~Start writing my next novel, another YA western. Sorta check. I did write the first page or so, but then I had to switch to a short story with a deadline. It's also a western, and my first draft runs about 15,000 words. I'm on the cusp of the second draft, which I expect will be more like 12,000 words.
~Go see Age of Ultron again. Check. Decided I liked it a whole lot, but don't love it.
|(Still, it wasn't until this week that I stopped having this as my cover photo in Facebook.)|
~Read 3 books about Robin Hood. Fail. I read two, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle and Rowan Hood by Nancy Springer. I also started The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley, but someone else put a hold on it at the library, so I couldn't renew it and had to return it. I've put a hold on it again myself, so hoping it comes back to me soon.
~Read at least 6 other books from my TBR shelves. Check! I read Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper by SARK, The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins, Wanderlust Creek and Other Stories by Elisabeth Grace Foley, In the Company of Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, An Unexpected Cookbook by Chris-Rachael Oseland, and Dear Enemy by Jean Webster.
~Read at least 3 other books from the library. Check and check! In fact, I read more than twice that many. I read A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The 13th Floor by Sid Fleischman, and Baby by Patricia MacLachlan.
~Have a squirt gun fight with my kids. Check! (It ended in a draw.)
~Have friends over for a sprinkler party. Fail. (Logistics were too tricky.)
~Clean out and organize my "crafting corner." Check!
|(This is a major improvement!)|
~Make a collage of inspirational writing quotes to hang above our computer desk. Check!
~Finish watching Agents of SHIELD. Check!
~Watch Cranford and Return to Cranford. Check!
~Try new popsicle recipes. Check! We made pudding pops for the first time, blueberry-banana pops, watermelon pops several times, and peach-lemonade pops.
~Make lavender lemonade. Check! Cowboy and I liked it, but the kids didn't.
~Dance in the rain. Check! Did that more than once, in fact.
~Clean the pantry. Check! And I put down new shelf paper, too.
~Watch at least 6 movies from my TBW shelf. Check! I watched Legend of the Black Scorpion (aka The Banquet) (2006), Robin Hood (2005), The Long Riders (1980), Princess of Thieves (2001), Wyatt Earp (1994), and Saints and Soldiers (2003), all of which are now off my TBW shelves and either shelved with the rest of my movies, or in the bin to sell to the used book store. And I still have two shelves of movies I haven't watched yet. Sigh.
~Figure out if the dragon story in my head is workable. Check! It was, but I don't have time for it right now, so into the simmering pot it goes.
|(I'm imagining Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are toasting me here.)|
Yay me! I only failed a couple things, so overall, I think I had a pretty successful summer as far as checking boxes on my list goes. In fact, I found this so helpful, I'm working on a to-do list for the fall right now too, and hope to post it by Labor Day.