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The Present of Presence: ROW80 Round One Goals – 2016

* blinks slowly; looks up and around *

What’s that? You say I’m late to the ROW80 goals stating party? And not fashionably late – two- days-late, it’s-already-time-for-the-first-update-late?

Well, all that’s true. I’ve been wrapped up in life – the round started on Monday, and my daughter had a doctor’s appointment, after which I took both kids to spend their Christmas gift cards. 

Also, it was the launch week for my local National Novel Writing Month critique group – four of us who’ve committed to share a piece of 5K or so each Sunday, and return crits on Sunday, as we all look to hone our craft – which was, serendipitously, Kait’s kickoff post this round.

  • My 2016 goals.

  • January 2016 goals. (coming later, with my first update).

So, even though I didn’t post on Monday, I’ve been living the spirit of ROW80. And, though belatedly, here are my Round One goals – with a focus on living in the present, and finding the gifts and opportunities it holds.

Ready? OK, here we go!


  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20.

  • The IDIC Romance: Write rough drafts of the 26 stories I will be using as my Blogging from A-Z posts in April 2016. 1/26 stories drafted (M)


  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 1/25 complete (A).

  • Watch relevant episodes/clips for IDIC Romance A-Z stories after rough drafts are completed. 32 episodes, whole or in part.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel.


  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30.

  • The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Reread hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas; polish; and submit to a fan fiction site. I’m not yet fast at revisions. Learning, and making progress. Printed and reread hard copy; notations in progress for Scene 1/16.

  • The IDIC Romance: “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish and submit to crit group.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Respond to all older comments, with apologies for the delay.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Making visits and progressing on goals and sponsor posts.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Changed my header image on January 1.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; sort Archives and Transactions in Progress folders. My email crept up closer to 1000 during the break – oops!


  • 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 add all current year items to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. House looking a lot better!

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Winter tends to be a cocooning time for us, but some outings will happen, nonetheless.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted “A Splash of Red”. Read through first crit piece; simmering.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 1/28 submitted to author.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 7 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice each month.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 40 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Join the Write1Sub1 monthly challenge. Third time’s the charm, right?! Fan fiction and self-publishing will count, for me.

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, “Scavenger Hunt”, and “Slow Jazz Awakening; offer on Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Reread “Mission”; simmering. “SJA” in revision planning.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 – The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life! See other participants’ goals here!



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!

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