Stretching Into September: August 31, 2014

The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life/

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  • Update sidebar; it’s a little outdated and jumbly.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


  1. I love the diversity of your goals . . . and the fact that you bump the goals when it’s advisable to do so. Love that ROW80 recognizes we have a life. All the best as this round draws to a close. (Love the pics you include, by the way.)

    • I’m a wide-angle kinda woman! I take every challenge with the understanding that I want my life to be a blending that can shift according to what’s happening. I’ve got no trouble adapting a challenge to suit my life – but ROW80 needs no adapting, because it adjusts itself!

      Thanks for mentioning the photos. I love taking pictures of our lives, and sharing them. It’s an easy way to let people get to know me and my life a little better, and they make me happy, too! =D

  2. August–the entire summer, actually–flew by. Hard to believe that fall is here. There will be some changes in my household this fall, since my husband just began taking classes toward his master’s degree while working full-time. If he has a lot of homework or studying in the evenings, I’m going to use that time for writing or reading.

    • Less a battle with the chaos, and more a matter of tempting and cajoling it to reveal some internal structure beneath…being on top of it is something that seems to ebb and flow. I try to ride the waves…

      My Accomplice in Mischief is easy to like, although I’m not sure ‘dutiful’ describes our love. It’s more like a cooperative venture…we don’t make demands on each other nearly as much as we strive to live with acceptance and respect for each other, if that makes sense.

  3. You are busy. I can barely keep up with my blog, let alone try and write anything else at the moment. Well done you. And this year, not just August, has flown by.

    • It’s a bit deceptive. I don’t have a day job, and my kids are old enough, at 10 and 13, to be independent in many ways. They’re homeschooled, so I’m not tied to a school schedule.

      Also, I’ve learned that it’s easier to work with my brain than against it, so I have lots of goals and dance around between them, as my mood, energy, focus, and life allow.

      It might be a factor that I seem to need less sleep than the average – a genetic gift from my sleep-camel father…

      I haven’t yet found time to go on safari, though!

        • Maybe I’d rather look at your pictures and enjoy the lovely chaos that is my own life, then…

          Truth be told, I’m not a fan of flying. At all. Maybe that gets in my way…

          • I deal with both vertigo and acrophobia. I’ve done some things – flying, rock climbing, Grand Canyon hiking, riding an elevated train – that scare the h*&l out of me, but I’m not in any hurry to launch myself into the sky again…

            On the other hand, I love caving and SCUBA diving…

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