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Purpose and Perspective: September 18, 2016

It’s now been a week since we lost our senior dog, Corki. We’re starting to get more used to the fact that he isn’t around anymore, and never will be again. We’re finding a new rhythm, and a certain amount of peace. There’s still an empty place where his canine presence once was, but we’re adjusting.

This session was more focused on a few things from my goals list, and a few other things that weren’t on it: cleaning and packing away the tents that had been waiting since the kids and I got home from Unschoolers Rock the Campground  in July; reading, naming, organizing, and backing up a batch of untitled files I found accidentally in a forgotten file of my laptop’s hard drive, and planning for mentoring a writing class at our homeschool community center. 

Mostly, I’ve been focused on coming to acceptance and peace with Corki’s death, supporting my family as they do the same, and surfing the waves of emotion

Which doesn’t mean there was no writing…such as my not-exactly-daily, but caught up Story A Day efforts. Standard disclaimer applies: I don’t own them; I don’t profit from them.

Day 14:

Either way, the crowd parted, a bit like the Red Sea, as Phlox walked with his vaguely strange gait to the center of the cluster, where Jon’s sidekick was trying hard to act like he was having a good time and excited about this new opportunity. He’d even said it in those words, five times.

Day 15:

“It’s not wise that you be alone, now, T’Pol.” He could offer her little except companionship, unless he told her what he suspected. But in her current condition, there was no chance that she’d be able to truly understand what he was saying. There was a far superior option, if she was willing or able to open herself to the risk of further pain.

Day 16:

Shaking fingertips trace her tormentor. 6 weeks, 4 days, 11 hours of denial. Too long. She opens the book – but can’t open her eyes to see.

Day 17:

There was something wild and liberating in it; something that demanded that she join in the chant, the assertion that all beings be treated equally, that these women have the same freedoms to decide how to clothe their bodies as the males of their species.

As always, only those goals I engaged with are listed here. Check the links  below for the full picture! 


Story A Day September 2016 : Write 35 stories this month (not sure how the timing will play out, and the final 5 will be vignettes written on the same day). The IDIC Romance: Cowled: 8; Parted From Me: 8; “Do You?”: 8; A Backdrop of Stars: 6. Hamilton alternate history: Philodosia: 5. Priority goal. 17/36 written; 5/36 posted. Parted: 2 ( 5/8 total); Cowled: 2 ( 5/8 total).


  • #STaD: Complete the rough sketches for 36 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Develop more detailed plan for each story as its turn comes. Priority goal. Very rough planning as I go.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 99 messages; answer blog comments at least three times weekly; Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and comments twice weekly. Side goal. Other than email; this was hit-or-miss.


  • Beautification: Do the 27 Thing Fling in study, family room, and porch at least thrice a week each room, and in other areas, indoors and out, at least ten times weekly (can include laundry and dishes.) Secondary goal. Family room: 2/10; Porch 4/3; Others: 14/10, plus tents.
  • Organization: Sort and clean up OneDrive Beta Reading, Blogging, and Homeschool directories. Tertiary goal. Related: Organized a batch of writing files from laptop hard drive.
  • Locate all existingTrek poems and file together for chapbook project. Side goal. I found another and put it with the others. =D


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Canoodling; chatting; movies; television; walking; Minecraft club; hometending; MLP Hamilton videos (really!)

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Minecraft club and teen/tween night for the kid(s); planning session and write-in for me. Possible plans to visit Saratoga National Historical Park with my girl next weekend.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group; do reviews as requested and available. Tertiary goal. Writer’s group Sunday; a bit of online interaction. No new crits posted.


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journaling: 5/5; Meditation 3/5. I’m ballparking this; didn’t especially keep track this week.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 75 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 60 minutes: 4/5; 75 minutes: 2/5. Not too shabby.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Continue helping my Accomplice in his job search. Primary goal. Helped send more resumes and draft a thank-you note.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

And I TOLD you I wasn’t kidding!


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!

11 thoughts on “Purpose and Perspective: September 18, 2016

    1. I tend to adapt things to suit my individual needs. I’m looking for things that let me have a degree of peace living with three people not as tidy by nature as I am (and I’m not even close to the tidiest out there).

      I don’t like to stress over hometending. =)

    1. I’m a bit behind on the stories now, but I haven’t given up, and several of them are at least 2K, so it’s understandable, especially given me activity level the last few weeks.

      Thanks for the hugs. They are deeply appreciated.

    1. Trip and T’Pol are definitely talking to me – and they seem to be focused on the angstier parts of their relationship. I’m hoping I can help them to better peace by the end of the month…but you know how they are….

      There was definitely some progress here, although not necessarily as much as I might like, or things that appeared on the goals list.

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