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.

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

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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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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