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Presently Plotting: March 16, 2016

So, how’s the weather where you are?

Here, it’s spring, even though there was scarcely a winter. My lawn is greening, and the crocuses are up by the big pines at the edge of the yard. Birds have all kinds of things to say…

And my mind is fertile. Mostly, I’ve been focused on plotting, with a generous side helping of Life Stuff, nearly all good. And I’m yearning to get back to that, so, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll get spring right to the update.



  • 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). 2/26 revised vignettes completed. (B).

  • April CampNaNo: Create a planning schedule; complete all planning and plotting for Shifting Tides by the end of the month. POV Character Story World Mandalas complete, before midnight. That means I’m on schedule, and ready to start basic scene plotting. The story is stirring and growing in my mind.

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


  • The IDIC Romance: “First Contact, With Jazz”: 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. Considering dropping this goal until after the spring creative rush ends…or just going ahead and posting it.

  • 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.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post. Still brainstorming and simmering my sponsor post.

  • Prepare and submit bio for A-Z, where I will be a part-time minion for Holton’s Heroes – my first time volunteering in this challenge! =)

  • 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. Nothing so far this week.


  • 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. 2/5.
  • 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. Yes for me and my girl (see below); planning to see Zootopia with both kids Thursday night; possible Littlest Pet Shop event with my daughter on Saturday.

  • 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. 2/3 pieces read; 1/3 prepped for comments.
  • 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 3/7; meditation: 3/7. Didn’t exactly do the eating meditation, but was more mindful of what I ate. Took a mindful walk; hope to do this at least once a week.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Back to class on Tuesday; it was wonderful!

  • 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. Tai chi was strenuous; 1/2. Also walking, dancing, and hometending this week.

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. Nothing yet on betas for Mission. Set up the first pass for “Scavenger” revision passes.

  • 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.

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!

9 thoughts on “Presently Plotting: March 16, 2016

  1. You always have so many projects going . . . and yet seem to make progress effortlessly — and specifically. Maybe because you set up those goals so clearly. Yes, we can celebrate spring. This morning’s walk brought me the first blush of bloom on a forsythia. Sigh! Now if only I had my theme for the A-to-Z Challenge! So tell me, Shan Jeniah, oh goddess of creativity and organization, do I just jump in on Granny Vampire without plotting?????

    1. Personally, I’m thinking that a novel named Granny Vampire is almost begging to be pantsed, but I’m very much a believer in gut feelings. What does yours say?

      If you’d like to plot a little, in a creative and colorful way, you might want to check out The Writer’s Coloring Book by Rachel Funk Heller (available on Amazon). I’m using it for my April CampNaNo, and I think it would appeal to a quilter. =)

      My progress isn’t effortless – but it is joyful. I strive to keep a playful, joyful spirit about not just my writing, but all of life. I try to set goals that accept that, while at 14.5 and almost 12, my kids may not need the same amount or intensity of time and attention they did when they were small, my relationships with them and with my Accomplice are at the heart of our unschooling life. So there are small goals, longer range, and very complex ones, so that I can always find something that fits my time, focus, and energy. I don’t often finish a month’s goals, but I’m OK with carrying them over to another month – I can’t finish without beginning – or to re-evaluate whether they fit my vision or needs.

      Maybe your A-Z them could BE the search for an A-Z theme? =)

      Goddess of Creativity and Organization, eh? I might make that a sign I can hang in my currently far less than organized study! =D

  2. It’s definitely spring like here as well. Though they say it’s possibly going to snow this weekend. If it does, its only supposed to be an inch maybe. So that’ll be gone again soon enough.

    Looks like you have a lot of things progressing. Great work.

    1. We may get some of that snow, too – but it won’t last. It’s been too warm for too long.

      And yup – lots of progressing. Not as much finishing as I’d like there to be, but we can’t finish anything we’re not working on, right? =)

  3. Good luck with being an A to Z minion! I was one last year, and it wasn’t that difficult to check through my portion of the list once a week or so. I hope to finish all the A to Z posts for my secondary blog by the end of the month.

    1. I’m finally making a bit of progress on my A-Z project. The plotting is going faster at this point than I expected it to, so I may, just maybe, have more time for it in a few days. (Of course, I also have those crit group pieces to do. Started yours and read Shannon’s, then got distracted….). I’ll be happy if I’ve got a plotted novel to write, a piece submitted, my July draft’s last ten scenes finished, and say two weeks’ worth of posts finished by the beginning of April (yes, I DO know that sounds insane!):

      I’m a little nervous about being a first-time minion, but I really like John, and if I can help while reading some new blogs, that will be good all around.

      I’m sure you can get there. Whether your arms will hold up under the weight of all those books…well, that we’ll have to see about. =)

    1. Thanks, Erin! It’s gotten cold here again, but the storm doesn’t seem like it’s going to bring us any snow. It’s a bit overcast, but there’s also some sun. And we’re expecting a warmup next week.

      Happy week to you! =)

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