When the Nest Leaks: October 22, 2014 Update

 

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Ever have that feeling the roof is coming down on you?

Well, it wasn’t so much the roof as the ceiling. Or, more accurately, a single panel of the ridiculously ugly drop ceiling in our bedroom, which we’ve been meaning to get rid of for the nearly 13 years we’ve lived here.

It rained. The roof leaked, the panel slipped, landing right on my night table, where I usually set that first cup of coffee I enjoy in bed  each morning. Thanks to my middle-aged bladder, and my Accomplice’s dentist appointment (he usually brings me coffee as soon as I’m awake, because he rocks like that), neither I nor my coffee were there.

Still, it was a mess…and my Accomplice decided that yesterday was finally the day to ditch the drop ceiling.

So he removed, and sealed leaks, and added insulation -and now we have a higher, but unfinished, ceiling. The thing is, we’re not quite sure what to do next, so, for a bit, we’ll be looking at insulation above our heads..

It’s been a rather chaotic session, though, with the unplanned, half-day project. But a positive one – a long-postponed project moved forward, and not having access to the bedroom meant that I spent some quality time in my study, where I finally had my delayed first cuppa…I may make a habit of that, at least a few times a week. It was pleasant, and productive.

How about you? Has chaos or order prevailed, in your world?

My Magnetic Poem, “My Liquid Laugh”, created for OctPoWriMo….this was lots of fun!

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.

  • C and C posts are in development through December! =D

  • WIPpet posts are in development through December 15! =D

  • Additionally, I have decided to use the SoCS prompts for November, and write NaNo excerpts for them. That will up my word count and help make my SoCS posts at the same time. Hooray for efficiency!

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 21/31 posted. Into that final stretch! =D

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • 2/3 places for Sunday and Monday posts. Will share each at least once more apiece.

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.

  • 29/60 scenes ready to go in  Scrivener. Almost halfway! =D

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

  • 21/31 poems completed.

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories. On target.

  • Not sure I’ll get all three finished. “A Splash of Red” is taking shape.

Hometending:

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

  • I spent time writing, revising, and just being, daily.

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

  • I do a little every time I check my email; larger sorting/deleting 2-3 times weekly for a complete purge.

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

  • Plotted out Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday blog features into December, with notes.

Read Smart Change. On target.

  • 20% complete.

My OctPoWriMo “found poem”, “My Favorite Music” – from a page of my flash fiction story, “A Splash of Red” currently in revision.

Lifetending:

Return to exploring the slips inside – in a playful, FUN way! On target.

  • I pulled a slip! I pulled a slip! Update to follow….

Fitness:

At least one workout at the Y each week. On target.

  • A truncated workout, as I’m still feeling tired from the tooth issue and not much sleep.

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

  • A slower pedal: 6.79 miles in 30 minutes.

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). On target.

  • 1/5 salads/smoothies – Fuji Apple Chicken Salad; 1 /2 nuts – pumpkin seeds.

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

  • 1/3 – apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. On target.

  • 2/3 – corn tacos, whole wheat roll.

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!

Come ROW with us, or cheer us on from the shore!

 

My first OctPoWriMo poem, “Dream-Chrysalis”. Filmed by Annalise S.Burton, who says that the darkness suits the poem. I think i agree. =)

A Nestful of Lovely Chaos: October 19, 2014 Update

 

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Hi there! How are you feeling today? I’m largely recovered from my abscessed tooth, and the offending tooth’s days are numbered.

It feels good to feel good. I’m still on the low-energy side of things, so fitness goals were largely unmet. Nutrition was a little iffy, too- I was still a little leery about eating anything hard, until yesterday.

But that’s OK. I’m better, and resuming more and more of my typical activities each day…

And I spent time with my poetry, blogging, and plotting – I even got back into my flash fiction revisions, and read a good book…I finally got caught up on comments, and I visited a great many blogs, making new friends and reconnecting with older ones.

I rested and recharged, and I’m feeling almost back to my baseline, now…

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 Planning

Blogging:

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

  • First tiny little steps taken…I have an action plan. I’m drafting one post each day, until I have all I need for this goal –I’ll work on revising and presentation in stages.

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 18/31 posted.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • At least, I think so…it was kind of an off week…

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround.On target – more or less…

  • This is a matter of semantics. I didn’t manage my scheduled Coffee and Conversation post, due to an emergency dental appointment. However, on Tuesday I posted a bonus cover reveal, so I did do my regular number of posts for the week.

  • Answered a LOT of comments (sorry if you got one of the many typos I didn’t spot until it was too late – the high volume upped the odds of rebellious fingers!); visited a LOT of blogs. And, guess what?! Turnaround time is less than a day, at the moment! Now to find the rhythm that lets me keep it that way, or close, even through NaNo

Aurtumnal Puddle Jumper!

 

Writing:

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

  • G/M/C/D: 60/60 Scenes completed. =)

  • Scene Summaries/Cheat Sheets/ Scrivener scene setup: 21/60 scenes ready to be written!

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

  • 18/31 completed.

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories. On target, at last.

  • Story 1/3 at step 4/5.

Hometending:

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

  • Using the hoosier cabinet top for the current revision step – see photos.

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

  • Yes. I only need to remember to check a few times a week, and I’ll be golden! It just occurred to me that I can schedule times on my calender app…

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. On target.

  • Sporadically – it’s been an odd week, so I mostly went with the flow…

Lifetending:

Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed. Target attained!

Stay current with my two FutureLearn courses; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Well…

  • I’ve made progress in both; it was the week to catch up on comments, and not courses…this week will be better.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends. On target.

  • Confirmed our travel plans for the end of the month.

Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week. Target attained!

  • Doing any was strenuous, this week, and I did some several days!

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

  • Annalise and I spent half an hour together in the backyard leaves, raking and playing and chatting.

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). Not so much…

  • Smoothies/salads; 3/5 (2 smoothies;1 salad).

  • Yogurt: 2/2; 1 /2 nuts.

  • Tooth pain and a shift in my regular routine slowed me down here.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Not so much…

  • 1/3. I ate an apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. Not so much…

  • 1/3. Corn tacos.

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

  • Jim brought home butternut and acorn squash soups – I especially enjoyed the acorn.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

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

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Little Nest in the Big Weeds: October 15, 2014 Update

 

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Did you know that I used to be a waitress? I’ve mentioned that, here and there, but it was longer ago than my eldest child is old, now, and sometimes I don’t even think about it –

But then, something reminds me…and it’s like I’m back at the Old Faithful Inn again, at lunchtime, staring at over 600 customers clamoring for 300 seats, half hungry after seeing geothermal forces erupting more or less on schedule, and the other half in a rush to get out there and see the geyser cone blow its top, as though they’ve forgotten its name in a place that bears it –

Ummm, it’s called Old Faithful for a reason, folks. It isn’t putting on a show; it’s just doing what it’s done for a very long time now. It doesn’t need you there to do it, and it’ll do it again so predictably that there is actually a schedule posted just outside the restaurant…

Oh. Where was I?

Oh, yes. Waitressing in Yellowstone.

When a waiter is overwhelmed, and struggling to tend to their tables, it’s known as being “in the weeds”. No one wants to be “in the weeds”. I used to have nightmares of having those 300 seats to tend to all by myself – and no matter what people ordered, I could only deliver stacks of folded laundry (years after this, Old Navy did a commercial that gave me flashbacks…)

I’m a bit in the weeds with my writing, just now. Mostly, it’s due to a focus on NaNo prep and OctPoWriMo and my abscessed tooth, for which I am on a fairly strong antibiotic. My focus and stamina are on getting better, and the big stuff, so lots of little stuff is falling like leaves into those weeds…

But maybe it’s a good thing. I’m feeling a creative surge coming on, bubbling up like the hot sulfurous waters rumbling underfoot before they roar up from beneath the surface.

I’ll settle into my little weedy nest. It’s early days, still, and there’s no need to rush things that will happen in their own time. I’ll let images and ideas grow in this fertile soil, while I rest a little, and regain my strength, and prepare…

How are you feeling, with 9 days down and 71 to go? Are you where you want to be, soaring along? Nestling down into the weedy places with me? Migrating, with a new nest far away to look forward to?

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:

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 14/31 completed.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • I think so, for those I completed.

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. Not so much…

  • I’ve been dealing with a badly abscessed tooth since Saturday. It’s feeling better, but I seem to be moving in slow motion; my brain is fatigued and a bit muzzy, and this area took a direct hit.

  • I’m a post behind, and comments are backed up for about 5 days.

  • Will be a focus this next session.

 

Scene of my waitress nightmares…

Writing:

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

 

  • G/M/C/D’s complete for 2/3 characters, and in progress for the last.
  • G/M/C/D’s complete: 54/60 scenes.

 

I’ll do scene summaries and Cheat Sheets together, for efficiency.

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

 

  • 14/31 complete.

Lunch at the OFI – that trout is delicious, and the pickle is kosher!

Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level. Target attained!

Lifetending:

Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed. On target.

 

Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Not so much…

 

  • I didn’t have the focus or endurance to fit these in more than once or twice.

Yes, I’ve been to the Crow’s Nest- terrifying and beautiful!

Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). On target.

 

  • Smoothies:1; Yogurt: 2. Nuts off this week’s menu, due to dental issues.

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

 

  • My Accomplice brought me acorn and butternut squash soups – delicious, especially the acorn! Goal met with delighted taste buds.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

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

We’re ROWing, ROWing, ROWing – see who’s out ROWing!

And a last, lingering look before I go weave some new leaves into my  weedy little nest!

Settling Into My Nest: October 12, 2014 Update

 

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Is it really already week into the round? I guess I was busy writing, and didn’t spend so much time marking the passing of days…

But here we are, alreasy, six days in. I haven’t been marking the days as much as I’ve been living them…and the last two have come with a badly abscessed tooth and a holiday weekend…I’m managing, but I look a little like a lopsided chipmunk with one cheek full of nuts and the other empty. Hopefully, the swelling will go down before Tuesday, but, well – there’s clearly some dental work in my near-immediate future…

My theme for the round is Nesting, and I’m doing more of that the last two days, since the pain is sapping some of my energy and motivation. I’m doing minimal hometending, so the chaos isn’t overwhelming, and I’m hoping to be able to get back to it soon. In the meantime, there’s poetry, and blogposts, and plotting, and my two classes to play with….

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.

  • All C and C posts mapped through December 1.

  • All WIPpets mapped out through November 12.

  • Next WIPpet post in drafting stages.

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 11/31 completed.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. Target attained!

  • 3/3 (counting hashtags as locations, at least for now).

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. Scheduled posts on target; commenting not so much.

Writing:

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream. On target.

  • Reread the scene I left dngling at the beginning of the round.

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

  • As of midnight on Saturday, Goal/Motivation/Conflict/Disaster for 23/60 scenes.

  • Once these are done, I’ll write scene summaries and Cheat Sheets – and then I’ll be done with the plotting. =)

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

  • 11/31 poems completed.

Editing:

Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories. On target.

  • Exercise 4/5 in progress for story 1/3. These will become my priority as soon as NaNo planning is complete.

  • Both other stories are at earlier points in the revision process.

Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study. On target.

  • Quite a lot of progress here on Thursday night. Pictures will come at some point.

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

  • Spent several hours enjoying the space, with and without guests, over this session.

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

  • Email cleared and sorted. Now to keep it that way during NaNo…

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. On target.

  • Mostly just for future post mapping, this session.

Lifetending:

Move Play Jar to a more visible area. Target attained!

Read at least one of the TBR books on the bookcase by my bed. On target.

Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. Not as much as I would like.

  • Week 3 starts today.

  • Shakespeare: Week: 2. Exercise: 9/13.

  • Play: Week:1. Exercise: 13/15.

  • Hoping to catch up at least one class by the end of this week.

Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week. Target attained!

  • Did some reorganizing in my study.

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

  • Took a brief walk with the kids; a little dancing.

Use Wii balance board for 10 minutes at least twice weekly. Target attained!

  • Used board Sunday, Monday and Wednesday; up to 38 minutes per session.
  • Sidelined by fatigue and pain. Hoping to be back to it soon.

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity. Target attained!

  • Apple-picking and museum visiting. Check.

Nutrition:

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

  • 5/5. 3 salads, 2 smoothies.

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

  • 5/3: Added a carrot and a banana to my existing count.

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

  • 3/3.

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

  • Done on Tuesday.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

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

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Plotting a Poetic Nest: October 8, 2014 Update

 

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So, what have you been up to the last two days?

For me, it’s a brand new Round of Words – two days in, and 78 to go!

I’ve been fairly focused, thus far, with blogging and OctPoWriMo and plotting The Earth Doth Move, next month’s NaNoWriMo novel-to-be. I’ve gotten some good exercise, and explored the worlds of Shakespeare and play.

I haven’t gotten to any editing thus far, and hometending has been sporadic, since it was my Accomplice’s weekend, and the priority was connection and errands, rather than keeping house.

I’m happily engaged in my projects-of-the-moment, and I think I’ll stop here, so that I can get back to them…

May all of our next days be joyfully fertile!

I include only those goals I addressed during that 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.

Far and Away…

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo On target.

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Planning On target.

Blogging:

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

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

  • Mapped out ideas for most of my features posts for October and November, using my calendar app.

  • Went through my 13 page Comment Source File, and sorted most posts into categories, so that I can develop them into blogposts. In some cases, I assigned them a tentative publication date.

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 7/31.All on time, thus far, and I’m loving the challenge.

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target.

  • Shared one post with hashtags. It’s a start.

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

  • I tend to fall behind from Saturday to Monday, which is my most intense blogging of the week.

 

Because….PUMPKINS!

Writing:

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, as my NaNo project.

Finish planning/ plotting The Earth Doth Move by October 31.On target.

  • Completed the planning stage pre-round, and began plotting.

  • All plot points sketched for 3/3 POV characters.

  • All connecting scenes sketched out for 2/3 characters.

  • Named and mapped first ten scenes in Master Scene List; 10/60 complete.

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

  • 7/31 poems written.

Surveying the Vista!

Hometending:

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

Clean up files.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. On target.

  • Made a significant dent.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. On target.

  • Not every day; more as a guideline than a requirement. It’s definitely helping me to organize my many projects.

Vibrant Still Life!

Lifetending:

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

Stay current with my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play. On target.

  • Fell behind during the weekend blogging blitz; caught up with Shakespeare and catching up Play.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends. On target.

  • Tentative local plans for Friday; firmer, out-of-state plans for end of month.

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

At least one workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • Five straight days of Wii Fit meant a little less energy today; I adapted.

At the Y; at least 4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly. Target attained!

  • Added reps/weight on several activities.

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

  • Very tired; managed .35 miles in 10 minutes – a little slow – then stopped for the day.

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

  • 6.49 miles in 30 minutes. New bikes at the Y and fatigue slowed my pace.

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

  • 2 laps, one at a slow jog. That’s 1/7 mile.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, by end of round. On target.

  • Rowing machine: Started last week with 1 minute. This week 2/10 minutes.

  • Arc trainer: 1/10 minutes.

Use Wii balance board for at least 10 minutes at least twice weekly. On target.

  • Used Wii for 28 minutes on Monday. 1 / 2 sessions for the week.

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity. On target.

  • Apple-picking last Friday. 1 /2 for the month.

  • Plans to go to the NYS Museum and perhaps swimming on Friday.

Applelise!

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). On target.

  • 1 Smoothie/ 2 salads: 3/5 for the week.

  • 1/2 Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 nut/seed /fruit blend

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

  • 2/3 vegetables (red bell pepper halves); 3/3 fruits (apple; plum; Concord grapes)

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. On target.

  • 1/3 (whole grain roll)

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

  • 1/1 French onion soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly. On target.

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

Bounty…

 

Assessing My Nest: ROW80 Round 4 October Goals

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Can you believe it’s FINALLY HERE?!?!?

I absolutely love that new-round smell, don’t you? Especially in autumn, when it’s edged in the silver iciness of coming frost, and accompanied by the sound of geese chattering away as they wing south, and the delicious palette of colors…

I’m thrilled to be back for Round 4. It’s not that I don’t like the less focused time of the break, but that I really love these 80 day sessions – and I’m always eager to get to the next one while we’re in the place between.

I didn’t stop writing – writing is my delight, and my release, and my conversation with myself and everyone else. It’s what I do. But it’s different between rounds, and I prefer the in-round place, the chatting about my goals, and reading about everyone else’s, the communal energy being shared, not in competition, but in an environment of mutual encouragement.

It feels like home.

I’m glad to be home.

As I posted yesterday, my theme for Round 4 is Nesting. I’ll be paying attention to the components that make up my writing nest, and my family nest, as the season shifts from summer to winter, the days grow shorter, and we begin to spend more time at home and indoors. I’ll be wrapping up some existing goals, moving others forward, and taking on a few new challenges, too.

Yup, there’s a lot of goal here. I roll like that – I like options. Lots of options to fit lots of circumstances and lots of moods. Because, well, you never know, and I’m the wide-angle type…

At each update, I’ll include only those goals I addressed during that session, so as not to overwhelm anyone. 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.

Blogging:

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

  • Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems.

  • Share each feature post to 3 diverse places.

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

Writing:

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

  • Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 3

  • Continue first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

  • Complete readthrough for Blood and Breath.

  • Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October.

Editing:

  • Do first revision pass on each poem in Queen of My Infinite Spaces.

  • Complete Deep Revision process for three short stories.

  • Continue with on-page pre-revision notations for BAB.

Submitting:

Hometending:

  • Continue the family room reset.

  • Explore the 52 Weeks of CHaOS program.

  • Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in the space, as it is.

  • Organize laptop files in a rational, intuitive manner. Aim for 15 minutes/week.

  • File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Read Smart Change.

Lifetending:

  • Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

 

 

Fitness:

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.

  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

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

  • At the Y; at least 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 toward 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, by end of round.
  • Set up Wii balance board and use for 10 minutes at least twice weekly.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.
  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts).

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

  • Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week.

  • Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Complete and submit my sponsor post. Target attained!

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

And we’re off – come see who’s ROWing with me!

A Nesting Time: My ROW80 Round 4 Goals

 

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Yes, I know that Round 4 doesn’t begin until tomorrow – but I’ve got whole-round goals, and October goals, and the thought of sharing both in one post makes me head spin a little. So, today I’ll share my goals for Round 4, and get myself back in that Sunday/Wednesday updating rhythm. Tomorrow, for the “official beginning of the round, I’ll post my October goals – and, of course, on Wednesday, my first update, which should be enough to re-establish my ROW80 mojo!

What does autumn feel like to you?

For me, early fall is like a big inhalation – full of energy and possibility. The middle part of autumn feels like a pause, a gathering- something’s on its way, but not quite ready to break. The later part of the season is like a long slow exhale….settling in for a slower, deeper space, a more reflective, dreamy mood, as winter slips or roars in.

So, this seems like the perfect round to focus on nesting – beautifying our home and preparing it for winter – a time of creation, here, and cocooning more inside, where it’s warm and snug; updating and streamlining my online presence; clearing out physical and virtual files; and assessing what I’ve accomplished this year, so that I can plan for the next.

With this in mind, here are my Round 4 goals!

Stretching toward treasure.

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

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

  • Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Share each feature post to 3 diverse places.

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

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

  • Draft a Rough Website Plan; stay in contact with Kristen as I develop ideas into a vision.

Stretching into a leap of faith!

2014 Writing:

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

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, as my NaNo project.

  • Finish planning/ plotting The Earth Doth Move by October 31.

  • Complete rough draft of TEDM as my November NaNo project.

Complete first revision passe for Chameleon’s Dish; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • Continue first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

  • Continue readthrough/pre-revision notations for Blood and Breath.

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

  • Write rough sketches for all as-yet unwritten volumes in the Trueborn duology.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October.

Putting on a smile!

Editing 2014:

Revise all poems for Queen of My Infinite Spaces; until satisfied with the results.

  • Do first revision pass on each poem.

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs.

  • Complete process for all stories.

  • Submit all stories to World Unknown Review.

2014 Hometending:

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

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • Explore the 52 Weeks of CHaOS program, beginning in October.

  • Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in the space, as it is.

Clean up files.

  • Clean up all files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

  • File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Read Smart Change.

Apple cheeks! =D

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • Move Play Jar to a more visible area.

  • Return to exploring the slips inside – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Read the 9 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • Complete my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play.

  • Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

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

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.

  • At the Y; at least 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.

  • Buy and begin using resistance bands at home at least once weekly.

  • Set up Wii balance board and use at least 4 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.
  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

Natural beauties!

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts).

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

  • Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week.

  • Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Complete and submit my sponsor post.

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Silly selfie!