Reasonable Hours

178 fiction words, 363 total words

Everyone’s definition of reasonable hours of wake and sleep are different. DH goes to bed around 8 p.m., while I prefer later hours, like midnight. The youths have had a 9 p.m. bedtime for ages, but Junior Youth is developing a distinct preference for later hours with no ill effects, so we can work with that.

I was right when I guessed why I was having trouble sleeping/waking. Well, at least my theory was proved by one night of testing. (Not very scientific, I realize.) I didn’t have any soda, actually, at all yesterday, and I purposefully didn’t have one once I got home (which I wanted, desperately). Getting to sleep was a snap, as usual, which was a relief.

The other thing I did last night was that I deleted all of my alarms except the 8 a.m. one and the 6 a.m. one I keep for everyone else. Technically, I kept the 5 a.m. one, too, in hopes I can get back to early mornings because those are wonderfully productive. But just knowing I didn’t have those alarms available easily helped me get up. I did hit snooze several times, but snooze on one alarm is vastly different than snooze on four.

178 fiction words, 363 total words

Hopefully, a side effect of getting up close to the hour I want is more productivity. Yesterday was not a productive writing day at all. I got to our writing/editing group and had nothing. Something has changed for me there, but it’s hard to put my finger on it.

I’ll sort it out eventually, I’m sure. For now, words.

Sleep/Wake

530 fiction words, 818 total words

I’m not only having trouble getting to sleep the past couple of days, but I’m having trouble waking as well. The getting to sleep part is unusual because sleep is my superpower. I can sleep anywhere, nearly any time.

I’ve also developed a habit of drinking a soda after 8pm. So that might have something to do with it.

The waking part has been an issue since school got out and I no longer have to wake at 6 a.m. to get the youths ready. I know I feel better when I have more morning before my day starts, so I just need to get past this stupid “wake up” thing. It would benefit my writing, too. So tonight, perhaps, bed at a reasonable hour (10 p.m.) with less soda (no soda) and less visual stimulation. I might be able to hack it with no TV at all if I get home after everyone else is in bed.

530 fiction words, 818 total words

Oh yes, I wrote yesterday, too. Not as much as I want to see, but more than usual.

Back to Real Life

DAILY: 601 fiction words, 886 total words

Not that what I was living for the past week and a half or so wasn’t “real”, but it was vacation, and then after that for four days it was the “ideal”. I got a lot done in terms of publication, and I have a renewed determination for writing, so there’s that.

601 fiction words, 886 total words

I feel kind of “off the rails” with the words right now, but usually, that happens before I find the story again. It will be obvious to first readers, and then I’ll fix it.

This is only the past week, which means one weekly review got missed in the travels. Oh well! For being a week on vacation, this wasn’t a bad one. I pulled the writing computer out at least once a day every day I was gone (with maybe one exception) and hacked out a few hundred words, and maybe less once or twice, and it was good. Clearly not my best, but also not my worst.

Here are my monthly totals so far:

July fiction total: 7,281
June fiction total: 10,577
May fiction total: 
6,107
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 80,187

I am now officially doing better than my worst month. This is good! I also like what my friend Erin is doing on her stats, so I’ll add:

Stories Published in 2017: 3

Next week that won’t get updated, but maybe in three weeks? That doesn’t seem too outrageous.

Now, I really do need to get to work. Have a lovely day, everyone!

Embarrassing Moments

153 fiction words, 411 total words

I just realized I don’t know a family member’s last name. Mortifying. Easily fixed, though, by admitting I’m a derp and forgetful. It could be I never was told, to be honest, but why haven’t I asked before now? Well, it’s fixed now.

153 fiction words, 411 total words

I finally finished up and published the previously unnamed short story I mentioned editing yesterday. I did that, got the cover done, and got it up for sale this morning. It’s listed under a pen name, so it’s advertised elsewhere.

The words I wrote on my current story, still unnamed, were minimal and written on my phone in bed. It’s a good way to assuage some guilt for not having written during the waking hours, to be honest. And I shouldn’t feel guilty because I did all the publishing work I should have done two months ago. It’s hard to write new material and publish at the same time. Publishing kind of needs all of my attention to be done correctly.

Next time something needs to be published, since I’ve already fallen off my “Write Every Day” wagon for the year several times, I’m just going to take the writing time off. Publication, except for the print proof, only takes a day or so of intense work. Maybe schedule a day or two of vacation to get it done because those are fabulous days to publish things.

And the bright side is if I use enough vacation days to publish stuff that I run out, I’m on the right track for making this my full-time gig!

Ha ha!

All the things!

139 fiction words, 953 total words

Okay, not all the things, but a lot of the things.

I finally made the time to publish A Brief History yesterday, as I may have mentioned in yesterday’s post. (You also may have seen the book post I did. Spoilers, huh?)

I published the Create Space version first. Then I went and published the Kindle version, except apparently I quite forgot to run some sections through Grammarly, because there were 14 spelling errors, and nine of those were valid errors. So I fixed those in all the different manuscript versions (there are three), finished publishing the Kindle version, then went back and submitted the Create Space version again, which means a 24-hour wait for that to get approved.

Oops.

Then, I went off to Smashwords and got everything all ready before I realized I needed to create another Ghost Author account. So I did that, then redid all the work I’d lost (it’s not much – Smashwords is so very easy once you’ve got the formatting down).

Finally, Nook Press (Barnes & Noble). So for a while, I was publishing ebooks over there but with Space Cats, I just did the print. But then when I was fixing links on the Space Cats post, I realized both the ebook and the print book were showing up on BN.com. Turns out it must be that my Smashwords copy is linking with the print copy I did over there. That’s really great, actually, and saves me a bit of work. BN is already a pain because I need to reformat both my interior files and my cover files because their paper is a teeny bit lighter than Create Space.

After that, I didn’t have the energy to write much, but I did hack out a few words before and in bed.

139 fiction words, 953 total words

Most of those words being the A Brief History post. And now that it’s up for sale, I need to decide whether I update every A to Z post with the book links, or whether I remove the posts altogether. I actually need opinions on that, for whoever reads this far. I’ll probably ask on FB too, so if you see that, don’t feel like you need to reply twice.

Thanks for reading! Today is editing on 003 (still has no title – tsk) so I can get that up for sale, too. It’s been too long. Bad Nicki.