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Layers and Purposes: ROW80 Goals

Hey there, ROWers and others!

It’s been a busy week, with a mini-conference and a movie; administration and creation. So, let’s get to it, because there’s more busyness ahead.

It’s a day of remembrance for Americans. Fifteen years ago, I cried tears of disbelief and sorrow on the face of my 9 day old son, weeping for babies who would never know their fathers.  His life, and those events, will always be connected in my mind.

Instead of clever intro, I offer you snippets from this session’s stories (these haven’t hit the website yet, and some of them won’t, since I have TBA Plans for them. =D)

Day 7 (Cowled; standard disclaimer applies):

You mean you people are telepathic? Something else that’s classified, I’ll bet – though I can sure as hell see why you wouldn’t want to tell us that one.”

Day 8 (Philodosia #1):

Not slavery, dearest daughter. Marriage.”

Day 9 (Philodosia #2):

Her other hand went to his cheek; she could feel the short hairs beginning to poke through; they made her heart sing faster in her chest.

Day 10 (Philodosia #3):

Perhaps there is.” Grandfather summoned one of the slaves; it made Philip uncomfortable, this business of owning other people, but this was Grandfather’s house, and they were here on his sufferance.


  • Story A Day September 2016: Write 35 stories this month (not sure how the timing will play out, and the final 5 will be vignettes written on the same day). The IDIC Romance: Cowled: 8; “Parted From Me”: 8; “Do You?”: 8; A Backdrop of Stars: 6. Hamilton alternate history: Philodosia: 5. Priority goal. 8/35 written; 5/35 posted.(add link here). 1/35 in progress; 1/35 nearly done; needs finishing; running a bit behind, but writing longer stories, and loving them, so I don’t mind. Cowled; 3/8; “Philodosia”: 3/5.


  • #STaD: Complete the rough sketches for 35 new September stories/chapters/scenes. Develop more detailed plan for each story as its turn comes. Priority goal. 35/35 sketches completed. I’m developing each story; up to 10/35 now.

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. 2/3 other posts; WIPpet and #8sunday. Getting closer to a schedule; will finalize that by month’s end. I’m mulling how to handle the soft reveal without devoting huge stretches of time and energy to it.
  • ROW80: Keep updates and sponsor duties up-to-date; check Facebook page every Thursday and Monday. Secondary goal. Did fine on updates, and got to sponsor visits a little belatedly. Didn’t check the page at all; waylaid by life.
  • Maintain a rational rhythm for visiting other hop participants. Tertiary goal. An erratically busy week was challenging; working on catchup. Still managed to get to all ROW80 posts.
  • Maintain email Inbox below 99 messages; answer blog comments at least three times weekly; Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and comments twice weekly. Side goal. Email under 90; Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest: 1/2. Comments underway; 2/3. Not great, but better than previous weeks, overall.


  • 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. Everything submitted Saturday morning. ~cue wild dancing and singing!~ All that’s still needed is one letter I need to revise, polish, proof, print, and send.

  • 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. Study: 3/3; Family room 3/3; Others: 15/10. Porch 1/3; too hot out there; air conditioner vents to this porch.
  • Organization: Sort and clean up OneDrive Beta Reading, Blogging, and Homeschool directories. Tertiary goal. Related: Cleaned up The IDIC Romance directory, which was crazy-makingly disorganized. All of Homeschool sorted/culled; excepting Miscellaneous Documents Folder. A bit in Blogging, here and there.

  • Locate all existing Trek poems and file together for chapbook project. Side goal. Found another poem while cleaning up; moved it.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Movie; television; mini-conference; long wandering conversation.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Unschooling mini-conference on Tuesday; For the Love of Spock on Thursday (and maybe tai chi, too!)

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group; do reviews as requested and available. Tertiary goal. Interacted a bit.


  • Write in Abundance and #onegoodcup journals, and meditate for at least eight minutes five times each week. Primary goal. Journaling: 6/5; Meditation 2/5, and two shorter sessions: 7 minutes; 6 minutes – I forgot my target number here!

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 60 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 75 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 60 minutes: 4/5; 75 minutes: 3/3. Better than last week.

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. Read Chapter VI (through “You’ll Be Back”).

Leaps of Faith:

  • Continue helping my Accomplice in his job search. Primary goal. Printed more copies of his cover letter; he has an interview on Monday

  • Select and read one writing craft book. Tertiary goal. Writing Active Setting: Book 2; Mary Buchanan. Finished. Not sure I’ll read the others in this series. Some good insight, but it felt derivative and hastily written.

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!

12 thoughts on “Layers and Purposes: ROW80 Goals

    1. It’s been a distracted session- but that seems fitting, when saying goodbye to a very dear friend who seems to have gone too soon, and left empty places all through our home and my soul….

      The healing will come, in its time, bit by bit. Till then, I’m happy to have loved ones to share my memories with, activities to engage me, and the freedom to step back and do what seems right in each moment.

      Thank you, Beth.

  1. Mine aren’t officially listed, but I’m struggling with meditation goals too. It’s quite a challenge for me to convince myself that it is important to sit still and breathe for a few minutes. Hopefully we’ll both get the hang of it eventually.

    I LOVED the video. 🙂

    1. I like to have things to do. =)

      Hamilton is wonderful, and King George….very British, indeed. I kind of love that he always thought those pesky colonies would eventually shape up and step back into line.

      I get the feeling that if he was still alive today, he’d still think it was only a matter of time, and him doing the right thing to convince them.

      1. He wouldn’t be alone in that. We (all Brits) can be insufferably smug when we ‘feel’ (usually for the wrong reasons) we can do something better than anyone.
        (Short story as an example:
        During the 1950s; signals between a US Navy warship and a Royal Navy ship:
        US: How is the second-biggest navy in the world?
        RN: Very well thank you. How is the second-best?)

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