Posted in A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2016, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round Three 2016, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom

I’ve Got A Purpose: August 17, 2016

So, I did lots of other-than-writing stuff these last few days. I’ve also evaluated my goals, and shifted a few to back-burner status. Those are included in this post.

And now, on with it!


  • The IDIC Romance: Finish the Word-High July stories for “Mutually Acceptable.” 29/31 in progress.Just a few; was busy with Other Things, in the interest of clearing the decks of necessary administrative details, so I can write out the month. Favorite lines:

Hoshi smiled at the way he looked at her as though she’d suddenly grown a second head. She shrugged as her fingers trailed through the light forest of hair on his chest.

“I like the way it sounds.”


  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Reread “MMC”, Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book. Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Moving to the back-burner.

  • Dark and Bitter”: Check guidelines; Plan this short story/novella, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and raw source material from my pre-existing nascent story, “The Venom Club.”Complete basic character mapping and associated story planning through story world mandalas for both major characters. Same status as “MMCS” above. You know the drill; back-burner time for this one, too – although I’ll be simmering a cool idea for it.


  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. (I need to submit 22 scenes, total, which carried me exactly to the end of the year, although I don’t expect my crit partners to get to them all that quickly! Hard copy notations complete through Scene 4/ page 60.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. I don’t see this happening till next month; but I could be wrong.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule. Answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Share all new posts to website; learn how to use galleries. Add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. Comments; 1/2. I’ve been focused on the two blogs this session; I want to explore them while I ponder the topic of pages. Setting scheduling goals aside for this month.
  • ROW80: Keep sponsor duties up-to-date. Posted update, made sponsor visits; added a few to offset my recent absence.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Visiting as many as I can, as soon as possible, then catching more as I make return visits from my own posts, seems to be working. I’m blogging less right now; not sure if this method is sustainable once more hops are added.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 123 messages. 20ish. Keeping up.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all overdue and pending paperwork, testing, etc, and submit overdue materials. Draft, revise, and submit 2016-2017 IHIPs by August 5. Second quarter reports sent. Jeremiah’s test completed and mailed Tuesday.

  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Aim for three times a week. 2/3; between rainstorms.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Minecraft and art; breakfast, walking and Pokemon hunting; Olmpics, resume, cuddliing, and conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Spontaneous breakfast run/Pokemon hunting with my boy. Mailing run that got complicated, but included Hamilton.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group, reviewing, and beta reading. I skipped the weekly write-in in favor of staying home and making revision notes in the company of my family. I was exhausted, and needed home-energy.

  • Stained by Ashes: finish beta reading; 3 chapters per week until done. (Currently: 24/27 chapters complete; page 232/253.) Yes, you read that right. I finished the chapters I owed from last week, plus three more! This book is already good!


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each week. Journals: 2/5; Meditation: 3/5 (up to 10 minutes; with a 2 minute night session – twice!)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 60 minutes thrice weekly, and more strenuous activities for at least an hour five times monthly. 3/5 moderate (45 minutes); 2/3 moderate (60 minutes); 1/5 strenuous (walking in very hot humid weather.) I think I’ve found a rhythm that may help make this routine.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. A little more in both.

  • Update my Accomplice’s cover letter and resume. Help him in his online job search. Should have resume done and posted by bedtime today.

  • New Goal: Submit a second ROW80 inspirational post by August 20, to give Kait a hand. I began a rough draft, then set it aside to deal with other admin details. Once the resume is posted, it’s top priority.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

ROW Along, Or Cheer Us On!

“Schrodinger’s Vase or Feline Trouble.” Pen and ink drawing by Lise Burton. Used with permission.



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 “I’ve Got A Purpose: August 17, 2016

  1. Lots of green and blue in all areas — as I notice all the red on writing projects, your notes suggest the writing goals are focusing in on one major writing project and revising (and setting plotting aside). Your revision pages look much like mine! So I’m reassured as I go over my wip yet one more time. End of summer, half way through Round 3, but still much to celebrate. Enjoy the weekend!

  2. Love the drawing. I have a very naughty cat who likes to knock things over, so it struck a chord with me. 🙂

    Good luck with your goals, Shan Jeniah. I hope your husband’s job search goes well–and quickly. It stinks when those things drag out.

  3. Cute picture. 🙂

    Sometimes setting aside goals is the most logical thing to do with them. Thank you for sharing your blog visiting routine. It’s helpful to me to see how others get things done. Congratulations on getting those chapters you owed done! Being caught up is a good feeling.

  4. The drawing and it’s title both made me laugh.

    I have a bit of techno-envy for all those with smart phones that can play Pokemon Go. I am still playing on my grown son’s abandoned Game Boy. Fortunately, my grown kids, husband, and nephew all play, so it’s a kind of family bonding game in my household too.

  5. Cute kitty… bad vase. It shouldn’t have planted itself right in kitty’s walking path. 😉

    Sounds like Pokemon hunting has been fun for you too. And while we missed you (and Shanny) this Sunday, I totally understand the need for a down-time, home-time day too. Hopefully it was what you needed.

  6. Aww, I like the kitty 🙂
    ROW80 is great for revising our goals! I definitely need to revise mine, since I kept to my blogging schedule — but forgot to mention my ROW80 (lack of) progress!

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