Caught in a Temporal Rift: R2Y7 mw5

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Hey there!

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in here.  It’s not that I haven’t been moving toward my goals as much as that some goals seem to have swallowed up the time, leaving very little room for others – and, when The Rest of Life is added in…

Temporal Rift.

Time gets swallowed up. It vanishes.

In my next update, I’ll be sharing an epiphany, and how it might affect these goals… but for now, an update is enough.

Have you ever been swallowed up by a Temporal Rift?
What did you do next?

Falling into a Temporal Rift? Self-portrait in motion by Lise at age 9.

Overall Progress:

Completed: 2/23; 9%
In Progress: 6/23; 26%
Still Waiting: 15/23; 65%




Completed: 0/5; 0%
In Progress: 1/5; 20%
Still Waiting: 4/5; 80%

I tend to the needs of my body, mind, and soul.

I devote one hour to physical activity five days weekly by the end of Round Two/Year Seven.

  • I carry my phone with me when I am active to track my activity.
  • I double the amount of time and/or steps from Week Two.
  • I take a hike with my dog and invite the kids.

I devote ten minutes daily to mindfulness training by the end of Round Two/Year Seven.

  • I do the One-Minute Meditation twice, and add She Let Go (a two-minute meditative poem) once, as I sit on my meditation cushions).

I implement Intuitive Eating Principles by the end of Round Two/Year Seven.

  • I read through all the Intuitive Eating worksheets.
The Schuyler Mansion, Albany NY


Completed: 0/2; 0%
In Progress: 1/2; 50%
Still Waiting: 1/2; 50%

I create a home environment that sparks joy, nurtures creativity, and affords sanctuary.

I complete the 31 Day Love the Home You Have Challenge.

  • I complete items 8-11 of my Challenge and take photos.

I complete one home maintenance task weekly.

  • I select and complete one item from the task list.

To DO Today


Completed: 0/5; 0%
In Progress: 2/5; 40%
Still Waiting: 3/5;60%

I create a routine and streamlined systems that maximize return on investments of time, money, energy, and attention.

I complete the entire 12 Week Year goalsetting and accountability process.  

  • I complete the 12 Week Commitments exercise.

 I create an adaptable routine that accommodates all facets of my life.

  • I create my Perfect Week and begin daily time-blocking.

I organize all email folders and OneDrive writing, hometending, and                              homeschool files.

  • I conduct a twice-daily email pruning, using a dice-roll app to decide which folder to address, and how long I will devote to the process. This should feel fun, like a personal challenge.
  • I attend to 3 actionable emails each session, until all backlogged messages have been addressed.
  • I conduct once-weekly 11:11 organizing session for OneDrive writing files.



Completed: 1/4; 25%
In Progress: 1/4; 25%
Still Waiting: 2/4; 50%

I build a library of fiction and non-fiction material as I move toward a financially sustainable and personally meaningful writing career.

I complete Story a Day May.                                                                                                              

  • ! decide on a theme for this year.
  • I allocate a strategic block for story creation each day of May.
  • I complete one rough draft story each day, to the posted prompt(s).



Completed: 1/4; 25%
In Progress: 0/4; 0%
Still Waiting: 3/4; 75%

I scaffold my writing career through current and new assignments, volunteering, platform building, and marketing.

I submit my three assigned freelance articles each month, and pitch two new freelance markets and five additional articles by the end of the round.

  • I pitch my hometown tourism article to my current publisher.
  • I submit request for payment of outstanding articles (4 in total).
  • I choose four local events to attend during this round.

I volunteer for ROW80, JuNoWriMo, Pixels to Platform, and as a DIY-MFA 101 Ambassador.

  • I update the ROW80 Facebook page with twice weekly update.
  • I check in with my ROW80 Accountability Partner, Kathy Pulver, as we arrange.

I appear as requested/possible for Pub518 author/bookselling events, update my Patreon monthly, and produce a twice-monthly newsletter by the end of the round.

  • I create a plan to appear regularly at Patreon and in followers’ email inboxes.
  • I write and share an initial apology/update letter to my Patreon and newsletter followers because I disappeared for so long.

Claw Hand


Completed: 0/2; 0%
In Progress: 1/2; 50%
Still Waiting: 1/2; 50%

I continue targeted learning which will advance my writing career.

I complete Pixels to Platform and DIY-MFA 101, and explore something from the DIY-MFA HUB weekly.

  • I choose one DIY-MFA HUB webinar, interview, forum thread, or live call to explore each week, and follow through.

I finish lessons 6 and 7 of How to Revise Your Novel.

  • I set a schedule to complete Lesson 6.

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  1. Sometimes “Life” takes over and helps itself to all our extra focus and energy. Or maybe it tosses it all into the Temporal Rift and says “Fetch!” (??? dunno, just guessing here) 🙂

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