Building a Writing Structure: My 2017 ROW80 Goals: EOR3

Hey there!

Below are the intentions I set forth at the beginning of the year. I wrote then that they were subject to change…and there are some changes here, and more to come as I shift to a new way of looking at goal-setting (I’ll be sharing more of that when I post my Round 4 goals, and there’ll be more detail on the process in my upcoming sponsor post).

For now, though – the update.

Did you set aspirations for 2017?

How are you doing with them?

  • Complete Hanging Manuscripts from 2015-2016. Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2); Nearing completion; currently adding 2.222 words/week. On target.

  • Complete short stories for #StoryADay May and September. September: 46/60 stories complete; on target.

  • Complete Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novella rough drafts. This hasn’t happened yet, and is now a stretch goal for 2017.

  • Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas: Plan/plot remaining chapters. Simmering; Rose and Jeremy #2 still at Step 12/22. Moving this to stretch goal status for 2017.

  • Kifo Island: Plan/plot two novels for 2017, using The Story Toolkit. Create timeline and series bible. Planning complete for both; plotting gave way to more of a discovery-based method; will resume if/as needed.On target.

  • Trueborn Weft: Plan/plot one new novel. Earliest stages of planning for Solemates, in tandem with my Story A Day September Challenge stories. May leave some of the plotting undone, so I can write with the discovery method. On target.

  • Monthly Challenges: Story a Day: Rough sketches/plots for 31 May and 30 September stories. OctPoWriMo: Draft 31 new poems. September stories as stated above; sparks being gathered for poems. On target.

  • The IDIC Romance: Timeline: Begin TnT fan fiction – Enterprise/TOS crossover epic timeline. Take notes and simmer future projects while creating timeline. Star Trek Chronology Project: Watch episodes 183 –350. Projects simmering and in creation. Episodes complete through 320. On target.

  • Short Stories: Complete revisions on “Miss Spider and Mister Fly;”andPresence.” “MsaMF” (now “Being Colette” completed. “Presence” set aside for 2018. Adapted target COMPLETED!

  • Kifo Island: Sea Changes: Complete rough revision for crit group, and complete second revison using Holly Lisle’s HTRYN plan. (Adapted goal). Moving this to 2018.

  • Revise Rose and Jeremy and Philodosia novellas. They have to be writen to be revised. Deleting goal.

  • Complete revisions on existing poetry.

  • Miss Spider and Mister Fly”: Return edited mss to editors; follow through until publication. Goal COMPLETED!

  • Self-Publish A Splash of Red,” “Monday Morning Coffee,” Philodosia novella, and at least one poetry chapbook. I have more left to learn than originally thought. Taking this more slowly; deleting goal.

  • Fan Fiction: Submit On Any Tuesday Night; Love and Loss, and A Backdrop of Stars to fan fiction sites as completed.

  • Research at least ten new short story venues. Gathering a list of publications accepting submission. On target.

  • Complete Just Jot It January , Love is in da Blog  , and 2017 Kindness Challenge. Kindness Challenge set aside out of kindness to myself; Adapted goal COMPLETED!

  • Develop rhythms for blogging during routine and intensive writing months. Maintain and fine-tine throughout the year. Some progress; on target.

  • Synchronize blog and website; brand together; create pages for site; expand visibility. This changed; letting website go. Setting goal aside for 2018.

  • Move relevant posts from The Unfettered Life and Trueborn Jottings to website and blog. Deleting goal.


  • Complete all 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 homeschool paperwork and required testing; assess to see when Jeremiah completes high school requirements. All 2016-2017 paperwork completed. 2017-2018 IHIPs completed and accepted by district. On target.

  • Organize all files on laptop and email files. No progress.

  • Scan all analog photos; organize into files. No progress.

  • Complete reorganizations/resets of family room, study, kitchen, and porch. Maintain. Off target.

  • Continue reorganizations/resets of living room, bedroom, bathroom. Declutter/beautify yard. Off target.


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

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Yes, every week. On target!

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group. On target!

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. Betas in progress. On target.


  • Increase journaling and meditation to morning and evenings, daily. Still not so great at the night routine, but still trying. Some progress.

  • Increase cumulative moderate physical activity to at least 2 hours, 6 days weekly, and 12 hours strenuous activities (tai chi, swimming, hiking, cadio, weights, etc) monthly by end of year. Off target, but good progress.

  • Intuitive Eating: Begin applying principles to my own eating habits. Nothing new.
  • Smart Change: Develop and begin pursuing a plan to change one habit. Nothing new.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Return part-time to the workplace. Deleted goal, but now working part-time for our small business, so…Goal COMPLETED!

  • Create a marketing/business plan. Working on this from a variety of angles, from the practical to online courses, and encompassing both Chef Bluebeard and my writing. On target.

  • Assist my Accomplice in creating his business plan/job search/product marketing. Yes, in many ways! On target!

  • Listen to the 8 (oops, 9!) books currently on my Audible account. 7/9 in progress. On target.

  • Read 24 books this year; average 2 each month. 18/24 complete. On target.

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