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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Hoshi’s Gift: My Word-High July Intro Post!

 

Oh, look!

Here we are, into July already. The month began with a day of intense thunderstorms and tornado warnings (not exactly common in upstate New York) that caused some turbulence here in our home, and slowed down my plans for today’s blogging –

But here I am, joining in on Word-High July, a chance to explore some lovely Filipino words – one each day, for 30 days. Clicking the link will tell you more about the challenge, in lovely language – and here’s a word list, for those who’d like to play along.

For my personal challenge, I knew what I was going to write as soon as I read the list of words. So many of them deal with specific emotional states in concrete terms…perfect for a Vulcan woman desperately trying to understand what she feels for a human man named Trip…

Yup. In the spirit of IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations), I’m writing Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction. Let’s see if T’Pol and Trip can use these words to find common emotional ground.

By the way, standard disclaimers apply. I don’t own the characters, but they certainly like putting stories in my head. I write fan fiction for passion and joy, not money, to share what I love about this inter-species couple. My fan fiction has always been, and ever shall be, totally free – my gift to you!

But enough about me. Let’s get on with the introductory story that sets the stage for the 30 daily stories to come….here, we begin with Hoshi’s gift. For those who aren’t in the know, it’s good to know that Ensign Hoshi Sato, Enterprise’s Communications Officer, is a linguistic prodigy who can learn nearly any language, so it’s not at all far-fetched that she would speak Filipino.

Hoshi’s Gift

Hoshi looked over to the Tactical Station, where Trip was sitting. T’Pol hovered on the other side of the console, almost as though she was glued to him. She’d been like that ever since he got back up to the Bridge after he’d assessed the situation in Engineering.

Hoshi had been debating this ever since that mind meld with T’Pol. She’d told the First Officer about her dream, woman to woman, but she’d held some things back. T’Pol was Vulcan, after all. The fact that T’Pol had also been emotionally compromised at the time, and had admitted it openly, made it a matter of compassion.

For years, now, they’d been at the edge of friendship, but, between her own shyness, and T’Pol’s genetic and culturally ingrained reserve, they’d never crossed that threshold. It didn’t help that Vulcan didn’t even have a word for ‘friend’ – or, for that matter, for most emotional concepts and states.

That’s what had given her the idea. She’d watched a clearly anguished woman pacing her room, trying to give some voice to all the things she felt for a certain Chief Engineer. She might have already lost her chance, but Hoshi thought that she hadn’t. She’d known Trip for a long time, now, and he wasn’t the kind to give himself halfway to anything. And the dreams – well, T’Pol might have doubts, but that was because she naturally looked at things logically.

To Hoshi, it was clear as air. The passion sizzling between the two of them went a hell of a lot deeper than lust or friendship or even rivalry.

“You’ve stood here stalling long enough,” she told herself. “And, meanwhile, they’re both here, and no one else is even close to aware enough to notice.”

T’Pol didn’t have a Vulcan word for the human maze that was love, either, and it certainly couldn’t be quantified in concrete, logical terms. She needed help, and Trip was in way too deep to be able to give it to her – he’d transferred to Columbia, after all, and that probably meant that he was as hurt and confused as she was.

It was up to her.

“Commanders?” she asked, because neither of them was paying attention to the display. Two sets of eyes, hazel and blue, broke a mutual gaze heavy with things Hoshi could only guess at.

“Yes, Ensign Sato?” Formal as ever, but T’Pol’s voice was softer and more vulnerable than it had been. There were things she couldn’t hide anymore, even if she wanted to.

Hoshi brought out the PADD, and offered it to T’Pol. “This is for you – both of you, I mean.”

T’Pol moved the PADD so that Trip could look at it with her. “A Mutually Acceptable Emotional Vocabulary?” The engineer stuck his tongue in his cheek, and didn’t look at T’Pol.

“This isn’t English,” T’Pol said, very softly.

“It’s Filipino. If you don’t mind my saying, English doesn’t seem to have been working very well. I thought – well, I thought this might be better.”

“Hoshi, what exactly are you trying to say here?”

“She’s shared my dreams, Trip.” A whisper, but Trip got redder than he’d been when he’d come off that desert planet with his new friend Zolkan.

“Ah, hell….if yours have been anything like mine – umm, sorry, Hoshi.”

“Don’t worry about it.” She kept her voice quiet, even though they were the only ones on the Bridge, with most of the crew still recovering from the effects of the Orion women’s potent pheromones. “But this might help – if you decide to give it a try.” She didn’t wait around to see what they’d do with the gift. She figured that she didn’t need to know the specifics – if it helped, sooner or later, she’d know.

She wasn’t only good at spoken languages, after all. Most intimate conversation between both species was held on a non-verbal level. No matter how hard they tried to hide it, she would know.

Proving Ground: ROW80 2016 Round Two Goals End Of Round Update

Hey there, ROWers and others!

At the beginning of Round Two, I wrote:

This round is my proving ground, where I will test my mettle and my limits, where I hope to learn some new skills, and gain proficiency and confidence that will bring my closer to that next level – completed works ready for self-publication.

May brought plenty of progress, and increased clarity regarding my purpose and direction. That trend continued inJune goals. What I’ve learned will be utililzed as I plan for Round Three – and beyond.

Until then, though…how did I do in Round Two?

  • This round was focused on writing and plotting. Blogging was turbulent, and so was revision, but both did find room. Hometending was sporadic, as was lifetending.

  • I feel like the selftending took a distinct backseat, but, even so, this spring was maybe better and less stressful than last spring’s creative intensity.

  • Overall, it was an excellent building round where I learned a great deal about myself. Read on to learn more!

Note: This update only goes to June 23, 2016. All progress after that date will be included in future updates.

Writing:

  • A Rising Tide (KIC#4): Draft approximately 65,000 words as my CampNaNoWriMo  project. Scene 24/24 complete. 53,660 words (17, 885/ 50K JuNo words – delayed, but now done.)

  • Kifo Island Chronicles #5: Draft as my JuNoWriMo project; approximately 65,000 words. No progress; still plotting at end of round.

  • Story A Day May (#StaD):  Write 31 new Kifo Island stories, using challenge prompts. Use this challenge for exploration of the June and July novel drafts. 30 Kifo, and 1 fan fiction, as prompted.

Plotting:

  • IDIC Romance A-Z stories: Watch or read transcripts where I’m not sure of events, sequences, or relevant details, prior to scheduling posts.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Choose characters and storylines for two new novels, reread all relevant materials, and plot both. To the extent possible, do plot sketches for #StaD stories. Plotting for novel 1 /2 well underway. Changed goal for 2/2.

Revision:

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises;  submit to critique group. Adapted to completing Steps 2 and 3. That didn’t help; no progress this month.

  • The IDIC Romance: First Contact, With Jazz”: Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas. Complete revisions to “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish all, and submit to a fan fiction site. Three betas ready when “FCWJ” is finished; I began setting up Scenes 1-4 to address crit group input. Set other goals aside till Round 3.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Offer first 3 scenes as WIPpet snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. Scene 2/3 in WIPpet progress. Readthroughs complete through Scene 3/24.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Shifting as I slowly move to a website-centric presence.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post before April 9.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Deleting due to ongoing website shift.

  • Maintain email at under 333 messages. Exceeded.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue; create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and add all current year items to them.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life.

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Adjusting the goal to two more cancelations.

Lifetending:

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

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads. 2/6 done. Reducing goal to 3 books this round, which is more doable.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Journaling dropped a day or two. Completed Intentions journal. Didn’t take on a new practice, and missed a few days and meditations here and there.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Learn 24 form well enough not to be lost on World Tai Chi Day. Participate in our local event. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Swim biweekly, at least 500 meters at the Y pool. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Go for walks at least thrice weekly. I’ve been going for short to moderate walks every day the weather is pleasant.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. More often than not. No health blogging.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” to an erotic fiction contest. Missed deadline.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development. Created rough categories for OctPoWriMo 2015 poems.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Proving Ground: ROW80 2016 Round Two Goals End Of May Update

Hey there, ROWers and others!

At the beginning of Round Two, I wrote:

This round is my proving ground, where I will test my mettle and my limits, where I hope to learn some new skills, and gain proficiency and confidence that will bring my closer to that next level – completed works ready for self-publication.

May brought plenty of progress, and increased clarity regarding my purpose and direction. That’s reflected here, and in my June goals. It will be even more evident in Round Three.

Until then, though…where do I stand on the goals I already have?

Note: This update is current to May 31, 2016. All progress after that date will be included in my end-of-round update.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles #5: Draft as my JuNoWriMo project; approximately 65,000 words.

  • Story A Day May (#StaD):  Write 31 new Kifo Island stories, using challenge prompts. Use this challenge for exploration of the June and July novel drafts. 30 Kifo, and 1 fan fiction, as prompted.

Plotting:

  • IDIC Romance A-Z stories: Watch or read transcripts where I’m not sure of events, sequences, or relevant details, prior to scheduling posts.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Choose characters and storylines for two new novels, reread all relevant materials, and plot both. To the extent possible, do plot sketches for #StaD stories.

Revision:

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises;  submit to critique group. Adapting to completing Steps 2 and 3.

  • The IDIC Romance: First Contact, With Jazz”: Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas. Complete revisions to “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish all, and submit to a fan fiction site. Three betas ready when “FC,WJ” is finished; setting other goals aside till Round 3.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Offer first 3 scenes as WIPpet snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. Scene 2/3 in WIPpet progress. Readthroughs complete through Scene 2/24.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Shifting as I slowly move to a website-centric presence.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post before April 9.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Deleting due to ongoing website shift.

  • Maintain email at under 333 messages. Exceeded.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue; create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and add all current year items to them.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life.

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Adjusting the goal to two more cancelations.

Lifetending:

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

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads. 1/6 done. Reducing goal to 3 books this round, which is more doable.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Journaling dropped a day or two; otherwise good.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Learn 24 form well enough not to be lost on World Tai Chi Day. Participate in our local event. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Swim biweekly, at least 500 meters at the Y pool. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Go for walks at least thrice weekly. I’ve been going for short to moderate walks every day the weather is pleasant.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Not sure I’m at the 45 minute mark, but I am active some part of nearly every day.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” to an erotic fiction contest. Missed deadline.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development. Created rough categories for OctPoWriMo 2015 poems.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Hey there, ROWers and others!

At the beginning of Round Two, I wrote:

This round is my proving ground, where I will test my mettle and my limits, where I hope to learn some new skills, and gain proficiency and confidence that will bring my closer to that next level – completed works ready for self-publication.

May brought plenty of progress, and increased clarity regarding my purpose and direction. That’s reflected here, and in my June goals. It will be even more evident in Round Three.

 

Until then, though…where do I stand on the goals I already have?

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Note: This update only goes to May 31, 2016. All progress after that date will be included in my end-of-round update.

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Writing:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles #5: Draft as my JuNoWriMo http://junowrimo.com/ project; approximately 65,000 words.

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete draft. Letting this go till Round 3.

  • Blogging from A-Z April 2016: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ Write Reflections post; create index page for this challenge.

  • Story A Day May (#StaD): http://storyaday.org/ Write 31 new Kifo Island stories, using challenge prompts. Use this challenge for exploration of the June and July novel drafts. 30 Kifo, and 1 fan fiction, as prompted.

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Plotting:

  • IDIC Romance A-Z stories: Watch or read transcripts where I’m not sure of events, sequences, or relevant details, prior to scheduling posts.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Choose characters and storylines for two new novels, reread all relevant materials, and plot both. To the extent possible, do plot sketches for #StaD stories.

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Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: First Contact, With Jazz”: Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas. Complete revisions to “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish all, and submit to a fan fiction site. Three betas ready when “FC,WJ” is finished; setting other goals aside till Round 3.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Offer first 3 scenes as WIPpet snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. Scene 2/3 in WIPpet progress. Readthroughs complete through Scene 2/24.

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Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Shifting as I slowly move to a website-centric presence.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post before April 9.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Deleting due to ongoing website shift.

  • Maintain email at under 333 messages. Exceeded.

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Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue; create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and add all current year items to them.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life.

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Adjusting the goal to two more cancelations.

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Lifetending:

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

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads. 1/6 done. Reducing goal to 3 books this round, which is more doable.

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Selftending

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Journaling dropped a day or two.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Learn 24 form well enough not to be lost on World Tai Chi Day. Participate in our local event. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Swim biweekly, at least 500 meters at the Y pool. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Go for walks at least thrice weekly. I’ve been going for short to moderate walks every day the weather is pleasant.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Not sure I’m at the 45 minute mark, but I am active some part of nearly every day.
  • Read Smart Change, Intuitive Eating, and reread Gift from the Sea. 3/3 complete.

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Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” to an erotic fiction contest. Missed deadline.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development. Created rough categories for OctPoWriMo 2015 poems.

Kait Nolan’s http://kaitnolan.com/about-me/ ROW80 https://aroundofwordsin80days.wordpress.com/ The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life! See other participants’ goals here!

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Boredom Proof: June 1, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

And hello there, June! I was occupied with Other Things, and you slipped right in, almost unnoticed. But I see you there now, and you’re welcome here. Why not settle in with a cool beverage of your choice, and relax for just a bit.

I don’t mean to ignore you, but I do have a few bits of unfinished May business to tend to before I can give you my undivided attention. If you don’t mind hanging out for a bit, I’ll be with you soon!

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance (Boldly Go stories): Continue adding to my Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars arcs, drafting at least one new story for each weekly. LAL: added a scene to “Out of the Loop”; ABOS: “Something Wasn’t Right” in progress. I’m happy to be adding; dropping the quantity goal.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 Boldly Go stories (V-Z remaining).

  • Star Trek Enterprise: Watch episodes/ clips, and/or read transcripts needed to complete Boldly Go stories.

  • Plan Story A Day May Kifo Island stories. (Xavier/Yvette/Zeke is Tsunamis; Ubunta/Quincette/Theresa is The Far Shore.)

  • Kifo Island: Plot either Tsunamis (Xavier/Yvette/Zeke) or The Far Shore (Quincette/Ubunta/Theresa) as my JuNoWriMo project, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Read through Quincette’s existing character info and original story. Began her main character worksheet; 2/3 characters in progress.

  • Continue plotting stories in my various The IDIC Romance story arcs. Purchase new Aeon Timeline program, and continue using it as an aid to this process. Simmering for both.

Revisions:

  • Complete revisions for “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process.

  • Kifo Island: Print Sea Changes; Readthrough aloud (record and listen).

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise/organize all Boldly Go stories at ff.net. Organize Scrivener files by arc. Continue revising new additions to the Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars, as well as “First Contact, With Jazz”; “Mission Accomplished”; and “Scavenger Hunt”. Nothing to Me for LAL in progress; page 4/13. Chapter One of “Backdrop” up for revision.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least every other day. Sunday. Monday.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain email at below 222 messages; making good use of folders.

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments at least twice weekly. 1 /2. I got to all pending reviews and private messages early Thursday.

  • ROW80: Draft Round Three Sponsor Post. Post outline drafted.

  • Post 31 #StaD stories this month. Interact with others at the site. 31/31.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Awaiting IHIP determination; due by end of business 5/25; district is late. Again.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5; my room; family room; bathroom; maintenance; weeding.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Swimming with my girl, my bestie, Eden Mabee, and her son. Dinner. Delightful. =D

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired, submit “Peach Liqueur Love”.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Kitten time; walking; chatting; cleaning; driving; canoodling: making plans.
  • Resume full critiquing/posting to critique group. Preparing Sea Changes Scene Two; 1 crit waiting.
  • Annie Shot Her Gun: Critique one chapter each week.
  • Stained by Ashes: Complete readthrough; critique first three chapters. 3/3 complete.
  • Complete three more back book reviews; TBD.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling 3/7; meditation: 5/7.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool). I swam twice this month without doing laps.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, thrice monthly. Hometending; weeding. 3/3 strenuous; swimming.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Use standing desk one work session 3 days per week. 0/3.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, three times each week. I AM going to figure this out; if you want to help, find me there; I’m @shanjeniah. 2/3; RT, follow, like, and share.
  • Play with business card design. Simmering; new ideas.

  • Roughly categorize poems for future development.

  • Create beta-reading profile/preferences on ff.net.

  • Play with Weebly and SquareSpace.

  • Participate in the Kindness Challenge. Posted Monday.

  • Resume normal blogging schedule by the end of the month (Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Eight Sentence Sunday, and If We Were Having Coffee.)

  • Complete JuNoWriMo Feature Writer submission; WUR Interview Questionnaire; and respond to the A-Z Participant Survey.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

Dancing: Kifo Island Project for #StaD May 31

Welcome, friends!

Come let me tell you a Story A Day, all May long…

In June and July, I’m drafting two new Kifo Island novels. I know something about 5 of the 6 point of view characters, and I’ve got a sketchy idea of the plots – but I need to learn more about these people and their stories.

I’ll follow A Month of Writing Prompts 2016. I’ll play while moving through my planning efforts. Some of these stories may become part of the eventual novels, but my goal is to invite these characters to show me how their lives fit together to make a novel.

It’s now the final day of the challenge, – so off we go to May 31 – that was yesterday, which means I’m officially caught up once this posts. The prompt? Go BIG!this time, with dancing!

Week Five’s theme is The Last Hurrah!

Warning: Rated R for adult themes. Probably NSFW.

Dancing

She watched him there on the stage, watched his erection pressing hard against his fly, and wondered if he knew that his hips were thrusting forward and back just slightly, but in a lovely rhythm that made her feel like dancing, like pulling him in close, rubbing and teasing against him, feeling the rush of wind as they moved together, became attuned to one another, breathed together…

She crossed her legs over the ache between, that pulsed and spoke of another kind of dancing, one more intimate, more private, needing no music.

He wound down, and she laughed for him, because he was way better than this place. He deserved a proper audience, dozens of adoring young women all salivating over that bulge that teased her, to have his choice of partners for any kind of dancing he wanted to do.

She was the only woman here.

And she wanted to dance.

She applauded him, then came to the stage, waiting there by the side stair. She didn’t want him to leave, or to be unsure that she wanted him.

“You laughed,” he said, and his eyes seemed to caress her, head to toe and back again. He stood there uncertainly, and shuffled his feet.

She climbed up to him, took his hand without saying a word, and led him down the stage stair and out of the squalid little club, and, once they were outside in the steaming night, she led him along the boardwalk, and, shyly, his arm circled her waist, pulling her in close.

Neither of them spoke. No with words, anyway.

Their bodies spoke eloquently to each other, hips swaying in, then away, dancing…

A deep pulse from the distance, and they looked at one another and Yvette kicked off her heels, and carried them, and they held hands and ran across the sand, because the moon was full over the incoming tide, and it was a faster way to reach the place where the music came from.

Into a night club, the salsa beat pounding through them like the waves, the floor thick in sand, so it was like the beach contained in a room, and they whirled and spun and it drove her a little mad when she wanted to be grinding in against him, but then there was something in his arms that said that he wanted it, too, and that they were dancing another kind of dance, one that was part a hunt.

Finally, finally, their hips crashed in together, just for an instant.

An instant that left her wanting more, so much more. She was aware of her skin, the sweat slipping along her spine and into the small of her back, and her thighs were wet with wanting, while that hard tempting bulge pressed in for just a second, then away, again and again, and she moved her body, swaying like sea grass in the wind, and teased him, loving the moan that parted his lips, the way his eyes sparkled, pupils wide in the dark.

Finally, finally, they were grinding and circling, and Yvette knew it was the moment, the moment that would invite, tempt, and promise –
She thrust her hips against him, clawed her way up to him, and dragged him in for a kiss, thrusting her tongue boldly into his mouth, tasting him, tasting his desire, the promise of sex, of a man.

He gave himself to her, took nothing she didn’t offer, but gave her all she wanted of him.

Then, before the beautiful dance could be shattered by reality, Yvette turned and ran off alone.

“The Three Sisters”: Kifo Island Project for #StaD May 30

Welcome, friends!

Come let me tell you a Story A Day, all May long…

In June and July, I’m drafting two new Kifo Island novels. I know something about 5 of the 6 point of view characters, and I’ve got a sketchy idea of the plots – but I need to learn more about these people and their stories.

I’ll follow A Month of Writing Prompts 2016, and play while moving through my planning efforts. Some of these stories may become part of the eventual novels, but my goal is to invite these characters to show me how their lives fit together to make a novel.

Yup, I got behind again. Not with the writing, but with the posting. Life happened.

It’s now the final day of the challenge, and I’m getting my back posts up by midnight – so off we go to May 30 – that was yesterday, which means I’m officially caught up once this posts. The prompt? The Power of Three.”– I’m harnessing my favorite number for creative purposes. Here, a drabble with Quincette, Theresa, and Ubunta contemplating native culture.

Week Five‘s theme is The Last Hurrah!

“The Three Sisters”

“The Iroquois referred to corn, beans and squash as ‘The Three Sisters’. They were planted together, and each aided the growth of the others.”

Together, three girls looked at the display.

“It reminds me of home,” Ubunta’s soft voice sounded like sad music. “It makes me lonely.”

Theresa hugged her, working around the swelling of the younger girl’s belly. “You aren’t alone, little sister.”

Quincette hugged them both. “We’re here with you now, Ubunta. With you, and your baby. Always. We are the three sisters; we’ll grow together now, like the corn, beans, and squash. Together, we will grow strong.”