Working hard, Writing all the words

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It’s hard not to feel like I’m Queen of the Mountain of Words when I’ve been on a streak of 300-400 words per day and now for the second day in a row I kill that old number by a lot. I still know I can do more, do better, but this feels good right now.

Yesterday I wrote 1,628 fiction words, and 2,639 words total. Writing over 1,000 blog words is new, I believe. I can’t remember doing that before. And I didn’t count the A-Z words because those were previously written and counted in fiction words somewhere.

YEAH!

*ahem*

Heh.

So in other news, here’s the stats block for the last week:

Weekly total words: 8,433
Weekly total fiction words: 5,458
Weekly total blog words: 2,975
Difference from last week: +112%
Weekly rank: 2 (of 14) (wow!!!)
April fiction total: 4,241
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002* Words: 2,505
003** Words: 4,241

Ahh. It’s good! So I should point out that last week I decided not to use 002 as my A-Z fiction, and then on Saturday, I did just that. I actually have multiples of some letters, but I’m choosing the best one (or the one I like the most, or who knows how I’ll choose, but I’m only choosing one) to post each day. So when I finally get 001 published, and then when it comes time to publish 002, there will be quite a bit of content that’s new, I think. Maybe. Or at least a couple extra A’s.

OK, that’s it, except for these two extra notes below this paragraph. I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!

*002 is 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.

**003 is the number of my April Camp NaNo project. I don’t usually do two fiction things at once. Ever. But now I am. So there are two to keep track of!

Income & Expenses: March!

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Greetings and Salutations!

I start an awful lot of my posts that way, I know.

Also, thank goodness “monies” is a word.

So I’m starting these posts because I like to learn how other authors and entrepreneurs do when they’re just starting out. Like, is everyone but me jumping straight to three-figure a month income levels, or is it taking everyone some sweet time? But nobody likes to talk about money, so I don’t come across this kind of post that often.

So I’m going to write it myself.

I have March data, and while I thought I was going to make these posts weekly, I think perhaps I will make them monthly. I really don’t know. We’re going to see how this goes.

So, for March!

Spends

I bought two things in March I think are going to help. One was Grammarly. It was 40% off as part of their March Madness sale, bringing the price into the reasonable range for me.

Here’s my justification: I need a second set of eyes, even computer generated ones, to find the silly little mistakes and misspellings and times when I’ve used the wrong word but spelled it right. I would like to get to the point when I can hire a human for such things (I even know such a person), but right now, I’m going to trust a computer and my own eyeballs.

The second thing I purchased in March was a Chromebook (referral link). It is going to be only a writing computer, although not my only writing computer because I still do an awful lot of writing on my Toshiba Satellite (the one I’m using right now, in fact). The issue with my Toshiba is that it’s also a computer that can play Minecraft, and I have two youths in the house who love Minecraft. So the justification for the Chromebook: to have a light computer that is only for writing that I can take to the places I go to write at regularly.

Grammarly – $69
Chromebook – $180

Monies

Income! I had some, by some stroke of luck. It wasn’t much, only a dollar and change, in fact. But here’s the interesting thing: I haven’t published anything since May of last year. Last May I published under a pen name and earned a little from it. Now, another sale.

So the desire to get more books up for sale is strong, and I have one I just need to finish spell-grinding to get it there.

Smashwords – $1.21

Sums Up

So right now, obviously, I’m spending more than I’m earning. That is to be expected for Starter Editions of Writers. What I’d like to do until I have another one of these to report is to sort out business finance solutions. Like, do I need a separate checking account or a separate PayPal? (Hint: I’m pretty sure at this moment, I don’t. I’m still operating as a Sole Proprietorship, so it would just be for personal, ease of bookkeeping reasons I might do that.) And maybe think about different marketing things. I have a little experience with marketing, actually. So that could be fun.

Bye until next time!

Day after Productive

Yesterday was pretty amazing. It was incredibly productive, happy, and overall quite satisfying. We celebrated a thing and there were gifts that were enjoyed. We had dinner out with family (the company was the best part – the food left quite a bit to be desired), and cake! What day isn’t made a million times better with cake?

The youths and I went to see Power Rangers, too. It was fun, not horrible, kind of campy but not too bad, and I think we all enjoyed it. The popcorn was good, but AMC is a disappointment. The trend now is to have self-serve butter. That’s fine and dandy, but you can’t get the layers, and while I am eternally grateful to my dear friend who comes with me to theaters so I can layer my butter, it’s just not the same when you do it yourself. This is the move that theaters can make that will keep me from attending. Hmph.

But back to good stuff! Words! I wrote all the words, Roxanne (#butcheredQotD). Yesterday got 2,613 fiction words and 3,193 total. I didn’t count the A-Z post because most of those words were already written. Copy and paste doesn’t really count, and I didn’t want to go to the trouble of just calculating the “Before More…” words.

I want to say I knocked the words out of the park. And it feels that way. But I know I can do better! So I will keep working on my speed. So far it’s slow going today, but I still have time. I need to stop worrying so much and just write. I’m going to learn a lot simply by doing, and it won’t feel like work that way.

Okay, I’m off to word more words, and spell-grind more words, and clean at some point because UGH. The cats were fighting this morning and left fur EVERYWHERE, and the living room is driving me crazy, and I need to wash my hands and take medicine because headache.

BAI!

A is for Admiral Fluffybutt – #AtoZChallenge

If you are reading this, you may know quite a fair bit about your cats. 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 “A is for Admiral Fluffybutt – #AtoZChallenge”

March Review

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The first of the month has so much for me to catch up on. Like how March went in terms of writing! I’m thrilled to have remembered, actually.

I wrote 12,576 fiction words in March which is a 2,864-word improvement over February. I also wrote 8,695 blog words, and the difference between blog and fiction words is growing nicely.

My best writing day came on Sunday, March 19th with 1,228 words – also the day I finished Space Cats from Space! (No, I haven’t yet decided on a title, actually. Why do you ask?) Perhaps slightly unrelated, I noted on the very next day what an amazing Monday I had, and the good days continued for nearly two weeks straight. I’m very happy (har har) about that, streak though it has nothing to do with writing.

My average fiction words per day in March was 406. That is a higher number than February (329), but much less than January (600). I’m pleased it went up after February, but desire it to go up even more in April. Much, much more.

My goal for April: AVG FicWPD => 2,000

Since April is also Camp NaNoWriMo as well as the A to Z Challenge (guess who needs to start pre-scheduling some posts!), I may not have a problem reaching that goal.

On March 1st I wrote, “My big goal for March is to finish this story I’ve been struggling with since December.” And I did that! I’m very proud of myself, and I am at this very moment neck deep into two projects. I might have known that Space Cats would have gotten ditched if I went and started something else, but right now I’m equally confident that A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof isn’t going anywhere.I’m involved in a new project today for

So I am involved in a new project today for Camp, and it’s going under a pen name. (I don’t have a title yet. So far, it’s 003.) I hope to manage four short stories in the same “world” to present as individual shorts as well as a collection at some point. We’ll see.

So that’s March! April is going to be awesome, and I look forward to talking about it with you in 30 days!

April fools!

The joke is that there’s no joke here. 🙂 April fool’s is one of my least favorite holidays. I can’t take a joke, you see. I have found a couple YouTube video jokes that are fun, but they’re obvious so I can enjoy them. Maybe the day is getting better as I age. Huh.

I wrote 262 fiction words yesterday with 408 words total. I’m also posting from my phone again because Writing Chromebook only for writing, and the kids have hijacked my regular laptop. *insert affectionate, Motherly exasperation here*

Yesterday was one of those days that absolutely defined why I am working to make writing my full time gig. Essentially, I am ready to break into the super scary world of self-employment so I can choose how to deal with the buttheads of the world. I’m sure nobody else knows how that feels ever.

April fools. 😉