Holding My Foundations: #12WeekYear / #ROW80 Midweek 6 Update

If ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows we all have lives, this is the week my life decided to be sure I know it’s there – in spades.

I’m not ready to share details, but there are things that take precedence over goals, and this is one of them. So, although I was planning to re-evaluate my #12WeekYear goals at the end of the week, I’ll be setting some aside, at least temporarily, a little early.

I’ll also be focusing in on other goals more intensely, because, when life is chaotic and uncertain, I’ve found that certain activities help me to channel my nervous and restless energies. And that’s imperative, because as I go, so does my household.

What do you do, when life throws you a hard curve?

Have you found some techniques that work better than others?

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained Blood; one Spellfire’s Kiss, until both are complete: Weeks 6-12.

  • Resumed Stained Blood Chapter 5 comments: page 5/11 in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 5%


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

  • Study: 2/5
  • Bedroom: 0/3
  • Porch: 0/1
  • 2/9 total.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 22%


Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 6-9.

  • 1/3 for the week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 33%

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Week 6.

  • English Language Arts and Mathematics drafted; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 11%


Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 6.

  • Worked on Breadcrumb Method.
  • Week 6 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Week 8.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 6-7.

  • .25 / 3 hours.
  • Answered comments and skimmed a few things on the workshop page.
  • Page descriptions started for blog in Week 5; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 8%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 6-12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete The Story Toolkit Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated); then move forward with Acts Two-Four Beat Sheets as I complete each previous act’s drafting: Weeks 612.

  • Subplot A (1/3): 1/7 in progress.
  • Section 10/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 20%

Complete rough draft to 25,000 words: Week 6.

  • 11/5:   3,010 words:   15,035/50,000.
  • 11/6: 1,836 words:    16,871/50,000.
  • 11/7: 1,690 words:    18,561/50,000.
  • Session Total: 6,536 words.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 40%

Chef Bluebeard:  All goals on hold for the time being; hopefully not for long.

Adapt media schedule: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Goal: COMPLETED!

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales: Week 6.

  • Completed most of online application for 2 events; it just needs to be signed and have payment remitted (they didn’t state how, so I need to find out) – on hold, due to extenuating circumstances.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health  (on hold; I likely won’t finish this program before it runs down):

Complete 5K Week 8 (missed 2 workouts); 2 workouts from Week 9: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Tai chi ,yoga, and reiki: (all goals on hold, for now).

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 6 -12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 6.

  • Missed Monday meal; thought I was still on twice a week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Evaluate bras; choose a favorite. Week 6.

  • The Goddess sports and Cacique everyday bras are in a dead heat, but I don’t need another sports bra. So, when the time comes, I’ll be adding another Cacique to my collection.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Return Torrid bra. Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

 Make a list of jewelry items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Weeks 6-7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%


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  1. Dear Shanjeniah, You always achieve so much each week and share your writing so generously. That sets high standards. So what do we do when life slams us with new challenges? Sometimes enough to create a wall between me and my writing? I do read more, quilt, and take walks. What helps most, though, is still the daily writing. If I get that in, early in the morning, I feel fortified to deal with all else. If I don’t write, I seem to fall deeper into despondency. As an older-than-average writer, I’ve learned that each decade presents us with new challenges, sometimes formidable, and that my life continues to change — even if I’m not ready. So cherish each day for the many blessings it brings, and I’m sending thoughts of strength and healing to you.

  2. Taking a step back, or doing something else in the meantime, can be a great help when dealt with a hard curveball. Focusing on creative non-fiction, in the form of blog posts, has helped me to get my creative mojo back in such a powerful way. Since the bulk of this November writing has been my 12-part series on The Jazz Singer (including related topics not directly about the film itself), I feel like I owe a big debt of gratitude to Al Jolson’s infectious charisma and energy. The same magnetic force that made that film the first successful partly-talking film had the same effect on my own writing.

  3. I tend to turn to Netflix for a while when things pile up. Then I resurface and deal with them, recharged.

  4. (((HUGS))) for everything going on. You’re making some good progress. I believe I’ve mentioned before, that I tend to bury myself in fiction when things get stressful. That is my way of coping. Maybe not the best way to handle things. I hope things will settle.

    • I write (helps to focus on stress and uncertainty through the screen of a fictional character, and the writing is stronger), and through cleaning and organizing.

      Might not work for others, but it helps me to keep reasonably calm….most of the time…

  5. I wish I had a tried-and-true answer to what works for me when life slams me against the wall. Coz sometimes what works a year ago doesn’t work now or vice versa. Or the life-slam just allows no room to even squirm out from under it. The only thing that one can count on is the old saying – this too shall pass, and of course, it usually passes like a kidney stone. But it will pass.
    Best wishes on things turning out for you.

    • I can so relate to this, Chris.

      This life-slam is a tough one… but there are things to be thankful for. We have the gift of time, and knowing how precious it is. We have time to love one another, find joy, plan for all the details we need to think of…

      Thank you for you kindness, and the reminder that it will pass, one way or another.

  6. It sounds trite to say that you know we’ll all be here when if you are ready to get back to ROWing, but… we will. And if you need anything else in the interim, hopefully you know that you can find that with us too. Much ❤

    • It’s not at all trite, Sys. ROW80 is a womderful, stable framework for this uncertain time. I might have to scale back considerably for a while, but I want to keep moving toward my goals, and it helps to know where I’m going at least this much.

      I do know, and there will be things. Have been things, like our Hamilton tea, hugs, smiles, understanding, a willing ear….

      Those are more valuable than you may know.

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