Grimm’s Fairy Tales meet Van Helsing…and rewarding yourself

untitledI went to see Hansel & Gretel today and enjoyed it. It was fun and I got a laugh that Hansel has to give himself insulin shots because he ate too much of the witch’s candy house growing up!  I must admit Jeremy Renner was a big draw for me – loved him in the Hurt Locker.

I give it a ‘B’. It’s an entertaining afternoon but not on my favorite list.

What do you think of Hollywood reinventing all these movies? Like or Not?

Since I finished the first 1/3 of the revisions on my book, I treated myself to a movie. Helps keep me motivated. I also will use rewards such as a pedicure or massage.  All part of my be good to yourself resolution for 2013.MV5BMjA4MDQwODg2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTc5ODc2OA@@._V1._SY317_

 

I have a bunch on my ‘want to see’ list:

Mama

Broken City

Parker

Side Effects

A Good Day to Die Hard – gotta love Bruce Willis

Beautiful Creatures

Safe Haven

and that only takes me through February. Now I will say – a couple of these might be RedBox…

 

What’s on your list to see?

Happy Monday!

 

 

What are you doing to celebrate the Winter Solstice? I’m writing…

Today is officially the first day of winter, also known as the Winter Solstice. This is when the sun is at its lowest point above the horizon. Happy Solstice!

16a Most of us have plenty to eat to make it through the winter (harsh or not depending on where you’re located). So donate some canned goods to your local food pantry or shelter. Or drop off a bag of cat food or dog food to your local animal shelter. They can always use old towels for the critters.

My agenda for today: finish the book I started reading last night, help my nieces make sugar cookies, and work on book 2 in the Shadow Walker series. I know who the main characters are but am still working on what they are all doing and moving the overall plot along.008

I usually do a rough outline – in my head and then as a couple of pages written in Word. Afterwards, I set up a grid in excel with each chapter, who’s in it, what’s happening and the date/time of day if it’s relevant – it is in this one. I also set up a tab with my character profiles – handy when you’re trying to remember if he has blue or green eyes <grin. And finally, I have a tab for schedule…what is the schedule tab? It’s where I track my daily writing goals. I don’t know about you but I need a deadline to keep me going so I set them myself. I’ve posted images so you can see these below.

Are you ready for the holidays? Have you finished your preparations or are you running around to frantically get it all done? I highly recommend a gift to yourself of a massage – your body and mind will thank you!

This is a great time of year to reflect on the year and plan for the next. What did you accomplish this year? What are your goals for 2013?

Happy Winter!

Schedule tab:

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Character grid:

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And the character profile:

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Cheers!