Growth in the Gap: September 24, 2017

Hey there!

There’s currently no round in effect, but my goals are set on the monthly plan, so I’ve still got a week left with them. I also like the rhythm of updating regularly.

I’ll be keeping these goals, with two additions:

  • I’ll be using The 12 Week Year to work out my goals for the 12 week period beginning on October 1.

My mantra for September:

Keep It Simple.

I’m not sure I’ve managed that as well as I wanted to, but I have strived to at the least let go of thinking I can do it all, just because I want to…now, I’m learning how to better assess the time and energy I have available, and how much I can get done while still making room for friends, family, and fun.

That’s what Round Four and beyond will be about – learning those parameters, so I can move forward productively and sanely.

I siad this at the beginning of the month, and it’s still true:

I’m excited for new challenges, and for finishing those I’m still in the midst of…

What will you be doing “in the gap”?

  • Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble  each day, to challenge prompts. Day 23/30 finished for both, Primary goal COMPLETED for this week; on target for the month.
  • Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. 2,235/2,222 words. Secondary goal; on target for this week.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). 3,352/ 3,333 words. Stretch goal EXCEEDED for this week.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Writer’s Market 2018: bought the Kindle book. 8/25 markets; Primary goal; modest progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Midweek; #8Sunday; #weekendcoffeeshare posted/shared..Primary goal; solid progress.

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Visited all Sunday/Wed. ROW80 peeps. Stretch goal; a bit of progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 21.5/15 hours; worked on social icon downloading; upgraded display/signage; magnet designed and banner designed/ordered; worked craft fair. Primary goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Personal professional Development: Complete and post September Patreon offerings. Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide.. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. This suffered from attrition. Class ended; I barely got started. Have access to facebook group page for the rest of the week, so...Adapted: Get all relevant materials from Facebook group page for later reference/potential catchup before page vanishes. Stretch goal.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1.75/1.5 hours. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 8.26 /8 hours. Meditate 8/8; journal: 7/8. Goal nearly completed for this week.

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