No Pause, Just Purpose: September 25, 2016

Yes, I know that ROW80 Round Three is over. But I seem to thrive on keeping to this Wednesday/Sunday schedule as much as possible, and, since I set monthly goals…here I am, to account for myself.

Life is still outwardly-focused. Wednesday was the only day without an outing: Thursday, my Accomplice and I had our second couples’ workout of the week (went to the Y together, then did our own things, once there). Friday, Lise and I headed back to Yacon Village for homeschool teen/tween day. Saturday, both kids and I headed to Saratoga Battlefield for Hamilton-related Revolutionary War learning, and a good deal of hiking and seeing incredible vistas on a day that was absolutely perfect for it.

Tonight, I’m heading out to my writers’ group, tomorrow is another couples’ workout, and Tuesday Minecraft club at Yacon for the girl.

It looks like I’m going to need to adapt Round Four and 2016 goals to take this new reality into account.

How do you adjust your writing goals, when life changes?


I did complete three Story A Day entries a amid the busy-ness.

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

 

Day 20:

“Vulcans don’t scowl, Trip.”

“Maybe most don’t. Maybe it takes being bonded to a human to make it happen. But you, my love, are one scowling Vulcan lady right now. What’s your problem with fan fiction?”

Day 21:

 

“There’s no ‘us’ here, Trip. Just you. And you can’t wear T’Pol’s underwear.”

Day 22:

That hit him like a phase pistol blast, and Trip rocked back in his chair. “Oh, hell. Phlox, she didn’t know what I was saying – and I flat-out told her she’s not everything to me. But she is, Phlox. I’ve been driving myself crazy wanting her, wanting to tell her I love her -”

Writing:

  • Story A Day September 2016 : Write 35 stories this month (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. 23/35 in progress; Parted: 2/8 in progress; Philodosia: 1/5; Backdrop: 1/6. A bit behind; lots of physical activity away from the laptop.

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. 23/35 completed; a bit behind here, too.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Set and keep regular weekly posting schedule; 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; need time for website transition. Other aspects moving forward slowly.
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal. Update posted; visited everyone on linky; Facebook page Tuesday. Could do better with the Facebook page; it’s not yet habit.
  • 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: 2/3. Twitter, Pinterest, Fanfiction: 1 /2. Having some trouble juxtaposing this with all the physical activity.

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 sent; goal completed at last – WAHOO!!!
  • 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; study 1/3. Inside random: 15ish/10, including laundry and dishes; stopped counting after that, but there was more.

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; teen/tween day.
  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Couples’ workout Thursday; teen/tween day Friday; Saratoga National Historical Park  with both kids 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. Finally a new crit. Will get to that this week, as I pick up my own current revision scene.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journaling: 6/5; Meditation 5/5 (with a couple of longer and shorter sessions, I’m calling this week even).
  • 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: 3/3 (considerably more on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday) – first week I’ve managed this – WAHOO!!!!
  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of ten hours. Tertiary goal. Swimming, strength, tai chi, hiking (cardio); 5 /10 hours. After a slow start, I’m making great progress here!
  • 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 “Wait For It” (which seems like a perfect stopping point); page 95/287. Decided I eventually need my own copy of this book!

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Overlooking the Hudson from the Great Redoubt – fortifications that protected the British hospital, supplies, and munitions depot.

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.

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Purpose and Perspective: September 18, 2016

It’s now been a week since we lost our senior dog, Corki. We’re starting to get more used to the fact that he isn’t around anymore, and never will be again. We’re finding a new rhythm, and a certain amount of peace. There’s still an empty place where his canine presence once was, but we’re adjusting.

This session was more focused on a few things from my goals list, and a few other things that weren’t on it: cleaning and packing away the tents that had been waiting since the kids and I got home from Unschoolers Rock the Campground  in July; reading, naming, organizing, and backing up a batch of untitled files I found accidentally in a forgotten file of my laptop’s hard drive, and planning for mentoring a writing class at our homeschool community center. 

Mostly, I’ve been focused on coming to acceptance and peace with Corki’s death, supporting my family as they do the same, and surfing the waves of emotion

Which doesn’t mean there was no writing…such as my not-exactly-daily, but caught up Story A Day efforts. Standard disclaimer applies: I don’t own them; I don’t profit from them.

Day 14:

Either way, the crowd parted, a bit like the Red Sea, as Phlox walked with his vaguely strange gait to the center of the cluster, where Jon’s sidekick was trying hard to act like he was having a good time and excited about this new opportunity. He’d even said it in those words, five times.

Day 15:

“It’s not wise that you be alone, now, T’Pol.” He could offer her little except companionship, unless he told her what he suspected. But in her current condition, there was no chance that she’d be able to truly understand what he was saying. There was a far superior option, if she was willing or able to open herself to the risk of further pain.

Day 16:

Shaking fingertips trace her tormentor. 6 weeks, 4 days, 11 hours of denial. Too long. She opens the book – but can’t open her eyes to see.

Day 17:

There was something wild and liberating in it; something that demanded that she join in the chant, the assertion that all beings be treated equally, that these women have the same freedoms to decide how to clothe their bodies as the males of their species.

As always, only those goals I engaged with are listed here. Check the links  below for the full picture! 

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. 17/36 written; 5/36 posted. Parted: 2 ( 5/8 total); Cowled: 2 ( 5/8 total).

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. Very rough planning as I go.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal.
  • 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. Other than email; this was hit-or-miss.

Hometending:

  • 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 room: 2/10; Porch 4/3; Others: 14/10, plus tents.
  • Organization: Sort and clean up OneDrive Beta Reading, Blogging, and Homeschool directories. Tertiary goal. Related: Organized a batch of writing files from laptop hard drive.
  • Locate all existingTrek poems and file together for chapbook project. Side goal. I found another and put it with the others. =D

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Canoodling; chatting; movies; television; walking; Minecraft club; hometending; MLP Hamilton videos (really!)

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Minecraft club and teen/tween night for the kid(s); planning session and write-in for me. Possible plans to visit Saratoga National Historical Park with my girl next weekend.

  • 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; a bit of online interaction. 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: 5/5; Meditation 3/5. I’m ballparking this; didn’t especially keep track this week.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 75 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 60 minutes: 4/5; 75 minutes: 2/5. Not too shabby.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Continue helping my Accomplice in his job search. Primary goal. Helped send more resumes and draft a thank-you note.

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When Grief Is the Purpose: September 14, 2016

I usually open my posts with a cheery greeting. Today, though, I want to take this time to honor our Corki-dog, who died peacefully in the backyard early Sunday afternoon. He was a big part of our family, and of the childrens’ growing up. He wasn’t especially loud or obtrusive, but he had a presence that’s keenly missed by all of us.

Grief changes things, and that’s reflected in this update. Not as much got done toward these goals – but grief and adjustment take time and energy, and that’s where much of my focus was, this session.

Do you have a special memory of a furfriend, past or present, to share?

Corki-dog in his prime, 2013. So handsome! And such a mama's boy!

Corki-dog in his prime, 2013. So handsome! And such a mama’s boy!

There was some writing, this session, so there are snippets to share (standard disclaimer applies : I don’t own them; I don’t profit from them)

#WHJ:

  • No other heart fuels your life, Trip. Your heart is valuable beyond measure, to me.” She finished on a soft sob, and he pulled her in closer, and her pain was right there, as though she’d said it aloud. I thought I would never again have the right to hear it, and be certain that you live.

Day 11:

  • She was going to stand there at that memorial, and let both their worlds know that she was Elizabeth T’Les Tucker’s mama. And then, she was going to fall apart. He’d known her long enough and well enough now to know that she was barely hanging on. She was going to lose her grip – and he was determined to get her somewhere away from prying eyes and reporters and questions before that happened.

Day 12:

  • Is that a threat, Commander Tucker?” Jon looked like he was spoiling for a fight.

Day 13:

  • How could Trip call himself a gentleman when he’d so obviously taken advantage of an extremely vulnerable woman? T’Pol was the strongest, most determined, most capable person Jon had ever known. She didn’t need Trip; he had to have planted that idea in her mind. He ignored the niggling whisper that said Trip wouldn’t do something like that, that he respected himself and T’Pol way too much to use her. If he listened to that voice, he was going to have to accept that this really might be something T’Pol needed – and then he couldn’t do anything to stop it.

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. Secondary goal. 275 new words; story 30/31 in progress.

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. Worked on 14/35.

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. #STaD stalled at 5/31; ROW80 update and #8sunday posted.
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal. Slowly got to the ROW80 linky list. Didn’t make it to the page yet this week; was late for Thursday’s.
  • Maintain a rational rhythm for visiting other hop participants. Tertiary goal. Managed the ROW80 visits; that’s all.
  • 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. Kept email down most of the session. Not into other social media; needed some quiet time.

Hometending:

  • 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. 5/10 general. Low energy session.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Movies; conversation; Minecraft club and shopping.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Write-in; Minecraft club. Plans in the works for an October mother-daughter trip to the Schuyler Mansion and Not Back to School pizza party.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group; do reviews as requested and available. Tertiary goal.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journals: 3/5; 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: 2/5; 75: 1/3.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Continue helping my Accomplice in his job search. Primary goal. Polished and printed a thank you note for Monday’s interview.

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Last portrait of a Very Good Dog, and his Girl. Suh a dignified old gentleman he was.

Last portrait of a Very Good Dog, and his Girl. Suh a dignified old gentleman he was.

Layers and Purposes: ROW80 Goals

Hey there, ROWers and others!

It’s been a busy week, with a mini-conference and a movie; administration and creation. So, let’s get to it, because there’s more busyness ahead.

It’s a day of remembrance for Americans. Fifteen years ago, I cried tears of disbelief and sorrow on the face of my 9 day old son, weeping for babies who would never know their fathers.  His life, and those events, will always be connected in my mind.

Instead of clever intro, I offer you snippets from this session’s stories (these haven’t hit the website yet, and some of them won’t, since I have TBA Plans for them. =D)

Day 7 (Cowled; standard disclaimer applies):

You mean you people are telepathic? Something else that’s classified, I’ll bet – though I can sure as hell see why you wouldn’t want to tell us that one.”

Day 8 (Philodosia #1):

Not slavery, dearest daughter. Marriage.”

Day 9 (Philodosia #2):

Her other hand went to his cheek; she could feel the short hairs beginning to poke through; they made her heart sing faster in her chest.

Day 10 (Philodosia #3):

Perhaps there is.” Grandfather summoned one of the slaves; it made Philip uncomfortable, this business of owning other people, but this was Grandfather’s house, and they were here on his sufferance.

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. 8/35 written; 5/35 posted.(add link here). 1/35 in progress; 1/35 nearly done; needs finishing; running a bit behind, but writing longer stories, and loving them, so I don’t mind. Cowled; 3/8; “Philodosia”: 3/5.

Plotting:

  • #STaD: Complete the rough sketches for 35 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Develop more detailed plan for each story as its turn comes. Priority goal. 35/35 sketches completed. I’m developing each story; up to 10/35 now.

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. 2/3 other posts; WIPpet and #8sunday. Getting closer to a schedule; will finalize that by month’s end. I’m mulling how to handle the soft reveal without devoting huge stretches of time and energy to it.
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal. Did fine on updates, and got to sponsor visits a little belatedly. Didn’t check the page at all; waylaid by life.
  • Maintain a rational rhythm for visiting other hop participants. Tertiary goal. An erratically busy week was challenging; working on catchup. Still managed to get to all ROW80 posts.
  • 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. Email under 90; Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest: 1/2. Comments underway; 2/3. Not great, but better than previous weeks, overall.

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. Everything submitted Saturday morning. ~cue wild dancing and singing!~ All that’s still needed is one letter I need to revise, polish, proof, print, and send.

  • 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. Study: 3/3; Family room 3/3; Others: 15/10. Porch 1/3; too hot out there; air conditioner vents to this porch.
  • Organization: Sort and clean up OneDrive Beta Reading, Blogging, and Homeschool directories. Tertiary goal. Related: Cleaned up The IDIC Romance directory, which was crazy-makingly disorganized. All of Homeschool sorted/culled; excepting Miscellaneous Documents Folder. A bit in Blogging, here and there.

  • Locate all existing Trek poems and file together for chapbook project. Side goal. Found another poem while cleaning up; moved it.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Movie; television; mini-conference; long wandering conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Unschooling mini-conference on Tuesday; For the Love of Spock on Thursday (and maybe tai chi, too!)

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group; do reviews as requested and available. Tertiary goal. Interacted a bit.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journaling: 6/5; Meditation 2/5, and two shorter sessions: 7 minutes; 6 minutes – I forgot my target number here!

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 75 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 60 minutes: 4/5; 75 minutes: 3/3. Better than last week.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. Read Chapter VI (through “You’ll Be Back”).

Leaps of Faith:

  • Continue helping my Accomplice in his job search. Primary goal. Printed more copies of his cover letter; he has an interview on Monday

  • Select and read one writing craft book. Tertiary goal. Writing Active Setting: Book 2; Mary Buchanan. Finished. Not sure I’ll read the others in this series. Some good insight, but it felt derivative and hastily written.

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An Exploration of Purpose: ROW80 Round Three End of August Update

My goal for Round Three is to move through as many of my 2016 goals as I can manage, while still maintaining what passes for sanity in the lovely chaos of my mind…

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance/“Philodosia”: 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.
  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Draft a short story or novella, 5,000-25,000 word range. BBed.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. All stories reread; 8/31 sketches completed.

  • The Star Trek Chronology Project: View Season 2 of Star Trek: The Original Series; Episodes/clips of Enterprise as needed for story creation/revision. 37/79 TOS episodes viewed; 13/13 for August goal. One Enterprise transcript referenced.

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot Tsunamis, using The Writer’s Coloring Book.  No progress.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Decide on November project. Complete character mapping and basic story elements. Setting this goal aside till 2017; Tsunamis will be my NaNo project this year.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Beginning in August, rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. Not as fast as I’d like; need to re-evaluate the time frame. Currently working on Scene 5/24 Rough Revision Pass #1, where I track changes.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. Nothing new.

  • 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. Nothing.

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 September. I’m not breaking any land-speed records here, but progress is indeed being made, with plans for more simmering.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round Three submitted; 4/4 complete. I submitted an extra post for Round Three, and Kait is changing up the format, and dropping sponsor posts, for Round Four. Calling this goal met.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Doing better, overall.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. Second and third quarter reports submitted, all overdue materials now complete; standardized test review and administration complete, results received. IHIPs approved by district; end of year paperwork done and just awaiting fourth quarter reports.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/ files; delete excess. Nothing new.
  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Some. Not much; my Accomplice has done much more than I have.
  • Cancel five digital subscriptions we no longer need. 3/5; Dropbox. I never used it.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Major success; major delight!

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

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Some parts were better than others. Interaction was adequate; I submitted twice to crit group and finished all back critiques.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Do prep work; choose a contribution to focus on. BBing.
  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Deleting the new meditative practice; I’m settling in with what I have for a while.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, and more strenuous activities five times weekly. Better in August; still a ways to go.

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisions for “Love and Loss” chapters 1-20 at ff.net. Nothing new.

  • A Splash of Red”; compile notes and do pre-self-publication revision pass. Create at least three cover mockups before consulting my local cover designer. Nothing new.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. Nothing new.

  • Business cards: Play with creating three designs; investigate VistaPrint. Nothing new.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Some. Not nearly as much as I wanted.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Words With Purpose: September 7, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Yes, indeedy, I have been writing – so glad you asked! =D

What’s that you say? You want snippets? OK, I can do that!

(Standard disclaimer applies;

I don’t own them; no money is made from them!)

A Tide of Unshed Tears:

  • But I can’t cry. I can do nothing to ease this hurt. I don’t need to attempt meditation to know that I will fail. It’s not logical, but it’s no less true. I’m filling with tears, like the salt-laden oceans of his world. And yet, I’m the product of my own world, my own cultural conditioning. I can’t cry.

I’m Ready”

  • Pepperpot, I don’t need anything but you. I can feel you needin’ me, worryin’ that something’s going to go wrong. I don’t care what you’re wearing – you look amazing in everything, or nothing at all. I just want to marry you, and then hang on for dear life while we fall apart together.”

Still Untitled Story:

  • Damned straight she is.” Trip Tucker stopped his pacing, but he was trembling, a certain sign that the separation had gone on nearly as long as could be endured. However, his chin came up sharply, in a manner well known to Soval. “The converse is also true, in case any of you were wondering.” He swallowed, and his nostrils flared. “It’s time.”

Gigil” Story:

  • It took you twenty-six seconds, Trip. That is considerably longer than you said it would take.”

And, to round it out….

The Far Shore (Kifo Island #4), “The Shifting Point”:

  • She’d tried to be the empty husk Aneesha demanded of her ‘service workers,’ as she called them, but she’d been born with a brain, and Mama had done all she could to feed that brain. She’d had that for seven years, and she couldn’t forget just because Aneesha had owned her for the last ten.

  • August 2016 goals final update
  • Round Three 2016 goals (updating this week)
  • 2016 goals (updating this week)

Only September goals I interacted with this session are posted; click the link for the comprehensive list.

Writing:

  • Story A Day September 2016: Write 36 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. 5/36 written; 5/36 posted.Story 6 is mostly done; but not quite; exhaustion and an unschooling conference kept me otherwise engaged.
  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable”. Secondary goal. 1,059 new words for story 30/31.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete draft of The Far Shore. Tertiary goal. 562 new words; Scene 8/24.

Plotting:

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete rough revisions and submit scenes 5-10 of Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group. Primary goal. Related: Read critique of Scene 4; lots to think about 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. 3 ROW80 posts; 2 #StaD posts.
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal. 3 updates posted; didn’t quite get to the Facebook page.
  • Maintain a rational rhythm for visiting other hop participants. Tertiary goal. Visited a good many #StaD posts Monday, while linking my own posts. That worked well.
  • 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. Email back up a bit while I focused on Other Things. Posted/quick Instagram visit.

Hometending:

  • 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. Study: 3/3; Family room: 3/3 (and table is tidy enough to fold laundry on!). Other areas: 6/10.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Movie; television; mini-conference.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Unschooling mini-conference on Tuesday; For the Love of Spock (and maybe tai chi, too!) on tap for tomorrow.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group; do reviews as requested and available. Tertiary goal.Write-in; quick visit to FB group page.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journaling: 2/5; Meditation (7 minutes).

  • 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: 1/5.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Continue helping my Accomplice in his job search. Primary goal. Helped with getting the correct format of the correct documents to the correct location.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!