ROW80 2014 – A Season of Play!

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Ahh, the beginning of another round. I’m ready to play, cavort, frolic, flounce, tease, flirt, prance, dance! I intend to spend this chilly season of short days and long nights, of cozy fires and deep snows, in playful exploration of myself.

I have several games in mind. I’ll be talking about them all, in the next weeks.

I’ll start with my 2014 Intentions. I’ve got a fresh crop of projects tickling my fancies, and a brainstormed notebook page for each category. I’ll play with a project or two for each intention, adding new projects as I go. If I finish them all, I can always add more! =)

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Tidy Master Features Resource file. This is where I keep links, logos, and information for my regular features. It’s a jumble of ideas, statuses, and clutter. Bring order, and greater usefulness will follow! =)

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • Answer all comments on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Do this with the intention of forming a pleasant habit.

  • Return visits to all commenters, as standard practice.

  • Resume my regular blogging schedule with Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday posts across the three blogs. Time to rediscover my blogging mojo, beginning with my basic four posts:Coffee and Conversation; Wordless Wednesday; WIPpet Wednesday, and Saturday’s Share.

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Write out a one-page brainstorming session for desired website features.I’m not interested in whether these raw ideas are possible, it’s time to gather my random thoughtsstir them to inspire deeper thoughts, before forming a plan.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

  • Reread the last few chapters of TBONTB.My intention to reorient myself within the story prior to resuming writing.

Draft two more novels in the Trueborn double series, as NaNo projects.

  • Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story. Get a sense of what remains to be explored.

Explore my gestatingStar 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.

  • Create basic plan for the Last House stories (2014 A to Z April Challenge). List alphabetical names for characters in 26 flash fiction/ short stories; sketch possible action for each.

  • Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May). Watching the entire series filled me with plot tribbles. Sort through them; define which parts of T’Pol’s story to explore.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish and Bounded by a Nutshell; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • Reread Rock Your Revisions; draft rough revision plan for Chameleon’s Dish. This is the time for beginning.

  • Complete pre-editing notes for Bounded by a Nutshell.I am currently at page 138/734.

Revise all poems for QOMIS, until satisfied with the results.

  • Read poems aloud, highlighting for revision. I’ve set this aside longer than I meant. Time to play!

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs.

  • Read through completed exercises, and my work for “A Splash of Red.” Engage with the story; ground myself to move forward.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • Continue the family room reset. I expect to have the computer desk moved by the end of the month, then move on to the coat cabinet that will become our pantry cupboard.

  • Spend time daily in my study. Jim hung my bamboo curtain, which transformed my view of my space. Moved cats’ food and water. Cleaning and resetting feels wonderful!

  • Clean up main documents files. This is a small thing, but will help in moving on to the more complex sorting and organizing.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Plan a play project schedule. Test tentative plan during January. I will post more on that during my Wednesday update.

Research small business establishment /administration.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

  • Select and complete projects from my Play Jar. More on this in next Sunday’s update post.

  • List people I want to connect with this year. Make time for people who matter deeply to me, virtually and physically. A list is a good beginning.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • Choose one playful motion for each day in January; do it several times throughout the day, with a spirit of adventure. I’ve been choosing one each day since the beginning of the year. I am enjoying the playful challenge.

This feels like a suitably diverse collection of intentions. I’m ready to have fun with these!

See what the other ROWers are playing with this round!


  1. Can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year!! Once again you have amazingly well thought out goals…even if your list exhausts me 🙂 Wishing you a fabulous Round One, Shan.

    • Raelyn,

      I’m pretty excited about it, myself! I tend to feel my way to my goals rather than think them through, and I feel a need to up my play. More and more diverse adventures on the way…

      People keep telling me how exhausting my goals lists are – maybe I should post a warning advising a nap after reading…?

      All I can say is, it makes sense in my mind, and I don’t feel harried. I just like lots of options!

  2. Because of you, I have added Star Trek: Enterprise to my Netflix list. I’ve yet to start watching it, but I’ve got it ready and waiting. Good luck with your goals this time around and it’s nice to see you back!

    • Kathy,

      I hope you enjoy it. I can’t believe I waited so long to see it, and how big a part of my life it’s become. I honestly don’t know anymore whether Spock or T’Pol is my favorite Vulcan…maybe they both are.

      I’m having fun playing with my new intentions. May you find joy in your goals, too! =D

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