Sunday, March 04, 2018
Winter To-Do List Wrap-Up
March blew in like a lion this week, and my daffodils are blooming (although, thanks to the violent winds this weekend, they no longer look this pretty), so I'd say spring has arrived and winter is over. Which means it's time to report in on what I did and did not get checked off my Winter To-Do List.
~ Be done with the first draft of Dancing and Doughnuts, my "Twelve Dancing Princesses" retelling, and into revisions Check! I got revision notes back from my editor last month, and am now working out my ideas for the additions and changes I'll be making. I posted this to Instagram a couple days ago, but here's a picture of what I did the other night:
I need to add a whole new character and a new side plot, and I've been struggling to figure out how to wrap my head around how they'll get woven into the story. So I made index cards for every chapter, based on an idea my best friend mentioned she was doing. Then I used different index cards for the new chapters I'd need, and a different color pen for the things I'd be adding to or changing in the existing chapters. It really helped me figure out where I need to put things, and tonight I'll start the actual writing of new stuff!
~ Start a mailing list so people can easily get updates about what I'm writing and publishing Check! You can sign up at my author website, rachelkovaciny.com or with the widget in my sidebar here. I've sent out two monthly newsletters already :-) If you want to keep up on the various books and articles I write, definitely sign up!
~ Read 3 books from my TBR shelves Check! I read SIX. Which is kind of astonishing to me, considering I also read twenty Snow White retellings for the Five Poisoned Apples contest, and they were between 5,000 and 20,000 words each. Anyway, I read The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, The Story People by Heather Kaufman, The Brass Compass by Ellen Butler, Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway, and Rapunzel's Guide to All Things Brave, Creative, and Fun by Suzanne Francis.
~ Read 2 books from the library Check! I read four: No Middle Name by Lee Child, Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery, Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George, and The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood.
~ Watch 3 movies from my TBW shelves Check! I watched Enchanted (2007), Drum Beat (1954), and Memento (2000). I also finished off season one of Leverage and watched all of the Michael Palin documentary Around the World in 80 Days (1989).
~ Make owl Christmas ornaments with my kids, who are obsessed with owls right now. Check! I don't have any pictures, but we made them with plastic Christmas ornament balls and paint and glitter glue and buttons. Good times.
~ Go see Murder on the Orient Express quick before it leaves theaters Fail.
~ Go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi Check.
~ Go see The Man Who Invented Christmas Fail.
~ Go see The Greatest Showman Check! I loved it so, so much. I took my kids to see it, and my daughters loved it so much themselves that I took just them to see it again. So I saw it three times in theaters. I could have seen it twice that often. Cannot wait for it to come to DVD! Meanwhile, I've got the whole soundtrack memorized, and so do my kids (though my son is tired of it now). I got myself this shirt and got my daughters this poster and this one from RedBubble.
~ Go see Black Panther Check! I really enjoyed it too. It hit a lot of sweet spots for me and worked on so many levels. I want to go see it again, though not sure if I'm going to manage it.
~ Finish the skirts and cape I'm supposed to be sewing for my kids Check! Sooooooooooo happy to be done with them, as I bought the fabric almost a year ago :-o
~ Repair/update the "mouse house" Check! Here's a picture:
I fixed a bunch of rips and drew on log-cabin walls.
~ Make "polar bear" marshmallows for our hot chocolate Fail.
~ Make lavender hot chocolate Fail.
~ Order photo prints Fail.
~ Host an "I Love Superheroes Week" blog party in February Check! It was great fun, though I still haven't managed to read everyone's entries. I'm getting to them, slowly but surely. You can find links to them here.
Well, that was my to-do list. Lots of checks, a few fails, but overall I'm pleased with how many goals I reached. I'm working on new goals for this spring and will post about them soon.
How did your winter go? Are you starting to feel spring in the air where you live? Or maybe just in your heart?