Rampant Growth; July 9, 2017

Hi there!

Yesterday was my daughter’s thirteenth birthday, which means we now have two teens in the house, and both of our children are on the cusp of adulthood. Eight weeks from yesterday, our son will turn sixteen.

I know everybody says it, but it’s true. If you have older offspring, I’m sure you already know. If you have younger ones, particularly wee ones, and it seems like you’ll be inundated in the immediacy of their needs forever –

Tempus fugit. Especially, maybe, when it comes to children.

My son towers over me by nearly a head (and I’m 5’9”, so it’s not like I’m easily towered over!), and now Lise is up to my eyes. It looks like I’ll be the shortest person in my family before much longer…

With the obvious growing up happening, I have much more time for my own pursuits than I did a few years back, and I can look forward to the time when most of mine will be my own, to do with as I want…

There was something wonderful about those little-kid years, and I know many parents yearn to have them back as kids grow up. But me?

I’m really enjoying taking a step back and seeing what they choose to do with their lives. I love being with them here at home, or out and about, and I love knowing that, when they’re off doing their own things, I have more freedom to do mine, too. It’s a different type of relationship, as they outgrow the need for their parents to parent actively, and become the adult versions of the babies I rocked and nursed.

If you have or have had teens, what is/was your favorite part?


  • Blogposts: Write new material at least 2 hours/week. Continue on with series in progress/JuNoWriMo words. 50 min/2 hours. This didn’t really take hold; homeschooling stuff took precedence. I did my WIPpet Wednesday and a combined#SoCS/ #wwekendcoffeeshare  post Secondary goal; some progress.


  • Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8):Use a hybrid form of The Writer’s Coloring Book and The Story Toolkit to finish plotting this novel. 21,064 plotting words; Antagonist #1 in progress; Step 6/22 (TST); 21,064 words. Just need to do coloring materials for TWCB. Primary goal; solid progress.
  • Play with fan fiction as desired; because Trip and T’Pol say so. Wrote 5 paragraphs for WIPpet Wednesday, here. Stretch goal.


  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island #1): Organize the manuscript – one of the cats dumped it a week or two ago. Most of manuscript organized; missing some pages. I found some pages; not sure if that’s all of them, but looks like it’s close.Will check early this week. Stretch goal.


  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Complete any details/authorize copy edits needed for publication. I’ve received the edits; read through, and simmering. I’ve got till the end of the month, but I don’t want to use all of it. I’ll give myself the rest of the week to simmer my first impressions, and work on revisions Sunday – Tuesday (this week, just noodling with freewriting ideas and mind mapping the biggest issue the editor had). Primary goal; some progress.

Social Media:

  • Blogging: Polish/package/schedule/publish relevant blogposts to return to restore/maintain regular blogging schedule for July. Slow, gradual start; posted to WIPpet Wednesday. Primary goal; some progress.

  • Other Platforms: Post twice weekly to my Facebook Writer page; and once weekly to Instagram,  and Pinterest. Complete Patreon profile and launch. Secondary goal.

  • Continue in Twitter #writingcrew and #AllStarTrek sprints/chats regularly. Dabble in other social media (LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Wattpad) if/as desired. Twitter stuff every day; Answered two or three questions on Quora; read more. Stretch goal; good progress.


  • Assist my Accomplice with his labeling/branding/platform/marketing (if this is scary for me; it’s completely alien to him). Printed labels; discussion. Secondary goal; great progress.

Tending goals:

  • Hometending: Spend 30 minutes at least 5x/week in mindful cleaning and/or yardtending; draft kids’ 2017-2018 IHIPs (Individualized Home Instruction Plans); complete testing submission and reporting; deal with subscriptions and other business that tends to get pushed aside. Received confirmation of LOIs; that gives me four weeks to complete the IHIPs; will work on these Wednesday- Saturdays, till submitted. Hometending complete; 5/5. All testing completed; tests mailed for scoring. Canceled our reservation for Unschoolers Rock the Campground – with the car issues, we just can’t do it as a fanily this year, although Miah has been invited to tag along with friends and chose to do that.

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least one hour of physical activity 5x/week, and two hours of strenuous activity weekly (including Baby Steps to 5K); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 5/5; Strenuous: 1 hour; 40 min/2 hours; Meditation/journaling 7/8.

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On her twelfth birthday….wasn’t that just last week?!


  1. Weeeeee! Lots of progress. And, again, happy birthday to your girl. My daughter will be 10 a month from yesterday. There are times when I miss her being so little, but I don’t really want to go back to those times either.

    • I can honestly say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every age either of them has been (and, as you know, I’m rather acutely aware of the alternative).

      But these years – they are breathtaking. They’re both growing, taking flight, becoming adults – not just in their bodies (I have a 6’3″ son who SHAVES, and I still can’t quite wrap my brain around that!), but also in their minds, their ability to consider consequences and other people, and their ability to think things through instead of just accepting what they’re told (with the current administration, I think this is an invaluable skill for ANYONE to have, and Miah will be eligible to vote in the 2020 election, so it thrills me that he will form his own opinions for his own reasons, and act on them).

      10 is a great age. Lots of transitions. May you enjoy it and her so much!

  2. I’ll be interested to read your thoughts on Wattpad, as it’s something I’m also considering. I read stories on Medium. IMO, maybe 5% (if that) provide good insight. The other 95% is pure distraction.

    • I’m not sure when I’ll get to it….there’s SO much happening right now, with my Accomplice getting his business off the ground (he makes the sauces; I’m learning how to market as I go), homeschool stuff – end of last year overlaps with the beginning of the next in my regulation-heavy state, and writing….but I do hope to get there at least for a peek, this month.

      I believe Fallon uses it, though, so you could maybe ask her opinion, too. =D

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