Final Reflections? September 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.

When you finish a writing project, do you type ‘The End’?

I don’t. If I ever have, it was long ago.

These days, I see endings and beginnings as softer and more nebulous affairs. I’ll revise those projects, probably again and again. Dishes finished today will be replaced by dirty ones within hours – same with laundry.

Round Three is ending, and I didn’t complete everything I set out to do. The End is near, but I’m not finished…and I’m OK with that.

Why?

Because the ending is arbitrary. The round officially ends tomorrow. But when I wake up Friday morning, I have exactly the same choice to move forward on my goals, to live my life with intention, that I have as I type these words early on Wednesday afternoon.

The choice is mine.

It’s also my choice to decide how to view those goals I didn’t finish. Did I fail? Or have I just not yet wholly succeeded? Do I focus on what remains undone, or on the journey made to get to this point?

My choice – and yours. What will we choose?

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

Writing:

  • Write one TnT Story -A-Day through September. Keep to 999 words or less; for fun. This week: Write prompted stories for 9/20-26. Bring revisions, posting, and networking up to date. Stories current through 9/22. Revisions moving forward.

Plotting:

  • 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. This week: Letters M-Z.

  • Watch Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Four, through S4E3: “Home”.  Firefly; 14 episodes; and Serenity (feature length movie). This week: Episodes 8-12. Watched through S1E12 “The Message”. Next week: Episodes 13-14, and Serenity movie.

Editing:

  • The IDIC Romance:Slow Jazz Awakening”: Using compiled notes, draft rough revision plan for 16 scenes. This week: Scenes 3 – 8. Scene 3 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead if possible; post at least one authorized reblog. This week: Same posting goal; two authorized reblogs. 3/9 posted; 2/9 in progress.

  • Catch up all June and July blog comments and visits. This week: Catch up through June 15. Some progress.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Freewrite ideas and notes for Round 4 Sponsor Post. This week: Updates and visits; reread brainstorming session, and do another; organize notes into the basis of a post plan. Sign on as a Round 4 sponsor. Complete this goal.

  • Empty email inbox.This week: Get below 1111 messages; tend to Archives file. Just under 1800 messages.

Hometending:

  • 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: Finish all 2014/5 paperwork and submit.This week: Draft Both IHIPs.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. This week: Finish ephemera; cleaning in Annalise’s room; Oregon list; weeding; porch; coffee table.2/5.

Lifetending:

  • 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. This week: Sleepover, state museum, art supply shopping? Sleepover a success. Museum provisionally planned for Friday, if sniiffles are snuffed.

  • 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. This week: write-in, social media; locate and read the shorter crit.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. This week: Send message regarding Beta One, which I couldn’t finish.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. This week: More! Couples’ time, walks, trip to Y and lunch with boy.
  • Read 3 fellow author books; complete 5 reviews. This week: Write three reviews, and post to Amazon.

Selftending

  • Write in Intentions journal/ #onegoodcup journal six times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. This week: meet journaling/meditation goals; choose a new practice to explore. Journals: 3/6; Meditation: 4/7 (mandala, tai chi)

  • T’ai chi practice: at home five times; class twice. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory, and adding movements to my at-home practice. This week: Pars. Reading; class once; at-home practice1/5.

  • Make time for physical activity six days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. This week: pars for both. 3/6 days, 1/3 with phone; Walking, hometending, tai chi, weeding.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s

ROW80 Writing Challenge.

It’s also a blog hop!

Find more ROWers right here!

And, to wrap up the round, here’s a bit of Viny sleepover fun from Annalise and her friend Gabrielle.

7 comments

  1. Well-said. I love having ROW80 because it gives me a set deadline, and since I don’t have a publisher setting deadlines for me, ROW80 helps. I like the challenge. But I don’t feel bad that I didn’t meet all of my goals for this round. The way I see it, there’s always next round.

  2. Well said about goals and choosing to look at the future with a positive and proactive approach. Every day is a fresh start, a blank canvas, and choosing to live deliberately. 🙂

  3. “But when I wake up Friday morning, I have exactly the same choice to move forward on my goals, to live my life with intention, that I have as I type these words early on Wednesday afternoon.”
    Pure genius right there!

    And the Vine is adorable–nice voice too!

    • The Vine voice isn’t Lise’s – although she does have a sweet singing voice of her own, and not insignificant natural talent (I sing, too, so maybe genetic). But this girl was born to perform – I knew it when she was a baby!

      As you might guess, I;m not a huge fan of arbitrary time frames. I do love the way ROW80 provides a framework for my goals – but the win/lose paradigm isn’t one I embrace. It tends to get in the way of progress and joy – and I won’t have that! =D

    • Thanks, Ruth! It’s been -interesting – with the computer issues, but I’m adapting, and moving along. Maybe not as quickly as I’d like, but moving along.

      I”m excited for Round 4 – I’m starting to get a firm sense of what I want to focus on, and that always makes it more exciting, as I anticipate delving in….

      And, until then, life and writing go on….maybe at a more relaxed and wandering pace….

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