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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2013 Week 15: Writing in Mad-Town


I've maximized my writing time at the little table in my Madison hotel room. I don't like being gone from my family but it's nice to know that Wade is the man of the house while I'm gone. Phone calls with Colleen and Skype with Jason...we can make it work. 

So, I've had to flex for a wonderful opportunity this week. I'm tired, but I feel awesome!


But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day!

2013 Week 15: Writing in Mad-Town

By Evan Nehring

I've had a couple evenings in the hotel this week as I am in Madison, WI for training at Epic headquarters. It was an opportunity that came up very quickly. For those who are familiar with the Epic electronic medical record software, I'm beginning my training for EpicCare Ambulatory certification. After six years in the trainer trenches, I'm so thankful for this great vote of confidence.

I've maximized my writing time at the little table in my Madison hotel room. I don't like being gone from my family but it's nice to know that Wade is the man of the house while I'm gone. Phone calls with Colleen and Skype with Jason...we can make it work.

2013 Week 15: Writing in Mad-Town


Here's the week 15 version of my weekly goal updates for 2013.

1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.

January, February, March, April...check. Planning for May. It's Col's birthday month.

2. Lose 37 pounds by May 6.

Hey, I got one more pound this week! I'm at 23 lost for the year. I'm doing fine with 5 less daily WeightWatchers points. I've really been pushing it for sleep lately, so I have a plan for this. In 2010 when I made such a great turnaround with my health, I slept every night with an iPhone app called Sleep Cycle. You actually put it under the corner of your fitted sheet and it measures the quality of your sleep for the night. It really did something for me then and I'm going to try it for a week.

May 6 - wild success; June 6 - great success; July 6 - success; August 6  - slow success

3. House projects: Finish Organizing Upstairs Office

Well, I got one item listed for sale in my office project this week. The auction actually ends in 8 minutes! With my trip to Madison, that was it. I'll try to list some more this weekend.

Task for this week: get the music equipment listed on eBay.

4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.

I thought this chapter would be easier, but it's done! I'm amazed at how a season of my life will come rushing back in as I travel back through time. The Dorms chapter is done. I find myself saying over and over, this chapter is what the book is all about. That's really true for this next one. It's called "The Lecture Hall: Worldview." I'm going to need three weeks for this one! Prayers appreciated! The chapter summary from my book proposal:

This chapter directly engages the worldviews of naturalism, postmodernism, and a la carte spirituality. Then there’s an overview of the major world religions. What do people believe if Jesus isn't the center of their lives? What sort of things do they say and feel because of those worldviews? What stirs their passions? What do they read? What causes do they champion? How do we love them without being deceived?

The larger writing goal, again,  is to finish section three by June 5. That will include eight chapters (three are done), and that gives me about two weeks per chapter.

5. Complete the new roof project.

My detailed timeline is more than half done. I feel in great shape for the roof project...we just need the snow to go away. Perhaps it'll be gone when I get home tomorrow night. Then we'll be praying for a dry weekend for the project. 16 days til our first target weekend!

Task for this week: complete the detailed project timeline.

    So, I've had to flex for a wonderful opportunity this week. I'm tired, but I feel awesome!

    Comments are always welcome!

    So what do you like to do when you're out of town alone?


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