Reflections of Prosperity: January 1, 2017

Hey there!

It’s time to get started with a new year’s worth of goals….

But, before I do that, I’ve got one more bit of business to wrap up from last month.

It was a good month, all in all. Lots of blue, lots of green, and some red, but not too much. It helped that I stayed busy during the break, even when I left lots of time for reading fan fiction, watching the first half of a Downton Abbey marathon, and being with my beloveds.

But now, it’s time to get back to full functionality, and that means it’s time to post this final update for 2016, and then move along to my 2017 goals.

Ready? Okay, then….Here we go!



  • Kifo Island: Complete draft of The Far Shore (KIC#5); 24 Scenes, ~65,000 words. Primary goal. 2,756 new words; Scene 11/24 in progress. 36,792/~65,000 words/ 1,083 new.
  • Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: Continue writing poems/drafting posts, on a rotating-week cycle. Secondary goal. Week Five: W, X, Y, and Z poems complete: 7/7and that means that I now have 26/26 poems completed! Week Four: O, P, Q,R, and S essays written; 6/6. Just Week 5’s 7 essays left to write.


  • Draft my basic 2017 goals/schedule. Primary goal. Goal completed. I’ve abandoned the timeline; it served its purpose.

  • Brainstorm list of 33 possible blog topics to develop in 2017. Tertiary goal complete!

  • #atozchallenge: Add elements/ links/setup for posts in rotation; move to blog drafting interface. New side goal. Week Three: Chose photos; added links; added images to post files by letter; 6/6.


  • The IDIC Romance: Finish revisionFirst Contact, With Jazz and get it in the hands of waiting betas. Revise Chapters 46 of A Backdrop of Stars and review 1-3. Primary goal; ABOS: Chapter 4: now Makeshift Seclusion; and 5: In the Way; rough revision passes. Pulled Chapter 6: Night Terrors: and bonus Chapter 7: Five Days from the expansive Marriage of the Magi file; reread both, and simmering. Chapter 1, Returns and Remembrances; Color-coded for revision pass number 3; getting closer to finished.”Chapter 2/: now A Single Huddled Form; Color-coded for second revision pass. Chapter 3 Oceans of Tears first revision pass complete. Scene 4/7: Makeshift Seclusion.

  • Self-Publication: Revise/polish “A Splash of Red”; offer for critique readers. Secondary goal. Back-burnered.

  • Kifo Island: Revise Sea Changes scenes 5-8 in preparation for submitting to critique group. Tertiary goal. BBed.

  • Philodosia”(Hamiltoninspired alternate history): Revise and print a nice copy of Scene One, “A Matter of Honor” for my daughter’s Christmas gift. Side goal.

Social Media:

  • Make 3 visits to others participants in each hop/challenge I’ve joined. This will be a Thursday/Monday focus. Primary goal. WIPpets in progress.

  • Interaction: Visit website, blog, ROW80, Albany NNWM and Yakon Village FB pages;; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest weekly, each site. Secondary goal. Thursday/Monday focus.
  • Continue in situ website design, with a focus on transitioning to it as my prime online home in 2017. Prepare countdown posts for this blog, and post with link. Post one reblog and two snippets each week. This is a Sunday/Wednesday focus. Tertiary goal. Two snippet posted; reblog in progress.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete/revise/submit first quarter reports (due 12/15). Continue to file to Flickr portfolios. Gather materials for second quarter reports; facilitate further learning as needed/wanted. Primary goal.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, and kitchen. Use the 27 Thing Fling for structure/5 each per week. Add in 25 cycles a week for random indoor/outdoor tidying/hometending. Secondary goal. Study: 5/5; Family: 0/5. Kitchen: 3/5. Indoor random; 29/25.

  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all OneDrive Move to Yogical, Stuff to Look At, and The IDIC Romance files. Maintain email below 99 messages. Cull/organize Writing Stuff email folder. Tertiary goal.


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Continue planning/ attending outings and at-home activities (personal and family) as desired. Primary goal. Conversation; canoodling.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly online and in person. Secondary goal. Visited page; write-in.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer promotional posts, reviews, and beta-reading for other writers. Tertiary goal. One offer of promotion on the table.


  • Journal six times each week. Meditation six mornings, and three evenings. Primary goal. 1/6 morning; 0/3 evening.

  • Fitness: Get a cumulative total of at least 80 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, 90 minutes 4 days weekly. Secondary goal. 80 min: 5/5; 90 min: 4/4.

  • Tai chi class, swimming, strength, and/or cardio training for a cumulative total of eight hours. Tertiary goal. Cardio/strength workout at Y: 4/8 hours.

Leaps of Faith:

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit chapters 4-7 of A Backdrop of Stars to; begin submitting to Ad Astra. Primary goal. I didn’t submit ABOS, but I submitted my Christmas poem to both sites. 

  • Create Patreon page, and incorporate it into my social media…this is an exploratory time. Secondary goal.

  • Update my Writing Kanban board. Tertiary goal.

  • Listen: Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Side goal. Through Chapter 10/19; 29% complete.

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