Penultimate Building: March 29, 2017

Hey there!

It’s officially a ROW80 break – Round One is over, and Round Two won’t begin until Sunday….but, since I set my goals by month as well as by round, here I am, offering up my penultimate March update.

My primary goal, at this point, is to finish plotting The Last House (Kifo Island #7) in time to start drafting on Saturday, when April CampNaNoWriMo begins. I figure I’ve just about got enough time to do that. So this update, and the next, may have a marked decrease in other goals pursued as I hunker down and birth an open-ended outline.

When you’ve got one goal you really want or need to focus on, is it easy for you to do that, or do you find yourself pulled away by all the other things you want or need to do?

Ready? Me too (I think)!

Then off we go!

  • Note: Goals I engaged with during this session are detailed in this update. For complete lists, see the links below.


  • Kifo Island: Complete The Story Toolkit for April novel; flesh out with pages from The Writer’s Coloring Book. Flesh out AeonTimeline. File new series bible materials. Primary goal adapted. Love Interest and Antagonist Character Arcs; Romance Arc; and Subplot sections complete. Printed remaining worksheets. Setting aside timeline for now; that can happen during or post drafting. Overall: Step 10/22 complete. I should pick up speed from this point forward, since I’ve done most of the “heavy lifting.”


  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. Complete three 27 thing flings each room, each week. One 27 thing fling on porch and/or yard each week. 33 General Hometending rounds weekly. Secondary goal. General: 10/33;


  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Primary goal. Conversation; planning; dreaming; flirting; scheming.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. Tertiary goal. Discussed currently queued posts with authors; write-in; online chatter.


  • Journal six mornings and four evenings each week. Meditate six mornings and three evenings weekly. Primary goal. Morning: 1/6 journal/ meditation. Evening: 0/4 journal; 0/3 meditation.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 99 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 111 minutes (1 hour, 51 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.). Secondary goal. 99 minutes: 2/5; 111 minutes: 1/2; Strenuous: 4 hours, 20 minutes /9 hours.

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  1. I often find myself pulled in a lot of different directions. I’ve set up my routine so I can try to get to everything, but sometimes one does demand more attention than others(there are some very…opinionated characters that think they deserve my entire focus).

    Looks like the week is pretty focused so far. I mostly only have the beat sheets left to do for the novella I’m planning. It will probably be next week before I finish that, but that one isn’t even on the schedule to write until August(unless these 2 become those demanding characters and insist I move that up).

    • I think I’ve got a bead on goals that will give me room for diversity, but not so much that I get scattered….

      I decided, upon reading and looking over the beat sheets, timeline, and outline, to write all of Act One, then take a few hours to set up the Beat Sheet and other items for Act Two, and so on. That meant that I was able to hit midnight ready to roll, and I had made my Saturday quota before 3am – then added nearly a thousand words to Foul Deeds Will Rise, so I feel like this plan will work for me, and avoid some of that wandering off the plan, since I’ll know what ACTUALLY happened in Act One, and can plan Act Two from that, and so on!

      This might even make writing the conclusion faster for me than it usually is – here’s hoping! =D

  2. Reading through your goals and appreciating your progress helps me see new ways to stay organized, productive, and committed to following through. Your categories of goals helps to keep them visible and thinking about them — and motivates those crucial action steps.Thank you, Shan. May the next round be a good one for you.

    • Aww, Beth. You always make me feel bashfully more organized and mindful than I actually am!

      For Round Two, I intend to simplify. I’m finding that my reach often outreaches my grasp by a fair margin, and that’s something I want to be a better match.

      And I hope Round Two exceeds your dreams! =)

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