My Penultimate Nest: December 21, 2014

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So, what’s happening in your life, this penultimate Sunday of 2014?

For me, there’s the sound of a snapping fire in the woodstove, the washer chugging along as though it’s talking to itself, and the random sounds of laughter from the boy’s room (I think he’s watching American Dad!), and running narrative from the girl’s (where she’s building a Girl Nest on her loft bed). The occasional jingle of the Corki-dog’s tags…and the tapping of my fingers on my laptop keys.

Oh, and I’ve finished the penultimate scene in The Earth Doth Move...I’m hoping to have a complete draft before our local NNWM Write-In later tonight…

And then, I’ll dive back into Perchance to Dream….my other “hanging” WIP, from July CampNaNo 2013.

Here’s hoping we all have a lovely, lingering, dreamy, penultimate Sunday filled with promise and life!

Would you believe this Monsterdscript is now almost 265,000 words, with a few thousand left to go?!

And now, for something not so completely different…

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • New entries added; more to come. It feels good to know what I’m doing when again!

2014 Lifetending:

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

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Tentative plans firming up for our Oregon trip.

  • Feelers out to some friends we’ve been missing.

  • Attending local NNWM Write-in tonight.

2014 Fitness:

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

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

  • Stair music” with Annalise.

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water daily.

  • Fish or seafood 3/1 (shrimp; smoked oysters).

  • Soup: 2/1 (French onion).

  • Whole grains: 4/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain roll; multigrain cereal/milk; whole-grain crackers).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 3/3 (broccoli; clementine; veggie tacos).

  • Greek yogurt: 3/2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Pre-holiday happiness at the toy store!

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits.

Maintain blogging schedule.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Moving forward; will be caught up by the end of year. Dealing with one comment category at a time, for past comments, and new ones as they come in.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Wednesday: 2,048 words.

  • Thursday:    6,200+ words. (forgot to count).

  • Friday:         5,651 words.

  • Saturday:     6,080 words.

  • Scene: 59/60. Third resolution (and penultimate) underway at midnight, which is my cutoff for updates.

  • I expect to finish today or tomorrow! =D

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

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

  • Plan to plan next scene (52/60), very soon after I complete TEDM.

  • After that, writing gets underway. Still aiming to finish in 2014!

2014 Hometending:

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

  • More focused attention to cleanup of targeted areas. (study; kitchen; family room all got time).

Clean up files:

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain below 100 messages.

  • Back under 100, deleting, reading, filing.

Clean up Desktop and Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

  • Looked Tidbits over and got a general sense of what I want to do. Next up, doing it!

  • Made second pass on Desktop – much cleaner! One more pass should do it!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

  • Plan to complete Round 1 list.

  • Next up, the 2015 Big Picture Goals.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Pulled another slip. Will update when complete.

2014 Fitness:

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

At least one workout at the Y each week.

Meet or increase existing cardio goals.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Nothing new.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • 1/ 2 complete.

Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

  • After a 29 day hiatus that didn’t feel that long; I’m back, with an informal schedule.
  • Thursday, 10 minutes. Yoga, strength, aerobics, and balance exercises.
  • 1/3 days this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 4/5; (3 salads; 1 smoothie).

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

  • Wrote something that may form the basis of the draft; will play with it later this week.

One of my gifts – I get to live with her! <3

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

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

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

2014 Fitness:

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

  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

 

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other penultimate ROW posts here!

Another gift? I get to live with him, too! <3

Snuggling into My Nest: December 17, 2014

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Can you believe Hanukkah has begun, and Christmas Eve is only a week away? That we’re down to the final two weeks of 2014?

Do you have big plans, for these two weeks?

I’m wrapping up. Not gifts, so much – we have a rather non-traditional approach to gift-giving, here, and the kids have pressed ‘purchase’ on their Amazon wish lists, so, other than stocking stuffers, that’s done.

Instead, I’m wrapping up my 2014 writing; and looking forward to 2015.

It’s been a banner year…I’ll have more on that for Round 1, 2015; but, for now, I’m recovering from our weekend trip, making steps to get our home back into a state approximating chaotic order. I’m making progress, and getting closer to the end of my NaNo novel…and wrapping up other projects.

And I’m giving myself some time and space to relax, and dream, and allow that to help me shift to a new year, and new goals.

And, on that note…

Thanks to George Takei’s Facebok page! <3

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children. Completed 12/15.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Both done and submitted on Monday. Free now until March.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Recently visited our friends, the Woodmans, in New Jersey.

2014 Fitness:

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

  • Reduced weight by 1 pound from October weight; didn’t check in November.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water

  • Fish or seafood (shrimp).

  • Soup: 2/1 (French onion).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • I’m dragging my Second Serving Sunday post. Post-travel tired; family time. Will get to it today or tomorrow.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Momentum stalled; still backlogged. Will change this by the end of the round.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Sunday: 2,048 words.

  • Monday: 4,126 words.

  • Tuesday: 3,070 words.

  • Scene: 56/60. At the beginning of the first resolution scene.

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

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

  • I’ve reread most of the current draft, in preparation for planning and new writing.

2014 Hometending:

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

  • Puttering and general cleanup; no big progress.

Clean up files:

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain below 100 messages.

  • A little above 100, on average. Playing post-travel catch-up.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

  • General notes and impressions; will write a draft later this week.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new. By the weekend, though.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

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

At least one workout at the Y each week.

  • Very mellow cardio workout; first time back in three weeks. I was very fatigued, post-travel.

Meet or increase existing cardio goals.

  • Treadmill:.5 mile/10 minutes; about 2 minutes off my target/mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 6.2 miles/30 minutes; 1.8 miles off target.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Nothing new.

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

  • Nothing new.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • 1/ 2 complete.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 3/5; (2 salads; 1 smoothie).

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

  • Whole grains: 2/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain roll).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 2/3 (broccoli; clementine).

Celebrating New York’s Dutch roots…our way!

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

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

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

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

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

2014 Fitness:

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

  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.

  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Greek yogurt.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

  • Wrote something that may form the basis of the draft; will play with it later this week.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

Movable and Inspiring Nest: December 14, 2014

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Hey there! How are ya?

The kids and I have been visiting our dear friends, the Woodman family, since late Thursday. We live in upstate New York, and they live in central New Jersey…but Skype and text chats can only go so far, so, a few times a year, we load up the Outback and make the five-hour drive to our “second home”.

No one gets much sleep, but a tremendous amount of fun is had…the pictures will say it better than I can!

Writing is not as prolific for me, here – too many wonderful other things to do, and, after all, it’s not why we came, even if Sylvia is my personal patron of the arts and loves to have my typing away at her kitchen table, on the guest bed, or in her living room…so, while there is writing, the focus narrowed to blogging, the kids’ reports (nearly done, and due tomorrow), and my NaNo WIP, which is getting close to the resolution scenes, and still surprising me…

But the inspiration? That will ride home in the car with us, later today, and be with me for some time to come…be on the lookout for many, many words in the next week or two!

Here’s looking at you and yours, Sylvia Woodman! You guys make me a better me! =D

Do you have personal friends who inspire you to go more deeply into your passions? Have you let them know what that means to you?

Creating her own ice cream volcano! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly.

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Finally “caught up”: but with a travel weekend, I still might slip a bit behind this week before I hit an even keel.

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

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

2014 Lifetending:

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

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Currently visiting our friends, the Woodmans, in New Jersey.

2014 Fitness:

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

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

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

  • Played “Emperor Penguin Catch” and went for a walk.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water

  • Fish or seafood (crab cakes).

  • Nuts: 3 / 2 (pumpkin seeds; slivered almonds).

  • Yogurt: 2 /2.

  • Whole grains: 3/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain challah bread; Cheerios).

  • Fruits/vegetables: lots: Number uncertain (romaine lettuce; extra veggies on sub; carrots; hummus; steamed broccoli; clementines).

    Soup: Tomato basil.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Four friends, piling up for Minecraft fun! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – answer comments.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Increasing momentum; there’s still a backlog.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Wednesday: 3,505 words.

  • Thursday:    2,034 words.

  • Friday:         5,112 words.

  • Saturday:     3,002 words.

  • Scene: 54/60. Getting very close to the end; things are beginning to come together.

2014 Hometending:

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

  • Out of town – nothing new.

Clean files:

  • Nothing new.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Added one item.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete except attendance log.

  • Jeremiah’s report about two-thirds done.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

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

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • Our trip to visit friends has included ice skating for Annalise; lots of physical play; and going for walks.
  • 1/ 2 complete.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 2/5 (both salads).

I’m festive! Hats were a big part of this weekend! Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

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

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

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

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

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

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

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Fitness:

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

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

Besties at the ice rink, apres skate. Photo credit: Sylvia Woodman.

Sprucing and Pruning My Nest: December 10, 2014

 

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So, how are you doing, this late winter? Here in the frozen north, we’re wrapping up a two-day storm. I’ve taken advantage of a disparity in mine and the kids’ sleep/wake cycles to get in some words, move the reports forward, and evaluate my goals buffet, pruning some branches I’m not going to get to this round.

The next few days, the kids and I will be away, so I’ll be writing more hit-or-miss until at least Monday.

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

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

  • My box is clear, and I now intend to keep the level below 100.

2014 Fitness:

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

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Snow shoveling.

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

  • Played ‘cat with ball’ with Annalise.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water; Fish or seafood (crab cakes).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Still wrapped up in story, and still a bit behind with blogging…

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Still very slow; but forward momentum.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Sunday: 1,983 words. My first “almost” of the month.

  • Monday: 4.998 words (at least; didn’t chart.)

  • Tuesday: 4,082 words.

  • Scene: 51/60.

  • This was where much of my focus was, this session.

2014 Hometending:

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

Complete the family room reset.

  • More general cleaning.

Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • We STILL have a kitchen counter! And it’s even a little cleaner!

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Organizing and sweeping.

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

  • Nothing new.

Clean files:

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

  • Made the first pass. Cleaned/organized some story and novel files.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete except attendance log.

  • Jeremiah’s report about one-quarter done.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • A few more pages of The Unschooling Handbook. 131/219.

  • 1/3 complete.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • The kids and I are preparing to visit our friends, the Woodmans.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Completed another slip, and snuggled up to someone special.

2014 Fitness:

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

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • Ready to spend a few days with friends…there will be ice skating.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

  • Yogurt: 1 /2.

  • Whole grains: 1/3 (dry multigrain cereal).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 2/3 (romaine lettuce; extra veggies on sub)

Not Yet:

  • ‘Tis the time to drop a few of these until 2015 Round 1.

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

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

  • Queue one post each for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Create a potential sharing list for each feature (Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, blog hops, etc.)

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

  • Draft a Rough Website Wish List.

  • Give some attention/publicity to my Second Serving Sunday blog hop in the making…

  • Start a list of favorite Unfettered posts, with links.

2014 Writing:

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

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

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

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

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

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

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

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Lifetending:

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

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

2014 Fitness:

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

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

A Nestful of Sleepy Excitement: December 8, 2014

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Did you miss me? I know, I know – I’m already a day late – I was writing!

It’s been quite a week, for me story-wise…it’s also been a largely nocturnal one, with a big storm, and some big news…

But I’ll say more about that on Wednesday – right now, I’m in a hurry to get back to my story….so I hope you’ll forgive my evasive tactic from my waitressing days – “Smile more; talk less.”

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Ahhh, the nocturnal life…

Target Attained:

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water; vegetables/fruits (veggie wrap; broccoli; celery; carrots; cucumbers; grape tomatoes).Grains (whole grain rice and bread); Greek yogurt; salads/smoothies (4 salads; 2 smoothies). Fish or seafood (salmon; crab, shrimp).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Will we get THIS kind of snow?

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • Still very wrapped up in my story world, and running a bit behind with blogging…I’m playing this by ear, due to the story being alive and homeschool reports to write. Maybe in the next week…

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Slow progress, here, but progress is progress.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Wednesday: 4001 words.

  • Thursday: 7000 words + (forgot to chart).

  • Friday: 11,533 words!!! (all-time personal best!)

  • Saturday: 8,003 words.

  • Scene: 49/60

  • This was where most of my focus was, this session.

2014 Hometending:

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

Complete the family room reset.

  • General cleaning/organizing.

Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • We have a kitchen counter! Who knew?!

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Organizing and sweeping.

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

  • Sat in there with my pretty lights on…planning and dreaming.

Clean up files.

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

  • Levels still fluctuating, depending on other projects. Under 100, on average. Debris cleared.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Added a trip to New Jersey.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Annalise’s report complete up to Geography; about 75% complete.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • The kids and I are preparing to visit our friends, the Woodmans.

2014 Fitness:

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

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • Our plans to attend the Saratoga Springs Victorian Street Walk didn’t happen…people were up all night Wednesday, and asleep most of Thursday. Other plans being considered…and, with a big storm predicted for Tuesday, they may involve snow.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (slivered almonds).

Looking back on the year past…this was early January.

 

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

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

  • Queue one post each for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Create a potential sharing list for each feature (Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, blog hops, etc.)

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

  • Draft a Rough Website Wish List.

  • Give some attention/publicity to my Second Serving Sunday blog hop in the making…

  • Start a list of favorite Unfettered posts, with links.

2014 Writing:

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

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

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

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

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

2014 Hometending:

Clean up files.

  • Clean up all Desktop and Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

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

2014 Fitness:

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

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

Artwork by Annalise, at age 7. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

A December Nest: December 4, 2014

Come ROW with us!

So, what happens, after the NaNoThon?

Well, in my case, I keep writing. I’ve got a little more than a quarter of the story left to write, and a sixth of another, and I want to finish them both (and well) this month.

But I’m doing it at a more leisurely pace. And I’ll be doing other things, things I put aside for the NaNoThon – writing things, reconnecting things, traveling things, preparing things, reviewing things, joyful things, learning things…

You know. Life.

What about you? Is December a continuation of your November plans? A law unto itself? Just another month? Something completely different? I’d love to know!

So, with the above in mind; I offer up my December goals, already in progress…

Our 2012 trip tp the Street Walk…

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water; vegetables/fruits (veggie wrap; broccoli; celery; carrots; cucumbers; grape tomatoes).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Elegance and silliness – an some dancing in the street!

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

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

Maintain blogging schedule.

  • I lost track in the NaNo endgame and aftermath, but am getting caught up now.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Delving in gradually.

2014 Writing:

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

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Monday: 4,013 words.

  • Tuesday: 4.003 words.

  • Scene: 42/60

2014 Hometending:

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

Complete the family room reset.

  • More general cleaning/tidying.

Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • My Accomplice made significant progress on the kitchen counter; I’m moving it forward.

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • A bit more magnet cleaning….almost done at last!

Clean up files.

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

  • Just under 300 messages; aiming to clean out by Sunday.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Added a trip to New Jersey.

2014 Lifetending:

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

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Met with local NaNo folk for the TGIO party; made arrangements to visit our friends, the Woodmans.

2014 Fitness:

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

Plan/execute at least two activities each month that promote physical activity.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Grains (whole grain rice and bread); nuts (slivered almonds); yogurt; salads/smoothies (2 salads; 1 smoothie).

Exploration and Ornamentation…

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

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

  • Queue one post each for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Create a potential sharing list for each feature (Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, blog hops, etc.)

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

  • Draft a Rough Website Wish List.

  • Give some attention/publicity to my Second Serving Sunday blog hop in the making…

  • Start a list of favorite Unfettered posts, with links.

2014 Writing:

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

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

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

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

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts of all remaining novels.

2014 Hometending:

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

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

Clean up files.

  • Clean up all Desktop and Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

  • Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

2014 Lifetending:

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

  • Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

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

2014 Fitness:

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

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.
  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.
  • Meet or increase existing cardio goals.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

  • Add fish or seafood once a week.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

Well, that seems like plenty to start December off with! Spread some cheer to the other ROWers, too!

Moments on the Street…

Leaving My NaNo-Nest: December 1, 2014

Come ROW with us! =D

Note: I wrote this early early Sunday morning. Lotta words since then…so I’m leaving it, for now. More NaNo details to come on Wednesday!

Can you believe that it’s nearly over (or, depending on your time zone, that it already is over)?

As I type this, at 3am, I’m also making my last final push for NaNoWriMo 2014. If I can write three scenes today, I will have moved all three of my POV characters into their Act Threes.

My supporting characters are already there, but my main character needs those scenes to happen, so that he can get there, too…

At the beginning of NANo, I thought I’d finish the draft this month; but it’s gotten longer and more involved than I thought it would be. It’s fan fiction I’ll be offering freely, so that’s OK, but it means that I’ll have more December writing to do than I anticipated.

And about December…I’ll post some monthly goals on Wednesday, when I’ve had a day or two to reset and relax, post-NaNo. It will be a mellower month, though…and that will be lovely, after intensity.

How about you? Do you NaNo? If so, how are you feeling, at the end? Is December a chaotic or a peaceful month, in your life?

What my NaNoWriMo 2014 looked like!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014). Goal adapted.

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 302/333.
  • Went over once; mostly just dealing with a few a day, to stay below threshold, until NaNo is officially over.

2014 Fitness:

  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals ((smoothies/salads;yogurt; soup:nuts; grains).

  • 2/2 Greek yogurt.

  • 1/1Vegetable pesto soup.

  • 3/ 2 Nuts (macadamias; slivered almonds, sunflower seeds).

  • 4/3 Grain (whole grain bread).

  • 5/5; 4 salads; 1 blueberry/pomegranate smoothie.

  • A very good week for all of these! =)

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

  • Many/3; extra veggies on a sub; romaine and avocado on a BLT; clementines; banana; raw carrot/ranch dip; Brussels sprouts; broccoli; corn on the cob; sweet potato.

  • I made good use of our Thanksgiving trip to a buffet restaurant to veggie-load -yum!

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Well, I think everyone who gives it a whirl wins, but I do love this graphic, so…

Progressing:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Still sporadic, but I plan some nice relaxing catchup for next week, so things’ll be better then.

  • I still“owe” a Cand C post, but I did an ‘extra’ #SparkleFriday post, so it kind of balances.

2014 Writing:

  • Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move by December 31, writing at least 2,000 words daily.

  • Current Chapter: 10/20

  • Current Scene: 38/60

  • Word Count: 157,148/~200,000

  • New Words: 29,479!

  • New Pages: 51!

  • Finishing up Pinch Point #2 for my MC, who informed me that I had this pivotal scene plotted all wrong. He thinks the same about the next couple of scenes, too…

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • More magnet progress.

Complete the family room reset.

  • Between my Accomplice and I, we have a tidy new coat area right by the front door! Woot!

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Nothing new.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Continue my FutureLearn class, Exploring Play, until finished.

  • Still at 38% complete. Week 3/7. Class ended; nothing new.

Return to exploring Play Jar slips in a playful, FUN way!

  • Nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Not specifically, but I did carry a 100 plus pound girl on my back for 10-15 minutes, making several laps of the pool.

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

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…
  • Still standing at this marker; no treadmill this week.

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

  • Skipped the track this week.

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

  • Skipped.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Skipped these this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

  • I missed Friday and Saturday. NaNo brain!

Think I might treat myself….I never have, before…

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!