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Final Reflections? September 23, 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.

When you finish a writing project, do you type ‘The End’?

I don’t. If I ever have, it was long ago.

These days, I see endings and beginnings as softer and more nebulous affairs. I’ll revise those projects, probably again and again. Dishes finished today will be replaced by dirty ones within hours – same with laundry.

Round Three is ending, and I didn’t complete everything I set out to do. The End is near, but I’m not finished…and I’m OK with that.


Because the ending is arbitrary. The round officially ends tomorrow. But when I wake up Friday morning, I have exactly the same choice to move forward on my goals, to live my life with intention, that I have as I type these words early on Wednesday afternoon.

The choice is mine.

It’s also my choice to decide how to view those goals I didn’t finish. Did I fail? Or have I just not yet wholly succeeded? Do I focus on what remains undone, or on the journey made to get to this point?

My choice – and yours. What will we choose?

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.


  • Write one TnT Story -A-Day through September. Keep to 999 words or less; for fun. This week: Write prompted stories for 9/20-26. Bring revisions, posting, and networking up to date. Stories current through 9/22. Revisions moving forward.


  • The IDIC Romance: Choose 2/3 paragraphs for each letter; do an 11:11 Stream of Consciousness sprint for each; these will be the basis for new stories and A-Z posts. This week: Letters M-Z.

  • Watch Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Four, through S4E3: “Home”.  Firefly; 14 episodes; and Serenity (feature length movie). This week: Episodes 8-12. Watched through S1E12 “The Message”. Next week: Episodes 13-14, and Serenity movie.


  • The IDIC Romance:Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, draft rough revision plan for 16 scenes. This week: Scenes 3 – 8. Scene 3 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead if possible; post at least one authorized reblog. This week: Same posting goal; two authorized reblogs. 3/9 posted; 2/9 in progress.

  • Catch up all June and July blog comments and visits. This week: Catch up through June 15. Some progress.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. This week: Updates and visits; reread brainstorming session, and do another; organize notes into the basis of a post plan. Sign on as a Round 4 sponsor. Complete this goal.

  • Empty email inbox.This week: Get below 1111 messages; tend to Archives file. Just under 1800 messages.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district, submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Draft IHIPs. Last week: Finish all 2014/5 paperwork and submit.This week: Draft Both IHIPs.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. This week: Finish ephemera; cleaning in Annalise’s room; Oregon list; weeding; porch; coffee table.2/5.


  • Continue planning/ attending August/September outings and events. Take into account each child’s need for social time and hibernation – and the all-important budget. This week: Sleepover, state museum, art supply shopping? Sleepover a success. Museum provisionally planned for Friday, if sniiffles are snuffed.

  • 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. This week: write-in, social media; locate and read the shorter crit.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. This week: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. This week: More! Couples’ time, walks, trip to Y and lunch with boy.
  • Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. This week: Write three reviews, and post to Amazon.


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. This week: meet journaling/meditation goals; choose a new practice to explore. Journals: 3/6; Meditation: 4/7 (mandala, tai chi)

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory, and adding movements to my at-home practice. This week: Pars. Reading; class once; at-home practice1/5.

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. This week: pars for both. 3/6 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, tai chi, weeding.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s

ROW80 Writing Challenge.

It’s also a blog hop!

Find more ROWers right here!

And, to wrap up the round, here’s a bit of Viny sleepover fun from Annalise and her friend Gabrielle.


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!

7 thoughts on “Final Reflections? September 23, 2015

  1. Well-said. I love having ROW80 because it gives me a set deadline, and since I don’t have a publisher setting deadlines for me, ROW80 helps. I like the challenge. But I don’t feel bad that I didn’t meet all of my goals for this round. The way I see it, there’s always next round.

  2. Well said about goals and choosing to look at the future with a positive and proactive approach. Every day is a fresh start, a blank canvas, and choosing to live deliberately. 🙂

  3. “But when I wake up Friday morning, I have exactly the same choice to move forward on my goals, to live my life with intention, that I have as I type these words early on Wednesday afternoon.”
    Pure genius right there!

    And the Vine is adorable–nice voice too!

    1. The Vine voice isn’t Lise’s – although she does have a sweet singing voice of her own, and not insignificant natural talent (I sing, too, so maybe genetic). But this girl was born to perform – I knew it when she was a baby!

      As you might guess, I;m not a huge fan of arbitrary time frames. I do love the way ROW80 provides a framework for my goals – but the win/lose paradigm isn’t one I embrace. It tends to get in the way of progress and joy – and I won’t have that! =D

    1. Thanks, Ruth! It’s been -interesting – with the computer issues, but I’m adapting, and moving along. Maybe not as quickly as I’d like, but moving along.

      I”m excited for Round 4 – I’m starting to get a firm sense of what I want to focus on, and that always makes it more exciting, as I anticipate delving in….

      And, until then, life and writing go on….maybe at a more relaxed and wandering pace….

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