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Purposely Narrowing My Focus: August 7. 2016

Hi there, ROWers and others!

Ever have one of those weeks when life narrows into a few intense focal points?
This session, and on through the weekend, my focus has been less wide-angle, and more close-up.

  • Homeschooling Administration

  • Overdue Critiques

  • Fan Fiction

  • Family Time

Everything else has been back-burnered, while I tend to these. I’ve got deadlines where the homeschooling stuff is concerned, and, before I can feel all right submitting my next piece to my crit group, I need to finish the ones that have been waiting since June.

Since both of those use different parts of my brain, and rather intense focus, I’ve played with my writing rather than diving back in to my Kifo Island  projects just yet. I’m hoping to have the homeschool stuff more in line by the end of next week, and to pick up some of my other goals as things fall into place.

What I didn’t set aside was family time. As I mentioned on Wednesday, we all went to a local park to take in the Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet. On Friday, we watched a good portion of the Olympics opening ceremonies together. These are both things we wouldn’t have been able to do if my Accomplice was still at his former job, and we want to take advantage of these opportunities.

In all of that, I found a bit more time to be active, and did a bit more hometending. And, in the process, I’ve gathered memories, and had a minor epiphany or two about my writing, and my life.

All in all, a very good week!

I include only those that I’ve engaged with this session. For my comprehensive August goals, Round Three goals, and overarching 2016 goals, click the links below.



Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2. Something’s gone wrong with my “Post to Squarespace” bookmarklet. I’ll need to work that out, or find another way to share manually. Created my first gallery; it’s got all of one picture in it, but that’s a start! =D Poked around a bit elsewhere.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Started off well; got busy with that narrowed focus. Over 300 now.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. More testing review. IHIPs drafted early morning 8/6. Began revising Jeremiah’s report; additions made, and Section 3/16 in progress. Adapted goal: Complete, add cover letter, and submit by the end of the weekend, so they’ll be there for beginning of business on Monday.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. This is weather-dependent, and the weather is at last cooperating. Not too hot, dry enough, and not too humid. Aim for three times a week. 3/3: moderate weeding.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Television; canoodling; chatting; Pokemon hunting; night walking.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Took in Romeo and Juliet at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Owed critique 2/3 complete and submitted; Crit 3/3: page 6/8 in progress; slow going on this one.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: 16/27 chapters complete.) Didn’t get to these this due to crit group pieces taking longer than expected. However, talked with Fallon, and she’s still working through the last batch. Hope to catch up this week.


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 7/5. Tried a new guided meditation for 2 minutes Thursday, and 4 minutes Friday. Not counting that toward the 5 minute goal, but it is progress after some time away, and I enjoyed it. =)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 8/5 moderate (45 minutes). Hometending; yardtending; walking. 1/3 moderate (60 minutes). Almost made this on Friday, but got swept up in the Olympic opening ceremonies with my family.

Leaps of Faith:

  • New Goal: Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. As he begins to explore rejoining the workforce; it’s time.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!

Returning from a  walk to our local Pokestop. My boy’s shadow is longer than mine!


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!

12 thoughts on “Purposely Narrowing My Focus: August 7. 2016

  1. I think it’s great that you’re taking advantage of your husband’s new free time to have some quality family time. That’s a wonderful use of that time.

    Great progress on your goals!

    1. That’s what we kind of figure, too. He’s already getting a bit antsy to find something new – two weeks off feels like a vacation, but now it’s been a little longer.

      He and Lise got home an hour or so ago. They went on a father-daughter fishing trip. =)

  2. I hope your hubby’s job search goes well!

    Your sistah, Eden, did some hyper-focusing last week, too. Do you two find your phases tend to sync like that very often?

    Ugh, the homeschool paperwork. Such a pain but so worth it. Cheering you on!

    I have to take a moment to admire how you got things done without letting family time suffer. I stink at that. Stiiiiiiink. Any tips on keeping the balance?

    1. He’s still in the “feeling things out” phase, and finally ready to start learning how to use his computer. He’s setting up a resume, and also moving forward on the hot sauce plans…

      Eden and I – we’re different in many ways – sometimes even opposite. But we do both get those times of focal intensity (I think many people do or would if they let themselves; I have ideas about this being linked to the phase of the moon, since I seem wakeful and focused when it’s full and new.)

      My best tip – don’t try for balance. I aim for a blend that works well enough, even though sometimes one thing or the other gets a bit ignored. It’s maybe a lot easier for me, with just two pretty independent and low-maintenance kids. There are times every day when I’m not needed by anyone, so I can just do my thing.

      Still, when I need a reminder, I look at these big kids – my son is soon to be 15- and I know I have a very limited window left for building magic and support into their childhoods. That makes each interaction more precious, and often worth setting writing aside for.As for my Accomplice, I don’t want to look up when the kids have moved on and realize I have no idea who he is anymore, so he also is worth setting writing aside for….

      And, at other times, they all give me space so that writing can come first.

      1. I may have to journal and take into account moon phases and aurora borealis, not just diet/sleep/exercise/personal cycle. We always had more people in the psych hospital on a full moon (always!) and a therapy buddy of mine monitored the aurora because its activity affected her son.

        1. The aurora is probably a much higher consideration where you are – we rarely see it, here, but we did in Wyoming.

          I am definitely more wakeful and creatively charged at full/new moon times. So are the kids. Makes me very happy for the freedom to arrange our lives accordingly! =)

    1. Thank you, Kathy. I finished three major items on my to-do list in the last day or two, and I’m feeling distracted and wandery today. So I’ve been playing with the website here and there – I have a new not-quite-complete cover page, and more images in the gallery….I’m thinking I will put anything new there, while I figure out what galleries I’ll eventually have.

      Next up – a revamp of headers and fonts, adding in the posts from this month, and finishing up that cover page.

    1. I’m a lifelong shadow-lover, too! When we were walking back from our only local Pokestop, I noticed how long our shadows were (he’s been taller than me for the last several months) and how they fell on the road, I had to grab a picture. Not bad for my smart-enough phone, no?

      I’d like to have done more, but I’m satisfied that my energy went where it was most useful.

    1. It really was what I needed. Too many Big Things hanging over my head make me very nervous.

      Yesterday was more of a puttering day. I learned some website things, answered comments and made visits, spent lots of time with my Accomplice, wrote a bit, and even started someone’s beta for Chapter Seventeen!

      Things are getting done in wider angles, but still moving along.

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