August Growth; August 2, 2017

Hey there!

July is over, and August has begun.

Which means that my four-month Chaostivity Marathon has ended, and I have a month-long breather to renew my energy and focus before my Chaostivity 10K, which runs from September – November.

I could have set goals that tried to do a lot of catching up or surging forward on non-writing goals. I’ll admit that the idea is tempting….

But I ‘ve learned some things about myself in the five years I’ve been participating in ROW80. One of them is that I need a low-impact stretch after times of intensity. It’s my gathering time; a refilling of the wellspring of creativity. It’s a time to rest and dream a little….and dreaming is essential for fiction writing.

So, this will be a month devoted to fun as well as productivity. And here’s the scoop on that, one day into this new month…

What’s on your agenda for August?


  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed).This one’s been nearly finished for months – I will complete it by end of August. Primary goal.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Far Shore (until drafts completed). I will complete The Far Shore, and move Still Nameless in that direction. Secondary goal.


  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. Sometimes prompts are available early, other times not. This affects the degree to which I can plot ahead, but I will end the month with general arcs and outlines of what I’ll explore next month. Primary goal.
  • Kifo Island Series: Plot as needed for SN, using hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit. Thus far, I haven’t done much plotting (I did do over 20K of character/planning work, though, and this was my Story A Day May main project). I like the way the story is evolving, but keeping this option open. Secondary goal.


  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Class: Spend 7 hours/week on this class, using my TnT fanfiction story, “On Any Tuesday Night.” Improving the quality and efficiency of my revision process is essential to my career development, so this will be a major focus until complete. Primary goal.


  • Explore Duotrope;  compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. This is self-explanatory. Primary goal.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. I usually read these emails while I’m in the middle of other things, and set them aside “for later”. Well, it’s later. =) Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. This will help me with consistency, and with the goal below. Primary goal,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. I’ve got 50K words or so of raw material to turn into blog posts and series. Time to bring some order to the process! Secondary goal.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page, Instagram,  Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1/3 hours; mostly Patreon, for monthly post; one post each to Instagram and Facebook Writer page. Stretch goal; good early progress.


  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. This may include marketing; social media; website development; financial matters; direct sales; labeling; and anything else that I can do to make this a success. Primary goal.

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article byAngela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 33% complete; working through Exercise #1; one point a day. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; some early progress.

Tending goals:

  • Unschooltending: Draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans), due Friday, August 4, and draft fourth quarter reports (due September 15), since those are easier to do in conjunction with each other; submit Lise’s test results, which got lost in the hustle. Drafted Lise’s English Language Skills for fourth quarter reports; section 1/14. Looked up World Book Typical Course of Study for Grade 8, then copied and categorized items to draft objectives. It’s a start; this will be a major focus until completed.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 1/3 hometending sprints complete.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Carrying over from last month’s busy-ness. This month will be better for selfcare; I’m important, too! Activity 1/5; Strenuous: 20 minutes/2 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. I’ve had these on my docket a lot longer than intended. Time to change that.

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  1. Wow! Your lists are so inspiring! That’s a lot going on. Also, the picture in there under “drafting” just makes my heart happy!

    Good idea on having some downtime after the times of intensity. Good luck on all of this!

    • It’s my hand, for Gwen’s Selfie Challenge. Didn’t make it through, but I had fun as long as I could focus on it, and I love at least two of the selfies I took – this is one!

    • Forgot to mention that I like having lots to choose from – and the downtime is needed. Even so, I’ve still got scads of reporting to do, and we’re growing a business from the ground up, so….heading out in a half hour or so for a creative business event. Don’t know exactly what to expect – sales, networking, or some of both – but it seems like a good place for us to be for a couple of hours this evening.

  2. Yay on the goals and having fun! I haven’t thought too much about my September story a day, but I’m thinking at least most of them will feature a certain two boys(but you can guess who they are;))

    • Honestly, I have no idea! Really honestly, I’m a terrible liar when I’m not telling stories! And, by the way, HOORAY! I love those two boys! I’ll trade you some epic fantasy and TnT….deal? =D

  3. I agree with you on needing a gathering time between creative runs. It’s really important to give ourselve a chance to regroup.

    I also like the idea of home and yard tending sprints. I’m going to try those out.

    Good luck on your goals!!! 🙂

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