A Prosperous Ending: November 30, 2016

Hey there!

This is the last day of the month. Tomorrow, I start on my December goals list, looking to both wrap things up and look forward to a new year of writing challenges.

My daughter isn’t home – she’s sleeping over with her best friend until Friday – and the house is quiet with just my son and I home. A little later, we’ll be watching Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (his choice), and Dead Poets’ Society (mine – he hasn’t yet seen Robin Williams in a dramatic role, and, at 15, he’s a very good age for this favorite of mine). Tomorrow, we’re most likely going to the Y for a workout, and to the Victorian Street Walk in Saratoga Springs, a local tradition we try to make when the weather is decent.

Friday evening, he and I will hopefully be attending Hamilton’s Albany, a documentary preview from our local PBS station, at the Albany Institute of History and Art, which also currently has a Hamilton exhibit.

Saturday is our homeschool community center holiday party….so it’s a busy spell, for us. ‘Tis the season!

It’s been a bit since I shared excerpts as part of the intro. Since I’ve been revising my fan fiction story, “First Contact, With Jazz,” I thought I would share a bit from both of my POV characters today. By the way, standard disclaimers apply: I don’t own them, and I don’t profit from them; I just love them!

T’Pol:

Once, as an infant, T’Pol had thrust her fingers into her mother’s meditation flame, despite the warning that it would bring injury. Her second foremother, T’Mir, reported that she had screamed and struggled when the physicians attempted to treat her. They had been concerned for her overall well-being, and ceased the efforts to wholly heal the wounds. She still bore faint burn scars on two of her fingertips.

She retained no memory of the pain, but she remembered the beauty and power of the flames with great clarity. The learning gained through that experience couldn’t be defined by logic. It had changed her, as she had later been changed when she ingested the metamorphic nectars of her world’s rarest fruit.

Trip:

Trip Tucker’s mama had raised him to be a gentleman. He tried not to judge the people friends picked to share their beds with, but he honestly didn’t know what the hell cultured Lara saw in that arrogant pr-

He stuck his tongue in his cheek. It was that or bite it. The things he thought had this slippery way of oozing out of his mouth, and Lara had been a good friend for a long time. He wasn’t going to throw that friendship away over a man like Orin Price-Thomas.

Did you enjoy those snippets? Want more?

Well, you’re in luck! My fanfiction.net page has ten stories to date, several still in progress.

Note: Only those goals I interacted with during this session are listed. For complete goals lists, follow the links below.

Writing:

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars; review 1-3; Love and Loss. Primary goal. Began revision of “FC,WJ” First Pass Complete: Scene 1/16 first fine-tuning pass complete; Scene 2/16 first revision pass in progress; reread Scene 3/16; 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. Visited a few ROWers, since I hadn’t been there in a bit, due to NaNo. One #8sunday poster so far; it’s a start.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yacon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least weekly, each site. Secondary goal.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 22 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. (For the week): Random: 12/22; study: 3/4.

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather info/draft first quarter reports (due 12/15). Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Lise’s 9/10 sections complete (just Attendance left).

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Wednesday/Saturday focus. Kept the email at a much more reasonable level; spikes only into the 90-range –definite progress. And, at last, all three of the directories are clean and organized.

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. Conversation; canoodling; videos; workout and dinner with my Accomplice; homeschool community center time with my daughter. Upcoming events listed in intro.

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

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. 3/6 journaling; 3/6 morning meditation (2- 6 minutes;). Evenings: 1/3; 3:33 (it’s a start!).

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 70: 3/5; 90: 2/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of ten hours. Tertiary goal. 3.75/10 hours. Cardio and strength. Not going to make this, but did make an effort…

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A Wealth of Happenings: November 27, 2016

Hey there!

I wrote a paragraph on Wednesday, and then got busy with other things and forgot for the rest of the week:

  • I have a complete novel draft! And a homeschool report in progress. Also forward momentum on my #atozchallenge posts, and, at long last, “First Contact, With Jazz.” I also have a new rejection letter for “Presence,” which was “Beneath the Ice.” It’s a great letter that includes detailed ideas I’ll be able to use in my next revision pass. In other, non-writing news, it’s Thanksgiving Eve. =)

On Tuesday my son, 15, mentioned that he’d like to learn to play the cello. On Wednesday, a local friend whose daughter was his very first friend posted a student cello for sale. Talk about timing!

So, on Friday, we became cello owners. Miah spent some time exploring the tuner and metronome, learning how to change a string, and getting familiar with it. Next up is finding a teacher who will meet his needs and our budget.

In between, on Thursday, we maintained our family tradition of going to a Thanksgiving buffet, and watching the parade and the dog show.

Oh, and I found a fan fiction story I’d lost almost a year ago…and there are some other behind the scenes things in the works….more on those later, as they develop.

Here’s a teaser from that once-lost, now found story, “Too Close For Comfort.” Standard disclaimer applies; I neither own nor profit from them.

“From a book, T’Pol?” Trip felt all his hopes come crashing down inside him with the sound of shattering glass. Shards stabbed at his eyes, his heart, his soul – “If you need a book to tell you how you feel, you don’t feel what I want you to. I think maybe it’s time I go – “

How about you? Any big news? Accomplishments? Funny jokes or favorite dishes? Drop ‘em in the box below; let’s chat!

Note: Only those goals I interacted with during this session are listed. For complete goals lists, follow the links below.

Writing:

  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Tertiary goal. Wrote my G poem; Week 2: 6/6 written; Essay for “A” post; Week 1; 1/1 completed.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: The Far Shore (KIC #5): Complete draft as a postscript to my NaNoWriMo efforts. Side goal. Now that Tsunamis is completed, it’s time to ease back into this. Reread Scenes 1-8 (which is still in progress); it’s been a while since I looked at this, and I need the refresher. Scene 8/24 complete; 24,899/ ~65,000 words; 3,392 new. 

Thankfully, he never sat in her section. He wanted to taunt first from a distance, so that it would build, this knowing that he was going to come for her.

Plotting:

  • Plot #atozchallenge 2017 posts. Primary goal. This has three components for each post: a poem, image, and themed essay. Chose poem styles for Week 5 (T-Z): copied formats for Week Four (N-S).

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars; review 1-3; Love and Loss. Primary goal. Began revision of “FC,WJ” First Pass Complete: Scene 1/16; Scene 2/16 highlighted for revision. I think I’ve finally gotten the insight I needed to introduce what needs to be introduced without it being dry as Vulcan! ABOS: Relocated the three files (not easy; I didn’t name them with the story prefix) and reread. Split the third into two sections, since it was over 30 pages – too long really for a single chapter.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited all of the WIPpet posters. Better than I’ve done in the past several weeks.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least weekly, each site. Secondary goal. I got to half; again, better than it’s been.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. I posted to #8sunday and #SoCS/#weekendcoffeeshare.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 22 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. (For the week): Random: 2322; study: 4/4; porch: 1/4; family; 2/4. A bit better than the rest of the month to date.

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather info/draft first quarter reports (due 12/15). Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Completed Lise’s Mathematics and Sciences; 4/10 sections complete. Progress.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Wednesday/Saturday focus. Kept the email at a much more reasonable level; spikes only into the 100-range. Blogging and Beta Reading files organized, culled, and sooo pretty!!! Homeschooling directory 1/3 main folders complete.

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. Conversation; snuggles; videos; Thanksgiving buffet with the family.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited FB page/ online sprints.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. 4/6 journaling; 1/6 morning meditation. Not the best week for this…Other Things.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 70: 5/5; 90: 3/3.

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Prosperity is in the Details: November 20, 2016

Hey there!

November is winding down. Today, the 20th, I can claim my NaNoWriMo win, although I’ve still got a few scenes left to finish, so will be adding to my count until that’s done.

This week has been about the details….focused on a few things, with most others taking a back seat. There’s also some “invisible” stuff…a lot of reading, across a wide spectrum of views, particularly as regards politics and policies. It’s not always fun, and it’s sometimes frightening, and some reports are so biased in one direction or another that they aren’t reliable as sources, but still have something to say about the more extreme views.

Knowledge is power. It’s worth knowing what others are thinking and feeling – because it’s impossible to reach any common understanding if we won’t even listen to one another.

Some of us are trying. Others, by appearances, not so much..but maybe I’m wrong. I’d like to be. I’d like to live in a world full of people who are trying to find ways for all to be safe and happy – which has been a tenet of life in our home since our children were small.

But that’s enough philosophy, for now – it’s time for a ROW80 Update.

Note: Only those goals I interacted with during this session are listed. For complete goals lists, follow the links below.

Writing:

  • NaNoWriMo: Complete draft of Tsunamis (KIC#6); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. Scene 21/24 in progress; 54,988/~65,000 words). I’ve slowed down; I usually do as I approach the end of a draft. Still making progress, though.

Plotting:

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited current posters to ROW80 thread as of Wednesday evening. Better than I’ve done lately.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least weekly, each site. Secondary goal. A better week than I’ve had lately.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Getting back to this; posted two snippets: Sea Changes for WIPpet Wednesday, and “Monday Morning Coffee” for #8sunday. Also a bonus #SoCS fanfic post.,,because T’Pol made me do it! The lady with the ears can usually pick up on my slowing down at the end of a draft, and that’s when she finds all kinds of allegedly logical reasons why I should let her use me to tell her stories…personally, I think she just wants the Chief Engineer….

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 22 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. (For the week): Study: 4/4; Random inside: 26/22.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Wednesday/Saturday focus. I’ve mostly kept it under 99. Calling this a success.

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. Conversation; television. Homeschool pizza party and GameStop with the kids. Attending a grass-roots political organization meeting later today, followed by a NaNo write-in,

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

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Some….I didn’t really keep count. Maybe 4 and 3, with no evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 3/5; 2/5; but some activity every day.

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Prosperity in Pain: October 12, 2016

It’s Infant Loss Awareness Week. If you’ve lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth, I grieve with you. There’s a certain small someone much in my mind today – someone who might be 13 now, but instead died in a coma at the age of 12 days. Elijah James Burton, our Tiny Tiger…I love you, and I’m forever your Mommy.

A Backdrop of Stars Finale:

Diclaimer: I don’t own or profit from them!

“Shh, shh. I know. I know. I’ll get Phlox to explain it- no, not all, just enough to get the point across… Damnit, Jon – what the hell are you doing here, anyway? Haven’t you done enough damage?”

“Brought -” Jon’s voice scratched and clawed its way out, and emerged diminished. “I brought you something to eat.” He stayed where he was; he wasn’t going to take any more chances with a clearly irrational Vulcan. If she hadn’t been so weak, she might have killed him before Trip even woke up. It was sobering, and more than a little scary.

“Yeah, I remember that’s your favorite technique for spying on us. Get this through your head, Captain. We’re married. It’s been cleared with Admiral Gardner. Nothing you can do about it – and if you try anything so asinine again, I might not be fast enough to keep my wife from doing exactly what she wants to do to you. Since you had Surak in your head, and her hands around your throat, you’ve probably got some idea of what that is.”

“I won’t kill him. But he must leave, and not return.”

Note: Only goals engaged with this session are displayed.

Follow the links for complete goals lists.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending . Primary goal. Vignette 4/5 (A Backdrop of Stars) complete:4,462 words.
  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 7/31 complete. I’ve fallen behind as I focus on revisions, but plan to use the next three poems as character development for Tsunamis, so should catch up fairly quickly once the stories are submitted.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Setting/Time worksheets for 2/3 characters (Xavier/Yvette) complete. Began Setting sheet 3/3 (Zeke).

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. Simmering; I have a theme – no, make that a nascent plan! Once the first two submissions are done, I’ll get to work on that.

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. DaB rewrite in progress: 1,762 words (almost to the end of Scene 1/ 2). The story has broken open, and this is by far the best version I’ve written thus far. A plan is simmering for “Philodosia”; will begin working on that later today.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Began visits; more pending for today.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Once each for highlighted items.
  • 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. Set up another ReBlog post.

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. Study: 2/4. Random inside: 8/20.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. 96 messages in inbox.

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. Couples’ workout; chatting. Plans for next week or two: Hamilton’s America preview, NY State Museum; Catskills road trip with the kids; Schuyler Mansion; Fort Ticonderoga; shopping. Halloween plans under consideration; workouts and write-ins.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Attended write-in; visited group page.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. 3/6 journaling/ 3/6 morning meditation at 8 minutes twice, and 10 minutes once (wahoo!). Finally remembered evening meditation before sleep; 1/3 for 2 minutes – it’s a start to build on.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75: 3/5; 90: 2/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 1 hour; monthly total: 3 hours; 20 minutes.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. I’ve read through It’s Quiet Uptown; page 256/287. Seems like a fitting stopping point for Infant Loss Week.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Revisions underway for DaB; plan simmering for Machinery.

  • Create Patreon page, and incorporate it into my social media…this is an exploratory time. Side goal. Nothing specifically on my page; took on my first sponsee; my young Canadian friend Idzie Desmarais, a lovely writer and grown unschooler who has inspired my family’s unschooling journey. Find her at Patreon, or at her website: I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write.

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Prosperity in Wording: October 9, 2016

Lots of progress this week, and also some revelations. So, let’s get right on with the stories and the update, shall we?

Do You?” Finale:

“Vulcans mate. Humans make love. Our bond was forged while we were engaged in the latter activity.”

Trip took his tongue back out of his cheek. He hadn’t been going to correct T’Pol’s ex-husband, even if he had to bite it. But she’d done it for him, and he leaned in to her. Her pupils dilated as she drew him the rest of the way with her paired fingers, and, right there in front of her ex-husband and his newhusband, Trip gave his wife a good, old-fashioned, human tongue-tangle of a kiss.

Parted From Me

She held to that. She would be a good bondmate in this one way, if she couldn’t be what he needed or desired in any other way. The pain and suffering, exacerbated by the trellium that allowed her to feel him, were the price of this commitment.

If this was the one thing she could give him, she would give it willingly, whatever the personal cost.

Only October goals I engaged with this session are included in this update.

Writing:

  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 7/31 complete; a day behind.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Beginning with Setting worksheets, and ending with Story World Mandalas) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Reread character work, since it’s been a while since I’ve looked at this Made a few minor notations on existing material. Began Xavier’s Settings worksheet; 1/3.

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. Simmering; I have a theme, and inspiration struck again very late Saturday!

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. Reconstructing the bones of the story; had a major story breakthrough that’s simmering. Transcribed reconstruction into LO; reread original story. 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. Visited all fellow WIPpeteers; some #8sunday, and a couple of #weekendcoffeesharers and #SoCS folks.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Instagram; ROW80 2/2. Blog/website once each.
  • 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. Posted WIPpet; gathered and did most of the assembly for three ReBlog posts.

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/weeding/ declutter outside): 23/20; all rooms to quota.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Email at 66 messages; working through the remaining (ones I want to read before deciding on) from oldest to newest.

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. Conversation; flirting; writing stuff; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Shared a link; read a bit. Finished the queued critique and sent back.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 7/6. Meditation: 6/6. I keep forgetting the evening round.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 minutes: 5/5; 90 minutes: 3/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 1 hour, 10 minutes; monthly total:2 hours; 20 minutes.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. I’ve read through Burn; page 240/287.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Revisions underway for DaB.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to either Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Secondary goal. Read and commented a bit at Ad Astra; may submit there in the next week or two.Trix’s submission system has been broken all year, and it doesn’t seem like it’s likely to be repaired, so I’ll focus on AdAstra, where there really aren’t many TnT stories. I can change that! =)

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. Found pictures of the Cooper’s Hawk (see above) for cover image. Discussed candidates with daughter; edited three images as potential cover bases.

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Au Revoir, September: October 2, 2016

We’re still officially on a ROW80 break – but don’t tell my brain that. It likes having things to do, and I like seeing which way it’s going to take me next. I also spent more time dealing with my September goals I didn’t finish everything, but I never really meant to. A few will be set aside, and others will be carried forward into Round Four.  It was definitely a session based more in fan fiction than other topics, and mor on new writing than plotting or revision. That will be shifting, in October….at least, to a degree. I have things to wrap up before NaNo comes along!


Snippets from a few more Story A Day entries.

Standard disclaimer applies: I don’t own them; I don’t profit from them.

Day 25:

From his position, Soval could see the young woman, her slender body hunching over its digestive distress. He could hear the approaching Terran – a male of robust build, by the sound of the footsteps. The young woman’s scent sharpened with alarm, and more. The delicate fragrance of first Awakening rose in the air, focused as it hadn’t been, before the human approached.

Day 26:

You sure you’re ready for this?” Trip watched her, and T’Pol could tell that her husband was concerned. She held the small obsidian box – another gift from Soval – which held their daughter’s ashes. It was illogical, the depth to which the size of this box, and the suggestion it made of the amount of remains within, pained her. Elizabeth had been small; but that was no reflection on her presence.

Day 27:

I won’t harm you, if you intend no threat to my bonding. Please, be at your ease.”

Day 28:

T’Pol breathed out an answer. “Dalisay.” With the word, the bond surged powerfully with the quest they’d been engaged on during their trip back to Earth, before they found out about Elizabeth, and everything changed forever.

Day 29:

What is it that you would have me say to you?” She wouldn’t surrender to the images that had been in his mind – the two of them engaged in a sexual act that was clearly illogical. T’Pol closed her eyes, and attempted to focus on the afterimages of the flame.

Day 30:

Classified? Like the fact that the two of you got married, and never even told me? Like the fact that you’ve been fraternizing with each other for over a year? I’m damned sick of being kept out of the loop, and I really don’t care what your reasons are. Three times you’ve stolen a shuttlecraft. Three times you’ve left the ship without authorization – the last two against orders. Three times, you’ve assaulted other members of this crew. I can’t trust you, Trip, and you need to be right where you are, in the brig – for your safety and everyone else’s.”

Writing:

  • Story A Day September 2016: Write 35 stories this month (not sure how the timing will play out, and the final 5 will be vignettes written on the same day). The IDIC Romance: Cowled: 8; Parted From Me: 8; “Do You?”: 8; A Backdrop of Stars: 6. Hamilton alternate history: Philodosia: 5. Priority goal. 29/35 complete; I actually finished story 30 at 1:30ishAM, on the first. That only leaves the 5 vignettes undone.
  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. Secondary goal. I made this a focus on the 28th and 29th, and finally finished.

Plotting:

  • #STaD: Complete the rough sketches for 36 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Develop more detailed plan for each story as its turn comes. Priority goal. 30/35 complete.

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Finish planning Tsunamis, using The Writer’s Coloring Book.Review all character work to date; finish planning through Story World Mandalas for all 3 major players. Tertiary goal. Didn’t happen.
  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Reread “MMC”, Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Complete basic character mapping for both MCs. Side goal. Deleted goal.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete rough revisions and submit scenes 5-10 of Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group. Primary goal. Nothing new; still in the midst of Scene 5.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “First Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book; submit to patiently waiting betas. Tertiary project. Deleted goal.
  • Revise and post Chapters 4 and 5 of “A Backdrop of Stars.” Side project. Some early progress here.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Set and keep regular weekly posting schedule (ROW/#STaD/ 3 other posts weekly?); add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft website reveal at end of month. Primary goal. Using the site for everything but ROW80, because I need to learn how to do colors, and that hasn’t happened yet, and y’all know I love my colors! =)
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal.
  • Maintain a rational rhythm for visiting other hop participants. Tertiary goal. Comme ci, comme ca….
  • Maintain email Inbox below 99 messages; answer blog comments at least three times weekly; Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and fanfiction.net comments twice weekly. Side goal Blog: 1/3; website: 1/3. Twitter: 2/2. Pinterest, Instagram, Pinterest, Fanfiction: 1 /2. Definitely room for improvement here.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete and submit fourth quarter reports; narrative review; and test scores to district by September 15. Deal with correspondence as needed. Primary goal.

  • Beautification: Do the 27 Thing Fling in study, family room, and porch at least thrice a week each room, and in other areas, indoors and out, at least ten times weekly (can include laundry and dishes.) Secondary goal. Family: 3/3; Porch: 3/3; study 4/3. Inside random: 16/10, including laundry and dishes.
  • Organization: Sort and clean up OneDrive Beta Reading, Blogging, and Homeschool directories. Tertiary goal. Some.
  • Locate all existing Trek poems and file together for chapbook project. Side goal. A bit.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Couples’ workout; chair procurement; shopping; Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy; conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Couples’ workout. Arranged to see a 10/17 preview screening of Hamilton’s America, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s documentary on his musical. It will be held at our state museum, which we enjoy visiting, so we’ll make an afternoon/evening of this.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group; do reviews as requested and available. Tertiary goal. Writer’s group Sunday. Did a quick readthrough/critique of an unscheduled story as a favor to a member of my crit group.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journaling: 6/5; Meditation 6/5 (8 minutes each).

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 75 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 60 minutes: 5/5; 75 minutes: 5/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of ten hours. Tertiary goal. 7 hours, 35 minutes/10 hours. Tai chi, strength, cardio.Not at all bad, considering my late start.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. I’ve read through Cabinet Battle #1; page 164/287.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Continue helping my Accomplice in his job search. Primary goal. Helped with some technical issues; he’s got an interview scheduled for Wednesday; it’s an exciting opportunity.

  • A Splash of Red”: Compile notes and do pre-self-publication revision pass. Gather materials and play with cover art ideas. Secondary goal. Deleted goal.

  • Select and read one writing craft book. Tertiary goal.

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Penultimate Purposes: September 21, 2016

In less than 24 hours, ROW80 Round Three will be over. Since I’m the type to want to use every moment, I’ll be closing out my Round Three goals on Sunday, so I can take full advantage of this last day. For today, I’m updating my September goals, which I’ll be using until the end of the month, even if you don’t see another update here until then.

It’s been an interesting and somewhat whirlwind session, with an outing every day: Sunday was my writing group, Monday my Accomplice and I went to the Y together (then split up to do our own type of workout). Tuesday, my daughter and I went to our local homeschool community center, Yacon Village, for Minecraft Club (though she spent most of her time playing Other Things with her friends, and a bit doing art).

The next two days will be at least mostly home days. I expect to get a good deal done. How much? I don’t know yet – but you will, by the end of the week. In the meantime,  here’s two more Story A Day entries. Standard disclaimer applies: I don’t own them; I don’t profit from them.

Day 18:

An image rose in her mind, clear and sharp. A woman, head turned away and body twisted, dragging herself across a field, with a house in the distance. “This is me, Soval. The house is peace. The distance is too far, when I am so broken.”

Day 19:

She pulled the box out from beneath the papers, and turned to hand it to him. “Please hurry.” She bit her lip, and she was shaking – getting ready to fall apart again. He didn’t waste any time; just opened the box, pulled out the hypo, and pressed it up against his jugular while she watched him, her eyes unblinking. He pressed the trigger, and the compound hissed into his system.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. Secondary goal. Reread last several pages in preparation for resuming.

Plotting:

  • #STaD: Complete the rough sketches for 36 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Develop more detailed plan for each story as its turn comes. Priority goal. 19/35 completed.

  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Reread “MMC”, Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Complete basic character mapping for both MCs. Side goal. Setting aside for next month.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete rough revisions and submit scenes 5-10 of Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group. Primary goal. Not likely to get to Scene 10; but I do expect to get through Scene 6 this month.

  • Peach Liqueur Love”: Complete Steps 2 and 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision  process; consider adaptations to use as my “Dark and Bitter” submission. Secondary goal. Setting aside till October.
  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “First Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book; submit to patiently waiting betas. Tertiary project. Setting aside till October.
  • Revise and post Chapters 4 and 5 of “A Backdrop of Stars.” Side project. “Something Wasn’t Right”( Chapter 4): Highlighted scene 1/ 2 for revision.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Set and keep regular weekly posting schedule (ROW/#STaD/ 3 other posts weekly?); add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft website reveal at end of month. Primary goal. I’m not going to set up a regular schedule until 2017, when I’ve transitioned to the website.
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal. Update posted; visited everyone on linky; didn’t get to the Facebook page.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 99 messages; answer blog comments at least three times weekly; Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and fanfiction.net comments twice weekly. Side goal. Blog: 1/3; website: 1/3. Fanfiction: 1 /2.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete and submit fourth quarter reports; narrative review; and test scores to district by September 15. Deal with correspondence as needed. Primary goal. Letter revision about 75% done; should be ready to mail by end of week.

  • Beautification: Do the 27 Thing Fling in study, family room, and porch at least thrice a week each room, and in other areas, indoors and out, at least ten times weekly (can include laundry and dishes.) Secondary goal. Family: 3/3; Porch: 2/3. Inside random: 8/10, including laundry and dishes.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; planning; write-in; workout date; Minecraft club.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Minecraft club on Tuesday; couples’ workout time Monday. Write-in. Possible plans to attend tai chi on Thursday, and visit Saratoga National Historical Park Saturday.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group; do reviews as requested and available. Tertiary goal. Writer’s group Sunday. No new crits posted.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journaling: 2/5; Meditation 1/5.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 75 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 60 minutes: 2/5; 75 minutes: 1/3 (considerably more on Monday).

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of ten hours. Tertiary goal. Swimming and strength; 1/10 hours.

Leaps of Faith:

  • A Splash of Red”: Compile notes and do pre-self-publication revision pass. Gather materials and play with cover art ideas. Secondary goal. Setting aside till next month.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!