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Kourtnie McKenzie-Williams. Writer. Artist. Educator.

April Schedule

Using the 90s-style April 2018 below, I intend to send sparks everywhere this month, because I feel like a firework, like my splatterboards on Pinterest bring me joy, help me stay awake even as I dream, whether I’m heading into a 6-hour or 17-hour day.

Directions

Every day, you read 3 things, write 3 things, self-care 3 times, and participate in 1 community activity. You can also earn a mini award through GTFoutside activity.Going outside is part of your social anxiety treatment plan.

Each activity is worth 1 XP. Strike-through as you finish an activity. Calculate XP at the end of the week, then weekly subtotals at the end of the following month, after you’ve developed enough emotional distance to evaluate results and design improvements.

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💌 Note to Self 💌

On Monday, April 2nd, I need to follow up with my resignation as a special education emergency credential teacher at McLane High School, so I can move forward with my application as a substitute teacher. I’m assuming that paperwork can be processed within two weeks, so I’ll incorporate subbing by the third week until further notice.

Tuesday 🍍 April 3rd

What conflict does your novella protagonist need to rise above?—and how is this a conflict of interest to antagonist(s)?

  • 🌟College of the Sequoias (2 hours): Return from Spring Break📊, ice-breaker activity🤓, followed by lecture on 10 key vocabulary words, roots, & mnemonics🧐, then creative writing activity for homework😎Write historical fiction based off the etymology of a word; handout designed during spring break for submitting to TeachersPayTeachers.com during April, along with 3 example flash fiction/poetry/visual text pieces, for submitting to DuoTrope during April too… 4 Apr 18 sick
  • 🌞Sci-fi Pararomance Novella (500-3000 words): 5K words 🔀 6K words 4 Apr 18 yep
  • 🌞Cleo’s Autism Awareness Challenge (250-900 words): What’s it like to experience touch-based overload? 4 Apr 18 skip
  • 🌞Social Media Feed & Monthly Update (15 min-1 hour): 5-min Instagram, followed by Amazon, review for touch-based stimuli-influenced purchase 4 Apr 18 submitted review for Madagascar Lace instead, because it’s crazy how much it grew
  • 🌝Calm (15 min-1 hour): 21 Days of Calm, Day 1 4 Apr 18 oops
  • 🌝Video Game, Universe Building (15 min-1 hour): RPG Maker Fes, bonus reward!💐 coffee, but only if I drink at the coffee tables outside while playing my 3DS,Comfort item to help with social anxiety exercise. before teaching vocab. 4 Apr 18 nope
  • 🌝Brilliant, AI (15 min-1 hour): Course, Artificial Neural Networks 4 Apr 18 oops
  • 🌚Audiobook, Research (15 min-1 hour): The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney 4 Apr 18 nope
  • 🌚Kindle, Self-Improvement (15 min-1 hour): Fascinate by Sally Hogshead 4 Apr 18 yep
  • 🌚YouTube, World Building (15 min-1 hour): relaxing aquarium 4 Apr 18 yep

Wednesday 🍕 April 4th

What setting does your novella protagonist need to see the light, then be spurred into action, while in the presence of her love interest(s)?

  • 🌟Fresno City College (3 hours): Return from Spring Break📊, return graded papers🤓, followed by lecture on trends found in papers🧐, then final draft for homework😎Make sure to update Canvas! 4 Apr 18 sick
  • 🌞Sci-fi Pararomance Novella (500-3000 words): 6K words 🔀 7K words 4 Apr 18 yep
  • 🌞Cleo’s Autism Awareness Challenge (250-900 words): Accidental micro-aggression, “At least you’re high function…right?” 4 Apr 18 change of plans yo
  • 🌞Social Media Feed & Monthly Update (15 min-1 hour): 5-min Instagram, followed by Pinterest of my special interest in cats…for the following day’s blog post on Cleo’s Autism Awareness…
  • 🌝Calm (15 min-1 hour): 21 Days of Calm, Day 2, 🌺bonus reward!🌸 $10 in porch flowers from Gazebo Gardens, but only if I bring my iPad onto the porch for my Calm exercise
  • 🌝Video Game, Sim (15 min-1 hour): Game Dev Tycoon 
  • 🌝Brilliant, AI (15 min-1 hour): Course, Computer Memory
  • 🌚Hardcover, Autism (15 min-1 hour): NeuroTribes
  • 🌚Kindle, Romance (15 min-1 hour): That Girl series
  • 🌚YouTube, Weekly Update (15 min-1 hour): watch current subscriptions

Thursday 🍔 April 5th

What threshold does your novella’s protagonist need to cross to reach her goals?—and how is this a conflict of interest to her antagonist?

  • 🌟Kaiser Permanente (2 hours): depression & anxiety tune-up
  • 🌞Grading & Lesson Planning (3 hours): 5-min Instagram, followed by grading 12 Fresno City College student assignments & lesson planning
  • 🌞Sci-fi Pararomance Novella (500-3000 words): 7K words 🔀 8K words
  • 🌞Cleo’s Autism Awareness Challenge (250-900 words): How does autism enable my special interest in cats?
  • 🌝Calm (15 min-1 hour): 21 Days of Calm, Day 3, 🌺bonus reward!🌸 $10 in backyard flowers from Gazebo Gardens, but only if I bring my iPad into the backyard for my Calm exercise
  • 🌝Video Game, MMO (15 min-1 hour): Final Fantasy XV
  • 🌝Brilliant, Tech (15 min-1 hour): Course, Computer Science Fundamentals
  • 🌚Hardcover, Autism (15 min-1 hour): NeuroTribes
  • 🌚Kindle, Teaching (15 min-1 hour): Hacking Literacy by Gerard Dawson
  • 🌚News, Science (15 min-1 hour): LiveScience

Friday 🍞 April 6th

What cyborg rebirth awaits your novella’s protagonist beyond the threshold?—how does this rebirth change her?

  • 🌟The Revue (1-3 hours): social anxiety tune-up ☕bonus reward!💐 chai, but only if I drink it at the tables outside
  • 🌞Grading & Lesson Planning (3 hours): 5-min Instagram, followed by grading 12 College of the Sequoias student assignments & lesson planning
  • 🌞Sci-fi Pararomance Novella (500-3000 words): 8K words 🔀 9K words
  • 🌞Cleo’s Autism Awareness Challenge (250-900 words): 5 YouTube videos you should watch if you have a friend or family member with autism
  • 🌝Calm (15 min-1 hour): 21 Days of Calm, Day 4
  • 🌝Video Game, JRPG (15 min-1 hour): Secret of Mana
  • 🌝Brilliant, Physics (15 min-1 hour): Course, Probability
  • 🌚Hardcover, Autism (15 min-1 hour): NeuroTribes
  • 🌚Kindle, Romance (15 min-1 hour): The Smoking Lamp by Kimberly Loth
  • 🌚Blog, Elon Musk (15 min-1 hour): Wait But Why, “Neuralink…

Saturday 🌭 April 7th

What is the culture of Human 3.0, or cyborg culture, like?

  • 🌟Family & Friends (2-4 hours): wedding prep and/or board games 👾bonus reward!👾 escape hatch: you can also play Final Fantasy XV with your sister or Secret of Mana with Chase as family time; if, however, you go outside with family, you get a hot dog.
  • 🌞Grading & Lesson Planning (3 hours): 5-min Instagram, followed by grading 12 College of the Sequoias student assignments & lesson planning
  • 🌞Sci-fi Pararomance Novella (editing): 9K words 🔄 9K words
  • 🌞Cleo’s Autism Awareness Challenge (250-900 words): What’s it like to experience vision-based overload?
  • 🌝Calm (15 min-1 hour): 21 Days of Calm, Day 5
  • 🌝Video Game, Sensory (15 min-1 hour): Mario Kart 8
  • 🌝Brilliant, Math (15 min-1 hour): Course, Math for Quantitative Finance
  • 🌚Paperback, Writing (15 min-1 hour): The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Ackerman & Puglisi
  • 🌚Kindle, Writing (15 min-1 hour): Writer to Writer by Gail Carson Levine
  • 🌚News, Tech (15 min-1 hour): BBC News, Technology

Week One Completion Reward
Movie Night 💞 Ready Player One with Chase 💞

In case you’re curious about motivation, themes, and frequencies, I also created a flow chart, which I plan to update monthly, as well as upgrade every 2 months.Either tossing out the prototype, and making a new one, or adding scaffolding to the current prototype.