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DAILY: 601 fiction words, 886 total words

Not that what I was living for the past week and a half or so wasn’t “real”, but it was vacation, and then after that for four days it was the “ideal”. I got a lot done in terms of publication, and I have a renewed determination for writing, so there’s that.

601 fiction words, 886 total words

I feel kind of “off the rails” with the words right now, but usually, that happens before I find the story again. It will be obvious to first readers, and then I’ll fix it.

This is only the past week, which means one weekly review got missed in the travels. Oh well! For being a week on vacation, this wasn’t a bad one. I pulled the writing computer out at least once a day every day I was gone (with maybe one exception) and hacked out a few hundred words, and maybe less once or twice, and it was good. Clearly not my best, but also not my worst.

Here are my monthly totals so far:

July fiction total: 7,281
June fiction total: 10,577
May fiction total: 
6,107
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 80,187

I am now officially doing better than my worst month. This is good! I also like what my friend Erin is doing on her stats, so I’ll add:

Stories Published in 2017: 3

Next week that won’t get updated, but maybe in three weeks? That doesn’t seem too outrageous.

Now, I really do need to get to work. Have a lovely day, everyone!

Embarrassing Moments

153 fiction words, 411 total words

I just realized I don’t know a family member’s last name. Mortifying. Easily fixed, though, by admitting I’m a derp and forgetful. It could be I never was told, to be honest, but why haven’t I asked before now? Well, it’s fixed now.

153 fiction words, 411 total words

I finally finished up and published the previously unnamed short story I mentioned editing yesterday. I did that, got the cover done, and got it up for sale this morning. It’s listed under a pen name, so it’s advertised elsewhere.

The words I wrote on my current story, still unnamed, were minimal and written on my phone in bed. It’s a good way to assuage some guilt for not having written during the waking hours, to be honest. And I shouldn’t feel guilty because I did all the publishing work I should have done two months ago. It’s hard to write new material and publish at the same time. Publishing kind of needs all of my attention to be done correctly.

Next time something needs to be published, since I’ve already fallen off my “Write Every Day” wagon for the year several times, I’m just going to take the writing time off. Publication, except for the print proof, only takes a day or so of intense work. Maybe schedule a day or two of vacation to get it done because those are fabulous days to publish things.

And the bright side is if I use enough vacation days to publish stuff that I run out, I’m on the right track for making this my full-time gig!

Ha ha!

All the things!

139 fiction words, 953 total words

Okay, not all the things, but a lot of the things.

I finally made the time to publish A Brief History yesterday, as I may have mentioned in yesterday’s post. (You also may have seen the book post I did. Spoilers, huh?)

I published the Create Space version first. Then I went and published the Kindle version, except apparently I quite forgot to run some sections through Grammarly, because there were 14 spelling errors, and nine of those were valid errors. So I fixed those in all the different manuscript versions (there are three), finished publishing the Kindle version, then went back and submitted the Create Space version again, which means a 24-hour wait for that to get approved.

Oops.

Then, I went off to Smashwords and got everything all ready before I realized I needed to create another Ghost Author account. So I did that, then redid all the work I’d lost (it’s not much – Smashwords is so very easy once you’ve got the formatting down).

Finally, Nook Press (Barnes & Noble). So for a while, I was publishing ebooks over there but with Space Cats, I just did the print. But then when I was fixing links on the Space Cats post, I realized both the ebook and the print book were showing up on BN.com. Turns out it must be that my Smashwords copy is linking with the print copy I did over there. That’s really great, actually, and saves me a bit of work. BN is already a pain because I need to reformat both my interior files and my cover files because their paper is a teeny bit lighter than Create Space.

After that, I didn’t have the energy to write much, but I did hack out a few words before and in bed.

139 fiction words, 953 total words

Most of those words being the A Brief History post. And now that it’s up for sale, I need to decide whether I update every A to Z post with the book links, or whether I remove the posts altogether. I actually need opinions on that, for whoever reads this far. I’ll probably ask on FB too, so if you see that, don’t feel like you need to reply twice.

Thanks for reading! Today is editing on 003 (still has no title – tsk) so I can get that up for sale, too. It’s been too long. Bad Nicki.

Titles R Hard

171 fiction words, 487 total words

171 fiction words, 487 total words

I’m starting with words written during Insurgent last night. Now that it’s out of the way, I can ask a question that just popped into my head.

Getting the paperback ready takes longer. Why do I try to get that first when I could get the ebook up for sale and the print book could follow when I have it done? I suppose it’s to get my skills with print books down so print books are easier to do, and then everything could go up at the same time? I don’t know.

I’m talking about A Brief History right now, by the way. It’s been so long since April, I’m honestly not certain what state things are in. Maybe everything is perfect and ready and just need a quick once-over before putting up for sale? Or maybe there’s quite a bit of work yet to do. I just don’t remember.

This is why I shouldn’t wait so long after finishing before publishing. Ugh. I’m not even sure why it didn’t happen immediately. I’ve been carrying around the proof copy since it arrived, ready to do the proofing.

Oh well. I’m going to get it done now. Or at least look at it for the next three and a half hours or so. Then I’ll give the laptop back to the kids if they want it.

I’m off.