Presently Leaping Like a Lamb: February 28, 2016

I know – Leap Day isn’t until tomorrow, but, since it gives me a whole extra day to try to tick off some more February goals before I shift to March and the last weeks of Round One, I’m going to give it a little nod here.

Same for March, which isn’t here yet but soon will be. I’ve heard it’s coming in like a lamb this year. No surprise; this has been mostly a non-winter here in my neck of the woods. I’m not sure we’ve had ten inches of snow all winter. Honestly, a late-season storm or two would suit me fine.

With the change of the month, I’ll be updating my goals (keeping those I’m still working on, and adding some new ones to the mix. I’ve been very happy with my progress this month. While I haven’t gotten to everything, there’s a lot more green than red, and more blue than I thought there might be. I’m close to finished with a few things, and might be able to wrap them up before I run out of month.

How is March expected to arrive where you are?

Do you do anything special for Leap Day?



  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 stories. Once I get through Week Two plotting (H), draft Theme Reveal and Post Template. 9/26 complete. (I). Theme reveal post drafted, with schedule.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. Read 3/3 character sketches (Linwood; Robert; Wilma), and added to their folders. Found base character arcs I wrote in 2014, read those as well – they’ll form the basis of my plotting efforts.


  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite; Scene 14/16 complete; 15-16 in early progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. All posts on time. Nearly prepared to announce new schedule.

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least thrice weekly. I may not get to them all; but I will get to some. 2/3.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout.

  • Clear out Inbox and Archive twice weekly; Weed through Transactions in Progress, keeping only currently useful items. Well….I did some. Not a lot; but some.


  • 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.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering; deep cleaning. 6/5.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week. I’ve sorted a lot into my Transactions in Progress file for near-future review.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Plans to visit NJ friends in April; state museum and a sleepover for my daughter; lunch date with my Accomplice.

  • 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. Attended write-in. Working on my crit piece for this week (Scenes 13-16 of “SJA”, see above), and began 1 /2 others submitted this far this week.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Time with all. Yup! Pretty easy on a vacation week! =D
  • 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 7/7; meditation: 7/7.

  • Tai 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. Good on the daily moving sprints: walks and hometending. Long walk up a steep hill to the museum, and back again. Strenuous activity: 6/2 . 2/2 health blogposts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk and/or Mission”: Highlighted roughly-revised post critique draft 1/3 for deeper issues.Collected all crits for “Scavenger”; read, and created a new document compilation to work from. Goal addition: Find a beta reader or two for “Mission” at one or both sites prior to submitting. Doing a short beta at TriS to break the ice; chose one candidate at

  • Read through The Writer’s Coloring Book by Rachel Funk Heller in preparation for using it to plot and draft my April CampNaNo Kifo Island project.

  • New goal: Purchase all needed supplies before I finish this month’s Foul Deeds Will Rise chapters, so that I can begin planning as soon as I finish. Order placed; items beginning to arrive.

  • Begin exploring for possible submissions there. Explored, read through submissions guidelines and procedure, and have been reading and commenting. This one’s a mission accomplished. =D

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!


    • Last year was brutal. This year, we’ve barely scraped ten inches here in upstate NY. Today, there were a dozen or more robins on our greening-up lawn.

      It’s been a good week’s progress, so far. Earlier, I adjusted my goals for the next month, so I hope to keep rolling on.

      Hope that your March is also productive, even if it’s more about kitchen planning than writing.

  1. I’m not that far from you–over here in central NY–band we haven’t had much snow either! And yesterday was so nice I went for a walk with my mom instead of going to the gym. I even had the windows in the apt open to let the stuffy winter air out. It was awesome!

    All that blue and even the green is awesome–you and Fallon have been kicking some some serious goal butt this week! Great job and I hope you have just as fruitful a week this week, as well!

  2. I see lots of blue there!

    We haven’t had much winter over here, either. Last week Thursday we got maybe 4 inches of snow, and today it’s around 60 degrees. I wish the weather would make up its mind!

    • My poor daughter has only had one snowfall deep enough for sledding, and that only barely.

      Yup, lots of blue. As always, though, I hoped to make it entirely blue….I seem to think I should be superhuman! =D

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