Oh, hai duplicate entry title!

403 fiction words, 741 total words, 1.75 hours formatting

I had a title all picked out, and then the dreaded “-2” appeared at the end. I’m glad I caught it in time.

Yesterday was a productive day! I set four tasks outside of the usual ones and got three of the four done. The fourth task, calling the garbage company for pickup of an old toilet, must be done today. I’m tired of rewriting it every day, and it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for months.

No, it’s not that hard to call the garbage company. An online form would be easier, but it’s still not that hard.

So I also started the cover for Space Cats. I have the Photoshop mockup done, and now I just need to determine how much can and should carry over to InDesign, and how much of the typography I can duplicate from the template.

I wrote a little, too, though not as many as I wanted, and I think in the wrong direction. I wrote 403 fiction words at my writing meeting, 741 total words, and spent 1.75 hours on cover art.

Overall it was a good, accomplished day that I hope to repeat today. Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Updates are never as easy as they seem

489 fiction words, 1,324 total words, 3.5 hours towards publishing

“Update me,” it said.

“It’ll only take 3-5 minutes,” it said.

Ten minutes later, it’s still optimizing apps. Y’know, phone, you knew how many apps I had when you started this endeavor. You could have estimated a little better IMHO.

But anyway, hello! It’s Tuesday, and I’m ready for it. More or less.

Yesterday’s goal was to finish the interior formatting of Space Cats, which I managed to accomplish. Victory! The element that was driving me nuts came out, the idea that snuck in at the last moment made it in, and now that I know how many pages I have, I can start working on the cover art. It’s all about the spine, you see. Pages influence the width of the spine, and if any of the cover art wraps around, that’s important.

I wrote 489 fiction words just shortly before bed and logged 1,324 total words for the day. The bulk of my evening, 3.5 hours, was spent working towards publishing (that formatting of the interior I was talking about.

Today’s goal is to think about starting the cover for Space Cats. I would actually like to get it started, but the odds of that happening are slim. I stand a much better chance of getting a bit of writing done at the writer’s group tonight, and so it’s just me and the writing computer (and the notebook for 004, and a pen).

My phone finally finished its work, and it is hot. The kind of warmth I usually only associate with the Exploding Kittens app. Strange. Time to remove the case and let it sit in front of the fan.

And power it off, come to think of it.

Gleep.

Green

Green paint on the floor and walls of a room
Room

I love this color, but not what it represents. Being a little on the camera shy side, you know. It’s been years since I had to record in front of a camera, but it did get easier with time. I’m hoping I don’t have to do it again, but I suppose if I must, I must. At least it’s in-house and not public.

April Review

April Review

Oh, April. You were a good month for words, but not a great month for streaks.

Hai! I’m back with numbers for April, which, as I mentioned, was a good month for words. Actually, at 15,814 fiction words, it came in second place behind January (18,615) and before March (12,576). My average fiction words per day in April, then, come to 527 (although it still stands at 469 for the year).

My blog words came in at 10,456. I’m happy they’re lower – they should be! And if the balance ever tips in the other direction, that’ll be a good measure of when my priorities have slid. (Or perhaps that something is really wrong. One of those.)

My best writing day was April Fool’s Day, with 2,613 words. It was a Saturday, which makes sense, and apparently, the writing was all in one piece. I noted that I was in the process of both 002 and 003, so I’m not sure which one got all the words. I’m going to guess it was 003 since that was the day I started it.

Let’s see – other things that managed in April. I started (and finished) a short story for a pen name (003), I watched a lot of movies, I read a lot of books, and I successfully finished the A to Z blogging challenge (except for the fact that I rarely was able to find time to comment on other blogs, and I didn’t add my posts to the blog posts on the A to Z website).

Something I didn’t manage in April was to get my daily average word per day up to 2,000. That was a long shot, and I forgot about it nearly as soon as I made the goal, actually. I could be funny and make my May goal to simply remember that I made a May goal, but that’s no fun.

I think May’s goal is to get the three finished works I have in my pile published no later than the 15th and to finish and publish at least one more work by the end of the month. That will mean getting a system in place, having templates, and trying not to be so particular. A lot of the time my “good enough” is really rather good. Too much attention can spoil it. I don’t always know when to step back, but if I want to get four things published this month, I’ll have to work at that.

Wish me luck. 🙂

Another new one

DAILY: 464 fiction words, 623 total words, 2 hours toward publishing

The week starts new today, and the month. It’ll make for a very busy day, I’m certain. At least it’ll make for a busy day here, with this weekly review and later on with a review of April.

But first, yesterday. Yesterday was busy, and I still have a bit of a spring cold which is really more of an annoyance than an actual issue. Maybe it’s actually a spring sinus thing because my ears keep popping. That’s the biggest irritant, really. At any rate, Junior Youth returned from camping. I did the last of her laundry and worked quite a bit on formatting the interior of Space Cats. I ended up starting over, but as this time I actually looked at the requirements for CreateSpace, that was probably a good thing. I think I have what I want now, I just need to grind away at it for a bit.

I also worked a tiny bit on a new series. I need to settle on the age of my antagonist. Currently, she’s pretty young, and I think I may need to age her up a bit. We’ll see how it goes. I managed 464 fiction words, 623 total words, and two hours toward publishing.

Now, on to the weekly portion of this weekly review post.

Meh. Not my best week, and that’s because I was really hesitant to start writing anything new with outstanding things to get published. But Saturday, as I’ve mentioned, I got started on something new anyway.

Oops.

And then I’ll just drop this here:

April fiction total: 15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 56,222

There’s actually things to say about that little block, but I’ll save it for the monthly review post in a few minutes.

Overall, the week was OK. There were four days with no fiction writing whatsoever, and I think I’m fine with that, though it feels better to be writing fiction. I will do better on the publishing front this month, especially as a friend has just published her A to Z Challenge yesterday, and that motivates me to get my butt in gear.

Three stories finished but none published yet? I need to get cracking!

Still not published, but writing

450 fiction words, 764 total words, 1.5 hours formatting

I wasn’t going to start writing until I got Space Cats published, but then yesterday I found myself with some free time and only the writing computer available for use, so I started writing something that got started on Facebook. It’ll be fun, but I need to flush out a lot of the details. Even what I wrote yesterday will need a complete overhaul.

But in a good way, you know?

So yesterday was 450 fiction words, 764 total words, and 1.5 hours of formatting. Today will probably be similar if I can stay away from an overdose of Minecraft.

Should be easy.

Z is for Zombies – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! 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 “Z is for Zombies – #AtoZChallenge”

Making the fabrics clean

332 total words, 1.5 hours formatting

Another day, another load of laundry.

I’m a little foggy today, needing to work harder to make my brain work to do the things I usually don’t have to think about. Don’t like it, I don’t.

Yesterday I got quite a bit accomplished in the way of formatting the interior of Space Cats. So with The 27th Letter, I did quite a bit of odd formatting to the book. I had a large bottom margin and wide edges, mostly because I could. I’m not doing anything like that this time. Normal margins, putting my name and book title at proper positions and such. That, of course, makes me want to sneak in something really special design-wise. Drop caps are nice but aren’t doing enough for me.

I’ll start flipping through some of the books on my shelves and figure out something nice.

I wrote 332 blog words yesterday and spent 1.5 hours on formatting for the print book. The formatting for the ebook has been done for quite some time, so the current plan is to finish print book formatting, do print cover, take ebook cover from that, and then publish. I was hoping to be done by May 1st, but I don’t think I’m going to get there. Especially because I must order a proof copy. I always find things in the proof copy to fix.

I may start working on a new piece of writing today, too. I’ve brought Elder Youth to do laundry with me, and he’s interested in the computer. In order to stay productive, you know.

Y is for Yarn (and other favored toys) – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! 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 “Y is for Yarn (and other favored toys) – #AtoZChallenge”