A Snowy Feather in My Nest: November 19, 2014

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Is it just me, or does November seem to be rushing by and taking its own sweet time, all at once?

I keep getting confused about what the date is. We’ve had some out-of-rhythm days here, and those tend to throw me a little. Add in NaNo, and well – I’ll know when the month is over, I’m sure. Right now, I’m a little perplexed and bewildered…but that’s an OK state to be in, when I’m half-lost in a story reality.

I also have some exciting news to share! One of my goals for this round was to revise my short story, “A Splash of Red”, and submit it to the brand new literary anthology, World Unknown Review. I managed to get it in just before the deadline – and I found out late Sunday that it was accepted!

This is my first short story to be published, and it’s -get this! – a paying market! My story will help to launch this new project, and go out into the wider world, testing out its new wings!

Or something like that. It’s 6am, and I haven’t been to bed yet…so I’m a bit muddled.

On that note, on to the ROWing!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 126/333.
  • Still well under my comfort level, but little behind in emptying, this week, due to my workout and a NaNoWriMo Write-In.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Reviewed and adapted November blogging plans.

2014 Lifetending:

Return to exploring Play Jar slips in a playful, FUN way!

2014 Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Spent time cleaning up yard, trimming weeds, and building/tending the fire.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals ( soup).

  • Chicken and wild rice.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Play Jar slips from the past…

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • Comment answering and visiting have been more or less wretched, with the recent off-kilter schedule. I will be doing better over the next few days!

  • Sharing might have been diverse, but I really wasn’t paying much attention…

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 6/20

  • Current Scene: 21/60

  • Word Count: 74,039/~125,000

  • New Words: 12,427

  • New Pages: 22

  • I’m running behind where I hoped to be; I’ve had a bit of a lull, but I feel the momentum starting to build again, now…

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • An item or two; not a real focus for this session.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • The Road Less Traveled: page 318/318. Completed!

  • The Unschooling Handbook: page 38/224. I read this book when my now-teen was a toddler; it seems like a good time to reread. It’s a relatively simple, quick format.

  • 1/2 Books complete.

Continue my FutureLearn class, Exploring Play, until finished.

  • Still at 37% complete. Week 3/7. Class has ended; I’ll keep going!

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Trip to Chuck E. Cheese for a birthday party.
  • 1/ 2 excursions complete.

Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Not quite. Only two core exercises; NaNo-abbreviated workout.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…
  • Still standing at this marker; no treadmill this week.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • Skipped the track this week.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.

  • Pedaled a mile; NaNo-abbreviated workout.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Skipped these this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (yogurt; nuts; grains).

  • 1/2 Greek yogurt.

  • 1/ 2 nuts (sea salted cashews).

  • 2/3 grain (whole grain bread).

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 2/5; both salads.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • 1/3; extra veggies on a sub.

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

The next phase of a NaNo WIP past, Bounded by a Nutshell. Revision pending.

A Somewhat Off-Kilter Nest: November 16, 2014

 

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So, is it warm enough for you? Or cold enough?

I know. That’s a little paradoxical, as questions go. But I have readers all across the world, and so these are things I think about.

It’s cold, here. I’ve resisted starting a fire, so far – I don’t know why, but it’s the same every year, like there’s some little part of me that thinks that this small act of bringing fire inside is the beginning of the winter season.

Once we’ve done it, I revel in the glow, the warmth, the smell, even the challenge of keeping the fire fed, without allowing it to either die out or get uncomfortably warm. But, for now, I’m avoiding, even though the first snow of the season has fallen, and was enough to dust the ground for several hours.

It’s not quite winter enough, just yet…

Note: The kids and I attended a party early in the day, today. When we got home, my Accomplice had already left for work…and left us a mellow little first fire of the season.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 27/333.

2014 Fitness:

  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • First week’s success, here!

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals (yogurt; nuts; grains).

  • 2/2 Greek yogurt

  • 2/ 2 nuts (pistachios; slivered almonds).

  • 3/3 grain (whole grain bread; whole grain tortilla; corn tortilla chips).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • Comment answering and visitin have been slow and spotty, but the others are good.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 5/20

  • Current Scene: 20/60

  • Word Count: 62,562/~125,000

  • New Words: 12,169

  • New Pages: 22

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • More on the great magnet project of 2014!

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Catch up on my FutureLearn class; Exploring Play.

  • 37% complete. Week 3/7. Class is ending, so:

  • Goal change: Continue the class until finished!

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Ideas currently being discussed: nature walk; indoor play space; swimming.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.

  • I was tired, and stopped after two miles. I’ll try again next week.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Arc trainer: 1 minute
  • Eliptical: 2 minutes.
  • Rowing machine: 3 minutes.
  • First week I’ve managed to do all three since I set this goal; now to increase the time.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 3/5 salads/smoothies.

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals ( soup).

  • Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

A Nest Past 50K: November 13, 2014


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So, have you heard them yet? Those Christmas carols, and Black Friday ads? Do they excite you, infuriate you, bore you, or something else?

I first heard them last night, at a local coffeehouse, where I was attending a NaNoWriMo Write-In. I’m not ready; I like my holidays one at a time, and I’d just as soon skip most of the fuss, and enjoy life in general, everyday…does that make sense?

So the carols in mid-November were not especially my thing, so I was glad that our little group, which we’ve tentatively dubbed simply, “The Writers”, as in “Here Come The Writers!”, was in the library room, away from the music. Since there was also a book group in the room (and they were rather loud), I was also happy for my nice ear buds and Amazon Prime‘s generous free music streaming. I generally don’t listen to music while I’m writing, because I’m also a singer, and I find myself getting a little wrapped up in the music…

Thankfully, last night, I had a mission.

I went to the write in with only a few thousand words between me and a 50,000 word NaNo win. And so it seemed only right to reach the goal there, with some other great folk who could help me celebrate the accomplishment. Okay, and there may or may not have been a large plastic gem involved, and I may or may not have a certain someone living here who loves jewels…plastic or otherwise…

And I did it!

I had my own cheering section, even. It’s a little hard to believe I used to avoid write-ins, because they allow me very focused writing time (away from family and house matters, for a few hours), and the camaraderie with other writers in the between times.

It’s a lot of fun!

Of course, my goal for the month is to finish the novel draft, and there’s still a long way to go. So, let’s take just another minute to enjoy the accomplishment, and then it’s on with the update…and the writing!

Colorful Celebration!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 54/333. Well within acceptable parameters.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

The To Be Read pile….well, row. Or maybe ROW.

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • Comment answering has been a bit slow and spotty, but the others are good.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 4/20

  • Current Scene: 14/60

  • Word Count: 50,523/~125,000

  • New Words: 14,592!

  • New Pages: 27!

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • More on the great magnet project of 2014!

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Catch up on my FutureLearn class; Exploring Play.

  • 33% complete. Week 3/7.

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Ideas currently being discussed: nature walk; indoor play space; swimming.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads; nuts; whole grains).

  • 2/5 salads; 1/ 2 nuts (pistachios); 1/3 grain (whole grain bread).

A veritable harvest of words!

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly .
  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.
  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies; yogurt; soup).

  • Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

A little of this is expected – and I expect to pile up words along with snowflakes!

A Nestful of Words: November 5, 2014

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So, here we are again. What’s new in your world?

Yesterday, I voted, worked out, and attended a NaNoWriMo Write-In. I came home to a fire merrily burning in the backyard. As Hawkeye Pierce might say, it was a full-rich day.

It’s been warm, the last day or two, and we’ll have a little more of that before November reminds us of its true nature. Tomorrow, I’m going to do some outdoor decluttering and weed eradication, while the weather is conducive. Not only will it help to get the yard squared away for winter; it’ll also take care of my goal to do some strenuous home or yardtending each week. And, if one or both of the kids want to toss a Frisbee around for a bit, I’ll get in that playtime, too…

And all that will, believe it or not, help me with NaNoWriMo. I do most of my writing in shorter bursts, and the intervals of physical, non-thought-intensive activity, especially out-of-doors on a nice day, seem to invite the scenes in to play with my mind. When I come back for the next segment of writing, I often do it with renewed vigor and inspiration…

Also, the yard will be cleaner, and I will have moved more than I might have. That does seem like a win all around, doesn’t it? =D

Note: Some of you may notice that I’ve shifted the format of my updates. I was looking for something more streamlined, and this seems to be working. When I was only listing the goals I was engaging with, I seemed to be forgetting some things I wanted to be doing. I’m hoping that by listing all goals under status headings, I can avoid the phenomenon of things slipping through the cracks and gaps in my memory…

See my original November goals.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Fitness:

Weekly workout at the Y; 4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Light weights for this week, but all done.

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

  • Weight down a total of 8 pounds since the first weight I checked, at the beginning of Round 3.

2014 Nutrition:

Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Eat vegetable or broth based soup weekly.

  • Vegetable-beef barley soup.

ROW80 Sponsorship:

Visit my “team” twice weekly.

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • My Sunday ROW80 Update went out on Monday – we got home in the wee hours of Sunday morning; my mind was a little addled and sleepy all day.

  • Second Serving Sunday: The HalloNaNo Edition

  • I’m back on track with comments, after falling behind while we traveled.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 2/20

  • Current Scene: 3/60

  • Word Count: 13,070/~125,000

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning my study.

  • More magnet cleaning.

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level.

  • The level is a little higher with NaNo; my goal is under 333 messages (because I love that number!)
  • Currently: 132/333 – well within my “acceptable” NaNo parameters.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • The Road Less Traveled: page 18/316.

  • I chose this non-fiction book with very short sections because it should fit well with NaNo, and I’ve been wanting to read it for over a decade, now…

Catch up on my FutureLearn class: Exploring Play.

  • I’m working these into my daily rotation. I’m currently 18% through the course; in week 2/7. Unfortunately, week 6/7 just started. I will focus my energy on this class and see if I can catch up before it ends…

2014 Fitness:

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • Walked .5 mile, with a pace of 18:14 for a mile, so closing in on it.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • About half a mile walked outside.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and Greek yogurt; whole grains).

  • Smoothies/Salads: 3/5 (2 salads; 1 smoothie).

  • Greek yogurt: 1 / 2.

  • Whole grains: 2/3 barley (in soup); tortilla chips.

Not yet:

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Continue organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.
  • Work up to walking 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals (nuts).

  • Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

Cheer on other ROWers here!

OctPoWriMo Day 31: Words Weave Truth

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Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Thirty-One!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I’ve followed many of the prompts, and had the double joy of play and discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to write about the month of poetic writing….

And now here we are, at the end of OctPoWriMo, and on the eve of NaNoWriMo. The trick-or-treating is done, and four children have dressed up, traded candy, and indulged the need for play and fantasy…

It’s been a day that followed a night of very little sleep…which has led to frayed tempers, ragged patience, and truncated endurance. My level of concentration is a little capricious today, which might mean my poem will be brilliant, or maybe that it’ll be a disastrous capper on a grand adventure.

I’ve visited quite a few new poet-bloggers, and read some truly amazing poetry. I plan to visit more of my fellow OctPoWriMo participants in the coming days, so that’s a gift that will keep on giving…

Either way, it’s been an incredible journey of self-discovery. I’ve used prompts that might not have occurred to me otherwise, explored new poetry forms I’d never heard of at the beginning of the month, and delved my soul. I’ve been bathed in language, and imagery, ideas, and connections. I’ve written some fiction connected to my poetry, and indulged some favorite characters.

It’s not only been a valuable experience for its own sake; it’s primed my creative pump for November’s adventure- drafting an entire novel in only a month.

But for now, there’s one poem left to be written, so here we go…

It’s going to be one final blitz, because I’m diggin’ the blitz! =D

Words Weave Truth

Month of wonder

Monthful of words

Words form images

Words shape reality

Reality afire

Reality swirling

Swirling in thoughts

Swirling with meaning

Meaning going deeper

Meaning ever shifting

Shifting perception

Shifting understanding

Understanding my world

Understanding myself

My self unveiled

My self deepening

Deepening and growing

Deepening poetically

Poetically strectching

Poetically deliving

Delving within

Delving without

Without excuses

Without fear

Fear of failure

Fear of opening

Opening to my life

Opening to fantasy

Fantasy whirling

Fantasy weaving

Weaving new realities

Weaving with wonder

Wonder what comes next

Wonder of creation

Creation a new delight

Creation as learning

Learning to see anew

Learning to feel

Feel life in the words

Feel their pulse and breath

Breath of life lived awake

Breath of life lived aware

Aware of its energy

Aware of poetry’s power

Power of cadence

Power of rhythm

Rhythm a dance

Rhythm my strength

Strength to live truth

Strength to write life

Life

Truth

Find other final day poems here!

OctPoWriMo Day 30: Apart With Love

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Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Twenty-Nine!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I’ve followed many of the prompts, and had the double joy of play and discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to write a poem about “the day before”….I picked the day before an arranged marriage, from the point of view of the soon-to-be jilted lover….

Apart with Love

The day before

The world fell apart

Apart like we would be

Apart from now on

On my own now

On her world

World that owned her

World that claimed

Claimed her rights

Claimed her choices

Choices stealing away

Choices gone tomorrow

Tomorrow too soon

Tomorrow shredding joy

Joy in our journey

Joy of yesterday

Yesterday spent in bed

Yesterday a feast

Feast of lovemaking

Feast of sorrows

Sorrows in her touch

Sorrows in her eyes

Eyes holding so much

Eyes flinching with pain

Pain she felt

Pain we shared

Shared life shared stories

Shared love to be severed

Severed without options

Severed and surrendered

Surrendered to culture

Surrendered to tradition

Tradition a prison a trap

Tradition strangling hope

Hope for tomorrow

Hope for new beginning

Beginning a life a love

Beginning with another

Another man to hold her

Another type of life

Life without her

Life not worth living

Living without her touch

Living so near and so far

Far from the freedom

Far from my love

Love burns so bright

Love blooming too late

Late

Bright

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A Busy Nest: October 26, 2014 Update

 

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Ever watch a tadpole become a frog? Ever face one of those weeks where there’s a LOT going on, and you’re a little tired just thinking about it all?

No, one thing doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the other. I’m a bit kid-rich and coffee-deficient at the moment, and I’ve already been regaled with stories of the creation of Five Nights at Freddy’s, and sat on by a cat. So, it’s just possible that I’m a little loopy…

Anyway, there is a newly metamorphosed frog here amongst our menagerie. A few weeks back, in the summer, Annalise brought in some tadpoles she found in her neglected sandbox. Attrition occurred, until only one was left…but that turned out well, because about three weeks ago, she noticed that PomPom (yes, obviously, a tadpole needs a name!) was growing legs. We’ve had tadpoes before, but never gotten to that point, so it was big news.

And those back legs kept growing, until they looked like tiny, translucent frog legs! Then there were front legs, and she (gender determined by Annalise; not necessarily accurate) started kicking…

And then, three days ago, Lise came to me, distraught. Her tadpole was not in her little plastic bin!

She was sure the cat had eaten her. Squeak cat-egorically denied those allegations…

I looked, and found a tiny little froglet hiding behind the tank, looking mightily confused. I wasn’t sure she hadn’t dried up, but, when I put a bit of paper down near her, she hopped right on, and then back into her tank – and Lise got the frog habitat set up.

So, now we have a little frog. Today, her tail has been absorbed, and she hops and hangs on the walls of her home, and she’s growing.

I think that’s pretty amazing, even if it’s just what frogs do.

Like I said, it’s shaping up to be a busy week. Tomorrow, I get my tooth extracted – no more absecesses from that, thank you! Tuesday, I’ll take Annalise shopping for costume elements. Wednesday will be a preparation day, and Thursday, the kids and I will make our traditional five-hour drive to spend Halloween with their best friends in central New Jersey. Friday is Halloween, and the final day of the month, and OctPoWriMo, and Saturday, in addition to the five-hour drive home, is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo.

By Sunday, I’ll be ready for a day of rest – but there’ll probably be unpacking and laundry, instead! =) I’ll also be posting my end-of-month evaluation, and updated November goals (hint; NaNo!).

And now, onto this week’s update!

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One sassy Nightmare Fairy!

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting

Blogging:

Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31. On target.

  • Moving forward, a little less swiftly than I hoped; but progress is progress….

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 25/31 posted. I’m going to miss this…until I’m consumed by NaNo, anyway!

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target, maybe…

  • I think so; but I got busy, and didn’t keep track…

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. On target.

Writing:

Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

  • 48/60 Cheat Sheets and formatted scene files waiting in Scrivener. Hoping to be finished by Wednesday, at the latest.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

  • 25/31 poems completed – and a surprise flash fiction draft, too!

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for one short story. On target; goal adapted.

  • There’s no way to give three stories the time and attention they need; I don’t want to rush and submit sub-par storytelling.

  • I will complete “A Splash of Red” which is in the final stages of the revision process; and save the other two stories for 2015.

Submitting:

Submit one Deep Revision story to World Unknown Review. On target; goal adapted.

  • Again, three stories would mean shoddy writing; I will submit the one that’s nearly polished.

“SCREEEECH!”

Hometending:

Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is. Target attained!

  • I spent time revising, reading poetry, and hanging out with Annalise.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. Target attained!

  • Slipped a little on purging; catchup Tuesday till Friday.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. Target attained!

  • Nothing new added; but set to ping me with current stuff.

Read Smart Change. On target.

  • 31% complete.

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). Target attained!

  • 6/5: 2 salads/ 4 smoothies; 2 /2 nuts – pumpkin seeds; pistachios. 2/2 Greek yogurt.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Not so much. I kept meaning to, but didn’t.

  • 1/3 – apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. Target attained!

  • 4/3 – corn tacos, whole wheat roll, flax seed bread twice – yummy as toast!

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

ROW off to visit some more ROW80 updates!

Tis the season!