Impromptu Building: January 29, 2017

Hey there!

We’re rolling into the last three days of the month as I write this, and I’m like a midwinter firefly, flitting from here to there, dabbling in this, toying with that, diving into something else.

As is true most months, I won’t finish everything on my goals list this month; but, as I contemplate my intentions for February, I see that I have finished a lot, and gotten even more underway. It’s been a month of solid, focused progressed interspersed with other things – like a nation yawing from steady, thoughtful leadership to something….that’s not exactly that, or close, from early indications.

I’ll be carrying some goals over to next month, and not adding as many new ones, as I get ready to ramp up for CampNaNo in April – I know it seems like there’s plenty of time to worry about that later, but there’s never as much as there seems like there would be, so….

For the rest of this month, more diving and toe-dipping, and more progress, await. But for now, an update.


  • Kifo Island: Write 5,000 words/week The Far Shore (KIC #6), until complete. Secondary goal. Scene 19/24 in progress. 5,138/5,000 words; 54,242/~65,000 total.


  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal.  Supporting Character Worksheets. 4/4 complete; step 7/22. Printed Character Arc worksheets; 7/7 pages. Working through these: 3/7 complete. Simmering Wednesday sketch.


  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 58. Secondary goal. Scene 5 and 6: Revised and submitted. Finally some movement here!

  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for First Contact; With Jazz. Review A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. Tertiary goal. ABOS: Began a final pass of Chapter 1 (page 3/4 in progress). Chapter 2 simmering for secondary revision pass; considering a more comprehensive rewrite for this piece.


  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January: Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; complete guest posting duties as assigned. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, move all posts to blog interface. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: 28/31 complete.



  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions and edits/polishing passes; work with Jaz on cover art; make front/back matter checklists. Secondary goal. Played a bit with this.


  • Homeschool Administration: Gather materials for second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal. Expanding bullet list to Lise’s English Language Arts; 1/11 sections; rewrote template intro for the current report.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each room each week. 27 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 24/27. Study: 1/3; Living room:1/1. Not a great cleaning week; activities away from home and not feeling great.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. 30/27 for the week. Goal Adapted: I’ve made one general directory, but will wait to organize until I’ve finished the travel photo scanning.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; shopping; assistance with Accomplice’s business paperwork.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Shopping with son; couples’ workout; extra impromptu write-in, and shopping planned with daughter.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Prioritized completing one member’s upcoming piece, as she’d like to submit it by end of month. Attended an impromptu write in with other group members at a local cafe.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. One crit group piece completed; three more in the current queue.


  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Meditate five mornings and two evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning journal: 5/6; meditation: 5/5; Evening journal: 2/3; meditation: 1/2.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Moderate: 5/6. Strenuous: 8/6 hours.

  • Smart Change: Reread early chapters/worksheets; create an approach plan. Side goal. Downloaded book for rereading/goalsetting.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Apply at Starbucks and Panera for part-time work. . Adjusting: Will save Starbucks as a secondary option. Read job description.

  • Reading: Finish listening to Alexander Hamilton audiobook; read two other books; write four reviews. Audiobook:67% complete.

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