The Present of Presence: ROW80 Round One Goals – 2016

* blinks slowly; looks up and around *

What’s that? You say I’m late to the ROW80 goals stating party? And not fashionably late – two- days-late, it’s-already-time-for-the-first-update-late?

Well, all that’s true. I’ve been wrapped up in life – the round started on Monday, and my daughter had a doctor’s appointment, after which I took both kids to spend their Christmas gift cards. 

Also, it was the launch week for my local National Novel Writing Month critique group – four of us who’ve committed to share a piece of 5K or so each Sunday, and return crits on Sunday, as we all look to hone our craft – which was, serendipitously, Kait’s kickoff post this round.

  • My 2016 goals.

  • January 2016 goals. (coming later, with my first update).

So, even though I didn’t post on Monday, I’ve been living the spirit of ROW80. And, though belatedly, here are my Round One goals – with a focus on living in the present, and finding the gifts and opportunities it holds.

Ready? OK, here we go!


  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20.

  • The IDIC Romance: Write rough drafts of the 26 stories I will be using as my Blogging from A-Z posts in April 2016. 1/26 stories drafted (M)


  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 1/25 complete (A).

  • Watch relevant episodes/clips for IDIC Romance A-Z stories after rough drafts are completed. 32 episodes, whole or in part.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel.


  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 24; final revisions complete by January 30.

  • The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Reread hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas; polish; and submit to a fan fiction site. I’m not yet fast at revisions. Learning, and making progress. Printed and reread hard copy; notations in progress for Scene 1/16.

  • The IDIC Romance: “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish and submit to crit group.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Respond to all older comments, with apologies for the delay.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Making visits and progressing on goals and sponsor posts.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Changed my header image on January 1.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; sort Archives and Transactions in Progress folders. My email crept up closer to 1000 during the break – oops!


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and add all current year items to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. House looking a lot better!

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Winter tends to be a cocooning time for us, but some outings will happen, nonetheless.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted “A Splash of Red”. Read through first crit piece; simmering.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 1/28 submitted to author.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 7 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice each month.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 40 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Join the Write1Sub1 monthly challenge. Third time’s the charm, right?! Fan fiction and self-publishing will count, for me.

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, “Scavenger Hunt”, and “Slow Jazz Awakening; offer on Ad Astra or Triaxian Silk. Reread “Mission”; simmering. “SJA” in revision planning.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 – The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life! See other participants’ goals here!



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