Creative Reset: ROW80 Update, 4/30/14

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Well, hello there, and welcome to the last day of April!

It’s raining on our brand-new trampoline, and looks like it will be all week. One pogo stick of a girl is very miffed with this weather, so I hope the aftermath is warm and dry- and flower-filled!

It’s a time for me to wrap up some things, and to begin others. This update will account for my April, and make the shift to May…there’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in!

Goals being shifted for May appear thusly.

April’s focus:

May’s focus:

  • Story-a-Day May

  • Sponsor post

  • Homeschool reports

Memory of a sunny spring day, May 2013

2014 Blogging:

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

Continue posting on my regular schedule. On target!

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Complete April A to Z challenge. Target attained!

  • 26/26 stories posted!

Prepare for Story-A-Day May posts.On target.

  • Complete and post 31 Story-A-Day May Enterprise fan fiction stories, following prompts.

Respond to comments, and return visits. On target.

  • Caught up on Sunday, and now behind again!

Visit three additional A to Z blogs each day, on average. Target exceeded!

  • Sunday: 2/3

  • Monday: 7/3!

  • Tuesday: 4/3

  • Visit three Story-A-Day blogs each day, on average.

Spring 2013 unfurling….

2014 Writing:

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

For April:

Complete TBONTB rough draft as a CampNaNo project..Target attained!

Move The Stars are Fire closer to completion, as the conclusion of my CampNaNo effort.Target attained!

  • The Stars Are Fire: Draft one scene each week.

Explore 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.

Explore Kifo Island Chronicles as my 2014 A to Z April Challenge project.Target attained!

Plot, create, and edit 26 flash fiction pieces for the challenge,Target attained!

  • 17,915 words of workable material created!

Create basic timeline for Enterprise fan fiction (2014 Story-a-Day May).

For April:

Complete plotting for 31 stories by April 30 .Moving forward…

  • 17/31 in development.

Prepare Scrivener files for the writing process. On target.

  • 2/31 scenes prepared.

  • Complete 31 Stories for The IDIC Romance, using prompts wherever possible.

2014 Editing:

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

For April:

  • Continue revision plan for Chameleon’s Dish, as time and focus permit.Nope.

  • Chameleon’s Dish: Revise one scene each week.

2014 Hometending:

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

Continue the family room reset.

For April:

  • Get the computer desk and moved out of the room.Stalled.

  • Complete pantry cleanup; move; organize. Stalled.

  • Plan the new coat area.On target.

Continue claiming my study.

For April:

  • Complete the bulletin board reset. Stalled.

Move bookcases; buy and place new chair. On target.

  • Bookcases moved. Chair coming soon! =D

  • Buy and place new chair.

  • Clean work surfaces.

Set up coffee/refreshment station.Target attained!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

For April:

  • Freewrite about what organization and productivity mean to me. Stalled.

  • Begin considering ways to use this information in my day-to-day life.Stalled.

Move to Round 3 or 4.

Sunlight and shadows on the front lawn, last May.

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.

For April:

  • Resume picking and completing slips as a playful complement to the more intensive blogging, writing, and editing. Stalled.

Open myself to opportunities to spend time with people I enjoy.

For April:

  • Attend at least one NaNoWriMo Tuesday Write-In.No.

  • Attend the Regional Food Bank Charity Dinner. No.

Contact one person from my People I’d Like to Meet list. Target exceeded!

Tweet during one show per week, using appropriate hashtag.Mostly

Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 3 times a week.Target attained!

  • One salad; one blueberry/pomegranate smoothie.

  • 2/3 attained.

  • Eat salad and/or drink fruit or vegetable smoothies at least 4 times a week.

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

For April:

  • Walk at least 1.5 miles each week; at the track, or measured by pedometer outside.Not so much.

Choose two playful actions for each day; do several times each.On target.

  • A slow week for this. Helped set up a trampoline, though!

  • Play with the kids outside or at the Y pool at least once each week. Some.

  • Ride my bicycle at least once a week.Not yet.

  • Get a workout at the Y or with a video at least once a week. Some.

Sponsor Visits:

You can check up on the other ROWers, and their plans for Round 2, right here!


  1. So many targets attained…way to go!
    I love the diversity of your goals. We really should form an eclectically-interested group. I’m sure there would be tons of people sign up.
    All the best as you get un-stalled and work toward the remainder of your goals.

    • Steph,

      Somehow, you get lost in the comments, and I just found you again! Maybe that’s more of a risk, when doing lots of challenges….?

      I like the idea of an eclectically-oriented group. Oh, the diversity we could see!

      Slowly, I am unstalling. A bit at a time, but forward momentum is happening….

  2. The rain will go away one of these days, surely. Perhaps it will console the pogo-gril to know how much the aquifers and ground need this water. Because of the strange thawing/freezing pattern of the winter, a lot of water that normally would have soaked in ran off and didn’t fill wells and ponds/lakes that needed it. This soft, drizzly rain however is perfect for soaking in and nurturing the earth

    • Eden,

      She’s doing well enough popping in between showers….and, now that there are dandelions, she’s a happier girl about the whole thing. She’s just really ready for nicer weather!

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