Purposefully Taking A Break: July 20, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Do you have any special summer traditions?

For the last six Julys, my daughter, son, and I have been attending Unschoolers Rock the Campground at Pinewoods Lodge in Plymouth, MA. It’s a chance to see friends from across the Northeast, and sometimes further.

We’ll be leaving tomorrow morning and returning on Sunday evening for what might be our last year, depending on when we make the move to Oregon. It’s a special time, and writing and writing-things aren’t high on my priority list for the next few days.

I’m taking a break. Since I already live upstate*, I guess I’ll have to go east. At any rate, my Sunday update may be late, and will almost certainly be sparse.

Are you fond of camping?

Other outdoor pursuits?

Or are you more the indoor type?

*gratitious Hamilton reference.

This post includes the July goals I interacted with during this session. It’s a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were. For full versions of my July, Round Three, and 2016 goals, check the links below!

Writing:

  • 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).Marriage of the Magi” past the Big Reveal up to 18,872 words. – I may keep going with it. Story 21/31 complete.

Revisions:

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 7/31 in progress. I’m going to set this aside and post my stories in August. I simply don’t have enough July to go around, at this point.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 1/2 so far.

  • 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; just for a few minutes. Might not get to 4 while camping; on the other hand, I might. =)

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. Yup. I think I visited everyone in the linky list. Might take a bit to get through the Wednesday list, though, as internet will be sporadic, and my focus will be elsewhere.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Yeah…No. Between homeschool reporting, write-ins, and getting ready for camping, I’m up over 300. Might not get to many this weekend, either, due to trees and water and sunshine and friends…

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Need to write a post explaining that I’ll be sharing my stories in August, because I just can’t fit revising and sharing into what’s left of this month, unless being impossible to live with was on my agenda – and it’s not.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) End of Year test: reviewing materials and procedures ongoing. Miah engaged in test prep: reviewing Khan Academy mathematics videos. Narrative assessment form in progress. Completed Annalise’s Second and Third Quarter Reports (sans attendance. That leaves only Miah’s and the dull-as-dust attendance tabulation to complete all the back paperwork. Added to Annalise’s Flickr portfolio. School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify new superintendent next week, because she may not know.)
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 3/4. The rest of the week, it will be keeping our campsite tidy, as I won’t be at home.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions. Big Fish gives us 180 days to use game credits if we want them, but our gamer boy likes Steam, these days, and I have lots of Cake Mania already!

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Preparations for Unschoolers Rock the Campground in full swing. Write-in for me; bottle return with my girl.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays.2/2/. I will skip Sunday’s write-in. I tried to do that last year, but I had no focus left, so this year, I’ll stay home. 
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling. Conversation. Bottle returning.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 2/5 journals; 1/5 meditation. This will be an easier prospect in the pines. Tent life is very meditative, for me.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 3/5. Camping preparation is very good for my activity level; actually camping is even more so.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  

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What’s My Purpose? July 17, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, my family is dealing with a sudden shift in our lives. When I wrote that post, the news was brand-new, only hours old. We hadn’t had much time to consider what was in front of us, and next steps were nebulous, mostly a matter of what-if.

Now we’ve had nearly a work week to absorb and adjust. We’re still pretty much in what-if land, but the terrain is becoming a bit clearer. I’m not ready to divulge any details just yet, but the clouds of uncertainty are breaking up a bit, and the rays of a dim sun are finding places to come through. We’re taking some small steps we hope will lead to more stable ground, and feeling things out.

We’re also enjoying some of the perks of time off, whether planned or not. More family time. More things getting done around the house. More rest. More tending to ourselves, because our circumstances do come with a certain amount of stress.

How do you face unsettled times? Do you see them as a challenge and a chance for growth? Terrifying turbulence that rips you out of your comfort zone? Something else?

This post only includes the July goals I interacted with during this session.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 20,452/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress; I added 150 new words. Pacemaker goal (although I fell out of practice with updating it.)

  • 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 18/31 completeyes, you read that correctly! I am ahead, for the first time this month! Now, to stay that way till I catch ‘em all! =D

  • CampNaNoWriMo #3: Draft Tsunamis (KIC #6) through Scene 12. (This goal subject to change as timing indicates.) With all the added chaos this month, I’m not likely to get to this one. I’ll draft it later in the round, when I finish plotting and can give it the focus it deserves.

Revisions:

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 7/31 in progress; but still a back-burner project, at the moment.

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. 3 /4; swift and quiet running.

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

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Keeping up.

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments weekly, as needed. One new story follower; looked up, but they read, not write.

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Still behind; want to be caught up by Thursday.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) Finished/submitted First Quarter Reports; End of Year test received; began reviewing materials and procedures. Researched Oregon homeschool laws. Adapted district’s narrative assessment form to something more streamlined and usable. It’s ready to use pending final revision and printing. Began Annalise’s Second Quarter Report. Began collecting test prep links at Khan Academy. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. New school superintendent= (hopefully an improvement!) School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify her because she may not know) but acknowledged this year’s Letters of Intent (acknowledgment due 7/11) only one day late. Progress! =)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. 6/4; hometending.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions. Used the six Audible credits we had. Canceled.

Lifetending:

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

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Chatting; planning.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Chapter Twelve (page 109/253) completed.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 7/5 for journals. Meditation: 3/5.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 4/5; hometending; walking; vet visit; errands.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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Unsettled for #SoCS and #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that things here are unsettled. Unsettled skies, where sunshine is replaced by overcast, or torrential rain, and then, in moments, sunshine again. We’re expecting storms tomorrow.

I’d stop myself before I get too far into the unsettledness of things, because I forgot to make sure you’re comfortable. I know, I know. The house is a bit unlovely in its chaos; there’s that unsettledness creeping in again as I caution you about that big box and tool kit waiting to ambush you on the other side of the kitchen island. I’m hoping they won’t be there long, but maybe your toes will be a little safer in the living room. I’d suggest the yard, but, with the unsettled weather, your coffee might get inadvertently watered down out there.

OK, the living room it is. Don’t mind those game boxes by the green desk, or the impressive array of items on the other desks surface and hutch shelves. The games have been cast off; I’m intended to purge them, and haven’t yet. The overloaded desk is a testament both to my newly twelve-year-old’s expansive nature and her growing maturity – it used to be that all her projects and plans in progress happened on the floor, creating an ever-shifting obstacle course. Now she’s – somewhat more contained.

She had a doctor’s appointment this week, and her kitten did, too. That was parts of Monday and Tuesday taken up….and then, that brings us to Wednesday…

Ah, Wednesday. The If Only Paradox day to end all days – except for July 25, which brackets the other end of the lifetime of our second child, Elijah James, who lived only 12 days of 2003, all of it in a hospital NICU.

That’s a lot of unsettled. If Elijah had lived, Annalise would never have been conceived.

I can’t imagine life without my daughter. I can’t imagine life with a second son who would now be 13. I can’t imagine the now-teenage girl who received his heart valves not having them.

I’m reminded of a line from Hamilton….

If we were having coffee, I’d see if all this heavy stuff has made you ready for a refill yet. I know I can use one – because Wednesday brought even more unsettling this year than it usually does. So let’s refresh our drinks, and then I’ll tell you about it.

My Accomplice was fired from his job of nine years on Wednesday. He’s a chef; the restaurant owner isn’t, but his son, newly graduated from college, has been working as one in another state. Essentially, the owner wanted a change of direction. My Accomplice did all he was able, attempted to explain why the impossible was so, and continued to offer his decades of experience.

But owners have the final say, and a son looking to relocate won out over a seasoned chef.

For the first time since our daughter was a toddler, we’re at loose ends in the work world.

We’re unsettled, but adjusting. Weighing options, and feeling simultaneously weighted down and liberated. I’ve been out of the workforce since my oldest, almost 15, was of school age, to focus on homeschooling. But the kids are older now, and less emotionally reliant on me. I’m learning a great deal as a writer, and I’m moving closer to the day when I might be able to earn a modest living with my words. I’m still two or three years from being close to that point, though, so it won’t help us right now. I may decide to take part-time work – so that I can still focus on my family and writing, but also contribute.

As for my Accomplice, that heavy box and tool kit are his personal belongings from the restaurant kitchen. He’s been taking steps to launch a business of his own, around his work schedule, for the last several months. Today, he went to Massachusetts, a three-hour drive, to take a certification exam he needs in order to market his hot sauces, and, eventually, his jerky.

Again, it may not be a viable option right away, although his path is more concrete at the outset than mine is.

We’re still working all of this out. Life will look very different, but change does tend to equal growth, and, with our children nearing adulthood, and a cross-country move in our future, this is about as good a time as any for us to grow and change.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m not sure where we’re headed, but I do know that we’re doing it together. And, someday, we’ll be looking back from the other side of this challenge, remembering what it used to be like, back then.

This post does double duty.  Its my entry into  Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where the prompt is “If/then” – beginning with “if” and using “then” in the last sentence for bonus points. At the same time, it’s my #weekendcoffeeshare post: go see Diana at Part-Time Monster for more cups than you can drink!

A New Purpose: July 13, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Have you ever had a day so full of changes and deeper meanings that you can’t articulate it adequately?

Yup. That’s today. Thirteen years ago, I was desperately trying to recover from a very difficult birth so I could go to the NICU and meet my second son. He was four hours old and on a respirator when I accomplished that goal. Twelve days later, he died.



Today, my Accomplice was fired from a job he took when our twelve-year-old was a toddler. The restaurant owner wanted to hire his son and move in a new direction. For us, this is a time of uncertainty –  and hope We’re getting ready to move across the country, and maybe this is ultimately a good thing – a liberation of sorts…permission to move on with our lives.

For me, it might mean returning to the workforce I left to focus on homeschooling. It might mean leaving for Oregon sooner than we planned.

It might mean many things. What we know for sure is that change is different, and there will be growth as a result of it.

Have you ever suddenly found yourself in a similar position? What did you do? How did things turn out?

This post includes the July goals I interacted with during this session. It’s a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were, and helps me adapt, going forward in this round and beyond.

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 20,302/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress. Behind due to life, hope to be caught up by the end of this weekend. Pacemaker goal (although I fell out of practice with updating it.)

  • 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 11/31 completecatching up.

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. Story 6/31 complete; setting this aside until I have the drafting caught up.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 1/2 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. 1 /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).

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Keeping up.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) Reviewed First Quarter Attendance logs. Finished reviewing Jeremiah’s First Quarter Report; calculated attendance units. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. Currently, the school district is behind on last year’s IHIP (determination due by 5/25) and this year’s Letters of Intent (acknowledgment due 7/11). 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; hometending.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Took kids for ice cream, and daughter to write-in. Doctor and vet visits. Planning annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays. Two for two.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling; chatting; walking; music.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Chapter Eleven progressing; page 89/253 complete.

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; walking; vet visit.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Finish the Kindness Challenge; check out Facebook page. The post has gelled in my mind; I expect to write it later today.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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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.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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

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 June 30, 2016; further progress will be contained in future updates.

My ROW80 Round and Monthly goals will be 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. I’ve got enough for the whole year, already, but will keep going!
  • 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; complete through Scene 7/24; 19,093/65,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Write 26 stories for April’s A-Z Challenge; and 30 for #StaD September, using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts.

Plotting:

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

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

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’. Plotting completed for 2/3; 3/3 in early planning. Early exploration of Aeon Timeline; series bible (raw materials and nascent format) beginning with Volume Four planning.

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

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals. In very early planning stages for one or more fan fiction sequels to “First Contact, With Jazz”. Other stories/projects planned/plotted (mostly fanfiction/blogging.)

Revision:

  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Sporadic in almost absent in June. By August, and the end of this four-month creative intensive, I should be more reliably present there.

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

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories. “SJA”, Mission Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”. Many/6 complete and posted at ff.net.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Create revision plan for Sea Changes; print and readthrough for Transitions; print Generations. Currently sharing SC Scene Two as a WIPpet for initial feedback; moving scenes through crit group; one volunteer beta offer; more possible. Scaling back; I’ll focus on Sea Changes for this year.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Found one source for poetry revision.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.) Setting this aside until at least 2017; it’s a much longer epic fantasy series, so I’ll leapfrog my way there with smaller projects.

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. Goal will change as I transition focus to my new website by August.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round Three in rewrites.
  • Make regular visitis to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This could be better.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience.
  • 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. This will change as website evolves.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. All steps in various stages of progress. Dealing with a balky and contentious school district.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All moving along.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. Progress.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Lots of weeding. No new plantings this year.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Deleting the time frame.

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.

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

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Three beta projects and one review in progress.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods. Initial readthrough complete.
  • Intuitive Eating: Finish reading and begin implementing.
  • 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. Added breathwalking. New practices 5/12 months.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. No new progress; need a trigger for habit.

  • 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 doing moderately active hometending sprints and various more strenuous activites several times a month, up to 45 minutes at least a couple of days each week.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. 5/24 for the year. Behind.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Write and submit one story each month (not necessarily the same story).

  • Submit fan fiction.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. ASOR” is moving through my #8sunday postings, almost finished.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

An Exploration of Purpose: Writing Goals for ROW80 Round Three 2016

Welcome to ROW80 Round Three!

And, with the new round, comes a new set of goals.

Since the year is halfway over now, I went to my 2016 goals, and derived these directly from them. My goal is to move through as many of them as I can manage, while still maintaining what passes for sanity in the lovely chaos of my mind…

In the process, I’ll be exploring and clarifying my purpose. In parenting, in writing, in my life as a whole. Bits of that exploration may or may not be included in these posts, or on my blog – but they will, eventually, become a part of who I am and all that I do, even though this overarching goal doesn’t appear in my goals list.

I’ll come back around the end of July and August, as well as at the end of the round, to update these goals. For my twice-weekly updates, I will be working from a monthly list, to allow me greater flexibility in attaining these wider-range goals.

Do you have a purpose that runs through your goals?

Would you like to share it?

Well, that little box below is your chance!

Writing:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete draft of The Far Shore, and draft Tsunamis. The Far Shore (1 /2) currently in drafting; Scene 8/24 in early progress; 19,093 /`65,000 words (right on target; count-wise).
  • The IDIC Romance: Begin 30 stories/chapters/scenes for #StaD September (or independently if there is no #StaD, because that’s not a certainty), using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts. Draft one story each day, until end of round late in the month.
  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete draft. FDWR Scene 40/50 in progress. This has been limping along since last July, because I plotted with The Snowflake Method, and didn’t connect intuitively with it. I want to finish it, so that I can move on to the next volume in this series in November (it will definitely be plotted differently!)
  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Draft a short story or novella, 5,000-25,000 word range. I know that’s a wide range, but what I have at the moment are nebulous ideas. This goal will be adapted once I’ve gotten further into the round.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. The objective here is to add to what I’ve already created, because I love sharing these stories!

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot Tsunamis, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. I’ve done the basic character mapping, but there’s still a way to go before I have developed Master Scene Profiles for all 24 scenes in the first draft.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Decide on November project. Complete character mapping and basic story elements. I think using TWCB has led to much more fully realized characters, so I’m going to test it out on my longest project line, and see what develops.

  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Plan/plot this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. I have only vague ideas of what I want to do; I need more to go on. And this is a chance to use TWCB on a shorter project, too.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Beginning in August, rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! It will be best if I have at least the first couple of scenes ready to go when August gets here. Hard copy notations complete through Scene 3/ page 40.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. This goal has been hanging out ignored for too long. Time to move it or lose it.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. I’ve begun compiling and organizing the comments from my crit group for 4/16 scenes.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website beginning in August; learn how to use galleries and gain skill at posting to pages and adding relevant content. Aim for soft reveal at end of August. There’s an incredible amount to learn; taking it in small servings.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round Three just needs finishing touches.
  • Develop a rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. I have good intentions, but I fail to follow through more often than I like.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. There’s a dizzying amount to do, so in I dive, headlong.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive files; delete excess. Progress on both this year; hot summer days seem like a good time to wrap these up.
  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. This is weather-dependent. Aim for three times a week, excepting camping week.1/3.
  • Cancel five digital subscriptions we no longer need. Really…we keep meeting. And passing one another by…

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. This is very important, especially as the kids are growing up, and our family dynamic is, well, dynamic! 

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

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

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Do prep work; choose a contribution to focus on. This means reviewing the first few chapters, gathering needed materials, and doing relevant exercises. May be a Pacemaker goal.
  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, and more strenuous activities five times weekly. I’m doing moderately active hometending sprints and various more strenuous activities several times a month, up to 45 minutes at least a couple of days each week.

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romanee: Finish revisions for “Love and Loss” chapters 1-20 at ff.net. Scene 4/20 in progress.

  • A Splash of Red”; combine notes and do pre-publication revision pass.  Create at least three cover mockups before consulting my local cover designer. I want to get this published before the end of the year; time to give it higher priority.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental noodling for something I want to complete in 2017.

  • Business cards: Play with creating three designs; investigate VistaPrint. I’d love to have something ready by the end of the month. Play this round; bring to fruition in the next. 1/3 played with; nothing settled.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Both are well underway; hot summer days make these good projects for this round.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

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