Travels and Tribulations: April 26, 2015

ROWING to the end of April….and beyond!

Ummmm – wow, is it Sunday already?!

Yes, I can hear you chuckling…but seriously, I’m a bit in a tizzy, because it seems like forever since last Sunday, and yet, at the same time, this week has just seemed to whizz by.

Ever been there?

Part of it is that it’s been a momentous week for me, writing-wise. At Tuesday’s write-in, I achieved my 60K CampNaNoWriMo  goal – and finished Transitions, which means I said farewell-at-least-for-now to Barry, Terrance, and Corinne – and hello to Gladys, Howard, and Iris, the focal characters for Generations: Kifo Island Chronicles #2.

New characters always take some settling-in, but this story is different. It deals with child abuse, bigotry, and some other things that are likewise unsavory. My friend Sylvia, asked, while I was shedding tears for what I know is coming in this story, whether I ever resist writing what the characters show me.

I answered that I’m resisting this one. I know where the characters want to take me – and some of it is very intimately related to painful personal history. I know why they want to take me there- but it’s not easy, or especially fun, to make this journey…which is, of course, why I know I have to see it through, for myself at least as much as for anyone else…

Know what I mean?

Speaking of Sylvia, the children and I embarked upon a five hour drive on Thursday, to visit with Sylvia and her family here in Central New Jersey, where tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths are blooming in abundance, so that Saturday morning brought me this treat:

She Bloomin’ Loves Me! ❤

So, what did I manage to do, writing-wise, with my primary focus on enjoying time with friends we only see a few times a year? Read on…

For clarification, here are my Round Two and overarching 2015 goals .

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained (for the session, or the round) = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress (for the session or the round) = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting (for the round) = red.


Complete April CampNaNo 60K goal with Transitions: Kifo Island Chronicles #1 completed; and Generations: KIC #2 plotted and in progress.

  • TransitionsComplete!; 58,730/~ 55K words.
  • Generations: Scene 1/24 in progress; 2,279/~50Kwords. I’ve been focused elsewhere; this session, and resisting. Dipping my toe in more than immersing myself…
  • Total word count: 61,009/60,000.

Rough plot the 31 Story a Day May  Trip and T’Pol stories. Use prompts. I’m making this a primary focus beginning on Monday. Next up, transcribe handwritten rough notes for 30 stories; list out the ideas T’Pol’s been whispering not-so-subtly in my head, and roughly assign prompts and days to story ideas.


Complete revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and submit.

  • Reread Rock Your Revisions. Highlighting and comments for page 1/28. Next up, complete highlighting and comments, then create to-do list for next pass.



Complete ROW80 Sponsor Post and all sponsor visits on time.

  • Done and done.

Complete the A-Z Challenge with all posts on time.

  • Posted/scheduled through 4/25 (V); Drafted through 4/30 (Z). Next up, schedule W-Z. This will be a secondary focus until all posts are scheduled – hopefully, by the end of Tuesday.

Clean up/update blog sidebar.

  • Next up, a more complete overhaul! This will happen in the bits of space between revision and story plotting, once A-Z posts are done.


Continue with hometending. At least 5 days weekly; include decluttering projects.

  • 3/5 days. Lots of pre-trip laundry on Wednesday. This goal being put on hold for the rest of the week, due to travel.


Continue one-on-one time with all beloveds; online and in-person writerly socialization; time with friends.

  • Some of Nature: Animal Homes (puffins!); chatting; art and play with daughter. MLP episodes and conversation with son. Couples’ time with my Accomplice before we left.

Expand and extend in ways that feel natural and challenging without forcing.

  • Mostly in ways that are internal and difficult to quantify in words, but no less real. But then, there was also this…my very first time trying something I’ve been interested in exploring for years, now.
My very first Zentangle!


Continue increasing physical activity and exercise.

  • Not so much. Still 1 /2 for the week.

Resume either t’ai chi or yoga with at least one class attended.

  • T’ai chi on Tuesday!

Attend Y or do strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 1 /2; see above.

Meditate/Intentions journal twice weekly.

  • 1 /2: Intentions Journal – update.
  • 2 /2: Meditation…t’ai chi; 5 minute pre-travel stress release.

I feel like this was a good session – I accomplished some writing things without sacrificing this time with friends, and there was plenty of conversation over coffee, tea, and a White Russian; a trip to the thrift store with the kids to find some new treasures, time outside, and a lovely visit to Barnes and Noble, just Sylvia and I, because her husband took all four kids to a pizza place that has free vintage arcade games. Most of the time, we visit amidst the lovely chaos of these young people, so a lingering just-us time was a rare treat of a different sort.

We’ll be heading home later today, full of creative cameraderie, laughter, and fun. And I’ll gt back to Gladys, Howard, and Iris…even though their stories are unsettling.

How about you? Have you ever reacted this way to a project, writing or not, that you know is worthwhile, but strikes just a little too close to home? What did you do?

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful visit – and what a special gift of card and flowers! Great accomplishements this round so far! Congrats on completing your word count for NaNoWriMoCamp. All the best with all yhour goals in the week ahead.

  2. sounds like you had a great time. Am happy for you :-). Am off work for a week and already took at least 50 photos :-). Have a great new week!

  3. You have had a busy week and reached so many goals. Congratulations on finishing Camp NaNo early. Good luck from a ROW80 blog hopping friend.

    • I’m crazy enough to write books, short stories, poetry, fan fiction – and blog. And sometimes I nearly drown in words, and then I’m not so good at answering comments….

      I’m sorry!

      I’ve had that reduced to tears feeling. It hurts, and it heals, all at once.

      I try to balance doing things with writing things. One feeds the other; and both are valuable to me.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I’m so sorry it took me so long to respond!

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