2022 begins, with a clean slate and old business
Pandemic Year Two has come and gone, with an instant segue into Pandemic Year Three. I hope that even with the continued craziness, you and yours will experience a New Year filled with love, prosperity, and discovery.
Fred and I are natural homebodies, so we weren’t bouncing off the walls due to lack of human contact. The one bold move we made in December was to see Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch (of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun) at our favorite theater, the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana. Everyone in the theater was required to wear a mask, so we felt relatively safe. But with Omicron storming across the nation, we won’t be seeing movies in theaters anytime soon.
Weather conditions have made it hard for Fred to seal the bottom of the micro-studio to keep out rain, drafts, and critters. He did manage to apply enough construction “mud” to get the job done, but then he had to contend with extremely sore muscles and pulled hamstrings for several days. The next step is to install the electrical outlet in the shed so he can use both lamps and his new space heater while he’s working. But first we have more important matters to address.
Mark of the Champion is with the proofreader now. After I receive the manuscript and apply the corrections, I will format the book myself. I’ve been a graphic artist by profession for over thirty years, so I am well-versed in InDesign and its features. That doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park, though. I’m taking a SkillShare class on InDesign to make sure I get everything right.
But even if everything gets done super quick, some things are preventing Fred and I from moving forward with our projects. We need to re-register our business name, and create two DBAs, so we can apply for a business license. But in order to do that, we have to obtain a copy of Fred’s ID. His current ID expired in 2020. I paid the renewal fee after the expiration, but we never received the new ID in the mail. Without an up-to-date ID, we can’t move forward with our business.
That means the timeline I set for the publication of Mark of the Champion will have to be pushed further down the road. I’m a little let down by this, but if we have to wait for everything to be done properly, so be it.
The Wilder Life
Fred and I check out a lot of DVDs and BluRays from our local library. Currently we’re in the middle of a Wes Anderson mini film fest. In December we watched Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and we’ll be finishing up with The Royal Tenenbaums and my favorite Anderson film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. In addition, we borrowed several DVDs of Rankin-Bass holiday specials, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Little Drummer Boy, and we were amazed to discover a hidden gem not listed on the DVD box: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. I hadn’t seen it since I was around five or six. This is the version that made Bill Murray cry. It may have been Christmas time, but boy was this a delightful Easter egg.
Writing and Business News
Continue outlining Book Two in the Unified Realms series
Apply proofreader corrections
Rewrite script for MOTC Book Trailer
Renew our DBA and make a new DBA for our publishing imprint
Enter receipts in finance tracking application
Apply for Real ID (both of us)
Apply for new business license after receiving updated IDs
Edit and post collaboration video
I’ve decided to stop bolding items and instead delete them if they’re completed. Some of these items will stay on the list longer than others, especially for anything business related. I’m not aiming to clear the list completely, because there will always be something new to add to it.
Highlight of the Month
A live-action version of the Italian fairy tale.
My husband likes to find obscure movies that might not have received the respect they’re due. This was another library discovery that hews closely to the original story. You won’t find any Disney vibes here, but you will see many magical creatures, wonder, danger, and love as Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who frequently disobeys his father, finds himself in one predicament after another. His misfortunes are often due to his own actions, and it takes several interventions from a magical being to put him back on the right course.
This film has some great acting and gorgeous vistas that are reminiscent of animated Studio Ghibli films. The DVD we borrowed has both the Italian version and the English Dub. It is darker than most versions of Pinocchio, so be advised before allowing young children to view it.
Thank you for reading!
You can learn more about me and my works in progress, including a character gallery, biography, and the first eight pages of Mark of the Champion at my author website, candyglynnwilder.com.