Trying Not to Disappear…#ROW80/12WY Week 8 Update


Hi there!


I really did try not to disappear this time … but last week brought two local government meetings, and a third I needed to make up, because…. HAMILTON!

Outside Proctors Theater, Schenectady, NY. Photo credit: Shannon Kauderer.

Of course, after attending the meetings, I still had to write the articles for them. And then I got to help take pictures of puppies and booked another five-days-a-week dogtending gig.

It was also the 22nd anniversary of my marriage to Jim on the 23rd – a poignant date this second year I’ve observed it as a widow.

Oh, and I pitched an idea to my editor for writing a pair of articles about this anthology release I will appear in … and it was accepted!

So life has been a bit unexpected, but largely in good ways, and I didn’t get back as soon as I planned.

But I’m here now to share my Week 8 progress,* and to ask what’s going on in YOUR life?

*A note about my update: As those of you who’ve followed me for a while know, I tend to expect way more of myself than I can possibly deliver, then get frustrated when reality sets in. In my ongoing quest to determine what I can do without crazy-making effort, I’ve limited the number of tactics I set per week to 21, and I adapt the content of those tactics as the week progresses. Eventually, I will find my “sweet spot” and won’t need these midstream adjustments, but they are definitely helping at this point. I’m seeing more of what I’m accomplishing – good, solid progress! – and less of what couldn’t fit into the week.

Overall Scoring:

Completed: 18/19; 95%
In progress: 1/19; 5%



Completed: 4/4; 100%

I install the 12 Week Year as my “operating system” for goal setting and execution.


  • Schedule and honor goaltending and WAM prep blocks.
  • Complete my lead/lag indicators.
  • Set WAM reminders/invitations for Friday and Saturday afternoons, and conduct WAM.
  • Read long-range goals/visions daily.


Completed: 4/4; 100%

I complete the next phase of 3 hometending projects: bedroom reset; yard maintenance; and kitchen/dining room reset.


  • I complete three ten-minute sessions of workstation reset.


  • I take new junk pile photos.
  • I complete three ten-minute weeding sessions.

Dining Room:

  • I complete one ten-minute session on the pantry project.


Completed: 4/4; 100%

Year 8/Round 3 Goal:

I complete the next phase of three 3 administrative projects: Lise’s end-of-year/beginning-of-year homeschool administration; transfers of vehicle titles/ registration/insurance; and setting a workable budget.

Vehicle tending:

  • I research and download needed DMV forms.

Money Matters:

  • I set up the automated banking for remaining account.
  • Beginning with August payments, I set totals for a 50/30/20 budget, based on two-thirds of current income.
  • I follow up on two sources of money “just out there somewhere” and reduce expenses by using my credits and canceling Audible and stepping down my webhosting subscription by one level to better match my needs.

New Writing:

Completed: 2/2; 100%

I complete my 2 Kifo Island novels-in-progress begun in 2017.

  • Map completion of my Kifo Island prequel WIP: The Last House.
  • Read through five scenes of my Kifo Island WIP: Still Nameless.

Professional Development:

Completed: 3/4; 75%

In progress: 1/4; 25%

I complete all scheduled assignments/revisions and submit to two scaffolded markets.

  • I complete drafts of both remaining articles.
  • I revise, research, and submit articles prior to deadline.
  • I read through my poetry to find more chapbook candidates – aiming for squarely in the middle of the page range.
  • I pitch Pub518 press release/workshop articles to my editor.

New Learning:

Completed: 1/1: 100%

I complete DIY-MFA -101.

  • I complete current sections of DIY-MFA 101 Module Seven (I’m saving the deep-dive research for winter); download, organize, and begin Module Eight.

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Till Next Time!


  1. I really like how you are working on paring down that ‘to do’ list and balancing all that you are involved in with family, work, self-tending, writing, and cherishing what is most important. You remain always inspirational.

    • It’s making a huge difference. It really does help to look not at all I want to do, but at what I did. I’ focused on the things that matter most to me, and that means that, even if it’s not as much progress as I’d hoped, it’s still moving me in the direction of my goals.

      I’m happy be able to return the inspirational favor, Beth!

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