Return of the fugitive–first check-in 2019

My Round One goals reflect the fact that I never stop to sharpen my saw, which I believe comes from Steven Covey. I should be the poster child for the person who is too busy cutting down trees to stop to sharpen the saw, and therefore gets slower and slower at cutting down trees. The Round One plan is to put some time and effort into organizing and planning. I tend to rush into writing without thinking things through.  While there are many people who can do that successfully, but I am not one of those people. Therefore, I am going to pull back and try to go more slowly.

Grounding mantra: Organize, plan, contemplate

Organizing Goals:

  • Work through Susan Bischoff’s blueprint series, which is based on Randy Ingermanson’s snowflake method (It starts here if anyone is interested in it)
  • Continue to organize the dissertation files, which I swear reproduce at night.
  • Report to my accountability partner every week.

Writing Goals:

  • Write 750 words a day, whether musings, character profiles, or back story.
  • Edit three pages a day of the dissertation.

Health Goals:

  • Walk at least forty minutes a day.
  • Use the standing desk at least three hours a day.
  • Keep current with medical appointments.
  • Meditate daily.

Creativity goals:

  • Draw once a week.
  • Knit for at least a half-hour daily.

As always, these goals may well change as the Round continues, which is the beauty of the challenge. If you’re interested, you can find out more here.



Still mucking out

The study to be
The study to be

The past half week has been one of discoveries.  Work continues apace with clearing clutter from the domicile.  Something about sending the last kid off to college incited a fierce need to rid myself of clutter.  I have been inching toward getting the study reclaimed, which involved moving furniture, clearing closets, and making choices about the importance of material things.  I’m finding myself taking lots of pictures of things, and jettisoning the things themselves.  I’ve also realized that keeping the-next-size-smaller clothing in hopeful optimism is selfish, when a) there are people out there who could use that clothing right now, and b) I can reward myself with smaller clothing when and if I get there. There have been many trips to charity shops to drop off useful clothing. It feels so freeing, even though late summer doesn’t evoke renewal for me.  That’s okay, I’ll take it! The picture above is the putative study the day we moved in, so it looks quite different now, but I will put up a new picture once it is set up.

I’ve also been reducing clutter at the day job. None of our databases will be available tomorrow.  Without any substantive work to do, we are cleaning our work areas.  I hate to file, so a good part of my day will be forcing myself to file.  If I see daylight after that, I will begin on my electronic files. Yippee?!?

I am continuing to do well on my ROW80 goals.  I am writing ideas down by the handfuls, knowing many of them will come to nothing, but enjoying the exercise anyway. I continue to work on the memoir, even though up until a few days ago, I was pantsing it completely, which is not my usual manner, just to have something in rough draft to put up for WIPpet Wednesday.  A comment by K.L. Schwengel (thank you!) set off a light bulb in my head, and showed me the scarlet thread that runs throughout the entire work so far.  I hope to do some serious plotting and development of it for the rest of the Round.

Meditation and yoga have become habits, and even more part of my writing rituals. Music has rejoined my rituals as well, thanks to Barry Koostachin, who helpfully posted a Celtic harp song on my timeline. I find myself playing music constantly now. It feels like renewing a friendship.

Have a lovely week, and please encourage the other ROW80 participants, listed here, if you have a chance.

smaller EM


August 5, 2012 check-in Tidying and Organizing

I’ve been concentrating on organizing and planning the past few days, so there’s not a lot to report.  I am always amazed at how long it can take to get things back under control.  I’m rather bummed that it isn’t going more quickly, but I need to concentrate on the positives, which is further efficiency and better organization.

I also have been continuing the planning of the novel.  I am really enjoying working on it, although I know it is early days yet.  I sent my logline off to get a critique of it; I’ve fleshed out the antagonist and am outlining the scenes..

Today my younger son and I went to see “The Dark Knight Rises.”  We had a late lunch afterwards and had a long conversation critiquing the movie.  It was very nice to have the time with him.

My apologies for the brevity of this check-in; as always, please consider visiting some of the ROW80 participants here