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Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One Goals

Hey there!

It’s time to announce my Round One goals! Since they’re plentiful, and this is my fourth post in the last few hours, with one still to do today, I’m just going to dive right in!

  • 2017 goals (updating later today)

  • January goals will be announced on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.



  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit  and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels; plot April novel using hybrid system focused on the Story Toolkit. Create rough Aeon Timeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Begin series bible with character sketches/locations/story world mandalas and scene outlines for six existing novels. Add materials for April novel as created. Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance/Trueborn Warp: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what happens next? Use Scapple to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal.


  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”;Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. Received email from editor; copy very clean, only a few line edits needed.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Rough revision and revision plan. Secondary goal.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-16. Tertiary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete beta revisions for “First Contact; With Jazz” and Post- “FC,WJ” ensemble pieces to “Cowled.” Review “A Backdrop of Stars 1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. “Love and Loss” – review chapters 1-10 (already posted). Side goal.


  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions/edits/polishing passes; arrange for cover art; finalize art and packaging; publish! Secondary goal.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit “First Contact, With Jazzto beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal.


  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  and Love is in da Blog: Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; help as I can. #atozchallenge: Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, have all posts scheduled and ready to go by end of round. Primary goal. Skimmed prompt list for JusJoJan; idea and prep for Day One; will be a guest host later in the month.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday:  Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm for regular and NaNo months; maintain and fine-tune regular rhythm throughout the round. Secondary goal.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom and/or kitchen (weather dependent). Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each week. Add 27 general flings weekly. Secondary goal. Study: 1/3 completed.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Email Writing subfolders, Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress; sort and delete excess. Tertiary goal.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Selected 31 pictures to scan.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Hanging out with my girl.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal.

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

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal.


  • Journals six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Skimmed Panera site.

  • Make a decision on Holly Lisle revision course; follow through. Okay, so I wrote the goal, then talked to my Accomplice, who approved the investment. Purchased, and skimmed beginning of course.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans.

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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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