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ROW80 2013 – Hindsight; Foresight

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As promised, here I am with a look back at my 2013 ROW80 writing objectives, and a bit of what I’m cooking up for 2014.

I’ll look at each of my five categories, in turn…

2013 Blogging:

  • I did well with posting relevant content and developing new ideas. I evolved themes for each of my three main blogs, and incorporated at least one regular feature into each. I offered more high-concept content, gave more glimpses into my life, shared more widely and bravely, made new friends, and had a lot of fun!

  • While I did create new headers, begin using Flickr and editing my photos more adventurously, I didn’t spend nearly as much time and energy on layout and design as I had intended to. Things still awaiting my attention are sidebars, mission statements, about pages, editing and updating, and other housekeeping matters. Additionally, I haven’t yet moved The Unfettered Life from Blogger to a new home at WordPress, or investigated what would be involved in setting up a website.

2014 Blogging:

  • Winter is a good season for nesting. I like to spruce up our home, and my virtual homes, too. So it seems like a perfect time to focus some attention on the layout and design aspects of my long-neglected Blogging Action Plan.

  • I’ll also be building a better overall blogging habit – posting regularly, building queues, answering comments more steadily, sharing more widely.

  • I will be brainstorming what I want in a website, and begin the process of moving The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

Chameleon’s Dish, manuscript hard copy.

2013 Writing:

  • I had a banner writing year. I created flash fiction, essays, and novels. I completed two Trueborn WIPs, and nearly a third. I began three more WIPs in the series, and have a better idea of what the series will be, and what stories still await writing.

  • Reading Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot shifted the way I approach novel plotting from pantsing to an open-ended form of plotting – more like devising containers to hold scenes, a skeleton upon which life will be built. I used a few elements of the process in my two July Camp NaNoWriMo projects, The Stars Are Fire and Perchance to Dream. I liked the results well enough that I employed and tweaked the entire process for my November NaNoWriMo project, King of Shreds and Patches. Largely due to the prior planning, I was able to complete a 122,000+ word rough draft WIP in 30 days – and it’s easily the best first draft I’ve ever written.

  • Although I had hoped to complete To Be or Not to Be well before the end of the year, and missed by several scenes, I am very pleased with the progress I made, overall. Beneath it is a solid foundation of new learning and better habits that will certainly increase my writing productivity.

2014 Writing:

  • I will be focusing on completing the rough drafts of TBONTB, TSAF, and PTD.

  • There are at least four more novels to be drafted in the Trueborn double series. I will complete at least 2 of these in the coming year, as NaNo pojects.

  • I will be exploring my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Pre-editing notebook for Chameleon’s Dish.

2013 Editing:

  • Editing took a backseat through a lot of this year, but I did make some notable advances. I read Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revisions, and am applying the early steps of the process to Bounded by a Nutshell. I have already completed my initial pre-editing notes for its companion novel, Chameleon’s Dish. I feel that both WIPs will benefit greatly from the process, especially since both were pantsed NaNo novels, and very rough, but have good storylines and a lot of potential.

  • I also employed the first several steps of Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision blog series, using three of my existing short stories: “A Splash of Red”, “Morning Coffee”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”. These were set aside for noveling projects, but I felt I was finding depth in all three stories, and ideas to carry forth to others.

  • I made very little project on my poetry WIP, Queen of My Infinite Spaces. I had intended to completely revise this as an experiment in self-publishing.

2014 Editing:

  • I will plan and complete the first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, and make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • I will revise all poems for QOMIS, until satisfied with the results.

  • I will complete the Deep Revision process with the three short stories in progress.

Family room desk, in situ.

2013 Hometending:

  • As far as basic home and writing matters, I did well. I established some good habits, and have a strong sense of where I want to go with each, long-term.

  • I avoided certain aspects of my plans, though, especially investigating small business learning, website creation, and wholly occupying my new study.

2014 Hometending:

  • I’ll continue with my physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • I’ll develop new habits that make organization and productively.

  • I will begin researching small business establishment and administration.

Takin’ care of business with a couple of goofy kids!

2013 Lifetending:

  • This was another area in which I made huge shifts. I stretched in many ways; serving as a sponsor, getting involved in various online groups and WANATribe, and living a more connected and conscious life in general.

  • Exercise and movement were more sporadic than I would like.

2014 Lifetending:

  • I will continue to stretch and find new ways to blend the aspects of my life with intention and awareness.

  • I will seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Until we meet again, for 2014 Round 1…may life treat you sweetly!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

5 thoughts on “ROW80 2013 – Hindsight; Foresight

    1. Raelyn,


      I do feel very good about the year just past, and the one we’ve just begun. I intend to write a lot, learn a lot, and have fun all along the way.

      May your 2014 delight!

  1. That’s quite the list of goals — both new and old. Sounds like you had a really good 2013. Wishing all the best for the coming year!

    1. Kathi,

      I love having a buffet of goals, so that there’s always something else for my restless mind to leap to…

      2013 was a huge year for my personal and writing development. WIPpet Wednesday has been a huge part of that! =)

      It’s also the year I discovered Enterprise – and the gift of Trip and T’Pol, who are likely to be whispering ideas in my head for a long time to come! At least some of those whispers are bound to become WIPpets….

      May your 2014 shine!

    2. Kathi,

      2013 was wonderful. 2014 is also off to a happy start, despite some pesky viruses that decided to pay us a New Year’s visit. I feel big things welling up…

      Hope this brand-new year is being good to you, too! =D

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