Monthly update: February 2017

Ready for a fabulous February? Now that January has come to a close, it’s time to look back over the past month and see what’s been accomplished. Let’s get started, shall we?

January’s goals

First off, a quick look back at what I tried to do in January. I had a couple of lofty goals, and a couple that I thought were pretty realistic. Here’s a refresher:

  1. Finish the first draft of Courting Death, my NaNoWriMo novel.
  2. Write and edit a new short story.
  3. Post to Instagram at least once per week.
  4. Post to Litsy at least once every two weeks.

So, what did I finish? Well, let’s start at the top.

I didn’t finish off the first draft of Courting Death, but I did make some progress on it. I wrote another couple of chapters, and I’m getting back into the swing of regularly working on it. So not a full check-off, but not a complete failure, either.

Writing and editing a new short story falls into the same category. During the month of January, I finished editing an older story I’d been working on, and then sent it in to be considered for publication. (I’ll make sure to keep you posted on how that goes!) Then, while I was away on vacation, I started on another short story. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m happy with where it’s going so far.

As for my Instagram goal, I’m happy to say that this is one I can completely check off. I posted at least once per week, and often more than that. I’m getting into a good rhythm there, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to up my targeted posts there in the coming months.

Finally, there was my Litsy goal. This one was, unfortunately, a full failure. I didn’t get any pictures posted there in January. I’ll be transferring the goal over to February, and I’m quite confident I’ll be more successful with it the second time around

On to February

So, what do I have planned for this month? Let’s take a look:

  1. Post to Litsy at least once every two weeks.
  2. Finish the first draft of Courting Death.
  3. Finish my current short story and start another one.
  4. Register for a workshop or other writing event.

As you can see, I’ve kept the theme of some of January’s goals, but I’ve also thrown a little professional development in there. One of my annual goals this year is to take advantage of more professional development opportunities, as well as network more often, and this seems like as good a time to start as any.

How about you? Do you have any new goals you want to share for February?

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