Purposeful Non-Focus: July 10, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

What do you do, when the news from outside is heart-wrenching, but your own life holds cause for celebration?

Senseless deaths, and a twelfth birthday.

I’m feeling so many things, and, as I’ve mentioned, July is already a turbulent month for me.

Maybe it’s not at all surprising that I’m a bit out-of-focus, and that I haven’t written any new fiction words for the last several days. So much going on beneath the surface…

I let myself have that. I needed it – the day spent with my birthday girl, and the deep thoughts that say I need to stand for a better and safer world. The voice that said to write too soon was to take my attention from where it needed to be…in the moment, and in my own deep places.

So I focused on revisions and homeschool administration, and being with those I love. Reading, and writing a bit about the week’s events here and there. Listening to Hamilton. Watching PBS.


Living. Learning. Loving.

I feel words bubbling up now. I’ll be heading to my write-in soon; I’ve planned to dive back into fiction tonight, and there will be words on current events forthcoming as well. First, though, it’s time to account for this session’s progress.

This post lists the July goals I’ve interacted with during this session. This gives me a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus are going, which helps me to adapt as we move through the round, and beyond.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 19,316/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress. Behind due to life, hope to be caught up by next weekend. Pacemaker goal.

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). Story 6/31 complete (all longer). Reread “Magi” (~ 15K) to refresh my mind before diving back in.

Plotting:

  • For July CampNaNoWriMo: Complete Planning/plotting for Tsunamis (Kifo Island Chronicles #6), using The Writer’s Coloring Book.  All remaining planning/plotting pages printed/collated; ready for next steps. Pacemaker goal pending.

Revisions:

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

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 6/31 in revision.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 4/2 for this week.

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

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

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Mostly; fell behind due to birthdaying.

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Still behind; will be caught up by Friday.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) Began Lise’s current-year portfolio and drifted through lovely memories; collected a LOT of unsorted raw material. On my way with this part. Reviewed Lise’s First Quarter Report prior to sending. Reviewed First Quarter Attendance logs. Began reviewing Jeremiah’s First Quarter Report; page 4/9. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. Will be a Pacemaker project.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 5/4; book cleaning/sorting; hometending.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Birthday outing for daughter later this week, and planning our annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA. Considering several movies in the coming months.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; walking; wrapping/chatting; opening gifts; conversation. Birthday trip – shopping, mall, movie.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Chapter Nine/Ten completed; page 85/253 complete.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 7/5 for journals. 1/5 meditation.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc. I should blow this away while camping; it’s very hilly, and we tent camp, and there’s a lake for swimming.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 5/5; moderate walk with daughter; hometending; standing desk; birthday trip.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Finish the Kindness Challenge; check out Facebook page. I now know what I want to write about; letting it simmer a bit more before I begin.

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Cleared books from shelf of bookcase going into Lise’s room.

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The Sweetness for #SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: ‘concentration,’  used any way we like.

Still Silly After All Twelve Years!

The Sweetness

There are so many things I could write about concentration – but I’m pretty worn out today. Why?

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Well, because yesterday (Friday) my daughter turned twelve, and she and I spent the day out together, doing some light shopping, eating croissants and sweet treats (a cake pop for her; a slice of pumpkin bread for me) at Starbucks, then hanging at the mall and going to see The Secret Life of Pets on a very crowded opening day. After that, we hung out eating food court pizza, then grabbed a few grocery items before finally heading home.

I can see generations of my family’s women in her young face. And a sparkly, impish nature that is all hers!

I always try to make my kids’ birthdays special, and I feel it’s important to concentrate on making them special in ways the kids want them to be. But I am not fond of shopping or hanging at the mall for myself. So I’m a bit tapped out today.

Croissant Love!

It was probably more important this time around. Next year this girl will be a teen. This is like a magical threshold year, when she transitions from, as she describes herself, my “medium kid” to a big one.

Growing up happy.

And then there are the things happening in my country, things that hurt my soul and make me wish for a magic wand that lets all people see beyond bigotry, that gives better conflict resolution, that gets right to the root of what’s wrong, so that it can be untangled and set to rights. I have words to write about that, but they need time to rise to my surface.

First time riding in the front seat beside me. =D

For now, though, I’m just going to concentrate on the sweetness in my life, because I think, somehow, that there is power in it.

With my favorite girl in the universe for the last twelve years running.

So here are my pictures, and a few words to go with them. Maybe they’ll offer you some sweetness, too.

Focus. Much as i love her smiles, she’s lovely when she’s fully engaged in a project. Here, she was making a music dub video.

Did you enjoy this dip into the Stream of Consciousness waters? Come join in – there’s plenty of room, and just a few simple rules. Check out the #SoCS hashtag, or get more SoCS!

Because why WOULDN’T you have your picture taken with a giant cat in a blue tie when it’s your birthday?!

Diversification of Purpose: July 6, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

How is July treating you so far?

As I’ve mentioned, it’s a kinetic month around here. Things have been jumping, and not always in the ways I thought they would.

Friday is Lise’s twelfth birthday – the beginning of the last year we have a teen and a pre-teen. Birthday season will end exactly 8 weeks later, when Jeremiah turns 15….and those numbers are blowing my mind, because it seems like just yesterday when they looked like this…

Or this….

Photo credit: Eden Mabee

Or even this!

But time passes. Babies become little kids, who become bigger kids, and then bigger ones – and, before I know it, they’ll be grown.

In April, they looked like this while we were at the American Museum of Natural History with or friends, the Woodman family. I’m on the end, being dwarfed by Unsmiling Boy (he does smile, a lot, just not for cameras, these days. It’s apparently a teen thing I wouldn’t understand.)

Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman

 

Ah, time –

Does it tend to get away from you, too?

Does it play strange tricks, in cahoots with your memory?

And now, for a sappy, sloppy segue – it’s time for my first official update!

This post includes only those goals I’ve interacted with since the round started on July 4. That gives me a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus are going.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 19,316/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in very early progress. Behind due to life, hope to be caught up by the end of the weekend. Pacemaker goal.

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). Story 5/31 in progress. I’m a little behind, due to beginning of the month transitions and a dose of the unexxpected. Hoping to be caught up by end of day tomorrow, and a bit ahead on this by Friday, when I celebrate with my girl.

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.

  • New Goal: #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. I forgot to include this, but the stories are just better if I take this step rather than posting them “in the raw,” and it’s valuable revision experience. 4/31 stories revised.

Blogging/Social Media:

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

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

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. Revision and polish done. Finishing and formatting almost complete. Round Three goals nearly ready to post.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Cleared Inbox, and tended to several of the items that were backlogged; maintained.

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 4/31 posts shared.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) This is perennial, at least until we move from NY. Drafted letter to DSS, ordered Jeremiah’s state-mandated end of year test. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. Will be a Pacemaker project.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 2/4; weeding, hometending; decluttering.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Daughter joined me at write-in; breakfast and shopping with son. Birthday outing for daughter later this week, and planning our annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays. Skipped Tuesday this week; no sleep, out-of-house plans, and tired.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Write-in; conversation; canoodling; movie.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Began critiquing Chapter Nine; page 59/253 completed (this is a long chapter.)

Selftending:

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

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 2/5; hometending, moderate walk with kids at dawn; long walk with Miah at dawn.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Create Pacemaker plans for moving-parts or longer-term projects as need/interest indicate. Added a beta-reading goal.

 

Ah, independence…that lets an American girl become a temporary British officer from another century! Saratoga National Historical Park, July 4, 2010, age not quite 6.

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Annalise Sedona, in the beginning, and in my baby bunting. Fall 2004, age about 3 months.

Doing it On Purpose: July Goals, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Are you ready for July?!

I’m never sure that I am, anymore. It’s a month fraught with emotional peaks and freefalls. My daughter’s twelfth birthday is on Friday.

Five days later, on the 13th, would be our second son Elijah’s birthday – he’d be a newly minted teenager this year, if he had lived. Twelve days later, on the 25th, comes the anniversary of his death. Twelve days is a very short lifetime, made even shorter when all of it is lived in a NICU, and most of it in a coma…

Four days after that anniversary is my forty-seventh birthday.

Oh, and the kids and I will be observing our annual tradition of attending Unschoolers Rock the Campground on the 21-24, and then there’s Learn Nothing Day on the 26th…

And CampNaNoWriMo, of course, and something new for this year: #WordHighJuly, where I’m weaving delicious Filipino words into my Star Trek: Enterprise fanfiction (come on; you knew I had to, right?!)

Dizzying.

But I intend to move through this month with the purpose of being present to all of it.

What’s your purpose, this month?

 

This post lists all of my July goals. Beginning with my Wednesday update, I‘ll include only those I’ve interacted with during that session. That leaves space to chat with you, and I get a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus are going.

  • Round Two Goals (final update)

  • 2016 Goals (update pending)

  • June 2016 Goals (final update pending)

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Starting count: 19,093/~65,000 words. Scene 7/24 complete. Pacemaker goal.

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). 3/31 stories completed; longer than anticipated, but all still under 900 words.

  • CampNaNoWriMo #3: Draft Tsunamis (KIC #6) through Scene 12. (This goal subject to change as timing indicates.)

Plotting:

  • For July CampNaNoWriMo: Complete Planning/plotting for Tsunamis (Kifo Island Chronicles #6), using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Character mapping completed. Pacemaker goal pending.

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 for 4/11 pages.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. My first completion of the new round! =D

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

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. Revision done. Needs final polish and finishing; plan on doing that later today, so I can get it to Kait.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Was doing well enough till Saturday; only a small backlog of things I keep meaning to get to but haven’t yet.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) This is perennial, at least until we move from NY. Letters of Intent to Homeschool for 2016-2017 school year submitted on June 25.
  • 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. 2/4; weeding, hometending; decluttering.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions, since we never use them and can keep the credits for a time when we might, even after we cancel.

Lifetending:

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

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays.
  • Catch up back entries with critique group.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan pending.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 1/5 for journals, “off week” with headaches, major transitions, and some major storms.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc. I should blow this away while camping; it’s very hilly, and we tent camp, and there’s a lake for swimming.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 2/5 I can be sure of. Probably more.

Leaps of Faith:

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

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Snail-like progress this week.

  • Create Pacemaker plans for moving-parts or longer-term projects as need/interest indicate. I’ve been experimenting, and I think I’m in love. Several projects created; more on the way.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Observing Kindness at Home: #RevofKindness and #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee, I’d welcome you in. It’s quietly productive here today, and I just brewed the fresh pot my Accomplice set up for me before he left for work a little earlier than usual. He greeted me, as he often does, with a hot cup, made just the way I like it, and a kiss. That’s a small kindness, but one that sets a lovely tone for my morning, and connects us.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that that bigger-than-me-now teenaged boy washing dishes at the sink is doing it not because anyone assigned him the job, but because he wants to help out. Washing dishes isn’t his favorite thing to do, not by a long shot, but he’s taking a break from setting up his new Minecraft server to pitch in. More and more, this young man in the making is willing to do things that make his parents’ lives more comfortable, even when doing so means setting aside his own activities for a bit. He’s willing to carry laundry, take out garbage and recycling, mow the lawn or shovel snow, and feed pets. Once upon a long ago, I thought he needed to be assigned chores to learn responsibility. It turns out that kindness given is kindness returned, and maturity is bringing not only a greater understanding of what it takes to run a household, but an increased willingness to step in and be a part of that process.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you to be a little quiet. My girl, not quite twelve, was up till after 7 this morning. She’s had a bit of a chaotic week. She finally got her long-awaited kitten one week ago. The first days were spent helping an 8 week old barn kitten who suddenly lost access to her mommy and ended up indoors, in a cat carrier, after a car ride, adjust to her new life as a family pet. There was a lot of kindness in her tending to this tiny little being entrusted to her care. It’s been intensive, with frequent updates from her room (Kitten Central,) as she’s dealt with waiting for little Amelia Rose to start eating, using her litter box, purr, and stop being terrified of her.

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If we were having coffee, I’d add that all that kindness has not only paid off, but has led to a need for deeper kindness and understanding. In the last two days, Amelia has become far more comfortable in her new surroundings, and with her new “mommy”, and has begun to inhabit the space and her feline nature. In other words, she’s exploring the many nooks and crannies in a cluttered (to put it kindly) room. She’s still small, so she’s becoming “lost” for hours at a time, as she tucks herself into places easily accessible to a nine-week-old feline, but invisible to a child.

If we were having coffee, I’d say that there’s something in this that’s painful and scary to my daughter, in the same way it was painful and scary to me when she became strong and confident enough to explore away from my arms. Like a mother with an infant, she had an idea that Amelia would need her always, in the same way. She’s feeling a little bereft and betrayed as her “child” exerts her need for increased independence and solitude. It can be hard not to take that kind of thing personally. But we’ve talked about how “my” cat (she adopted me, so maybe it’s more like I’m her person) is obviously very attached to me, but that I don’t know where she is a good deal of the time, and, even when I do, she’s not always in my arms or at my side. That’s how it is with cats, and my daughter is learning a kindness now that eludes many – the kindness of allowing another to live in accordance with her true nature, even when that feels lonely and sad and like her kitten doesn’t really need her.

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If we were having coffee, I’d say that kindness is everywhere (but maybe not so much in the dead baby squirrel my Squeak-cat left on the floor by my side of the bed this week.) I’d add that this has been my entry into this week’s Kindness Challenge (#RevofKindness), where we were urged by host Niki Lopez to look for acts of kindness happening around us. Next week, we move on to Kind Energy. I’m not sure how I’ll approach that just yet, but I expect to have a better idea by tomorrow – wait, wait! Something just came to me, but I’m not quite ready to share it…

If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for giving me this time, since it was pleasant and inspirational, and let you know that you can find all sorts of other interesting folk to share coffee with by stopping over at Diana’s Part-Time Monster or #weekendcoffeeshare. As I see you on your way, I’ll be looking forward to another cuppa with you, next weekend. =)

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Kitten Proofed: May 18, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

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Yup, that’s right. There’s a new Tiny Feline in our lives. Her name, I’m told, is Amelia Rose Burton.

And I’ve got a happy daughter!

Some other stuff happened, too…but mostly, kitten. =)

What’s new and exciting where you are?

Writing:

  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Finish draft. Scene 40/50 in progress. Will begin once A Rising Tide is drafted – hopefully before the month is over!

  • Story a Day May (#StaD): Write 30 stories in the Kifo Island world and one fan fiction story; using prompts from the ebook and guests. These will be development for June and July drafting projects. 17/30 complete.

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. Downloaded PDF, but my printer and computer had a fight… couldn’t print.

  • 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.

Revisions:

  • Complete revisions for “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. Still stalled on Step 2/5. Time to move this along.

  • Kifo Island: Print Sea Changes; Readthrough aloud (record and listen). Printing completed before the computer/printer fight. Listened to Scene One, did rough revision.

  • 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”. Began revising “Clinging to One Another” for ABOS; Nothing to Me for LAL.

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.

  • ROW80: Draft Round Three Sponsor Post. 511 words of pre-drafting notes.

  • Post 31 #StaD stories this month. Interact with others at the site. 7/31 done; Still behind; 1 in pre-production.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Awaiting IHIP approval for next steps.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 1/5; study, Lise’s room, family room.
  • 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. Write-in at Denny’s.

  • 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, canoodling, chatting.
  • Resume full critiquing/posting to critique group. 1/3 complete; crit 2/3 and 3/3 read through. Submitted Sea Changes Scene One.
  • Annie Shot Her Gun: Critique one chapter each week. Currently on page 2/224 (end of scene one). Sent to author to be sure my style and her needs are a good match before resuming. Haven’t heard back yet.
  • Stained by Ashes: Complete readthrough; critique first three chapters. 1/3.
  • 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).

  • 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; 2/3 strenuous.
  • Intuitive Eating: Read. Decided to reread from the beginning; 32% complete; right where I left off in a previous reading.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Use standing desk one work session 3 days per week. 2/3; Sunday; Tuesday.

  • 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; responded to notifications, explored; RT; liked; followed.
  • Play with business card design. Simmering.

  • Roughly categorize poems for future development. OctPoWriMo 2015 poemsin broad categories.

  • Create beta-reading profile/preferences on ff.net. Preferences done; profile in progress.

  • Play with Weebly and SquareSpace. I quietly have a tiny, brand-new website. Stay tuned for organic growth

  • Complete JuNoWriMo Feature Writer submission; WUR Interview Questionnaire; and respond to the A-Z Participant Survey. JuNo post complete; I got the last slot, thanks to nudges from my bestie-since-forever, Eden Mabee.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

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Randomish Journaling for #SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hills Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: ‘begin with a two-letter word,’ with bonus points for ending with one, as well.

Hi there!

I know; it’s been a while since I showed up to wade in the Stream of Consciousness Saturday waters. I was a bit swept away by Other Things, and never quite made it here. Now, though, I feel a sense of equilibrium, or at least a current I can ride with a bit less effort, and so here I am.

It’s good to be back!

More or less coincidentally, two of my morning journaling entries began and ended with two-letter words, so, today, I’m going to simplify my life by sharing them with you. And here’s a neat little piece of synchronicity:

When I finished transcribing both journal entries, they amounted to 333 words – one of my all-time favorite numbers!

 

My Intentions Journal:  The prompt was to describe a time when I successfully faced my fears, and to consider lessons from that experience that might help with current Scary Things. Here’s today’s exploration:

In the case of the Mooney Falls descent, I was so terrified I was sure I would fall and die. I was terrified to do that part of the hike at all, but my boyfriend, who had lived at the Canyon for years, said that it wasn’t to be missed when we were already on a Havasupai hike.

How did I face my fear, that time? By inches. By clinging to chains secured to the rock face by railroad spikes.

By trusting my lover, who went before me, and physically guided my booted feet into each foothold, because I could not look down.

Oh, and by being positive that I was going to die.

If I was going to die, what did I have to lose by trying?

I didn’t die.

Instead, in one of the turquoise pools below, my lover proposed, and I accepted.

I can’t say if he would have asked, if not for the ten miles spent hiking together into the canyon. Or if I’d been unwilling to face my fears, and trust him to keep me alive when I was afraid past rationality.

Maybe; maybe not.

I can say that taking that chance, and placing my trust in the man who’s now been my husband for nearly 19 years, changed my life.

And it changed me.

 

And from my freewriting journal, dated today:

I’m moving along.

Ideas are popping up all over, like dandelions in a freshly mown lawn.

I’m reading, writing, blogging, and critiquing. Today, I’ll add in some home and yardtending.

Tomorrow, Lise is supposed to get her kitten, so today is about getting her room ready for the new arrival.

It’s also the last day of this ROW80 session, and I’d love to tick a couple of items off my list, move several forward, and start one or two more before midnight – my cutoff for the update.

And, since tomorrow will be rainy, I’d love to do some more weeding – all the while letting story worlds and ideas simmer in me. =)

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