Level-Up! Essence of Green :: February 2017



“Anyone can love a thing ‘because’. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something ‘despite’: to know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” 
– Patrick Rothfuss 


We began the month with our first wedding anniversary, then the days fell back to normal. It’s been a very long month, and our key events included attending a funeral and travelling over 200 miles for an exam. I had three deadlines for Uni this month, and spring is taking a while to get here.

Reflections on the Journey

i. Read 12 books: 0/12 – I still haven’t finished a book (I finish one in early March), although I am still making some progress. Balancing the time spent reading and writing has always been a bit tricky for me, but I’m getting there.

ii. Edit second novel for submission: 1/1 – I submitted my manuscript from last year again; we’ll see in a few months if I can learn something from the process.

iii. Track my wordcount and aim for 100,000 words: 8,933/100,000 words – I’m still behind schedule, but it’s climbing, and I’m back to focusing on the novel at least, which tends to be easier to add to. I’m a bit disappointed that I wrote under 3k this month, but I did read a lot in my ‘writing time’ so I’m letting it pass.

iv. Build upon my wellness routine: This month H and I have been taking some walks together and planning the vegetable patch, as well as preparing a foundation for a patio, so we’ve definitely been more active. For our ‘adventure’, we travelled north for an exam, and then stayed an extra day so we could have a date night. We went out for a meal and came home via an ice cream bar.

v. Take Photographs: There was a beautiful full moon earlier this month, but the pictures didn’t quite come out as I’d hoped. This is a great chance to learn about my camera and the settings, although frustrating in the moment.

February’s Experience Collected

  • 100/200XP 
  • 350/350XP
  • 150/300XP
  • 400/400XP

Total XP for February:                     1,000/1,250

Total XP towards Level Up:        7,850/7,500


Total XP towards Level 4:           350/7,500


Jumping the Wall…

  • I met all my uni deadlines.
  • H and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary with pancakes.
  • We celebrated Pancake Day with pancakes for dinner.
  • H and I celebrated our first anniversary of owning the cats. They were confused.
  • I worked on Skeletal across the month.
  • I got to 95% on a book it’s taken nearly 2 years for me to read!
  • I submitted a manuscript to an agent.
  • H and I visited Hemel Hempstead: the 2013 ugliest town in Britain. We can see why.
  • We began playing Elder Scrolls Online together; a nice way to unwind from stressful days!

The Path Ahead…

  • March marks changes to both of our jobs, but we knew this year would be a tough one.
  • I have 2 more Uni deadlines to meet in the next month.
  • We’re hoping to make some movement on the garden with better weather, and to see our family.

How was your journey through February? 

How is March shaping up in your plans?

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