Present Presence: March 2, 2016

As I type this, I’m reflecting back on our vacation time, and also preparing for tomorrow, when it ends. I loved this time together, with more frequently intersecting orbits, and I’m also happy we’ll be getting back into a more typical routine.

Ever felt that way?

I’m keeping the intro short today. With the shift from February to March, I’ve got a lot to cover. This month, my main focus will be on planning and plotting my April CampNaNo project, and completing my 26 Blogging From A-Z Challenge posts. Of course, there will be other things, sprinkled like seasonings, or indulged in as desserts, side dishes, and sometimes main courses.

So, are you ready for the menu?



  • 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). For March: Complete these goals; revise all 26 stories.  Set Up Week One and Two posts; polish and schedule Week One.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. All supplies have arrived. For March: Create a planning schedule; complete all planning and plotting for Shifting Tides (Kifo Island Chronicles #4) by the end of the month. Rough scheduling complete; will tweak over the next day or two.

  • For March: Sort all existing poetry into broad categories for future projects.


  • 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 15/16 complete; 16 in progress. For March: Submit to crit group; assess and apply suggestions as indicated; read revised version aloud; revise as needed; and offer to at least three betas.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Not the best week for posting.

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

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. For March: Add drafting Round Two sponsor post.

  • 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. Not quite, but better than last session.


  • 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. 3/5.
  • 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. Dinner 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.  Working on my crit piece for this week (Scenes 13-16 of “SJA”, see above), almost finished with others’ pieces  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 3/7; meditation: 3/7.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • For March: Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool).

  • 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: lots of hometending. Moving firewood. February: Strenuous activity: 7/2 . 2/2 health blogposts.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk and/or 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. For March: Use this book for the planning and plotting. Rough schedule created; gathering materials and setting up printer.

  • 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. Everything’s here, with a day to spare! =D

  • Begin exploring for possible submissions there.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!


One comment

  1. I feel that way all the time. My husband officially went back to work on Tuesday. He’s been off work, except for plowing snow and wasn’t really much of that this winter, since Thanksgiving. We were both ready for him to go back. Not that I don’t like having him around, but it’s nice to be able to get back to my regular routine as well.

    Looks like you’ve got plenty on tap to keep you busy this month. I know, like me, that seems to be what works best for you. 🙂

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