One month of 2019 is already over. It just flew by didn’t it? Or was that just me? I spent most of the month huddled in front of a computer screen, furiously typing away to complete the final draft rewrites of Paper Flowers. Which I finished, whoop! I spent so must time cloistered away with Jake and Max that I sort of forgot about the real world, oops. I mean, I remembered to eat, so that’s something, but I still forgot to be a person most days.

Finishing Paper Flowers in its final draft incarnation has been a wonderful start to the year. There is editing and revising to do, I have a few scenes I am a tad iffy about, but draft is complete. I am finally happy with the story, not merely satisfied, or grudging, but actually happy. It’s a nice feeling. I have a story that does Jake and Max justice and that I think people will enjoy reading (my CP seems to like it and that’s good enough for me!)

Where to from here?

Well, this month I plan to focus on revising and editing and my kickstarter. Without the kickstarter, publishing is going to be a big difficult, so I am really hoping to meet my goal for that. I need help to that, however. Your help, that’s right, you reading this. Whether you can pledge or not (if you can, it would mean the world to me) you can help. You can share my kickstarter, you can tell your friends and family about it who might be interested in reading a beautiful gay romance (romance, not erotica masquerading as romance, I promise). And if you can pledge a dollar, or two, or ten, that would be fantastic, every bit helps. I am only 8% to my goal with 27 days to go and kickstarter only funds if you reach your goal, so please, any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

What else is new with me?

Well, I read seven books last month, so I am well on my way to meeting my reading goal this year. It also means there might be some bonus blog posts and/or videos so I can review some of the books I read. I enjoying reviewing books, I like to do it in a light, fun way to express my enjoyment, as opposed to a critical way. I studied literature for years, being critical is only so much fun. So, I’m looking forward to doing some reviews on this year’s (and some of last year’s) reads.

I might be starting a new course of study this year and I may be starting a new video series on youtube later this year. This may or may not be related. I am going to play this one close to the vest until the details are worked out.

I am working on my Patreon. At this stage I will plan to launch at the same time Paper Flowers goes on pre-sale. I will keep everybody updated.

Now, the important part of the first day of each month:

February Goals

  • Reach Kickstarter goal
  • Finish self-edits and revisions for Paper Flowers
  • Start first round edits and revisions for Silk Sheets
  • Finish The Book of Souls outline
  • Read 3-7 books
  • 2 blogs and 2 videos (at least)

Alright, don’t  forget to follow my social media (links in footer) to keep updated on my monthly progress on all my goals. I’m off to an excellent start this year, and I look forward to seeing where February lands me.

Good luck with all your February  ventures!

Until next time,

Andie xoxo

Currently Reading

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – I am 34 chapters in and this book is so cute I think I’m going to fall into a coma. I am pretty sure I’m going to be up all night reading tonight.

Current WIP Stats

Paper Flowers (Final Draft Complete; Final round self-edits and revisions)

Silk Sheets (First round self-edits and revisions)

The Book of Souls (Outlining and first drafting)

The Divide (Worldbuilding and outlining)

This Week’s Book Recommendation

Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler – a fantastic little YA fantasy book set in a post-apocalyptic Earth where the return of magic meant the downfall of humanity. It’s sexy, adventurous, and tonally correct for its setting. The protagonist is the furthest thing from the typical YA Gary Stu/Mary Sue that turn me off most YA fantasy books and he is also gay but not defined by his sexuality. So props all over for this book. My only major issues are that the plot is a little slow moving, and most of the secondary characters feel a bit flat but other than that I quite enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the second one currently sitting in my TBR pile.

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