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HI!!!

How is everyone?

Life got crazy there for a bit. I’m back, though, hopefully consistently.

I’m jumping right in where I left off.

Much love to our gracious hostess, Emily Witt.

Math: last two digits of the year – first digit of the year = 16 – 2 = 14 paragraphs (under 400 words)

Character descriptions:

Arvid 5’6″, dark copper skin, long brown hair, brown eyes, gymnast’s build.

Taiamuk 6’3″, long red hair, gray eyes, a multitude of freckles, numerous scars, muscles a la young Jackie Chan. Notable scars include three stab wounds on his right side and a long, horizontal gash across his chest.

Tikaleam 5’4ish”, ankle-length, red hair that’s a couple shades lighter than Tai’s and worn in two long braids, rosy cheeks but no freckles, bluish-gray eyes.

Zedeleam 5’5ish”, ankle-length, rich brown hair, also in two long braids, blue eyes, voluptuous hourglass figure, perpetually has the come hither in her eye.

Chishemuk 5’11ish”, long light brown hair, light brown eyes, clearly strong but with a touch of padding.

Necessary Context

  • Tai has just brought Arvid home to meet the family.
  • The women on Tai’s arms are Tikaleam (his sister) and Zedeleam (his ex).
  • Very rough drafty.
  • Chishemuk is currently escorting Arvid. He took advantage of her flimsy command of his language to sneak a double entendre into the conversation.
  • Tai POV.

He looked over his shoulder. As he expected, Chishemuk put his mouth close to Arvid’s ear, almost touching, to whisper something. Arvid’s features remained immobile, betraying none of the disgust she must feel. Right? She disliked Chishemuk’s attention. Didn’t she?

He searched his old list of polite excuses, something to free him from Tikaleam and especially Zedeleam. Nothing brilliant or suave came to mind, not a single bit of pretty nonsense. One practical reason, however, marched to the forefront of his mind like an overzealous patrolman.

“Father?”

Father smiled at him. “Yes, Son?”

“My Lady Arvid and I left the Petsuchos only four days ago, and we traveled on foot.”

Mother gasped. “Taiamuk! You don’t mean you forced that poor girl to keep up that grueling pace.”

Tikaleam slapped his arm, not hard. “Cad.”

“Hmm.” Father’s brows drew together as he studied Arvid. “She doesn’t look tired.”

Taiamuk caught his step-mother’s eye and flicked his gaze toward Father. She caught the hint. “Nonsense. She’s merely being polite. Hold the feast for a day or two, my king. Allow Taiamuk and his guest to recover. I’ll call a servant to see her to a room.”

Chishemuk ran his fingertips up the inside of Arvid’s forearm. Casual smile in place, Taiamuk eased away from Tikaleam and Zedeleam. “Allow me to see to it, as I brought her here.”

He gave them no time to answer. Three long strides put him on Arvid’s right. “Ayrvid, you are tired?”

Three heartbeats passed before she answered. “Yes.”

He understood. The long walk amounted to nothing compared to the crowd of people and the disappointment she felt in failing to greet his father. “Come.” Careful to avoid hurting her, he lifted the hand of her lamed arm and slipped it into the crook of his elbow. He held his smile, but he looked a warning at Chishemuk. “Good night, Chishemuk.”

Chishemuk quirked his brows, then, with a knowing smile, stepped away from Arvid. “Good night, Taiamuk.” He inclined his head toward Arvid. “Ambassador.” His eyes dipped to her weapon belt. When they met Tai’s, they glistened with mischief. “Sleep well, Your Highness.”

I don’t have a picture for this week, but if you have the time, here’s a funny video.

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  1. Post a snippet of your WIP that relates to the date
  2. Thank Emily Witt
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  4. Enjoy good writing
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#ROW80 Check-in 08-28-16

ROW80LogocopyGOAL PROGRESS

Color Coding Key

  • Red – Not started.
  • Pink – In progress.
  • Green – Ongoing goal completed for the check-in/week/month.
  • Aqua with strike out – Goal reached.
  • Yellow – New goal.
  • Plain text with strike out followed by Orange – Goal altered.
  • Gray – Goal dropped. (Hopefully there won’t be any of these.)

 

Happy Sunday!

I didn’t check in Wednesday as Sunday-Tuesday were super busy, with my dad and step-mom leaving Monday afternoon and my Cali bestie and her two little ones arriving Monday evening. Wednesday I went to the Thousand Foot Krutch concert at the state fair and GOT TO MEET THE BAND!!! 😀 😀 😀 All very polite gentlemen. And there were various outings and such in there, too. 😀

 

Blogging

school_research

I will…

  • participate in Mirth and Music Monday 3+ times per month, because my buddy Rose D’Andrea has been awesome to keep it going and I want to show her support. Nope.
  • participate in WIPpet Wednesday (hosted by Emily Witt) 1+ times per month, because I want to support my WIPpeteer buddies with encouragement and take advantage of the opportunity to be encouraged. Nope.
  • post 1 flash fiction or random article per month, because sharing my flash fiction was my original purpose for this blog and people seem to like hearing my thoughts on whateverness, be it Alaska or grammar or what-not. Drafted and sent to a couple betas. Might not get posted this month, though, because family visits.
  • post 1+ interview per quarter, because I want to support my fellow authors. If it ain’t happened by now, it ain’t gonna happen this quarter. Oh, well. Maybe next quarter.
  • encourage 2 other ROW80ers per check-in, because others need encouragement, too. Done for 08/28, skipped 08/31.

 

Community

line

I will…

  • sign up to be a Nanowrimo ML, because our current Fearless Leader needs a little break. ‘Tis officially official. I am Anchorage’s newest ML. Our Fearless Leader passed off all the supplies she had. Now I just have to do the work. 😛

 

Family

friends_mothers_day

I will…

  • test run our schooling schedule so I can make necessary changes before the school year is in full swing.
  • take my children on 1+ outing per week, because we need to get out while it’s warm. Cuddy Family park, Portage Glacier, Potter’s Marsh, Eagler River Nature Center, and Kincaid park.
  • create and post routine charts, because my special needs kids are greatly helped by the visual cues. Designed and ready for printing. Still need to buy ink.
  • use Chore Wars and Chore Monster 3+ times a week to help my children develop good habits.

 

Health

occupations_gymnast

I will…

  • walk every day, because my body gets angry at me if I don’t move it. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sometimes of the intense kind (for example, pushing a stroller with a 4 yo in it 1/2 mile up steep hills.)
  • stretch every day, because flexibility is the physical attribute I am most likely to be able to prevent the loss or deterioration of as I age. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • perform 15+ dead bugs per abdominal grouping (60+ total), 3+ times per week, because improving my core strength will improve my posture and metabolism. Nope.
  • perform 2+ opposing and 2+ same-side modified supermans, 3+ times per week, because improving my core strength will improve my posture and metabolism. Nope.

 

Homemaking

occupations_painters

I will…

  • add 100 stars to the half-bath, because it’s a tiny room that needs something extra special to compensate for the limited space.
  • paint the living room and kitchen ceilings, because I want blue overhead year round.
  • label everything I can think of, because I’m tired of being the only one who knows where to put things. 3 cupboards done.
  • tether items I need to be able to find (hairbrushes, scissors) so I can find them. Nope.

 

Reading

la_readingcomprehension

I will…

  • read 1 book club book per month, because it will challenge me to read books I might not otherwise have considered and give me the opportunity to discuss them with others. Nope.
  • read 1 non-fiction book per quarter, because learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, teaching, and so on gives me inspiration and wisdom for being the best I can be for my family. Reread two favorites: If I’m Diapering a Watermelon, Where’d I Put the Baby?  and How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and Onto Learning, both by Carol Barnier.
  • read 1 book or 12 articles on writing or marketing per quarter, because writing is my chosen profession and I want to be one of the best. Perused, read, watched, listened to at least 12 informational pieces.
  • read 1 beta book per quarter, because I can’t expect others to help me if I don’t help them. It’s also lots of fun to get sneak peeks and have the satisfaction of knowing I helped someone improve their writing. Done.
  • read 1 just-for-fun book per quarter, because reading is my escape and I don’t want to burn out on it with obligatory books. Calling it done. I didn’t read any single book, but I probably read a book’s worth of excerpts.

 

Writing

la_creativewriting

I will…

  • replan the Hidden Bloodlines series to see if something clicks this time.
  • write or edit 3000+ words a week, preferably as 500+ words 6 days per week, because even words I can never show the world are better than no words at all. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • draft my contribution for the non-fiction project I am part of, because I like a lot of time for editing and don’t want to end up rushing to get it done because the deadline sneaked up on me. Fully outlined.
  • send out 1 newsletter per quarter, because having a newsletter is pointless if it just sits there. Done for this quarter.

 

Thanks Rose

Many thanks to Kait Nolan for hosting ROW-80, Shan Jeniah Burton for encouraging me to join in, and to all the sponsors who help us along the way. To join, visit this page for details.

Some pictures from our salmon viewing walk. Sorry the quality is not very good on all of them. I’m sure there’s some way to make Beloved’s phone camera do nifty things, but I’m not that smart phone literate. (It’s a dumb smart phone, anyway.)

Fireweed fluff

Portage Glacier. This is fireweed gone to seed. The fluff is very soft. Reader and I speculated about whether it could be spun and woven, like cotton or flax, but as no one I know of has done so, I suppose not. It’s great fun to play with. We got a snow globe going and the kids ran around in the fluff. I might still have some in my hair.

Mating trio

Portage Glacier. The three salmon facing downward are what I’ve dubbed a mating trio. After seeing the salmon doing their thing, I need to research this a bit. There were several trios. The one in the middle is the female. The graying one is the male who was doing the sperm thing. The one in back is, presumably, a competitor or waiting his turn. Most of the time he stayed behind the couple just watching, but every now and then he’d swim forward and attack the graying male. If another fish approached, like that one on the left, he’d drive it away from the mating pair. It was interesting.

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Thousand Foot Krutch. Three gentlemanly gentlemen.

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Thousand Foot Krutch. And the fourth gentlemanly gentleman.

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Kincaid. Kincaid is an enormous park. It is so large, it not only houses moose (common everywhere) and bears (to be found in many of the larger parks and more woodsy boroughs), it is home to the only pack of wolves within city limits.

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Kincaid. One of many, many little side trails bikers like to use in summer and skiers like to use in winter.

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Kincaid. If you know which trail to take, you can get to a beach with sand. For 30 yards or so out, these mud flats are firm enough to walk on. (It feels like walking in butter.)

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Potter’s Marsh. One of our favorite places to visit. It was created on accident by the railroad company, but the wildlife took full advantage and thrived in it, so it’s now protected.

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Cuddy Family Park. It’s right outside the library, making it an ideal chill spot. (There’s a playground behind the camera somewhere.) That blue stuff is protecting a lake. I’m noooot sure why, but my guess is to keep the water fowl and people separate for a while.

 

#ROW80 Check-in 08-28-16

ROW80LogocopyGOAL PROGRESS

Color Coding Key

  • Red – Not started.
  • Pink – In progress.
  • Green – Ongoing goal completed for the check-in/week/month.
  • Aqua with strike out – Goal reached.
  • Yellow – New goal.
  • Plain text with strike out followed by Orange – Goal altered.
  • Gray – Goal dropped. (Hopefully there won’t be any of these.)

 

Happy Sunday!

We had a nice week. My busy got turned up with bunches of stuff…

  • I’ve been babysitting (& training Artist to babysit) a 2 yo this week.
  • The current Nanowrimo ML passed off all the goodies she had from previous years for me to figure out.
  • The volunteer thing got amped up a little (in a good way).
  • A neighbor girl came over to ask if she could tutor my kids once a week, to use as volunteer credit for her honors program. (That last one may sound like taking stuff off my plate, but the day of the week will vary, so I have to have the house cleanish all the time, and I need to have the stuff ready for her to teach, so more prep.)

In the meantime, the family visits continue to happen. I’m getting this blog time in while my folks are off napping and taking a break from the radiant, ever-pulsing, sometimes-chaotic energy that is the essence of my children. Slowly, slowly, as Beloved gets into work again, we are sliding into a routine for ourselves. Hopefully, once all the visits are over, we’ll be ready to hit the proper school schedule hard. I’ve cut a bunch of goals this quarter, because they aren’t working with what else I have going. They’re not gone permanently, just on hold for a more practical time.

 

Blogging

school_research

I will…

  • participate in Mirth and Music Monday 3+ times per month, because my buddy Rose D’Andrea has been awesome to keep it going and I want to show her support. Thrice.
  • participate in WIPpet Wednesday (hosted by Emily Witt) 1+ times per month, because I want to support my WIPpeteer buddies with encouragement and take advantage of the opportunity to be encouraged. Done.
  • post 1 flash fiction or random article per month, because sharing my flash fiction was my original purpose for this blog and people seem to like hearing my thoughts on whateverness, be it Alaska or grammar or what-not. Drafted and sent to a couple betas. Might not get posted this month, though, because family visits.
  • post 1+ interview per quarter, because I want to support my fellow authors. If it ain’t happened by now, it ain’t gonna happen this quarter. Oh, well. Maybe next quarter.
  • encourage 2 other ROW80ers per check-in, because others need encouragement, too. Done for 08/24.

 

Community

line

I will…

  • sign up to be a Nanowrimo ML, because our current Fearless Leader needs a little break. Application being processed. Got bunches of stuff from Fearless Leader. Looking over All The Things.

 

Family

friends_mothers_day

I will…

  • test run our schooling schedule so I can make necessary changes before the school year is in full swing.
  • take my children on 1+ outing per week, because we need to get out while it’s warm. Westchester Lagoon with friend RBG and Cuddy Family Park (aka the duck pond or library park) with 2 yo.
  • create and post routine charts, because my special needs kids are greatly helped by the visual cues. Designed and ready for printing. Still need to buy ink.
  • use Chore Wars and Chore Monster 3+ times a week to help my children develop good habits. Not gonna happen until the routine is properly routiney.

 

Health

occupations_gymnast

I will…

  • walk every day, because my body gets angry at me if I don’t move it. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • stretch every day, because flexibility is the physical attribute I am most likely to be able to prevent the loss or deterioration of as I age. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • perform 15+ dead bugs per abdominal grouping (60+ total), 3+ times per week, because improving my core strength will improve my posture and metabolism. Nope.
  • perform 2+ opposing and 2+ same-side modified supermans, 3+ times per week, because improving my core strength will improve my posture and metabolism. Nope.

 

Homemaking

occupations_painters

I will…

  • add 100 stars to the half-bath, because it’s a tiny room that needs something extra special to compensate for the limited space.
  • paint the living room and kitchen ceilings, because I want blue overhead year round.
  • label everything I can think of, because I’m tired of being the only one who knows where to put things. 3 cupboards done.
  • tether items I need to be able to find (hairbrushes, scissors) so I can find them. Nope.

 

Reading

la_readingcomprehension

I will…

  • read 1 book club book per month, because it will challenge me to read books I might not otherwise have considered and give me the opportunity to discuss them with others. Our theme is off the shelf, so technically, I’m covering this one with my nonfiction reading (see below) this month.
  • read 1 non-fiction book per quarter, because learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, teaching, and so on gives me inspiration and wisdom for being the best I can be for my family. Reread two favorites: If I’m Diapering a Watermelon, Where’d I Put the Baby?  and How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and Onto Learning, both by Carol Barnier.
  • read 1 book or 12 articles on writing or marketing per quarter, because writing is my chosen profession and I want to be one of the best. Perused, read, watched, listened to at least 12 informational pieces.
  • read 1 beta book per quarter, because I can’t expect others to help me if I don’t help them. It’s also lots of fun to get sneak peeks and have the satisfaction of knowing I helped someone improve their writing. Done.
  • read 1 just-for-fun book per quarter, because reading is my escape and I don’t want to burn out on it with obligatory books. Calling it done. I didn’t read any single book, but I probably read a book’s worth of excerpts.

 

Writing

la_creativewriting

I will…

  • replan the Hidden Bloodlines series to see if something clicks this time.
  • write or edit 3000+ words a week, preferably as 500+ words 6 days per week, because even words I can never show the world are better than no words at all. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • draft my contribution for the non-fiction project I am part of, because I like a lot of time for editing and don’t want to end up rushing to get it done because the deadline sneaked up on me. Started planning.
  • send out 1 newsletter per quarter, because having a newsletter is pointless if it just sits there. Newsletter sent! So that’s done for this quarter.

 

Thanks Rose

Many thanks to Kait Nolan for hosting ROW-80, Shan Jeniah Burton for encouraging me to join in, and to all the sponsors who help us along the way. To join, visit this page for details.

Here’s something fun for you, if you have the time.

 

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