Proving Ground: ROW80 2016 Round Two Goals End Of Round Update

Hey there, ROWers and others!

At the beginning of Round Two, I wrote:

This round is my proving ground, where I will test my mettle and my limits, where I hope to learn some new skills, and gain proficiency and confidence that will bring my closer to that next level – completed works ready for self-publication.

May brought plenty of progress, and increased clarity regarding my purpose and direction. That trend continued inJune goals. What I’ve learned will be utililzed as I plan for Round Three – and beyond.

Until then, though…how did I do in Round Two?

  • This round was focused on writing and plotting. Blogging was turbulent, and so was revision, but both did find room. Hometending was sporadic, as was lifetending.

  • I feel like the selftending took a distinct backseat, but, even so, this spring was maybe better and less stressful than last spring’s creative intensity.

  • Overall, it was an excellent building round where I learned a great deal about myself. Read on to learn more!

Note: This update only goes to June 23, 2016. All progress after that date will be included in future updates.


  • A Rising Tide (KIC#4): Draft approximately 65,000 words as my CampNaNoWriMo  project. Scene 24/24 complete. 53,660 words (17, 885/ 50K JuNo words – delayed, but now done.)

  • Kifo Island Chronicles #5: Draft as my JuNoWriMo project; approximately 65,000 words. No progress; still plotting at end of round.

  • Story A Day May (#StaD):  Write 31 new Kifo Island stories, using challenge prompts. Use this challenge for exploration of the June and July novel drafts. 30 Kifo, and 1 fan fiction, as prompted.


  • IDIC Romance A-Z stories: Watch or read transcripts where I’m not sure of events, sequences, or relevant details, prior to scheduling posts.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Choose characters and storylines for two new novels, reread all relevant materials, and plot both. To the extent possible, do plot sketches for #StaD stories. Plotting for novel 1 /2 well underway. Changed goal for 2/2.


  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises;  submit to critique group. Adapted to completing Steps 2 and 3. That didn’t help; no progress this month.

  • The IDIC Romance: First Contact, With Jazz”: Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas. Complete revisions to “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish all, and submit to a fan fiction site. Three betas ready when “FCWJ” is finished; I began setting up Scenes 1-4 to address crit group input. Set other goals aside till Round 3.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Offer first 3 scenes as WIPpet snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. Scene 2/3 in WIPpet progress. Readthroughs complete through Scene 3/24.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Shifting as I slowly move to a website-centric presence.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post before April 9.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Deleting due to ongoing website shift.

  • Maintain email at under 333 messages. Exceeded.


  • 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 add all current year items 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.

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Adjusting the goal to two more cancelations.


  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired.

  • 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.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads. 2/6 done. Reducing goal to 3 books this round, which is more doable.


  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Journaling dropped a day or two. Completed Intentions journal. Didn’t take on a new practice, and missed a few days and meditations here and there.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Learn 24 form well enough not to be lost on World Tai Chi Day. Participate in our local event. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Swim biweekly, at least 500 meters at the Y pool. Goal adapted; deleting this.

  • Go for walks at least thrice weekly. I’ve been going for short to moderate walks every day the weather is pleasant.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 45 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. More often than not. No health blogging.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” to an erotic fiction contest. Missed deadline.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development. Created rough categories for OctPoWriMo 2015 poems.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!


  1. In general I think you’ve got more positives. Sometimes things don’t quite fit the way we think they might and adjustments need to be made. But that’s all part of the continuing discovery process.

    I rather like that process… I hope we both keep discovering new things about ourselves and those we love for many long years to come. 😀

    • Honestly, I don’t really expect – or need – to finish everything. I’m a fan of writing down the possibilities, because I don’t want to forget the smaller stuff in the midst of a larger, or deny a cow trail that might lead me in completely unexpected and fascinating new directions.

      As the kids would tell you, one of my favorite home sayings is, “Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.”

      This leads to what some might call overpacking – for travel, or in goals -but which I see as being prepared for not only the trip there, but the adventure itself.

      Without a ten mile hike into the Grand Canyon, and the willingness to be terrified descending Mooney Falls, I might not have the life I have today.

      You might say I adore the process, and that I’m very pleased with both my progress here this round and the things gleaned along the way. =)

      As for many more long years of self and life and beloved discovery – hear, hear! ❤

      • Works for me. I’ve found (at least where packing is involved), I can get by with a lot less than I ever suspect if I don’t have something I’d have liked to bring. It isn’t always as pleasant, but sometimes it created great insights into myself and my characters…

        In that… it’s all good. We all find ways to bring the good out if we allow ourselves that opportunity. I think the problem is for people who are (constantly) disappointed with life, failure, etc…. they aren’t allowing themselves the joy of reinventing and re-imagining a new way of experiencing “being”. Granted, this isn’t practical for every situation (and it’s not always realistic–disappointment happens sometimes), but… I think being open to possibilities is a good thing too. And whether you’ve got all things packed for a trip because you are preparing for any eventuality or if you go light and see what the world might bring to you–there is an element of possibilities that’s just delicious.

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