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February 15, 2015: Looking to the Horizon…

ROWin’ merrily through the snow! =D

ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Goals can be changed at any time, when life or interests change. And, for me, it’s Anytime…again!

Our vacation is upon us, and, in the spirit of being with our family, and enjoying life, I’m minimizing my goals, until the end of the month, and perhaps through the first week of March.

I’ve been adding blog posts to my queue, so that I can relax and still connect and share. I’ll be online less, through the coming weeks, and I may be slow at answering comments – but I will still be here! As far as my writing goals, I’ll be focused more on some of the offline goals, during my time away. Writing, planning, and revision will feature largely, during those times when I’m free to do as I will, and have the creative impulse (historically, I to be much more in input than output mode when I travel, but who knows?).

I may not post updates for the rest of the month…or I might.  Hard to say…so much depends on how things progress..but I will be back with revised end-of-round goals early in March. 

How bout you? Do you have faraway family you’d love to see again? A favorite or fantasy vacation locale? Goal adjustments?

You mean I have to say goodbye to all this (plus the foot and a half or two we’ve gotten since)?!

The bigger picture:

February Accounting (Revised List):

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough.  9

  • Goals in progress: green. 20

  • Goals-in-waiting: red. 8

February Update #1:


  • Oregon Trip: Planning and execution.

  • Revisions: Chameleon’s Dish; The IDIC Romance.

  • Write1Sub1: Several written; “Slow Jazz Awakening”.

  • Bloggy Stuff: Love Is In Da Blog,and, of course, Beauty of a Woman; Original and Girl Boner editions.



Write rough draft “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” – next chapter/story in “Monday Morning Coffee” series.

  • Reread/highlighted story/character notes.
  • Began character sketch (name/role/occupation/ physical description).

February: Submit “Soft Jazz Awakening” to Ad Astra.

  • Compilation Draft 1.5 completed!
  • 2/19 short scenes highlighted for revision.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Complete rough draft of Terrance’s story (for Kifo Island Chronicles). 

  • Copied WIP from 750words to LibreOffice file.
  • Reread existing material.

Star Trek Chronology Project

Rewatch Season 1 of Star Trek: Enterprise; taking notes for Story -a-Day May.

  • Review character backgrounds.

The IDIC Romance:

Submit first story, “Slow Jazz Awakening”.

  • Progressing.

A-Z travel posts:

Write intro post.

  • Set dates through April 20 post.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

  • February: Review background information.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use for freewriting and to chart progress.

  • 13/28 days. Missed my third day of the year. Still over 750/day, on average.
Editing Bliss! =D


The IDIC Romance:

Slow Jazz Awakening” – Complete draft.

  • Moving along.


Slow Jazz Awakening” – Complete revision passes.

Social media in our kitchen!

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • Moving ahead, trying to get all posts completed for the duration of our trip.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 Coffee and Conversation post.

  • Tomorrow’s post set up.
  • Next two weeks’ post in the idea stage.

Blogging Action Plan:

  • Rough draft revision.
  • Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook

Visit Facebook twice weekly.

  • 2/2.

Visit Twitter thrice weekly.

  • 2/3.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit at least one weekly.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share 5 items a week.

  • 5/5: Links shared via reblog; Second Serving Sunday; and RT.

Blog views and followers:

Continue goal; increase to 50 (at least 10 times this month).

  • Feb.11: 24
  • Feb.12: 51
  • Feb.13: 19
  • Feb.14: 31
  • 6/28.
  • I think these totals are reflective of the fact that I’ve been building queues, rather than focusing on interaction.


Personal Administration:

Maintain inbox below 100 messages twice weekly.

  • 1/ 2 for the week, a serious sort/purge.


Keep visits up-to-date.


Oregon vacation:

Do them.

  • Many balls still in the air; the juggling’s getting easier….nearly ready to go!
  • Make it So!”

Kindle ebooks:

Write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list, and post to Amazon.

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

  • Virtual write-in via Twitter, due to inclement weather. Fun! =D

Interact at least weekly online.

  • 1/1.


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

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 book from bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change: 

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

My beloveds:

One on one time with each, at least five times each, doing something of value to us both.

  • Accomplice: 6/5
  • Annalise: 6/5
  • Jeremiah: 4/5
  • Couples’ time; vacation talk; shopping; playing with our new phones; chatting.
And away she goes!

Fitness and Nutrition:


At the Y or a strenuous activity twice weekly.

  • 3/2: Snow shoveling; firewood carrying.

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.

2/1: played ball with dog; shoveled and played in snow with Annalise.

Intuitive Eating:

  • Read.

Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.


Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the ROWboat!

Seeking Inspiration on Another Shore…


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!

14 thoughts on “February 15, 2015: Looking to the Horizon…

  1. Enjoy your vacation! If I could go anywhere, it would probably be California. I’ve been wanting to go there for years, but we never seem to get around to it. Maybe we’ll make it there in a year or two.

    Looks like you’re making great progress on your goals! Have a wonderful week, Shan Jeniah!

    1. It was a long trip, and we’re winding down at the hotel now…tomorrow, we see family we haven’t in way too long.

      Oddly, Annalise wants to go to California, too…Jim and I went to San Francisco and several parks shortly after we were married….I loved it!

    1. Thanks, Fallon! A lot of my time has been spent stacking up posts for Love Is In Da Blog, which doesn’t appear on my goals. I plan on choosing a few writing/blog maintenance things to play with if and when the opportunity and inspiration present themselves, but it will be low-key, with family and friends and being where I am the primary focus.

    1. Well, the cool thing about ROW80 is you can learn and adapt as you go. I credit it with helping me tremendously in setting achievable, measurable, and downrigt FUN goals! =)

          1. I’ll remember that. I think I need to do a little Chinese New Year introspection about some things i recently discovered about things on my to-do list, but I’m working on it. 🙂 I do have my list of categories, and specific items in each one, so I’m getting there. 🙂

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