A Tangled Stretch: September 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ahh, the tangly, lovely chaos of autumnal transitions!

Silly kids at the Erie Canal!

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

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

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

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

2014 Blogging:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking along the towpath…

2014 Writing:

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

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

  • September 10: 798 words.

  • September 11: 996 words.

  • September 12: 814 words.

  • September 13: 761 words.

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

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

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

  • Prologue read-aloud complete.

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

  • Rock Your Plot premise testing exercises complete.

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

  • Spock’s G/M/C complete; 1/3.

Girl on the towpath.

2014 Editing:

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

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

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

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

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

Backlit on a barge.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

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

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

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

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

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. On target.

  • Mostly homeschool paperwork.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

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

  • Annalise’s complete, except for attendance.

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

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

  • Annalise’s IHIP complete.

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

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

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

Tugboat lineup!

2014 Lifetending:

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

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

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

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

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

 

My friend Yorick!

 

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

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

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

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

 

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Playful sibs!

A Laid-Back Stretch: September 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

Tugboat Roundup Shoppers

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

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

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

Sign of the Times…

2014 Blogging:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I Love Tiny Tugs!

2014 Writing:

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

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

  • August 7: 792 words.

  • August 8: 792 words.

  • August 9: 897 words.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pennants against the sky….

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

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

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

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

  • Prologue: 1/3 complete.

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

  • Moved all existing story files to new folders.

 

Posing with Pikachu!

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • A little magnet sorting.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

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

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

Set aside time weekly for Adminstrative Frames. On target.

  • Mostly hometending.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

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

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

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

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

 

Mule Map.

2014 Lifetending:

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

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

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

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

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

  • The kids and I attended The Tugboat Roundup.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 of each.

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

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

  • 2/5 so far; one of each.

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

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

 

I love pistachio ice cream!

 

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

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

Come ROW with us (tugboats not included)!

 

Tugboat Lineup!

Stretching Into Bigness: September 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

After a good workout, dinner.

September Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration (until complete)

  • Chameleon’s Dish/ 3 short story Revisions

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

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

The sillier side of thirteen! =)

2014 Blogging:

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

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

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

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

And a more serious side emerges…

2014 Writing:

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

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

  • August 31: 793 words.

  • September 1: 860 words.

  • September 2: 760 words.

Salady delight!

2014 Editing:

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

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

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

Still Plays Peekaboo?

2014 Hometending:

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

Clean out email files. On target.

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

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

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

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

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

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

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

  • Mostly planning for this week’s events.

On our way, 2014….

2014 Lifetending:

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

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

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

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

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

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

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

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

Maintain or reduce August body weight. Target attained!

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

Nutrition goals for July:

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

  • 3/5. One salad; two smoothies.

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

Yogurt: 1 /2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

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

Get your ROW on here!

When he turned twelve….

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….

 

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