Hi there! This new year of ours is nearly a quarter gone, now. How are you feeling about things? Has life offered you lemonade, or moldering, fermented lemons? Has it been rolling by, more or less while you watch it like a passing train, or have you been the conductor, orchestrating symphonies of beautiful memory-melodies?
It’s been a bit of both, for me, thus far. Our family vacation cross-country to Oregon brought me treasured recollections and new stories…and, more, a new direction for our lives – we’re now a family hoping to relocate on the other side of the country two years from now – a monumental and dizzying prospect, at present, but, little by little, we’re putting together our ideas of what we’ll need to do to accomplish it…
But that’s not what this post is about. It’s time, now, to look not forward, but back – back to the beginning of the year, and the goals I set for ROW80 Round One, when, perhaps fittingly, my theme was Revisioning…here’s what I said, at the onset of the round.
I’ll expand my comfort zone by stretching past it, to make expeditions out into the world and into my soul. I will experiment and interact with the world around me, from the microcosm of my personal and family spaces, to as far into imaginary and real space as I can manage. I will play, and learn, and love, and grow, and share…
These ROW80 Round One goals, are exploratory steps along a path – part of the trail I’m blazing in this discovery quest. I’m Re-Visioning, this round, making it my purpose to see things differently, and improve them where I see a need and a means. Simple things, and more complicated ones…
Write1Sub1: Draft at least one story and submit at least one story each month.
- Submitted: 1 of 2;“Monday Morning Coffee”; potentially the opening of a novella.“Slow Jazz Awakening” in revision for pending fan fiction submission.
Characters chosen for the three novellas; plan created for plotting both April CampNaNo novels. First novella planning commenced; in early stages.
- Through “Civilization” with notes taken.
- Through “Fusion” without.
- Background materials read. Revised versions in progress.
- List of 2015 stories with brief sketches completed.
- Compilation Draft 1.5 completed; reverse engineering revision plan progressing.
A-Z travel posts: Complete rough drafts of all.
- List of post topics created; intro post published; notetaking for posts commenced.
Trueborn Warp/Weft series: Sketch notes for next volume in each series.
Write 750 words daily: at 750words.com.
- No 750 words post-vacation; experimenting with FocusWriter.
Chameleon’s Dish: Revise all plot and pinch points, prologue and epilogue (13 scenes).
- No forward momentum; other projects took over.
The IDIC Romance: Revise stories through “Tigress T’Pol”. (3 stories).
- “Slow Jazz Awakening” revisions progressing.
Write1Sub1: Revise “Morning Coffee” and “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process; choose three more short stories to revise in 2015.
- “Monday Morning Coffee” completed.
- 2/3 new stories selected: “The Venom Club” and “Answering Machine Flash”.
Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.
- A bobble or two; otherwise good.
Build blog queues: 3 each WIPpet and C and C posts.
- Not really.
Blogging Action Plan:
Review/revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar.
- Plan reviewed.
Share posts – mine, and others': Share at least 5 items a week.
Blog views and followers: Increase blog views to 50 at least 10 times per month;
followers to 700; WordPress followers to 222.
- Some views above 50…
- 733 total followers.
- 226 WP followers.
Complete resets/reorganizations: Complete family room reset; clean all kitchen counters; organize/remodel island;
and rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.
- Progress made.
Inhabit my study: Clean and organize floor and project table;
replace calendar and candle; use the space at least twice per week.
- Almost finished with floor and table.
Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and backup
Desktop and Writing Bullpen files; sort Leisure Time Reading file; maintain inbox below 100 messages at least twice weekly.
- A good deal of organizing and purging.
Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.
Photo digitalization: Scan Arizona
and Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup. ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date
Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February.
Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for 6 books on my cloud written by writers I know.
- 2/6 books read; 1/6 review in drafts.
NNWM local group:
Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.
- Great attendance; fair interaction.
Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least once a week.
TBR Stacks: Read 3 books bedroom TBR pile.
Smart Change: Select a goal to focus on, using the methods in this book.
- Reread Chapter One.
Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.
My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least twice per month, doing something of value to us both.
- Far exceeded. =)
Paying it Forward: Complete at least two beta reads and promotional blog posts for other writers as requested.
- Beta read 1 /2 stalled.
Fitness and Nutrition:
Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly; with Wii Fit at least once weekly.
- Not so much WiiFit.
Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog thrice weekly.
Practice: Resume t’ai chi or yoga classes by end of round.
- Found class schedules.
Read and begin considering.
- 25% read.
Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 10 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.
Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.
- My fitness and nutrition goals -mostly met.
Weight: Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.