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An Exploration of Purpose: ROW80 Round Three End of August Update

My goal for Round Three is to move through as many of my 2016 goals as I can manage, while still maintaining what passes for sanity in the lovely chaos of my mind…


  • The IDIC Romance/“Philodosia”: Begin 30 stories/chapters/scenes for #StaD September (or independently if there is no #StaD, because that’s not a certainty), using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts. Draft one story each day, until end of round late in the month.
  • Monday Morning Coffee Sequel”: Draft a short story or novella, 5,000-25,000 word range. BBed.


  • The IDIC Romance: Reread existing stories at; create rough sketches for 30 new September stories/chapters/scenes. All stories reread; 8/31 sketches completed.

  • The Star Trek Chronology Project: View Season 2 of Star Trek: The Original Series; Episodes/clips of Enterprise as needed for story creation/revision. 37/79 TOS episodes viewed; 13/13 for August goal. One Enterprise transcript referenced.

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot Tsunamis, using The Writer’s Coloring Book.  No progress.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Decide on November project. Complete character mapping and basic story elements. Setting this goal aside till 2017; Tsunamis will be my NaNo project this year.


  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Beginning in August, rough revise and submit a scene from Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1) to crit group weekly. Not as fast as I’d like; need to re-evaluate the time frame. Currently working on Scene 5/24 Rough Revision Pass #1, where I track changes.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” using Sarah Selecky’s Deep Revision process. Nothing new.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz”, using The Writer’s Coloring Book and submit to patiently waiting betas. I’ve begun compiling and organizing the comments from my crit group for 4/16 scenes. Nothing.

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 beginning in August; learn how to use galleries and gain skill at posting to pages and adding relevant content. Aim for soft reveal at end of September. I’m not breaking any land-speed records here, but progress is indeed being made, with plans for more simmering.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round Three submitted; 4/4 complete. I submitted an extra post for Round Three, and Kait is changing up the format, and dropping sponsor posts, for Round Four. Calling this goal met.
  • Develop a rough, rational rhythm for visiting blogs and hop participants. Doing better, overall.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. Second and third quarter reports submitted, all overdue materials now complete; standardized test review and administration complete, results received. IHIPs approved by district; end of year paperwork done and just awaiting fourth quarter reports.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive files; delete excess. Nothing new.
  • Yard Beautification: Maintain in an increasingly presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Some. Not much; my Accomplice has done much more than I have.
  • Cancel five digital subscriptions we no longer need. 3/5; Dropbox. I never used it.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Major success; major delight!

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

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Some parts were better than others. Interaction was adequate; I submitted twice to crit group and finished all back critiques.


  • Smart Change: Do prep work; choose a contribution to focus on. BBing.
  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least five minutes five times each weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Deleting the new meditative practice; I’m settling in with what I have for a while.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, and more strenuous activities five times weekly. Better in August; still a ways to go.

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisions for “Love and Loss” chapters 1-20 at Nothing new.

  • A Splash of Red”; compile notes and do pre-self-publication revision pass. Create at least three cover mockups before consulting my local cover designer. Nothing new.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. Nothing new.

  • Business cards: Play with creating three designs; investigate VistaPrint. Nothing new.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations in study and family room. Some. Not nearly as much as I wanted.

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!

2 thoughts on “An Exploration of Purpose: ROW80 Round Three End of August Update

  1. Ah, can’t wait for your blog changes. Sorry, that I am not so much around lately but my blogging bug has caught up with me and I have actually worked on a “proper” writing project. Hope you are all well and that your accomplice finds a workplace to move on to. My blessings are with you all!

    1. I am indeed well, and, since I have also been busy, I’ve barely noticed who has and hasn’t been around!

      Not only do I have various writing projects going on, and a newish fascination with Alexander Hamilton spurred on by the musical, I also have the last of the homeschool paperwork in progress, and we’ve joined a new homeschool community, so life’s been busy in many directions. =)

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