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We Begin Again:  #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 3

It’s been five days since my husband died. 

The kids and I are emerging from the limbo-of-sorts that Jim’s illness imposed upon our lives for the last two months, and especially for the last 3 weeks of his life. I’m taking stock, figuring out what needs to be done first – administratively and practically, but also emotionally and mentally.

I’m cleaning and repurposing. I need to make what was our bedroom my bedroom – it’s impossible to move forward if I keep things as they were, and Jim left a considerable amount of clutter and chaos behind that I’m gradually excavating. I’m making things a bit more female-oriented, considerably bluer, and a lot cleaner. It’s not even close to “finished,” whatever that means, but it is coming along.

I’m also decluttering the common rooms of our home. As I progress, I’m also thinking of how they could be improved. Some changes Jim and I discussed, but others are new, and that feels…strange. Like I should ask his permission, or at least his blessing, just like I would have if he was alive. Not considering his preferences is one in a long string of adjustments I’m going to need to make in the future.

It’s been five days…and I’m adjusting.

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete lists of homeschool activities/ update attendance for November. Due Week 2.

  • Progress: 0%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Due Weeks 3-12.

  • 3/4 times – both routine and unfamiliar routes; good weather and snow.
  • Progress: 75%.

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

Use one-on-one time to touch base with all family members. Weeks 3-12.

  • Checked in with both kids; meeting needs for connection; shopped together.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 3-12.

  • Spent time helping all, informally. 2/5.
  • Progress: 30%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 3-12.

  • This is becoming natural for all of us.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider ideas on how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 3-12.

  • This is an ongoing process.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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

  • Still considering ways of moving sauces wholesale.
  • Progress: 50%

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

  • Spoke to credit union regarding various matters. Triage ongoing.
  • Progress: 45%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business at the appropriate time: Due Week 6.

  • Looked into closing Jim’s business accounts.
  • Progress: 20%.

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

  • Progress: 10%.

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

  • Experimented with “winging” the grocery shopping. The attempt failed; we decided we need a list.
  • Progress: 25%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 3-12.

  • Progress: 10%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 1-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 3-12.

  • Not the most connected beginning to the week; I felt the need to focus on other, more immediate, matters.
  • Progress: 40%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 3-12.

  • No official lists yet, but ideas are growing and taking shape.
  • Progress: 20%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 3-12.

  • Happening organically as we adapt.
  • Progress: 45%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 3-12.

  • Again, it’s an organic process.
  • Progress: 35%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 3-12.

  • My NNWM ML had a great idea on using Wunderlist to help me stay better organized.
  • Progress: 45%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 3-12.

  • We’ve got a list of standard suggestions, and a few more specific ones. We’ve been offering them when asked.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Due weeks 3-12.

  • Yes, every night so far this week. It’s become my unofficial “escape” from the realities of transitioning.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arises. Weeks 312.

  • Some of all marked.
  • Progress: 80%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 3-12.

  • Nothing this week.
  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 3-12.

  • Saved one or two from my Facebook groups.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 3-12.

  • Nothing this week.
  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 3-12.

  • Regaining the essence of this – more like a day of focus on my personal space; then one on family things. It’s a beginning.
  • Progress: 60%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 3-12.

  • Yes – getting more in touch with myself and my needs.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 3-12.

  • Still not really happening.
  • Progress: 40%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 3-12.

  • Doing better here as I find my footing in this new post-marriage reality.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 3-12.

  • I continue to focus on this – I don’t seem to have the energy not to.
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 3-12.

  • I’m enjoying time with both kids. Want more connection with Jim’s sisters.
  • Progress: 75%

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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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When Building Blocks Tumble: 12 Week Year/#ROW80 Week 2 Midweek Update

So, ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows I have a life, and that’s good, because, this week, life was definitely happening in my world.

Saturday and Sunday, I worked events for Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces. Saturday was the Goat Brothers Swap Meet and Motorcycle Show; and Sunday was the Second Annual Schuylerville Fall Festival.

Both were productive – we sold 24 bottles in those two days – our highest weekly sales to date.

Then, on Monday, Chef Bluebeard and I (call me Mrs. Bluebeard!) headed out on our first romantic getaway since we became parents a little over sixteen years ago. We made sure the kids were well provisioned with all their favorite foods, an emergency fund, and a trusted family friend to be their adult contact, which came in handy when our water pump malfunctioned, and they needed water to hold them over until the pump repairman could finish his work and restore our system to operational status.

Also, we were getting settled into our inn in Rochester, NH on Monday night, a good four hours from home, when I realized that I’d left my computer bag on the family room table – with my laptop; meditation and journaling supplies; and the charger head for our phones all inside.

That was a bit of an adjustment for me, since I sleep less than Jim does, on average, and had been planning to get some work done during those hours.

Instead, I actually relaxed. I didn’t write for four days. We visited with my friend Lauren and her boyfriend (and their two really sweet dogs, too). We ate out and cooked over an open fire and explored tide pools and a little bit of Acadia National Park in Maine, as well as the Bar Harbor area.

And Jim and I reconnected. Some things that needed to be aired were, in the nature of a long-term partnership. We cocooned in a lovely little cabin with a mountain view. We started to see a glimmer of what life will be like when the children are grown and we’re free to go as we will, without the preparation this trip required.

When we came home, we found two teens happy to see us, but confirming that they were fine despite the problem with the water pump, and that they’d be happy for us to go again.

They are growing up, and becoming independent. It’s good to know they could handle this “trial run” at adulthood, in a supported way. It bodes well for their futures, and says we’re preparing them well.

All that said, I didn’t accomplish very much toward my weekly goals – maybe not much of a surprise, since I’m only getting to this midweek update on Friday – and I’m adapting my original goals for this week to accommodate reality, since I forgot to take the trip into account.

Enough about me…what’s happening in your world this week?

Week 2 Action Plan Progress:

  • Blue: Completed.

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Not Yet Begun

  • Note: My final September update will be posted on Sunday, October 8 (well, probably more like Sunday, October 15).

Relationships, Family, and Home:

The focus this travel week was on connecting with my family and friends. While I would love to accomplish the actions listed below, reality suggests that doing everything is unlikely and would lead to a great deal of stress, so I will be happy with any progress, or none.

  • Complete two chapters Spellfire; one Stained. Weeks: 15

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

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

Professional/Financial:

This area suffered while I was in Maine. We had spotty internet access at best, and my goal was to recharge and renew, so any progress made on Friday and Saturday will be to the good, this week.

DIY-MFA:

  • Complete Module One: Week 2.

HTRYN:

  • Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 1-12.

Solemates:

  • Complete Planning elements: Weeks 1-2.

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete 31 poems. Week 15.

Chef Bluebeard: We worked a Sunday market this week.

  • Create social media schedule: Week 2.

Contact three venues and three stores for sales. Weeks 1-3.

  • On Sunday, I got brave and made initial contact with the owner of Amigo’s Cantina, where Chef Bluebeard’s sauces gestated. I suggested two sauces that would be a very good fit for the restaurant, and got an invitation to talk further next week. 1/3 stores.

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Another area where any focus is a good thing.

Samsung Health:

  • Complete 5K Week 10: Week 1-7

Tai chi, yoga, reiki: On hold for Week 2, due to travel.

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

Cook a vegetable based meal.

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

  • Didn’t really cook a veggie-based meal, but our lobster and steak feast included spinach salad, sweet potato, and broccoli…might cook something today or tomorrow, but calling this “in progress” for now.

Personal Expression:

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.

  • Bought 4 necklaces at an antique store for $25, and a small glazed clay pendant from the Maine Crafts shop (needs a thong for hanging).

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

  • Purchase snow and driving gloves: Week 2-4.

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Momentous Growth: September 6, 2017

Hey there!

I wrote this on Sunday: Yesterday, I became the mother of someone legally old enough to drive.

Today, I’ll add: Yesterday, I became the mother of someone legally able to drive.

That’s right. Jeremiah fulfilled a years’ long dream, and earned his New York State learner’s permit. He didn’t miss a single question on the permit test, and he did most of the prep work of gathering, printing, and filling out the required forms – made his mom’s life pretty easy, and learned a lot about administration. He even made the decision to sign up as an organ donor. Since his dad and I have both made the same decision, this makes me very honored to be his mom. He’s always been a generous soul – but this is generous on another level.

My boy is growing up, becoming a man, and outgrowing the need to be parented. It’s exactly as it should be – and somehow, it’s heart-filling and amazing when it’s happening to this boy, whose lifetime has been so permanently and intricately bound up in my own…

It feels momentous, and more than a little staggering.

Has anything staggered you, lately?


Now, on to my Keep It Simple September goals progress!

This barbaric, bellicose side of you is a bit disturbing.” He’s got a split lip, and Trip grins savagely as Malcolm starts to circle, feeling him out more cautiously this time.

We’re just sparring.” Trip lunges in with a stiff-armed drive he’s seen T’Pol use, and Malcolm goes down again.

When did you morph into a barbaric tyrant, Trip?”

  • Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. 1,072/2,222 words. Secondary goal; just under halfway to target.

Even that was nay enough to put fear in the man’s scent, or his manner. He simply sat, his acceptance like another garment over those he wore.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. Drafting in my head and on the fly; it’s working thus far. Prompt words coming in a few at a time. Primary goal; on target.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Renewed subscription; did first search; base exploration turned up 5/25 markets. Primary goal; one-fifth through primary step.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. Sunday #ROW80 posted Monday; #8Sunday (The Thorn) completed (excerpt follows). Primary goal; mostly on target.

The thorn is made of money.

Not the twenty I gave you, Jeremy, please!” My whisper rasps through the quiet. I meant the money to offer him comfort; I don’t want it now, if it means that he’s hungry and cold.

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Visited all posters on the #ROW80 Facebook page for Sunday update. #8sunday/ #weekendcoffeeshare and StoryADay still pending. Stretch goal; 25% completed.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Skimmed Facebook page; read through; interaction; and Challenge Two still pending. Stretch goal; very modest progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 30 min./1.5 hours for blended week. 33% of goal.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/) beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 2.25 /8 hours. Meditate/journal:journal; 3/8; meditate 4/8. Just over 25% of activity goal; a bit under target for journaling; on target for meditation.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . Crit group: .5 /3 hours on Moon Murder Chapter 3. A little slow to reach goal.

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Growth’s KISS: September 3, 2017

Hey there!

It’s a brand new month. Yesterday, I became the mother of someone legally old enough to drive.

On Tuesday, I’ll be taking him to the DMV to take his permit test. Once he passes, my life’s going to include helping him learn the things he needs to know to be a safe driver.

Which leads me to my mantra for September:

Keep It Simple.

My September goals  follow a trend I’ve been practicing for the last several months, as I learn the balance between what I want to do, and what I actually can accommodate in a busy family life, and at the budding stage of our family business.

I’m excited for new challenges, and for finishing those I’m still in the midst of…

So, here we go…on to my Keep It Simple September goals!

What growth do you plan for this month?

  • Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble each day, to challenge prompts. Day One done; Day Two finished just past midnight. Primary goal; up to date.
  • Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. Secondary goal; after StoryADay completed for day.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). Stretch goal; after other drafting goals met for day/week.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. First set of prompts in play; simmering Day 3. Primary goal; good progress.
  • Trueborn: Solemates: Use daily stories for notetaking, character sketching, outlining, and other materials that will allow me to plot the novel in October. Secondary goal.

  • Other Star Trek Enterprise TnT Fan Fiction: Enterprise Early Days Arc and Cogenitor/Expanse Limbo Arc (may include new writing). Continue revisions on these projects any day I choose, if I’ve completed an hour of HTRYN. Stretch goal.

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. This is self-explanatory. Primary goal; left over from August.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Secondary goal; left over from August.

  • Fan Fiction: Post stories from Cogenitor/Expanse Limbo Arc to fanfiction.net as revised. Stretch goal; after 5 Duotrope and 3 email sites compiled each week.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. #weekendcoffeeshare posted; #8sunday scheduled. Missed #SoCS (may post Sunday). Primary goal; good progress.

  • October special features blogpost drafts: Revise, package, and schedule this project. Once I’ve got two weeks’ worth ready, announce the project with schedule (I do better at these things when I commit to a time frame). Secondary goal.

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Posted a few pics from Miah’s birthday to my Instagram account. Stretch goal; modest progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 11/15 hours for blended week.Primary goal; good progress.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. Watched first two videos, completed challenge, skimmed Facebook page (1/3 visits) and made my intro. Stretch goal; solid progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1.75/1.5 hours for blended week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity for blended week: 11.15 /8 hours. Meditate/journal: 7/8.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . Crit group: 15 min/3 hours on Moon Murder Chapter 3. Betas: 3.5/3 hours for blended week, finished/returned “Patrick and Sarah” Chapter 2; highlighted Spellfire’s Kiss, Chapter 3 for commenting.

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Growth Reflected Upon Over Coffee: #ROW80 August Final and #weekendcoffeeshare for September 1, 2017

If we were having coffee…

I’d thank you for meeting me for a cuppa on the run. There’s lots going on, and I’m combining indulgence with business today. I’m glad you’re still willing to get together!

August is over, and September means new challenges: Story A Day September and Va-Va Video career development for my writing, and for our blossoming hot sauce business.

Tomorrow, our firstborn turns sixteen years old. He and I are headed out to eat and do things he wants to do – a walk in a local park, and a stop by a lumber store, because he wants to make himself a desk. Sixteen is legal driving age in NY, but since it’s Labor Day Weekend, I’ll be taking him for his learner’s permit test on Tuesday. It all happened so fast!

Chef Bluebeard and I will be at the Waterford Harbor Farmer’s Market on Sunday, and have Monday off. Planning a mellow family day with a fire.

Well, lovely as it is to see you, I’ve got to get back to work, which means final accounting for my August ROW80 goals.

What’s on your weekend agenda? Another cuppa?
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  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,472/3,333. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week! Added 11,284 words for the month, and am into the climactic scenes of the novel. Solid progress.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Last House (until drafts completed). 461/5,555 words this week. 2,642 words added this month. Secondary goal; a bit of progress.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I’ve requested words as part of the Author’s Notes for “Highly Classified Mission,” and received one batch. No plotting to speak of. Primary goal; good progress.
  • Kifo Island Series: Plot as needed for SN, using hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • Enterprise Early Days Arc: Continue revisions on this project for my WIPpet Wednesday posts. This week’s post: It’s All Yours Secondary goal COMPLETE for week/month!

Submitting:

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Primary goal; no progress.

  • Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Secondary goal; no progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August/ September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. WIPpet done; simmering weekend posts, and September schedule. Primary goal; good progress.

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. Secondary goal COMPLETED for this week! 2/4 weeks completed; some progress.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 1.5/3 hours; mins/1 hour; Quora. Stretch goal; some of each major throughout the month; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 11/11 hours; worked on website. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week; good progress for the month.

  • Personal professional Development: Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. PSW: 73% read; 58% exercises, which take a bit longer to complete. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; good progress throughout the month.

  • Unschooltending: Draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans), due Friday, August 4, and draft fourth quarter reports (due September 15), since those are easier to do in conjunction with each other; submit Lise’s test results, which got lost in the hustle. Sent fourth quarter reports a month early; mailed Lise’s test scores. Goal COMPLETED!

  • Hometending: Complete 1 hour of hometending/week. 1 hr, 30 minutes/1 hr. Goal EXCEEDED for this week; solid progress through the month.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at six hours physical activity/week, (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 7.5/6 hours; Meditate/journal 5/8. Solid progress this week, and for the month.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Crit Group: 2.5/ 3 hours. Finished Chapter Two of SK, sent to author; 1.5 /2 hours. Modest progress throughout the latter third of the month.

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September 4, 2001 – or was that just yesterday? An uncertain young mother and a giant (10 pound, 2 ounce, 22.5 inches!) baby boy named Jeremiah, in Livingston, Montana. 16 years, in the blink of an eye – and now he’s a giant (6’3″ and growing!) young man. Tempis fugit!
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The Aftermath of Growth: August 30, 2017


Hey there!

After last week’s frenetic pace, this week has been less intense.

We’ve had our Sunday and Monday markets, and I slept well every night. Tuesday morning, I went for a 3.31 mile walk with my almost-16 year old son. We discussed tentative plans for his Saturday birthday and a radical feminism blog he’d read from and wanted to critique for some ideas that weren’t exactly based in reality….to say the least.

Honestly, it’s still Tuesday as I’m typing this – it tends to be a restful and recuperative day, and it’s better if I don’t try to take on too much. But Wednesday will be devoted to shopping with my daughter, because, while the aftermath of business growth may be a more restful period, the aftermath of my children’s growth is that they need larger clothes! I took Jeremiah shopping for his “standard uniform” – grey cargo pants and blue T-shirts – in July, before his camping trip, but Lise needs new cooler-weather clothes to fit a body that’s considerably more womanly than it was as last fall approached. Her taste in bedding has changed, too, so there will be some major updating of her overall “style.”

I’m growing, too… but in ways that are a bit less concrete or easily put into words. A bit ironic for a writer, isn’t it?

How have you grown lately?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 2,514/3,333. Primary goal; good progress.

He watched the man and the child as they talked, standing there by the pyre that still smoked faintly. The child poked a stick into the embers.

When the last one dies, Lasu will be forever gone.” He had the thickness of tears in his voice. Lasu had been huntmother to many; was she to a child who would nay ever be a hunter? Truth, she had a softness in her soul that would permit such a thing.

  • Story A Day September: Choose themes for main stories (Solemates, my November NaNoWriMo project) and TnT fanfiction drabbles; plot to the degree possible. Put out general call for word prompt lists. I’ve requested words as part of the Author’s Notes forHighly Classified Mission,” Checked site and signed up on the list for prompt posts. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for August and September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November.. WIPpet in progress; simmering #weekendcoffeeshare and #8sunday. Primary goal; a bit of progress,

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. .1 hour; began prepping two posts for Chef Bluebeard’s blog . Secondary goal completed for this week.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page ; Instagram, Pinterest, and Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. 40 min/3 hours; mins/ Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 1 hour hometending/week. Adapted goal; .5/1 hr.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least six hours of physical activity. Catch up Baby Steps to 5K; meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 4.25/6 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8. Solid progress.

  • Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group; and 2 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood. Crit Group: .25/3 hours. Finished Chapter Two of SK, sent to author; 1 /2 hours.

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