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Wrapping Up the Present: March 27, 2016

Yes, I know: Round One is in the books. But the thing is, I’m still writing, and I made some progress between midnight Tuesday, my normal cut off for midweek updates, and midnight Thursday, which officially capped off the round. I also set monthly goals, because my mind tells me to. I’ll be working on these goals for the remainder of March, and probably updating and adapting them for April, as well.

All that to say that you get an extra update from me, to account for the tail ends of the wrapping ribbon, so to speak….

Are you a ROWer, either current or lapsed? Never ROWed, but want to learn more? Come join us 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 4/26 revised vignettes in progress. (D). Moving along, finally!

  • April CampNaNo: Create a planning schedule; complete all planning and plotting for A Rising Tide by the end of the month. 24/24 Master Scene Profiles completed. All that’s left is organizing the remainder of the Scrivener binder, and a few finishing touches.

  • 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 for Holton’s Heroes – my first time volunteering in this challenge! =)

  • 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. 4/5. On target for the week.
  • 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 with the kids.

  • 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. Kept current with crit group; read through novel beta.
  • 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 5/7; meditation: 5/7.

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

  • For March: Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool). Didn’t happen, but there’s still some month, so I might get there once.

  • 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. Second pass for “Scavenger” revisions in progress. “Mission” beta 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!



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!

5 thoughts on “Wrapping Up the Present: March 27, 2016

    1. I love ROW80 because it helps me frame my goals in quarterly cycles, because twice-weekly updates mean that I re-evaluate frequently, and because I can change my goals at any time.

      I’ve become hugely more productive (as a writer, and elsewhere in life) since I started this challenge in 2012.

      I’m coming along with my A-Z posts. I don’t have as many finished and scheduled as I’d like (none, actually, but that will change today), but every post is at least started, and that’s something. My plan is also rather involved, because I like challenging myself! =)

      Lovely to meet you. I’m with Holton’s Heroes – see you around the alphabet! =)

  1. Great job on your progress. I posted an update for Sunday as well. It’s better for me to stick to my routine, so even though there wasn’t an official check-in this weekend, I still posted one.

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