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A Nestful of Sleepy Excitement: December 8, 2014

Wanna ROW with us!

Did you miss me? I know, I know – I’m already a day late – I was writing!

It’s been quite a week, for me story-wise…it’s also been a largely nocturnal one, with a big storm, and some big news…

But I’ll say more about that on Wednesday – right now, I’m in a hurry to get back to my story….so I hope you’ll forgive my evasive tactic from my waitressing days – “Smile more; talk less.”

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Ahhh, the nocturnal life…

Target Attained:

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water; vegetables/fruits (veggie wrap; broccoli; celery; carrots; cucumbers; grape tomatoes).Grains (whole grain rice and bread); Greek yogurt; salads/smoothies (4 salads; 2 smoothies). Fish or seafood (salmon; crab, shrimp).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Will we get THIS kind of snow?

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Still very wrapped up in my story world, and running a bit behind with blogging…I’m playing this by ear, due to the story being alive and homeschool reports to write. Maybe in the next week…

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Slow progress, here, but progress is progress.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Wednesday: 4001 words.

  • Thursday: 7000 words + (forgot to chart).

  • Friday: 11,533 words!!! (all-time personal best!)

  • Saturday: 8,003 words.

  • Scene: 49/60

  • This was where most of my focus was, this session.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Complete the family room reset.

  • General cleaning/organizing.

Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • We have a kitchen counter! Who knew?!

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Organizing and sweeping.

Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is.

  • Sat in there with my pretty lights on…planning and dreaming.

Clean up files.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

  • Levels still fluctuating, depending on other projects. Under 100, on average. Debris cleared.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Added a trip to New Jersey.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete up to Geography; about 75% complete.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • The kids and I are preparing to visit our friends, the Woodmans.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • Our plans to attend the Saratoga Springs Victorian Street Walk didn’t happen…people were up all night Wednesday, and asleep most of Thursday. Other plans being considered…and, with a big storm predicted for Tuesday, they may involve snow.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (slivered almonds).

Looking back on the year past…this was early January.


Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • Queue one post each for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Create a potential sharing list for each feature (Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, blog hops, etc.)

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Draft a Rough Website Wish List.

  • Give some attention/publicity to my Second Serving Sunday blog hop in the making…

  • Start a list of favorite Unfettered posts, with links.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire,  and Perchance to Dream.

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Write rough ideas for all as-yet unwritten volumes in the Trueborn duology.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

  • Clean up all Desktop and Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

  • Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Complete my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

Artwork by Annalise, at age 7. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

6 thoughts on “A Nestful of Sleepy Excitement: December 8, 2014

    1. This story is so much more than I thought it would be, when I started. There are tragic moments, funny moments, and a slew of twisty moments, too…

      I’m really not that upset that my blog posting is a bit behind. There’s a long winter ahead; I’ll have lots of time to get caught up when the ebb tide comes…

      And we *still* have a kitchen counter! I was amazing to see how many people relate! =)

  1. Amazing word counts! that story will be finished soon with all your writing. Sounds like you are making headway with all your goals. Loved the “clean counter” – for me it’s my dining room table. have to clear it every time we have a special dinner. But that is my writing table.All the best!

    1. I’m not doing as well with the fitness ones, between NaNo, snow, and the dark coming on so swiftly. I do have some shoveling to do a bit later, though, so, although I never made it to the Y this week, I will at least get in another strenuous activity…

      Our table is a repository for STUFF – things the kids played with, outgrown items waiting to be rehomed, games systems, books, bits and pieces…
      At least those dinners are an incentive to clear thigs out semi-regularly! =)

  2. ‘We have a kitchen counter! Who knew?!’ This made me laugh. I actually have on my weekly chores to clean off the counter. All our mail, papers, other crap collects so I have to clean it at least weekly or things get lost.

    Sounds like you’re doing good. And 11k+!! Wow. My best day is 6k, I think. That’s amazing.

    1. Things can get very cluttered, here, too. Annalise looked at the expanse last night, and said, “What are we going to do with ALL THIS SPACE?”

      I’m rhapsodizing about my slow cooker, a new blender, her cupcake maker – and NOTHING else!

      It was a fantastic word say. I think it had something to so with a character who too longer to die than I thought she would, and my determination to get to that point before I slept…

      Still, it’s nice to know that I can do that. My average daily count is closer to 5k…higher than it was a few years back, when the kids were smaller.

      6K rocks! =D

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