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Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals: EOR3

Hey there!

Below are the intentions I set forth at the beginning of the year. I wrote then that they were subject to change…and there are some changes here, and more to come as I shift to a new way of looking at goal-setting (I’ll be sharing more of that when I post my Round 4 goals, and there’ll be more detail on the process in my upcoming sponsor post).

For now, though – the update.

Did you set aspirations for 2017?

How are you doing with them?

  • Complete Hanging Manuscripts from 2015-2016. Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Nearing completion; currently adding 2.222 words/week. On target.

  • Complete short stories for #StoryADay May and September. September: 46/60 stories complete; on target.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts. This hasn’t happened yet, and is now a stretch goal for 2017.

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Simmering; Rose and Jeremy #2 still at Step 12/22. Moving this to stretch goal status for 2017.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Planning complete for both; plotting gave way to more of a discovery-based method; will resume if/as needed.On target.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel. Earliest stages of planning for Solemates, in tandem with my Story A Day September Challenge stories. May leave some of the plotting undone, so I can write with the discovery method. On target.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems. September stories as stated above; sparks being gathered for poems. On target.

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/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. Episodes complete through 320. On target.

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”andPresence.” “MsaMF” (now “Being Colette” completed. “Presence” set aside for 2018. Adapted target COMPLETED!

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Moving this to 2018.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas. They have to be writen to be revised. Deleting goal.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. Goal COMPLETED!

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. I have more left to learn than originally thought. Taking this more slowly; deleting goal.

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

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

  • Complete Just Jot It January , Love is in da Blog  , and 2017 Kindness Challenge. Kindness Challenge set aside out of kindness to myself; Adapted goal COMPLETED!

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year. Some progress; on target.

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. This changed; letting website go. Setting goal aside for 2018.

  • Move relevant posts from The Unfettered Life and Trueborn Jottings to website and blog. Deleting goal.


  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. All 2016-2017 paperwork completed. 2017-2018 IHIPs completed and accepted by district. On target.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. No progress.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files. No progress.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Off target.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Off target.


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

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

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. On target!

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Betas in progress. On target.


  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Still not so great at the night routine, but still trying. Some progress.

  • 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. Off target, but good progress.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin applying principles to my own eating habits. Nothing new.
  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Nothing new.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Deleted goal, but now working part-time for our small business, so…Goal COMPLETED!

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Working on this from a variety of angles, from the practical to online courses, and encompassing both Chef Bluebeard and my writing. On target.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Yes, in many ways! On target!

  • Listen to the 8 (oops, 9!) books currently on my Audible account. 7/9 in progress. On target.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month. 18/24 complete. On target.

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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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