Grateful Conclusions: December 23, 2015

Hello, and welcome to what I called, when I was a kid, Christmas Eve Eve!

It’s been a peacefully busy week. It doesn’t all show here, because not all of the busyness was toward my ROW80 goals (varied as they are). That doesn’t make them less valuable pursuits, though – things like updating my laptop after six months of non-use, and moving and backing up the files used and created on the Toughbook, so that I can pass it along to my daughter empty of my things…shopping for stocking stuffers and treating myself to lunch with my laptop at Panera – all of these matter, and all of them take up some time…

Since the goals below are monthly ones, and there’s still another day left to the round; I’ll keep working on these till the end of the year. I’ll update my Round 4 goals on Sunday (12/27), and my 2015 goals on the first – Round 1, 2016 begins on the 4th, so I’ll be posting my new goals on the 3rd.

May you find the rest your December delightful!

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.



  • The IDIC Romance: Complete note-taking process for 26 stories. Completed notes for R; 18/26; S in pr0gress. Only eight to go!


  • 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 relevant OneDrive files to assess my current status for this project.) Scene 12/16 pre-planning notes complete.

  • Peach Liqueur Love”: Complete steps 2 and 3 of Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; rewrite in preparation for steps 4 and 5.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. All posts current; All Advents posted early or on time.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. A bit behind; lots of new comments.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Didn’t get to Sunday visits; doing later today or tomorrow.

  • Maintain at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Cleared Inbox; cleared some from Archives.


  • 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. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship (both); U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics (IHIP only). Uploaded images captured last week to OneDrive, in preparation for creating Flickr albums for them.
  • 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. 2/5; moderate.
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision/Finishing categories.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Plans in the works for a girls’ day after Annalise’s next doctors’ appointment. We’ll be buying her winter boots, and lunching out.

  • 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. Attended write-in; small and informal group.
  • 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. Exploding Kittens; chatting; couples’ time; Prohibition.
  • 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. 2/7 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. Brief class on Tuesday.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. 3/5; walking; hometending; shopping; tai chi; swimming.

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. Talked with my Accomplice about my plans.

  • 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.

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


    • It’s a great video, isn’t it? =)

      As far as my energy – I think I’ve just hit on a way of moving toward goals that fit my life, my nature, and my creativity…it takes a lot less energy when I move with those than struggle against them.

      I confess, I always wish that I was able to do more – human nature, I guess…

  1. Thank you for your positive energy that keeps all in balance and here, in color, reinforces ACCOMPLISHMENTS and PENDING PROGRESS. May the blues and greens outweigh the red! Happy 2016.

    • They do. I love these colors, and keeping a positive approach to what I don’t get done; that’s especially important, because I generally want to do far more than I’m capable of fitting into a sane(ish) life…

      That said, I intend to be evaluating my goal-setting process for 2016 – reviewing my annual progress has revealed some areas where I can improve that…

      May your new year delight you in more ways than you can imagine! =)

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