Not as spectacular

315 fiction words, 413 total words

It occurs to me that perhaps yesterday’s header was the incorrect one. I may go and change that.

I may not.

Yesterday was some writing but mostly trying to get my head back into work, etc. Time with friends was relaxing, though. I enjoyed it.

315 fiction words, 413 total words

Not bad words for as tired as I was.

What I’m really looking forward to today is getting to talk with both Youths and DH tonight about an upcoming event. If I learned one thing on my recent trip, it was that one should not wait until 10 p.m. on a weekend to find a hotel room. It’s a recipe for, “The next hotel is just 15 minutes down the road,” multiplied by three.

Driving with Neil

1,240 fiction words, 1,442 total words

I started listening to Neverwhere on my trip. It’s odd, because while it’s clear to me that Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer, and there are some seriously humorous bits in his work, there are also “vast acres of boredom”, as I told my dad. Sometimes my interest just gets lost between the “snort your coffee through your nose” funny bits.

Well, anyway.

1,240 fiction words, 1,442 total words

Those are much closer to the kinds of numbers I want to see every day.

Whoops, wasn’t ready

51 fiction words, 249 total words

I thought it was just Monday and forgot I also post weekly review things today.

51 fiction words, 249 total words

Words for yesterday were simply, “Yes, I’m back, I need to make time to write,” words.

I’m at the half point for the year in terms of weeks remaining. I am determined to make them count, to make them come first, as often as I can. I’m also taking on a new responsibility not related to word creation that will take some time, but it’s an important one to learn while there are still people around to teach me.

I would like 10,000 word weeks to become a regular thing. I would like monthly totals to be closer to NaNoWriMo goals. I would like to get three more books published before the end of the year (and that number does not include the two that are in the queue right now).

June fiction total: 8,080
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: 70,409

Catching up on things

206 words

I’ve decided when I go on Vacation I need a new header.

I didn’t get a chance to do much writing while I was gone. I forgot the writing computer so I was restricted to my phone (which actually is capable of all the writing things I like to do), and I didn’t have a lot of time because it’s a 12-hour drive and I drove every mile.

I didn’t have a lot of time for things like emails and texts, either.

I did make time for photos, though. I’ll go through and post some photos tomorrow.

206 words

Those are Friday and Saturday words, such as they are. A little bit of fiction in there from Friday, and then I went and counted the photo posts that I did each day (because they’re quick and easy, and I took lots of photos).

I have more Real Life stuff for this evening, and tomorrow will be helping to move family again. It’ll be good, and hopefully quick, because I also ought to show my face at my office as well.

Cheers! It’s good to be back.

Today’s the day

130 fiction words, 396 total words

I’m nervous and excited and anxious to just get on with it. Traveling is fun, and driving long distances by myself isn’t something I often get to do. It’ll be a hard weekend (driving 700 miles one direction to flip around and do the same drive back the next day), but who cares! I’ll rest when I return.

130 fiction words, 396 total words

Something I forgot to mention yesterday is that I got paid! I mean, not a ton, but I was quite excited. (Paid from my writing, to be clear.) So I’ll finally have some income to report at the end of the month. *squee*

There’s nothing else to say. I reported most of yesterday last night, then wrote those few words up there while watching a movie (should have focused on writing). Tonight, I drive.

Woo!

Stupider Check Engine light

447 fiction words, 685 total words

So Tuesday night, the Check Engine light came on. “Oh, noes!” says Nicki. “Must call for service of Spot!”

Get car appointment for Thursday morning early. Warn everyone I will be late to work, because coworker is on vacation, and yesh.

Wednesday, Check Engine light goes out.

@#$%&!!!

But I took it in anyway, and it turns out there’s A History, and that gave them a code that said it’s an emissions issue, won’t affect the driving of the car, and can wait until December.

Excellent.

That was today. Along with packing for tomorrow, and otherwise mentally preparing for driving long distances

Yesterday I wrote, and I did a better than usual job.

447 fiction words, 685 total words

I’m pretty pleased with that. I would have done this all this morning, except I needed to get to the shop, and wanted to drive around to see if my check engine light could be coaxed back into the “on” position. (It couldn’t.) And I was going to write at the shop, I even had my computer there (which reminds me, I need to decide if that’s coming with me), but I wasn’t there long enough.

Okay, I can’t spend all night on the PC. I’ll be back in the morning to report on today, even though I really sort of did already report on today, but hey! Rhymes!

Stupid Check Engine light

220 fiction words, 471 total words

I was driving home last night and my Check Engine light came on. Normally I would ignore it for a few days, see what happens. But I’m taking a trip  in a few days, and to continue on as I usually do seems negligent. So I have an appointment for early tomorrow to get it looked at. I dearly hope it’s a quick fix, but if it isn’t, I’ll be missing some time at the day job. Unfortunate, but I’m making this trip, and this car will be as safe as I can make it, damn it.

220 fiction words, 471 total words

I managed to write at our writing group thing! Not much, though, because there was much excitement in the return of a friend we hadn’t seen in more than a year. I stayed later so I could catch up with another friend, bought a few catch-up groceries, but still made it to bed in decent time.

Today will be more trip prep. Maybe some make-up time at the office for the time I’ll probably miss tomorrow (if my work load deems it appropriate). Some writing – hopefully more than minimal numbers.

Another early morning

224 fiction words, 578 total words

Since I’ll be out of town Friday night through Sunday, I’m trying to cram a lot of preparation into the cracks of my days. A few minutes here can update the toll pass thing so I don’t have to pay cash for driving on toll roads. A few minutes there can help me feel like I won’t miss being on the computer for three days.

Yesterday I kicked some ass at the office because even though I won’t be missing any time there, I feel like I have to get as caught up as possible before Friday. There’s also the hope I can get a bit of an earlier start, if only to try to avoid the worst of driving into the sun. I just realized that yesterday. It’s going to stink.

224 fiction words, 578 total words

I feel caught in a lull. I need to work hard to snap out of it.

Tonight should be fun with friends, a few more preparatory purchases for the drive, and another early night. I’m looking forward to it!

Monday is here again

238 fiction words, 440 total words

Good morning! ^_^

Yesterday was Father’s day, and I did my best to make sure my husband had a good day. I didn’t neglect my father, either, but I felt like I needed to compensate for my kids (instead of, you know, including them). At any rate, I hope my dad and husband know they’re loved as fathers.

I went shopping twice, once for sundries and once for groceries. I also made Cheese Toasties (grilled cheese sandwiches) for supper which went over very well. I got Elder Youth to mow, and Junior Youth to take care of some chores that had been neglected. All in all, it went well.

I also wrote, near the end of the day, but I did it solely so I could Minecraft without guilt. I’m trying desperately to build a slime farm, and it’s not working.

238 fiction words, 440 total words

And there’s more!

Week 25 took a small hit to words. I plugged along diligently, managing more fiction than blog words nearly all days. In fact, the only reason there’s more blog than fiction is due to a particularly lengthy book review that took 600 words. Otherwise, the numbers would have leaned the other direction.

This coming week may be difficult to keep my counts up, unless I manage some spectacular numbers early. I have a quick trip to almost Chicago this weekend, starting Friday night and ending Sunday afternoon, and I don’t expect to get much more than token words done. It’s a 671 mile drive, and I’ll be trying it on my own on the way out. On the way back there will be an extra driver to trade with. I do plan on taking my writing laptop, so we’ll see.

June fiction total: 6,967
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: 69,296

On Time

79 fiction words, 136 total words

Yesterday had a lot of things going on in it. Saturday is Laundry day, but I got started very early (actually waking at 6 a.m.) and so was able to finish that up by 2 p.m.

Then our long-haired cat had an appointment at the groomers, and that went well in that I found the place, only got minimally lost on the way, and his expressions of his stress was limited to inappropriate uses of the cat crate. I have a blanket to wash now. It could have gone much worse, though. He made it through, I made it through, and now he’s free of knotted fur.

My words didn’t get squeezed in until the very last moment of the day, and so I’ll treat them the same way here.

79 fiction words, 136 total words