ROW80 2013: Round 1 Goals – Building with Trust


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What do you trust?

My goals, sans commentary

My theme for this year is trust. Trust in myself, my abilities, my loved ones, and the universe. Trust in sima garo, which I talked a little about in 2012…and which is the soul of my latest WIP.

When I looked back at my 2012 accomplishments, many inspired by ROW80, I found a lot there to trust. Things like my sleep/wake cycle, energy levels, the ebbs and flows of day to day life, my ability to learn, adapt, and grow…

There are many more things, but not all of them are ready for articulating or sharing, and some I just choose to keep to myself, at least for now.

Our perfect non-traditional tree….more or less unattractive to kittens…

And so, I am going into my second year of A Round of Words in 80 Days ready and willing to trust…

  • That the words will come.

  • That there will be time.

  • That everything else I do feeds my writing, just as my writing feeds everything else I do, in a symbiotic relationship.

  • That everything is connected.

  • That I will be able to find my true voice even when the truths are difficult, and the stakes are high.

  • That ebbs, flows, and the spaces between are all natural parts of living.

  • That relationships, goals, and writing can be accomplished without force.

  • That there is greater productivity and reward from moving with the currents of my life than in struggling against them.

  • That sometimes just stopping is the best possible option.

  • That some people have good intentions, while others do not, and, in the main, I will be able to discern the difference.

  • That each of us has our own path to travel, and, although I may have ideas, I can never know another’s path to the degree I understand my own.

  • That there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy.

  • That positivity and gentleness trump negativity and cruelty, every time.

  • That the only logical responses, in a world where brokenness too often explodes into catastrophic violence on both large and small scales, is to learn, more and more, to live in peace, with compassion, and to focus on healing.

  • That the universe is unfolding as it should.

Simple, minimalist Christmas. The big gifts were the Kindle Fires, but the morning brought some small treasures…

That seems like plenty to trust in, for now, but I trust that I will be expanding this list as the round progresses. Certainly, it is my intent to stay with this idea of trust, and to see where it takes me…

As much as trust is a worthwhile philosophy, and a wonderful mantra, it is not easily quantified. It’s maybe a lofty pursuit, but it does not, in and of itself, make goals I can measure.

So, my goals will be based and centered in trust, and they will be specific.

As I considered what my goals would be, three  areas kept recurring, and so I will trust in that, and use these as frames for my goals, this year.

I love these candid shots, when they aren’t looking at me…and I love the closeness between them…I have several of these, going back almost to when Lise was first walking.
  • Creating

  • Connecting

  • Claiming

All of these are areas where I have learned to trust, and where I know I can learn to trust more deeply, more widely, and more naturally. They also seem to encompass, quite neatly, what I feel resonates most strongly for me, in writing, and in all of life.

So, these will be my three major categories. All of my goals will fit into one of these categories, which will form the foundation of my writing throughout the year. My general goals for this year are here.

Now that I have a foundation, it’s time to build a structure upon it – walls and a ceiling to shelter my goals as I strive to meet them during Round 1.

So, here are the walls, by category:


  • WIP Novels (Sima Garo Provides, Chameleon’s Dish, To Be Or Not To Be, Blood and Breath)

  • Flash Fiction (new, on various topics and themes, using prompts, and not)

  • Exposition (essays, guest posts, book reviews, letters, interviews,ect.)


  • Blogging (new posts, guest posts, design and layout, editing, blog rolls)

  • Visiting ( sponsor and other visits, comments, sharing)

  • Social Media (continuing, developing presence, exploring new arenas, learning, growing, classes)


  • Continuing on with the poetry book project. (gathering, revising, structuring, learning about ebook and print options, additional materials)

  • Owning my own perspective and experiences, and saying things I have needed to say – not for the other’s response, but for clarifying and claiming my own strength and reality. (stories, letters, essays, art, reading, and other expressions or healing around my life)

  • Reclaiming our home (kids’ rooms, kitchen, and other areas that tend to get lost to clutter; repurposing, reorganizing, maintaining and beautifying inside and out.)

And one for me, from my friend Robin, all the way in Washington State – delivered by a sweet boy.

So, now I have a strong foundation,  walls and a roof. Seems a good time to lay out a floor plan – open, yet with purpose. I tend to need freedom, but with focus and direction to channel my energies and impulses into effective zones.

Using my foundation and my frame, I will lay out an open plan, with general zones – one major, and two minor, goals for each area.

Building With Trust ROW80 2013 Round 1 Goals List


WIP Novels:

Major goal –

Minor goal 

  • Separate Chameleon’s Dish into two books with individual Scrivener files – Warp and Weft series.

  • Begin timelines for both stories, throughout all WIP and extrapolated novels.

Flash Fiction:

Major goal –

  • Create new flash fiction weekly through prompts, challenges, envisioning WIP scenes, and original ideas.

Minor goals –

  • Revise existing pieces in my Writing Bullpen files, with an eye to submitting and/or creating a collection for a potential book.

  • Submit at least one short story to a paying market each month.


Major goal –

Minor goals –



Major goal 

Minor goals –

  • Edit sidebars and layout for all blogs (excepting childrens’ reporting blogs)

  • Write at least one post weekly for three major blogs (shanjeniah; Trueborn Jottings, and The Unfettered Life.


Major goal 

  • Complete all ROW80 sponsor visits twice weekly; comment, and share posts I read.

Minor goals

  • Submit guest posts, at least once monthly.

  • Read weekly at a writer-oriented blog that appeals to me; comment; share; learn; absorb; try; grow.

Social Media:

Major goal –

Visit PinterestShe Writes, or StoryDam at least weekly. Get a better sense of how each works, and build my presence there with sharing, commenting, and asking questions.

Minor goals 

  • Continue visiting and interacting through Facebook and Twitter, especially via relevant groups, several times a week.
  • Explore Linked In and WANATribe every other week. Both have things to offer, and are my newest social media connections. I want to get to know them better, slowly.
True joy exists before the present is opened! She makes my heart grin!


Poetry Book Project:

Major goal –

  • Complete a rough draft compilation, with dedication, introduction, and conclusion.

Minor goals –

  • Gather art and images for inclusion in the book.
  • Gather resources for learning how to publish ebooks.

Owning My Perspective and Experiences:

Major goal –

  • At least once weekly, use expository writing time to explore memories, wounds, healing, perspective, or personal philosophy.

Minor goals 

  • Read through all 2012 blog posts, and make a list of items to consider or expand upon.

  • Continue my eating and health goals from Round 4, 2012. Aim to get to the Y once alone, and once with the children, each week.

Reclaiming Our Home:

Major goal –

  • Clean Annalise’s and Jeremiah’s bedrooms, creating spaces of welcome and haven for them, with room for their favorite things and activities.

Minor goals –

  • Clean and reorganize kitchen, so that it supports a home where everyone prepares and serves themselves, and where cleanup is easy enough that we all will choose to participate.

  • At least weekly, work on an area where clutter tends to take over, such as the games cupboard, round table, my office, computer desk, coat cabinet, bathroom dresser, and my personal spaces.

So, there we have it -from the ground up, here are my goals for this first round of my second year of ROW80. I trust that I will know whether these are working or not, and will take appropriate action,as needed.

Jim gets Lise a Hess rescue vehicle every year. It a regional collectible, and a tradition between them. This year, with the Kindle, she had been willing to give up the Hess helicopter….but she didn’t have to. Sweet surprise.

A few last points:

  • I plan to work on each major goal every session, and work in the minor goals as my time and focus allow.

  • In my updates, I will only list those goals I actively pursued during that session.

  • I will evaluate my goals, progress and preferences at least twice monthly, and adjust accordingly.

It’s a BLOG HOP!


  1. Best of luck with your goals this round. And look at you, coming back as a sponsor and everything. You’re not just gunning for ROW, you’re going to smash right through it. 🙂

    • Thanks, Ryan…but l would rather invite it in, offer it coffee, and chat …. 🙂

      I feel that this is the truest set of goals I’ve had thus far, and I am loving these first days…So full of enticing possibilities…

      I’m looking forward to seeing what you are up to this round, too!

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