Year End Review

animation_candle_flameMy year in 2014 doesn’t quite feel like twelve months long. Somewhere amongst the full moons, I missed seven of them because of working mega hours outside the home and away from the homestead.

So, while I could offer up the excuse of not enough time, I’ll just note the things I did accomplish during the year.

Writing Projects I Hoped to Complete

*Stories that are started, but not finished

**Stories that are not started (except perhaps a chapter or outline)

*Fowl Summer Nights: Humourous Novella: COMPLETED/PUBLISHED

Completed Writing Projects I Hope to Edit

Scattered Stones: Traditional Fantasy Novel: WORK IN PROGRESS

Stories I Hope to Publish

Fowl Summer Nights: Humourous Novella

Publishing Goals for Quarter Castle Publishing

Publish five novels: PUBLISHED ONE NOVEL

Run a short story contest where a dozen authors appear in an anthology (the First Annual Quarter Castle Short Story Contest): DONE: Winners will be announced March 15, 2015

Continue to build a great website.

Fantasy Films I Hope to Watch for the First Time or Again

*Movies I’ve seen once before December 2013

**Movies I’ve seen more than once before December 2013

Movies without an * are ones I’ve never seen, but look forward to watching

Hobbit (The) Part I: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Seen December 22, 2013

Hobbit (The) Part II: The Desolation of Smaug: Seen spring 2014

Legend: Seen summer 2014

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012): Seen December 14, 2013

**Willow (1988): Seen December 27, 2013

I saw several other movies during the year that were not fantasy. One I would highly recommend is Cold Comfort Farm. You can watch the trailer on YouTube. It’s funny, whimsical and inspirational. The main character strives to be a writer and needs material which she finds at a distant relatives farm.Milk-SpiritGoat

On the homestead (mine not Cold Comfort Farm), not a lot has been accomplished in the way of new pastures and outbuildings, but there were a few big changes. They came in the form of goats: six of them to be exact. I am now an official goat breeder under the name Moonshire. This means all goats born on the farm from my does carry the name Moonshire plus their individual name.

For example, I might name a doe Moonshire Henrietta or Moonshire Buttercup.

My does (bred by other women) are Petunia, Fritz and Spirit (who will be transferred to my daughter with the understanding I get one of her future doe kids). I own the bucks Rascal McTaz and his son Moonshire Ellsworth (who will be transferred to my son with the understanding I can use his services at any time).

Two of my children also became registered breeders. They are the goat show people on the homestead, so you’ll see them at goat shows in Nova Scotia, wearing their whites and walking their animals.

My new venture—I knew you’d ask why I’d have so many goats—is making goat milk soap. I’m just getting starting, playing with recipes and deciding on business cards and logos, and making a business plan. I’m also designing a new website for the company. I’ll post a link when it’s ready for the public’s eye.

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In the meantime, you can learn more about the goats on my Moonshire Meadow blog.

My two new additions to Moonshire Meadow: Petunia (left) and Fritz.
My two new additions to Moonshire Meadow: Petunia (left) and Fritz.

Gardening is another obsession of mine. Obviously my limited time at home stunted the garden growth. Still I managed to put down a winter’s worth of onions, peas and beans. I also put in a few more blueberry bushes, honeyberry (hascap) bushes and a sweet cherry tree.

With 2015 only minutes away, I’m looking down a very different twelve-month road than I was a year ago. I sense this will be my busiest year yet. Still, the fun will be there; it always is.

I don’t wish to add new goals to the list compiled in December 2013, so I’ll simply continue on with what hasn’t been achieved (with only a few modifications). They are still accomplishments/project I want completed. Over the next few days, I’ll update the list, but as it stands, these are my 2015 goals:

Writing Projects I Hope to Complete

*Stories that are started, but not finished

**Stories that are not started (except perhaps a chapter or outline)

*Roots to the Past: The First Four Years: Non-fiction Genealogy: Currently working on this project

**When a Boy Becomes a Crow: Humourous Novel

*Letters: Contemporary Short Story

**Healing Stones: Traditional Fantasy Novel

Completed Writing Projects I Hope to Edit

Throw Away Kitten: Contemporary Children’s Novel

Scattered Stones: Traditional Fantasy Novel: Currently working on this project

Stories I Hope to Publish

Throw Away Kitten: Contemporary Children’s Novel

Scattered Stones: Traditional Fantasy Novel

Letters: Contemporary Short Story

Roots to the Past: The First Four Years: Non-fiction Genealogy

Publishing Goals for Quarter Castle Publishing

Publish four novels

Finalize the 2014 short story contest and publish the winners.

Attend no less than five selling events, which include such things as craft shows, farmers markets and author days.

Continue to build a great website.

Fantasy Films I Hope to Watch for the First Time or Again

*Movies I’ve seen once before December 2013

**Movies I’ve seen more than once before December 2013

Movies without an * are ones I’ve never seen, but look forward to watching

*Chronicles of Narnia (The) I

*Chronicles of Narnia (The) II: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Chronicles of Narnia (The) III: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

**Dark Crystal (The) (1982)

Dragonheart (1996)

*Dungeons & Dragons

Eragon

Excalibur (1981)

Harry Potter Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone: No. I

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: No. II

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: No. III

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: No. IV

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: No. V

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: No. VI

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: No. VII

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011): No. VIII

Hobbit (The) Part III: There and Back Again (comes out in 2014)

*Lord of the Rings Part I: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

*Lord of the Rings Part II: Return of the King (2003)

Lord of the Rings Part III: Two Towers

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief

**Princess Bride (The) (1987)

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And on that note, before I start my next glass of wine, I’ll wish everyone a Happy New Year. May all your goals and dreams come true.

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