Coffee and Conversation: 31 Round Tuits…and Counting…

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while! It’s time for Coffee and Conversation!

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own..

Remember back in August, when I shared my idea of 33 Round Tuits? I meant to post monthly updates, but life….

With the philosophy of better very late than never, I’m finally getting a round tuit! So, without further ado, here are the 33, neatly categorized and itemized.

Of my 33 Tuits:

  • 2 are complete.

  • 19 are in progress.

  • 12 are still waiting for me to “get a round tuit”.

Sweet L’il Lenovo, now rehomed. ❤

I “got a round tuit”:

Delete files from old computer (Sweet L’il Lenovo), reset to factory default, and give to Declan, a young friend looking for an XP machine for gaming.

  • I completed this in August.

Write a blogpost about my long-lost friend, Barbara Leonard, whom I would LOVE to reconnect with.

  • Completed in October.

One of my old photos – Lone Star Geyser with raiinbow (geyserbow?), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 1999-2000ish.

I’m “getting round tuit”:

Scan all old photos, organize files, and begin sharing them digitally.

  • I’ve begun by scanning a few pictures for use in blog posts. I plan to intensify this effort in the winter months.

Reread and organize all my old story notebooks.

  • I’ve organized the notebooks; another project I plan for the winter (upstate New York winters give many opportunities for this type of activity!)

Read all nine books currently in my bedroom To Be Read stack.

  • Currently reading: 3/9.

Complete all the items in my Play Jar.

  • I’ve completed two or three of these; slow and erratic, as whims take me. You know, playfully! =D

Finish resetting the family room, playroom, and kitchen.

  • The family room and kitchen are both underway. The (former) playroom was, as well, but it’s also the front porch, and my Accomplice bought a new door he didn’t have the chance to install before the cold weather came, and now it may wait till spring to be addressed.

Rehome wandering game pieces.

  • Accumulating into a central area, as a first step.

Contact Kristen Lamb and collect my WANACon Social Media Prize.

  • I made contact, and we’ve chatted once or twice, but then – life, and the need to ponder my goals and next steps. Another this-winter project.

Update my bio and my blog sidebar – it’s outdated and jumbled.

  • I’ve looked at it, and started to consider changes that will transfer to a website.

Finish organizing my study.

  • Forward progress made; a long way left to go. I intend to take my time and enjoy the ongonig process of creating a nurturing space of my own.

Buy a wheeled storage footstool.

  • I’ve selected one I really like; now to budget for it…by spring, I hope.

Buy a set of Corelle dishes.

  • I’ve looked briefly online and in stores; no decision yet.

Read all old writing practice notebooks and mine for usable materials.

  • I’ve organized the notebooks for winter reading.

Begin submitting Trek fan fiction to a fan fiction site (this will require a bit of experimentation to find the right “home”.

  • I’ve been reading at different sites; choosing one or more will be an early 2015 goal.

Complete rough drafts of all novels in the Trueborn series (I think there are between 3-5 waiting to be developed and drafted.

Complete the first revision pass of Chameleon’s Dish.

  • 12/60 scenes completed.

  • Once all scenes have been revised; I will complete a full-draft pass.

Reclaim the flower beds, and begin growing cutting flowers, herbs and vegetables.

  • The beds were reclaimed, mostly weeded, and put to sleep for the winter.

Complete revisions of 3 short stories: “Morning Coffee”, “A Splash of Red”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”; submit to L.S. Englers World Unknown Review.

  • I’ve submitted one; and had it accepted! WAHOO!

  • The other two stories are scheduled for early 2015 revisions.

Write 31 new poems for OctPoWriMo; revise the ones written in 2012.

  • The new poems are written; nothing revised as yet.

Return embarrassingly overdue library books.

  • I’ve gathered what I think are all the books; next up – actually remembering to take them back.


I need more of these! “RoundTuit”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I haven’t “gotten a round tuit” yet:

  • Watch all of Star Trek in chronological order.

  • Blog about it.

  • Go get a professional massage.

  • Buy an Irish cloak.

  • Buy a new pair of workout sneakers.

  • Learn how to thread my sewing machine.

  • Buy wireless television headphones.

  • Create a visual timeline for my Trueborn series.

  • Create rough outlines for the Kifo Island Chronicles novella series.

  • Contact the high school teacher who changed my life.

It’s amazing how much we can accomplish, when we make it a priority…just writing things out, and posting them, has helped me to keep them as a greater focus in my life. I’m enjoying this adventure of “getting a round tuit” more than I thought I might…

How about you? Are there things you’ve been meaning to do, “when you get a round tuit”, too? Join in the conversation, and I’ll get you a fresh beverage while I listen!

Yup! Looks like we all need a refill, and not when I ‘get a round tuit”, but right now! =D


  1. Shan Jeniah, I highly recommend getting a professional massage. Hubby and I are going to get massages in a couple weeks, and I’m already looking forward to it.

    And if/when you do buy an Irish cloak, there better be pictures–because that sounds awesome!

    • the massage is something I need to work up to…but i will be doing it, eventually…I actually have a friend who recently became a massage therapist…so maybe I could give her some business!

      And there will absolutely be cloak pictures! I’ve wanted one since I was a teen, and, when I finally do get it, there will be all KINDS of pictures! =)

      Enjoy your massages!

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