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Foundation in Flux:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 10 Midweek

When I posted my Week 9 Final Update on Sunday, we were looking forward to Jim’s first session of chemotherapy on Monday, and hoping it would signal the beginning of a “honeymoon” where he might get to feeling better for a while. We were thinking of travel, a family portrait – and just enjoying.

Things didn’t quite work out that way.

Jim had allergic reactions to two of the drugs used in his regimen. That caused his blood pressure and heart rates to get scary-high, and he ended up admitted to the acute care ward. They’ve discovered that the cancer in his liver has compromised function; so a stent is being considered. They’ve also found some potential concerns with his heart.

When (if?) chemo resumes, they’ll be using a different regimen less likely to cause reactions.

According to Jim (I haven’t spoken with his doctors yet), they have more questions than answers right now.

I can relate.

 I feel as though I’m poised on the edge between two worlds and two lives…it’s hard to settle or plan too far in advance. For instance, today’s plan is to rest – I’ve been running places for the last week and a half. I’m writing, hometending, and hoping to help Lise pick her Christmas tree today, along with laundry and a bit of shopping.

But, if Jim needs me…well, I’ll be heading out to the hospital about an hour away.

Everything’s in flux, but sometimes life’s just like that, y’know?

Relationships, Family, and Home: 

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 10-12

  • Stained Blood: Highlighted Chapter Six for beta-ing.
  • Week 10 progress: about 10%

 Hometending:

Complete three hometending rounds each in bedroom; porch; and study: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: about 8%

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 10-12.

  • 1/1: Kitchen; bathroom; living room.
  • 2/1: Family room.
  • Week 10 goal: EXCEEDED.

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, circumstances dependent: Weeks 10-12.

  • Jeremiah drove on the interstate. At night. In a steady, foggy rain. He was wary and nervous, and did a fine job, nonetheless. 1/4.
  • Week 10 progress: 25%

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 30 minutes/week to Modules One/Two: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 30 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 10-12.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

  • Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 10-12.
  • Complete Rough draft: Weeks 10-12.

Complete Lesson One of Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction mini-course: Week 10.

  • Read all introductory materials; and to first stop point of Lesson One.
  • Printed all lesson and worksheet pages for later use.
  • Week 10 progress: about 15%

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Organize/inventory existing stock: Week 10.

  • I combined this goal with cleaning the living room (where most of the stock was; began sorting full bottles from those waiting to be filled; moved to family room table to organize later.
  • Week 10 progress: about 15%

Create plan to liquidate/publicize liquidation: Weeks 10-12.

  • The seeds of a plan are rattling around in my brain. They aren’t a cohesive plan by any means, but they are slowly coalescing into the beginnings of one…
  • Which took its first shaky breaths on Tuesday night. We’ll see where it goes once I’ve finished the inventory.
  • Week 10 progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 10-12.

  • Way more of this than I wanted, actually. Between the medical front and the documentation front, my brain feels so full of information that it’s kind of leaking out around the edges into everything else.
  • Week 10 progress: about 75%

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 10-12.

  • Yes, in several ways I’ll probably detail more in Year 2 (Round One 2018).
  • Week 10 progress: about 75%

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 1012.

  • Doing the best I can, here. Monday was a lot of sitting with Jim while he was at chemo. Hometending on Sunday and Tuesday; and some much-needed rest.
  • Week 10 progress: about 25%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 10-12.

  • Eating in general has been dicey, this week, with time spent in hospitals.
  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Read instructions for Instant Pot: Week 10.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Experiment with Instant Pot veggie-based meals: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Personal Expression: 

Purchase ear muffs: Week 10.

  • Not ear muffs, exactly. But while Miah and I were at Target, I found a cute knit headband and a bonus neck warmer (like a cross between a turtleneck and a scarf). Bought both.
  • Week 10 and Year One goal: EXCEEDED.

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Foundations That Accommodate:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 9 Final

As I write this in the wee hours of Sunday morning, we’re a little over a day away from Jim’s first five-hour chemotherapy treatment, which will be followed with another 46 hours of at-home infusion via a pump, which will be attached and detached by a visiting nurse…

And our house is more of a mess than I’d like. In part, it’s the result of a busy week of appointments, car repairs, errands, and little sleep for me. In part, it’s that my efforts to prepare for the journey to come have included purchasing much needed dishes and flatware, as well as an Instant Pot that may alleviate the issue of food…Jim, as a chef, is far better than I am at that kind of thing; but I want to be better, so he can enjoy eating without needing to prepare, but also so I don’t have to add another huge, repetitive task to my already formidable list…

And so there are wrappings, and things I’ve been organizing, and…life.

I probably worry about that kind of thing more than I need to…and, really, life is an amazing thing for any home to be full of…

Still, the next hours will see me trying to get the place tidied…not so much for the nurse, but for those of us living here – all four of us.

Sunday Evening Update: Things look a lot better than they did when I wrote the above. I’m now taking the rest of the night off, for my region’s NaNoWriMo2017 TGIO* Party.

Are you a fan of a tidy house, or not really concerned if things get cluttered?

*Thank Goodness It’s Over, in case you were wondering!

Blue with Overstrike – Goal completed.

Green – Goal in progress.

Black – No progress.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 9-12.

  • Stained Blood; Chapter Five: I finally got back to this. I left off a few weeks back on page 5/11; now on 11/11pages completed and submitted to author.
  • Week 9 goal: COMPLETED!

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Week 9.

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

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 9.

  • Living room, kitchen: 1/1.
  • 2/4
  • Week 9 progress: 50%

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, weather and car dependent: Week 9.

  • 1/4 practice runs completed.
  • I got my car back on Friday; he drove to do errands with me on Saturday.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 25% completed.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 9

  • Week 9/Year One goal COMPLETED!

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Week 9.

  • Done and submitted in the wee hours of Friday morning.
  • Week 9/Year One goal COMPLETED!

Professional/Financial: 

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules  One/Two:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Slaying SEO:

Get all revelant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 9-12

  • Discussed again; decided to keep it as Jim’s site for now; might be a way to move inventory when I finish and activate it.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 10% completed.

Organize and inventory stock; research business establishments for potential wholesale opportunities: Weeks 9-12.

  • Some organizing, and some discussion with Jim regarding wholesaling.
  • Made some decisions on how best to organize stock for inventory.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 20% completed.

Consider whether selling at local events is still desirable/feasible; if so, think about adaptations we’d need to make: Weeks 9-12.

  • Introduced the topic with Jim; no resolutions, but it’s on our radar.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 20% completed.

Mind, Body, and Soul: 

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 9-12.

  • Wednesday and Thursday appointments completed. Jim now has a central line port for blood draws and chemotherapy infusion, we’ve seen the infusion bay, and had a chemo conferenced. First cycle of chemo scheduled for Monday.
  • We’ve made a start on a multitude of paperwork that needs to be filed so Jim can receive disability. #babysteps
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 60% completed.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 9-12.

  • When a good local friend messaged to ask how we were, and offered help, I made two small suggestions; things that would be of great value to me.
  • Reached out to a Facebook group for ideas/tips for our new Instant Pot.
  • Asking for help is still uncomfortable; neither of us was raised to do it. I’m adapting by remembering that, when folks feel powerless, being able to offer even small bits of assistance makes them feel better while it helps us. That’s a worthy trade.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 35% completed.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Deep cleaning, moving furniture, and organizing.
  • Finally took a walk with Jeremiah Saturday night.
  • Week 9 goal COMPLETED!

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  Week 912.

  • Veggie pizza and salad; Monday.
  • Veggies and noodles: Tuesday.
  • Autumn squash Panera soup: Wednesday.
  • Sweet potato/quinoa; autumn squash soup/chicken Cobb salad: Friday.
  • Butternut squash ravioli: Saturday
  • 5/4 meals/snacks.
  • Week 9 goal EXCEEDED!

Personal Expression:

Purchase ear muffs: Week 9.

  • Briefly looked in one catalog, no luck.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 20% completed.

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A Matter of Faith 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…and enjoy the journey!

I’m typing this today in the cardiac cath lab waiting area. Jim is inside, being prepped for his central line port placement, through which he will receive his chemotherapy at some near-future time that has yet to be announced.

It’s 7:20am, an hour when I’m usually asleep.

Instead, I was up all night writing, blogging, and drafting my son’s homeschool report, because it’s much easier for me to stay up for early appointments than it is for me to get up for them – and Jim won’t be allowed to drive himself home.

So, while I have a few minutes to rub together, I thought I’d set up this post. I don’t have internet here, so no posting till later, but it’s nice to be getting to it early in the day. I’m often butting up hard against midnight, lately – if I get to posting at all.

Well, it’s now 11 hours later, and this post hasn’t made it past Word to my blog template yet. I was called in to be with Jim, then, while he had his procedure, I chatted with two other women in the waiting area until I was ushered back to his side while he recovered. Once we got home, I crashed for a three-hour nap. Since then, I’ve been alternately moving forward on hometending goals and puttering.

Now, though, it’s time to get this post done.

One last thing…

I haven’t been the best at visiting other #WIPpeteers, or responding to comments. There has been a great outpouring of positive energy headed our way…so much that it’s more than a bit overwhelming. In a very good way, but still…I’m emotionally overflowing, and need to take the answering a little at a time.

So, if you’re one of the people I’ve “ignored” since last week, please know it’s not because your comment doesn’t matter – but because it matters so much, I want to be able to give you the return attention you deserve. I do hope to get to everyone in the next week or so.

And now….on to the WIPpeting!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 29, 2017.
  • My “fuzzy math” is: 9-2=7, and the month is 11…both lucky numbers when it comes to dice. Since my lucky number is 3, I’m sharing three sentences today, free of context.

A Matter of Faith

The problem was a matter of faith. Faith she was losing – if she ever truly had it.

It was difficult to tell whether what she had was truly faith, or the conditioning of a child that had been too young when taken from all she knew to resist what they gave her to replace it.

Who is the thinker of these thoughts?

Is she losing her faith?

Did she ever truly have it?

Any guesses?

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

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!

 

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Foundations and Changes:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 9 Midweek

This is the last week of the third quarter of my first 12-Week Year.  It’s also less than 12 hours, as I type this, until my husband will be receiving his central port – the means by which he will receive chemotherapy – not as a cure, but with “palliative intent.”

In other words, the oncologist is hoping to give him a better quality and quantity of life.

That’s what we’re doing here, too, in our own way.

I’ll be re-evaluating my Year One goals at the end of the week. We’ll know more about the progress of the chemotherapy after our learning appointment and Jim’s pre-chemo assessment on Thursday.  

Until then, though…it’s time for my Week 9 Midweek Update.

Blue with OverstrikeGoal completed.

Green – Goal in progress.

Black – No progress.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 9-12.

  • Stained Blood; Chapter Five: I finally got back to this. I left off a few weeks back on page 5/11; now on 10/11, and using as a welcome break between rounds of homeschool report work.
  • Week 9 progress: About 85% completed.

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Week 9.

  • Bedroom: 5/5
  • Porch: 1/3
  • Study: 0/1
  • 6/9 total.
  • Week 9 progress: About 66% completed.

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 7-9.

  • Week 9 progress: 0%

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, weather and car dependent: Week 9.

  • 0/4 practice runs completed.
  • We took Jim’s car, which will likely become Miah’s, to the shop for brakes and struts. The plan is for Miah to begin learning how to drive it, as thus far he’s only driven my car.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 5% completed.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 9

  • Section 14/16 (Physical Education) complete; only Health and Safety and Attendance remain.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 85% completed.

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules  One/Two:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Slaying SEO:

Get all revelant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 9-12

  • Discussed again; decided to keep it as Jim’s site for now; might be a way to move inventory when I finish and activate it.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 10% completed.

Organize and inventory stock; research business establishments for potential wholesale opportunities: Weeks 9-12.

  • Some organizing, and some discussion with Jim regarding wholesaling.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 10% completed.

Consider whether selling at local events is still desirable/feasible; if so, think about adaptations we’d need to make: Weeks 9-12.

  • Introduced the topic with Jim; no resolutions, but it’s on our radar.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 10% completed.

Mind, Body, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 9-12.

  • I’ve begun considering adaptations that will make life more streamlined and manageable for Jim, for myself, and for the family in general.
  • This week’s appointments are Wednesday and Thursday mornings; we took Jim’s car, which needed brakes and struts to the shop Monday, and picked it up Tuesday. Jim was able to drive it with iffy brakes, but he will need a ride home from tomorrow’s appointment, since he will be anesthetized – and I didn’t want to chance the brakes on city streets. Once we picked up his car, we dropped mine off for struts and a fix for whatever is grinding and crunching in the rear.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 15% completed.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 9-12.

  • Still brainstorming where we may need help, and what manner of help we will need. I’ve had a couple of specific ideas.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 15% completed.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 912.

  • Deep cleaning, moving furniture, and organizing.
  • I’ve been thinking of going for a walk, but haven’t done it yet.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 10% completed.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  Week 912.

  • Veggie pizza and salad; Monday.
  • Asparagus tips; Tuesday.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 66% completed.

Personal Expression:

Purchase ear muffs: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

 

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Breathing Into My Foundations:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 8 Final

A *funny thing has been happening since Jim received his diagnosis….

In the midst of this time when the possibility for Jim to grow old with me, or even to see the children through their final run-up to adulthood has been whisked away from us…

I’m seeing possibilities everywhere, and in everything.

Maybe, when life is shaken to its foundations, the resultant tremors and shifts open up new landscapes and new perspectives. Maybe it’s as simple as the fact that I’m trying to be present here in the moment, where all the magic lives, and, at the same time, to look ahead and try to anticipate our needs, and potential trouble spots, before we get to them…or maybe it’s just the book I’m reading (You are a Badass by Jen Sincero).

Whatever it is – I’m seeing alternatives I hadn’t, before…and having choices is breathing new air into my shaky foundations…and giving me the strength to find stable places in which to anchor myself, and my family, as we move forward…still together.

*Well, actually – I’m not sure “funny” is quite the right word. But then, I’m not sure there really is a “right” word, either…so let’s just go with it, OK?

Have you ever had a revelation (or a whole series of them), when faced with a serious challenge?

Relationships, Family, and Home: 

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Weeks 89.

  • Bedroom: 5/5
  • Porch: 3/3
  • Study: 1/1
  • Week 8 goal COMPLETED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Weeks 8-9.

  • Living room, kitchen, family room, and bathroom rounds completed; 4/4
  • Week 8 goal COMPLETED!

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 8-9.

  •  1/3 practices completed.
  • Hopefully, repair will be made in next week or two, and we can get back to it.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 33%.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 8.

  • Sciences Section completed; Social Sciences (4 subcategories categories) in progress, 6/16.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 30%.

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules One/Two:  Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Slaying SEO:

Get all relevant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 8.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 8- 9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Complete 50,000 words of rough draft: Week 8.

  • Despite taking Thanksgiving Day off to just relax, I managed to chip away at the total, and, with a surge at the end, cross the 50,000 word line sometime very early Saturday morning.
  • Wednesday, November 22: 1,884 words.
  • Thursday, November 23: 0 words.
  • Friday, November 24: 5,151 words.
  • Saturday, November 25: 1,155 words.
  • Total word count: 50,270/50,000 words.
  • NaNo Official Word Count: 50,633/50,000 words.
  • Year One Goal EXCEEDED!

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: about 15%.

Complete plan for offering wholesale opportunities: Weeks 8-9.

  • Began organizing materials to inventory current stock.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 25%.

Discuss how/if to address/publicize selling at local events in future: Weeks 8-9.

  • Posted a status giving a general health update, and acknowledging that our business model is going to have to change.
  • More thought on how to move forward.
  • Began cleaning/organizing the stock area; in preparation for inventory. Once we have numbers, it will be easier to decide on an approach, going forward.
  • Week 8 Progress: 20%.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 8-12.

  • Mostly, at this point, dealing with things as they arise; appointments and clearing other items off my list, so I can have the focus, time, and acuity needed to delve into the learning aspects.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 50%.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 8-12.

  • More responding to individual messages. Still haven’t needed help; still considering what types of help will be most, well, helpful.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 75%.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 812.

  • My body seemed to most need to rest and recharge this week.
  • A fair amount of hometending through the course of the week.
  • Week 8 progress: about 50%.

Tai chi: Attend Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday classes; work around schedule and energy levels: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 812.

  • Acorn squash ravioli on Monday; vegetable lasagna on Tuesday; blueberry smoothie on Wednesday; Chinese vegetables and rice on Friday; pomegranate seeds on Saturday.
  • 5/3 for the week.
  • Week 8 goal EXCEEDED!

Personal Expression:

  • Acquire new, more efficient jewelry storage: Week 12.
  • I began setting up my new system. I might want to buy a couple of tiny wooden knobs for the jewelry box.
  • Week 8 and 12Week Year goal COMPLETED!

Evaluate and purchase ear muffs: Weeks 8- 10.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

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Rebuilding Foundations:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 8 Midweek

The resiliency of the human spirit amazes me. 

It’s been less than three weeks since we learned that Jim has metastasized pancreatic cancer, and that it’s terminal.

And somehow, we’re starting to adjust to this reality. To find the positives in it – even this.

Because there are positives – even if it’s just that Jim gets to find out just how many lives he’s touched, and we all have time to prepare, and build memories together, and brace ourselves for the changes to come.

Whether we accept their reality pragmatically, or rage and rail against it – it’s happening.

Given that, I’d rather be positive, and not have the regret of wasted time, later.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Weeks 8-9.

  • Bedroom: 4/5
  • Porch: 1/3
  • Week 8 Progress: about 60%.

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 8-9.

  • Brief driving practice on Monday during errand run. Learned to set/release the emergency/parking brake. 1/3 practices completed.
  • My car started making a funny sound just before Jim and I got home on Tuesday. Might not be taking him driving again until repair is made, to be on the safe side.
  • Week 8 Progress: 33%.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 8.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules One/Two:  Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Slaying SEO:

Get all relevant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 8.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 8- 9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Complete 50,000 words of rough draft: Weeks 8-9.

  • I’m close enough to 50K now that I didn’t set an incremental goal for this week – and I’m starting to feel get-there-itis, so I might forego my 2,500 word-a-day cap (which I haven’t honestly been hitting that much this month), and go for it, so I can focus on Other Things till the end of the month. And yes, I DO tend to write convoluted run-on sentences when I have a lot on my mind (if you don’t believe me, you should read my NaNo draft!).
  • Sunday, November 20: 3,647 words.
  • Monday, November 21: 286 words.
  • Tuesday, November 22: 1,279 words.
  • Total word count: 42,080/50,000 words.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 85%.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 8-12.

  • Some preliminary discussion; no research yet.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 15%.

Complete plan for offering wholesale opportunities: Weeks 8-9.

  • Again, some preliminary discussion on terms and businesses we’d like to work with.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 20%.

Discuss how/if to address/publicize selling at local events in future: Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 8-12.

  • On Tuesday, we had an appointment with the oncology social worker, who will be assisting us with many details as we move through this journey. I have a good deal of homework to tend to over the next days.
  • Appointments scheduled for next week include port placement, chemo learning (so we know what to expect with the home portions of the therapy); and pre-chemo bloodwork and assessment for Jim, after which the chemo will be scheduled. Lots of learning on the horizon.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 50%.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 8-12.

  • I’ve been responding to the many well-wishes and offers of help – not as fast as I might like, but as expeditiously as I can manage – it’s an emotional thing, and I have an abundance of emotional stuff right now; I’m easily emotionally exhausted. So I’m portioning out my responses.
  • Interacting with the social worker is the first step toward seeking and accepting help, and has been very useful in helping us figure out what our priorities and objectives are for the coming months.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 75%.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 812.

  • Hometending, and lots of rest.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 25%

Tai chi: Attend Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday classes; work around schedule and energy levels: Weeks 8-12.

  • This isn’t going to happen this week, and likely not next, either, due to holiday and appointments. I do want to prioritize it, though, as tai chi class always brings me a calm energy and centeredness I could REALLY use right now.
  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 8-12.

  • Acorn squash ravioli on Monday; vegetable lasagna on Tuesday.
  • 2/3 for the week.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 66%.

Personal Expression:

  • Acquire new, more efficient jewelry storage: Week 12.
  • I will be using found items – a jewelry box Jim and I bought together at an antique shop when we were newlyweds, and one of the small slatted wood window shutters he found somewhere along the way when the kids were small. Not quite sure how I’ll set it up yet, but pondering – and I think I have everything I need to make it work, with no need to buy anything.
  • Week 8 and 12Week Year goal COMPLETED!

Evaluate and purchase ear muffs: Weeks 8- 10.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

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The Ways of Mirth and Joy for WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On to the WIPpeting!

WIPpet Math:

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

The Ways of Mirth and Joy

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

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

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

Who is Synnis?

Who is the observer?

Has she lost the ways of mirth and joy?

If so, can she find them again?

Any guesses?

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

 

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!