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 The Strength of Solid Foundations: #12WeekYear / #ROW80 Week 6 Final

In my Wednesday update, I mentioned that upheaval had come into my life, but I wasn’t ready to discuss it. One reason was that I didn’t yet have a full picture of what the chaos was, and what form it was going to take.

Sometimes, all it takes to get a clearer picture is a few simple words:

  • Cancer
  • Pancreatic
  • Metastasized
  • Inoperable
  • Incurable

Those words are terrifying enough that most of us probably hope they stay “out there” – away from us and those we cherish.

Unfortunately, those are the words my husband heard on Thursday, at the end of a four-day hospitalization for a painful and swollen leg that was diagnosed as deep vein thrombosis.

He was cited a life expectancy of 6 to 12 months, depending on whether he elects to undergo chemotherapy, and how he responds to it, if he does.

For those who don’t know, we have two teens, ages 13 and 16. We’ve always been direct and honest with the kids; that seems to be helping them deal with this extremely sobering news. It will be hardest, I think, for our daughter. She’s younger, has a more intense personality, feels things very deeply – and has been very close to her dad her whole life. While our son and my husband get along well, with no conflicts, they have a “guys leaning on a truck” type of connection…they like to hang out and watch TV while chatting about not much.

For me…

Twenty years really isn’t enough. Jim is more than my husband. He’s my mate, my best friend, my sometimes combatant, my lover, my complement, my partner in business and parenthood, and so much more.

The next months will be – uncertain. We’re still awaiting biopsy results; maybe they have some good news, but we’re pragmatic people. We’d rather prepare for the worst, and be surprised if the news ends up being more positive. It feels more productive than hoping this was all a huge mistake, and then being slammed back into reality.

I’m staying with ROW80, and #12WeekYear, because having that structure gives me a framework I can lean on. However, things may change considerably, and with little warning, over the next months.

Positive energy, healing thoughts, and prayers are all equally welcome as my family makes this journey together.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained Blood; one Spellfire’s Kiss, until both are complete: Weeks 6-12.

  • Resumed Stained Blood Chapter 5 comments: page 5/11 in progress.
  • Contacted Spellfire’s Kiss author re. lost emails.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 5%


Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Week 6.

  • Study: 5/5
  • Bedroom: 3/3
  • Porch: 1/1
  • 9/9 total.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!


Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 6-9.

  • 3/3 for the week.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Week 6.

  • English Language Arts and Mathematics drafted; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 11%


Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 6.

  • Worked on Breadcrumb Method.
  • Week 6 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Week 8.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 67.

  • .25 / 3 hours.
  • Answered comments and skimmed a few things on the workshop page.
  • Page descriptions started for blog in Week 5; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 8%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete The Story Toolkit Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated); then move forward with Acts Two-Four Beat Sheets as I complete each previous act’s drafting: Weeks 6 –12.

  • Subplot A (1/3): 6/7 completed.
  • Section 10/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 25%

Complete rough draft to 25,000 words: Week 6.

  • 11/8:   1,232 words:    19,793/50,000.
  • 11/9: 1,448 words:    21,237/50,000.
  • 11/10: 1,705 words    22,942/50,000.
  • 11/11: 1,672 words  24,693/50,000.
  • Session Total: 6,057 words.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 90%

Chef Bluebeard:  All goals are being re-evaluated due to circumstances.

Adapt media schedule: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 10%90-

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality: 

Samsung Health  (on hold; I likely won’t finish this program before it runs down):

Complete 5K Week 8 (missed 2 workouts); 2 workouts from Week 9: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Tai chi, yoga, and reiki: (all goals on hold, for now).

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 6-12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 6.

  • Missed Monday meal; thought I was still on twice a week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 66%

Personal Expression:

Evaluate bras; choose a favorite. Week 6.

  • The Goddess sports and Cacique everyday bras are in a dead heat, but I don’t need another sports bra. So, when the time comes, I’ll be adding another Cacique to my collection.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Return Torrid bra. Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Make a list of jewelry items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Weeks 6-7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%


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