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My Swiftly Changing Present: February 17, 2016

One year ago today, I was on an airplane with my family, winging toward Chicago’s O’Hare airport, then on to Portland, Oregon, where we would land shortly before midnight. The next ten days would be filled with family, nature, family, adventure, family, learning, family, friends, family, and love.

So much love, as a matter of fact, that we are actively (if not quickly) moving toward the time when we can leave upstate New York, and move to the Willamette Valley for the remainder of the kids’ growing up years.

But that’s still a ways in the future. For the present, we’re here, and it’s my Accomplice’s vacation time again. Our plans for this year include home improvement, decluttering, a bit of extra leisure for everyone, and planning for the next months and years.

One of the things on the agenda for tomorrow is some rearranging and adapting of my study, for which I need my Accomplice’s skills, brain, and muscles. So I’m in the midst of sorting and moving a great deal of STUFF. There’s a degree of order, but the actual organization is an organic and ongoing affair. I need to clear somewhere approaching half the room, and that will mean more or less moving out of it until the mission is accomplished – at which time I’ll need a few days to organize and return it to better functionality.

Fortunately, my standing desk arrived today, and, once it’s assembled, I can use it as a mobile bare-bones base of operations until my study is ready. A stand-in, if you will (yes, I can hear you groaning!).

In today’s link, Kait suggested we list something writing-related we forgive ourselves for. Personally, I take an approach that writing is a passion to be indulged, not a regimen to be completed. That means there’s nothing to forgive myself for – which is good, because now I have that energy for other things – like writing, and enjoying our vacation time. =)

So that’s my shifting present. I’d love to hear your plans for the week in progress! Until then, though, the update:



  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 6/25complete. (F). Goal addition coming Sunday.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. It’s decided! I will be writing the next Kifo Island Chronicles volume this spring, and it even has a working title: Shifting Tides. Planning has commenced.


  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite; Scene 10/16 complete.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. All posts on time. Nearly prepared to announce new schedule.

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least thrice weekly. I may not get to them all; but I will get to some. 2/3.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout.

  • Maintain email inboxat under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Inbox cleared; Archives weeded to 0 messages! Adapted goal coming Sunday.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. 
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering. 3/5.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week. I’ve sorted a lot into my Transactions in Progress file for near-future review.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired.  Plans in the works for next week (museum, friends). Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April. 

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group. Completed readthrough of first project; letting simmer. Located second piece.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Time with all.
  • Complete 6 pending book 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 and meditation: 3/7. Coloring meditation.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Good on the daily moving sprints: walks and hometending. Strenuous activity: 2/2 . Health blogpost, here. 2 /2.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Read through The Writer’s Coloring Book by Rachel Funk Heller in preparation for using it to plot and draft my April CampNaNo Kifo Island project.

  • New goal: Purchase all needed supplies before I finish this month’s Foul Deeds Will Rise chapters, so that I can begin planning as soon as I finish. Broached topic with my Accomplice; received budget clearance.

  • Begin exploring for possible submissions there. Did initial exploration and realized I signed up for this years back. Read through guidelines and submissions policies.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates 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!

3 thoughts on “My Swiftly Changing Present: February 17, 2016

  1. It’s fun to see the progress week to week as we all report in. I always expect amazing progress on so many levels when I check in with you! Here, I loved the story about you organizing your work area and how it inspired your daughter to take another look at what is most important to her as she realizes her room is now part of her emerging identity. And so it is for all of us! We are not at home this month, so I’ve found a temporary workroom perched on the dining room table — but only for the early morning hours (until our company leaves in three days). May the coming week be as productive and filled with joy.

  2. It looks like your doing really well hitting your goals. So congrats on all you’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish this week! Isn’t decluttering awesome? When I moved in September I went through and made piles of trash and treasure (well my definition of it, anyway LOL) and donations. I realized that I had so much “stuff” but used so little of it!! All my gently used stuff (clothes, furniture, shoes I’ve never worn, etc) hopefully found good “new” homes. And while it was hard to do it at times, It felt so good to let go of things!!

    1. Kat! Haven’t talked to you in waay too long!

      Things are moving along – somewhat chaotically, but then, I’m used to that. Decluttering is very liberating, and I think it might delight and excite me more than any logic can explain.

      My daughter (11.5), has been cleaning up her room, by choice because we don’t force things, and getting some of that sense, too. She’s a little stuck with what to do with the things she wants to keep. We’ve been needing to get her better storage, but that was hard when she really had no idea what she needed or wanted. She’s getting ideas now, and, once she’s ready, I’m going to go in and help her figure things out a little better. She’s getting to that age where she really values her room as a retreat, and she’s transitioned from little girl to, in her words, “medium kid” without her room or its contents necessarily keeping up with her…

      With the big move somewhere on our not terribly distant horizon, everything we don’t need to arrange to have carted cross-country is a bonus. With two kids growing very large in a very small house, it’s also a necessity! =)

      We’ve been making some of those donations, too, and I foresee many, many more.

      Enjoy your extra breathing room!

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