Know when to fold ’em

I will cheerfully blame my mother for my love of horse operas. She was an avid reader of Louis L’Amore novels when I was young and had an enormous collection. They lived in the stairwell to the basement which hadn’t been insulated past the first floor. We also kept canning on those studs, and they really made a lovely shelving unit.

At any rate, though you won’t often hear me enjoying country music, I dearly love The Gambler, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and the like. And that titular song has it right. You’ve got to know when to give up and get the fuck out of Dodge.

Anyway! That probably seems really pessimistic, but it really is for my own good. Trying something 6 times and getting the same result (but expecting something new) just seems silly. I’m done! And that’s all I have to say about that.

So yesterday something happened – I finished that story I started in December and thought for sure I’d finish in January! I don’t have a really great title for it yet. I’m still running with Space Cats from Space Earth whenever I talk about it, but I need to replace that because I don’t know how a strikeout would work on Amazon. I suppose it would end up being Space Cats from Earth there, with the cover being the only place you’d see the strikeout. I’m not certain how I feel about that, except that I’m certain I can do better.

Since I ended up writing/finishing three chapters and an epilogue yesterday, I wrote 1,228 fiction words (and 1.358 total). It wasn’t my best writing day, but it felt like the best since I finally finished the story/book. Here’s the stats block for last week.

Weekly total words: 5,884
Weekly total fiction words: 4,247
Weekly total blog words: 1,637
Difference from last week: 0% (only 5 words less!)
Weekly rank: 5 (of 12)
March fiction total: 9,937
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
001* Words: 36,591

*If you hadn’t sorted out from the tags on these posts, 001 (and then 001-1) was the number of this story in my pursuit of Pulp Speed. It’s as good a code name as any, and allows me to easily keep track of which story I was working on in my word count tracking spreadsheet.

Well, that’s what I have for today! I’m off to start waking the household.

3 Replies to “Know when to fold ’em”

    1. I could not get my damn comment to post on the A to Z Blog Reveal for anything. I’m ultimately just angry at myself for trying 6 times instead of stopping after the first two previews didn’t work. I’ll just post all my stuff on Twitter, and forget about commenting on the A to Z Blog, because I don’t need that kind of frustration in my life. *zen*

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