Feb 2, 2019

January Wrap Up + February Goals + Hiatus

 

Annnnnd...here we are at February already. 😳 Everybody else seems to be complaining that January just dragged on forever, but I feel like it just flew by like all of the rest! Like seriously the past two whole years feel like just a blur to me. Where did they go? 😂

But anyway, we are here to see if I accomplished anything this month, which I feel like I didn't, but I think I did more than I think? Idk we'll see. And sadly, this is the last post you'll see from me for a while since I decided to take a hiatus for February so I can seriously focus on prepping my WIP for April camp Nano. Cuz I have a lot of world building to do and I've barely even started. 😬 Halp.
And also I want to focus on testing out the other blogging platform that I was planning to do but haven't had time yet. So when I come back there might be some big changes around here! 😄 So just a recap, after today, I'll be on hiatus until my review for this month's book club pick, Love and Gelato on February 26. 😊 Sound good? Okay good. Moving on!
 

Blogging:
  • Experiment and make a test blog on another platform? ❌✅ (I started to, but I haven't really had time to focus on it.)
  • Relaunch The Second Star Society 2.0 with Amy! ✅ 
  • Find a better way to format my posts? ❌  
  • Post my Christmas/Birthday haul. ✅ 
  • Post the 2018 book/blogging surveys. ✅
  • Post the 2018 Academy Book Awards Tag. ✅
  • Do the Smashing and Dashing Tag. ✅
  •  Do a tag for my 2nd blog anniversary. ✅
  • Review The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. ❌(Yeah...I thought that this would be a guarantee that I'd get this done but...I ended up DNFing it and I just really didn't have the energy or enough things to say about it to write a whole review. It was just too romancy and cliche for me and I couldn't get through it. 'Nuff said. 😕)
Life:
  • Get/make presents for friends' birthdays who are also coming up soon.❌😬 (I'm planning on making a Robin Hood inspired watercolor bookmark for my friend cuz she loves Robin Hood, and it's hard to find any fun Robin Hood related things anywhere, but I just haven't had time to work on it yet!) 
  •  Set up reading bullet journal. ✅❌ (I've been working on it almost every day, but I haven't finished all of the pages I've wanted to yet.) 
  • Set up 2019 review notebook. ✅
  • Set up new planner. ✅
  • Finish up my reading lists. ✅❌ (Almost?)
  • Don't forget about driving practice! ❌✅ (I've done it like once this month? But someone is borrowing the car I'm using again so...SIGH. 😞)
  • Work at the fairgrounds as much as I can. ✅
  • House sit for some family friends. (It was SO fun! And okay I wasn't very productive while I was there, but it was such a nice little vacation from my life, and I got to cuddle with their cats! 😍)
 
(The one on the left is Rowdy, and the one on the right is Lucy. 💗)
  • Usher for the local theater again. ✅ (We saw Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, and it was really fun! 😊)
  • Maybe reorganize my room again a little bit? ✅ (I moved my bed so it's sticking out from the wall instead of up against it, and moved my shorter bookshelf and my nightstand to either side of it. It's a little crowded now cuz there isn't a lot of room for my desk chair between my bed and the desk, but I still like it. The room felt a little too big and kinda empty before, plus now it's way easier to make my bed. 😂 You can see the way my room was before in this post.)
Writing:
  •  Make a progress timeline to work on my pirate retelling WIP. ❌😳

  • Make a checklist of world building things I should do before writing the first draft for April Camp Nano. ❌😬

  • Do as much as I can on that list. ❌😩
(Wow, I did nothing for this. I don't know what happened in January, I just got caught up doing other things! Grrrr, I REALLY need to learn to prioritize. 😕 This is why I'm going on a hiatus this month. I think it will help a lot so hopefully I can just really focus on this and get as much done with it as I can.)

Reading:
  • Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch ✅ (5 stars! I LOVED IT! It was a great conclusion to one of my favorite series and my heart still hurts!! 😩Though technically I had to finish it the first week of 2019, I counted it towards my own personal 2018 goals, and it ended up being my favorite book book of the year, as you can see me shrieking about it in all of my 2018 wrap up posts. 😂)
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin ✅❌ (DNF'd at 24%)
  • The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix ✅
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie ✅ (Reread for a new tradition I'm doing for myself every year during my birthday month. 😊)
  • Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer ❌ (I'm about halfway through it, but I'm REALLY enjoying it so far!! 😄)
*In addition to these, I also listened to an audiobook of Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, which was a really adorable and funny MG and an actually really intriguing mystery! Plus the narrator was awesome! And an audiobook of Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. 
 

 Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

I wanted to include Frost like Night in December's, but since I had to finish it this month, I'd definitely be lying if I said anything other than this was my absolute favorite this month. 😂

 

Books Read This Month: 7 (4 if you don't count the audiobooks and the one I DNF'd.)

Books Finished This Month: 6

Total Pages Read: 996 (not including audiobooks)

Average Rating: 3 stars

 

Blogging:
  •  Post my review for Love and Gelato.

  • Test another blogging platform, and if I decide I like it, transfer this blog over there.

  • Blog hop and interact on Discord and Twitter more!
Life:
  • We should probably...take our Christmas stuff down... 😳 Yes, we are very lazy and terrible people. 😂🙈😂
  • Paint my nails again if I can.
  • Keep up with TV shows. (Manifest is getting creepier and creepier but it's SO GOOD!)
  • PRACTICE FREAKING DRIVING! 😂 

  • Finish looking through Books Birds' new release list if I have time...which I probably won't. 😫
  • Do devotions.
  • Work at the fairgrounds when I can. 

  • Usher at the theater again. 😊
  • Use reading bujo.
  • Use my planner more effectively and plan projects hour by hour so I can learn to manage my time better, especially with writing.
Writing:

  • Get. Myself. ORGANIZED and seriously figure out what projects are most important for me to get done with all the plotting and world building and stuff so I'll actually feel prepared enough to write the first draft starting April 1st.

  • Make a checklist of those projects.
  • Do as much as I POSSIBLY can on that list before I get back to blogging.
  • Make a progress timeline for drafting and querying and all the fun and terrifying stuff in the future so I can give myself deadlines and actually DO THIS.

Reading:

Finish:
Between the Lines (Between the Lines, #1)

TBR: 

Love & GelatoThe Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, NewfoundlandA List of CagesNeptune's Tears (Timedance, #1)

I'm doing Noura's reading challenge, so I'm reading Love and Gelato to fulfill one of her categories to read a romance, and also for my book club pick this month.

Also I think The Timehopathon was supposed to be this month, but if it's not I'm just going to do it all month long by myself. The idea is to read a book from the "past" like a historical fiction or a classic, a book from the "present" like a contemporary, and a book from the "future" like a sci-fi! 

So for "past" I'm reading The Day the World Came to Town, which even though it's a nonfiction, it's set in the past, and even though I have a lot of historical fiction I want to read, I couldn't wait to pick this up instead because I recently got obsessed with the soundtrack from Come From Away, which is a Broadway musical that follows the same true story, when the Canadian town of Gander took in 7,000 stranded passengers and crews when their planes were stranded due to the closing of the US airspace on 9/11. Come From Away is so heartwarming and amazing and I really can't wait to read more about the real story! 

For "present" I'm going to read a contemporary, A List of Cages, but I have to get it at the library, and I might not get around to reading it so if I don't Love and Gelato could count for this too.

And for "future" I'm going to read Neptune's Tears, which is a sci-fi. 😊

* Hopefully I can actually make time to read all of these too in the middle of all of that writing. 😂


So what are your plans for the shortest month in a year? Are you going to be dumb like me and try to cram in 31 days worth of things to do in only 28? 😂 Are you going to miss me when I'm gone? (cue the cup song! 😂♫) Don't worry, in the meantime I'll try my best to be more active on Twitter and Discord, so I won't fall off the face of the earth like I'm prone to doing! I could really use some luck and encouragement to keep myself motivated to work on writing though! Are you a writer too? Do you have any world building/prepping for a first draft advice? I'd love to hear it!

See you later! I hope you all have a great February, Bye! 😊♡

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16 comments:

  1. Between the Lines sounds really good, I should read it soon. Stormbreaker! I think I read a whole bunch of that series back in primary school.

    Of course I’m going to try to cram in 31 days into 28! How else do you February?

    And with writing, you’ll get there! Writing’s not about the end goal (okay, it is a bit), but it’s also about how you get there and the journey. And even if you only write 100 words a day, that’s still more words than 0!

    And with advice, I’m actually leaving most of my worldbuilding for later drafts. Even though I just know that’ll come back and knock me on the side of my head. I prefer to focus on characters and dialogue (in the first draft) and then add everything else in editing. Such a weird way, but I guess it works.

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    1. Yeah, I missed out on the Alex Rider series when I was little and I was curious, so I just listened to the whole audiobook while at work. XD
      Yeah I'm planning on trying to cut back a little on the worldbuilding I was planning to do, but I still want to do SOME so I know enough about my world to progress my story enough so I won't get stuck writing it. I still need to write an outline. :/
      Thanks for the advice! :)

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  2. This is so ambitious. I thought I was ambitious, but damn. I really hope that you manage it all. :D

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  3. Wow! That is a lot to do in a 28 day month. I've heard a lot about Love and Gelato and look forward to your review! I've also heard great things about a list of cages so I hope you can get it from the library soon. Good luck on your writing!

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    1. Thank you!! I know it's a lot. D: I hope I can do it all and I hope I like the books too!

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  4. I've now added Neptune's Tears to my tbr, and you got SO MUCH done this past month, everyone has, I'm like 'what have I done, how does everyone do so much?' And don't worry, your writing progress will go up! :)

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    1. Oh cool! I hope we both like it! :)
      XD Well I don't really FEEL like I got that much done, but thanks. :P
      Thank you! <3

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  5. omg I love Camp NaNo! have you checked out the new site yet? I haven't really had time to explore it yet, but it seems pretty intuitive thus far ... I think 😅 I've found that when I prepare too much I burn out on my WIPs, so I need a very narrow balance between some worldbuilding and quality time with my characters, and total pantsing.

    best of luck with the new blogging platform, and with your February goals! 🍀

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    1. Heather @ The Frozen Book BlogFebruary 4, 2019 at 2:33 PM

      No I haven't! Aren't they just combining it with the new version of the regular one?
      Yeah I always thought I was a planner, but apparently I'm more of a plantser. XD
      THANK YOU! <3

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  6. YESSSS KINDRED SPIRIT. I felt it flew by as well, especially with winter break, haha. Good luck on blog platform testing! What platforms are you looking at?

    I remember reading Neptune's Tears years ago and I think I enjoyed it a lot? I'm not sure. AND YES WE WILL MISS YOU. Don't leave us in Discord, haha.

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    1. Thank you! :)
      It'll probably be Wordpress cuz that's what everyone seems to have.
      Ooooh, ok. I'm actually not too sure about it, but it's short so I'm giving it a chance. I hope I'll like it!
      AWWWWWE THANK YOU!!!! <3 <3 <3
      I'll try haha. :D

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  7. I hope the plotting is going well! Sometimes these beasts are hard to wrnagle into workable piles, but you've got a good headstart for April. I kind of forgot about Camp lmao. I think I'll join in?? But I also am going to be busy so ugh that sucks. But anyway, I hope you're getting a lot done (and also relaxing!) during your hiatus.

    A List of Cages is one of my LIFE FAVOURITES.

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    1. Thanks! :)
      I don't think I'll to A List of Cages this month, but I think I will next month! :D

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  8. There is something so cathartic about reading other peoples' To Do lists for the month. I am an absolutely obsessive list-writer so this warms my type A heart <3 looks like you got a TON accomplished in January so that's amazing! I should write a wrap up soon... I've got a hankering for a To Do list. LOL

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    1. Awe thanks! I love lists and organization too! :)

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