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Proof and Progress: May 22, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Progress is happening. Other things are about ready to get underway, and a few are wrapping up. Life is moving along, with the month. It’s not always the most exciting, but all the smaller steps add up to the larger ones.

Little bits, larger chunks…it all adds up.

What about you?

Is your progress coming in bits, chunks, or something else?


  • Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Finish draft. Scene 40/50 in progress. Will begin once A Rising Tide is drafted – hopefully before the month is over!

  • Story a Day May (#StaD): Write 30 stories in the Kifo Island world and one fan fiction story; using prompts from the ebook and guests. These will be development for June and July drafting projects. 20/30 Kifo Island complete; 1 fanfiction complete.


  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 Boldly Go stories (V-Z remaining).

  • Star Trek Enterprise: Watch episodes/ clips, and/or read transcripts needed to complete Boldly Go stories.

  • Plan Story A Day May Kifo Island stories. (Xavier/Yvette/Zeke is Tsunamis; Ubunta/Quincette/Theresa is The Far Shore.)

  • Kifo Island: Plot either Tsunamis (Xavier/Yvette/Zeke) or The Far Shore (Quincette/Ubunta/Theresa) as my JuNoWriMo project, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. New cartridge purchased; all worksheets printed out.

  • Continue plotting stories in my various The IDIC Romance story arcs. Purchase new Aeon Timeline program, and continue using it as an aid to this process. Simmering for LAL.


  • Complete revisions for “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. Still stalled on Step 2/5. Time to move this along.

  • Kifo Island: Print Sea Changes; Readthrough aloud (record and listen). Printing completed before the computer/printer fight. Listened to Scene One, did rough revision.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise/organize all Boldly Go stories at Organize Scrivener files by arc. Continue revising new additions to the Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars, as well as “First Contact, With Jazz”; “Mission Accomplished”; and “Scavenger Hunt”. Revised “Clinging to One Another” for ABOS; Nothing to Me for LAL in progress; page 4/13. Chapter One of “Backdrop” up for revision.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least every other day. Wednesday, Thursday; Friday.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

  • Maintain email at below 222 messages; making good use of folders.

  • Answer story comments at least twice weekly. 2 /2.

  • ROW80: Draft Round Three Sponsor Post. 511 words of pre-drafting notes.

  • Post 31 #StaD stories this month. Interact with others at the site. 21/31 done; CAUGHT UP!!!! Interacted a bit.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Awaiting IHIP approval.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 5/5; study, Lise’s room, family room; maintenance; weeding.
  • 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 at Denny’s.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired, submit “Peach Liqueur Love”.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Kitten, canoodling, chatting; shopping and lunch with my girl.
  • Complete 1 pending book review. That would be the excellent Slave Again,by Alana Terry. One will break the ice. 
  • Resume full critiquing/posting to critique group. 2/3 complete; 1/3 read through. Preparing to prepare Sea Changes Scene Two.
  • Annie Shot Her Gun: Critique one chapter each week. Currently on page 2/224 (end of scene one). Sent to author to be sure my style and her needs are a good match before resuming. Haven’t heard back yet.
  • Stained by Ashes: Complete readthrough; critique first three chapters. 1/3.
  • Complete three more back book reviews; TBD. Setting aside for June.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling 7/7; meditation: 12/7.

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

  • 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, thrice monthly. Hometending; 2/3 strenuous.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Use standing desk one work session 3 days per week. 4/3; Sunday; Tuesday; Wednesday.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, three times each week. I AM going to figure this out; if you want to help, find me there; I’m @shanjeniah. 4/3; responded to notifications, explored; RT; liked; followed.
  • Play with business card design. Simmering.

  • Roughly categorize poems for future development. OctPoWriMo 2015 poems in broad categories.

  • Create beta-reading profile/preferences on More on profile. About 2/3 done.

  • Play with Weebly and SquareSpace.

  • Complete JuNoWriMo Feature Writer submission; WUR Interview Questionnaire; and respond to the A-Z Participant Survey. Questionnaire drafted and reviewed; editor contacted prior to finishing pass and submission. I didn’t get to the survey before it closed.

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!

15 thoughts on “Proof and Progress: May 22, 2016

    1. *whispers*

      It’s also the name of my website, which is stealthily and unsteadily getting closer to ready to “officially” unveil….

      I love it, too!

  1. Pretty flowers. 🙂

    I tend to monotask, so progress does tend to come in chunks for me. You’re still rocking the blues and greens. Given this is the second month in a row you’ve written daily stories, I find that doubly impressive.

    I hope your homeschool paperwork is approved. 🙂

    1. This month’s stories are considerably shorter than most of last month’s, but, yeah, you’re right. I tend not to think sometimes of all I’ve accomplished, but to spend more time focused on all those things I couldn’t quite get to…

      That’s something I can improve, kindness to myself-wise.

      I love my coloring book. I spend a few minutes with it every morning, and sometimes at other points during the day.

      I’m an odd blend of mono-and-multi-tasking. It really depends on a wide array of variables.

      That’s the “secret” to why I like to have so many goals- it covers all the likeliest of combinations.

      The paperwork process would be better with a more agreeable and well-informed school district, but we get what we get. I’ll deal, because the reward is well worth it. +D

      1. You could move to Alaska. 😉 You can go totally independent and do zero paperwork if you want to. >.> (I don’t, because the state has programs that will pay for your school supplies if you’ll trade them a bit of paperwork and a few hours of testing every year.)

        I love that our goal setting philosophies are so similar. Even with these last two not very productive weeks, I’ve gotten more done than I would have.

  2. Wow! Look at all the progress! I tend to do progress in bits. It’s tough to find the time to sit down and do a lot, so a bit here and a bit there works better. 🙂

    1. Things are moving along. I’m hoping to be able to cross a thing or two off the list by Wednesday. If not, though, I’ll settle for making a couple more reds into greens.

  3. I would say that my progress is also sometimes in little bits and sometimes in chunks. The only problem is, when I hear the word “chunks” I think of half-chewed pieces of hot dog and other food that my kids regurgitated when they were sick. And sometimes my writing feels like it is something I vomited onto the laptop. Huh, I guess there is a similarity.
    Have a great week, and stay healthy.

    1. Thankfully, we haven’t had much sick around here (maybe since we don’t have school germs coming in?) so I didn’t think of it that way. Sorry to arouse unpleasant associations!

      First drafts are often vomit. It’s hard to know what’s in there until you pour it all out and poke through it, after all…

      SO sorry. That was icky, but maybe you get the gist? =/

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