Trying to Let a Snowflake Fractal into My Life

I have been hearing about “the Snowflake Method” of plotting a novel for years. Once I even dedicated a whole five minutes to trying a snowflake outline, but it didn’t work for me. (Five minutes is not what it takes to do this process! It takes that long to think about thinking about taking step one!)

I wanted to think that I could make up the novel as I was going along. I had heard that Isaac Asimov was a “seat-of-the-pants” outliner, so I assumed that that would work for me.

It didn’t. I go full speed for a little while, and then run out of story to tell. I didn’t know where I wanted to go.

I’m slowly working through this process to see if it works for me.

Review: Spirituality of the Cross Revised Edition

Spirituality of the Cross Revised Edition
Spirituality of the Cross Revised Edition by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I tend to reread this every few years. It’s worth my time to do so this regularly.

For starters, it is encouraging. It is so refreshing to reread how much effort GOD HIMSELF has put into our salvation, since the “to do list version of Christianity” is so popular.

It reminds me that “my neighbor” needs my help.

It invites me to revel in the treasures dispensed in GOD’S WORD preached and the Sacraments (God’s Word means visible).

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My RESOLUTIONS for the year…

Writing and Reading still go hand in hand, at least in my head. Reading is easier for me, unless I’m doing it with a specific purpose. That makes it easier for me to simplify things, I’m combining my multilayered lists into one simple one. It will combine reading and writing goals.

That doesn’t mean that making healthy life changes is an important. That doesn’t mean attitude adjustments are trivial. That doesn’t mean that focusing on how I relate to people doesn’t need my attention.

It simply means that I need the simplest and shortest list possible. Sometimes, I have the attention span of a squirrel on crack cocaine. These items will distract me enough!

  1. 8 Minutes daily (except Sunday) on the snowflake outline of the science fiction novel that I’ve been threatening to write since I was 10.
    1. MASTER Level: 3 sets
    2. ACCEPTABLE Level: 1 set
    3. STRUGGLING Level: try to figure out why I’m struggling
  2. 250 words daily (except Sunday) on other projects. Facebook, twitter, and email do not count. Blogging only counts one third of the time.
    1. MASTER Level: 3 sets
    2. ACCEPTABLE Level: 1 set
    3. Twitter and Facebook account, figure out why you’re struggling.
  3. My GOODREADS 2016 Reading Challenge (10 books for now, I can increase it)

 

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