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Professional Growth: August 13, 2017

Hey there!

Have you ever been poised on the edge of a dream, staring at the precipice, and the amazing reality on the other side?

That’s where we are as a family – and where I am, too, on a personal level.

Two weeks ago, my husband learned that his employer was struggling financially. Since he was the highest-paid employee, he would be let go, with the option to pick up some part-time work on Labor Day Weekend.

Our financial situation has been uncertain for over a year, now. We’ve been managing, mostly because we don’t have house or car payments, live simply, and have a family tendency toward both innovative approaches to difficulties, and a conscious choice to look for the possibilities in even the most challenging of situations (even when the process of getting there is a bit ugly).

So now, we’re poised on the edge, all together, and ready to take the leap of faith that will carry us to the other side…

Have you ever taken a huge Leap of Faith? How did it go?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,333/3,333. Primary goal complete for this week.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Last House The Far Shore (until drafts completed). I was mistaken about one of the titles. It’s The Last House. Reread last several scenes to find my way back into the story, which I began in April.1,133/5,555 words. Secondary goal; a bit of progress.

You don’t need to be alone anymore, Tim.”

The sweetly accented, slightly husky voice was so real, he would have looked around, except that he was busy fantasizing now that he really did have Rebekkah right here with him. It didn’t matter that he’d never seen her face; maybe it was even better than he hadn’t, because his imagination could make her however he wanted her.

The possibilities were endless.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I’ve requested words as part of the Author’s Notes for “Highly Classified Mission,” and received first batch. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Enterprise Early Days Arc: Continue revisions on this project for my WIPpet Wednesday posts. This week’s post: Is That an Order?” Secondary goal complete for this week.

You just tried to shake hands with a Vulcan.”

“You said we were supposed to extend her every courtesy. Just thought extending my hand was part of the deal.” Trip shrugged. “Apparently, she doesn’t agree.”

And then some.”

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. WIPpet done; simmering schedules. Tentative August blogging schedule and most weekend posts drafted. Primary goal; some progress,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. Went through JuNoWriMo directory, organized raw material into folders. 1 hour. Secondary goal completed for this week.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram; Pinterest; and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1.5/3 hours;all main sites excepting Patreon /1 hour dabbling; Quora. Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 10.25/11 hours; first Southern Saratoga County YMCA Farmer’s Market; some promotion/ business communication/market research. Primary goal; excellent progress!

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 73% read; 58% exercises, which take a bit longer to complete. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; very good progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 5/5 hometending) ; 2/3 yardtending sprints complete; bedroom sprint. Progress improved over last week despite very busy week.

  • 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. Activity 4/5; Strenuous: 2.5/2 hours. Meditate/journal 7/8. Solid progress.

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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!

9 thoughts on “Professional Growth: August 13, 2017

    1. A couple of them did! Now the precipice is one of potential – to move forward, and to generate income enough and progress enough that we can maintain a comfortable-for-simple-living-folk lifestyle (and finally pay for our boy to have cello lessons, if he chooses to do so!).

    1. The way I see it, the only things a bad attitude would accomplish would be to make life more miserable, and keep me from looking for the possibilities that will help us to move forward and out of the precarious place we’ve been in.

      A good attitude doesn’t cost anything, and it does tend to make selling things to people directly a lot easier…and it’s just more fun! =D

      I was a good week. Still have some adjusting to do, and may have to think through what I can actually manage to do in a week, with the increased selling hours, but I’m very excited about it all! =D

        1. I inherited a strong tendency for that, too. It used to chew me up. It wasn’t easy to learn to let go of that, and it does crop up from time to time – but life is so much better when I can stay positive and open to possibility.

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