Foundations Building Slowly: #ROW80 and #12WeekYear Week 4 Final Update

Hey there! 

On Wednesday, I asked this question:

What is your favorite book, and why do you love it?

Today, I’m going to give you my answer. I have many favorites, but two I come back to again and again. One is fiction, the other a memoir of sorts:

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. This is the book that gave us the word “grok” – and opened my eyes to new philosophies and perspectives. It was recommended to me by a sometimes lover in my early twenties, and it was the best thing by far to come from that connection.

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. While her husband and her firstborn child are more famous, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was a gifted writer and poet in her own right. This book was written during a mostly solitary island retreat, and the stages of a woman’s life are symbolized by different varieties of seashells. Each time I read it, I’m in a slightly different phase of my own life, and understand on a different level.

Now, on to the main event. This wasn’t my best week ever; I think being in a low point in my biorhythm had an effect, as well as the inclusion of the homeschool reports. Still, I did get some things finished, and most things moved forward, so there’s that. =D

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete two chapters Stained; one Spellfire, until both are complete.

  • Stained: Chapter Five comments (p. 3/11); 1/2 chapters in progress.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 25%

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Weeks 4-6.

  • Bedroom 3/3; Study 5/5.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly: Weeks 4-9.

  • 3/3: More navigation; four lane highways; moderate traffic; hairpin curves; and light rain. He’s really getting the hang of turns and traffic lights. Decided to skip a third session due to being too tired – which shows he can exercise good judgment about WHEN to drive, too. =)
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Draft Lise’s Homeschool Quarterly Report: Week 4.

  • ELA; Math, Sciences, and History and Geography sections complete; Arts in progress: 5/10
  • Week 4 Progress: 45%


DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Work on Modules One (due Week 5) and Two (due Week 7). There will be some overlap here.

  • Module One: Input of info into Video 2; Play Sheet 2/3, and created 7 Respondent Research Pages.  Reread Play Sheet 3/3; chose a book to begin the Breadcrumb Process.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 30%

Slaying SEO:

Complete 3 hours/week in this class.

  • 1.5/3 hours completed; watched video and did intros.
  • Week 4 Progress: 50%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 4-12.

  • 3/3 hours completed; Lesson 6/22 in progress; p. 6/82; Scene 3/21 in progress.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

New Writing:

Trueborn: Solemates (title changing to Among the Firestars):

Plan through Character Arc – Step 8/22. Week 4.

  • Antagonist Sheet in progress; Step 6/22 (Part 2/5).
  • A great deal of insight gained!
  • Week 4 Progress: About 35%


Write poems 22-28/31. Week 4.

  • Poems completed through 28/
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Chef Bluebeard:

Maintain/adapt media schedule: Week 4-12.

  • Simmering ways to adapt schedule as I move through this week.
  • Discovered a major problem with our gestating website, and resolved it with tech support – hooray for me!
  • Week 4 Progress: About 25%

Find/contact holiday venues; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales. Weeks 4-6.

  • Began drafting a contact letter for cold sales contacts.
  • Percolating a brochure.
  • Checked local listings; no new venues, but names of several businesses to add to our contact list.
  • Week 4 Progress: 2o%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 7: Week 4.

  • Workout made up for Wednesday, Oct. 25.
  • Workout completed for Friday, October 27 – I jogged a 15 minute interval for the first time! =D
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat a vegetable based meal Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 4-5.

  • Wednesday: Veggie Panini Sandwich/Side Salad
  • Friday: Rosemary and Sage Acorn Squash Ravioli
  • Week 4 Goal COMPLETED!


Personal Expression:

Return Torrid bra for refund/exchange.

  • Week 4 Progress: 25%

Assess jewelry; purchase new pieces as they speak to me.

  • Finished going through my existing jewelry.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Make a list of items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Week 4– 6.

  • Began simmering ideas.
  • Week 4 Progress: 75%

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

  • Decided to get earmuffs; other than that; I’m set.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Purchase snow and driving gloves: Week 4.

  • Looked for snow gloves while shopping w/Lise; no luck.
  • Week 4 Progress: 25%



  1. I had some frustration this week too. But, like you, other things moved forward. Having some success definitely eases the pain of the frustrating stuff. Congrats on your progress!

    It’s hard to pick just one, or even two, favorite book(s). One of my favorites is Dune by Frank Herbert. It might even be my all-time favorite.

  2. Wow. As usual, your quiet week exceeds my busiest I think. Driving lessons sound quite thorough.Once you get snow, that will be the big test.
    Glad to see your writings are going well too. I’m rushing toward NaNoWriMo.

  3. I never answered your question about my favorite book, because I too have too many favorites to narrow it down. If I look back over my life, however, I think that the book which sticks most in my head is “Johnny Tremain” by Esther Forbes. I first read it in 6th grade (as it is considered a children’s book), and have read it many times over the years. The characters are so ingrained in my head, as real as any of my friends.

  4. It might not have been one of your best weeks, but it looks like you completed a lot of your goals for the week. So, that’s great!

    As for a favorite book? Do I really have to choose? I don’t think I can. I don’t think I’d call it my favorite, but I did get the idea for Slow Revenge(which became Duty to Protect) while reading “Night Shift” by Nora Roberts. So, I guess we could at least call it influential.

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