ROW80 2013 – Hindsight; Foresight

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As promised, here I am with a look back at my 2013 ROW80 writing objectives, and a bit of what I’m cooking up for 2014.

I’ll look at each of my five categories, in turn…

2013 Blogging:

  • I did well with posting relevant content and developing new ideas. I evolved themes for each of my three main blogs, and incorporated at least one regular feature into each. I offered more high-concept content, gave more glimpses into my life, shared more widely and bravely, made new friends, and had a lot of fun!

  • While I did create new headers, begin using Flickr and editing my photos more adventurously, I didn’t spend nearly as much time and energy on layout and design as I had intended to. Things still awaiting my attention are sidebars, mission statements, about pages, editing and updating, and other housekeeping matters. Additionally, I haven’t yet moved The Unfettered Life from Blogger to a new home at WordPress, or investigated what would be involved in setting up a website.

2014 Blogging:

  • Winter is a good season for nesting. I like to spruce up our home, and my virtual homes, too. So it seems like a perfect time to focus some attention on the layout and design aspects of my long-neglected Blogging Action Plan.

  • I’ll also be building a better overall blogging habit – posting regularly, building queues, answering comments more steadily, sharing more widely.

  • I will be brainstorming what I want in a website, and begin the process of moving The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

Chameleon’s Dish, manuscript hard copy.

2013 Writing:

  • I had a banner writing year. I created flash fiction, essays, and novels. I completed two Trueborn WIPs, and nearly a third. I began three more WIPs in the series, and have a better idea of what the series will be, and what stories still await writing.

  • Reading Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot shifted the way I approach novel plotting from pantsing to an open-ended form of plotting – more like devising containers to hold scenes, a skeleton upon which life will be built. I used a few elements of the process in my two July Camp NaNoWriMo projects, The Stars Are Fire and Perchance to Dream. I liked the results well enough that I employed and tweaked the entire process for my November NaNoWriMo project, King of Shreds and Patches. Largely due to the prior planning, I was able to complete a 122,000+ word rough draft WIP in 30 days – and it’s easily the best first draft I’ve ever written.

  • Although I had hoped to complete To Be or Not to Be well before the end of the year, and missed by several scenes, I am very pleased with the progress I made, overall. Beneath it is a solid foundation of new learning and better habits that will certainly increase my writing productivity.

2014 Writing:

  • I will be focusing on completing the rough drafts of TBONTB, TSAF, and PTD.

  • There are at least four more novels to be drafted in the Trueborn double series. I will complete at least 2 of these in the coming year, as NaNo pojects.

  • I will be exploring my gestating Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction novel concept, as well as the Last House story collection concept, in the form of short pieces or flash fiction, during April and May.

Pre-editing notebook for Chameleon’s Dish.

2013 Editing:

  • Editing took a backseat through a lot of this year, but I did make some notable advances. I read Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revisions, and am applying the early steps of the process to Bounded by a Nutshell. I have already completed my initial pre-editing notes for its companion novel, Chameleon’s Dish. I feel that both WIPs will benefit greatly from the process, especially since both were pantsed NaNo novels, and very rough, but have good storylines and a lot of potential.

  • I also employed the first several steps of Sarah Selecky‘s Deep Revision blog series, using three of my existing short stories: “A Splash of Red”, “Morning Coffee”, and “Peach Liqueur Love”. These were set aside for noveling projects, but I felt I was finding depth in all three stories, and ideas to carry forth to others.

  • I made very little project on my poetry WIP, Queen of My Infinite Spaces. I had intended to completely revise this as an experiment in self-publishing.

2014 Editing:

  • I will plan and complete the first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell, and make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • I will revise all poems for QOMIS, until satisfied with the results.

  • I will complete the Deep Revision process with the three short stories in progress.

Family room desk, in situ.

2013 Hometending:

  • As far as basic home and writing matters, I did well. I established some good habits, and have a strong sense of where I want to go with each, long-term.

  • I avoided certain aspects of my plans, though, especially investigating small business learning, website creation, and wholly occupying my new study.

2014 Hometending:

  • I’ll continue with my physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • I’ll develop new habits that make organization and productively.

  • I will begin researching small business establishment and administration.

Takin’ care of business with a couple of goofy kids!

2013 Lifetending:

  • This was another area in which I made huge shifts. I stretched in many ways; serving as a sponsor, getting involved in various online groups and WANATribe, and living a more connected and conscious life in general.

  • Exercise and movement were more sporadic than I would like.

2014 Lifetending:

  • I will continue to stretch and find new ways to blend the aspects of my life with intention and awareness.

  • I will seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Until we meet again, for 2014 Round 1…may life treat you sweetly!


    • Raelyn,


      I do feel very good about the year just past, and the one we’ve just begun. I intend to write a lot, learn a lot, and have fun all along the way.

      May your 2014 delight!

  1. That’s quite the list of goals — both new and old. Sounds like you had a really good 2013. Wishing all the best for the coming year!

    • Kathi,

      I love having a buffet of goals, so that there’s always something else for my restless mind to leap to…

      2013 was a huge year for my personal and writing development. WIPpet Wednesday has been a huge part of that! =)

      It’s also the year I discovered Enterprise – and the gift of Trip and T’Pol, who are likely to be whispering ideas in my head for a long time to come! At least some of those whispers are bound to become WIPpets….

      May your 2014 shine!

    • Kathi,

      2013 was wonderful. 2014 is also off to a happy start, despite some pesky viruses that decided to pay us a New Year’s visit. I feel big things welling up…

      Hope this brand-new year is being good to you, too! =D

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