Color Coding Key

  • Red – Not started.
  • Pink – In progress.
  • Green – Ongoing goal completed for the check-in/week/month.
  • Aqua with strike out – Goal reached.
  • Yellow – New goal.
  • Plain text with strike out followed by Orange – Goal altered.
  • Gray – Goal dropped. (Hopefully there won’t be any of these.)


Happy Wednesday!

I have my whole family together again! I can’t tell you how amazing that feels. I’m not the mom who looks forward to sending her kids off to school. (Which is really good, since we homeschool.) I have no words of criticism at all for parents who do. We’re all a little different. Some of us rock the school-parent gig, others of us prefer the insanity blessing of being with our kids all day, every day. I happen to fall into that second category. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity Reader and Artist had and the wonderful experience and learning they gained. And I’m really glad they’re home. 🙂

I’ll tell ya, though, I’d forgotten how easy it is to have just two kids. Everyone, I ran out of dirty laundry. If you’ve never tried to keep up with laundry for six people, you might not get the significance of that. Suffice to say, I plan to do two to three loads of laundry per day, or six loads a day for three straight days per week. If I get behind… Well. I just try really hard not to get behind.

Beloved returned to work on Monday. Normally, this would mean a return to routine. In some ways, yes! We are getting back on track. However, we have family and friends in town for another four weeks, so there’s only so much I can do to make routines happen.




I will…

  • participate in Mirth and Music Monday 3+ times per month, because my buddy Rose D’Andrea has been awesome to keep it going and I want to show her support. Thrice.
  • participate in WIPpet Wednesday (hosted by Emily Witt) 1+ times per month, because I want to support my WIPpeteer buddies with encouragement and take advantage of the opportunity to be encouraged. Done.
  • post 1 flash fiction or random article per month, because sharing my flash fiction was my original purpose for this blog and people seem to like hearing my thoughts on whateverness, be it Alaska or grammar or what-not. Drafted and sent to a couple betas.
  • post 1+ interview per quarter, because I want to support my fellow authors. Nope.
  • encourage 2 other ROW80ers per check-in, because others need encouragement, too. Done for 08/21.




I will…

  • sign up to be a Nanowrimo ML, because our current Fearless Leader needs a little break. Application being processed.




I will…

  • test run our schooling schedule so I can make necessary changes before the school year is in full swing.
  • take my children on 1+ outing per week, because we need to get out while it’s warm. Nope.
  • create and post routine charts, because my special needs kids are greatly helped by the visual cues. Designed and ready for printing. Need to buy ink.
  • use Chore Wars and Chore Monster 3+ times a week to help my children develop good habits. Nope.




I will…

  • walk every day, because my body gets angry at me if I don’t move it. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • stretch every day, because flexibility is the physical attribute I am most likely to be able to prevent the loss or deterioration of as I age. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • perform 15+ dead bugs per abdominal grouping (60+ total), 3+ times per week, because improving my core strength will improve my posture and metabolism. Nope.
  • perform 2+ opposing and 2+ same-side modified supermans, 3+ times per week, because improving my core strength will improve my posture and metabolism. Nope.




I will…

  • add 100 stars to the half-bath, because it’s a tiny room that needs something extra special to compensate for the limited space. This one isn’t going to happen this round. 😦 Hopefully next round.
  • paint the living room and kitchen ceilings, because I want blue overhead year round. Same as above.
  • label everything I can think of, because I’m tired of being the only one who knows where to put things. 3 cupboards done.
  • tether items I need to be able to find (hairbrushes, scissors) so I can find them. Nope.




I will…

  • read 1 book club book per month, because it will challenge me to read books I might not otherwise have considered and give me the opportunity to discuss them with others. Our theme is off the shelf, so technically, I’m covering this one with my nonfiction reading (see below) this month.
  • read 1 non-fiction book per quarter, because learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, teaching, and so on gives me inspiration and wisdom for being the best I can be for my family. Reread one of my favorites to psyche myself up for the school year: If I’m Diapering a Watermelon, Where’d I Put the Baby? by Carol Barnier. Rereading How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and Onto Learning as well.
  • read 1 book or 12 articles on writing or marketing per quarter, because writing is my chosen profession and I want to be one of the best. Perused, read, watched, listened to at least 12 informational pieces.
  • read 1 beta book per quarter, because I can’t expect others to help me if I don’t help them. It’s also lots of fun to get sneak peeks and have the satisfaction of knowing I helped someone improve their writing. Done.
  • read 1 just-for-fun book per quarter, because reading is my escape and I don’t want to burn out on it with obligatory books. Calling it done. I didn’t read any single book, but I probably read a book’s worth of excerpts.




I will…

  • replan the Hidden Bloodlines series to see if something clicks this time.
  • write or edit 3000+ words a week, preferably as 500+ words 6 days per week, because even words I can never show the world are better than no words at all. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • draft my contribution for the non-fiction project I am part of, because I like a lot of time for editing and don’t want to end up rushing to get it done because the deadline sneaked up on me. Started planning.
  • send out 1 newsletter per quarter, because having a newsletter is pointless if it just sits there. Newsletter sent! So that’s done for this quarter.


Thanks Rose

Many thanks to Kait Nolan for hosting ROW-80, Shan Jeniah Burton for encouraging me to join in, and to all the sponsors who help us along the way. To join, visit this page for details.

Here’s something fun for you, if you have the time.