Change in focus

A two-page Bullet Journal spread behind a green text box and two white hearts that has the words Word Counting on top

Good morning! It’s Monday, and that means I get to crunch numbers again. Eventually. Let’s talk about yesterday, first!

Yesterday I went to go see Hidden Figures with my two youths and also a parental unit with an adjacent friend. I enjoyed it, and I’m glad I hauled the children to see it. They grumbled, of course, as creatures of that age are wont to do when their access to electronics are denied. But the candy and soda at the film surely helped.

I wrote only 189 words yesterday (539 total) not due to any particular block (so I tell myself) but because I’ve finished one project of moderate length and one project of short length, and editing and covers and spell grinding take a lot of time!

And that’s the transition I spoke about in today’s title: I’m going to cut myself some slack as I plug slowly along on the A-Z Challenge and try to get Space Cats  and the second work published. I could probably track hours put into publication items, but tracking time is not my strong suit. (I tend to get a little distracted here and there, and fail to mark the transition between one task and another.)

With all that out of the way, here is this week’s information:

Weekly total words: 9,234
Weekly total fiction words: 7,026
Weekly total blog words: 2,208
Difference from last week: +9%
Weekly rank: 1 (of 15)
April fiction total: 11,267
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002* Words: 4,376

See that? Lots of words! And I had to remove 003 from the list because I finished it! *wild cheers and applause* At least, I think I did. *record scratch* You never know. It’ll end up being a short story collection at some point because the world has been stuck in my head for ages, and I’ve never gotten past the opening before, really. I mean, kind of I have, but not to the point of publication. Moving this section forward kind of feels like it means I don’t have to keep rewriting it anymore. 🙂

I anticipate next week to have fewer words, but hopefully to also be able to report of the release of two new works into the world for readers.

The clothing has been cleaned

Yesterday I got a late start with laundry, and it turned into a day when I didn’t do much but absorb some Hermitcraft on YouTube. I didn’t watch for several months, so I’m catching up. Now that they’re starting a new season, I’m doubly excited. I also have resolved to not indulge in these marathon sessions anymore. I’ll add new episodes to my queue and watch one at a time, and not sink hours upon hours into the viewing of other people playing video games.

I’m certain that resolution will last at least several days.

Because of the YouTube, I only got 570 fiction words and 829 total words. My average fiction words per day is at 525, though. February 25th was the last time it was that high. I’m slowly making my way back up!

Today involves film with family and some writing. And a post about Income & Expenses, actually. I don’t have a lot to add, but I’m sure I can pull something out of my brain. Theories to share. Stuff and things.

Heh.

Oh, I also finished The Handmaid’s Tale yesterday. It’s up for free on Kindle right now, so if you’ve been interested in acquiring it, now is certainly the time. My overall opinion is one of general bafflement and intrigue. I’m glad I read it, but I don’t think I want to reread it. I’m also not certain now that I want to see the Hulu series. I’m kind of satisfied with what the book shared, and I don’t need more, or another interpretation. A funny feeling, but one I’ve encountered before.

Happy Sunday, folks!

It would help if I had a title

Yesterday was a good day, as I expected. My friend that needed the well-wishes had a good result. The office work went by quickly. And I got quite a few more entries done for A Brief History…, also known as 002.

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The latter actually was the best part. I wrote 1,611 words yesterday, and 1,882 total. Today will hopefully go just as well, but at some point, my time will be consumed by cover art and the thing my friend Erin is going through right now.

Blurbs.

They’re critical but difficult. I’m sure they’ll get easier with practice (in fact, I know they do), but per word, they’re the most time-consuming piece of publishing for me.

Cover art comes a close second. I actually had the idea that I was going to go for covers without tons of images, hopefully saving myself some money up front, but I’m not sure how that will go. You’ll see, I expect, when I have Space Cats up for sale.

That’s everything for now. I thought, since I woke early, I might go back to bed this morning, but I think naps between loads of laundry is much more plausible at this point.

Mmm…naps.

G is for Grooming – #AtoZChallenge

I seem to be starting all my entries with, “You know this, but you didn’t really know this!” Sorry about that. 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 “G is for Grooming – #AtoZChallenge”

Ta-da!

Today is here! It is Friday. It shall be the best Friday this month has had in 2017, I just know it!

I observed this morning that if I want to keep waking at 5 a.m. in the morning, I’m going to need to haul my butt to bed earlier than 10:30 p.m. I have a feeling I’ll need a nap by the time the day is over.

Yesterday I wrote 1,469 words of fiction (1,773 total). They’re good words, and I thought I was done with 003, but it turns out I’m not. There’s a little rounding out to do at the end, I think. Maybe. It’s entirely possible it’s not the short story I thought it was, but a longer piece. I’m not sure.

Today, aside from Friday, is the day a friend needs tons of positive thoughts, so if you care to throw them at the blog, I’ll then shove them in that friend’s direction. Thank you.

F is for Feeding – #AtoZChallenge

I seem to be starting all my entries with, “You know this, but you didn’t really know this!” Sorry about that. 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 “F is for Feeding – #AtoZChallenge”