Working at the desk

735 fiction words, 1,163 total words

I finally migrated from the sofa and the IKEA chair and wrote a bit at the desk last night. It was temporary, with the cord stretched across the room from its usual plug, but the writing still went well. I wrote several “W” entries in A Brief History, as well as “U”, now that I think about it, and goth both entries scheduled. So now there are just X, Y, and Z to finish, then I can start thinking about other things.

A somewhat cool and creepy thing happened yesterday involving a misspelling of my name, yelling at the person in my head, and an out-of-the-blue apology. That led to a discussion of amusing name misspellings, and the name of my next character. I’m still thinking about that 30 stories in 30 days challenge, and if I give it a crack I’ll be using that newborn character. I’m still working out his backstory, but I do have a couple of quirks lined up. (Such as nobody ever spells his name correctly.) Heh.

So because of the previously mentioned time at the desk, I cranked out 735 words of fiction and 1,163 total words yesterday. A pretty good deal. I was up late, but that happens. To get up at my preferred 5 a.m. time I really need to be in bed no later than 10:30, preferably 10, but when elder and junior youth don’t go to bed until 9 I find I don’t get in my writing headspace until after that. I can probably force the matter, it will just take practice.

I’m off to the next part of my morning, now, such as yelling at flying balls of fur and muscle to stop knocking my modem off the shelf. They’re about to get locked in the dining room if they’re not careful.

R is for Reboot – #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 “R is for Reboot – #AtoZChallenge”

It’s a Thursday!

338 fiction words, 714 total words

Not that I ever really left, but I am back. Rather, the happy, bouncy, ready to attack the day “me” is back, replacing the meh, bored, angry at the characters in the Eloise James book I’m reading “me.”

Amusingly, Ms. James borrowed a couple characters from Julia Quinn (the Smythe-Smith girls!) for a mention in the novel I’m reading (Once Upon a Tower). I love this, and I love that I caught it.

Anyway, back to business. Yesterday was pretty awesome in that I wrote a new section of A Brief History in the morning, and then managed to pre-schedule five A-Z posts in the evening. I have only five letters left to write, and I think I should be able to get through them quickly. Like, hopefully this week.

I read about DWS’s challenge (write 30 stories in 30 or 60 days and he’ll be your first reader for a price) and was immediately intrigued. On the one hand, I don’t have $600. On the other hand, if I suddenly came into $600, I’d jump on this quickly.

Since I don’t have $600, I’m considering what kind of financial motivation I could use to try this for myself. I know I just spent April posting a piece of fiction a day, and I know five years ago I posted 1,000-2,000 words for 26 days in the same challenge, but some of that stuff (both times) was pre-written.

I want to try this challenge. I want to try to 30 in 60, so I have one day for writing and one day for publishing (ebooks on Smashwords and Amazon, and B&N if I can sort out how).

I mean, doesn’t it sound like fun? I’m already thinking covers and such. We’ll see, but yeah. I think that’s what’s going to happen in May.

Yesterday I wrote 338 fiction words and 714 words total. My daily average is creeping back down again, but you know, I can’t be bothered to put weight on that this morning. I’m just happy to be creating.

Happy Thursday!

Q is for Quiet – #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 “Q is for Quiet – #AtoZChallenge”

P is for Purrs – #AtoZChallenge

Here is another, “I don’t think this means what you think it means” entry. This is a 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 “P is for Purrs – #AtoZChallenge”

Something was forgotten

Daily: 207 fiction, 436 total

Greetings and salutations! (I just realized I got that from a Minecraft YouTuber, Rendog.) I forgot to do a weekly review on Monday! Guess what we’re going to do today, for last Monday through Sunday?

I may have mentioned that last week I ratcheted down the writing purposely thinking I would spend more time editing and getting Space Cats ready for publishing. I didn’t want to start a new project that would produce lots of words because then I wouldn’t have time for editing, etc. But then I didn’t actually do a lot of editing, either. So it wasn’t exactly a win, but not precisely a fail, either.

Here’s what the writing looked like for last week:

 

Also, there’s this:

April fiction total: 12,217
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002 Words: 5,774

I expected to report the new publication of two new works, but that didn’t happen. And if I’m honest, it may not happen this week, either. It’s been a year since I self-published anything, and it’s time-consuming when it hasn’t been done for a while. All the routines I developed have faded (naturally), and I need to rebuild them.

At this point, Space Cats has an ebook cover. I need to sweep through one last time and fix a few more things that are confusing and inconsistent. The ebook is formatted, and probably ready for game time. After the last edits are done, I can set up the print formatting, and finally the cover. The print cover is the most time-consuming if I remember correctly. It took four proof copies of The 27th Letter before I got everything right. I think familiarity with InDesign was my biggest problem, and so that issue should be a non-issue this time around.

I should probably remember to mention yesterday’s words while I’m here. They’re in the header, too, which is helpful. 207/436 (fiction/total).

Bam.

Happy Wednesday!