I debated not using my typical, casually cheery greeting today – but decided that a little judiciously applied lightness feels good to me, and probably to others, too, in times of uncertainty and apprehension.
I know a lot of you are feeling it, too, and not just in my country. The magnitude of the American Presidential Election extends beyond our shores. It is another sign of a world that seems to be reacting to the growing empathy and fellow-feeling by pulling in on itself, each nation breaking away to cower, fists up, all alone.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who reads me here, or knows me from any other social media, that I voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton, and not Donald Trump. In any instance, regardless of party affiliation, I will vote for compassion over contempt, inclusion over exclusion, human rights over the denial thereof.
For me, the choice was clear, and the consequences of a Trump presidency are a little terrifying. I have more to go on in that vein than many people. I am a native of upstate New York, and I am 47 years old. For much of my life, I’ve been hearing about Mr. Trump’s activities. I can’t pretend I don’t know what I know, and what I know…it doesn’t point to a happy place.
I could be wrong. I’d love to be wrong. Please, Mr. Trump – prove that I am!
But enough about that, for now. Limited doses. Deep Breaths.
And a little lightness along the way.
Given the circumstances of this week, there was a serious derailment in my goals progress. I didn’t post on Sunday, because I was very busy writing. I planned to catch up on Monday, but it didn’t quite work out that way; I had a family day instead, and wrote more. Tuesday I was up early to vote with my Accomplice before he headed off to work; later, I attended a local NaNoWriMo event with my daughter…then, I didn’t sleep again until early Thursday morning. I got back into the swing of life a little more once I woke up, more on Friday, and felt like I hit my stride again on Saturday.
My progress report will be more vague than usual this time out. Longer term updates I thought I’d have ready last week still aren’t, but should be in another week.
But for now, it is as it is…
Note: Only those goals I interacted with during this session are listed. For complete goals lists, follow the links below.
- NaNoWriMo: Complete draft of Tsunamis (KIC#6); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. Scene 18/24 in progress; at midnight Saturday, my count stood at 35,896/65,000 words.
- Poets on the Page: Write final two poems using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. Poem 31/31 completed this week; it’s short, but sweet. Goal complete!
- Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Tertiary goal. I looked over the poetry forms and topics I’ll use for the F and G posts. Simmering.
Plot #atozchallenge posts. Primary goal. Simmering letters F and G.
Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch final 12 episodes, Season Three of Star Trek: The Original Series. Secondary goal. 3/12: Wink of An Eye; That Which Survives; Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (and five episodes of Enterprise, because my Accomplice loves me!)
- Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Once each for green items.
Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 22 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. OK; it’s like this: I did some. I failed to keep track…so, green it is.
Homeschool Administration: Gather info/draft first quarter reports (due 12/15). Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Created an album for Miah, finally. Collected a piece of art for Lise, and all three of us visited our state museum.
- Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Worked on emails, but not so well…they spiraled over 700 during the week. I’m chipping away as new ones come in.
Yard Beautification: Declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Side goal. Moved some long outgrown little-kid yard toys to the road with a free sign to benefit other littles.
My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; trip to State Museum. Key deer images; couples’ workout; snuggling; lots of election and going-forward talk.
NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal.
- Paying it Forward: Offer promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal. Blog tour post for Walking by Faith is up! Offered beta to local writer.
Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Some journaling; less meditation than listening to a Great Courses series on Meditation and Mindfulness; one lecture a day.
Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. Some activity most days, except Wednesday. I honestly didn’t keep strict count, though, and know I fell short of my targets most days.
Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of ten hours. Tertiary goal. 3/10 hours. Cardio, strength, and heavy yardtending.
Leaps of Faith:
Mentor Yacon Writing Class. Primary goal. Another way to give back. Current teacher’s surgery postponed; won’t be needed this month.
The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!
ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!
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