Organic Growth: Round Two April Update

ROWin’ my way down the river that is May!

Where does the time go? How can Round Two be a month in, already?

I entered the round feeling very ready, and not at all ready, at the same time.

Maybe it figures that, as I take a few moments to take account on where I’ve come from, where I’m headed, but mostly where I am, right now, I feel like I’ve come a long way, and not far at all…

Is there such a thing as a tessaract? 😉

Round One was my Revisioning Round – my chance to explore and stretch and get a better sense of where I’m going. I accomplished a good deal. But it felt more forced and rushed than I like. I prefer playful challenges to the exhaustive grinding marathon of ‘have-to’s’. Imaginative expeditions into possibility fit our unschooling family much better than a stressed-out, results-driven woman sharing their home..

So, at the beginning of Round Two, my Expansion Round, I wrote this:

I want to embrace my goals, instead, and nurture them while they nurture me, in a symbiotic relationship. I want there to be more joy, and less stress.

So, I’ve winnowed and shifted my goals, and I’m ready to adapt, if I feel an unnatural pressure forming. This is my Expansion Round, and I’m looking not for rampant swelling, but a more natural growth. Like a plant or a baby, where growth is the order of the day.

With that in mind…off we go, to sow some seeds!

It’s been a month. I feel as though the growth and expansion are happening, and, mostly, they’re organic. I’ve fallen into that ‘have-to’ trap here and there, but I’ve climbed out again…and here’s where I was, on May 1.


Write1Sub1: Draft one story, and submit one, each month.  Kifo Island Chronicles  novella projects for April and June. May will see 31 new TnT stories. I will revise and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” in April; “Peach Liqueur Love” in May, and possibly the next compilation story from The IDIC Romance in June.

  • Started the highlighting and commenting in preparation for Round 3 edits on “Slow Jazz”. Behind on this goal; I’ll finish “Jazz” in May, and play with “Peach Liqueur” during its resting phases.
  • Ahead on the writing component of this goal, and with at least 31 new stories this May, I’ll have a cornucopia of editing candidates.
  • Adapted goal: Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” by the end of the round; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits through Deep Revision Step 3.

Kifo Island Chronicles: Draft 3 novellas, using Cathy Yardley‘s  Rock Your Plot.

  • Transitions (KIC #1): Complete at 58,730 words.

  • Generations (KIC #2): Drafting slowly; Scene 1/24; 2,279/~55,000 words.

  • Sea Changes (KIC#3): Brainstorming; planning phase commencing midMayish.

Star Trek Chronology Project: Rewatch Star Trek: Enterprise.

The IDIC Romance: Draft 31 new stories for Story a Day May; post stories or excerpts from each, daily.

  • Idea list growing. Bought/read this year’s prompt book. Planning commenced in last two days of April, and decisions were made.

Blogging from A-Z  travel posts: Complete all, on time.

  • 26/26 complete.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Select July project and plot, using Rock Your Plot  and/or The Snowflake Method  (read this book).

  • Will read the book, and choose a project, by May 10.  Will choose a plotting method by May 20.


The IDIC Romance: Complete revision and submit “Slow Jazz Awakening”; Draft 31 new stories in May.

  • Story plotting reverse-engineered and rewritten.
  • Began planning for new stories.

Write1Sub1: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision  process; choose final short story to revise in 2015.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • Comments and visits fluctuate. Posts on track!

Blogging Action Plan: Revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar.

  • Minor changes to sidebar.

Share posts – mine, and others’: Share generously as inspired!

Explore social media as it fits with life and writing.


Continue with near-daily decluttering/beautification projects; begin shifting some energy and focus to the yard.

  • Progress in all bedrooms; family; living room; and front porch; mostly planning for yard, due to weather.

Homeschool Administration: Complete third quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due June 15. Letters of intent filed. Annalise’s standardized test ordered, administered, and returned by July 1.

  • May/June focus.

Photo digitalization: Scan Arizona travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Some Arizona; some others, as needed for posts.

ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date.


Kindle ebooks: Read 3, and write reviews for 5 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • Too ambitious, with other projects.
  • Adapted goal: Read 1, and write reviews for 3.

NNWM local group: Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.

  • I love my group! =D

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation twice a week.

  • Becoming more natural and varied.

Starfleet: Fill out application and attend at least one USS Albany group meeting.

  • Not yet. Aiming for May.

My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least four times per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • Exceeding – something with each twice a week or more, on average.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity at least twice weekly.

  • Mostly; not perfect.

Practice: Resume t’ai chi or yoga classes by end of round.

  • I indulged, and I plan to do it again…and again…and again!

Intuitive Eating:

Read and begin considering.

  • 34% read. Pondering.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

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