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The Prosperity Principle: December 28, 2016

Hey there!

Welcome to my second ROW80 Interlude Post. I’m moving along; focusing on just a thing or two at a time rather than the wide-angle. I’m reasonably sure I won’t finish everything on my list, but I will wrap up a couple more, and move others closer to the completion point.

In the space between a quiet family Christmas and the new year, I’m enjoying this combination of finishing up existing goals within my grasp, and, at the same time, reaching a little higher as I move through the process of setting goals and objectives for 2017.

It’s a kind of prosperity, this time…prosperity I’m creating myself.

I added a few words to The Far Shore, so I thought I’d give you a little taste…

Holding her imagined actions in mind, Ubunta began reaching and digging her way down through the rocks. It was going to take longer than she’d thought, but she was succeeding, and she was tucked in under the boardwalk that ran above.

  • Note: I’ve listed the goals I engaged from Sunday- Tuesday. For complete goals lists, click the links below.

  • December goals

  • 2016 goals

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 11/24 in progress. 36,792/~65,000 words/ 297 new.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. February writing goals added to Aeon Timeline; 2/12 months. I’ll be adding my “tending” goals once I get through March.

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week Two: Added photos for B-G posts (so much fun going through our pictorial history!) 6/6. Created folders for these posts; added images to all. Week One: Added links; proofed; formatted, pulled from planning document, and moved to A Post file; 1/26 ready for scheduling once I have the #atozchallenge icons.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-6 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Completed second revision pass for Chapter 1/3, “Returns and Remembrances;” Chapter 2/3 “Clinging to One Another,” first revision pass complete. Reread.color-coded Chapter 3/3 for first revision pass.“FC;WJ”: Began revising the new Scene Four.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. ROW80 done.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete/revise/submit first quarter reports (due 12/15). Continue to file to Flickr portfolios. Gather materials for second quarter reports; facilitate further learning as needed/wanted. Primary goal.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 0/5. Kitchen: 0/5. Indoor random; 9/25.`

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; menorah lighting; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page; write-in.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 1/6 morning; 0/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 3/5; 90 min: 2/4.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal. Work table is clean, and I can get to the board; reviewed current projects and made rough list for updating; simmering.

  • Listen: Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Side goal. Through Chapter 10/19; 29% complete.

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Goal-Oriented Prosperity: ROW80 Round Four Final Update; 2016

Hey there!

My goal for Round Four was to take stock, gather in loose ends, and set things up for next year. I think I’ve done well, even if my reach exceeded my grasp in some areas….

Note: This is my final Round Four update, but I will be posting on my December goals Wednesday and Sunday.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete draft of The Far Shore (~65,000 words); Primary goal. Scene 11/24 in progress; 36,495 / ~65,000 words; 11,596 new). Draft Tsunamis (~65,000 words). Complete at 63,461 words. With many other goals seen to, it’s conceivable, if unlikely, that I could surge through the end of this in the next week. Still, progress is progress, and I’m satisfied.
  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts and building for the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge 2017. Secondary goal. 31/31 poems written; various stages of roughness; plotting and drafting for A-Z! Goal completed!
  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series:Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete draft (Scene 40/50 complete). Tertiary goal. Back-burnering until 2017.
  • The IDIC Romance: Finish remaining five #STaD wrapup stories. Side goal. Goal completed!

Plotting:

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Settting/Time/Story World Mandalas for all 3 main characters) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal.

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Tertiary goal.

Revision:

  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter (by 10/10); first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery (by 10/15); and Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review (by 10/31). Primary goal. 

  • Kifo Island: Submit Sea Changes scenes 5-24 to critique group. Critique crit partners’ work as posted. Secondary goal. I got a little revising done; but the group is on hold till January, when we’re adding a member, so I set this aside to focus on other revisions.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-10 of A Backdrop of Stars; continue revisions on Chapters 4-20; Love and Loss. Restructuring “FC,WJ”; pulling apart Scenes 1 and 2. Progress made on Scenes 3 and 4. “ABOS”: Scenes 1 and 2 highlighted for revision; Scenes 3 and 3 rough-revised. I’ll be carrying both over to 2017, most likely.LAL”: BBed till these are finished.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Side goal. Bbed till 2017.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Better this month than last.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Ummm…some?!
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Not really, but a bit, so it’s not a complete wash.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Closer. Switched from porch to kitchen. Not finishing this year, but happy with solid progress.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit first quarter reports for both kids by December 15. Create Flickr portfolio, by year, or roughly so, for Miah; categorize and continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Reports done; Miah has a portfolio. Other things being dealt with sporadically. Ongoing.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive files.Tertiary goal. Making progress; taking three directories most months seems to be working well, so this will be ongoing.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Nothing new, and not likely to be this year, so BBing it.

Lifetending:

  • 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. Lots of connection; one-on-one outings with my Accomplice and both kids. Goal completed – in many ways!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal; critique group on hold till 2017.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal. In the process of doing something- this week, I hope.
  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. And my own copy is on its way to me! ❤

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Not consistently, but some….

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 2 hours thrice weekly, by round’s end. Secondary goal. Getting closer to that 90 minute goal, and hit the two hour one for a day or two here and there.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours in October; thirteen in November; fourteen in December. Tertiary goal. Not even close. I need better scaffolding on this one.

  • Smart Change: Choose a habit to change using the intial steps in this book. Side goal. Setting aside till 2017.
  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing first steps. Side goal. Setting aside till 2017.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. 2 rejections and an acceptance.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-10 of A Backdrop of Stars and First Contact, With Jazz to fanfiction.net; begin submitting to either Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Secondary goal. Adapted goal: Submit Chapters 4-6, ABoS. Get FC,WJ to betas. Revision is a lengthy process. Carrying over into 2017.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. BBing till 2017.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. Side goal. BBing.

  • Create Patreon page, and incorporate it into my social media…this is an exploratory time. Side goal. Made some progress; drafted my rewards structure. Carrying over to 2017.

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The Prosperity of Presence (or is that Presents?): December 25, 2016

Hey there!

If you’re observing a holiday this week, may it dawn brightly, pass in delight, and end in soft wonder. If you’re not celebrating – well, may your day to day life bring you joy and wonder, too!

Yes, I do know that the round is officially over – but I work best with monthly goals, and a steady rhythm for accountability. Don’t worry; I am moving forward at a more relaxed pace – but I love the moving forward, and a week and a half of down time would be more like torment than rest, when I have ideas churning away in my head, so….here I am!

Most of my focus has been on planning for next year’s writing, revising, and administrative details – file sorting, holiday provisioning, hometending…and family time. I’ve also been rereading some of my existing fan fiction as I sorted and filed.

In the midst of the uncertainty in our finances…a windfall of sorts. My Accomplice realized that we were paying about twice as much for our life insurance policies as we needed to, particularly now that the children are no longer so young that they’ll be dependent upon us for many more years. So he shopped around, and found a much more affordable plan with adequate coverage, and we cashed in the existing policy’s value.

Most of the money is already earmarked, but we’ve budgeted in a few treats for everyone along the way. It will be a simple holiday, but there will also be some magic.

What does holiday magic mean to you?

Whatever it is, may you have and share it in abundance!

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal.  Aeon Timeline;Expanding February projects into one-sentence goal statements; 2/12 in progress. New timeline created; February goals in process; 2/12 months.

Revision:

  • Philodosia”(Hamiltoninspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal. Simmering was a good idea, as this is a much improved version. I even made it a cover and a dedication, and autographed it for her. ❤

Social Media:

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus. Holiday and family stuff took precedence.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Sunday/Wednesday focus. Tertiary goal. Simmering. WIPpet posted: To Sleep for Real. And second reblog in progress; and that’s as far as I got this week.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 3/5; Family: 1/5. Kitchen: 0/5. Indoor random; 33ish/25. More focus given to those things that would nurture the holiday spirit; I’ll get back to a more typical routine this week.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal. Stuff to Look At folder emptied and deleted. Fourth and final sort of IDIC folders complete; moved to Fiction directory. Began with 1,724 Writing Stuff messages; down to 1,350. Now that the rest of this goal is complete, I can focus on this portion.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; canoodling; cuddling; nail painting; workout; dinner; music.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page; write-in goodness.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer promotional posts, reviews, and beta-reading for other writers. Tertiary goal. One offer of promotion on the table.

 

 Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 4/6 morning; 0/3 evening. Fairly well in the mornings, considering the holiday.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 6/5; 90 min: 5/4. With the preparations, this was a simple matter.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of eight hours. Tertiary goal. Cardio/strength workout at Y: 3/8 hours. Got another hour here; workout with my Accomplice.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Listen: Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Side goal. Through Chapter 7/19; 17% complete.

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And here’s an extra treat or two; with my wish of happy holidays to you!

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

on Enterprise, NX-01!

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Prosperity. Diversified: December 21, 2016

Hey there!

Here we are, just about to the end of the final round of 2016!

Since I like to use the entire round, which officially ends at midnight. My final Round Four update will be posted here on Sunday.

We’re easing into the Christmas spirit. With our current family financial situation, it will be a day more of togetherness than acquisition, and that’s all right. We’ve put some effort into getting a few things for our daughter, who is nearly twelve-and-a-half. She’s content with much less than she was even last year, but still young enough that gifts bring her great joy.

It’s now well into Wednesday afternoon. I’ve had a good sleep, conversation with my Accomplice and Lise, listened to a chapter of Alexander Hamilton while having my nails painted because Lise loves to paint them and I like this color. Once they dried, I sorted some email, because I can’t listen and do writing or revising tasks without losing track of one or the other. I can sort mail, edit pictures, and the like, though, so it’s a good time to tackle those details.

I’ve also watched the first 3 episodes of Enterprise, and reread King of Shreds and Patches, my fan fiction redo of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I have a new warm winter coat, gloves, and cozy hoodie. All of these are my “Christmas presents”.

I’ll wrap this up with a snippet of new writing on The Far Shore, then on to the update:

Was she doing the wrong thing, attempting to save such a child?

In the moment the question flashed in her mind, Ubunta noticed something metallic flashing through the rocks beneath her. It was too far to identify right away, but metal that hadn’t rusted was rare here, from what she had seen. Rare, and therefore possibly valuable…

Note: Goals I engaged with this session appear in this update. Links to full goals updates below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. Scene 11/24 in progress. 36,748/~65,000 words/ 3,784 new. Best word count of the month, thus far!
  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Secondary goal. Week Two: F and G essays drafted: 6/6. Week Four: S poem drafted; 6/6. Week Three: H-J essays drafted; 3/6.Reread topic/poem for K”; simmering, 4/6. Good progress here, too.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. Expanded January projects into one-sentence goal statements; 1/12 months complete. Updated/relaunched my Aeon Timeline app; created template; adjusted settings, confused myself. January Website/ Blogging/ Writing/ Revising goals entered. Working through the learning curve.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-6 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; “FC;WJ”: Began revising the new Scene Four.

  • Philodosia”(Hamilton-inspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal. Received/reviewed notes from the crit group partner who introduced me to Hamilton: An American Musical. Simmering her suggestions.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. #8sunday; #SoCS;ROW80; #weekendcoffeeshare. Much better than last week!

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Sunday/Wednesday focus. Tertiary goal. Wrote a list of countdown page notes; simmering.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 0/5; Family: 1/5. Kitchen: 0/5. Indoor random; 15/25.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal. Began with 1,724 Writing Stuff messages. Secondary sorting of IDIC; 6/6 folders complete; 1 or 2 more passes should do it for this directory.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; Exploding Kittens; videos; snuggling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page; write-in goodness.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer promotional posts, reviews, and beta-reading for other writers. Tertiary goal. One offer of promotion on the table; will look at it more closely this week.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 1/6 morning; 0/3 evening. Off week.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 3/5; 90 min: 2/4.

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Bits of Prosperity: December 18, 2016

Hey there!

I tend to be the optimistic type – but not in an ostrich-hiding-out way, but rather in a focusing-on-the-positive helps me find new ways to add to it. When I get fixated just on what’s wrong, I tend to get all mired up in that place.

So, in that vein…

We had a little windfall this week – a small tax rebate. It’s enough to cover a few essentials – I’ll be getting a winter coat tomorrow – I haven’t had one for a couple of years. Last winter, when money was more plentiful, it didn’t really get cold or snowy, but this year seems to be different already, and I’ll be grateful for the added warmth.

It was also a good time for my Accomplice not to be working, since the weather was iffy, and he didn’t have to drive in it. We went for a workout on Wednesday. We’d gotten out of the habit with his variable work schedule, so that was connecting and happy.

He also cooks when he’s home. Me? I’d rather play with words. The kids tend to like to get their own meals, so I eat better when the chef’s home. Saturday, he made a batch of hot sauce; once we can afford to have labels made and liability insurance purchased, he’ll have a small inventory ready to go.

I’m also busy creating an inventory – and the foundations of a business. Since it’s the middle of the month, or thereabouts, I’m trimming my December goals, to focus on those that are my current priorities.

Since this will be a longish post, I’m going to give you a snippet, then step out of the way of my own progress – but first, I’d love to know what bits of prosperity have fallen into your week?

From The Far Shore (Kifo Island #5); Scene Ten:

“Why am I asking myself these questions, when I’m probably never going to have the answers?”

But she didn’t have an answer for that, either. All she had was an unused pregnancy test and too many questions. Those, and a broken heart.

Note: I list the goals I interacted with during the current session.  Complete goals lists are linked below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 10/24 in progress. 32,711/~65,000 words/
  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Secondary goal. Week Two: F and G essays drafted: 6/6. Week Four: N, O, and P poems drafted; 3/6. Read instructions and topic for PQ”; simmering, 4/6.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. Color-coded/organizing brainstormed possibilities for March-December; 12/12 months complete. Simmering.

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week One: Added two photos. Created an A-Z image file directory and folder for the A post; 1/1 completed; 1/26 overall. Week Five: Moved all poem tutorials for letters T-Z to planning page; 7/7 for the week, this step complete for 26/26 posts.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-6 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Completed first revision pass for Chapter 1/3, “Returns and Remembrances;” reread Chapter 2/3 “Clinging to One Another,” color-coding for first revision pass complete. “FC;WJ”: I’ve decided to restructure, and seriously tighten. Next revision pass for segments of Scenes One and Two, now the opening scene. Now have revised/restructured Scenes One Three, with more to go from these two original scenes (it’s complicated)! Things will be a bit chaotic as I rejigger, but I expect the result to be much lovelier.

  • Self-Publication: Revise/polish “A Splash of Red”; offer for critique readers. Secondary goal. Setting it aside to focus on in January.

  • Kifo Island: Revise Sea Changes scenes 5-8 in preparation for submitting to critique group. Tertiary goal. This probably isn’t going to happen this month, but since I have at least two scenes which two of my partners haven’t gotten to yet, I’m OK with taking a couple of weeks in January to get moving on this.

  • Philodosia”(Hamilton-inspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal. Color-coded for first post-rejection revision pass; simmering.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited 3 #weekendcoffeeshare; #SoCS, #ROW80 Sunday. Wednesday, and #8sunday and all WIPpet Wednesday. participants. Goal completed for the week – hooray!

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus. Another goal completed!
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Sunday/Wednesday focus. Tertiary goal. Discovered I can do a lot of setup while listening to podcasts, and thinking I may do this once or twice a week. Made my first efforts at countdown posts – see widget in sidebar. Not really satisfied, but simmering. This session; WIPpet: Your Records Say”; #8sunday: Glimpses of Him scheduled and linked. Edited images for next 2 Skywatch Friday/#weekendcoffeeshare posts. Reblog post in progress.

Hometending:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 5/5. Kitchen: 3/5 (Accomplice tends to take it over when he’s not working, which makes it a bit harder to get to). Indoor random; 25/25.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal. Email back in sane parameters! Began organizing Writing Stuff into more specific folders; Began with 2,150; now at 1,724. Started secondary sorting of IDIC; Went through Arcs in Progress and Boldly Go folders; began One-Offs (actually, most of them can fit into existing arcs); 3/6 folders in progress.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; podcasts; planning; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 6/6 morning; 1/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 6/5; 90 min: 5/4. Wahoo!

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of eight hours. Tertiary goal. Cardio/strength workout at Y: 2/8 hours.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal. Cleaning my work table in order to get to the board; surveyed and simmering.

  • Listen: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Side goal. Through Chapter 5/19; 11% complete. I was waiting to finish the Trek movies, the reports, and catch up on the Welcome to Night Vale podcast so I could listen to Episode 100 with Lise. Now that I’ve done all of those, this will be my primary focus.

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Prosperity. Paused​?: December 14, 2016

Hey there!

So, have you ever had life do a quick-change on you at what might be the best and worst of times?

My Accomplice was fired from his job on Monday. He took this job several weeks ago, with high hopes. He was working a lot; the kitchen was clean and far better equipped than the one where he’d worked miracles for nine years. The owners were friendly, and, although the starting pay was lower than he’d hoped, he was promised a rapid promotion and raise once his probation was over.

The problems started to poke through the shiny exterior, but we’d gone through the bulk of our savings during his previous unemployment. He was determined to stay, and do his best, until he had a better opportunity.

But I can’t say I’m glad he’s not there anymore. Yes, it’s going to make finances very uncertain at a time of year when a little extra would be most welcome. But we’re lucky – we own our home, and our elderly vehicles, outright. Our kids are both old enough to understand financial reality, and it helps that we’ve been very open about our expenses since they were very small.

More than that. Going from what he thought would be a dream job filled with new learning and the chance to excel to something much less appealing was affecting his happiness and stress levels. Financial lean times are better than that, to me – to all of us. We like our family happy; we’re rich in so many ways that will never pad a bank account.

Some things mean more than money…

What means more than money to you?

Note: Goals I engaged with this session are included in the main post body. For complete lists, click the links below.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 558 new words; Scene 9/24 wrapping up. .29,951/ ~65,000 words.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 46 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; I FC, WJ”: Scene 4/16: Color-coding for first pass revision complete.

  • Philodosia”(Hamilton-inspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal. Watched Hamilton’s America again– hey, #itswritingresearch! Or obsession….or maybe both! =D

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited 3 SkyWatch Friday folks.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete/revise/submit first quarter reports (due 12/15). Continue to file to Flickr portfolios. Gather materials for second quarter reports; facilitate further learning as needed/wanted. Primary goal. It took until Monday evening, but the reports are finished and submitted, so the time-sensitive portion of this goal has been completed ahead of deadline.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 5/5. Kitchen: 5/5. Indoor random; 8/25.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal. Wednesday/Saturday focus. Clared/deleted Yogical, which was a migrated file from my Accomplce’s od Toughbook. Did a basic sort of IDIC and Stuff. Got email to 112 messages. Good progress here!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; videos; offering support/solace to Accomplice after job loss.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 2/6 morning; 1/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 2/5; 90 min: 2/4. Some strenuous firewood-bringing on Sunday.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of eight hours. Tertiary goal. Moving firewood: 1/8 hours.

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Prosperity of a Sacred Place: December 11, 2016

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Not a lot to say here; it’s getting late, and it’s been a busy day. I’m writing – alternating 500 words of The Far Shore with one of the poems or essays for my #atozchallenge posts. Mostly, though, I’ve been working on the homeschool reports, due on Thursday.

I also went to the First Church in Albany on Saturday. It’s where Alexander Hamilton’s eulogy was read on July 29, 1804 – exactly 165 years before I was born.

Here’s an excerpt of my new TFS writing, in lieu of more chatting. Of course, I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!

“Your bath is ready.” Manou’s voice was soft, as though he knew that she was deep into her own thoughts. “Would you like help, Ubunta?”

“I’d like to know how you would help me escape. Then I can bathe, and consider it.” Was she too transparent, too easily read?

Writing:

  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,080 new words; Scene 9/24 wrapping up. It went far off plan, but I’m not sorry – it wanders some, but is better than what I plotted..29,391/ ~65,000; steady progress.
  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Secondary goal. Week Three: L and M poems complete; 6/6. Week Two: B,C, D and E essays drafted: 4/6. Making good progress here.

Plotting:

  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. Color-coded/organizing brainstormed possibilities list for January; a couple for February: 2/12 months in progress.

  • Brainstorm list of 33 possible blog topics to develop in 2017. Tertiary goal. 33/33. Once I started putting them down; this took off. So it’s done. Some of the ideas are already in play; some are series ideas; some are one-shots; some are words and phrases that tickle my imagination; some are reblogs from other places of mine; a few are maybe utter nonsense that will never see the light of day. But I needed a pool of ideas to draw from and build upon, and now I have it!

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 46 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; IFC, WJ”: Completed first pass revision on Scene 3/16; reread Scene 4/16 prior to color-coding for first pass.

  • Philodosia”(Hamilton-inspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal. Watched Hamilton’s Albany and Hamilton’s America – hey, #itswritingresearch! Or obsession….or maybe both! =D

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. Visited ROW80 and #8sunday: 3/3. Marking this complete; although there’s a new batch to get to now, from the weekend.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages; ff.net; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. I got to all of them for at least a peek – hooray!
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. Simmering some page ideas.WIPpet Wednesday: “If You’re Too Tired”; #8sunday: “The Cogs of My Monday”  and reblog (Fill the Tanks) posted; second scheduled; next weeks awaiting finishing; WIPpet for 12/21 in early drafting. Added a Skywatch Friday/#weekendcoffeeshare post;  and a Stream of Consciousness Friday post;“Don’t Feed the Bears/ Laying Myself Bare.” No countdown stuff yet, but a great week for blogging!

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete/revise/submit first quarter reports (due 12/15). Continue to file to Flickr portfolios. Gather materials for second quarter reports; facilitate further learning as needed/wanted. Primary goal. Jeremiah’s U.S. History, Government, Art, Practical Arts, Music, Latin, Technology, Physical Education, Health and Safety, and Attendance sections drafted; 14/14. Updated Miah’s attendance log. Just have Lise’s attendance, then proofreading for both and the cover letter to do – these will be my priority for Sunday; hoping to have them waiting in the superintendent’s inbox Monday morning.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 5/5. Kitchen: 5/5. Indoor random; 33/25.Goal exceeded for the week! =D

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal. Wednesday/Saturday focus.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation and videos with all; canoodling with my Accomplice.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page.

Selftending:

  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 6/6 morning; 1/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 5/5; 90 min: 3/4. I got well over two hours for two days this week; just missed on Friday – post mega-hometending Thursday, and also post-major migraine.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 –

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The Sacred Space that inspired me this weekend – here’s ceiling and balcony details at the First Church in Albany, the Dutch Reformed Church where Alexander Hamilton  was eulogized on July 29, 1804.