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

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Focused Elsewhere: July Goals Final Update

Another July is in the books.

And I survived my most emotionally turbulent month, even with added tumult. I’d love to say that I rocked my goals, hit all the marks I set for myself – but that would be a lie. I survived. I didn’t post most of the Word-High July stories I wrote – I ran out of time and focus. I dropped my word-count goal for CampNaNo, and barely managed the revised number, mostly with fan fiction. I forgot Pacemaker existed. I set aside The Far Shore, the Kifo Island novel I planned to finish in July, because it has a subplot I couldn’t handle emotionally. I stopped planning Tsunamis, the one I planned to start by the end of the month, because….there wasn’t enough me to go around.

I kind of felt like this:

But I survived. I wrote some. I moved forward.

And I was with my family through birthdays and death anniversaries and actual camping trips…and, in the end, family is the one thing that holds me together when life seems determined to make me come undone. After my birthday on the 29th, my focus started to clear, and I could see my way to August.

So, I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped – but I survived the month, and am ready to move on.

This post includes all of my July goals, and the progress I made. For my August, Round Three, and 2016 goals, check the links below!

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 20,452/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress. Set aside due to baby-in-jeopardy subplot.

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my Mutually Acceptable Emotional Language theme (about 333 words each). Story 29/31 in progress; this evolved into something much longer and kind of wonderful!

  • CampNaNoWriMo #3: Draft Tsunamis (KIC #6) through Scene 12. Didn’t happen.

Plotting:

  • For July CampNaNoWriMo: Complete Planning/plotting for Tsunamis (Kifo Island Chronicles #6), using The Writer’s Coloring Book. It just kind of sat there staring at me….

Revisions:

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue readthrough aloud (record and listen). Rough revisions through Scene 6/24, and submit to crit group. Completed and submitted through 2/24; 3/24 in progress; hard copy notations complete for these 11 pages. A glimmer of progress.

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 7/31 in progress; it went from back burner to not on the radar.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. This was as turbulent as the month, once we hit the 13th.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. This was hit-or-miss, too.
  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. Fell off during our camping week; otherwise on track with extra visits made, since Kait is short on sponsors this round.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Well…you know the drill by now, right?

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments weekly, as needed. Not so much.Not many comments, either, since I posted nothing new this month.

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Couldn’t keep up, and decided to postpone them, maybe for September – or November, when I’ll be NaNoing, and blogging tends to be sparse.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) End of Year test ordered and received: reviewed materials and procedures. Miah engaged in test prep: reviewing Khan Academy mathematics videos.. Narrative assessment complete. Drafted Annalise’s overdue second and third quarter reports. Began revising second quarter report. School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify new superintendent because she may not know.) Definite movement here, and an explanation of where some of my energy went.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. On again, off again….
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions. Big win here!

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yup.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays. Most; not all.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. LOTS!
  • Catch up back entries with critique group. Didn’t happen.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. This did, though! =)

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. Better on journals than meditation.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc. Mostly during camping; it was a very hot July.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. Not as much as I wanted.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/blog interface: Begin linking feature posts to website; this month is for building a form for the foundation to come.

  • Finish the Kindness Challenge; check out Facebook page. I now know what I want to write about.

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Not so much.

  • Create Pacemaker plans for moving-parts or longer-term projects as need/interest indicate. Nope.

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Purposely Changing Lanes: August 2016 Goals

New month, new goals, new focus.


No commentary today – this is long enough already. Beginning Sunday, I’ll only include goals  I’ve engaged with, but, for today – my comprehensive August goals.

And tonight – Shakespeare!

 

Writing:

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. I set this aside last month when things got crazy.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

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 3/ page 40. I’ll be working on this one after I finish my three owed crit pieces, in tandem with my beta reading.

    Peach Liqueur Love”: Complete Steps 2 and 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. 

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. LibreOffice’s recent update will make this easier, with new merging and tracking features. Excited to get to work! =D

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; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • 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. Time to work out a Better Plan.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 0!!!– after a week or two in the weeds, it feels good to see clear space!

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. Made plans with Pokemon-hunting boy for a committed time frame for pre-testing review – our goal is to be done with testing by the tenth. Drafted Annalise’s IHIP; 10/10 sections completed. This one was faster than Jeremiah’s may be, since I used the template from his seventh-grade IHIP, tailored to her needs. Began gathering guideline resources for Jeremiah’s IHIP (World Book typical course of study).

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. This is weather-dependent, and the weather hasn’t been cooperating. First very hot, then very wet. Aim for three times a week. 2/3 very minimally.
  • Move everything out of Dropbox; cancel subscription. There was nothing in my online files; I was paying ten dollars a month for a service I never use! All gone now!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Chatting; iPhone stuff; television.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in attended; planning for Romeo and Juliet.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Owed critique 1/3 completed. 2/3 in progress; page 14/17. Accepted ms to read and review.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: 16/27 chapters complete.)

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Make list of first steps. 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 week. Journals: 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. 2/5 moderate (45 minutes).

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisions for “Love and Loss” chapters 1-20 at ff.net. Revise new sections of “A Backdrop of Stars”, Chapters 4-8, and post. LAL: Scene 4/20 in progress. ABOS: Rough Drafts of Chapters Four and Five located and reread.

  • A Splash of Red”: compile notes and do pre-self-publication revision pass.  Gather materials and play with cover art ideas. 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. Found the Poetry folder, and one of the poems running feral in another directory; rehomed both.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Both are well underway; hot summer days make these good projects for this round.

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            Hamlet kids in the park, when they were wee!

Shifting Purposes: July 31, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

But first, he had to get them to a point where they could be alone in the same room without destroying the equipment.

Or each other, for that matter.

I’ve only been making it round to my regular snippet-sharing blog hops sporadically this month, and I’ve missed them. That’s probably understandable, given that I’m at the very end of a four-month creative marathon. I’m returning to those communities this week. As a quick warm-up for that, I decided to start with a couple of my favorite lines from my in-progress fan fiction story, “I Don’t Need Sickbay.” I began this as a quick 700 wordish flash fiction for the Word-High July hop, and it’s swelled into nearly 27,000 words, encompassing several of the stories I meant to write, as the result of an utterly unexpected plot development that sent my human engineer and Vulcan scientist off in a different direction that will eventually tie into my existing stories, “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt.”

I’m shifting directions myself. Tomorrow is August first, and I’ve gotten through another July. It’s my most emotionally turbulent month. Birthdays, death anniversary – and, this year, a sudden shift in my husband’s employment status that’s shifted many things, in many ways, as we reassess…

August -October will be mellower months for me. While there may be challenges, they will be less taxing, and I’ll be focusing more on revisions, critiques, and more low-key writing and plotting. August will also be a month of homeschool administration, and I hope to end it with all back paperwork completed, and current paperwork on track…

A final July update will be posted on Wednesday, as well as my August goals and progress to date. My end of August Round Three update will be posted in one week, on August 7. But, until then, it’s time to tally up my progress through July 30.

This post includes the July goals I interacted with during this session. It’s a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were. For full versions of my July, Round Three, and 2016 goals, check the links below!

Writing:

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. Answered one comment; it’s a start! 1/2. Other things have been dominating; hope to get these caught up after sleep.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 2/4. See above.

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. I still owe visits. I’ll catch up by end of Sunday. I caught up after drafting this.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Hovering between 300-500ish, since Other Things dominated.

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments weekly, as needed. Prepared to answer the comment, then moved on without actually, you know, answering it.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) End of Year test: reviewing materials and procedures ongoing. Miah engaged in test prep: reviewing Khan Academy mathematics videos. Schedule set that allows post-camping, post vaccination recovery. Narrative assessment complete. Began revising Annalise’s Second quarter report. School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify new superintendent because she may not know) =)
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 4/4: camp stuff, basic hometending, mostly.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Birthday lunch and Star Trek: Beyond with Eden Mabee, who dragged me kicking and screaming into Vulcan-love when we were 13.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Chatting, documentary watching.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Page 156/253) completed. I had a surge Saturday.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 6/5 journals; 2/5 meditation.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 4/5. Tired after camping.

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Renewed Purpose: July 27, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Have you ever noticed that being away can shift your perspective?

It was only a four day trip, but a great deal changed in my way of seeing things….regarding my kids, and my writing. Which is a bit ironic, because I did no writing, other than journaling. I brought my computer and several projects to work on, but I might as well have left them home, because the weekend took me in different directions – and I don’t regret that at all.

Now, well into the third day since we returned home, the majority of the settling-in is behind us, and I’m renewing my quest to reach my 55,555 word CampNaNoWriMo. The fan fiction seems to have hold of me at the moment; that’s often my conduit for creativity. I’m reaching for a 10K day today, which is part of why I’m prepping this post in bits and pieces, and later in the day than I usually do.

I seem to need that, after a trip – a few days to reset, then to delve deeply in one or two things, adding others in more gradually. I’m thinking my main focus is going to be on my CampNaNo quest until I get there. I’ll be adding in Other Things as energy and life seem to be leading me.

With that said, here’s my very minimal update.

Do you find yourself  befuddled after time away from your writing?

How do you deal with it?

This post includes the July goals I interacted with during this session. It’s a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were. For full versions of my July, Round Three, and 2016 goals, check the links below!

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). Story 24/31 in progress; it kind of took over my life! Now at nearly 5k, and another 2K maybe till I get to the end of this delicious monster!

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 1/4.

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. Np update or visits for Sunday; hope to catch those up later today or tomorrow, along with today’s. Sorry – camping and recovery from camping took over.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. It’s now down below 450 messages; I lost track while away, but am whittling away at the accumulated mass.

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments weekly, as needed. Read a comment, and the story it refers to; haven’t answered it yet. Likely today.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) End of Year test: reviewing materials and procedures ongoing. Miah engaged in test prep: reviewing Khan Academy mathematics videos. Narrative assessment complete and ready to send. School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify new superintendent because she may not know) =)
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 3/4: camp stuff, and resetting from camping, mostly.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Unschoolers Rock the Campground; trip to GameStop with my boy; write-in for me.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays. Attended final Tuesday July CampNaNo write-in at local coffee shop. Skipped Sunday; I had just broken camp and driven four hours. Mental acuity gone.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; camping; swimming; shopping; chatting; watching; Hamiltoning (is SO a word!)

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 3/5 journals; 1/5 meditation.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc. Yes! Camping; hiking (lots of hills at the campground!); swimming; setting camp and breaking camp; loading the car.)

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 3/5. Hometending; resetting from camp; shopping with the Boyo.

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What’s My Purpose? July 17, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, my family is dealing with a sudden shift in our lives. When I wrote that post, the news was brand-new, only hours old. We hadn’t had much time to consider what was in front of us, and next steps were nebulous, mostly a matter of what-if.

Now we’ve had nearly a work week to absorb and adjust. We’re still pretty much in what-if land, but the terrain is becoming a bit clearer. I’m not ready to divulge any details just yet, but the clouds of uncertainty are breaking up a bit, and the rays of a dim sun are finding places to come through. We’re taking some small steps we hope will lead to more stable ground, and feeling things out.

We’re also enjoying some of the perks of time off, whether planned or not. More family time. More things getting done around the house. More rest. More tending to ourselves, because our circumstances do come with a certain amount of stress.

How do you face unsettled times? Do you see them as a challenge and a chance for growth? Terrifying turbulence that rips you out of your comfort zone? Something else?

This post only includes the July goals I interacted with during this session.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 20,452/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress; I added 150 new words. Pacemaker goal (although I fell out of practice with updating it.)

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). Story 18/31 completeyes, you read that correctly! I am ahead, for the first time this month! Now, to stay that way till I catch ‘em all! =D

  • CampNaNoWriMo #3: Draft Tsunamis (KIC #6) through Scene 12. (This goal subject to change as timing indicates.) With all the added chaos this month, I’m not likely to get to this one. I’ll draft it later in the round, when I finish plotting and can give it the focus it deserves.

Revisions:

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 7/31 in progress; but still a back-burner project, at the moment.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 2/2 for this week.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 3 /4; swift and quiet running.

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. All goals updated; visits made (plus).

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Keeping up.

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments weekly, as needed. One new story follower; looked up, but they read, not write.

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Still behind; want to be caught up by Thursday.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) Finished/submitted First Quarter Reports; End of Year test received; began reviewing materials and procedures. Researched Oregon homeschool laws. Adapted district’s narrative assessment form to something more streamlined and usable. It’s ready to use pending final revision and printing. Began Annalise’s Second Quarter Report. Began collecting test prep links at Khan Academy. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. New school superintendent= (hopefully an improvement!) School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify her because she may not know) but acknowledged this year’s Letters of Intent (acknowledgment due 7/11) only one day late. Progress! =)Will be a Pacemaker project.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 6/4; hometending.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions. Used the six Audible credits we had. Canceled.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Planning our upcoming annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Chatting; planning.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Chapter Twelve (page 109/253) completed.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 7/5 for journals. Meditation: 3/5.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 4/5; hometending; walking; vet visit; errands.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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“Hawks Eat Doves”: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like leftover holiday memories….

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

It’s been a wild ride here, the last week. As I write this on Friday, it’s one week past my daughter’s twelfth birthday. Wednesday was our second child’s birthday, but since Elijah died when he was only 12 days old, it’s not the kind of birthday to celebrate; it’s more a time of reflection and remembrance…

Except that, this year, it was also the day that my Accomplice was fired from a job he’d had for nine years, because the owner of the restaurant he helped to create wanted to move in another direction, and hire his own son as chef.

We’re facing uncertainty, and looking at it as an opportunity to move in a different direction.

We’ll see where life carries us. In the meantime, here’s another serialized snippet from “A Splash of Red.”This surreal fantasy story is the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license. We’re getting close to the end, now, so things that have been mysteries will  become clearer…

More on the story after the eight-sentence snippet.

Context: A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above. We left last week with our focus on the child’s tentative  and aborted attempt to accept a small token offered by the woman.

Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative.

“Hawks Eat Doves”

“Are you – are we – a dove now? Are – our – children happy?”

A shadow covers the sun, falls upon us, and she shivers as the hawks give a cry of threat and hunger and jagged brokenness.

“We’ve grown into a dove. Our children are happy, and free, and their laughter is my – our – favorite music.”

The hawks lift higher, circling, silent, waiting, seeking vulnerable prey.

“Hawks eat doves.” She stares a challenge at me; then up at the hawks.

How will the woman answer the child’s challenge?

Will the hawks attack?

Are woman and child safe?

Next week may bring answers, or new questions!

Like what you read? Want more?

Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets:

 “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review,  which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.

That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer. Until then, may your week be delightful! =D

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