Reflecting on Round Three: ROW80

Do you ever stare into a mirror so long that you don’t recognize the face that’s staring back at you?

Have you ever looked deeply looked your life, your goals…your soul, to see what’s reflected there?

I wrote that way back at the beginning of Round Three, when I set forth my goals. Now we’re a few days past the end of the round, and it’s time to take account of where I am on those goals.

I didn’t finish everything, and some things, like revisions and reviews, didn’t move forward very much at all. But, since my laptop died at the end of August, and I’ve been using a very elderly substitute, and summer is a busy time for our family, I’m well satisfied. I tend to set forth more goals than I can complete in 80 days, because I like moving forward in diverse areas.

Some of what I didn’t get to will carry over to Round Four, and some will be set aside for now, or longer.

Do you set forth periodic goals for yourself? How do you approach them? How do you feel when you complete a goal? When you don’t? I’d love to know!


  • The IDIC Romance: Fit 2015 Story A Day May stories into existing, chronological Scrivener binder; fix continuity errors. Created chronological list of all 31 stories; created files for each; corrected continuity errors. Also wrote new stories for Story a Day September.


  • Write1Sub1:  Complete “Slow Jazz Awakening” using Rock Your Revisions complete “Peach Liqueur Love” edits using Deep Revision, choose a market for “PLL”, and submit both. Choose final short story to revise in 2015. Revision and submission moving very, very slowly. 
  • Chameleon’s Dish; reread revised scenes and revision plan; complete revision of all plot and pinch points , using existing plan. 11/24 scenes left to reach this goal; Nothing done on this.  I’m not as interested in how long the revision takes, as in attention to the process. I expect to get faster and better with practice.

Social Media:

  • ROW80: Submit sponsor post; keep visits up-to-date. Success!
  • Blog Maintenance: Keep regular posting schedule, comments, and visits. I did well enough to claim this, despite a bit of lateness and laptop fail.
  • Blogging Action Plan: Revise plan; overhaul Lovely Chaos sidebar. Several changes to sidebar; more planned. Nothing new since July.
  • Share posts – mine, and others’: Share generously and variously as inspired! Did intermittently well with this – but I think a plan would help considerably.
  • Go on at least one social media adventure each week. Fizzled some when my laptop died, and browsing got a lot trickier.


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Much better once the heat broke. Some major progress has been made here.
  • Homeschool Administration: Submit Annalise’s test results when received; develop IHIPs for 2015-2016, and submit fourth quarter reports and Jeremiah’s Peer Review Panel form once the quarter ends on July 31 (due September 15). Done – but the school superintendent had an issue with the Peer Review I will be addressing during the break.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan Arizona travel photos; save in organized files with backup. Carried over from last round…no new progress.


  • Kindle ebooks by authors I know: Read 3, and write reviews for 5. Read 2; review for1. It’s progress.
  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Complete three critiques. Gradually making the checking-in part of my social media routine. Two critique projects queued and waiting…and waiting…and waiting….
  • Meditation: Practice meditation four times a week. Experiment with five new techniques. Doing well with practice, meditating daily. 5/5 new techniques in play (t’ai chi, tai chi walking, eating, silent companionship, and mandala).
  • Starfleet: Fill out application and attend at least one USS Albany group meeting. Nothing yet.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, several times each week. A great big success – and I mean more than the goal. Time and connection are valuable commodities. =)


  • Make one hour of physical activity a part of every day; use phone app to track. I’m still erratic here; only getting an hour on days I go to t’ai chi or have some family activity planned. Remembering to use the phone app more frequently. Overall, I’ve been more active than at the beginning of the year.
  • Practice: Attend t’ai chi regularly; begin consistent at-home practice. I attended class most weeks, although at-home has been a bit hit-or-miss. I’ve been reading and expanding.
  • Intuitive Eating: Read and begin considering. Nothing new read. Pondering what I have read.

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s

ROW80 Writing Challenge!



  1. Goal-setting is goal-winning! I like it.

    By the way, you’ve been chosen as one of today’s nine blogs in That’s So Jacob’s Ninth Month Blog Challenge (! I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!

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