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Grateful Clarity: October 11, 2015

Do you experience moments of clarity and growth in challenging times?

I wrote at my last update about our visit from Social Services, instigated by a family member from whom we’ve been largely estranged for the last several years. At the time, the case worker had missed an appointment, and we didn’t know why or what was going on. It was a little disconcerting.

It turns out that she had forgotten a doctor’s appointment, and there was a schedule conflict. She stopped by Friday to set up an appointment for this upcoming Tuesday. While she was here, we had a very nice chat, in which she assured me that all is well, and there may be some assistance she can offer – particularly to repair our roof, which was damaged in a storm a few years back. We have a patching rather than a replacing budget, and there have been some leaks…

We’ve continued to work on repairs, maintenance, and hometending – something I already had in my goals for this round, anyway. We’re all loving the changes we’re making, and there will be pictures at some not-too-distant point.

As a result, though, I’ve done less writing than I hoped, at this point. The new moon is coming, though, with the surge of creative energy I always feel, and I will enter it with a tidier home than I’ve lived in since I stopped forcing my children to clean.

Eventually, the blending will shift, but for now, I’m happy where we are, and where I am.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.


  • Write one poem daily for the OctPoWriMo Challenge. Each poem will fit the theme “Gratitude”. 7/31. This week: Catch up, and post all poems to date.


  • The IDIC Romance: Complete 2/3 paragraphs for the remaining letters (Q-Z); do an 11:11 Stream of Consciousness sprint for each; these will be the basis for new stories and A-Z posts. Choose one paragraph for each to develop into the post; make episode list for rewatching. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/31 stories chosen.


  • The IDIC Romance:Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, complete rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Rewrite and offer as a beta read. Scene 3 in progress from Round Three.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision exercises  and submit. Exercise 2 in progress from Round Three.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead if possible: No Mindful Monday this week. All others done. WIPpet posts in drafts (through November 11). #8sunday drafts into November. C and C posts rough outlined for remaining six parts of a seven part series. This week: Do all regular features; schedule all October WIPpets and #8sunday posts; schedule next two C and C posts; draft one additional Mindful Monday post.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Attended to most recent, with return visits. This week: Keep on keeping on. Do better at visiting; that seems to be tripping me up, ATM.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Complete and submit Round 4 Sponsor Post. Visits current and then some; sponsor post needs one image and one reference. This week: Visits; complete and submit sponsor post.

  • Empty email inbox and maintain below 333 messages. Many messages weeded; at 390 -finally finally finally getting close to done! This week: Finish emptying box; maintain.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork.Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. Lots and lots! Weeding, Lise’s room, living room, kitchen, family room…and more. 7/5 days this week. This week: Continue.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. It’s been a more cocooning spell, here, with most outings still pending. Doctor’s appointments made, and plans underway for Halloween.

  • 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. Write-in and Facebooking.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Yup!
  • Read 3 fellow author books; complete 7 reviews.


  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling/meditation goals: 7/7. This week: add in eating meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory, and adding movements to my at-home practice. Read a bit of the directory. This week: At least two at-home practices.

  • 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 app.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks

  • Website/Business blog: early brainstorming with my Accomplice.

  • Fantasy convention

  • Fan fiction stuff

  • Self-publishing

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge

It’s also a blog hop –

Find more ROWers right here!



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 “Grateful Clarity: October 11, 2015

  1. I love the positive energy here in your astounding array of projects, writing and otherwise, that keep all in balance. Glad to see you are writing poetry as well with such inspiration everywhere — even with the new moon! As always, thank you for visiting and for your encouraging words. I think decluttering my own work space helps me be more nurturing to those I love. May you have a good week!

    1. ** think decluttering my own work space helps me be more nurturing to those I love. **

      So much this! I naturally need more order in my life and my surroundings than any of my beloveds currently do. So, when it all feels a bit too overwhelming, doing something just for me – whether cleaning or organizing in my bedroom area or study, arranging flowers, or doing yard work, it does help me to approach the Everything and Everyone Else from a more peaceful internal space.

      I am still writing poetry – just not as much as I’d hoped, although I still have plans of ending the month with 31 new poems. With the full moon and the huge creativity it brings on its way, I might have a surge almost literally any minute now –

      On the other hand, life has been unexpectedly busy in many ways this month, and the trend seems to be continuing straight through to the end, so I’m willing to let go of that ‘perfect score’ if it’s a choice between poetry or familial peace and joy….

    1. I need a variety of goals, because that’s the way my mind and life work. For me, it helps to blend things so that whatever my creative or administrating energies, there’s something I can focus on.

      I don’t make progress on everything every session, but over time, most everything moves forward.

      I’ve always been fascinated by people who can have only a few, or only one, goal, and put all of their energies into that. My mind is way too flitting and restless for that.

      Love being part of a challenge that lets us all be who we are! =D

  2. There has been much declutter this week with the hubs clearing out his closet. So I can sympathize with you. I’m just working to get back to where I was during the summer. Getting better each week it seems. I have my own clutter to get rid of, eventually. 🙂

    1. Ar 11, my daughter has just started being able to assess her belongings and let go of things that no longer serve her life. That, and the fact that both kids are in a period of intense growth right now, has led to considerable reduction in overall clutter – useful, since we’re planning a cross-country move within the next few years…

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