Building While Traveling: January 15, 2017

Hey there!

It was a busy week of coming and going, doing and being…and, somehow, I managed to cross a few goals off my list, move several further along, and even start a couple I hadn’t gotten to. As I enter the second half of the month, things are looking pretty good for a fine month.

Writing:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete essays for T-Z posts. Primary goal. I decided to get this out of the way Wednesday night, and wrote the seven remaining essays: 26/26 and goal completed.

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 14/24 in early progress. 5,270/5000 weekly words; 43,828/~65,000 total.

  • Patreon  Posts – Complete January/March offerings. Tertiary goal. Made initial list of what I’ll need each month.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft one new chapter each for “Arachnid Nebula,”  and “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner.” Side goal. Chapter Two of “Arachnid” installments #2: 560 words; and #3: 435 words; as JJJ posts. Chapter complete.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Ordered new black printer cartridge so that I can print the worksheets. Simmering.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline  for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Created timeline; added all ten currently drafted or projected novels. Goal completed.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Began tracking IDIC events through end of Season One on paper.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. First pass edits complete.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars  1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. FC,WJ: See below.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Lesson 2/22: working through Main Character Re-focus Worksheet; 4/8 characters complete: materials ordered for Lesson 3, which is ready when I am. I got behind schedule due to a week of going and doing that was better suited to less intensive projects, but I expected that.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January; Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 14/31 complete. I’m guest hosting Sunday-Tuesday; Sunday post scheduled; 1/3 complete. Simmering a guest post. #atoz: Week One: Post moved to blog interface; Week Two: Links added to F and G posts; 6/6 complete.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. The duplication is spotty, still, but I’ve started; created a sidebar icon for the WP blog, and verified my top of page website link. Goal completed.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. Reviewed and polished; submitted first revision.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Family room: 3/3.General: 30/27. It’s hard to get to the kitchen with my Accomplice home and using it. I supplemented with more general cleaning to keep my rounds on par. I may adapt the goal.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. Into the tertiary round of folder sorting/organizing; this is a large directory, and will take several more sessions to complete.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 photos selected; all photos divided into 30 photo groups; 12 in total.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Couples’ workout; canoodling; chatting.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Lots of plans; workout/errands; Miah clothes shopping; coffee date for me with a friend on Wednesday; workout/swim Thursday; Miah to his weekend plans on Friday.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Second piece highlighted for comments; page 2/19 complete.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; I’m not doing so well at fulfilling – that’s going to happen this week.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal/meditation: 7/6; Evening journal/meditation: 2/3.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 7/6. Strenuous: 4.85/6 hours: weights; swimming.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Started listening to the audiobook on the way home from dropping Miah at his meetup spot, and continued Saturday. 36% complete.

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Building and Going: January 11, 2017 Update

Hey there!

The first ten days of the month have whooshed by for me! I’ve dived in deeply, dipped my toes in, floated along on the current, made progress with a strong forward stroke, and even sat on the bank taking in the view.

And, while I was doing all those things, some progress was made – both the kind that shows on the goals list and that other kind – the kind that isn’t expressed in language. That counts at least as much to me as the progress I can quantify and tally up.

As I mentioned on Sunday, this is a busy week, and I’m still in the thick of it. The boy has new clothes, and my Accomplice and I got a couples’ workout. I attended my weekly write-in. Still upcoming is a coffee date, grocery shopping, tai chi, and meeting my son’s friends halfway on Friday and Sunday (we live in upstate New York, and the party is in Pennsylvania). Each round trip will be 200 miles…so Saturday, I’m going nowhere.

But that’s still in the future.

Right now, it’s time to take account of where I am, right now.

 

  • Note: Goals I engaged with this session are listed in  this update. For complete goals list, check the links below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Currently Scene 13/24 in progress. 4,069/5000 weekly words; 42,621/~65,000 total. On Sunday, I was considering reducing this goal, but…well, I added words, and broke through the “stuck” place I was in. So, for now, I’m keeping this goal as-is.

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough Aeon Timeline  for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Finalized selections for Camp novels. Created rough paper timeline with all current/planned stories placed.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 10/31 complete. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. Getting there with the rhythm…at least for now.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. First duplicate posted.

Submission/Publication:

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Made initial contact with Jaz.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 3/3; bedroom and living room; 1/1. General: 17/27. Tuesday was a very active day for hometending.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Movie/TV; write-in, plans for the weekend; clothes shopping with son.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Lots of plans;workout/errands; Miah clothes shopping; coffee date for me with a friend on Wednesday; tai chi Thursday; Miah to his party on Friday – and attending out-of-state escape room party on the 14th.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. First piece complete; second simmering; third downloaded.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; promo post completed.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal/meditation: 3/6; Evening: 0/3. Return to mandalas.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 3/6. Strenuous: 3.75/6 hours: weight/cardio/moving firewood. Over halfway, with two-thirds of the month left – finally, a hooray here! =D

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Building a Solid Foundation: January 2017 Goals and Update

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We’re a week into ROW80 Round One (learn more by clicking the image above, or the link at the end of the post). I’ve been mostly focused on my revision goal, as I’m taking Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel, and it’s rather intensive. It’s going to change nearly everything about the way I handle revision, and for the better.

Other goals aren’t moving forward as quickly, but that’s fairly typical at the beginning of things – and revision is something I need to learn to do efficiently and much more quickly than I have so far, if I want a professional writing career. It’s part of my foundation. And I do….so, other things may take a backseat for a while. Some goals may adjust in the next week or two, or I may find a level of equilibrium.

How about you?

Have you set goals or resolutions for this coming year?

How are you doing, at this very early stage of the year?

How often do you assess your goals?

Have you shared them with others?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete: Currently Scene 12/24 in progress. 1,343/5000 weekly words; 39,230/~65,000 total. Secondary goal. Since I’m focused on revision, I may reduce this goal.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit  and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. Downloaded Toolkit worksheets; read through all 66 pages.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Finalized selections for Camp novels.

 Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. I’ve made needed changes to 13/15 pages; simmering an idea for the POV transition.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Worksheet 1B; 82 pages of manuscript notations in progress (through Scene Twelve). Revision notebook now current; updating as I go.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 7/31 complete; drafted. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. Completed revision pass; simmering for a day or two before I finalize and submit.

Hometending:

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 2/3; bedroom 1/1. General: 22/27. This goal has gone more by the wayside than I wanted, so far.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Time with Lise; canoodling; movies; sharing photos; lunch.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Workout/lunch with my Accomplice. Schuyler Mansion and Crailo (Catherine Van Rennselaer Schuyler’s family home) Twelfth Night and local author event on Saturday, all by myself. Miah attending out-of-state escape room party on the 14th.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Comments progressing on current piece; page 10/21 in progress. Downloaded, filed, and read the second piece; simmering until first piece completed.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Offers are out; I’m not doing so well at fulfilling – that’s going to happen this week.

Selftending:

  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal/meditation: 6/6; Evening: 1/3. New meditation video.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 6/6. Strenuous: 2.5/6 hours (tai chi/moving firewood).

Leaps of Faith:

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Open fire cooking at Crailo - best pea soup I've ever had in my life - and then there was fresh buttered bread, Dutch doughnuts, and mulled cider...perfect for a very cold upstate New York night.

Open fire cooking at Crailo – best pea soup I’ve ever had in my life – and then there was fresh buttered bread, Dutch doughnuts, and mulled cider…perfect for a very cold upstate New York night.

Building Details: January 2017 Goals and Update

Hey there!

The first month of the new year brings my first batch of monthly goals. This is the complete list; from this point, I’ll only list those goals I engage with each session.

There’s a lot to cover, so I hope you won’t mind if I just get right to it.

My #oneword for 2017

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete: Currently Scene 11/24 in progress, 36,792/~65,000 words. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. I located and reread the original prequel story and the existing notes for this sequel; will let them simmer for a day or three before attempting to add anything new. Downloaded Toolkit worksheets and skimmed the first 10/66 pages.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels. Create rough AeonTimeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Secondary goal. Made rough selections for Camp novels (and a side idea for #StaD May). Rough sorted the chaotic hodgepodge of files and folders for this series, as prep for series bible/timeline and as future story fodder….Simmering All the Things. Gathered all relevant materials for the six novels either complete or currently in progress.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal.

 

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Primary goal. Have edit request; read comments carefully; made notes. Began researching edits I’m not sure of. Expect to finish early this week; this round is due on January 31, but I don’t want the time to slip away from me. Will simmer oversleep, and revisit later today.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-8. Secondary goal. I’ve located the hard copy that drifted out of memory over the last several months.

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz Review A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. Printed copy to use for lessons; progtressing through Lesson 1/22.

  • Work through Holly Lisle’s Revision Course (using “FC,WJ,”) first 3 lessons. Side goal. Read through intro to Lesson One, printed and read worksheets. Completed Worksheet 1A (1/3 for this week’s lesson); moving through Worksheet 1B; page 13/79 of manuscript notations in progress (through Scene Four). Began setting up revision notebook; will finish that when my new paper and sheet protectors arrive.

Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 3/31 complete; skimmed the rest. #atozchallenge: Week Two: B-E links added; text added to individual post files; 4/6 complete. I’ve been assigned a midmonth guest slot; awaiting further instructions.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm. Secondary goal. Mindful Monday post is up.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; make lists/basic sketches of new pages. Tertiary goal.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather materials for second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 1/3; bedroom 1/1. General: 7/27.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all designated fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Sort and delete excess mail Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress folders. Tertiary goal. Moved most of the fiction files to the main directory. Did some pantsing organization while locating and reviewing files.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 photos selected.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Time with Lise; canoodling; movies; sharing photos.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Schuyler Mansion Twelfth Night and local author event on the 7th;.Miah attending out-of-state escape room party on the 14th.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Read and highlighted the revision piece that’s reached the queue; simmering overnight.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal.

Selftending:

  • Journals six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal.Morning: 3/6. New meditation video.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Workout Monday: moderate: 2/6. Strenuous: 1.5/6 hours (workout/moving firewood).

  • Intuitive Eating: Create a basic plan for change. Tertiary goal.
  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Apply at Starbucks and Panera for part-time work. Skimmed Panera site; they do have two openings that interest me in my local area.

  • Go through Publication email folder; make subcategory for marketing-related posts.

  • Finish up Patreon page and post.

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Currently reading Bardwell’s Folly, by local author Sandra Hutchison, who also writes some of my favorite fan fiction, and whom I will be meeting at an event this Saturday. We’ve been corresponding for several months now, so I’m excited, and the book is excellent. 49% complete; 1 /2 in progress.

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Bedrooms in the Schuyler Mansion. Don't they look cozy?

                  Bedrooms in the Schuyler Mansion. Don’t they look cozy?

Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One Goals

Hey there!

It’s time to announce my Round One goals! Since they’re plentiful, and this is my fourth post in the last few hours, with one still to do today, I’m just going to dive right in!

  • 2017 goals (updating later today)

  • January goals will be announced on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.



Writing:

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit  and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels; plot April novel using hybrid system focused on the Story Toolkit. Create rough Aeon Timeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Begin series bible with character sketches/locations/story world mandalas and scene outlines for six existing novels. Add materials for April novel as created. Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what happens next? Use Scapple to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”;Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. Received email from editor; copy very clean, only a few line edits needed.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Rough revision and revision plan. Secondary goal.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-16. Tertiary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete beta revisions for “First Contact; With Jazz” and Post- “FC,WJ” ensemble pieces to “Cowled.” Review “A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. “Love and Loss” – review chapters 1-10 (already posted). Side goal.

Submission/Publication:

  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions/edits/polishing passes; arrange for cover art; finalize art and packaging; publish! Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit “First Contact, With Jazzto beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal.

Website/Blogging:

  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  and Love is in da Blog: Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; help as I can. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, have all posts scheduled and ready to go by end of round. Primary goal. Skimmed prompt list for JusJoJan; idea and prep for Day One; will be a guest host later in the month.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday:  Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm for regular and NaNo months; maintain and fine-tune regular rhythm throughout the round. Secondary goal.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom and/or kitchen (weather dependent). Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each week. Add 27 general flings weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 1/3 completed.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Email Writing subfolders, Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress; sort and delete excess. Tertiary goal.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Selected 31 pictures to scan.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Hanging out with my girl.

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

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

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal.

Selftending:

  • Journals six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Skimmed Panera site.

  • Make a decision on Holly Lisle revision course; follow through. Okay, so I wrote the goal, then talked to my Accomplice, who approved the investment. Purchased, and skimmed beginning of course.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans.

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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals

Hey there!

It’s time to get started with a new year’s worth of goals….

I like aspirations more than resolutions.

Maybe it’s that resolutions tend to be grounded-feeling, whereas aspirations make me feel more like this:

I like that feeling better. It feels more like growth, reaching, attaining new heights. By comparison, resolutions feel like gritted teeth, willpower, dogged determination, that old butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard adage.

I don’t work well like that. Truthfully, writing is joyful play to me, a journey of discovery. I give myself to it wholly and happily, and that’s what I want. I don’t like the way my writing works, or the person I am when I get into that frame of mind.

So here are my aspirations, listed out for the year. They may change as the year progresses, and I move through it, learning, growing, and writing…building joyfully to my dreams.

What are your aspirations for the year?

 

  • Note: I will update  goals I’ve engaged with on a monthly basis.

  • Round One goals (updating later today)

  • January goals will be announced on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.



Writing:

  • Complete Hanging Manuscript drafts from 2015-2016.

  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts.

  • Create fan fiction, continuing current story arcs, and developing new ones as I’m drawn to them.

Plotting:

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough plots/sketches for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems.

Revision:

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.”

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue revision for crit group using Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel class materials. Create plans for Transitions and Generations.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.

Submission:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. I read the editorial requests. The original submission was even cleaner than I’d thought. Only 5 single-word changes to make, 3 of which I disagree with and will research before addressing with the editorial staff. Next: Do the research; make the uncontested changes, and write to editor.

  • Self-Publish “A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit First Contact, With Jazz, Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed.

  • Submit completed Rose and Jeremy novel to World Unknown Review.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues.

Website/Blogging:

  • Complete Just Jot It January, Love is in da Blog, and 2017 Kindness Challenge. I’ve skimmed the available prompts, and have ideas. I’ve selected the image and the topic for my Day One post.

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year.

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility.

Hometending:

  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files. I’ve selected the first 31 images to scan.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. One round in the study.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Time “hanging out” with my daughter.

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

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

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers.

Selftending:

  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin applying principles to my own eating habits.
  • Smart Change : Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace.

  • Create a marketing/business plan.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing.

  • Listen to the 8 books currently on my Audible account. Beginning with 29% of Alexander Hamilton complete. 1/8 in progress.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month.

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Reflections of Prosperity: January 1, 2017

Hey there!

It’s time to get started with a new year’s worth of goals….

But, before I do that, I’ve got one more bit of business to wrap up from last month.

It was a good month, all in all. Lots of blue, lots of green, and some red, but not too much. It helped that I stayed busy during the break, even when I left lots of time for reading fan fiction, watching the first half of a Downton Abbey marathon, and being with my beloveds.

But now, it’s time to get back to full functionality, and that means it’s time to post this final update for 2016, and then move along to my 2017 goals.

Ready? Okay, then….Here we go!

 

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 11/24 in progress. 36,792/~65,000 words/ 1,083 new.
  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Secondary goal. Week Five: W, X, Y, and Z poems complete: 7/7and that means that I now have 26/26 poems completed! Week Four: O, P, Q,R, and S essays written; 6/6. Just Week 5’s 7 essays left to write.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. Goal completed. I’ve abandoned the timeline; it served its purpose.

  • Brainstorm list of 33 possible blog topics to develop in 2017. Tertiary goal complete!

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week Three: Chose photos; added links; added images to post files by letter; 6/6.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 46 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Chapter 4: now Makeshift Seclusion; and 5: In the Way; rough revision passes. Pulled Chapter 6: Night Terrors: and bonus Chapter 7: Five Days from the expansive Marriage of the Magi file; reread both, and simmering. Chapter 1, Returns and Remembrances; Color-coded for revision pass number 3; getting closer to finished.”Chapter 2/: now A Single Huddled Form; Color-coded for second revision pass. Chapter 3 Oceans of Tears first revision pass complete. Scene 4/7: Makeshift Seclusion.

  • Self-Publication: Revise/polish “A Splash of Red”; offer for critique readers. Secondary goal. Back-burnered.

  • Kifo Island: Revise Sea Changes scenes 5-8 in preparation for submitting to critique group. Tertiary goal. BBed.

  • Philodosia”(Hamiltoninspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. WIPpets in progress.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Sunday/Wednesday focus. Tertiary goal. Two snippet posted; reblog in progress.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete/revise/submit first quarter reports (due 12/15). Continue to file to Flickr portfolios. Gather materials for second quarter reports; facilitate further learning as needed/wanted. Primary goal.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 0/5. Kitchen: 3/5. Indoor random; 29/25.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; canoodling.

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

  • Paying it Forward: Offer promotional posts, reviews, and beta-reading for other writers. Tertiary goal. One offer of promotion on the table.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 1/6 morning; 0/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 5/5; 90 min: 4/4.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of eight hours. Tertiary goal. Cardio/strength workout at Y: 4/8 hours.

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to Ad Astra. Primary goal. I didn’t submit ABOS, but I submitted my Christmas poem to both sites. 

  • Create Patreon page, and incorporate it into my social media…this is an exploratory time. Secondary goal.

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal.

  • Listen: Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Side goal. Through Chapter 10/19; 29% complete.

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