Monthly Book Draft Challenge: February

Serious question: Where did February go?

Let’s be real here people, we all knew February was going to fly by. It always does. And yet somehow, why am I so shocked by this? It’s like even though you KNOW February is a freakishly short month, you go about your days somehow expecting it to feel exactly like every other normal month, and then suddenly it’s the 27th and you’re running around in circles wondering where this swirling vortex of time came from. Seriously. Every year, man. EVERY YEAR.

Okay. Enough of that. Let’s get to the monthly torture, shall we? Time to check in and see just how much I managed to progress (or in some cases, fall even further down the pit of despair) over these last 30 days. Ready? Let’s go.

Fairytale: 10k
Fairytale Edits: 93 pages

Okay, in another lifetime this would have me jumping off the ceiling in utter, fiendish excitement. But not today, my dudes. Not today.

So clearly I didn’t make my goal for February, which was to complete all of the edits for Fairytale. But you know what, I’m just going to blame it on the time vortex, because how can anyone possibly expect me to get all my work done when half my month is missing? Objectively I KNOW the bulk of the work is done. All of the big, bulky edits are complete (finally omg), and I’ve only got about 40 pages left of intensive line edits. If I buckle down, I can get them done in a week. Then a final pass through for lighter edits-grammar and typos. Another week. Boom. Done.

Hahahahahaha….Yeah right.

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So what happened this month?

  • I went to Disneyland again! I know, my millionth trip in the past 12 months, BUT I DON’T CARE. Don’t judge me. We’re letting our yearly passes expire this year so this will be our last trip in a long while. It’s so sad.
  • Due to said Disney trip I turned into a literal, walking zombie as my dear husband seems to forget about the laws of humanity when we’re on vacation and my life turns into a Barenaked Ladies song (‘Who needs sleep? Well you’re never gonna get it!)
  • I started pilates! Ever since I quit martial arts a year ago I’ve been struggling to find a new exercise outlet I don’t shudder at the thought of doing every day. This has not been easy because I hate pretty much all forms of movement that make me feel like I’m about to die. But thanks to the sweet and encouraging Cassey Ho, I feel like a light went off in my brain. And that light is called Blogilates (which yes, you can find on Youtube, and yes, it’s all free). I’m not being paid to say any of this. I’m just an obsessed fan. Obsessed. Go watch her videos. Now. Go.
  • I bought too many books. I don’t know what’s happening to me. I used to be VERY controlled when it came to my book buying habits. But then I remembered thrift stores. And we have a pretty cute second-hand bookstore downtown…help me.
  • I could seriously use some bunny snuggles. Just saying.

Truthfully, I’m a little more stressed out about my yearly goal than I thought I would be. I know the year is still just beginning, but I’m a bit more behind than I would like. This is my first time ever editing a manuscript so thoroughly and in-depth, and I’m realizing I vastly underestimated just how much time it was going to require.

I knew I had a lot of things on my plate for 2018, but I felt pretty confident given by what I managed to accomplish last year. But I didn’t take into account that I was going to be doing NEW things, and I had no idea how that was going to effect me. Turns out, it’s effecting me a lot. I don’t like back-tracking on my word, and I’m still going to try my very best, but I’m preparing myself to make some adjustments later on down the road. As much as I want to reach my goals, I don’t want to run myself into the ground in the process.

Alright people. Let’s do this thing.

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Lets Chat

Did February fly by for you? Are you keeping up with any new year goals or resolutions? How is your writing coming along? Share with meeeeeee!!!


  1. Yess february always flies by and I’m ALWAYS offended by it.😂 Like we basically get cheated out of 2 – 3 extra days and I’m never going to be okay with that. *stamps foot* 😂 ANYWAY. I hope you do manage to arrange your schedule so you’re not too overwhelmed! I’m having to make adjustments this year too because I didn’t realise how much time I was going to be spending editing. Last year I’d written 2 books by this time and this year I’ve edited…1. But not every year is going to be as productive as the last right?! And editing takes so much time/effort/mental energy, so best of luck with yours. *sends cake*

    Also buying books is wonderful and also a huge problem sometimes.😂

    1. Author

      Omg, I need cake so bad 🙁 Doesn’t editing take SO MUCH LONGER than you’d expect?? I mean, I knew I was going to take my time, but wow. I was not prepared for this. I need approximately 247 extra days in my year to get everything I want done. And it doesn’t help that months like February keep stealing my days from me!! Best of luck on your editing as well! Somehow we’ll make it through this alive 😉

  2. Don’t be too hard on yourself! You’re so close to finishing edits, and you’ll get there in no time. 😉 YEAR-LONG DISNEY PASS??? *cries* I am so jealous. We don’t have a Disney amusement park locally since our country’s small, but I’ve enjoyed every single time I went. The little kid in me is screaming.

    1. Author

      Haha, my husband and I are kiiiiind of addicted to Disney (even got married there) and since we only live 6 hours away we try to make the trip a few times a year. It’s great for getting the creative juices going too! Let’s hope my writing won’t suffer this year without it!

  3. Ooh Disney and pilates, sounds fun! And if it makes you feel better, I haven’t done ANY writing even though I have been wanting to work on some short story things for a while now, so you’re doing way better than I am lol.

    1. Author

      Haha, at least I’m keeping myself busy doing SOMETHING, even if it’s not writing 😉 Ooh, short stories sound fun! Let’ make March a better writing month for both of us!

  4. Haha yes, February flew by and it shocked me too 🙂 Yay for Disneyland, that sounds awesome! And I love Blogilates, though honestly I haven’t done any Pilates in ages (reminder to myself to start again soon).

    1. Author

      The nice thing about Blogilates is that it’s so easy to pick up again if I’ve let myself slip a few days. At least that’s what I tell myself! Here’s to hoping March slows down a little bit 🙂

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