Building Plans: ROW80 2017 Round One End of January Update

Hey there!

It’s February, which means it’s also time for my first monthly Round One assessment!  There’s still a sprinkling of red, but the green is gaining ground, and there’s also more blue than I might have expected at this point, so I’m feeling happy and energized as I refocus and prioritize for February.

How about you? Do you set and move toward goals? A little over a full month into this new year, how are you faring?



  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Plan/plot “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories. Primary goal. 7/22 steps of the toolkit completed; sketches simmering for next 2 stories.

  • Kifo Island: Select April and July novels; plot April novel using hybrid system focused on the Story Toolkit. Create rough Aeon Timeline for first six novels/ select and place April and July novels. Begin series bible with character sketches/locations/story world mandalas and scene outlines for six existing novels. Add materials for April novel as created. Secondary goal. Novels selected; working titles chosen. Timeline created; all current/pending novels placed. Series bible created; 2/3 volume plotting pages included.

  • The IDIC Romance/Solemates: Begin TnT fan fiction Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline; place general events. Take notes and simmer future projects during timeline creation. Tertiary goal. Good progress here; timeline and notes taking shape; simmering.

  • Philodosia: Rough notes for ongoing arcs – what happens next? Use Scapple to brainstorm ideas for future development. Side goal.


  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly:” Complete edits. Philodosia stories: Chapters 2 -4; Beta revisions. Primary goal. First round of edits returned to editors; awaiting further instructions.

  • Rose and Jeremy Novella: “Tuesday Afternoon Tea”: Revision plan. Deleting this Secondary goal; saving for later in the year.

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Continue rough revision for crit group; scenes 5-16. Tertiary goal. Scenes 5 and 6 complete. Changing target to Scene 12.

  • The IDIC Romance: Continue beta revisions for On Any Tuesday Night (was “First Contact; With Jazz”) and Post- “FC,WJ” ensemble pieces to “Cowled.” Review “A Backdrop of Stars  1-3 (already posted) and revise 4-7 for posting. “Love and Loss” – review chapters 1-10 (already posted). Adapted side goal. Revision plan begun for “OATN.” Chapters 1-3 in progress for “ABOS.” Deleting portions of this goal unlikely to happen in this timeframe at my current revision pace.


  • Dark and Bitter anthology: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow up as needed. Primary goal. First round story revisions submitted.

  • A Splash of Red”: Complete final revisions/edits/polishing passes; arrange for cover art; finalize art and packaging; publish! Secondary goal. Art and packaging in early stages; consulted with my artist of choice.

  • The IDIC Romance: Submit On Any Tuesday Night to beta readers; post Chapter One (decide where that ends) and A Backdrop of Stars chapters 1-7 to fan fiction sites as completed. Tertiary goal. Deleting OATN for now; moving through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel before sharing.


  • Blog Hops: Just Jot It January  and Love is in da Blog : Write 333 word stream of consciousness vignette for each day’s topic; help as I can. #atozchallenge:  Complete any loose ends and unfinished business, have all posts scheduled and ready to go by end of round. Primary goal. #JusJoJan: Completed 31 posts and guest hosting stint. Adapting: Swapping Love is in da Blog, which is taking the year off, for #Loveuary, writing TnT drabbles exploring the next Love and Loss chapter(s). #atozchallenge: Moved forward a bit.

  • Blogging Features: Resume Mindful Monday: Biweekly posts on mindfulness. Find blogging/website rhythm for regular and NaNo months; maintain and fine-tune regular rhythm throughout the round. Secondary goal. This is emerging, a bit intermittently.

  • Website Development: Evaluate website page needs; create, revise, polish, and post new pages. Tertiary goal. I have a rough list of what I want to do, and ideas for more refined plans.

  • Blog/Website Interface: Move ROW80 posts to website; begin duplicate posts on blog and two-way linking. Side goal. I’ve done this in fits and starts.


  • Homeschool Administration: Complete second quarter reports, due March 15. Create Flickr portfolios for this school year, for both children. Primary goal. I’ve begun (barely, but still…) Lise’s report list.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom and/or kitchen (weather dependent). Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. Bedroom, living room, and bathroom: one 27 thing fling each week. Add 27 general flings weekly. Secondary goal. Moderate success. Didn’t hit all the goals each week, but hit most of them most weeks. Getting to the kitchen was hard with my Accomplice the chef out of work; now that he’s returned, it should be easier.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop fiction files. Maintain Blogging/ Homeschool directories. Email Writing subfolders, Homeschooling, and Transactions in Progress; sort and delete excess. Tertiary goal. Some modest progress.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan 27 travel photos per week; save in organized files with backup. Side goal. Missed one week, but made it up the next. Usually 30 images/week. Adapting: I’ll sort after all are scanned.


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

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Secondary goal. Yes; every week; more planned.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Tertiary goal. Yes, for the most part.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Side goal. One promo post.


  • Journal six mornings and three evenings each week. Gradually increase meditation to twice daily. Primary goal. Made good progress, overall.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and 6 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc) monthly by end of round. Secondary goal. Exceeded my strenuous goal hours by 2!

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin implementing. Tertiary goal.
  • Smart Change: Plan one habit change using these methods. Side goal. Had an idea and downloaded book.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”. Postponing.

  • Find a part-time job (10-15 hours weekly). Skimmed Panera site.

  • Gather resources on creating marketing/business plans. Saving relevant posts.

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    • The 27 things are working well! Both kids have even started modifying them for their personal spaces.

      I’ve gradually been increasing the number of rounds I do, and that keeps me challenged.

      As for my ever-long lists, I can only say that I like options – lots of options!

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