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Gratefully Looking Back: December 6, 2015

Last Wednesday, I posed three questions I intend to consider this month, and invited everyone to ponder them. Today, the first:

What’s my greatest success for 2015?

Well, the truth is that I’ve had several wonderful successes this year, and I’m not willing to put one above the others. So here’s a list of my favorites (and if you’re just here for my update, scroll to the bottom and click “Read More”):

  • I received my contributor copies of the literary anthology World Unknown Review, and had the joy of reading my short story, “A Splash of Red”  in print and online. I’m in excellent company in those pages! 

  • I helped organize and orchestrate our family’s transcontinental vacation in Oregon.

  • My essay was well received, and I was offered the opportunity to appear on the #GirlBoner podcast. I’ve never been interviewed for audio before; I was very nervous going into the Skype call, but August, who is a friend, did an amazing job of making me feel just like we were chatting for real. Here’s the interview, and I did a follow-up blog post ,too.

  • I made journaling, meditation, and tai chi regular parts of my daily practice.

How about you? What successes -large or small, writing or otherwise – are you celebrating at year’s end?

Click read more to go on to my ROW80 update!


  • My Round 4 Goals (updating soon).
  • My 2015 Goals (updating soon).

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Goal set aside = red with overstrike.



  • The IDIC Romance: Complete note-taking process; watch all relevant episodes/clips; 32 episodes in whole or part. I had a major epiphany here! I don’t need to watch the relevant episodes till after I’ve written the first drafts, when I’m revising and need to be sure I’m not conflicting with canon in any detail, Setting the viewing portion of this goal aside until 2016.


Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Revise and initiate new blogging schedule; complete special December treat. For the first time since NaNo began, I posted a Coffee and Conversation post – which means I’m back to nearly a full schedule.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. I made two batches of comment replies, and finally got to ‘The End’ on WP’s drop-down comment window. Next, a series of visits are in order.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Cleared a few items from the archives. This may be a give-and-take, since I add items to the archives with each maintenance session on my Inbox.


  • 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.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in homese and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 7/5; moderate/minimal.
  • Reset my study bulletin board with Pending/Drafting/ Simmering/Revision categories. Ideas abound; will begin enacting once my project table is clear (the board hangs over this). Working on the table, and refining ideas.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. The children and I attended the annual Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs. Took daughter to meet a friend at a local store giveaway event. Plans in the works for get-togethers with local friends, faraway friends, a trip to the state museum and a Christmas party at an area business that puts up a wonderful free light display each year.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Hitchhiker’s Guide with the boy; Welcome to Night Vale and outing with girl; Streetwqlk with both; conversations with my Accomplice.
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews.


  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 5/7 for journaling; 5/7 meditation. I missed Thursday and Saturday; it just kind of got away from me.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; Evaluate how I’m approaching them, in preparation for 2016. 3/5. My energy seems to be geared more toward internal things, at the moment; an active evening at the Streetwalk,

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Categorize poems roughly for 2016 development.

  • Website/Business blog: Come to a decision for 2016 before WP renewal time; research self-hosting. I think I’ve decided; letting the decision settle a bit before committing.

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra.

  • Self-publishing: Finish reading The Indie Author Power Pack. Currently at 91%. (How to Market a Book; Book 3/3) . So many ideas and nascent plans forming. I feel a leap coming on strong!

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge  – the one that know you have a life.

 Join in anytime, or find more ROWers!


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!

10 thoughts on “Gratefully Looking Back: December 6, 2015

  1. Not quite ready to reflect on what I accomplished this year . . . but maybe I’m happiest that I finally self-pubbed dear hubby’s Vietnam War novel (in a drawer since 1970). Congrats on all your wonderful energy that inspires and nurtures us all. May 2016 be equally happy and productive.

  2. My big accomplishment for the year was earning a professional certification (the PMP). Otherwise… it’s been a year of recovering from three crazy years (finishing an MBA, moving across country, changing jobs a few times). I’m grateful we’re back in control of the pace of our lives a little more, so now are able to work more on the creative things that have lain fallow in our hearts. 🙂

  3. Congrats on your successes this year. I’ve published 2 novels this year, written a lot, and submitted 3 stories to the second World Unknown Review, with 1 of them accepted.

    Good luck with this week and the rest of the month

  4. Sounds like you’ve had a full year.
    My successes? Well, I don’t think I can really place anything above bringing the woman I love and her daughter over from America and getting married.
    But if I had to pick something else, then my continued foray into writing fiction and my latest blog project (a collaborative, open ended sci-fi story) would probably make the list, as would having one of my short stories published in an anthology.
    Other than that, I’ll be happy to get bloody Christmas out of the way and carry on writing, that’ll be good enough for me.

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