Game Plan Report: March

First my success rate at predicting the Oscars:
I got a whopping 42% correct. If I factor out the winners awarded to movies I did not see, my success rate climbs to 53%. (I only missed two movies that got awards, FROZEN and HER. Those two raked in three awards.) Not bad for someone who knows nothing about movie-making.

Oh, and guess what? The “Achievement in Documentary Short Film” went to a story that makes the heart and soul smile: THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE. Check out the trailer here:
The Lady in Number 6 (YouTube)

My Game plan for 2014:

Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. Get my novel published:  I will get editors, a cover designer, and a publisher.  I will.
    Progress:  Rod asked for the whole manuscript! Yeah! He passed it on to another editor and e-mailed me that he should get back to me in two more weeks. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, and at the same time, I feel like getting this far is encouraging. I finished reading Guy K’s artisan publishing guide APE. I am ready to forge ahead with my next step toward artisal publishing.
  2. Knit or crochet yarn stash into hats for charity:  I have a lot of yarn stash.
    Progress:  I took a break in hat knitting to finish Loved-One’s sweater. Front, back and half of both sleeves completed. (A tip from Mom, knit both sleeves at the same time guarantees the sleeves will be the same length.)

  3. Make enough money writing to pay property taxes:  Maybe I wasn’t clear enough in 2013.
    Progress:   4 newspaper articles for a local paper.
  4. An interview lined up to teach a technical writing seminar.

  5. Expand my platform: a key to successful selling of a published book, I’m told.
    Progress:  BlogHer, SheWrites, Instagram, Twitter, FB page; Google+; Growing, still growing.

  6. Experience Night at the Museum with Two More Grandkids:  Last year, I waited too long, and every single session sold out before summer even got here.  I love camping out with the bones of dinosaurs and exploring mummies by flashlight.  So does Loved-One.  So do the kids.
    Progress:  Overnight scheduled with the grandkids.  Yay!DSCN5543
  7. Travel Route 66 with Loved-One:  I plan to get some sponsors and write about out trip.
    Progress:  None
  8. Volunteer:  Last year I tried a women’s shelter.  Maybe this year, the food pantry.
    Progress:  None
  9. Read two book a month:  This goal doubles my 2013 rate.  I I posted interview with Rachel Thompson, author of Broken Pieces
    I finished three books this month: APE
    by Guy Kawasaki, as I mentioned earlier. Dangeled Caret  by Hilary Grossman. I scheduled an interview with her. Stay tuned for a blog post about another fascinating author. Gee, this is fun! I also read an amazing biography of President Garfield, by Candice Milllard, Destiny of the Republic/strong><span style="color: #003366;" Oh my! What an amazing book. The sub-title "A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of the President," only begins to explain how intriguing this book is.

  10. Get new carpeting for the lower level:  Ugh!  I don’t even want to go down there, it looks so bad.
    Progress:  None 
  11. Send St. Patrick’s Day photo cards to friends and family:  A friend sends out Valentine’s Day photo-cars.  I love getting her card after all the hustle-bustle of the Christmas season has subsided. Yes, I’m piggy-backing on her idea.

    Progress:  I better get cracking. Plus, I must sent my baby brother one birthday card a week. He turns 50 tomorrow. I remember when my sibs did this for me. Holy Smokes, what a good feelling to get so many kinds wishes and thoughts coming my way.

Not all that much progress during February. I did spend a week with Mom while she recovers from knee replacement surgery, and I did take a one week vacation to a warmer part of the country. (More on that later this week.) Plus, a wonderful new friend gave me my first birthday present, FOREVER LILY, a new book to read. And I started DIVERGENT. I’ll be taking Miss E. to the movie, lunch and shopping. She’ll be 14 later this month.

This week I watching 5 grandchildren, and working from my i-Pad with a WordPress app. It’s a bit funky working with code showing. I hope things don’t look to goofed.

But before I go, please tell me:

    • Did you make plans this year?
    • What are you accomplishing this year?
    • Should I drop the St. Patrick’s Day photo card?
    • Got any good books recommend?

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