February was a short and uneventful month.
I'm still revising my Highlander novella, Wild Highland Bride. I'm still obsessed with Pinterest. I'm still trying to think positively and eat healthier. Avoiding sweet treats this month was no easy feat. I caved and ate some candy hearts around Valentine's Day. Several times. Hey, they're addictive! Darn those candy hearts! Grrr.
I'm pleased to report that I swapped more than one PB and J for an apple. Guess what...an apple a day actually does a body good. So does an hour of cardio dance.
1) Researched France. Last month I discovered my writing niche is France. I'm super excited about the idea of writing medievals set in a country I've been fascinated by since I was a tween. France and Scotland. They go together like Dachshunds and kisses. Every time I think about my new niche, I'm like:
2) Watched a documentary. Ages ago, I recorded the PBS documentary Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace: Hampton Court. I finally got around to watching it this month.
I loved it! Not only for the wealth of information provided, but also for the behind-the-scenes look at the palace. I took copious notes while I watched it, of course. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the show from my DVR before my hubby had a chance to see it. Ooops.
Smart girl that I am, I checked with my local library and, lo and behold, they have the documentary on DVD. I placed a copy on hold, which I'll be picking up later today. See, I'm not such a bad wife after all. ;)
3) Began a new writing schedule. Normally I'm a nighttime writer. I prefer to wait until the house is dark and my hubby is in bed before I escape into my fictional world.
Regrettably, that wasn't happening much after the first of the year. Or the first of the month. *hangs head* I wasn't as productive as I should've been in January or early February. The unthinkable had happened...I'd found a dozen plus different excuses not to write late at night.
I was still writing. Honest *crosses heart* I participated in the Celtic Hearts January sprint (working on various stories) and I wrote in small bursts every now and again. But I wasn't setting aside any significant chunk of time in which to write. Hi, my name is Jena. I'm a procrastinator. *smiles sheepishly* For some inexplicable reason, I couldn't haul myself over the hurdle of procrastination. And I was like...
I was like a Real Housewives of Wherever with a dirty little secret. Quelle horreur.
Brick (aka my WIP) and I were in the throes of a desperate battle.
And he was winning.
Endless weeks later, I realized I had to adopt a new writing schedule if I wanted to make any progress on my WIP. Being the night owl wasn't working anymore and, frankly, I was sick of myself and my excuses.
I wasn't writing enough. Plain and simple.
What about my self-imposed deadline? What about my CP, the one person I'm accountable to? I couldn't bear to disappoint Nat. Or myself, for that matter. It was time to start popping anti-procrastination pills and face facts: I wasn't watching The Originals for inspiration. I was watching it to avoid writing. Also, Joseph Morgan as Klaus is hecka hot.
But that's beside the point. It was well past time I chuck the TV remote and get serious. Klaus could wait. If I didn't kick my bad habits to the curb, it would all be too shameful, too tragic. Although not as tragic as this...
Decision made, I got to work. I altered my writing schedule. I made writing my first priority of the day. No. Matter. What.
Now, I don't log onto the Internet before I toast my breakfast. I don't check Facebook, or Twitter, or my email before I brush my teeth. I don't put my TV boyfriend (Klaus) before my book boyfriend (my story's hero). Those bad habits are done and gone. Sayonara!
These days, I wake up, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, and then write before I tackle the rest of my day.
The crazy thing is...it's working. Beautifully.
It's rather surprising, considering I'm not a morning person. At all. Yet this new a.m. writing schedule is really working!! I feel more focused and motivated than ever. I'm not avoiding my WIP anymore. I'm not plagued by guilt. I'm revising and editing and rewriting my way through the first half of WHB. It feels wonderful.
PersonalLike I said at the beginning of this post, this month has been short and uneventful. Life has been dull. So much more now that the Winter Olympics (my favorite Games) are over.
Oh well. Such is life. My lackluster social calender means I have more time to write, research, plot, exercise, catch up on my favorite shows, read, and watch movies (in that order, because I write now before I do anything else!). How's that for a silver lining?
How was your month? Did you do anything fun or noteworthy? Do share!