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Planning to Prosper: October 2016 Writing Goals

So fall is here, October has dawned, and ROW80 Round Four, 2016, is three days in. That must mean that, in addition to buying apple cider, it’s time for me to present my monthly goals (and a teaser snippet from those #STaD vignettes I’m wrapping up….standard disclaimer: I don’t own them, and I don’t profit from them; they offer me a different kind of prosperity.

From the Cowled Finale:

“You’re shaking, beautiful. Is that because you’re eager, or afraid of what you might feel? Or both?”

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  • The IDIC Romance: Finish any #STaD stories still pending . Primary goal. Vignette 1/5 (Cowled) complete at 1.804 words. Vignette 2/5 (“Do You?”): 566 words.
  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts. Secondary goal. 4/31 complete.


  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (list point at which I stopped, and what’s left to do) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal.

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Secondary goal. Simmering; I think I have a theme!


  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter; first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery; and “Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Have a little extra time for “DaB”; Completed highlighted existing rewritten passages, with an eye to the theme. Simmering. Printed copy for revision/rewrite; cut up to physically deconstruct the story.

  • Kifo Island: Submit Sea Changes scenes 5-8 to critique group. Critique crit partners’ work as posted. Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: ReviseFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars; complete revisions on Chapters 4-7, and review 1-3; Love and Loss. (add links). Tertiary goal.

Social Media:

  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. #8sunday; #SoCS; #weekendcoffeeshare; did well here.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages;; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Yes to ROW80; Albany NNWM: Twitter; Instagram: all 1 /2.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. This will be a Friday/Tuesday focus. Tertiary goal. One post.


  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/4 each per week. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Study: 3/4. Random (inside/weeding): 7/20.

  • Homeschool Administration: Gather info for first quarter reports. Create Flickr portfolio for Miah; continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Homeschool, Blogging, and Beta Reading directories. Maintain email below 99 messages. Tertiary goal. Did some sorting and filing in Blogging . Email was above 200; now is not.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation and coffee. Trip to the local Stewart’s for snacks and ice cream. Couples’ workout.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Write-in. One critique in queue; page 9/16 complete.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal. Offered very premature beta-ing for the third book in a series I’ve beta-ed the previous two volumes of. Happily, my offer was accepted, and I’m excited!


  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. Journaling: 3/6. Meditation: 3/6 (2 eight minute, and 1 ten minute with interruptions.)

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 75 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes thrice weekly. Secondary goal. 75 minutes: 2/5; 90 minutes: 1/3.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours. Tertiary goal. 1 hour, 10 minutes; strength and cardio (almost 7.5 miles virtually biking in the Southwest – delightful, and made me a little homesick!)

  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. I’ve read through Washington On Your Side; page 205/287.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Revisions underway for DaB.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to; begin submitting to either Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Secondary goal.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal.

  • Create Patreon page, and incorporate it into my social media…this is an exploratory time. Side goal.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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Warning: This video contains some potentially NSFW language, and incredibly fast rapping!


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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