Rushing

260 fiction words, 738 total words, 1 hour towards publishing

Just a quick entry today because it’s going to be so busy!

Yesterday was good for writing and editing. I poked at the print layout a bit and realized early that I was absolutely exhausted, so I went to bed early. I managed 260 fiction words, 738 total words, and 1 hour towards publishing.

Productive all around. But this morning my computer decided to update, so I didn’t get a chance to do any of this then, so I’m squeezing it in where I can.

Have a lovely day, y’all!

Before I look at anything else

318 fiction words, 613 total words, 2.25 hours toward publishing

Like the title says. This before I look at anything else, even though my Facebook tab and Feedly tab both have those delightful, clickable blue dots indicating there are new things to look at. New highlights, new news, new gossip. Ah, the pull!

Yesterday went well and was rather relaxing. I watched a couple movies in the evening. Where the Heart Is is one of those films I love but don’t know why I didn’t see when it first came out. I bought it on Vudu a couple days ago when it must have been on sale (almost the only time I buy movies on Vudu), and I saw it with Junior Youth last night.

I forgot that it was mildly inappropriate. All I remembered was Novalee and Sister Husband and Forney and Lexie. I didn’t remember that all the characters had such great names. I didn’t remember that Forney was played by the same actor who played Cromwell in The Tudors. Forney is one of my favorite romantic heroes.

Well, moving on!

This is a weekly review day, apparently! So yesterday I wrote 318 fiction words, 613 total words, and spent 2.25 hours toward publishing. My fiction words I got in early so I wouldn’t forget, but also were written while watching TV. I must stop that. The publishing was all print book formatting, also done while watching TV. This is more acceptable, as print formatting is kind of a grind. There’s still a bit more to do there.

Last week (now we actually get to the review bit) was heavy in publishing activities and light in writing. I’m only keeping track of my publishing time in the header images for the day. They’re not really getting written down anywhere else, so there won’t be a total for that. But the rest of the week looked as follows:

Weekly Review - Week 20

May fiction total: 3,449
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 59,671

So not bad. Down from last week by over a third, and low words overall. It makes sense to me as last week my mood was also depressed (as in down, dampened, not the diagnosis). It all goes together.

I don’t know what my mood is like, so I don’t know what this week will be like. But the hopes is that I get A Brief History ready for proof copy, and I have another thing to get up for publication that might happen this week. Maybe.

We shall see!

Another day down

440 fiction words, 682 total words, .25 hours on publication

Yesterday, despite a full day of laundry, went well for writing. 440 fiction words, 682 total words, .25 hours on publication. That tiny little quarter hour was me deciding that my time would be better spent on getting new words than trying to reformat A Brief History. I opened the file, messed around a bit, decided I could get more progress elsewhere, and that was it.

Today’s plan, since I only woke two hours ago and I’ve only had one full cup of coffee so far (this vanilla cappuccino K-cup does not count), is to catch up on some Hermitcraft Videos, get A Brief History taken care of, and actually read a bit today. I also wanted to run a couple errands, but I’m not sure how well that will work. It’s a holiday, after all.

Oh yes: Happy Mothers Day! Happy Mothers Day to traditional mothers of humans, Happy Mothers Day to mothers of furry family, Happy Mothers Day to mothers who have babies in their hearts. Much love to you all. Also, I kind of feel like fathers who are mothers to their children should get a Happy Mothers Day wish as well, whether they are parenting alone or whatever.

Urm…I think that’s it for now. Off to the plan, which I have already forgotten. Good thing I wrote it down.

When you write in the evening…

258 fiction words, 467 total words, 3 hours on publication

I need to make writing this post in the morning a priority because when evening comes and I haven’t yet written about the day before, the only thing easily available in my brain is today. And then when I get to tomorrow, I feel like I’ve already talked about today.

Yesterday I did okay on words. Better than usual, for certain. I logged 258 fiction words, 467 total words, and a whopping 3 hours on publication. To be honest, at this point I don’t recall what took three hours. I may have been distracted for three hours, but since I don’t remember, I’m going with productive.

That’s all I have, to be honest. No news is good news? I’m looking forward to completely starting over on the A Brief History print layout before I go to bed (which should happen in the next 45 minutes).

Yesterday

30 fiction words, 254 total words, 2.5 hours on publication

Yesterday I spent more time on publication tasks, mainly fixing the cover formatting of Space Cats.

Yesterday I left writing until the last moment, only putting in minimal effort. I can tell when this happened in Space Cats – I ended up with rambly chapters that don’t really go anywhere fast because I was only writing 50-200 words a day and it was hard to get any momentum going.

Yesterday I was busy at the office and got a lot done using one of those productivity timers, making me want to get one for home when I’m writing. Yes, I could just set a timer. No, it doesn’t work as well. I wish 30/30 made an Android app.

Yesterday is over, today is here, and I wish I was looking forward to the productivity of the weekend. Except it’s not really there anymore, which is a bummer.

I’m right over here

321 fiction words, 758 total words, 4 hours on publication

There was a lot of idle time yesterday which I used to work on Space Cats. Boy, there was a lot to do with that print copy. And then with the ebook, as I caught a fairly big issue with someone’s fur. No one else caught it either, so I’m lucky a breeze-through snapped it to my attention. Who knows what else I missed.

I wrote a little just before bed and generally just stayed up entirely too late (midnight). More fiction than the past couple days, though, at 321 words (758 total words, and 4 hours on publication).

Now that yesterday’s adventure is over, I hope I can settle down a bit. At least until next week. Today should be routine with a side of “crap, everything I didn’t do yesterday has to be done a week ago.” Should be fun.

Morning is broken

55 fiction words, 402 total words, .5 hours on publication

Maybe that’s not how the song goes? Meh, it’s fine.

Yesterday was awesome in that I got the proof copy for Space Cats. I found lots of mistakes, so I’m going to go through and fix all the things, and then set it out into the world. I’ve done this before, so hopefully, one swipe will do it. Inevitably something else will slip through, but I can only fret about it so much before it’s unproductive.

The cover, though. So adorbs!

I got a little bit of formatting done for A Brief History, but with Tuesday and everything, not a ton got done.

We are also entering Concert Season, and with that comes Anxiety. I spent a good chunk of last night preparing for today, making a list of all the things that need to happen and by when so I feel organized and can see that yeah, things really are going to be fine and I can worry a little less. It helps to a degree, but there’s still some nerves floating that we won’t make an appointment, or not everyone will find seats. I know it will be fine, but that doesn’t stop me from worrying about it.

So with all that, I wrote a little bit (55 fiction words, 402 total words, .5 hours on publication), but not all that much. Just enough to keep a streak going, think about my characters, worry that I’m not describing enough, that kind of thing. When life settles a bit I’ll probably take another swipe through and see if I can work on those things without sacrificing the pacing I’ve already established.

Nothing is going as quickly as I want, with writing or publishing. I don’t know whether to beat myself up for not trying hard enough or to acknowledge that I’m a Writer (Starter Edition) with a family and a full-time office job and that I need to cut myself a little slack (but not too much). I suspect it’s the latter, but the former is so easy.

One more day into the week

93 fiction words, 382 total words, 1 hour towards publishing

Greetings and salutations! I have fifteen minutes to get this banged out, so here goes.

Yesterday was pretty productive. I spent an hour finishing up the ebook formatting for A Brief History for Smashwords and Amazon. That done, I turned to the print formatting for about three seconds before I got sidetracked with writing a new author’s bio. I like it, I really like it. It’s kind of odd and not as professional as before but I love it and it still has all the important information it’s supposed to (who am I? what have I done?) so it’s done.

I wrote a tiny bit in the morning before leaving for work because I forgot the day before entirely. I didn’t want to repeat that at all. 93 fiction words (382 total words) was my total for the day. I meant to go back and get some more description in a few places, but by the time I was done with formatting it was time for bed.

I think I’m finally feeling back up to par after a week of phlegm and sore throats. Hopefully today I can be less disgusting at work.

Tonight is writing group, which I’m looking forward to even as I realize I may not get a darned thing done. I’m taking print formatting with me to do, because that doesn’t require original creation, just absent-minded attention. Lots of, “Do I want this here, or there?” Easy stuff.

Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!

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.