January 18, 2015: Multifaceted Vision

January’s just ROWin’ along….

Are you the resolution type? If you are, what resolutions did you set, and how are you feeling, as January slips away?

I’m more of a goal girl. ‘Resolution’ feels – restrictive. I prefer to dive into possibilities, and go for a nice long swim…

One of my novels features a river where iridescent spherical shapes bob on the surface. January’s been like playing in that river, with light catching different angles with every breath…

January Update #4:

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough: 24

  • Goals in progress: green: 26

  • Goals-in-waiting: red: 7.5


  • Revisions: Chameleon’s Dish; The IDIC Romance; and “Morning Coffee”.

  • Write1Sub1: Terrance’s Story (for Kifo Island Chronicles); “Morning Coffee”.

  • Oregon Trip: Planning and preparing.



Terrance’s story (Kifo Island Chronicles): Rough draft.

  • Background material written.
  • Cheat Sheet begun.

Morning Coffee”: Submit – World Unknown Review.

  • Reread all completed exercises.
  • Exercise 3/5 in revision.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Sort into novella threads; choose three.

Complete background information for one, using Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot.

  • Gladys/Howard/Iris: Kifo Island Chronicles #1: Generations

  • Set up Scrivener file.

Star Trek Chronology Project:

Complete Star Trek: Enterprise.

Rewatch Season 1; taking notes and beginning story list.

The IDIC Romance:

Research fan fiction sites.

Choose one for first submission.

A-Z travel posts:

Create list of A-Z post topics.

  • ~ 1/5.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

Sketch notes for next volume in each series.

Write at least 750 words daily:

Use 750words.com for freewriting/ charting progress.

  • 17/31 days.


Chameleon’s Dish:

Revise all plot points for Chameleon’s Dish (6.5 scenes).

  • .5/6.5 completed.

  • Revising Midpoint 1/3.

  • Devices pass 1/5 done.

The IDIC Romance:

Complete revision pass for “Tigress T’Pol” as WIPpet project.

  • Extenuating Circumstances”.
  • Next segment freewritten.

Combine “Breaking Protocol”, “Mystery Woman”, and “Magical Possibilities” into new rough draft.


Revise “Morning Coffee”.

  • In revision.

Choose 1 more story for 2015 revision.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

  • Yes to all.

Build blog queues:

Write at least 1 Coffee and Conversation post:

  • Archived 2012 post excerpted as a base.

Write 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

Review Blogging Action Plan; highlight for revision.

  • I’ve found several versions of the BAP; skimmed.

Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

  • Began with Pages.

Twitter and Facebook:

Visit twice weekly.

  • 2 /2 – Twitter.
  • 4/2 – Facebook.

Pinterest, LinkedIn, WANATribe, ect:

Visit one weekly.

  • Quick visits to Pinterest and LinkedIn; breaking the ice.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

Share 3 items a week.

  • 4/3; to Facebook Writer Page; reblog.

Blog views and followers:

Increase blog views to 25 on a semi-regular basis (10 times this month).

  • 15/31.


Family room reset:

Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).

  • Train bin emptied/precleaned.

Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

Clean kitchen counter to left of sink.

  • Emptied “the Bowl bowl”.

Rehome pans/ serving dishes to pantry.

Inhabit my study:

Clean / organize floor.

  • Sweeping/sorting.

Replace calendar and candle.

Use the space once per week.

  • Sorted photos.

Personal Administration:

Clean /organize/ backup Desktop /Writing Bullpen files; sort Leisure Time Reading .

  • Desktop decluttered with a cool new image – “Starry Night”.
  • First deletion passes; WB/ LTR.

Maintain inbox below 100 messages twice weekly.

  • Monday and Friday.

Homeschool Administration:

Begin second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.

  • Goal changed; start this month, finish next.

Photo digitalization:

Scan Oregon travel photos; save in organized files with backup.

  • Sorted.


Submit sponsor post.

  • Done!

Keep visits up-to-date.

  • Caught up.


Oregon vacation:

Make list of what needs doing.

Make schedule for accomplishing list items.

Do what can be done in January; evaluate weekly.

  • Happening organically.

Kindle ebooks:

Read and write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list.

  • Free to Learn by Pam Laricchia;
  • Free to Live by Pam Laricchia; 75%
  • Reading: 1 /2
  • Reviews: 1 /2 (draft)

NNWM local group:

Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.

  • Yes!

Interact at least weekly online.

  • Monday!


Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least once a week.

TBR Stacks:

Read 1 book from bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

Make list of focus goals, using methods in this book.


Reconnect with USS Albany group.

My beloveds:

One on one time with each, twice per month, doing something of value to us both.

  • YouTube videos w/Miah – quadratics/ gaming.
  • Chatting w/Lise – fashion, coloring, growing up.
  • Movies/cuddles w/Accomplice.
  • 3/2 for each.

Paying it Forward:

Complete two beta reads and promotional blog posts for other writers as requested.

  • Into Chapter Three.
  • Betas: 0 /2 complete.
  • No promotions requested.

Fitness and Nutrition:


At the Y or a strenuous activity weekly.

  • Y on Tuesday.

Wii Fit weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

  • 24 minutes; experimented.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

With children, spouse, and/or dog weekly.


Find out t’ai chi and yoga class schedules.

  • Found classes that fit my availability.

Intuitive Eating:


Cooking/ Food Preparation:

Develop repertoire of 4 self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.

  • Guacamole; brown rice with mixed fresh veggies; veggie pizza; veggie pasta salad.
  • 4 /4 very simple dishes – fun!

Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.


Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the ROWboat!


  1. I’m with you. I’m not a big fan of resolutions because they’re either a, unrealistic, or b, vague and therefore not measurable. I enter every year with a list of goals, whether personal, professional, or financial, and try to break them into smaller pieces so they’re more manageable. So, writing X words/day or saving X dollars/month, that sort of thing.

    Looks like 2015 is off to a great start for you. Have a wonderful week!

  2. A lot done or in progress there and hardly any in waiting. Great job! I’m more of a goals person than resolutions too. Resolutions just seems too broad, whereas goals is more of the smaller steps needed to get there.

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