Awww, all the talking!

Since I didn’t wake on time this morning (late night), I got up with the kids. Man, I’m spoiled. Waking up in the quiet, having silent time to pull myself out of the fog of the recently awakened…that’s some nice stuff!

My kids are sweet, and I’m grateful they’re in good moods this morning. But wow, they’re chatty.

I wrote a token 83 words last night and squeezed in 346 words total. I was out celebrating birthdays with writing friends and got lots of good things done, but words weren’t priorities. I did get another two chapters run through the spell grinder, though, and now that I have that tool I’m going to grind as I go because this is ridiculous. (And it will only get worse the closer I get to the end when I stopped re-reading what I wrote before.)

Since I don’t have the extra time for waking up this morning I’m going to dive right into spell grinding. I can do that with a few distractions.

Happy Wednesday!

It’s going to be a hard act to follow, Tuesday.

Yesterday was rather amazing, in that all the tiny little irritants that I usually run across just kind of slid out of my way.

All day.

Making left turns across traffic? Traffic magically paused.

Normally excruciating stop-and-go traffic on the way home? Half of it was non-existent.

When faced with having to unlock a particularly tricky lockbox, someone with a key walked up to the door just before I got out of my car.

It was awesome, and I am truly grateful to have had such a wonderful Monday, a day I admit to normally looking at with some skepticism.

Writing was brief. I’m doing it to keep up my streak, but I know I won’t get a lot done as my time is equally occupied with spell and grammar checking. I’m racing to get done for April. I did a reality check this morning, and am shifting my publishing goals from April 1st to April 30th, or perhaps a week into May for the A to Z Challenge Review.

I wrote 260 fiction words (the prologue for April’s challenge) and had 696 words total (my blog post was quite large). It was (as previously mentioned) a very good day.

Off to enjoy another!

Know when to fold ’em

I will cheerfully blame my mother for my love of horse operas. She was an avid reader of Louis L’Amore novels when I was young and had an enormous collection. They lived in the stairwell to the basement which hadn’t been insulated past the first floor. We also kept canning on those studs, and they really made a lovely shelving unit.

At any rate, though you won’t often hear me enjoying country music, I dearly love The Gambler, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and the like. And that titular song has it right. You’ve got to know when to give up and get the fuck out of Dodge.

Anyway! That probably seems really pessimistic, but it really is for my own good. Trying something 6 times and getting the same result (but expecting something new) just seems silly. I’m done! And that’s all I have to say about that.

So yesterday something happened – I finished that story I started in December and thought for sure I’d finish in January! I don’t have a really great title for it yet. I’m still running with Space Cats from Space Earth whenever I talk about it, but I need to replace that because I don’t know how a strikeout would work on Amazon. I suppose it would end up being Space Cats from Earth there, with the cover being the only place you’d see the strikeout. I’m not certain how I feel about that, except that I’m certain I can do better.

Since I ended up writing/finishing three chapters and an epilogue yesterday, I wrote 1,228 fiction words (and 1.358 total). It wasn’t my best writing day, but it felt like the best since I finally finished the story/book. Here’s the stats block for last week.

Weekly total words: 5,884
Weekly total fiction words: 4,247
Weekly total blog words: 1,637
Difference from last week: 0% (only 5 words less!)
Weekly rank: 5 (of 12)
March fiction total: 9,937
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
001* Words: 36,591

*If you hadn’t sorted out from the tags on these posts, 001 (and then 001-1) was the number of this story in my pursuit of Pulp Speed. It’s as good a code name as any, and allows me to easily keep track of which story I was working on in my word count tracking spreadsheet.

Well, that’s what I have for today! I’m off to start waking the household.

A to Z 2017

Red theater seating in the foreground, the words "AtoZ CHALLENGE THEME REVEAL, Monday, March 20, 2017" in the foreground, a stage behind the words with a red velvet curtain in the background, and the URL for the website for the challenge in the upper right corner "http://www.a-to-z-challenge.com"
Theme Reveal for the A to Z Blog Challenge 2017

I had a brilliant idea in the shower today. (Actually, on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd. It was “today” when I wrote started this draft.) And since I don’t remember things that I don’t write down, this is where I’m writing it down.

I’m currently finishing up just finished (as of 3/19/17) a story about cats, but these cats aren’t from earth. They’re space cats, with tech and spaceships and nanites, and they would have us believe that all domesticated cats are from space. (I may have mentioned this once or thrice here before – please forgive me.)

This is, naturally, hard for my heroine to come to terms with, but she eventually does. And my character is a writer, and so it only makes sense for her to pen an “A to Z How To” manual for newly woke humans in feline families.

I’m rather excited because this will A) let me develop the world a bit more, and B) promote the book here and there. I hope it will end up being funny on its own, of course.

I’ve waffled back and forth as to whether I’ll actually try doing this, but I think I will. I may also, incidentally, co-brand my 365 challenge with the A to Z Blog Challenge as well. I’m still worrying this over in my mind.

Now I’m off to figure out where to add the logo to my blog. And to go to bed.

Oh, hello Sunday

Happy day of melting snow, I say!

Yesterday went quickly. I washed lots of clothes, wrote a few words (375 fiction, 580 total), took pictures of deer, and watched lots and lots of Minecraft on YouTube.

My daily fiction average is at 475. I’m going to move that up today.

Short and sweet post for now. There’s really not much else to say!

Satur-laundry-day

Yesterday was simply normal. I woke, I went to work, I came home, I wrenched the computer back from the hands of the avid gamer that lives in my house.

I wrote 517 fiction words (739 total).I narrowly avoided going to see a film, too. That’s sort of an interesting story, actually, although probably only to me.

I narrowly avoided going to see a film, too. That’s sort of an interesting story, actually, although probably only to me.

 

So I’ll spare you.

And that’s it. I’m currently laundering clothing, and I’ll try to make another 4-digit word count to brag about tomorrow. Otherwise, today threatens to be normal, too.