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I’ve Got A Purpose: August 17, 2016

So, I did lots of other-than-writing stuff these last few days. I’ve also evaluated my goals, and shifted a few to back-burner status. Those are included in this post.

And now, on with it!

Writing:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable.” 29/31 in progress.Just a few; was busy with Other Things, in the interest of clearing the decks of necessary administrative details, so I can write out the month. Favorite lines:

Hoshi smiled at the way he looked at her as though she’d suddenly grown a second head. She shrugged as her fingers trailed through the light forest of hair on his chest.

“I like the way it sounds.”

Plotting:

  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Reread “MMC”, Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Moving to the back-burner.

  • Dark and Bitter”: Check guidelines; Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and raw source material from my pre-existing nascent story, “The Venom Club.”Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Same status as “MMCS” above. You know the drill; back-burner time for this one, too – although I’ll be simmering a cool idea for it.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! Hard copy notations complete through Scene 4/ page 60.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. I don’t see this happening till next month; but I could be wrong.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2. I’ve been focused on the two blogs this session; I want to explore them while I ponder the topic of pages. Setting scheduling goals aside for this month.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Visiting as many as I can, as soon as possible, then catching more as I make return visits from my own posts, seems to be working. I’m blogging less right now; not sure if this method is sustainable once more hops are added.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 20ish. Keeping up.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Second quarter reports sent. Jeremiah’s test completed and mailed Tuesday.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Aim for three times a week. 2/3; between rainstorms.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Minecraft and art; breakfast, walking and Pokemon hunting; Olmpics, resume, cuddliing, and conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Spontaneous breakfast run/Pokemon hunting with my boy. Mailing run that got complicated, but included Hamilton.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. I skipped the weekly write-in in favor of staying home and making revision notes in the company of my family. I was exhausted, and needed home-energy.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: 24/27 chapters complete; page 232/253.) Yes, you read that right. I finished the chapters I owed from last week, plus three more! This book is already good!

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 2/5; Meditation: 3/5 (up to 10 minutes; with a 2 minute night session – twice!)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 3/5 moderate (45 minutes); 2/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous (walking in very hot humid weather.) I think I’ve found a rhythm that may help make this routine.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. A little more in both.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Should have resume done and posted by bedtime today.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I began a rough draft, then set it aside to deal with other admin details. Once the resume is posted, it’s top priority.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, Or Cheer Us On!

“Schrodinger’s Vase or Feline Trouble.” Pen and ink drawing by Lise Burton. Used with permission.

 

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Diverse Purposes: August 14. 2016

Hi there, ROWers and others!

So, what have you been up to these last few days?


Here’s my list:

  • Homeschooling Administration

  • Beta Reading

  • Kifo Island Revision

  • Learning my Website

  • Helping my Accomplice With His Resume

  • Blog Visits and Comments

  • Critique Group

  • Fan Fiction

  • Extra ROW80 Sponsor Post


It’s been a somewhat scattered session for me. I’ve got a lot of balls in the air, so to speak, and it’s been more a matter of keeping them there than finishing projects or starting anything new. By Wednesday, several things should be out of play – I expect to have my Accomplice’s resume done, if not his cover letter (since he hasn’t drafted that yet); and I will have the second quarter homeschooling reports and testing done. I’d love to also have my next crit piece, the extra sponsor post, and the two owed beta reading chapters done, as well – but we’ll have to see about that…

Between the Olympics (is it just us Americans who love watching Michael Phelps be phenomenal?) and the stormy weather that brought a tree down across the road right in front of our house, things are something other than settled.

But it’s times like this that lead to growth, and progress. So on we go….

I include only those that I’ve engaged with this session. For my comprehensive August goals, Round Three goals, and overarching 2016 goals, click the links below.

Writing:

How could he not have understood that her feelings weren’t the same as his; couldn’t be the same as his?”

Revision:

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Created my first feature post on the blog template! Read it here! Added intro to Wednesday’s ROW80 update, too. Visits: 2/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, visited everyone to offset my recent absences.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Today’s approach worked well – visited everyone on Wednesday, before life could sweep me away.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. Yes, although it got a bit over 200 on Saturday, while I was focused elsewhere.
  • Answer fanfiction.net comments twice weekly. 1/2; one PM and two reviews – that was all there was this week. 

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Testing scheduling set with the boy; first test completed; 1/6. Second quarter reports finished and revised, excepting attendance. Will have these finished and submitted by midnight.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Olympics; dawn walking; canoodling; chatting; Minecraft; testing and chatting about city planning in ancient Rome.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Working on my next piece, Sea Changes Scene 4, albeit slowly. Finished crit piece submitted on Thursday; 8 pages in under 24 hours – a new personal best!

  • Complete Amazon reviews of Starfane ; Dragon Time; “The Swineherdess”; and Duchess and Damned. Downloaded Duchess. I’ll be doing these once I finish the beta read of SbA, below.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: Chapter 20/27 in progress; still running 3 chapters behind, but hope to catch up today. 182/253 pages complete.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. 6/5 for both; up to 8 minutes for meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 5/5 moderate (45 minutes). 3/3 moderate (60 minutes). Hometending; walking; weeding; yardtending.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. A bit more in both, mostly sorting and culling.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Wrapping up the resume; cover letter will be next.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I have a rough draft in progress. A little later than I wanted, but moving along.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!

The sky duting the storm, from our enclosed porch…every cloud has a #silverlining?
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Purposely Changing Lanes: August 2016 Goals

New month, new goals, new focus.


No commentary today – this is long enough already. Beginning Sunday, I’ll only include goals  I’ve engaged with, but, for today – my comprehensive August goals.

And tonight – Shakespeare!

 

Writing:

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at fanfiction.net; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. The objective here is to add to what I’ve already created, because I love sharing these stories!

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot Tsunamis, using The Writer’s Coloring Book.  I’ve done the basic character mapping, but there’s still a way to go before I have developed Master Scene Profiles for all 24 scenes in the first draft. I set this aside last month when things got crazy.

  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Reread “MMC”, Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. I have only vague ideas of what I want to do; I need more to go on. And this is a chance to use TWCB on a shorter project, too.

  • Dark and Bitter”: Check guidelines; Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and raw source material from my pre-existing nascent story, “The Venom Club.”Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Same status as “MMCS” above.

Revision:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! Hard copy notations complete through Scene 3/ page 40. I’ll be working on this one after I finish my three owed crit pieces, in tandem with my beta reading.

    Peach Liqueur Love”: Complete Steps 2 and 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. 

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. LibreOffice’s recent update will make this easier, with new merging and tracking features. Excited to get to work! =D

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. I have good intentions, but I fail to follow through more often than I like. Time to work out a Better Plan.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 0!!!– after a week or two in the weeds, it feels good to see clear space!

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Made plans with Pokemon-hunting boy for a committed time frame for pre-testing review – our goal is to be done with testing by the tenth. Drafted Annalise’s IHIP; 10/10 sections completed. This one was faster than Jeremiah’s may be, since I used the template from his seventh-grade IHIP, tailored to her needs. Began gathering guideline resources for Jeremiah’s IHIP (World Book typical course of study).

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. This is weather-dependent, and the weather hasn’t been cooperating. First very hot, then very wet. Aim for three times a week. 2/3 very minimally.
  • Move everything out of Dropbox; cancel subscription. There was nothing in my online files; I was paying ten dollars a month for a service I never use! All gone now!

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Chatting; iPhone stuff; television.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in attended; planning for Romeo and Juliet.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. Owed critique 1/3 completed. 2/3 in progress; page 14/17. Accepted ms to read and review.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: 16/27 chapters complete.)

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Make list of first steps. This means reviewing the first few chapters, gathering needed materials, and doing relevant exercises. May be a Pacemaker goal.
  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 3/5.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 2/5 moderate (45 minutes).

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisions for “Love and Loss” chapters 1-20 at ff.net. Revise new sections of “A Backdrop of Stars”, Chapters 4-8, and post. LAL: Scene 4/20 in progress. ABOS: Rough Drafts of Chapters Four and Five located and reread.

  • A Splash of Red”: compile notes and do pre-self-publication revision pass.  Gather materials and play with cover art ideas. I want to get this published before the end of the year; time to give it higher priority.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental noodling for something I want to complete in 2017. Found the Poetry folder, and one of the poems running feral in another directory; rehomed both.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Both are well underway; hot summer days make these good projects for this round.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Cheer Us On, or Come ROW With Us!

            Hamlet kids in the park, when they were wee!
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Purposefully Taking A Break: July 20, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Do you have any special summer traditions?

For the last six Julys, my daughter, son, and I have been attending Unschoolers Rock the Campground at Pinewoods Lodge in Plymouth, MA. It’s a chance to see friends from across the Northeast, and sometimes further.

We’ll be leaving tomorrow morning and returning on Sunday evening for what might be our last year, depending on when we make the move to Oregon. It’s a special time, and writing and writing-things aren’t high on my priority list for the next few days.

I’m taking a break. Since I already live upstate*, I guess I’ll have to go east. At any rate, my Sunday update may be late, and will almost certainly be sparse.

Are you fond of camping?

Other outdoor pursuits?

Or are you more the indoor type?

*gratitious Hamilton reference.

This post includes the July goals I interacted with during this session. It’s a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were. For full versions of my July, Round Three, and 2016 goals, check the links below!

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each).Marriage of the Magi” past the Big Reveal up to 18,872 words. – I may keep going with it. Story 21/31 complete.

Revisions:

  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 7/31 in progress. I’m going to set this aside and post my stories in August. I simply don’t have enough July to go around, at this point.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 1/2 so far.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 1/4; just for a few minutes. Might not get to 4 while camping; on the other hand, I might. =)

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. Yup. I think I visited everyone in the linky list. Might take a bit to get through the Wednesday list, though, as internet will be sporadic, and my focus will be elsewhere.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Yeah…No. Between homeschool reporting, write-ins, and getting ready for camping, I’m up over 300. Might not get to many this weekend, either, due to trees and water and sunshine and friends…

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Need to write a post explaining that I’ll be sharing my stories in August, because I just can’t fit revising and sharing into what’s left of this month, unless being impossible to live with was on my agenda – and it’s not.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) End of Year test: reviewing materials and procedures ongoing. Miah engaged in test prep: reviewing Khan Academy mathematics videos. Narrative assessment form in progress. Completed Annalise’s Second and Third Quarter Reports (sans attendance. That leaves only Miah’s and the dull-as-dust attendance tabulation to complete all the back paperwork. Added to Annalise’s Flickr portfolio. School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify new superintendent next week, because she may not know.)
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 3/4. The rest of the week, it will be keeping our campsite tidy, as I won’t be at home.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions. Big Fish gives us 180 days to use game credits if we want them, but our gamer boy likes Steam, these days, and I have lots of Cake Mania already!

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Preparations for Unschoolers Rock the Campground in full swing. Write-in for me; bottle return with my girl.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays.2/2/. I will skip Sunday’s write-in. I tried to do that last year, but I had no focus left, so this year, I’ll stay home. 
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling. Conversation. Bottle returning.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 2/5 journals; 1/5 meditation. This will be an easier prospect in the pines. Tent life is very meditative, for me.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 3/5. Camping preparation is very good for my activity level; actually camping is even more so.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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The Sweetness for #SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: ‘concentration,’  used any way we like.

Still Silly After All Twelve Years!

The Sweetness

There are so many things I could write about concentration – but I’m pretty worn out today. Why?

#notgivingyoucontext

Well, because yesterday (Friday) my daughter turned twelve, and she and I spent the day out together, doing some light shopping, eating croissants and sweet treats (a cake pop for her; a slice of pumpkin bread for me) at Starbucks, then hanging at the mall and going to see The Secret Life of Pets on a very crowded opening day. After that, we hung out eating food court pizza, then grabbed a few grocery items before finally heading home.

I can see generations of my family’s women in her young face. And a sparkly, impish nature that is all hers!

I always try to make my kids’ birthdays special, and I feel it’s important to concentrate on making them special in ways the kids want them to be. But I am not fond of shopping or hanging at the mall for myself. So I’m a bit tapped out today.

Croissant Love!

It was probably more important this time around. Next year this girl will be a teen. This is like a magical threshold year, when she transitions from, as she describes herself, my “medium kid” to a big one.

Growing up happy.

And then there are the things happening in my country, things that hurt my soul and make me wish for a magic wand that lets all people see beyond bigotry, that gives better conflict resolution, that gets right to the root of what’s wrong, so that it can be untangled and set to rights. I have words to write about that, but they need time to rise to my surface.

First time riding in the front seat beside me. =D

For now, though, I’m just going to concentrate on the sweetness in my life, because I think, somehow, that there is power in it.

With my favorite girl in the universe for the last twelve years running.

So here are my pictures, and a few words to go with them. Maybe they’ll offer you some sweetness, too.

Focus. Much as i love her smiles, she’s lovely when she’s fully engaged in a project. Here, she was making a music dub video.

Did you enjoy this dip into the Stream of Consciousness waters? Come join in – there’s plenty of room, and just a few simple rules. Check out the #SoCS hashtag, or get more SoCS!

Because why WOULDN’T you have your picture taken with a giant cat in a blue tie when it’s your birthday?!
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Doing it On Purpose: July Goals, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Are you ready for July?!

I’m never sure that I am, anymore. It’s a month fraught with emotional peaks and freefalls. My daughter’s twelfth birthday is on Friday.

Five days later, on the 13th, would be our second son Elijah’s birthday – he’d be a newly minted teenager this year, if he had lived. Twelve days later, on the 25th, comes the anniversary of his death. Twelve days is a very short lifetime, made even shorter when all of it is lived in a NICU, and most of it in a coma…

Four days after that anniversary is my forty-seventh birthday.

Oh, and the kids and I will be observing our annual tradition of attending Unschoolers Rock the Campground on the 21-24, and then there’s Learn Nothing Day on the 26th…

And CampNaNoWriMo, of course, and something new for this year: #WordHighJuly, where I’m weaving delicious Filipino words into my Star Trek: Enterprise fanfiction (come on; you knew I had to, right?!)

Dizzying.

But I intend to move through this month with the purpose of being present to all of it.

What’s your purpose, this month?

 

This post lists all of my July goals. Beginning with my Wednesday update, I‘ll include only those I’ve interacted with during that session. That leaves space to chat with you, and I get a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus are going.

  • Round Two Goals (final update)

  • 2016 Goals (update pending)

  • June 2016 Goals (final update pending)

Writing:

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Starting count: 19,093/~65,000 words. Scene 7/24 complete. Pacemaker goal.

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). 3/31 stories completed; longer than anticipated, but all still under 900 words.

  • CampNaNoWriMo #3: Draft Tsunamis (KIC #6) through Scene 12. (This goal subject to change as timing indicates.)

Plotting:

  • For July CampNaNoWriMo: Complete Planning/plotting for Tsunamis (Kifo Island Chronicles #6), using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Character mapping completed. Pacemaker goal pending.

Revisions:

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue readthrough aloud (record and listen). Rough revisions through Scene 6/24, and submit to crit group. Completed and submitted through 2/24; 3/24 in progress; hard copy notations for 4/11 pages.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. My first completion of the new round! =D

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah.1 /4. A bit of a post JuNoWriMo hiatus.

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. Revision done. Needs final polish and finishing; plan on doing that later today, so I can get it to Kait.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Was doing well enough till Saturday; only a small backlog of things I keep meaning to get to but haven’t yet.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) This is perennial, at least until we move from NY. Letters of Intent to Homeschool for 2016-2017 school year submitted on June 25.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 2/4; weeding, hometending; decluttering.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions, since we never use them and can keep the credits for a time when we might, even after we cancel.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Plans include birthday and our annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA.

  • NNWM local group: Participate in CampNaNo write-ins Tuesdays and Sundays.
  • Catch up back entries with critique group.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan pending.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 1/5 for journals, “off week” with headaches, major transitions, and some major storms.

  • Strenuous movement: At least an hour five times this month. Swimming, tai chi, yardtending, etc. I should blow this away while camping; it’s very hilly, and we tent camp, and there’s a lake for swimming.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 2/5 I can be sure of. Probably more.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/blog interface: Begin linking feature posts to website; this month is for building a form for the foundation to come.

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Snail-like progress this week.

  • Create Pacemaker plans for moving-parts or longer-term projects as need/interest indicate. I’ve been experimenting, and I think I’m in love. Several projects created; more on the way.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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Taco Bell Kindness: #RevofKindness and #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee… 

  • I’d open the door wide for you, and excuse myself if I sneezed. I’d apologize for my sniffliness. Today is intermittently rainy, but yesterday and the days before – they were dry, and the pollen count was very high, as evidenced by the coating of yellow my forest-green Subaru was wearing even. I never used to have a problem with local pollen, but moving around the country and then returning seem to have made me sensitive. I’m suffering, but feeling better after an allergy pill, and the rain is helping. I’m not exactly at my best, and I’ll do you the kindness of not getting so close I run the risk of sneezing on you or your drink.

If we were having coffee…

  • I’d want to talk with you about kindness. Is that something you spend lots of time thinking about? I do. You see, I want to be kind. I want to raise kind children. I wish, often, that I was kinder than I am, while at the same time, I know I’m far kinder today than I once even a year or two ago. Kindness is a skill, and a type of mindfulness. It’s hard, if not impossible, to be kind if I’m not paying enough attention to myself and the world and people around me to have some idea of what kindness is, for them.
  • And that’s important to me. I was raised by a mother who often quoted the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

If we were having coffee…

  • I’d tell you that I’m not very fond of the Golden Rule. I know that’s not a popular opinion, but I have my reasons.
  • Treating others the way I want to be treated assumes everyone wants to be treated the same way I do. There’s a certain mindlessness in that. We’re all different. We all have our preferences, dislikes, idiosyncrasies, and personal histories. For instance, my abusive childhood makes me very sensitive to body language cues that often precipitated parental attacks. When I encounter these as innocent gestures from others who’ve never hurt or threatened me, I go on alert. But I know that others don’t feel that way. I also love hugs, but have a close friend who doesn’t enjoy them, and so I choose to “hug” her by NOT hugging her.

If we were having coffee…

  • I’d tell you that I strive to treat others as THEY want to be treated. Respect and dignity are pretty universal, for everyone – which means that you won’t see me scooping up a baby just learning to walk, or demanding that my children hug someone if they’d prefer not to, or treating everything any adult might have to say as inherently more valuable than anything any child might have to say.

If we were having coffee…

  • I’d tell you I changed my plans this week to accommodate my childrens’ desires and my own, and that I was realistic about what I was willing to do and when I was willing to do it. My son wanted to go to Taco Bell, but advanced the idea just before rush hour on a Thursday afternoon. We happen to live in a rural area ten miles from the nearest Taco Bell, which is in the heart of an area known for its congestion, and I was in the midst of several projects.
  • My teen isn’t old enough to drive. If I’d refused him, or agreed and been stressed by the traffic snarls, I might have taken it out on my kids, other drivers, or the employees at the restaurant. Instead, I suggested that, if he was willing to go earlier in the day on Friday, we could swim first, then get lunch. I also decided to stop at Panera, which has a summer salad I love.
  • It might seem like I was putting him off, and, in a sense, I was. But it wasn’t done in an evasive way. I had valid reasons for wanting to wait, and I added value by including the swim. When my daughter wanted bakery treats at Panera, I readily agreed. And I was able to set aside my work, because I knew the outing was coming, and that the kids would sleep post-swim, giving me the time to focus wholly on it.
  • I think it’s better, and far kinder, to negotiate, as much as possible, a solution that works for everyone. Many people never learn conflict resolution skills. To me, that’s a vitally important part of helping my children learn the art of kindness – seeing others’ desires as valid, and looking for a solution that works for all involves.

If we were having coffee…

  • I’d say that it’s getting late, and I see you getting antsy. I’ll walk you to the door, and mention that this post is a combination #RevofKindness and #weekendcoffeeshare entry. Click the links for more great posts!