Forward – With Purpose: August 28, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Lately, I’ve been starting out with a bit of what I’m writing:

From A Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”, a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story WIP (Standard disclaimer applies!):

  • She sighed softly, her ear coming to his chest like it was magnetized, her hot breath tickling the hairs on his chest. “Better,” she said in her sleepy voice. She rested there, listening to his heart. Hers thrummed away against his belly. When had it started feeling natural there?

From the itty bit of The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) I added this session:

  • By now, she certainly knew. She and her dreams were on the other side of the door, shattered.

In other news, this is my penultimate August update. On Wednesday, I’ll know just how much I could accomplish in this busy administrative month. I’ll also be working out my September goals – likely a continuation of those I don’t finish this month, with some of the ones I set aside added in.

You’ll get to see those on Sunday. My Round Three and 2016 goals updates will happen in the following week or two. Since it’s also the entry to the final third of the year, I’ll be doing some re-evaluating of my longer-term goals before we gear up for Round Four, which will also bring some changes to the ROW80 community.

But all that’s in the future. Right now, it’s time for a ROW80 Update!

Writing:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete draft of The Far Shore. Scene 8/24 in progress; 20,626 /`65,000 words. 174 new words! Yes, new words!
  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. 29/31 complete. 1.454 new words, and finally done with story 29, and moving into 30 (it’s a little nebulous where one ends and the next begins.)

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Copied prompts onto master list; 31/30 complete. Selected 5 focal stories for the month. Additional goal: Read unpublished portions of Love and Loss”, “A Backdrop of Stars”, and all of “Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”, Found and read all additional ABOS and LAL sections; Adapted goal: Sketch stories for IDIC./Hamilton September stories. 15/30 story topics assigned. Prelim research for Lise’s Hamilton “Philodosia” shipfic; ideas popping!

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. Scene 4/24 revised and submitted to ctitique group; Silent and recorded readthrough of Scene 5/24 complete.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 2/2 in progress. Resumed Weekend Writing Warriors with a redux post.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update; visited everyone.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Getting there ASAP seems to be much better for me than waiting, because there are always Other Things to do and….oh, SHINY! It took a few days to get to WIPpet posts, due to internet usage, but did this Saturday.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Under 40, after a day of no internet.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Overdue third quarter reports submitted two days before revised deadline. With that, all overdue paperwork is done! WAHOO! Jeremiah’s test results received; file downloaded. Other than fourth quarter reports (still pending, and due on September 15), I’m done with end of year materials.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Planning to go back to Minecraft club next Tuesday, and my write-in later today.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 5/5; Meditation: 2/5 (plus a 2 minute session.)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 5/5 moderate (45 minutes);2/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Learned how to export pdf files.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

The kids and I like to play with words. This appeared on the fridge last week. May you also have A Tingly Now!

To The Purpose: August 24, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Sometimes I feel like starting out with a bit of what I’m writing:

Oh, pepperpot. Haven’t you figured out yet that you can’t turn human emotional responses into an equation?”

“It’s not an equation. It would more accurately be described as an evolving algorithm. Nevertheless, you are upset, and I am the cause.”

Is T’Pol the cause of Trip’s upset (or is she wrong about him being upset in the first place?)

Maybe. Maybe not. More writing is required…

oh, and btw, the standard disclaimer applies: I don’t own them; I make no money from them.

Except the last few days have been more about homeschool and resume stuff. Fortunately, I’m moving along with those, so I should have a few days left at the end of the month for focusing on other goals.

Only goals I’ve interacted with this round appear in this update. For my full goals lists, click the links:

Writing:

Plotting:

Revision:

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update; visited everyone.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Getting there ASAP seems to be much better for me than waiting, because there are always Other Things to do and….oh, SHINY!
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Under 30!

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Lise’s overdue third quarter report revision; section 9/14 complete.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling, Hamilton, chatting, write-in; Minecraft club at homeschool co-op, shopping.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in with my boy; homeschool group’s Minecraft club and GameStop with LiseTuesday afternoon.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Went to write in. Potential beta-read author wasn’t looking for my style of beta; goal deleted. No new critiques submitted.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 2/5; Meditation: 1/5 (plus a 2 minute session.)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 3/5 moderate (45 minutes);1/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. 27 Thing Fling in the study.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Done with the resume and cover letter, unless he wants anything tweaked for specific opportunities.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

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Resting With Purpose: August 21, 2016

We’re nearing the end of August. Tuesday is my nineteenth wedding anniversary. With budgetary concerns, we’re planning a very low-budget mutual treat – maybe a box of our favorite hazelnut chocolates.

What’s more important is reflecting on the years of our partnership, considering where we started, where we are, and where we’d like to go from here. That’s becoming more of a consideration as our children grow into and through their teen years. The time is getting closer when it will just be the two of us again, the way it was for the first four years of our union.

That will be a different life, and we both have ideas – separately, and together.

During this session, I spent a bit more time away from my writing. I needed a more restful spell after finishing up some major administrative projects earlier in the week. So I spent some time playing Cake Mania 3 and Spider Solitaire, finishing up the beta read I’ve been doing, and rereading my own fan fiction, as I shift into the earliest phases of planning for a more involved writing month in September. I took my daughter to a game night at a local homeschool community center we’re joining.

Sometimes, I need the rest, and the time to percolate. I do feel ideas starting to coalesce, bit by bit. But the well is refilling rather than fully replenished, so I may continue to spend more time on administrative details and preparations than on actual writing for another few days, or even the rest of the month.

I’ve learned that when I go with these flows, I’m ultimately more productive, and definitely happier and less stressed. More than that, I tend to details I usually set aside when I’m immersed in story worlds, so, in a sense, I’m laying the foundation and setting the stage…because, if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that the words will come.

How about you?

Are you a consistent writer, or do you find there are times when you tend more to other things?

Do you feel guilty, or grateful, when that happens?

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. 29/31 in progress. 421 words added. “Or the pause between the beats of your heart,” he gave her, as he reached down to feel its thrumming. Her breath caught, and her eyes glowed, and so did her soul.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Started copying prompts onto a master list; 9/30 complete. Reread all 10 published stories. Additional goal: Read as-yet unpublished portions of Love and Loss”, “A Backdrop of Stars”, and all of “Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language”, which I intend to revise and publish throughout the fall.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits to all.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Visited all ROW80 and 3 Wordless Wednesday posters overnight Wednesday; WIPpet Wednesday on Thursday.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 99.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Received approval for IHIPs – on time and as written! Hooray for a new superintendent! Started revising Lise’s overdue third quarter report.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. A Bird Story, Minecraft and art, resume and couples stuff; pizza party/game night at local homeschool community center.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Attended a Friday evening teen/preteen game night/pizza party at a local homeschooling community Lise wanted to check out; we’ll be joining soon, and we both made some new friends.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. I finished this on Thursday.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 6/5; Meditation: 3/5.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 5/5 moderate (45 minutes); 3/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. 27x3 Thing Fling in the study; 21 and 25 in the family room; both looking tidier.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Online resume completed; next up, the print version and cover letter. Ordered resume print kit on Amazon.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. Submitted Saturday evening.

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Art by Lise Burton, Used with permission.

I’ve Got A Purpose: August 17, 2016

So, I did lots of other-than-writing stuff these last few days. I’ve also evaluated my goals, and shifted a few to back-burner status. Those are included in this post.

And now, on with it!

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable.” 29/31 in progress.Just a few; was busy with Other Things, in the interest of clearing the decks of necessary administrative details, so I can write out the month. Favorite lines:

Hoshi smiled at the way he looked at her as though she’d suddenly grown a second head. She shrugged as her fingers trailed through the light forest of hair on his chest.

“I like the way it sounds.”

Plotting:

  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Reread “MMC”, Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Moving to the back-burner.

  • Dark and Bitter”: Check guidelines; Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and raw source material from my pre-existing nascent story, “The Venom Club.”Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Same status as “MMCS” above. You know the drill; back-burner time for this one, too – although I’ll be simmering a cool idea for it.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! Hard copy notations complete through Scene 4/ page 60.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. I don’t see this happening till next month; but I could be wrong.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2. I’ve been focused on the two blogs this session; I want to explore them while I ponder the topic of pages. Setting scheduling goals aside for this month.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Visiting as many as I can, as soon as possible, then catching more as I make return visits from my own posts, seems to be working. I’m blogging less right now; not sure if this method is sustainable once more hops are added.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 20ish. Keeping up.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Second quarter reports sent. Jeremiah’s test completed and mailed Tuesday.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Aim for three times a week. 2/3; between rainstorms.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Minecraft and art; breakfast, walking and Pokemon hunting; Olmpics, resume, cuddliing, and conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Spontaneous breakfast run/Pokemon hunting with my boy. Mailing run that got complicated, but included Hamilton.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. I skipped the weekly write-in in favor of staying home and making revision notes in the company of my family. I was exhausted, and needed home-energy.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: 24/27 chapters complete; page 232/253.) Yes, you read that right. I finished the chapters I owed from last week, plus three more! This book is already good!

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 2/5; Meditation: 3/5 (up to 10 minutes; with a 2 minute night session – twice!)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 3/5 moderate (45 minutes); 2/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous (walking in very hot humid weather.) I think I’ve found a rhythm that may help make this routine.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. A little more in both.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Should have resume done and posted by bedtime today.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I began a rough draft, then set it aside to deal with other admin details. Once the resume is posted, it’s top priority.

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“Schrodinger’s Vase or Feline Trouble.” Pen and ink drawing by Lise Burton. Used with permission.

 

Diverse Purposes: August 14. 2016

Hi there, ROWers and others!

So, what have you been up to these last few days?


Here’s my list:

  • Homeschooling Administration

  • Beta Reading

  • Kifo Island Revision

  • Learning my Website

  • Helping my Accomplice With His Resume

  • Blog Visits and Comments

  • Critique Group

  • Fan Fiction

  • Extra ROW80 Sponsor Post


It’s been a somewhat scattered session for me. I’ve got a lot of balls in the air, so to speak, and it’s been more a matter of keeping them there than finishing projects or starting anything new. By Wednesday, several things should be out of play – I expect to have my Accomplice’s resume done, if not his cover letter (since he hasn’t drafted that yet); and I will have the second quarter homeschooling reports and testing done. I’d love to also have my next crit piece, the extra sponsor post, and the two owed beta reading chapters done, as well – but we’ll have to see about that…

Between the Olympics (is it just us Americans who love watching Michael Phelps be phenomenal?) and the stormy weather that brought a tree down across the road right in front of our house, things are something other than settled.

But it’s times like this that lead to growth, and progress. So on we go….

I include only those that I’ve engaged with this session. For my comprehensive August goals, Round Three goals, and overarching 2016 goals, click the links below.

Writing:

How could he not have understood that her feelings weren’t the same as his; couldn’t be the same as his?”

Revision:

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Created my first feature post on the blog template! Read it here! Added intro to Wednesday’s ROW80 update, too. Visits: 2/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, visited everyone to offset my recent absences.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Today’s approach worked well – visited everyone on Wednesday, before life could sweep me away.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Yes, although it got a bit over 200 on Saturday, while I was focused elsewhere.
  • Answer fanfiction.net comments twice weekly. 1/2; one PM and two reviews – that was all there was this week. 

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Testing scheduling set with the boy; first test completed; 1/6. Second quarter reports finished and revised, excepting attendance. Will have these finished and submitted by midnight.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Olympics; dawn walking; canoodling; chatting; Minecraft; testing and chatting about city planning in ancient Rome.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Working on my next piece, Sea Changes Scene 4, albeit slowly. Finished crit piece submitted on Thursday; 8 pages in under 24 hours – a new personal best!

  • Complete Amazon reviews of Starfane ; Dragon Time; “The Swineherdess”; and Duchess and Damned. Downloaded Duchess. I’ll be doing these once I finish the beta read of SbA, below.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: Chapter 20/27 in progress; still running 3 chapters behind, but hope to catch up today. 182/253 pages complete.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. 6/5 for both; up to 8 minutes for meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 5/5 moderate (45 minutes). 3/3 moderate (60 minutes). Hometending; walking; weeding; yardtending.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. A bit more in both, mostly sorting and culling.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Wrapping up the resume; cover letter will be next.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I have a rough draft in progress. A little later than I wanted, but moving along.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

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The sky duting the storm, from our enclosed porch…every cloud has a #silverlining?

A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals End of July Update

About this year’s #oneword.

I update periodically throughout the year, but at least at the end of each quarter. I’ll adapt, change, add, or delete as my life and progress indicate.

This post covers progress only through July 31, 2016; further progress will be contained in future updates.

My ROW80 Round and Monthly goals are derived from these goals.

Writing:

  • Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2016. Fan fiction and self-publishing are acceptable. I’ve got enough for the whole year, already, but will keep going!
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Write 3 new novels in this series as April, June and July NaNo projects. Write 31 new flash stories for #STaD May; these can be the basis of these or future Kifo stories. A Rising Tide (1/3) completed during JuNoWriMo. The Far Shore (2/3) in drafting; complete through Scene 7/24; 20,452/65,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Write 26 stories for April’s A-Z Challenge; and 30 for #StaD September, using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts.
  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series:Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete draft. Draft Weft #3 (Blood and Breath?); as November NaNoWriMo project. FDWR Scene 40/50 in progress.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest.

  • The IDIC Romance: Plot 25 April and 30 September stories.

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’. Plotting completed for 2/3; 3/3 early planning complete. Early exploration of Aeon Timeline; series bible (raw materials and nascent format) beginning with Volume Four planning.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan/plot Weft #3 (Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough timelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect. See Aeon timeline, above.

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals. In very early planning stages for one or more fan fiction sequels to “First Contact, With Jazz”. Other stories/projects planned/plotted (mostly fanfiction/blogging.)

Revision:

  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Nothing new.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” and its prequel story.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories. “SJA”, Mission Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”. Many/6 complete and posted at ff.net.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Create revision plan for Sea Changes; print and readthrough for Transitions; print Generations. Dropping this; I’ll be working on the revision plan for SC no earlier than December, and likely not till January. Other novels will happen after that one is underway.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Found one source for poetry revision.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.) Setting this aside until at least 2017; it’s a much longer epic fantasy series, so I’ll leapfrog my way there with smaller projects.

Social Media:

  • Blog Maintenance: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Clear backlog of comments and spam folder. I’m now transitioning to the website, there will be adaptations to this goal for Round Four.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round Three complete.
  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This could be better – and that’s still true. I’m working on it.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience.
  • Redesign blog, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. Incorporate the best of The Unfettered Life and shanjeniah’s Trueborn Jottings, and let those blogs go. This will change as website evolves. I have some ideas brewing; they won’t happen for a bit yet.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. All steps in various stages of progress. There’s a new school superintendent;she already seems far more agreeable to work with. First quarter reports and current IHIPs submitted; Lise’s EOY assessment is complete and ready for copying and mailing. Test here; doing that this weekend. Second and third quarter reports progressing; will be done by the end of the month (I set a schedule with the superintendent, so I will be honoring it.)

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All moving along, very, very slowly.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. Progress; not regular or particularly well organized, but still progress.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Lots of weeding. No new plantings this year. The maintaining has fallen off as the weather and a brand-new, non-functioning lawn mover combine to make the perfect yard storm.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Nothing new.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Deleting the time frame helped; Audible and Big Fish deleted.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. This remains a fundamental and easy goal to maintain.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes to both.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Beta reading and critique group on hold during this month; back to group for August; holding pattern for beta project.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Beta project in progress; four reviews waiting for when I finish that.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like. Here and there.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods. Nothing new.
  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes, twice daily. Explore one new meditative practice each month. New practices 5/12 months; fell off during the creative surge.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. No new progress.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and more strenuous activities building to thrice weekly by year’s end. I’m doing moderately active hometending sprints and various more strenuous activites several times a month, up to 45 minutes at least a couple of days each week.Gradual forward, and sometimes sideways, progress.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. 5/24 for the year. Nothing new. May drop this, or adapt.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Write and submit one story each month (not necessarily the same story). I’ve attained this with fan fiction. Will be ramping back up in the fall, nothing new submitted for July, but lots written for Word-High July.

  • Submit fan fiction.Nothing new submitted for July, but more raw material gathered.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. ASOR” a bit stalled last month, as blogging fell off. More ideas for covers simmering.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. Found a rogue poem and filed; that’s it.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Purposeful Variables: August 10, 2016

 Hi there, ROWers and others!

So, what have you been up to these last few days?


Here’s my list:

  • Homeschooling Administration

  • Beta Reading

  • Learning my Website

  • Helping my Accomplice With His Resume

  • Blog Visits and Comments

  • Fan Fiction

I’ve shifted back to a more wide-angle approach, but it wasn’t exactly intentional. I needed a bit of a breather after finishing two large items in my goals list, and decided to putter…which led me to pick a few of the things that on my list had been neglected.

One of those things was my baby website, which I set aside for the grand creative surge. I’ve got a lot to learn before using it even starts to feel natural – but I have a lot less to learn than I did on Monday morning. Not quite up to speed with sharing the blogposts yet, but I’m getting closer, tweaking things, and learning, learning, learning….

Have you learned anything extra cool or useful lately?

I include only goals I’ve engaged with this session. For my comprehensive August goals, Round Three goals, and overarching 2016 goals, click the links below.

 

Writing:

Plotting:

  • Dark and Bitter”: Check guidelines; Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and raw source material from my pre-existing nascent story, “The Venom Club.”Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Same status as “MMCS” above. I have a nascent idea on how to combine two ideas for this, but I’m not ready to share ANYTHING yet!

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! Scene 3/24 rough-revised and submitted; silent read-through of Scene 4/24.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Played with the market interface, and discussed some preliminary topics with my Accomplice (the chef with hot sauce to sell.) Began setting up a new and improved cover page; changed header; shared excerpt from July 31 ROW80 update. Learning a lot! Answered comments (but still have plenty backed up): 1/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. I hit on something that might work; I’ll be testing it over the next couple of weeks.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 111.
  • Answer fanfiction.net comments twice weekly. 1/2; one PM and two reviews. And inspiration to up fan fiction goals a bit next month.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Adapted goal: Complete, add cover letter, and submit by the end of the weekend, so they’ll be there for beginning of business on Monday. And already received a cordial response. =) Preliminary testing scheduling discussed with the boy. Began his second quarter report: section 4/14 in progress.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Aim for thrice a week. Weeding, and moving branches trimmed by my Accomplice last week.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Olympics; dawn walking; canoodling; chatting.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Owed critique 3/3 finally complete; submitted my piece.

  • Complete 3 Amazon/1 Goodreads reviews. Got a great review template from a friend; plan to test it out soon!

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: Chapter 17/27 in progress; page 7/12.)

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. 2/5 for both; up to 6 minutes for meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 1/5 moderate (45 minutes). 1/3 moderate (60 minutes). Hometending; walking.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Both are well underway; hot summer days make these good projects for this round. A bit more in the family room; a tiny bit in my study.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Offered suggestions, revision, and rewriting of resume. Should have it done by bedtime Wednesday; then starting on the cover letter.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I have the idea, and have let it simmer. Plan to write a rough draft by Thursday night, which will leave me about a week to refine and find the post in there. =D

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, Or Cheer Us On!

Found this in my Flickr stream; it’s too adorable not to share, even if it is WAY out of season!