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Presently Active: March 14, 2016

Hi there!  How are you?

I’m still juggling, right into Daylight Savings Time. My daughter will be attending a bowling birthday party in a few hours, and I haven’t slept yet. I’m juggling A-Z stuff, CampNaNo stuff, and lots of other stuff, too.

So no real news from me, except that I’m alive and did some things – puttering for two days, and deeply focused on the other two. And thatI typed that in the wee hours of Sunday morning, before the day ran away with me, leaving me to finish this up in the early hours of Monday evening. It was a wonderful, breathless, deep kind of being run away with, though, so I really don’t mind it at all. This week is shaping up to be active in a calmer way, so all that inspiration I’ve been gathering may start to find its way into projects and plans….

But not right now. Right now, it’s time to update my ROW80 goals progress (through Saturday midnight, anyway). How did I do? Well, read on! =)


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Write 1,000 words/day, on average, until novel is finished. Scene 40/50 in progress. No new words since Thursday, since other things took precedence. Needless to say, I’m well below my goal, here, but OK with that.


  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 stories. Draft Post Template. Revise all 26 stories; draft Week One and Two expansion stories; post to fan fiction site. Set Up Week One and Two posts; polish and schedule Week One. 9/26 plot/pinch complete. (I). 1/26 revised vignettes complete (A).

  • April CampNaNo: Create a planning schedule; complete all planning and plotting for Shifting Tides by the end of the month. Character Mapping complete, and the planning phase ended! On to the the very beginnings of plotting. This was my focus for Friday and Saturday.

  • Sort all existing poetry into broad categories for future projects.


  • The IDIC Romance: Submit to crit group; assess and apply suggestions as indicated; read revised version aloud. Tweak as needed; and offer to at least three betas. Cursory review of critiques thus far; all completed.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Hand drafted rough schedule page; posting minimized for the week, while I plan.

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least thrice weekly. I may not get to them all; but I will get to some. 2/3? Sorry, I kind of lost track!

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post. I have an idea, and emailed Kait to volunteer. Brainstorming and simmering my sponsor post.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Working on my schedule, still….

  • Clear out Inbox and Archive twice weekly; Weed through Transactions in Progress, keeping only currently useful items. Inbox WAS nearly clear….


  • 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.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering; deep cleaning. 5/5.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Party for the girl; write-in for me.

  • 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. Spoke to author of #1; have a tentative plan. All critique group business proceeding apace.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Conversations; movies, party.
  • Complete 6 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. Journaling 7/7; meditation: 7/7.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • For March: Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool).

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk and/or Find a beta reader or two for “Mission” at one or both sites prior to submitting. Chose two candidate at Mission”: Deep revision pass complete. Simmering for a day or two. Posted for betas at TriS.

  • New Goal: Begin beta reading of Stained by Ashes; aim for 1 chapter/week this month. Will begin once I have the draft; a tentative schedule made.

  • New Goal: Explore Aeon Timeline, using elements from The IDIC Romance. Downloaded the program.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals 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!

10 thoughts on “Presently Active: March 14, 2016

  1. Looks like you’re making a lot of progress. We’ve had a rough shift with the DST this year, but thinking I’m getting back on track from that now.

    1. It’s usually not an issue for me, or the kids, because we just do our own thing, and adjust as needed. But the party was earlier than we usually like, and we were up very late (until about 8am), and the bowling lanes were nearly an hour from home. She slept a bit in the car on the way home, and went right to bed when we got here, but I had my weekly write-in, and left 2 and a half hours later. It was a LONG kickoff to DST. I’m feeling more in balance, now. Happy you are too!

      Yup, the progress thing is happening. I seem to be focusing on a few specific things rather than going for diversity right now, so it looks like lots of green, but I expect some spreading blooms of blue to start cropping up within the next several days.

      Wishing us both a nicely productive week. =)

      1. We were actually still awake when the clocks changed over, since we’d just gotten home from a night out. And the kids were up right at 7. So, Sunday was rough. But, getting back to my regular routine helps.

        1. I hope you enjoyed the night out! Our writing group ran late on Sunday, in good ways. There’s been kind of a lot of kid sleep the last two days, and they’re up at night. I didn’t sleep too much last night (bed at 6am, and back up at 11). I could have slept in, but I really wanted to go to tai chi today, and I wanted time enough to finish a character arc and do my daily journaling and meditation first. But, like you, I’m finding getting back into the flow of things helps – and I feel great, too!

  2. I’m no fan of DST either, but I’m impressed with how much you continue to get done. I have done A-Z a couple times, and keep considering it for this year… but… With my fiction writing schedule… it’s prolly more realistic to let that sleeping dog lie. 😀

    1. You could try your own informal A-Z where you just jot the ideas you might have pursued, if time permitted. Even if you only managed to do a few, you would have something to build upon, whenever and however you decided to use it.

      The CampNaNoWriMo novel I’ll be writing next month was “conceived” during the A-Z Challenge two years ago, when I wrote flash fiction stories for 26 characters with alphabetical names. I wrote extended plot outlines and character sketches for each character; I’ll be able to draft at least ten novels from that raw material; this is the fourth.

      This year, I’ll be writing flash fiction again, and, again, I’ve got plans for extensions of these stories.

      Whatever you decide for yourself, may you take joy in it! =)

    1. I’m pretty thrilled to be back. I use this challenge to spark lots of ideas for future progress. I’ll be doing something different this year…and looking forward to visiting you. =)

    1. It’s not usually that big a deal here, because three out of four of us set our own schedules, and my Accomplice, the chef, works evenings.

      This time, though, it happened to coincide with a late night and an early-day obligation, on my writing group night….it was slightly gruelng, but also wonderful. =)

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