reason? What challenges are you dealing with, now?

Note:

  • Goals are reviewed at the end of each month.

  • Additions/ adaptations made throughout the round.

  • Update list only goals engaged with during current session.

My main focuses this month:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Getting comfortable with the deep places. Photo by Eden Mabee.

2014 Blogging:

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

For April:

Continue posting on my regular schedule.Target attained!

Complete April A to Z challenge. On target.

  • Currently developing stories through Week 3.

  • 16/26 stories posted.

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

  • Lots of prepping and plotting; see Writing, below, for details.

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • I‘m getting to these more frequently, and they keep coming! Cool! =D

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. A bit ahead, this session.

  • Wednesday: 4/3

  • Thursday: 4/3

  • Friday: 4/3

  • Saturday: 4/3

Joyful Flow!

2014 Writing:

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

  • What’s a better feeling than finishing a WIP draft? Why, finding out that you shortchanged yourself by 10K in your final word count, of course! Final count for TBONTB is over 217K, not 207K, as I thought. Since this will become two novels, that’s a pretty good end count.

For April:

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

  • 4,608new words.

  • 11,975April WIP words.

  • Currently writing scene33/60.Past the halfway point!

  • WIP total: 79,089/~100,000 words.

  • Current NaNo count: 23,235/33,333 words. Yup, just under 10K to go, now!

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. On target.

  • 16/26 complete.

  • Development continues in an as-needed/ as-fits-life basis.

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

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30.On target – in a big way!

  • Completed T’Pol and Trip’s character sketches.

  • Set plot and pinch points for both.

  • Completed Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disaster for each point., for both.

  • Set up plot/pinch points in T’Pol’s character arc, with spaces for connecting scenes yet to be plotted.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process. On target.

  • Happening organically as I move through the plotting process.

Reflected Zen depths…?

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

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

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

  • Visited my chair at the store. =)

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • Indirectly. I made one Tweet, via Facebook, with hashtags, duringJeopardy!.

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

  • Two salads. Meals, more like – and there was avocado! =)

  • 1 smoothie.

  • 3/3 attained.

Depth by the handsful! Original photo by Jean Dorsey

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

For April:.

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

  • Wednesday: yes.

  • Thursday: yes.

  • Friday – yes.

  • Saturday – no- I took the kids shopping, so there was walking.

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What lies ahead…and beneath?

 

Wild and Whirling Creation: ROW80 Update, 4/16/14 (Palindrome Week)

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Well, hello there!

So, it’s been a bit of a crazy session for me. My daughter, age 9, found poison ivy or sumac – with her scalp and her eyelid. It was a big, oozy, itchy, painful mess, and made for a challenging few days of oatmeal compresses and thinking, days in, of Benadryl, which is now taming the beast. Phew! She actually found her smile and laughter again – we all missed those!

And, while checking on my comments, I found this:

Whew! I’ve just got caught up here, and wow! these Chronicles are really good!

I particularly liked the way the Barry “chapter” was written – I was mesmerized by the description of Corinne and Barry moving across the floor toward one another – and also the Corrine chapter, which continued the mood and provided some juicy details and a great conflict.

Donovan seems a nice chap and precocious Iris intrigued me when she was introduced.

I enjoyed the Exuberance chapter, and now that I’ve read through to this Karina chapter, I think Exuberance’s name fits well with the spirit-squashing (at the very least) that Howard/Howie, who’s charming at the moment, will probably do to her along the lines of what he does to Iris, or worse…

And poor, tortured Francois, he’s a good, very necessary character for the view he’ll provide regarding the business of dying.

The Howard chapter is a great suspenseful build-up to God knows what horror is to follow!
And thankfully, it seems Iris will begin to use the pluck she showed Donovan to combat the Howard-monster!

I had a little trouble with the starts of the chapters Ava and especially Gladys, but that’s small beans compared to the overall awesomeness of this story idea and your excellent writing!

Bravo!!!

(Thanks to Miss Alister for this lovely confidence-builder!)

Yeah – a wild and whirling session of highs and lows for Palindrome Week! And there may have been some Vulcan zombies, too…

Note:

I review my goals at the end of each month, adding or adapting as indicated throughout the round, and at the beginning of each month. I update only those goals I engaged with during that session.

My main focuses this month:

Other goals will be addressed on a secondary basis.

Boisterous skies…one day it’s near 80; the next, brushing freezing.

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.

  • 13/26 stories posted.

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

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • A little sidetracked by life and a daughter who needed me. Got to a few, though.

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. A bit behind, this week, but ahead last.

  • Sunday: 0/3

  • Monday: 1/3

  • Tuesday: 3/3

Spring, reframed….

2014 Writing:

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

For April:

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

  • 3,767new words.

  • 7,368 April WIP words.

  • Currently writing scene 31/60.Past the halfway point!

  • WIP total: 74,347/~100,000 words.

  • Current NaNo count: 18,440/33,333 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.

  • 13/26 complete – at the halfway point.

  • Development continues in an as-needed or as-fits-life basis.

I’ve felt like this a lot this week…photo by James B. “Chef Bluebeard” Burton

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. Ummmm…two steps forward, and one back…

  • Change of plans – Jeremiah doesn’t want this in his room, after all, and neither does Annalise. I’ve come up with another plan; but it will require other cleaning….so…

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

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

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

Set up coffee/refreshment station.Target attained!

  • Hooray! I have snacks and hot beverages available!

2014 Lifetending:

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

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

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

  • Two salads. Meals, more like – and there was avocado! =)

  • 2/3 attained.

Waiting for THIS sky!

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

For April:.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.Not so much.

  • I did these on Sunday and Monday, not Tuesday.

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And, just when you thought it was safe to go out in the galaxy….yup. You guessed it! VULCAN ZOMBIES!!!!

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….

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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.

Sponsor Visits:

See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!

C’mon, spring…we won’t make you jump through hoops!

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. =)

Sponsor Visits:

See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!

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