ROW80:End of Round 3 Annual Goals Assessment

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This year, I am working from a list of goals encompassing the entire year. Before I declare my Round 4 goals this Sunday, I’m taking this opportunity to share and evaluate my progress toward my larger 2014 goals.

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan. Not so much….

  • I’ve been adapting my blogging habits and content organically, and will be moving to a website sometime in 2015.

Add all useful bits, templates, links, etc, for each feature to Master Resource File. Target attained!

  • I’ve since created templates for all of my regular features.

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

  • Steady progress with regular blogging, developing features, and answering comments.

  • I’ve got ideas about queue building and diversification of sharing; but I’ve been more focused on creating content and interaction.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. On target.

  • Regular posting; not for queuing.

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home. On target.

  • Some brainstorming happened; The Unfettered Life is still where it’s always been.

The Girl in the Pink Mustache!

 

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream. On target.

  • 2/3 completed; five-sixths of the way through PTD.

Draft two more novels in the Trueborn double series, as NaNo projects. On target; goal changed to one novel.

  • Planning and backstory in progress for The Earth Doth Move.

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story. On target.

  • I have some random bits and organic thoughts.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. Slow Progress; Goal changed.

  • CD revision going well, but slowly.

  • BBAN has been set aside until CD is complete.

  • Began readthrough/notations for BAB .

Revise all poems for Queen of My Infinite Spaces; until satisfied with the results. Goal set aside until Round 4.

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs. On target.

  • Exercise 4/5 for story 1/3.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study. On target, more or less.

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • The computer desk is now in the living room, as Annalise’s new and already much-utilized Art Center.

  • The cabinet we used as an entryway catchall has been moved, being converted to a pantry/broom closet.

Spend time daily in my study. Not so much; goal was changed.

  • Study in a transitional state; I’m in it mostly to move organization forward.

Clean up email files. Some progress; intermittently.

  • Addressed the wider goal of cleaning up all files.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity. Target attained!

Experiment with play project schedule. Target attained!

  • I’ve become more intuitive with the flow of my activity.

  • I recently discovered my new laptop’s calendar app, using this to keep track of and schedule my projects and activities.

Research small business establishment /administration. Discarding this goal.

  • I’m not at a point where this is helpful.

 

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar. Not so much.

  • Moved jar out of visual range, and got out of the habit.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

  • Met up with several friends so far. At least two, I hadn’t seen for several years.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • Every week except one, due to illness! =D

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

  • Most weeks, more.
  • I increased weights and reps on all machines throughout the round.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target attained!

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target -getting closer.

  • Best speed: 7.67 miles in 30 minutes, with manual intervals.

Maintain or reduce August body weight. Not quite.

  • My weight was up 2.5 pounds this month.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained!

  • Yup -every month!

Continue exploring nutrition goals. Target attained!

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target (mostly) attained!

  • Most weeks.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target (mostly) attained!

  • Same as above – most weeks were great.

ROW80 Sponsor duties: Target attained!

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

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Birthday dinner for a new teen!

A Relaxing Stretch: September 24, 2014

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Wow – is it really the end of Round 3!?

Well technically, it’s not -tomorrow is. But this is the last linky of the round, so I’ll make my final September goals tally. On Sunday, I’ll update my yearly goals, and then I’ll see you early in October with my Round 4 Goals Post…

I hope my fellow ROWers are stretching and readying themselves for a well-earned restful phase. I hope that all of my readers enjoy the shifting season! I definitely stretched, in many ways – but I’ll talk more about that in a future post…I like a little processing time at the end of the round…

For now, I’ll just trot out those September goals, and account for myself! =D  

How did September treat YOU?

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete) Target attained!

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions Moving along.

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space Moving along.

As always, I list only those goals I moved forward this round.

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My boy turned 13 early in the month…

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. On target.

  • Second-Serving Sunday: Inspiration Edition!

  • I’ve created a template for a new C and C subfeature (more on this for Round 4). 0/3 Queued, but that will change before Round 4 begins!

  • WIPpet: 2/3 in revision; and posts tentatively mapped out into October. 0/3 Queued; again, will change by Round 4!

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.Target attained!

  • My comments and interactions have skyrocketed this round. I’m loving it – it’s not so easy keeping up, but I will get to you! =)

  • I’m also making many more visits, and I’ve found some awesome bloggers and new friends this round! =D

Silly boy, new teen!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily until the draft is completed. Target (mostly) attained!

  • September 21: 773 words.

  • A slower session; I missed Monday due to intense blogging; and Tuesday due to my workout and wanting to spend time with Jim.

  • I pan to make up the deficit by the end of the day on Thursday.

  • Currently pending: Scene 50/60.

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, King of infinite Space, as my November NaNoWriMo project.

Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic. On target.

  • Chapter Three read-aloud pending.

Complete pre-planning for King of Infinite Space, through character sketches/bios. On target.

  • Gathered existing material to use in Rock Your Plot character sketches/bios. Hope to have all three done by month‘s end, so I can have all of October for plotting.

A view of the big, big city!

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • Scene 13/60 in progress – about 2/3 through Devices revision pass.

  • This will be a focal area through the break.

Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. On target.

  • Chapter Two: 5/17 pages notated.

Revise three short story WIPs for October 31 submission deadline. On target.

  • Reread all material for “A Splash of Red”.

  • Began third exercise in Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision series.

Ready to stretch….Photo credit: August McLaughlin

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • I’ve made good progress throughout the round; this will be a focal area for Round 4.

Clean email files. On target.

  • I’m still behind, but not by nearly as much as at the beginning of the round.

Continue the family room reset.Target attained!

  • Big progress! The computer desk has been moved to the living room and repurposed as Annalise’s art studio. The cabinet that will be the pantry has been moved to its new home.

  • I can now move forward with organization, and even get some of Lise’s art supplies out of my study! Double-win! =D

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. Target attained!

  • Yes. Blogging, drafting, and revision were the big winners, this round.

  • Hooray for my calendar app! I’ll be exploring new ways to use it through Round 4.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Continuing a loosely structured plan; gathering resources for a more focused surge.

  • More on that in Round 4; when it will be a focus.

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. Target attained!

  • I’ll be using the calendar app on my computer to fine-tune this in Round 4.

Happy girl at Tugboat Roundup.

2014 Lifetending:

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • Every week this month! =D

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

  • At least 3 of each; each week. Most weeks, more than that.
  • I increased weights and reps on all machines.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target attained!

  • I’ll be setting a new goal for Round 4.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target -getting closer.

  • 7.67 miles in 30 minutes, with manual intervals.
  • Getting closer to the goal!

Maintain or reduce August body weight. Not quite.

  • My weight was up 2.5 pounds this month; but I think I know the reason for this, and will adapt.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained!

  • Tugboat Roundup this month, and plans for an active weekend.

Continue exploring nutrition goals – more on this throughout the round.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target (mostly) attained!

  • 3/5; 2 smoothies; 1 salad.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target (mostly) attained!

  • Yogurt: 2/2; nuts 2/2.

A tiny tug!

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

How’d the ROWing go?

International Septtember evening on the Erie Canal.

An Inspirational Stretch: September 21, 2014

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Do you ever get the feeling your head might explode with the force of all the ideas brewing inside, just waiting to be burst forth and be turned into reality? Like, whatever you do, it comes with three bright shiny new inspirations attached, like colorful leaves whisked along on an autumn gust?

Have I ever mentioned that I love fall?! ;D

It’s been a tumbling of ideas for me, this session. I often have a lull, this close to the end of the round, where I naturally slow down and assess. But this time, the assessing seems to be happening on the fly in a blustery, hurly-burly fashion that feels almost physical, and urges me on. For instance:

  • I had a breakthrough Friday! I discovered the calendar app on my computer, and how to set up a project list. It helped me focus on my targets, and I was more productive, went to sleep knowing what my first projects would be. My dreams were fertile, and I was able to get right into the flow today. I feel like this could be something big in my life…

With only a few days left in Round 3, and a few more before October, how are you feeling?

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete) Target attained!

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

As always, I list only those goals I moved forward this round.

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2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. On target.

  • Second-Serving Sunday: Inspiration Edition!

  • I have two CandC posts drafted (bonus this week!) in my drafts file; and I had an inspiration regarding how to use the Comments Source File I’ve been saving; now 7 pages long. I’m excited to play with the concept, but I’m not quite ready to talk about it yet! =) 0/3 Queued, but that’s about to change!

  • WIPpet: 1/3 in drafts; 3/3 in revision; and posts tentatively mapped out into October. 0/3 Queued; but gaining on it!

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.Target attained!

  • Still moving through, still getting more. Happy times!=)

  • I’m discovering some amazing blogs, and reading them is providing lots of fodder for my own posts. That’s pretty cool!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily until the draft is completed. Target attained!

  • September 17: 761 words.

  • September 18: 850 words.

  • September 19: 885 words.

  • September 20: 793 words.

  • Currently drafting: Scene 49/60.

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, King of infinite Space, as my November NaNoWriMo project.

Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic. On target.

  • Chapter One and Two read-alouds complete.

  • Chapters Two and Three printed.

Complete pre-planning for King of Infinite Space, through character sketches/bios. On target.

  • Rock Your Plot goal/motivation/conflict section in progress.

  • 3/3 G/M/Cs complete!

  • Began gathering existing material to use in character sketches/bios. Hope to have all three done by the end of the month, so I can have all of October for plotting.

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • Scene 13/60 in progress.

  • I’ve got inspiration here, too, and I’m really looking forward to revising this scene! =D

Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. On target.

  • Chapter One: 11/11 pages, and General Chapter Notes. Major revelation regarding theme and subplots

  • Chapter Two: 3/17 pages.

Revise three short story WIPs for October 31 submission deadline. On target.

  • I found the project notebook for these stories. It’s a start! =D

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue reclaiming my study. Target attained!

  • A bit more tidying – and magnet rubble eradication.

Clean email files. On target.

  • I remembered that email is simple to go through on my Kindle, and made great strides on this goal.

Continue the family room reset.Target attained!

  • I‘d been stymied on this for a few weeks; but I’ve had an inspiration here, too – and it’s going to solve at least three different clutter issues! Much more to come on this goal! =)

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. Target attained!

  • Yes. Blogging, drafting, and revision were the big winners, this round.

  • Hooray for my calendar app! I think I’m in love! =)

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Continuing a loosely structured plan; gathering resources for a more focused surge.

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. Target attained!

  • Email clearing; scheduling; reading review book; setting Halloween plans.

2014 Lifetending:

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. On target.

  • Plans in the works for apple picking and a trip to a local “amusement farm”.

Continue exploring nutrition goals – more on this throughout the round.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target attained!

  • 5/5; 3 smoothies; 2 salads.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target attained!

  • Yogurt: 3/2; nuts 2/2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

Cheer the ROWers to the finish line!

Stretching into the Fall: September 17, 2014

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Is it me, or does autumn carry a certain level of transformative energy that summer, for all its warmth and sunshine, doesn’t have?

I’m seeing lots of new possibilities, in so many places. It’s in the air, the cries of the geese as they wing by overhead, hurrying away from the approaching chill…

It’s in my various sprucing and beautifying efforts, inside and out. It’s in the roughness of my hands, from weeding and toting firewood and cleaning surfaces.

It’s in my writing, my planning, my revising, and my blogging…

It’s in my playing with imagery, memory, color, texture, and language…

It’s in each breath, and every heartbeat…

How about you? Do you live in a place where autumn is in the air, or are you eagerly opening up to signs of the coming spring? What type of energy does the changing season have upon you and your creativity?

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete) Target attained!

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

As always, I list only those goals I moved toward this round.

September fun at the Erie Canal!

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. On target.

  • Next week’s WIPpet is in my WordPress Drafts file; the following week’s in prep; with the next snippet in revision. Wahoo! =D

  • I have several Coffee and Conversation ideas ready for development.

  • Second-Serving Sunday: “I’m Back!” Edition

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.Target attained!

  • Still moving through, still getting more. Happy times!=)

Celebrating my study’s magical bits…

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Not quite.

  • Sunday was a busy day, with yardtending, andI ran out of day before I ran out of projects…

  • September 14: 516 words.

  • September 15: 827 words.

  • September 16: 864 words.

  • Currently drafting: Scene 49/60.

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, King of infinite Space, as my November NaNoWriMo project.

Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic. On target.

  • Prologue read-aloud complete.

My grandmother’s Hoosier cabinet; my study desk.

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • Scene 12/60 complete at last! I really like the way it turned out -and now only one resolution scene to go….

Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. On target.

  • Prologue: 10/10 pages.

  • General Chapter Notes.

Resting places for me, and for my Trueborn duology planning.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • A bit more tidying – and I took some pictures of the magical bits, to share in this post.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • Yes. Blogging, drafting, and revision were the big winners, this round.

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. On target.

  • Homeschool paperwork.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Target attained!

Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15. Target attained!

  • Annalise’s complete, except for attendance.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts and Library Skills sections complete.

Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet. Target attained!

  • Annalise’s IHIP complete.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts and Library Skills sections complete.

Submit Jeremiah’s PASS test results when received. Target attained!

  • Results received. Need to scan or photograph them, and send then with the reports.

Views of my study shelf….

2014 Lifetending:

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. On target.

  • Plans in the works for apple picking and a trip to a local “amusement farm”.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target exceeded!

  • 1 mile in about 20 minutes; fewer and shorter rest breaks.
  • I’ll be adapting this goal, making it more challenging for Round 4! =)

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

  • 7.54 miles in 30 minutes. My legs are feeling much stronger, and my speed is increasing, even at higher resistances. Getting closer….

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

  • Arms:4; Legs:3; Core:3.

  • I increased weight on all machines, number of reps for several.

Continue exploring nutrition goals – more on this throughout the round.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 2/5 so far; 1 smoothie; 1 salad.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. On target.

  • Yogurt: 2/2; nuts 0/2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

Draft my Round 4 sponsor post by 9/25 (end of round 3). Target attained!

  • My post draft is written, and resting. =)

  • New Goal: Revise sponsor post by 9/25.

 

Who’s ROWing through the last week?

 

A Tangled Stretch: September 14, 2014

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Know that place where progress and problems get all tangled up in each other? Where it seems all your steps amount to a lot of sideways travel?

Well, that’s been this session, for me.

Yes, I’ve made progress on several projects. I’m about to get the homeschooling reporting done, and that will free me up until the next (smaller) batch is due in December. Early planning for my NaNo project is coming along. I feel like I’m finding a more sustainable blogging rhythm that fits in with my life. Revisions are moving slowly, but moving, and the results – well, I’m loving the results, and this is just the beginning of the first pass! Perchance to Dream is inching its way to completed-draft status; that’ll be the last “hanging” WIP, and the last of my hybrid planning projects. I’m doing well with my fitness goals, too.

That all sounds pretty good, right? Well, there’s a flip side…

I’m in the midst of an awakening to deeper aspects of myself. As often happens, my Accomplice in Mischief hasn’t yet gotten the memo, and so there’s a certain dissonance between us. It’ll ease, and it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it adds a certain friction that frays at the edges of life.

It’s the week where the kids and I seem to be on different schedules, and the brief zone where a few days go by without there ever being a time when we’re all asleep.

And my planning and rereading have led me to a tangled place in my Trueborn duology in the making – the timelines do not come close to matching up! I’m going to have to split Blood and Breath into two novels, and I’m not sure where in the novel to do it. I know I’ll need to expand both halves…

Ahh, the tangly, lovely chaos of autumnal transitions!

Silly kids at the Erie Canal!

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

As always, I list only those goals I moved toward this round.

They found this cow creepy…I think it’s cute!

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. Not quite for posting; on target for queuing.

  • All posts on schedule except Second-Serving Sunday, which I missed last Sunday.

  • I’ve got this week’s WIPpet excerpt in drafts; next week’s in prep; and the following week’s in revision. Wahoo! =D

  • Second-Serving Sunday: “I’m Back!” Edition

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation.Target attained!

  • So many comments! So much interaction. I’m making peace with the idea that a backlog is a good thing, because it means that the conversation is ongoing. I’m learning how to pace myself so that there’s still time to write things we can chat about. =D

Walking along the towpath…

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed.Target exceeded!

  • September 10: 798 words.

  • September 11: 996 words.

  • September 12: 814 words.

  • September 13: 761 words.

  • Currently drafting: Scene 49/60; into the third act we go! =)

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, King of infinite Space, as my November NaNoWriMo project.

Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic. On target.

  • Prologue read-aloud complete.

Complete pre-planning for King of Infinite Space, through character sketches/bios. On target.

  • Rock Your Plot premise testing exercises complete.

  • Reread goal/motivation/conflict section; set POV characters.

  • Spock’s G/M/C complete; 1/3.

Girl on the towpath.

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • Scene 12/60; Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Resolution pass about half finished.

Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. On target.

  • Prologue: On-page revision notes: 8/10 pages.

Backlit on a barge.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • A little magnet sorting; general tidying, bulletin board sprucing, and contemplating what’s next.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • A surge is taking shape. Lots of writing, and not a little revising- and even more dreaming and scheming, sprinkled with planning.

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. On target.

  • Mostly homeschool paperwork.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15. On target.

  • Annalise’s complete, except for attendance.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts and Library Skills sections complete.

Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet. On target.

  • Annalise’s IHIP complete.

  • Jeremiah’s English Language Arts and Library Skills sections complete.

Submit Jeremiah’s PASS test results when received. On target.

  • Results received. Need to scan or photograph them, and send then with the reports.

Tugboat lineup!

2014 Lifetending:

Continue exploring nutrition goals – more on this throughout the round.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 5/5 so far; 3 smoothies; 2 salads.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded!

  • Yogurt: 5/2; nuts (walnuts; mixed; slivered almonds): 3/2.
  • It was clearly a Greek yogurt kinda week! =)

 

My friend Yorick!

 

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

Draft my Round 4 sponsor post by 9/25 (end of round 3). On target.

  • I have a theme, and an idea or three bouncing around in my head. I’ll be playing with them this week.

 

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Playful sibs!

A Laid-Back Stretch: September 10, 2014

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You know that feeling, after a busy stretch, when life slows down again?  Yup, I’m there…

After all the hustle and bustle and general bigness of last week, this one has begun more quietly. The kids and I took in the closing moments of Tugboat Roundup at the Erie Canal, then stopped at a local ice cream shop, because the summer slipped away without a visit there.

Tuesday, Jeremiah and I went for a workout – his first independent visit to the weight room. While I did my cardio, he went for a swim, then joined me on the recumbent bike for a mile or so…

Writing-wise, things are happening. Nothing major to report, just progress on several fronts.

Tugboat Roundup Shoppers

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

As always, I list only those goals I moved toward this round.

Sign of the Times…

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

Get the Kristen Lamb social media wizardry ball rolling. On target.

  • I found a bit of explanation that describes what I want my future website to be. Will share with Kristen this week, and address wider social media, too.

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. Not quite for posting; nothing queued as yet.

  • I missed my Second-Serving Sunday post when Windows swallowed it just before I finished it. I planned to make it up on Tuesday, and then discovered that Annalise’s homeschool paperwork was also gulped up – and that is a priority…

  • I am getting closer to the point where I have ideas ready to develop for my Coffee and Conversation queue; and a more refined topic list for posting.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation. Target attained!

  • This has become standard practice. I’m getting many comments, and interaction has skyrocketed over the course of this round! It may take me a few days to reply, but I LOVE chatting with you all! Happy, happy, happy me! =D

I Love Tiny Tugs!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed.Target exceeded!

  • August 7: 792 words.

  • August 8: 792 words.

  • August 9: 897 words.

  • Currently drafting: Scene 48/60; setting up third act.

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, King of infinite Space, as my November NaNoWriMo project.

Print and read-aloud Blood and Breath (rough draft WIP); KOIS will be its duology fanfic. On target.

  • Printed the Prologue and Chapter One; have read aloud first several pages.

Complete pre-planning for King of Infinite Space, through character sketches/bios. On target.

  • Began Rock Your Plot premise testing exercises. I now have a premise, and I’m not afraid to use it! =D

Pennants against the sky….

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • Still moving through Scene 12/60; Devices pass completed. One more (Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Resolution) to go.

Throughout read-aloud, make on-page pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath. On target.

  • Prologue: 1/3 complete.

Revise three short story WIPs for October 31 submission deadline. On target.

  • Moved all existing story files to new folders.

 

Posing with Pikachu!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • A little magnet sorting.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • Things were a little jumbled by life; but writing happened.

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. On target.

  • Mostly hometending.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15. On target.

  • I lost all of Annalise’s, but reproduced up to Sciences.

Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet. On target.

  • Annalise’s IHIP was lost, but recreated through Sciences.

 

Mule Map.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Select and complete projects from my Play Jar. On target.

  • I took the kids swimming. Slip count tally pending.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained!

  • The kids and I attended The Tugboat Roundup.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

Last week was a strenuous one; that was reflected in my workout this week.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target attained!

  • I walked .62 miles in about 15 minutes. On target, or nearly so.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. Not quite.

  • 7.17 miles in 30 minutes. Not as fast as my last time; I was fatigued.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target attained!

  • 3 of each.

Continue exploring nutrition goals – more on this throughout the round.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 2/5 so far; one of each.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. On target.

  • Yogurt: 3/2; nuts (walnuts): 1 /2.

 

I love pistachio ice cream!

 

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

Come ROW with us (tugboats not included)!

 

Tugboat Lineup!

Stretching Into Bigness: September 3, 2014

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Last update, I was wondering where August went. This time, I’m looking at a boy nearly as tall as me, with some very mature attitudes and opinions, and wondering…where did my baby boy go?

He’s disappeared into the years – and yet, he hasn’t. In some ways, he seems so grown, so close to being an adult – and in others, he’s still a silly boy, seeming very young and new in the world, sometimes.

In a way, maybe, these early teen years are my grace period as his mother. I’m on notice, now. This boy, who wanted a Pokemon game for his gift, and chose to see If I Stay rather than Let’s Be Cops or Guardians of the Galaxy, will soon – maybe too soon for me to believe – be a man. Hopefully, he’ll retain some silliness, some sense of childlike wonder to carry him through some of the rougher edges of adult life. Hopefully, his parents will have done their job, and he’ll be well prepared…

Thirteen years seems like a long time – but it really isn’t. Not when it measures the journey from brand new life to the threshold of manhood. Not when it marks out my own son’s life…

I’m guessing that if you have older or adult kids, you know what I mean. If you have younger ones – take a few minutes, today, to just soak them in where they are, because tomorrow, they’ll be a little different, a little more grown…

After a good workout, dinner.

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

  • Drafting Perchance to Dream/ Pre-planning and Prep for King of Infinite Space

As always, I list only those goals I moved toward this round.

The sillier side of thirteen! =)

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. On target for posting; nothing queued yet.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my blog visits and participation. On target.

  • I’ve answered many comments, gotten new ones, and even branched out a little with sharing and visits- more on that as the month goes on.

And a more serious side emerges…

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Target exceeded!

  • August 31: 793 words.

  • September 1: 860 words.

  • September 2: 760 words.

Salady delight!

2014 Editing:

First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Pre-Revision Plan for Bounded by a Nushell: Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • I’ve highlighted scene 12/60 for its first of two problem area passes.

Still Plays Peekaboo?

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Clean out email files. On target.

  • Weeding through a batch or two each day. Slow headway.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Mount Magnet is eroded, sorted rubble! I’ve begun containing the piles, and wondering how one family ever ended up with SO MANY MAGNETS!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • Yes, with variations on Tuesday to allow for birthday stuff!

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Administrative Frames, maybe?) On target .

  • Mostly planning for this week’s events.

On our way, 2014….

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. On target.

  • Spent Jeremiah’s birthday with him; we worked out, swam, hit the game store, had dinner, and took in a movie. It was delightful, and I’m honored he still likes me enough to want to hang out with me!

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • Jeremiah had a weight room orientation, and then we swam, so I skipped my usual cardio routine.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target attained!

Maintain or reduce August body weight. Target attained!

  • My intention not to diet or try to “lose weight”, but rather to organically create a lifestyle that feels better as I live it is reaping dividends. For the second month, I lost 3.5 pounds, by eating more of healthier foods I love, working out weekly, and fitting more activity into each day.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 3/5. One salad; two smoothies.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. On target.

Yogurt: 1 /2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

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When he turned twelve….