New Moon Presence: January 10, 2016

As January settles in, are you motivated to achieve, or more inclined to take a long winter’s nap?

I’m paradoxically feeling a little of both. The new moon’s got me in a creative mindspace; I’m writing fanfiction stories, planning for a brand-new near future fantasy story with a hint of romance, blogging, and having epiphanies large and small about projects, life, and everything…

We’re a week into the first ROW80 round of 2016. I’m settling in, a little somnolently, and finding an early pace. Some things are waiting their turns, others are already in play. I’m challenged, but content. It’s been a mellow and fertile new year, thus far…

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: Complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Premise-testing exercises nearing completion; I expect to be done with planning by midnight tonight, which will keep me on schedule.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. First step; I know I’ll be playing in my Kifo Island Chronicles series this spring. I didn’t mean to add plan and plot to this month; those are Round One goals!


  • 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 “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Notations just underway for Scene 1/16.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. LOTS of wonderful interaction this week; I’m behind a few days, but moving along.

  • 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 – will have it to Kait before midnight.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. I changed two things this week: I revised my tag line and created the image for my color coding key.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Email down to under 75.


  • 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. 7/5 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. We hung at home through the end of the week.

  • 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”. 3/3 crits completed; a day or so late, but done.First chapter of longer project read.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 3/28 submitted to author.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Movie, conversation, reading aloud, canoodling, Welcome to Night Vale, 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 6/7; missed Thursday meditation and intention and #onegoodcup journals.

  • 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. Moved firewood with my Accomplice; 1 /2 strenuous activities.

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 or Triaxian Silk. Reread “Mission”; considering.

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


  1. Winter tends to be a low-energy time of year for me, so I would say I’m leaning toward hibernation, but pushing myself to keep making progress on my goals.

    Good luck with your contest submission, and happy writing, Shan Jeniah!

    • I’m still feeling my way into the character and the story, a few days behind my schedule, but feeling like that’s not a bad thing..because I’m poised at the threshold of deeper understanding. That’s worth a little extra time, because it’ll lead to a better story.

      My challenge with this submission is to conceive, gestate, birth, and raise a story in a single month.

      If I manage that, the rest is gravy! =D

    • If it’s a NaNo, I’m pretty much in. I plan my drafting for NaNo times. =D

      I’m moving along with the planning – a day behind, but all that’s left before plotting commences are the character sketches, and I’m not going to go as in-depth with those as I do for novels.

  2. Very nice job this week!

    I’m with Fallon — drafting is my favorite part of the process. Revising, not so much. Hopefully I’ll be done with my revision soon and can get back to drafting. 😉

  3. Quite a bit of green and blue in there! Great work!

    I feel somewhere in the middle too. I think pay off it is that I’m focused on revising right now, but I’d love to be drafting. I always want to be drafting. Also, I just got a book in the mail I’ve been waiting to read, so I’d love to just curl up with that. And the new puppy, who just doesn’t want to spend any time alone (which I am so not used to. Neither of my kids were ever much for cuddling)

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