Monthly Archives: October 2015

I’m Rockin’ It

This week has been a bit chaotic. Plans are changing, people in our community are having struggles that affect us in some ways, I have a lot on my plate. My tools (laptop and smart phone) are on the fritz, a bit. Even so, I’ve been feeling really positive and achieving most of the things I set out to do. “I’m rockin’ it,” is how I described it to Quester earlier today. I’m not saying that to brag, but just to acknowledge that I’m in a good space in my life and in my mindset, and that my top priorities (family, writing, my business, exercise, etc.) are solid.

So far this week I’ve written 1,752 new words on my WIP. I’ve been swimming – my dear friend got me a membership to a local fitness center with a pool! – and taken a lovely walk in the woods. My work on my coaching course is going really well. I’ve been listening to recordings from the coaching library, which is our assignment for the week. I’m actively brainstorming ideas for my book cover and title. My daily meditation and journal writing is going well.

We have some guests coming in from out of town starting tomorrow, so we’ll see how the rest of the week goes. I still plan to work on my WIP, despite having some further troubles with my laptop. I will keep up with my coaching course work, and make progress on the book title and such. I’ll also have fun – there are some Halloween parties in the works as well!

I hope the rest of your week is full of fun and inner peace, even if things get crazy all around you. Blessings!



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The Gears Are Turning

I’m happy to report that I’ve been making great strides on my WIP all week. I feel like I’ve stopped struggling with this one and really found my groove. My WIP word count (in total) is now, 34,268, which means that this week I’ve written 5,618 words. That’s great progress! Woo hoo!

The gears are turning in other aspects of my life, too. I’ve been exercising this week, and eating healthy foods. My morning meditation is going extremely well. I created and scheduled my next Starcat’s Notebook newsletter (it goes out tomorrow morning). We had our first call for the coaching group, which was awesome. I’m on track with my homework for that, and very much looking forward to our upcoming in-person retreat. I mean, I’m so excited I have to keep myself from jumping up and down with glee when I think of it! Seriously.

The only area where I haven’t really been on track is with my blogging. I intended to write two posts for Starcat’s Corner, this week, and I haven’t done any. Ah well, another week is coming. I’ll add blogging to this week’s mini-goals and not worry about it, because that’s how I roll.  I did, however, write a blog post for Feline Dreamers that is garnering some positive feedback, so that feels good.

Well, we also haven’t gotten the paint for the house yet, but that’s because Quester had to stay up north an extra couple of days. I’m sure we’ll get to it soon. I need to figure out, in this crazy schedule of mine, just when we’re going to have time to paint. Hmm.

Here are my updated mini-goals for this week:

  • Work on my DSP book every day.
  • Keep on track with my SASS Circle coaching group homework.
  • Get back on track with my new blogging plan and schedule.
  • Get in touch with my photographer to schedule time for a DSP book cover shoot.
  • Go with Quester to get paint for our interior walls.

Have a terrific week. Happy Halloween and/or Blessed Samhain to those who celebrate!


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This Stuff Works

Hey, fellow writers and creatives! I hope your week is going along smoothly.

Mine’s been going very well. I took time to plan out my week and set my intentions on Sunday evening – which was the first session of a new weekly ritual. I shouldn’t be surprised, really, but it’s working!

I’ve been working on the Daily Spiritual Practice (DSP) book, and I just finished Chapter 3 (of 6). I’m now at nearly 30K words, and working on the final third of the book. Chapters 2 and 3 were the longest of the book, so I feel like I’ve made terrific progress. I’ve also drafted up the initial text for my Starcat’s Notebook newsletter, which should go out on Friday.

We’ve also been doing some great work on Feline Dreamers. We sent out our newsletter, and followed up with a promotion on Facebook for our guided meditations. I wrote a post for the blog, which we posted today. I’ve been networking over social media (that sounds so official! I’m really just chatting with cool people), and interacting in the Facebook group for my new coaching course.

BlackLion and I went for a lovely walk in the woods today with the dogs. Quester and I have a plan to go get our house paint (for the downstairs walls) this weekend. We’ve been making delicious meals (Indian food, garbanzo stew, veggie pot pie, and spaghetti sauce), and enjoying some family time. All in all, I think it’s going quite well, and I’m thankful.



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Ready for What’s Next

visionboardoct15Last time I wrote, I was still recovering from some travel and a few other events closer to home. I’m feeling like I have my energy back now, and I’m ready for what’s next!

I’m still organizing, sort of. I decided to start a Sunday night process of reviewing my upcoming week, scheduling in all of my priorities, and seeing what I might need in terms of self-care and support. This will help when my coaching program begins this coming Thursday – I know I’ll have lots of homework and projects to work on, as well as working on my WIP, blogging, and so forth. So that’s what I’ll be up to this evening, while some of my family is watching football and others are enjoying some video games.

Today I eased back into working on my book, which feels good. I only wrote 375 words today, but I read over the chapter I’m working on, and did a bit of rearranging of the various sections. It flows better now. I also finished my new vision board (pictured here), which I’d started during a workshop at the conference I attended. I love it!

Yesterday I blogged on Starcat’s Corner, which I hadn’t done for a while, and also did some blog planning for upcoming posts. I caught up on some record keeping, tracking book sales and things like that. We have our monthly Feline Dreamers newsletter all finished and scheduled to go out tomorrow. I sent in my ROW 80 sponsor post on Thursday, and I’m all caught up in my preparations for my coaching course. So I’ve achieved all my mini-goals that I set for the week.

I feel like I’m ready for the coaching course to start, and I’m committed to making good progress on the book this week as well. I am working on balancing my work with family events, household chores, and the part time work that I do at the radio station. I’ll let you know how it goes, but I feel really positive about it right now!

Mini-goals for this week:

  • Work on my DSP book every day.
  • Keep on track with my new blogging plan and schedule.
  • Draft copy for my Starcat’s Notebook newsletter, which I’ll send out next week.
  • Go with Quester to get paint for our interior walls this coming weekend. It’s a long-delayed project that I’m getting exited about! I want to have the downstairs all painted before we host the Thanksgiving feast next month.

I hope you have a creative and focused week!



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Recovering and Organizing

I’m still recovering from our trip, and a bunch of other events that have kept me quite busy. I’ve had some good “down time,” and I’m feeling like my energy is returning. I’ve been getting good sleep, too.  As a Virgo, I sometimes find organizing to be quite calming and soothing (yes, I know, that’s weird). This week I organized some shelves in my bedroom, and filed away a bunch of paperwork that was cluttering up my desk. We gave our house a good thorough cleaning today, too. It feels (and looks) good.

I’ve also been working on getting my notes and homework from my September coaching course organized, and finalizing some of the copy I wrote, so we can use it on our website and in our newsletter. The first group call for my new coaching course is next week, so I want to have everything in order. I just know that there will be more awesome homework to do, so I need to feel caught up and ready.

Exercise is going well – I’ve been taking walks, and it feels excellent.

No, I haven’t done any writing on my WIP, but I’ll get there.

All in all, a good week so far. I hope yours is fun and productive, too!


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Not Even On the Map

I’m not sure how to report on my week. I feel like it’s not even on the map, in terms of working on my goals. I didn’t really do any writing, for example. But nonetheless, I feel like it was a fabulous experience that will help me with my goals and life in general.


The teens climbing trees in Central Park.

We spent the week in New Jersey at the first-ever Life Without Instructions unschooling conference. We are an unschooling family, and three of us absolutely LOVE these conferences. The one we attended in NH for several years is no longer (sad face), but this one was fantastic. Many of our friends who used to go to the NH conferences were there, which made it special. We also met a whole bunch of lovely new friends. ElvenTiger enjoyed hanging out with her teen tribe. We had a fun but whirlwind visit to New York City. The sessions that BlackLion and I offered at the conference were very well received, and we’ve had a lot of folks showing interest in Feline Dreamers and what we do. I sold some books, too. Most importantly, we had a fantastic time!

We traveled all day on Friday to get back home. We dropped a couple of friends off in Boston, and experienced lots of traffic going into and back out of the city. We weren’t grumpy about it or anything, but it did take a lot longer to get home than we’d thought.

On Saturday, a dear friend was getting married, and I was the officiant! It all went very well, and was a really special day. Today I drove up the coast with my Mom, Dad, and brother Eric to go to lunch. It was a gorgeous day and we had fun together, and took lots of pictures of the foliage and the pretty harbor.

Now, I’m tired. I’m an introvert, and while I did practice self-care during the conference, it was still a LOT of input. I have the feeling I’ll be processing all these new ideas and inspirations and interactions for a while. I’m thankful, and feeling very blessed, even as I sit here in my PJs and chill out.

Goals for this week:

  • Recover from my busy week by practicing self-care and writing in my journal.
  • Get ready for the upcoming coaching course by posting my pre-homework and organizing my notes from the September course.
  • Get back to working on my DSP book.
  • Finish and send my ROW 80 sponsor post.

I hope you have a restful and productive week!


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Plans for a Productive Autumn

After a bit of weirdness and Mercury retrograde messing with me, this Autumn is shaping up to be really amazing. I’ve detailed my goals below.

My biggest news is that I signed up for a 9-month coaching program, SASS Circle (which stands for Supportive and Sustainable Systems). It’s with this awesome coach, Britt Bolnick, who I’ve been working with for over a month now. I’m so excited that I took the leap to do this. I’ve been studying ethical marketing for a while on my own, but what I’ve really needed is expertise, guidance, and direction.

This will impact my writing career in that the non-fiction I write is closely tied in with Feline Dreamers. It will also help me get better at organizing my time, so I have more to devote to writing (both non-fiction and fiction). It will take our business from one that’s mostly a hobby (because we haven’t known how to take it to another level) to a real sustainable business that will help support the family. I’m beyond thrilled!

So between the coaching program and my writing plans and well, just life in general, I expect it to be a busy and productive Round. Onward and upward!

2015 Row 80 Round 4 Goals

Complete and publish current nonfiction WIP. Finish first draft of Daily Spiritual Practice (DSP) book. Revise, edit and proofread. Hand final draft off to BlackLion for formatting. Do photoshoot for cover. Hit publish in November.

Work on revising and editing The Door Is the Key book 1 (TDITK1). Finish the first pass of revisions using Rock Your Revisions. Complete re-writes and added scenes as necessary. Do the first complete proof-reading edit.

Re-read draft of Patterns in the Void and make initial revision notes.

Continue my craft & business learning. Keep up with all homework and calls for my SASS Circle coaching program. Read at least 3 books about writing and/or ethical marketing & promotion. Check out a couple of writer podcasts. Keep notes on ideas to use, and begin implementing them. Make plans for Feline Dreamers for 2016.

Complete various behind-the-scenes marketing tasks: Add my author name domain to my website(s). Add a Call to Action (CTA) to my Cultivating Self-Love e-book. Create weekday Fae Musings e-mails for our Feline Dreamers subscribers. Add new folks to both of our mailing lists.

Do my ROW 80 sponsor duties. Write an inspiring article to share. Visit my peeps each week and leave comments.

De-clutter and organize my life, creating beautiful spaces. Clean and organize my upstairs desk and filing cabinets. Continue to de-clutter and beautify our shared living spaces. Paint the living room, kitchen, and stairwell.

Focus on blogging. Post to my Starcat’s Corner blog at least twice per week, Feline Dreamers every other week, and on this blog twice per week. Write ROW 80 guest post to inspire fellow authors (and be a good sponsor!). Write, edit, and submit guest blog posts for Kind Over Matter, Facing North, and possibly other sites. Start and keep a running list of blog post ideas, drafts, and picture ideas.

Make inspiring art and music. Practice zentangling. Make cards for the holidays. Create new scrapbook pages and art journal pages. Take nature photographs to use on my websites and blog posts. Practice drumming regularly.

Expand my spiritual awareness and the integration of all aspects of my life. Pay attention to my dreams and keep records of them. Set intentions before sleep and upon waking. Meditate and do my chakra clearing daily.

Enhance my physical health. Devote time to daily exercise, including but not limited to walking, yoga, dancing, and swimming. Look into membership at the pool for the winter. Stop eating sugar. Eat less in general.

GRACEfully invite ease, purpose, and kindness into my daily life. Do things I love: write in my journal, read, do yoga, dance, spend time with loved ones, and express my gratitude.




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