Stretching Into September: August 31, 2014

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Wow! Can someone please tell me where August has gone? I swear it was here only a minute or two ago, but it’s already getting ready to leave for a year!

The coming of September finds me in a state of flux. I’ll be continuing many of my goals, tweaking others, and setting a few aside for later rounds. The month will begin with my son’s 13th birthday, and, two days later, I’ll be attending a World Sexual Health Day event with Elizabeth Anne Mitchell -oh, and meeting August McLaughlin, too! =)

A busy start- so it may take me a week to really get into a September swing. That’s all right- I know the autumnal air will energize me, and being wholly present during these experiences will feed my soul, and my writing! =D

How about you? Is September a shifting time, or a period of continuity?

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.

Soon to be a teen! =D

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan. - I haven’t get to any of these, this round. Shifting two to back-burner status until 2015.

  • Get the Kristen Lamb social media wizardry ball rolling. - Contact Kristen by September 7.

  • Play with Web Lab app; goal is exploration and experimentation. -setting aside for Round 1, 2015.

  • Start planning new website, using input from previous two goals. -setting aside for Round 1 /2, 2015.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely. – On target. I’m posting and interacting regularly and often. Sharing is shakier, but I have ideas…

  • Maintain regular posting schedule; queue 3 posts for Coffee and Conversation; prep 3 ahead for WIPpet Wednesday. -hoping this will give me a clearer target.

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

  • Update sidebar; it’s a little outdated and jumbly.

A mischievous girl in a pink mustache!

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. On target. Gearing up for the final quarter; I’ve had several revelations regarding story that are definitely taking things in a tenser direction!

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, as my November NaNoWriMo project. - Time to start planning for November’s drafting.

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

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

  • Rough out concepts for remaining books in this series.

This is my smile on Shakespeare!

2014 Editing:

  • First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Pre-Revision Plan for Bounded by a Nushell: Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath. -This goal is subject to change; revision takes longer than I thought, at the moment!

  • Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

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

  • Complete first pass revision pre-planning for Bounded by a Nutshell. Setting aside for Round 1, 2015.

  • Revise three short story WIPs for October 31 submission deadline. -More on this goal in the coming week or two.

Seventeen years later, we still like each other – OK, MORE than like! =D

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset. On target .

Clean out email files. On target .

Continue reclaiming my study. On target .

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

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

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

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

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Mail Annalise’s End of Year report. Target attained!

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target. Test returned for scoring.

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

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

My girl – lover of fashion and wildlife!

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. Nothing yet.

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, and there will be more!

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. Better – did something special with each child this month; Jim and I, and myself, not yet.

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

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained with Sterling Renaissance Festival.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target attained- new goal pending.

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

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

Nutrition goals for July:

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

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

A Midsummer Evening’s Dream…

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

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

Come ROW along with us!

 

Annalise’s Shakespearean Still Life!

A Busy Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/28/14

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Is it my imagination, or is summer just flying by this year?

Just like that, it seems, August is nearly over. Next week, I’ll become the parent of a teenager, meet August McLaughlin and attend World Sexual Health Day (I need to remember to buy my ticket and make the final travel arrangements…), and, oh, yes, that big yellow school bus will be rolling down our street again – and not stopping here. =D

There’s a lot going on.. Lots of homeschooling reporting and planning underway, lots of writing, revising, planning, and hometending. As the seasons shift, so does our family’s focus, and there’s always a heap more lovely chaos abounding…

On that theme, Sunday will bring new and updated goals for September, as I fine-tune my objectives for the rest of Round 3, and start to think more seriously about what Round 4 will be…

But, for now, there’s already enough happening, so let’s take a look.

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

 

Once upon a time, last winter….

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. On target for posting; nothing queued as yet. September goal change pending.

  • I slipped a bit with this post, but was on track schedule-wise.  next week’s bigness might throw me. Going to try to get a jump on things so that doesn’t happen.

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet. September goal change pending.

  • I’ve got some sharing ideas I’ll be implementing in an organic manner within the next few weeks. Things are a bit too chaotic to focus on that until all the homeschooling stuff is done.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

  • Comments continue to pour in! I love them, and returning visits. A bit of a backlog, just now, but I plan to get caught up again before Sunday.

 

Farewell, old friend! May you bring as much joy in the next phase of your life!

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 24: 757 words.

  • August 25: 865 words.

  • August 26: 982 words.

  • Completed scene 42/60.

There’s a certain delight in marking up pages…!

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all resolution plot points by September 1. Goal changed; on target.

  • Resolution plot point 2/3.

  • I have a much clearer idea about how the resolution will play out through this scene and the next. Hooray!

Aglow with care and tidiness!

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • More general decluttering in family room and playroom.

  • I began moving some food items to the computer desk, as it’s where the pantry cabinet will eventually go.

Clean out email files. On target.

  • Getting to these more often, now.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • More erosion of Mount Magnet; general decluttering.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target.

  • My daily flow continues tp yield results.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target.

  • A little less hometending; life has been busier in other areas.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target.

  • Worked on reports, facilitated testing, other things tended to.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target.

  • My daily flow continues tp yield results.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target.

  • A little less hometending; life has been busier in other areas.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target.

  • Worked on reports, facilitated testing, other things tended to.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Tis the season for major homeschool administration, so here it is.

Mail Annalise’s End of Year report. Target attained!

  • Sent today – check!

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target.

  • Test completed and submitted. Results now pending.

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

  • Annalise’s Sciences section done.

  • This will be a priority for the next week, or until complete.

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

  • Annalise’s Sciences section done.

  • This will be a priority for the next week, or until complete.

 

Such a big part of my life, and our family, for so long…

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!

  • Meeting with friends this evening; possibly another friend on Friday.

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

  • Spent the evening hours with Jeremiah; walking, workout, Panera, shopping -and lots of connecting on the beginning of his last week as a preteen.

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

One workout at the Y each week. On target.

  • I was tired, and Miah and I went for a walk, so I skipped the treadmill today.

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

  • 7.71 miles! I was able to maintain a higher speed, and improved nearly .5 mile!

 

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

  • Yup.

Nutrition goals for July:

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

  • 2/5; 1 of each, so far.

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

  • 2 yogurt; 1 sunflower seeds.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

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

Come join the ROWing!

 

And my life goes on, with a trusty new companion….

A Romantic Stretch: ROW80Update, 8/24/14

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Hi there! Is life treating you well this fine Sunday evening? Yes, it is evening, here, and it will likely have shifted to bona-fide night before I get this post finished (especially if I don’t manage that before the redux Castle episode airing at 8, because, well, CASTLE!). I was hoping to be done with both of today’s posts, have a clean house, all Miah’s testing finished, and be deep in revisions by now – but life.

Mind you, I’m not complaining. It’s a good life, filled with lovely chaos…and things have settled out after the excursion last weekend, and the exertions of physical, mental, and emotional stretching…=)

A few things have broken open, for me, both in Chameleon’s Dish and Perchance to Dream. Endings have always been my weak spot, in drafting. Late last night, or maybe it was early this morning, I got a sudden and much clearer idea of how CD really ends, and, since I’m currently revising resolution scenes, I’ve already begun putting it into play, with exciting results, so far. And for PTD, a POV character revealed something huge about herself right in the middle of a sentence I thought was headed somewhere else! It was almost dizzying, the way it shifted things and ratcheted up the tension!

Oh, and yesterday my Accomplice in Mischief and I celebrated our seventeenth anniversary in a very low-key way (chefs work weekends….). We’ve shared a lot, during these years, and I can’t imagine not having him beside me for any of it.

We just….fit. And that’s as mushy as I’m gonna get. <3

August 23, 2014.

And now, on to my progress since my last update ! =)

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. Target attained for posting! As for queuing, welll…not so much.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

  • I dug my way out of a deep pile of wonderful comments, and more are gathering, already. I love comments! =)

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 for this session!

  • August 20: 879 words.

  • August 21: 1111 words.

  • August 22: 1008 words.

  • August 23: 1704 words.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all plot points by September 1. On target; goal changing.

  • Plot point 3/10; scene 11/60.

  • There’s no way I am going to finish these by September 1. So, goal change time…

  • Revise all resolution scenes by September 1.

Round here, purple flowers mean I love you.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • More porch and family room decluttering.

Clean out email files. On target.

  • More messages deleted. Progress slow, but happening.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Mount Magnet is eroding beneath my sorting skills.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target.

  • My daily flow has resumed, and is yielding results.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target.

  • Still making big progress in small sprints.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target.

  • I entered a writing contest, worked on reports, and facilitated testing.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. On target.

  • This is a priority until all required paperwork has been submitted.

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target.

  • Reading and Language sections complete. 2/3.

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

  • Annalise’s ELA and Math sections complete.

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

  • Annalise’s ELA and Math sections complete.

Acomplices in Mischief- at a playground, naturally!

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!

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

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. A little off.

  • 3/5; 2 salads, 1 smoothie.

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

  • Yogurt: 3/2; Nuts/Seeds: 3 /2 (raw sunflower seeds).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

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

  • Yup – I even did extra visits, which was fun!

Get more ROWing in your life!

 

Holding on to the love….

An Odd Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/20/14

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Is anyone else having a hard time accepting that it’s Wednesday, already? This happens to me every time we travel, whether for a day or a weekend – I lose my time sense, and things feel a bit -well, out-of-kilter is the best way I have of describing it. It’s not that I haven’t done things, but more that the things I’ve done haven’t all been the things I usually do.

I haven’t done any revising on Chameleon’s Dish, and my blog comments are woefully behind – sorry, folks, that’ll be a priority over the coming days! – and, although I’v made my scheduled blogposts, none of them have exactly appeared on time.

On the other hand…

  • I have added words to Perchance to Dream each day. On Sunday, literally in the middle of a sentence, a major and utterly unexpected plot twist occurred, and now everything else will need to accommodate this new reality, which I never saw coming. Sometimes writing is like that – and the story will be far more intense, and the stakes higher, because of it.

  • I had a very strong workout on Tuesday, even after a physically strenuous day on Saturday. I’m seeing changes in the way my body looks, feeling changes in my muscles, and these changes are reflected in what I’m able to do. Since my goal is focused on well-being rather than weight loss, I feel like my exercise and nutrition goals are yielding high results, and that makes me happy! =)

So, all in all, this was a productive stretch for me, even if it had some odd twists and angles to it. Life can be like that, and, at least for me, these times shake and stir life up, keeping thing interesting. And that is definitely good for my writing!

A different view….

Here’s my somewhat twisty progress since my (a day late) last update ! =)

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. Welll….

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 for this session!

  • August 17: 823 words.

  • August 18: 751 words.

  • August 19: 797 words.

Beauty is where you find it…

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • More porch decluttering.

Clean out email files.On target.

  • Got rid of another sheaf of messages.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Much more decluttering, a little beautifying. Mount Magnet awaits…

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target.

  • My daily flow was odd, due to life rhythm. I did things, and that’s the goal here.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target.

  • Still making big progress in small sprints. Not quite so many, with Jim’s weekend, and two physically strenuous days. I expect that to shift for the next few days, which are unscheduled.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target.

  • A little. This will be a major focus over the next days; I have lots to do!

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. On target.

  • The school district finally sent the packet we should have had a month ago, so all systems are go, and the four-week IHIP countdown is officially begun.

  • This will be a priority from now, until all required paperwork has been submitted.

Seeing things from a new angle!

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!

  • August 18 was my estranged brother’s birthday – a milestone one, for him. I sent a message to wish him well, and in hopes of potentially healing our relationship. We were once very close, and I miss him.

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

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • I had a vigorous workout, and loved it.

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

  • 1 mile in 20.49 minutes!
  • I needed a few brief breaks, and lowered the resistance of the program (and discovered I can actually achieve descents that way!).

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

  • 7.26 miles in 30 minutes, with manual intervals.

  • I’m edging up on this one. I was able to pedal faster and more consistently this week than in the past. I just need to build on this.

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

  • 4 each for arms and torso; 5 for legs.

  • Gradually increasing weight, repetitions per set; and number of sets.

Nutrition goals for July:

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

  • 2/5; 1 of each.

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

  • Yogurt: 2/2; Nuts/Seeds: 1 /2 (raw sunflower seeds).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. On target.

  • Yup.

Living a triple-exposure kind of life….

 

Come ROW away with us!

A Time-Traveling Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/18/14

The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

So, what were you up to, last weekend? The kids and I traveled to the Finger Lakes Region, and through time, and spent a lovely afternoon at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. We’d been once before, a few years back, but they’re older now, old enough even to go off by themselves some – even to the maze that terrified Lise the last time we attempted it.

So, while I made excellent progress on several goals; things got a little backed up on Saturday, which was a long and strenuous day, and I didn’t get either of my Sunday posts done yesterday. I’m catching up, but there’s further to go before I return to an even keel.

Sometimes life is like that.

The pictures are a bit of time-traveling, too. I do have new pictures – on my camera…these are from our first visit, in 2010.

I have lots of ideas churning, still – and still not quite ready to be born. There will be things written, but not in this post.

Here’s what I’ve been up to, besides time- traveling, that is…=)

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. Target attained for posting; nothing queued as yet.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

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 attained for this session!

  • August 13: 791 words.

  • August 14: 913 words.

  • August 15: 937 words.

  • August 16: 850 words.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all plot points by September 1. On target.

  • Still on plot point 2/10; Scene 10/60.

  • This is a resolution scene; I’m taking my time with it, and it’s much improved with one pass left to make.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • More porch decluttering.

Clean out email files. On target.

  • Got rid of another sheaf of messages.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Much more decluttering, a little beautifying.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target; goal changed.

  • I’m adapting my daily flow to accommodate my current goals and life rhythm.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target; goal changed.

  • I’m liking the plan as it stands, for the moment. I’m making big progress in small sprints; and that’s making a difference in several areas of the house.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target; attention given intermittently, but weekly.

  • Going well enough. Right now, I have a LOT of administration; so I’m digging through it.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Tis the season for major homeschool administration, so here it is.

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received.On target.

  • Reading section complete.

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 attained!

  • Reconnected with my friend Jen Tilottson. I hadn’t seen her since my wedding almost 17 years ago! =D

  • I’ve got messages and tentative plans with others, as well.

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 Sterling Renaissance Festival. The festival is permanent, and built on a steep hill. Lots of walking up and down translates to lots of physical activity.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Not quite.

  • 4/5; 2 of each.

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

  • 3-4 Greek yogurts; lots of almonds; pumpkin seeds.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. On target.

  • Yup.

ROW with us through writing and time!

A Diffused Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/13/14

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Have you ever felt like there was so much welling up from deep inside you that it had to come pouring out – but, at the same time, these richly layered thoughts and feelings exist beneath the level of language?

That’s where I am today – achurn with things I can’t begin to express in words.

Instead, I’m letting the videos in this post speak for me, express some of what’s going one beneath my surfaces.I’ll save my words for the actual goal update, WIPs, and comments, for now.

Are there any images or videos that say things for you that you can’t express yourself?  I’d love to see them! If you care to share, post up a link in the comments (keep it family-friendly, please!).

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

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 began a list of issues I would like to address. It’s raw, and not complete, and it’s a beginning.

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

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. On target for posting; nothing queued as yet.

  • I have a list of snippets and ideas for queuing; the next step is to begin to develop them.

  • I’m thinking I need to adapt the queuing part of this goal; more on that later…

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet.

  • I’ve got ideas for wider sharing; and will be implementing them organically in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for progress…

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

  • I’ve got diversification ideas; again, I’ll be implementing these organically.

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 10: 759 words.

  • August 11: 776 words.

  • August 12: 901 words.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all plot points by September 1. On target.

  • I’m still on plot point 2/10; scene 10/60.

  • I was stuck, and feeling detached from this scene. I took Sunday and much of Tuesday off, then reread what I had revised – and now I think I see how the scene is meant to play out.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • Continued with the porch/playroom cleanout; significant progress made.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • I’m sorting through bins and bags of small stuff that have been waiting in the middle of the floor for an embarrassingly long time…

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

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

  • Refining this; a goal change on Sunday.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Going well; progress being made.

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

  • Again; a change of goal coming on Sunday.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target.

  • Jeremiah began the Reading section.

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 attained!

  • Next up; planning and executing!

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

  • Annalise has been wanting to go to a diner late at night; a local diner’s birthday celebration offered us a perfect opportunity, which we took.

  • Jim and I have plans for a lunch date next week! We haven’t had a date in years! <3

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

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

  • The children and I are planning on attending a Renaissance Festival this weekend. Lots of walking involved! =)

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • I had a pleasingly vigorous workout.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. On target.

  • .75 mile in just under 16 minutes.
  • I took a few brief breaks, and lowered the resistance. Once I make the time and distance, I’ll start increasing those.

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

  • 7.09 miles in 30 minutes, with manual intervals.
  • Again, I lowered the resistance; will increase once time/distance goal is met.

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

  • Arms: 4; Legs: 5: Torso: 3.
  • Increased weights on several machines.

Nutrition goals for July:

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

  • 2/5: 1 of each.

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

  • Yogurt:1 /2; Nuts: 0/2.

Weight goal for August:

Maintain or reduce weight measured at beginning of the round. Target exceeded!

  • My weight was down 3.5 pounds. Some of it was likely being sick; but I feel that my nutrition and fitness goals played a role.
  • Goal change coming Sunday.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

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

Read more ROW; or, better yet, join in! =D  Carpe Diem!

A Huge Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/10/14

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Ever get the chance to do something that terrifies you? Did you leap into it, stretch your comfort zone, lean in, freeze where you were, slip out the back, or flee in terror?

This week, a remarkable opportunity presented itself to me – well, not only me, but this is pretty special to me, on a deeply personal level.

On September 4, I will be traveling, hopefully in the company of two fellow ROWers (to be named later, if they want to be), to New York City, for World Sexual Health Day.

I have some strong feelings on this subject, but I’ve seldom articulated them beyond my own family and very close friends. Most especially, I have opinions on the way children are introduced to matters of sexuality – for reproduction or otherwise. I believe that the manner in which they learn of these important facets of humanity can affect their approach and attitudes toward sex and gender for a lifetime – and that makes it vitally important to do it well.

I’m not quite ready to leap into this headlong. But I am ready to stretch. It feels right.

Tomorrow, I will be posting my entry into the WSHD Writing Contest, as my Coffee and Conversation feature. If you’re so inclined, stop by, cheer me on, join the conversation – and maybe even male your own entry into the contest!

Doesn’t stretching feel great?!

All stretched out!

And now, on to my ROW80 Update:

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

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

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

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

  • For a brief moment, I was caught up with comments. That’s OK- bring ‘em on!

Dragonfly Sexual Health Day?

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 6: 767 words.

  • August 7: 752 words.

  • August 8: 837 words.

  • August 9: 1003 words.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all plot points by September 1. On target.

  • In the midst of revising plot point 2/10.

  • WIP progress: scene 10/60 in progress.

And new opportunities!

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • In working on a heavy-duty decluttering of our front porch, I’m also preparing for moving furniture from the family room into that space.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Going through some bags and bins of random items; sorting and homing.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

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

  • The adapted frames are working fairly well; there will be monthly tweaks, but I find the flow helps my focus.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Again, these will be changeable, but I’m pleased with the system I’m currently using.

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

  • Yes, I’m finding I can attend to administrative items in 3-5 purpose oriented sprints per week.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Tis the season for major homeschool administration, so here it is.

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target.

  • Jeremiah has completed 2/3 pre-tests which will determine his testing level in each area.

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!

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

Nutrition goals for August:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Not quite.

  • 4/5 this week; 2 salads; 2 smoothies.

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

  • 3/2 for both.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

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

Wanna ROW with us? The water’s fine!