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Purposeful Variables: August 10, 2016

 Hi there, ROWers and others!

So, what have you been up to these last few days?

Here’s my list:

  • Homeschooling Administration

  • Beta Reading

  • Learning my Website

  • Helping my Accomplice With His Resume

  • Blog Visits and Comments

  • Fan Fiction

I’ve shifted back to a more wide-angle approach, but it wasn’t exactly intentional. I needed a bit of a breather after finishing two large items in my goals list, and decided to putter…which led me to pick a few of the things that on my list had been neglected.

One of those things was my baby website, which I set aside for the grand creative surge. I’ve got a lot to learn before using it even starts to feel natural – but I have a lot less to learn than I did on Monday morning. Not quite up to speed with sharing the blogposts yet, but I’m getting closer, tweaking things, and learning, learning, learning….

Have you learned anything extra cool or useful lately?

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




  • Dark and Bitter”: Check guidelines; Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and raw source material from my pre-existing nascent story, “The Venom Club.”Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Same status as “MMCS” above. I have a nascent idea on how to combine two ideas for this, but I’m not ready to share ANYTHING yet!


  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! Scene 3/24 rough-revised and submitted; silent read-through of Scene 4/24.

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. Played with the market interface, and discussed some preliminary topics with my Accomplice (the chef with hot sauce to sell.) Began setting up a new and improved cover page; changed header; shared excerpt from July 31 ROW80 update. Learning a lot! Answered comments (but still have plenty backed up): 1/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. I hit on something that might work; I’ll be testing it over the next couple of weeks.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 111.
  • Answer comments twice weekly. 1/2; one PM and two reviews. And inspiration to up fan fiction goals a bit next month.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. 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. And already received a cordial response. =) Preliminary testing scheduling discussed with the boy. Began his second quarter report: section 4/14 in progress.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Aim for thrice a week. Weeding, and moving branches trimmed by my Accomplice last week.


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

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Owed critique 3/3 finally complete; submitted my piece.

  • Complete 3 Amazon/1 Goodreads reviews. Got a great review template from a friend; plan to test it out soon!

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: Chapter 17/27 in progress; page 7/12.)


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. 2/5 for both; up to 6 minutes for meditation.

  • 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. 1/5 moderate (45 minutes). 1/3 moderate (60 minutes). Hometending; walking.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Both are well underway; hot summer days make these good projects for this round. A bit more in the family room; a tiny bit in my study.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Offered suggestions, revision, and rewriting of resume. Should have it done by bedtime Wednesday; then starting on the cover letter.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I have the idea, and have let it simmer. Plan to write a rough draft by Thursday night, which will leave me about a week to refine and find the post in there. =D

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, Or Cheer Us On!

Found this in my Flickr stream; it’s too adorable not to share, even if it is WAY out of season!


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!

9 thoughts on “Purposeful Variables: August 10, 2016

  1. Did you get your 2016 goals updated?

    Your website is looking sharp! I love the color scheme.

    I’m still looking forward to hearing about the blog visiting routine and how it works. 🙂

    Is the review template one your friend came up with? Or is it one we could download, maybe?

    Did you get the resume finished?

    I think the wider net you cast is probably a good thing. Hyperfocus is awesome and useful for a time, but it’s hard to maintain long-term.

  2. Looks like you’ve found your way through some of the chaos as well… I love when that happens. Wish it did just that bit more… um, not frequently, since it pretty much always does, but maybe without all the fire and brimstone before-hand. 😉

    Is that review sheet the one our brave leader gave you? If so, I’d love to see how it works for you. What little I overheard made it sound very good for cutting through all the “extras” that come from reading a new story or new world.

    1. It is indeed Shannon’s sheet. I’ve decided to finish Fallon’s beta before moving on to the reviews, so it’ll be another week or two before I get to use it – but it’s very good for a focal point, on first reading. I’ll use it for the four projects I currently have waiting, then evaluate whether and where I’d like to tweak if for my personal use.

      I don’t so much mind chaos (good thing, too!) But calmer waters – they’re very nice to bob along in for a while! =)

    1. I like learning, so having something new and challenging gets my creative juices flowing and makes me happy. =)

      I’ll be posting links here to finished posts and pages there – I’ve apparently just scratched the surface of what I can do with the blogs (and I can set any page to actually BE a blog, which means I might be able to do some cool things with my weekly features…but not right now. I’ve got other things waiting, at the moment.

      As for “finishing” – like most things I do, it’s likely never be truly finished – more like an ever-evolving process as I learn and grow.

    1. Thank you. My daughter, then 11, loves dogs. While we were at a local street event over the holiday season, she met this bulldog, and both are apparently born hams! I found the picture forgotten in my Flickr stream, and had to share.

      My organization is an ever -evolving process that changes as my life does. I don’t know if it would work for anyone but me.

      I also enjoy seeing how others arrange things in their lives.

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