Penultimate Growth: #ROW80 September 17, 2017

Hey there!

I’m writing to you today from the bank of the Erie Canal, where Chef Bluebeard and I are at the Waterford Harbor Farmer’s Market.

No sales so far; it seems to be a slow weekend. Waterford (the oldest incorporated village in the United States) is having its village-wide garage sale this weekend; people passing through seem to be moving slowly, and ambling more. We’ve had interest; it just hasn’t converted to sales yet.

It’s a beautiful day to be beside the water, though, and there’s good free wifi, conversation, and live music. Later, I’ll be heading back out to my weekly write-in at a Denny’s about 30 minutes from home, where I’ll chat and write by turns (we run 2o minute sprints through the evening).

It’s also the penultimate update of Round Three. I’ll have  my regular update on Wednesday, then a final tally for my Round Three goals on Thursday. Then, although Round Four won’t begin until October 2, I will continue posting on these goals through the end of September. As I’ve mentioned before, I will be making major changes to the way I set goals at that time. More on that aswe get closer…

So, what are you doing this #SundayFunday?


  • Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble  each day, to challenge prompts. Day 16/30 finished for both, Primary goal; COMPLETED for this week; on target for the month.

Snippet from You Have News:

“Are you going to tell it, or hoard it to yourself like you did that fur when you were seven sunrounds, and dragged it into the Great Hall, and would nay let any other touch it or take it from your jaws?”

“Nay – I will tell it. I want none of the flogging Mother gave me when I fell asleep with it.”

Snippet from The Hard Way:

Trip pokes at the flaky croissant, dips it in cherry jam – then puts it back on his plate, uneaten. He stares at the page on the PADD without really seeing it. The print swims; he still hasn’t slept.

  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). 3,459/ 3,333 words. Stretch goal EXCEEDED for this week!

Snippet from The Last House:

Drea promised herself she was going to stop on the way out and take a picture or two to remember them by, since tulips had a fleeting season.

She was tempted to do it now – but she was afraid that, if she lost her momentum, she wasn’t ever going to open the door and go inside.

And she needed to open that door.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. On-the-fly plotting ongoing. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Class: Spend 5 hours/week on this class, using my TnT fanfiction story, “On Any Tuesday Night.” 5/5 hours completed. Lesson 5/22:Conflict: 14/21 scene cards completed. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. ROW80 Midweek; WIPpet Wednesday; #8sunday, and #SoCS posted; #weekendcoffeeshare drafted. Primary goal; solid progress.

Snippet from My Name is T’Pol

“Human courtesies, Commander Tucker. My people’s customs differ -” She considered how to broach the topic of what he had offered, and what it meant among Vulcans, but that was a discussion which required a level of privacy the current circumstances wouldn’t accommodate.

“Was there supposed to be an end to that sentence – cause I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I wouldn’t want it reported to the High Command that I interrupted their chaperone before she was done preaching at me.”

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Visited 3 #weekendcoffeeshare, #SoCS, and all WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 bloggers; commented on each 4/60 visits complete; it’s a start. Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 16/15 hours; worked event/two markets, did a bit of market research; and worked on gift bucket prototypes. Primary goal ExCEEDED for this week.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Filmed videos #2 and#3. Still need editing. Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1.75/1.5 hours. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 7.76/8 hours, including Run 5K, swimming, and tai chi class (I really, really missed it!). Journal; 7/8; meditate 11/8. Very solid progress!

  • Lifetending: Reading: The 12 Week Year  by Brian P. Moran; and How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career, by James Scott Bell. Listening; Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling; and Welcome to Night Vale September podcasts; and The Star Trek Chronology Project Episodes 311: TNG: Relics to 320: DS9: Past Prologue. 12WY and #WTNV: 100%. HTWSSAUTTFYWC: 36%. Solid progress; on target for the month.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . Crit group: 1.6 /3 hours on Moon Murder Chapter 3; current obligation met. 3.25/3 hours on betas; Stained Blood: highlighted Chapter 2 for future commenting. Began comments on Spellfire’s Kiss, Chapter 3 completed and delivered; Chapter 4 highlighted for future commenting. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!

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  1. I love this line: “Are you going to tell it, or hoard it to yourself like you did that fur when you were seven sunrounds, and dragged it into the Great Hall, and would nay let any other touch it or take it from your jaws?” I love the worldbuilding, the freshness, the backstory sprinkled in there. Lovely, Shan!

    I suspect that sales will be slow at first, but once word of mouth begins, they’ll really take off.

    • Niaan is rather….um, formidable. And definitely untamed. I’ll be writing more of her story for NaNoWriMo. She’s been getting short shrift from me for the last couple of years, and I think she’s not that happy about it – she’s filling my head with a vengeance, these days!

      I’m glad that you like it.

      Sales are gradually trending upward. We’re making improvements – our new banner came today, and it looks even better than I thought it would! I’ve also come up with a way to start combining a bit of my writing career with the sauce sales (I had to let go of the boxes I was thinking in), and I’m excited about the shift to fall and pre-holiday festivals. I’ve also just about got all the components for gift buckets, and should be able to start offering those this weekend, or by next week at the latest!

      Jim also bought UPC codes, and once we start applying the labels with those incorporated, we can step up our efforts at placing our sauces in local independent businesses, such as specialty shops.

      And, once I’ve cleared a couple of other items off my docket, I’ll be looking into grants, because what we truly don;t want to do is take out a loan for the business. For now, though, we;ve

  2. I’m eager to learn how you’re going to change the goal-setting for ROW80. I also set my charts up by the week and track progress pretty closely, but most of the time my goals continually are just out of reach, and the list long enough so that sometimes first priority goals get lost in those second priority goals. Maybe you can write about this in the sponsor article? Your plotting image convinced me to print out that last chapter in my current wip. Thank you! And may you continue to prosper!

    • Beth, you read my mind! I actually am planning to write about the process for my sponsor post. =D

      The approach is The 12 Week Year, and it’s reshaped how I see the process. I tend to take on way too much, then fault myself when I can’t do it (although it’s more than three of me could easily accomplish!)

      I still may need a few rounds to fine-tune what I want to do vs. what I can do in a given time frame, but this approach seems like it’s going to help me get there considerably faster than I was progressing om my own. More, there’s a built-in evaluation process that will allow for more targeted course corrections as I go along.

      I’m so happy my little topic icons have inspired you! =D

      • Two ideas I’m working with to keep top priorities more visible are: LIST OF THREE: Highlight which 3 are my highest priorities for today! and LIST OF SIX: Before stopping work, what 6 tasks/actions would I like to accomplish tomorrow. Both seem to help me appreciate what I’m getting done — and keep most important deadlines/actions visible. Looking forward to your sponsor post! Have a great week.

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