August Review

Okieday! I’m here, this post is on time, things are good!

So, August.

Monthly Total of Fiction Words

27,362

Not bad.

Oh, who am I kidding? It was the best month of the year! I kicked the ass of the words so hard, and I want lots and lots and lots more of months a million times better than that, but the next couple could be in that range and I would be happy. I could make it work, as they say on the show on the television in front of me.

Because right now I’m not writing fiction and so I can watch TV!

Best Week Ever

Week 34 – 12,321

Can numbers be palindromes? Because I just realized that week was a palindrome. Well, anyway, it was an amazing week. I had two 2K+ days, and two 1.5K+ days and those are what pushed me over for sure. I could totally get used to those.

Oh, wait, I kind of did! Because the number two week ever was the very next week, and that one held a 5K+ day and a 2K+ day.

Take that, writer’s block!

Blog Words

9,937

I started a new blog in August, and I haven’t been back in a week or so because I was focusing on my fiction, but I want to get back to it. But if it dies because I only have the energy for fiction and that’s where it all goes? So be it.

August Goals

  1. Finish 004, currently untitled, 26,363 words
  2. Write more than 10,000 in one week
  3. Write more than 1,000 words every day for a month
    I’m kind of sure August won’t be that month, but I’ll still try.
  4. Write 1,667 words per day in a month that isn’t November

I got one goal done! 😀 I had to put 004 on pause to focus on a different genre which I write under a pen name. I started 005, which I have not yet finished, and 006, which I did finish and publish. I’m working hard on 005 right now, and anticipate finishing it tonight or tomorrow.

I’m just so tired.

September Goals

  1. Write 1,667 words every day in a month that isn’t November
    I have three months left to achieve this, so I might as well make it this month. It’s a warm-up.
  2. Write and publish two shorts under my pen name every week
  3. Finish 004
    This may get pushed into October, if I’m honest. We’ll see – if I finish 005 and manage goal #2 early every week, I’d have time to write more on 004. We’ll just see how it plays out.

I don’t need more goals for September. I’m so tired right now it’s silly. I am so glad the kids are back in school and the first week is over and I have some time to sleep. I’ll be doing a lot of it this weekend, I really hope.

That’s it! All wrapped up! I will see you again tomorrow!

September!

679 fiction words, 899 total words

I typed the title and then realized just how much stuff I need to do right now. Blarghl. Oh well!

September has arrived. I have a wedding anniversary this month shortly before the anniversary of quite a bit of terror in this country. There’s a three day weekend coming up tomorrow. I have some school supplies I need to get for Junior Youth. There’s another post due today, and and then I need to get the Income/Expenses post up on time this month instead of forgetting it completely like in August.

Speaking of August, why are sales so dismal in August? I haven’t got enough skin in the game to notice myself, but I’ve heard from others and I thought I’d drop the question here. I have two readers who might have input. I think the general theory is “end of summer”-itis, but there might be more to it.

Today I get to work in a different building than usual, and I’m out of both salad material and smoothie basics, so I think I’ll probably end up going out for lunch. I have a little bit of cash yet. I think there are bananas in my future. 🙂 Oh, and I need to get some of the ripe ones in the fridge soon. Oops…

Yesterday I was exhausted so I didn’t get much written. My mind was shot, but I made a decent stab at it in the morning.

679 fiction words, 899 total words

I’ll do better today.

Oh, the other thing I did yesterday was more of a thing I didn’t do. There was a limited time opportunity that honestly, is probably exactly what I need. It was a good deal (compared to its regular pricing), but still a lot of money. I was on the fence, and just about to commit, and then I went online to check one of the (free) communities I’m already a part of. Almost immediately I realized that community was not only all I need (in the immediate present) but also my best tool. So I decided against the opportunity (ultimately it’s still available but at a higher price). There may be a time down the road when I go that route, but right now, I need to focus on other things.

Is good. I’m happy.

Sleep Changes

1,233 fiction words, 1,424 total words

Since school resumed my Fitbit is telling me I’m getting between four and five hours of sleep instead of the six to seven hours I was getting over the summer. With the exception of yesterday, when it says I woke at 4 a.m. and didn’t track my last hour of sleep, I have been getting about five. Which is not enough, and I feel it. Right now, even with coffee, my eyes are tired and I am very at risk of working myself into a cold, or worse.

THBT! I say.

I need to get to bed earlier, which means I need to start writing sooner after the kids go to bed instead of relaxing a bit more. Generally, I get enough decompression from work between dinner and the kid’s bedtime without taking more. I just don’t want to get too far behind on “my shows”!

Still, I did some severe editing on what I ended up watching last night, skipping people who I thought were favorites and ignoring a lot of the stuff I was merely interested in, and I still lived.

These words aren’t going to write themselves.

1,233 fiction words, 1,424 total words

Still not done with 005, the short story I started two Sundays ago. It’s only going to be 10,000 words. It should not take this long.

Must. Write. Faster.

A Symphony of Mumbles

314 fiction words, 568 total words

Junior Youth is mumbling about something quite excitedly. It’s a lot for so early in the morning. Something something choir that JY wasn’t excited about yesterday but was the day before but wasn’t the day before that.

It’s confusing. I’ll move on.

Yesterday was writing group which meant no writing at the event (I shouldn’t even try, but I keep holding out hope) but good times with people. It was good. When I got home I stabbed a bit at a short story that is a follow-up to a short story I wrote around April, then crashed.

314 fiction words, 568 total words

I beat up on myself for not getting enough time to write or read and stuff, but really, I’m doing pretty good for still being an otherwise responsible adult most of the time. I mean, I do laundry, shop for groceries, hang out with the kids, wake up at 5 a.m. (now that school’s started, anyway), write and publish, and more that I can’t remember now. Not shabby at all.

Today is going to be better than yesterday. I’m not going to be as grumpy, and I’m going to make popcorn.

That’s not a typo, either

408 fiction words, 703 total words

After such an astounding writing day yesterday, I’d like to report another such day today. But when I spent most of yesterday researching and publishing, I was only able to squeeze a few words in at the end before I collapsed last night.

408 fiction words, 703 total words

So while it’s nowhere near the 5,000+ from Sunday, I’m satisfied.

Yesterday was the Youth’s first day of school. Elder Youth received news that many school supplies won’t be needed. Calculators for math will be assigned, and the school is really trying to go paperless, so hardly any other notebooks/folders/binders will be needed at all. My pocketbook is thrilled at this.

I haven’t heard as much from Junior Youth, but as it’s the same school district it’s not unreasonable to expect the same from that grade as well. They are still involved with tours and learning the layout of the new building, so perhaps I’ll hear in the next couple of days.

I did manage to forget “first day of school” photos. It’s not the first time, nor certainly the last, that such things have been neglected. I’ll make up for it today.

Other goals for today include another short story, although probably not all of it in one go. That will need to be reserved for weekends unless I learn to write faster. Technically a repeat is possible in a little over two hours, but I’m not skilled at making decisions about the story that quickly yet.

Soon. I will practice, and I will get there soon.

Not a typo

5,355 fiction words, 5,569 total words

I wrote all the words. 🙂 I mean, I really got them all yesterday. Working only on a new piece, I started and finished it in one day.

Along with doing finances and grocery shopping at three stores and not being able to stay within a (pseudo) budget.

5,355 fiction words, 5,569 total words

Bah. I’m not even mad about it now. I rather killed it.

So that was all one short story going under a pen name. I had thought perhaps I should start a new pen name for these, and I haven’t yet landed on whether I absolutely will or not. I was strongly leaning toward yes yesterday, and this morning I’m headed toward no at a fast clip. I’m going to get the Youths off to school and then see where I stand.

Here’s a couple interesting things to note about this week:

  1. It was my first 10K fiction week. Last week I wrote more than 10,000 words, but just under 10,000 were fiction words. Honestly, I’m more concerned with the fiction ones. I’m sure you understand.
  2. The negative difference in word count (-5%) is completely devoid of importance when reflected in the light of point number one.
  3. There was a third point somewhere. I seem to have mislaid it.

Looks like I forgot to include my monthly totals last week. Oops.

August fiction total: 25,407
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: 107,616

Ha! Look at that! It makes my July look so very sad. Additionally, I’ve written more than 100,000 words of fiction this year so far! And to show for it I have a book, three short stories, and I’m 40,000 words into my second novel. <3 It’s been a good year for words.

 

Sunday, the Day Before

710 fiction words, 803 total words

I have a touch of anxiety on my children’s behalf for tomorrow, the first day of the thing that shall not be named. Junior Youth is looking forward to it least, certainly. Elder Youth is looking forward to it a bit more than that, but still not to be interpreted as excitement. My anxiety stems from what will happen when they get home. Will they need tons of supplies? Will they make friends?

I shouldn’t worry, but I am rather good at it.

Words. I wrote words yesterday.

710 fiction words, 803 total words

I was studying some more, reading and trying to learn from the experience of others. And on a similar note, I was given access to Lynda.com on Friday, so there are all sorts of stuff to learn there, too. Know any classes I should take?

Today I haven’t written anything yet, but I did go grocery shopping. I thought I was doing good until I got everything rung up at my last stop and found out that I had done the exact opposite of “good”. I had done poorly, as far as my checkbook was concerned. Tsk.

I’ll get better at it, eventually. Hopefully, I managed to purchase enough items that next week, there will be less that is needed. Fingers crossed.

Homework

510 fiction words, 596 total words

I’m trying to learn a new skill, and it’s involving a lot of homework. So just as soon as I’m ready to start giving it a shot, I end up needing to do more research.

Just as the kids go back to school, so do I. It’s actually kind of fun.

510 fiction words, 596 total words

I’m just getting laundry done today, with a bit of grocery shopping tossed in. I’m looking forward to a relaxing-ish day tomorrow, too. And then we’ll just be a week away from Labor Day, and an extra day of the weekend for the whole family.

Very fine.

Just a quick note

682 fiction words, 837 total words

My attention is pulled in all sorts of directions with school starting next week. It’s a nice problem to have. Busses, extra-curricular stuffs, homework, supplies…

Okay, I’m guessing none of that will actually be fun, per se. But Routine, man.

Routine.

682 fiction words, 837 total words

Not a stellar day but I plugged along. I find myself getting tired earlier but not waking up earlier to compensate for lost productivity. I just need to make the decision to do it.

Routine, man! I love me my routines!

A bit back on track

574 fiction words, 1,120 total words

It occurs to me that I am just as much a creature of habit as Elder Youth, which makes sense as EY is my child, and has gotten traits from me. So this week when I’ve been leaving the house early and not taken time to write in the mornings before leaving, it makes sense that I’m not getting as many words as I prefer.

Oh well. I’ll manage. And I wrote yesterday before falling asleep on the sofa at 10:30.

574 fiction words, 1,120 total words

Two blog posts ramped up the blog words, as you can see.

So today is the last day of the odd mornings, and then next week the Youths resume their education. Summer as they know it is nearly over. I’m eager to resume the schedule I enjoy when they’re attending classes daily, although I don’t think either of them are. I wasn’t at their age, either. Everything will be okay eventually.