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Opening to the Now: #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 Midweek 3

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

It’s Wednesday – so that means it’s time to unveil my Week 3 Action Plan (Here’s my End of Week 2 progress). 

But first, a bit about my Tuesday:

  • I participated in my second Meet the Author event. The audience was engaged, and asked a lot of great questions.
  • On the way to the event, I noticed an animal shelter. I’ve been looking for a canine companion, and stopped on my way home…and met Nadine-who-will-be-Magnolia (Noli). We hit it off right away, and, once she’s spayed, she’ll be coming home with me. Tomorrow, we’re looking for a sister for her, because Lise wants a dog, too.

What’s new in your world this week?


  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.
  • Quarterly review after Weeks 3, 6, 9,
  • Final Review: 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.  

  • A missed turn led to a driving adventure Sunday.
  • Discussed vehicle maintenance plans and road test.

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

  • Sleepover/friend visit for Lise.

I register for Unschoolers Rock the Campground 10  and reserve our rooms at the Northeast Unschooling Conference.

  • Registration is open for URTC.
  • Discussed room plans with my kids and Lise’s best friend, who will be our guest..

I facilitate their efforts to make our home a space where they can invite/entertain friends.

  • Encouraged/discussed room cleaning with both.
  • Began reading Hygge.

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

  • Both kids shared some of their independent activities.

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.

  • Bedrooomtending; dishes; general hometending.

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.

  • Will meet my friend Darcy on Thursday.

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

  • 30,819 new words; 3,705 this week.

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.

  • Watched Video 1 for Module 1

I complete two 11;11 learning sessions for How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck.

I complete organization for How to Revise Your Novel, and one 11:11 learning session.

Networking Stuff:

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

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

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 shift opening of 5k training to next week, so Noli can be part of it.

I make chicken and rice soup; garlic parmesan chicken, bone broth, and a pasta bake.

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

  • Meditation (Insight Timer at 3:33) and journaling each morning.

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; Spider Solitaire; dog adoption; Fixer Upper.
  • 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 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).

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

This was Corki, our late pittie mix. Noli looks like a purebred; same sweet face and disposition, though….



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 “Opening to the Now: #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 Midweek 3

    1. I’m nervouscited to have her here. It’ll be an adjustment (maybe especially for the cats) but she really is a love.

      Hoping to get a good bit more done this week, but it will be a busy one.

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