January 25, 2015: Focusing My Vision

ROWin’ along through January!

Wow, here we are – already at the penultimate January update! A little hard to believe, isn’t it?

It’s the time in the month where I tend to narrow my focus to those items I most want to complete. In this case, it’s my Write1 Sub1 and Just Jot It January challenges.

I intentionally set a large and diverse array of goals, knowing that I wouldn’t have time to finish everything on the list, but that I could move many things forward. As we move through the last week of the month, I’m a little astounded by how far I’ve come – nearly everything started, and more than two dozen completed, with nearly that many more in progress.

What isn’t finished this month will form the basis of my February goals. With a trip to Oregon taking up the second half of the month, it seems like a good idea not to pile on a heap of new goals. Oh, and I’m sharing Oregon pictures from looong ago, because I finally can! =)

And how about you? Have you found your stride in this new year, or are you still feeling things out, and choosing a direction?

January Update #6:

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough: 31.5

  • Goals in progress: green: 23.5

  • Goals-in-waiting: red: 3.5

Focuses:

  • Revisions: Chameleon’s Dish; The IDIC Romance; and “Morning Coffee”.

  • Write1Sub1: Terrance’s Story (for Kifo Island Chronicles); “Morning Coffee”.

  • Oregon Trip: Planning and preparing.

Bunko-dog vs. The Kelp Monster!

Writing:

Write1Sub1:

Write rough draft of Terrance’s story (for Kifo Island Chronicles).

  • Began the draft! I like Terrance quite a lot.

Submit “Morning Coffee” to World Unknown Review.

  • Revisions ongoing.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort stories into novella threads; choose three.

Complete background information for at least one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot

Star Trek Chronology Project:

Complete current viewing of Star Trek: Enterprise. 

Rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

The IDIC Romance

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use 750words.com for freewriting and to chart progress.

  • 23/31 days.
  • Missed by 50 words on 1/24; I forgot about them! Overall, I’m ahead, though.

Driftwood Bounty!

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • Changing goal to all midpoints.
  • Midpoint 2/3 in revision.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.

Write1Sub1:

Revise “Morning Coffee”.

  • Exercise 4/5 progressing.

Choose at least 1 more story for 2015 revision.

Fitful Pacific Sunset

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • Yes.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 Coffee and Conversation post:

Write 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

  • Highlighted for February revision.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook:

Visit each twice weekly.

  • Facebook: 2/ 2
  • Twitter: 5/ 2 – I’m really starting to love it!

Pinterest,LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit at least one weekly.

  • 2/1.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share 3 items a week.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (at least 10 times this month).

  • 24/31.

Silhouette of an old friend long gone….

Hometending:

Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean kitchen counter to left of sink.

Rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean and organize floor.

  • More progress!

Replace calendar and candle.

Use the space weekly.

Personal Administration:

Clean, organize, and backup Desktop and Writing Bullpen files‘; sort Leisure Time Reading file.

Maintain inbox below 100 messages twice weekly.

  • Tuesday. 1 /2.

Homeschool Administration:

Begin second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Done!

ROW80:

Submit sponsor post.

Keep visits up-to-date.

My Accomplice, the Oregon boy, before the blue beard. =)

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

Interact at least weekly online.

Meditation:

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

  • Focal point meditation – fingertips.

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 book from bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make a list of goals to focus on, using the methods in this book.

  • Reread Chapter One.

Starfleet:

Reconnect with USS Albany group.

My beloveds:

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

  • 4/2 -Accomplice.
  • 5/2 – Jeremiah.
  • 6/2 -Annalise.
  • Late night conversation and hanging out.

Paying it Forward:

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

Pacific Twilight

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts:

At the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly.

Wii Fit at least once weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

  • Totally forgot!

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog at least weekly.

Practice:

Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

Intuitive Eating:

Read.

  • 10% complete.

Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop a repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

Weight:

Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the ROWboat!

We were taking selfies way back in 1997, before they even had a name!

January 21, 2015: Variable Visions

ROW, ROW, ROW your boat….

Can you believe that January is already winding down?

There were fewer people at the Y today, and I didn’t see any tours happening. So, resolutions may be waning, for some of those who set them. Since I’m a big-goals-taken-in-baby-steps type, I’m starting to see some cumulative progress, and I’m eager to see which goals I can complete in the next ten days. I’ve got most things in progress, now, and the longer-term projects are moving along. I’ll be patching in some of the smaller ones I haven’t spent much time with, too, for the remainder of this month.

Are you seeing progress with your goals or resolutions, or considering revisions to your vision?

January Update #5:

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough: 24.5

  • Goals in progress: green: 27

  • Goals-in-waiting: red: 6.5

Focuses:

  • Revisions: Chameleon’s Dish; The IDIC Romance; and “Morning Coffee”.

  • Write1Sub1: Terrance’s Story (for Kifo Island Chronicles); “Morning Coffee”.

  • Oregon Trip: Planning and preparing.

Dreams can come true – especially when I’m ROWing along! Photo by Annalise S. Burton.

Writing:

Write1Sub1:

Write rough draft of Terrance’s story (for Kifo Island Chronicles).

  • Cheat Sheet finished; plot and pinch points set.

Submit “Morning Coffee” to World Unknown Review.

  • Exercise 3/5 in revision.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort stories into novella threads; choose three.

Complete background information for at least one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot. 

Star Trek Chronology Project

Complete current viewing of Star Trek: Enterprise. 

Rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

The IDIC Romance: 

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

  • About 1/5.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

  • Chose topics.
  • Basic bullet lists to ponder.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use 750words.com for freewriting and to chart progress.

  • 20/31 days.

Pre-revision notes, Bounded by a Nutshell.

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • 1.5/6.5 January scenes completed.

  • Revising Midpoint 2/3.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

  • Yes! Done, and split into two final segments.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.

Write1Sub1: 

Revise “Morning Coffee”.

  • New insights will make a longer, better story!

Choose at least 1 more story for 2015 revision.

Playful Learning!

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • Yes.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 Coffee and Conversation post:

Write 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook: 

Visit each twice weekly.

  • Facebook: 1/ 2
  • Twitter: 1/ 2

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit one weekly.

  • WANATribe: Seems very quiet over there….
  • Pinterest – ooh, yummy!
  • 2/1.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share 3 items a week.

  • Several/3: Twitter and Facebook Writer Page, with hashtags.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (at least 10 times this month).

  • 19/31.

I know that desk is still there, under a pile of living…!

Hometending:

Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean all kitchen counters to left of sink.

Rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean and organize floor.

  • Good progress!

Replace calendar and candle.

Use the space weekly.

  • All the writing stuff! =D

Personal Administration:

Clean, organize, and backup Desktop and Writing Bullpen files‘; sort Leisure Time Reading file.

  • More LTR sorting/deleting.

Maintain inbox below 100 messages twice weekly.

  • Tuesday. 1 /2.

Homeschool Administration:

Begin second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

ROW80:

Submit sponsor post.

Keep visits up-to-date.

Give us peace.

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

  • Began discussing/ arranging rental car; itinerary; scheduling.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

  • Not this week, due to weather.

Interact at least weekly online.

  • Tuesday morning.

Meditation:

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

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 book from bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make a list of goals to focus on, using the methods in this book.

  • Reread most of Chapter One.

Starfleet:

Reconnect with USS Albany group.

  • Emailed!

My beloveds:

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

  • 4/2 -Accomplice and Annalise.
  • 5/2 – Jeremiah.
  • Fashion; Cookie Clicker; workout/ dinner out; couples’ time/movies.

Paying it Forward:

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

  • Completed Chapter Four.
  • Betas: 0 /2 complete.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts:

At the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly.

  • Yes; strong on weights, light on cardio.

Wii Fit at least once weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog at least weekly.

  • Workout with Jeremiah.

Practice:

Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

Intuitive Eating:

Read.

Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop a repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

Weight:

Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

  • Maintained preceding weight. =)

Take a ride on the ROWboat!

Sunset in Florence, Oregon, long ago….

January 18, 2015: Multifaceted Vision

January’s just ROWin’ along….

Are you the resolution type? If you are, what resolutions did you set, and how are you feeling, as January slips away?

I’m more of a goal girl. ‘Resolution’ feels – restrictive. I prefer to dive into possibilities, and go for a nice long swim…

One of my novels features a river where iridescent spherical shapes bob on the surface. January’s been like playing in that river, with light catching different angles with every breath…

January Update #4:

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough: 24

  • Goals in progress: green: 26

  • Goals-in-waiting: red: 7.5

Focuses:

  • Revisions: Chameleon’s Dish; The IDIC Romance; and “Morning Coffee”.

  • Write1Sub1: Terrance’s Story (for Kifo Island Chronicles); “Morning Coffee”.

  • Oregon Trip: Planning and preparing.

Writing:

Write1Sub1:

Terrance’s story (Kifo Island Chronicles): Rough draft.

  • Background material written.
  • Cheat Sheet begun.

Morning Coffee”: Submit – World Unknown Review.

  • Reread all completed exercises.
  • Exercise 3/5 in revision.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort into novella threads; choose three.

Complete background information for one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot.

  • Gladys/Howard/Iris: Kifo Island Chronicles #1: Generations

  • Set up Scrivener file.

Star Trek Chronology Project:

Complete Star Trek: Enterprise.

Rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

The IDIC Romance:

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

  • ~ 1/5.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use 750words.com for freewriting/ charting progress.

  • 17/31 days.

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • .5/6.5 completed.

  • Revising Midpoint 1/3.

  • Devices pass 1/5 done.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

  • Extenuating Circumstances”.
  • Next segment freewritten.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.

Write1Sub1:

Revise “Morning Coffee”.

  • In revision.

Choose 1 more story for 2015 revision.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • Yes to all.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 Coffee and Conversation post:

  • Archived 2012 post excerpted as a base.

Write 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

  • I’ve found several versions of the BAP; skimmed.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

  • Began with Pages.

Twitter and Facebook:

Visit twice weekly.

  • 2 /2 – Twitter.
  • 4/2 - Facebook.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit one weekly.

  • Quick visits to Pinterest and LinkedIn; breaking the ice.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share 3 items a week.

  • 4/3; to Facebook Writer Page; reblog.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (10 times this month).

  • 15/31.

Hometending:

Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

  • Train bin emptied/precleaned.

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean kitchen counter to left of sink.

  • Emptied “the Bowl bowl”.

Rehome pans/ serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean / organize floor.

  • Sweeping/sorting.

Replace calendar and candle.

Use the space once per week.

  • Sorted photos.

Personal Administration:

Clean /organize/ backup Desktop /Writing Bullpen files; sort Leisure Time Reading .

  • Desktop decluttered with a cool new image – “Starry Night”.
  • First deletion passes; WB/ LTR.

Maintain inbox below 100 messages twice weekly.

  • Monday and Friday.

Homeschool Administration:

Begin second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.

  • Goal changed; start this month, finish next.

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Sorted.

ROW80:

Submit sponsor post.

  • Done!

Keep visits up-to-date.

  • Caught up.

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

  • Happening organically.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

  • Free to Learn by Pam Laricchia;
  • Free to Live by Pam Laricchia; 75%
  • Reading: 1 /2
  • Reviews: 1 /2 (draft)

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

  • Yes!

Interact at least weekly online.

  • Monday!

Meditation:

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

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 book from bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make list of focus goals, using methods in this book.

Starfleet:

Reconnect with USS Albany group.

My beloveds:

One on one time with each, twice per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • YouTube videos w/Miah – quadratics/ gaming.
  • Chatting w/Lise – fashion, coloring, growing up.
  • Movies/cuddles w/Accomplice.
  • 3/2 for each.

Paying it Forward:

Complete two beta reads and promotional blog posts for other writers as requested.

  • Into Chapter Three.
  • Betas: 0 /2 complete.
  • No promotions requested.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts:

At the Y or a strenuous activity weekly.

  • Y on Tuesday.

Wii Fit weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

  • 24 minutes; experimented.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog weekly.

Practice:

Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

  • Found classes that fit my availability.

Intuitive Eating:

Read.

Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

  • Guacamole; brown rice with mixed fresh veggies; veggie pizza; veggie pasta salad.
  • 4 /4 very simple dishes – fun!

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

Weight:

Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the ROWboat!

January 14, 2015: Vision and Revision

ROWin’ to my goals!

So, have you seen any good fireworks lately? Some places have them for New Year’s, so you might have.

Me, too.

Mine, though, have been more internal. The flashbangs of new ideas, and the sizzlesparkle of new connections and layers in older ones. Things are shifting, and happening, but a lot of it is the type that will show up later, and cumulatively, like the Grand Finale. It won’t necessarily look like much, in the next few updates, but it’s like setting up for the show. A lot happens that doesn’t show, in the dark, when magic paints the sky as if it was Lite-Brite

So it goes…

  • 2015 goals

  • Round One goals.

January Update #3:

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough: 14

  • Goals in progress: green: 27.5

  • Goals-in-waiting: red: 17.5

Focuses:

  • Revisions: Chameleon’s Dish; The IDIC Romance; and “Morning Coffee”.

  • Write1Sub1: Terrance’s Story (for Kifo Island Chronicles); “Morning Coffee”.

  • Oregon Trip: Planning and preparing.

Writing:

Write1Sub1:

Write rough draft of Terrance’s story (for Kifo Island Chronicles).

Submit “Morning Coffee” to World Unknown Review.

  • Reread all completed exercises.
  • Began Exercise 3/5.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort stories into novella threads; choose three.

Complete background information for at least one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot.

Star Trek Chronology Project:

Complete current viewing of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

  • 1/31 stories sketched.
  • Broken Bow (series pilot) with notes.
  • 6 possible story threads to ponder.

The IDIC Romance:

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

  • List about 1/5 done.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use 750words.com for freewriting and to chart progress.

  • 13/31 days.

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • .5/6.5 January scenes completed.

  • Revising Midpoint 1/3.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

  • Extenuating Circumstances”: in revision.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.

Write1Sub1:

Revise “Morning Coffee”.

  • In revision. Step 3/5.

Choose at least 1 more story for 2015 revision.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • Some comments answered/visits made.
  • Posts up to date.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 general queue post:

Write 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook:

Visit at least twice weekly.

  • 1 /2 – Twitter.
  • 3/2 - Facebook.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit at least one weekly.

  • Quick visits to Pinterest and LinkedIn; breaking the ice.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share at least 3 items a week.

  • 2/3; to Facebook Writer Page.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (at least 10 times this month).

  • 11/31.

Hometending:

Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

  • Began sorting train bin.

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean all kitchen counters to left of sink.

  • Emptied “the Bowl bowl”.

Rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean and organize floor.

  • A bit; sweeping.

Replace calendar and candle.

Use the space at least once per week.

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.

  • Yes; Monday.

Homeschool Administration:

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

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

ROW80:

Submit sponsor post.

  • Awaiting final revision.

Keep visits up-to-date.

  • Caught up.

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

  • In contact with Jim’s sister and others.
  • Much conversation on this end; plans firming up.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

  • Free to Learn by Pam Laricchia; reading complete.
  • Reading: 1 /2
  • Reviews: 0 /2

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

  • Attended latter part of Sunday’s write-in.

Interact at least weekly online.

  • Done twice Monday!

Meditation:

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

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 book from bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make a list of goals to focus on, using the methods in this book.

Starfleet:

Reconnect with USS Albany group.

My beloveds:

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

Paying it Forward:

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

  • Chapter One of beta read 1 /2.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts:

At the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly.

  • Y on Tuesday.

Wii Fit at least once weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog at least weekly.

Practice:

Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

  • Found classes that will fit my availability; also a water aerobics class I may try.

Intuitive Eating:

Read.

Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop a repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

  • First steps: shopped, and bought a magazine with simple recipes.

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

Weight:

Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the ROWboat!

January 11. 2015: Renewed Clarity

Come ROW with us!

So, how’s the weather, one week in?

It’s pipe-freezing cold here, and that leads me to new ways of doing and seeing…many revelations and insights. A half-birthday for my best girl. Many projects, many ideas. Lots to write, not much to say…so on with it!

January Update #2:

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough: 14

  • Goals in progress: green: 24.5

  • Goals-in-waiting: red: 19

Focuses:

  • Revisions: Chameleon’s Dish; The IDIC Romance; and “Morning Coffee”.

  • Write1Sub1: Terrance’s Story (for Kifo Island Chronicles);“Morning Coffee”.

  • Oregon Trip: Planning and preparing.

Writing with a generous heart…

Writing:

Write1Sub1:

Write rough draft of Terrance’s story (for Kifo Island Chronicles).

  • Reread backstories for two related characters.
  • Reread Barry’s Cheat Sheet.

Submit “Morning Coffee” to World Unknown Review.

  • Reread draft.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort stories into novella threads; choose three.

Complete background information for at least one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot.

Star Trek Chronology Project:

Complete current viewing of Star Trek: Enterprise.

  • 11pm Saturday.

Rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

  • 1/31 stories.
  • Several ideas percolating.

The IDIC Romance:

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

  • Saved Rules for W5C; skimmed.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

  • Ideas forming for Warp volume.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use 750words.com for freewriting and to chart progress.

  • 10/31 days.

Where “A Splash of Red” now lives!

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • Completed final resolution scene.
  • .5/6.5 January scenes completed.

  • Began Midpoint scene 1/3.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

  • Revised “Whatever This Is”, and posted.
  • Extenuating Circumstances”: Rough revision and highlighting.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.

  • Combined stories – precursor to rough compilation draft.
  • New, pregnant plot tribble!

Write1Sub1:

Revise “Morning Coffee”.

  • Reread draft materials.

Choose at least 1 more story for 2015 revision.

M heart has her name written on it!

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • One late JusJoJan post.
  • Some comments answered.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 general queue post:

  • Epiphany! I know how to get this done!

Write 1 “special” WIPpet.

  • Selected snippet; created rough template.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook:

Visit at least twice weekly.

  • 1 /2 – Twitter.
  • 2/2 - Facebook.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit at least one weekly.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share at least 3 items a week.

  • 2/3: Facebook writer page; ROW80 group with hashtags.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (at least 10 times this month).

  • 9/31.

I wrote this!!

Hometending:

Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean all kitchen counters to left of sink.

  • Did a bit.

Rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean and organize floor.

  • A bit.

Replace calendar and candle.

  • Both in use.

Use the space at least once per week.

  • Warmer than my bedroom Wednesday night. Spent several hours.

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.

  • Yes. Twice this week.

Homeschool Administration:

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

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Nothing new.

ROW80:

Submit sponsor post.

  • Began drafting.

Keep visits up-to-date.

  • Caught up.

Goofy for fries!

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

  • Developed rough action categories.
  • First steps taken.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

  • Attended latter part of Sunday’s write-in.

Interact at least weekly online.

Meditation:

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

  • About 10 minutes attending to thoughts/experimenting with mantra.

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 book bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make a list of goals to focus on, using the methods in this book.

Starfleet:

Reconnect with USS Albany group.

My beloveds:

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

  • Workout, snuggles, and couple time.
  • Lise half birthday Girls’ Day.
  • Miah late-night snack and conversation while watching Friends.
  • Movie w/Accomplice.
  • 2 /2 for all.

Paying it Forward:

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

  • Read first scene of beta read 1 /2.

 

Kindle Girl

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts:

At the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly.

  • Done Tuesday.

Wii Fit at least once weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

  • 17 minutes, Saturday night.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog at least weekly.

  • Workout with Jeremiah.

Practice:

Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

Intuitive Eating:

Read.

Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop a repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

  • There will be a post about these tomorrow!

Weight:

Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the ROWboat!

Ten and a half years of this suits me fine!

Second-Serving Sunday: The I Can See Clearly Now Edition!

 

So good, we want more!

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

It’s been a bit of a chaotic spell here in my world. It’s been very cold, the last few days, and, on Wednesday night, our water froze – we have a well, and things like that can happen. We brought in a few gallons of water from the store, and then my Accomplice refilled it at work on Thursday. As I write this on Friday afternoon, we have water, but, as it gets colder tonight, we may lose it again, so I’m getting laundry and dishes done, and I’ll have a shower, soon, and make sure all of the backup jugs are refilled before dark, just in case.

It’s different, making the shift to no running water. Things done almost without thought – flushing, hand washing, brushing teeth- take on new proportions, and need to be thought through again, as I adapt to the situation.

And that’s good for my writing, and my living, because it stretches my mind in directions it might not ordinarily go. It’s also been a week of writing and living revelations…

On Thursday, Annalise and I celebrated her half-birthday with a lunch out at McDonald’s, because she was craving the fries, to the new pet store (she’s been with my Accomplice, but I hadn’t, yet), and to the grocery store to buy some celebratory cupcakes and cookies). Now she’s more than halfway through her tenth year, so I thought it would be fun to post pictures of our resident Force of Nature from now, and six months back…

  • And now, on to the week’s goodies!

Annalise, at ten and a half. <3

Last week in life:

  • I’m settling into my new January goals, adapting to challenges and changes, and celebrating ten and a half years with the coolest girl I know! Oh, and writing and planning for a cross-continental vacation at the end of next month!

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday (dang, Monday, again!): The Hello 2015 Edition:

And now, last week’s features…

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

Just Jot It January:

ROW80:

 

ON her tenth birthday, with a new treasure and a tiara!

What’s Next:

January Focuses:

  • Revisions: I’ve got novel scenes; and three short stories slated for this month.
  • Plotting and Planning: A-Z posts; short stories; two novels; and a novella.
  • Oregon Trip: Lots to plan and do to get ready for our end-of-February vacation.
  • Paying It Forward: Sponsor duties; beta-readings; and book reviews.

And on the blog:

Half-birthday with heart!

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Life Stuff:

  • Revising, planning, family, and hometending seem to be the order of the week to come. What do you have on your calendar for the week?

Want to join in on the Second Serving Sunday fun? Here’s how!

January Goals: A Renewed Vision

Come ROW with us!

Oh, hi! Have you been here long? It’s been a busy couple of days, and I didn’t notice you there, at first.

Here we are, already, at the first ROW80 check-in of 2015. I’ve missed this!

For me, this first two days have been a blend of writing, family, home, and self, in shifting proportions. There’s a new front door in the family room, and I’ve had time with all my beloveds, gotten acquainted with some new projects, and returned to renew my friendship with some older ones. I’m finding a pace and a rhythm, and ideas abound…

I’ve posted my 2015 goals, and my Round One goals.

A yaar for building on success!

Now, it’s time for my January goals.

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough.

  • Goals in progress: green.

  • Goals-in-waiting: red.

Writing:

Write1Sub1:

Write rough draft of Terrance’s story.

  • Reread two stories that directly connect to Terrance’s.

Submit “Morning Coffee” to World Unknown Review.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort stories into novella threads; choose three.

  • Stories are sorted into ten novella groups.

  • I’ll be developing the Barry/Corinne/Terrance; Ava/Donovan/Karina; and Gladys/Howard/Iris sets this year.

Complete background information for at least one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot.

Star Trek Chronology Project:

Complete current viewing of Star Trek: Enterprise; rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

The IDIC Romance:

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

  • Ideas forming for next Warp volume.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use 750words.com for freewriting and to chart progress.

  • 6/6 days.

Editing:

Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • Reread scene in progress and relevant background material to reorient myself in this story.
  • Began revising the scene in progress.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

  • Reread this week’s section; took notes for revision.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.

  • Reread existing stories; simmering before beginning revision process.

Write1Sub1:

Revise “Morning Coffee”.

Choose at least 1 more story for 2015 revision.

  • Added “The Venom Club”.

On our way….

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • On track, thus far.
  • I’ve decided to tackle at least 5 comments neglected in the NaNo madness each week until caught up with those.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 general queue post; and 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook:

Visit at least twice weekly.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit at least one weekly.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share at least 3 items a week.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (at least 10 times this month).

  • 5/6 days over 25 this month.

Hometending:

Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean all kitchen counters to left of sink.

Rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean and organize floor.

  • A few small steps.

Replace calendar and candle.

  • Purchased.
  • Next up, hanging and preparing for use.

Use the space at least once per week.

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.

  • Checked/sorted on Monday.

Homeschool Administration:

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

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

ROW80:

Submit sponsor post.

  • Two sets of comments saved.
  • Next up, creating rough drafts.

Keep visits up-to-date.

  • Will have all visits made by the time this posts.

Something worth tending, seventeen years later!

Lifetending:

Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

Interact at least weekly online.

Meditation:

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

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 books bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make a list of goals to focus on, using the methods in this book.

Starfleet:

Reconnect with USS Albany group.

My beloveds:

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

  • Workout, snuggles, and couple time.
  • 1 /2 for each!

Paying it Forward:

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

  • Read first scene of beta read 1 /2.

Yummy goodness!

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts:

At the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly.

  • Short, moderate intensity weight/cardio workout on Tuesday.

Wii Fit at least once weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog at least weekly.

  • 3 laps on the track, and a workout, with Jeremiah.

Practice:

Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

Intuitive Eating:

Read.

Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop a repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

  • More on this Sunday; maintaining thus far.

Weight:

Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the other ROWboats – visit more ROWers here!

Take a ride on the ROWboat!