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A Year of Exploration: 2015 Writing Goals EOR1 Progress

ROWin’ on to Round Two – and a last look at Round One!

My overarching theme for 2015 is Exploration. I’ll be exploring various aspects of my life, learning and growing as I move toward and evaluate my goals.

Below are my quarterly themes:

January-March: Re-Visioning

April -June: Expansion

July-September: Reflection

October-December: Gratitude


Complete the Write1 Sub1 Challenge: Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2015.

  • Yes for January; February and March brought 11 new stories! Submission waylaid by vacation.

Develop Kifo Island Chronicles: Write rough sketches for 10 novellas; plot 5 novellas; draft 3 novellas.

  • Character lists complete. Rough sketches: 2/10; planning list drafted. 1/5 plotted, in the early stages of drafting KIC #1: “Transitions”. In early stages of plotting 2/5 KIC#2: “Generations”.

Complete the Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch the entire canon Star Trek franchise, in chronological order – taking notes for future fan fiction development.

Develop The IDIC Romance: Plot and write 31 new stories; submit revised stories through “Movements” to at least 1 fan fiction site.

  • Rough sketches for all 2015 Story-a-Day entries; “SJA” in pre-sub revisions.

Blogging from A-Z: Draft 26 alphabet -themed travel posts.

  • Topic list and an intro post completed.

Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan, plot, and draft one novel in each series; as July CampNaNoWriMo and November NaNoWriMo projects.

  • Rough sketches done.

Write at least 750 words daily: at

  • Only missed three days before vacation. A lapse during and after; now using FocusWriter.


  • Chameleon’s Dish (title subject to change): Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).
  • Bounded by a Nutshell: Create pre-revision plan, using existing notes and Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revision.
  • The Stars Are Fire/Perchance to Dream: Readthroughs and pre-revision notes.

The IDIC Romance: Organize Scrivener file; revise stories through “Golden Slipper”.

  • Revising compilation of first three stories.

Write1Sub1 Challenge: Revise 5 existing short stories using Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision process.

  • Monday Morning Coffee” revised/submitted.
  • 2012/2014 OctPoWriMo poems: Revise all poems; categorize by project.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance: Keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits.

  • More consistently through round.

Build blog queues: 5 each WIPpet and C and C posts.

  • On and off.

Blogging Action Plan: Review; revise; and implement.

  • Brainstorming, and on hold.

Twitter and Facebook: Visit at least twice weekly.

  • Fairly consistently.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect: Visit at least one weekly.

  • Some; not as much as I’d hoped.

Share posts – mine, and others’: Share at least 15 items per week.

  • 5 a week; about a third of the round.

Blog views and followers: Increase views to 150 at least 10 times/ month; followers to 1000; WordPress followers to 333, because I like that number!

  • All trending up. And thank you! =)


Complete resets/reorganizations: family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen.

  • Considerable work done; most not in specified areas.

Inhabit my study: cleaning, organizing, and using the space daily, when home.

  • Much progress here! I love this evolving space!

Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess.

  • Fair progress, despite Laptop Interruptus.

Homeschool Administration: Complete all homeschool paperwork, including Annalise’s standardized testing, on time. Streamline where possible.

  • Everything up to date.

Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris.

  • Nope. Long, hard winter intervened.

Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Oregon images scanned; Arizona is up next.

ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date.

  • A little slow, at times, with discord; but a win.


Oregon vacation: Prepare for and take vacation trip in February.

  • And a glorious time had by all!

Kindle ebooks: Read and write reviews for the 22 books on my cloud written by writers I know.

  • 2/22 read. 0/22 reviews complete; 1/22 drafted.

NNWM local group: Continue attending write-ins whenever possible; interact regularly online.

  • Sporadic on the interaction; great at write-ins; attended most weeks.

Meditation: Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least 3 times/week.

  • Lost track during vacation. Was meditating once a week.

TBR Stacks: Complete bedroom TBR pile.

  • Read one.

Smart Change: Work through at least one goal using the methods in this book.

  • Reread Chapter One; then vacation stall.

Starfleet: Reconnect/possibly rejoin USS Albany group.

  • Reconnected.

My beloveds: One on one time with each, at least thrice per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • Major win – much more than scheduled, for all of them! ❤

Paying it Forward: Complete at least six beta reads and ten promotional blog posts for other writers.

  • Stalled on beta read 1; no blog posts.

Fitness and Nutrition:

Workouts: at the Y or a strenuous activity thrice weekly; with Wii Fit four times weekly.

  • Made it to the Y most weeks; more physical activity; not so much with the Wii.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play: With children, spouse, and/or dog three times weekly.

  • Sometimes.

Practice: Resume t’ai chi and yoga classes, either/or at least twice/month.

  • Found a class schedule; that’s it.

Intuitive Eating: Read and put into practice as I continue to evolve nutritional goals that make me feel healthy and energized.

  • 25% complete; lots to chew on…
  • Cooking/ Food Preparation: Develop a repertoire of 30 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.
  • 4/30. It’s a start.

Weight: Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

  • Mostly maintained, on average.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan‘s ROW80 Writing Challenge – Round Two leaves the dock on Monday. April 6!


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!

4 thoughts on “A Year of Exploration: 2015 Writing Goals EOR1 Progress

  1. FocusWriter is getting to be my favorite text editor. TextWrangler (Mac) and Notepad++ (Windows) are great for writing code, but not very good for just writing, Scrivener is a pain in the ass (pardon my French) for just typing, and typing blog entries in the text entry screen gets to be a drag after a while. I can use all the Markdown conventions because they’re all character-based, I can set the screen up to type green Courier New on black, and save it as a plain-text file. From there, I can process through Markdown and copy and paste into WordPress, or into Scrivener (which is good for organizing projects), or save it as an open-document all formatted and pretty. Just what I need!

    1. I’m very partial to the nebula theme (naturally), and the clicky clacking keys (although I need to use them judiciously, as they seem to drive my family nuts…

      I agree with you about Scrivener – I never type there first; I type somewhere else, then copy and paste. I don’t mind it for revisions, and I love it for the organization, but it’s too formatted for me to create with – I need something simple and more freeform, and, although I tend to save my special fonts for later steps in the process, and I’m not as programming-savvy as you, it fits my needs perfectly.

      I don’t type my posts into the text window of WP. I used to – and I lost two or three long posts, back in my early days of serious blogging, when things took a lot longer to produce than they do now. So I type into FocusWriter, move to LibreOffice to edit, then bring to WP only when I’m ready to polish/embellish/publish. It works for me.

      I thought of you last week. My son began a self-directed course of learning how to program in Java – he wants to design an app with an attached game his sister designs…he spent a full day and a half in his room, researching and experimenting, only coming out to eat, use the bathroom, and let us know when he achieved something cool or got stuck. He mentioned Notebook ++, as well.

      And, by the way, very nice new profile pic! =)

    1. Round Two is likely to be a more free-form continuation of Round One (with lots and lots and LOTS of writing!).

      It really helps me to have specific goals, across all of my life. I love being spontaneous, but also moving in a generally forward direction…

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