Spring is the time of plans and projects

― Leo Tolstoy. “Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

I love this quote and enjoy having a bit of a spring clean. In fact, I read somewhere that spring cleaning is actually good for your mental health and it releases endorphins. My WOTY this year was plan and it’s fully something I want to embrace, this prompt felt like a good opportunity to review these plans.

So my plans were:

Food plansMostly on track (I have been following a monthly plan)
Exercise planSome variations but still an increase, so I don’t want to beat myself up about it too much.
Budget planMostly on track, with everything going up in value we probably need to readjust a little.
Blog Post PlanMostly on track with the introduction of Tile Tales on Monday, followed by Book Reviews on Tuesday, WQW participation and #Writephoto Thursdays.
Research for the new novelTime limitations have caused some issues with this but it’s still in the pipeline.
My Goodreads book reviewsMostly on track.
More Writing (ideally finish first draft of one novel and start first draft of the second).Time limitations have caused some issues with this but I hope to be back on track asap.

I also planned to revive my travel ambitions this year (if time and covid allowed), and luckily that has proven to be the case (although I am sticking with the UK for the moment). We took a brilliant trip to London earlier in March. I was hoping to visit the tower but we decided with our little guy it would be too much so we’ve saved that for another time.

We have a wonderful trip to Skye booked for later in the year. Two very different holidays.

I haven’t totally achieved all my targets but I think I have made good progress and I’m happy with that.

Have you set yourself any plans for this year? If so, I’d love to hear them.


Originally written in response to


Know Your History – 28th August – Leo Tolstoy born

know your history - writingOn this day… 28th August, 1828 – Leo Tolstoy born.

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September [recorded as Old style Julian calendar as 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

He is best known for War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). He first achieved literary acclaim in his 20s with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy’s fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Family Happiness, and Hadji Murad. He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.

About Writing

Many novelists call Tolstoy the greatest novelist ever.leo tolstoy - the hero is truth

War and Peace has over 400,000 words, but that doesn’t make Tolstoy the greatest novelist according to some; yet even the most awarded and accomplished novelists call him that. James Joyce looked up to him, Virginia Woolf declared him the greatest novelist ever.

Nabokov, Chekov, Proust, Faulkner all sung his praises. There is hardly a criticism in the novelists’ book. And it is Anna Karenina that most of these authors believe to be his best masterpiece, not the sprawling War and Peace that many have come to know him by.

Did You Know?..

He gave away his wealth.

Tolstoy had just come off a huge financial hit with Anna Karenina. He started to rake in the cash and was making money like a good Russian noble ought to during that time. And he had done it all through writing.

Except Tolstoy couldn’t abide by his Christian values and keep all that money to himself. He gave up most of his fortune, often to local beggars. It drove his wife, Sofya, to rejection. She had gone into their marriage believing she had married a comfortable and wealthy noble only to be subjected to Tolstoy’s constant and nearly complete charity. Tolstoy eventually left home to travel and he became a wandering ascetic.

For this and other interesting facts including a great link with the Anna Karenina train station visit – http://www.writinggooder.com/2013/04/the-six-six-things-you-didnt-know-about-leo-tolstoy/