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Harvesting Prosperity: ROW80 Round Four End of October Update

My goal for Round Four is to take stock, gather in loose ends, and sett things up for next year. I’ve wrapped up a couple of my goals. As for my goal of harvesting raw materials, and turning them into something nourishing and sustaining….well read on…

Note: This update only covers my progress through October 31, 2016.


  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October, using OctPoWriMo prompts and building for the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge 2017. Secondary goal. 29/31 poems written; various stages of roughness; simmering ideas for A-Z; I think I finally have a theme!
  • The IDIC Romance: Finish remaining five #STaD wrapup stories. Side goal. Goal completed!


  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Complete planning (Settting/Time/Story World Mandalas for all 3 main characters) and plot Tsunamis. Primary goal. Finished with a day or so to spare before NaNoWriMo kicked off – goal completed!

  • Plot #atozchallenge posts while writing October poems. Tertiary goal. Got a good start on this.


  • For Submission: Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” for Dark and Bitter (by 10/10); first “Philodosia” story for The Machinery (by 10/15); and Beneath the Ice” for World Unknown Review (by 10/31). Primary goal. Barely, but finished before deadlines in all cases.

  • Kifo Island: Submit Sea Changes scenes 5-24 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 4-10 of A Backdrop of Stars; continue revisions on Chapters 4-20; Love and Loss (add links). Tertiary goal.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Side 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. Did well with this.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM, and Yakon Village FB pages;; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest at least twice weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Passably well through October.
  • 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. Made some progress.


  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and porch. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure. Add in 20 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Primary goal. Fairly consistent progress through October.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit first quarter reports for both kids by December 15. Create Flickr portfolio, by year, or roughly so, for Miah; categorize and continue to file to Lise’s. Secondary goal. Just a bit of progress here.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive files.Tertiary goal. Nothing new.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Nothing new.


  • 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. Lots of connection; one-on-one outings with my Accomplice and both kids. Goal completed!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Secondary goal. Better on the interaction; critique group very slow.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Tertiary goal. Some, but my focus was on NaNo prep.
  • Finish reading/reveling in Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter). Return to its rightful owner….*sniff*. Side goal. My own copy is on my wish list.=D


  • Journal six times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes six mornings, and four minutes three evenings. Primary goal. I did fairly well with mornings; evenings are trickier.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 2 hours thrice weekly, by round’s end. Secondary goal. Getting more mindful and consistent, but not quite where I want to be yet.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of twelve hours in October; thirteen in November; fourteen in December. Tertiary goal. Some; not up to goal, so dropped it to ten hours for November; looking for my sweet spot to build on.

  • Smart Change:Choose a habit to change using the intial steps in this book. Side goal.
  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing first steps. Side goal.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit stories to Dark and Bitter; The Machinery; and World Unknown Review. Primary goal. Goal completed!

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-10 of A Backdrop of Stars and First Contact, With Jazz to; begin submitting to either Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Secondary goal.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Tertiary goal. Found images I want for the cover; discussed with my graphic artist friend, Jaz Johnson.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. Side goal.

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

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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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