(Not Quite) Final Proof: June 22, 2016

Hey there, ROWers and others!

Can you believe it?

Here we are – (not quite) at the end of the round. Technically, it ends at midnight, so I have the rest of today to see what else I can achieve. It’s been a good last few days, and, after all the to-and-fro-ing of last week, all four members of the Burton Bunch are back under the same roof again, and life is settling back into something more like a typical rhythm.

The heat has broken, for the moment, although it’s expected to go back up for the weekend, and tomorrow may be rainy. I plan on getting outside to do some weeding and tending this afternoon and evening, while it’s pleasantly warm and breezy. My Accomplice mowed the lawn on Monday, while I was picking up our son (a 300 mile round trip) and rain would really help green it back up.

I was still more focused on a few key goals than making an across-the-goals effort, which suits my settling-in process as well as my need to finish plotting The Far Shore so I can start the drafting process.

I don’t really take between-round breaks. I’ll be with my June goals until month’s end, although probably at a more leisurely pace. So here’s what will happen, ROW80-wise, during the off time.

  • Sunday, June 26: Final Round Two Assessment

  • Wednesday, June 30: 2016 Goals End of Round Two Update

  • Sunday, July 3: Final June assessment and Round Three Goals Reveal

  • Wednesday, July 6: First Round Three Update and July Goals Reveal

But all that is still in the future. Right now, it’s time for my (not quite) final update for Round Two!

I’ve simplified my June goals (well, for my wide-angle norm, anyway.)

I post only those goals I’ve interacted with in some way. That leaves space to chat with you, and gives me a streamlined overview of where my energy, time, and focus were spent.

How about you?

Do you stop writing altogether between projects or rounds?

Do you allow yourself more freedom with your projects?

Do you maintain the same pace and rhythm?

I’m fascinated by differing approaches.

I’d love to hear yours! =)




  • FanFiction.net: Revise/organize Love and Loss and A Backdrop of Stars. Complete a revision pass “First Contact, With Jazz”, using crit group notes; submit for beta reading. LAL: Chapter 4/20 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least four times weekly. Sunday. 1/4.

  • Interact on Twitter at least once a day, three times each week. If you want to chat with me there; I’m @shanjeniah. 2/3; sprint, sprint hosting on #JuNoWriMo, likes.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. Exceeded visits.

  • Maintain email at below 123 messages; making good use of folders. Got above a time or three during the busyness.

  • ROW80: Draft, polish, and submit Round Three Sponsor Post. Highlighted several paragraphs for revision. Will be a major focus over the next days, until complete and submitted.


  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life; remind/support the kids in the pitching-in they’ve agreed to do on my Accomplice’s days off. 1/5; Tuesday.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Girls’ night, driving boy home.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Write-in on Sunday. Peeked at group page.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. TV; Girls’ night; Welcome to Night Vale; Hamilton; driving home.
  • Stained by Ashes: Critique at least one chapter each week; through Chapter Eight. Chapter Five complete and sent. 35/253 pages.

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Progress weekly with FutureLearn Mindfulness class. Journaling: 3/7; Meditation: 3/10.

  • Moderate activity: At least 45 minutes, 5 times a week. Use my timer. 3/5.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Oregon bound Burtons: Clean one common and one personal shelf, drawer, bin, or flat surface each week. Shelves underway in both areas.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals updates here 

And because Hamilton! Gotta love Mad King George!


  1. I plan to keep going, try to finish a couple short stories between now and the start of the next round. I do usually take a blogging break between rounds, but I plan to keep writing.

    I saw that we’re both sponsors for Round 3. Yay!

    Good luck with your goals for the rest of June, Shan Jeniah! 🙂

    • I planned to be better at answering blog comments, but that’s not quite working out the way I’d hoped. Happily, though, it’s mostly because I’ve been writing, plotting, planning, and being with my beloveds, so all good reasons to be a little less social than I might rather be.

      Happy to have you back sponsoring this round. May you find it fulfilling and inspirational, and may your between-rounds writing be delightful! =)

  2. Great work!
    You know me, I’m not so good at taking breaks. I’ll continue with my goals the same way I have been, unless I find it better to adjust them. I may even check-in on my blog as I usually do. Or I may not. But, yeah, I can’t just stop writing. That just doesn’t seem to work for me. I did take a little break yesterday afternoon since I finished the 1st draft of Ready When You Are. But, that’s about the extent of my break-taking.

    • I do know you. It’s nice not to be alone in feeling “wrong” when not writing. I set up my end of round/month account-taking so that I can follow the ROW80 posting schedule, more or less. That works better for me than stopping and restarting, and keeps me from needing to do several ROW80 posts in a single day, which has happened.

      Hooray on another finished draft! You’re rocking this! Speaking of which, I’ve just been setting up a rough list of things I want to get through this summer, and you are first in the Beta/Review category. I at least want to get through Chapter Eight by month’s end, since that was my goal.

  3. Nice work, as usual. 😀

    I usually continue with everything even after the rounds end. It seems wrong to take a break when I’ve been going steadily. Now, if I’m camping, all bets are off b/c while I always bring writing stuff with me, sometimes I don’t feel up to it and want to relax. 😉

  4. I like to take somewhat of a break between books, particularly super-long books. I learnt my lesson after trying twice to jump right into the next book in a family saga. It’s like taking time to wind down after reading an incredible epic like War and Peace or watching an epic film like the original Ben-Hur (the 1925 one, not the terrible 1959 remake). I need to take some time to unwind, take stock of my experience, and breathe normally again. Jumping into the next thing too quickly can make one burn out. However, since my Atlantic City books are mostly interconnected and tend to lead right into one another, it’s not so much of a problem to go right from one to the next.

    I think it’s a good idea for me to alternate heavy stuff with lighter stuff. My next thing on the queue, after clearing out the first few spots, is probably making the fourth and hopefully final draft of the first book in my Max series. It’s so overdue for a radical revision and restructuring, and has far too much fluff and junk left over from particularly the long-ago rough draft.

    • The heavy-and-light mix is why I set the goals I do. For instance, right now I’ve just finished Kifo Island #4, and I’m still wrapping up plotting for #5. Enter fan fiction, and beta chapters and (later this week, I promise) ctritique group stuff and book reviews.

      But just stopping writing and writing related things from June 23 -July 4? Nope. I just can’t do it.

      So I’ll be a bit less structured, take a bit more leisure time, but I will be writing and working on my June goals…because that’s what makes me happy. =)

      Of course, my longest projects may well be considerably shorter than your shortest ones! =D

      • My Atlantic City books tend to be under 100K, though some of them could conceivably be combined because they lead right into one another so often. I know some of the shorter ones (in the 50K range) need lengthening, and can recognize most of the longest ones (over 70K) as being the most overwritten and in most need of editing and restructuring. However, creating the final drafts of my four-book prequel series has made me realize they can be longer than I thought they needed to be. The first book is around 65K, the second turned out 75K during the creation of the third draft (an almost complete rewrite), and I expect the third will be at least 75K by the time I’m done with it. I’ll see how long I can make the novelette-length fourth book when it comes up in the queue.

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