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Building in Some Deep Breaths: March 26, 2017

Hey there!

I know it’s officially a ROW80 break – Round One is over, and Round Two won’t begin until Monday, April 3….but, since I set my goals by month as well as by round, and since I was rather busy out of the house on Wednesday and Thursday, and playing catch-up on many things Friday and Saturday, I missed my midweek post.

All that said, I’m here today to update for the week, and help myself get centered for the week in progress…I’ve got 6 days left of March, and some goals that are rather important for me to meet before April gets here…and I’m feeling an intermittent panic I tell myself is unreasonable, since these are personal goals, and lives don’t depend on them. But, still – I know why I set them, and how other goals will be complicated if I don’t finish certain things…

Deep breath.

And again.

Then once more.

I think that’s better.

Do you ever find yourself in a position like this, where the things you’ve “assigned” yourself seem to be piling up, and your progress creeping along?

If so, how do you deal with the feeling?

  • Note: Goals I engaged with during the past week are detailed in this update. For complete lists, see the links below.

  • #oneword for 2017

  • Round One goals (updating later today)

  • 2017 Goals  (updating later today)


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2): Reread existing material; complete draft (10/50 scenes). Write 6,666 words/week till complete (by March 31). Primary goal – adapted. Scene 44/50 in progress; 3,775/6,666.


  • Kifo Island: Complete The Story Toolkit for April novel; flesh out with pages from The Writer’s Coloring Book. Flesh out AeonTimeline.  File new series bible materials. Primary goal adapted. Antagonist Character Arc: p. 7/7 in progress (3/3 arcs); Overall: Step 8/22 in progress.


  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete edits. Secondary goal. I’m all set until the copy editor goes through my story; not before the end of round, so calling this COMPLETED!


  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” (for Dark and Bitter anthology): follow up with editors as needed. Primary goal COMPLETED!

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Complete and schedule all posts by March 31; make page on; write theme reveal post and schedule for reveal date still TBD (keep eyes open for this). Secondary goal. Adapted goal: Have all materials scheduled and ready to launch by March 18. All posts are scheduled; will be going back to add link for Theme Reveal, and Mindful Monday branding to B,H,N, and T posts (part of my scheduling goal, below); (and daily during April to add the #atozchallenge links as they appear.)

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Mindful Monday and Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee Share posts. Develop rough schedule to pre-produce April posts where possible; have all drafts in website interface or Scrivener by March 31. Tertiary goal. I have a schedule for how to proceed; WIPpet completed. Set aside weekend posting for this week, too – I’m focusing on drafting and plotting, because I really want these two tasks finished by month’s end.


  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 27/33; Kitchen; living room; study; bedroom; bathroom completed: 3/3. Porch: 1/1.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; planning; TV and movies; canoodling; flirting; and a rare storm of tempers lost and reconciliation reached.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Discussed currently queued posts with authors; write-in; online chatter.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Behind on beta read; will get to that this week.


  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 6/6 journal/ meditation. Evening: 2/4 journal; 1/3 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 5/5; 111 minutes: 2/2; Strenuous: 4 hours, 20 minutes /9 hours; tai chi.

Leaps of Faith:

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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!

6 thoughts on “Building in Some Deep Breaths: March 26, 2017

  1. Looks like a pretty good week, even if things got hectic. I find I set myself too many/too strict of goals sometimes, and I start to panic and beat myself up when I don’t meet them. And there’s no reason for it. The only deadlines I have are the ones I set for myself. But I’ve always been harder on me than anyone else ever is.

    1. That’s exactly how I feel. I’m experimenting with a much lighter load for April, and maybe a new format, too…I want to be diverse, but I think sometimes I go over the line into scattered, and then my efforts get diluted.

      1. I’ve tried doing the lighter load. And usually end up adding even more to it. Haha. But, yes, I do feel scattered and stretched thin sometimes. That’s part of why I decided to only work on one drafting project a month(aside from my side projects). It does seem to be helping.

        1. “’ve tried doing the lighter load. And usually end up adding even more to it.”

          Yup. BTDT.

          But I’m thinking that might be a good thing, at least for the next four Creative Chaos Marathon months. I’d kind of rather add things because I’m so on top of everything than feel like I really, really should be getting to everything when the workload was impossible to begin with.

          I’m feeling a need to better understand what reasonably constitutes what I can achieve in a given time period, because I seem to be setting some things I’d like to finish aside, month after month.

          I want to break that cycle!

          1. I saw something on twitter the other day(okay, a week ago or more, I think) that creative types don’t see themselves as getting a lot done even when they are, so they end up doing even more. Or something to that effect. And it’s so true. At least for me. And then I wonder why I don’t get everything done. 🙂

          2. I think that’s true – at least for me. I feel like I should be doing so much more than I manage, but when I take account, other people tend to think it’s a lot more than I thought it was…

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