Ah, yes, the Four Month Bucket List. Remember that? Remember how I promised I would remain accountable on my goals by reporting back after a month? I am now sorry that I made that promise. But here you go anyway.
1. Stop biting my fingernails.
Grade: F. Um…let’s move on.
2. Go on a date with my DH every month.
Grade: A! We saw a movie. We got gelato. I insulted Mr. R’s gelato. It was fun, but our next date will not involve the consumption of pistachios.
3. Get all my photos into albums and my digital photos backed up onto DVD.
Grade: C-. I did go through a drawer full of old photos and cards and miscellaneous sentimental detritus, and chuck some of it, so that’s kind of progress. But no progress on the album stuff. Why? Because I HATE putting photos in albums. I realize this is what is referred to as a “first world problem,” so I’m working on it.
4. Keep our plants alive.
Grade: B+. We lost a crepe myrtle due to idiocy rather than neglect. See, we thought they were shade-tolerant (and they are, fairly), so we planted one in the shadow of our chimney, where it withered and died in the perma-twilight. Oops.
An azalea bush is also getting crispy, though it remains alive for now. I’m not sure what to do with that thing. No matter how much I water it, the sun laughs and turns up the heat, baking its little leaves brown. Any tips from those of you with actual green thumbs? Because mine is…not green.
1. Plan a blog tour.
Grade: B-. I’ve been updating my website, JOINING TWITTER OMG I KNOW IT’S ABOUT TIME, and sending out a few ARCS. (Which reminds me: we’ll have a contest with those soon. Yay!). None of this is, strictly speaking, planning a blog tour, though it’s all necessary. The main thing I’ve done is develop a list of sites where I’d LIKE to blog. Now I have to suck up my extroversion and contact them.
2. Read a history or research book every month.
Grade: A. Yes! I read and loved David McCullough’s new release, The Greater Journey, which is a series of intertwined mini-biographies about Americans in Paris during the 19th century. Does it directly apply to my writing? Well, probably not. But reading an excellent book is never a waste of time.
3. Set a sustainable page/word count goal and meet it every week.
Grade: B-. My working goal has been “write something, anything, every day.” But Little Miss R got sick for a whole week, and goals were thrown into the toilet (along with blocks and other inappropriate objects, because Little Miss R forgets her manners when she is sick). Anyway, this isn’t enough progress, so I have to think of something more specific. And everyone needs to please stay healthy.
4. Get my TBR pile from three towers down to one.
Grade: unknown due to sloppy record-keeping. I rearranged my bookshelves and moved the hulking TBR, so the concept of stacks is now meaningless. Since I failed to count the books in the TBR at the beginning of last month, I don’t really know how much progress I’ve made. But after a month-long readathonapalooza and a little excruciating weeding, I can say that the TBR is now down to 36 books. That feels somewhat manageable, though I don’t like always being behind on what my favorite authors are releasing. I foresee a few more readathonapaloozas, especially since I have, like, 20 books currently on pre-order. (Don’t tell Mr. R.)
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So–more progress over the next month, right? Do you have any recommendations for history books? Or what to do with a sun-dried azalea bush?