It’s time for a ROW80 Writing Update!
Hey there! How are things with you this fine Sunday (or whatever day you’re reading this, if it’s not Sunday).
It’s sunny here, after three overcast rainy days. I’m not complaining – we’re in a drought, so the rain was wanted and needed. But the sunshine – ahh, it’s making this fresh-scrubbed land gleam, and that makes me smile.
And, on Friday, my husband went for an impromptu working interview, and was offered a job – so the rhythm of our lives is going to change again, as the fall moves on.
Somehow, I still managed to have a pretty productive writing session. I finished the #StaD stories; caught up with my poems for OctPoWriMo, and dug into the revision work for “Beneath the Ice” (title will change).
How’s the weather where you are?
Have you gotten out to enjoy it?
What did you do?
“Writing the Ending” (TnT/Philodosia):
There was a time of silence, as the fog rolled back over the Hudson.
Then, from some nearby farm, there was the crow of a cock, greeting the rising sun.
Note: Only those goals with which I engaged are included in this update. Links to full goals posts below:
- The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending. Primary goal. Story 5/5 (TnT/Philodosia) complete: 6,740 words total.
- Poets on the Page : Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 22/31 complete. I got as far as 11 poems behind, but I’m now caught up, thanks to Friday and Saturday poetic surges.
- Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete draft of The Far Shore (Scene 8/24 in progress; 21,533/65,000 words). Tertiary goal. Putting aside until at least November, possibly December.
Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. I’m going to let this simmer until December, so I can weed through the several ideas I’ve had for the challenge. Secondary goals. So…I typed that, and then I had The Idea – complete with the nebulous beginnings of several posts. I guess that means that this is back in the mix, even if only in a scattery way.
For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Reread existing material; decided on a radical rewrite. Made general notes; color-coded and made scene-specific notes through Scene Five (page 18/36 in progress).
Kifo Island: Submit Sea Changes scenes 5-8 to critique group. Critique crit partners’ work as posted. Secondary goal. Back-Burnering (BB).
Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Some ROW80; all WIPpeteers.
- Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Once each for green items.
Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Changed title page and linked to my WP blog. WIPpet Wednesday and #8sunday post. Played with Amazon’s new Prime Photos, which should ease many of my between-device sharing issues; set up begun for two weekend posts.
Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Random inside/outside: 24/20; study 5/4.
Homeschool Administration: Gather info for first quarter reports. Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Added a few Schuyler Mansion photos for Lise.
- Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal.
My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; flirting; Tesla documentary; canoodling; Schuyler Mansion and Hamilton’s America with my girl. Planning to go back for Twelfth Night festivities on January 7.
NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal; critique group likely on hold or very slow until after NaNo.
- Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal.
Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 6/6; Meditation morning: 4/6 (ten minutes; it’s getting easier, but this was an “off” week); evening: 2/3 (2 minutes).
Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 min: 5/5; 90 min: 3/3.
Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 30 minutes; monthly total: 4 hours; 40 minutes.
Leaps of Faith:
Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. WUR: In progress.
The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to either Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Secondary goal. BB.
Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. BB.
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