Yesterday

30 fiction words, 254 total words, 2.5 hours on publication

Yesterday I spent more time on publication tasks, mainly fixing the cover formatting of Space Cats.

Yesterday I left writing until the last moment, only putting in minimal effort. I can tell when this happened in Space Cats – I ended up with rambly chapters that don’t really go anywhere fast because I was only writing 50-200 words a day and it was hard to get any momentum going.

Yesterday I was busy at the office and got a lot done using one of those productivity timers, making me want to get one for home when I’m writing. Yes, I could just set a timer. No, it doesn’t work as well. I wish 30/30 made an Android app.

Yesterday is over, today is here, and I wish I was looking forward to the productivity of the weekend. Except it’s not really there anymore, which is a bummer.

I’m right over here

321 fiction words, 758 total words, 4 hours on publication

There was a lot of idle time yesterday which I used to work on Space Cats. Boy, there was a lot to do with that print copy. And then with the ebook, as I caught a fairly big issue with someone’s fur. No one else caught it either, so I’m lucky a breeze-through snapped it to my attention. Who knows what else I missed.

I wrote a little just before bed and generally just stayed up entirely too late (midnight). More fiction than the past couple days, though, at 321 words (758 total words, and 4 hours on publication).

Now that yesterday’s adventure is over, I hope I can settle down a bit. At least until next week. Today should be routine with a side of “crap, everything I didn’t do yesterday has to be done a week ago.” Should be fun.

Morning is broken

55 fiction words, 402 total words, .5 hours on publication

Maybe that’s not how the song goes? Meh, it’s fine.

Yesterday was awesome in that I got the proof copy for Space Cats. I found lots of mistakes, so I’m going to go through and fix all the things, and then set it out into the world. I’ve done this before, so hopefully, one swipe will do it. Inevitably something else will slip through, but I can only fret about it so much before it’s unproductive.

The cover, though. So adorbs!

I got a little bit of formatting done for A Brief History, but with Tuesday and everything, not a ton got done.

We are also entering Concert Season, and with that comes Anxiety. I spent a good chunk of last night preparing for today, making a list of all the things that need to happen and by when so I feel organized and can see that yeah, things really are going to be fine and I can worry a little less. It helps to a degree, but there’s still some nerves floating that we won’t make an appointment, or not everyone will find seats. I know it will be fine, but that doesn’t stop me from worrying about it.

So with all that, I wrote a little bit (55 fiction words, 402 total words, .5 hours on publication), but not all that much. Just enough to keep a streak going, think about my characters, worry that I’m not describing enough, that kind of thing. When life settles a bit I’ll probably take another swipe through and see if I can work on those things without sacrificing the pacing I’ve already established.

Nothing is going as quickly as I want, with writing or publishing. I don’t know whether to beat myself up for not trying hard enough or to acknowledge that I’m a Writer (Starter Edition) with a family and a full-time office job and that I need to cut myself a little slack (but not too much). I suspect it’s the latter, but the former is so easy.

One more day into the week

93 fiction words, 382 total words, 1 hour towards publishing

Greetings and salutations! I have fifteen minutes to get this banged out, so here goes.

Yesterday was pretty productive. I spent an hour finishing up the ebook formatting for A Brief History for Smashwords and Amazon. That done, I turned to the print formatting for about three seconds before I got sidetracked with writing a new author’s bio. I like it, I really like it. It’s kind of odd and not as professional as before but I love it and it still has all the important information it’s supposed to (who am I? what have I done?) so it’s done.

I wrote a tiny bit in the morning before leaving for work because I forgot the day before entirely. I didn’t want to repeat that at all. 93 fiction words (382 total words) was my total for the day. I meant to go back and get some more description in a few places, but by the time I was done with formatting it was time for bed.

I think I’m finally feeling back up to par after a week of phlegm and sore throats. Hopefully today I can be less disgusting at work.

Tonight is writing group, which I’m looking forward to even as I realize I may not get a darned thing done. I’m taking print formatting with me to do, because that doesn’t require original creation, just absent-minded attention. Lots of, “Do I want this here, or there?” Easy stuff.

Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!

Starting a busy week

DAILY: 0 fiction words, 1104 total words, .75 hours toward publishing

I’m getting ready to start a week where everything is not the same as always. There are additional events to attend and things in the schedule to juggle, and these things make me anxious. I’ll be relieved and back on track sometime after next Thursday.

That’s a long time to be on edge.

Surprisingly, the past week went well for words. I’m going to blame the blog because I wrote considerably more there than in fiction. See yesterday (0 fiction words, 1104 total words, .75 hours toward publishing) as a prime example.

Yesterday itself was productive in that I wrote three blog posts before bed, but not at all because I didn’t get any fiction done. That’s a disappointment – I really like my story. I did get some editing done, working on getting A Brief History‘s ebook formatted. Once that’s done I’ll turn to the print interior, print exterior, then ebook cover. I need the cover blurbs, too. That will probably be the only challenge.

Statblock - week 19

May fiction total: 1,934
April fiction total:
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 58,156

I hope everyone’s Monday is smooth and if not relaxing, at least not anxiety-producing.

A to Z Reflections – #AtoZChallenge

Oh, hai!

I “participated” in the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

Mostly.

And I have opinions on it!

  1. What I wrote in April I had more or less pre-scheduled. I wrote a lot during April, but I had it up and ready to go at least by the day before. That was super helpful, and I intend to do it that way again the next time I participate.
  2. I didn’t comment well on other blogs. As much as I loathe the word “Linky”, the Linky List (for the love of PETE can’t they call it something else?!) was much easier for discovering new blogs. Posting a comment every day didn’t work for me, although it might have if posting a comment on the A to Z Challenge blog had ever worked. (I think Blogger and I have issues.) The thought of going to Facebook or wherever to post a comment just felt too scattered. I tagged every post with #AtoZChallenge and publicized to Twitter, but got little results. Then again, I didn’t comment well on other blogs. So there’s that.
  3. The book I wrote and based April’s challenge on (Space Cats in Space) will be up for sale shortly, this month, and A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof will be available as a separate book shortly thereafter. In print and ebook. Because WORDS, MY FRIEND. I’M IN LOVE WITH WORDS.
  4. My friends write the best blogs, but I discovered a new one I love, too. Go check out Anjela Curtis and her entries. They were lovely.

That’s all I have. Prescheduled, because I’m awesome. 😉