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Presently Penultimate: March 20, 2016

Can you believe that it’s already the next-to-last update of Round One? How did that happen?

Oh, right write.

I’ve been:

  • Writing.

  • Critiquing.

  • Revising.

  • Planning.

  • Plotting.

  • Hometending.

  • Learning.

  • Growing.

  • Being a mom, and a wife.

Y’know -living.

As we move on to the end of this 80 days, I can see that I won’t finish everything on my Round One goals list. A few things, I won’t have started; a few I’ll finish. Most are somewhere in the middle, moving along at their own natural paces, part of my living.

I don’t see finishing a goal as – well, the goal. Or not all of it, anyway. For me, it’s like the Grand Canyon hike during which my Accomplice proposed to me, and which inspired two characters from my soon-to-be birthed novel-in-plotting, Rising Tide (I just now changed the title from Shifting Tides). It’s far less about the “getting there”, and far more about the journey, and the learning to be had while moving through the process.

How about you? Are you focused on ticking things off that goals list, do you immerse yourself in the doing, or somewhere in between?



  • 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. 15/26 plot/pinch complete: (O; end of Week Three). 2/26 revised vignettes completed. (B).

  • April CampNaNo: Create a planning schedule; complete all planning and plotting for Shifting Tides Rising Tide by the end of the month. Basic scene by scene outline created; 24/24 scenes. Organized and printed last batch of worksheets for fleshing out scenes.

  • 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. 3/3.

  • 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! =) Small progress; I’ve begun sifting through email for the specifics of what I need to do.

  • 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. Sorting through Inbox as I search for a message.


  • 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. 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. Yes for me; Zootopia still pending; Littlest Pet Shop event, Starbucks, and sundress shopping with my daughter and friend.

  • 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. All pieces read; 1/3 finished; 1/3 comments in process.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes. Outing, conversation, helping.
  • 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. Mindful eating.

  • 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. First pass for “Scavenger” revisions complete.

  • 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!

4 thoughts on “Presently Penultimate: March 20, 2016

    1. LOL! I really don’t spend all that much time planning. I tend to carry over or eliminate goals I don’t finish, and I just add and adapt the basic list.

      I like some surprises. That time a sheriff knocked on my door to tell me my Accomplice had had a motorcycle collision with a deer on his way home from work, and was being airlifted to a local medical center – that was an unpleasant surprise.Fortunately, he recovered, but still…

      So, happy surprises make me happy, but I don’t mind managing for success, either.

      Cheers to many ways of doing things! =D

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