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Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One Goals End of February Update

Hey there!

It’s time to update my Round One goals! Since they’re plentiful, and I have two posts to draft and polish for tomorrow, and a write-in tonight, I’m just going to dive right in!


  • Complete my two “hanging” novel drafts: The Far Shore (Kifo Island #6), and Foul Deeds Will Rise(Trueborn Weft #2). Primary goal. TFS: Complete at ~72,161/65,000 words.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella (needs a better name!): Draft Chapter Two: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea.” Secondary goal. Back-burnering till Round Two.

  • Patreon Posts – Complete January/May offerings. Tertiary goal. Adapting. Have one month’s offerings ready to go; then launch.

  • Fan Fiction: Draft three new chapters for Love and Loss ; add one each to Arachnid NebulaA Beagle’s Bedside Manner; and Cowled.  Side goal. Cowled COMPLETED. Drabbles/notes written for LAL framework. On track; just need to flesh out the drabbles into short stories.


  • 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. Step 12/22 in progress; sketches simmering for rest of stories. This goal has been moved to the “Leap of Faith” section of my goals; my focus will be on my NaNo project for the rest of the round, and/or until it’s fully plotted.

  • 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/Solemates: Begin TnT fan fiction Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Good progress here; timeline and notes taking shape; simmering; 30 new TnT drabbles written.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what comes next? Use Scapple  to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal. Back-burnering until Round Two or Three.

  • Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 (TNG: Encounter at Farpoint) 250 (TNG: Hollow Pursuits.) Side goal. 183-230 completed. On track.


  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly:” Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. Waiting to hear from editors.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Revision plan. Deleting this Secondary goal; saving for later in the year (you know – after it’s plotted and drafted!)

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-9 16. Tertiary goal. Scene 7 completed. Reducing this goal to Scene 9; it’s not happening fast, and I’m OK with that.

  • The IDIC Romance: Continue beta revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was “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). Adapted side goal. Continue creating revision plan for OATN, using How To Revise Your Novel. Complete Lessons 2 and 3. Chapter 2/3 in progress for ABOS; back-burnering 4-7 to Round 2.


  • 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. Art and packaging in early stages; consulted with my artist of choice; simmering. Back-burnering until Round Two.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit On Any Tuesday Night to beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 17 3 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Deleting OATN for now; moving through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel before sharing. Reducing ABOS goal to Chapters 1-3.


  • 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. Adapted: Swapping Love is in da Blog, which is taking the year off, for #Loveuary, writing TnT drabbles exploring the next Love and Loss chapter(s). #Loveuary Drabbles COMPLETED! #atozchallenge: Moved forward a bit; A post  (1/26) scheduled; on track.

  • 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. This is getting more natural, and I’ve developed a few strategies to carry me along.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal. I have a rough list of what I want to do, and ideas for more refined plans.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. Adapting: I’m rethinking this; will delve more fully in Rounds Two and Three. Back-burnering and simmering till then.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal. I’ve begun (barely, but still…) Lise’s report list.

  • 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. Moderate success. Didn’t hit all the goals each week, but hit most of them most weeks. Getting to the kitchen was hard with my Accomplice the chef out of work; still adjusting to the newrhythms, but getting better.
  • 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. Back-burnering; might be the perfect “breather” during Round Two/Three’s Creative Chaos Marathon (TM).
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Missed one week, but made it up the next. Usually 30 images/week. Adapting: I’ll sort after all are scanned. On track to finish the scanning.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Yes; every week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Yes; every week; more planned.

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

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. Crit group; beta for a series I’ve worked on before; a fanfic beta is pending.


  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal. Not perfect, but made good progress, overall.

  • 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, cardio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal EXCEEDED!

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal. Adapting: Making this a Leap of Faith goal in conjunction with Smart Change.
  • Smart Change: Plan one habit change using these methods. Side goal. Rereading: Chapter Three in progress; began worksheets.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”. Postponing.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Moving slowly; changes in Accomplice’s work schedule and helping with his business paperwork sidelined this.

  • Make a decision on Holly Lisle revision course; follow through. Moving sporadically through Lesson 2/22. I decided to do this spontaneously; it’s a bit trickier to work it into my existing plans.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans. Saving relevant posts. On track.

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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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