Everything I did in January + All my goals for February

When I finally got around to sharing my list of goals for January, I was already halfway through the month and a lot of them were done. I won’t rehash what I talked about there, but I will say I’m pleased with the overall amount of work I got done in the first month of the year. After I reviewed the pile of sticky notes in my “complete” bowl that I pulled off my kanban board, I finished a total of 36 important tasks in the month of January–which meant I accomplished at least one task every day of the month, plus a little extra.

Some of those were big feats–things like getting business licenses and completing edits on Serpent’s Mark, which ended up being just shy of 104,000 words when work was complete. Whew.  The book still needs to be proofread, so it’s a ways out from being done, but I’ve started figuring out the layout for the digital edition of the book and I’ll tackle print editions after proofing is done, but everything is still on time right now.

I also ended up finishing as much as I could of the kitchen. Replacing the flooring is outside of my control, as we’re still waiting for a quote from a contractor so we can finish our damage claims, but that’s the only thing remaining to be done in that room.

Despite being the shortest month of the year, February has more goals than January. I’m not sure if all of them will get done, but if they don’t, whatever is left will be deferred to March. Here’s everything I hope to do…

Goal category 1: Publishing

Publish To Steal the Crown.
The second book in the Westkings Heist series is due to go out on February 22. This one should be a cakewalk, since all that’s left is having the book actually go live!

Finish and format Serpent’s Mark.
This means proofreading and final adjustments to the manuscript, then getting the ebook put together and ordering print proofs. If I can do a chapter a day, I should have a week left at the end of the month to handle formatting and ordering of proofs. I’d prefer to go a little faster than that, but we’ll see.

Write To Steal the Queen.
The third and final installment of the Westkings Heist trilogy is officially underway! Aiming for 50,000 words in a month is a tall order for me, but I’m going to do my best to get it done. It’s okay if this runs a little ways into March, but hopefully it won’t take that long. I’ll be sharing updates on how TSQ is going somewhere around mid-month.

Goal category 2: Finishing the house

This is the one where a lot of huge work waits…

Finish the studio.
There’s not a lot left to be done here, mostly just painting. Ideally it’s something I can finish in a day or two, but we’ll see.

Paint the gym.
This is technically the third bedroom, but since we don’t really need the space, it’s become Joe’s workout room and has all his equipment in it. The walls are a rather unpleasant brown, and full of holes, as well. I won’t be worrying about woodwork or doors yet, but the goal is to repair the walls and get them painted.

Finish the front room.
This is technically the dining room, but since there are only 3 of us, we eat in the kitchen and don’t need this space. All that really needs to be done is cleaning really well and getting this room nicely arranged so that it’s useful, instead of being a catch-all room where all the home improvement supplies are stored.

Paint main bathroom.
The previous owners had painted over whatever color was in the bathroom, but they did a terrible job. The paint is really streaky and blotchy and a muddy greenish-gray color comes through in places. This is the smaller of the bathrooms, so I want to keep it as bright as possible. Fortunately, one coat of a good quality white paint should take care of it.

Goal category 3: Improving my health without sacrificing my work

Ever hard to quantify, the big goal for this one this month is finding time to do something fun in between all the work. My dear friend Ashley gave me a stay-wet acrylic palette for my birthday last month, so I plan to work out time for an acrylic landscape painting some time this month.

I’d say that’s it for me, but it’s kind of a tall order. Maybe March needs to be slower?

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