Hell of a day

126 fiction words, 455 total words

Vented to DH about the state of the house, and then when he left, the door handle ripped off in his hand.

Stressing about door handle, the car started making thumping noises that could only be produced by the engine getting ready to explode on my way to work. Turned out to be the hood flapping in the wind.

Made a poor decision on Friday that came back to bite me.

Store stops selling stamps right before I get there.

Nearly cry on a client because overwhelmed.

Stress about this morning’s meeting with supervisor.

Miss the phone call we’ve been waiting months to receive and manage to return it successfully, now have an appointment during work hours to wrap up a project.

Nearly can’t find door handle to replace the one that ripped, find it and discover it’s already been opened and taped back shut, hopefully not indicating level of difficulty of installation.

Get home only minutes (about 20) before dark and start replacing door handle. DH helps, even after I bitched about the house in the morning, and after washing the dishes.

Yesterday stunk.

I am grateful Spot’s problem was just my foot accidentally hitting the hood release and not realizing it.

I am grateful that the phone call I was waiting for also called my parents, resulting in them calling me to let me know I needed to call that guy back.

I am grateful to have that appointment in two days, even though it will cut into my work day because it means we may be in the final stages of having my Grandmother fully moved.

I am grateful for my kid’s hugs.

I am grateful for my adorable cats.

I am grateful to have gotten a shelf cleaned off before yesterday went to shit.

126 fiction words, 455 total words

Project “Runaway with my free time”

180 fiction words, 316 total words

It’s too bad that I discovered the Lifetime app with several (at least 10) seasons of Project Runway on it, because it’s been several seasons since I watched, and I love that show. So I’m letting it suck a lot of my time.

180 fiction words, 316 total words

But I made sure to get enough words last night to not make this my worst week ever.

I also made sure to get something published and off my plate so I could focus on the current work, and hopefully get the long fantasy that’s been hanging around since April off my plate before November. I think after I finish what I have started currently and get it up for sale, I’ll be in an okay place to really focus on November’s romances.

We’ll see.

I actually got quite a bit done in the last week. I published two things. One was a collection of previously written stories, and I did that in ebook and print format, trying KDP’s Print service for the first time. The second was just a short story, but I published wide, hitting both Smashwords and Amazon. I think that’s going to be the best path for me going forward. I tried Kindle Unlimited, and I don’t feel good with the results.

Regarding KDP’s Print service, it went well for me, but I have a lot of practice with CreateSpace already. I wasn’t able to order a proof copy before putting the book up for sale, and that will be a huge detractor for people new to publishing. On my first two or three books, I had major issues with both interior and exterior files, and it took three proofs with the first, two with the second, and one on the third to get comfortable with my templates and margins.

So even though there weren’t a lot of words written, I did get a lot done. That helps me feel better about the numbers.

On to the next week.

Peeking behind the curtain

20 fiction words, 227 total words

In my word log (a Google spreadsheet) I have one tab for all the words separated by category, one tab for weekly ranks, and one tab for monthly ranks. Most of the time I only get into the weekly tab once a week, and the monthly tab once a month.

Last night I peeked into the weekly tab, and found out that this week is on track to be my worst writing week yet this year.

20 fiction words, 227 total words

With daily fiction counts like that (^) it’s no wonder.

Bleh.

Today I’m going to try to work the weekly rank up past 35 so I don’t feel so bad when reporting back on Monday how the week went. It shouldn’t be that hard. I just need to sit in one spot until I get the words.

Bleh.

Modifying and Manipulating

90 fiction words, 478 total words

Yesterday I spent some words writing an “about” page for the site. I also considered adding back in some of the Ninja stuff I used to have on the site, but when I found it I realized it didn’t really speak to me anymore. I actually just got an idea of some other things I’d like to put up, so I’m going to do that next, right after this.

I wrote a bit, but a nap was more important. It seems to take longer to recover from changes to my routine, but that could also be because I haven’t had a routine before to realize this. Or rather, I haven’t had a routine like the one I’m trying to maintain right now to realize that changes really set me back. I’ll need to work harder to avoid this in the future.

90 fiction words, 478 total words

Today is laundry (naturally), and so I’ve got distracting things going on all around. I think I’ll be using most of my free time to work on plotting out November’s three romance novels. I have some notes to finish taking before I can do those things, so that, then plotting. Maybe some words in there at some point. The intent is there.

Write in the AM

130 fiction words, 352 total words

Another slow-ish day for words. I wrote in the morning, and then in the evening, I worked on a newsletter form for this site. It was a bit of a hassle, but it’s done.

Not that I have any idea what to write for a newsletter. But I convinced my office we should switch to the platform I chose for home, and I thought perhaps that it’s time I get some practice in with it.

Wanna get rambly bits from me in your email inbox? I know it’s not the same as a real letter, but it’s probably going to be close. 🙂 I can tell you about my characters, and vent my frustrations about how they won’t cooperate, and tell you how I plan to get revenge…stuff like that. 🙂

Anyway, I don’t want this to turn into a sell-y kind of thing, but I did want to mention it.

You know, in case you miss that giant, pink button over in the sidebar.

130 fiction words, 352 total words

The morning calls and the Youths are fighting. I’m off to do damage control.

Green dinosaurs and fluffy cats

348 fiction words, 518 total words

One thing I can see, one thing I know is there. The title struggles are silly. I know I can do better than this. Maybe I stop posting every day? I don’t know. The end of the year is near. Seems silly to stop now.

348 fiction words, 518 total words

Last night was a meeting for those rabid folks who like to go to Panera Bread in October and plot their novels. I didn’t do plotting, I took notes. I wrote in the morning – not a ton, but some, as you can see – and so felt comfortable not writing at the event.

I can’t get anything done with that level of volume anyway.

My mood seems to be, generally, not as positive lately. I have attributed this to the intense level of preparation and general busyness I experience at this time of year due to NaNoWriMo in years past, but I don’t especially have that excuse right now.

Well, at least it isn’t completely unexpected. That’s the silver lining I have right now.

I’ll be trying to write this morning again, using my evening to take more notes (they’re good ones), and at some point, I have a little busy work to fill in the empty spaces.

Who am I kidding – there are no empty places. It feels like every moment gets filled.

Monday Wednesday

94 fiction words, 351 total words

Starting my work week today feels weird. It will be very nice to have a three day week, but then next week will stink because it’ll be full. Oh well.

Yesterday’s experiment where I tried to quickly use KDP’s print book feature to publish the ebook I’d just done kind of failed. It wasn’t quick, and I ended up having to format everything like I usually do for print, which means lots of InDesign. I’m super grateful to have that tool at my disposal. Working without it would be a pain in the patootie.

94 fiction words, 351 total words

I also watched The Giver with Elder Youth, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 by myself. The second film made me laugh about as many times as I rolled my eyes, so while it was a success, I didn’t like it as much as the first film at all.

That’s all I have for now. I’m off to do some things I probably should have worked on much earlier than today. Bleh.

Word (or 63 of them)

63 fiction words, 168 total words

I fixed my cover problem. That means today, hopefully, I can post the thing and move on.

It’s time to move on.

I have kind of hesitantly decided that in November I ought to try writing a trilogy again. It seems like the kind of challenge I should be able to handle, but I’d better get the romance beats down pat before starting or the stories aren’t going to go anywhere but wandering around into nowhere.

And I’m trying very hard (and mostly succeeding) to follow Heinlein’s Rules this year.

  1. You must write. (Not writing is failure.)
  2. You must finish what you write. (Not finishing is failure.)
  3. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order.
  4. You must put it on the market. (Readers are your market.)
  5. You must keep it on the market until sold.

Number three means (since I’m not able to employ an editor) that I have a couple first readers and if they catch things that are hard to understand, I fix it. If I don’t agree, I leave it.

I’ve done pretty okay with number two, except I’m still slogging through one particularly lost story. I haven’t given up yet, so I expect that means I’m still doing okay.

So yeah – trying a trilogy again this year (I’ve actually done this for the past two years and failed) seems like a viable thing.

63 fiction words, 168 total words

The small word count is directly related to the amount of time spent on cover art. So that’s a thing.

I’m off. Wish me luck.

End of Vacation

0 fiction words, 0 total words

Greetings! We are back from the beach, where we spent three-ish days. It was a lot of fun, but very tiring. I’m pooped right now and contemplating a nap until my husband gets home.

But I wanted to make sure to get this done, and there are some other tasks that need my attention that I’ll probably address soon. Or maybe just after the nap.

That nap sounds delicious.

Yesterday there was no blogging nor writing done. There was some shopping, some pizza…oh, and we saw My Little Pony: The Movie, too! that was fun, though there was no popcorn nor sodas involved.

Yeah. Nap. 🙂

Hangin’ with the Fam

So I’m on vacation with a couple parents, a sister of a parent, youths, parents of a parent, and soon, the youth of a sister of a parent. We went down to the beach today at Junior Youth’s insistence and had fun. We collected a lot of broken shells, got our cropped pants thoroughly soaked, Junior Youth swam, and I took a boatload of photos.

It might be more appropriate to say I took a flock of photos.

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Atlantic Ocean, beach, and small flock of seagulls
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I wrote a tiny bit last night.

38 fiction words, 211 total words

Mostly to say that I did. They weren’t great words, but meh.

It’s vacation. 🙂

Speaking of, I had a few minutes to write but now it’s time to move on to the next thing. Shoes, socks, and pain relief.