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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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Noli on the go! Photo by Gabby Monlea, age 13.
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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
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Now, Forward, Half-Pace: #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 Midweek 4

 Hi there, ROWers and friends!

It’s Wednesday –time to share my Week 4 Action Plan (Here’s my End of Week 3 progress).  I’ll share my End of 12 Week Year 3/Quarter 1 evaluation on Sunday, in its own post.

Will You Help Me Get to Know You Better?

My goal is to provide you, my readers, content you want to read, and will find value in. 

To that end, I have some questions. I’m posting a couple each Wednesday – feel free to elaborate as much as you like! =D

  1. What is your favorite book?

  2. Why do you love it?

  3. What’s the most recent book you read or are reading?

Next Wednesday, I’ll share my answers to these questions, and bring you a few more.  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.
  • Week 3 Quarterly posting Sunday, April 29.
  • Final Review: after Week 12.

Goal Status:

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

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

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

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

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

  • Registered/reserved/paid for URTC campsite.
  • Reserved rooms for NEUC (we pay at checkout).

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

  • Supported Lise’s bedroomtending efforts; did some minor hometending.

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

I facilitate both kids’ learning as needed.

  • Discussion and sharing of resources.

Home Stuff:

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

  • Raking; bedroomtending; general decluttering.

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

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

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

  • Offered her a cast iron skillet cookie kit we were gifted.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule lunch/coffee dates with two friends.

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

I send a thank you note to my sister.

Professional/Financial:

Writing/Revising Stuff:

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

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

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

  • 34,235/50,000 words; 3,417 new (all Tuesday).

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

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

  • Have an offer for special forums for a deeply discounted price; I expect I will accept.

Learning Stuff:

I complete Pixels to Platform intro and Module 1.

  • Watched Module 1, Video 2; reviewed where I left off with the play sheets last fall; planned for next steps.
  • Began my Breadcrumb exercise.

I complete two 11:11 learning sessions for How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck this week.*

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

Networking Stuff:

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

  • Several comments Sunday/Monday. 

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

  • Visited all #ROW80 posters.
  • Answered a couple of blog comments.

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

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

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

Family Financial Stuff:

I go through current receipts.

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

I contact insurance agent (re: business insurance).

I read at least two articles or blogposts on financial matters.

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

Body, Mind, and Soul:

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

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

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

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

  • Meditation (Insight Timer at 3:33) and journaling 3/3 for the session.

I read at least one spiritual growth article this week.

  • Read a mindful breathing article from the Newsweek Mindfulness.

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

  • Doing somewhat better here; allowing myself naps with Noli.

I share my experiences with others as I am inspired.

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

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

  • My blogging meets all of these.

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And Now, Noli! #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 End of Week 3

 

Hello, ROWers and friends!

It’s Sunday –  time to wrap up my Week 3 Action Plan (Here’s my Midweek 3 progress). 

Weekly Wrapup Questions:

What did I accomplish this week?

  • Participated in my second Meet the Author event. The audience was  engaged, and I used my script more as a guideline than a lifeline.
  • Facilitated  friend time for Lise, and adapted plans for Miah.
  • CampNaNoWriMo:30K crossed.
  • A-Z poems up to date.
  • A bit of my flash fiction course; P2P.
  • Bed disassembly/assembly.
  • We adopted Noli, a young shlelter pit bull.

What’s on deck for next week?

  • Catching up with current writing goals
  • Prepping for May.
  • Finishing my already-late revision project, and brainstorming another.
  • Focus on my learning: Pixels to Platform, flash fiction, and revision.
  • More work with Noli: coexisting with cats, learning her signals/preferences, socialization, make vet appointment/get license.

How do these things serve my deeper purpose?

  • Author events are early marketing exposure – a way to break the ice.
  • Writing and learning give me product to market, and new skills for marketing and craft.
  • Making sure the kids have the friend time they need, and I have the companionship of friends (canine and otherwise), adds to the peace in our home, which, in turn, makes us all more productive and able to learn.

How was your week?
Notes:

  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.
  • Week 3 Quarterly posting Sunday, April 29.
  • Final Review: after Week 12.

Goal Status:

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

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

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

  • Affirmative; locally.

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

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

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

  • Encouraged/discussed room cleaning/ hometending with both.

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

I facilitate both kids’ learning as needed.

  • Dog behavior, adoption process, and training; drivers’ ed; health; economics; science; ELA; French.

Home Stuff:

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

  • Bedroom reorganization; laundry/dishes; general hometending; raking.

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

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

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

Relationship Stuff:

 I schedule lunch/coffee dates with two friends.

  • Coffee with Darcy on Thursday.

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

Professional/Financial:

Writing/Revising Stuff:

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

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

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

  • 30,819 new words; 3,705 this week.
  • Lost pace while Noli-prepping.

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

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

Learning Stuff:

I complete Pixels to Platform intro and Module 1.

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

  • Reviewed; Complications: story starts 6/ 7.

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

Networking Stuff:

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

  • Several comments Saturday….

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

  • A few comments…

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

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

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

  • Added link button for Dark and Bitter to blog sidebar; deleted a couple of outdated items.

Family Financial Stuff:

I go through current receipts.

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

I contact insurance agent (re: business insurance).

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

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

 

Body, Mind, and Soul:

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

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

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

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

  • Meditation (Insight Timer at 3:33) and journaling five mornings this week; no nights.

I read at least one spiritual growth article this week.

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

  • Time with friends; Cake Mania; dog adoption; Fixer Upper.
  • Meditation, journaling.

I share my experiences with others as I am inspired.

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

  • Singing and writing.

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

  • Through writing, and in life (Noli; bedrooom).

ROW80 The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

 

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

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

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

What I accomplished this week:

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

What’s on deck?

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

How do these suit my greater purpose?

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

Have you asked yourself these questions, lately?

Notes:

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

Goal Status:

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

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I facilitate both kids’ learning as needed.

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

Home Stuff:

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

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

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

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

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

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule lunch/coffee dates with two friends.

  • Coffee date w/Eden Mabee.

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

  • Texted both.

Professional/Financial:

Writing/Revising Stuff:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning Stuff:

I complete Pixels to Platform intro and Module 1.

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

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

  • Finished organization and reread lesson materials.

I complete organization for How to Revise Your Novel.

Networking Stuff:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Financial Stuff:

I go through current receipts.

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

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

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

I contact insurance agent (re: business insurance).

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

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

  • Discussed with Lise; opened topic with Miah.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

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

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

  • All set.

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

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

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

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

I read at least one spiritual growth article this week.

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

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

I share my experiences with others as I am inspired.

  • Through blogging, and in person.

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

  • Singing, home decorating. and writing.

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

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

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

My life very much feels like this, lately…

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Settling Into the Now:  #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 MidWeek 2

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

It’s Wednesday – time to list out my Week 2 Action Plan, and current progress (Here’s my Week 1 progress). 

These goals are more specific than my Week 1 goals. I’ve refined things; made them more measurable and specific. Some of these may take a few weeks to complete, so they’ll be here a while.

And that’s okay.

I’m reminding myself of something I’d lost sight of for a while. NOW is the only time I have, no matter how much I might wish it was otherwise.

What are you doing with your now?

Notes:

  • I post my Weekly Action Plan on Wednesdays, and Weekly Wrap-Ups on Sundays.
  • I review/adjust my Round 2/12 Week Year 3 after weeks 3, 6, 9, and a final one after Week 12.

Goal Status:

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

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

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

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

  • Nothing posted for URTC yet.

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

I facilitate both kids’ learning as needed.

  • Lise checked the weather around the world, with some suggestions from me. We discussed climate and geographic features which influence weather.

Home Stuff:

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

  • Made a deal with Lise – a sinkful of dishes traded for an order of fries.
  • Bedrooomtending; laundry; dishes; yardtending (raking leaves; decluttering).

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

  • I’ve taken photos for these posts.

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

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

  • She’s comfortable with prepackaged cookie dough for now, but may want to experiment with mixes soon.
  • We agreed that I will find a few potential mopping solutions for her to choose from.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule lunch/coffee dates with two friends.

  • Tentative plans to meet Eden Mabee (best friend since almost forever; we were little, little girls!) on Wednesday.

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

Professional/Financial:

Writing/Revising Stuff:

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

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

  • I have my base materials, and have secured 3 beta readers (3 more to ask).

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

  • 18,277 new words; 5,668 this week.

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

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

  • Made a quick survey; selected some follow-up items.

Learning Stuff:

I complete Pixels to Platform, and complete Module 1.

  • Began intro video rewatch: 30%.

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

  • Organization 95% complete; evaluation 50%

I complete organization for How to Revise Your Novel.

Networking Stuff:

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

  • Checked in regularly with private Facebook group; class is now live.

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

  • Several #atozchallenge visits. #babysteps.

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

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

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

Family Financial Stuff:

I go through current receipts.

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

I contact insurance agent (re: business insurance).

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

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

  • Opened a discussion with Lise. It was enlightening, and showed how she’s matured in the last several months.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

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

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

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

  • Bone broth for soup and steel cut oats.

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

  • Meditation (Insight Timer at 2:22) and journaling each morning; extra journaling Sunday night (1/3).

I read at least one spiritual growth article this week.

  • Read Strip Away Stress and How to be Kind in a Rude World from the Real Simple Find Your Balance special issue.

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

  • Rest was rocky until Tuesday, but others are solid. Coloring, meditation, journaling, and pondering in abundance.

I share my experiences with others as I am inspired.

  • Through blogging, and in person.

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

  • Singing, writing, and coloring

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

  • Through writing, and in life.

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

Just a bit of now-themed silliness! =D