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Growth in the Gap: September 24, 2017

Hey there!

There’s currently no round in effect, but my goals are set on the monthly plan, so I’ve still got a week left with them. I also like the rhythm of updating regularly.

I’ll be keeping these goals, with two additions:

  • I’ll be using The 12 Week Year to work out my goals for the 12 week period beginning on October 1.

My mantra for September:

Keep It Simple.

I’m not sure I’ve managed that as well as I wanted to, but I have strived to at the least let go of thinking I can do it all, just because I want to…now, I’m learning how to better assess the time and energy I have available, and how much I can get done while still making room for friends, family, and fun.

That’s what Round Four and beyond will be about – learning those parameters, so I can move forward productively and sanely.

I siad this at the beginning of the month, and it’s still true:

I’m excited for new challenges, and for finishing those I’m still in the midst of…

What will you be doing “in the gap”?

  • Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble  each day, to challenge prompts. Day 23/30 finished for both, Primary goal COMPLETED for this week; on target for the month.
  • Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. 2,235/2,222 words. Secondary goal; on target for this week.
  • Kifo Island Series: Add 3,333 words/week to The Last House (until draft completed). 3,352/ 3,333 words. Stretch goal EXCEEDED for this week.

  • Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal COMPLETED for this week!

  • Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Writer’s Market 2018: bought the Kindle book. 8/25 markets; Primary goal; modest progress.

  • Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Midweek; #8Sunday; #weekendcoffeeshare posted/shared..Primary goal; solid progress.

  • Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. Visited all Sunday/Wed. ROW80 peeps. Stretch goal; a bit of progress.

  • Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 21.5/15 hours; worked on social icon downloading; upgraded display/signage; magnet designed and banner designed/ordered; worked craft fair. Primary goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Personal professional Development: Complete and post September Patreon offerings. Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide.. Secondary goal; some progress.

  • Va-Va-Video Course: Complete the three week session, and keep current with the Facebook Page 3 times/week. This suffered from attrition. Class ended; I barely got started. Have access to facebook group page for the rest of the week, so...Adapted: Get all relevant materials from Facebook group page for later reference/potential catchup before page vanishes. Stretch goal.

  • Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. 1.75/1.5 hours. Goal EXCEEDED for this week!

  • Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 8.26 /8 hours. Meditate 8/8; journal: 7/8. Goal nearly completed for this week.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

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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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