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January Goals: A Renewed Vision

Come ROW with us!

Oh, hi! Have you been here long? It’s been a busy couple of days, and I didn’t notice you there, at first.

Here we are, already, at the first ROW80 check-in of 2015. I’ve missed this!

For me, this first two days have been a blend of writing, family, home, and self, in shifting proportions. There’s a new front door in the family room, and I’ve had time with all my beloveds, gotten acquainted with some new projects, and returned to renew my friendship with some older ones. I’m finding a pace and a rhythm, and ideas abound…

I’ve posted my 2015 goals, and my Round One goals.

A yaar for building on success!

Now, it’s time for my January goals.

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough.

  • Goals in progress: green.

  • Goals-in-waiting: red.



Write rough draft of Terrance’s story.

  • Reread two stories that directly connect to Terrance’s.

Submit “Morning Coffee” to World Unknown Review.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort stories into novella threads; choose three.

  • Stories are sorted into ten novella groups.

  • I’ll be developing the Barry/Corinne/Terrance; Ava/Donovan/Karina; and Gladys/Howard/Iris sets this year.

Complete background information for at least one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot.

Star Trek Chronology Project:

Complete current viewing of Star Trek: Enterprise; rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

The IDIC Romance:

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

  • Ideas forming for next Warp volume.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use for freewriting and to chart progress.

  • 6/6 days.


Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • Reread scene in progress and relevant background material to reorient myself in this story.
  • Began revising the scene in progress.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

  • Reread this week’s section; took notes for revision.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.

  • Reread existing stories; simmering before beginning revision process.


Revise “Morning Coffee”.

Choose at least 1 more story for 2015 revision.

  • Added “The Venom Club”.
On our way….

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • On track, thus far.
  • I’ve decided to tackle at least 5 comments neglected in the NaNo madness each week until caught up with those.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 general queue post; and 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook:

Visit at least twice weekly.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit at least one weekly.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share at least 3 items a week.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (at least 10 times this month).

  • 5/6 days over 25 this month.


Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean all kitchen counters to left of sink.

Rehome pans and serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean and organize floor.

  • A few small steps.

Replace calendar and candle.

  • Purchased.
  • Next up, hanging and preparing for use.

Use the space at least once per week.

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.

  • Checked/sorted on Monday.

Homeschool Administration:

Complete second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.


Submit sponsor post.

  • Two sets of comments saved.
  • Next up, creating rough drafts.

Keep visits up-to-date.

  • Will have all visits made by the time this posts.
Something worth tending, seventeen years later!


Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

Interact at least weekly online.


Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least once a week.

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 books bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make a list of goals to focus on, using the methods in this book.


Reconnect with USS Albany group.

My beloveds:

One on one time with each, at least twice per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • Workout, snuggles, and couple time.
  • 1 /2 for each!

Paying it Forward:

Complete at least two beta reads and promotional blog posts for other writers as requested.

  • Read first scene of beta read 1 /2.
Yummy goodness!

Fitness and Nutrition:


At the Y or a strenuous activity at least weekly.

  • Short, moderate intensity weight/cardio workout on Tuesday.

Wii Fit at least once weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog at least weekly.

  • 3 laps on the track, and a workout, with Jeremiah.


Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

Intuitive Eating:


Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop a repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.

  • More on this Sunday; maintaining thus far.


Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the other ROWboats – visit more ROWers here!

Take a ride on the ROWboat!


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!

9 thoughts on “January Goals: A Renewed Vision

  1. I was feeling relatively confident in my nominal goals until I landed here. I’m looking forward to following your progress and to revising my goals for this first round of my first challenge. I suppose we all move on from our own starting line. Good luck!

    1. I hope you don’t think the way I do it is, well, even remotely normal! I have lots of time, broken into unpredictable chunks, because we unschool, and life can be very – umm – spontaneous. For instance, I was reading a few minutes ago, and ended up hanging out with a cheetah (my daughter), and a gamer (my son, regaling me with Japanese and American versions of the game he’s playing).

      It’s only been 20 minutes or so, but both kids are now hanging out in their rooms, and the house has gone very quiet…

      So, yes, we all have our own starting lines – and finish lines, too! Mine just happens to work well with a mind that loves to flit between things and tie them together, and with the more or less freeform flow of our days…

      Your needs may be completely different! =)

      1. I’m extremely random, which makes for a challenging writing routine. We have one daughter who is in virtual school now, but I’ve been a bit too unstructured to be productive. 😉 I am very inspired by your goals to challenge myself further. So thank you for that. 🙂

        1. I had almost no writing time until the kids were 8 and 5, but it’s gotten steadily better since then. Now they’re 13 and 10, and writing is my default.

          It may change next year, though, because my son has been wanting to get his working papers and a job since he was 11, and he can do that on his 14th birthday…but not drive till 16.

          Still, I have lots of writing time, so no complaints from me!

          1. Thank you so much for your words of support. They mean so much more than you can imagine right now. ❤

  2. You are so very detailed! Brava!

    I wish I could be that organized. I am lucky I know what day of the week it is.

    Have a stellar rest of the week!

  3. So you’re planning on doing the A to Z Challenge! Great! My sponsor post, if I can convince Kait it’s relevant, is going to be about it, since I’m one of the co-hosts.

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