Thursday, June 09, 2022

Polishing off my Spring To-Do List

Memorial Day has come and gone, and my kids have finished off their school year, so I'm declaring springtime over and summertime upon us.  I maaaaaay have delayed writing this post for a couple of days just so I could finish checking off one item from my spring to-do list, but since the technical first day of summer is weeks away yet, I don't feel even a smidgen of guilt over that.

All book and movie titles are linked to my reviews if I have reviewed those already :-)

Here we go!

(All photos are mine, many from my Instagram.)

~ Finish the major revisions of My Rock and My Refuge CHECK!!!!!!!!!  I have sent it back to my editor, plus I also sent it to my cover artist.  I am so, so happy to have these revisions done!  A rather large chunk had to get completely rewritten, and lots of other things changed here and there because of that, but I rather think it's turned out quite lovely.  Right now, I am hoping for an August or September release, but that does depend on whether the editor thinks it needs more overhauling, or just fine-tuning.  We shall see!

~ Start a street team for my Once Upon a Western series Check!  We call ourselves the Outlaws, and we have been having a rollicking good time getting to know each other.  I haven't had much for them to do yet, but that will change sooooooon :-D

~ Read 3 books for my latest Classics Club list Check!  I read eight:

~ Read 10 books off my TBR shelves Check!  I had a great spring for reading and read twenty books off my TBR shelves :-o  They were:

~ Watch 4 movies off my TBW shelves Check!  I watched six:

  • Without a Clue (1988)
  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
  • Calamity Jane (1953)
  • Henry V (1944)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

~ Go see Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore Check!  It was okay, but I have no desire to see it again.  Parts of it really bugged me, parts offended me, and parts of it just fell flat.  But I did enjoy hanging out with the core characters from the first movie again, so there's that.

~ Go see The Quiet Man on the big screen thanks to TCM and Fathom Events Check!  I took my ten-year-old along, and she very much enjoyed it.  I have now seen a John Wayne movie on the big screen -- AT LAST!!!  It was absolutely marvelous.

~ Make a hobbit-themed wreath Check!  I think it turned out really cute:

~ Make a fairy garden outside Check!  Well, we're in the process, as you can see.  we haven't got anything flowering yet, and we haven't had time to make cute little twig furnishings for the park in the center, but we're getting there.

My three kids and I each have a little ceramic fairy house that we bought, and succulents around the houses to look like trees.  We have little flat black pebbles making paths between the houses to lead to a little park in the center where we planted some tiny plants.  We also scattered seeds in the open areas, some of which came up.  

This is a close-up of my fairy house, which I love.  The garden is definitely still a work in progress, though!

~ Visit Disney World and Legoland for the first time! Check!  We had a very jolly time :-D  Here's a picture of me in my favorite spot in the Magic Kingdom:

Will you look at that?  I checked EVERYTHING off!  Oh my goodness.  No wonder I'm a bit tired -- it's been a busy spring, hasn't it?

Look for my summer to-do list soon!


  1. So proud of you for finishing this round of edits! <3 I'm very excited for the whole pre-publishing whirl. And finally getting my hands on a hard copy, which is what I've needed ever since beta-ing. ;)

    1. Thank you, Eva! It feels like a monumental task is behind me, just because this book is so much longer than my previous ones! Even though it's been a pretty cooperative book, there's just so much of it :-o

  2. That Hobbit wreath!! 🤩😍 Love the fairy garden, too.

    So stoked for MRAMR!!

    1. Olivia, I was sooooo happy with how the wreath turned out! Sometimes I have a vision of how a craft project will work, and then it just sort of... doesn't work. But this one did :-D

      I really can't wait to hear what you think of MRAMR.

  3. Congratulations for getting your book sent off for final edits! I can't wait to read it. :)

    You certainly have been busy the last few months! Me too, although right now it's more the "remodeling" stage of the front of my house. I keep a list of things I get done, just to remind myself of what I've accomplished; else I lose sight of it. :P

    1. Thanks, Charity! At least, I *hope* it will be final edits, lol. Writing One Bad Apple made me kind of gunshy because I did two major rounds of edits, not just one, and so now I'm like... ack, what if I have to do that again? Sigh. But it's all in the service of making the book the best it can be.

      So cool that you're redoing your house! That's a good idea too, to keep a list of things you have finished so you know you ARE making forward progress. I dig that.

  4. I'm so excited for your book! Bravo on finishing the edits!!!

    Congratulations also for doing EVERYTHING on this list! That is so cool that you went to Disney World and Legoland! How long were you there?

    1. Thank you, Chloe! I'm really hoping all that's left now are cosmetic edits and tightening it up.

      We were at Legoland for two days, then at the Magic Kingdom for one and Epcot for one. Not a long trip, but really fun :-D

  5. Love the Hobbit wreath, there is just something so cozy about a hobbit door. Love the idea of a fairy garden. I'd love to go to Disney World, I went when I was like a small child, but barely remember anything. All my siblings have gone as teens/adults (and to Universal) for senior trips and such and they made it sound so fun.


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