I’ve done it! Woot! Wooty woot woot woot!
Yeah, that’s right. I completed my first goal, and it only took three weeks! Oh, and a LOT of writing!
I learned quite a bit, in the process. Things about my life, like that I don’t need to spend hours each day cleaning the house, and that both children are far more capable than I knew. Not only are they reasonably good at pitching in (at least, when they’e in the mood, and mostly doing things they like), but they’re also pretty good, these days, at negotiating ways to make life easier for all of us.
Things about my writing, like that I can, in fact, write a lot, and have it be meaningful, and still have the time needed to be the mom and wife I want to be.
And that, in fact, the time spent in writing makes me richer, makes me more willing to share the rest of my time with my family.
Because a lot of my writing is self-examination, I feel myself opening up in new ways, filling up, deepening in understanding – of myself, my purpose, those around me….
This challenge has been amazing for me, personally. I am feeling strong and empowered. I don’t just feel more like a writer, I am proving to myself, on a daily basis, that I am a writer, already.
I’ve discovered that I’ve been hiding – sharing my words and my vision mostly with those whom I could be reasonably sure would not object too strenuously to them. I’ve had violent, harsh, abusive reactions to my words (spoken and written alike), from two of my three siblings; perhaps I was afraid that, if I got that type of response from someone I did not know, it would mean that I or my words or my viewpoint was worthless.
I’ve said for years that I would write, that I fully intended to begin a freelance career, but, still, I hesitated.
There were, of course, reasons.
- I couldn’t write regularly, in our traveling days, because I was too busy and too tired.
- I couldn’t write regularly, (or submit at all, I told myself), when the children were small, because they were all-consuming in their needs.
- Then it was not having the type of computer that would allow me to write quickly and easily, and I didn’t have the money to get one……
Now I have, step by step and little by little, made all those excuses moot. And I am writing – every day. Joyfully. Productively.
That’s the path for me. Step by step. Little by little. Moving forward. Chipping away at my remaining fears and sculpting a new reality for myself. A reality where I write, and submit, and attain my goals, and look forward, and challenge myself.
And now, on to my goals, while I take a few moments to soak in the view from here……
Round of Words 80 Goals – Round 1, 2012:
I will write at least 10 essays and/ or photo essays, and post them publicly.
- I did it! Yesterday, when I posted “Sibling Rivalry; Sibling Love” on The Unfettered Life, I completed this goal!
- I still have three essays nearing completion.
- I have unmined material in notebooks and on the computer.
I am debating adding a goal involving transcribing, gathering from hard drives, and/or working on my backlog of photograph. I have decided to wait a week or so, work toward completing the essays in progress, and then feel out which goal feels like the best fit.
I will complete all necessary homeschool reporting (2010-2011 end-of-year assessments; fourth request for approval of 2011-2012 IHIPs , and Second Quarter Reports- all items for both children). These will be completed and submitted as follows:
- 2010-2011 EOY Assessments – January 31, 2012
- 2011-2012 IHIP Approval Request – February 15, 2012
- 2011-2012 Second Quarter Reports – March 1, 2012
- I am on target with this goal……Annalise is eager to see her friends tomorrow, and the EOY Assessment Forms are all but completed (need to add the attendance hours, and print, which I will do once Jim has fallen asleep).
- I will take the forms to co-op tomorrow, and they should be ready for mailing on Friday, completing the first portion of this goal.
- The Tiny Buddha post is very nearly finished. I need to read through one more time, and then the text will be complete.
- I will be reviewing the guidelines sometime before Sunday, and will make whatever adjustments are necessary.
- If I am allowed to submit my own photos, I will gather and prepare two or three pictures to add to the post, then submit (hopefully, before next Wednesday).
- I have added some photos to the Sunday Surf post, but not otherwise worked on it.
- I’ve been concentrating on finishing blogposts and reports, and reading and commenting on other blogs, over the last several days, so I have been making only modest progress toward this goal.
- I am, at this writing, 4062 words into Chapter 16, “Blood and Breath”.
- I have a better idea of the plot, going forward, and may, at some point in the next week or two, begin taking some rough notes for the remaining chapters.
- I still don’t know where I am in the plot, but, as I am hoping that the action will ratchet, in increasing fits and starts, to a crescendo, from this point, I am thinking somewhere between 25-30 chapters altogether, maybe….
- I have done a little market research for this goal, but not made any decisions as yet.
- I have joined the Write1 Sub1 Monthly Challenge. The challenge is to write a story or poem each month, and to submit one, as well. I am hoping this will give me that little push I need to keep pressing forward on this goal.
- I have done well at this goal.
- I have posted twice here; pulled a ROW80 post from The Unfettered Life to post here, and have added challenges, and three pages.
- I have been continuing to learn new ways of improving my blogs.
- I have posted once to The Unfettered Life, and plan on reposting the “Sima Garo Provides” post , minus the goals updates, because it is very much an unschooling essay.