Randomness: Health & Body

So random question – I’m thinking of maybe sort of recording digitally, through blog or photos or video or all three, my current poking and plodding through the new-to-me world of vegetarian foods, frugal eating, health, exercise. I’m unsure where to home it. I think Instagram and YouTube hold the most promise in terms of potentially monetizing things in the future, but I’m not certain I’m up to trying to keep up with another set of platforms. I like having my blog here, and I like being able to put whatever I want here (on Nickified.com – I know it also goes elsewhere), but this is me and writing, not me and health, food, or fitness.

Do you think I should just set up a side blog?

Or if I do this, should I keep it here with perhaps a special featured image and content behind a “More” tag so people who aren’t interested don’t have to slog through it?


Morning Writing

1,226 fiction words, 1,413 total words

Greetings and Salutations! Writing in the morning worked yesterday, as well. I even wrote about 300 words with my wrediting friends, so writing-wise, the day was a success!

1,226 fiction words, 1,413 total words

I don’t know how many days it’s been since I wrote that much, and I’m not going to look back to see right now, but I’m sure it’s been over a month. Maybe this month I’ll get a week of 1k+ days – although, at this point, I’d be happy just to have two 1k days in a row.

The day could be considered a success otherwise as well. I made it through a day at the office, everything at the house stayed in one piece, and I don’t think either child hates me. A good day, I think.d

That went well.

896 fiction words, 1,036 total words

Yesterday morning I took my laptop upstairs and set a 30-minute timer and wrote as much as I could. I managed

896 fiction words, 1,036 total words

(the blog words not being written in that 30 minutes, of course)

which was a lovely surprise! I’m going to do it again this morning, and I expect similar results.

I didn’t write any more in the evening, though. I concentrated on reading about how to cook brown rice and how to make homemade salsa (that’s not going to happen anytime soon).

I took two large salads to work yesterday because two nights ago I cut up the last of the romaine lettuce hearts (?) I bought the weekend before. I didn’t want them to go bad, and I figured if I had salad cut up, I’d eat it. About 10:30 I was very hungry, so I ate an early lunch. And then at 4:30, I ate another late lunch. I love eating, so this is working out okay, except I’m done with beans for a few days. Nothing wrong with them, I’m just getting sick of them (that didn’t take long).

Have a lovely day!

Morning, Week 33

152 fiction words, 236 total words

Last week was super productive! Just not in the words department.

152 fiction words, 236 total words

Yesterday at Costco and Whole Foods was fun! I will likely never shop at Whole Foods again unless I need something specific or unusual. But Costco was a win. Desk fan, scale, paper towel dispenser, and some food I love but don’t usually buy in bulk. Nom.

The week, while productive, was not wordy. I was focused on food, oddly enough, and I washed dishes nearly every night and cooked for the family more than usual. Then in the evenings when I usually write, I was focused on food videos (damn you, YouTube, for being so helpful!) and research.

August fiction total: 696
July fiction total:
June fiction total: 10,577
May fiction total: 
April fiction total: 
March fiction total:
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 82,905

Another Day in the Neighborhood

104 fiction words, 373 total words


Yesterday I wrote some good words.

104 fiction words, 373 total words

Today I check out Whole Foods for the first time, Costco with Mom (because it’s been a while), and then relax, I think. I suppose it depends on when I get home.

I’ve had one cup of coffee and I’ll need to get another one of those down if I want to operate at peak capacity. I should probably not drink even that much, but I just don’t care right now.

So there!

Yesterday and Laudry

0 fiction words, 214 total words

Yesterday I was so very tired, so I went to bed with everyone at 9 p.m. That meant no writing.

0 fiction words, 214 total words

It also meant like 12 hours of sleep, which was rather fabulous. I did love that.

Today meant laundry with Junior Youth, who was not terribly thrilled with the idea of doing laundry, but did enjoy films – both Catching Fire and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. Good choices, really. Strong women.

I am about to watch Center Stage, myself. Sometimes Vudu has $6.99 movies that aren’t in your library, and I took advantage of the offer to patch that hole.

Let’s see – today I discovered Elias Market with my mom. I managed to get out with only $20 worth of produce, and I found both chia and flax seeds, both of which I’m not entirely prepared to deal with quite yet, but I will be soon. Also more bananas, replacement sweet potatoes, massive cucumbers, grapes (delicious grapes), baby carrots…

I’m not practiced enough to know whether it was a good deal, but I trusted my shopping partner to say it was.

Now that laundry’s done, I have some relaxing to do. I’m going to get some fiction in, too. It’s necessary and has been badly neglected. Which is actually how I tend to always feel (that it’s been neglected). I think I’m going to stop feeling that way. While I do want to write more daily, beating myself up over not writing enough isn’t helping. I’m very happy with myself for writing nearly daily for the entire year. I look forward to finishing this story before November and NaNo.

Adventures in Cookies

186 fiction words, 369 total words

Our bananas went ripe yesterday, which usually means they went “bad”, but this week means I peeled them all and tucked two in the freezer for I don’t know what, and put two in a bowl and squished them with a fork in preparation of making cookies.

So I got out my food processor (I should really look around and see if somewhere I have a blender in a box) and processed some oats and then scooped out a bunch of peanut butter and bam. Cookie “dough”.

I expected them to flatten out like regular cookies when baking, but that didn’t happen – they kept their shape really well, and were in no danger of falling off the baking sheet. So I’ll remember that for next time. Also, I don’t have a cooling rack, to my knowledge, so I should probably remedy that. Although there might be one in the basement, now that I think about it. I’m loathe to go down there, but in the name of cooling cookies…

So yeah – they’re not awful, I’ll make them again, and I’ll eat these, probably taking a few to work today in case my kids try them and love them (unlikely).

I stabbed at the keyboard for a bit last night, too.

186 fiction words, 369 total words

Distracted Cat

186 fiction words, 369 total words

If my cats were superheroes, we’d have InvisiKitty and Distractacat. I know we have another name floating around, but I’ve forgotten it due to the early hours of the day.

Yesterday I lost a yam. I had it on Sunday when I went shopping, and I brought it home, I’m certain. But last night when I went to try roasting vegetables for the first time (they were amazing, by the way), my yam was gone! I looked in the fridge, in the freezer, on the floor, under the radiator, by the cat sand, and in the trash.

No yam. I have no idea what’s happened to that particular vegetable. I suppose I should check my car, on the chance that it fell out in the back and it’s just been rolling around for the past several days. And I know I need to buy another yam because those veggies (potatoes and carrots) were delicious and I’m definitely going to do that again, but the missing veggie would have been amazing

Anyway! I was distracted by the washing of dishes and vegetables and making of supper and YouTube videos (when am I not? This is now, officially, a Problem), so I wrote only a little.

186 fiction words, 369 total words

On the other hand, I was in bed by 11 p.m. and I slept pretty well, I think. So I’m ready to try again today.


Movie Quotes

44 fiction words, 612 total words

“His glasses…he can’t see without his glasses!” -My Girl

This quote gets a lot of playtime in our house, as Junior Youth doesn’t need to wear glasses full time, and so often won’t unless we’re about to watch a movie. Also, I usually leave my glasses on a downstairs table at the end of the night, so when I forget them upstairs on the odd weekend day, it comes up again.

I loved that movie at the time, but I don’t much enjoy thinking back on it now. I’m definitely uncertain how it got a sequel.

Yesterday was writing group, and it paid off in that I wrote some words!

44 fiction words, 612 total words

Not a ton of words, though. I socialized and decided that was okay.

I ate a lot of vegetables yesterday, though, and some nachos. The nachos were okay, but not spectacular. That particular dish always looks much better than it ends up being, for some reason. I expect I’d enjoy it if I made it at home, but I think I’ll skip it on evenings out from now on.

July Review

The words July Review in the middle of a green box with white hearts above and below on a blurry spreadsheet background image

I just went back to look at June’s review, and wow. I really nailed it. This review may not be nearly that comprehensive. Unless, of course, I just keep switching back and forth between tabs so I copy the format. Might do that.


Fiction words clocked in at 9,303. Less than 10,000 is definitely less than optimal, but I’ll look at this another way.

At this time last year, I wasn’t writing at all. In July of last year, I wrote 1,102 words total of fiction. So there’s that. It makes this month feel better.


Blog words were 7,505 words of my life. Less than fiction again = yay! I really don’t care about blog words logged, actually. I mean, it’s fun to see them tally up, but otherwise…

Best Writing Day

July 2nd was my best writing day, with 1,168 words. It was right before the 4th of July, so that kind of makes sense, and I apparently watched some Minecraft that day, including a guy I don’t watch often, TinfoilChef. A good day.

July Goals

Well, I didn’t get all of July’s goals done, but I did get stuff published, which felt amazing. I’m a bit ashamed I didn’t force it done earlier, but whatever. It’s done now, it’s good. Here’s a review, with some strikethroughs where tasks were accomplished.

  1. Publish A Brief History of Space Cats and the Care and Feeding Thereof
    This is actually written, I just need to make a final pass-through of the print proof and get the ebooks up.
  2. Finish 004, currently untitled
    I’m 17,000 words in, and there’s quite a bit to go. It’s unlikely I’ll finish this enough to publish in July.
  3. Publish 003, currently untitled
  4. Decide on another project to start once 004 is done
  5. Write more than 10,000 in a week
  6. Write more than 1,000 words every day for a month
  7. Write 1,667 words per day in a month that isn’t November

August Goals

  1. Finish 004, currently untitled, 26,363 words
    I need to push through this one because honestly, I’m not even enjoying myself anymore. I need to try to write these faster. It will be more fun.
  2. Write more than 10,000 in one week
  3. Write more than 1,000 words every day for a month
    I’m kind of sure August won’t be that month, but I’ll still try.
  4. Write 1,667 words per day in a month that isn’t November

That’s what I have! Fewer goals, but generally they’re the same.

And now I’m off to start my day! A good day, really, as our writing group meets tonight.