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Steppin’ Out: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear MidWeek 8

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

On Sunday, I wrote about the growth after a stumble– when  adversity brings new insights and inspirations born of the stirring-up.

Today, I’m going to talk about some growth that’s been happening beneath the surface of my life, largely unseen, but very important. Because, during Jim’s illness, and in the aftermath of his death, there have indeed been other things happening in my nascent professional life.

I’ll be posting more about these and other developments in the next week or two, in a long-delayed Weekend Coffee Share post, but the cumulative summary here is both exciting and a bit daunting. Jim used to say it would be great if I could make money from my writing. While there have been small amounts here and there, I’ve never before had a real concept of how to get from here to there. While I wish Jim was here to share in it with me, there is a sense of joy and potential that’s helping me to move forward even with the empty place beside me.

Thanks so much for letting me share my feels with you!

What personal developments are you celebrating?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete lists of homeschool activities/ update attendance for November homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Progress: 0%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 8-12.

  • Local driving. For the first time, he stopped because he was feeling drowsy. 1/4
  • Progress: 25%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Weeks 8-12.

  • Touched base with Lise about upcoming plans with her best friend, and with both kids about some home improvement plans.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 8 -12.

  • Hometending; social opportunities; helped Lise bake cookies; personal enrichment; cooking/provisioning; paid cremation expenses. 3/3 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 812.

  • 3/3 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 8-12.

  • Discussed division of home labor and potential skylights/renovations.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • Progress: 90%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • Progress: 85%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • Progress: 35%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • Progress: 25%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • More consideration of our budgetary needs.
  • Progress: 55%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 8-12.

  • Progress: 60%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 812.

  • Highlighted 9, Sc.1 for future comments.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 812.

  • Responded to blog comments and visited/commented in return.
  • Progress: 50%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 812.

  • Progress: 50%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 812.

  • Talked with both.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 812.

  • Progress: 0%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 8-12.

  • Progress: 0%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 812.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 8-12

  • Sunday/Monday -check.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 8-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending; writing group; photos; singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 812.

  • Used pot to saute aromatics and simmer pasta and sauce.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 812.

  • Progress: 0%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 8-12.

  • Relaxed Sunday and Tuesday bracketing a very active Monday.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 812.

  • Checking in with myself more regularly; reminding myself to put well-being ahead of the to-do lists.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

  • Progress: 0%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 8-12.

  • This continues to be an area of strength.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 812.

  • Considering ways to embrace presence more fully.
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 812.

  • Yes! It went a long way toward a more centered session.
  • Progress: 100%

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Yesterday would have been Jim’s 54th birthday , and was the 21st anniversary of the day we met. When I asked Lise what/if we should commemorate the day, she said, “We should go out for dinner and eat dessert first. That was Jim’s motto, so that’s what we did! (Photo shared with permission of Miah and Lise Burton).
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Pressing for #NaNoWriMo2017 WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.

Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…and let me weave you a story.

But now, on to the WIPpeting!

I’ve been sharing installments of my TnT fan fiction story, a revised version of Humanity’s Enterprise.

But it’s now November, and that means National Novel Writing Month. And THAT means I’m working on something new.

I thought I’d play a little game, here. Each week, I’ll post a snippet of my new story. For every comment I get, I’ll share one fact about the novel the story is coming from.  And, since it’s been tricky for me lately, if you visit me, I’ll come visit you right back.

No worries – next month, my favorite interspecies couple will be back to irk and entice each other (and delight us).

Until then, though…here’s a little taste of something brand new.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 1, 2017.
  • I have 1 paragraph for you today, for the date.

Pressing

Her scalp tightened with each new item, so that, by the end, it felt far too tight to hold her skull, and the familiar pain was settling in behind her left eye like a Canivaarii fang, pressing and puncturing.

Who is “she”?

What are the items she references?

What do you most want to know after reading this?

Any guesses?

If you’re missing TnT, no worries. While our co-combatants are on hiatus, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page anytime, and catch up on some of their other adventures.

 

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!

 

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One Short Syllable for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday – the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample our wordy wares.  Come read one, or all!

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

“Monday Morning Coffee”  has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.

From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.

Context:


Rose is at work on a Monday morning, feeling inspiration in the form of a newspaper rose.

 One Short Syllable

I’ll put Jeremy’s rose right by my lamp, to inspire me…

Above, in the livelier parts of the library, students and faculty mingle with the other librarians – the ones I’ve never paid much attention to.

Up above, right now, is life, and possibility.  That’s something I can tell Jeremy when I see him on Friday, before I ask all the questions already boiling over in my mind. The flower, and the story of how it came to me, are things I can talk about, with the others…

I pick up Jeremy’s paper rose, and head upstairs, humming “Red Rubber Ball”.  I see one of my colleagues wiping down tables – Fred? Brad? Matt?  I only know that it’s one short syllable.

What does Rose intend to do now?

Will she remember her colleague’s name?

Where will the rose lead Rose?

Any guesses?

 “Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review.  Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

As I type this on Thursday evening, NaNoWriMo is figuratively breathing down my neck, looking over my shoulder, and I’m still in the planning/early plotting stages of my WIP-to-be.

I’m not overly concerned, though. Each step in my hybridized process yields new insights and inspirations, and gets me a little more into the story world, so that my mind is priming itself for the journey ahead. I’m a discovery writer, anyway. Even when I have a well-developed plot, at some point the characters will just decide to go their own ways, and – poof! Before I know it, everything is different, and almost always for the better.

I’ll keep on going until November 1 – and then we’ll see.

Until then, may you and yours find joy!

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New Foundations: #ROW80 and #12WeekYear Week 4 Midweek

Hey there!

I’m a bit late getting this update posted. Between the extra post to make my first quarterly adjustment to my 12 Week Year goals, and taking my 13 year old daughter shopping for cold-weather clothing and out to a long-belated birthday lunch (her birthday is in early July)…well, I ran out of day before I ran out of things to post!

Looking at this update feels a bit odd to me. I’ve been very busy the last few days, but the percentages of completion don’t really reflect it. I have a feeling the balance will tip somewhere around Thursday or Friday.

Some weeks are like that.

Like I said, though, I have been busy.  One of my projects was getting back to my Pixels to Platform course. I’m moving forward slowly and beginning to research my audience.

Since you’re reading this, you are a potential part of my research group…and so, I’m going to ask you a question that will help me with my learning process. No worries if you’re not inclined to answer – this isn’t a test! But if you’d like to, please feel free. And if you’d like to go one step further, and answer another question or two, just let me know – I’ve got a pretty comprehensive list to work with!

So, first the question, and then my Week 4 Midweek Progress Report.

What is your favorite book, and why do you love it?

Relationships, Family, and Home: 

Complete two chapters Stained; one Spellfire, until both are complete.

  • Stained: Began Chapter Five comments (p. 1/11); 1/2 chapters in progress.
  • Spellfire: Finished Chapter Eight (left over from last week; doesn’t count toward goal); sent to author. Highlighted Chapter Nine for commenting.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 20%

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Weeks 4-6.

  • Porch: 1/1; bedroom 2/3.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 33%

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly: Weeks 4-9.

  • 1/3: More night driving, and learning how to navigate for himself.
  • Week 4 Progress: 33%

Draft Lise’s Homeschool Quarterly Report: Week 4.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

 

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One. Weeks 4- 5

  • Reviewed remaining Play Sheets, which deal with research and are meant to be done over time.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 50%

Complete Module Two. Weeks 4– 7. 

  • Watched first video; simmering.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 20%

Slaying SEO:

Complete 3 hours/week in this class. Weeks 4-8.

  • 15 min./3 hours completed; watched video and did intros.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 8%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 4-12.

  • 15 min./3 hours completed; Lesson 6/22 in progress.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 8%

New Writing:

Trueborn: Solemates:

Plan through Character Arc – Step 8/22. Week 4.

  • Major Plot Points Sheet in progress; Step 4/22.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 15%

OctPoWriMo:

Write poems 2228/31. Week 4.

  • Poems completed through 24/31.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 40%

Chef Bluebeard:

Maintain/adapt media schedule: Week 4-12.

  • Maintaining is tricky – I didn’t build enough leeway or adjustment time into this schedule.
  • Simmering ways to adapt it as I move through this week.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 10%

Find/contact holiday venues; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales. Weeks 4-6.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 10: Week 47

  • Workout made up for Friday, Oct. 20.
  • Workout made up for Monday, Oct. 21.
  • On schedule at last!
  • Week 4 Progress: 66%

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat a vegetable based meal Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 4-5.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Return Torrid bra for refund/exchange.

  • Verified return policy and placed in my car; can return in-store, and I know several malls in my area have Torrid stores.
  • Week 4 Progress: 25%

Assess jewelry; purchase new pieces as they speak to me.

  • Finished going through my existing jewelry.
  • Week 4 Progress: 75%

Make a list of items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Week 4– 6.

  • Began simmering ideas.
  • Week 4 Progress: 75%

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

Purchase snow and driving gloves: Week 4.

  • Looked for snow gloves while shopping w/Lise; no luck.
  • Week 4 Progress: 25%

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Like a Promise  for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares.  Come read one, or all!

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

“Monday Morning Coffee”  has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later,  he was found, deceased.

From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.

Context:


Rose is at work on a Monday morning, contemplating Jeremy and the nature of her own humanity – or perhaps, lack thereof…

Like a Promise

I’m like her, here – the nameless, faceless Very Tame Dragon in her lair, seldom surfacing, seldom seen.

I read the letter again, focusing on what it says about that thorny hundred dollar bill:

“The money, I leave you as a gift; do with it what you will.  I have less need of it than you might suspect.”

This week stretches ahead, suddenly alive with possibility. Jeremy’s money sits on my bare desk like a promise. Maybe I’ll find a pretty blotter –  I loved those as a little girl.

What will Rose do with the money Jeremy gave her?

Where did that money come from?

Can she learn to embrace her own humanity?

Any guesses?

 “Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review.  Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

I was away much of last week, and never quite got to the point of pulling together an #8sunday post. My husband and I spent four days in Maine – a mini-romantic getaway that was the first one we’ve had since we became parents a little over 16 years ago.

Now I’m back, recharged and ready for new challengeslike NaNoWriMo

Until then, may you and yours find joy!

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I Was Human for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all!

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.

From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.

Context:


Rose is at work on a Monday morning, contemplating Jeremy and the nature of her own humanity – or perhaps, lack thereof…

I Was Human

I know I’ll go to Scrimshaw on Friday – but this is only Monday, and it’s not even nine o’clock yet. My Monday life has been empty – my entire life, really. Each morning, I slink past my colleagues upstairs, and hide myself down here, as though I have no place or business in the rest of the library. I can’t even recall their names.

I was human in the train station with Jeremy. But I haven’t been, here.

Now I’m noticing and thinking, not hiding. I remember the woman I sat beside at the station, the way her painted drawstring mouth cinched up her closed face.

What will Rose find when she meets Jeremy at Scrimshaw?

Can she learn to be human at work?

Is she too much like the woman at the station?

Any guesses?

Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review.Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

It’s been a busy week in Shan-land. Last Friday, my best friend and I took a day trip to Lenox, Massachusetts. Saturday was a relative’s housewarming party – a beautiful, big place by a glacier-carved lake. Sunday, we were along the Erie Canal for our last week at the Waterford Harbor Farmer’s Market, and Monday, we closed out the season at our local library’s market, as well.

Because I had a cold last week and missed two workouts in my 5K training program, I’ve gone for a walk/jog every day this week to catch up. I attained that goal today (Thursday, as I type this), and tomorrow I’ll be able to do my on-time workout to close out the week.

The kids and I also have plans to go see the new My Little Pony movie tomorrow, and then I’ll be gearing up for a weekend that includes both a swap meet/motorcycle show, and a fall festival. And next week is a whole other adventure; I’ll share the details of that next weekend.

Until then, may you and yours find joy!

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“Nearest the Fireplace” for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’

Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all!

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.

From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.

Context:


Rose is at work on a Monday morning, exploring the gift given to her by a shabbily dressed man, when she discovers something unexpected – a hundred dollar bill folded into the shape of a thorn and containing a message whose first line read, “Your kindness went beyond guilt, or a token gesture, and has touched me deeply.” Now, the rest of the message…

“Nearest the Fireplace”

I’d like to learn more of you. If you wish, you may meet me at 6pm this Friday, at the address below. I’ll be at the table nearest the fireplace. The money, I leave you as a gift; do with it what you will. I have less need of it than you might suspect.

With gratitude to my fellow human,

Lost Jeremy.”

The address is for Scrimshaw, one of the finer restaurants in this part of the city, notable for its large koi pool and the real trees, strung with tiny lights, that grow in its covered arboretum.

Does Jeremy need the money?

Will he appear at Scrimshaw?

Will Rose?

Why does he want to meet her there?

Any guesses?

Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

I’m pushing up against the deadline for posting, yet again… eventually, I’m going to find ways to blend the creation of this new business, and my writing. I’m certain of it – but it’s still all very new, and I tend to find myself scrambling to get things done more than I would like, at this point.

It’s in a good cause. After a few weeks plateau, business-wise, we’re back in a growth phase, as we shift from farmer’s markets to craft fairs, and expanding into the retail market. It’s exciting – and, for me (the marketing/branding/design/business administrator), it’s also a LOT of learning as I go.

We’re nearing the end of Rose and Jeremy’s story now – and I’ve given almost no thought at all to what I’ll share next (except that, as I typed that, I had an idea!). Stay tuned…if it turns out to be one I still like in a week or two, I’ll reveal it then.

Until next week, may you and yours be well!

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