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A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals End of September 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 September 30, 2016; further progress will be contained in future updates.

My ROW80 Round and Monthly goals are derived from these goals.


  • Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2016. Fan fiction and self-publishing are acceptable. 30 new stories written; nothing submitted.
  • 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.   A Rising Tide (1/3) completed during JuNoWriMo. The Far Shore (2/3) in drafting; Scene 8/24 in progress; 21,533/65,000 words. Forward progress very slow, but moving.Tsunamis will be my NaNo novel.
  • The IDIC Romance: Write 26 stories for April’s A-Z Challenge; and 30 for #StaD September, using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts. 30/30 in progress.
  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series:Foul Deeds Will Rise: Trueborn Weft Series #2: Complete draft. Draft Weft #3 (Blood and Breath?); as November NaNoWriMo project. FDWR: Nothing new. Setting new writing here aside until 2017.


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

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

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’. Nothing new.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series: Plan/plot Weft #3 (Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough timelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect. Setting aside for 2017.

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals. More planning and plotting for September fan fiction stories.


  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. I beta read Stained by Ashes by Fallon Brown, and critiqued several pieces in my crit group. Submitted twice.

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

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” (now “First Contact, With Jazz”) and five other stories.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Create revision plan for Sea Changes; print and readthrough for Transitions; print Generations. Setting aside for 2017.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Nothing new.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.) Setting aside until at least 2017.

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. Transitioning to my website; that’s the goal for Round Four. Working on comments.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Done.
  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. Overall better, with some skips and stutters.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience. Doing well here; ebbs and flows.
  • 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. The blog took a backseat to the website, which is developing; more integration in 2017.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. All administrative tasks/testing completed. WAHOO!!! Lise’s portfolio added to; not sorted or culled.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All but the kitchen moving along more quickly now that the heat has broken and I have a system for forward momentum.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. Progress; breaking it down to smaller bites; skipping the kitchen until at least one of the others are finished. Email will wait for hard drive organization.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. A little work outside.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Scanned a few; not well sorted.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Deleted the time frame; Dropbox canceled.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. This remains fundamental and easy goal to maintain.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes to both, in abundance.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Beta reading canceled; back to crit group, although it’s been a bit slow there.

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


  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods. Nothing new.
  • Intuitive Eating: Finish reading and begin implementing. Simmering and pondering.
  • 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. Meditating/journals several days a week. Happy with the meditative practices I’ve developed thus far.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. I went back to class at the end of September.

  • 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 up to 60/minutes, 5 days/week, and 75 minutes thrice a week.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Dropping this goal for 2016.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Write and submit one story each month (not necessarily the same story). I’ve attained this with fan fiction. No new submissions, but lots written for Word-High July and Story A Day September.

  • Submit fan fiction.Nothing new submitted, but much more raw material gathered.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Ideas for covers simmering; gearing up for the challenge.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. Gathering poems. The setup likely to wait for 2017.

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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