The Wordy Weekend Edition: Second Serving Sunday

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, from my little corner of the blogosphereare you ready?

Life Stuff:

My last Second Serving Sunday post: The Greening Up Edition .

  • Click the link for my recent posting history!

So, what was on your agenda this fine weekend? Spring cleaning? Preparing for winter (for those on the opposite side of the equator)? Time outside? With friends? Family? Some creative pursuit, perhaps?

For me, it’s an extremely wordy weekend…on Saturday, several members of my local NNWM group met at our ML‘s home for a seven-hour marathon write-in, complete with libations (I’m not so much into those); snacks; sometimes raucous conversation; and communal writing sprints. This is a fun group of people, with a diverse range of passions, and they always stir the pot of my creativity.

Later tonight, I’ll be meeting up with them again, at our regular Sunday night write-in, bracketing my weekend with committed writing time.

Like I said, a very wordy weekend! Here’s what I’m targeting:

  • Reduce my distance to my CampNaNo word count goal (according to the official site count at 1pm Saturday, 17,114 words away). I’d like to add 10K for the weekend; a doable goal.
  • Complete drafting Transitions  (I have five scenes left, and a decent idea how things will play out).
  • Complete setup (Cheat Sheets and Scrivener outlines) for Generations (KIC#2) which I will begin drafting later this week. ( Seven scenes remaining).
  • Post or schedule all blog posts through Monday (that’s three; all in production).

And now, last week’s features:

ROW80: The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life.

Eight Sentence Sunday:

  • By All the Nebulae in the Galaxy”: Terrance is lying, and his husband knows it – so why is Barry the one who’s acting guilty, and ablaze with desire? From my Kifo Island Chronicles novel-in-progress, Transitions.


Coffee and Conversation:

  • On April hiatus.

WIPpet Wednesday:

  • That Simple?: Sometimes the things that sound the easiest really aren’t, as Corinne is discovering in this snippet from Transitions.

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):


A-Z Challenge: Traveling my Way Through the Alphabet in April!

  • Klamath Falls:  What happens when things don’t go the way we planned? We end up someplace completely different, and unexpectedly wonderful!
  • Lone Star and Lava Lake: Know those places you’re going to go “someday?” We travel to two of mine, with lessons learned and beautiful memories created!
  • Nine Mile Pond: What do canoeing in the mangrove swamps and marital discord have in common? Paddle on to find out!

Variety’s Spice (reblogged this week):

What’s Next:

April Focuses:

  • Setting ROW80 goals for Round Two, which starts on April 6.
  • Completing 60,000 words for CampNaNo.
  • Draft two Kifo Island Chronicles novellas: Transitions and Generations (I won’t finish this one until June, but this month I make a start).
  • Complete the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge.
  • Planning and plotting for Story A Day May, when I will explore more stories for The IDIC Romance.

This week, on the blog:

  • For Coffee and Conversation: C and C is on April hiatus. There will be an A-Z post each week, so feel free to stop by any Monday, and enjoy!
  • For WIPpet Wednesday: New stuff for April – July. I’ll be sharing whatever I’m writing, when I get to Wednesday. This week, the very first snippet from Generations!
  • Eight Sentence Sunday: Eight sentences from my Kifo Island Chronicles novel-in-the-making, Generations, throughout the rest of April.
  • ROW80 Updates: My progress on my current and/or long term goals for A Round of Words in 80 Days, posted on or near Sunday and Wednesday, beginning April 5, with my Round Two goals post.

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

Well, that’s it for me…it’s Saturday afternoon, here, as I write this, and I’m getting things together for my Wordy Weekend…I hope yours was filled with everything you hoped – and more! If you want to tell me all about it, there’s a little box down there for just that purpose! =D




  1. I’ve been debating about doing Story a Day this year. Have thought about fleshing out pieces of characters’ back stories, but worried about fitting it in with my other writing. I guess I might attempt and see how it goes.

    • I love it. Last year, I wrote 31 Trip and T’Pol stories…and one of them turned into that Suliban cell story I WIPpeted…I’ll be doing them again this year – I’ve got 31 ideas written out, and maybe a dozen more taking shape in my head, since T’Pol’s had some things to show me while I’m drafting Kifo stories.

      Fleshing out characters with backstories sounds like an excellent way to use the challenge. I find that shaping challenges to suit my current or planned future projects is both efficient and primes he pump for the actual writing. I’ve started novels during A-Z, and 26 Kifo characters were born there last year (I took it a step further, and did character sketches, GMCs, and sketchily plotted their novella-length character arcs, so I’ve already got the making for ten novels…because they’re going to be longer than novellas.

      You can always just give it a test run, since there’s nothing to lose, and you’ll end up with something even if you only do it for a few days.

      • Yeah, I did it a couple years ago, writing flash fiction with a 1st line prompt. I got a few story sparks out of that(one that’s being fleshed into a full series…possibly). I didn’t try last year, though. I think I am going to at least attempt it again. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

        • We can cheer each other on! I just bought the prompt ebook for $2.99, and I’ve read the first six prompts and love them all. I’ve got this crazy idea I may write two stories a day…one TnT, and one for Kifo or something else…that would give me a lot to work with…ad one could be just a spark or note or a scene, or a bit of dialogue…and those are things I can develop later.

          Have fun with it! =)

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