A Time to Sow: ROW80 Round Two Goals 2017

Hey there!

Yes, you’ve read it right – today is the first day of ROW80 Round Two, and that means it’s time to reveal my new quarterly goals.

I’m now in the midst of my annual Creative Chaos Marathon, so several of my goals are intensive and long term.

I’m experimenting with these goals. My reach often exceeds my grasp, leaving my intentions in the dust, when I want goals that challenge, yet are still largely attainable. For this round and beyond, I’ll be seeking my level of neutral buoyancy, as we said during my scuba certification course.

What are you working on this spring (or, if it applies, fall)?
Any special goals?
Are you good at setting goals that are challenging, yet attainable?
Any tips to share?


  • CampNaNoWriMo: Draft The Last House (a Kifo prequel). ~65K. Target: 2,167 words/day average to complete by April 30. Primary goal.

  • Trueborn: Complete draft of Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2). Target: 3,333 words/week; add words every day I reach my Camp quota, above, Finish by April 30. Secondary goal.

  • Story A Day May: Main Project: Draft a Kifo Island-based exploration story every day during May, using challenge story prompts. Side project: Draft a 100 w0rd TnT fan fiction  drabble daily; based on prompt words and advancing the Cowled arc. Tertiary goal.

  • JuNoWriMo: Write rough drafts of blog posts for future use. Goal: 1,667 words/day, or 2-4 rough drafts. Quaternary goal; will complete during the break before Round Three.


  • Story a Day May: Main Project: Create basic sketches for flash fiction stories (999 words/less, with exceptions) exploring July’s Still Nameless: Kifo Island #8, using #StaD prompts. Side Project: Reread Cowled arc; create basic sketches for drabbles (100 word stories) based on existing notes and prompt words. Primary goal.

  • JuNoWriMo: Review brainstormed topic list; add/delete; develop rough outlines for at least 48 posts/5 topic arcs by May 31. Secondary goal.

  • July CampNaNoWriMo: Plan/plot using The Story Toolkit /The Writer’s Coloring Book combo. Begin in tandem with StaD explorations; complete through Toolkit Step 13/22 (Locations) before end of round. Quaternary goal; will complete the final phase during the break between the end of Round Two and July 1.


  • The IDIC Romance: On Any Tuesday Night (was First Contact, With Jazz), Complete lessons 2-4 of Holly Lisle’s Revision Course by June 30. Aim for completing 1 lesson each month. Primary goal; may complete Lesson 4 during the break after Round Two.

  • Short Stories: “Miss Spider and Mister Fly”; Complete copy editor revisions as/if necessary. Secondary goal.


  • Gather list of at least 25 possible short story venues for future research by May 31. Secondary goal.

Social Media:

  • #atozchallenge: Confirm scheduling, and add link and branding to each day’s post. Respond to comments daily, and visit 3 other participants at least 6 times/week. Primary goal.

  • May 2017: Begin the 2017 Kindness Challenge: complete in June; post daily flash fiction stories/excerpts to #StaD site: complete by May 31. Secondary goal.

  • Blogging Features: Continue biweekly Skywatch Friday posts, as well as weekly #SoCS, #8sunday, Mindful Monday, WIPpet Wednesday, and Weekend Coffee share posts. Pre-produce posts where possible; work on this 1 hour each on Tuesday and Thursday. Tertiary goal.


  • Continue adding to Flickr portfolios for this school year; aim to be caught up and  current by end of round. Primary goal.

  • Resets/reorganizations: study, family room, bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, porch, yard, and general hometending. Complete varying 27 thing flings each room, each week (based upon other obligations each month). Secondary goals.


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

  • Career Furtherance: Complete Patreon profile; launch site. Draft CV/cover letter and revise. Tertiary goal.

  • Challenges: CampNaNo: Interact with cabin mates 5/week: attend write-ins and visit forums once weekly. #StaD and #KindnessChallenge: Visit three other posters for each challenge, weekly for Kindness; daily for STaD. Tertiary goal.


  • Journal and meditate five mornings and three evenings each week. Primary goal.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 111 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly; 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes) twice weekly, and 9 hours of more strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cardio, weights, etc.), by end of round. Secondary goal.

  • Books: Listen to three audiobooks, and read 6 print or Kindle books by end of round. Tertiary goal.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Website/Blog Development: Make basic sketches of new pages; prioritize; begin implementation by end of round.

  • Smart Change: Reread Chapters 3 and 4/complete/worksheets; create an approach plan by end of round.
  • Intuitive Eating: Reread early chapters; consider how to incorporate into Smart Change; have a sketched list by end of round.

  • Rose and Jeremy novella: Correct/complete planning/plotting of “Tuesday Afternoon Tea” using The Story Toolkit and existing notes. Develop one-paragraph sketches for remaining 3-5 stories by end of round.

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