Hello, February!

Oy. January was a weird, weird month. I am not at all sad to say farewell. But before I do, let’s chat about two big things I accomplished during the first thirty-one days of 2013:

First, I kicked Jan Plan‘s ass. Thank you, Christa Desir for sharing your motivational idea with me and the rest of the blogosphere. Finish one thing in January, you said, and I did! I received revision notes from my agent at the tail end of December, mulled them over, tackled them, sent my manuscript off for a beta read, and had the new and improved version back in said agent’s hands before the month was out. Win. The best part? My agent was pleased! For now, we’re calling that manuscript DONE.

Second, I ran 161 miles. That’s an average of just over five miles per day over thirty-one days. If I maintain that average all year, I’ll have run nearly 2,000 miles by 2014. I kind of want to do it! But, my poor joints are already achy. I feel like the rusty, creaky Tin Man before he’s oiled. We’ll see… 2,000 miles is definitely a worthy goal to strive for, but I’m not sure if my old bones can hang. Wish me luck?

Happy Friday, and happy February!

What was your biggest January accomplishment? 


19 thoughts on “Hello, February!

  1. Rebecca B says:

    January is over! Hurray!
    Congrats on the revisions and the mileage. 2,000 in a year would be amazing, and 161 in the worst winter month is impressive. *claps*

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Tracey. Those two things are about all I accomplished, though I had a lot more I wanted to get done. Oh well… I guess that’s what February is for. 🙂

  2. Erin Funk says:

    Wow! I’m married to a marathon runner, so I’m totally impressed with how much you ran in January! Congrats on putting the finishing touches on your manuscript! Sounds like a very productive kick off for 2013!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Erin! Though I didn’t do everything I wanted to in January, I feel pretty good about what I accomplished. On to my February goals!

      (And for the record, I don’t think I could ever run a full marathon… I’m very impressed with those who do!)

  3. Lynne Matson (@LSMatson) says:


    You go girl! Congrats on finishing that MS (what a quick and productive turnaround!), and the running…wow. I run too, and I can’t tell you how many days in January I got dressed in running shorts to go running…and then never went. Instead I got sidetracked by water plants, Twitter, laundry, blog stuff, dishes, etc.. 🙂 SO I AM VERY PROOUD OF YOU!

    And btw–if you wrote it, I can’t wait to read it.:)
    Happy February!

    • katyupperman says:

      Aww, thanks, Lynne! And yes, I’m definitely susceptible to the getting dressed to run but never making it thing… If I don’t go first thing in the morning, I often just don’t! How’s the writing going for you?

  4. Liz Parker (@LizParkerWrites) says:

    Hooray for accomplishment in the midst of such a crazy, crazy month. Here’s to a fruitful, fun, fabulous February. (also, I didn’t start that off with alliteration in mind). And can I just tell you how amazing you are for running? I go a mile and it kills me.

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Liz! I’m so impressed with all the research you’ve done over the last month. There’s a reason I write contemporary. 😉 And the running was a very long build up for me. Like, years!

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