Author’s Log: February Round-Up and Looking Ahead To March (#row80, #amwriting)

Weekly Stats (Sun-Sat):

Words Drafted: 8,407
Best Word Count: 2,232 (Sunday)
Daily Average Needed To Finish Draft: 1,500

For a short month, that sure was a busy one! *whew*

Of course, that probably has something to do with the fact that I was drafting two projects in February: Keepers of the Flame: Origins #3 and Blood & Steam #1. Which I hadn’t, originally, wanted to do, but did anyway.

Let’s have a look-see at what we accomplished last month, shall we? *licks pencil*

  • Keepers: Origins #3 completed and released into the wild. YAY!
  • Blood & Steam #1 drafted.
  • Power of Three #1 planned and outlined.
  • Keepers of the Flame #4 submitted, synopsized, and submitted to Editor Awesome. Double YAY!!
  • Waking Muse box set completed and released for 99c at Amazon.


Words Drafted: 44,698—Up 47% from January.
Best Word Count: 5,920 (Feb. 15)
Days Off: 3

Looking Ahead To March:


DRAFTING: THIRTEEN WITCHES (Power of Three #1)—Urban Fantasy Novella, 27-30K words

IN REVISION: Blood & Steam #1

POST-PRODUCTION: Create new covers for Origins #1 & 2, as well as Waking Muse books, all for re-release.

RELEASE: BRIGHID’S FLAME (Keepers of the Flame #3)—Apocalyptic Fantasy Novella (March 17 from Samhain Publishing).

I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to only having ONE project to draft next month instead of two. But one advantage to working on both Origins #3 and Blood & Steam #1 in February was that it forced me to stretch my word count muscles to make it happen. Now I know what I’m capable of handling, so a single project word count should seem like Cracker Jacks in comparison.

So, instead of:


Instead I’ll be all:


At least, that’s the theory.

Also this week, in a moment of madness I’m not sure actually existed, I booked a trip to Southern California in May to visit family for a week or so. It looks like my grandmother will be moving out of her big ol’ ranch house she’s lived in since the sixties, as she’s now in a wheelchair and can’t live alone anymore. So there’s that booked for next quarter.

I can tell you I am not looking forward to a 6-8 hour flight to and from Florida via Dallas, crammed into Coach (“economy” my big, rosy Irish patootie). Especially when traveling with laptop, etc. UGH.


*bangs head repeatedly on desk*


Okay, enough of the amateur dramatics. How did you guys fare in February? How’s March looking for you?


2 thoughts on “Author’s Log: February Round-Up and Looking Ahead To March (#row80, #amwriting)

  1. Elizabeth Anne Mitchell says:

    I like your attitude, Cate–now that you know what you can do, just go ahead and clash those cymbals, LOL.

    My February was productive, but more for day job writing and such. On the personal writing front, not so much, but lots of thinking and planning, so that was good. Here’s to a great March!

    1. catemorgan says:

      I admit I was feeling a little like my tailfeathers were on fire last month, Elizabeth! Now I’m on the other side I’m still a little singed, but satisfied with the results. Now I’m daring March to Bring It On (which may or may not be a bad idea)!

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