What’s My Purpose? July 17, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, my family is dealing with a sudden shift in our lives. When I wrote that post, the news was brand-new, only hours old. We hadn’t had much time to consider what was in front of us, and next steps were nebulous, mostly a matter of what-if.

Now we’ve had nearly a work week to absorb and adjust. We’re still pretty much in what-if land, but the terrain is becoming a bit clearer. I’m not ready to divulge any details just yet, but the clouds of uncertainty are breaking up a bit, and the rays of a dim sun are finding places to come through. We’re taking some small steps we hope will lead to more stable ground, and feeling things out.

We’re also enjoying some of the perks of time off, whether planned or not. More family time. More things getting done around the house. More rest. More tending to ourselves, because our circumstances do come with a certain amount of stress.

How do you face unsettled times? Do you see them as a challenge and a chance for growth? Terrifying turbulence that rips you out of your comfort zone? Something else?

This post only includes the July goals I interacted with during this session.


  • CampNaNoWriMo #1: Complete Draft The Far Shore (Kifo Island Chronicles #5). Current count: 20,452/~65,000 words. Scene 8/24 in progress; I added 150 new words. Pacemaker goal (although I fell out of practice with updating it.)

  • CampNaNoWriMo #2: The IDIC Romance: Finish “Marriage of the Magi” (to the “Big Reveal”). Word-High July Challenge: Write 31 flash fiction stories using Filipino word prompts and my “The Definition of Emotion” theme (about 333 words each). Story 18/31 completeyes, you read that correctly! I am ahead, for the first time this month! Now, to stay that way till I catch ‘em all! =D

  • CampNaNoWriMo #3: Draft Tsunamis (KIC #6) through Scene 12. (This goal subject to change as timing indicates.) With all the added chaos this month, I’m not likely to get to this one. I’ll draft it later in the round, when I finish plotting and can give it the focus it deserves.


  • #WordHighJuly: Revise all 31 stories prior to posting. Story 7/31 in progress; but still a back-burner project, at the moment.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least twice weekly. 2/2 for this week.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, four times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @ShanJeniah. 3 /4; swift and quiet running.

  • ROW80: Revise, polish, and submit Round 3 Sponsor Post. Keep visits and updates current. All goals updated; visits made (plus).

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

  • FanFiction.net: Answer story comments weekly, as needed. One new story follower; looked up, but they read, not write.

  • Share my 31 #WordHighJuly story posts. 5/31 posts shared. Still behind; want to be caught up by Thursday.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork (quarterlies; attendance; EOY documentation prep.) Finished/submitted First Quarter Reports; End of Year test received; began reviewing materials and procedures. Researched Oregon homeschool laws. Adapted district’s narrative assessment form to something more streamlined and usable. It’s ready to use pending final revision and printing. Began Annalise’s Second Quarter Report. Began collecting test prep links at Khan Academy. Moving along with formulating of plan to attend to it all. New school superintendent= (hopefully an improvement!) School district still behind on last year’s IHIP (determination was due 5/25; I’ll notify her because she may not know) but acknowledged this year’s Letters of Intent (acknowledgment due 7/11) only one day late. Progress! =)Will be a Pacemaker project.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, four 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. 6/4; hometending.
  • Cancel Big Fish and Audible subscriptions. Used the six Audible credits we had. Canceled.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Planning our upcoming annual unschooling camp gathering in Plymouth, MA.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Chatting; planning.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique two chapters each week; through Chapter Sixteen. Pacemaker plan created. Chapter Twelve (page 109/253) completed.


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals/and meditate five times each week. 7/5 for journals. Meditation: 3/5.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 4/5; hometending; walking; vet visit; errands.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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  1. My writing has tended to suffer during unsettled times. For example, the currently-numbered XVI of my handwritten magnum opus took nine months to write, the majority of it during the time my family were living with my paternal grandparents during my junior year of high school. I could’ve gestated a baby during that time, in comparison to how I usually get through them in a few weeks, maybe months if they’re in longer notebooks. I don’t recall getting too much (or anything!) done during the earlier months after my accident in 2003 either.

    I hope you and your family continue getting settled, and life becomes relatively smoother sailing. Real life can never be perfect all the time, but it’s nice to have it as smooth as possible most of the time.

    • That last sentence. Exactly that.=)

      I just told both kids that my goal for this weekend is to not be more than mildly irritated at any point. Travel is stressful, and camping can be more so, because there’s so much to consider and do before we leave, then the four hour drive (and I tend not to sleep well before a trip or while camping), then the setting up of camp and a provisioning run, then the maintenance of the campsite through swimming, snacks, friends in and out…

      And then there’s breaking everything down and loading the car on a schedule (we need to be checked out by 11am or so), and the four hour drive back home, and unloading and laundry and….

      I don’t expect I’ll be doing much writing…life will be too full of living!

      I can totally understand why you had trouble writing with a major move, or after such a serious accident. I did quite a lot of writing during the almost ten months Jeremiah was gestating – but almost none for years after he was born. Babies and toddlers can be somewhat all-consuming….

      After this weekend, which was planned back in the winter, life will shift

    • Things are a bit disjointed, and the homeschool stuff has definitely taken over, but yeah…good week anyway. =)

      I returned to “Marriage of the Magi,” which is a revamping and deepening of my “Not Jealousy” TnT arc, two days back, because T’Pol had ideas, and so did Trip. It seems to have opened up the writing that had been a little stalled, and I dropped my Camp goal from 99,999 to 55,555 because this month is already more than full enough. I also made a couple of other decisions and adaptations that will free me up to focus on the things that most need to be on my list.

      It’s like a good deep breath of fresh air. =)

  2. Oh my goodness! I went back to read last week’s post as soon as I read, “As I mentioned on Wednesday.” We’re going through something similar and it’s like you said. There are so many things to enjoy about the time, but stress… It’s very, very difficult not to be stressed during such times. I hope the light filtering through grows and grows until you have a clear path and some settled times ahead.

    Good for you for accomplishing so much while that is happening! As a person who tends to shut down when stress gets to me, it’s encouraging to see how others keep on keeping on and learn from their example.

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