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Diverse Purposes: August 14. 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

  • Kifo Island Revision

  • Learning my Website

  • Helping my Accomplice With His Resume

  • Blog Visits and Comments

  • Critique Group

  • Fan Fiction

  • Extra ROW80 Sponsor Post

It’s been a somewhat scattered session for me. I’ve got a lot of balls in the air, so to speak, and it’s been more a matter of keeping them there than finishing projects or starting anything new. By Wednesday, several things should be out of play – I expect to have my Accomplice’s resume done, if not his cover letter (since he hasn’t drafted that yet); and I will have the second quarter homeschooling reports and testing done. I’d love to also have my next crit piece, the extra sponsor post, and the two owed beta reading chapters done, as well – but we’ll have to see about that…

Between the Olympics (is it just us Americans who love watching Michael Phelps be phenomenal?) and the stormy weather that brought a tree down across the road right in front of our house, things are something other than settled.

But it’s times like this that lead to growth, and progress. So on we go….

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.


How could he not have understood that her feelings weren’t the same as his; couldn’t be the same as his?”


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. Created my first feature post on the blog template! Read it here! Added intro to Wednesday’s ROW80 update, too. Visits: 2/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, visited everyone to offset my recent absences.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Today’s approach worked well – visited everyone on Wednesday, before life could sweep me away.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Yes, although it got a bit over 200 on Saturday, while I was focused elsewhere.
  • Answer comments twice weekly. 1/2; one PM and two reviews – that was all there was this week. 


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Testing scheduling set with the boy; first test completed; 1/6. Second quarter reports finished and revised, excepting attendance. Will have these finished and submitted by midnight.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Olympics; dawn walking; canoodling; chatting; Minecraft; testing and chatting about city planning in ancient Rome.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Working on my next piece, Sea Changes Scene 4, albeit slowly. Finished crit piece submitted on Thursday; 8 pages in under 24 hours – a new personal best!

  • Complete Amazon reviews of Starfane ; Dragon Time; “The Swineherdess”; and Duchess and Damned. Downloaded Duchess. I’ll be doing these once I finish the beta read of SbA, below.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: Chapter 20/27 in progress; still running 3 chapters behind, but hope to catch up today. 182/253 pages complete.


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. 6/5 for both; up to 8 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. 5/5 moderate (45 minutes). 3/3 moderate (60 minutes). Hometending; walking; weeding; yardtending.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. A bit more in both, mostly sorting and culling.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Wrapping up the resume; cover letter will be next.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I have a rough draft in progress. A little later than I wanted, but moving along.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!

The sky duting the storm, from our enclosed porch…every cloud has a #silverlining?


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!

10 thoughts on “Diverse Purposes: August 14. 2016

  1. Seems like everyone I know got hit hard by the storm and then it wore out by the time it reached us. All it did here was drizzle a little rain. Didn’t even fill up the birdbath.

    Looks like you’re making progress. Wishing you lots of energy.

    1. Thank you. I tend to stick with what brings me joy -that helps.

      We didn’t really get the storms predicted for today. After that last one, I’m okay with that. =)

    1. I got into a “get things cleared off the buffet” mode (well, honestly, I’m still in it.)

      I’ve found it tricky to do more than putter at my writing just lately, and planning and plotting are just more or less out of the question.

      And I know it’s because I have all these things to deal with, so I just don’t feel at my ease to immerse myself in my story worlds.

      I decided to do something about that! =D

  2. You got a phenomenal number of things done last week. You’re making progress on school stuff and I think I haven’t seen one of these goals in a little bit. The resets reorganization one, I think.

    Congratulations on reaching a new personal best!!!

    I love the line you shared. So much. It’s perfect. Because isn’t that how we interact with each other so often? We expect people to feel the way we do and use the same kind of logic, but logic varies from culture to culture as much as anything else.

    1. Yes, it does. That’s something Trip forgot there for a while, but I think we can forgive him, since he had no idea at all that what was bothering T’Pol was even possible, and he was feeling as though she’d stomped all over his heart and didn’t even care that she had….not a great place to be in.

      I actually think I may have made so much project as the result of a mistake. I used the wrong checklist (the one from the past update, so only the things i worked on were listed.

      It helped me to keep my focus tighter than I might have, so better progress on those items.

      And yes – gradually getting through the backlog of homeschool stuff. I think this is going to be a good week, and I will be culling some things off the list to focus on next month, now that I’ve realized I can’t focus on plotting and more than one revision project while working on that homeschool stuff.

  3. I don’t know how you can tell – it seems to me like you always have way too many balls in the air. I just don’t know how you do it. But you are good at juggling those balls, so what’s a few more, right?

    Hang in there! And give yourself a break once in a while.

    1. Honestly? Most of this stuff is playtime for me (not the homeschool reporting, which is a price we pay to live as we love)! Taking a break would be like punishing myself.

      It’s a lot right now, because there are deadlines, and the pressure to get the resume stuff done before my Accomplice really wants to step up his job search.

      But, normally, my deadlines are more self-imposed, and I know that I tend to underestimate how long things will take to finish. So, I’ve learned to be prepared for that, and ready to set some things aside and readjust time frames for others.

      Believe it or not, I even like when I can’t keep up with my time frames, because I am getting better at predicting when and why that happens. And i figure that, in the long run, that will help me to set goals with more realistic end points.

      I’m climbing the mountain of administrative details. Still a ways to go, but, when I get weary, I turn around and see what I’ve already finished. That helps a lot!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks, Erin! The storm was pretty scary, and, since it was starting to get dark, we live on a rural cut-through street where cars often go too fast, and the tree was dead and nearly the same color as the road, we were worried enough that someone would hit it that we kept watch until the police arrived in response to my 911 call. It wasn’t very long, really, but all they could do until the storm eased was set a police cruiser nearby with lights on to warn folks.

      But I got that awesome picture, which I also love, with my little smart-enough LG phone! Nature can be frightening and lovely at the same time.

      Progress. Yup. Everything….not yet. But I’m moving in the right general direction, so I’m happy. =)

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