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!
Here’s my somewhat twisty progress since my (a day late) last update ! =)
August Focal Areas:
Chameleon’s Dish Revision
Social Media/Blog Design
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….
All regular posts published, but none on time.
Nothing queued; but I have ideas percolating.
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.
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.
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.
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.