A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals Update

About this year’s #oneword.

I update this goals list periodically throughout the year, but at least at the end of each quarter. I’ll adapt, change, add, or delete as my life and progress indicate.

Writing:

  • Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2016. Fan fiction and self-publishing are acceptable. January: Several fan fiction, and one fantasy, stories. Submitted the fantasy. On track with this goal.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Write 3 new novels in this series as April, June and July NaNo prokects. Write 31 new flash stories for #STaD May; these can be the basis of these or future Kifo stories.
  • The IDIC Romance: Write 26 stories for April’s A-Z Challenge; and 30 for #StaD September, using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts, 1/26 A-Z stories drafted (M).

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. https://algren.submittable.com/submit The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Complete and submitted.

  • The IDIC Romance: Plot 25 April and 30 September stories. 1/25 April plot/pinch complete (A).

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series:Plan/plot Weft #3 Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough tinelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect,

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals.

Revision:

  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Until this week, when I’m running late due to my contest submission, I’ve submitted and critted every week. Expect this week’s post to be up today. On target.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” and its prequel story. The prequel is revised, polished, and submitted. On target.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories. “SJA” in revision planning. Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt” have been through the critique process. On target; 3/6 in progress.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete revisions for Sea Changes; first pass for Transitions; and revision plan for Generations. Currently sharing SC scene one as a WIPpet for initial feedback. On target.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).

Social Media:

  • Blog Maintenance: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Clear backlog of comments and spam folder. First steps to new schedule underway. Fell off toward end of month, when deadline loomed large.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round One Sponsor post in progress; visits fell off due to deadline.
  • Make regular visitis to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. Some; not as many as I’d hoped.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience. Getting the hang of this….

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. All steps in various stages of progress. On target.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All started; none finished. On target.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. A little. Ideas for better organization simmering. On target.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Focus on improving salability and preparing for anticipated 2017 move to Oregon. Decluttering ongoing. On target.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. This fizzled post-Oregon last year.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. This has become habit, but it’s a good habit to keep, so here it is again! On target.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. On target.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Off to a good start! On target.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. This is important, and worthy of more focus. Finally moving through a beta I accepted last January. Crits each week. On target.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods.
  • Intuitive Eating: Finish reading and begin implementing.
  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes, twice daily. including one eating meditation daily. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Fell off at end of month, due to deadline.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. I can do the first few moves well. Car troubles, injury, and deadline have gotten in my way.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and more strenuous activities building to thrice weekly by year’s end. I’m doing moderately active hometending sprints and moving firewood as a starting point. On target.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. One in January.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete the Write1Sub1 monthly challenge Fan fiction and self-publishing count, for me. The challenge is no more; but I will do the same, on my own. On target.

  • Submit fan fiction to Ad Astra and/ or Triaxian Silk. I have one poem submitted to TriS; site issues are preventing posting. Three stories in the revision process. On target.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. ASOR” is moving through my #8sunday postings, and has been through my crit group. Cover ideas simmering. On target.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. One poem, “Candlelight Commingled Kisses”, submitted to Triaxian Silk. A beginning….On target.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

 

Presently Not So Present: February 3, 2016

Yes, that title’s confusing – even to me, and I’m the one who wrote it! But then, it’s been two weeks (already?! Yes, indeed!) since I last posted a ROW80 update.

It’s not that I vanished, although it might seem like it. And I wasn’t pretending I had no writing goals, either.

I was simply so absorbed with creating the best short story I could, in a limited time frame, that there wasn’t much of me left over for anything else – and, as always, my family came first, in that regard.

So I fell out of touch. I’ve neglected my sponsor visits, but I will have them all caught up by this time tomorrow. I set aside pretty much all my other projects, too, so, for the beginning of February, I’m going to keep my remaining January goals. I’ll likely add some in on Sunday, depending on what I’ve managed to accomplish between now and then, and, from there, I’ll add if it looks like something I can make progress on, so long as other goals are going well.

But now, the update we’ve all (maybe) been waiting for!

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20. Finished, later than I’d hoped.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story – complete planning by EOD January 19; plotting by EOD January 20. Finished late.

Revisions:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. https://algren.submittable.com/submit The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 25; final revisions complete by January 30. You know the drill, right?

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite of Scene 2/16 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Got swept up in Revisionland…got to a few, and made more visits. Goal change pending for next monthI can’t keep up with all the comments at the moment, and need a better plan.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Dropped the ball on visits and updates as the contest deadline loomed.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Skipped this the last week of the month; needed to focus on the contest entry.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Better than it might have been; still room for improvement.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering, firewood.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week. Set aside until February.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Shopping for both kids; sleepover and thrift/pet stores for Annalise. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted “Monday Morning Coffee”; completed crits for this week..
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 20/28 submitted to author.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews. Set aside till February.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Both suffered in the last days of the month. Dropped eating meditation for now.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Took the month off for Other Things.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending; putting away groceries; firetending. 1 /2 health posts.. Moved firewood with my Accomplice, and on my own. Pushed a Cadillac! 6 /2 strenuous activities.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30. Sent this out just before 11pm on the 31st.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk.Registered at the site, and both stories are freshly revised and expanded, and went through my crit group. Although TriS isn’t able to post right now (site glitches), I have a poem submitted. Not exactly the leap I planned, but leap I did! =)

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ progress here!

Presence and Absence: ROW80 2016 Round One End of January Update

For me, the end of January got swept away in a torrent of preparations for a short story contest submission. I was present with that, and made the rather daunting deadline. I even submitted a story that I feel good about. Yes, I could probably make it better, but I probably will also always think that about everything I submit, and with good reason – perspective shows us what we might not see otherwise.

I did manage to advance a few other items, as well. Not as many as I’d hoped, but more than I would have, if I hadn’t tried.

Ready? OK, here we go!

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20. Not on schedule, but completed.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Not on schedule, but completed.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 1/25 complete (A).

  • Watch relevant episodes/clips for IDIC Romance A-Z stories after rough drafts are completed. 32 episodes, whole or in part.

Revision:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30. Ran a day late with this one; but I can live with that!

  • The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Reread hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas; polish; and submit to a fan fiction site. Moving along through the pre-beta revised draft (2.5).

  • The IDIC Romance: “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish and submit to crit group. Done!

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue offering first 3 scenes as WIPpet/#8sunday snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. I will be sharing this only as a WIPpet. That will allow for continuity. Moving along with scene 1.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Fell way off at the end of the month, due to contest deadline.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Respond to all older comments, with apologies for the delay. Again, the deadline…but I did take the time to warn my readers what was coming…

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Sponsor post done on time; visits and updates failed as deadline neared.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Header, tagline, comment prompt.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; sort Archives and Transactions in Progress folders. Well, I did well enough until, you guessed it…deadline crunch.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and add all current year items to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. House looking a lot better!

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Thus far, crickets.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Winter tends to be a cocooning time for us, but some outings will happen, nonetheless.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Working this into my weekly routine, and getting a little faster at critiques, too!
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 17/28 submitted to author; moving along.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 7 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads. That should read 6.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice each month. You guessed it – deadline. Did well enough till then, though.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Put this aside. Car troubles, knee injury, deadline.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 40 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Lots of moving firewood. Pushed a Cadillac. Hometending, and some walking. I didn’t keep close track, but I did look for ways to be more active. Wrote 1 /2 health posts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Join the Write1Sub1 monthly challenge. Third time’s the charm, right?! Fan fiction and self-publishing will count, for me. This is out, at least officially; the challenge shut down. But I will keep one new story and submission a month as a personal goal.

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30. YES! Story conceived, planned, plotted, drafted, revised, beta-d, revised, polished, and submitted before the deadline!!! YAY, ME!!!
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, “Scavenger Hunt”, and “Slow Jazz Awakening; offer at Triaxian Silk. “Mission” and “Scavenger” have been sent through crit group, and “Jazz” is in pre-beta and crit group revisions.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other ROWers’ goals and updates here!

Poised Presence for ROW80: January 20, 2016

Yes, it IS Wednesday again already…that didn’t quite seem possible, since it feels like the week is just now getting underway, but I’ve looked at the calendar and everything, and the evidence is in.

It is, in fact, Wednesday, which makes it time for another ROW80 update.

I’ve been immersed in revisions – my own, and others’ – to the point where I’ve focused on that more than anything else, so progress in other areas is still a bit more scattered than I might like. I’m OK with that, though, since revision is definitely something I want to focus on improving this year, and that’s hard to do without practice. Critiquing and beta-reading things I didn’t write is already helping me to look at my own work through a different lens, and I can see that I’m improving.

I’m also getting into a rhythm of sorts with the new crit group, and that’s freeing up some focus for other things, including planning the story I’m submitting for the Nelson Algren Literary Awards at the end of the month. That’s going slowly, as I write character sketches and biographies, but experience has told me that I move along faster after that’s done (which it will be by this time tomorrow). I’ll have a revised first draft to submit to the group by Sunday night or Monday morning, leaving me a few days after I receive my crits to further revise and polish.

Ready for a closer look?

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for the Nelson Algren Literary Awards. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story complete planning by EOD January 19; plotting by EOD January 20. Character Sketch 2/3 in progress.

Revisions:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story. Complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30.

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Notations complete. Revised timeline for completion of this project; Draft 2.5 rewrite of Scene 1/16 complete.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Got swept up in Revisionland…got to a few, and made more visits. Goal change pending – I can’t keep up with all the comments at the moment, and need a better plan.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Visits and update current.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Under 450 emails at present; down from nearly 900 (oops!).

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5 days. General maintenance; organization; decluttering.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted “Monday Morning Coffee”; 2/3 crits in progress (one arrived late; haven’t gotten to it yet).
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 11/28 submitted to author.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Conversation; canoodling; TV and videos.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling/meditation 3/7 journals; 3/7 meditation. Coloring meditation.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. A tiny little ice-breaking at-home practice.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending; putting away groceries; firetending. Health post 1 /2 complete. Moved firewood with my Accomplice, and on my own. 4 /2 strenuous activities.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk. Both stories are freshly revised and expanded, and currently with my crit group. Responses expected midweekish.

The new year is settling in now. Are you finding a pace and a rhythm, or still getting used to 2016?

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals here!

Presence, Confluence and ROW80: January 17, 2016

Have you ever been swept away by one or two projects when you had a laundry list of things you intended to be doing instead?

I’m experiencing that now. As you can see from the list below, I’ve got projects aplenty to engage with…

And yet, there’s a confluence of events in my life that pulled me strongly toward critiquing and making revision notes, more than anything else this week. I’ll be talking more about that in my Weekend Coffee Share later today. For now, it’s enough for me to say that I’m mostly content with the state of things. I feel a drive to get to the next stage in these projects. The full moon is coming on the 23rd; and I know I’ll have a shift toward creative energies around that date. Already, I can feel the wave building, beneath the surface.

So, for now, I’m going to be present, and go where instinct leads me, because instinct seldom leads me wrong…

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for the Nelson Algren Literary Award. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Running two day late with planning, Character Sketch 1/3 in progress. Nothing new.

Revisions:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30.

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Notations complete for Scene 13/16.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Got swept up in Revisionland…got to a few, and made more visits.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Visits and update current.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. I rearranged my widgets.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Not so much, this week.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 7/5 days. General maintenance; organization; decluttering.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted Monday Morning Coffee; completed crits for this week..
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 6/28 submitted to author. Chapter 7 in progress.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Canoodling, cooking, cuddling, and chatting. Oh, and reading.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews.

Selftending

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling/meditation 7/7 journals; 8/7 meditation. Coloring meditation.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. A tiny little ice-breaking at-home practice.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending; putting away groceries; firetending. Health post 1 /2 complete. Moved firewood with my Accomplice, and on my own. 4 /2 strenuous activities.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer Triaxian Silk. I’m now in contact with the site owner at TriS, and will soon be submitting there!

When focused on your current goals, do you use rigid schedules, freeform engagement, or, like me, a combination of both that keeps pace with a changing life?

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  – The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

Alien Abduction and ROW80: January 13, 2016

Yes, it’s true. Last night, with almost no warning, I was abducted by an alien and her accomplice.

About a week ago, YouTube popped up something new at the end of a TnT fanvid I embedded in a post:

I decided I had to check it out. Of course, I wanted to register right away – but the form was broken. I tried repeatedly, then emailed the site owner. A few days of silence later, I thought to search for a Facebook group – and there is one! So, I sent a message, got one back, and the process is not only underway to get me registered there, but I know who to submit to, and I spent the night chatting with the owner, and reading a superb story he wrote

The Internet amazes me. So do Trekkies, again and again!

Yup. I was abducted by an alien, and I put aside Other Things to give myself to the night. And I’m not even a little bit sorry, even if things are a little discombobulated for the next day or three…

 

This year, I have more clarity about where I’m going, and the steps I want to take. My January goals fit into my Round One goals, which, in turn, fit into my 2016 goals – which are a segment of my longer-term goals. Click the links below to read the extended goals – a road map to the future.

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (becoming more than a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Running two days late with planning, Character Sketch 1/3 in progress. Running behind; but feeling it take shape, so not concerned.

Revisions:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30.

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Notations just underway for Scene 1/16, and I’ve had a T’Pol epiphany.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Sunday and Monday. All might be optimistic; I’m getting lots of traffic! =)

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Sponsor post is in; visits and update current.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. I rearranged my widgets.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Email at just under 99. Deleted/moved about 100 messages from my Archives.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5 days. General maintenance; organization; decluttering.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted “Monday Morning Coffee Read 2/3 crit projects, all posted late this week.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 5/28 submitted to author.

  • Complete 6 pending book reviews.

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Selftending

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling/meditation 3/7 journals; 4/7 meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending; putting away groceries; firetending. Health post 1 /2 in development. Moved firewood with my Accomplice, and on my own. 2 /2 strenuous activities.

 

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer Triaxian Silk. I’m now in contact with the site owner at TriS, and will soon be submitting there!

    Kait Nolan’s ROW80 – The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life! See other participants’ progress here!

New Moon Presence: January 10, 2016

As January settles in, are you motivated to achieve, or more inclined to take a long winter’s nap?

I’m paradoxically feeling a little of both. The new moon’s got me in a creative mindspace; I’m writing fanfiction stories, planning for a brand-new near future fantasy story with a hint of romance, blogging, and having epiphanies large and small about projects, life, and everything…

We’re a week into the first ROW80 round of 2016. I’m settling in, a little somnolently, and finding an early pace. Some things are waiting their turns, others are already in play. I’m challenged, but content. It’s been a mellow and fertile new year, thus far…

As usual, I have a variety of goals – from the very small and simple, to the long-term and very scary. I’ve simplified things this year. I have more clarity about where I’m going, and the steps that lie between my present and their attainment. I’ve set goals I believe I can either finish or move forward significantly, this month – and those fit into my Round One goals, which, in turn, fit into my 2016 goals – which are a segment of my longer-term goals. Click the links below to read the extended goals – a road map to the future.

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story: Complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Premise-testing exercises nearing completion; I expect to be done with planning by midnight tonight, which will keep me on schedule.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. First step; I know I’ll be playing in my Kifo Island Chronicles series this spring. I didn’t mean to add plan and plot to this month; those are Round One goals!

Revisions:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune writing contest.  The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30.

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Notations just underway for Scene 1/16.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. LOTS of wonderful interaction this week; I’m behind a few days, but moving along.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Making visits and progressing on goals and sponsor post – will have it to Kait before midnight.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. I changed two things this week: I revised my tag line and created the image for my color coding key.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Email down to under 75.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 7/5 days. Decluttering, tidying, and organization in several areas. Baby-stepping along!
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. We hung at home through the end of the week.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted “A Splash of Red”. 3/3 crits completed; a day or so late, but done.First chapter of longer project read.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 3/28 submitted to author.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Movie, conversation, reading aloud, canoodling, Welcome to Night Vale, and general silliness.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews.

Selftending

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling/meditation 6/7; missed Thursday meditation and intention and #onegoodcup journals.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending and dancing; health post 1 /2 in development. Moved firewood with my Accomplice; 1 /2 strenuous activities.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Reread “Mission”; considering.

    Kait Nolan’s ROW80 – The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life! See other participants’ goals here!