February recap: Or, in other words, where did that month go?

February has never been my favorite month. It’s always cold and dreary, and this year was no exception. It was a month of snow and sickness and not much else. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t accomplish much at all this month.

But these recaps are for accountability as much as anything else, so I need to own up to my underachievement.

Total words written: 9650. Yikes! That’s less than half of January. I’m not sure what happened here. I was feeling uninspired and, frankly, lazy. I’m at a good point in my project, and the action is starting to pick up. So, I don’t know exactly why I was so bad about updating my project. I’m going to try to write more in March, though I will be on vacation for 10 days where I’ll be away from a computer. Oh, well – I’ll just have to make it up on the other days!

Total books read: 5. Again, not great. Less than what I was hoping. Part of this is because I started two long books–Anna Karenina and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (which has got to be one of the longest books I’ve ever tried to read). I still spent a lot of time reading, but I just wasn’t able to finish as much.

Total Best Picture nominated movies watched: 6. This is really what I was doing with my time in February. I try to watch as many Oscar nominated movies as possible, and I did pretty well this year. My pick for Best Picture was Boyhood, which was an excellently crafted film.

Total episodes of House of Cards Season 3 watched: 5… and I’m on #6 as we speak!

I have high goals for March. I want to match my January word count. I want to match my January book count as well–I think this will be easier to do, because during my trip, I’ll have long flights and train rides on which to read.

I hope your February was more productive than mine! Any advice for how to beat the winter blues writer’s block?

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