It’s Sunday, so it’s time to take account of my Week 1 progress on the Action Plan I posted Wednesday.
What did I accomplish this week?
- I attended the kickoff webinar for the Pixels to Platform Master Class, for which I am an Ambassador.
- I shifted focus to my Secret Project – something that’s been on my goals list for years, and which I am finally moving forward on, due to an unexpected opportunity too good to pass up (more details in a few weeks – stay tuned!).
- I added 12,609 words to my Kifo Island novel-in-progress, Still Nameless. I’m gearing up for the climactic scenes….*rubs hands together gleefully!*
- I wrote 7 poems and accompanying text for the #atozchallenge.
What’s on deck for next week?
- Complete revision pass 1 for “Storm at Song Glass Cabin”, a short story that has been accepted for publication in a small-press anthology.
- Pixels to Platform Module One goes live.
- Get Secret Project to Level Two.
- Move Still Nameless toward completion.
- Continue with the #atozchallenge.
- Resume flash fiction course.
How do these further my deeper purpose?
- Each of these goals and accomplishments furthers the purpose of expanding my reach, my personal resources, and the ways in which I can use writing to communicate with those who will value my message, and support myself and my two teens.
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
- I post my Weekly Action Plan on Wednesdays, and Weekly Wrap-Ups on Sundays.
- I review/adjust my Round 2/12 Week Year 3 after weeks 3, 6, 9, and do a final assessment after Week 12.
- Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.
- Green: In Progress.
- Black: Still Waiting.
- Black with Overstrike:
- Red: Goal Change.
Relationships, Family, and Home:
I facilitate Miah’s driving at a pace that’s comfortable for him.
- Drove twice locally. Moderate low-lying fog; discussed fog lights/light options.
I facilitate kids’ social travel and time with friends as desired.
- Both kids have plans with friends in the works.
I provide for clothing, materials, appointments, and other things needed for kids’ growth.
- Shopping trip to Target; essential toiletries and a sweatshirt for Lise.
I complete all necessary homeschool administration.
- Lots of discussion with both on various topics including home maintenance, family economics, social issues, ethics, and personal/family plans.
I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.
- Regular hometending; asked kids for specific help.
- Did a round of yardtending: policed clutter in front yard.
I research and acquire items that improve our quality of life.
- Bought storage containers for food, laundry supplies, and spare towels.
- Exploratory visit to Honest Weight, the local natural foods co-op.
- Considering a $100.00 lifetime membership, which will get us a 5% discount on future purchases.
I research, budget for, and oversee home improvement projects.
I assist the kids in learning to maintain a home independently.
- I purchased cookie dough for Lise’s baking efforts, at her request.
I schedule time each week to connect with friends/ family.
- Attended gathering with writing group friends on Wednesday.
I complete the first revision pass of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” (short story), and return to publishers.
I use the spring writing challenges to advance/complete projects in progress.
- April CampNaNoWriMo: complete the rough draft of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8). 12,609/50,000 words.
- Blogging From A-Z April Challenge: The Alphabet of Grief – complete 26 posts. 7/26 posts complete. C is for Cancer Consumes; D is for Death’s Doorway; E is for Emotional Terrain; F is for Feeding the Body and Soul; G is for Grief Gives Ground. Ran behind until Friday.
I schedule weekly time for the writing development courses I have in progress.
- More organization of Holly Lisle’s flash fiction course; began organization of How to Revise Your Novel materials, in preparation for resuming these courses.
I explore new professional opportunities.
- My Secret Project is a go!
- Pulling together material for this project – stay tuned for updates!
I maintain, develop, and expand my connections with both other writers and my readers.
- I participated in sprints and Tweeted with other writers each day.
- Read/responded to comments and visited a few blogs.
I serve as an DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Master Class Ambassador.
- Checked in regularly with private Facebook group.
Family Financial Stuff:
I develop, adapt, and maintain a family budget.
- I gathered receipts from all purchases.
- Keeping to the loose partial budgets already in place.
I explore the concept of prosperity and what it means to me– and to the children.
- Read 2 articles on entrepreneurship and pricing.
Body, Mind, and Soul:
I focus on physical health as part of my daily routine.
- Mindful eating – focus on adding veggies/preparing my own meals and snacks.
- Made Instant Pot chicken; adapted a new recipe that also provided base soup stock; chicken, rice, and asparagus casserole; and steel cut oats for myself and the kids.
- Shopped at Honest Weight natural food co-op; trying some new and interesting produce, cheeses, and snacks.
- Focused on moving at intervals throughout the day – something that can get neglected in writing-intensive months.
I resume focus on my spiritual development.
- I meditated and journaled each day; installed Insight Timer and Black Lotus on my phone to explore.
- I read articles from The Magnolia Journal.
I tend to my emotional health in this transitional time.
- I made time for rest, recreation, and reflection, without guilt: #AllStarTrek, #hgtv. Reading, and coloring. Treated myself to a new planner.
- I enjoyed time with friends and an impromptu health food shopping adventure.
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