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Mid-Month Check-In: February 2015

February is always unsettling to me. The newness of January has worn off, but it’s not quite my birthday month (March), and yet, all I have to do is blink and it’s over. Poor February. So short.

As I said in January, I’m not sure how long I will do these little mid-month check-ins. So far, they have been general reflections on my 2015 resolutions and kind of a business and personal health check. I’m thinking that after this month, I might restrict them to my author newsletter, which you can read about here and sign up for here.

But, for now, let’s see how I’m doing this month.


Yikes. As always, I feel like this is the goal that suffers. Isn’t that so cliche of me? I finished my pen and paper edits of The Cogsmith’s Daughter on January 31st, and now I am in the revision stage. Revising and rewriting are taking much longer than I expected, which is trying my patience on many levels. With my day job, it’s difficult to find the large chunks of time I need to work on the revising, especially now that I’m working overtime every week. However, I know work is not a valid enough excuse — not when I seem to have plenty of time for television and reading in my life. I just need to suck it up and refocus.

I’m also getting very antsy to start a new manuscript. I have my next two manuscripts planned. I haven’t started writing on them, because I worry that if I do, I will abandon The Cogsmith’s Daughter and get way off my intended publication schedule. We’ll see how long I last.


My business goals are progressing smoothly. I’ve finally started my newsletter, and I have a few ideas I am wanting to try in other areas of my author platform. I’ll be running those by my newsletter crowd and asking what they would most like to see.

To give you a taste: video, blog series, and an adorable photo series with my new writing buddy on Facebook and Instagram.

As for reading, that is going well also. I have finished one of the books from my ever-growing book review list, and I’ve started my first beta read for another author. Plus, now that my work reading load has gone down, I’m able to get back to the nonfiction I want to read for me, which has been fantastic.


Marriage is lovely. Daniel and I celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together (both as a married couple and on the same continent). We’re still waiting on his permanent residency and graduate school admissions, but he has finally obtained the proper paperwork for employment, so that’s very exciting!


On the positive side, I’ve been good about my eating healthy and exercising goals. We’re doing a fitness challenge at work right now where we aim to get 8,000 steps a day. While my pedometer doesn’t make it to 8,000 every day, I’m close to what I need each week, and it’s been good motivation to get up and move.

On the negative side, I had my first migraine of the year this past week. It came back with a vengeance. I’m attributing it to a poor night’s sleep and me stressing myself out over little things that don’t require stress. Because that’s just what I do sometimes. But hey, that’s the longest migraine-free streak I’ve had in a long time, so that’s progress!

Well that’s it for me today. I just wanted to check in with you all since the blog is being (happily!) taken over by The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour this month. Don’t worry — we’ll be back with week three of author interviews tomorrow!

How are your new year’s resolutions going? Have you been keeping up with your own writing goals? Share your progress and/or commiserate as needed!

17 thoughts on “Mid-Month Check-In: February 2015”

  1. Congratulations on such great progress on your goals! I’ve really been enjoying your author interview posts, too. I’m been taking a “month by month” approach on writing goals and I’m doing well so far. Giving each month a one-month long goal is helping me focus my energy on one project at a time.

    January was finish the rewrite of Cold Spring month. Check! (Now it’s out to betas) February is prewrite all the March and April blogposts (book promotion things for the release of Going Through the Change). I’ve done all my A-Z posts and three guest posts so far, so I think I might make it.

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    1. Nice! Sounds like you’ve been busy, too. I like your approach of taking things one month at a time. I’m trying to focus on one writing goal at a time as well, but with work, my timelines keep getting longer and longer! Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement!


  2. Depending on weather, I kinda’ like February. Apart from the blather over the 14th.

    Short? Well that’s part of the charm. The days start to get noticeably longer in the northern hemisphere. Toward the end of month, birds start arriving that have the pretty sounds. The caw, caw, of Crows and Jays is more than a little wearing. The magnolias buds are fattening and the first crocus appear. There is an inherent promise in February. One of seven glorious months ahead, until the cycle deepens back to the winter season again.

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  3. Editing and revising are hard! I am totally with you on that. I get home from my 9-10 hour work day, look at the giant pile of paper that needs to be cared for, and promptly turn on Netflix.

    I get migraines too- they are the worst! I hope yours was short lived.

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  4. Have you read what Stephen King recommends for new manuscripts? He said after you finish writing to put your book away for 3 months. 3 MONTHS. Can you imagine? Then you can find your mistakes and do your revisions with more distance, etc. I think I lasted a month and then I tried to go through it all and realized the wisdom in Mr. King’s words. Of course, then I dragged and changed it all for years, but that’s another story. Gah!

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    1. I had not heard that advice. I put mine away for a month and then took baby steps into the editing. I feel like that has been enough time to create emotional distance, I just need to do a better job of time management in general.


      1. Show me a writer with patience and I will you a person who is not passionate about writing. Passion leaves little time for being patient about much. Control is what old age and wisdom give us. It will come. Just don’t loose what sparks your passion. If you do you are truly lost.

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  5. Much sympathy from a fellow migraine sufferer. There are so many triggers, and here in the Northeast, the sub-freezing temperatures are hard to get away from. I can’t stay home every day!

    My one goal this year was to blog every week. So far, I’ve done it with the exception of last week. However, I did spend last Tuesday re-organizing my blog, adding widgets, etc., so I’m hoping that counts!

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