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Historic Growth; July 5, 2017

Hi there!
This morning’s journal entry:

Yesterday was amazing!

Miah and I went to the July 4 festivities at Schuyler Mansion – his first visit there – and then to Panera and to shop a bit before we came home.

Then, I got a migraine. That was a little less amazing…

Between the two, I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped…but I did get at least a start on many of my goals, and, other than a laundry run where I could read or write (I’ll have wifi), I don’t have any more away missions scheduled this week.

I may have to learn to accept that things move slower, and my focus is more diffuse, when I am out and about, “filling the well.”

Truth is, we had a lovely time, I took in a lot of inspiration and detail, bonded with my almost-a-man teen, and restored my soul…

That’s worth a few unfinished goals, any day! =)

How do you handle balancing outside activities and writing goals?


  • CampNoWriMo: Write 66,666 words (average 2,151/day) of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8).  7,169/66,666 words. Primary goal; a bit below target, since I didn’t write on Tuesday.


  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book  and The Story Toolkit to finish plotting this novel. 18,979 plotting words; began Antagonist #1; Step 6/22 in progress (TST); just need to do coloring materials for TWCB. Primary goal; solid progress.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Missed Monday post; began prepping ROW80 Round Three goals and this post. Primary goal; a bit below target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Sprint Monday; chats Mon-Tues. Answered two or three questions on Quora; read more. Stretch goal; on target.


  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Added to Facebook Business Page; discussed posting, signage, and sales. Scheduled Thursday as a focus day for moving forward. Secondary goal; great progress.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instructin Plans) and complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Hometending: 2/5 (and some on Tuesday); brainstormed a bit for IHIPs; Lise testing completed; Miah in progress.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Time w/writing group, all beloveds, and myself; 1/5 activity – 27 minutes/ 2 hours strenuous (BSto5K); meditation/journaling 3/8.

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Ink-smudged copy of the American Declaration of Independence, Schuyler Mansion, Albany, NY July 4, 2017.



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!

4 thoughts on “Historic Growth; July 5, 2017

  1. You’re doing well, despite the migraine. I get migraines from time to time. I know how much they suck, and how hard it is to get anything done even once the storm’s blown through.

    1. I’ve had them since I was 14. Becoming a mom meant I more or less had to get better at doing what I can manage, unless they’re horrible. This one was more persistent than most, but only a 7 or 8 pain wise. When it was gone, it was gone – that was nice.

      May your migraines be few!

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