Not Germ Proof: June 8, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

I’ve simplified my June goals (well, simplified for my wide-angle norm, anyway.)

Rather than including all goals each session, I’m posting only those with which I’ve interacted in some way. That leaves space to chat with you, and give me a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were.

I’ll post a link to this original goals list in every update, for those who want to keep tabs.

When I posted on Sunday, I thought I was suffering from allergies.

By Monday afternoon, when I got achy, I suspected it was a cold that had fooled me by letting me feel pretty well for the first day, beyond some fatigue and stuffiness.

Tuesday afternoon, my daughter was sick, and, since we had a day of steady rain and the pollen hadn’t been bothering her, it was pretty clear that my issue was viral, not histamine, in nature.

I’m still sniffly and tired, but I’m taking it easy, and feeling better. I expect I’ll be more or less myself by Thursday.

I didn’t manage to get to as many things as I’d hoped to, but I narrowed my focus, and spent the bulk of the minimal focus and energy I had on Kifo Island, between drafting A Rising Tide and planning The Far Shore, which I’ll be starting a little later this month.

I fell behind my target word counts, but I’m not terribly concerned, since I’d like to finish the plotting a couple of days prior to finishing the novel draft, so I can have it ready and a bit of simmering time before I start. Once I get started with that draft, I expect my counts to go up considerably. For now, I’m just as happy to have both projects progressing.

How about you?

How do you react to obstacles like sickness?

Do you take it easy, or tough it out? 




Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least four times weekly. Sunday, Monday; Tuesday 3/4.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, three times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @shanjeniah. 4/3; follow, sprint, like, converse, reply, and share.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders.

  • Answer story comments at least twice weekly. Began rereading a chapter so I can cogently answer review.


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 3/5; minimal, as I’ve been sick.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Vet appt. for kitten later today. Shopping for feel-better supplies for sick daughter. Canceled plans to attend her friend’s dance recital due to illness.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly and check in on the Facebook group as inspired.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Shopping, planning, conversation.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Progress weekly with FutureLearn Mindfulness class. 3/7 Journaling; 4/10 meditation.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/blog interface: Begin linking feature posts to website; this month is for experimenting. More drafts saved for playing with in odd moments this week.

  • Participate in the Kindness Challenge. Link to post.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!


  1. I rarelly fall ill… I am built quite tough, Awooah but then when I do fall ill its probably quite the nasty bug and I have not much experience with being ill so I kinda just shut down and laze around drinking herbal tea hahaha and all my works in progress falls ridiculously behind, like this past week have had quite the treacherous lil bug I swear it was trying to get me to trip up on all my deadlines havent written anything all week long. *sigh*
    But tomorrow, tomorrow is the day I shall play catch up

    • I’ve noticed that I get tired a day before I get sick. I’m learning to pay attention and slow down…not always the easiest thing for a mom to do (especially since whatever catches me is prone to already have or about to have caught one or both kids). But it does get me up and moving that much sooner.

      I didn’t get much writing done in the erly part of the week, nor much hometending. I’ve been catching up, but my stamina isn’t quite what it usually is yet, and I’m still a bit congested.

      It feels good to have a clear mind again! May you be well and writing by the time you read this! =D

  2. I was also felled by a cold this week. Today I was up to about 70%, enough to go up the street to return a book at the library and then over to Colonie to check out some DVDs the smaller library didn’t have (and found some books as well, including one about Paris for my WIP research). Since I’m doing a blog series on City Lights (the Chaplin film) at 85 next week, I wanted to rewatch the film as part of my research. I also checked out Modern Times to kill two birds with one stone, since I’m also planning a series on that film at 80.

    Hopefully, I’ll be close to 100% on Friday. It’s a complete mystery to me and my family why I’m so prone to colds, allergies, eczema, motion sickness, headaches, dysmenorrhea, and stomach aches, yet somehow avoided chickenpox till age fourteen. With my crummy health, it stands to reason I should’ve been one of those people who caught the disease twice or thrice, and caught it a lot younger instead of years after almost everyone I knew did!

    • One of those mysteries of life, I guess. I hope you didn’t catch the cold from me while I was still thinking it was just allergies. Had I known, I would have stayed home on Sunday. But it was Monday when I was at my sickest. I’d say I’m about at 85% now. Still more easily fatigued and congested, but I can breathe and think now. That’s something to be very grateful for!

      May you feel all the way better soon, too! =)

  3. Sometimes not being at our best is where our best really comes out. You are showing that. Good steady, if slower than expected, progress.

    • Best? Well, maybe…mostly, I did what I could, and let myself rest (except for Sunday night, when I might better have stayed home, but maybe also the companionship was worth the fatigue that followed.)

      I’m much better, and improving. Stamina’s still not there, but I can at least focus, and Lise got through the worst of it in only a day, so that’s happy goodness. Looks like we’ll all be feeling better in time for a pretty and cool weekend. =)

    • Doing things for a few minutes at a time, resting lots, letting go of hometending altogether, and narrowing my focus helped. Other than the lingering sniffling and coughing, and having less stamina than I usually do, I’m much better now, and gradually adding things in. Hopefully, I’ll have you a chapter or two by the end of the weekend.

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