Taking my time

Happy Sunday! The day started late, at like noon, which was fabulous, and why this post comes so late. I spent my morning working in my Bullet Journal and my Writing Notebook (which doesn’t necessarily need to be capitalized, but #bujo was, so I didn’t want it to feel left out), and got lots of great notes to start organizing my thoughts on Things.

I wrote a little bit, and feel pretty good about it. Only 195 fiction words, but a total of 698 for the day. Yesterday was more reading and media consumption than anything else, but it was good stuff. Saturday, you know. And quite a bit of thinking.

I did mention talking about my income and expenses as Writer: Starter Edition yesterday. I still plan on doing that. I may not get to it this week. Instead I think I’m  planning on it for next week. It’s the kind of thing I can plan ahead for and put some thought into. I may also only do it once a month. We’ll see about that. For now, we’ll plan it for the first Sunday of every month.

Look at that! I’m thinking ahead and planning things! Heh.

The printed list for the Rock Your Handwriting challenge
Rock Your Handwriting challenge – hosted by @prettyprintsandpaper, @tinyrayofsunshine, @boho.berry, @decadethirty

One last thing. I’m going to be working more in my #bujo in April. It feels right again, where for a long time I was simply surviving from week to week with routine. Adding this back in seems like a small step back to where I was when I started.

Also, for what it’s worth when I was spending the most time in my bullet journal, I was also spending the most time writing. A coincidence? Perhaps, but who cares. I can make time for this.

And the graphic was fun. I like having images in my posts. Click it to go to the host’s page on the project.

And…I think I’m done for today! Sorry that it’s kind of rambly. Actually, not too sorry. I’m having fun.

Deer are looking skinny (and Ideas)

It’s Saturday, and thus laundry day, and if you remember last week I found a deer strolling through the backyard when I was doing laundry. Well, s/he, or a friend of his/hers, decided to stroll by this week for my elder youth to see! The deer was looking a bit scraggly with a winter coat and jutting hips, but I’m not terribly worried. I can see the grass down by the creek that runs behind the house coming through strong and bright, and the temperatures today are lovely and warm. The deer will find food.

I wrote 116 fiction words yesterday and brought in a total of 592 words total for the day. I don’t think I like the way the particular short I’m working on is going, so I may end up striking those and some written the day before. I’ll have to take a look at it when I’m not also inundated with Minecraft.

I had a thought. Sundays, which is the day when I take care of the family finances, I think I’m going to share some general information about my expenses and income that has to do with my writing. I don’t want to be dumping it all out there, but all I can think of is how helpful it would be for me to hear this kind of thing from people who are more successful than me. I’ve gotten teasers of it from some people on Reddit, but I would personally prefer a little more information.

Here’s what I’d like to know, and so here’s what I’d like to share: I’d like to know about expenses. What things do writers spend money on, and what does that stuff costs? Also, income. How often is the money coming in, and about how much when it does? I’ll also be exploring different income streams (ebooks and print, naturally), including some that might not seem to have anything to do with writing.

I’m not brand new, with a few self-published short stories under my name and another, but it’s close enough that this might be an interesting experiment for someone thinking about writing as a career to follow along. I don’t know if many people think about tracking these things publically when they’re just starting out, and if they are, I’m not stumbling across enough of them.

And I don’t expect it to last forever, either. I imagine there will be an income point at which it becomes unnecessary.

Well, if this sounds like a horrible idea, I trust someone will point it out. If this is all you ever hear about the subject, you’ll know what happened. But tomorrow is Sunday, and I do have a thing or two to report, so…

It’s Friday, folks!

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you what day of the week it is. Even though I had a good week, I still got a little excited when I realized it was Friday. Why do I look forward to the weekend when there was nothing to escape from that happened during the week? It’s an interesting bit of conditioning I suspect, running back a few years from elementary school through last week.

I wrote 302 words yesterday morning (550 total) and met my personal goal of getting through chapter 16 (of 42) in spell checking grinding. I’m glad I got in the words because when the evening rolled around I was ready to not think too hard. This pass through my draft is for making notes on things that jump out at me (I’ve found one possible error so far), and then I’ll hand it over to one or two writer friends (and maybe my mom) for the last “What did I do that fails” pass, then it goes up.

In other news, in following other people sharing their Bullet Journal spreads, I find it’s really helpful when they’re willing to share any money or financial information that they track. I like to see what’s reasonable or even out of the ordinary. Money is very personal for most people, and I understand why folks keep it private. But when there’s a savings tracker that doesn’t blur out the numbers, or maybe an income page that offers some insight for me, I really appreciate it.

I’d like to find that happy medium between privacy and sharing here so, hopefully, I can be a resource for other self-publishing writers. While I have written and published before, January really feels like when I knuckled down and made The Decision that writing is the ultimate goal, and that now is the time I get really serious about it.

Which reminds me – I ought to get my word tracker up for sharing. I believe I have a copy that I shared with a friend last year. Whether it helped or not, I absolutely love it. It adds, averages, and does all of the nifty things I like Excel to do for me so I don’t have to think about math.

Okay, that’s enough for now. I have family I need to wake. Good morning, everyone!

Running “behind”

Behind is in quotes because it’s not quite 6 a.m. here, so how far behind could I really be? The answer is, not far. Junior youth and I woke at 5 (technically, so did DH, but he went back to sleep), me to start my day, JY to start getting ready for school because sometimes school prep takes three hours.

It just does.

Yesterday was a nice day. Chilly and windy, but otherwise a day with plenty of regular things to be grateful for. (Easy traffic, kids home safely, remembered the thing the elder youth needs for school next week, got some spell grinding done, that kind of thing.) Also, the cats were cute and didn’t destroy anything or turn on the broken ceiling fan, so that’s something special to note.

I managed 213 words of fiction and 425 words total. I’m actually pretty sure most of those words will need to be surgically extracted from the manuscript, but they’re good enough to count for yesterday.

Okieday, it’s time for me to start doing something else. I hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday!