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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 End of Round One Update

Hey there!

ROW80 Round One has ended, which means it’s time to evaluate where I am on my 2017 goals before I set my sights on Round Two. My aspirations for the year are soaring; now’s the time to measure the reality…

Do you have aspirations for the year?
How are you progressing toward them?


  • Complete short stories for #StAD May and September.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts.

  • Create fan fiction, continuing current story arcs, and developing new ones as I’m drawn to them. New collection of drabbles; new chapters for three stories; three more in planning/drafting. This will be an ongoing project, with more drabbles and chapters planned for Round Two.

  • OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems.


  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Began plotting Rose and Jeremy #2; Step 12/22.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Timeline and series bible COMPLETED! Plotting for novel 1 /2; The Last House: Step 7/22 in progress.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. 

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fictionEnterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline. Take notes and simmer future projects while creating timeline. Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 –350. Projects simmering and in creation; timeline underway. Episodes complete through 250; on target to complete this goal.


  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”and “Presence.” “MsaMF” awaitting copy editing; nothing more needed until then.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Scene 7/24 submitted to the group.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas.

  • Fan Fiction: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact; With Jazz). using Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel class materials; Love and Loss  and A Backdrop of Stars;   other stories/chapters as desired. Chapter 2/7 of ABOS in progress. FCWJ: Lesson 2/22 in progress; p. 11/82.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry. A bit of information gathering.


  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. At a waiting point; see above.

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. “ASOR”: Played with/consulted artist on cover art and gathered lists of front/end matter. “MMC”: Sharing snippets at #8sunday; lots of positive feedback.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit On Any Tuesday Night; Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed. One chapter of ABOS revised and submitted.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues. Gathering a list of publications accepting submission.


  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. Synchronization and branding progressing. Roughly sketched list of pages needed.


  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. IHIPs, and first and second quarter reports completed. Assessed Miah’s requirements; he should be able to complete them by the time he’s sixteen, or soon thereafter.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. Some progress in several directories here.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files. All travel photos scanned.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Progress being made in the rooms listed.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Moving forward; gathering velocity.


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

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes, every week.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Yes; more or less.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Two promotional posts completed; beta’ing chapters.


  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Getting more consistent at this.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year. Up to 99 minutes 5/week; 111 minutes 2/week, and 6 hours/month at Round One finish.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin applying principles to my own eating habits.
  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Reading and began worksheets.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Creating a CV.

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Gathering resources; doing some reading; book purchased.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Printing, online help, labeling/logo assistance; writing letters.

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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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