Hello everyone, and happy February! This last month was a super productive one for me, thanks to winter break, and then a week of zoom-class to start the semester. I packed every day full of work to take advantage of my free time and marked off 19/24 general goals! I also prioritized reading this month, since it’s more difficult for me to find uninterrupted time during the school year. During breaks, I work in an IT job, and I never thought I’d be grateful for blue-screening computers, but I finished beta-reading a couple books while waiting on system restores and updates to run haha. My one gripe is that my friends aren’t on Goodreads yet so they don’t “count” towards my public goal – officially, I’ve finished 3/50 for my yearly resolution!
I think I’m going to focus on writing progress in February, before the semester gets too intense. My class schedule this year is really nice, where every day starts at 9:20. If I can get up on time, that gives me roughly an hour of writing time in the mornings. Hopefully that won’t be eaten by writing lab reports lol. Without further ado, here’s my recap for January!
Won by 4 points – 9/10
Finish Order of the Sun – This is a book by a good friend of mine, Lila Mary (@writeblrfantasy on tumblr), and the first in a romance-political-intrigue-fantasy trilogy. I really enjoyed this story, and I’m super excited to read the next two books! Read + Comment on Dreams Shadow – I read Dreams last year, and helped Siarven as they further developed the story, so I was HONORED to read the latest draft this month. It’s incredible, and I cannot wait until they publish it so I can yell about it with other fans. It has some of the coolest worldbuilding I’ve ever seen, and if you want to hear more about it, you can check out my interview with them here! Read Youth Sunken for Katie and Review – Youth Sunken is a new horror novel by Katelynn Koontz (@abalonetea on tumblr), and I received a free copy as part of her Patreon. It’s a thrilling story that feels like an episode of the twilight zone, and I highly encourage you all to check it out! Make a new website schedule for the year – My original plan for the year involved serially posting a chapter of Runaways a month and launching a new pen name, but I realized I was far too busy and burnt out from school and other obligations to dedicate the time I would need to make this happen. I also didn’t want to rush the story and put out sub-par work, so I decided I would stick with my regularly scheduled posting for now, which meant reworking my plans. I’ve got some exciting ideas coming up for extra content, and taking this extra time and energy means that Runaways will be better than ever when it’s ready for release!
G and WordPress scheduling for January – Starting the year out strong with not missing a week! I’m hoping to do a scaled-back version of #faebruary on Instagram this upcoming month and I’m super excited to share some of my illustrations and concept art with you! Finish and send out mailing list story – I had the worst writer’s block coming off a weeks-long writing hiatus and trying to manage three different tenses for this, but “Brigid’s Visits” is now available to my newsletter! In case you missed it, you can sign up here and get access to my backlog, including “Matter”, and “Jack of Fables”!
Research and fix wordpress tags – pffff I’ve been promising myself I would do this for months, but when I spend so much time coding for class, the last thing I really want to do is more CompSci stuff in my free time. One of these days I’ll put my Responsible Businesswoman hat on and get my platform act together, but for now I’m just vibing on my tiny corner of the internet.
Finish Storge Read Through – I’m SO PROUD of my new outline guys, you have no idea. It’s huge. I have an excel sheet with 16 columns, and 114 rows to track every aspect of the story, tabs with an “easier to see overview”, character arcs, worldbuilding trackers, and themes/motifs/foreshadowing. This was a huge amount of work, but it’s serving its use as I rewrite! I also completed half of the first chapter! I’m tentatively hoping to finish this rewrite by the end of the year, which means I will need to do 2-3 chapters a month. I’m not holding my breath on this, but I think it is a strong start. There’s a saying that goes “5 minutes of organization is worth 15 minutes of work” and I’m hoping that holds true for this project. Do 3 marker arts / Watch the Witcher – well, I started the Witcher, so I’m calling that good enough. I’m mainly watching it because ALL of my friends have recommended it, and I love Joey Batey’s music in The Amazing Devil, so Jaskier is the highlight of the show for me. I struggled to get past the nudity and sex scenes, but maybe I’ll pick it up again later. I have done quite a lot of marker art though, so this goal of “Do some fun, creative, low stress things you’ve been meaning to mark off” is done! Check on Runaways Betas – A few of my lovely readers have finished the draft and left me incredibly kind comments, and a few had to quit for time-constraint reasons, so I threw it at a few more family friends. I’m hoping to have a clear consensus soon – it’s difficult to tell sometimes with a DNF if the problem is the story being boring or just life being crazy, but I’m hopeful they’ll help me turn this story into what it deserves. If you’re interested in joining as a beta reader, please fill out this short form! It contains all the information about the story and logistics.
That’s all I have for today, so thank you for reading! What are you working on this month? I want this blog to be more than me shouting into the void, and so if I can use this platform to help boost other creators, I’d love to see your work too. If you want to have your recommendations and/or your own writing featured in a Resource Rec post, or if you want to collaborate with me, you can leave a comment below for both, or contact me on either tumblr or IG! Happy Writing! 🙂