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Unfinished Foundations:  ROW80 Round 4 Final Update/12 Week Year Week 12 Midweek:

I know I’m running very late. Life has been chaotic, of late,and has demanded a great deal of focus on the Right Here, Right Now.

I don’t have an official 2017 wrap-up for this year, since I decided three-quarters of the way in to scrap the annual goals and go to The 12 Week Year. I’m glad I did. Jim’s terminal cancer diagnosis at Week Six shifted nearly all of my priorities, and a 12 week year is a lot easier to adapt to changing circumstances than a 52 week one!

So, without further ado, here’s how my first 12 Week Year (also known as ROW80 Round 4, 2017) shook out:

My 12 Week Year Q4 Goals

Color Codes:

Blue with Overstrike: Completed.

Green: In Progress.

Black:  Not Yet.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Week 12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%


Complete three hometending rounds each in bedroom; porch; and (former) study: Week 12.

  • Bedroom 3/3 completed – and then some. I bought a new-to-me night table and dresser on Sunday, and have been reorganizing.
  • Study/porch both 2/3 for the week.
  • Week 12 progress: about 85%

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 12.

  • >1/1 for living room. 1/1 for kitchen/family room.
  • Week 12 progress: about 85%.

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, circumstances dependent: Week 12.

  • 1/4 this week.
  • Week 12 progress: 25%.


DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

  • Give 30 minutes/week to Modules One/Two: Weeks 10-12.
  • Week 12 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 30 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Complete Rough draft: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Complete Lesson One of Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction mini-course:  Week 12.

  • Wrote/revised 2/11 story starts.
  • Week 12 progress: about 50%

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Organize/inventory existing stock: Week 12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Create plan to liquidate/publicize liquidation: Week 12.

  • More brainstorming.
  • 6 bottles sold to a friend who needed gifts.
  • Week 12 progress: about 25%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Week 12.

  • Adjusting and learning ongoing. Getting in the swing of hospice; I think we’ve met most everyone now.
  • Week 12 progress: about 60%.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Week 12.

  • Offers accepted as needed.
  • Week 12 progress: about 60%.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Week 12.

  • Lots of hometending, firewood tending, and resting a knee sore from lots of physical exertion.
  • Week 12 goal: COMPLETED.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 12.

  • 3/3 complete; butternut squash ravioli; vegetable lasagna; large salad.
  • Week 12 goal: COMPLETED.

Experiment with Instant Pot veggie-based meals: Week 12.

  • Bought eggs for hard boiling (first simple project) and spinach/kale blend for the veggie experimentation that will follow.
  • Week 12 progress: 10%


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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!

4 thoughts on “Unfinished Foundations:  ROW80 Round 4 Final Update/12 Week Year Week 12 Midweek:

  1. Considering everything going on in your life right now, this is really great. I hope this next round brings you the way to get to everything you can with as much ease as possible. (((HUGS)))

    1. Thank you. I’m really satisfied with what I accomplished. The priority, of course, is Jim, the kids, and family stuff. So that will be a huge part of my Round One goals.

    1. Thank you, Erin. I think, if I hadn’t has these goals and action plans, I might have given up entirely on my personal aspirations for the duration.

      I’m not displeased with what I’ve accomplished, and it made sense to change directions when I did.

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