Shan Jeniah’s Lovely Chaos | What I Am

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days

A Tricky Kind of Now: #ROW80 R2/ #12WeekYear End of Week 11

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

This week’s goals end with less blue than last – but much more green spread through the middle, which means things have, in the final days of the round, become more balanced.

Today, though…it’s tricky. First Father’s Day without the father of my children. First for them in a single-parent family. And Lise and I are going to her first Pride event at a local park later in the day – another milestone to add this year’s seemingly ever-growing collection. It seems like a good way to spend a part of this day…

What are your plans for today?

What makes you smile (I could use extras, today)?

Share in the comments!

 

Goal Status:

  • Goal Completed.
  • In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • 86’ed
  • Goal Change.

Writing/Plotting:

I write 1,667 words/day (average) on Still Nameless, till complete, for JuNoWriMo.

  • June 10: 2,193. June 11: 2,007; June 12: 0; June 13: 1,331. June 14: 1,172; June 15: 2,246; June 16: 1,671 Balance:- 621.

I write a 100-250 word flash fiction for #thursthreads, using prompt.

I draft my share of the JuNoWriMo Pep Talk Newsletter text by Friday sprint.

  • Received Week 3 pep talk by email; drafted my intro. Week 4 was ready on Saturday: read and simmering.

I participate in Story A Day’s Write On Wednesday (share about last week’s story) and draft retrospective.

  • Read this week’s prompt; simmering.

Revision/Submission:

I revise, set up, test, and schedule my JuNoWriMo newsletters (as possible) by 2am Friday.

I complete spot revisions Story A Day fan fiction pieces and post.

I polish my #thursthreads piece and submit.

I complete beta of Chapter 10; Stained Blood.

Learning:

I complete Pixels to Platform Breadcrumbs Exercise.

I complete Pixels to Platform Mood Board.

I complete Pixels to Platform Play Sheets for Module 2, Video 2.

  • Author Photo Sheet finished; Author Bio Sheet ongoing.

I watch Module 3 Video 1.

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

I learn enough about Adaucity to use microphone for at least one reading.

I finish reading all poetry chapbooks loaned to me; simmer.

  • Reading 4/6.

Blogging:

I enact my Summer Blogging Plan; make adjustments as indicated.

I read through JuNoWriMo 2017 files; determine if/what of that content I can use/repurpose.

I create a schedule for creating content based on Pixels to Platform and Blogging Cheat Sheet learning.

  • Simmering as I work through Module 2.

I respond to all pending comments.

  • Responded to all new; started working my way backwards through existing comments.

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

I add a Welcome page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

Other Social Media:

I update my fanfiction profile.

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

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

  • Browsed a bit on Instagram; posted and browsed on Pinterest.

Family Finances:

I read at least one post at 1500 Days.

I publicize my Fiverr gig at least 3 times this week.

  • 3/3; Facebook timeline, with hashtag; Twitter, with hashtags; in a blog post which I shared and asked to be shared forward.

I publicize my 3 garage sale site items at least 3 times this week (both of these are a bit of marketing practice for me in a low-risk, low-bigscarything kind of way).

  • Item 1: 1/3 and changed price.

I do research/take photos for next three items to prep for sale.

I complete Phase One of the 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.

  • Created a task list for adapting expenses. Put our Y membership on hold, as we weren’t getting there anyway.

Hometending:

I continue my bedroom reset (declutter/tidy; move and organize cabinets; bring in chair; make plan for clothes in closet).

  • Small cabinet moved/rough organization started; decluttering/tidying; reset dresser top.

I do two hometending rounds each in garage and porch.

  • 1/2 for both.

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

2/2 complete for all but living room: 1/2.

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

  • Laundry 2.5/5; dishes 6/7.

Yardtending:

I move rest of branches to containment.

  • Setting this aside till fall; remaining branches are relatively out of the way.

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

I mow/ facilitate mowing of meadow (I mean, backyard) and mow front/side yards.

  • Encouraged Miah to mow in back; now about 80% demeadowized.

I take decorations off mailbox post.

  • Branches removed/ lights mostly untangled.

I place radio fence flags once range is set.

Lifetending:

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

I complete both kids’ third quarter homeschool reports and submit.

I choose three recipes for this week.

I make this week’s recipes.

  • Groceries purchased; spaghetti sauce made: 1/3.

I help Lise with Smokey, her puppy.

  • Practical care; advocating for puppy’s needs; nails clipped.

I take Noli to dog park twice.

  • 1/2.

I take a long walk with Noli each day, on average.

  • 6/7.

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

I begin training Noli to the radio fence.

I get an average of 5 hours’ sleep each day.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal upon rising each sleep 3 hours or more.

  • Tuesday-Saturday mornings.

I read one inspirational article.

I meditate two middays..

I  meditate and journal before sleep 5 times.

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

I  use a sleep meditation at bedtime 5 times.

  • These aren’t working with my wee-hours Twitter spring hosting, so I’m 86ing them till July.

ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

 

Posted in Stream of Consciousness Saturday

With Reservation: #SoCs for June 16, 2018

I’m about to write a post I don’t want to write, and which I’ve put off writing for most of the day.

My reservation is a bit of a mystery to me…but I think it goes back to attitudes impressed upon me in childhood. About how it’s somehow a failure to ask for help, or maybe even to need help.

But I do need help.

A year ago, my husband and I were well on our way to launching a successful cottage industry selling his artisanal hot sauces. It was something that had been a passion of his even longer than I was – I remember him telling me that he wanted to marry flavor and heat way back when we were only dating, and I really had no idea that he would be my husband in a matter of months.

He went through all the legal steps to be able to sell the sauces, and we invested the bulk of our modest savings in the company. Jim believed in what he was doing – and I believed in Jim. I designed labels compliant with state law; a friend made us a logo image for a very reasonable price. We became vendors at three area farmer’s markets, craft fairs, and other events – and we were seeing not only increasing sales, but also repeat business.

But, inside Jim’s body, pancreatic cancer had taken hold. A string of minor but annoying health concerns that began on August 24 – the day after our twentieth anniversary – culminated in a swollen, painful leg. A trip to the doctor became a hospitalization for deep vein thrombosis – and revealed that my powerfully built husband, who had struggled with his weight for most of his life, had lost 20 pounds in the month since his last doctor’s appointment, and had protein markers for cancer in his blood.

Further testing showed pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to his liver. He was given six-twelve months to live, and chemotherapy to try to minimize tumor growth was to start within weeks.

On the first day of chemo, he went into distress twice. The last time was severe enough that he was transferred to the emergency room, then admitted to a larger medical center’s critical care unit. It was determined that he’d had a minor heart attack either during or after the infusions. The tumors on his liver were overtaxing his heart.

And he was turning yellow from jaundice. Stents were placed to try to circumvent the tumor, but they only seemed to help for a day or two. Then the jaundice was back, and there was nothing more to be done. He came home on hospice care on December 13, 2017.

On January 12, 2018, he died at home in the bed we shared.

He had life insurance – but it took me a bit to track it down, since he’d lost the paperwork. It took longer for me to file the claim. I had strong reservations about that – it was so final, and so much like profiting off the death of my best friend. Things weren’t urgent – I had the IRA distribution, then the tax refund.

But the money trickled away, and now we’re waiting. That final hospital has taken months and still hasn’t released his medical records so the insurance company can make a determination about the settlement. We have Social Security benefits, and are cutting expenses where we can – but it’s not enough to meet our needs. I could take part-time work, but we have a couple of events coming up, and I’d have to ask for those days off. Also, my daughter, who was very close to her father, would rather I stay here. She worries that I might die, too. She’s not quite 14.

What I most want to do is freelance. I want to be able to support us with my writing, and maybe, eventually, with some voiceover work (I’ve been researching that, but need more time to get to the point where I can seek jobs in that arena). I’d like to be able to provide for our modest needs.

What I need is help getting the word out.

What I need is customers and/or patrons willing to support my craft on a monthly basis.

I’m hoping this post will help me to find that. Because I’m not looking for a handout, but helping hands would be hugely appreciated. Our needs are modest, and we tend toward the frugal.

    • I have a Patreon page, here. It’s been a bit neglected, but I have plans in the works to spruce it up. Even a dollar a month brings benefits, and patrons add up. Being able to count on a specific monthly amount would ease some of my burden of worry.
    • A week ago, I posted my first freelancing gig to fiverr. It’s based on stream of consciousness writing, like this post, and an idea I’ve wanted to pursue for years. If you’re looking for a unique gift at a very reasonable price – it might be just the thing to tickle your fancy.
    • If neither of these options is right for you, I can use people willing to spread the word. Share the links, this post, or bits of our story. Help me to cast a net to find those who can use what I have to offer, and everyone benefits.
    • I’m adding a donate button at the suggestion of one of my readers.

    

Well, I had reservations. I still do. It’s a place of vulnerability, sharing this difficult position we’ve landed in. Sharing my pain, and my worries.

Thank you for reading, and for helping.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Wade into the waters here.

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days

Now, It’s Wrap-Up Time : #ROW80 R2/ #12WeekYear Midweek 11

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

This week catching up has become wrapping up:

  • The kids’ quarterly homeschool reports, due Friday.
  • A novel-in-progress rough draft.
  • Several other less complex goals and projects.

With a week left to this Round, it seems like a perfect time to wrap things up.

What are you planning to wrap up this week?

Share it in the comments!

Goal Status:

  • Goal Completed.
  • In Progress.
  • Still Waiting.
  • 86ed.
  • Goal Change.

Writing/Plotting:

I write 1,667 words/day (average) on Still Nameless, till complete, for JuNoWriMo.

  • June 10: 2,193. June 11: 2,007; June 12: 0; 355 words to the negative.

I write a 100-250 word flash fiction for #thursthreads, using prompt.

I draft my share of the Week Three JuNoWriMo Pep Talk Newsletter text by Friday sprint.

  • Checking in regularly; nothing ready by midnight Tuesday.

I participate in Story A Day’s Write On Wednesday (share about last week’s story) and draft retrospective.

  • Revised and shared a snippet of last week’s story.

Revision/Submission:

I revise, set up, test, and schedule my Week Three JuNoWriMo newsletter (as possible) by 2am Friday.

I complete spot revisions Story A Day fan fiction pieces and post.

I polish my #thursthreads piece and submit.

I complete beta of Chapter 10; Stained Blood.

Learning:

I complete Pixels to Platform Breadcrumbs Exercise.

I complete Pixels to Platform Mood Board.

I complete Pixels to Platform Play Sheets for Module 2, Video 2.

I watch Module 3 Video 1.

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

I learn enough about Adaucity to use microphone for at least one reading.

I finish reading all poetry chapbooks loaned to me; simmer.

  • Reading chapbook 3/5; 17 /31 poems completed.

Blogging:

I enact my Summer Blogging Plan; make adjustments as indicated.

I read through JuNoWriMo 2017 files; determine if/what of that content I can use/repurpose.

I create a schedule for creating content based on Pixels to Platform and Blogging Cheat Sheet learning.

I respond to all pending comments.

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

I add a Welcome page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

Other Social Media:

I update my ff.net profile.

  • Read it over; simmering.

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

  • Doing well other than the P2P group.

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 publicize my Fiverr gig at least 3 times this week.

  • 1/3; Facebook timeline, with hashtag. RT by @fiverrbot, and earned some comments from online friends.

I publicize my 3 garage sale site items at least 3 times this week (both of these are a bit of marketing practice for me in a low-risk, low-bigscarything kind of way).

  • Item 1: 1/3; changed price.

I do research/take photos for next three items to prep for sale.

I complete Phase One of the 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.

  • Simmering a task list for creating budget/adapting expenses. Put our Y membership on hold, as we weren’t getting there anyway.

Hometending:

I continue my bedroom reset (declutter/tidy; move and organize cabinets; bring in chair; make plan for clothes in closet).

  • Small cabinet moved/rough organization started; decluttering/tidying; reset dresser top.

I do two hometending rounds each in garage and porch.

  • 1/2 for both.

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

  • 1/2 complete for all.

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

  • Laundry 1/5; dishes 3/7; 4/7 soaking.

Yardtending:

I move rest of branches to containment.

  • Setting aside till fall; remaining branches are relatively out of the way.

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

I mow/ facilitate mowing of meadow (I mean, backyard) and mow front/side yards.

  • Encouraged Miah to mow in back; now about 80% demeadowized.

I take decorations off mailbox post.

  • Branches removed/ lights mostly untangled.

I place radio fence flags once range is set.

Lifetending:

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

I complete both kids’ third quarter homeschool reports and submit.

  • Lise’s drafted/reformatted; Miah’s 2/16 sections drafted).

I choose three recipes for this week.

I make this week’s recipes.

  • Groceries purchased.

I help Lise with Smokey, her puppy.

  • Practical care; advocating for puppy’s needs; nails clipped.

I take Noli to dog park twice.

I take a long walk with Noli each day, on average.

  • 2/7one day behind.

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

I begin training Noli to the radio fence.

I get an average of 5 hours’ sleep each day.

  • Sunday – 5; Monday – 3; Tuesday: 6.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal upon rising each sleep 3 hours or more.

  • Tuesday morning.

I read one inspirational article.

I meditate two middays.

  • 1/2

I meditate and journal before sleep 5 times.

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

I use a sleep meditation at bedtime 5 times.

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days

And Now, A Deep Breath : #ROW80 R2/ #12WeekYear End of Week 10

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

In my midweek update, I mentioned that I’d been focused on catching up.

That trend continued through the week, and, though I still didn’t get to as much learning, blogging, yard and soultending as I’d prefer, I made very solid progress in other areas, and those will allow more space for the remaining areas as we move into the final weeks of the round.

I’m feeling better, as though what remains to be done isn’t insurmountable. It’s a matter of many small steps, many choices, and commitment…

And taking a deep breath here and there, so I can gather myself, assess where I am, and choose the best way forward.

Have you stopped to take some deep breaths lately?

How do you gather and assess?

Share in the comments!

 

Goal Status:

  • Goal Completed.
  • In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • 86ed.
  • Goal Change.

Writing/Plotting:

I write 1,667 words/day (average) on Still Nameless, till complete, for JuNoWriMo.

  • June 3: 1,175; June 4: 2,098; June 5: 1,691; June 6: 1,736; June 7: 0; June 8: 2,191; June 9: 2,887. 425 words to the positive.

I write a 100-250 word flash fiction for #thursthreads, using prompt.

  • 190 words.

I draft my share of the JuNoWriMo Pep Talk Newsletter text by Friday sprint.

  • Weeks and Two One drafted; Weeks Three and Four not ready.

I participate in Story A Day’s Write On Wednesday and draft retrospective post.

  • Story drafted.

Revision/Submission:

I revise, set up, test, and schedule my JuNoWriMo newsletters (as possible) by 2am Friday.

  • Week 2 newsletter scheduled and sent to Becca for approval.

I complete spot revisions Story A Day fan fiction pieces and post.

  • Reread next two stories; simmering.

I polish my #thursthreads piece and submit.

I beta one chapter Stained Blood.

  • Chapter 10: 4/7 pages completed.

Learning:

I complete Pixels to Platform Breadcrumbs Exercise.

I complete Pixels to Platform Mood Board.

I complete Pixels to Platform Play Sheets for Module 2, Video 2.

  • Author Photo Sheet mostly finished.

I watch Module 3 Video 1.

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

I learn enough about Adaucity to use microphone for at least one reading.

  • Started reading the FAQ.

I explore chapbooks loaned to me; choose 3 to read this week.

I read 3 poetry chapbooks; simmer.

  • Finished 2/3.

Blogging:

I review my Summer Blogging Plan; make adjustments as indicated.

  • I have a working plan.

I read through JuNoWriMo 2017 files; determine if/what of that content I can use/repurpose.

I create a schedule for creating content based on Pixels to Platform and Blogging Cheat Sheet learning.

  • In progress.

I respond to all pending comments.

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

I add a Welcome page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

Other Social Media:

I update my ff.net profile.

  • Reread profile; simmering.

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

  • A little of most.

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

  • Posted to Instagram; browsed/posted to Pinterest.

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.

  • All posted.

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

I find titles for Gus and motorcycle.

I complete Phase One of the 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.

  • Some decisions made; changes pending.

Hometending:

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

  • Bookcase emptied, cleaned, moved, and organized; general tidying.

I do two hometending rounds each in garage and porch.

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

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

  • Dishes 7/7; laundry 4/5.

Yardtending:

I move rest of branches to containment.

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

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

I take decorations off mailbox post.

  • Began un-stringing lights.

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.

  • Through Health and Safety, section 10/11.

I choose three more recipes for this week.

I make this week’s recipes.

  • Ziti; onion stock; pasta primavera; 2/3 – onion stock was an extra prep step.

I help Lise with Smokey, her puppy.

I take Noli to dog park twice.

  • Wednesday; Saturday.

I take a long walk with Noli each day.

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

  • Unearthed radio fence and collar receiver.

I begin training Noli to the radio fence.

I get an average of 5 hours’ sleep each day.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal each morning.

  • 3/7.

I read one inspirational article.

I meditate two afternoons.

  • 1/2.

I meditate and journal before sleep 5 times.

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

I use a sleep meditation at bedtime 5 times.

 

Posted in Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Food and Growth for #SoCS June 9, 2018

 

Food is something I didn’t think about a lot in the days when Jim was alive. You see, I’m not especially food-motivated myself, and, if left to my own devices, I often forget to eat for hours on end, as I do and tend and dream and write and hang with the kids and and and…

It’s worth noting that Jim was a chef. He often brought home my dinner, and I usually ate what he brought. The kids, in those days, preferred non-cooked foods or convenience items, having long since rejected my obligatory and rather phoned-in efforts at feeding them “right” when they were smaller.

But then, Jim was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and, in the day less than two months between that date and the night he died at home, I realized that food was going to have to become something I think about, plan for, and prepare.

More than that, as it turns out. The life insurance claim has yet to be settled, and, at the moment, finances are extremely finite. Where we used to spend about half (or, when Jim shopped, sometimes more like three-quarters) of our grocery budget on convenience items and snacks. A lot of it was motivated by Jim and the kids, but I had my favorites, too – many of them single-serving freezer meals I justified the expense of because they were “healthy” versions.

But that doesn’t fly, anymore. I am the mom of two teens. My son, who will be 17 early in September, is about 6’3” and burly. He can go through a half gallon of milk in about a day. My daughter, 14 next month, is nearly as tall as me now – and I’m 5’9”.

Food needs to be an important factor in our budgeting, because it takes fuel to grow these people into adults. And, if I don’t eat as much as I need of the things I need, it’s hard for me to do the work of two parents.

It could also adversely affect my health – and, just because they’re older kids doesn’t mean they’re ready to be without parents altogether.

So…

I’ve been growing (in my approach to food and feeding us; my body is actually shrinking). I haven’t stopped buying snacks, but we buy considerably fewer of them these days. I can’t promise I’ll never buy another freezer meal, but I don’t think I’ll be doing it mindlessly, or fooling myself about why I’m buying them, when I do….

And I don’t feel the same need for them…because I’ve started to cook.

It began with buying an Instant Pot, so I could prepare things without babysitting them – the part of cooking that tends to literally drive me to distraction. I can also often cook in the one pot, and save considerably on the cleanup (wonderful, because I generally want to accomplish about four times as much as I can physically manage).

These days, I look up recipes online (365 days is my current favorite site for these), and our grocery budget is weighted toward ingredients. Food has become sustenance, art form, and agent of growth – both literal and symbolic.

This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, hosted by Linda G. Hill at Life in Progress. This week’s prompt is “begin your post with a noun.”

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days

And Now, Catching Up: #ROW80 R2/ #12WeekYear MidWeek 10

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

So far, this week has been about catching up…

  • on sleep, after a busy weekend.
  • with hometending, after setting that aside to focus on a short story contest submission.
  • with self-care, after that was set aside along with sleep for a few days.
  • with goals that have been left too long, while others took precedence.

I’m not likely to get everything caught up in a single week, but that’s okay. The goals I have for this round are all relevant to my life, and any moved forward move me closer to my vision of what my future should be.

Is there/are there things you’d like to get caught up with?

Share it in the comments!

 

Goal Status:

  • Goal Completed.
  • In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • 86’ed.
  • Goal Change.

Writing/Plotting:

I write 1,667 words/day (average) on Still Nameless, till complete,for JuNoWriMo.

  • June 3: 1,175; June 4: 2,098; June 5: 1,691.

I write a 100-250 word flash fiction for #thursthreads, using prompt.

I draft my share of the JuNoWriMo Pep Talk Newsletter text by 2am Friday.

  • Week Two drafted; Weeks Three and Four aren’t set up yet; if they aren’t ready in time, I’ll adapt the goal.

I participate in Story A Day’s Write On Wednesday and draft a retrospective post.

Revision/Submission:

I revise, set up, test, and schedule my JuNoWriMo newsletters (as possible) by 2am Friday.

I complete spot revisions Story A Day fan fiction pieces and post.

I polish my #thursthreads piece and submit.

I beta one chapter Stained Blood. 

  • in progress – Chapter 10: 2/7 pages completed.

Learning:

I complete Pixels to Platform Breadcrumbs Exercise.

I complete Pixels to Platform Mood Board.

I complete Pixels to Platform Play Sheets for Module 2, Video 2.

  • Author Photo Sheet mostly finished; 1/4.

I watch Module 3 Video 1.

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

I learn enough about Adaucity to use microphone for at least one reading.

  • Started reading the FAQ.

I explore chapbooks loaned to me; choose 3 to read this week.

I read 3 poetry chapbooks; simmer. 

  • 1/3 in progress.

Blogging:

I review my Summer Blogging Plan; make adjustments as indicated.

I read through JuNoWriMo 2017 files; determine if/what of that content I can use/repurpose.

I create a schedule for creating content based on Pixels to Platform and Blogging Cheat Sheet learning.

I respond to all pending comments.

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

I add a Welcome page, based on Pixels to Platform learning.

Other Social Media

I update my ff.net profile.

I keep up with #AllStarTrek, ROW80, #accountabilitygirls, P2P Facebook group, and general Twitter, Facebook, and email. (In progress; a little of most).

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

  • Posted to Instagram.

Family Finances:

I read at least one post at 1500 Days. 

I post my first gig to Fiverr.

  • Came up with a tagline :”I am, therefore I write.” Rough draft of a description – stay tuned for updates; it’s currently scrawled in my notebook. Scanned the next few items on the profile; it’s all coming clearer.

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 Phase One of the 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.

Hometending:

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

  • Bookcase declutter; general tidying.

I do two hometending rounds each in garage and porch.

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

  • Each room: 1/2 complete.

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

  • Dishes 3/7; laundry 2/5.

Yardtending:

I move rest of branches to containment.

I weed/clean flowerbeds.

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

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 choose three more recipes for this week.

  • Ziti, pasta primavera, chicken and vegetables.

I make this week’s recipes.

  • Ziti; 1/3.

I help Lise with Smokey, her puppy.

I take Noli to dog park twice.

I take a long walk with Noli each day.

  • Skipped Tuesday, due to sleep, headache, and puppy-sitting so Lise can sleep. Will double up later in the week to compensate.

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

I begin training Noli to the radio fence.

I get an average of 5 hours’ sleep each day.

  • 3 on Sunday, 7 on Monday, 7.5 on Tuesday.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal each morning.

  • Missed Sunday and Monday, caught Tuesday; 1/7.

I read one inspirational article.

I meditate two afternoons.

I meditate and journal before sleep 5 times.

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

I use a sleep meditation at bedtime 5 times.

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A Wordy Waggy Now : #ROW80 R2/ #12WeekYear EOW9

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

This week was sponsored by the letters W and C…

My main focuses this week were tending to tail-wagging canines and wrapping up a writing contest entry. I think the picture at the end of this post sums it all up nicely….

Is there a letter (or two) that represents your week?

Share it in the comments!

Goal Status:

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

Writing/Plotting:

I complete one Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story each day through end of May, 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.

I write a 100-250 word flash fiction for #thursthreads, using prompt.

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

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

  • June 1: 1,767 words June 2: 2,224

Revision/Submission:

I simmer “R.I.P. Left Shoe”; revise; share with my accountability group; polish; and submit by 9pm, June 1.

  • Completed, and submitted. I feel like this story is true and alive.

Double check submissions requirements for Little Bird (new goal).

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

Send new bio to Becca for the JuNoWriMo site.

  • Done (though it was emotionally difficult).

I polish my #thursthreads piece and submit.

I beta one chapter Stained Blood.

  • Chapter 10 highlighted for revision.

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.

  • I need to learn AudaCity better, but ,with my son’s help, did get the mic hooked up and tested to be sure it’s working properly, so on my way in #babysteps.

Blogging:

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

  • It’s actually more of a Now and Later kind of schedule; with bits of a plan to pursue.

I begin setting up content for this schedule (target to start June 1; obviously, I’ve missed that!).

I respond to all pending comments.

  • Four 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, with apologies to my Patron.

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!

  • Shared on my FB writer page, and on Twitter.

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

  • #AllStarTrek; Twitter; some #accountabilitygirls; 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.

  • More market research; investigated seller bios.

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

  • Item #1 updated and posted to 3 more sites for a wider base.

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.

  • Realized I have much longer than I thought to complete this.

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 discussion, and one unused service canceled.

Hometending:

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

  • Bookcase declutter started.

I do two hometending rounds each in garage and porch.

  • Porch 1/2.

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

  • Bathroom/dining room 1/2; other rooms 1/2.

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

  • Dishes 4/7; laundry 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.

  • Front/side yards completed’ more in back.

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.

  • lemon parmesan pasta with chicken; potato salad; chef’s salad.

I choose three more recipes for future experimentation.

  • Collecting/simmering options.

I help Lise with her new puppy, Smokey.

I take Noli to dog park twice.

I take a long walk with Noli each day.

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.

Soultending:

I meditate and journal each morning.

I read one inspirational article.

I meditate one afternoon this week.

  • 4 minute “Ten Breaths Meditation.” Loved it!

I meditate and journal before sleep 5 times.

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

I use a sleep meditation at bedtime 5 times.

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Saturday Still Life with Laundry.