Category: Monthly Recap

Aug 02
July 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in July: I worked on planning a vacation to LA (we leave today!) and a backyard renovation that keeps growing and growing. (Check out this Sunday Post for details on how the scope keeps creeping and this Sunday Post for pics of the first step of the project.) I finished the editing project I’ve been working on (a book called Momoire by Alyssa DeRose. It’s not in Goodreads yet, but I’m sure it will be soon!). Things I watched:  I continued watching Game of Thrones (a little bit), I’m still on season 5. I’ve been watching the new season of The 100! I watched way too many episodes of Married at First Sight. This show is ridiculous and also strangely addictive. I think I might have maxed out on it, though. I’ll probably give it a break once I’m done with the season I’m watching right now…. Read more »


Jul 01
June 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

June 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in June: I paused a lot of my regularly scheduled reading near the beginning of this month to read more LGBTQ+ books for Pride Month. Even though I didn’t get reviews up for most of them yet, I was pretty successful at that. I ended up reading 8 LGBTQ+ books in June (and 5 non). Considering I didn’t make the decision until June 6th and I’d already read three books at that point, I don’t think that’s too bad. I finished my first pass on that new editing project. I continued volunteering at Bernie’s Book Bank. I signed up for their 50-Hour Club, which basically means you pledge to volunteer at least 50 hours in a year. I’m really enjoying it, so I don’t think it will be an issue. Things I watched:  I continued watching Game of Thrones, I’m still on season 5. I’ve been watching… Read more »


Jun 01
May 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

May 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in May: I went to the SCBWI Marvelous Midwest writing conference! I learned a lot and found some great inspiration. One of these days I’ll manage to post a recap. I attended an online class on verse novels taught by Cordelia Jensen. I started a new editing project, a book called Momoire by Alyssa DeRose. School finished up, so the kids are all now home for the summer. That means track season is done for Danielle, but she’s back to club swimming for the summer (she’s not so sure about it now that she’s taken so much time off–she’s definitely got a lot of catching up to do). My mom and I started volunteering at Bernie’s Book Bank, which has been a great experience! Things I watched:  My family got Lego Movie 2 from the library. It was really cute and we all enjoyed it! (Though… Read more »


Apr 30
April 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

April 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in April: We went to lots of track meets (my middle daughter is in track). I volunteered at Bernie’s Book Bank with my mom and packed books for kids. I planned a trip to LA in August. We’ll be going on a family vacation and then I’ll be sticking around a few extra days for an SCBWI conference. A perfect blend of business and pleasure! Things I watched:  I rented A Star Is Born and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I liked them both but didn’t love them (which inspired me to write post that will go up in a couple of weeks). I continued watching Umbrella Academy with my mom. With all the buzz around Game of Thrones, I started watching it again. (I had stopped near the beginning of season three for some unknown reason). I love getting to watch the whole series almost straight through!… Read more »


Apr 04
March 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in March: My kids were on spring break. We didn’t go anywhere or anything (which I’m regretting now that I’m starting to look at our summer schedule–I should have taken advantage of the time they all had off). We went to a VR place, which was really interesting. I mostly let my kids do it, but I did spend 5 minutes or so as a clerk in a virtual reality convenience store, and it was great fun! I went to lots of track meets and my three writer’s group meetings (two groups, three meetings). Things I watched:  I went to see Captain Marvel at the theater (very rare for me). My husband and I both really enjoyed it, even though superhero movies aren’t our favorite. I started watching Umbrella Academy with my mom. Really liking it, but we kind of stopped watching for no apparent reason…. Read more »


Mar 01
February 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

February 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in February: I SIGNED WITH A LITERARY AGENT!!! Which I’m sure you already know because I have no chill and I’ve been shouting it from every rooftop. Does the rest of the month even matter? I mean, I guess I’ll go ahead and tell you a few other things that happened, but… I celebrated my 45th birthday on the 11th. My mom and I went to see Dear Evan Hansen the Musical. It was awe-inspiring, and I just want to go see musicals every week now. Okay, that’s unreasonable. Every month? I went on a field trip to the Holocaust Museum with my son’s class. It reminded me how very precious life is and how easy it is for people to ignore other people’s suffering. I attended lots of writing groups and events (check out my Sunday Posts if you want to see what they all… Read more »


Feb 04
January 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

January 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in January: I’ve been plotting my new MG novel, and I started to do a bit of writing as well. (It’s verse, so I don’t have to necessarily write it in order). My middle daughter finished gymnastics and started indoor track. (So, a new sport to watch.) My hubby and I went to see comedian John Felts at our church for a date night.  🙂 We had record cold temps around here due to the polar vortex, and school was canceled three times in the last two weeks. Last Wednesday the windchill got to -51 degrees!!! I joined a new writer’s critique group (in addition to the SCBWI group that I already attend, which is sort of a critique group, though not solely). I registered for SCBWI’s Marvelous Midwest Conference, which is coming in May. Things I watched:  I started watching YOU on Netflix. Very creepy!… Read more »


Jan 04
December 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

December 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  It feels a little weird to do a December wrap-up after I’ve already done a yearly one, but somehow I have this incomplete feeling if I don’t talk about what went on in December! So, here it is… My Goings On in December: I finished my rough draft of my YA novel and started plotting a new MG. I’m setting the YA aside for a while to let it percolate. (It’s sure to get better on its own if I just ignore it, right?) The new book I’m plotting is … get this … a fantasy retelling of The Selfish Giant. In verse. Am I insane? Probably. (Definitely) I attended lots of gymnastics meets. I’m surprised at how much my daughter can still do after three years away from the sport. She’s never going to be a star varsity gymnast (she wasn’t at that high of a level when… Read more »


Jan 02
2018 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)

2018 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)

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This is a (very) modified version of Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner’s annual End of Year Book Survey. I’ve taken out quite a few questions and added some of my own, along with graphs (because everyone knows that pretty graphs make the world a better place). 2018 Reading Stats Number Of Books You Read: 153 Fun Pie Graphs: I thought it might be interesting to look at my reading in pie charts since I kept a spreadsheet this year and have really good stats. The first stat I compiled was how many books I read each month. As you can see, I read a lot more during the second half of the year. There are probably a few reasons for this. First off, I was still teaching at the homeschool co-op until May and then I really jumped headfirst into revising my MG manuscript. I sent it off on submission… Read more »


Dec 01
November 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

November 2018 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in November: I’ve been working on finishing up my first draft of the YA novel I wrote last NaNoWriMo. (This past year I focused mostly on editing the MG book I’m now querying and doing more writing workshops and study.) As of writing this post, I’m almost there. My goal was to finish in November, and I was so close last night, but I wasn’t feeling all that well, and I realized I was basically rushing so I could say “Done!” And that’s sort of silly. I hope to finish this weekend. (But this is a rough, rough draft that’s going to need LOTS of edits, so don’t get too excited for me. 😉 ) I attended my local SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) monthly meetup. This month our group leader did a talk about her picture book small print publishing company, which I thought was really interesting…. Read more »