February is a rough month for me. It's cold and dreary, the air in SLC is basically poison, and it comes with ridiculous adulting tasks such as doing your taxes--blergh. In a way that could explain how I fell a little short of my goal in February, but that would be reductive. Yes, it's been a stressful month. No, I didn't get as much writing in as I had hoped, but I did maintain steady writing even when things got crazy at the dayjob and otherwise, so I'm still counting it as a win overall.
That said, here are my stats for February:
- Goal: 500 words/day
- Total word goal for February: 20,000
- Total Words written: 14,242
- Total writing days: 18
- Average words/writing day: 791
- Best writing day: February 8 (1,273 words)
Again, many of these words will need heavy, heavy editing, but that's okay. My first drafts are allowed to be messy. The most important thing is to let that story out and at a draft of currently 39,441 words out of 80,000, I'm about to hit mid-point climax land, which is one of my favorites. This thing is getting more and more book-shaped and despite firmly being a plotter, I discover new things about Ollie and Jesse, and all of these other characters every day and that's what makes it fun.
- Goal: 8 books/month toward a total of 100 this year
- Total books read in February: 7
- Titles read:
- The Captive Prince (1-3) by C. S. Pacat: Man, I devoured those books within a week and a half. So good. Pick them up now.
- Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files Book 8) by Jim Butcher: This was a "re-read" in audio form. Thank you, James Marsters for making my walk to and from school extra awesome.
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black: This book was so weird, but in a good way. I really enjoyed it, although it left me wanting more.
- Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America by Lillian Federman: This was research for my current WIP and oh, so informative. I learned things about lady queer history that I had no idea were a thing. I highly recommend this, especially due to its focus on lesbian twentieth-century history.
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: This book is beautiful inside and out. And come on, fantasy heists, how could you not want to read this? I loved the awesomely diverse cast of characters in this. Can't wait for Crooked Kingdom.
- White Night (The Dresden Files Book 9) by Jim Butcher: This is very much a Harry and Thomas story and I love how it twists some of the things that we already know about their relationship. Also, the dialogue especially is spot on as always.
That's it for me for February. In March, I hope to at least hit 15,000 words, but ideally 20,000 and I hope to make more time to read again, because I definitely feel more balanced when I get at least an hour to read a day. I'm sure everyone around me would agree!
Anyway, what are your goals for March, the month of Spring is Coming? What are your highly anticipated reads? What are you currently working on? Share your goals and accomplishments with me in the comments!
As always, happy writing!