monthly wrap up

February Wrap-Up

Hi everyone!

The days are getting longer and we’re getting more sunshine here on the West Coast. Who’s looking forward to spring? ME!!

February was full of up and downs, truly. I thought maybe instead of doing my typical wrap-up format, I’ll try something new.

Here we go, the 7 things that I did in February in no particular order:

1. I read 3.5 books.

I loved House of Earth and Blood and hated Throne of Glass, so I read Court of Thorns and Roses next. I kind of have mixed feelings about this one. Although I liked the main character and enjoyed the book overall, but it took a while to get started and… is that a teeny hint of a love triangle? (❤️❤️❤️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

I was looking forward to reading From Blood and Ash because the description sounded SO GOOD. I ended up enjoying the story overall but I have some qualms about the main characters. (❤️❤️❤️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

Everyone seems to love The Starless Sea. (I’ve yet to see anything other than a 5-star out there in the blogosphere.) And this is going to be such a unpopular opinion but… I really couldn’t get into this book, maybe because I’m too impatient with lengthy (and very beautiful, but lengthy) setting descriptions. (❤️❤️/5 stars. Review coming up soon!)

The Poppy War is THE book I’ve been waiting for. I am about 40% through and I love every aspect about it. This book has one of my favourite character tropes, the determined and tenacious underdog who stops at nothing to succeed. Not to mention it’s a historical fantasy based on Tang Dynasty in China. Can’t wait to finish this book.

2. My dear puppy, Zander, passed away.

He was actually an old dog, but a puppy at heart. Zander had a rambunctious spirit and was never a giver-upper. We’d fostered him as a stray and we never knew how old he was (guesses ranged from 10 to 16 years), but he’d probably travelled the world and sailed the seven seas (or at least, wandered the streets of Vancouver.) We were sad that his time had come, but we were glad for the time he spent with us. Godspeed, little old soul.

3. I attended WriteOnCon.

WriteOnCon was an online writing conference full of great talks. I loved that there were stuff that appealed to every writer out there, whether you’re just starting out or writing a first draft or editing a manuscript or querying. Since I was short on time (baby and all), I couldn’t actually listen to the shows live, but I really appreciated it was all recorded online.

PS. I think it’s still not too late to “sign up”!

4. I finished writing a novel!

My 9th novel, a MG SFF (no title yet), is that impulse buy you pick up from the store on your way to getting what you’re there to get. As in, I should’ve been editing another novel, but I totally decided to procrastinate and write something else instead. This “something else” turned from an idea to a short story to a novella to a full MG novel at 53K words. I started with a bare-bones skeleton and then let the story and the characters take over.

Unlike other novels where I’ve plotted from head to toe, I started out with a very rough outline and zero character sheets this time and… kind of pantsed it.

And I loved it. I love this novel with every bone in my body, and I don’t care if it doesn’t go anywhere, but I’ll give it everything I got and, if nothing else, at least I wrote it.

Here are some stats:

  • Total word count: 53738
  • Number of days: 35
  • Average words per day: 1535
  • Most words written per day: 4082 (Feb 24)
  • Least words written per day: 10 (Feb 5)

Here’s a graph!

5. I continued querying.

Querying is a process, and I’m happy to have other novels in the works that keep me sane and allows me to distance myself from Children of the Sun, which is in the trenches right now. I’ll keep you guys posted if there’s any news.

6. I read some awesome blog posts.

Here they all are:

7. And lastly, I was sleep-deprived.

Baby woke up at odd hours of the night and so did I. Sleeping for longer than 5-hour stretches at a time? Ah, a distant memory.

Photo by Alexandr Podvalny on Unsplash

28 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up

  1. Thank you so much for sharing my post, Sophie! I really enjoyed this format for your wrap-up!
    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the Starless Sea, which I haven’t read myself, but a friend of mine didn’t enjoy it either. We both loved the Night Circus, but I trust their opinion and when the book failed to capture them, I just sort of didn’t pick it up myself either haha
    CONGRATS ON WRITING A NOVEL AGAIN!! ❤
    Wishing you a happy March 😀

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    1. Thank you Kat! Glad that you enjoyed this format. I think I’ll keep doing this for the march wrap-up too! I felt the same way as your friend–really loved The Night Circus but the Starless Sea unfortunately didn’t meet my expectations! Hope this month is going well for you so far 🙂

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  2. Sophie, I’m sorry for the passing Zander and I’m sending all the best your way ❤ It sounds like he lived a full and beautiful life though. February being over feels weird but good. Spring is almost here! I can't wait. AND I can't wait for your review of The Starless Sea. It isn't for everyone and even though I adored it I can understand that it can be a bit slow at times! Also, I love that you read ACOTAR! It was my first steps into Sarah J Maas' world and because of that and the time of my life when I read it it will always have a special place in my heart ❤ I've really got to get around to reading Crescent City though! Right now I'm reading The Lives of Saints (in anticipation of Shadow and Bone coming to Netflix!) and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Thank you so much for mentioning my post and keep querying!! I believe in you and your stories!! ❤ You got this Sophie 😀 Sending all the best to you, your hubby, and your baby!! Happy March ❤

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    1. Thank you Jai Lynn 🙂 Sorry about the late reply. This month has kept me busy so I’ve slipped up replying to comments. Glad to hear you liked ACOTAR, which makes me feel motivated to continue the series. Never Let Me Go is on my TBR, so I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about this book 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement about querying. I think I might be coming to the end of the road for Children of the Sun, but I’m excited about my newest work 🙂 Hope March has been kind to you.

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  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your pup, Sophie, but I’m so glad he had a wonderful long life with you ❤

    Wow, you finished yet another novel?? I’m so impressed! Writing a book that you just love and have fun with is such a joy 😀

    Thanks so much for plugging my bookstagram! ❤ Hope you have a wonderful March!

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  4. That’s quite a month you had. Quite up and down. I’m sorry that your dog died.
    But congrats on finishing on a novel!
    And thanks for the shout out!
    I’m also looking forward to spring. I’ve been doing so since January 1, but then we got more snow over here, and I started to lose hope a bit that warmth would ever return.

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  5. Wow, february really was a roller-coaster for you. I’m so sorry your pup has passed away 😞 Mine just turned 14 and her health has been a bit delicate lately, I honestly have no idea what I’ll do when she passes.
    Congrats on finishing your novel! It’s so impressive, especially considering you now have a baby. Your writing updates always motivate me to get back to writing and I love reading them ❤
    The Starless Sea really is a divisive book: you either love it or hate it. Personally, it’s one of my favorites, but I can totally see why it’s not for others, it can be quite slow and confusing.
    Thank you so much for mentioning my posts! I hope you have a lovely March, hopefully with more sleeping hours.

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    1. Thank you Juli 🙂
      It was hard when my dog passed away. When he got sick, I think I had a feeling that it was time. I was so glad for the time he’d spent with us though.
      Hope your pup is doing well, and that March has been kind to you 🙂

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your puppy, I’m sending you all the love ❤ ❤
    Congratulations on writing yet another novel, you're amazing! I hope that March has been kind to you so far ❤

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  7. I’m so sorry about Zander, and wish you well. May he rest in peace.

    I’m glad your MG SFF is in a happy place and that you are proud of it! One of the best feelings is loving your writing! I hope querying goes well too!

    And thank you for including my post and your kind words.

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