Transitional Reflections: September 6, 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.

What’s new in your world?

Are things going smoothly, or are you facing challenges?

It’s been over a week since my laptop stopped working. I’ve had some time to learn how to make this older machine do the things I want to accomplish, and I’ve learned to adjust my goals to better suit my circumatances. This is the writing challenge that knows I have a life, and sometimes life’s not all a chair of bowlies.

With the new goals, comes new accounting. I loved the weekly goals of Ready. Set. WRITE!, so I’m adapting them for ROW80.

  • Completed weekly goals will be replaced with new.

  • In progress goals will be kept or adapted, depending on progress.

  • Goals-in-waiting will stay as-is, or be adapted.

I’m also not doing an end-of-August assessment of my Round 3 goals. I’ll wait until the end of the round.and  focus on meeting my September goals.

OK, that’s the news…now, on to the update!


Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.


  • The IDIC Romance: Write one TnT Story -A-Day through September. Keep to 999 words or less; for fun. (Trip and T’Pol want me to play!). Last week: One story each day, using the prompts, and freewriting. This week: One freewritten story each day, using prompts.



  • The IDIC Romance: Choose 2/3 paragraphs for each letter; do an 11:11 Stream of Consciousness sprint for each; these will be the basis for new stories and A-Z posts. Last week: Letters A-F. This week: Letters G- P.

  • Watch Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Four, through S4E3: “Home”. . 3 episodes; Firefly; 14 episodes; and Serenity (feature length movie). Last week: Complete Enterprise episodes. This week: First three episodes of Firefly.


  • The IDIC Romance: Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, draft rough revision plan for 16 scenes. Last week: Download files; draft plan for Scenes 1-4. Scene 3 in progress. This week: Scenes 3-8.

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision, Exercises 2 and 3. Last week: Download files. Resume Step 2. This week: Complete Exercise 2.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Regular features:  Publish 9 posts; scheduling ahead if possible; post at least one authorized reblog. #STaD posts for each story. Last week: Nine regular posts; eating meditation reblog. 7/9 posted;  3 StaD posts. 2 in progress. This week: Same goals, with better progress.

  • Catch up all June and July blog comments and visits. Last week: Catch up through July 5, and current comments/visits. This week: The same.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. Last week: Post updates; make visits. Do one 11:11 brainstorming session for Round Four sponsor post. This week: Reread brainstorming session, and do another; organize notes into the basis of a post plan.

  • Empty email inbox. Last week: get below 3333 messages. Be ruthless, if need be! Some messages deleted and read; count at 4193. This week: Same.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork; including Fourth Quarter Reports. Submit Annalise’s test results to school district, submit Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel Form. Draft IHIPs. Last week: Proof Jeremiah’s report; prepare Peer Review and test scores; submit all. Downloaded Jeremiah’s report. This week: Same.
  • Decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. Last week: Clean/tidy study: sort one bag of ephermera; finish clearing round table and add tablecloth;begin cleaning in Annalise’s room; add three subcategories to each broad Oregon List category. This week: Another bag of ephermera in study, weeding; more in Annalise’s room; add three subcategories to each broad Oregon List category.


  • Continue planning/ attending August/September outings and events. Take into account each child’s need for social time and hibernation – and the all-important budget. Last week: Jeremiah’s birthdaying! This week: Plans for the state museum, art supply shopping, and a sleepover.

  • 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. Last week: locate and read the shorter crit. This week: same with crit; attend write-in; visit group page.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Last week: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish.This week: Same.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. Last week: Connect with My Accomplice; walks and podcasts with the girl; birthdaying (and possibly Firefly) with the boy. This week: Accomplice has an extra-long weekend. Take extra connection time with him.
  • Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. Last week: Write three reviews, and post to Amazon. This week: Same.


  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Last week: meet journaling/meditation goals; choose a new practice to explore.  This week: Same, and buy new #onegoodcup journal.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading, and adding movements to my at-home practice. Last week: Class once; three at-home practices; read and expand practice. This week: Same.

  • Physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. Last week: pars for both. This week:Same.

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


  1. Sounds like you’re making great progress, Shan Jeniah. As for me, I just started teaching at the local university again and I’m trying to figure out how to rework my writing schedule to allow enough time for grading, class prep, correspondence with students, etc. Like all things, it’s a work in progress. Take care!

    • I’ve been thinking a lot ab out adaptability lately – for me, that’s key. Sometimes it takes a while to figure how much we can do, and what, and when…

      Wishing you the very best as you navigate this new terrain. =)

    • I’m pretty good at keeping up if I’m not writing…but when the story worlds take over, email is usually the first thing to go (after that, it’s detail-oriented hometending).

      I’m thinking about your method, though, and it sounds like that might be something I could benefit from doing once a season or so.

      Thanks for sharing! =D

    • My brain works best when it’s got a smorgasbord to play with. I have a tendency to get lost in one or two goals, if that’s all I have, and ignore everything else.

      This way, I make gradual progress on many things I want to address, and I can adjust things so that the beginnings and endings, which are the trickiest for me, are staggered with things humming along in the middle.

      I think one of the most useful things I’ve learned from ROW80 is that we all work best in different ways, and finding our own best approach is invaluable.

      I hope the cutting back soothes the overwhelm. I DO NOT enjoy that feeling, not one little bit.

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