Sunday, August 16, 2015

a stellar week

OK, it is time to get my act together. No more excuses. To recap, this is what I have going on this Round:

1.    Take an overnight trip to Michigan. Done and had a good time.
2.    Survive my daughter’s wedding, after surviving the planning of it. Done and everyone survived.
3.    Attend the Christian Writers Conference in Green Lake. Heading there as soon as I post this.
4.    Attend my cousin’s wedding out of town.
5.    Make final preparations for my trip to Kenya (I arrive in Africa the day the next Round starts, so don’t expect much out of me then.)

It looks like I am halfway through. What about last week? Despite some scheduling changes, I made it through and accomplished a stellar amount of stuff. (Speaking of stellar, I also got up at two a.m. two nights in a row to watch the Perseid Meteor shower.)

a. Read and commented on my assigned blog posts as a ROW80 sponsor.
b. Read 50 pages or so of “Shantaram”.
c. Read a couple chapters in “Ten Fingers, Ten Toes”. I read this when I am walking on the treadmill, because I have it on my Kindle and “Shantaram” is just too big to hold when I am walking. It makes my husband crazy that I can two or three books at one time.

a. Wrote two blog posts here and two posts to my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles”.  
b. Edited 20 entries of “The Early Ministry of Jesus in 40 Days”.
c. Finished writing those last two pesky entries of “The Early Ministry”. This has been a thorn in my side for months. I just couldn’t find the inspiration to write those last two days, but it came to me the other night. Right after I finished the first entry and was psyched to write the second one, my computer locked up and shut itself down. I was like ‘you have got to be kidding me’. I should have hand-written my inspiration while it was still in my head, but instead I just went to bed. In the morning when I fired up the laptop, the document had auto-saved before shutting down. I finished the last entry, saved it on the laptop and then emailed it to myself, just to be sure. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah me!

a. Posted lots of updates on most of my social media. I easily lose track of this one, but I think that the goal should be to do something somewhere every day, so it is what it is.

a. Nonprofit organization - Posted some updates somewhere – again – I just can’t keep track!
          b. Physical - Walked on treadmill twice.  
c. Wedding –Edited the wedding pictures and posted them on Facebook as well as on my other blog.
d. Niece’s graduation pictures – Finished editing her pictures. Now I just need to get a digital copy to her to see what she thinks.

What can I do this coming week to top all of that!?

a. Read and comment on my assigned blog posts as a ROW80 sponsor.
b. Read 50 pages of “Shantaram”. 
c. Read two chapters on “Ten Fingers, Ten Toes”.
          a. Write two blog posts here.
b. Write three posts to my other blog, “The Dino Chronicles”.
c. Attend the Green Lake Christian Writers Conference short-track sessions and come home with the usual inspiration to tackle all this writing.  
a. Post one writing update to one of my social media daily, and figure out how to keep track of this.  
1) Post an update to my Go-Fund-Me page and share with social media.
2) I should update the business plan and print off a copy of it. We hope to meet next weekend and I should at least have done this much.
3) Try to get in touch with our contact in Kenya to figure out our itinerary while there in October.
b. Physical - Walk on treadmill three times.  
c. Church – Type up a note for the weekly bulletin looking for mentors for our college students and military enlistees, as well as a reminder to their parents to get me their contact information.  
d. Alexis’s picture – Burn a copy of her graduation pictures onto a CD and either mail it to her and get it to her grandma next weekend.

What do you think? Does that sound pretty reasonable? How about your goals? Are they still doable?

Cheers to me on a stellar week. 
(From my daughter's wedding of course, and none of them were thinking about me at the time.) 


  1. Cheers indeed!

    I also can read 3 or 4 books at the same time. ;)

    1. Thank, Erin. Of course I picked up a couple more books at the writers conference, and cannot wait to read them.
      Best wishes to you for a good rest of the Round

  2. Wow!

    What a week you had! Brava!

    I love when I get the epiphany I need to get unstuck on something. It's almost a physical exhale, followed by a whooshing-in of fresh fertile air. Hooray for that, and the finishing! =D

    We tend to be owls here, and my daughter, 11, and I take night walks most nights. We saw many meteors together this past week It was lovely. Also a dead titmouse on the side of the road, which was less lovely, but still interesting.

    My husband long ago gave up trying to figure out how I can read several things at once....

    May this week provide inspiration, joy, and even a bit of rest

    1. Thanks, Shan, for all of the support. I got home from the writers conference at midnight and now, five and half hours later, am getting ready for the day job. Maybe I am not always such a night owl.

      Best wishes for a productive week yourself.

  3. I started reading two to three books at a time at the beginning of the year when I started the goodreads reading challenge. I am still not a fast reader, so sometimes it's a slow process, but I'm reading and enjoying the ride.

    1. Cindy, I know, I am such a slow reader and last night someone just asked when I even get the time to read. I think that it is one of those things we really need to do for ourselves.

      Best wishes on completing the Goodreads challenge.

  4. I am glad you not only survived, but enjoyed your daughter's wedding. I hope you are having a wonderfully inspiring and productive time at your conference. Good luck from a ROW80 blog hopping friend.

    1. Thanks! I'm excited to get on with my writing life!