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Basic, Busy Row- ROW80 Update 9/17/12

I am exhausted…I’ve moved over a cord of firewood today, and I ache everywhere, in a good way…this will be a basic update…

Color code key:
Current round goals
Current goals that have been modified for this round.

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:
End of Year Narrative for Lise (due Sept. 1).
I have collected the copy I made at the time the original was signed, and my jpg. File of the signature page.
I will be sending these to the district via email, as the superintendent is claiming that they did not received the hard copy we mailed on August 30.

Standardized Test for Miah (due Sept.1).
I have checked the law regarding the district’s demands to have the complete results of Jeremiah’s PASS test ; it is murky.
I believe I will send the full results, with a disclaimer that I did so because I chose to honor his request, rather than due to any legal obligation to do so.
Since Jeremiah did well on the test, that may resonate as a willingness to get along on my part, which I am hoping I can parlay into a better relatioship with this individual than I have enjoyed in past years.

IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
The IHIPs have been revised, and links added.
I will let them rest a bit, and then look each over one more time before submitting them to the district.

Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
I have gone through a large buildup of paper projects – some as much as six years old! – sorted, and photographed them, recycling most of the originals, but saving out a few special pieces I knew the kids would want back.
I am beginning to get a sense of how I want the portfolios to be – categorized into something roughly chronological, and roughly by “school subject” – but am still a long way from a finalized anything…although there are pictures I can show, if need be.

Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!
Oh, yes…there has been the chaos, conflict and disequilibrium of another round of rapid cognitive and physical growth. I am remaining as calm as I am able,through it, breathing, and giving myself time and permission to disengage for a few minutes (not ignore them, but make physical room for emotional disentanglement with the issue to take hold) when someone is being unkind or unreasonable – and yes, sometimes that someone is me….
We have also had some fine and wonderful moments of connection. Those make the tumultuous moments a lot more bearable, and give us a solid foundation of connection and respect to rely on, when things get emotionally stormy.

Reading:
Continue reading books as interest and energy levels allow – this works better during periods of gathering input than in periods of intense output or times of processing.
I have continued reading The Dark Mirror. I am on page 93 of 573.

Continue reading and commenting on blogposts and articles, during times of gathering input..
I read several articles and posts this week:
A Poem and Row80 Check-in (commented)
Never Leave a Child Alone During a Meltdown
Write to the Finish Line
Ideal Features in a Fantasy ebook (commented)
Words, Words, Words (commented)

Other Writing:
Write at 750 Words every day, with possible hiatuses for Unschoolers Rock the Campground (July 12-16); Learn Nothing Day (July 24); Northeast Unschooling Conference (August 23-7; and kids’ birthdays (July 8, September 2).On my birthday (July 29), I WRITE!!!
I have written every day since the last update.
I have roughly made up the words for the day I missed last week.

Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.
I am still using this space for playing my way through my Camp NaNo WIP, To Be Or Not To Be.

Blogging/Connecting:
The Unfettered Life:
Focus on using this blog to keep copies of reports, activities, events, and my ponderings on the unschooling facets of our lives.
I have decided to focus on setting up a Portfolio section – with perhaps the current year’s IHIP by subject, with notes of relevant activities for each, and updated each quarter, or roughly so.
If I develop this as I am imagining, it should make writing the quarterly reports a more streamlined, less intrusive, and far less energy-intensive endeavor – and it will give the added bonus of perhaps many new blogposts and memories preserved.

Begin considering a (slightly) more structured organizational system for this blog.
The system I am considering – well, a netlike structure, really – is partially listed above.
I also have ideas for the sidebar and category tags – once the support structure is in place, all posts will be recategorized to tie into that structure.
I have given some thought to overhauling my blogroll – it’s been a looong time since I really looked at it!

Begin using this blog in a way that really supports documenting, so that it does double duty as a personal tool for me in the way it once did, only better.
My ideas on how to begin moving toward this goal are detailed above.
I have not yet implemented any of these ideas.

Organizing/Tootling my Horn…
Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
I am on page 28 of 140 of my October/November 1999 Writing Practice Notebook.
I am not likely to finish this notebook – I am considering adapting this goal to simply include working on a notebook, in each round, rather than attempting to finish one each round. So much depends upon the flow of life…

Continue sorting and filing files on laptop.
Although I set this goal aside, I wanted to mention that I cleaned up my hard drive and defragmented this week. Happily, I still have 72% of my memory clear!

Continue reading marketing and ebook publishing sites and articles.
I read one ebook -related blogpost, listed above.

Draft a loose Mission Statement to guide me through the rest of the ROWnd, and carry me forward into the next.
I reviewed the Mission Statement I wrote on my birthday. I still really like it, and feel that it says just what I feel.
I have posted it on it own page, My Prime Directives.
I will access it often, test my projects, goals, and works against this standard.
I will use it and adapt as I feel a need to adjust.

Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
Again, I have kept the message number to under 75 – still deleting more than I am reading, as I have been busy with other projects.
I will save any major sorting and purging until a more apt time, when I can give my focus to it.

Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
I have been commenting and sharing – mostly in Facebook groups, but, still, in a daring and opening way.
It has indeed been a bit uncomfortable…but in a good way.

Celebrating Life!
Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
More hometending. With the transistion to fall and the attendant shift of our life to a more indoor-oriented phase as we move toward winter, I have been spending considerably more time cleaning and organizing.
We have no attic or basement, so pretty much everything we need to get out of the way ends up in the garage or the enclosed front porch…and both were in complete disarray.
I have made a small improvement in each of these areas, with more focus on the garage, so that we could bring in and stack a good deal of the firewood we had waiting outside, so that it will not get soaked in the rain expected to arrive within the next few hours.
I spent nearly two hours moving firewood, in five minute stints, because my tricky back won’t allow more. I am sore in that way of hard, real work. My knee caused no trouble at all!

Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
Disequilibrium abounds, but we are managing.

Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
See above for external details.
I cleaned and organized some key areas of my bedroom, which has me feeling lighter and freer as Round 4 approaches.
My internal spaces are busy, but moving toward deeper clarity.

Embrace and be present in all my moments.
Doing fairly well at this, and getting better.

Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
Better this time than at the last check-in. The childrens’ rapid growth has offered me ample moments for practice.

Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)
Well – I am trying. It’s been a bit up and down. I am hormonal, and the kids are a-changin’, and there’s lots to do…..there have been some sweet moments.

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days -2012, Challenges and Contests, ROWnd #3

Missing Margot – ROW80 Update for September 13, 2012

Please feel free to share tributes to animal friends in the comments.

It’s been an eventful few days, here. Sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning, Margot the Manx died, in the backyard she had so loved in the summer months. She was a part of our family for a little over six years – it was hard to find her there, as though she wanted to get into the bushes at the edge of our yard.

Our lives are a little emptier, the last few days, and our hearts heavy. It’s hard to explain just what a presence Margot brought to our family. She was a quiet cat, a consummate huntress, and a friendly companion who was sociable without being at all cloying.

Margot, where she didn’t belong, in 2009. I didn’t move her, this time.

We adopted her through Freecycle, when Annalise was not quite two. She was a day away from being taken to the shelter, after having been bounced around through several homes in the two or so years she had been alive.

For the first several months, we were often convinced that she had disappeared. She would tuck herself in the cupboard, behind the pans, or tight up under a dresser, and remain there, it seemed, for days. Even once she was sure she would not be harmed with us, she came and went silently.

In the summer months, she was seldom inside. She would stay outside, hunting and lying in the shady place under the bush outside the bathroom. If I spoke to her, she would come closer, and meow at me.

She wasn’t fond of being picked up, and yet, when I would carry her inside (she used the dog door, often, but other times, her disdain of Corki’s exuberance prompted me to offer her a welcome lift to her corner in my office), she would always purr. The last time I held her, three days before she died, she purred – more weakly than she had, but still a sound that said that I mattered to her.

Margot making herself at home on my project table….Winter 2012.

Often, she would sit on the table by my work desk, just watching and purring. A few words, and a scratch or two, were all she asked for.

Jeremiah says that, when he was smaller and feeling really sad, she would come to him and help him to feel better.

Annalise had really built a strong bond with Margot, these last few months.

Even Jim, not by nature a cat lover, but more a cat tolerator, is missing Margot’s easy, soft presence in our lives.

Needless to say, I didn’t accomplish as much as I had intended, these last few days. Here, though, is the accounting of what I did manage…

Margot (the little one) and Shakespeare (the big one) in 2008ish. They weren’t freindly with one another, but they could be civil – at least sometimes.

Current Progress Toward Revised ROWnd 3 Goals – September 13, 2012

 

 

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

 

  • End of Year Narrative for Lise (due Sept. 1).
  • I mailed this from the local post office on August 30. Yesterday, I received a letter from the district superintendent in charge of administering our paperwork. The letter was dated September, 7, and stated that he had not yet received Annalise’s End-of Year Assessment.
  • I will email the facsimile copy I retained, which should settle this issue.

 

  • Standardized Test for Miah (due Sept.1).
  • In the same correspondence mentioned above, the superintendent (who has been quite difficult to interact with) stated that the copy of the Jeremiah’s composite score, which was submitted on September 1, was not sufficient. He is demanding the complete results of the test.
  • Due to repeated demands on his part for things that he has no right, under state homeschooling law, to require, I spent some time researching this, as the law itself is somewhat vague on the matter.
  • I finally posted on the NYHEN Support list, and received the answer that, as only the composite score is used to determine the sufficiency of our program, that is the only score I am required to submit.
  • I will be drafting an email to that effect, to send with Annalise’s EOY facsimile.
  • While I do not wish it, I suspect that there will be further resistance and demands from the district, and I am prepared to deal with any that may crop up,

 

  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • I received the packet the school district was required to send. It includes confirmation that they received our letters of intent to homeschool, (totally useless to us) IHIP forms, and a copy of Section 100.10 of state education law (the part that pertains to homeschooling).
  • This packet is over two months overdue, and I now have until October 12 to complete my editing of the IHIPs, and submit them.
  • I have completed the editing of the English Language Arts, Arithmetic, and Sciences sections for both children, and am currently in the midst of their Social Sciences sections.

 

  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!
  • It’s been a tumultuous time for us. We are adjusting to life without Margot, and moving toward adopting a pair of kittens. Both children are in periods of high cognitive and physical growth.
  • I am doing my best to continue breathing, to create open spaces for both grief and joy, and to ride the waves of change once more.
  • As always in these times, some moments are better than others. And, also as always, every moment is a chance to do better.

 

Reading:

  • Continue reading books as interest and energy levels allow – this works better during periods of gathering input than in periods of intense output or times of processing.
  • I have begun The Dark Mirror, and am enjoying a leisurely, wander through ancient Scotland, accompanied by druids and fey people,
  • It feels good to be reading for sheer pleasure, as opposed to the pleasant-but-mostly-for-research reading I have done over most of the last two months.
  • I am on page 80 of 573.

     

  • Continue reading and commenting on blogposts and articles, during times of gathering input..
  • I read and commented on one blogpost this week:
  • Pinfeathers

 

Other Writing: 

  • Write at 750 Words every day, with possible hiatuses for Unschoolers Rock the Campground (July 12-16); Learn Nothing Day (July 24); Northeast Unschooling Conference (August 23-7; and kids’ birthdays (July 8, September 2).On my birthday (July 29), I WRITE!!!
  • I forgot to write on Wednesday. It was in my mind, somewhere around 7:30pm – and then, I got busy looking at potential kittens, working on the kids’ IHIPs, researching the superintendent’s demands, and being with my family. It was 12:30am when I remembered – too late to do anything about the mix, but I intend, as I have before, to “double up” another day’s words, with a goal of 1500, to compensate.
  • Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.
  • I am continuing to use this space for my NaNo novel – but I sense that either a run to the conclusion, or else a break from it to spend some time with other things, is in the offing.
  • If I have not completed the draft by the end of this round, I do intend to break from it until the next round starts…there are ideas simmering and weaving in my mind, and, soon, they will need the space and attention to be born….

 

  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn…

 

  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • I have managed to keep my messages somewhere in the 50 to 75 range, for the most part.
  • I still am not really reading much, and have not winnowed any folders.

 

  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
  • I was considering writing a flash fiction piece for the Story Dam Wednesday writing prompt.
  • Between Margot’s death on Tuesday, and the receipt of the communication from the school on Wednesday, it slipped my mind, and I did not remember it until today.
  • I still may write and share something, at a later point, because I loved the prompt and could feel a story building there…
  • At this point, though, even the thought or inspiration to be daring feels like a breath of fresh air that I didn’t realize I was needing.
  • I intend to breathe deeply, and more often!

 

Celebrating Life!

  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • Annalise wanted to go to the Y and swim, so she and I had a Mommy-Daughter evening. We spent about 40 minutes in water play (a strenuous workout, for me, with lots of treading water, pulling, spinning, holding, and carrying my approximately 80 pound daughter on my back as I walked and jogged several times the length of the shallow end of the pool.
  • I also have done some mellow hometending.

 

  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • This was, understandably, an up and down thing, given the death of our beloved feline friend.
  • I have noticed, though, that both children seem to deal very well with death and sudden disappointments or upheavals, and I believe that the active desire to create peace and joy in all of our lives, and our matter-of-fact approach to death (more or less by default; Elijah died before Miah was two, and the year before Lise was born, so the permanence of death has pretty much always been a part of their living) has something to do with this..
  • We are actively working toward adding two kittens to our family. This will add pouncing, purring, baby joy into our lives, and help to ease the transition to a life without sweet Margot in it.
  • Jeremiah’s Rosetta Stone Japanese program came this week, and, today, the external DVD drive for our two Lenovo IdeaPads came today. Now, once we get him a new operating system, he will be all set to dive in, and fulfill a dream he’s had for several years.
  • Annalise and I had dinner and cafe drinks at Professor Java’s after our swim. We had a wonderful time, coloring and sharing my computer, and enjoying the ambience. Lise also got to explore an old rotary-dial telephone!

 

  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • A little of both….not much of either.

 

  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • Still practicing. Some success, some failures.

 

  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • I have allowed them to be as they are. I have not been calm in every moment, but I didn’t let the moments where I lost my calm stretch out any longer than necessary.

 

  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)
  • As well as I have been able, in the moments I have been able.

    Catnap, squared.

 

And so it goes….Margot has gone from this life, and we remain. There will be other cats, but there will not be another Margot – she was a unique individual, and she is irreplacable.

 

We will go on, and there will be joy, and sorrow….and that is life

 

Follow the other ROWers here…..

 

 

Giving her approval of my new office space, winter 2012.
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Autumnal ROW – ROW80 Update, 9/2/12

What transistions are happening in your life?

 

Autumn is a transitional time, here, by its nature. And so it is here, with major and minor upheavals. We need to replace Miah’s operating system for his new laptop.

 

We fear our beloved feline friend, Margot, has died – she seemed suddenly very thin and weak, and, although we thought we had her contained indoors, she managed to get outside, and we think she has gone off to do what country kitties do – die in private, simply vanishing from our lives.

 

We hope it isn’t so – Margot is possessed of a sweet and unobtrusive nature, and is a consummate mouser. Still, there has been some discussion about a potential pair of kittens, if she does not return…

 

We’ve been out in the changing air, and have turned off the air conditioners, flung wide the windows in the daylight, to go round a few hours later closing them against a distinct chill in the air – but the weatherman says that it will be hot again, soon…

 

Leaves are just beginning their colorful transformation, and I have heard several flocks of Canada geese caronking across the sky.

 

I’m beginning to think of firewood, and attending to the decluttering of our indoor spaces, which will soon be our focus…and all of us have begun to feel a renewed desire to prepare hot foods and drinks…

Both children are growing and maturing. Lise is suddenly very interested in her appearance, and is dressing with great attention to the fashionability of her choices. Miah spent quite a bit of time with snap circuit projects, and a Soul Card Club he is evolving a little each day. Both have had ideas on items they could sell at the Untrepreneaurial Fair at the Northeast Unschooling Conference next year.

I’m sure there will be more transitions and shifts as we move through this energetic season….for now, though, this is enough.

 

And now, for my ROW80 progress for September 10, 2012.

 

Goals have been modified for this round.

 

Essay WIPs:

 

  • Compile list for possible ebook collection (by theme; just brainstorming at present).
  • I have continued to go through The Unfettered Life; tagging posts that seem like likely candidates, and sending them to my Facebook Writer Page.
  • A rough idea of concept and topic headings is beginning to emerge as I move through this process.

     

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

 

  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • I am continuing to edit and add links.
  • I have done the English Language Arts and Arithmetic sections for both children.
  • We have yet to receive the packet the school was required to send 10 business days after receiving our letters of intent on June 26.

 

  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!
  • Yup!
  • Jim took both children to a bounce house, through a local mall, and to Pizza Hut for dinner.
  • I took them to Tugboat Roundup, where we ate carnival food and saw many tugs of various sizes; barges; the Onrust, New York’s first yacht; a paddlewheel riverboat; many breeds of dogs; and many craft and art products.
  • I am helping Jeremiah with a computer issue, and Annalise to pursue several arts and crafts projects.

     

Reading:

  • Continue reading and commenting on blogposts and articles, during times of gathering input..
  • I read several political articles, which I do not wish to share here.

 

Other Writing:

 

 

  • Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.
  • I have continued to work onTo Be or Not To Be my WIP novel.

 

Blogging/Connecting:

  • The Unfettered Life:
  • Begin considering a (slightly) more structured organizational system for this blog.
  • I have given this a little consideration, as I am currently reviewing posts for the essay project detailed above.
  • I am considering adding pages and corresponding category tags, which will separate reports and administration; philosophy; and day-to-day life.
  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn…
  • Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
  • I am currently on page 19 of 140.

     

  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • I am continuing to keep my incoming messages to somewhere close to 50 unread messages.
  • I am doing less well at reading emails, and have not read or winnowed anything from my folders.

 

  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
  • I have commented on one post, and have gotten into the thick of several debates on Facebook.
  • I am continuing on with my NaNo novel, as noted above.
  • I am considering joining the October NaPoWriMo Challenge.

     

  • Celebrating Life!
  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • I have been engaged mostly in hometending.
  • I began, in a very mellow way, a long-term deep cleaning and reorganization project in the garage. We need a place to keep our winter’s firewood (currently, most is sitting in front of the garage door, at the mercy of the weather), and Jim’s motorcycle, as well as having access to the garage for the projects Jim and the children enjoy outtering with there.
  • At Tugboat Roundup, we walked perhaps a couple of miles back and forth along the Erie Canal and the village of Waterford.

 

  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • Yes, to the best of my ability. I added an unexpected playground visit, said yest to some new treasures, explained the realities of our modest budget, helped resolve several conflicts peaceably, and assisted with problems, in addition to the hugs, snuggles, conversations, and time spent together, at home and elsewhere.
  • Considering that this was the first week of school in our area, and, instead of being there, Miah and Lise got to enjoy a variety of independent and group adventures, projects, and entertainments, I think there was quite a bit of joy here!

 

  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • Working a little on the external spaces.
  • More on the internal spaces- thoughts and emotions are coalescing into new revelations and further deepening. I like it. It’s good. =D

     

  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • Still getting better at this. I have a feeling it’s a lifelong ambition…

 

  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • I am doing fairly well at this. Still learning, still practicing riding the waves of my hormones and emotions.

 

  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)
  • Getting better at this – and there is always room for more kindness and sweetness!


So, we are hoping that Margot will return home, and that we can help her to grow strong and well again.

And we are going about the business of our lives, while keeping her in our thoughts and of course keeping our eyes open. We all know that our pets won’t live as long as we are likely to…and so there will be partings that to us seem to soon, but which came in the fulness of time.

We will try, if we do not see her again, to focus on the many sweet years we enjoyed with her, and that, with the exception of the last few frightening days, we have given her a good , free, and happy cat life.

If you’re so inclined, please think peaceful thoughts, say a prayer, or give your own non-human family members a little extra love and affection in honor of Margot the Manx – a truly cherished friend.

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days -2012, Challenges and Contests, ROWnd #3

ROWing, Flowing, and Clarity -ROW80 Update 9/6/12

Are you driven, or flowing?

At my last update, I mentioned that I would be adapting my goals.  Turns out that I felt the need to make some pretty significant changes, as my focus and energy level are very different than at the beginning of the round.
The driven feeling I had then has eased into a time of flowing with the inner muse that moves me.  Neither is better, or worse, but the shift means that I want to focus more deeply, on just a few of the goals I began with.  The others, I will set aside for future rounds, as I feel inspired to return to them.

So, the rest of this round, rather than being a rush to finish, will be a lingering, attentive revel with the things I most want to spend my time and energy with…

Revised Goals for ROW80 ROWnd 3, 2012

WIP Novels:

Color code key:

Current round goals

Current round completed goals

Goals being shifted to future rounds

Current goals that have been modified for this round.

Trueborn Series

  • Trueborn:
  • Reread current rough drafts from 1998-9ish and 2000.
  • Create story arc for rewrite.
  • Triage existing research.
  • Consider title change.
  • Blood and Breath:
  • Complete story arc (unless completed before the ROWnd starts).
  • Create a flash fiction piece for each story arc point.
  • Use Scrivener to compile into a pre-rough draft.
  • Consider creating a blog for this novel or perhaps for the series, with pages for each novel as it progresses… (I have created a blog, shanjeniah’s Treuborn Jottings, which will be a home for all the volumes in this series).
  • Chameleon’s Dish:
  • Finish inputting into Scrivener ( completed during break).
  • Compile a print copy for editing, page count, and to see what it looks like!
  • Go through each scene to edit, take notes, and list research questions.
  • Complete basic research based upon library books and websites; looking for information to enhance later digging and prevent hugely obvious gaffes).
  • Experiment with removing Tisira’s story as a YA novel, with a potential optional add-on of the fanfic elements….not sure how this will work, exactly, but I think it might be the best approach to have something marketable without sacrificing my vision.
  • Create a print copy of this experimental version, as well.
  • Watch and/or read Henry VIII – which is the play during which the Globe burned. Get cozy with it the way Nockatee and Henry would be.
  • Begin canvassing for beta readers for both versions…does not need to be the same group for both.

Flash Fiction WIPs:

  • Collect all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen files.
  • Complete/edit/rewrite where indicated.
  • Explore markets.
  • Begin compiling a list for possible ebook anthology.
  • Go through old story notebooks and old papers for source material.

Essay WIPs:

  • Collect all current pieces in my Writing Bullpen file.
  • Compile list for possible ebook collection (by theme; just brainstorming at present).
  • Complete/edit/rewrite as needed.
  • Research markets – BOLDLY GO!

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

  • Letters of Intent to Homeschool if not done (due July 1) – completed 6/26
  • Fourth Quarter reports for both children (due Sept. 1).
  • End of Year Narrative for Lise (due Sept. 1).
  • Standardized Test for Miah (due Sept.1).
  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!

Reading:

  • Continue reading books as interest and energy levels allow – this works better during periods of gathering input than in periods of intense output or times of processing.
  • Continue to Read  via my Kindle Cloud Reader, as a learning and experimenting process.
  • Continue reading from my To Be Read files during times of input gathering.
  • Continue reading and commenting on blogposts and articles, during times of gathering input..
  • Consider getting a pair of reading glasses for magnification purposes, and so my getting-older eyes can handle all my readin’ and writin’! (I bought a pair on June 29. Very helpful, although bifocal lenses would be more so – I get a little blurry looking through them unless reading, and I look up a lot!).

Other Writing:

  • Play with flash fiction pieces as the mood strikes; aim for two submittable stories each month.
  • Play with essay ideas as desired; aim for two submittable essays each month. 

Blogging/Connecting:

  • The Unfettered Life:
  • Focus on using this blog to keep copies of reports, activities, events, and my ponderings on the unschooling facets of our lives.
  • Begin considering a (slightly) more structured organizational system for this blog.
  • Begin using this blog in a way that really supports documenting, so that it does double duty as a personal tool for me in the way it once did, only better.
  •  shanjeniah:
  • Aim to focus weekly attention, non-ROW80 update material here. This may take the form of adding to my pages; creating new ones; other challenges, blog hops, etc; writing samples of various types; musings on writing and life; guest posts; photo essays; or whatever else seems relevant at the time.
  • Consider and perhaps experiment with creating a blog for the Trueborn series. (Started a blog on June 25) This could contain excerpts, bits of what I am working on (character sketches, research, flash fiction, story arcs; inspirational images and quotes, etc. Its purpose would be specifically to share the process of creating the series, from the beginning on….in a way, a window into m world and my mind as none of my other spaces are….I find myself very excited about the above idea….I am coming to see this series at last, after most of a lifetime of living with it, as a cohesive, lovely entity almost ready to emerge from its ancient chrysallis. I want to welcome its rebirth with a new home that embraces while allowing a wide, free space to span and soar. And, in so doing, maybe I will stretch and soar just a bit, myself!
  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn…
  • Continue inputting June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook, if not completed before ROWnd begins.
  • Mine June 2000 Writing Practice Notebook for usablepieces.
  • Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
  • Continue sorting and filing files on laptop.
  • Look into having external hard drive repaired, or at least getting the files from it.
  • Continue reading marketing and ebook publishing sites and articles.
  • Draft a loose Mission Statement to guide me through the rest of the ROWnd, and carry me forward into the next.
  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
  • Celebrating Life!
  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)

Current Progress Toward Revised ROWnd 3 Goals – September 6, 2012

Trueborn Series

  • Chameleon’s Dish: 
  • Complete basic research based upon library books and websites; looking for information to enhance later digging and prevent hugely obvious gaffes).
  • I completed Shakespeare’s England.
  • This goal has been attained.

Essay WIPs:

  • Compile list for possible ebook collection (by theme; just brainstorming at present).
  • I have been going through my unschooling/life blog, The Unfettered Life, and am posting those I want to consider further on my Facebook Writer Page.

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

  • IHIPs for both children (due four weeks after receipt of packet from school district).
  • I am still waiting, although the local district began classes this week, fro the packet the superintendent is required to send before we file our IHIPS.
  • Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
  • I continue to collect projects and photos for eventual compilation into portfolios.
  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!
  • Yup. We’ve been having a relaxing, processing time since NEUC ended. We’ve birthdayed, and some new projects (Snap circuits and quarter math and costume planning and computer glitches among them).

Reading:

  • Continue reading books as interest and energy levels allow – this works better during periods of gathering input than in periods of intense output or times of processing.
  • Continue to Read  via my Kindle Cloud Reader, as a learning and experimenting process.
  • I have finished Shakespeare’s England.
  • I am hoping to begin The Dark Mirror soon.

Other Writing:

  • Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.
  • I have used this space to continue writing the rough draft of my NaNo WIP, To Be Or Not to Be.

Blogging/Connecting:

  • The Unfettered Life:
  • Begin considering a (slightly) more structured organizational system for this blog.
  • I am considering this, because there seems to be very little structure, and there also seems to be several ongoing themes….
  • Organizing/Tootling my Horn… 
  • Choose a new notebook; input into Penzu.
  • I am on page 15 of 140. 
  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • I continue to keep my email mostly below 50 new messages in my Inbox.
  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
  • I became bold enough to begin reading and commenting on others’ blogs again. 
  • Celebrating Life!
  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • I have been less active, just lately, due to the recovery from the intensity of the conference and the testing.
  • Mostly, I have been hometending, and hanging at the playground with the kids.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • To the best of my ability, which is better in some moments than others.
  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • A little external improvement; more internal ponderings….
  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • I am doing well here, and continuing to become more present as changes present themselves.
  • I am feeling rather calm and still within; ripening and deepening.
  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • Overall, I feel I am doing well at this, although I still find myself in moments of reactivity. It’s easier to back more fully away from that ledge.
  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)
  • After a time of more outward, surface focus, I have begun to shift back to finding small ways to be kinder and sweeter.

In addition, here is an extra little treat…

 

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days -2012, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, ROWnd #3

ROW80 – ROWin’ Reunion!

And, how have you been?

No, this isn’t your imagination….although I have been nearly absent from ROW80 updating for the last several weeks, here I am, ready to make an accounting of myself…

While I was away, I was writing. I completed theCamp NaNoWriMo August challenge. I wrote the children’s reports.

I was reading, mostly my own very old drafts ofTrueborn, the novel I wrote in my late teens and early twenties, and where my original characters were born.

I was living – August contains my anniversary, and an unschooling conference that is the highlight of our summer travel and social season….

There was a trip to the state museum, and yesterday, September 2, was Jeremiah’s eleventh birthday, and the day was largely spent in celebrating him…

So I haven’t been here, visibly, but I have been busy and growing…

So now that most of the travel and reporting is behind me, it’s time to make an accounting of my last weeks….

Goals for ROW80 ROWnd 3, 2012

WIP Novels:

Trueborn Series

  • Trueborn:
  • Reread current rough drafts from 1998-9ish and 2000.
  • I have completed rereading the spiral-bound draft.
  • This goal has been attained. 
  • Chameleon’s Dish:
  • Complete basic research based upon library books and websites; looking for information to enhance later digging and prevent hugely obvious gaffes).
  • I continued to read Shakespeare’s England; which is the final book in my initial research run. I am currently on page 230 of 249.
  • To Be or Not to Be:
  • This is my August Camp NaNoWriMo project.
  • I verified my 75,088 word total on August 31, 2012.
  • Although the draft is wandering a bit at the moment and only about halfway written, I met the 50,000 word challenge in 10 days, which is AWESOME!!!

Homeschool Administration Ad Infinitum….:

  • Fourth Quarter reports for both children (due Sept. 1).
  • The rough drafts of both children’s reports are completed, and have been sent to the school district.
  • This goal has been attained.
  • End of Year Narrative for Lise (due Sept. 1).
  • I completed the base report at NEUC, and submitted it to a review panel of other unschooling parents.
  • Jim took the signed report to the post office on Thursday.
  • This goal has been attained.
  • Standardized Test for Miah (due Sept.1).
  • Jeremiah has completed his testing, and we have mailed it back to the testing energy for scoring.
  • We have received Jeremiah’s scores, and I have reported the composite percentage score to the school district.
  • This goal has been attained.
  • Begin setting up portfolios for both children – invite them to be a part of this process! =)
  • No system making lately, but I have been gathering materials and photographs of our activities.
  • Relax, enjoy, learn, grow, laugh, and … BREATHE!
  • There have been some tense moments during these busy weeks, but there has been far more of the above.
  • I feel that we are doing fairly well at meeting this goal, at this point.

Other Writing:

  • Write at 750 Words every day, with possible hiatuses for Unschoolers Rock the Campground (July 12-16); Learn Nothing Day (July 24); Northeast Unschooling Conference (August 23-7; and kids’ birthdays (July 8, September 2).On my birthday (July 29), I WRITE!!!
  • I have written every day, except three days of NEUC, when there was simply too much in my mind, and my life, to settle and write. 
  • Use 750 Words for whatever – flash pieces, essays, venting, ranting, reports, book reviews, etc.
  • I have used this space exclusively for my NaNo WIP throughout August.

Organizing/Tootling my Horn…

  • Set aside time each week to winnow email. Read items being saved for later reading, sort or dispose as indicated.
  • I have done a fairly good job of keeping the email down, but haven’t winnowed any folders during this busy month.
  • Be bold and daring in commenting, sharing, and submitting. Declare myself, learn, grow, and sometimes do things that make me uncomfortable. Open and blossom!
  • I’ve been working and wordsprinting through #ROW80 on Twitter, and through the August Camp NaNoWriMo Facebook page.
  • This was definitely stretching, for me!

Celebrating Life!:

  • Add some form of specific motion (t’ai chi, swimming, hiking, biking, skating, dancing, etc) to each week. Keep track of what, where, when, for how long, and how I felt during and after.
  • I have been moving – walking, swimming, stretchinh, and dancing, mostly – as well as some hometending and weeding.
  • I haven’t done as well at keeping track of times, but my knee is feeling much better, and I am noticing that my biceps and quadriceps, in particular, are feeling firmer, and my whole body is feeling more alive.
  • Fill us all up with joy, and continue cultivating family peace.
  • I’m doing much better at this, overall.
  • I am more relaxed, more of the time, and doing a better job of meeting my own needs, which helps me to have the resources to help others meet theirs, as well.
  • I have facilitated new acquisitions, trips, experiences, and connections for all of us.
  • We continue to learn how to deal with conflict through negotiation and compromise, and attending to each other.
  • Spend time cleaning and beautifying my personal internal and external spaces each week.
  • Less external than internal cleanup during these last, very busy weeks.
  • I am approaching another period of deeper clarity, and tending to the homeschool administration has allowed space for this awareness to grow.
  • Deeper clarity often comes through increased home and yardtending, for me, so I expect my external spaces may soon undergo a transformation…
  • Embrace and be present in all my moments.
  • Still working toward this one, by being present as often as I remember, and by breathing and releasing expectations.
  • Allow my emotions to be as they are. Practice expressing them calmly and reflectively.
  • I am, overall, getting better at this. I still have more reactive moments that I would prefer, but they are milder, more conscious and I am better able to regain control more quickly.
  • Tend kindly and sweetly to myself and others. =)
  • I am doing fairly well at this, and continuously striving to do better.

So, there is my accounting of my progress over the last several weeks.

What’s next?

Well, since I took on the unplanned NaNo Challenge, several other goals were set aside. There were several goals that weren’t really working for me, and there are others that became less important to me, during the last weeks…

So there will be some changes coming over the last days of this ROWnd. Some goals will be eliminated, others broken into smaller and more manageable pieces, and others reshaped into something that better meets my needs.

And I will continue with the goals I’ve been working on, and pick up some that have been waiting for a while….

And there will be writing, and growth, and joy….

I’m looking forward to peeking in one some of you here…it’s a blog hop!