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Unpredictably Now: #ROW80 R2MidWeek 9/#12WeekYear 3

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 

Life has continued to be very unpredictable with a new pup in the house, and the middle part of my goals list is suffering to some extent. But, as with any baby. Smokey needs lots of care to grow up to be the best dog she can be. That’s worth a bit of delay, so I’m focusing my energies where they seem to yield the greatest benefit…

And, finally –puppy pictures!

Are there other things you prioritize over writing/career goals?

What are they?

 

Goal Status:

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

Writing/Plotting:

I complete one Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story each day through end of May, using the Story A Day prompts.

  • Day 28 complete; Day 29 in planning.

I complete first draft of my 2,500 word limit short story for the Little Bird Writing Contest, using the prompts.

  • YES! Okay, so it’s 3,262 words, but it’s a draft, and I know the direction it’s meant to take.

I write a 100-250 word flash fiction for #thursdaythreads, using prompts.

I reread last several chapters of Still Nameless (a Kifo Island novel), and brainstorm ideas for completion in June.

I write 1,667 words/day on Still Nameless, till complete, beginning Friday, June 1.

Revision/Submission:

I simmer “R.I.P. Left Shoe”; revise; share with my accountability group’ polish; and submit by May 31.

  • In progress; 8/8 scenes notated for Miah read rough draft and offered useful impressions/insights.

I complete spot revisions for each day’s Story A Day fan fiction piece, and publish on ff.net.

  • In progress; May 26 post shared.

Send new bio to Becca for the JuNoWriMo site.

I polish my #thrusdaythreads piece and submit.

I beta one chapter Stained Blood.

Learning:

I complete Breadcrumbs exercise.

I complete Pixels to Platform Module Two.

I watch Module Three Video One.

I assess M3V1 Play Sheets; assess time needed for completion.

I play with microphone for at least one song and one reading.

Blogging:

I decide on a spring/summer blogging schedule using P2P learning and Blogging Cheat Sheet.

I begin setting up content for this schedule (target to start June 1).

I respond to all pending comments.

  • In progress; two responded to.

I revise my About page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

I add a Welcome page, based on P2P learning.

Other Social Media

I update my Patreon page.

I share my Patreon page on other social media, because no one can be my patron if they don’t know I want any!

I keep up with #AllStarTrek, ROW80, #accountabilitygirls, P2P Facebook group, and general Twitter, Facebook, and email.

  • In progress; #AllStarTrek; #accountabilitygirls; Twitter; some Facebook; ROW80; and email.

I post and browse at least once on Instagram and Pinterest, because I miss them.

Family Finances:

I read at least one post at 1500 Days.

I post my first gig to Fiverr.

I post two more items to yard sale site(s); update item 1.

I choose three more items to prep for sale, and take images.

I find titles for Gus and motorcycle.

I complete the more complex administrative task begun last week.

I complete review of PayPal auto payments and list these in my planner.

I rough out family budget, and facilitate our making decisions about questionable expenses.

  • More family discussion, and one unused service canceled.

Hometending:

I continue my bedroom reset (declutter, move and reorganize bookcase; move and organize cabinets; bring in chair).

  • In progress; bookcase declutter started.

I do two hometending rounds each in garage and porch.

  • Porch Round #1 in progress.

I do 2 rounds in each common room – bathroom, dining, kitchen, and living room.

  • In progress; Round 1/8 completed.

I do a sinkful of dishes daily (on average), and laundry at least 5 times this week.

  • In progress: dishes 2/7; laundry 2.5/5.

Yardtending:

I move rest of branches to containment.

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

I mow/ facilitate mowing of meadow (I mean, backyard) as possible, and mow front and side yards before they become meadows, too.

  • In progress; front and side yards completed.

I take decorations off mailbox post.

I place radio fence flags once range is set.

Lifetending:

I complete my Weekly To-Dos and post to Slack.

I complete rough draft of Lise’s third quarter homeschool report.

I make the three recipes I chose last week.

  • In progress; 2/3 complete : lemon parmesan pasta with chicken; potato salad.

I choose three more recipes for future experimentation.

  • In progress; collecting and simmering options.

I help Lise with her new puppy, Smokey.

  • Bought her a chew toy; photography, puppysitting, feeding, and potty run services rendered.

I take Noli to dog park twice.

I take a long walk with Noli each day.

  • 3/3 for session.

I test radio fence, and move receiver box to Noli’s spare collar.

I begin training Noli to the radio fence.

I get at least 4 hours of sleep each 24.

  • 3/3 for session.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal each morning.

  • 3/3 for session.

I read one inspirational article.

I meditate one afternoon this week.

  • Yes! 4 minute “Ten Breaths Meditation.” Loved it, and will do it again!

I meditate and journal before sleep 5 times.

  • In progress; 2/5

I light a candle and read from Sleep before bed 5 times.

  • In progress; 2/5

I use a sleep meditation before bed 5 times.

  • In progress; 2/5

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Smokey-Puppy and Noli-Dog….Sisters! Photos by Lise and Shan Jeniah Burton.
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A Smokey Little Now: #ROW80 R2EOW8/ #12WeekYear 3; May 27, 2018

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

The last few days have been rather hectic, but in a good way…we have added a five-week-old puppy to our family.

She’s feisty, funny, and blessed with a strong little body, and stronger, razor-sharp little teeth she tests on nearly everything…

Because she’s so young, she needs lots of care. Since Smokey is Lise’s puppy, she’s doing most of the work, but Miah and I are pitching in where needed, and so is Noli, who loves the new pup in town as much as Little Miss Smokey loves her. The play has already become epic.

I expect life to settle some as the puppy does, and as she grows.* For the moment, I’m a bit behind in several areas…it was an all-day venture to get Smokey home, and we didn’t have much advance notice.

*Yes, there will be pictures, and soon…just not yet. =)

Bringing joy to a girl who could certainly use some, and giving a home to a puppy who might have ended up in a shelter, are both good reasons to be a bit behind on other goals, in my opinion.

 Are you running behind, surging ahead, or holding level?

Notes:

  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.

Goal Status:

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

Writing:

I complete one Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story each day, using the Story A Day prompts.

I complete first draft of my 2,500 word limit short story for the Little Bird Writing Contest, using the prompts.

  • 2,097/2,500 words – next up is the Resolution.

I write a 100-250 word flash fiction for #thursdaythreads, using prompts.

  • This didn’t happen…instead, we went on a road trip to bring home Lise’s new puppy.

I reread last several chapters of Still Nameless ( a Kifo Island novel), and brainstorm ideas for completion in June.

Revision/Submission:

I simmer “R.I.P. Left Shoe”; revise; share with my accountability group for feedback; polish, and submit.

  • Simmering as I go.

I complete spot revisions for each day’s Story A Day fan fiction piece and publish on ff.net.

  • Sunday- Thursday completed.

I polish my #thursdaythreads piece and submit.

  • As mentioned above, this didn’t happen.

Blogging:

I decide on a spring/summer blogging schedule (using P2P learning and Blogging Cheat Sheet).

I begin setting up content for this schedule (target to start in June).

I respond to all pending comments.

I revise my About page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

I add a Welcome page, based on P2P learning.

Other Social Media

I update my Patreon page, with apologies to my Patron (sorry, Fallon!)

I share my Patreon page on other social media, because no one can be my patron if they don’t even know it’s a possibility!

I keep up with #AllStarTrek, ROW80, #accountabilitygirls. P2P Facebook group, and general Twitter, Facebook, and email.

  • All but the P2P group.

I post and browse at least once on Instagram and Pinterest, because I miss them.

  • Browsed Instagram.

Learning:

I complete Breadcrumbs exercise.

I complete Pixels to Platform Module Two.

I watch Module Three Video One.

I assess M3V1 Play Sheets; assess time needed for completion.

I attend the Story A Day Superstars Live Video Chat on Monday evening.

I download Audacity and play with microphone for at least one song and one reading.

Family Finances:

I find a financial blog to follow/read at least one post there.

I post my first gig to Fiverr.

I post two more items to yard sale site(s); update item 1.

I choose three more items to prep for sale.

  • 2/3.

I find titles for Gus and motorcycle.

I complete the two administrative tasks begun last week.

  • Made more progress on the more complex of the two; completed simpler task. 1/2.

I complete review of Paypal auto payments and list these in my planner.

I rough out family budget, making decisions about questionable expenses.

  • The kids and I talked about a couple of the questionable expenses; mulling decisions on those.

Hometending:

I reset my bedroom, with Miah’s assistance (move/rearrange furniture, pull up carpet, reset electronics).

  • The broad strokes are done; the finishing up will take a while longer.

I do two hometending rounds each in garage and porch.

  • I did one 1:11 round on porch.

I do 2 rounds in each common room – bathroom, dining, kitchen, and living room.

  • All but bathroom finished; it was one cycle short.

I do a sinkful of dishes daily (on average), and laundry at least 3 times this week.

  • Exceeded both.

Yardtending:

I move rest of branches to containment.

I move slate to front yard,

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

  • Weeded majority of the largest flowerbed.

I move slate to create new path.

I mow/ facilitate mowing of meadow (I mean, backyard) as possible.

  • Bought mower oil (my first time ever), and Miah resumed mowing the back meadow.

Lifetending:

I facilitate final plans to bring Lise’s new puppy home.

  • We picked up Little Miss Smokey on Thursday.

I begin kids’ third quarter homeschool reports.

  • Both kids are working on lists of their independent projects. #babysteps.

I choose three recipes to make this week.

  • 3/3 selected: lemon parmesan chicken pasta; chef salad, and potato salad (it’s been hot).

I make them.

  • I bought all needed ingredients. Again, #babysteps.

I take Noli to dog park Wednesday and Friday.

  • Yes,

I take a long walk with Noli each day.

  • Every day.

I get at least 4 hours of sleep each night.

  • Only barely, a few nights, but yes.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal each morning.

  • Each day.

I read one inspirational article.

I meditate and journal 4 evenings.

  • 4/4 days before sleep.

I light a candle and read from Sleep 4 evenings.

  • 4/4 days.

I use a sleep meditation 4 nights.

  • 4/4 days as I fell asleep.

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Dandelion Sky . Photo by Lise Burton; editing by me, with permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now It’s Time for A Change

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

It’s been a busy beginning to the week for me.

I’ve done some writing, but Monday was dedicated to rearranging the furniture in my bedroom/workspace. It had been set up to make it easy for Jim to get in and out when he started needing the walker, then for the hospice folks to come to his bedside when he was no longer able to leave it.

But that was months ago, and the setup wasn’t working for me. So, Miah helped me tear up most of the carpet and get the bed and Command Center moved.

The new setup works far better for me, and I’ll be fine-tuning over the next weeks.

Now, though- my Let’s Get to Know Each Other Better answers:

What characters resonate with me?

  • Vulcans! Yes, it’s true.
  • When I was a girl, it was Pippi Longstocking and John-Boy Walton.

Which characters do I love to hate?

  • Well…none, really. I’m not so good at hating. There are characters I struggle to understand, but none I love to hate.

No one answered these last week – so I’ll leave them here a bit longer. I showed you mine – won’t you show me yours, too?

Writing:

I complete one Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story each day, using the Story A Day prompts.

I complete first draft of my 2,500 word limit short story for the Little Bird Writing Contest, using the prompts.

  • 1,115/2,500 words – next up is the Midpoint. I like the way this story is unwinding.

I write a 100-250 word flash fiction for #thursdaythreads, using prompts.

I reread last several chapters of Still Nameless ( a Kifo Island novel), and brainstorm ideas for completion in June.

Revision/Submission:

I simmer “R.I.P. Left Shoe”; revise; share with my accountability group for feedback; polish, and submit.

  • Does not working on it in all of Monday’s reorganizing and Tuesday’s recovery count as simmering? Yes, I do think it does!

I complete spot revisions for each day’s Story A Day fan fiction piece and publish on ff.net.

  • Sunday done; Monday revised, but not posted.

I polish my #thursdaythreads piece and submit.

Blogging:

I decide on a spring/summer blogging schedule using P2P learning and Blogging Cheat Sheet.

  • Reread relevant sections of the Cheat Sheet.

I begin setting up content for this schedule (target to start in June).

I respond to all pending comments.

  • Answered one. #babysteps.

I revise my About page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

I add a Welcome page, based on P2P learning.

Other Social Media

I update my Patreon page, with apologies to my Patron (sorry, Fallon!)

I share my Patreon page on other social media, because no one can be my patron if they don’t even know I want any!

I keep up with #AllStarTrek, ROW80, #accountabilitygirls. P2P Facebook group, and general Twitter, Facebook, and email.

  • AllStarTrek; email; ROW80, #accountabilitygirls; Twitter; Facebook.

I post and browse at least once on Instagram and Pinterest, because I miss them.

  • Browsed Instagram.

Learning:

I complete Breadcrumbs exercise.

  • I’ve finally completed the Breadcrumb for Reviewer 1/3.

I complete Pixels to Platform Module Two.

I watch Module Three Video One.

I assess M3V1 Play Sheets; assess time needed for completion.

I attend the Story A Day Superstars Live Video Chat on Monday evening.

  • The reorganization of my room ran longer than expected….I missed it.

I download Audacity and play with microphone for at least one song and one reading.

  • Audacity downloaded…it’s a bit confusing at first glance.

Family Finances:

I find a financial blog to follow/read at least one post there.

  • Started 1500 Days; read first post and subscribed.

I post my first gig to Fiverr.

  • I’m starting with my profile – needed to update that a little, anyway.

I post two more items to yard sale site(s); update item 1.

  • New, better images of items 2 and 3.

I choose three more items to prep for sale.

I find titles for Gus and motorcycle.

I complete the two administrative tasks begun last week.

  • Made more progress on the more complex of the two; found something needed for the other.

I complete review of Paypal auto payments and list these in my planner.

I rough out family budget, making decisions about questionable expenses.

Hometending:

I reset my bedroom, with Miah’s assistance (move/rearrange furniture, pull up carpet, reset electronics).

  • The broad strokes are done; the finishing up will take a while longer.

I do two hometending rounds each in garage and porch.

I do 2 rounds in each common room – bathroom, dining, kitchen, and living room.

  • Living room 1 /2 in early progress.

I do a sinkful of dishes daily (on average), and laundry at least 3 times this week.

  • Dishes Sunday and Monday: 2/3; Laundry 2/3.

Yardtending:

I move rest of branches to containment.

I move slate to front yard,

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

I move slate to create new path.

I mow/ facilitate mowing of  meadow (I mean, backyard) as possible.

Lifetending:

I facilitate final plans to bring Lise’s new puppy home (happening soon!)

  • IM sent…haven’t heard back yet.

I begin kids’ third quarter homeschool reports.

I choose three recipes to make this week.

  • 1/3 selected: lemon parmesan chicken pasta) – I already have everything I need to make this one).

I make them.

I take Noli to dog park Tuesday and Friday.

  • Tuesday is our one rainy day this week, will switch to Wednesday.

I take a long walk with Noli each day.

  • Sunday-Tuesday; yes.

I get at least 4 hours of sleep each night.

  • Saturday about 7; Sunday just over 4; Monday over 8 – all that moving furniture was flat-out exhausting!

Soultending:

I meditate and journal each morning.

  • Sunday, Tuesday 3/3.

I read one inspirational article.

  • The financial article filled both slots nicely!

I meditate and journal 4 evenings.

  • Sunday:1/4.

I light a candle and read from Sleep 4 evenings.

  • Saturday, Sunday; 2/3.

I use a sleep meditation 4 nights.

  • Sunday:1/3.

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Slice of Saturday wording, with my friend and regional NaNoWriMo ML, Shannon.

 

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Now Things Are Humming: #ROW80 R2/#12WeekYear 3 EOW7

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

I hope your last week was lovely. Mine was busy in ways that brought joy, accomplishment, connection, and satisfaction.

And now it’s Sunday, so it’s time for my three wrapup questions:

What did I accomplish last week?

  • Story A Day, every day.
  • Gained momentum in Pixels to Platform.
  • Polished “Storm Glass” and returned to publishers pending professional editing.
  • More decluttering.
  • More voiceover research.
  • More family, dog, and hometending.
  • Learning how to set reasonable goals.
  • Completed plotting contest story, and began drafting.

What’s on deck for this week?

  • Story A Day, every day.
  • Complete contest entry draft, revise, send to crit group.
  • Build momentum in Pixels to Platform, and interact as an Ambassador at least 3 times during the week.
  • Updating blog and Patreon
  • More decluttering.
  • More voiceover research
  • More family, dog, and hometending.

How do these things serve my greater purpose?

  • All accomplishments and on deck items support a sustainable writing career – and/or a sustainable income/family life (all primary objectives in my life).

How would you answer these three questions?

 

Notes:

  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.
  • Final Review: after Week 12.

Goal Status:

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

Writing:

I complete one Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story each day, using the Story A Day prompts.

  • 7/7 for the week.

I brainstorm, do needed worldbuilding and character work, create a rough outline, and write a first draft of my 2,500 word limit short story for the Little Bird Writing Contest, using the prompts.

  • All planning/plotting done, and 724/~2,500 words of rough draft written.

I participate in #thursdaythreads (new goal).

  • I had the prompt, and an idea – but Lise wanted to talk, and that took precedence. #noregrets

Revision:

I complete a final polish of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” and submit revised version to Exploits in the Adirondacks anthology publisher, pending professional edit.

  • Story revision completed and submitted at last! HUZZAH!!!

I complete spot revisions for each day’s Story A Day fan fiction piece.

  • 7/7 for the week.

Blogging:

I decide on a spring/summer blogging schedule.

  • I made a rough list; simmering in progress.

I post and adhere to this schedule.

I respond to all pending comments.

I revise my About page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

I add a Welcome page, based on P2P learning.

Social Media

I update my Patreon page, with apologies to my Patron (sorry, Fallon!)

I share my Patreon page on other social media, because no one can be my patron if they don’t even know I want any!

I keep up with #AllStarTrek, ROW80, #accountabilitygirls. P2P Facebook group, and general Twitter, Facebook, and email.

  • Mostly up to date with everything but ROW80, which seems to be falling through the cracks of late.

I post and browse at least once on Instagram and Pinterest, because I miss them.

  • I made it to Pinterest, mostly pinning Instant Pot recipes I’d like to try.

Learning:

I complete Pixels to Platform Module Two.

  • Moving along, but not yet complete.

I watch Module Two Video Two.

  • Done!

I assess Video 2 Play Sheets/devise schedule for completing them.

  • Also finished – need an hour and a half or so, next week.

I doublecheck time for group call; be prepared to participate; submit at least one question.

I watch the DIY-MFA free workshop videos, and participate in the comments.

  • Watched 4/4.

I participate in P2P Q&A Conference Call on Thursday.

  • I forgot to add this, but it’s done!

I finish reading voiceover ebook.

  • Also done…simmering and contemplating next steps.

Family Finances:

I read two financial articles.

  • Done.

I investigate Fiverr.

  • ..scanned for similar gigs to my first idea…nothing found so far!

I post three items to yard sale site.

  • 1/3 posted at last; and have a potential buyer!

I choose three more items to prep for sale.

  • Simmering and considering.

I find titles for Gus and motorcycle.

I handle two administrative tasks.

  • I’ve pulled the materials for these and placed them prominently on my desk, where they will stay till completed; and began the more complex and odious one.

I add regular auto withdrawals to planner.

  • Done.

I check Paypal for other auto payments and list these.

  • Started on this while clearing email during the conference call.

I rough out family budget,

Hometending:

I do 3 hometending cycles in my room.

  • 3/3.

I do one each in garage and porch.

I do 2 each in common rooms bathroom, dining, kitchen, and living room.

  • All but living room finished; 2/2 in progress there.

Yardtending:

I move rest of branches to containment.

  • I moved a few more; about half done.

I move slate to front yard,

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

  • I made a start on weeding 3/4 #babysteps.

I mow/ facilitate mowing of  meadow (I mean, backyard) as possible.

  • Miah and I are tag-teaming this’ it’s about a third done.

Lifetending:

I choose three recipes to make this week.

  • I mulled several.

I make them.

  • 1/3 pesto pasta.

I facilitate Gabrielle’s visit on Monday,

I take Noli to dog park Wednesday and Friday.

  • Both done!

I get Noli’s license.

I take a long walk with Noli each day.

  • Sunday- Saturday; check.

I get at least 4 hours of sleep each night.

  • I was a bit short Sunday, but nearly 8 hours on Monday. Barely squeaked by Tuesday and Wednesday; 7 hours Thursday.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal each morning.

  • Sunday – Saturday, Check.

I read one inspirational article.

I meditate and journal 4 evenings.

  • Journal 4/4: Monday – Thursday; meditate 3/4: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday).

I light a candle and read from Sleep 4 evenings.

  • 4/4; Monday,Wednesday -Friday.

I use a sleep meditation each night.

  • Monday, Tuesday. Friday; 3/7.

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Noli and her friends Wolfie and Daisy enjoying dog park treats.

 

 

 

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I Think I’ve Got It Now! #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3; Midweek 7

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

Yes, you’re seeing this right. It’s Wednesday, and I’m here….on time, even! – to offer up my plan for this week, taken directly from my accountability group, and presented to you with progress accounted for.

Looking at this checklist shows me that I am resisting doing the family financial stuff, and letting other things get in the way of my marketing learning and practice. I have a few ideas why this is happening but will be giving it more attention in the coming weeks and rounds.

In the meantime…

last Wednesday, I asked people what their least favorite books were. The one response I got was the same as my own attitude – I don’t generally read books I don’t like – I set them aside. Most recently, I did that with Dark Mirror, by Juliet Marillier. The two main characters, both children, jumped seven years in age – and became strangers to me. I can’t invest in them twice like that…too much is unknown.

But I do have least favorite children’s books:

  •   Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: I know this is a classic, and many people love it – but the rhythm changes dramatically, and without warning partway through. I feel that this spoils the story, and cheats children out of the beauty of a rhythm that had been established. I just can’t seem to get past it.
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch: Although Mr. Munsch is one of my favorite children’s authors, this one gives me the creeps. Love is not about stalking your children into their adulthoods, or always considering them babies even when they’re long since grown! Love is seeing someone as they are, with all their flaws, and being willing to spend time with them and sacrifice for them if need be. This book gives a very strange concept of love, with a mother actually putting a ladder to her grown son’s window and cradling him in her arms while he sleeps…it suggests that kids don’t REALLY grow up, and I don’t think that’s a great message.

But now – let’s get to know each other with -yup – another question or two:

 What characters resonate with you?

Which characters do you love to hate?

I’ll post my answers next Wednesday!

Notes:

  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.
  • 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.

Writing:

I complete one Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story each day, using the Story A Day prompts.

I brainstorm, do needed worldbuilding and character work, create a rough outline, and write a first draft of my 2,500 word limit short story for the Little Bird Writing Contest, using the prompts.

  •  I finally got to this! 301 words in first brainstorming session.

Revision:

I complete a final polish of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” and submit revised version to Exploits in the Adirondacks anthology publishers for professional editing.

  • Downloaded one crit from an accountability partner – thanks, Lauren!!!

I complete spot revisions for each day’s Story A Day fan fiction piece.

  • Sunday’s mammoth piece done; 1/3.

Blogging:

I decide on a spring/summer blogging schedule.

  • Early brainstorming in progress.

I post and adhere to this schedule.

I respond to all pending comments.

I revise my About page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

I add a Welcome page, based on P2P learning.

Social Media

I update my Patreon page, with apologies to my Patron (sorry, Fallon!)

I share my Patreon page on other social media, because no one can be my patron if they don’t even know I want any!

I keep up with #AllStarTrek, ROW80, #accountabilitygirls. P2P Facebook group, and general Twitter, Facebook, and email.

  •  Some attention to each of these, but skimped on ROW80 (sorry, fellow ROWers!).

I post and browse at least once on Instagram and Pinterest, because I miss them.

Learning:

I complete Pixels to Platform Module Two.

  • Gathered some images, and did some research. #babysteps.

I watch Module Two Video Two.

I assess Video Two Play Sheets/devise schedule for completing them.

I doublecheck time for group call;  am prepared to participate; submit at least one question.

  • Group call time verified; simmering questions.

I watch the DIY-MFA free Stop Dreaming, Start Doing! videos, and participate in the discussion of same.

  • Watched 1/3 currently available.

I finish reading voiceover ebook.

  • Done…simmering and contemplating next steps.

Family Finances:

I read two financial articles.

I investigate Fiverr.

I post three items to yard sale site.

I choose three more items to prep for sale.

I find titles for Gus and motorcycle.

I handle two administrative tasks.

  • I’ve pulled the materials for these and placed them prominently on my desk, where they will stay till completed. #babysteps again.

I add regular auto withdrawals to planner.

I check Paypal for other auto payments and list.

I rough out family budget.

Hometending:

I complete 3 hometending cycles in my room.

  •  2/3 in progress.

I complete one each in garage and porch.

I complete 2 each in common rooms – bathroom, dining, kitchen, and living.

Yardtending:

I move rest of downed branches to containment.

  • Moved one largish branch more closer to containmnent, but not quite INTO containment.

I move slate to front yard.

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

I mow backyard as possible.

Lifetending:

I choose three recipes to make this week.

I make them.

I facilitate Gabrielle visit on Monday.

  • Done – possible weekend plans, as well.

I take Noli to dog park Wednesday and Friday.

I get Noli’s license.

  • Done, and tag on her collar – so she’s all legal!

I take a long walk with Noli each day.

  • Sunday- Tuesday; check.

I get at least 4 hours of sleep each night.

  • A bit short Sunday, but nearly 8 hours on Monday.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal each morning.

  • Sunday -Tuesday, Check..

I read one inspirational article.

  •  Done – one on “taking the waters” from Mindfulness Newsweek Special Issue.

I meditate and journal 4 evenings.

  •  1/4; Monday.

I light a candle and read from Sleep 4 evenings.

1/4; Monday.

Use a sleep meditation each night.

  • 1/7; Monday.

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Now I’m Late Again: #ROW80 Round 2/#12WeekYear 3 EOWeek 6 Wrapup

 

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

It’s Tuesday –way past time time to share my Week 6 Wrapup. I’ve been Working on Week 7 since Sunday…it just seems to be that kind of a month, but I am checking in more promptly than last time. (Here’s my last update). 

Sunday was a tricky day. I stayed up well past dawn Sunday, slept 3.5 hours, and got up in time to do my usual morning things and take a long walk with Noli and Miah (my 16 yo son), before getting ready to head out to my weekly writer’s group meeting.

I came home late, and tired, and spent the rest of the evening playing Cake Mania 3, because I needed that.

Monday brought our twice a month visit from Lise’s best friend, Gabrielle extra driving for me, and an extra teen in the house.  By the time we were home again, it was closing in on the end of the day, and I hadn’t written my Story A Day piece yet (or even checked the prompt!).

I’m finally here, to answer my three wrapup questions:

  1. What did I accomplish last week?
  • I realized I habitually expect myself to do four times what I CAN do.
  • I decided to work on that.
  • I completed a major revision and passed the draft on to my accountability group for critique.
  • I regained forward momentum with Pixels to Platform.
  • I explored voiceover freelancing.
  • I wrote a StoryADay and shared them at ff.net.
  • I decluttered a bit and made a modest profit from doing so.
  • Family, home, and dog stuff.
  1. What’s on deck for this week?
  • More Story A Day
  • More Pixels to Platform
  • Polish “Storm Glass” and sumit)
  • Updating blog and Patreon
  • More decluttering
  • More voiceover research
  • More family, dog, and hometending
  • Learning how to set reasonable goals
  1. How do these things serve my greater purpose?
  • All support a sustainable writing career – and/or a a sustainable income that will allow me to nurture and tend my family – my primary life goal.

How would you answer these three questions?

Notes:

  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.
  • Final Review: after Week 12.

Goal Status:

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

Writing:

I write one new StarTrek:Enterprise  fan fiction piece each day for Story A Day May, and post to ff.net.

  • Held one story back because it wasn’t working.

I brainstorm ideas; do character work as indicated; and create a rough outline for the Little Bird Writing Contest ( 2,500 word limit).

Revision:

I complete “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” revision/submit revised copy to anthology publishers.

  • Revision completed; it’s with my accountability group for critiquing.

I complete spot-revisions for all StaD stories prior to posting.

  • Daily except Saturday; story wasn’t finished at midnight.

Blogging:

I move everything from Squarespace (expiring 5/16).

  • I looked at what I need to move; shouldn’t be a huge problem to copy/paste into a Word file).

I decide on a spring/summer blogging schedule.

  • Considering a pared-down effort with a shifted focus.

I post in accordance with new schedule.

I answer all back A-Z and all new comments. (I got to more; maybe all.)

I continue A-Z visits through letter I, using the format I used during April.

Career Building/Learning:

I listen to two past Story A Day podcasts, and all daily prompt videos.

  • Keeping up with the videos for daily prompts.

I catch up with Pixels to Platform Ambassador duties.

I complete P2P Modules 1 and 2.

  • Worked on Module 2; mostly assessing, with a bit of brainstorming and setup.

I complete two 11:11 flash fiction course sessions.

I complete reading Voice-over book.

  • Currently at 54%

Family Finances:

I offer first 3 items on yard sale site.

I investigate Fiverr and consider what I have to offer.

I go through cash receipts and bank statements.

  • Listed out monthly bills from bank statement,

I find five more items to sell.

  • 2/5.

I locate titles for motorcycle and Gus (our vintage truck).

I create rough budget.

I create cold-call pitch for unlabeled hot sauces.

  • Not happening this week; need a bit more time to think about it.

I read one financial/business article.

Yardtending:

I move downed branches and old wood to fire pit or containment area in former garden.

  • I have a willing son – and a plan of approach. Moved several small/medium branches.

I move slate to front yard.

  • This needs to wait until enough branches are moved to allow access.

I get contact info for refugee family relief; offer outgrown playground toys.

I see if lawn mower is working; mow yard or facilitate kids doing it.

  • Mowed broad strokes of front yard and a bit of the back before getting rained out.

I clean out/weed flower beds.

  • #babysteps to cleaning out 1/3 beds – the most cluttered.

Hometending:

I complete 5 rounds in my bedroom.

  • 5/5 rounds complete.

I do one round each porch and garage.

  • Garage done.

I do two rounds each in bathroom, dining room, kitchen, and living room.

I catch up with laundry and dishes, then maintain.

  • Both much closer than last week,

I make a rough list of regular hometending tasks and typical frequency.

Lifetending:

I watch Enterprise each day: #itswritingresearch.

  • Yes.

I take Noli for a long walk at least once daily.

  • Every day.

I take Noli to the dog park twice.

  • 1/2 Tuesday, for about 3 hours; kept her home with digestive issues Friday.

I get Noli’s license.

  • Postponing till next week.

I make Instant Pot chicken, bone broth, and chicken soup.

  • YES!!!! ALL of them!

Make pasta bakes for kids.

  • Done Wednesday night, when it was cooler out.

Make Cheddar Bay biscuits.

  • Done! Lise loves them; Miah found them OK.

Soultending:

I meditate/journal every morning.

  • 7/7; 4:44 minutes, using Insight

Meditate/journal 3 evenings.

  • 3/3; 1:11 with Insight Timer, then sleep /relaxation meditation to promote sleep.

I read from Hygge book.

  • Regularly.

I read one inspirational article.

I focus on getting at least 4 hours sleep for each 24.

  • Every night this week!

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A moment in my life….at my Command Center, with pistachio ice cream!

 

 

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Now You See Me: #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 Midweek 6

 

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 

It’s Wednesday –time to share my Week 6 Action Plan, and I haven’t been here in way too long. I really can’t say why, other than that Life Happened. (Here’s my last update).   

Just a couple things to cover before we get to the check-in:

Recently, I joined Slack with other members of my small accountability group. I’ve been creating daily and weekly checklists there, so, to simplify my updating here, I’m recreating each weekly list as it appeared at the end of the current session.

In my last post, I asked a few questions designed to get to know you better, and promised that I’d share my answers, as well.
So…

  1. What are your favorite books?

  1. Why do you love them?

  • In both cases, these books shifted the way I view life, the universe… and myself. And they keep on doing that – I reread them every few years, and always take away something new from the reading.
  1. What’s the most recent book you read?

Since I’ve been away a while, I’ve just got one two-part question for today:


What’s your least favorite book, and why do you dislike it?

Next Wednesday, I’ll share my answers, and bring you a few more questions.  Until then, please drop your answers into the comments, and I promise I’ll put them to good use. =)

In other news – there’s more black than I’d like on this update  – I’ve been focused on a few specific projects, and on helping Noli adjust to our home and her new life.

What are you adjusting to, in your life, this week?

 

Notes:

  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up..
  • 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.

 

Writing:

I write one new Story A Day May (ENT fan fiction) each day, and post to fanfiction.net  in their own file.

  • Keeping up with this; getting great feedback on the stories.

I brainstorm ideas; do character work as indicated; and create a rough outline for my entry to the Little Bird Writing Contest ( 2500 word limit).

Revision:

I complete “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” revision and submit revised copy to publishers.

  • 2/5 pages complete; working my way through the tangles.

I completepot-revisions for StaD stories prior to posting.

  • Yes, daily.

Blogging:

I move everything from Squarespace (expiring 5/16).

I decide on a spring/summer blogging schedule.

  • I’m considering a pared-down effort with a shifted focus).

I post in accordance with new schedule.

I answer all back A-Z and all new comments.

  • I got to more; maybe all.

I continue A-Z visits through letter I, using the format I used during April.

Career Building/Learning:

I listen to two past Story A Day podcasts, and all daily prompt videos.

  • I’ve been keeping up with the videos for daily prompts.

I catch up with Pixels to Platform Ambassador duties.

I complete P2P Modules 1 and 2.

I complete two 11:11 flash fiction course sessions.

I read Voice-over book.

  • Currently at 27%.

Family Finances:

I offer first 3 items on yard sale site.

I investigate Fiverr and consider what I have to offer.

  • I’ve taken an early peek, and brainstorming has commenced.

I go through cash receipts and bank statements.

I find five more items to sell.

  • I’ve found 2/5.

I locate titles for motorcycle and Gus (our vintage truck).

I create a rough budget.

I create cold-call pitch for unlabeled hot sauces.

I read one financial/business article.

Yardtending:

I move downed branches and old wood to fire pit.

  • Discussed with Miah; will begin soon.

I move slate to front yard.

I get contact info for refugee family relief; offer outgrown playground toys.

I see if lawn mower is working; mow yard or facilitate kids doing it.

  • Mower is working. After I discovered this, I mowed the broad strokes of the front yard. Also mentioned mowing to both kids, casually.

I clean out/weed flower beds.

  • Began with the most cluttered. #babysteps.

Hometending:

I complete 5 tending rounds in my bedroom.

  • 1/5 complete.

I complete one round each in porch and garage.

  • Garage complete. It’s going to take a LOT of effort to get it the way I want it.- but I’m willing to make that effort!

I complete two rounds each in bathroom, dining room, kitchen, and living room.

I catch up with laundry and dishes, then maintain.

  • Both are closer than last week.

Make rough list of regular hometending tasks and typical frequency.

Lifetending:

I watch Enterprise each day: #itswritingresearch.

  • So far, yes; except for the when the station was out.

I take Noli for a long walk at least once daily.

  • Every day, so far.

I take Noli to the dog park twice weekly.

  • Tuesday, for about 3 hours;1/2.

I get Noli’s license.

I make Instant Pot chicken, bone broth, and chicken soup.

  • Chicken done; separation for bone broth in progress.

I make chicken salad.

  • Done (and being consumed!)

I make Cheddar Bay biscuits, and pasta bakes for each family member (we all have different preferences).

  • Made pasta bakes for the kids, but decided I’d rather have pesto tortellini.

Soultending:

I meditate/journal every morning.

I meditate/journal 3 evenings/week.

  • 1/3; sleep meditation.

I read from Hygge book.

  • Daily, I think.

I read an inspirational article.

I focus on getting at least 4 hours sleep for each 24.

  • Every day this week.

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LIfe has been just a little crazy since Noli-girl came home – but in such a sweetly goofy way! =D