Monthly Archives: October 2014

In Search of a Working Title

It’s another productive week here in Starcat land, and I’m very thankful. My NaNoWriMo novel outline is coming along great!

I’ve put quite a bit of time into it, and yesterday I got some input from a couple of beloveds. I’m still looking for a working title for the book. I think I only have a couple more hours of focused work on the outline, though, and I’ll be ready to go.

Well, I do have to type up all my notes and my outline, as my planning thus far has been on paper. I hope to get my laptop back this week (fingers crossed) so I’ll be able to use it for NaNoWriMo starting on Saturday. As I told BlackLion, I can write 2,000 words a day using pen and paper, but I prefer not to, as it adds the step of having to type it up at some point. Plus, it’s harder to do manual word counts. Heh heh.

My first blog post for the new inspirational women’s spirituality website, SoulFire Om, is up! I’m pretty pleased with it. I took the photo, too. The site’s founder, who is an online friend of mine, has posted several ideas for upcoming themes, so I’ve been jotting down ideas for my next contributions. That’s going well, and my own blogging is chugging along nicely, too.

I’ve also returned to my goal of creating a cozy work space for myself. Quester and I decided to give our bedroom a deep cleaning, and my desk space is fortunately part of that room. Motivation! I gathered a huge stack of Home Education magazines to donate to my homeschool co-op, sorted through a stack of recipe magazines (saving only the recipes I’m interested in), and did a bunch of filing. It’s getting there.

Progress is being made, fun is being had, and I’ll talk with you on the other side, in the magickal month of November. Good luck with all your goals!


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Late Autumn? Bring It On!

November is less than a week away. I think I’ll be ready.

Soccer season is done!!!  (this soccer Mom is rejoicing, yes.)  But somehow the weekend was hectic and busy, anyway. That’s okay. The upcoming week has less commitments, and I see lots of plotting and planning time in the cards for me.  That is my intention.

It helps that I’m in a very creative mode. I’m preparing for my winter hibernation, my retreat from the world into my creative cave. I read my horoscope for the next few months on a blog that one of my Facebook friends linked. I was delighted because it told me that I would be hunkering down in my home and being super creatively productive. Yes, I knew that already! I love it when synchronicities like that happen. Validation is nice.

So, I’m honing my NaNoWriMo outline and character sketches, I bought a new-to-me drum, and I’m practicing saying “no thank you” to added obligations. Late autumn? Bring it on!

P.S. A side note: I didn’t know until some recent mentions on the ROW80 pages that ROW80 was created to be the sort of non-NanNoWriMo alternative. I hope I didn’t inadvertently offend anyone by posting about NaNo a lot lately. I figure it’s okay, though, since my friend Shan Jeniah posts about NaNo often, and she’s a sponsor! Best wishes to all on your creative goals, whether or not you are doing NaNo!

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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

I’m excited to report that the words have been pouring out of me this week. I’m planning my NaNo novel, using the system in Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley, and it’s working wonderfully. I also drafted up one of my big guest blog posts, and I’m quite pleased with it so far.

It’s rainy here this week, and although things are still pretty busy for me, I’m stealing away every chance I get to figure out some more cool stuff for my novel. Since my laptop is at the computer doctor, I’m writing it all down longhand in a notebook. I love that. My creativity is flowing. I finished the zentangle I was working on in my art journal. I’m finding cool links on sacred geometry. I started listening to an amazing new podcast, Remarkably Human Radio, and it’s sparking all kinds of amazing ideas (check out episode 2 in particular).

I was a bit worried about doing NaNoWriMo on my own (my partner and I collaborated on a novel last year), but not anymore. I can do this. I can hardly wait until November begins!

In the meantime, I’m creating like crazy. And it’s so much fun!


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Life in Progress

I’m a day late with my ROW 80 update again; perhaps Mondays work better for me for posting with my updates. Either way, I’m going to post, rather than just shrug and mentally note that I missed it, which is what I was doing back in the summer. That’s progress, right? Right.

Mercury retrograde finally caught up with me, after not troubling me before now. I’m thankful for that. And today, well, computers and I aren’t really speaking the same language, if you know what I mean.

It’s okay.

It actually helps me toward one of my goals, which is “fix or replace my laptop.” It’s on its way to the computer doctor tomorrow morning, yay!


A zentangle in progress in my art journal.

My main focus this week has been on blogging, and that’s going well. I’m writing new material for my blog, and have two big guest posts in the works. I’m on track with my craft learning, keeping up with the Conquer Summit videos and trying some of the homework. Other creative pursuits I’ve been up to are zentangling, shown here as a page in progress in my art journal, and being inspired with ideas for my NaNo novel. I haven’t started my outline for that yet, but I’m plotting it in my head a bit first.

We went to the movies last night, the whole family, and saw “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It was fantastic! and inspired lots of new ideas.

I’ve noticed my energy lagging with the season and the moon, but I’m almost through this busy patch and soon will retreat to my cat cave to create, create create. So be it.

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Productivity Increases With Relaxation


A relaxing scene to help you focus.

It’s strange but true. My productivity on any given day seems to increase the more relaxed I can be. I guess it’s not so very odd. When I’m feeling stressed out, I’m not going to do good work. I’ll be rushing around and not focusing on what I’m doing.

This week I’ve been purposely relaxing, despite a long to-do list, and things are going along well. I finished reading Rock Your Plot and have been thinking about my NaNoWriMo novel some more. I wrote the book review of Shamanic Awakening today, as well as a post for my blog that I’m really pleased with.

Got in some good drum practice time, and caught up with the online course I’m taking, the Conquer Summit (it’s pretty cool, and no-cost – check it out if you’re the entrepreneurial type). Did some marketing-type stuff for Feline Dreamers, and some prep work (mostly reading) for a new website that I’ll be contributing to starting next week.

I guess that’s all for now.

Next month’s writing will only be my second novel, and the first one I’ve written by myself. But I’m feeling good about it, and glad I have some good resources to utilize.


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Taking Those Baby Steps

My check-in is a day late, but I wanted to keep on track this Round and make sure I do all my updates. I’m still in a busy season, which won’t really begin to subside until my teen son’s soccer season is done in a couple of weeks. Nonetheless, I’m continuing to take baby steps toward my goals.

This week I got back on track with blogging, and posted three times on my Starcat’s Corner website, which is my target. Woo hoo! I’m nearly halfway through reading Rock Your Plot, and I’ve been jotting down notes and indulging in daydreams about my NaNoWriMo novel. It’s percolating along in the background, and I’m pleased with the ideas that are developing thus far.

My daughter and I have been enjoying zentangling. We made a card for Quester’s birthday, and we both have pages in progress in our art journals. It’s a fun thing to do together.

I’ve also been taking time to be outdoors, go for walks, drum, and do other things that refresh my spirit. I’m feeling well overall.

Mini-goals for this week: finish my read-through of Rock Your Plot and begin doing the exercises. Write two guest blogs (one is a book review for which I’ve already read the book and made some notes), along with keeping up with my own blogs. And I want to keep up with exercising, too – hey, I’ve lost 8 pounds since I last checked! I’m pleased about that and want to keep up the good work.


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Refreshed and Ready to Roll

Hi everyone! How was your summer? I feel like I’ve been away on extended leave, or something. But now I’m getting swept up in the creative surge of energy I often get in the fall. I’m refreshed and ready to roll with some updated and new writing and creating goals for Round 4!

Here they are:

2014 Row 80 Round 4 Goals

De-clutter and organize my work spaces. Clean my upstairs desk, bookshelves, and filing cabinets. Create beautiful, inviting, and user-friendly working spaces. Fix or replace my laptop.

Focus on blogging. Post to my Starcat’s Corner blog at least 3 times per week, Feline Dreamers at least 1 time per week, and on this blog at least 2 times per week. Write, edit, and submit guest blog posts for SoulFire Om, Kind Over Matter, Facing North, and Moon Books. Start and keep a running list of blog post ideas, drafts, and picture ideas.

Continue my craft learning. Watch all videos and complete all assignments for the Conquer Summit online course. Read more about ethical marketing and promotion. Keep notes on ideas to use, and begin implementing them.

Plan for and complete NaNoWriMo 2014. In October, use Rock Your Plot to complete an outline and character sketches. In November, write 2,000 words per day (on average) and complete NaNoWriMo.

Make inspiring art. Practice zentangling. Make at least 3 new pages in my art journal. Create winter holiday cards. Take nature photographs to use on my websites and blog posts.

Expand my spiritual awareness and the integration of all aspects of my life. Get caught up on all the assigned exercises in Evolutionary Witchcraft (a book I’m working through with my Full Moon circle). Pay more attention to my dreams and intuitions.

Enjoy my life and go with the flow. Do things I love: write in my journal, do yoga, drum, dance, and express my gratitude. Eat well and exercise. Get outdoors on a regular basis.


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