January Wrap Up + February Goals!

Hey guys! Well, this month went by fast. XD It feels like I barely read anything, but I usually like to take it easy in January after rushing to finish everything every December. 😛 But anyway, let’s see how this month went! 🙂

January Reading Stats:

  • Read during January: 6
  • Finished in January: 3
  • Total pages (not including audiobooks): 924
  • Average rating: 3

Books Finished:

Owned:

I read this abridged edition of Peter Pan for my reread this year because I thought the illustrations were really cute. 🙂 It was interesting to see how they shortened it.

And I made myself finish TGTSGB so I’d actually finish something this month besides Peter Pan. 😛 Unfortunately I gave it three stars because it was pretty meh and so I just settled for a middle-of-the-road rating. I didn’t totally hate it, but honestly I thought it was a pretty unnecessary sequel, and I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first book. I knew it had mixed reviews, but so did Sky in the Deep, which I loved, and comparatively this was disappointing. :/ It was nice to know that Iri/Runa and Fiske/Eelyn had daughters, and to read in a grown-up Halvard’s POV, but I think I connected to him more when he was little, and the story mostly seemed to be about Tova, which I didn’t really like. Her story was just so weird and creepy, and kind of confusing, and the action and battle scenes were cool, but I didn’t care about the characters very much, which was mostly the reason I loved Sky in the Deep so much. I think I’ll be content to just unhaul this and pretend Sky in the Deep is just a standalone, cuz it basically is. Ugh, but I’m so sad and disappointed, though. And that cover is just so pretty! :/

Still Currently Reading:

I haven’t had a lot of time to focus on Shadow Run so I’m only 19% through it, and I’m not sure what to think yet. The planet one of the protagonists is from is obviously based on Alaska, which should be cool but kinda rubs me the wrong way for some reason. The plot is interesting and is picking up the pace, though. So I’ll keep reading for now to see if I connect to the characters more and decide if I want to know how it ends.

I picked The Guinevere Deception from my TBR jar for January, but I’m still only halfway through it, so I’ll have to finish it this month. It’s pretty interesting so far, though. I don’t know much about Arthurian legend, so some of the retelling-ness of it confuses me cuz I’m not sure what’s a part of the original story and what isn’t besides Merlin, Arthur, Guinevere and Excalibur, but I’m interested to see where this is going. I really like the friendship between Guinevere and Brangien, though. 🙂

I’m buddy-reading Fire with Amy and we’re both only about 40% through it so far, but I’m liking it, though the worldbuilding is kinda weird. XD This country is very different from the one that Graceling took place in, but I like Fire (and her relationship with her horse is so sweet <3) and I’m excited to see where it goes, and I’m wondering how the villain from Graceling is going to play a part in this, cuz I know he’s in here somewhere. 😛 I have to return it to the library by February 10th, I think, so I hope we can get it done by then. O.O

Blogging:

Posts This Month:

Writing:

Well here’s an update on how my quarter-milwordy is going so far! I’m supposed to write about 21,000 words each month to make 250,000 in a year, and in January I easily surpassed that with 27,996. XD So now my goal for February is only 14,800. I didn’t know how much blogging actually racks up so many words before. 😛 I think if I went for the half-milwordy and tried to write 500,000 words in a year instead it might not have been as hard as I thought it would be, but Oh well. 😛 Now my little car sticker I made is parked at February and ready to go! 😀

Here’s my daily progress for January. As you can see, I didn’t really use the space for a third project since on an average day I mostly just end up working on blog posts and then one writing-related thing. I started off working on editing what I have so far of Project Gander and just tracking whatever words I add to it, and then when I finished that I moved on to focusing on typing up a summary of my first draft of DOTS (which is an acronym for the actual title of Project Ocean Eyes, which I think I will refer to it on here from now on because it’s easier and more fun to say :P) into a “reverse” outline so I can use it to revise later, which is giving me lots of words and taking forever because I keep accidentally going into too much detail. XD I’m on chapter 10/16, so hopefully I can finally get that done this month.

For February, when I’m done with DOTS’ reverse outline, I’ll set it aside for a time when I can be ready to tackle revising it, (which could be years from now, who knows. :/ ) and I’m hoping to get back to drafting Project Gander. I might try to finish it before March, which was my original goal, but since I haven’t started that this month already like I planned to and there’s a lot going on in my life right now, that probably won’t happen, but I’ll still try to work on it a little bit. Also, I have to write a short story for my writing program I’m in, (The Young Writer’s Workshop) so that’ll keep my word count up too.

Life:

Well…my mom broke her leg slipping on ice on the 24th, and she has to have surgery to fix it tomorrow, so I feel like anything else that happened this month was eclipsed by that. This has been a really stressful week balancing taking care of her and the house with blogging and writing and trying to give the situation to God and not worry, but I’ve been doing the best I can. Hopefully next month will be better.

Bujo:

Here’s my filled out tracker from January. Some of the stars look weird cuz it’s so hard to get the bottom two points right. 😛

I’ve always wanted to try the half-page cut-out design I’ve seen around, but I wasn’t sure how to make it work. Then, I was inspired by this and knew the back of my planner had some gemstone stickers, so I lined them up and cut around the edges and I’m pretty happy with the result! 😀 I like the color scheme and how it lines up with half of the tracker underneath, and it was also partially inspired by this.

And here’s the other side! I lined the cut edge with marker to make it not look like it’s just ripped off or something, and I wanted to keep up with the gem/geode theme so the tracker is inspired by this, but I think I accidentally made it more like this one, which I think is supposed to be more of a mosaic. Oops. Also, the “Reading Tracker” font is in purple pen, but it looks black. Oh well. 😛

Blogging:

Jayati @ It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile tagged me for the Fantasy Winter Retreat tag, but…I was planning to take a hiatus until March. I was going to anyway cuz after all the wrap up posts for 2020 this month, I was feeling a little burned out and wanted to focus more on writing instead, and now with everything going on with my mom, I just need to make sure I’m not going to overwhelm myself. This seems like a good time to take a break. I wanted to do the tag after this post, but I honestly just don’t feel like it right now, so I might save it for later. But I will hopefully be back the first week of March with my February Wrap Up to catch you up on everything going on with me. 🙂

Writing:

  • FINISH DOTS reverse outline! (Seriously, this is taking forever.)
  • At least start writing that short story. (Ugh, I’m so dreading it. I don’t like writing short stories. o.O)
  • Try to work on writing more of Project Gander as much as I can.
  • Maybe work on setting up character profiles on Campfire of another fantasy series I want to write one day, but that’s definitely not a priority right now.

Life:

  • Trust God.
  • Survive.
  • Take one day at a time.
  • …That’s it.

TBR:

Okay, there’s no way I’ll start and finish Sky Without Stars cuz it’s huge, but it seems like a good wintry sci-fi to try right now. Though, it’s a Les Mis retelling, and we all know the original is depressing, so depending on how my mental state is this month I might put it off. But I want to make sure when I read it it’s earlier in the year so I can take my time with it instead of trying to read it all in December. 😛

The Gypsy Crown my friend gave me for my birthday 3 years ago and I know nothing about it, so I’m finally making myself pick it up. All I really know it’s a middle grade historical fantasy I think.

The Secrets of Solace I’m really excited about because It’s a companion to The Mark of the Dragonfly which I loved reading a few years ago and I’m excited to get back into the world. 🙂

And In Search of Us is my TBR jar pick for February, and I’m so glad it’s a contemporary cuz I needed one to balance out these other fantasy/sci-fi books I’m going to be reading. XD It sounds good, and my library didn’t have it and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy a physical copy so I ended up getting a subscription to Rakuten Kobo so I could get audiobooks that my library doesn’t have that I want to try, and I’m glad I did because I found the 2nd book in the Darkest Minds series (my library has all of them except that one, like…WHY?!) and Ashley Elston’s thrillers on there, so I can finally try them! 🙂

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll see you in a month! I hope this month will be good for us all, and that we stay sane, hopeful, and productive. What is your favorite read of the year so far? How did your first month of 2021 go?

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4 thoughts on “January Wrap Up + February Goals!

  1. I also just read The Girl The Sea Gave back and I was also disappointed. I enjoyed learning more about the world and the world building, which is something Young excels at, but I really couldn’t get behind the characters like I did in with Sky In The Deep.

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