•  Hi everyone!

    This year, and the summer most specifically, has been a roller-coaster ride. Life happening a little too much, and always with the worst timing.

    When I'm being optimistic, I try to look at the bigger picture and think maybe later we'll look back and think this was just how it was supposed to be.

    Then again, sometimes it feels like we're in a downward spiral and I can see no escape. The emotional yo-yo is not helping, especially as we're trying to make our lives more stable.

    Thankfully, I started a gratitude journal a few weeks ago, and I can look at positive stuff that did happen lately when my mind focuses on darker aspects. Also, it kinda forces me to look for the upside of the situation. Most days, it works. 

    How about you? How do you try or manage to stay positive when things get tough?Let me know in the comments.

    Color code:

    0-10% in red
    11-24% in pink
    25-39% in orange
    40-59% in yellow
    60-99% in green
    100% in flashy green
    Normally, there's also blue for progress and pause in purple, but right now i'll focus on numbers and only goals where progress has been made.

    Now for this week: 

    WRITING: I'll focus on one project mainly while following completed ones.

    "Hour of the Wolf": If the publisher does not decide to release it as part of the collection, I'll probably make it a freebie (ebook and Wattpad). I'm guessing they'll make a decision soon as their collection is to be released in November, so I'll adjust this goal accordingly once I hear from them. 

    Sci-fi erotica series Miss Chief in Wonderland: I started writing again and would like to have a few short stories ready for publication in 2021 or 2022. Life happening too much to write right now so I pushed the deadline to mid-August.

    • Plan season 1
    • Draft episode 1 (July): 85%
    • Expand episode 5
    • Draft episode 7 (September)
    • Draft episode 8 (August)
    • Draft episode 9
    • Reorganize episodes

    WORK: Lots to do here! I'll try and get as much done as possible, though I expect life to keep getting in the way as it has lately. 

    Promotion: Over the summer, Hubby and I will build a communication strategy to get more business our way in September (since the summer is always slow). 12%

    Online courses: I'll focus on making online tests as I can use it immediately with current student, then I'll go back to making the lessons. Hubby and I will also take a look at a new theme for my business website and also upgrade the webhost (which means my writer's site will be hosted there too). I made 1 test today and started a second one as I realized I had skipped it altogether.

    • Website stuff : upgrade host, new theme, LMS stuff... 
    • English - Starters: make tests 35%
    • English - Elementary: make tests 28%
    • English - Pre-intermediate: make tests 28%
    • Hanashimashou: resume making contents ASAP

    Quality certification: I can take it easy now but I'll keep doing bite-size tasks weekly.

    • cross-referencing document: I'll finish it during the Round. 29%
    • tutorials: I'll keep making them, aiming at 2-4 a month, depending on how much material and preparation is needed. 20%

    Story Time: I'll keep making baby steps weekly, mostly preparatory work. Steady progress.

    • Wizard & Cat: signpost at least 1 episode a week. 33%
    • Timmy & the Hungry Monster: make a general plan, list the language, list the material. Making flashcards: 15% 

    PUBLISHING: I'll mostly market my books, old and new.

    Curiouser & Curiouser (my debut novel, in French only for now): I'll keep track of reviews and sales, while marketing the book some more. 

    Red Hot Spring (English): I'll make the final preparations to publish in August and market. 86%

    We Missed Each Other (English): I'll start making preparations once Red Hot Spring is ready. 34%

    PERSONAL: We'll do some damage control and try and get help while Hubby is stuck with pain in his back. 

    House renovation: that's the big question mark as most of the things that need to be done require Hubby or help. In the meantime, we'll focus on what contractors are supposed to do.

    • parental suite: still aiming at finishing it this year if we can. For this Round, sealing the tiles in the bathroom would be nice. And why not buy the wooden floor for the bedroom and threshold? 47% 
    • insulation: we need to get the contractor sent by the insurance company to come and the other ones to give us their estimates. 
    • original bathroom40% 

    Housework: I'll mostly try and keep up what's been settled last Round. Maybe add a couple of new rooms (namely the porch entrance & workshop)  if I can get help from family and friends to get rid of the spiders in there (I'm extremely phobic when it comes to those...). I'll also try and get my office in order before September is here. Overall: 76%

    • office: finish reorganizing, archiving and so on. 50%
    • porch entrance: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, add to cleaning routine, set coat pegs. Compelted at last! 100%
    • workshop: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, reorganize. 80%

    Self-improvement: I'll keep learning as a teacher, writer and parent.

    • Teaching early years MOOC: I'll be an active participant through the 6 weeks and implement new ideas at home and in my classes. 100% 
    • Storytelling & Marketing: 12%

    Physical health: I'll try and be more and more active while making sure to give myself enough time to relax too and avoid burning out as a side effect of Hubby's slipped disk.

    • Housework: I'll focus my energy on this to stay active on a daily basis. Since the plan includes rooms we are currently not using and that are either being or about to be renovated, my goal is to reach 90%. Goal has been reached, yay!, 90%
    • Stretching: I'll stretch every morning to prevent hurting myself while being active (I have a tendency to sprain) 
    • Yoga: I'll try and have a yoga session with my girls at least once a week. For starters, I'll look for the best time slot for this. 
    • Abs/Fitness: if there's time and energy (ie if Hubby gets better and life stops happening so much), I'll get down to working on fixing my diastasis recti for good, then going back to fitness.

    Mental health & journalling: I've started a digital journal and will keep using it daily to keep track of my moods, ideas, learning, etc. Later, I'll schedule a lookback time to make sure this is useful. I'll also keep reading about emotional intensity but more on that below. 

    Reading: I'll try to read daily. 
    - paperback: 5%
    - ebook: 9%

    Emotional intensity: I'll try and complete this reading and discuss it with Hubby. 69%

    Beta-reading a Sci-Fi novel: I'll make notes and send feedback to the writer by mid-August. 100%

    Writer's website: I'll start the new website for sure, and hopefully get my hands on the original one to export it rather than rebuild from scratch. Hubby will help since sitting in the office armchair is the one thing he manages to do without feeling too horrible. 


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  •  Hi everyone!

    This is going to be a quick one because we have a big day ahead.

    I'm writing this at 4 AM, in what I could call one of my usual insomnia cycles, so the work for today will be counted next check-in.

    Today, friends are coming to help and we're planning to install new cupboards in the kitchen and finally get it a bit more organized (though it's still technically a temporary setup, we now know it's going to stay this way for a few years). We're also going to clean parts of the annex to prepare its renovation, and do other jobs in the house to keep making progress on our goals.

    As a result I doubt I'll write today, though I'm a little behind schedule for my sci-fi series (but mostly because episode 1 became longer and richer, so that's OK.

    I'm just hoping to get some sleep again before we get started, as I'm more of a morning person but I also desperately need to sleep a certain amount of time every night. I guess we'll see. I'll probably take some vitamins with my breakfast and I'm counting on having people around to keep motivated too.

    How about you? Are you an early or nightime bird? What do you do to boost your levels of energy and motivation? Just let me know in the comments.

    Color code:

    0-10% in red
    11-24% in pink
    25-39% in orange
    40-59% in yellow
    60-99% in green
    100% in flashy green
    Normally, there's also blue for progress and pause in purple, but right now i'll focus on numbers and only goals where progress has been made.

    Now for this week: 

    WRITING: I'll focus on one project mainly while following completed ones.

    "Hour of the Wolf": If the publisher does not decide to release it as part of the collection, I'll probably make it a freebie (ebook and Wattpad). I'm guessing they'll make a decision soon as their collection is to be released in November, so I'll adjust this goal accordingly once I hear from them. 

    Sci-fi erotica series Miss Chief in Wonderland: I started writing again and would like to have a few short stories ready for publication in 2021 or 2022. A little late but that's OK—some progress made anyway, and planning on writing more this week as the girls will be away for a few days. 

    • Plan season 1
    • Draft episode 1 (July): 85%
    • Expand episode 5
    • Draft episode 7 (September)
    • Draft episode 8 (August)
    • Draft episode 9
    • Reorganize episodes

    WORK: Lots to do here! I'll try and get as much done as possible, though I expect life to keep getting in the way as it has lately. 

    Promotion: Over the summer, Hubby and I will build a communication strategy to get more business our way in September (since the summer is always slow). 12%

    Online courses: I'll focus on making online tests as I can use it immediately with current student, then I'll go back to making the lessons. Hubby and I will also take a look at a new theme for my business website and also upgrade the webhost (which means my writer's site will be hosted there too). I made 3 tests this week.

    • Website stuff : upgrade host, new theme, LMS stuff... 
    • English - Starters: make tests 29%
    • English - Elementary: make tests 28%
    • English - Pre-intermediate: make tests 28%
    • Hanashimashou: resume making contents ASAP

    Quality certification: I can take it easy now but I'll keep doing bite-size tasks weekly.

    • cross-referencing document: I'll finish it during the Round. 29%
    • tutorials: I'll keep making them, aiming at 2-4 a month, depending on how much material and preparation is needed. 20%

    Story Time: I'll keep making baby steps weekly, mostly preparatory work.

    • Wizard & Cat: signpost at least 1 episode a week. 28%
    • Timmy & the Hungry Monster: make a general plan, list the language, list the material. Making flashcards: 13% 

    PUBLISHING: I'll mostly market my books, old and new.

    Curiouser & Curiouser (my debut novel, in French only for now): I'll keep track of reviews and sales, while marketing the book some more. 

    Red Hot Spring (English): I'll make the final preparations to publish in August and market. 86%

    We Missed Each Other (English): I'll start making preparations once Red Hot Spring is ready. 34%

    PERSONAL: We'll do some damage control and try and get help while Hubby is stuck with pain in his back. 

    House renovation: that's the big question mark as most of the things that need to be done require Hubby or help. In the meantime, we'll focus on what contractors are supposed to do.

    • parental suite: still aiming at finishing it this year if we can. For this Round, sealing the tiles in the bathroom would be nice. And why not buy the wooden floor for the bedroom and threshold? 47% 
    • insulation: we need to get the contractor sent by the insurance company to come and the other ones to give us their estimates. 
    • original bathroom40% 

    Housework: I'll mostly try and keep up what's been settled last Round. Maybe add a couple of new rooms (namely the porch entrance & workshop)  if I can get help from family and friends to get rid of the spiders in there (I'm extremely phobic when it comes to those...). I'll also try and get my office in order before September is here. Overall: 67%

    • office: finish reorganizing, archiving and so on. 50%
    • porch entrance: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, add to cleaning routine, set coat pegs. 95%
    • workshop: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, reorganize. 80%

    Self-improvement: I'll keep learning as a teacher, writer and parent.

    • Teaching early years MOOC: I'll be an active participant through the 6 weeks and implement new ideas at home and in my classes. 100% 
    • Choose next course in August: probably something about teaching again. Done: I'll learn about storytelling in marketing, starting Tuesday.

    Physical health: I'll try and be more and more active while making sure to give myself enough time to relax too and avoid burning out as a side effect of Hubby's slipped disk.

    • Housework: I'll focus my energy on this to stay active on a daily basis. Since the plan includes rooms we are currently not using and that are either being or about to be renovated, my goal is to reach 90%. Currently, 86%
    • Stretching: I'll stretch every morning to prevent hurting myself while being active (I have a tendency to sprain) 
    • Yoga: I'll try and have a yoga session with my girls at least once a week. For starters, I'll look for the best time slot for this. Still looking for the right time. I'm guessing it will have to be on Sundays as that is the one day we're all home.
    • Abs/Fitness: if there's time and energy (ie if Hubby gets better and life stops happening so much), I'll get down to working on fixing my diastasis recti for good, then going back to fitness.

    Mental health & journalling: I've started a digital journal and will keep using it daily to keep track of my moods, ideas, learning, etc. Later, I'll schedule a lookback time to make sure this is useful. I'll also keep reading about emotional intensity but more on that below. Journalling daily.

    Reading: I'll try to read daily. Sometimes only a few pages, but I'm still reading daily.

    Emotional intensity: I'll try and complete this reading and discuss it with Hubby. 62.5%

    Beta-reading a Sci-Fi novel: I'll make notes and send feedback to the writer by mid-August. 100%

    Writer's website: I'll start the new website for sure, and hopefully get my hands on the original one to export it rather than rebuild from scratch. Hubby will help since sitting in the office armchair is the one thing he manages to do without feeling too horrible. 


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  • Hi everyone!

    I find myself quite efficient at the moment, though I still feel tired and don't sleep so well, so I'm wary of possible breakdowns. I do sometimes get high levels of energy and motivation before collapsing for apparently no reason. Then again, as long as I'm aware of it, it usually becomes OK as I know I'm supposed to rest.

    For now, I'll take the progress I've made in the past few days and celebrate meeting some goals in advance. Being ahead always helps me relax, so I'm hoping to feel more serene soon too.

    Hopefully, that will mean being more regular in my work and writing. I normally love having a routine, so this year has tested my adaptability quite a lot. It's nice to find out I'm still quite flexible, though it's taking its tow at times. 

    I do look forward to being on vacation, though. Only 17 more days to go!

    How about you? Do you sometimes have inexplicable levels of energy that don't fit your physical state? And how do you deal with recurring change, especially in this unpredictable year? Or you could also tell me about your holiday plans! Just let me know in the comments.

    Color code:

    0-10% in red
    11-24% in pink
    25-39% in orange
    40-59% in yellow
    60-99% in green
    100% in flashy green
    Normally, there's also blue for progress and pause in purple, but right now i'll focus on numbers and only goals where progress has been made.

    Now for this week: 

    WRITING: I'll focus on one project mainly while following completed ones.

    "Hour of the Wolf": If the publisher does not decide to release it as part of the collection, I'll probably make it a freebie (ebook and Wattpad). I'm guessing they'll make a decision soon as their collection is to be released in November, so I'll adjust this goal accordingly once I hear from them. 

    Sci-fi erotica series Miss Chief in Wonderland: I started writing again and would like to have a few short stories ready for publication in 2021 or 2022. Finally wrting again. =D

    • Plan season 1
    • Draft episode 1 (July): 79%
    • Expand episode 5
    • Draft episode 7 (September)
    • Draft episode 8 (August)
    • Draft episode 9
    • Reorganize episodes

    WORK: Lots to do here! I'll try and get as much done as possible, though I expect life to keep getting in the way as it has lately. 

    Promotion: Over the summer, Hubby and I will build a communication strategy to get more business our way in September (since the summer is always slow). 12%

    Online courses: I'll focus on making online tests as I can use it immediately with current student, then I'll go back to making the lessons. Hubby and I will also take a look at a new theme for my business website and also upgrade the webhost (which means my writer's site will be hosted there too). 

    • Website stuff : upgrade host, new theme, LMS stuff... 
    • English - Starters: make tests 24%
    • English - Elementary: make tests 22%
    • English - Pre-intermediate: make tests 22%
    • Hanashimashou: resume making contents ASAP

    Quality certification: I can take it easy now but I'll keep doing bite-size tasks weekly.

    • cross-referencing document: I'll finish it during the Round. 27%
    • tutorials: I'll keep making them, aiming at 2-4 a month, depending on how much material and preparation is needed. 20%

    Story Time: I'll keep making baby steps weekly, mostly preparatory work.

    • Wizard & Cat: signpost at least 1 episode a week. 28%
    • Timmy & the Hungry Monster: make a general plan, list the language, list the material. Making flashcards: 13% (so I'm already beyond my goal for the week ^^)

    PUBLISHING: I'll mostly market my books, old and new.

    Curiouser & Curiouser (my debut novel, in French only for now): I'll keep track of reviews and sales, while marketing the book some more. 

    Red Hot Spring (English): I'll make the final preparations to publish in August and market. 71%

    We Missed Each Other (English): I'll start making preparations once Red Hot Spring is ready. 34%

    PERSONAL: We'll do some damage control and try and get help while Hubby is stuck with pain in his back. 

    House renovation: that's the big question mark as most of the things that need to be done require Hubby or help. In the meantime, we'll focus on what contractors are supposed to do.

    • parental suite: still aiming at finishing it this year if we can. For this Round, sealing the tiles in the bathroom would be nice. And why not buy the wooden floor for the bedroom and threshold? 45% We contacted a plasterer from my past and saw him yesterday. The idea is to get a little push from him while Hubby is not back to 100%.
    • insulation: we need to get the contractor sent by the insurance company to come and the other ones to give us their estimates.
    • original bathroom40% I removed most of the carpeting on Monday, only leaving a tricky corner that probably has spiders (it has fresh webs anyway) and that I could consequently not approach. 

    Housework: I'll mostly try and keep up what's been settled last Round. Maybe add a couple of new rooms (namely the porch entrance & workshop)  if I can get help from family and friends to get rid of the spiders in there (I'm extremely phobic when it comes to those...). I'll also try and get my office in order before September is here. Overall: 67%

    • office: finish reorganizing, archiving and so on. 50%
    • porch entrance: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, add to cleaning routine, set coat pegs. 95%
    • workshop: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, reorganize. 80%

    Self-improvement: I'll keep learning as a teacher, writer and parent.

    • Teaching early years MOOC: I'll be an active participant through the 6 weeks and implement new ideas at home and in my classes. 98% 
    • Choose next course in August: probably something about teaching again.

    Physical health: I'll try and be more and more active while making sure to give myself enough time to relax too and avoid burning out as a side effect of Hubby's slipped disk.

    • Housework: I'll focus my energy on this to stay active on a daily basis. Since the plan includes rooms we are currently not using and that are either being or about to be renovated, my goal is to reach 90%. Currently, 85%
    • Stretching: I'll stretch every morning to prevent hurting myself while being active (I have a tendency to sprain) That is definitely becoming a routine as I don't need the reminders so much to it.
    • Yoga: I'll try and have a yoga session with my girls at least once a week. For starters, I'll look for the best time slot for this. Still looking for the right time. I'm guessing it will have to be on Sundays as that is the one day we're all home.
    • Abs/Fitness: if there's time and energy (ie if Hubby gets better and life stops happening so much), I'll get down to working on fixing my diastasis recti for good, then going back to fitness.

    Mental health & journalling: I've started a digital journal and will keep using it daily to keep track of my moods, ideas, learning, etc. Later, I'll schedule a lookback time to make sure this is useful. I'll also keep reading about emotional intensity but more on that below. Journalling daily.

    Reading: I'll try to read daily. It's beta-reading but I am reading daily! =D

    Emotional intensity: I'll try and complete this reading and discuss it with Hubby. 57.5%

    Beta-reading a Sci-Fi novel: I'll make notes and send feedback to the writer by mid-August. I finished earlier because it became just so engrossing I kept reading chapter after chapter. 100%

    Writer's website: I'll start the new website for sure, and hopefully get my hands on the original one to export it rather than rebuild from scratch. Hubby will help since sitting in the office armchair is the one thing he manages to do without feeling too horrible. 


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  • Hi everyone!

    This weekend, the girls are staying with their grandparents, so we can focus on ourselves and relax. Of course, I'm also going to write, and hopefully wrap-up the first draft of episode 1 today.

    The original idea was to spend yesterday cleaning while they were gone (always easier when they are not around to untidy what we've just tidied) but we ended up chatting and relaxing. In the end, we really needed to chill, so today is going to be a little bit more about housework but mostly about resting.

    I notice I usually can do quite a lot but there's always a day when I just need to stop completely and just go with the flow. Not sure if there's a cycle there or if it's after accumulating a certain amount of work and exhaustion, but it always happens at some point. I used to stress over not doing anything really prodcutive for a day, but now I accept it's part of my process and probably the way my body keeps me sane.

    How about you? How often do you need to have a real day off? Let me know in the comments.

    Color code:

    0-10% in red
    11-24% in pink
    25-39% in orange
    40-59% in yellow
    60-99% in green
    100% in flashy green
    Normally, there's also blue for progress and pause in purple, but right now i'll focus on numbers and only goals where progress has been made.

    Now for this week: 

    WRITING: I'll focus on one project mainly while following completed ones.

    "Hour of the Wolf": If the publisher does not decide to release it as part of the collection, I'll probably make it a freebie (ebook and Wattpad). I'm guessing they'll make a decision soon as their collection is to be released in November, so I'll adjust this goal accordingly once I hear from them. 

    Sci-fi erotica series Miss Chief in Wonderland: I started writing again and would like to have a few short stories ready for publication in 2021 or 2022. Finally wrting again. =D

    • Plan season 1
    • Draft episode 1 (July): 67%
    • Expand episode 5
    • Draft episode 7 (September)
    • Draft episode 8 (August)
    • Draft episode 9
    • Reorganize episodes

    WORK: Lots to do here! I'll try and get as much done as possible, though I expect life to keep getting in the way as it has lately. 

    Promotion: Over the summer, Hubby and I will build a communication strategy to get more business our way in September (since the summer is always slow). 12%

    Online courses: I'll focus on making online tests as I can use it immediately with current student, then I'll go back to making the lessons. Hubby and I will also take a look at a new theme for my business website and also upgrade the webhost (which means my writer's site will be hosted there too). 2 this week.

    • Website stuff : upgrade host, new theme, LMS stuff... 
    • English - Starters: make tests 24%
    • English - Elementary: make tests 22%
    • English - Pre-intermediate: make tests 22%
    • Hanashimashou: resume making contents ASAP

    Quality certification: I can take it easy now but I'll keep doing bite-size tasks weekly.

    • cross-referencing document: I'll finish it during the Round. 27%
    • tutorials: I'll keep making them, aiming at 2-4 a month, depending on how much material and preparation is needed. 20%

    Story Time: I'll keep making baby steps weekly, mostly preparatory work.

    • Wizard & Cat: signpost at least 1 episode a week. 24%
    • Timmy & the Hungry Monster: make a general plan, list the language, list the material. listing the language/ 100%. Next step: making flashcards.

    PUBLISHING: I'll mostly market my books, old and new.

    Curiouser & Curiouser (my debut novel, in French only for now): I'll keep track of reviews and sales, while marketing the book some more. 

    Red Hot Spring (English): I'll make the final preparations to publish in August and market. 71%

    We Missed Each Other (English): I'll start making preparations once Red Hot Spring is ready. 34%

    PERSONAL: We'll do some damage control and try and get help while Hubby is stuck with pain in his back. 

    House renovation: that's the big question mark as most of the things that need to be done require Hubby or help. In the meantime, we'll focus on what contractors are supposed to do.

    • parental suite: still aiming at finishing it this year if we can. For this Round, sealing the tiles in the bathroom would be nice. And why not buy the wooden floor for the bedroom and threshold? 45% We sealed the tiles on Monday and started working on the other bathroom (see below). We might get a contractor to help us move forward while Hubby can't do heavy lifting.
    • insulation: we need to get the contractor sent by the insurance company to come and the other ones to give us their estimates.
    • original bathroom: 33% we were supposed to take out the carpeting yesterday but decided we needed a day off instead. So probably next week.

    Housework: I'll mostly try and keep up what's been settled last Round. Maybe add a couple of new rooms (namely the porch entrance & workshop)  if I can get help from family and friends to get rid of the spiders in there (I'm extremely phobic when it comes to those...). I'll also try and get my office in order before September is here. Overall: 67%

    • office: finish reorganizing, archiving and so on. 50%
    • porch entrance: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, add to cleaning routine, set coat pegs. 90%
    • workshop: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, reorganize. 80%

    Self-improvement: I'll keep learning as a teacher, writer and parent.

    • Teaching early years MOOC: I'll be an active participant through the 6 weeks and implement new ideas at home and in my classes. 89% 
    • Choose next course in August: probably something about teaching again.

    Physical health: I'll try and be more and more active while making sure to give myself enough time to relax too and avoid burning out as a side effect of Hubby's slipped disk.

    • Housework: I'll focus my energy on this to stay active on a daily basis. Since the plan includes rooms we are currently not using and that are either being or about to be renovated, my goal is to reach 90%. Currently, 84%
    • Stretching: I'll stretch every morning to prevent hurting myself while being active (I have a tendency to sprain) That is definitely becoming a routine as I don't need the reminders so much to it.
    • Yoga: I'll try and have a yoga session with my girls at least once a week. For starters, I'll look for the best time slot for this. Still looking for the right time. I'm guessing it will have to be on Sundays as that is the one day we're all home.
    • Abs/Fitness: if there's time and energy (ie if Hubby gets better and life stops happening so much), I'll get down to working on fixing my diastasis recti for good, then going back to fitness.

    Mental health & journalling: I've started a digital journal and will keep using it daily to keep track of my moods, ideas, learning, etc. Later, I'll schedule a lookback time to make sure this is useful. I'll also keep reading about emotional intensity but more on that below. Journalling daily.

    Reading: I'll try to read daily. It's beta-reading but I am reading daily! =D

    Emotional intensity: I'll try and complete this reading and discuss it with Hubby. 51.5%

    Beta-reading a Sci-Fi novel: I'll make notes and send feedback to the writer by mid-August. 54%

    Writer's website: I'll start the new website for sure, and hopefully get my hands on the original one to export it rather than rebuild from scratch. Hubby will help since sitting in the office armchair is the one thing he manages to do without feeling too horrible. 


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  • Hi everyone!

    I started writing again yesterday and the story has pretty much been flowing out since then. I just love that first part where you set the details for a story and your brain seems to be boiling with new ideas! 

    This is a short check-in because I still have many things to do tonight, but I'm glad focusing on the house for a while was what I needed to get the juices flowing again.

    How about you? What's your favorite part of writing? Let me know in the comments.

    Color code:

    0-10% in red
    11-24% in pink
    25-39% in orange
    40-59% in yellow
    60-99% in green
    100% in flashy green
    Normally, there's also blue for progress and pause in purple, but right now i'll focus on numbers and only goals where progress has been made.

    Now for this week: 

    WRITING: I'll focus on one project mainly while following completed ones.

    "Hour of the Wolf": If the publisher does not decide to release it as part of the collection, I'll probably make it a freebie (ebook and Wattpad). I'm guessing they'll make a decision soon as their collection is to be released in November, so I'll adjust this goal accordingly once I hear from them. 

    Sci-fi erotica series Miss Chief in Wonderland: I started writing again and would like to have a few short stories ready for publication in 2021 or 2022. Finally wrting again. =D

    • Plan season 1
    • Draft episode 1 (July): 54%
    • Expand episode 5
    • Draft episode 7 (September)
    • Draft episode 8 (August)
    • Draft episode 9
    • Reorganize episodes

    WORK: Lots to do here! I'll try and get as much done as possible, though I expect life to keep getting in the way as it has lately. 

    Promotion: Over the summer, Hubby and I will build a communication strategy to get more business our way in September (since the summer is always slow). 12%

    Online courses: I'll focus on making online tests as I can use it immediately with current student, then I'll go back to making the lessons. Hubby and I will also take a look at a new theme for my business website and also upgrade the webhost (which means my writer's site will be hosted there too). Not yet this week.

    • Website stuff : upgrade host, new theme, LMS stuff... 
    • English - Starters: make tests 18%
    • English - Elementary: make tests 22%
    • English - Pre-intermediate: make tests 17%
    • Hanashimashou: resume making contents ASAP

    Quality certification: I can take it easy now but I'll keep doing bite-size tasks weekly.

    • cross-referencing document: I'll finish it during the Round.
    • tutorials: I'll keep making them, aiming at 2-4 a month, depending on how much material and preparation is needed. 20%

    Story Time: I'll keep making baby steps weekly, mostly preparatory work.

    • Wizard & Cat: signpost at least 1 episode a week. 24%
    • Timmy & the Hungry Monster: make a general plan, list the language, list the material. I'm listing the language and I'm somewhere around 75%.

    PUBLISHING: I'll mostly market my books, old and new.

    Curiouser & Curiouser (my debut novel, in French only for now): I'll keep track of reviews and sales, while marketing the book some more. Looking at the sales was a nice boost too. ^^

    Red Hot Spring (English): I'll make the final preparations to publish in August and market. 66%

    We Missed Each Other (English): I'll start making preparations once Red Hot Spring is ready. 34%

    PERSONAL: We'll do some damage control and try and get help while Hubby is stuck with pain in his back. 

    House renovation: that's the big question mark as most of the things that need to be done require Hubby or help. In the meantime, we'll focus on what contractors are supposed to do.

    • parental suite: still aiming at finishing it this year if we can. For this Round, sealing the tiles in the bathroom would be nice. And why not buy the wooden floor for the bedroom and threshold? We sealed the tiles on Monday and started working on the other bathroom (see below). We might get a contractor to help us move forward while Hubby can't do heavy lifting.
    • insulation: we need to get the contractor sent by the insurance company to come and the other ones to give us their estimates.
    • original bathroom: we dismantled the shower on Monday. Thankfully, most of the wooden floor was untouched and we won't have to replace it before adding a waterproof floor on top. Next step: get rid of that ridiculous carpeting!

    Housework: I'll mostly try and keep up what's been settled last Round. Maybe add a couple of new rooms (namely the porch entrance & workshop)  if I can get help from family and friends to get rid of the spiders in there (I'm extremely phobic when it comes to those...). I'll also try and get my office in order before September is here. Overall: 67%

    • office: finish reorganizing, archiving and so on. 50%
    • porch entrance: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, add to cleaning routine, set coat pegs. Only one corner to tidy and a mirror to attach to the wall. 90%
    • workshop: get rid of spiders and webs, spray with repulsive product, deep clean, reorganize. It's clean and partly reorganized. 80%

    Self-improvement: I'll keep learning as a teacher, writer and parent.

    • Teaching early years MOOC: I'll be an active participant through the 6 weeks and implement new ideas at home and in my classes. 75% 
    • Choose next course in August: probably something about teaching again.

    Physical health: I'll try and be more and more active while making sure to give myself enough time to relax too and avoid burning out as a side effect of Hubby's slipped disk.

    • Housework: I'll focus my energy on this to stay active on a daily basis.
    • Stretching: I'll stretch every morning to prevent hurting myself while being active (I have a tendency to sprain)
    • Yoga: I'll try and have a yoga session with my girls at least once a week. For starters, I'll look for the best time slot for this. 
    • Abs/Fitness: if there's time and energy (ie if Hubby gets better and life stops happening so much), I'll get down to working on fixing my diastasis recti for good, then going back to fitness.

    Mental health & journalling: I've started a digital journal and will keep using it daily to keep track of my moods, ideas, learning, etc. Later, I'll schedule a lookback time to make sure this is useful. I'll also keep reading about emotional intensity but more on that below.

    Reading: I'll try to read daily.

    Emotional intensity: I'll try and complete this reading and discuss it with Hubby. 51.5%

    Beta-reading a Sci-Fi novel: I'll make notes and send feedback to the writer by mid-August. 54%

    Writer's website: I'll start the new website for sure, and hopefully get my hands on the original one to export it rather than rebuild from scratch. Hubby will help since sitting in the office armchair is the one thing he manages to do without feeling too horrible. I've set a deadline to get started from scratch if we can't get our hands on the original website: August, 15.


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