Plan B Reflections… August 31, 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.

Oh, Monday…how did you get here so fast?

And, Sunday, where did you go in such a hurry?

The last time I checked in, I was eagerly waiting for my new power adapters to arrive. Well, they came, but didn’t solve my problem. Neither could my tech-oriented son.

Right now, money does not exist in our budget to seek repairs, so I’m getting cozy with Plan B – an elderly machine that is quite limited in its abilities, but is able to do most if not all of what I want. Not quickly, and not flexibly, but competently, in a workmanlike fashion.

I made significantly less progress than I’d hoped, and, on Wednesday, (or maybe Thursday), I’ll be revamping my goals for September, taking the reality of reduced resources into account.


Here’s where I stand, on the eve of August’s demise…

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. Nothing new. Next up: Draft to 95,000 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-W paragraphs completed;23/26. Next up: X-Z.


  • 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. Nothing new. Next up: draft revision plan.
  • Peach Liqueur Love” Exercises 2 and 3; Deep Revision.  Next up: Complete Exercise 2; do Exercise 3. Nothing new. Next up: Changing goal to completing Exercises 2 and 3 this round.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Mostly 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. Posting and comments a bit delayed due to power issues. 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 ; pulling from here and there, and sharing here and there. Next up: More!
  • Go on at least three social media adventures each week. 1/3: visits Next up: More!
  • Stretch Goal: Empty email inbox. Nothing new. 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. 6/5. Did more here, as stress relief and an option to computer stuff. 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. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district when received; (research requirements for Grade 9), submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Annalise’s report proofed and RTG. Next up: Proof and package end of year reporting.


  • 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. Nothing new. 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 and tai chi walking. Techniques: 2/2; eating meditation; tai chi walking. Next up: Continue practice.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Lots of 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, 3/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, t’ai chi. Next up: More!
  • Practice: Attend two t’ai chi classes each week; at-home practice five times weekly. 3/5 at home practice sessions; 2 / 2 classes. Next up: Expand at-home practice.

These goals are a part of Kait NolanROW80 Writing Challenge  – It’s also a blog hop –

Find more ROWers right here!


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  1. that sucks. What was the issue. I was out of commission this past weekend, and I missing stuff. If it’s about battery charge i know that feeling having to buy a new battery AND a new power adapter. TWICE! Well the power adapter was twice, not the battery.

    Still sounds like a good week. Hope to flow continues with Plan B. 🙂

    • Current theory is that it’s electrical, but the fix needs to wait until the budget can bear it, and that might be a few more weeks.

      In the meantime,I’m making progress, and that’s a good thing. And I will certainly appreciate a modern machine in a whole new way when I have one again!

  2. I’m sorry the power adapters didn’t solve the problem, but you’re certainly keeping a good attitude–what are you gonna do? Right? And I still think you accomplished a lot!

    • I figure that I can’t control what happened to the machine, but I can decide whether or not I’m going to let it be a joy-sucker. I choose not.

      I think just making the decision has helped me, because I’m determined to make the most of the enforced break, rather than letting it be a reason to give up in defeat.

      And, if I do get this machine repaired, I’m not going to run out of adapters for a while! =D

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