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Reshaping My Foundations: #12WeekYear/#ROW80 Week 3 Final Update

Hey there! 

It’s time again for my 12 Week Year 1 End of Week 3//ROW80 Round 4 Update. It’s been a productive week, but, one-quarter of the way into my first “year”, I can see that what I suspected at the outset is true – I have too many goals.

Not as many too many as I’ve often had in the past, but my reach is just slightly too far ahead of my grasp. I’m focused, but I seem to be falling a bit short each week, which is a clear sign that I need to dial things back a bit for Year Two.

Of course, that’s still 9 weeks away. So, I’m going to take this week to go through my Year One goals, and lighten them up a little. The point, after all, is to learn to set goals that are a challenge, but are also attainable. If I can’t make the goal with genuine focused effort…the goal needs to shift a bit.

The beauty is that there will be another “year” after this one – and then another, and another, and another. I can grow incrementally, and, even if it’s not as fast as I might prefer, I am doing better than I was when my goals extended over a 52 Week Year rather than a 12 Week Year, which gives me a lot more opportunity to adjust things.

I’ve decided I’m going to do this every quarter-“year.” That way, I won’t start floundering, and lose my momentum because my goals are just a bit too much. And, if I’ve set my bar too low, I can add a bit.

Do you  adjust your goals periodically, or stay the course once you’ve set them?

Week 3 Action Plan Final:

  • Blue, with overstrike: COMPLETED!

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Not Yet Begun

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete three chapters Spellfire; one Stained. Weeks: 34.

  • Spellfire: Chapter Eight; 3/3; page 16/24 in progress.
  • Stained: No progress.
  • Week 3 progress: About 70%.

Complete five hometending rounds on porch; three in study; and one in bedroom: Week 3.

  • 5/5 porch; 3/3 study.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice twice weekly: Week-3.

  • Replaced my lost license, so I can legally take him out; and discussed with him.
  • Night driving early Friday morning and late evening; 2/2 complete.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Modules One and Two; watch first video for Module Three: Week 3.

  • Module One: reread transcript for Video Two; completed Play Sheet 1/3.  Read through Sheets 2 and 3; they will be done over time.
  • Week 3 progress: about 30%

Slaying SEO:

Begin class: Week 3.

  • Course began Saturday; read first offerings on group page; simmering.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.Weeks 3-12.

  • 3/3 hours completed. Lesson 6/22 Character Sharpening: All materials read and printed; early progress: p 1/82, line 10-11 in progress.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

New Writing:

Solemates:

Complete The Story Toolkit Planning elements through Supporting Characters (Step 7/22): Week 3.

  • Section 2/22 (Worldbuilding) completed. Detouring into Main Character Development from The Writers’ Coloring Book before going back to these; completed 5 Personality Worksheets.
  • Week 3 progress: about 30%

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete poems 15-21. Week 3. 

  • 21/31 completed.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

Chef Bluebeard: 

Maintain/adapt media schedule: Week 3-12.

  • Spent about 2 hours on website development.
  • Off target; did nothing for this Tues, Wed, Fri, or Saturday. Still adjusting to new schedule; it’s not habit yet.
  • Week 3 progress: about 45%

Contact three venues and three stores for sales. Week 3.

  • Emailed 1/3 stores and 1/3 venues; heard back from venue contact; will speak again after January 1. She’s an event coordinator, and might really help to fill out our 2018 schedule.
  • Week 3 progress: About 33%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 10: Week 37

  • 32 min. Makeup workout from Monday, October 16: 5 min. warmup; 4 min jogging at 4.66mph; 1 min walking at 3.1 mph; 8 jogging; 4 walking; 4 jogging; 1 walking; 5 min. cooldown. Jogged 100% first interval; about 50% of intervals 2 and 3. First time with these intervals.
  • 31 min. Makeup workout from Wednesday, October 18: 5 min. warmup; 8 min jogging at 4.7mph; 2 min walking at 3.1 mph; 8 jogging; 2 walking; 5 min. cooldown. Jogged 100% first interval; about 66% of interval. Longest continuous interval to date.
  • Still 1 workout behind schedule (will be caught up after Sunday‘s run; doing 2 days on, 1 off till caught up.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class twice weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 1-12.

  • Took Thursday off due to fatigue from catching up workouts, and needing to take care of some personal business.
  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Cook and eat vegetable based meals.

Cook two vegetable based meals; Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 3-5.

  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Purchase three new bras.

Send back Torrid bra; research through HerRoom/Cacique; order 1: Week 3.

New bras are here. Not thrilled with the Just My Size (fits, but very low quality; you get what you pay for). LOVE the Goddess sports bra…LOVE! Supportive, comfortable, and even pretty-ish! That’s a lot for a large-size working bra!

  • I’ll close out this goal as soon as I’ve sent the Torrid bra back from whence it came.
  • Week 3 progress: 90%

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

Go through rest of the jewelry I already have; save and/or discard as I choose: Week 1- 3.

  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Evaluate  wardrobe as the season changes.

Research snow and driving gloves online: Week 2-4.

  • Week 3 progress: 50%

 

 

 

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Shaky Foundations: #12WeekYear/#ROW80 Week 3 Midweek Update

  

This week, I’m pondering my foundations – in writing goals, and in life.

#MeToo  has been extremely active this week. Women around the world are speaking out about their of sexual subjugation by men –unwanted advances, harassment, inequality, presumption, drugging, abuse, assault, rape…it’s different in each case, but it comes down to this:

Our society, our culture, and all too often the men in our lives, treat women as existing more for men’s pleasure and purposes than anything else. Most women are groomed from childhood to do the pleasing and serve the purposes men set forth for us.

We’ve learned the lesson well. Most women are adept at tending to the needs of others. As for our own needs, hopes, and dreams – often, they’re subverted in the process. Think of the Invisible But Indispensible Mother – “women’s work’ tends to be the thankless and endless tasks that add grace notes to life that are often taken for granted.

I’ve got #metoo stories. The more I step into my own strength and my own life, the more little flashes I have of times men have used me for their own purposes without regard for the fact that I have purposes of my own, beyond them. I’m not bitter about this – I really like men, and guys are often built on a shaky foundation that allowed them to see this behavior as natural, not domineering.

I need to tend to those cracks and bows, so I can build a life that will stand strong.

 And I’m not sure how to do that.

 Do you feel a shakiness in your foundation?

 How will you address it?

I want better for this girl – and for women everywhere. Lise Burton, self-portrait at almost 13, early July, 2017. Photo by Annalise S. Burton

Week 3 Action Plan Progress:

  • Blue with Overstrike: COMPLETED!

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Not Yet Begun

  • Note: I’m not posting my final September update. It was a decent month, but life has moved on, and so will I. =)

 

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading: Complete three chapters Spellfire; one Stained. Weeks: 3-4

  • Spellfire: Highlighted Chapter Six for comments – it’s 30 pages, so will likely take a while; page 16/30 in progress.
  • Stained: No progress.
  • Week 3 progress: About 25%.

Complete five hometending rounds on porch; three in study; and one in bedroom: Week 3.

  • 4/5 porch rounds; 1/1 bedroom.
  • Week 3 progress: About 75%

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice twice weekly: Weeks 1-3.

  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Modules One and Two; watch first video for Module Three: Week 3.

  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Slaying SEO Class:

Begin course: Week 3.

  • Course begins on Saturday.
  • Week 3 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 3-12.

  • 1 hour; 45 min/3 hours,and Lesson 5/22 completed!
  • Week 3 progress: about 60%

New Writing:

Solemates:

Complete Planning elements through Supporting Characters (Step 7/22): Week 3.

  • Section 2/22 (Worldbuilding) in progress – finishing up Where, with lots of ideas simmering. Who and What left to address.
  • Week 3 progress: about 15%

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete poems 15-21. Week 3.

  • 17/31 completed.
  • Week 3 progress: about 45%

Chef Bluebeard:

Maintain/adapt media schedule: Week 3-12.

  • Sunday: all but one task completed; evaluating that one. May need to adapt.
  • Monday: addressed all; expanded one; a bit short on posting.
  • Tuesday: Day Off (need to add to the schedule that every week will have one; I am quite a slave driver of myself!).
  • Week 3 progress: about 33%

Contact three venues and three stores for sales. Week 3.

  • Emailed 1/3 stores for the week.
  • Drafted email for 1/3 venues.
  • Week 3 progress: About 25%

 

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 10: Week 37

  • Makeup for Wednesday, October 11: Did much better with jogging portions (4 min; 6 min; 6 min, with 2 minute walking intervals between) than last session.
  • Makeup for Friday, October 13: Did all jogging intervals except one incline, and a point where a propane truck needed to back into the driveway I was abreast of . Can’t say it was exactly easy – but it clearly wasn’t impossible, either!
  • Still 2 workouts behind schedule (will be caught up after Sunday‘s run; doing 2 days on, 1 off till caught up.
  • Week 3 progress: 50%

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class twice weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 1-12.

  • With the extra workouts, and only 3.5 hours sleep due to looking for some fan fiction stories I knew I wrote but couldn’t find (until I did a little after 7am), I wasn’t up to a trip away from home. I’m learning to listen to my body a little better, so I stayed home except for my 5k training run
  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Cook and eat vegetable based meals.

Cook two vegetable based meals; Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 3-5.

  • Not scheduled for this session.
  • Week 3 progress: 0%

 

Personal Expression:

Purchase three new bras.

Send back Torrid bra; research through HerRoom/Cacique; order 1: Week 3.

  • Went to HerRoom.com, and found they made it EASY to know what I’m getting! No more underwire booby traps (pun absolutely intended)! I ordered a daily use and a sports bra (YES! I didn’t think they even made those in my side, and now I’ll have one for running and workouts!). 3/3 purchased, a bit early!
  • I’ll close out this goal as soon as I’ve sent the Torrid bra back from whence it came.
  • Week 3 progress: 75%

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

Go through rest of the jewelry I already have; save and/or discard as I choose: Week 1- 3.

  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

Research snow and driving gloves online: Weeks 3-4.

  • No need to research driving gloves; I found my existing pair in the dryer. Bought them last winter, and forgot about them. But they worked very well, and are still in excellent condition.
  • Week 3 progress: 50%

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re on Facebook, too!

Even in this ad acknowledging Invisible Moms – the focus is on selling us something to make our hair look good – not some way to help us find our own strength and purpose!

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First Blocks in the Foundation: #ROW80 October 4, 2017

The first update of every round comes quickly; but, this time, I feel like I’ve got more than random progress to report – and the update is a whole lot simpler than those I’ve done previously.

Why is that?

All right, I know I asked the question just to be able to answer it – but this might help more folks than just me, so here we go:

This round, my first with The 12-Week Year, involves not just setting goals, but creating weekly action plans that support and move me toward the completion of those plans. So, throughout the week, I need only schedule the action steps, then execute.

Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that…but I’m still working my way through the learning process – and this is as far as I’ve gotten, right now…I’m planning to move further along after I sleep, and, in a week or two, to have fine-tuned the entire process.

Until then, though – my first-ever 12 Week Year/ROW80 Update!

Week 1 Action Plan Progress:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Completed.

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Not Yet Begun

  • Note: My final September update will be posted on Sunday, October 8.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete two chapters Spellfire; one Stained. Weeks: 1-5

  • Spellfire: Chapter Four (1 /2 for the week) in progress; page 7/13 complete.

Complete five hometending rounds on porch; three in study; and one in bedroom. Weeks 1-3.

  • Bedroom round completed; top of cabinet; some clutter policed.

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice twice weekly. Weeks 1-3.

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Modules One/Two. Week 1.

SEO Course:

Get idea of dates for this course/set base schedule. Week 1

  • I now know when the course will launch, and have set my tentative schedule. 
  • Goal COMPLETED!

HTRYN:

Complete three hours of How to Revise Your Novel lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 1-12.

  • 1/3 hours completed; Lesson 5/22 in progress; Scene Card 21/21 in progress.

Solemates:

Complete Planning elements.Weeks 1-2.

OctPoWriMo 2017: 

Complete 7/31 poems. Week 1.

  • 3/7 poems completed for Week 1.

Chef Bluebeard:

Format UPC code labels; experiment with sticker paper: Week 1.

Create discount program and signage: Week 1.

Respond to L.S. and order more books. Week 1.

  • Contacted editor; once shipping price confirmed, will pay.

Create event calendar to avoid overbooking. Week 1.

Work events as needed. Weeks 1-12.

  • Worked Sunday/Monday markets.

Contact three venues and three stores for sales. Week 1.

  • Contacted 1/3 venues; already full.

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Catch up 5K Week 3/Complete Week 4: Week 1

  • I made up the two workouts I missed last week due to having a cold.

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class twice weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 1-12.

  • Tai chi 1 /2 completed Tuesday.

Cook a vegetable based meal/snack.

  • Cook a vegetable based meal/snack on Wednesday: Weeks 1-2.

Personal Expression:

Purchase three new bras.

Buy bra at Lane Bryant/order 1 at ThirdLove. Week 1.

  • 1/3: Cacique bra purchased at Lane Bryant; now know my size for ThirdLove.

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

  • Go through the jewelry I already have; save and/or discard as I choose. Week 1- 3.

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

Purchase jeans at Lane Bryant, and running socks. Week 1.

  • Goal COMPLETED!

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

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Growth’s Season; #ROW80 End of Round 3, 2017

Hello there!

ROW80 2017 Round Three is in the books.

My theme for the round was “Growth,” and life conspired to be sure I honored it.

  • August: We invested in our business; bought two new vehicles, a website, and supplies;, added two more weekly farmer’s markets.

  • September: launched my Chaostivity 10K with Story A Day September. My son turned 16 on the 2nd, and I’m facilitating his driving practice. Markets and events abound; and several classes and courses on marketing, branding, and design in a flurry that mimics the falling leaves.

    What did that mean for my Round 3 goals?

  • Trueborn Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Will resume once both Kifo novels are complete. Adapted – since this is the longest of the three unfinished projects, and the closest to completion (I’m nearly to the climax) I moved it to primary position. Added 19,210 words this round. Secondary (now Primary) goal; good progress.

 

  • Kifo Island Series: Complete drafts of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8) and The Last House (A Kifo Island prequel). Adapted: Now Secondary goal; deleting SN till Round 4. Modest progress on THL: added 10,793 words; reached to midpoint or just past it for all three POV characters. Nothing added for SN. Primary (now secondary) goal; modest progress.
  • Blogposts: Complete all finite series begun during JuNoWriMo. Adapted: Complete October Secret Project posts, write intro material as/if needed. Stretch goal; began mapping out the schedule for the October Special Project. Very modest progress.

  • Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Adapted: Moved to primary position..Did some pre-production organization. Secondary (now Primary) goal; no real progress.

 

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Spend 50 hours revising “On Any Tuesday Night.” Start once Still Nameless Act One Beat Sheet is complete. Adapted: Spend 25 hours on classwork. 9/50 (now 25) hours completed. Primary goal; modest progress.

  • Blogposts: Revise blogposts for use through November 2017. Adapted: Revise posts for October’s Still Secret Project. I worked out a rough schedule for the October project, and reviewed the basic topics. Secondary goal; slight progress.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it. Make a decision regarding sharing it with critique group, or waiting to run it through HTRYN. Stretch goal COMPLETED (July)!

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” Title of this short story is now “Being Colette”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. I believe the last round of revisions has been completed. Primary goal COMPLETED!

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for all projects I’d like to submit in 2017. Secondary goal deleted in August.

  • Explore Duotrope; Compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Research these; choose ten to pursue further. 8/25 markets compiled. Stretch goal; very modest progress.

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to /maintain regular blogging schedule, and prepare for November NaNoWriMo. Keeping mostly to schedule for September; some preliminary planning for October’s Special Project posting. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Other Platforms: Create a cohesive brand across my Facebook Writer page; Pinterest, Patreon, and Instagram. Did more for Chef Bluebeard than for myself; but making progress on both. Created social media accounts for business. Secondary goal; steady progress.

  • Explore other avenues: Twitter (#writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats); LinkedIn; Medium; Quora; and Wattpad). At least a bit here in all but LinkedIn. Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide; begin enacting it. Adapted: Work through Prosperity for Writers and The 12 Week Year; then move on to completing the business plan using knowledge gained from those sources. 38% with PFW exercises; Completed 12WY readthrough. Foundations being laid. Step 4/7 with business plan (from June). Primary goal; some progress.

  • Refine labeling/branding/platform/marketing for my Accomplice, and branding for myself; complete the PicMonkey branding tutorial for both ventures. Adapted: moving PicMonkey to Round Four. Great progress for Chef Bluebeard: product and supply purchases; seeking and marketing to new venues; Facebook ads; other marketing and design; new classes. A bit for myself, too. Secondary goal; great progress.

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans) and complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Adapted: Complete 1.5 hours hometending each week. Lots of other business dealt with! Great progress!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Completed physical goals; not quite up to target for mindfulness goals, but close. Great progress here!

  • Lifetending: Reading: Crank It Out (from June goals); 20K A Day; Prosperity for Writers. Audiobooks; The Upside of Your Dark Side (from June goals); and Practicing Mindfulness; and The Star Trek Chronology Project  Episodes 281: Redemption Part 1290: A Matter of Time. Adapted: Watch STCP to Episode 320 (Deep Space 9: “Past Prologue”). Complete 6 books, 2 audiobooks, and keep up with Welcome to Night Vale podcasts. Completed all but PFW. Steady progress.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!
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A Season of Growth; #ROW80 Round 3, 2017

Hey there!

Well…when I last posted here, at the end of July, I thought August was going to be my month to “rest, renew, recharge, and shift to a slower, more contemplative pace” after my Chaostivity Marathon, which ran from April 1 -July 31.

Life (and a burgeoning family business) had other plans. I’m more than a little gobsmacked by all the changes (many of which are in areas that just won’t show on this update; I’m perfectly OK with that!).

I began my Chaostivity 10K on Friday, with Story A Day September. October will be OctPoWriMo, a poetry challenge, and November brings another NaNoWriMo.

There will also be much more business stuff, and some rather significant personal changes (more on those in Round Four!).

But, first, let’s take stock of my August progress on my Round 3 goals, shall we?

  • Trueborn Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Will resume once both Kifo novels are complete. Adapted – since this is the longest of the three unfinished projects, and the closest to completion (I’m in the climactic scenes now) I moved it to primary position. Added 11,284 words. Secondary (now Primary) goal; solid progress.
  • Kifo Island Series: Complete drafts of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8) and The Last House (A Kifo Island prequel). Adapted: Now Secondary goal; deleting SN till Round 4. Modest progress on THL: added 2,642 words; reached to midpoint or just past it for all three POV characters. Nothing added for SN. Primary (now secondary) goal; modest progress.
  • Blogposts: Complete all finite series begun during JuNoWriMo. Adapted: Complete October Secret Project posts, write intro material as/if needed. Stretch goal; no progress.

  • Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. Adapted: Moved to primary position..Did some pre-production organization. Secondary (now Primary) goal; a bit of progress.
  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book  and The Story Toolkit  to finish plotting this novel. Adapted: Deleting for this round. Primary goal; no progress.

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Spend 50 hours revising “On Any Tuesday Night.” Start once Still Nameless Act One Beat Sheet is complete. Adapted: Spend 25 hours on classwork. 4/50 (now 25) hours completed. Primary goal; minimal progress.

  • Blogposts: Revise blogposts for use through November 2017. Adapted: Revise posts for October’s Still Secret Project. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it. Make a decision regarding sharing it with critique group, or waiting to run it through HTRYN. Stretch goal COMPLETED (July)!

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly” Title of this short story is now “Being Colette”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Moving through third round of publisher edits; nearly finished with draft and (I think) the process.Primary goal; good progress.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for all projects I’d like to submit in 2017. Secondary goal deleted in August.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Research these; choose ten to pursue further. Stretch goal; no progress.

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to /maintain regular blogging schedule, and prepare for November NaNoWriMo. Kept mostly to schedule for August; some preliminary planning for fall posting. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Other Platforms: Create a cohesive brand across my Facebook Writer page; Pinterest, Patreon, and Instagram. Did more for Chef Bluebeard than for myself; still simmering. Secondary goal; a little progress.

  • Explore other avenues: Twitter (#writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats); LinkedIn; Medium; Quora; and Wattpad). Stretch goal; some modest progress.

  • Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide; begin enacting it. Adapted: Work through Prosperity for Writers and The 12 Week Year; then move on to completing the business plan using knowledge gained from those sources. 38% with PFW exercises; 20% on 12WY readthrough. Step 4/7 with business plan (from June). Primary goal; good progress.

  • Refine labeling/branding/platform/marketing for my Accomplice, and branding for myself; complete the PicMonkey branding tutorial for both ventures. Adapted: moving PicMonkey to Round Four. I’ve done a lot more for Chef Bluebeard: product and vehicle purchases; website; seeking and marketing to new venues; Facebook ads. A bit for myself, too. Secondary goal; great progress.

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans) and complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Adapted: Complete 1.5 hours hometending each week. Some hometending. Submitted IHIPs and fourth quarter reports. Lots of other business dealt with! Great progress!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Not quite up to target for physical and mindfulness goals, but close. Solid progress.

  • Lifetending: Reading: Crank It Out (from June goals); 20K A Day; Prosperity for Writers. Audiobooks; The Upside of Your Dark Side (from June goals); and Practicing Mindfulness; and The Star Trek Chronology Project  Episodes 281: Redemption Part 1290: A Matter of Time. Adapted: Watch STCP to Episode 320 (Deep Space 9: “Past Prologue”). Complete 6 books, 2 audiobooks, and keep up with Welcome to Night Vale podcasts. PFW: 78%; STPC: Episode 310 (The Next Generation: “Man of the People”); current with WTNV. Steady progress.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!
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This is what things looked like at our third farmer’s market in July….we’ve already come a long way!
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Change is Blooming; June 18, 2017

Hi there!

When I last updated on Wednesday, the dramatic breakdown of my car (on an interstate, at about 50 mph, with my teen son beside me) was still fresh, and so was the stress between my spouse and I that boiled over in the aftermath…it seems inevitable that these times bring to the fore those few persistent issues that keep cropping up, because they’ve yet to be resolved…

Sometimes, marriage is a matter of millimeters gained, and meters lost – and then the flip when it seems to go the other way.

The car breakdown came at a far-less-than-ideal time, financially speaking. Or, looked at another way, it came at the perfect time to shake us out of our assumptions, and open our minds to new possibilities and potential.

We’re still in the early stages of figuring things out – but, with a few days’ perspective, we can see the potential for growth and positive change here.

Have you ever had a setback that led to new potential?

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 28,596/50,000 words. Primary goal just above target.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. 12 rough post sketches completed ahead of current drafting. Secondary goal ahead of target.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. Found my beginning point: Scene 4, p. 10. Organized materials; cleaned workspace for efficiency. Completed Notes for Scenes 47 (p.25/82 in progress). Read about half of Lesson 5; it said not to go further until I’d completed the work to that point. Decision made; I’ll finish Lesson 3, then break until July. Primary goal on target.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Posting has begun, Still not up to par, but closer (see post list above); had an idea for repurposed blogposts for July. Primary goal on target.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Both sprints/ chats Wed. Read on Quora, Stretch goal on target.

Business:

  • Create a writing business plan using this excellent article by  Angela Ackerman as a guide. Step 2/7 complete. Using this as an opportunity to write a series of blog posts on this process as I move through it. Primary goal on target.

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). I continued printing labels for two products; received pertinent information from Accomplice to create the next three (I’ll probably start those sometime this weekend. Simmering thoughts for POS marketing and platform creation – those will likely begin later next week. Secondary goal on target.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles  class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan. Finished up all the course materials I missed during the “live” session. Joined a 7 day video challenge, and got behind due to car; catching up (Day 3/7 recorded; read some course materials). Simmering prior to beginning action plan. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

It still wasn’t my best week for tending goals; the vehicle situation and its aftermath upset the rhythm, but there was more focus as the week wore on.

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able. Mindful cleaning: 5/5 (brief sessions). Ran Twitter sprints for #JuNoWriMo. Canceled Office trial; unneeded. Third quarter reports submitted; standardized tests ordered for both children; Lise’s has arrived, so we’ll begin sometime next week, most likely.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditation/journaling 2/8. Hour; 1/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/5 hours.

  • Lifetending: Continue developing professional goals and connections; reading and audiobook listening, and The Star Trek Chronology Project. Onward w/ #writingcrew, #JuNoWriMo. Completed a newsletter I volunteered to write for JuNoWriMo. Began audiobook: The Upside of Your Dark Side; chapter4/8 in progress.

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June Blooms: June 4, 2017

Hi there!

We’re four days into June, and I haven’t checked in for a week. I needed to relax and reset after I completed #StoryADay May and eased into #JuNoWriMo.  I’m past the halfway point of my Creative Chaos Marathon, and I’m a little fatigued.

Last year I pushed on – and burned out before July was over.

So, I’m shifting direction, and taking June largely away from fiction. I’m building a pool of blog posts (these words are part of that effort). I tend to stop blogging when I’m in the midst of an intensely creative period. Soon, I’ll have raw posts to polish, package, and publish when I’m too fictionally focused to write them.

It’s easier to work with my nature than against it. So this month’s goals will be simpler, in keeping with my need for a breather before the return to fictional intensity with CampNaNoWriMo.

I’m also taking a more businesslike approach to my writing career, and these goals reflect that transition.

Drafting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Write 50,000 words of raw material for blog posts. 5,085/50,000 words. On target. Primary goal.
  • Play with fiction writing as/if desired. I’ve been intensely focused on fiction for the last two months. My mind needs freedom to play or not. Writing might include my two WIP novels, short stories, and/or fanfiction. Secondary goal.

Plotting:

  • JuNoWriMo: Plot/outline blog posts as needed to complete the drafting goal above. I’ve done some sketching out of the first several posts. I expect to pick up steam as I settle into this new direction. Secondary goal.

Revising:

  • Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel: Complete Lesson 3 (in progress; check beginning point) using “On Any Tuesday Night” as my WIP. Skim Lessons 4 and 5; make decision regarding how much I can reasonably take on, and set an endpoint for this month’s progress. I’m leaning toward a time-based weekly goal rather than an endpoint based on lessons completed. Read Lesson 4; about half of Lesson 5, Primary goal.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it a week or two ago – and move forward with the revisions as desired. Began organizing the manuscript. Secondary goal.

  • Look at the #StoryADay critique group; choose one of my last two SN stories and submit for peer review. Take action as indicated to polish the story; share for #StoryFest. In my ongoing quest to grok revision, I need to push the envelope a bit more. Asking relative strangers to review a story I wrote in under a day seems like a very good way to do that! I’ve joined the group; received an invitation to collaborate, and chosen my story. It needs a quick revision pass, then I’ll send it on its way. Stretch goal *

*Stretch goals are that “little bit extra”; things that might make me uncomfortable, but will facilitate further growth. They will be in the background, mostly, so they don’t scare me too much! =)

Submitting:

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. Currently waiting to hear back from the copy editor; should be soon. Primary goal.

  • Read guidelines and sketch rough ideas for the two projects I’d like to submit this summer/fall. One is a novella length story (I think); the other a short story based in the Adirondacks, which I only have the first teasing glimmers of. Secondary goal.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. This is pretty self-explanatory. I just want a source pool I can research in a couple of months, when the CCM winds down. Stretch goal.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Revise/polish/package relevant blogposts in order to return to a regular blogging schedule. Designate reblogged/repurposed posts or work ahead to cover July’s schedule. Began revisions of the first post or two (including this one). It’s still very early in the month, though. Primary goal.

  • Other Platforms: Resume posting to my Facebook Writer page, Instagram and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch. Patreon video: created relaxed script; polished, and Miah shot the video “on location” at Saratoga Battlefield. Will be editing/polishing during the next week or so. Secondary goal.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. It’s almost magical to be able to share my Trek passion with others who “get it”, since my family really doesn’t. Plus, I’ve been invited to role-play a crew position, which is an extra layer of playful Trekgeek fun). I’d like to find similar vibes in other places where my quirks will add value. Joined #writingcrew sprint Friday; #AllStarTrek Thursday. Stretch goal.

Business:

  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). I worked out one complication; moving forward. Secondary goal.
  • Complete Build Your Marketing Muscles class; simmer; draft an action plan to apply what I’ve learned, and experiment with early changes/additions to my currently nearly non-existent “marketing plan.” Worked through items I’ve missed during the end of May. Stretch goal.

Tending goals:

Note: Customarily, I’ve separated these into separate categories. This month, I’m trying more general categories, and being more mindful. None of these goals has a priority designation.

  • Hometending: Spend time at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; complete all homeschool paperwork and testing; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside; support other indie writers as I’m able.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and five hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. June began on Thursday; so 3/5 days for activity (all walking/hiking), with about 1.75 hours strenuous. Meditation/journaling 3/8.

  • Lifetending: Continue developing professional goals and connections; reading and audiobook listening, and The Star Trek Chronology Project. Onward w/marketing, #writingcrew, #JuNo, and revisions.

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Dawn of a new month, and a new direction!