Friday Five: SHIVER Contest Winner & Week’s Wrap Up

Is it Friday already? Is it the weekend yet?

It’s been a busy week & a productive one, in terms of finishing up a couple of things, getting started on a few more, and at least moving forward on some others. Here’s some of what I did.

1. Forgot (on Wednesday) to pull a winner for my Shiver giveaway and remembered (on Thursday) to do it. The winner is so appropriate, I think, since she has the name that’s the closest (of all the entrants) to the book’s title.

Shevi, come on down! Email me at beckylevine at ymail dot com, with your snail mail address, and I’ll get the book out to you soon. Definitely in time for you to read before Linger comes out. 🙂

2. Finished a scene in my YA historical, heaved a deep sigh of a not-quite defined emotion, and sent it off to my critique group.

3. Made some decisions about how to proceed with my picture book, hopefully decisions that will–as my husband says–maximize my bird-to-stone ratio. More on this later.

4. Dug into some new critique projects that I’m pretty much in love with.

5. Got a tentative date (May 6th) for the online critique class I’ll be teaching through Writer’s Digest this spring. I’ll let you know when the course info is up on their site.

6. (Yes, I know, it’s cheating.) Hooked up with friends, relaxed with books, and watched Zombieland with husband and son. In other words, stayed sane, an accomplishment–as you all know–NOT to be dismissed lightly.

Happy Almost Weekend!


  1. Hats off for productive and happy-making weeks!


    • beckylevine says:

      Sometimes I think I need to make these end-of-the-week lists as much as I do the to-do ones at the start of the week. Because I don’t always feel like I got anywhere, but writing it down makes it a bit more clear!


  2. Jeanie W says:

    Wrapping up the week like this is a good idea. I read this post as I was gearing up to make a long to-do list. I decided to start with a what-have-I-done list first (in my journal. I don’t write much on my blog. It’s more for drawing.). Then, item by item, I worked out what I needed to do next in that particular area of my life or writing. It’s helping me organize, and it’s undergirding all the tasks I have ahead of me with a sense of having accomplished some stuff already. I feel so … balanced. I may have to get in the habit of doing this every week.


    • Jeanie W says:

      Oh, and congrats to Shevi!


    • beckylevine says:

      I didn’t even plan for it to feel this way, Jeanie, but it made me feel balanced, too. And more productive than I’d felt like I was being–which was really good. I think about the journal idea, too, and then worry that I’m not really balanced enough to add that to every week! 🙂


      • Jeanie W says:

        I hear you. 🙂 Seeing what I’ve done in the past week is making me more realistic in how I plan for the next one. If my to-do list looks longer than my what-I-did-last week list, I probably shouldn’t be too surprised if it takes me more than a week to finish everything.


  3. Cool idea – to recap the week! I’ve begun doing this as I lie down at night – in regards to personal life – taking note of what I did well, in addition to my natural tendency to feel regret over things. It really does bring balance.

    Clearly you are one busy and productive lady! Hmmm bird to stone ratio! Love that – whatever it means.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • beckylevine says:

      It does help, Joyce–I think we go through the week feeling busy & not really looking at what we are getting done. So when we reminder ourselves…

      Bird to stone ratio goes back to the “killing two birds with one stone” saying. A bit violent, but it makes sense.


  4. Shevi says:

    Yippee, I won! Sweet, thanks!


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