What is it about?

Hi! I asked Elder Youth for a post title for this morning, and he said, “What is it about?” I thought, okay! I can make that work!

I wrote a short 160 words last night (411 total).

So, yesterday I was “following a whisper”. That’s an odd way to put it, but when I thought of it, I stuck with it. Here’s what really happened.

For some reason I was online and I saw a Windows 10 laptop for a reduced price that put the following thought in my head: “If I had a new laptop that nobody else could use then I would write more!”

My head does amazing things to try to rationalize new purchases. I don’t need a new laptop, because mine works fine. My only issue right now is that the children use it in the afternoons and close all my tabs accidentally. Which is frustrating, but not a $200 frustrating issue, you know?

And then my head was like, “And if I had a new laptop that was just for writing, I could write it off of my taxes!” Let me tell you, it was really working overtime on this.

And yeah, I probably could write it off as a business expense. But I still know that I don’t need a new laptop, that I couldn’t come up with a better explanation for it for DH, and that there are better ways to spend my money right now.

Still, on the way to writing group last night I went out of my way (quite out of my way) to make four stops to four different stores looking for computers. After stop two, and walking out because the store made me uncomfortable, I told myself that I wouldn’t do anything unless it was for $X. And it wasn’t, at the last two stops, so I didn’t.

So I’m using my regular laptop, and I love it, and I won’t be purchasing a new laptop.

Today.

Probably.

Pardon the dust while I play with featured images

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

Hi!

It’s Tuesday.

Tuesday means I get to hang out with friends at a store that serves really good pizza and salami-wrapped provolone. It’s amazeballs.

Chaotic, but awesome. Very chatty, but lots of fun. <3

I’m awake! It’s Tuesday morning, and yesterday (Monday) I wrote 308 fiction words (745 total), and shoved four chapters through the “Nicki, you spelled that wrong and your grammar sucks and what is it with you and passive voice?” machine. It was fun, but I was really tired, so I set it aside at around ten in favor of sleep. The sleep was really good, so I think it was a good choice.

Other things that happened yesterday? Two lunches, zero suppers, breakfast kind of, heads on superheroes (and one pony’s butt, although the concept of a cutie mark was lost on my coworker), and a review of school photos. Also rain, but thankfully the rain chose to avoid falling when I went outside.

And now I’m off! I’ve got some more words to try to squeeze in and maybe another “stop spelling ‘leapt’ like a British person already!” session or two. I don’t have much time this morning, but I’ll do what I can.

Happy Tuesday to you, too!

Good morning, and Happy Rainy Monday!

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

I just peeked outside. It’s dumping rain from the sky, or it was about five minutes ago. I don’t hear it from my current position, and I hope the sky gets this little temper tantrum out of its system and relaxes into a gentle mist by the time I need to walk out the door this morning. I love a good rain from inside looking out, not especially during.

Although, this one time when I was in high school, instead of calling for a ride or waiting out the storm at the local grocery store, I charged ahead and started the one-mile walk home. I was probably three-fourths of the way home when all of the sudden I went from soaked to completely submerged. In an instant everything was wet, and it was amazing and awful at the same time. But that’s also the point where I lost all my fucks and started to really have fun.

Man, I was wet.

Anyway! On to the words. Yesterday I wrote 253 words, with a total of 670

Weekly total words: 3,977
Weekly total fiction words: 1,422
Weekly total blog words: 2,555
Difference from last week: -32%
Weekly rank: 10 (of 13)
March fiction total: 11,359
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002* Words: 1,227

As I proceed with 002 as an A to Z Blogging Challenge entry, it makes less and less sense to do that. For a variety of reasons, I anticipate it will end up possibly as a standalone short story, but much more likely as a “post credit scene” in the publication of 001. I’m uncertain about my A to Z future. I don’t have a theme at this moment, and I’m not certain of my ability to come up with one in the amount of time left. I certainly don’t have time to pre-schedule anything at this late date. We shall see!

*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.

Taking my time

Happy Sunday! The day started late, at like noon, which was fabulous, and why this post comes so late. I spent my morning working in my Bullet Journal and my Writing Notebook (which doesn’t necessarily need to be capitalized, but #bujo was, so I didn’t want it to feel left out), and got lots of great notes to start organizing my thoughts on Things.

I wrote a little bit, and feel pretty good about it. Only 195 fiction words, but a total of 698 for the day. Yesterday was more reading and media consumption than anything else, but it was good stuff. Saturday, you know. And quite a bit of thinking.

I did mention talking about my income and expenses as Writer: Starter Edition yesterday. I still plan on doing that. I may not get to it this week. Instead I think I’m  planning on it for next week. It’s the kind of thing I can plan ahead for and put some thought into. I may also only do it once a month. We’ll see about that. For now, we’ll plan it for the first Sunday of every month.

Look at that! I’m thinking ahead and planning things! Heh.

The printed list for the Rock Your Handwriting challenge
Rock Your Handwriting challenge – hosted by @prettyprintsandpaper, @tinyrayofsunshine, @boho.berry, @decadethirty

One last thing. I’m going to be working more in my #bujo in April. It feels right again, where for a long time I was simply surviving from week to week with routine. Adding this back in seems like a small step back to where I was when I started.

Also, for what it’s worth when I was spending the most time in my bullet journal, I was also spending the most time writing. A coincidence? Perhaps, but who cares. I can make time for this.

And the graphic was fun. I like having images in my posts. Click it to go to the host’s page on the project.

And…I think I’m done for today! Sorry that it’s kind of rambly. Actually, not too sorry. I’m having fun.

Deer are looking skinny (and Ideas)

It’s Saturday, and thus laundry day, and if you remember last week I found a deer strolling through the backyard when I was doing laundry. Well, s/he, or a friend of his/hers, decided to stroll by this week for my elder youth to see! The deer was looking a bit scraggly with a winter coat and jutting hips, but I’m not terribly worried. I can see the grass down by the creek that runs behind the house coming through strong and bright, and the temperatures today are lovely and warm. The deer will find food.

I wrote 116 fiction words yesterday and brought in a total of 592 words total for the day. I don’t think I like the way the particular short I’m working on is going, so I may end up striking those and some written the day before. I’ll have to take a look at it when I’m not also inundated with Minecraft.

I had a thought. Sundays, which is the day when I take care of the family finances, I think I’m going to share some general information about my expenses and income that has to do with my writing. I don’t want to be dumping it all out there, but all I can think of is how helpful it would be for me to hear this kind of thing from people who are more successful than me. I’ve gotten teasers of it from some people on Reddit, but I would personally prefer a little more information.

Here’s what I’d like to know, and so here’s what I’d like to share: I’d like to know about expenses. What things do writers spend money on, and what does that stuff costs? Also, income. How often is the money coming in, and about how much when it does? I’ll also be exploring different income streams (ebooks and print, naturally), including some that might not seem to have anything to do with writing.

I’m not brand new, with a few self-published short stories under my name and another, but it’s close enough that this might be an interesting experiment for someone thinking about writing as a career to follow along. I don’t know if many people think about tracking these things publically when they’re just starting out, and if they are, I’m not stumbling across enough of them.

And I don’t expect it to last forever, either. I imagine there will be an income point at which it becomes unnecessary.

Well, if this sounds like a horrible idea, I trust someone will point it out. If this is all you ever hear about the subject, you’ll know what happened. But tomorrow is Sunday, and I do have a thing or two to report, so…