So this year we had an extra day in February.  Did you take advantage of it to advance your goals for the year? I don’t feel like I did, though I did make some progress on most of my resolutions.

Resolutions #1, 3, 5, &7: Keep this blog updated.

Progress report:  Blogged a total of 5 times in February.  Not bad, but it could have been a lot more.  I had quite a few ideas that I just never pushed from my head to the computer screen.  Sadly typical of my writing in general.

Resolution #2:  Finally finish editing my NaNoWriMo novel from 2008

Progress report: Now more than 80% through the manuscript, but I found that I had a lot more than 2 missing scenes that needed to be written from scratch.  Neither the hard-copy I made of this manuscript, or the saved computer file, has the ending of the story.  I could have sworn that I wrote it down, though.  Maybe I did, and some computer gremlins ate it? Or maybe I only wrote it out in my head, and managed to delude myself into thinking I’d put it into the manuscript.  I’m thinking it’s the latter.

Resolution #4:  Finish the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel from 2011

Progress report:  Better than January, but still not good.  I’m now at 30, 306 words, which means I added a whopping 4579 words.  Which comes out to just over 150 words per day.

Resolution #6: Receive one rejection slip (print or e-mail) every other month, for a total of 6 for the year.

Progress report: Took one more read-through of a novella I wrote, polishing and tweaking it, then started working on the query letter/synopsis.  Baby steps.  Still need to find the courage to submit the thing in the end.  Not sure if that will happen.

Overall, I guess it wasn’t as bad as I first thought, for such a short month.  I do tend to be my own worst critic.  Now, on to make some real progress for March!

By the way, today is Hina Matsuri, or the Girls’ Day Festival in Japan.  We used to celebrate it when I was a kid in Hawaii.  So to all of the girls out there, especially my two hanai (Hawaiian word that loosely translates to “adopted,” commonly used for close friends that are like family) nieces, Sciarra and Shaunnelle, Happy Girl’s Day!