Building the Ending: March 19, 2017

Hey there!

It’s the penultimate Sunday update of my round, which officially ends Thursday (Next Sunday will be my final wrap-up of Round One goals). So it’s a perfect time for me to assess the buffet I selected at the beginning of the month, and narrow my focus to those things which have become my priorities for the remainder of the round, (then, by extension, the month, since that’s how I lay out my goals.  But, before I dive into that, here’s a little peek at what I’ve been writing this week:

Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2)

What have you done?!” Shrill. So shrill it stabbed through her ears and into her mind. She was Kai, now – so the shrill voice must be screaming at her.

(Loveuary Drabble Expansion Project)

* Standard disclaimer applies; I neither own nor profit from this labor of love in any pecuniary sense – it just feeds my soul!

“While the Big Three are away, the ensigns will play,” she said, lifting her glass, which made it a toast, and a statement of intent.

He was under attack by a superior invasion force. For a second, Travis wondered if he should go to Red Alert. Then Hoshi gave a quick tug to one of her laces, and he was overwhelmed.


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2): Reread existing material; complete draft (10/50 scenes). Write 6,666 words/week till complete (by March 31). Primary goal – adapted. Scene 42/50 in progress; 6,753/6,666; 3,389 new.

  • Fan Fiction (The IDIC Romance): Draft three chapters for Love and Loss, based upon the drabbles I wrote in February. Secondary goal. Designated scenes for Chapter 3/3 chapter, and took notes for drafting. Will draft once FDWR is completed; actually did 721 word expansion of a 1oo word drabble; it was a good break from more intense focuses. Chapter 1/3 in progress.


  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Complete Planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Tertiary goal back-burnered.


  • The IDIC Romance: Progress with revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), as I work through lessons 2- of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course. Continue revisions for A Backdrop of Stars 1-3. Primary goal back-burnered. Chapter Two rewrite drafted; simmering before revisions.


  • The IDIC Romance: Submit A Backdrop of Stars chapters 2 and-3 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal back-burnered.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete and schedule all posts by March 31; make page on; write theme reveal post and schedule for reveal date still TBD (keep eyes open for this). Secondary goal. Adapted goal: Have all materials scheduled and ready to launch By March 18. Week Four (N-S; April 17-22): All done through Week Four. Week Five: T-V: (April 24-30) complete. W-Z (April 23-26): Added Images; fixed titles; still need formatting, links, and finishing. Overall, 22/26 posts scheduled at site (only awaiting the daily linkup); almost there! Didn’t finish by the 18th, but will be done by end of day on the 20th.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday and Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts where possible; have all drafts in website interface or Scrivener by March 31. Tertiary goal. (and in progress for March 19). Chose to set aside weekend posts to focus on the #atozchallenge stuff. Will resume this week. WIPpet: “You Have Been Recalled.”


  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. All rooms par; lots of snow removal outside. General: 43/33.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; business stuff; flirting; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Created a CampNaNo cabin for our group; chatted online.


  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. All pars met.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 6/5; 111 minutes: 4/2; Strenuous:3 hours, 20 minutes /9 hours; lots of shoveling snow.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Draft CV and revise. Simmering; skimmed notes for cover letter; made more notes.

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation. Back-burnering.

  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change. Back-burnering.

  • Patreon  Posts Complete March offerings and launch site. Back-burnering.

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    • Thanks. It wasn’t my most productive day, in measurable terms. I did write some words in Trueborn, and get some revelations for how it really ends (I used the Snowflake Method for plotting this, and discovered that most of it doesn’t work for me, and so I’ve been in a muddle about the ending, which felt kind of limp as plotted).

      Hopefully, I’ll be finished with that, and the plotting, by the end of the month – and I wouldn’t mind getting some of my blogposts set up and scheduled, the final tweaks made to my A-Z posts, and finishing the third book for the month (which I just started this morning).

      But, yesterday, I had a lovely lunch in a quiet cafe with a writing friend, and followed that up watching movies with Jim.

      Today, I’m puttering with hometending, reading, writing, and plotting before we leave for a workout in half an hour or so. I’m really missing tai chi, so looking forward to it even though I’m feeling kind of tired.

      I will be back to sprint tomorrow, though! =)

      • The only thing I’ve really kept of the snowflake method was doing character backgrounds and writing the three summaries, though I’ve adapted that as well. My plotting seems to be a combination of methods anymore.
        I’m glad you had a good lunch and rest of your day.
        Looking forward to seeing you back at the sprint

        • I often use it to do the five sentence summary, but that’s about it. I’m plotting this current one strictly with the Toolkit, so I can get a feel for it, and because the root of this story has been written and with me for a while, now.

          For my July novel, I expect to add back in elements from Rock Your Plot and the Wtirer’s Coloring Book, as well as the summaries from Snowflake…it may mean more time, but I’ve got a lot more to explore with the characters I’ll be writing then. I’ll probably give myself two months to do planning/plotting stuff.

  1. A person can never go wrong with Simon and Garfunkel. Right?
    Congrats on all your headway on those goals. Your list still remains staggering to me.
    Best wishes when April gets here!

    • My brain likes lots to do – that’s all I can say about these goals…and no, can’t ever go wrong with S&G!

      If I can get the plotting done by April 1, I should be OK, since I’ve got nearly all of the A-Z posts done, and everything is in the works!

      Travel safely, Chris!

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