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.

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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.

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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!

An Exploration of Purpose: ROW80 Round Three End of July Update

Welcome to ROW80 Round Three!

Since the year was halfway over at the round’s beginning, I used my 2016 goals to derived these. My goal is to move through as many of them as I can manage, while still maintaining what passes for sanity in the lovely chaos of my mind…

This post reflects my progress through July 31 – progress after that point will appear in the next update.

 

Writing:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete draft of The Far Shore, and draft Tsunamis. The Far Shore (1 /2) currently in drafting; Scene 8/24 in progress; 20,452 /~65,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Begin 30 stories/chapters/scenes for #StaD September (or independently if there is no #StaD, because that’s not a certainty), using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts. Draft one story each day, until end of round late in the month.
  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete draft. FDWR Scene 40/50 in progress. This has been limping along since last July, because I plotted with The Snowflake Method, and didn’t connect intuitively with it. I want to finish it, so that I can move on to the next volume in this series in November (it will definitely be plotted differently!)
  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Draft a short story or novella, 5,000-25,000 word range. I know that’s a wide range, but what I have at the moment are nebulous ideas. This goal will be adapted once I’ve gotten further into the round.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. The objective here is to add to what I’ve already created, because I love sharing these stories!

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot Tsunamis, using The Writer’s Coloring Book.  I’ve done the basic character mapping, but there’s still a way to go before I have developed Master Scene Profiles for all 24 scenes in the first draft.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Decide on November project. Complete character mapping and basic story elements. I think using TWCB has led to much more fully realized characters, so I’m going to test it out on my longest project line, and see what develops.

  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Plan/plot this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. I have only vague ideas of what I want to do; I need more to go on. And this is a chance to use TWCB on a shorter project, too.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Beginning in August, 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! It will be best if I have at least the first couple of scenes ready to go when August gets here. Hard copy notations complete through Scene 3/ page 40.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. This goal has been hanging out ignored for too long. Time to move it or lose it.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. I’ve begun compiling and organizing the comments from my crit group for 4/16 scenes.

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 beginning in August; learn how to use galleries and gain skill at posting to pages and adding relevant content. Aim for soft reveal at end of August. There’s an incredible amount to learn; taking it in small servings. Adapted Goal: Changing soft launch to end of September.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round Three submitted; 3/4 complete.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. I have good intentions, but I fail to follow through more often than I like.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr  portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. There’s a dizzying amount to do, so in I dive, headlong. Created rough portfolio for Annalise; needs to be both culled and added to. First quarter reports submitted; tests researched, one ordered, and review begun. Rough drafts of Lise’s second and third quarter reports completed; revision of second quarter report in progress; Lise’s end-of-year peer review narrative assessment completed and ready to submit in early September. Still lots to do; but getting there.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive files; delete excess. Progress on both this year; hot summer days seem like a good time to wrap these up. A bit; not much yet.
  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. This is weather-dependent. Aim for three times a week, excepting camping week. Some.
  • Cancel five digital subscriptions we no longer need. 2/5; Audible and Big Fish are gone.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. This is very important, especially as the kids are growing up, and our family dynamic is, well, dynamic!

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes. Summer is a good time for this. Camping, shopping, birthdaying….all provided opportunities for togetherness or time alone.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Some parts were better than others.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Do prep work; choose a contribution to focus on. This means reviewing the first few chapters, gathering needed materials, and doing relevant exercises. May be a Pacemaker goal.
  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Slipped some on these; they were collateral damage from four straight months of writing challenges.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, and more strenuous activities five times weekly. Not so much. Heat. All kinds of heat. There was camping in the heat; that’s got to count for something.

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisions for “Love and Loss” chapters 1-20 at ff.net. Scene 4/20 in progress.

  • A Splash of Red”;  Compile notes and do pre-publication revision pass. Create at least three cover mockups before consulting my local cover designer. I want to get this published before the end of the year; time to give it higher priority.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental noodling for something I want to complete in 2017.

  • Business cards: Play with creating three designs; investigate VistaPrint. I’d love to have something ready by the end of the month. Play this round; bring to fruition in the next. 1/3 played with; nothing settled.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Both are well underway; hot summer days make these good projects for this round. Except that they really didn’t….

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Purposely Narrowing My Focus: August 7. 2016


Hi there, ROWers and others!

Ever have one of those weeks when life narrows into a few intense focal points?
This session, and on through the weekend, my focus has been less wide-angle, and more close-up.

  • Homeschooling Administration

  • Overdue Critiques

  • Fan Fiction

  • Family Time

Everything else has been back-burnered, while I tend to these. I’ve got deadlines where the homeschooling stuff is concerned, and, before I can feel all right submitting my next piece to my crit group, I need to finish the ones that have been waiting since June.

Since both of those use different parts of my brain, and rather intense focus, I’ve played with my writing rather than diving back in to my Kifo Island  projects just yet. I’m hoping to have the homeschool stuff more in line by the end of next week, and to pick up some of my other goals as things fall into place.

What I didn’t set aside was family time. As I mentioned on Wednesday, we all went to a local park to take in the Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet. On Friday, we watched a good portion of the Olympics opening ceremonies together. These are both things we wouldn’t have been able to do if my Accomplice was still at his former job, and we want to take advantage of these opportunities.

In all of that, I found a bit more time to be active, and did a bit more hometending. And, in the process, I’ve gathered memories, and had a minor epiphany or two about my writing, and my life.

All in all, a very good week!

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:

Plotting:

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. Something’s gone wrong with my “Post to Squarespace” bookmarklet. I’ll need to work that out, or find another way to share manually. Created my first gallery; it’s got all of one picture in it, but that’s a start! =D Poked around a bit elsewhere.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Started off well; got busy with that narrowed focus. Over 300 now.

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. More testing review. IHIPs drafted early morning 8/6. Began revising Jeremiah’s report; additions made, and Section 3/16 in progress. 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.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. This is weather-dependent, and the weather is at last cooperating. Not too hot, dry enough, and not too humid. Aim for three times a week. 3/3: moderate weeding.

Lifetending:

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

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Took in Romeo and Juliet at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Owed critique 2/3 complete and submitted; Crit 3/3: page 6/8 in progress; slow going on this one.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: 16/27 chapters complete.) Didn’t get to these this due to crit group pieces taking longer than expected. However, talked with Fallon, and she’s still working through the last batch. Hope to catch up this week.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 7/5. Tried a new guided meditation for 2 minutes Thursday, and 4 minutes Friday. Not counting that toward the 5 minute goal, but it is progress after some time away, and I enjoyed it. =)

  • 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. 8/5 moderate (45 minutes). Hometending; yardtending; walking. 1/3 moderate (60 minutes). Almost made this on Friday, but got swept up in the Olympic opening ceremonies with my family.

Leaps of Faith:

  • New Goal: Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. As he begins to explore rejoining the workforce; it’s time.

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

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

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Returning from a  walk to our local Pokestop. My boy’s shadow is longer than mine!