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This and That: August 12, 2015

ROWin along in the deep calm waters…

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.

I’m settling into a more focused phase, after our travel and the resultant scattered putterings with this, that, and the other. I’ve mostly been tackling only one or two things at a time, but it does seem to be moving me further in the directions I want to go, so I’m happy, even if there’s considerably more red and green than blue, so far this week.

The forward progress will eventually add up, and then there will be a shifting over to that delightful blue of goals met…and, until then, things are moving along, and I’m satisfied…

How about you? Is it a this, that, and the other week, a focused one, or a down week where you just need to set your goals aside and do something completely different?

And now, my week so far….

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.


  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 80,231/~150,000 words drafted. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 87,500/~150,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. Nine stories imported; current word count:194,101. Next up: A-E paragraphs.


  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Highlighting done for all detailed notes. Next up: Break out highlighted notes and GMC scene outline to create the revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision. Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Re-visioned and rewrote 4 passafes from this 3 page, 1100 word short. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for Round Four yet. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Comments/visits moving along. ROW80 post a day late (Monday); otherwise up to date, minus one missing C and C post from last week… Next up: More comments/visits/posts, and pending file. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! Nothing this session. Next up: Up the ante!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. Nothing this session. Next up: Up the ante!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. A few more deleted. Next up: Aim for another session this week.


  • 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; fairly minimal. Next up: More.
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing yet. Next up: Get my toes wet!
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Did the research and drafted Annalise’s quarterly. excepting Attendance. Jeremiah’s quarterly about half drafted. Next up: More of the Paperwork Avalanche!
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!




  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 4/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week.Time with all, more planned.Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. In Her Shadow, by August McLaughlin. A great, suspenseful read! Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read two more books.


  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/7 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi. Next up: More, and greater intensity.
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. One class; 2/5 at home practice sessions. Next up: get to par!

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

Kait asked about back to school…well, our kids have never attended school, and have no plans to start this year – so here’s a pictorial answer of what our lives might contain this fall…


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 “This and That: August 12, 2015

  1. Wow, you are a busy bee. Sometimes it seems frustrating to have lots of in progress goals, but the check offs will come soon and your post will be filled with blue. Good luck from a ROW80 blog hopping friend.

    1. I do like to keep my mind occupied, and I’m learning to get my body in on the act, too..

      Honestly, I’m not so much frustrated by that sea of green – I’ve discovered that, for me, beginnings and endings are the trickiest, so I actually like having more things in the middle, just kind of humming along smoothly. That does end up coming to a tipping point, eventually, where many more things are getting finished, but the truth is that I intentionally set so many goals, and so many of them multi-step, so that I’ll always have more ‘in progress’ goals than those not started yet, or wrapped up – because that flow works better with my mind and my life.

      I need to come by and check on your Sterling pictures. The kids and I went last year, and I still haven’t processed them, but I’ve got some great ones from when they were 5 and almost 8, when we all went as a family. My son is hugely fond of the Crow’s Nest ride, and my daughter LOVES the period dress, the war horses, and the jousting! =)

    1. Because we’re year round, the ‘new year’ mostly entails a lot of paperwork, and the clearing out of places we want to go – we’re planning a trip to our state museum for after the school year starts – it gets a LOT less crowded then!

      I’ll also be happy when the back to school ads stop…weeks left till school starts here, but so many ads!

      Things are moving along for me, and hope they are for you, as well. =)

  2. Good luck with your upcoming move to Oregon. It sounds like a wonderful adventure! You’re making great progress on your goals (as usual). Congrats!

    Right now I’m trying to balance writing with unpacking/hometending for our new home and prepping for a course I’m going to teach in a few weeks. I’m going to have to find a way to balance my teaching responsibilities–lesson prep, grading, email correspondence with frantic students, etc.–with my own writing. I’m hoping I can find a way to teach and still maintain a decent writing routine. 🙂

    1. My husband’s family lives in Oregon, and he and I have lived there, before the children were born. and we went as a family last February.

      It will be a major change, and one we’re (mostly) looking forward to.

      I think I still may have a few unresolved emotional hurdles, though, because I seem to be resisting the act of actually making the list….

      Think I’ll take a few moments, right now, and write out the broad categories I can think of right now…

      Thanks, Denise! I now have a list of broad categories that took about five minutes to come up with – and now I’m a step further along that path…

      I hope that you will be able to find the blend of hometending/writing/teaching that works for you, day by day.

      If writing takes a back seat to the teaching at times, though, I’m guessing that it will be great future fodder, so there’s that.

      Best of luck with all your changes and challenges! =)

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