January Recap

At the beginning of the year I sat down and wrote out some goals for myself. These are the things I want to achieve this year, it is intentionally more than I normally do. I want to push myself, to stretch and hopefully exceed my expectations.

January, unfortunately, did not go as expected. I spent the entire month going from one course of anti-biotics to another trying to clear a persistent infection. As I’m 7 months pregnant this has been particularly difficult and draining. I’m feeling a lot better now, though, having finally kicked this thing’s butt, and I am ready to rock ‘n roll!

So, here’s a quick recap of what I actually did in January:

I am about 25% of the way through the second draft of The Dance of the Dead. I’ve hit a bit of a roadblock though, and have set it aside for a little while so that I can work out some plot and character issues before I plow on through. I want to have a clear idea of where I’m going and what I need to do to get there. It’s a little disappointing, but nobody said writing a novel was easy.

I turned, instead, to the first draft of Avaris. Since I started this novel I’ve learned a lot about plot structure, scene structure and character development and I have decided to start from scratch with what I now know. I’m not very far into this book, so I don’t feel like I’m doing too much back-tracking. And I know the finished product will benefit from the extra work upfront.

Finally, I’ve started my January short story, but I’ve only got about 2000 words down and this looks like it will be a longer one. Might go as high as 10k words before I’m done. But at least I’ve started!

Reading. I have done a LOT of reading this month. This is my completed list on Goodreads:



So, January didn’t exactly get my year off to the start I’d hoped for, but I’m on track and I know where I’m going. I’m sure I’ll get there.

Did you have a good start to the year? Have you managed to stick to your “resolutions” if you set any?


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