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“If They Had Touched” 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!

So, this was going to be my month of rest, organizing, and securing loose ends after my four-month Chaostivity Marathon….

This last week was a whirlwind, though – and I expect that to carry on through the rest of the month, and beyond. While that may sound like a problem, it really, really isn’t!

It’s just that Big Things are happening in my family life, and in my husband’s small hot-sauce business. And those big things mean that he and I are going to be pretty busy as we ramp up our focus on crafting, bottling, and marketing his hot sauces.

We’ve just come up with an answer that has turned financial pressure into financial possibility, and eased a major stress point as we transition to entrepreneurship. And that entrepreneurship will now more easily be able to extend to my writing life.

I think that’s a pretty fair trade-off!

And now, for something completely different:

It’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-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 has just left Captain Archer’s Ready Room after formally confirming her transfer from the Vulcan Consulate to Enterprise – and refusing a handshake from a human called Trip. Now, let’s see where she is, and what she’s doing.

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 August 16, 2017.
  • I have 1 paragraph for you today. I added the digits of the day (1+6), then subtracted the total from the month, (8-7). And there you have it.

“If They Had Touched”


T’Pol stepped from Captain Archer’s office, and leaned against the wall, sheltered from human eyes as she attempted to adjust to her emotional chaos. The men on the other side of the bulkhead were discussing her; she could hear them, but could spare no attention for the conversation. She had been far too near accepting the hand Trip extended to her, and giving herself to whatever might follow as a result of a first physical contact. It was a certainty that, in so doing, she would have dishonored her people, and ended her service to his before it was begun. Her emotions regarding this human had proven repeatedly that they were beyond her ability to control, or even contain. There was no possibility that she would have been able to do so if they had touched in so intimate a manner.

Will T’Pol succumb to the desire to touch Trip?

Why is this desire so strong?

How will it affect her mission?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to my brand-new story-in-progress, “Highly Classified Mission.”new chapters posting at least twice a weekly, and hopefully more often.

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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Outgrowing the Box: August 16, 2017

Hey there!

On Sunday, I asked this question:

Have you ever been poised on the edge of a dream, staring at the precipice, and the amazing reality on the other side?

Today, I ask the follow-up:

Have you ever been staring across from that precipice – and seen a bridge crossing from where you are to where you need to be? A bridge that was there all along, but you couldn’t see through your fear and preconceptions?

There’s been a lot of conversation in our house about the events in Charlottesville last weekend, and the unacceptable response of the Trump Administration to these hate crimes.* Somehow, in our consideration of what we can do, and how we feel, we evolved into a discussion of our financial situation, and where we would like to see his business and my writing go – and there, right before us, was The Bridge.

I’m not going to say a lot about it right now – only that we aren’t the type to take out loans for anything – and we’ve found a way to invest in our projects, and ourselves, without doing that.

A huge weight has been lifted. Now, if we can only get the nation to a place where every American is safe and equal – not only under the law, but in truth.

* To be clear about it, one doesn’t go to a peaceful rally armed and shielded. One goes to war, or rampage, that way. And a mob armed and shielded? I don’t think any of us need to guess that the intent was to intimidate, and to deprive others of their Constitutionally granted rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are hate crimes, and responding to danger by counter-attack isn’t remotely the same as marching through the streets of a city armed and attacking its citizens. These are not equal actions, regardless of what Mr. Trump says. The proof? What would this incident be called if every other element was the same, but it was people of color shouting epithets against white Americans, or driving a car full speed into them?

We cannot have a double standard and consider this nation one of “liberty and justice for ALL.”

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 0/3,333. Wrote nearly 2k words, and then promptly accidentally deleted them. Primary goal; no net 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. .25/3 hours; Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 15 hometending sprints/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 1/15 hometending ). A bit of progress; goal adapted.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 3x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Meditate/journal 2/8. Solid progress; goal adapted.

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A Drab Little Lizard for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all!

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

Monday Morning Coffee” has been with me since I was sixteen. A local boy with schizophrenia wandered away from his family at a large outdoor event. Several days later, he was found, deceased.

From that story came this one – the connection might not be clear to anyone but me – but it’s there.

Context:


Rose is at work on a Monday morning, engulfed by musings inspired by the ragged, compelling man she met during her morning commute.

Attention: some creative punctuation ahead!


A Drab Little Lizard

No, I will see him again – I have to! Have to know he’s all right – or at least alive, in this harsh winter.

On the door of my office is a small, artfully handmade sign – a joke, of sorts, from my early days here, placed by some anonymous co-worker. A drab little lizard, puffing out smoke, with a magnifying glass in one talon. It was perched on a stack of scrolls and old curling pages, and beneath was the proclamation:

Beware, all ye who enter here, for it be the lair of a Document Dragon!”

If this is my lair – this former service closet, with its tiny attached restroom – what does that say about me? I’ve been here most of three years, and, other than the sign, and my yard sale coffee-maker and chipped ceramic mugs, there’s nothing here that’s my own.

Will Jeremy survive the winter?

Will Rose see him again?

What does her lair say about her?

Any guesses?

Monday Morning Coffee” was originally published in the 2015 edition of World Unknown Review,  Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my initial self-published offering.

In personal news, I’m emerging from the cocoon of my four-month Chaostivity Marathon. I’ve completed all of the current batch of homeschool paperwork. It’s the busiest time of year for that; the end of year reporting for 2016-2017 and beginning of year planning for 2017-2o18 overlap. But all that remains now is to get confirmation of both kids’ IHIPs for the new year, and I’ll be free of state-mandated paperwork until December 1.

I’d hoped to visit more of my fellow #8sunday folks last week, and answer all comments, but that hasn’t happened as I type this on Saturday evening (although it might by the time you read this sometime after 9AM Sunday morning).

Two weeks ago, my Accomplice’s employer informed him that he would be letting him go, because business was down, and he was having a hard time making ends meet. Since my husband is the highest-paid employee, it was seen as a cost-cutting measure.

It’s the latest in a chain of financial uncertainty that began a little over a year ago, when he was released from his nine-year tenure at a kitchen he’d launched, so that the owner’s son could be installed as the chef. We’ve been getting by with a lot of imagination, making do, and scraping by; thankfully, we don’t have house or car payments to deal with.

We’re now making the leap to self-employment. My chef husband launched his hot-sauce business 3 months ago, and, this week, we’ve added two additional farmer’s markets to the one we’ve been doing since late June. We’re scouting out others, as well as local events and smaller specialty markets that could sell his sauces when we’re not physically present (at the moment, we’ve got one elderly and limping Subaru, and no clones, so there’s only so much we can do).

Behind the scenes, I’m honing my craft through a major revision class, because I’ve realized I need to develop confidence and a more efficient approach in order to move my many works-in-progress to the Completed column. I’ve started delving marketing and self-publication, so that once I have work revised, I can move confidently forward with the process of offering my words to the world at large.

And, on my birthday, I took a leap of faith, and launched my Patreon page. This was hard, and took me as long as it typically takes to gestate a human baby, in large part because I was raised never to ask for what my parents termed “a handout,” or to “toot my own horn,” which was seen as bragging or conceit.

Sometimes, the hardest part of attaining a goal is getting past the voices instilled in our heads by those who raised us…but I’m learning, and growing.

Now, I just need to learn how to fit visiting and commenting into this growth…

If you’re looking for more #8Sunday, click this link!

Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2017, Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Life Writing, Novel Excerpts, Round Three 2017, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

Professional Growth: August 13, 2017

Hey there!

Have you ever been poised on the edge of a dream, staring at the precipice, and the amazing reality on the other side?

That’s where we are as a family – and where I am, too, on a personal level.

Two weeks ago, my husband learned that his employer was struggling financially. Since he was the highest-paid employee, he would be let go, with the option to pick up some part-time work on Labor Day Weekend.

Our financial situation has been uncertain for over a year, now. We’ve been managing, mostly because we don’t have house or car payments, live simply, and have a family tendency toward both innovative approaches to difficulties, and a conscious choice to look for the possibilities in even the most challenging of situations (even when the process of getting there is a bit ugly).

So now, we’re poised on the edge, all together, and ready to take the leap of faith that will carry us to the other side…

Have you ever taken a huge Leap of Faith? How did it go?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,333/3,333. Primary goal complete for this week.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 5,555 words/week between Still Nameless and The Last House The Far Shore (until drafts completed). I was mistaken about one of the titles. It’s The Last House. Reread last several scenes to find my way back into the story, which I began in April.1,133/5,555 words. Secondary goal; a bit of progress.

You don’t need to be alone anymore, Tim.”

The sweetly accented, slightly husky voice was so real, he would have looked around, except that he was busy fantasizing now that he really did have Rebekkah right here with him. It didn’t matter that he’d never seen her face; maybe it was even better than he hadn’t, because his imagination could make her however he wanted her.

The possibilities were endless.

  • 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 first batch. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Enterprise Early Days Arc: Continue revisions on this project for my WIPpet Wednesday posts. This week’s post: Is That an Order?” Secondary goal complete for this week.

You just tried to shake hands with a Vulcan.”

“You said we were supposed to extend her every courtesy. Just thought extending my hand was part of the deal.” Trip shrugged. “Apparently, she doesn’t agree.”

And then some.”

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

  • JuNoWriMo blogpost drafts: Organize and schedule raw material for completion and revision. Spend 1 hour/ week on this project. Went through JuNoWriMo directory, organized raw material into folders. 1 hour. 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. 1.5/3 hours;all main sites excepting Patreon /1 hour dabbling; Quora. Stretch goal; good progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 10.25/11 hours; first Southern Saratoga County YMCA Farmer’s Market; some promotion/ business communication/market research. Primary goal; excellent progress!

  • 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; very good progress.

  • Hometending: Complete 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 5/5 hometending) ; 2/3 yardtending sprints complete; bedroom sprint. Progress improved over last week despite very busy week.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 4/5; Strenuous: 2.5/2 hours. Meditate/journal 7/8. Solid progress.

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Guess What? #SoCS for August 12, 2017

Note: This post feels a bit jarringly light and fluffy considering the events in Charlottesville, VA, today.  I debated not posting it – but I feel that there is a place for lighter, happy, thoughts…because we’re living, and because this world, this nation, needs more happiness, and far, far less hatred.

So, here it is, just the way I wrote it, in a moment when my own life was overflowing, and the weight of the violence done hadn’t fully sunk in yet.


Guess what? I’m getting here at the tail end of things tonight, because there are Big Things happening.

I’d love to go into deep detail…but I’m still in the midst of the Big Things, and there’s much left to be done even as I feel my eyes starting to droop, and my brain to go foggy. So, instead, I’m just going to leave you with an image that may or may not be related to the Aforementioned Big Things.

Hey, I’m a writer. Sometimes it’s good to keep folks guessing! =D

This post is my very brief, entry for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where this week’s prompt is “guess”, used however we wish. Click the link to visit other participants!

Sometimes peace and stillness is what we really need.
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“Is That An Order?” 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!

So this is my month of rest, organizing, and securing loose ends after my four-month Chaostivity Marathon. So far, so good. I’ve gotten all the homeschool paperwork done until December. I’ve gotten back to a more regular (but not perfect) blogging schedule, and even added a few thousand words to my epic fantasy novel, Foul Deeds Will Rise, from the Trueborn series. I’m moving through the exercises in Prosperity for Writers, and doing more around the house and yard.

More progress is coming…but right now, we’re going out to look for the space station, which leads me to my reason for being here today…even though our attempts to find the station failed.

It’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-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:

Captain Jonathan Archer doesn’t want a Vulcan in his Ready Room, or his crew. But he’s got one, and Trip’s already hard at work offending her.

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 August 9, 2017.
  • I have 10 paragraphs for you today. I added the digits of the year.

“Is That An Order?”

Trip plopped himself back into the chair, and Porthos hopped onto his lap. Both of them looked damned pleased with themselves. And they’d both been way too friendly with their damned Vulcan “chaperone.” Jon couldn’t very well tell Porthos that, and, even if he could make his beagle understand, he was sure to get the saddest puppy-dog eyes in the system. And that left Trip.

“What the hell was that all about?” Jon put all his frustration at being saddled with her into the question.

Dunno what you mean.” Anytime the engineer laid on the Southern accent that thick, he was trying to deflect from something.

“You just tried to shake hands with a Vulcan.”

“You said we were supposed to extend her every courtesy. Just thought extending my hand was part of the deal.” Trip shrugged. “Apparently, she doesn’t agree.”

And then some.” She’d been condescending as hell, yesterday, at Starfleet Medical. Today, she was downright ascerbic, on top of the condescension, and Jon could sense trouble brewing. Trip was playing it off like it was no big deal, but he wasn’t the kind to just let something go, and, the more challenging, the better he seemed to like it. That made him a hell of an engineer…but a liability with the damned Vulcan woman. He was bound to keep trying to get T’Pol to shake his hand, call him Trip – or maybe both.

Unless he put an end to it right now. “Trip, Vulcans don’t shake hands. I thought you knew that.”

“Why would I? I’ve never asked one to do it before.” Jon’s best friend bent his head to add, apparently to Porthos, whose ears he was scratching, “Sorry, little buddy. I don’t think she pats beagles on the head, either. So I guess we’re both out of luck on this one, unless we can figure out a way to get her to change her mind.” Porthos gave a little yip that suggested he agreed. Maybe Jon was going to have to keep him in his quarters for a while, until he could teach him not to jump on her. He’d never done that to anyone else, even as a puppy.

Well, don’t ask her again.” He caught the other man’s dimpled grin, and sighed. “I mean it, Trip. She made it clear. She’s not going to shake your hand, use your nickname, or be your friend – if Vulcans even have friends, which I seriously doubt. Let’s just try to get through the next eight days without creating an interstellar incident. You want to challenge yourself, you’ve got plenty to do in the Engine Room, or you could ask Hoshi to try to teach you Klingon. But don’t ask Sub-Commander T’Pol for any more handshakes. We don’t need to antagonize her.”

“Is that an order, sir?”

“You bet your ass it is.”

Will Trip obey Jon’s order?

Will Pothos jump on T’Pol again?

What’s T’Pol doing right now?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my fanfiction.net page, or go directly to my brand-new story-in-progress, “Highly Classified Mission.”new chapters posting at least twice a week, and hopefully sooner.

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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Trekkish Growth; August 8, 2017

Hey there!

I’ve had a Trek-centric beginning to my week – and that makes me a very happy Shan. Actually, I’m purring like a contented tribble!

Sunday was the #AllStarTrek #Trektacular on the Heroes and Icons channel. For those not in the know, they do a 5-hour block 6 nights a week, with an episode from each existing Trek series (and, on Sundays, they add an hour of Star Trek: The Animated Series, as well). There’s a live (and lively!) Twitter chat that goes along with the airing, and I’ve found my “Trek tribe” there, which essentially means I can stop driving my family nuts talking about this stuff.

This Sunday, though, H&I ran non-stop Trek from 12pm-3am. There were many documentaries I hadn’t seen before, and enough Leonard Nimoy to make me cry a time or three from the joy of seeing him again. I watched most of the fifteen hours, and chatted for the majority of what I watched.

Monday night, a few of kept on chatting after Enterprise (the final installment in the line-up, and my favorite Trek series), and the conversation was wide-ranging and free-flowing, inspiring my writing mind in all kinds of ways….which showed up Tuesday, as I dug out and polished the first chapter of a fan fiction story I wrote a couple of years ago, now titled, “Highly Classified Mission.” It’s getting positive reviews over on fanfiction.net, and will serve as the base of my StoryADay September TnT drabbles.

My mind is humming with ideas that extend beyond sci-fi…Star Trek has been a conduit to other writing for me since I was 13, and indulging my passion for it makes me a better writer – and a better human, too.

Do you indulge your non-writing passions?
If you do, do you find they feed your writing?

If you don’t….why not give it a try?

  • Trueborn Series: Add 3,333 words/week to Foul Deeds Will Rise (until draft completed). 3,333/3,333. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week.

The communication is thankfully brief, and, once it’s concluded, T’Pol moves away from her work station. Perhaps it would be wisest to begin reviewing the encrypted information that accompanied the transmission, but she will admit to herself that she is agitated at the thought of doing so. Instead she brings forth her table, her cushions, and her candle, and attempts to meditate.

Each time her eyes close, however, there is a sense of – of something. She can’t name the emotions she’s experiencing. Nothing in her training has prepared her to do so. She has been fascinated by the diverse range of words the humans she lives and serves with give to their emotional states; but she often doesn’t understand the emotions to which they are referring. She’s been conditioned, from infancy, to suppress emotion, to separate it from thought and action, rather than to label and define and allow it into every action and thought, as her human colleagues do.

Perhaps it would be useful to be a human now. A human could feel freely, and define the emotions. A human might also know how to deal with them. A human wouldn’t be compelled by duty to their world to pursue a fugitive they were frightened to pursue.

  • 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 chose my theme for Solemates (it’s anything relating to both characters’ backstories and eventual meeting) and the TnT story to create drabbles for: it’s Highly Classified Mission,” the original segments of which were written a couple years back for #StaD, so perfect for developing there! Reread story as-is; made a polishing pass of Chapter One; and posted to fanfiction.com. Will finish submitting before September 1; I’ll add the request for words there. Primary goal; good progress.

  • Other Platforms: Spend 3 hours/week with my Facebook Writer page; Instagram; Pinterestand Patreon. Continue with Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad, etc.) 1 hour/week. .5/3 hours; mostly rereading/sharing Patreon page, one post to Instagram. Stretch goal; some progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 11 hours each week. 3, 75/11 hours; mostly at market; some mellow promotion. Primary goal.

  • 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; 53% exercises, which take a bit longer to complete. Business Plan: Step 4/7 in progress from June. Secondary goal; good progress.

  • 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 3 hometending sprints/day 5x/week; an additional sprint in all rooms except the kids’ (since they don’t want me in their rooms); and 3 yardtending sprints/week. 0/5 hometending) but 3 partial); 1/3 yardtending sprints complete.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity 1/5; Strenuous: 45 minutes/2 hours. Meditate/journal 3/8.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

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