What Lies Ahead? January 2016

Are you ever so occupied with your present that you don’t get around to taking account of it?

That about sums up my January, so far. Actually, since the tail end of December. Assorted busyness has claimed me, for this, that, and the other. It would be fruitless to try to account for it all – but there’s been a doctor’s visit, shopping, visiting with friends, going to my write in, assessing old goals, setting new ones, jotting, planning, having revelations and epiphanies, connecting, simmering, dreaming, laughing, canoodling…

And there was this:

My Accomplice, who seldom reads what I write, was home alone on Monday, while the kids and I were shopping. Later that evening, while we were watching a movie together, he said he had a writing compliment for me. It was, “I really want to know what happens at dinner.”

I was over the moon, in a manner of speaking. What a present! =D Note: If you’re looking for context, you can find my story, “Monday Morning Coffee” in the World Unknown Review, Volume II, just 99 cents for the ebook at Amazon (fellow ROWer Fallon Brown also has an excellent novella, Into the Sun, in this anthology).

As usual, I have a variety of goals – from the very small and simple, to the long-term and very scary. I’ve simplified things this year. I have more clarity about where I’m going, and the steps that lie between my present and their attainment. I’ve set goals I believe I can either finish or move forward significantly, this month – and those fit into my Round One goals, which, in turn, fit into my 2016 goals – which are a segment of my longer-term goals. Click the links below to read the extended goals – a road map to the future.


  • 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.


  • 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. Mental brainstorming and simmering have commenced.

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


  • 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: Reread hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Printed and reread hard copy; notations just underway for Scene 1/16.

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. Got to several on Tuesday.

  • 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 post.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. I changed my header image on January 1. I finally have a picture of ME (and it’s currently quite disconcerting!). Bonus: I created a legend for my update post color code (see above!).

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. My email crept up closer to 1000 during the break.


  • 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 begin adding 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. 3/5 days. Decluttering, tidying, and organization in several areas. Baby-stepping along!
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Some visiting, some events, some hanging at home. Shopping with kids; write-in for me.

  • 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”. 2/3 crits in progress; due this evening.
  • 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. Movie, conversation, reading aloud, and general silliness.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling/meditation 3/7.

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

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending and dancing; health post 1 /2 in development.

Leaps of Faith:

  • 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”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer on Ad Astra and/ or Triaxian Silk. Reread “Mission”; considering.

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

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