Bits of Prosperity: December 18, 2016

Hey there!

I tend to be the optimistic type – but not in an ostrich-hiding-out way, but rather in a focusing-on-the-positive helps me find new ways to add to it. When I get fixated just on what’s wrong, I tend to get all mired up in that place.

So, in that vein…

We had a little windfall this week – a small tax rebate. It’s enough to cover a few essentials – I’ll be getting a winter coat tomorrow – I haven’t had one for a couple of years. Last winter, when money was more plentiful, it didn’t really get cold or snowy, but this year seems to be different already, and I’ll be grateful for the added warmth.

It was also a good time for my Accomplice not to be working, since the weather was iffy, and he didn’t have to drive in it. We went for a workout on Wednesday. We’d gotten out of the habit with his variable work schedule, so that was connecting and happy.

He also cooks when he’s home. Me? I’d rather play with words. The kids tend to like to get their own meals, so I eat better when the chef’s home. Saturday, he made a batch of hot sauce; once we can afford to have labels made and liability insurance purchased, he’ll have a small inventory ready to go.

I’m also busy creating an inventory – and the foundations of a business. Since it’s the middle of the month, or thereabouts, I’m trimming my December goals, to focus on those that are my current priorities.

Since this will be a longish post, I’m going to give you a snippet, then step out of the way of my own progress – but first, I’d love to know what bits of prosperity have fallen into your week?

From The Far Shore (Kifo Island #5); Scene Ten:

“Why am I asking myself these questions, when I’m probably never going to have the answers?”

But she didn’t have an answer for that, either. All she had was an unused pregnancy test and too many questions. Those, and a broken heart.

Note: I list the goals I interacted with during the current session.  Complete goals lists are linked below.


  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 10/24 in progress. 32,711/~65,000 words/
  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Secondary goal. Week Two: F and G essays drafted: 6/6. Week Four: N, O, and P poems drafted; 3/6. Read instructions and topic for PQ”; simmering, 4/6.


  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. Color-coded/organizing brainstormed possibilities for March-December; 12/12 months complete. Simmering.

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week One: Added two photos. Created an A-Z image file directory and folder for the A post; 1/1 completed; 1/26 overall. Week Five: Moved all poem tutorials for letters T-Z to planning page; 7/7 for the week, this step complete for 26/26 posts.


  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-6 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Completed first revision pass for Chapter 1/3, “Returns and Remembrances;” reread Chapter 2/3 “Clinging to One Another,” color-coding for first revision pass complete. “FC;WJ”: I’ve decided to restructure, and seriously tighten. Next revision pass for segments of Scenes One and Two, now the opening scene. Now have revised/restructured Scenes One Three, with more to go from these two original scenes (it’s complicated)! Things will be a bit chaotic as I rejigger, but I expect the result to be much lovelier.

  • Self-Publication: Revise/polish “A Splash of Red”; offer for critique readers. Secondary goal. Setting it aside to focus on in January.

  • Kifo Island: Revise Sea Changes scenes 5-8 in preparation for submitting to critique group. Tertiary goal. This probably isn’t going to happen this month, but since I have at least two scenes which two of my partners haven’t gotten to yet, I’m OK with taking a couple of weeks in January to get moving on this.

  • Philodosia”(Hamilton-inspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal. Color-coded for first post-rejection revision pass; simmering.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited 3 #weekendcoffeeshare; #SoCS, #ROW80 Sunday. Wednesday, and #8sunday and all WIPpet Wednesday. participants. Goal completed for the week – hooray!

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages;; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus. Another goal completed!
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Sunday/Wednesday focus. Tertiary goal. Discovered I can do a lot of setup while listening to podcasts, and thinking I may do this once or twice a week. Made my first efforts at countdown posts – see widget in sidebar. Not really satisfied, but simmering. This session; WIPpet: Your Records Say”; #8sunday: Glimpses of Him scheduled and linked. Edited images for next 2 Skywatch Friday/#weekendcoffeeshare posts. Reblog post in progress.


  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 5/5. Kitchen: 3/5 (Accomplice tends to take it over when he’s not working, which makes it a bit harder to get to). Indoor random; 25/25.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal. Email back in sane parameters! Began organizing Writing Stuff into more specific folders; Began with 2,150; now at 1,724. Started secondary sorting of IDIC; Went through Arcs in Progress and Boldly Go folders; began One-Offs (actually, most of them can fit into existing arcs); 3/6 folders in progress.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; podcasts; planning; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page.


  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 6/6 morning; 1/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 6/5; 90 min: 5/4. Wahoo!

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of eight hours. Tertiary goal. Cardio/strength workout at Y: 2/8 hours.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal. Cleaning my work table in order to get to the board; surveyed and simmering.

  • Listen: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Side goal. Through Chapter 5/19; 11% complete. I was waiting to finish the Trek movies, the reports, and catch up on the Welcome to Night Vale podcast so I could listen to Episode 100 with Lise. Now that I’ve done all of those, this will be my primary focus.

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    • We’re going to be all right until we have a reliable income stream again, and we were able to make the holidays a bit sweeter for us all. That’s victory worth appreciating, for sure!

      Hope your Christmas was lovely, and your new year is even better!

  1. I just got a new winter coat a few weeks ago. The one I’d had before(a Carhartt), I got probably 11 or 12 years ago. But, the sleeves are fraying and I lost the zipper tab a year or two ago. So, I’d say it was time for a new one 🙂
    Looks like you’ve made some good progress on The Far Shore this week and some of the other goals as well.

    • It really was a better week than it might look like. A lot of good building insights that will be great, even if they take a little longer (yes, Trip and T’Pol, it’s YOU two I’m looking at!). But, overall, it was a great week.

      Enjoy your new coat! I’m hoping I can find turquoise, since a nice barn coat is out of the question at the moment.

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