Building Details: January 2017 Goals and Update

Hey there!

The first month of the new year brings my first batch of monthly goals. This is the complete list; from this point, I’ll only list those goals I engage with each session.

There’s a lot to cover, so I hope you won’t mind if I just get right to it.

My #oneword for 2017

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete: Currently Scene 11/24 in progress, 36,792/~65,000 words. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. I located and reread the original prequel story and the existing notes for this sequel; will let them simmer for a day or three before attempting to add anything new. Downloaded Toolkit worksheets and skimmed the first 10/66 pages.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Made rough selections for Camp novels (and a side idea for #StaD May). Rough sorted the chaotic hodgepodge of files and folders for this series, as prep for series bible/timeline and as future story fodder….Simmering All the Things. Gathered all relevant materials for the six novels either complete or currently in progress.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal.

 

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. Have edit request; read comments carefully; made notes. Began researching edits I’m not sure of. Expect to finish early this week; this round is due on January 31, but I don’t want the time to slip away from me. Will simmer oversleep, and revisit later today.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-8. Secondary goal. I’ve located the hard copy that drifted out of memory over the last several months.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. Printed copy to use for lessons; progtressing through Lesson 1/22.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Read through intro to Lesson One, printed and read worksheets. Completed Worksheet 1A (1/3 for this week’s lesson); moving through Worksheet 1B; page 13/79 of manuscript notations in progress (through Scene Four). Began setting up revision notebook; will finish that when my new paper and sheet protectors arrive.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 3/31 complete; skimmed the rest. #atozchallenge: Week Two: B-E links added; text added to individual post files; 4/6 complete. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. Mindful Monday post is up.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; make lists/basic sketches of new pages. Tertiary goal.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather materials for second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 1/3; bedroom 1/1. General: 7/27.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. Moved most of the fiction files to the main directory. Did some pantsing organization while locating and reviewing files.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 photos selected.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Time with Lise; canoodling; movies; sharing photos.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Schuyler Mansion Twelfth Night and local author event on the 7th;.Miah attending out-of-state escape room party on the 14th.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Read and highlighted the revision piece that’s reached the queue; simmering overnight.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal.

Selftending:

  • Journals six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal.Morning: 3/6. New meditation video.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Workout Monday: moderate: 2/6. Strenuous: 1.5/6 hours (workout/moving firewood).

  • Intuitive Eating: Create a basic plan for change. Tertiary goal.
  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Apply at Starbucks and Panera for part-time work. Skimmed Panera site; they do have two openings that interest me in my local area.

  • Go through Publication email folder; make subcategory for marketing-related posts.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post.

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Currently reading Bardwell’s Folly, by local author Sandra Hutchison, who also writes some of my favorite fan fiction, and whom I will be meeting at an event this Saturday. We’ve been corresponding for several months now, so I’m excited, and the book is excellent. 49% complete; 1 /2 in progress.

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Bedrooms in the Schuyler Mansion. Don't they look cozy?

                  Bedrooms in the Schuyler Mansion. Don’t they look cozy?

Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One Goals

Hey there!

It’s time to announce my Round One goals! Since they’re plentiful, and this is my fourth post in the last few hours, with one still to do today, I’m just going to dive right in!

  • 2017 goals (updating later today)

  • January goals will be announced on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.



Writing:

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit  and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels; plot April novel using hybrid system focused on the Story Toolkit. Create rough Aeon Timeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Begin series bible with character sketches/locations/story world mandalas and scene outlines for six existing novels. Add materials for April novel as created. Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what happens next? Use Scapple to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”;Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. Received email from editor; copy very clean, only a few line edits needed.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Rough revision and revision plan. Secondary goal.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-16. Tertiary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete beta revisions for “First Contact; With Jazz” and Post- “FC,WJ” ensemble pieces to “Cowled.” Review “A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. “Love and Loss” – review chapters 1-10 (already posted). Side goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions/edits/polishing passes; arrange for cover art; finalize art and packaging; publish! Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit “First Contact, With Jazzto beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal.

Website/Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  and Love is in da Blog: Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; help as I can. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, have all posts scheduled and ready to go by end of round. Primary goal. Skimmed prompt list for JusJoJan; idea and prep for Day One; will be a guest host later in the month.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday:  Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm for regular and NaNo months; maintain and fine-tune regular rhythm throughout the round. Secondary goal.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom and/or kitchen (weather dependent). Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each week. Add 27 general flings weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 1/3 completed.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Email Writing subfolders, Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress; sort and delete excess. Tertiary goal.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Selected 31 pictures to scan.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Hanging out with my girl.

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

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

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal.

Selftending:

  • Journals six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Skimmed Panera site.

  • Make a decision on Holly Lisle revision course; follow through. Okay, so I wrote the goal, then talked to my Accomplice, who approved the investment. Purchased, and skimmed beginning of course.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans.

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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals

Hey there!

It’s time to get started with a new year’s worth of goals….

I like aspirations more than resolutions.

Maybe it’s that resolutions tend to be grounded-feeling, whereas aspirations make me feel more like this:

I like that feeling better. It feels more like growth, reaching, attaining new heights. By comparison, resolutions feel like gritted teeth, willpower, dogged determination, that old butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard adage.

I don’t work well like that. Truthfully, writing is joyful play to me, a journey of discovery. I give myself to it wholly and happily, and that’s what I want. I don’t like the way my writing works, or the person I am when I get into that frame of mind.

So here are my aspirations, listed out for the year. They may change as the year progresses, and I move through it, learning, growing, and writing…building joyfully to my dreams.

What are your aspirations for the year?

 

  • Note: I will update  goals I’ve engaged with on a monthly basis.

  • Round One goals (updating later today)

  • January goals will be announced on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.



Writing:

  • Complete Hanging Manuscript drafts from 2015-2016.

  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts.

  • Create fan fiction, continuing current story arcs, and developing new ones as I’m drawn to them.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough plots/sketches for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.”

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue revision for crit group using Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel class materials. Create plans for Transitions and Generations.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.

Submission:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. I read the editorial requests. The original submission was even cleaner than I’d thought. Only 5 single-word changes to make, 3 of which I disagree with and will research before addressing with the editorial staff. Next: Do the research; make the uncontested changes, and write to editor.

  • Self-Publish “A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit First Contact, With Jazz, Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed.

  • Submit completed Rose and Jeremy novel to World Unknown Review.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues.

Website/Blogging:

  • Complete Just Jot It January, Love is in da Blog, and 2017 Kindness Challenge. I’ve skimmed the available prompts, and have ideas. I’ve selected the image and the topic for my Day One post.

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year.

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility.

Hometending:

  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files. I’ve selected the first 31 images to scan.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. One round in the study.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Time “hanging out” with my daughter.

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

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

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers.

Selftending:

  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin applying principles to my own eating habits.
  • Smart Change : Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace.

  • Create a marketing/business plan.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing.

  • Listen to the 8 books currently on my Audible account. Beginning with 29% of Alexander Hamilton complete. 1/8 in progress.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month.

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The Prosperity Principle: December 28, 2016

Hey there!

Welcome to my second ROW80 Interlude Post. I’m moving along; focusing on just a thing or two at a time rather than the wide-angle. I’m reasonably sure I won’t finish everything on my list, but I will wrap up a couple more, and move others closer to the completion point.

In the space between a quiet family Christmas and the new year, I’m enjoying this combination of finishing up existing goals within my grasp, and, at the same time, reaching a little higher as I move through the process of setting goals and objectives for 2017.

It’s a kind of prosperity, this time…prosperity I’m creating myself.

I added a few words to The Far Shore, so I thought I’d give you a little taste…

Holding her imagined actions in mind, Ubunta began reaching and digging her way down through the rocks. It was going to take longer than she’d thought, but she was succeeding, and she was tucked in under the boardwalk that ran above.

  • Note: I’ve listed the goals I engaged from Sunday- Tuesday. For complete goals lists, click the links below.

  • December goals

  • 2016 goals

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 11/24 in progress. 36,792/~65,000 words/ 297 new.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. February writing goals added to Aeon Timeline; 2/12 months. I’ll be adding my “tending” goals once I get through March.

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week Two: Added photos for B-G posts (so much fun going through our pictorial history!) 6/6. Created folders for these posts; added images to all. Week One: Added links; proofed; formatted, pulled from planning document, and moved to A Post file; 1/26 ready for scheduling once I have the #atozchallenge icons.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-6 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Completed second revision pass for Chapter 1/3, “Returns and Remembrances;” Chapter 2/3 “Clinging to One Another,” first revision pass complete. Reread.color-coded Chapter 3/3 for first revision pass.“FC;WJ”: Began revising the new Scene Four.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. ROW80 done.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete/revise/submit first quarter reports (due 12/15). Continue to file to Flickr portfolios. Gather materials for second quarter reports; facilitate further learning as needed/wanted. Primary goal.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 0/5. Kitchen: 0/5. Indoor random; 9/25.`

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; menorah lighting; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page; write-in.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 1/6 morning; 0/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 3/5; 90 min: 2/4.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal. Work table is clean, and I can get to the board; reviewed current projects and made rough list for updating; simmering.

  • Listen: Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Side goal. Through Chapter 10/19; 29% complete.

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

 

About this year’s #oneword.

Note: 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 October 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. 23 new stories written; three submitted (one accepted; one rejected; one still waiting.)
  • 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; Scene 8/24 in progress; 21,533/65,000 words. Forward progress very slow, but moving.

Plotting:

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

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

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’. All novels/stories planned/plotted; rough materials for timeline and bible created in the process.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan/plot Weft #3 (Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough timelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect. Setting aside for 2017.

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals. Goal completed!

Revision:

  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Critique group on hold until January, so goal more or less completed.

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

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Nothing new.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.) Setting aside until at least 2017.

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. Transitioning to my website; that’s the goal for Round Four.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Done.
  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. Fair. Not bad; not great.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience. Ebbs and flows; but goal completed.
  • 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. The blog took a backseat to the website, which is developing; more integration in 2017.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. Lise’s portfolio added to; Miah’s begun; neither sorted or culled. Moving along.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All but the kitchen moving along; I have a system for forward momentum that’s working well. Moving the kitchen to 2017.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. Progress; breaking it down to smaller bites. I won’t finish this before the year ends, so the adapted goal: Create a plan to have this completed by the time I’m ready for a computer upgrade (maybe after tax time).
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. A little work outside.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Nothing new. Adapted goal: Make plan for scanning and organizing all photos in 2017.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Canceled two.

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. Lots of stuff: parties, historic sites; museums; stores; and more.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Goal completed; crit group on break until January.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Some beta reading, and a promo post. No reviews this month.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like. Nothing new.

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. Meditating/journals several days a week. Happy with the meditative practices I’ve developed thus far.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. Nothing new.

  • 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 up to 60/minutes, 5 days/week, and 75 minutes thrice a week.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Dropping this goal for 2016.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Write and submit one story each month (not necessarily the same story). I’ve attained this with fan fiction. Three new submissions.

  • Submit fan fiction.Nothing new submitted.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Cover image in simmering stage.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. Gathering poems. The setup likely to wait for 2017. A couple of new poems written.

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A Prosperous Life: October 19, 2016

Hey there!

Ever had one of those sessions where your focus was on things other than writing? That was this session for me.

Sunday was my write-in; I did manage to write 4K words of the final #StaD story, which has evolved to be a TnT fan fiction framing an alternate history (written as a fan fiction…it’s complicated).

Monday, I wrote very short poems, and took the kids to see a preview of portions of the upcoming PBS documentary, Hamilton’s America (it was at least as wonderful as I thought it would be.) I came home with a headache, but wrote another several hundred words on the story. I also did some rereading for the third submission story; I plan to begin revisions later today.

Yesterday, Lise wanted to go to Minecraft club at our homeschool community center. Despite the fact that my  headache had intensified into near-migraine country, I managed to finish the next step of the planning for Tsunamis; I’m getting close to the end of the planning portion of that goal.

I also watched some Star Trek, finishing up that goal, and cleaned up quite a bit of email and open tabs. I’ve been playing some Cake Mania 3 and watching PBS – I feel things simmering and about to coalesce…I’m allowing them the time and space to grow rich and layered.

With many projects still in process, and the month passing quickly, and November rushing in; I’ll be looking at my goals this week, and making some choices about which goals to set aside for now, and which to focus on.

Do you have gathering times, when you’re preparing for a new creative surge? Do you wait them out, or get anxious? If you wait, what do you do in the lull?

Note: Only goals I engaged with this session are listed. Use the links below for comprehensive goals/progress lists.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending . Primary goal. Story 5/5 (Philodosia): 4,565 words.
  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 10/31 complete. Wrote three very short poems from Zeke’s perspective; good insight into a character with a significant mental difference.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Finished Zeke’s Settings, Time, and First Big Moment sheets.

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Read Omniscient POV draft; insights and revelations simmering.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Not as many as I’d hoped.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Once each for green.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Made some tweaks to social contacts; began setting up an events page.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Random inside: 6/20. Headache and a busy-elsewhere session slowed me down.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Email maintenance.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Star Trek; conversation; flirting; television; Minecraft club. Kids and I went to  preview screening of Hamilton’s America at our state museum.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Write-in; nothing new in crit group lately.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 4/6; Meditation(morning): 2/6 (ten minutes; it’s getting easier); Evening: 1 two minute session.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 min: 1/5. Headaches and activities slowed me down.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. Returned at Sunday’s write-in. I miss it. I need my own.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. WUR: In progress.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. Spoke with potential illustrator.

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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!