The Best-Laid Plans…August 26, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

It’s the last week of August, and I’ve got cool air blowing on me from my bedroom window and the stand fan on low while I type this and watch Prospectors. I’ve got a cuppa by my side, even though it’s past midnight, and my body is pleasantly achy and alive from an intense tai chi class.

Life is good -despite the hiccups it brings…

Like the power adapter for my Lenovo, which is becoming increasingly capricious.

Two new cords are en route. I’ve found a position in my study that’s working for charging. So I’m charging, using, repeating. It’s a different rhythm for me, but that’s not a bad thing. I’ve focused on things I might not have, and spent time with each of my beloveds. I’ve also had more space for a certain Vulcan and the human who loves her to start whispering in my head again…

My progress may look minimal, but appearances can be deceiving.

Some things are best measured in smiles! Annalise in the backyard, with the Rose of Sharon.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 85,600/~150,000 words drafted. Scene 29/50 in progress. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-O paragraphs completed;15/26. Next up: PZ.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Nothing new. Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Peach Liqueur Love” Exercises 2 and 3; Deep Revision.  Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3. Nothing new. Next up: Revision is moving along well, but not quickly. Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this month.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Posting up to date; comments a bit delayed due to power issues. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2 ; pulling from here and there, and sharing here and there. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3: visits .Next up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Looked, but didn’t empty anything. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 2/5. Surface cleaning, and routine maintenance. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Nothing new. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits – this week!
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. . Next up: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish. Read Beta Two through.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 3/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Lots of time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/6 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi, Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 1/5 at home practice sessions; 1 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand at-home practice.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Sunset, over the roof of my house, last Sunday.

Love, Marriage, and Goal-Adjusting : August 23, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

With August waning, it’s time for me to look at my wildly flowering garden of goals, and do a bit of weeding and pruning, so I can nurture those that are healthiest. I’ll come back to some of the others, next month…

It’s also my eighteenth wedding anniversary, so I thought I’d share some celebratory images, and a poetic glimpse into our lives

Sunset in Florence, Oregon, 2000. Yup, we took selfies LONG before they were cool – with a film camera, no less!

And now, a goals adjustment:

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 83,583/~150,000 words drafted. 200 new words; Scene 28/50 complete. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-E paragraphs completed; 5/26. Next up: FZ.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. 16/16 scenes compiled! Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision. Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.Moving through the point-by-point re-envisioning. 8 points completed. Next up: Revision is moving along well, but not quickly. Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this month.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Next up: On hold until September…

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. More comments; August caught up; July working backward to the 10th. Posting up to date. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2. I lost track. It was one or two, so I’ll call it one. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3 FB/Twitter linksNext up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 5/5;mellow due to heat wave and extra t’ai chi. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Proofed Annalise’s ELA section. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting; save IHIPs for September.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Setting aside for Other Things.

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits – this week!
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. . Next up: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish. Read Beta Two through.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 8/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Next up: Waiting for September.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 7/6 days, 4/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi, playing ball, arts festival and garden visits. Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 6/5 at home practice sessions; 2 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand at-home practice.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here! 

Still Selfy after all these years – September, 2013, sixteen years and a bit in….Photo by Chef Bluebeard, of course!

Romantic Reflections: August 19, 2015

ROWing toward an important day…

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

The forward progress continues, on several fronts. With next week the final week of Ready. Set. Write!, my focus, for the rest of the month, will be on wrapping up those goals – or, if not, coming as close as I can before the month ticks over, and we ROW into the final days of Round Three, here.

It’s also my anniversary week, so my mind is focused on connecting, remembering, planning, and dreaming. It’s been a mostly wonderful eighteen years – and, during the inevitable difficulties that come in any life, and any marriage, there’s no one I’d rather have at my side or my back…

OK, enough mushy stuff…on to the raison d’etre of the day…

This photo from the Sterling Renaissance Festival, 2009, is one of my favorite candids. Can’t you just feel the joy?!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 83,583/~150,000 words drafted. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3) by end of month, using Rock Your Plot. begin drafting after FDWR, if there’s month left. Nothing new. Next up: Finish plotting scenes 11-24.

  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-E paragraphs completed; 5/26. Next up: FZ paragraphs.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Highlighted notes Cheat Sheets categorized and compiled; 4/16 scenes complete. Next up: Finish highlighting; draft revision plan.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for Round Four yet. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. More comments; most of the August caught up; posting up to date. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2 (many links shared to my FB writer page, with hashtags).. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3 FB and Twitter linksNext up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing new. Next up: More.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 2/5;mellow due to heat wave. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Nothing new. Next up: Complete IHIPs, proof and package end of year reporting.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 3/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/6 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi. Next up: More. It feels good to move!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 3/5 at home practice sessions; 1 / 2 classes. Next up: get to par –on track for this week.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s  ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – ROW along with us!

Reflections: Looking in on the carousel from outside. One of my requirements for a spouse was that he must be willing to ride a carousel with me, at least once. We rode the carousel in Missoula, Montana, in 2000, and he even caught me the golden ring! =) This is the Congress Park Carousel in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Moving Reflections: August 16, 2015

ROWing reflectively….

Round Three is all about reflection, for me:

where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be,

and who I’d like to be when I get there.

After the in-tent-sity of Unschoolers Rock the Campground (I’ve finally gotten all the camping gear stowed -OK, somewhat haphazardly piled in the Chaos Porch until I’m up to making another surge of order happen there…), followed by exhaustion, then the scattered return to a more typical rhythm, comes….

  • Progress

  • Growth

  • Epiphanies

  • Creativity

  • And lots of words!

The forward progress, as predicted, is piling up, like the storm clouds on these dog day afternoons, or the snowflakes last winter – do you remember last winter? The one that went from December into May, and which we were incredibly lucky enough to get a ten-day Oregon intermission from, because yours truly was smart enough to have a Left Coast guy want to be her Accomplice in Mischief?

If you don’t, don’t worry – I have pictures…pictures guaranteed to cool you down a bit on even the hottest August afternoon!

Subarus in the Snow!

And now, my week so far….

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 82,017/~150,000 words drafted. I’ve had other focuses, this week, but some words happened, and ideas are simmering. Next up: Draft to 87,500/~150,000 words – 5,483 to incremental goal.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3) by end of month, using Rock Your Plot. Begin drafting after FDWR, if there’s month left. Reread existing plot outline‘ plotted scenes 6-10. Next up: Finish plotting scenes 11-24.

  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. Nine stories imported; current word count:194,101. Next up: A-E paragraphs.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Highlighting done for all detailed notes. Next up: Break out highlighted notes and GMC scene outline to create the revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision.  Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Nothing new. Other focuses prevailed this session. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for Round Four yet. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Comments/visits moving along, several times. ROW80 post a day late (Monday); otherwise up to date, with extras! Next up: More comments/visits/posts, and pending file. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 2 /2 (reblogs, shares to FB and SSS; SoCS posts to FB page).. Next up: Do it again!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 3/3 – browsing my tabs; SoCS posts; FB linksNext up: Do it again!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. 1 /2 Did some pruning while sniffing out a message I needed to address. Next up: Aim for two sessions this week.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5; energy built as the week moved along. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. General categories listed. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Drafted both quarterlies. Next up: More of the Paperwork Avalanche! Complete IHIPs, proof and package end of year reporting.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 6/6; mandalas, t’ai chi, eating meditation. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Read Kait Nolan‘s Red another wonderful, edge of the seat thrill ride – this one with fangs! Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 6/7 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi; weeding. Next up: I think I need one day a week where this isn’t an obligation; changing goal to 6/week.
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. Two classes; 4/5 at home practice sessions. Next up: get to par – almost there!

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here! 

She loves a snowy day!

This and That: August 12, 2015

ROWin along in the deep calm waters…

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there.

I’m settling into a more focused phase, after our travel and the resultant scattered putterings with this, that, and the other. I’ve mostly been tackling only one or two things at a time, but it does seem to be moving me further in the directions I want to go, so I’m happy, even if there’s considerably more red and green than blue, so far this week.

The forward progress will eventually add up, and then there will be a shifting over to that delightful blue of goals met…and, until then, things are moving along, and I’m satisfied…

How about you? Is it a this, that, and the other week, a focused one, or a down week where you just need to set your goals aside and do something completely different?

And now, my week so far….

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 80,231/~150,000 words drafted. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 87,500/~150,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. Nine stories imported; current word count:194,101. Next up: A-E paragraphs.

Editing:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Highlighting done for all detailed notes. Next up: Break out highlighted notes and GMC scene outline to create the revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision. http://www.sarahselecky.com/2013/deep-revision-part-2/ Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Re-visioned and rewrote 4 passafes from this 3 page, 1100 word short. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for Round Four yet. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. Comments/visits moving along. ROW80 post a day late (Monday); otherwise up to date, minus one missing C and C post from last week… Next up: More comments/visits/posts, and pending file. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! Nothing this session. Next up: Up the ante!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. Nothing this session. Next up: Up the ante!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. A few more deleted. Next up: Aim for another session this week.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I‘ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 2/5; fairly minimal. Next up: More.
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing yet. Next up: Get my toes wet!
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Did the research and drafted Annalise’s quarterly. excepting Attendance. Jeremiah’s quarterly about half drafted. Next up: More of the Paperwork Avalanche!
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!

 

 

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 4/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week.Time with all, more planned.Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. In Her Shadow, by August McLaughlin. A great, suspenseful read! Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read two more books.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/7 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi. Next up: More, and greater intensity.
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. One class; 2/5 at home practice sessions. Next up: get to par!

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Kait asked about back to school…well, our kids have never attended school, and have no plans to start this year – so here’s a pictorial answer of what our lives might contain this fall…

Murky Reflections: August 9, 2015

ROWin’ on through the calm waters of August!

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…and now it’s August, and time for a goals reset…

It’s been almost exactly a week since we got home from Unschoolers Rock the Campground. Most of the gear has been organized, and some even put away!

It’s been a bit of a scattered week, with my snapping up tidbits of this and that, as my energy and focus directed. I also upgraded to Windows 10, which made Thursday interesting, but has made life far sweeter since. I especially love – and I mean LOVE – the new Task View window that lets me see everything I have open and toggle between projects. Now, that is a brilliant addition for people like me, who like to work on many projects at once. I’m positive it’s already made me more productive, and I’ve only been using it for three days! =)

And now, onto the business at hand….

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Finish plotting Sea Changes (KIC#3) by end of month, using Rock Your Plot . begin drafting after FDWR, if there’s month left. Nothing new, as yet. Next up: Jump back in!

  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. Nothing new yet. Next up: Assign slots in file; import stories.

Editing:

  • “Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. Nothing new yet. Next up: Complete the highlighting.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision.Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month’s end. Nothing new yet. Next up: Exercise 2.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Nothing yet. Next up: Reread previously revised scenes and revision plan/schedule to reorient myself.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates, except last Sunday, due to camping. Nothing for Round Four yet. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. A mixed bag, here. Catching up from internet-free days. Next up: More comments/visits/posts, and pending file. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2. Next up: Up the ante!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week.2/3. Next up: Up the ante!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. A few deleted and moved while Windows 10 was installing. Next up: Aim for two sessions this week.

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 6/5.Successful, even though I was tired! Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing yet. Next up: Get my toes wet!
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Did the research and about ½ of Annalise’s quarterly. Next up: More of the Paperwork Avalanche!
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Nothing. Next up: Something!

Lifetending:

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits as soon as homeschool paperwork is drafted.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nada. Next up: the Obvious.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 7/6; mandalas; t’ai chi. Next up: Continue practice;delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing. Next up: Anything, as to the purpose.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Yes, yes, and yes! Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. Nada. Next up: I have plans….more or less.

Selftending:

  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 6/7 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi. Next up: More, and greater intensity.
  • Practice: Attend two t’ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. One class; 2/5 at home practice sessions. Next up: get to par!

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s ROW80 Writing Challenge  – the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

Reflecting on Reflection: ROW80 Round Three End of July Update

ROWing into the Reflective Round Three Rapids…

Do you ever stare into a mirror so long that

you don’t recognize the face that’s staring back at you?

Have you ever looked deeply looked your life,

your goals…your soul, to see what’s reflected there?

I wrote this at the beginning of the round…and, since, I’ve been staring into that mirror, as well as my life and my goals. As part of my Year of Exploration, I’ve been reflecting on where I am and who I am, where and who I’d like to be…

I’m getting a better idea of what I want to focus on for the final quarter of the year, and the shape of things to come…

So, now that the personally chaotic month of July is over, it’s time to look again at my Round Three goals, and see where I stand…

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Writing

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Editing:

  • Write1Sub1: Complete “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions; complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits using Deep Revision,  choose a market for “PLL”, and submit both. Choose final short story to revise in 2015.  Nothing during this CampNaNo month.
  • Chameleon’s Dish; reread revised scenes and revision plan; complete revision of all plot and pinch points , using existing plan. 11/24 scenes left to reach this goal; I’m not as interested in how long the revision takes, as in attention to the process. I expect to get faster and better with practice.

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Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. Success!
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. More yes than no. though I fell down a bit during the CampNaNo and real life camping madness.
  • Blogging Action Plan: Revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar. Several changes to sidebar; more planned.
  • Share posts – mine, and others’: Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some ideas…this was hit-or-miss, but I’m developing a new strategy…stay tuned!
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. Finding a way to have fun with this one was successful at the very end of the month.
At seven, Jeremiah read many, many books.  These days, he prefers online reading, much of the time - research is easier that way. (Winter 2008).

At seven, Jeremiah read many, many books. These days, he prefers online reading, much of the time – research is easier that way. (Winter 2008).

Hometending:

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Mostly successful, but not every week.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results when received; develop IHIPs for 2015-2016, and submit fourth quarter reports and Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel form once the quarter ends on July 31 (due September 15). Some progress here; more to come, now that the 2014-5 ‘school year’ is over, and the new one begun.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan Arizona travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Carried over from last round…no new progress.
The family that laughs together -  some time ago, on our couch, in a pile.

The family that laughs together – some time ago, on our couch, in a pile.

Lifetending:

  • Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 3, and write reviews for 5. No progress.
  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete three critiques. Gradually making the checking-in part of my social media routine. Two critique projects queued and waiting…
  • Meditation: Practice meditation four times a week. Experiment with five new techniques. Doing well with practice, meditating nearly daily. 2/5 new techniques in play (t’ai chi and mandala).
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and attend at least one USS Albany group meeting. Nothing yet.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week.  A great big success – and I mean more than the goal. Time and connection are valuable commodities. =)

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Selftending:

  • Make one hour of physical activity a part of every day; use phone app to track. I’m still erratic here; only getting an hour on days I go to t’ai chi or have some family activity planned. Remembering to use the phone app more frequently.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. I attended class most weeks, and began consistent at-home practice roughly mid-month. A success here!
  • Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering. Nothing new read. Pondering what I have read.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolans me/ ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

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