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.

<<insert cute picture here>>

Atlantic Ocean, beach, and small flock of seagulls
Actual cute picture inserted

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.

Stuck in a rut

106 fiction words, 369 total words

Yesterday at work I was rushing to get everything done. Yesterday at home I was finishing the things I hadn’t gotten done at work. After that I was trying to come up with good cover art for the short I have to publish and was failing, miserably. Since I’m going out of town I’d love to have that taken care of before, but it may not happen at this point.

Since I was failing at the cover art, I forgot to write until late. I added a few words onto the long fiction I’m stuck on, and called it a night.

106 fiction words, 369 total words

Today will be trying to get ready for a short weekend trip, and then when I get back I’ll do more getting ready to go back to work, so I need to prepare to write in small bursts at the start and end of my days, which is likely all the time I’ll be able to carve out.

I don’t know what to do about the cover, though.

Roller Coaster Day

1,222 fiction words, 1,343 total words

Yesterday I finished a short story! Today I have to publish.

Tomorrow I go on vacation when the Youths arrive back from school, so I need to prepare for that this afternoon/evening, and do laundry tomorrow.

I got a new phone and a new phone number yesterday. I didn’t plan on it but it was necessary and now it’s done and I need to deal with the disorientation that has resulted in its purchase. (It’s really pretty, though.)

Two grandmothers of two different friends are experiencing serious health issues, and hugs are required.

Panera didn’t have my chocolate croissant last night, nor my soft dinner roll. They did have my preferred chips alternative, but not my preferred chocolate chip cookie alternative except in the bag of 12. Their policy is now something along the lines of “we’ll make it right”, so I got a bag of cookies for 99¢. Win!

I am a trusting individual bordering on gullible. Not that anything bad happened as a result of that – good actually – but I’m very close to gullible.

1,222 fiction words, 1,343 total words

Those words finished my favorite of the recent short stories I’ve written. I think the hardest part is in front of me now that I need to choose keywords for that story. Deciding on good keywords that will bring readers to my book and get them to put it in their cart is a skill. I envy those who find it comes easily to them. I can only hope that at some point I will have enough practice that I can stop complaining about it.

 

Pre-coffee

1,385 fiction words, 1,605 total words

It’s October, and so it is that time of year when writing events move from Tuesday to Wednesday.

I wrote some good words yesterday. I thought I would finish the story last night, but that didn’t happen (stupid self-control…) and so I’m left with this morning, and perhaps an attempt at writing this evening.

Since I’m no longer in charge, I can be as anti-social as I please. This pleases me greatly in my current mindset.

1,385 fiction words, 1,605 total words

I need to make a dash to a warehouse store as well today, and I’m hoping they’ll have my veggie applesauce. Otherwise, I’ll need to make a stop at the other warehouse store, and spending money gives me anxiety lately. Bleh.

Picture day

916 fiction words, 1,176 total words

I can tell it’s picture day for Junior Youth because the bathroom has been occupied for an hour. Hair must be straightened, and hopefully, it stays perfect despite the weather (because the weather always seems to mess with things like this) and time between getting ready and photo.

Yesterday I started writing a new short that I’m pleased with.

916 fiction words, 1,176 total words

For no reason, in particular, I tend to start getting “down” about this time of year. It progressively gets worse until halfway through January, if memory serves. It’s time to start paying attention to that and actively working against it because I can already feel myself withdrawing from the things I usually enjoy and making excuses not to do them. They’re valid reasons, too, but not insurmountable.

This time last year I don’t even know if I was writing at all. I just went to check my tracker and there’s a large gap between September and November. I am pleased to note that there will be no such gap this year. Tiny little blurps, but no big gaps.

So I’ll keep an eye on my mood and try to keep doing things I usually love doing, but also not doing things when I really just don’t want to. It’s a fine line. We’ll see how it goes.

Definitely morning

246 fiction words, 728 total words

Ugh. It feels so early. I am not thrilled with this hour of the day. I am safe with my coffee and Junior Youth on the sofa in the living room, but I would much rather be safe and toasty in bed.

But the day and week call.

246 fiction words, 728 total words

I was distracted when I wrote last night which meant poor quantity. That’s not great. November is just 30 short days away now, and I need to get my daily count up fast so it’s not a struggle.

I may have mentioned somewhere online that I wasn’t committed to NaNoWriMo this year yet, but the upcoming event is still a habit, apparently.

Otherwise, yesterday was fine. I found out September wasn’t nearly the crap month that it felt like. It was actually super productive, and I felt much better about it after looking at the numbers.

On to the last week, now.

Not too bad. A small increase from the week before which also felt particularly bleh.

Let’s see – in the last week I didn’t write one day (mentioned three times now – I’ll stop), I published one pen name short story that took entirely too long to write, and I had two 1K+ days. It wasn’t too bad.

I just realized I have forgotten to post these monthly counters for the past four weeks. Back to it!

October fiction total: 246
September fiction total:
 30,811
August fiction total:
27,362
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: 140,628

September Review

Before I even look at my numbers, September felt like kind of a wash. Not a horrible month, but I was distracted, busy, sick, and I did not write like I wanted to. So it’s not the kind of month I will look back on with fond memories, but it is the kind of month I will be more prepared for next year. There’s a good learning experience here, and that is that I can do better.

So, on to the review.

Bad News

There were two days with no fiction words and one day with no words at all. The no words day was a major work event when my day started at 8 a.m. and ended at midnight, and I did it with a cold, after a week of being sick, and with a week of catch-up sleep to follow.

Good News

September actually ended up being my best month of writing this year so far. I wrote 30,811 fiction words, compared with 27,362 from August.

My average fiction words per day came out to 1,027 for September, and they’re up to 549 per day for the year.

I had my best week of the year in the first full week of September with 12,363 words.

I published five short stories under my pen name.

So…fuck, it wasn’t a bad month at all. In fact, it was great!

September’s Goals Reviewed

  1. Write 1,667 words every day in a month that isn’t November
  2. Write and publish two shorts under my pen name every week
  3. Finish 004

Actually, I didn’t do any of these. It was possible, and I still had a great month, but I didn’t get these goals accomplished.

October’s Goals

  1. Write 1,667 words every day in a month that isn’t November
  2. Finish 004
    Tentatively titled The Rath of the Raven, I’m going to finish this before November, period.

I don’t know that I needed humbler goals, but there we go. I would like to write a romance this month as well, but I’m not sure if that will happen. I just need to write, and I have enough ideas to get it done.