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A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals End of May Update

About this year’s #oneword.

I update periodically throughout the year, but at least at the end of each quarter. I’ll adapt, change, add, or delete as my life and progress indicate. This post covers progress only through May 31, 2016; further progress will be contained in future updates.

My ROW80 Round and Monthly goals are derived from this list.


  • Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2016. Fan fiction and self-publishing are acceptable. 
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Write 3 new novels in this series as April, June and July NaNo projects. Write 31 new flash stories for #STaD May; these can be the basis of these or future Kifo stories. 1/3, A Rising Tide in drafting;Complete through Scene 13/24; 31,211/65,000 words.


  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest.

  • The IDIC Romance: Plot 25 April and 30 September stories.

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’. Plotting completed for 1/3; 2/3 in early planning. Early exploration of Aeon Timeline; series bible beginning with Volume Four planning.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan/plot Weft #3 Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough tinelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect. See Aeon timeline, above.

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals. In very early planning stages for one or more fan fiction sequels to “First Contact, With Jazz”.


  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Sporadic in May.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” and its prequel story.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories. “SJA”, Mission Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”. Many/6 complete and posted at

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete revisions for Sea Changes; first pass for Transitions; and revision plan for Generations. Currently sharing SC Scene Two as a WIPpet for initial feedback; moving scenes through crit group; one volunteer beta offer. May reduce this goal.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Found one source for poetry revision.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft): Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.) May adapt this goal.

Social Media:

  • Blog Maintenance: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Clear backlog of comments and spam folder. Some progress; goal will change as I transition focus to my new website.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round Three outlined.
  • Make regular visitis to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience.
  • Redesign blog, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. Incorporate the best of The Unfettered Life and shanjeniah’s Trueborn Jottings, and let those blogs go. This will change as the website evolves.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. All steps in various stages of progress. Dealing with a balky and contentious school district.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All moving along.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. Progress.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Lots of weeding.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Deleting the time frame.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Three beta projects and one review in progress.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like.


  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods. Initial readthrough complete.
  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes, twice daily.Explore one new meditative practice each month. Added breathwalking. New practices 5/12 months.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. No new progress; need a trigger for habit.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and more strenuous activities building to thrice weekly by year’s end. I’m doing moderately active hometending sprints and various more strenuous activites several times a month, up to 45 minutes at least a couple of days each week.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. 5/24 for the year. Behind.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Write and submit one story each month (not necessarily the same story).

  • Submit fan fiction.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. ASOR” is moving through my #8sunday postings, almost finished.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!


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!

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