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Month of Paradox…: My ROW80 July Goals for July 8, 2015

ROWing through the currents of July!

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

July, though – July is a month of a different character. Maybe the perfect place to begin, or maybe the worst month I could choose. But here it, my daughter is eleven years old. (Actually, tomorrow, but she and I have birthday-ing plans, so I’m prepping this on Tuesday morning).

On Monday, July 13, our second child would be twelve years old, if he hadn’t died at twelve days old, instead – an anniversary that happens to be four days before my forty-sixth birthday…

So much to reflect on, so many emotionally charged moments…there are gifts in grief, even if they’re not as obvious as the gift of joy.

Presents, and Presence….

And life.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Floral arrangement by Annalise; image by her loved mother! =)


Force of Nature, at the Oregon sand dunes, Florence, OR, Feb. 2015. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.


  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Tertiary focus for this round; good for the campground or breaks from more intense projects.
A girl with vision! At Aunt Jennifer’s, in Oregon. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. I‘ve got a great idea for my sponsor post, but nothing drafted yet.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule,  attend to comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. A secondary goal for July.
  • Share posts – mine, and others’: Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas… Stay tuned; this is a secondary goal for July.
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! I got a little helpful push when Laura Prepon repinned one of my Trip and T’Pol pins (of course I have a TnT board!). Turns out she’s got a really cool and extensive Trek board, which I am now following, and may have immersed myself in, rather than, you know, plotting a novel. Still, I get the goal completed for this week, so it’s all very logical. Really. =D
Nightmare Fairy – oooh, scary! Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 2/5; Hometending; weeding; planted beans and carrots.
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. This will be a tertiary brainstorming list, for this round.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. These are good ‘productive fillers’; secondary goal for July. Test has been submitted for scoring.
She likes dem apples! =D Saratoga Apples, Schuylerville, NY, October 2014. Image by Shan Jeniah Burton.


  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. This is a great group; time to give back! =) Two critique projects already queued and waiting…
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Tertiary goal for July.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Increasing the frequency and variety will provide me with more options, and help create a habit. 1/4 for this week.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. A tertiary filler project.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Walks and chats with both kids; chats and couples’ time with my Accomplice.
Rear view stroll along the Erie Canal. Tugboat Roundup, Waterford, NY, September 2014. Image by – well, you know!


  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 2/7 days, 1/3 with phone (23 minutes, but it was frugal with its measurements!).
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. At home practice will provide even more goodness, between, and count as meditation, besides. Due to travel, car sharing, and nocturnal tendencies; I haven’t been in three weeks.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Let this be your portal!


How much she’s grown, in just a year! How much sparkle added to our lives! What a lucky mom I am, to have had the chance to have so many amazing moments to capture that I could have put a hundred here, and still had favorites left over!




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!

8 thoughts on “Month of Paradox…: My ROW80 July Goals for July 8, 2015

    1. You’ll probably pass me soon – I’ve been partway through Future Tense for months, it seems. Life –

      I’m not crazy about “Precious Cargo” . LOVE the next four, though!

      I guess it’s safe to assume you’re enjoying it! =)

        1. I’m still in the same spot. Scrambling to get to par with my NaNo goal, since most of the first 11 days was spent drafting, and, in there was the girl’s birthday, and, just after I started drafting, we were up to the anniversary of Elijah’s birth. It’s been a bit of an up and down week. But I’m finding some balance now, and the words are adding up, and next month, I shift to revisions, and expect I’ll be watching myself some big chunks of Enterprise….

  1. Happy birthday to your daughter. Time has a funny way moving, good times tend to wink by fast. Life has its trials and tribulations.

    Best of luck to you in this round.

    1. we had a lovely day! And yes, those trials and tribulations do seem to chase each other’s tails, sometimes!

      May this round exceed your wildest expectations.

  2. Happy birthday to your daughter! And good luck with your move to Oregon. I’ll be curious to hear how you like it there. Hubby and I have toyed with the idea of moving there over the years. Not sure where we’ll end up yet. We’ve put down roots in Virginia, but there are so many places we want to see and experience.

    Good luck with this round and happy writing! I hope it’s a good month despite the sad memory of your son. Hugs.

    1. She had a lovely day (so did I!). Thrift store and used book store we’d never been to. Dinner at her favorite treat place, Professor Java’s where they made her a BLC (cukes, because she’s not currently a fan of tomatoes). an Italian soda (her first), and a cinnamon croissant, which was perfect because it ties in with the American Girl Doll, Grace, who joined our family as her birthday gift. We went to Claire’s, where she got some new makeup, and to the little toy-magic-novelty place, where she did what she’d been daring herself to do for three years, and bought a lollipop with a scorpion in it…

      As for Oregon – that’s where my Accomplice is from, and we’ve lived there before. I love it there.

      We had a family vacation there in February, and the kids fell in love, too. We’re hoping to get there and have a few years to spend with my Accomplice’s parents…they’re getting older, and have had some health concerns.

      Hugs are gratefully accepted. I try to just get through the month, bit by bit. Eventually, it will be over, and the only big thing in August is our wedding anniversary, and that’s a happy day.

      May your writing be prolific and profoundly rewarding!

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