Bon Anniversaire a… Moi! July 29, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

Today’s my birthday, for those who don’t translate French…

It’s also going to be hot enough to melt the icing on any cake in a matter of minutes – I didn’t order that! Fortunately, I’m not a very big fan of cake, so all’s good, even if I could use a day slightly more conducive to packing and loading up for Unschoolers Rock the Campground…

I may be less visible online, for the next few days. I plan on some deep connection with our tribe, and lots of joy – and, when we get home, the same with my Accomplice, who will be keeping the home fires figuratively burning, because it’s too hot for a real fire…

And now, to the matter at hand!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.


  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete plotting Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2, using The Snowflake Method, and draft. Plotting complete; 75,129/75,000 words drafted: Scene 24/50 complete; at the midpoint. My CampNaNo goal of 75K is complete and validated – happy birthday to me! =D Next up: Finish the draft – this will be a back-burner project for the rest of the month, as I do Other Things.
  • The IDIC Romance: Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors. Existing stories ordered and 2015 stories slotted in. Next up: Import 2015 story text to appropriate Scrivener files and folders.


  • Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Nothing new. Next up: Highlight Plot notes for all 16 scenes.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercise 2. Nothing new. Next up: Reread what I have written so far, and do Exercise #2.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. My sponsor post is in; visits current.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. Making visits, posting, and getting to comments. Not all, or as quickly as I’d like – but that should change in a quieter August. Next up: A bit of a break after today, due to camping and spotty internet access.
  • Share posts – mine, and others’: Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas…Nothing this session. Next up: share! Interesting and inspiring things, funny things, things that make me go hmmmm..but likely not till August.
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! 2/1: Tweetdeck, for #RSWrite and Other Things. A wander from the A-Z Road Trip to one blog, then another, then another… Next up: Make this so, again – and again!


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5.Tis all about getting ready to camp; gathering things, cleaning things, packing things… Next up: CAMPtending! =D
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Not yet. Next up: make a beginning.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Nothing new. Next up: Finish what I’ve started: Need end matter for form; print for campground. Crop Annalise’s test score photos, and submit to district.


  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. Yes on write-ins, and peeking at the group…critiques? Not yet. Next up: Read short scene critique.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nothing new. Next up: Follow up with beta #1.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 4/4 for this week; thrice with mandalas; t’ai chi. Continued reading about mandala meditation and practice;1 /2 new techniques. Selected new technique; did very early stage research – more on that when I’m closer to actually starting… Next up: Research technique #2,and begin – likely in August.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing new. Next up: print application.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Yes, yes, and yes! Next up: More! =D


  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/7 days, 2/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, and t’ai chi. Next up: take the kids camping.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. At-home practice daily (except Tuesday, when I had class): Reading to increase knowledge base, warm-up, then my combo. It’s becoming habit. Next up: Continue class and at- home practice.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!  I’ll be back, either on Sunday or Monday, to wrap up my July goals, and share new ones for August!


    • It was exactly my kind of lovely, although I could do without the threatening migraine…but I tried to keep things slow and mellow, and that’s helped.

      Thanks, Amy. There will be some pictures, once I get them from my phone…

    • I used RYP consistently for about two years – I think for four or five drafts (fan fiction.historical fantasy, fantasy, and near-future fantasy). It’s definitely been worth the $2.99 Kindle experiment, and I don’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who favors open-ended plotting with lots of room for changes, or who enjoys character-driven writing (if I remember correctly, your strengths and mine are a lot alike in that regard, so you might love it).

      My current WIP, while mostly plotted with The Snowflake Method – my first time – also incorporated some RYP elements I missed in Snowflake.

      I’m also planning to check out a few more plotting methods in the next year or two – my ultimate goal is to create a bank of knowledge and techniques I can draw upon intuitively, customizing for each project, and streamlining as I go…

      Now, if only I was at that point with revisions….but all things in time….

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