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To The Purpose: August 24, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Sometimes I feel like starting out with a bit of what I’m writing:

Oh, pepperpot. Haven’t you figured out yet that you can’t turn human emotional responses into an equation?”

“It’s not an equation. It would more accurately be described as an evolving algorithm. Nevertheless, you are upset, and I am the cause.”

Is T’Pol the cause of Trip’s upset (or is she wrong about him being upset in the first place?)

Maybe. Maybe not. More writing is required…

oh, and btw, the standard disclaimer applies: I don’t own them; I make no money from them.

Except the last few days have been more about homeschool and resume stuff. Fortunately, I’m moving along with those, so I should have a few days left at the end of the month for focusing on other goals.

Only goals I’ve interacted with this round appear in this update. For my full goals lists, click the links:




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.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update; visited everyone.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Getting there ASAP seems to be much better for me than waiting, because there are always Other Things to do and….oh, SHINY!
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Under 30!


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Lise’s overdue third quarter report revision; section 9/14 complete.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling, Hamilton, chatting, write-in; Minecraft club at homeschool co-op, shopping.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in with my boy; homeschool group’s Minecraft club and GameStop with LiseTuesday afternoon.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Went to write in. Potential beta-read author wasn’t looking for my style of beta; goal deleted. No new critiques submitted.


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 2/5; Meditation: 1/5 (plus a 2 minute session.)

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

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. 27 Thing Fling in the study.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Done with the resume and cover letter, unless he wants anything tweaked for specific opportunities.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!


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 “To The Purpose: August 24, 2016

  1. Bummer about the beat readee deciding not to use you. I like beta reading (usually). One less thing, though, is not bad. Woohoo on getting cover letter and resume going. I hope the job search turns up a wonderful new opportunity.

    Ah, T&T. Poor T’Pol. I wish I could make sense of *my* emotions sometimes, let alone those of others. Congratulations on getting the word count up on the IDIC. That meaty point of the story is such wonderful fun. 🙂

    1. I’m not that upset about it, honestly. It was going to be an involved project (I’m very detail-oriented in betas, which may have been the issue). It also is a mystery, which isn’t among my preferred genres. I was able to give her a few suggestions and general impressions on whether the culprit and motivation were believable.

      So it wasn’t a total wash. =)

      And not doing it means that, at least in theory, I should be able to get to those four book reviews this month. =)

      My Accomplice had a promising interview yesterday. He’d be a sous chef/kitchen manager, running banquets. He’s had a lot of banquet experience. It would likely be more irregular hours than we’re used to, but he’s excited and feeling like it would be a very good fit for him.

      We’re hopeful.

      And yeah, T’Pol’s in a bit of a pickle. She doesn’t even have words in her own language for the things she feels, since her culture is to suppress and control emotion. Added to that, she’s dealing with the emotions of a mate who isn’t of her species, and whose emotional content is very chaotic and different from her own.

      I suppose she can’t be faulted for trying to put all this into scientific terms she can understand and predict….

      I got through that story, and am building to the next one …and starting to feel the ticklings of being ready to dive back into The Far Shore…

        1. Fortunately, after much trial-and-error, her chosen mate is starting to be able to wrap his more adaptable human brain around the reality of the situation, and help her understand…not to mention understanding that sometimes she just can’t understand….

          1. On the other hand, he’s been dealing with emotions his whole life. T’Pol learned instead to suppress or repress hers, and not to let them be a factor in her decisions.

            And then things happened that make it much harder for her to contain what she feels, or not be affected by it, so the training isn’t nearly as useful as it once was.

            On top of that, she’s got all Trip’s rampant, unrestrained human emotions right there, often in her head…

            But she also has a mate willing to help her while she adjusts. =)

    1. A bit of Frontier for you:

      Kirk: I happen to know you don’t HAVE a brother.

      Spock: That is correct. *Pause* I have a half-brother.

      The half-brother is definitely formidable.

      It’s one of the more underrated movie installments, and worth a watch.

      ROWing on….may you have a smooth paddle!

    1. Her algorhim isn’t shoddy. Her interpretation’s not quite spot-on, though…=D

      Yes, it’s shaping up to be a good week, indeed. Being awake for 30 hour stretches means I get lots done, apparently!

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