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Portals and Perspectives for #SoCS and #WeekendCoffeeShare

 

This week, I walked through many doors. Some, I walk through every day, or nearly so – doorways into the rooms of my home, and into the house proper. In nearly every one of those spaces, I’ve seen things I want to do – projects that have been waiting, and new ones just conceived. But I also see things I have already done – progress made.

Progress is important to me, just now – more so than it once was. Each project conceived and carried through to completion represents a step along the transitional journey from wife to widow…from being half of the homeowning team to the one who makes the choices.

There’s sorrow in some of these changes, and, paradoxically, there’s also liberation and joy. That feels strange; I was not a prisoner in my marriage, and my husband wasn’t the domineering or controlling type. But he was himself, set in his cluttered, comfortable-for-him-but-not-always-for-me ways, and, in the name of family harmony, I accepted more than I wanted.

Moving through these doors, and occupying these spaces in a new and more active way, is part of my becoming something more than I’ve been, and reclaiming my home, my spaces, my present, and my future – for myself, and for the kids…but, in so many ways, more for me, because my teens will be growing into their own adult lives, and will eventually be moving on into places and spaces of their own.

I haven’t walked through the refrigerator door, but I’ve opened it to new possibilities. It’s been many years since I’ve made anything close to a regular practice of cooking. I married a chef, after all. Now, though, there are Plated meal kits in the fridge, a gift from some wonderful writing friends, and I am exploring new techniques, flavor palettes, and working the preparations into my life.

This week, I’ve been in and out of car doors. There was a trip for groceries, and another with the kids to a local restaurant, where we honored Jim’s birthday by taking his motto to heart and eating dessert first. Jeremiah and I also went to Best Buy, where I picked up my long-needed new printer, a far more usable keyboard for my desktop computer, and some items he needs to indulge his new interest in creating live stream videos. I also priced what I hope may be my next phone – I want to upgrade and pass my current one on to Miah, who will likely have his license by the end of spring, and whose current phone is old enough to be all but obsolete. I want him to have something more reliable when he’s alone behind the wheel.

Through my television, I’ve entered many other doors. Doors into other people’s homes; I’ve been watching a lot of home improvement programming – This Old House, Fixer-Upper, and lots of flip shows. I’m not contemplating a career change, but I wasn’t the handy spouse, and I have a great many things I need to learn to maintain my home, and improve it. In that, there will be a new independence and sense of ownership. As I watch, I’m seeing new possibilities, as I see our spaces in new ways. I decided I want to redo the front walkway – it’s not attractive or as useful as it could be, and it’s where it is because it was there when we moved here 16 years ago this month. I’m seeing the potential for more workable changes, and starting to believe that I can enact them.

There’s one last doorway I’ve been passing through – the one that leads to my passion for writing. I was reminded of King of Shreds and Patches, a 535 page Star Trek/Star Trek: Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel I drafted a few years back.  The story is still in rough draft form, but it’s better than I remembered, and I got that wonderful, “Wow! Did I really write this?!” feeling in many places. I’m excited to get to the point where I can revise it and offer it up to people who will enjoy it.

That’s a lot of doors for one week – now, it’s your turn! W

What doors have you passed through, or passed by, this week? What did the doors you entered add to your life?

Posted in Enterprise fan fiction, Fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Star Trek: Enterprise, The IDIC Romance, Weekly Features, WIPpet Wednesday, writing, Writing in Freedom, Writing Sample

“Uh, Listen….”  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.


Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!

Well, I did manage to get a WIPpet post done last week – my first since my husband died of pancreatic cancer in mid-January.  However, I didn’t get around to visit as many of you as I had hoped to.

This adjusting and resumption of blogging is apparently still very much a work in progress for me. So, with that in mind, this week I have a goal of visiting at least 3 of my fellow WIPpeteers. If you’re here just because you follow this blog and/or enjoy my fanfiction, please consider joining me in supporting the other diverse writers who join the WIPpet bloghop – who knows, you might find a brand new favorite! =D

Now, on to the WIPpeting!

It’s time for another installment of my TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects. I’m slowly figuring out how to pull them all together into a coherent whole that explores just how and why T’Pol was the one Vulcan chosen to accompany Enterprise NX-01 on her maiden voyage.

I’ve decided to use this story, once revision gets to a point I’m comfortable with, as my initiation into Wattpad. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something’s not working for you – it will make a better story in the long run!
Recap

 

T’Pol, Enterprise’s new, unwelcome Vulcan Science Officer, is attempting to contain her reaction to a human engineer who presents unique challenges. Now, we see what happens next.  We pick up immediately after my last TnT post, A Further Complication.

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is February 21, 2018.
  • Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the day I met my husband.
  • I added the digits of 21, and have 3 paragraphs to share with you.

“Uh, Listen…”

That she found the prospect highly unsatisfactory was irrelevant. She was assigned here to assure that the humans didn’t create imbalances in the existing dynamics of this region of space. She was not intended to interact with them other than what was required to attend to that duty.

Commander Tucker made a strange vocalization that was not language, and shifted again. “Uh, listen….Sub-Commander?”

She looked up from the as-yet incomprehensible console and waited for him to speak.

What does Trip want to say to T’Pol?

Will T’Pol spend the voyage in her quarters?

And why is her console incomprehensible?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page.

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!

 

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2018, Life Writing, Marketing my Writing, Parenting, Round One, slices of life, The 12 Week Year, The 12 Week Year 2018, The 12 Week Year Two, Writers' Resources, writing, Writing in Freedom

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

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

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

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

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

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

What personal developments are you celebrating?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

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

  • Progress: 0%.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being:

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

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

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

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

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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

  • Progress: 90%

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • Progress: 25%.

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

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

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

  • Progress: 60%.

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

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

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

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

Being:

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

  • Progress: 50%

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

  • Talked with both.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Progress: 0%

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

  • Progress: 0%

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

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

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

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

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

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

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 812.

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

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 812.

  • Progress: 0%

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

  • Progress: 0%

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

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

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

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

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

  • Progress: 0%.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

Yesterday would have been Jim’s 54th birthday , and was the 21st anniversary of the day we met. When I asked Lise what/if we should commemorate the day, she said, “We should go out for dinner and eat dessert first. That was Jim’s motto, so that’s what we did! (Photo shared with permission of Miah and Lise Burton).
Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2018, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round One, slices of life, The 12 Week Year 2017, The 12 Week Year Two, Writers' Resources, writing

Forward After the Fall: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear EOW 7

 

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

On Wednesday, I wrote about stumbling– those times when it all seems to be falling apart, and my goals seem out of reach.

Something I tend to forget, in the falling-down time, is that it’s possible to pick myself up after I stumble – to brush myself off and assess the damage, then get back to the business at hand.

And that the damage usually isn’t as bas as I thought it might be, in the heart of the fray.

It’s true this time. That stretch of uncomfortable and tempestuous days has led to growth, inspiration, epiphany, energy, and accomplishment. That discomfort was like the growing pains I used to get when I was a kid.

I’ve been simmering ideas most of the session – but not just simmering. Miah and I finally got the bulk of my L-shaped Command Center completed (still need to finish the door and two drawers, but it’s functional). I’ve spent a good deal of time and attention setting it up and tweaking, and that led to the realization that I could reset the rear corner of my room, which was cluttered and mostly unusable. I spent most of Saturday doing that; it was a pleasant challenge both physically and mentally, and I’m delighted with the results.

I’ve got a bit left to do before I’ve eliminated all the clutter piles, but I’m feeling much more centered and peaceful – if I have order in my personal spaces, I feel as though I can expand that into other parts of our home, and my own personal, family, and professional life.

So, although I’m thrilled by the return of calm and productivity, I also value the tempest that birthed them.

How was your week?

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: 10%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 712.

  • Wednesday – Friday, all locally, in a mix of weather and purposes. 5/4.
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Much more this session, as I re-imagined my personal spaces.
  • Progress: 100%.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Weeks 712.

  • Solid success.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 712.

  • Hometending; administration; provisioning; personal enrichment. 7/5.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 712.

  • 7/7.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 7-12.

  • More discussion on help/ overwhelm, and nurtured myself by devoting considerable time to my bedroom reset in addition to regular hometending.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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

  • Progress: 90%

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • Progress: 25%.

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

  • More consideration of our budgetary needs.
  • Progress: 50%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 7-12.

  • Worked on 5 Story Middle revisions; completed 2/5. Completed ending for 1/5; submitted to themed small press anthology.
  • Progress: 100%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 7-12.

  • Sprinted Thursday.
  • Progress: 60%.

Being:

 Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 50%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 7-12.

  • Talked with both; brainstormed a bit.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 712.

  • Informally, yes.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 100%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 7-12.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 7-12.

  • Every night this session. We’ve begun again. =D
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 7-12.

  • More Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending/setting up Command Center/resetting bedroom; singing; and fan fiction reading.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 7-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 0%

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

  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 7-12.

  • Still doing well with this one.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 712.

  • After a stumble earlier in the week, I resumed listening; and things are getting better in many ways…there’s a lesson in there!
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 0%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 7-12.

  • Lots of renewal/planning/execution time.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 712.

  • I picked myself up and remembered. =D
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 712.

  • Much better, but still room for improvement this session.
  • Progress: 95%

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

A #nofilter view of my Command Center in progress, from my bed. #NoFilter

Posted in Blog Hops and Fests, Enterprise fan fiction, Fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Weekly Features, writing, Writing in Freedom, Writing Sample

A Further Complication for WIPpet Wednesday


Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!

It’s time for 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.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted here. As some of you may know, my husband was diagnosed with terminal metastatic pancreatic cancer in mid-November. His disease was swift and all-consuming, and he died on January 12, 2018.

For a while, I had no words to write. The last weeks of his life were harrowing, and the last days brutal in ways I’m not interested in sharing yet. I was exhausted, and needed to focus on just what was essential for me and the kids, ages 16 and 13. Then there was a long, long, long list of things I’d set aside or gotten behind on…

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been wanting to get back to the WIPpeteers. In the last few days, I’ve been longing to play with fan fiction.

And tonight’s the night. I’m posting this, and I’m doing it before midnight, even!

Now, on to the WIPpeting!

It’s time for another installment of my TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects. I’m slowly figuring out how to pull them all together into a coherent whole that explores just how and why T’Pol was the one Vulcan chosen to accompany Enterprise NX-01 on her maiden voyage.

I’ve decided to use this story, once revision gets to a point I’m comfortable with, as my initiation into Wattpad. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something’s not working for you – it will make a better story in the long run!

Recap: 

Trip just got his comeuppance from Hoshi about the way he treated the new Vulcan Science Officer. Now, we see what happens next. Since it’s been so long, I’m linking my last TnT post, Wholly Illogical.

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is February 14, 2018.
  • I’m not up to considering the significance of this date, this year. So I subtracted 1-4 (using the digits of the day)…and I have 3 paragraphs to share with you.

A Further Complication

She attempted to suppress the reaction until she could meditate upon it – but he remained standing next to the display unit at the Sciences station, watching her. He rubbed a hand over his mouth, and shifted his weight and position several times, but he didn’t speak or indicate that he had any need of her attention, and so she, too, said nothing.

He was a further complication, a distraction from a duty she was uncertain she could perform in any effective way. She was also uncertain that this was not Captain Jonathan Archer’s intent – that she be rendered useless for the duration of this assignment. Perhaps she’d spend the entirety of the journey in her quarters, an unwanted passenger.

There would be peace in that – but there would also be no Commander Charles Tucker the Third.

Why does T’Pol think she has been rendered ineffective?

What does Commander Tucker intend?

Will T’Pol spend the voyage in her quarters?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page. 

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!

 

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2018, Blogfest Entries, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round One, slices of life, The 12 Week Year, The 12 Week Year 2018, The 12 Week Year Two, Writers' Resources, writing

Trip, Stumble,and Fall? #ROW80 /#12WeekYear MidWeek 7

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

On Sunday, I wrote about giant strides – stepping off into another element.

Here’s the thing:

Like any other form of growth, it’s not always a smooth and graceful transition.

This week has been filled with tripping and stumbling, but, thus far, no serioous falls.  Just like a baby has to fall sometimes to master the controlled falling that is walking, I apparently need to bang my shins and skin my knees a little as I learn the steps to this new dance.

I think I’m stumbling over my metaphors, too…

What’s tripping you up, lately?

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: 10%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 712.

  • Tuesday – locally, some with computer monitors in the cargo area, and two patio gliders lashed to the roof! Also, effectively used Google Maps to navigate. 1/4.
  • Progress: 25%.

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

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Weeks 7-12.

  • Though I made this goal, there’s been some friction this week – I think it’s due to passing the one-month mark, pursuing some difficult goals, and a degree of overwhelm and fatigue that are likely hormonal.
  • Considering ways to alleviate the stressors.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 712.

  • Shopping, including yard sale site pickups and monitors for our desktops, arriving next week. Some hometending; administration; personal enrichment. 3/5.
  • Progress: 70%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 7-12.

  • Yes, each day this session. 3/3.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 7-12.

  • More discussion/brainstorming for short/mid/long term; and enacting them.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • Progress: 25% 

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

  • More consideration of our budgetary needs.
  • Progress: 50%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 7-12.

  • Completed Story Start 10/10; rough draft and first revision of Story Middle 1/5.
  • Progress: 50%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 712.

  • Completed Chapter 8, Scene 1
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 712.

  • Monday sprint and conversation with my Twitter and local NaNoWriMo group, including a visit with a writing friend.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 50%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 7-12.

  • Lise wants her friend to accompany us to an unschooling conference we’ll be attending this summer; began arrangements.
  • Progress: 50%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 712.

  • Lunch/coffee dates in the not-distant future.
  • Will be speaking at the conference this summer; asked for help from a friend who has spoken at previous conferences.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 712.

  • I’ve got a couple of very organizationally oriented friends helping me out here and there – it’s good for now.
  • Progress: 100%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 7-12.

  • When offered a scholarship to the conference, I offered to speak instead – because I feel I need the chance to help others more.
  • Progress: 100%.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 7-12.

  • Every night this session. We’ve come to the unofficial end of the series (the actual end is a poorly-written travesty I won’t be watching). I’ve also reread a fan fiction project in progress, in preparation for returning to it.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 7-12.

  • More Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending; assisting Miah with assembling my L-shaped work station; singing; and fan fiction reading.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 7-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 0%

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

  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 7-12.

  • Still doing well with this one.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 712.

  • Stumbled a bit on this one.
  • Progress: 60%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 0%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 7-12.

  • Lots of renewal/planning/execution time.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 712.

  • Fell down on this one, too, as I pushed myself to overwhelm territory.
  • Progress: 30%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 712.

  • Another weak area as busy-ness took precedence.
  • Progress: 85%

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A Giant Stride: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear EOW 6

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

At my last update, I wrote about taking a stride on my own.

There’s an old saying that goes:

 

For me, that stride has led to others – a cascade effect of new actions that have cumulatively helped me to reach another point – the point of a giant stride forward.

In scuba diving, a “giant stride” is the technique for stepping off a boat and into the water – into another element, and another world…

It feels like I’m gearing up and checking my equipment, stepping carefully onto the dive deck…almost ready to plunge into the unknown…

Have you taken any giant strides lately?

 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: 10%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 612.

  • Friday –local rush hour. 2/4.
  • Discussed timing for his prelicensing course.
  • Progress: 55%.

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

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Weeks 612.

  • Connection with both; chatting about matters casual and deep, as well as plans for future travels/home improvements.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 612.

  • Shopping; summer and future purchase plans; hometending; administration; personal enrichment. 7/5.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 612.

  • Not quite 10 minutes Friday; none of us spent much time in common spaces. 5/7.
  • Progress: 70%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 6-12.

  • More discussion/brainstorming for short/mid/long term.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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

  • Dining room organization nearly to point I can complete inventory/organization process.
  • Had another idea for disposition.
  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Received both life insurance claim paperwork and January credit union statement; completed 5/6 sections of claim form.
  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Read over sales tax form to get the lay of the land.
  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • More gathering of material.
  • Progress: 25%.

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

  • Working out some details of the basic plan.
  • Progress: 50%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 6-12.

  • Completed Story Start 9/10; rough draft and first revision of Story Start 10/10.
  • Progress: 100%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 612.

  • Completed Chapter 7; sent to author. Highighted Chapter 8 for comments.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 6-12.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 612.

  • Progress: 50%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 6-12.

  • Happening organically, and with intention.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 612.

  • Also giving this more thought. Working toward a couple of lunch/coffee dates in the not-distant future. Taking care of me takes care of the kids, too.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 6-12.

  • I’ve got a couple of very organizationally oriented friends helping me out here and there – it’s good for now.
  • Progress: 100%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 6-12.

  • I have accepted chances to get some adult time.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 6-12.

  • Every night this session. Getting to the extremely emotional end of the series, which is stirring my desire to read/revise/create fan fiction.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 6-12.

  • More Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending/for challenge otherwise; singing; photography, and reading.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 612.

  • I made another, slightly smaller faux-rotisserie chicken. It was easier this time.
  • Progress:100%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 6-12.

  • I found two chicken and wild rice soup recipes – one broth, and one cream – and a fish chowder recipe.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 6-12.

  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 6-12.

  • Going with my natural rhythms accomplishes this very well.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 612.

  • Even when I feel guilty for dozing, napping, or sleeping in.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 612.

  • Fell off routine this session; I needed sleeping in/early activity, and went with it.
  • Progress: 80%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 6-12.

  • Lots of renewal/planning/execution time.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 612.

  • More and more.
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 612.

  • Productivity back up some; with it came a bit of overwhelm I’m dealing with.
  • Progress: 85%

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In case you need to take a giant stride anytime soon!