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A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals End of November Update

I update periodically throughout the year, but at least at the end of each quarter. I adapt, change, add, or delete as life and progress indicate.

This post covers progress through November 30, 2016; further progress will be contained in my final update, which will post early in 2017.

My ROW80 Round and Monthly goals will be 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. 23 new stories written; three submitted in October (one accepted; two rejected.) No new submissions; but some fan fiction in the works.
  • 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 and Tsunamis (2/3) completed during JuNoWriMo. The Far Shore (2/3) in drafting; Scene 8/24 complete; 24,899/ ~65,000 words. Forward progress slow, but moving.
  • Poets on the Page: Write 31 new poems in October. 31/31. It took longer than a month, but goal completed.


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

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

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’. All novels/stories planned/plotted; rough materials for timeline and bible created in the process; further progress on this being back burnered (BB) till 2017.Modified goal complete.

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

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals. Goal completed!


  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Critique group BB until January; modified goal completed.

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

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories. Resumed progress, slowly.

  • 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; BBing till 2017.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.) BBing 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. Did okay with my the comments, but not great at the rest through NaNo. I want a better system for 2017.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts.
  • Make regular visits to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. Fair. Not bad; not great. Same story as last month.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience. Ebbs and flows; but goal completed.
  • 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. Good progress; 2017 will bring more.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All moving along; I have a system for forward momentum that’s working well. I’d moved the kitchen to 2017, but, with the weather getting colder, I’ve shifted from the porch to the kitchen.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. Progress; breaking it down to smaller bites. I won’t finish this before the year ends, so the adapted goal: Create a plan to have this completed by the time I’m ready for a computer upgrade (maybe after tax time).
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. A little more work outside.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Nothing new. Adapted goal: Make plan for scanning and organizing all photos in 2017.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need. I think I’ve gotten them all, for the moment. Goal completed.


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

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. More touring, museum, parties, NaNo-related activities.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Some beta reading, and a promo post. Goal completed.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like.


  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods. BB till 2017.
  • 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. Solid progress.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. Nothing new; BB until 2017.

  • 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. Up tp 75/minutes, 5 days/week, and 90 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. Three new submissions.

  • Submit fan fiction.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. Cover image in simmering stage.

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

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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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