Friday, May 31, 2019

Spring To-Do List Wrap-Up

How is it the end of May already?  Oh my.  Oh.  My.  It's actually been in the upper 80s and lower 90s here for a week or so already, so definitely feeling like summer, but I'm so not ready for spring to be over :-(

Anyway!  Time to check in on my ever-present to-do list series and see how I did with my spring goals!

~ Finish the first draft of my western Snow White retelling, tentatively titled Seven Orphans FAIL :-(  I don't know what it is about this book, but it is NOT writing quickly.  It's demanding a lot of unexpected research as I go along, for one thing.  And writing it feels like a chess game, whereas Dancing and Doughnuts felt like a poker game.  Writing one is wholly unlike writing the other.  Anyway, I'm still planning to release it this winter.  I'm hoping that this longer first-draft process means my rewrites will go faster.

(These are some of the books I've been using for research
and/or inspiration.)

~ Read 3 titles from my Classics Club list  Check!  In fact, I doubled that and read SIX!  It was a good spring for reading.  My CC titles were: The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Homer Price by Robert McCloskey, Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and A Room with a View by E. M. Forster.  (All titles linked to my reviews, as usual.)

(All the pretty pics in this post are mine from Instagram.)

~ Read 6 books off my TBR shelves  Check!  I'm trying really hard to reduce the books on my poor, groaning TBR shelves AND not add to them much -- my goal is to read two books off them per month and only buy one new book per month.  I've been more successful with the former than the latter, alas, so it's not making a big difference yet, but... every little bit helps.  Anyway, the seven books I read this spring that I own but hadn't read yet were: The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering, The Proud Rebel adaptation by Bart Willard, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes by Loren D. Estleman, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick, and The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay.

~ Read 3 books from the library  Check!  I got Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh, and Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink from the library.  (We actually own a copy of Caddie Woodlawn, but it's a book I was teaching to my middle-grade class at our homeschool co-op, so two of my kids were reading our copy for the class and I got one from the library to read myself.)

~ Watch 3 movies off my TBW shelves  Check!  I watched EIGHT!!!!  Well, one is a TV series and one is a documentary, but I finished them and they're off my TBW shelves, so they count.  Anyway, the titles are:  The Thin Man Goes Home (1944), Captain Carey, USA (1949), Brazil with Michael Palin (2012), Forty Guns (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000), Macbeth (2015), Run, Stranger, Run (1973), and A Lady Takes a Chance (1943).  Whew!

~ Co-host a blogathon dedicated to Vic Morrow  Check!  You can read all the posts here, if you haven't had the chance yet.

(From "The Key to the Killer," which I reviewed for the blogathon.)

~ Go see Captain Marvel  Check!  I ended up seeing it four times.  I loved it.

~ Go see Ben-Hur (1959) on the big screen  Check!  It was amazing.  Everything I'd hoped it would be.  I've loved that movie since childhood, and to see it in its full glory, larger than life in many moments, was magnificent.  I wasn't expecting the colors to pop so much more than on my TV!  The reds and blues especially just dazzled.

~ Survive seeing Avengers: Endgame  Check!  I've seen it three times and blogged about it once, though I have more thoughts I want to share yet.  I also went a bit mad and bought 2 t-shirts, a mug, and a poster, so yeah, definitely loved it.  So thoroughly relieved and happy.

~ Go see Aladdin  Fail.  I'm hoping to see it tomorrow, though.

~ Design a new author website  Check!  You can check it out at

~ Clean up the horrible mess in my crafting corner  FAIL :-(  I really haven't touched it.  Instead, I went through everything stored in the basement, which was also a mess.  I got rid of 1/3 of the things I'd been hanging onto since childhood, either by giving them to my kids to play with, donating them to the thrift store, or simply accepting that they were basically trash and throwing them away.  It was very liberating.

Only three fails on this list!  Wahoo!  Granted, two of them were kind of massive failures, but I'll take what I can get.

Onward and upward!  I hope to have my summer to-do list ready to share in a day or two :-)

Meanwhile, I leave you with this fantabulous video starring basically everybody important in the MCU.  It makes me laugh and it makes me get tears in my eyes.  Love it.


  1. "Aladdin" is a pure delight. So much color and excitement and joyousness. I think you will love it.


    (That's one of my favorite songs and I just love how they adapted it to fit the MCU.)

    1. The animated Aladdin is one of my absolute favorite animated films of all time -- the first modern movie that I really got into, at the age of 12 or 13, and yeah. I adore it. So I'm a little apprehensive, but at the same time, Will Smith. Is never a bad time. Ever. So I'm optimistic.

      Have you seen the Star Wars version? There's a really good one, though I can't find it at the moment. It starts out, "Storm trooper, docking bay, Dagobah, Padme..."

    2. Will Smith was pretty dang good. I think you'll be pleased with his performance. ;-)

      Ooh! *heads to watch it*

    3. Hahaha! That was perfect! "Frozen things in carbonite" was my favorite line, lol.

    4. Katie, I have my ticket to go see Aladdin this afternoon :-) Really looking forward to it!

      Yeah, I thought the Star Wars one was extremely clever. My kids have most of it memorized.

  2. You saw Captain Marvel four times!? Whoa! I'm waiting for it to come out on DVD. But, I loved Endgame!! So great.

    Congrats on reading so many books and watching so many movies! :-)

    1. MC, I did. I saw it twice by myself, once with some friends, and once with my brother on the spur of the moment. It was SO GOOD. I love stories with what I call "paradigm shifts" where, toward the end, you discover that all is not what it seems, and it has that in spades. Also, it's set during the '90s, which was when I was a teenager, so I just adored the vibe.

      Thanks! Spring and fall are my most productive seasons for writing and for chowing down on stories in various forms.

  3. That Marvel video is perfect!


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