Not Migraine Proof: May 29, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Thursday night. I had a high-magnitude, breathing-makes-me-nauseous migraine. If you’ve ever had one, you have my complete sympathies. If you haven’t, may you never, ever know what I’m talking about!

Anyway, the forced stop led me to some realizations that will change the way I approach my June goals – but more on that in a few days.

Have you ever found new clarity in a moment of adversity?


  • The IDIC Romance (Boldly Go stories): Continue adding to my Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars arcs, drafting at least one new story for each weekly. LAL: added a scene to “Out of the Loop”; ABOS: “Something Wasn’t Right”; 553 words and still in progress. I’m happy to be adding; dropping the quantity goal.


  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 Boldly Go stories (V-Z remaining).

  • Star Trek Enterprise: Watch episodes/ clips, and/or read transcripts needed to complete Boldly Go stories. Read some fan fiction.

  • Plan Story A Day May Kifo Island stories. (Xavier/Yvette/Zeke is Tsunamis; Ubunta/Quincette/Theresa is The Far Shore.)

  • Kifo Island: Plot either Tsunamis (Xavier/Yvette/Zeke) or The Far Shore (Quincette/Ubunta/Theresa) as my JuNoWriMo project, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Read through Quincette’s existing character info and original story. Began her main character worksheet; 2/3 characters in progress.

  • Continue plotting stories in my various The IDIC Romance story arcs. Purchase new Aeon Timeline program, and continue using it as an aid to this process. Simmering for both.


  • Complete revisions for “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process.

  • Kifo Island: Print Sea Changes; Readthrough aloud (record and listen). Listened to readthrough for Scene Two (Donovan).

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise/organize all Boldly Go stories at Organize Scrivener files by arc. Continue revising new additions to the Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars, as well as “First Contact, With Jazz”; “Mission Accomplished”; and “Scavenger Hunt”. Nothing to Me for LAL in progress; page 4/13. Chapter One of “Backdrop” up for revision.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least every other day. Wednesday.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain email at below 222 messages; making good use of folders.

  • Answer story comments at least twice weekly. 1 /2. I got to all pending reviews and private messages early Thursday.

  • ROW80: Draft Round Three Sponsor Post. Post outline drafted.

  • Post 31 #StaD stories this month. Interact with others at the site. 23/31; Stalled.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Awaiting IHIP determination; due by end of business 5/25; the district is late. Again.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 7/5; Lise’s room, family room; maintenance; weeding.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Swimming with my girl, my bestie, Eden Mabee, and her son. Dinner. Delightful. =D

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired, submit “Peach Liqueur Love”.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Kitten time; walking; chatting; cleaning; dinner; swimming.
  • Resume full critiquing/posting to critique group. Preparing Sea Changes Scene Two; 1 crit waiting.
  • Annie Shot Her Gun: Critique one chapter each week.
  • Stained by Ashes: Complete readthrough; critique first three chapters. 2/3 complete; Chapter 3 needs general notes, and delivery.
  • Complete three more back book reviews; TBD.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling 7/7; meditation: 14/7.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool). I swam twice this month without doing laps.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, thrice monthly. Hometending; weeding. 3/3 strenuous; swimming.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Use standing desk one work session 3 days per week. 0/3.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, three times each week. I AM going to figure this out; if you want to help, find me there; I’m @shanjeniah. 2/3; RT, follow, like, and share.
  • Play with business card design. Simmering; new ideas.

  • Roughly categorize poems for future development.

  • Create beta-reading profile/preferences on Done! =D

  • Play with Weebly and SquareSpace. Did a bit of organizing: feeling things out.

  • Participate in the Kindness Challenge. Post planned for Monday.

  • Complete JuNoWriMo Feature Writer submission; WUR Interview Questionnaire; and respond to the A-Z Participant Survey.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!



    • This one was really determined to make me stop everything. I’ve had them since I was a teen; I usually slow down a little but keep going.

      That wasn’t going to happen with this one.

      I am feeling better now, thank you. And I got some clarity, which is a bonus!

  1. Errrrrg migraine. 😦 😦 😦 I do know, and I wish I didn’t. My sympathies. It’s pretty awesome you got some positive perspective change out of it, but what a way to get it! Hopefully, such insights will be connected to more pleasant moments from now on.

    So. Much. Green and blue!!! You are rocking this round, and where you’ve crossed things off, it looks to me like strategic pruning, cutting back the excess so the rest gets all that much better.

    • I agree, I’d rather have gotten that clarity many other ways. But it came the way it did, and maybe I needed a strong reminder to slow down a bit here and there….

      Strategic Pruning. I like that. For goals, and for life. ❤

      Thanks, ReGi! =D

    • Other than the headache and the hours spent swimming with friends, I was pretty productive.

      And when the clarity is added in- well, I rocked! =)

      I’d just like more leeway, and more acceptance of myself and my life as-is…

      But more on that in June. =D

  2. I used to get a migraine nearly once a month. Luckily only once or twice a year, it was bad enough to put me in bed. Have you ever had one so bad that you had to throw up? When that happens I just beg that the top of my head completely pops off to relieve the pressure. Horrible stuff. So thankful that it’s been close to six months since I’ve had one.

    Hopefully you won’t have a bad one again for a very, very long time. Hang in there!

    • Oh, yes. This verged on the getting sick kind -which I usually get while driving, because trying not to kill or be killed driving with a migraine isn’t challenging enough!

      Once, in an occasion that will live on a loooonng time in memory, I got a sick migraine while lost in another state with my kids in the car. Couldn’t even turn my head to look at them in the backseat for 45 minutes.

      That was brutal.

      This was marginally better, and at least I was home with my caffeine and Excedrin and my trusty rice bag….

      These are definitely hormonal, and my hormones are playing lots of sneaky games with my these days. I’m holding out hope they’ll fade away with my fertility!

    • I’m used to migraines, since I’ve been having them since I was 14. Most aren’t this bad, and I’ve gotten good about identifying the signs…but once in a while, one gets by me, and once in a great while, it’s enough to make living a supremely uncomfortable experience.

      Hopefully, I’ve got a few years before I have another at that intensity. At least it lead to clarity, and I feel oddly liberated and deeply productive all at once, now.

      Thanks for the well wishes, Roger! =)

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