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Presence and Absence: ROW80 2016 Round One End of January Update

For me, the end of January got swept away in a torrent of preparations for a short story contest submission. I was present with that, and made the rather daunting deadline. I even submitted a story that I feel good about. Yes, I could probably make it better, but I probably will also always think that about everything I submit, and with good reason – perspective shows us what we might not see otherwise.

I did manage to advance a few other items, as well. Not as many as I’d hoped, but more than I would have, if I hadn’t tried.

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. Not on schedule, but completed.


  • 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. Not on schedule, but completed.

  • 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.


  • 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. Ran a day late with this one; but I can live with that!

  • 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. Moving along through the pre-beta revised draft (2.5).

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

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue offering first 3 scenes as WIPpet/#8sunday snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. I will be sharing this only as a WIPpet. That will allow for continuity. Moving along with scene 1.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Fell way off at the end of the month, due to contest deadline.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Respond to all older comments, with apologies for the delay. Again, the deadline…but I did take the time to warn my readers what was coming…

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Sponsor post done on time; visits and updates failed as deadline neared.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Header, tagline, comment prompt.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; sort Archives and Transactions in Progress folders. Well, I did well enough until, you guessed it…deadline crunch.


  • 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. Thus far, crickets.


  • 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! Working this into my weekly routine, and getting a little faster at critiques, too!
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 17/28 submitted to author; moving along.

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

  • Complete 7 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads. That should read 6.


  • 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. You guessed it – deadline. Did well enough till then, though.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Put this aside. Car troubles, knee injury, deadline.

  • 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. Lots of moving firewood. Pushed a Cadillac. Hometending, and some walking. I didn’t keep close track, but I did look for ways to be more active. Wrote 1 /2 health posts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Join the Write1Sub1 monthly challenge. Third time’s the charm, right?! Fan fiction and self-publishing will count, for me. This is out, at least officially; the challenge shut down. But I will keep one new story and submission a month as a personal goal.

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30. YES! Story conceived, planned, plotted, drafted, revised, beta-d, revised, polished, and submitted before the deadline!!! YAY, ME!!!
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, “Scavenger Hunt”, and “Slow Jazz Awakening; offer at Triaxian Silk. “Mission” and “Scavenger” have been sent through crit group, and “Jazz” is in pre-beta and crit group revisions.

  • 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 ROWers’ goals and updates 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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