Something fishy this way comes

The site was down this morning. Just a white screen. I don’t know why I thought it was my host at first because this has happened before.

It was a plugin. And I’m unable to finish the connection to the plugin, so I’ll have to fudge with that later. The two that are important seem to be working.

So yesterday was good! Traffic was easy to navigate all day, and I caught the missing fries when I was still at the drive-through window. I also got to hang out with a bunch of my awesome writer friends, and that always makes the week better.

I wrote 763 fiction words, and 1,033 total. I was hoping to have a streak of 1K days this week, but if I had to miss a day, Tuesday is an acceptable day to miss.

I have a copy of Space Cats out to first readers, and I’m eager to hear if there are any big mistakes I need to fix. I’m eager to get this up for sale before the month is too far gone, because of the tie-in with the A to Z Challenge. Also because I really like it, and I’m excited about writing more in this world. I think next time I’m picking a different human/cat set of characters. Maybe someone one of the main characters knows. I actually have ideas on that. Bwa ha ha.

Heh.

Okay. My morning routine has been disrupted enough. I’ll be posting this now and going on my way. Wish me luck!

D is for Dogs – #AtoZChallenge

If you are reading this, you may know quite a fair bit about your cats. 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 “D is for Dogs – #AtoZChallenge”

Hai.

A green outline around a pink box with the words Tuesday is Funday! over a background of an outdoor table and chair on the second floor of a local grocery store

Junior youth named today’s post. Sometimes it’s more trouble to think of something good than to just pull something out of someone else’s head. So I have done so. 🙂

Yesterday was a fabulous day at the office! As fabulous as those things can get, anyway. I managed to get a few errands in, did some reading in the car, found some really interesting things in the book I was ready to set aside as finished even though there’s some stuff yet to read and decided to keep going, etc. My writing all happened at the end of the day, but that’s all right. that will probably happen tonight, too, because I really need the quiet to get it done.

Speaking of words, I wrote 1,365 fiction words yesterday, and 1,776 words total. Very nice! It’s down a bit from yesterday and the day before, but those were weekend days with lots of quiet time. I still broke 1K so there’s nothing to be sad about there. And my daily average is climbing nicely, once more within 5 words of 500. I’m going to get that sucker up there in no time!

Today (as you may have noticed) is Tuesday, and that’s my writing group day. I’m looking forward to hanging out with awesome people who write and not getting any writing done until I get home. Because that’s how we roll. And I love it.

C is for Catnip – #AtoZChallenge

If you are reading this, you may know quite a fair bit about your cats. 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 “C is for Catnip – #AtoZChallenge”

B is for Brothers – #AtoZChallenge

If you are reading this, you may know quite a fair bit about your cats. 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 “B is for Brothers – #AtoZChallenge”

Working hard, Writing all the words

A two-page Bullet Journal spread behind a green text box and two white hearts that has the words Word Counting on top

It’s hard not to feel like I’m Queen of the Mountain of Words when I’ve been on a streak of 300-400 words per day and now for the second day in a row I kill that old number by a lot. I still know I can do more, do better, but this feels good right now.

Yesterday I wrote 1,628 fiction words, and 2,639 words total. Writing over 1,000 blog words is new, I believe. I can’t remember doing that before. And I didn’t count the A-Z words because those were previously written and counted in fiction words somewhere.

YEAH!

*ahem*

Heh.

So in other news, here’s the stats block for the last week:

Weekly total words: 8,433
Weekly total fiction words: 5,458
Weekly total blog words: 2,975
Difference from last week: +112%
Weekly rank: 2 (of 14) (wow!!!)
April fiction total: 4,241
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002* Words: 2,505
003** Words: 4,241

Ahh. It’s good! So I should point out that last week I decided not to use 002 as my A-Z fiction, and then on Saturday, I did just that. I actually have multiples of some letters, but I’m choosing the best one (or the one I like the most, or who knows how I’ll choose, but I’m only choosing one) to post each day. So when I finally get 001 published, and then when it comes time to publish 002, there will be quite a bit of content that’s new, I think. Maybe. Or at least a couple extra A’s.

OK, that’s it, except for these two extra notes below this paragraph. I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!

*002 is 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.

**003 is the number of my April Camp NaNo project. I don’t usually do two fiction things at once. Ever. But now I am. So there are two to keep track of!

Income & Expenses: March!

The words Income & Expenses in a green text box over the quote "She believed she could so she did"

Greetings and Salutations!

I start an awful lot of my posts that way, I know.

Also, thank goodness “monies” is a word.

So I’m starting these posts because I like to learn how other authors and entrepreneurs do when they’re just starting out. Like, is everyone but me jumping straight to three-figure a month income levels, or is it taking everyone some sweet time? But nobody likes to talk about money, so I don’t come across this kind of post that often.

So I’m going to write it myself.

I have March data, and while I thought I was going to make these posts weekly, I think perhaps I will make them monthly. I really don’t know. We’re going to see how this goes.

So, for March!

Spends

I bought two things in March I think are going to help. One was Grammarly. It was 40% off as part of their March Madness sale, bringing the price into the reasonable range for me.

Here’s my justification: I need a second set of eyes, even computer generated ones, to find the silly little mistakes and misspellings and times when I’ve used the wrong word but spelled it right. I would like to get to the point when I can hire a human for such things (I even know such a person), but right now, I’m going to trust a computer and my own eyeballs.

The second thing I purchased in March was a Chromebook (referral link). It is going to be only a writing computer, although not my only writing computer because I still do an awful lot of writing on my Toshiba Satellite (the one I’m using right now, in fact). The issue with my Toshiba is that it’s also a computer that can play Minecraft, and I have two youths in the house who love Minecraft. So the justification for the Chromebook: to have a light computer that is only for writing that I can take to the places I go to write at regularly.

Grammarly – $69
Chromebook – $180

Monies

Income! I had some, by some stroke of luck. It wasn’t much, only a dollar and change, in fact. But here’s the interesting thing: I haven’t published anything since May of last year. Last May I published under a pen name and earned a little from it. Now, another sale.

So the desire to get more books up for sale is strong, and I have one I just need to finish spell-grinding to get it there.

Smashwords – $1.21

Sums Up

So right now, obviously, I’m spending more than I’m earning. That is to be expected for Starter Editions of Writers. What I’d like to do until I have another one of these to report is to sort out business finance solutions. Like, do I need a separate checking account or a separate PayPal? (Hint: I’m pretty sure at this moment, I don’t. I’m still operating as a Sole Proprietorship, so it would just be for personal, ease of bookkeeping reasons I might do that.) And maybe think about different marketing things. I have a little experience with marketing, actually. So that could be fun.

Bye until next time!