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The Ways of Mirth and Joy for 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.

Hi there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…and enjoy the journey!

I wasn’t here last week. On Tuesday, we had our first appointment with my husband’s oncologist, and the social worker who will help us on the journey that comes after a terminal diagnosis.

We’re still wrapping our minds, and our lives, around this.

And, with all of this, I still have stories I need to create and tell. It’s a constant in my life when so much else is changing.

So, here’s a days’ old segment of Among the Firestars, my epic fantasy NaNoWriMo novel-in-progress.

I’m roughly at the midpoint, and my MC is having a riddle-laden conversation with an old woman with a most surprising story to tell…

And that’s all the context I’m giving for today’s snippet.

On to the WIPpeting!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 22, 2017.
  • I have 5 sentences for you today. My “fuzzy math” is: 2+0+1+7=10. 1=1+2 (for November0. There are 2 2’s in the numeral 22; I’m using that as a sign that the 10 must by divided by 2, equaling 5.

The Ways of Mirth and Joy

Synnis laughed her rich laugh; this one bounced around the corners and reached out into the sky in the same breath. That seemed to swell it within her; she laughed all the longer and harder, until she wiped at eyes that had grown wet with it, and her breath sounded as a hunter back from a threeday’s hard running.

Mayhap it meant something that she could be witness to this woman’s laughter, and yet nay even smile. Mayhap it was Kaivelt’s echoes within her; he had nay the knack of easy smiles or simple laughter, they must be coaxed out of him with great effort.

Or mayhap it was that she herself had lost the ways of mirth and joy.

Who is Synnis?

Who is the observer?

Has she lost the ways of mirth and joy?

If so, can she find them again?

Any guesses?

If you’re missing my TnT fan fiction, and want more before they return from shore leave next month, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page anytime and stock up. =D

 

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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 Creating New Foundations: 12 Week Year/ ROW80 Week 7 Final

As the seventh week of my first 12 Week Year passed, and ROW80 Round 4 moved into its second half, I struggled with blending my goals with our new reality as a family dealing with a terminal medical diagnosis.

There are many things to be tended to – from tiny details to broad strokes. We’ve started thinking and talking through some of these things. Whether I like it or not, and whatever time frame it follows, it seems I will end this particular journey as a widow with two teenaged children to finish raising.

Next to that, these goals seem – inconsequential? No, that’s not quite it. But certainly, less weighty, when compared to the magnitude of what lies ahead.

And yet…

Right now, we’re still a family of four. Jim doesn’t feel great, but he is able to drive, to cook, to be here and laugh and cry and hug and love – and to tell me that it’s all right for me to live a normal life. To do the things I was doing, back when life was “normal.” To have my own goals and dreams.

So, even though it was a struggle that took all week (hence my missed Wednesday update), I’ve gone through each goal. I’ll be posting the adapted list later in the day, but here’s my slightly belated Week 7 progress.

  

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 7-12.

  • In troubled times, it helps to give something back to the community – and both are great stories!
  • Week 7 Progress: 0%

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Weeks 79.

  • Hometending helps me find order in times of chaos, and show my love in a practical, comfortable way.
  • Week 7 goal: COMPLETED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 79.

  • Accomplished all these, and more.
  • Week 7 goal: COMPLETED!

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 79.

  • We drove twice this week, including a good stretch on the local interstate highway. He’s becoming quite proficient.
  • Week 7 progress: 66%

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Weeks 7-8.

  • Sciences (Section 3/16) in progress.
  • Week 7 progress: about 15%


Professional/Financial:

New Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules One/Two:  Weeks 7-12.

  • Week 7 progress: 0%

 Slaying SEO:

Get all revelant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Weeks 7-8.

  • Week 7 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 7-12.

  • Week 7 progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 7- 9.

  • A little,  early in the week.
  • Working through Subplot 2/3.
  • Week 7 progress: 20%

Complete 50,000 words of rough draft: Weeks 7- 9.

  • I started writing to deal with trauma and the inexplicable. It’s the way I most easily process these things. While I’m making no claims on the overall quality of this draft, I’m making progress, and learning about my characters and their stories. Roughly at the midpoint now.
  • 36,686/50,000 words completed. I wrote more some days, and nothing on Saturday, since I spent the day in company with Jim, watching Alaska documentaries and puttering at cleaning.
  • Week 7 progress: I didn’t set a quantity goal, but overall I’m about 75% to goal.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 7-12

  • Discussion; Jim’s ready to give up the website, which is paid for 3 years.
  • Week 7 progress: 20%

Contact 10 business establishments regarding wholesale opportunities: Weeks 7-12.

  • Some discussion about what direction to take– we’ve decided on an asking and minimum price, as well as a barter option to liquidate stock.
  • Week 7 progress: about 5%

 

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Learn about and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, in order to deal with circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 7-12.

  • There’s been less formal learning thus far, and more adjusting and learning to cope as an individual, couple, and family.
  • We had an oncology consult, and met with social worker.
  • Week 7 progress: Hard to assess, but I think about 40%

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 7-12.

  • We’re still adjusting and coming to a place of stability with what’s happening. We don’t really know what we’ll need yet (other than to replace a leaky roof we haven’t been able to afford to do more than patch).
  • We have accepted a financial gift intended to fund some dreamed-of family travel while Jim is feeling well enough to enjoy it, carpooling, a friend paying for my write-in dinner, many well-wishes, and an unexpected but delicious apple tart.
  • Week 7 progress: about 40%

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and nurturance they need in trying times:  Weeks 7-12.

  • This week’s exercise consisted mostly of yard and hometending – with lots of rest. I needed just that.
  • Week 7 goal: COMPLETED!

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 712.

  • I think I got 2/3.
  • Week 7 progress: about 66%

Personal Expression:

Purchase ear muffs: Weeks 7-12.

  • Week 7 progress: 0%

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 The Strength of Solid Foundations: #12WeekYear / #ROW80 Week 6 Final

In my Wednesday update, I mentioned that upheaval had come into my life, but I wasn’t ready to discuss it. One reason was that I didn’t yet have a full picture of what the chaos was, and what form it was going to take.

Sometimes, all it takes to get a clearer picture is a few simple words:

  • Cancer
  • Pancreatic
  • Metastasized
  • Inoperable
  • Incurable

Those words are terrifying enough that most of us probably hope they stay “out there” – away from us and those we cherish.

Unfortunately, those are the words my husband heard on Thursday, at the end of a four-day hospitalization for a painful and swollen leg that was diagnosed as deep vein thrombosis.

He was cited a life expectancy of 6 to 12 months, depending on whether he elects to undergo chemotherapy, and how he responds to it, if he does.

For those who don’t know, we have two teens, ages 13 and 16. We’ve always been direct and honest with the kids; that seems to be helping them deal with this extremely sobering news. It will be hardest, I think, for our daughter. She’s younger, has a more intense personality, feels things very deeply – and has been very close to her dad her whole life. While our son and my husband get along well, with no conflicts, they have a “guys leaning on a truck” type of connection…they like to hang out and watch TV while chatting about not much.

For me…

Twenty years really isn’t enough. Jim is more than my husband. He’s my mate, my best friend, my sometimes combatant, my lover, my complement, my partner in business and parenthood, and so much more.

The next months will be – uncertain. We’re still awaiting biopsy results; maybe they have some good news, but we’re pragmatic people. We’d rather prepare for the worst, and be surprised if the news ends up being more positive. It feels more productive than hoping this was all a huge mistake, and then being slammed back into reality.

I’m staying with ROW80, and #12WeekYear, because having that structure gives me a framework I can lean on. However, things may change considerably, and with little warning, over the next months.

Positive energy, healing thoughts, and prayers are all equally welcome as my family makes this journey together.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained Blood; one Spellfire’s Kiss, until both are complete: Weeks 6-12.

  • Resumed Stained Blood Chapter 5 comments: page 5/11 in progress.
  • Contacted Spellfire’s Kiss author re. lost emails.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 5%

Hometending:

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

  • Study: 5/5
  • Bedroom: 3/3
  • Porch: 1/1
  • 9/9 total.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Homeschooling:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 6-9.

  • 3/3 for the week.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Week 6.

  • English Language Arts and Mathematics drafted; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 11%

Professional/Financial:

Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 6.

  • Worked on Breadcrumb Method.
  • Week 6 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Week 8.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 67.

  • .25 / 3 hours.
  • Answered comments and skimmed a few things on the workshop page.
  • Page descriptions started for blog in Week 5; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 8%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete The Story Toolkit https://www.amazon.com/Story-Toolkit-Step-Step-Stories-ebook/dp/B01LZ1OM2S Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated); then move forward with Acts Two-Four Beat Sheets as I complete each previous act’s drafting: Weeks 6 –12.

  • Subplot A (1/3): 6/7 completed.
  • Section 10/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 25%

Complete rough draft to 25,000 words: Week 6.

  • 11/8:   1,232 words:    19,793/50,000.
  • 11/9: 1,448 words:    21,237/50,000.
  • 11/10: 1,705 words    22,942/50,000.
  • 11/11: 1,672 words  24,693/50,000.
  • Session Total: 6,057 words.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 90%

Chef Bluebeard:  All goals are being re-evaluated due to circumstances.

Adapt media schedule: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 10%90-

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality: 

Samsung Health  (on hold; I likely won’t finish this program before it runs down):

Complete 5K Week 8 (missed 2 workouts); 2 workouts from Week 9: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Tai chi, yoga, and reiki: (all goals on hold, for now).

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 6-12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 6.

  • Missed Monday meal; thought I was still on twice a week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 66%

Personal Expression:

Evaluate bras; choose a favorite. Week 6.

  • The Goddess sports and Cacique everyday bras are in a dead heat, but I don’t need another sports bra. So, when the time comes, I’ll be adding another Cacique to my collection.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Return Torrid bra. Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Make a list of jewelry items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Weeks 6-7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

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In the very earliest days of us, 1997. Sunset on the Oregon Coast.

 

 

 

 

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Holding My Foundations: #12WeekYear / #ROW80 Midweek 6 Update

If ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows we all have lives, this is the week my life decided to be sure I know it’s there – in spades.

I’m not ready to share details, but there are things that take precedence over goals, and this is one of them. So, although I was planning to re-evaluate my #12WeekYear goals at the end of the week, I’ll be setting some aside, at least temporarily, a little early.

I’ll also be focusing in on other goals more intensely, because, when life is chaotic and uncertain, I’ve found that certain activities help me to channel my nervous and restless energies. And that’s imperative, because as I go, so does my household.

What do you do, when life throws you a hard curve?

Have you found some techniques that work better than others?

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained Blood; one Spellfire’s Kiss, until both are complete: Weeks 6-12.

  • Resumed Stained Blood Chapter 5 comments: page 5/11 in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 5%

Hometending:

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

  • Study: 2/5
  • Bedroom: 0/3
  • Porch: 0/1
  • 2/9 total.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 22%

Homeschooling:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 6-9.

  • 1/3 for the week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 33%

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Week 6.

  • English Language Arts and Mathematics drafted; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 11%

Professional/Financial:

Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 6.

  • Worked on Breadcrumb Method.
  • Week 6 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Week 8.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 6-7.

  • .25 / 3 hours.
  • Answered comments and skimmed a few things on the workshop page.
  • Page descriptions started for blog in Week 5; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 8%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 6-12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete The Story Toolkit Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated); then move forward with Acts Two-Four Beat Sheets as I complete each previous act’s drafting: Weeks 612.

  • Subplot A (1/3): 1/7 in progress.
  • Section 10/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 20%

Complete rough draft to 25,000 words: Week 6.

  • 11/5:   3,010 words:   15,035/50,000.
  • 11/6: 1,836 words:    16,871/50,000.
  • 11/7: 1,690 words:    18,561/50,000.
  • Session Total: 6,536 words.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 40%

Chef Bluebeard:  All goals on hold for the time being; hopefully not for long.

Adapt media schedule: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Goal: COMPLETED!

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales: Week 6.

  • Completed most of online application for 2 events; it just needs to be signed and have payment remitted (they didn’t state how, so I need to find out) – on hold, due to extenuating circumstances.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health  (on hold; I likely won’t finish this program before it runs down):

Complete 5K Week 8 (missed 2 workouts); 2 workouts from Week 9: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Tai chi ,yoga, and reiki: (all goals on hold, for now).

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 6 -12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 6.

  • Missed Monday meal; thought I was still on twice a week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Evaluate bras; choose a favorite. Week 6.

  • The Goddess sports and Cacique everyday bras are in a dead heat, but I don’t need another sports bra. So, when the time comes, I’ll be adding another Cacique to my collection.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Return Torrid bra. Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

 Make a list of jewelry items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Weeks 6-7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

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Foundations Building Slowly: #ROW80 and #12WeekYear Week 4 Final Update

Hey there! 

On Wednesday, I asked this question:

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

Today, I’m going to give you my answer. I have many favorites, but two I come back to again and again. One is fiction, the other a memoir of sorts:

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. This is the book that gave us the word “grok” – and opened my eyes to new philosophies and perspectives. It was recommended to me by a sometimes lover in my early twenties, and it was the best thing by far to come from that connection.

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. While her husband and her firstborn child are more famous, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was a gifted writer and poet in her own right. This book was written during a mostly solitary island retreat, and the stages of a woman’s life are symbolized by different varieties of seashells. Each time I read it, I’m in a slightly different phase of my own life, and understand on a different level.

Now, on to the main event. This wasn’t my best week ever; I think being in a low point in my biorhythm had an effect, as well as the inclusion of the homeschool reports. Still, I did get some things finished, and most things moved forward, so there’s that. =D

Relationships, Family, and Home:

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

  • Stained: Chapter Five comments (p. 3/11); 1/2 chapters in progress.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 25%

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

  • Bedroom 3/3; Study 5/5.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

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

  • 3/3: More navigation; four lane highways; moderate traffic; hairpin curves; and light rain. He’s really getting the hang of turns and traffic lights. Decided to skip a third session due to being too tired – which shows he can exercise good judgment about WHEN to drive, too. =)
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Draft Lise’s Homeschool Quarterly Report: Week 4.

  • ELA; Math, Sciences, and History and Geography sections complete; Arts in progress: 5/10
  • Week 4 Progress: 45%

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Work on Modules One (due Week 5) and Two (due Week 7). There will be some overlap here.

  • Module One: Input of info into Video 2; Play Sheet 2/3, and created 7 Respondent Research Pages.  Reread Play Sheet 3/3; chose a book to begin the Breadcrumb Process.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 30%

Slaying SEO:

Complete 3 hours/week in this class.

  • 1.5/3 hours completed; watched video and did intros.
  • Week 4 Progress: 50%

How To Revise Your Novel:

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

  • 3/3 hours completed; Lesson 6/22 in progress; p. 6/82; Scene 3/21 in progress.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

New Writing:

Trueborn: Solemates (title changing to Among the Firestars):

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

  • Antagonist Sheet in progress; Step 6/22 (Part 2/5).
  • A great deal of insight gained!
  • Week 4 Progress: About 35%

OctPoWriMo:

Write poems 22-28/31. Week 4.

  • Poems completed through 28/
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Chef Bluebeard:

Maintain/adapt media schedule: Week 4-12.

  • Simmering ways to adapt schedule as I move through this week.
  • Discovered a major problem with our gestating website, and resolved it with tech support – hooray for me!
  • Week 4 Progress: About 25%

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

  • Began drafting a contact letter for cold sales contacts.
  • Percolating a brochure.
  • Checked local listings; no new venues, but names of several businesses to add to our contact list.
  • Week 4 Progress: 2o%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 7: Week 4.

  • Workout made up for Wednesday, Oct. 25.
  • Workout completed for Friday, October 27 – I jogged a 15 minute interval for the first time! =D
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

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.

  • Wednesday: Veggie Panini Sandwich/Side Salad
  • Friday: Rosemary and Sage Acorn Squash Ravioli
  • Week 4 Goal COMPLETED!

 

Personal Expression:

Return Torrid bra for refund/exchange.

  • Week 4 Progress: 25%

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

  • Finished going through my existing jewelry.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

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.

  • Decided to get earmuffs; other than that; I’m set.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

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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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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Reshaped Foundations: 12 Week Year EOQ1/ROW80 Round 4

 The 12-Week Year is still new for me, so I’ve decided to review my goals at the end of each quarter (every three weeks) to make sure they’re still working for me. Here’s my first review, with some adapted goals based upon what I’ve learned during the inaugural three weeks.

Note: This isn’t my Week Four Midweek Update; that will follow a bit later in the day.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete beta readings for Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood (giving back and paying forward).

  • No changes to the overall goal here, but my action plan is shifting. More on that in my midweek update.

I’ll celebrate the completion of each of these books by giving myself an evening of leisure to cap off the effort expended.

Declutter/clean/ organize porch; my side of bedroom; and my study, making these spaces useful and tidy.

  • No changes needed here.

I’ll celebrate the completion of each area by spending some time in it – reading, journaling, having a cup of coffee, listening to music – just some time to quietly and privately enjoy what I’ve accomplished.

Complete required homeschool obligations, including facilitating Jeremiah’s driving practice.

  • No changes to the goal, but moving the reporting action plan forward; I forgot I adjusted the due date by two weeks.

I’ll celebrate the completion/submission of the reports with an evening of relaxation once the reports have been emailed (prior to November 15, 2017). I’ll celebrate assisting Miah by continuing to enjoy our time together, and sprinkling adventures along the way.

Professional/Financial:

Complete the DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Course and Montoya Digital Marketing’s Slaying SEO class, and devote 3 hours weekly to Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel course.

  • With  Slaying SEO now active, I’ve adjusted the action plan for this goal to accommodate it.

I’ll celebrate the completion of each course with an hour or two of reflection/brianstorming/dreaming accompanied by a beverage of my choice. I’ll celebrate completing each week’s revision time with an Enterprise episode or fanfiction hour.

New Writing:

Plan, plot, and draft one fantasy novel (Trueborn: Solemates), and write a poem a day for OctPoWriMo.

  • No changes here, either. 

I’ll celebrate the completion of each stage of the novel creation by reading one work of fiction from my Kindle library, and purchasing another (because books!). I’ll celebrate the completion of my OctPoWriMo challenge by compiling the poems and associated drawings into a rough chapbook.

Chef Bluebeard:

Attain average sales of $200/week. 

  • Reduced this goal.

Complete and launch website.

  • No changes here.

Contact 10 business establishments regarding POS placement.

  • Changed goal to be more specific.

Continue scheduling/ selling at local events.

  • No changes.

I’ll celebrate the attainment of this income level with Jim, and with the kids, in a way that will be relevant for us all…since I won’t be the only one involved in this, I don’t want to be the only one determining the nature of that celebration. I”ll celebrate the site launch by sharing it widely, staring at it plenty, and tweaking it as I learn and grow! 

 

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete the 5K Training Samsung Health, and begin again, to build strength and competency.

  • Changing this a bit. Rather than move right to the 10K, I’m going to repeat the 5K, to gain strength.

I’ll celebrate the end of the 5K Training with the purchase of 2 pound hand weights; and the end of the 12 Week Year training by investigating 5K races for 2018.

Attend tai chi class six times monthly, health and weather permitting, and explore yoga and reiki at ReVibe.

  • Changing goal to six tai chi classes a month, and timing for yoga in action plan.

I’ll celebrate this goal – by doing it! The doing will be its own reward, each time.

Eat three vegetable-based meals or snacks weekly by end of year.

  • Although I’d love to think I’m going to cook every week – well, I’m not that likely to do it. So I’m shifting the goal to simply eating veggie-based meals and snacks.

I’ll celebrate attaining this goal by going out to enjoy a vegetarian meal.

 

Personal Expression:

Purchase three new bras from three sources, and evaluate.

  • No changes needed.

I’ll celebrate attaining this goal by retiring my existing bras – and by getting one more of whichever is my favorite of the new three.

Assess my jewelry and other accessories, and purchase new pieces under $20 as they speak to me.

  • Changing action plan – taking an extra 2 weeks to go through jewelry.

I’ll celebrate the attainment of this goal by finding and purchasing a more efficient place to store my pretty little treasures when I’m not wearing them.

Evaluate my wardrobe as the season changes, purchasing a second pair of jeans; gloves; and other items as needed.

  • No changes needed here.

I’ll celebrate this one by enjoying my new, well-fitting clothing!