Learning (Anything But) Nothing: July 27, 2015

Round Three is all about reflection, for me: where I am, who I am, where I’d like to be, and who I’d like to be when I get there…

Yesterday was Learn Nothing Day.

Once again, I failed….spectacularly.

(Actually, it was July 24, which I learned while getting the link…so, I failed by learning different stuff than what’s listed below, but I still failed!)

It started just after midnight, when I took a walk with my daughter, and learned that, although we couldn’t see the moon, it was still fairly bright out.  

It just went on from there.  I learned about:

  •  freelance writing,
  • t’ai chi,
  • Windows 10.
  • that my writing group is filled with amazing, awesome and compassionate women.  
  • what was going on in my husband’s, daughter’s, and son’s heads.
  • about a very cool postcard poetry challenge.
  • a new-to-me way to learn languages and more..
  • new things about my characters and their stories.

And I learned that 2015 was not the year I was going to learn nothing on Learn Nothing Day.   Maybe 2016?

At any rate, it’s time for my belated-by-a-day update…

Annalise, on Learn Nothing Day, 2009. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

No learnin’ to see here, folks! Jeremiah, Learn Nothing Day 2009. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.


  • The IDIC Romance: Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors. Existing stories ordered and 2015 stories slotted in. Next up: Import 2015 story text to appropriate Scrivener files and folders.


  • “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Nothing new. Next up: Highlight Plot notes for all 16 scenes.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercise 2. . Nothing new. Next up: Reread what I have written so far, and do Exercise #2.
Something we learned on Learn Nothing Day 2009 – oops! Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. My sponsor post is in; visits current.
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. Continue on-time posting; up the ante a bit on commenting and visiting. Doing better. I’ve found it’s somewhat easier to tackle a few at a time, when I need time to percolate ideas, watch Enterprise, wait for that molar to fall out of the girl’s mouth…Next up: make some visits and respond to more comments, including pending ones.
  • Share posts – mine, and others’: Share generously and variously as inspired! Get out of my comfort zone a bit with this one, and explore some new ideas…Nothing this session. Next up: share! Interesting and inspiring things, funny things, things that make me go hmmmm…
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. I’ve been treating this like a chore – time to have fun with it! 2/1: Spent some time on Facebook, and updated my Pinterest feed. Next up: Make this so, again – and again!


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. I’ve got a flow now; ride the waves, and continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. I honestly can’t say for sure, because Other Things. Stuff was done. Other stuff wasn’t. Next up: Begin shifting back into maintenance mode…and more weeding!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Not yet. Next up: make a beginning.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), create Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Test scores are back; Peer Review Form body completed. Next up: Finish what I’ve started: Need end matter for form; print for campground. Crop Annalise’s test score photos, and submit to district.
Inventing a game, and learning all the while…Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.


  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete one critique. Yes on write-ins, and peeking at the group…critiques? Not yet. Next up: Read short scene critique.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Nothing new. Next up: Follow up with beta #1.
  • Meditation: Practice four times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. 8/4 for this week; thrice with mandalas, and once during t’ai chi. Continued reading about mandala meditation and began practice;1 /2 new techniques. Selected new technique; did very early stage research – more on that when I’m closer to actually starting… Next up: Research technique #2,and begin.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Nothing new. Next up: print application.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Yes, yes, and yes! Next up: More! =D


  • Make time for physical activity every day; use phone app to track three time a week. 6/7 days, 3/3 with phone; Walking, weeding, hometending, and t’ai chi. Next up: take the kids camping.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. Aim to add second class weekly. At-home practice daily: Reading to increase knowledge base, brief warm-up, then Ward Off/ Rollback/Press and Push combo. It’s now part of my morning flow, and becoming habit. Next up: Continue class and at- home practice.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge – It’s also a blog hop – Find more ROWers right here!

A close up of the game – and other learning – in progress, 2009. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.


    • We have managed to fail every year….the kids won’t even pretend they aren’t going to learn anymore…they just go right on, in defiance of unschooling holiday! Delinquents, both of them! ;D

      I love mt colored lists, too – and they help so much with keeping track of my many goals – because my brain just works best with lots of goals! =D

    • It was actually thought up by unschooler Sandra Dodd, whose three adult kids never went to school, as a sort of experiment to see if humans really could go a day without learning anything.

      We did it the first time in 2009, when the kids were just 5 and almost 9. I wrote about that here: http://memismommy.blogspot.com/2009/07/learning-nothingthe-final-frontier.html and that’s where these pictures come from.

      My kids won’t play anymore. They don’t think trying not to learn is as much fun as learning is.

      As for me, if I hadn’t already lost, by virtue of being a night owl, my #onegoodcup would’ve taken me out, anyway. It’s now evolved to about an hour. I start with my Intentions journal, move on to my #onegoodcup journal, read a section of a freelancing book I’m working through, then a section of my t’ai chi manual, and finish with mandala meditation! That’s a lot of learning…before I even dive into my day!

      Truth is, I dare anyone to just TRY and make me stop learning. Won’t work, but they can try…

      I can’t think of many things more fun than learning stuff! =D

  1. I am with you on the continuing to make the home better, step by step. I seem to be the same way, a little here and a little there. Seems there is always plenty to work on. 🙂

    High Five, Shan, for a great week!

    • There really is always plenty to work on…you’re so right about that!

      I tend to get a little carried away by the writing, and then things can get a little less than tidy (OK< a lot less than tidy!)/

      May your week be lovely, and productive!

    • Learn Nothing Day is a brilliant idea. I’ve been thinking, this week, that even if you didn’t learn anything all day, you would learn that you could learn nothing, and that would be something….therefore, there seems to be no way to actually learn nothing.


      And often misunderstood.

      I’m really looking forward to camping this weekend, and finally finally getting to the editing stuff that’s been waiting all month!

      May you have no pain, lots of progress, and just the right amount of chocolate! =)

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