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One Week In:  #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 End  of Week 1

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

It’s Sunday, so it’s time to take account of my Week 1 progress on the Action Plan I posted Wednesday.

But let me begin by borrowing a tactic from DIY-MFA founder Gabriela Pereira, and ask myself 3 questions about the week just past, and what’s upcoming:

What did I accomplish this week?

  1. I attended the kickoff webinar for the Pixels to Platform Master Class, for which I am an Ambassador.
  2. I shifted focus to my Secret Project – something that’s been on my goals list for years, and which I am finally moving forward on, due to an unexpected opportunity too good to pass up (more details in a few weeks – stay tuned!).
  3. I added 12,609 words to my Kifo Island novel-in-progress, Still Nameless. I’m gearing up for the climactic scenes….*rubs hands together gleefully!*
  4. I wrote 7 poems and accompanying text for the #atozchallenge.

What’s on deck for next week?

  • Complete revision pass 1 for “Storm at Song Glass Cabin”, a short story that has been accepted for publication in a small-press anthology.
  • Pixels to Platform Module One goes live.
  • Get Secret Project to Level Two.
  • Move Still Nameless toward completion.
  • Continue with the #atozchallenge.
  • Resume flash fiction course.

How do these further my deeper purpose?

  • Each of these goals and accomplishments furthers the purpose of expanding my reach, my personal resources, and the ways in which I can use writing to communicate with those who will value my message, and support myself and my two teens.

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?


  • I post my Weekly Action Plan on Wednesdays, and Weekly Wrap-Ups on Sundays.
  • I review/adjust my Round 2/12 Week Year 3 after weeks 3, 6, 9, and do a final assessment after Week 12.

Goal Status:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.
  • Green: In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • Black with Overstrike:
  • Red: Goal Change.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

I facilitate Miah’s driving at a pace that’s comfortable for him.  

  • Drove twice locally. Moderate low-lying fog; discussed fog lights/light options.

 I facilitate kids’ social travel and time with friends as desired.

  • Both kids have plans with friends in the works.

I provide for clothing, materials, appointments, and other things needed for kids’ growth.

  • Shopping trip to Target; essential toiletries and a sweatshirt for Lise.

I complete all necessary homeschool administration.

  • Lots of discussion with both on various topics including home maintenance, family economics, social issues, ethics, and personal/family plans.

Home Stuff:

I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.

  • Regular hometending; asked kids for specific help.
  • Did a round of yardtending: policed clutter in front yard.

I research and acquire items that improve our quality of life.

  • Bought storage containers for food, laundry supplies, and spare towels.
  • Exploratory visit to Honest Weight, the local natural foods co-op.
  • Considering a $100.00 lifetime membership, which will get us a 5% discount on future purchases.

I research, budget for, and oversee home improvement projects.

I assist the kids in learning to maintain a home independently.

  • I purchased cookie dough for Lise’s baking efforts, at her request.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule time each week to connect with friends/ family.

  • Attended gathering with writing group friends on Wednesday.


Writing/Revising Stuff:

I complete the first revision pass of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” (short story), and return to publishers.

I use the spring writing challenges to advance/complete projects in progress.

Learning Stuff:

I schedule weekly time for the writing development courses I have in progress.

I explore new professional opportunities.

  • My Secret Project is a go!
  • Pulling together material for this project – stay tuned for updates!

Networking Stuff:

I maintain, develop, and expand my connections with both other writers and my readers.

  • I participated in sprints and Tweeted with other writers each day.
  • Read/responded to comments and visited a few blogs.

I serve as an DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Master Class Ambassador.

  • Checked in regularly with private Facebook group.

Family Financial Stuff:

I develop, adapt, and maintain a family budget.

  • I gathered receipts from all purchases.
  • Keeping to the loose partial budgets already in place.

I explore the concept of prosperity and what it means to me and to the children.

  • Read 2 articles on entrepreneurship and pricing.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I focus on physical health as part of my daily routine.

  • Mindful eating – focus on adding veggies/preparing my own meals and snacks.
  • Made Instant Pot chicken; adapted a new recipe that also provided base soup stock; chicken, rice, and asparagus casserole; and steel cut oats for myself and the kids.
  • Shopped at Honest Weight natural food co-op; trying some new and interesting produce, cheeses, and snacks.
  • Focused on moving at intervals throughout the day – something that can get neglected in writing-intensive months.

I resume focus on my spiritual development.

I tend to my emotional health in this transitional time.

  • I made time for rest, recreation, and reflection, without guilt: #AllStarTrek, #hgtv. Reading, and coloring. Treated myself to a new planner.
  • I enjoyed time with friends and an impromptu health food shopping adventure.

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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!

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