Sleep Changes

1,233 fiction words, 1,424 total words

Since school resumed my Fitbit is telling me I’m getting between four and five hours of sleep instead of the six to seven hours I was getting over the summer. With the exception of yesterday, when it says I woke at 4 a.m. and didn’t track my last hour of sleep, I have been getting about five. Which is not enough, and I feel it. Right now, even with coffee, my eyes are tired and I am very at risk of working myself into a cold, or worse.

THBT! I say.

I need to get to bed earlier, which means I need to start writing sooner after the kids go to bed instead of relaxing a bit more. Generally, I get enough decompression from work between dinner and the kid’s bedtime without taking more. I just don’t want to get too far behind on “my shows”!

Still, I did some severe editing on what I ended up watching last night, skipping people who I thought were favorites and ignoring a lot of the stuff I was merely interested in, and I still lived.

These words aren’t going to write themselves.

1,233 fiction words, 1,424 total words

Still not done with 005, the short story I started two Sundays ago. It’s only going to be 10,000 words. It should not take this long.

Must. Write. Faster.

A Symphony of Mumbles

314 fiction words, 568 total words

Junior Youth is mumbling about something quite excitedly. It’s a lot for so early in the morning. Something something choir that JY wasn’t excited about yesterday but was the day before but wasn’t the day before that.

It’s confusing. I’ll move on.

Yesterday was writing group which meant no writing at the event (I shouldn’t even try, but I keep holding out hope) but good times with people. It was good. When I got home I stabbed a bit at a short story that is a follow-up to a short story I wrote around April, then crashed.

314 fiction words, 568 total words

I beat up on myself for not getting enough time to write or read and stuff, but really, I’m doing pretty good for still being an otherwise responsible adult most of the time. I mean, I do laundry, shop for groceries, hang out with the kids, wake up at 5 a.m. (now that school’s started, anyway), write and publish, and more that I can’t remember now. Not shabby at all.

Today is going to be better than yesterday. I’m not going to be as grumpy, and I’m going to make popcorn.

That’s not a typo, either

408 fiction words, 703 total words

After such an astounding writing day yesterday, I’d like to report another such day today. But when I spent most of yesterday researching and publishing, I was only able to squeeze a few words in at the end before I collapsed last night.

408 fiction words, 703 total words

So while it’s nowhere near the 5,000+ from Sunday, I’m satisfied.

Yesterday was the Youth’s first day of school. Elder Youth received news that many school supplies won’t be needed. Calculators for math will be assigned, and the school is really trying to go paperless, so hardly any other notebooks/folders/binders will be needed at all. My pocketbook is thrilled at this.

I haven’t heard as much from Junior Youth, but as it’s the same school district it’s not unreasonable to expect the same from that grade as well. They are still involved with tours and learning the layout of the new building, so perhaps I’ll hear in the next couple of days.

I did manage to forget “first day of school” photos. It’s not the first time, nor certainly the last, that such things have been neglected. I’ll make up for it today.

Other goals for today include another short story, although probably not all of it in one go. That will need to be reserved for weekends unless I learn to write faster. Technically a repeat is possible in a little over two hours, but I’m not skilled at making decisions about the story that quickly yet.

Soon. I will practice, and I will get there soon.

Not a typo

5,355 fiction words, 5,569 total words

I wrote all the words. 🙂 I mean, I really got them all yesterday. Working only on a new piece, I started and finished it in one day.

Along with doing finances and grocery shopping at three stores and not being able to stay within a (pseudo) budget.

5,355 fiction words, 5,569 total words

Bah. I’m not even mad about it now. I rather killed it.

So that was all one short story going under a pen name. I had thought perhaps I should start a new pen name for these, and I haven’t yet landed on whether I absolutely will or not. I was strongly leaning toward yes yesterday, and this morning I’m headed toward no at a fast clip. I’m going to get the Youths off to school and then see where I stand.

Here’s a couple interesting things to note about this week:

  1. It was my first 10K fiction week. Last week I wrote more than 10,000 words, but just under 10,000 were fiction words. Honestly, I’m more concerned with the fiction ones. I’m sure you understand.
  2. The negative difference in word count (-5%) is completely devoid of importance when reflected in the light of point number one.
  3. There was a third point somewhere. I seem to have mislaid it.

Looks like I forgot to include my monthly totals last week. Oops.

August fiction total: 25,407
July fiction total:
 9,303
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: 107,616

Ha! Look at that! It makes my July look so very sad. Additionally, I’ve written more than 100,000 words of fiction this year so far! And to show for it I have a book, three short stories, and I’m 40,000 words into my second novel. <3 It’s been a good year for words.

 

Sunday, the Day Before

710 fiction words, 803 total words

I have a touch of anxiety on my children’s behalf for tomorrow, the first day of the thing that shall not be named. Junior Youth is looking forward to it least, certainly. Elder Youth is looking forward to it a bit more than that, but still not to be interpreted as excitement. My anxiety stems from what will happen when they get home. Will they need tons of supplies? Will they make friends?

I shouldn’t worry, but I am rather good at it.

Words. I wrote words yesterday.

710 fiction words, 803 total words

I was studying some more, reading and trying to learn from the experience of others. And on a similar note, I was given access to Lynda.com on Friday, so there are all sorts of stuff to learn there, too. Know any classes I should take?

Today I haven’t written anything yet, but I did go grocery shopping. I thought I was doing good until I got everything rung up at my last stop and found out that I had done the exact opposite of “good”. I had done poorly, as far as my checkbook was concerned. Tsk.

I’ll get better at it, eventually. Hopefully, I managed to purchase enough items that next week, there will be less that is needed. Fingers crossed.

Homework

510 fiction words, 596 total words

I’m trying to learn a new skill, and it’s involving a lot of homework. So just as soon as I’m ready to start giving it a shot, I end up needing to do more research.

Just as the kids go back to school, so do I. It’s actually kind of fun.

510 fiction words, 596 total words

I’m just getting laundry done today, with a bit of grocery shopping tossed in. I’m looking forward to a relaxing-ish day tomorrow, too. And then we’ll just be a week away from Labor Day, and an extra day of the weekend for the whole family.

Very fine.

Just a quick note

682 fiction words, 837 total words

My attention is pulled in all sorts of directions with school starting next week. It’s a nice problem to have. Busses, extra-curricular stuffs, homework, supplies…

Okay, I’m guessing none of that will actually be fun, per se. But Routine, man.

Routine.

682 fiction words, 837 total words

Not a stellar day but I plugged along. I find myself getting tired earlier but not waking up earlier to compensate for lost productivity. I just need to make the decision to do it.

Routine, man! I love me my routines!

A bit back on track

574 fiction words, 1,120 total words

It occurs to me that I am just as much a creature of habit as Elder Youth, which makes sense as EY is my child, and has gotten traits from me. So this week when I’ve been leaving the house early and not taken time to write in the mornings before leaving, it makes sense that I’m not getting as many words as I prefer.

Oh well. I’ll manage. And I wrote yesterday before falling asleep on the sofa at 10:30.

574 fiction words, 1,120 total words

Two blog posts ramped up the blog words, as you can see.

So today is the last day of the odd mornings, and then next week the Youths resume their education. Summer as they know it is nearly over. I’m eager to resume the schedule I enjoy when they’re attending classes daily, although I don’t think either of them are. I wasn’t at their age, either. Everything will be okay eventually.

Recovery

10 fiction words, 254 total words

Yesterday I left the house early so I could get to work early so I could leave work early so I could write at our writing group early so when we left early to see the movie to celebrate my friend’s birthday I would have some words in.

10 fiction words, 254 total words

So I got some words in, but not much, because Birthdays. It’s all good.

I was also up too late, and I ate a lot of food I shouldn’t have, but also Birthdays.

So this morning I slept in, and now I’m having coffee and food that’s better for me and I’m enjoying more. I should be perked up back to normal soon.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

 

A lovely trend

2,256 fiction words, 2,479 total words

I had another good word day, although most of the words had to be written in the evening.

It was also a solar eclipse. I was at work and didn’t take any opportunities to watch any portion of it. Had it been sunny instead of overcast, I may have gone outside to look at the shadows from the trees. There were other reasons I didn’t watch (although the availability of a pair of solar eclipse “glasses” were not one), but none that I regret.

So, back to words.

2,256 fiction words, 2,479 total words

I definitely started a new short. It should be around 10,000 by the time I’m done, which means I should have it done by the end of the week if I don’t screw around.

That, however, is not the speed I should be aiming for. Ideally, in the genre I’m writing this in, I should be aiming for 4,000-word stories every day. It’s not a speed I can sustain yet (I have no doubt that I could meet it, though).

Someday. Maybe.

I didn’t work on my longer work at all, which is a little bit of a disappointment to me, but I know it’ll be there when I’m done with this. This will be quick. I’ll get back to the longer piece on the weekend, and then maybe try to push out another short one.

The more you sow, the more you reap. That’s what I’m going with, here.

Wish me luck.