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!


    • I’m sort of a hybrid planner. I have lots of goals of diverse types and requirements, and then I more or less go with the flow of life. There’s always a project that fits my circumstances.

      I tend to move forward on individual projects fairly slowly, but I cover a lot of ground, and things seem to feed off one another.

      When I feel a need to focus intensely on something, I can easily set other things aside, and devote myself to that.

      I think planning works best when it suits our minds, our natures, and our lives. Too many times, “experts” offer blanket strategies, but only you can know what works best for you.

      ROW80 is a wonderful place to set and pursue goals – because you can change them as often as you need to! I’ve learned a tremendous amount from participating in it (and, no pressure, but a new round starts on the first Monday in October!).

      • I completely agree with you about it suiting the individual and the lifestyle – many people have tried to encourage me to plan and the success rate varies! I will consider ROW80 – I enjoy working to goals, particularly the benefits of achieving them! Thanks for suggesting it 🙂

        • While I’ve benefited from some organizational techniques, like you, I’ve had varying degrees of success. It took a while to realize what the problem was – the techniques HAVE to work for me, and my life, elsethey’re useless to me.

          ROW80 lets you set your own goals, and change them, and that’s really helped me to assess a lot of things about the way my mind and life work, and I’m getting better and better at setting goals I can attain. And that makes me feel accomplished, along with getting me closer to the point where I have things ready to publish.

          I’s love to see you there! =D

          • I decided to take the leap and will register for the next round in October. I’ve also volunteered to be a sponsor – I never do things by halves!

            Thanks for your encouragement 🙂

          • I am so excited to see you in the linky list for Round 4! To say ROW80 has changed my life would be something of an understatement…

            I’d be a pretty lousy sponsor if I wasn’t encouraging! =)

          • That is so inspiring – the fact it had a positive effect on your life. I’m so glad you suggested it, because this past few months has been a journey of discovery; I’ve found a sense of belonging I never thought I’d feel again and I know it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve met some incredible people and I can’t wait to spend more time with you all 🙂

    • Lots of targets to aim toward helps! And, of course, I don’t list the things I didn’t make progress toward, and that helps too! =)

      I’ve got ‘on targets’; you’ve got published books. We both win! =)

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