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Plan B Reflections… August 31, 2015

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.

Oh, Monday…how did you get here so fast?

And, Sunday, where did you go in such a hurry?

The last time I checked in, I was eagerly waiting for my new power adapters to arrive. Well, they came, but didn’t solve my problem. Neither could my tech-oriented son.

Right now, money does not exist in our budget to seek repairs, so I’m getting cozy with Plan B – an elderly machine that is quite limited in its abilities, but is able to do most if not all of what I want. Not quickly, and not flexibly, but competently, in a workmanlike fashion.

I made significantly less progress than I’d hoped, and, on Wednesday, (or maybe Thursday), I’ll be revamping my goals for September, taking the reality of reduced resources into account.


Here’s where I stand, on the eve of August’s demise…

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. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 95,000 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. A-W paragraphs completed;23/26. Next up: X-Z.


  • 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. Nothing new. Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Peach Liqueur Love” Exercises 2 and 3; Deep Revision.  Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3. Nothing new. Next up: Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this round.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Mostly on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. 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. Posting and comments a bit delayed due to power issues. Next up: Keep going. 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! 1 /2 ; pulling from here and there, and sharing here and there. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3: visits Next up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing new. Next up: More.


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5. Did more here, as stress relief and an option to computer stuff. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Annalise’s report proofed and RTG. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting.


  • 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 – this week!
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nothing new. Next up: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish. Read Beta Two through.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 8/6; mandalas, t’ai chi and tai chi walking. Techniques: 2/2; eating meditation; tai chi walking. Next up: Continue practice.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Lots of time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.



  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 7/6 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi. Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t’ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 3/5 at home practice sessions; 2 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand at-home practice.

These goals are a part of Kait NolanROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop –

Find more ROWers right here!


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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!

4 thoughts on “Plan B Reflections… August 31, 2015

  1. that sucks. What was the issue. I was out of commission this past weekend, and I missing stuff. If it’s about battery charge i know that feeling having to buy a new battery AND a new power adapter. TWICE! Well the power adapter was twice, not the battery.

    Still sounds like a good week. Hope to flow continues with Plan B. 🙂

    1. Current theory is that it’s electrical, but the fix needs to wait until the budget can bear it, and that might be a few more weeks.

      In the meantime,I’m making progress, and that’s a good thing. And I will certainly appreciate a modern machine in a whole new way when I have one again!

  2. I’m sorry the power adapters didn’t solve the problem, but you’re certainly keeping a good attitude–what are you gonna do? Right? And I still think you accomplished a lot!

    1. I figure that I can’t control what happened to the machine, but I can decide whether or not I’m going to let it be a joy-sucker. I choose not.

      I think just making the decision has helped me, because I’m determined to make the most of the enforced break, rather than letting it be a reason to give up in defeat.

      And, if I do get this machine repaired, I’m not going to run out of adapters for a while! =D

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