Anxiety and Frustration

334 total words, .75 hours editing

Yesterday I finished my second swipe at things first readers found messed with their heads while reading. We’ll call those edits. I finished the edits.

Now I need to work on cover art. I still love the image I have chosen, but I need to do a little more with it. And fix the title. I had an idea. I hope I remember it.

And then I’ll need to format the print book. I’m toying with the idea of trying KDP’s new print book system, except I really like formatting the interior. It’s my place to be visually artistic with the arrangements of my words, and that makes me happy. So I’ll probably stick with CreateSpace until that new service sorts itself out. In fact, I have another piece I could try KDP’s service with. Might do that.

I blogged 334 words yesterday and edited for .75 hours, which was enough to finish. I shouldn’t dread the fixing of words because it never takes me as long as I expect it will. I believe I’ve spent only around four hours total doing first reader fixes, and probably only another four shoving things through the computer generated grammar fixer. This is probably not as much time as it deserves, but it is as much time as I gave it.

One office day’s worth. Not a lot.

My mind is elsewhere this morning, at the events to come on Friday afternoon and not in the present. There’s a bit of prep to do for that, and it routinely stresses me out. I am anxious (though there is nothing to be anxious about) and stressing (though again, there’s no real reason), and I can’t wait until Friday is over completely.

W is for Water – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy! Continue reading “W is for Water – #AtoZChallenge”

Days of Rest

275 total words, .5 hours editing

If I had to pick two days of my week that felt like “days off” from writing, I would end up choosing Tuesdays and Fridays.This isn’t intentional.

This isn’t intentional, it’s just how it ends up feeling. Tuesdays are chatting and relaxing with friends. No matter how hard I try, it’s nearly impossible to get anything done. (I may have mentioned before that this is okay, although sometimes I forget it’s mostly a socializing event and try to get something accomplished, and feel frustrated.)

And Fridays are the end of a long week at the office, and inevitably with the youths relaxing with their entertainments, it’s easy to slip into mine as well.

At any rate.

Yesterday I wrote 275 blog words and edited for a total of about 30 minutes. 25, if we’re slicing hairs (which I am not, which is why I rounded). This morning I’m going to tackle the edit that stalled me yesterday involving a space ship. Then  I’m going to see if I can get to Chapter 34, putting me less than ten chapters from the end and hopefully allowing me to finish editing tonight so I can focus on the cover. I have a lot of work to do there.

Finally, I have no friends that need well-wishes and positive thoughts, but I do have a friend that deserves congratulations! At least, I think that’s the appropriate response. To be honest, I wasn’t sure when I first saw the article. It sounds like a lot of work and responsibility, and sometimes when people step down it’s not entirely good. Still, VP of SFWA sounds “more impressorial”, as Lisa would say (Morning Glory – hilarious film), and so yes. Congratulations ought to be appropriate.

V is for Veterinarian – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy! Continue reading “V is for Veterinarian – #AtoZChallenge”

U is for Unusual Felines – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy! Continue reading “U is for Unusual Felines – #AtoZChallenge”

GTD: A to Z Challenge

117 fiction words, 579 total words, .5 hours towards publishing

I have done it. Five days before the end of the month I scheduled the last post for the A to Z Challenge.  That gives me a self-imposed six days to get Space Cats edited (first reader catches), polish up the cover, and get things ready for publishing.

Then I’d like to do some editing on A Brief History. See if there are any letters I missed. Get that ready as a separate ebook.

And at that point, once I have the three projects I’m working on wrapped up, I’ll start another writing project. So I’ll have several days with no writing, I think. Unless by some miracle something gets in my head I can’t shake. I really would like to keep my writing streak going, but I also don’t want yet another thing to do.

The whole thing offers a sense of urgency to the publishing bits so I can get back to the writing bits.

I used 117 fiction words to finish up the A to Z challenge and wrote a total of 579 words yesterday, along with spending 0.5 hours towards publishing. I expect today will go similarly, with fewer fiction words, as I don’t have a writing project right now.

We’ll see how it goes tomorrow!

Getting ready for the day

645 fiction words, 1,026 total words

Yesterday was Sunday, and as Sundays usually go, it was really productive from tip to toes.

I didn’t wake as early as I wanted, having stayed up until after midnight the day before, but once I did get up I was able to do some more work on the setup of my new bullet journal, make lunch for the youths, write some, play Minecraft on the family server with both kids, take a short nap, get two more letters for the A to Z posted, watch some YouTube, and get my graphics done for this morning’s post.

All of the things!

I even wrote a considerable amount, with 645 fiction words (and 1,026 words total) added to the A to Z challenge, which I am quite close to actually finishing. The X entry is giving me trouble, but I only need probably 250 more words to finish it up. Coming up with those words has been a challenge, though. You’ll see when it comes out.

And, since this week I’ve remembered that I post a weekly review on Mondays, here’s what last week looked like!

I’m pleased that I increased this week as much as I decreased last week. I’m also pleased that the weekly rank is still in the top 10. All in all, very good.

Next week I may have to come up with another section for hours edited because once I finish the A to Z, I’m not starting any new projects until I get Space Cats and A Brief History and that other thing I wrote up for sale.

There’s also this for last week:

Also, there’s this:

April fiction total: 14,783
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 55,191
002 Words: 7,802

While part of me is irritated that it’s taken me four months to write 50,000 words, the other part of me is happy that it’s not November and I’ve written 50,000+ words! So I’ll lean toward the happy part, and write more publishable words in May.

I’ll leave it there for now. It’s a busy morning, and there’s lots more to do. I managed to wake this morning at 5 a.m., thank goodness, so I’ve gotten some of it done, but there’s always more.

And as an end note, a friend is going through a particularly stressful time today, so if you have some positive thoughts, shove them my way and I’ll channel them in the right direction. Much thanks!