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Learning on Purpose: September 4, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Lately, I’ve been starting out with a bit of what I’m writing:

Star Trek: Enterprise  fan fiction story WIPs (Standard disclaimer applies!):

Another Manner of Flame (Cowled):

  • This had the scent of aged papers and ink; moisture from the humid San Francisco air; Terran dust; and, above all, cured animal hide.

No More Games” (Parted From Me):

  • The signal shrieked again, like a Vulcan screaming and thrashing against restraints, or yanking her arm away, yelling, “Let me go!” Only letting go when she was pumped full of that poison could get her killed.

This Alien Flame (Cowled):

  • The scent suffuses every breath. The book and her human – illogical, indelible temptations. Two weeks without meditation, food, or tea. She can scarcely take water.

It’s been a busy birthday and research week, but all that won’t fit in this post, so I guess than makes it time for a ROW80 Update!




  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete rough revisions and submit scenes 5-10 of Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group. Scene 5/24 revision in progress, tracking changes; page 1/22. Primary goal.

Social Media:

  • Blog/Website Transition: Set and keep regular weekly posting schedule (ROW/#STaD/ 3 other posts weekly?); add relevant content to pages. Aim for soft website reveal at end of month. Primary goal. Learned how to create auto-populating summary page for my current challenge, and how to use video embed codes. 1 additional post for #8sunday.
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal.
  • Maintain a rational rhythm for visiting other hop participants. Tertiary goal. Got to all ROWers; WIPpets, and three #StaD posts. Adequate, but room for improvement.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 99 messages; answer blog comments at least three times weekly; Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and comments twice weekly. Side goal. Did well for a couple of days; a bit taken away since. Comments: 2/3. Instagram once.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete and submit fourth quarter reports; narrative review; and test scores to district by September 15. Deal with correspondence as needed. Primary goal. Began another pass of business letter.

  • Beautification: Do the 27 Thing Fling in study, family room, and porch at least thrice a week each room, and in other areas, indoors and out, at least ten times weekly (can include laundry and dishes.) Secondary goal. 1/3 study; 2/3 family room. 9/10 random sessions completed: laundry, dishes, and clutter.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation with each. Canoodling;movie; Schuyler House/Hamilton; birthday dinner and shopping.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. General Schuyler House and birthday dinner.


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journals: 4/5; Meditation: 2/5 (a four and six minute session.)

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 75 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 1/3 (75 minutes (2/3): 4/5 (60 minutes.)

Leaps of Faith:

  • Continue helping my Accomplice in his job search. Primary goal. Sent pdfs of his resume/cover letter to his email.

  • Select and read one craft book: Writing Active Setting, Book 2. Tertiary goal. Just started, and at 55%. This might be fast!

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along or Cheer Us On!


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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