The Proof is in the Progress: April 27, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

How do you know you’re making progress on your goals?

What does success mean to you?

At the beginning of the month,I was focused on two major writing goals: drafting a 65K novel, and finishing one already four-fifths complete, as my CampNaNoWriMo project, and writing an expanded story to post to as companions to the vignettes I was posting for the #atozchallenge.

Over the last weeks, though, the fan fiction has risen to dominance. It’s not that I’m not also drafting, but more like a dam I’ve held for over three decades has burst, creating a new flood plain of possibilities I just can’t ignore.

I’m not going to finish these novels this month. Does that mean that I’ve failed at the goal?


But goals are a tool, a means we employ to attain a new objective. The drafting is a step toward the goal of publication. The fan fiction is publication. Not for profit – I don’t want to profit from Star Trek in a monetary sense! – but definitely publication on a larger scale than I’ve dared before.

For me, that’s more important than a specific goal.

It’s success, even if it isn’t exactly what I planned.

What do you think?

Is success meeting a goal exactly, or are goals simply one path to creating something you want in your life?


  • Draft A Rising Tide (Kifo Island Chronicles #4) for CampNaNoWriMo. Scene 11/24 in progress; 21,283/~65,000 words. Nothing new; consumed by fanfic. This goal will continue into May.

  • Write or adapt remaining A-Z Boldly Go expansion stories. Moving along here; Trip and T’Pol have lots to say, and they aren’t the shy, retiring type. 24/26;A- X drafted; Y in progress; Z simmering.


  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 stories stories, as needed to complete writing goal above.

  • Keep eyes open; plan Story A Day May Kifo Island stories, purchase ebook if available before month’s end. (Xavier/Yvette/Zeke may be Tsunamis; Ubunta/Quincette/Aneesha may be The Far Shore.)14/31 in progress. Not sure how much detail I want in the planning; this may be enough.


  • Complete revisions for “Peach Liqueur Love”.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revisions as needed to complete writing goal above. Currently complete through X; 24/26 complete.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least every other day. Daily or nearly so.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post. I am finally caught up; sorry that took so long!

  • Blogging From A-Z: Complete all Minioning duties in a timely manner. I, umm, forgot Tuesday. Catching up today, and intend to stay that way!

  • Maintain email at below 333 messages; making good use of folders. No problem here.

  • Answer story comments at least twice weekly. 1/2. And a new batch waiting!


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. LOI correspondence awaiting final revision pass; Annalise’s IHIP proofed; Jeremiah’s moving through final revision.
  • 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; yardtending (planting, weeding, and raking). 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. Plans to take my girl swimming and shopping on Thursday; attended Java’s write-ins and tai chi planned for me. =D

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired, submit “Peach Liqueur Love”, and critique as possible for our small crit group. Write in at Denny’s. 1/ 2 current critiques completed; will do the second later this week.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Conversations; cuddling; canoodling; Mel Brooks; National Parks; kitten acquisition planning.
  • Complete 1 pending book review. That would be the excellent Slave Again, by Alana Terry. One will break the ice.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling 3/7; meditation: 6/7.

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

  • Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool). 1 /2.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, twice monthly. Hometending sprints, walking;raking. 4/2 strenuous; weeding/planting

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Offer 26 stories at 31 /26 stories/chapters.

  • Play with website building. Brief exploration of Weebly’s site.

  • Initial beta reading of Stained by Ashes. Not sure I can get to this during April, which is why it’s here.

  • 2016 Story A Day Prompts: Complete readthrough of book; mark typos; send back; draft review materials (Amazon and blog post); have all completed before April 23 (launch date) Blog post draft awaiting final revisions; I keep forgetting to finish it!

  • New: Read both candidates’ websites prior to Tuesday’s New York primary. 
  • New: Use standing desk one work session 3 days per week. 0/3.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here!

Because how could I resist these two?


  1. Success is a subjective concept, so I’m going to go with: If you feel you were successful, you were. 🙂 From where I sit, you accomplished or made progress on many, many goals. That’s forward movement, and forward movement can be a kind of success on its own.

  2. With the huge goals that you set for yourself, I think you did fantastic at meeting them. I think that goals are what we set before ourselves as a destination to reach for, but that doesn’t mean that the trip there isn’t just as important. And if we only make it as far as Wichita, and never get to Sacramento, that doesn’t mean we didn’t achieve what we set out for.

  3. I used to think that success was meeting those goals. I’m reminding myself that making progress is a kind of success as well. And trying not to call myself a failure when I don’t meet every goal when I’d planned to. It’s a work in progress, though. I’m too used to bad-mouthing myself, even when I wouldn’t do it to someone else.

    Looks like you’re making a lot of progress, even if it wasn’t on everything you’d planned.

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