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Love and Presence: ROW80 2016 Round One End of February Update

February was a very productive month. I didn’t manage the submission I wanted to make, but I’m a lot closer with two than I was, and I laid the groundwork, so I hope to get to both of them in March…which has kicked off to a very busy and not exactly predictable start. Rather than go into lots of detail here, I’m just going to get on with it! =)

Ready to see my progress? OK, here we go!


  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. 

  • 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) Goal change: Revise existing stories and create expansion versions of each.


  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 9/25 complete (I).

  • Watch relevant episodes/clips for IDIC Romance A-Z stories after rough drafts are completed. 32 episodes, whole or in part. Goal change: Watch or read transcripts where I’m not sure of events, sequences, or relevant details, prior to scheduling posts.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. I’ve chosen my characters and a rough plot, and given it a name: Shifting Tides (KIC #4). Scrivener file set up, and existing character materials and flash fiction stories reread. Planning supplies ordered; all arrived before March planning commenced.


  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest.

  • 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. Pre-beta revised draft (2.5); 12/16 scenes completed and sent to my local critique group. Scenes 13-16 in early progress at month’s end.

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

  • 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. Scene 1/3 shared.

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. Still trying to find a rhythm for thos.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10.

  • Update my blog layout and pages.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; sort Archives and Transactions in Progress folders. More or less as life unrolls.


  • 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. Gathered relevant emails.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Stuff is in the works.

  • 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! First project readthrough complete, comments pending.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Completed and 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. 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.

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

  • 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 3 /4 health posts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • One new story and submission a month. Submitted to a contest in January; 1/12 months; multiple stories drafted for January and February; 2/12 months.

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. 
  • 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!

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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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