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Still Present: March 23, 2016

Here we are, in the last 24 hours of Round One. And me?

Not ready to call it a wrap just yet. I’ve got things to do, and ideas popping all over the place. This would be a bad time to just stop and take a break, and I don’t want one.

If you’re winding things up now, how did it go? If you’re writing on like me, what’s your main focus?

Either way, I hope to see you next month, for Round Two!



  • 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). Vignette 3/26 revised vignettes completed. (C). Moving along; primary focus once NaNo plotting is complete.

  • April CampNaNo: Create a planning schedule; complete all planning and plotting for A Rising Tide by the end of the month. 18/24 Master Scene Profiles completed. Once that’s done (probably later today), all that’s left is organizing the remainder of the Scrivener binder.

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


  • 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. Not as far as I’d hoped to be, but good progress made.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Will revisit later in the year.

  • 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 .

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Badges! I have new badges!

  • Clear out Inbox and Archive twice weekly; Weed through Transactions in Progress, keeping only currently useful items. Better than it might have been.


  • 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. 3/5.
  • 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. Write-in for me; Zootopia planned for later today.

  • 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; 2/3 finished; 1/3 comments pending.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews. A big focus for Round Two!


  • 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.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. This was shaky, but getting better now. Class Tuesday.

  • For March: Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool). Hoping to work that in this week…

  • 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; 2/2. 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. Have non-site fans willing to beta (thanks, Fallon and Erin!); “Mission” in progress.

  • Begin beta reading of Stained by Ashes; aim for 1 chapter/week this month. I’ve gotten the email with the story file; haven’t opened it yet.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

(once the link is up, that is)


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!

6 thoughts on “Still Present: March 23, 2016

  1. I’m not planning to take much of a break, either. I’m not so good at doing that. And even though I planned on working on all my projects, I’ve got a couple women trying to take over my brain, so they may get most of my focus. 😉

    Looks like there’s lots of green and blue in there. Good to see! 🙂

    1. Breaks from writing just aren’t my thing. Writing is my joyful place; why give it up?

      Yup, lots of green and blue; not so much red. It’s been a good round, and the good goes deeper than the goals list shows. =D

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