Stretching Into the ROW – Round 3 Goals




Well, here we are, at the beginning of ROW80 Round 3 2014. It’s exciting, isn’t it, this place of wide-open possibility? Eighty days stretching out before us, waiting to be lived, offering a framework for attaining our dreams…

I like to have a theme for each round, an overarching direction of focus. For this round, I will be concentrating on stretching. I’ll be exploring some new things, completing some as-yet unfinished projects, and exploring myself, as a writer and a person.

I don’t intend to injure myself and fling myself headlong at every challenge, though, just for the sake of ‘pushing the envelope’. That kind of stretching can get a girl hurt, and that can sideline even the best of intentions.

Instead, what I’m going for is something like yoga, or t’ai chi, or that delicious feeling of stretching after sleep, or when I’ve been still for a while. I’m looking to lengthen my muscles, literally and figuratively, and oxygenate my blood, my imagination, and my sense of purpose.

For this post, I’m listing only those of my 2014 goals that I plan on undertaking this round. The incremental goals are fairly general; I’ll add specific steps as I go along. That seems to work well for me.

Each month will have some focus areas- long-term projects that will have priority status. However, I am a flitter, and I enjoy moving between projects, so I’ve made sure to include a diverse selection, so that there will always be something for me to stretch toward and play with.

So, are you up for an extended stretch? =)

 I would love to put images in this post, but WordPress radically altered the New Post interface, and I can’t figure it out, right now…hopefully, I’ll have it worked out very soon (and input is appreciated, if you happen to know!)

July Focal Areas:

  • CampNaNoWriMo

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Blog Maintenance and Exploration

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Play with Web Lab app; goal is exploration and experimentation.

  • Get the Kristen Lamb social media wizardry ball rolling.

  • Start planning new website, using input from previous two goals.

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

  • Maintain regular posting schedule;queue one post for each regular feature.

  • Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen.

  • Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment.

2014 Writing:

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

  • Continue drafting Perchance to Dream during July NaNoWriMo.

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

  • I am changing this goal to one novel, so that I can focus on revisions.

  • Complete pre-planning exploratory freewriting for second novel, to be drafted in 2015.

  • Rough concept for remaining books in this series.

2014 Editing:

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

  • Complete first revision passes for Chameleon’s Dish.

  • Do read-aloud for Blood and Breath.

  • Changing this goal to : First revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish; Pre-Revision Plan for Bounded by a Nushell: Readthroughs/notes for Blood and Breath.

2014 Hometending:

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

  • Continue the family room reset.

  • Clean out email files.

  • Continue reclaiming my study.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1.

  • Develop Daily Hometending Frames

  • Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminstrative Frames, maybe? 

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.

  • Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect.

  • Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. 

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

  • Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity.

  • One workout at the Y each week.

  • Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round.

Well, that’s it for this untidy, odd goals post!  I’m not the best at on-the-fly techno changes; but I’m going to get this figured out!







    • I like lots of options. I might not get through the whole list, but these are the areas I intend to focus my energies on for the summer.

      I’m more about the journey than the destination, so I plan on enjoying the process, however far I journey by round’s end.

      There is a lovely excitement about that batch of shiny new goals, isn’t there? =)

    • I definitely feel a need for more stretching in my life. Maybe especially through the hot and humid haze of summer, which tends to make me more languorous…

  1. I start from the Dashboard and select Posts > New Post to get started. I know there’s another way to create posts, and I think I stumbled on it once, but I’ve never used it.

    Looks like you have a busy 80 days coming up; I know you said that you come up with a master list of goals and work on each a little, but you can get a lot done that way. Have a good round!

    • John,

      You are my official Hero of the Week! I had been using Dashboard, and found one of those other ways. For a while, it streamlined things, and that was good…until they changed it. I forgot about the Dashboard, but it looks just like it used to, and I am so happy that I can do things just the way I’m used to again!

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      I like to always have choices. The master list is for the year; I’m subdividing it into more manageable bite sizes. And you’re right…I do get quite a bit done with this incremental plan. I use it for hometending and writing the homeschool reports, too.

  2. My goodness.. I am new to this and think my first post needs to show a little more action.

    I am impressed.. Good luck..x

    • Please don’t panic! I love having lots of options, and a theme, because they work with my restless mind and my somewhat chaotic and spontaneous life.

      Some people only have one goal, because that’s what works for them.

      If you like ROW80 enough to do multiple rounds, you’ll likely learn a lot about what works for you. That’s one of the beautiful things about ROW80 – learning how you tick, and what matters to you, over time.

      Welcome to the adventure! =D

  3. Stretching is an excellent goal to focus on; it makes us more flexible and fit to take on challenges that head our way, both in life and in our writing. Best of luck this round, Shan! May your stretching open you up to many new things that were difficult to reach before. 🙂

    • Hear, hear! I’m leaning into the stretch, getting the feel of things…and feeling the strength of muscles doing good work. And your comment made me realize I’ve been sitting longer than I wanted to…time to get up and stretch in a literal sense!

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