A Million Brilliant Shadows

Archive for July 2009

I realized within the last few days that I haven’t thought this blog out well enough. I’m going to take the next few days to really think through what my plans are for this blog. I’m also reworking my 101 list yet again to get rid of the goals that I don’t believe will benefit me in the ways I think these goals should.

Edit @ 12:45: I guess I should also say that I’m putting my goals on hold until I figure this all out.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“She seemed like such a sniveling, cowardly fool that no one bothered about her until there were only a handful of contestants left. It turned out she could kill viciously.” – The Hunger Games, Suzanne Phillips (pg. 41)

Today’s Musing Mondays: Do you have an account with an online book database site (LibraryThing, Shelfari, GoodReads, etc)? If so, do you have a preference? Do you use it for – your own record keeping? finding new books to read? social networking?

I have a GoodReads account. Right now, I mainly use it just for record keeping. I just set up my account a few days ago so I haven’t really had time to start browsing through to find new books to read or to use it for social networking. I also didn’t realize there were other online book database sites. (I need to get out more!) So, I guess I’ll have to check them out and decide which one I like best.


  • Clean and organize my bed side table and the top of my dresser.
  • Create a morning routine.
  • Create an evening routine.
  • Create a weekly schedule for household tasks.
  • Create a home management notebook.


  • Read Scribbit’s ebook Blogging in Pink: A Woman’s Guide.
  • Listen to one audiobook a month.
  • Join and complete at least 8 reading challenges: the Everything Austen reading challenge and 101 books in 1001 days


I did not finish all the tasks that I outlined in my Goal Focus for Week #1, but that’s okay.

The 4 task I completed this week were:
Organizing my desk.
Joining Goodreads to keep up with read and to-be-read books.
Finishing writing my thank you notes and getting them out.
Learning more about Twitter and joining if I was interested.

I do have to say my desk look better. I don’t have junk piled on it anymore. I still haven’t found a home for my sewing machine (whose home used to be my desk), but that’s in the works and doesn’t really mess up the organization system I have going.

You can find my Goodreads account here.

I’m glad all the thank you notes are done and gone. I was way behind on them and was getting tired of looking at the cards and the list of people I still needed to send one to. I felt bad about taking so long to get them done, but there were just so many to do. Plus there were tons of cards for (somewhat distant) family members I didn’t have current addresses for, so I had to try to get in touch with people who either had the addresses or knew how to get in touch with the people to get the addresses. But at least it is all behind me now.

I looked into Twitter and, right now, I really don’t see the point. Maybe at some point I’ll see the advantages of it and might join, but I really don’t know when that will be.

I’ve finally finished my first task for Everything Austen. It’s taken me a lot longer than I expected and has made me seriously rethink my list, but more on that later.

It took me a little over two weeks to read Emma. I’m just going to assume that it took so long because I’m not used to reading a British literature novel without having some intense deadline looming over me. I enjoyed reading the book even though I found most of the characters very, very annoying. Emma’s attitude towards others concerning their places in society really bothered me. I really think she should have been brought down a notch much earlier in the book, when she could have really done herself and others some good.

The only version of the film I was able to get from the library was the 1996 Miramax version starring Gwyneth Paltrow. I have to say that the movie did not disappoint me. Yes, like most movies based on books, there were some omissions, but, had I not just recently read the book, I don’t think it would have been as obvious to me. I still found most of the characters very, very annoying, although some were not nearly as annoying as in the book.

I’m somewhat disappointed in myself for this sad little post about completing my first Everything Austen task, but I plan to do better next time.


  • Clean and organize my bed side table and the top of my dresser.
  • Organize my desk. (FINISHED)
  • Create a morning routine.
  • Create an evening routine.


  • Learn more about Twitter. If interesting, join. (FINISHED)
  • Start database or spreadsheet for family addresses/phone numbers and keep it updated.
  • Join Goodreads to keep up with books read and books to be read. (FINISHED)


  • Finish writing all thank you notes and mail or hand-deliver them. (FINISHED)

From now until the end of my 101 project, I will post a weekly goal focus. I don’t have the finish the things on the goal focus this week, but I have to work on them. Just because something isn’t on the goal focus list doesn’t mean I might not work on it that week.

(This actually should have been posted on Sunday evening, but I didn’t get it done. Ugh.)

101 Goals in 1001 Days

Start date: 19 July 2009
End date: 15 April 2012

Total goals: 85
Goals to be determined: 16
Goals completed: 4
Goals in progress: 10

You can find my full list here.

**My goal project is on hold until September so I can figure some things out**