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True-Blue Proof: May 25, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Yup, it’s been a session of progress. I’ve wrapped up a few goals, and moved others forward.

It’s also the time of the month when I seriously evaluate the goals I haven’t gotten to, and adjust those I’m not going to get to this month, so that I can focus  on what remains. Over the next days, I’ll be evaluating my progress on my Round Two and 2016 goals.

What about you?

Do your goals need adjusting?

Are you making true-blue progress, too?



  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 Boldly Go stories.

  • 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. Ubunta’s general character sheet and paper doll complete; 1/3 characters in progress.

  • 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 both; setting aside the timeline until summertime.


  • Complete revisions for “Peach Liqueur Love”, using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. Still stalled on Step 2/5. Next round. It’s not happening this one.

  • Kifo Island: Print Sea Changes; Readthrough aloud (record and listen). Silent readthrough for Scene Two (Donovan.)

  • 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”. Mystery Vulcan for LAL; Chapter One of “Backdrop” up for revision. Organization not happening till next month.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least every other day. Monday (Many!)

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current.

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

  • Answer story comments at least twice weekly.

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

  • Post 31 #StaD stories this month. Interact with others at the site. 23/31 done. A bit of interacting.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Awaiting IHIP approval. Determination due by end of day.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. 3/5; 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 lost and found; walking; chatting; cleaning; canoodling; movie (The Bounty).
  • Resume full critiquing/posting to critique group. 3/3 complete! Preparing Sea Changes Scene Two.
  • Annie Shot Her Gun: Critique one chapter each week. Haven’t heard back yet. Setting aside till next month.
  • Stained by Ashes: Complete readthrough; critique first three chapters. 2/3.
  • 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 3/7; meditation: 6/7.

  • 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. 0/3;

  • 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. 0/3;
  • Play with business card design. Simmering.

  • Roughly categorize poems for future development. OctPoWriMo 2015 poems categorized.

  • Create beta-reading profile/preferences on Done! =D

  • Play with Weebly and SquareSpace. Did a bit of organizing; still feeling things out.

  • Participate in the Kindness Challenge.

  • Complete JuNoWriMo Feature Writer submission; WUR Interview Questionnaire; and respond to the A-Z Participant Survey. Both Features completed and submitted.

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!

13 thoughts on “True-Blue Proof: May 25, 2016

  1. Another week with lots of blue and green. Bravo! And wisdom to know when to set aside goals that are better tended to at another time. So very important! (And again I thank you for the term “hometending.” I love it!)

  2. I’m blue, but in the sad way, not a good way 😦

    I can’t believe round 2 is about to wrap up. I knew that round 1 was going to be the chaos of moving, but I really didn’t think it would eat all of round 2 as well.

    That’s OK though. Life happens. And I’m steadfastly working on a great plan for round 3!

    1. Moving always takes longer and uses more resources than it seems it should.

      We;ll be moving to OR from NY sometime next year. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what we need to do, and it’s already boggling my mind….

      Small tiny little baby steps….for both of us!

      May the blue lighten up to a pretty turquoise, AmyBeth!

    1. It wasn’t always easy, but then I realized that:

      A) I always set more goals than I can reach.

      B) My goals are my tools.

      C) I get to decide how and when and whether I strive to reach them.

      D) I like looking at what I’ve accomplished more than I do moaning about what I still haven’t managed.

      Wiggling that way is so much better than fighting my way through to something too rigid to fit my changeable life.

  3. Great progress on your goals, Shan Jeniah. Sounds like the summer is off to a great start. Like you I’m trying to get back into Twitter. I’ve found Twitter chats like #StoryDam (Thursdays at 8 p.m.) to be helpful. Otherwise I find Twitter to be rather chaotic and very buy-my-book oriented, if that makes sense. And I want to have real conversations with people. Maybe you can join us for StoryDam chat sometime!

    1. I’ve looked at #StoryDam a few times, but the topic wasn’t appealing, or the timing was off. Maybe I’ll add one of those to my June goals, though.

      So far, I’m doing OK just popping in and peeking and poking a bit. It’s a good way for me to get more comfortable there.

      I’ve found that by focusing on my other interests, I avoid a lot of the buy-my-bookishness, which I mostly ignore when it crops up (and which, in turn, is a marketing lesson for me!)

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