Sleepy Gratitude: December 9, 2015

From my 2015 self-evaluation questions:

What’s one thing I wish I’d done, but didn’t?

I didn’t sleep last night. It’s been a day of connection, laughter, deep thoughts and conversations that remind me yet again that my children are nearer now to adults than to babies.

I could have slept, but I’m not sorry that I didn’t.

For 2015, I have a few things I wish I ‘d gotten to, or done more of:

  • Listening...I love to talk ; but I also love hearing others’ stories. More of that would have been wonderful.

  • Revisions: I intended to do more of these this year, but…Other Things.

  • Submissions: I need to revise to submit, after all…

  • Tai chi: I got back to class and at home learning, but not as often or as regularly as I wished. I’d like this to be more regular….and frequent.

  • Breathing: Sometimes, I still forget to slow down, breathe, and, when needed, remove myself from the fray. I’m  better at this than I used to be, but there’s still lots of room for improvement.

  • Random acts of kindness: More is always better here!

  • Beta readings and critiques: I’m ridiculously backed up…and I feel guilty  about that…

  • Connecting with others: I tend to lose track of people in the thick of drafting something new.

  • My Round 4 Goals (updating soon).

  • My 2015 Goals (updating soon).

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.




  • The IDIC Romance: Using existing notes (once complete); create a revision plan for “Slow Jazz Awakening” (the lynchpin of my Trip/T’Pol shipping fan fiction); write revised draft; 16 short scenes. (Download all relevantfiles / assess my current status for this project.)   Baby-steps here. I’ve got pre-planning revision notes for 6/16 scenes. Scene 7  in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. Pondering schedule; all posts current!

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. Making good progress using my new streamlined Fire.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. As a bonus, I also signed up to sponsor Round One 2016 (I think I may be a lifer, sponsor-wise!) =)


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. First steps; ascertained which files I’ll need to download; charged camera battery.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5; moderate.
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision categories. Ideas abound; will begin enacting once my project table is clear (the board hangs over this). Working on the table, and refining ideas.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Plans in the works for get-togethers with local friends, faraway friends, a trip to the state museum, and a Christmas party at an area business that puts up a wonderful free light display each year.

  • 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. No write-in this week; December is a more casual month,with various holiday plans, and just post-NaNo. After a busy week, I opted to stay home.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Conversation and cuddles; played To The Moon through to completion at the boy’s request; canoodling.
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews.


  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 3/7 for journaling; 2/7 meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. 3/5. A nascent idea for evaluation is gestating here…

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Categorize poems roughly for 2016 development.

  • Website/Business blog: Come to a decision for 2016 before WP renewal time; research self-hosting. I think I’ve decided; letting the decision settle a bit before committing.

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra. The last snippet of “Mission” will appear on Sunday, after which I will begin commenting and interacting on the site while I polish these little fluffy bits of slightly more than slightly naughty fun!

  • Self-publishing: Finish reading The Indie Author Power Pack. 100%. (3/3). So many ideas and nascent plans forming. I feel a leap coming on strong!

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge  – the one that knows that you and I have lives!~

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