Starting a busy week

DAILY: 0 fiction words, 1104 total words, .75 hours toward publishing

I’m getting ready to start a week where everything is not the same as always. There are additional events to attend and things in the schedule to juggle, and these things make me anxious. I’ll be relieved and back on track sometime after next Thursday.

That’s a long time to be on edge.

Surprisingly, the past week went well for words. I’m going to blame the blog because I wrote considerably more there than in fiction. See yesterday (0 fiction words, 1104 total words, .75 hours toward publishing) as a prime example.

Yesterday itself was productive in that I wrote three blog posts before bed, but not at all because I didn’t get any fiction done. That’s a disappointment – I really like my story. I did get some editing done, working on getting A Brief History‘s ebook formatted. Once that’s done I’ll turn to the print interior, print exterior, then ebook cover. I need the cover blurbs, too. That will probably be the only challenge.

Statblock - week 19

May fiction total: 1,934
April fiction total:
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 58,156

I hope everyone’s Monday is smooth and if not relaxing, at least not anxiety-producing.

A to Z Reflections – #AtoZChallenge

Oh, hai!

I “participated” in the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

Mostly.

And I have opinions on it!

  1. What I wrote in April I had more or less pre-scheduled. I wrote a lot during April, but I had it up and ready to go at least by the day before. That was super helpful, and I intend to do it that way again the next time I participate.
  2. I didn’t comment well on other blogs. As much as I loathe the word “Linky”, the Linky List (for the love of PETE can’t they call it something else?!) was much easier for discovering new blogs. Posting a comment every day didn’t work for me, although it might have if posting a comment on the A to Z Challenge blog had ever worked. (I think Blogger and I have issues.) The thought of going to Facebook or wherever to post a comment just felt too scattered. I tagged every post with #AtoZChallenge and publicized to Twitter, but got little results. Then again, I didn’t comment well on other blogs. So there’s that.
  3. The book I wrote and based April’s challenge on (Space Cats in Space) will be up for sale shortly, this month, and A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof will be available as a separate book shortly thereafter. In print and ebook. Because WORDS, MY FRIEND. I’M IN LOVE WITH WORDS.
  4. My friends write the best blogs, but I discovered a new one I love, too. Go check out Anjela Curtis and her entries. They were lovely.

That’s all I have. Prescheduled, because I’m awesome. 😉

Income & Expenses: April!

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

I’m back! I thought maybe I could make this a weekly post, but yeah, it’s better this way. At least until some things start to happen. Like sales. Sales would be good, but so would publishing! I have a couple things in the pipeline I talk about in my regular posts, one that I hope to have up for sale this week if everything works out okay.

So, on to the money.

Spends

Well, I spent a few dollars this month. One thing was frivolous – a case for the Chromebook I purchased in March. I mean, it’s not essentially frivolous. The thing needs protection, I need a way to cart it around. But I could have put it off. But I didn’t!

The second thing I spent money on was necessary, and I got a good deal on it. I needed stock photography as I’m doing my own covers for the time being. And while I would, of course, love to be able to pick out only the images I need when I need them, you can’t do that with the package I chose. Luckily, I dabble a little bit in graphic design and desktop publishing in my office job. Having a large bank of photographs to pick and choose from when starting a project is as good as having exactly what you think you need. Lots of times, what you don’t have gives you a better project in the end.

The third thing I purchased was education related. There was a Story Bundle on sale with a couple books in it by authors I know and respect, so I picked that up. As a bonus for buying at a certain level, I also received some seminars that I always get a lot of value from. So I’m looking forward to learning from that.

Chromebook Case – $13
Bigstock – $50
StoryBundle – $20

Monies

Oh dear. Um, I didn’t get any books up for sale in April, so there wasn’t even a chance of new income. I did do some other pseudo marketing things, like use my Bullet Journal to build an Instagram following (91, so far). I love my #bujo, so it’s a passion as much as writing is. Once I have covers to add, I’ll pop those up with my #bujo layouts and quotes. The thought is, more eyes can’t hurt, even if they’d rather be looking at weekly layouts or hand lettered quotes.

Income – $0

Sums Up

Well, I spent a bit more than I earned, but with a $13 exception, I think the things I spent money on were sound. The stock images, while sometimes just things I think are pretty, will come in handy at some point, I know it. I enjoy playing with images too much. And the books from the StoryBundle, I’m going to read them all.

So I’m a little bit in the hole, but I’m up attitude and Instagram followers. 🙂

See you next month!

Evening has come

328 fiction words, 575 total words, .5 hours on publication

Well, then! Weekends are fun, but apparently, I haven’t done a great job of wrangling my tool out of the hands of my adorable children. That’s okay. They had fun, I got things done.

Yesterday is what I’m here for.

Even though I didn’t write a lot of words (328 fiction words, 575 total words, .5 hours on publication), they felt really, really good. I like where this new story is going, though I don’t have any particular title in mind or even a target for where I’m going. Currently, I have one grumpy adult male, one perky, lonely 8-year-old girl, one out of place butler, and one very perky elementary school principal. The girl causes trouble, the butler is trouble, the principal is trying to prevent trouble, and the grump…well, I’m not sure about him. He’d rather be left alone, I think.

Well, anyway. I like it. I’m going back for more tonight.

Yesterday I also tried to get the ebooks for Space Cats all set up so when I get the print proof and approve it, things can go up for sale relatively at the same time. It worked well with Amazon, not so well with Smashwords. It didn’t take long, so I’ll just do that once I have the print copy ready to go.

Today I didn’t have any particular publishing goal in mind, but I need to work on getting 002 checked, and A Brief History ready for publication, too. And I wanted to have all three books up by the 15th so I could start concentrating on 004 and get it done by the end of the month. Still a possible goal, since I’m only seven days in. I just need to focus.

That’s what the rest of tonight is for, since I’m all caught up with regular chores.

Wish me luck!

Late, but not forgotten

349 fiction words, 579 total words, .25 hours on publication

Hi! When I travel with both children, access to my laptop is incredibly limited. And I didn’t make time to do my post on my phone – I wouldn’t have been able to do my header image anyway. So here it is, almost 8:15, and I’m just getting to the point where I can do all the things I usually have accomplished by 9 a.m.

I’m only 12 hours late.

No big deal.

So! Yesterday had the usual distractions. A long day at work, tons of new Minecraft videos, that sort of thing. But I got all my tasks done and didn’t have to push anything forward to today. And when I sat down to write, I fell into a nice little groove with the words. I only did a small 349 fiction words (579 total words) and .25 hours on publication, but they were good words.

Charging forward or plugging forward, I need to remember that at least I’m writing words and developing and improving my the daily habit that will help me write harder when I have the time.

Righto. So I won’t say anything about today yet – that’s for tomorrow. But I will start working on April’s Monthly Review data for tomorrow’s post.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Yay, Friday?

79 fiction words, 605 total words, 1 hour toward publication

I got my cover finished and both the interior and cover uploaded to CreateSpace for Space Cats and got the review process in motion. The next step, after I finish this post, is to get the proof copy ordered. Then I can start working on the ebook covers. (The interiors of the ebooks have been formatted for quite some time.)

Once those are done, I’ll start working on A Brief History and 002. The former will get the same print and ebook treatment as the one I’m working on now, while 002 (I still need a title) is going to just get done as an ebook for now.

I wrote nearly nothing yesterday, having let myself get sidetracked by Minecraft. I wrote 79 fiction words, 605 total words, and put about 1 hour toward publication.