Creativity, Multiplying: May 11, 2014

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Well, hello there! A happy day to you, whether you’re a mother or not.

Have you ever had that feeling that things are a big scramble – only to realize that you actually did a lot more than you realized?

Yup. Happened to me this week – and then, while preparing my Sunday Post, I tallied 14 blog posts (and there’s actually another 7 bare-bones posts at my Story-A-Day blog…oh, and writing those stories, visiting and commenting, hometending, time with people I love – even mowing a bit of the lawn.

I’m aswirl in creative energies. They’re pulsing through me, and the best thing I can do, right now, is to give this surging the space and time it needs. Eventually, the ebb will come, and things will slow down again…until then, I’m riding the wave!

And while I’m riding, this week, I intend to refocus on a couple of playful aspects of life I’ve set aside a bit more often than I’d like, of late…more on that during the next few weeks! =D

I hope this post finds you well and engaged in joyful pursuits – whatever those might be, for you!

May’s focus areas:

  • Story-a-Day May

  • Homeschool reports

  • Guest post

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Continue posting on my regular schedule; share on Sunday Post, weekly.Target attained!

Complete and post 31 Story-A-Day May Enterprise fan fiction stories, following prompts. On target.

  • 10/31 Completed.

  • 22/31 In development.

Respond to comments, and return visits.On target.

  • Did on scheduled days. A bit behind, due to increased volume.

Visit threeStory-A-Day blogs each day, on average.On target.

  • Wed-Friday, none.

  • Saturday, 7. I seem to go in streaks.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

The Stars Are Fire: Draft one scene each week.On target.

  • Reread 3 scenes. 1 to go before I can plan the next.

Explore my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Complete 31 Stories for The IDIC Romance, using prompts wherever possible.(2014 Story-a-Day May).On target.

  • See Blogging, above.

  • 12,045 words to date.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process. On target.

  • 10/31 scenes prepared.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

Chameleon’s Dish: Revise one scene each week.

  • Began freewriting new scene; 9/60.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

Get the computer desk and moved out of the room.On target.

  • I got back into digging out the very messy enclosed porch, where the desk will go when there’s room.

Continue claiming my study.

Clean work surfaces.On target.

  • My hoosier cabinet/desk is clean again!

  • Next up, the tabletop…

Other things:

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Contact one person from my People I’d Like to Meet list. Target attained!

  • I’ve contacted three.

  • Getting together is the next step.

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.Target attained!

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 4 times a week. Not this week.

  • One salad; one “breakfast” smoothie.

  • 2/4 attained.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.Still meh.

  • Still slow. I’ve been doing a lot of hometending, but forgetting the playful motions.

  • Recommitting this week! =)

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  1. Thank you very much for the shout out! Sorry it’s taken me so long to come by and say hi – I’ve been a naughty blogger recently and spent only minimal time on the blog. I need to set up a regular routine like you – that’s a very good idea!
    Glad to see you’re doing well with your goals though!

    • Celine,

      It’s delightful to have you here – I confess that, every time I hear your name in my mind, the lovely Frenchness of it makes me smile. =) (See?)

      I had a very hard time managing regular posts until I started doing (more or less) regular features.It gives me a framework, and a habit, so I don’t have to think nearly so hard about what to post (and, when I’m not as deeply as in WIP mode as I am right now, I can even set up some ideas ahead…).

      I make goals I’m in love with, so it’s fun to play with them. That might be my biggest “secret weapon” – writing’s not work, it’s joyful play. When it isn’t, I know I need to move on to something else for a while, which is why I have lots of things in the works at once.

      It really has helped to learn how I tick, and, rather than trying to fit myself around systems, I arrange my goals so that they fit me.

      I’m not sure I would have figured that out as easily, without ROW80. I’m glad you’re here!

  2. Wow! What a great streak you have going on, keep at it! Those creative flows are definitely something to be treasured. I hope yours lasts a while! best of luck.

    • Stephanie,

      It’s an amazing feeling…now, if only I had more hours, more energy, and perhaps a way to clone myself so that the lawn was mowed,I could get through the house without running an obstacle course, and those homeschool reports were done…

      Ah, well. If real life played like a fantasy, I’d have less to write about. =)

      And, when the flows ebb, I can catch up on those other things that tend to get set aside during intensely creative times.

      • Life is a constant challenge of balancing. I sometimes don’t manage too well. I use black tea as a pick me up, energy booster. Great, strong taste, and usually does the trick.

        • Stephanie,

          Balancing doesn’t work so well for me, either – I tend to get tripped up over little things I miss, then stumble on.

          Blending suits me better. It’s easier for me to think of the different things I want to accomplish as threads to be woven or flows of colored water that run together, the separate, in shifting patterns…

          That feels more intuitive and manageable for me. I don’t get to everything, every day, but, over time, I’m learning a great deal about how I tick, and I am making progress in areas that matter to me – and, even better, I am enjoying life, which makes me more fun to be around! =)

          Good luck with that balancing act!

          • Your encouragement is so beautiful, like poetry 🙂 thank you for taking the time to write. I enjoy reading your advice. I too will try to reevaluate how I see and balance my life. All the best to you too!

          • Stephanie,

            *blushes*. Thank you!

            I spent a lot of years wandering around figuring a lot of this stuff out. I think we all need different things, but, if I can place signposts that might help someone else…that’s pretty nifty.

            I hope you find a happier, more productive place that gives you lots of breathing room! =D

  3. Yes! Ride that wave! They’re rare, and we’ve got to enjoy them while they’re here! I hope yours last a good long time, though, Shan, and that there’s very minimal burn-out (as I’ve found can sometimes happen with those swells of creative energy). Best of luck! I love weeks like this one.

    • L.S.,

      Oh, yes – I’ll ride it as far as it’ll carry me! And then, I’l rest, take stock, putter, reorient – and start watching for that next surge! =)

      I didn’t write any new words (other than plotting and revision stuff and blogs) from the beginning of 2014 through April. I was so ready for two months of challenges! I’ve committed to JuNowriMo and July CampNaNo, too…I will be using those to wrap up my hanging WIPs.

      Once I hit August, I anticipate at least a couple of challenge free months for editing and plotting my NaNo novel for this year…

      If everything goes according to a very nebulous plan! =)

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