Love, Marriage, and Goal-Adjusting : August 23, 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.

With August waning, it’s time for me to look at my wildly flowering garden of goals, and do a bit of weeding and pruning, so I can nurture those that are healthiest. I’ll come back to some of the others, next month…

It’s also my eighteenth wedding anniversary, so I thought I’d share some celebratory images, and a poetic glimpse into our lives

Sunset in Florence, Oregon, 2000. Yup, we took selfies LONG before they were cool – with a film camera, no less!

And now, a goals adjustment:

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.


  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2. 83,583/~150,000 words drafted. 200 new words; Scene 28/50 complete. Next up: Draft to 90,000 words.
  • The IDIC Romance: Import all remaining independent stories and arcs into existing, chronological Scrivener binder. Get word count. Write exploratory paragraphs for all Enterprise A-Z 2016 topics. A-E paragraphs completed; 5/26. Next up: FZ.


  • Slow Jazz Awakening” (The IDIC Romance): Highlight detailed notes for plot, dialogue, setting, character, devices, themes, general impressions, and things for later stories in this or other arcs. Create detailed revision plan. 16/16 scenes compiled! Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision. Complete one exercise per week; find market, and submit by month‘s end. Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3.Moving through the point-by-point re-envisioning. 8 points completed. Next up: Revision is moving along well, but not quickly. Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this month.
  • Stretch Goal: Reread Chameleon’s Dish revised scenes; resume revisions. Next up: On hold until September…

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Yes on visits and updates. Nothing for sponsor post. Next up: Brainstorm for Round 4; continue on-time posts/visits.
  • Blog Maintenance: Catch up on comments and visits; clear pending file! Keep posting schedule. Complete blog sidebar update. More comments; August caught up; July working backward to the 10th. Posting up to date. Next up: Keep going. Evaluate sidebar.
  • Make an adventure of finding cool things to share, and cool ways to share them, for two sessions (length variable) each week. Make it a scavenger hunt of bloggy treasures! 1 /2. I lost track. It was one or two, so I’ll call it one. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3 FB/Twitter linksNext up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing. Next up: More.


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 5/5;mellow due to heat wave and extra t’ai chi. Next up: Keep it up!
  • Create General Categories List of Things to Attend to Before We Move to Oregon; add specific items as/if they occur to me. Nothing new. Next up: Add three subcategories to each broad category.
  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports and IHIPs for both. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; rough draft IHIPs for 2015-2016 (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Proofed Annalise’s ELA section. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting; save IHIPs for September.
  • Stretch Goal: Clean up all OneDrive files. Setting aside for Other Things.


  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Great on attendance and checking in; no critiques yet. Next up: Begin crits – this week!
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. . Next up: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish. Read Beta Two through.
  • Meditation: Practice six times a week. Experiment with two new techniques. Meditation: 8/6; mandalas, t’ai chi. Techniques: 1 /2; eating meditation. Next up: Continue practice; delve the new.
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and check on summer USS Albany group meeting schedule. Next up: Waiting for September.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Time with all, more planned. Next up: More YES!
  • Stretch goal: Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. 2/3 books read; 1/5 reviews complete. Nothing new. Next up: Write three reviews, and post. Read Slave Again, by Alana Terry.


  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 7/6 days, 4/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi, playing ball, arts festival and garden visits. Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t‘ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 6/5 at home practice sessions; 2 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand 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! 

Still Selfy after all these years – September, 2013, sixteen years and a bit in….Photo by Chef Bluebeard, of course!


  1. Happy anniversary! Sorry I’m late.

    I love your gardening analogy, especially the reminder to give attention to what is flourishing to help it grow even more. And the reminder that it’s okay, even a good idea, to set some things aside for later.

    • It’s OK – we celebrated all last week, and into the weekend. +D

      I often think of writing in gardening terms. I start with more goals than I can finish, and that way there’s always something I can work on, and I can see how the month shapes itself…

      It might not work for everyone, but it’s an essential component of my being able to write, unschool, and be otherwise present in my life.

      Happy to offer the reminder. =D

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