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Building With #WinterStormStella: March 15, 2017

Hey there!

~Waves snowy glove; realizes I’m still holding the snow shovel…~

Yup,you could say it snowed. There’s been over a foot of the white stuff. My Accomplice got the day off, so he, Miah, and I tag-teamed the removal. =)

Here’s a pair of teasers (No snow; I promise!):

Foul Deeds Will Rise:

  • They were sent to observe the Kai’s Keep and village, and to attempt to protect those of the Tribeless who are unable to tend to their own safety. Tacivaar -” She stopped and swallowed, but her scent held a snarl of emotion for the Huntleader.

A Backdrop of Stars *Chapter Two Revision): * Standard disclaimer applies; I neither own nor profit from this labor of love in any pecuniary sense – it just feeds my soul!

  • I’m an ass? You’re taking advantage of a bereaved woman – what the hell were you doing with her, during all that leave time, Trip? Did finding out about that little girl Paxton created give you some big ideas, or just ammunition to try to convince T’Pol to sit on your lap?”

So, what do you do when the weather grounds you?

Are you more creative, or more likely to nap?
Or maybe something completely different?


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2): Reread existing material; complete draft (10/50 scenes). Write 6,666 words/week till complete (by March 31). Primary goal – adapted. Scene 41/50 in progress; 3,364/6,666 words. Also read outline notes for Scenes 42-45, so I can simmer. Spent most of Sunday-Tuesday a bit behind, but now ahead by a whiskersbreadth.


  • Kifo Island: Complete The Story Toolkit for April novel; flesh out with pages from The Writer’s Coloring Book. Flesh out AeonTimeline.  File new series bible materials. Primary goal adapted. Character Worksheets: Protagonist; Antagonist; Supporting Character. New materials filed as completed. Protagonist Character Arc in progress: p. 4/7; I’ll also do an arc for the antagonist. Overall: Step 7/22 complete.


  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2- 3 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars  1-3. Primary goal. OATN Worksheets: p 9/82 (Scene 3) in progress– Will pick up once I have a completed ABOS rewrite draft. 2,924 words/ 707 new for Chapter Two rewrite draft.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete and schedule all posts by March 31; make page on; write theme reveal post and schedule for reveal date still TBD (keep eyes open for this). Secondary goal. Adapted goal: Have all materials scheduled and ready to launch by March 18. Week Four (NS; April 17-22): Formatting/links/logo/images for P post in progress(4/19). Also downloaded letter icons for each Week 4 day to appropriate folder. (Overall, 7/26 posts scheduled at site; moving along nicely now).


  • Homeschool Administration: Draft, proof, and submit second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year. Primary goal. Both portfolios created; gradually adding the pics already on Flickr, but this goal is officially COMPLETED!

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Living room complete. Bedroom: 2/3. General: 19/33.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week. Tertiary goal. I finished this week’s stack, and decided to go ahead and do next week’s, which was the final batch….so this is now COMPLETED!


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; business stuff; Roosevelt documentary;  flirting; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Moved notes from author into separate document, so I can be sure to address all her points of concern in my critique. Restructured notes so I can access them smoothly; took notes in my journal; working on transcribing them.


  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 3/6 journal/ meditation. Evening: 2/4 journal; 2/3 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 3/5; 111 minutes: 2/2; Strenuous:1 hour; 45 minutes/9 hours; shoveling snow.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward. Tertiary goal. Reread the worksheet I began a couple of weeks ago. Had a bit of an epiphany. Reread current and next section of book; revised broad goal to be more specific and reflective of my purpose.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Draft CV and revise. Reviewed what I have; began making notes, and draft a cover letter, to direct what I want to include in this CV. Designed a letterhead; that will help me see this as a serious project rather than an indulgence. Journaled some notes on what I’m looking for and how to approach it; began transcribing to laptop.

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