Sowing and Blossoming: May 2017 Goals

Hi there!

We’re a few days into May, and it’s time for a new batch of goals…some might look familiar, while others are brand new for a new month. This is a bit long, so let’s just go ahead and get to it, okay?


  • Story A Day May:  Main project – Write daily flash story of about ~333 words. Side: Write a Star Trek: Enterprise  fan fiction drabble (100 word story) for my Cowled arc, based on prompt and words from fans. Primary goal. First stories drafted; 2/31 for both projects (I’ll have a page set up by Sunday, to link here)!

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 2 scenes/week, after #StaD stories. Finish by May 25. Secondary goal. Modest beginning; reread Scene 45 outline, and POV character’s last completed scene.

  • Kifo Island Series: Complete draft of The Last House (a Kifo prequel) . (Approximate word count TBD). Target 3,333 words per week, after #STAD stories and FDWR; complete by May 31. Tertiary goal.


  • Story a Day May : Main Project: Necessary planning/plotting/research for flash fiction stories (333 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Cowled arc  ;necessary planning/plotting/research for drabbles (100 word stories) carrying “Countdown” forward, using #StaD and fan prompts. Primary goal. Early planning in progress for Day Two stories; simmering. Day 2/31 complete.

  • Kifo Island: Complete plotting as needed to complete rough draft of The Last House. Begin hybrid planning for Still Nameless, using The Story Toolkit  and The Writer’s Coloring Bookget through basic character sketches. Secondary goal. Simmering SN as I begin creating related stories.


  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Completes lessons 2 (Promises), and 3 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course  by April 30. Aim for 3 hours/week (timing TBD). Primary goal.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Confirm copy editing if ready this month; take any other necessary steps. Secondary goal.


  • #StaD Cowled drabbles: Submit to as completed. Secondary goal. Day 1/31 completed.

Social Media:

  • Kindness Challenge: Write twice/weekly posts on weekly themes (7 week challenge, so it will continue through and a bit beyond this round. Respond to comments daily, and visit at least 3 other participants each week. Primary goal. First post is up: 1/14 completed. Self-love: Meditation; journaling. Other-love: Ami snuggles; hometending with love and intention; personal walk.

  • Story a Day May: Post daily –I’m sharing the planning, along with favorite lines to the stories, and links to the complete writings, in separate posts to keep things from getting too long. Visit at least 1 other participant daily. Secondary goal. Day 1/31 posted. Three visits made.  Fell a bit behind with posting and commenting.


  • Homeschooling: Complete rough drafts of third quarter reports for both kids (due 6/15/17). Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year as circumstances warrant. Primary goal.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Two flings on porch, and two 27 minute yardtending sessions weekly. At least six General Hometending rounds per day, 6 times/week. Secondary goal. Hometending: 2/6. Round 1/3: All. Round 1 /2: Yardtending, porch.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Videos, walks, business and relationship stuff, canoodling and conniving.

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile and launch site. Assist my Acomplice in his efforts to launch his cottage industry; aim for 10 hours/week. Secondary goal. Monday conversation regarding PicMonkey branding tutorial, Marketing With Muscle, and assorted labeling details. 1 hour45 minutes/10 hours; gave him some homework. Simmering ideas for Patreon.

  • Beta reading/critiques: Complete at least first five chapters of both beta novels. Catch up with crits for my local group (I’m behind 3 at the moment). Tertiary goal.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and two evenings each week. Primary goal. Morning: 2/5 complete; evening 0/3 complete.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 4 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, yardtending, etc.) each week, using my Samsung Health app for guidance and accountability. Secondary goal. Mowed lawn Sunday; my app stopped working, but I’m calling it a win. 81 minutes on Monday – not a win, but not vegetating, either. 111: 1/5.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Marketing: Sign up for and keep up with fellow writer (and unschooling mom) Gwen Montoya’s 30 day course, Marketing With Muscle.  This will help both my Accomplice and I as we move forward to the place where we are selling our creative efforts.

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

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/ complete/worksheets; create an approach plan, going forward.

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

  • JuNoWriMo: Organize/flesh out lists of blog topics; create one sentence sketches for all ideas; develop sketches into rough outlines for at least 50 posts.

  • Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2018: Gather links and sketch out base idea for these posts.

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    • I’m trying, as much as I can, to stick with the primary goals, then the secondary, then the tertiary. Not perfect, but not horrible, either…thanks for the well wishes, and I’m sending the same to you.

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