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Where Am I Now? #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 End of Week 2

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

It’s Sunday – time to wrap up my Week 2 Action Plan (Here’s my midweek progress).

What I accomplished this week:

  • A lot of hometending, provisioning, homeschool, and family stuff.
  • Accepted invitation to appear at my second meet the author event.
  • Laid groundwork and made a bit of headway on 2/3 classes.
  • Kept up with #atozchallenge posts, and CampNaNoWriMo word count.

What’s on deck?

  • More hometending, provisioning, homeschool, and family stuff.
  • Meet the author event on Tuesday.
  • Much more classwork; and begin researching a WP hosted website.
  • Keep up with both challenges.

How do these suit my greater purpose?

  • Every one of these goals is a step toward raising of my children well, and/or developing a writing career which offers my readers something of value while sustaining my family.

Have you asked yourself these questions, lately?


  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.
  • I review/adjust my Round 2/12 Week Year 3 after weeks 3, 6, 9, and a final one after Week 12.

Goal Status:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Completed.
  • Green: In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • Black with Overstrike: 86’ed.
  • Red: Goal Change.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

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

  • City driving:  emergency detour, emergency vehicle convoy, and unfamiliar locations.

I facilitate kids’ social travel and time with friends as desired, and check up on Unschoolers Rock the Campground.

  • Birthday party for Lise; sleepover/visit plans next week, weather permitting.
  • Checked URTC group page; nothing new.

I spend 11:11 gathering materials for each child’s third quarter homeschool reports.

  • Not officially, but learned about independent activities through conversation.

      I facilitate both kids’ learning as needed.

  • Art, drivers’ ed, French and English grammar, literature, home economics, music, and more.

Home Stuff:

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

  • Made deal with Lise –laundry traded for fries.
  • Bedrooomtending; laundry; dishes.
  • Yardtending: raking/decluttering.

I post three items (already selected) on a local yard sale site.

I rough draft a schedule for hometending as a baseline for action.

I touch base with Lise about next steps in baking/selecting a mop she wants to use.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule lunch/coffee dates with two friends.

  • Coffee date w/Eden Mabee.

I send thank you notes to Jim’s sisters, and contact them via text to touch base.

  • Texted both.


Writing/Revising Stuff:

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

I collect materials, organize, get beta feedback, apply, finalize layout, and submit my Secret Project.

  • I have secured 4 beta readers (3 more to ask).

I use April CampNaNoWriMo to complete the rough draft of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8).

  • 25,273 new words; 9,264 this week.
  • More than halfway done.

Blogging From A-Z April Challenge: The Alphabet of Grief complete 26 posts.

I check in at Story A Day, catch up on recent podcasts, and begin collecting story sparks for this year’s stories. If there is a way to get advance notice of the prompts, I utilize it.

Learning Stuff:

I complete Pixels to Platform intro and Module 1.

  • Running behind due to an extremely busy week; intro viewed.

I complete organization for How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck, evaluate my current progress, and complete one 11:11 learning session this week.

  • Finished organization and reread lesson materials.

I complete organization for How to Revise Your Novel.

Networking Stuff:

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

  • Made a couple of comments; haven’t been there as much at end of week

I answer blog comments and visit other blogs on my current informal schedule.

I complete current chapter of Stained Blood, return to author, and highlight next section for revision.

I touch base with author next in my queue, and another possible beta author regarding manuscript schedule.

I post current goals and Dark and Bitter reading video/transcript to Patreon, and update Facebook Writer page and blog sidebar.

Family Financial Stuff:

I go through current receipts.

  • I’ve decided to begin with this week’s receipts.
  • Sorted, and found a box in which to home them.
  • #babysteps!

I set budget for groceries, eating out, and monthly expenses, using receipts and bank statement as guides.

  • Began organizing current bills/receipts, and kept an eye on transactions electronically; paid electric bill.

I contact insurance agent (re: business insurance).

I read at least one article or blogpost on a financial matter.

I talk with both kids about what prosperity means to them.

  • Discussed with Lise; opened topic with Miah.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I return to tai chi on Thursday, and swim afterwards.

I reset my 5K training; prepare to restart next week.

  • All set.

I make chicken and rice soup; steel cut oats; a pasta bake; and steam sweet potatoes in Instant Pot..

  • Purple and Japanese sweet potatoes steamed.
  • Ingredients purchased for pasta bakes and soup.

I meditate and journal daily, and twice daily at least three times this week.

  • Meditation (Insight Timer at 2:22) and journaling each morning.
  • Night journaling 2/3; Night meditation (Insight Timer at 1:11) 1/3.

I read at least one spiritual growth article this week.

I allow myself sufficient time for rest, recreation, and reflection, without guilt.

  • Time with friends; Cake Mania; TV; shopping; Fixer Upper.
  • I’m still not sleeping as much as I need, but am allowing myself more restful days to compensate.
  • Meditation, journaling, pondering ongoing.

I share my experiences with others as I am inspired.

  • Through blogging, and in person.

I create art that allows me to explore and express my emotional state.

  • Singing, home decorating. and writing.

I memorialize Jim’s place in my life, and make changes as I am moved to, without guilt.

  • Through writing, and in life (shopping; financial decisions).

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My life very much feels like this, lately…