Word (or 63 of them)

63 fiction words, 168 total words

I fixed my cover problem. That means today, hopefully, I can post the thing and move on.

It’s time to move on.

I have kind of hesitantly decided that in November I ought to try writing a trilogy again. It seems like the kind of challenge I should be able to handle, but I’d better get the romance beats down pat before starting or the stories aren’t going to go anywhere but wandering around into nowhere.

And I’m trying very hard (and mostly succeeding) to follow Heinlein’s Rules this year.

  1. You must write. (Not writing is failure.)
  2. You must finish what you write. (Not finishing is failure.)
  3. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order.
  4. You must put it on the market. (Readers are your market.)
  5. You must keep it on the market until sold.

Number three means (since I’m not able to employ an editor) that I have a couple first readers and if they catch things that are hard to understand, I fix it. If I don’t agree, I leave it.

I’ve done pretty okay with number two, except I’m still slogging through one particularly lost story. I haven’t given up yet, so I expect that means I’m still doing okay.

So yeah – trying a trilogy again this year (I’ve actually done this for the past two years and failed) seems like a viable thing.

63 fiction words, 168 total words

The small word count is directly related to the amount of time spent on cover art. So that’s a thing.

I’m off. Wish me luck.

Stuck in a rut

106 fiction words, 369 total words

Yesterday at work I was rushing to get everything done. Yesterday at home I was finishing the things I hadn’t gotten done at work. After that I was trying to come up with good cover art for the short I have to publish and was failing, miserably. Since I’m going out of town I’d love to have that taken care of before, but it may not happen at this point.

Since I was failing at the cover art, I forgot to write until late. I added a few words onto the long fiction I’m stuck on, and called it a night.

106 fiction words, 369 total words

Today will be trying to get ready for a short weekend trip, and then when I get back I’ll do more getting ready to go back to work, so I need to prepare to write in small bursts at the start and end of my days, which is likely all the time I’ll be able to carve out.

I don’t know what to do about the cover, though.

Roller Coaster Day

1,222 fiction words, 1,343 total words

Yesterday I finished a short story! Today I have to publish.

Tomorrow I go on vacation when the Youths arrive back from school, so I need to prepare for that this afternoon/evening, and do laundry tomorrow.

I got a new phone and a new phone number yesterday. I didn’t plan on it but it was necessary and now it’s done and I need to deal with the disorientation that has resulted in its purchase. (It’s really pretty, though.)

Two grandmothers of two different friends are experiencing serious health issues, and hugs are required.

Panera didn’t have my chocolate croissant last night, nor my soft dinner roll. They did have my preferred chips alternative, but not my preferred chocolate chip cookie alternative except in the bag of 12. Their policy is now something along the lines of “we’ll make it right”, so I got a bag of cookies for 99¢. Win!

I am a trusting individual bordering on gullible. Not that anything bad happened as a result of that – good actually – but I’m very close to gullible.

1,222 fiction words, 1,343 total words

Those words finished my favorite of the recent short stories I’ve written. I think the hardest part is in front of me now that I need to choose keywords for that story. Deciding on good keywords that will bring readers to my book and get them to put it in their cart is a skill. I envy those who find it comes easily to them. I can only hope that at some point I will have enough practice that I can stop complaining about it.

 

Pre-coffee

1,385 fiction words, 1,605 total words

It’s October, and so it is that time of year when writing events move from Tuesday to Wednesday.

I wrote some good words yesterday. I thought I would finish the story last night, but that didn’t happen (stupid self-control…) and so I’m left with this morning, and perhaps an attempt at writing this evening.

Since I’m no longer in charge, I can be as anti-social as I please. This pleases me greatly in my current mindset.

1,385 fiction words, 1,605 total words

I need to make a dash to a warehouse store as well today, and I’m hoping they’ll have my veggie applesauce. Otherwise, I’ll need to make a stop at the other warehouse store, and spending money gives me anxiety lately. Bleh.

Picture day

916 fiction words, 1,176 total words

I can tell it’s picture day for Junior Youth because the bathroom has been occupied for an hour. Hair must be straightened, and hopefully, it stays perfect despite the weather (because the weather always seems to mess with things like this) and time between getting ready and photo.

Yesterday I started writing a new short that I’m pleased with.

916 fiction words, 1,176 total words

For no reason, in particular, I tend to start getting “down” about this time of year. It progressively gets worse until halfway through January, if memory serves. It’s time to start paying attention to that and actively working against it because I can already feel myself withdrawing from the things I usually enjoy and making excuses not to do them. They’re valid reasons, too, but not insurmountable.

This time last year I don’t even know if I was writing at all. I just went to check my tracker and there’s a large gap between September and November. I am pleased to note that there will be no such gap this year. Tiny little blurps, but no big gaps.

So I’ll keep an eye on my mood and try to keep doing things I usually love doing, but also not doing things when I really just don’t want to. It’s a fine line. We’ll see how it goes.

Definitely morning

246 fiction words, 728 total words

Ugh. It feels so early. I am not thrilled with this hour of the day. I am safe with my coffee and Junior Youth on the sofa in the living room, but I would much rather be safe and toasty in bed.

But the day and week call.

246 fiction words, 728 total words

I was distracted when I wrote last night which meant poor quantity. That’s not great. November is just 30 short days away now, and I need to get my daily count up fast so it’s not a struggle.

I may have mentioned somewhere online that I wasn’t committed to NaNoWriMo this year yet, but the upcoming event is still a habit, apparently.

Otherwise, yesterday was fine. I found out September wasn’t nearly the crap month that it felt like. It was actually super productive, and I felt much better about it after looking at the numbers.

On to the last week, now.

Not too bad. A small increase from the week before which also felt particularly bleh.

Let’s see – in the last week I didn’t write one day (mentioned three times now – I’ll stop), I published one pen name short story that took entirely too long to write, and I had two 1K+ days. It wasn’t too bad.

I just realized I have forgotten to post these monthly counters for the past four weeks. Back to it!

October fiction total: 246
September fiction total:
 30,811
August fiction total:
27,362
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: 140,628

Plotober!

0 fiction words, 319 total words

I’m not sure why I used that particular title. I don’t plan on spending all of October plotting for NaNoWriMo. I have a project I plan on planning out, but it will get written much sooner than November. I’m not even 100% on board for NaNo this year, to be perfectly honest. It might be time for a break for me.

Yesterday I did more publishing things and didn’t get a single word written.

0 fiction words, 319 total words

Just blog words. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Not great, that’s certain.

Today there’s a monthly review to write up and an income and expenses post. There actually aren’t any of either, which is a little disappointing, but I don’t want to come back and wonder what happened to it in the future.

Here I go.

Finding a balance

105 fiction words, 261 total words

I’m watching a Hermitcraft Livestream today, and FalseSymmetry just said the phrase I picked as the title for today. The entry might not have anything else to do with balance. Just wanted to explain that before moving on and you realize there’s nothing going on in the post that has anything to do with the title.

I probably worry too much.

Yesterday was spent on publishing activities, which took just as much time publishing to one location as they do publishing to two or three locations. Someone, please explain to me how that works. *eyeroll*

Since I was publishing, I didn’t write much.

105 fiction words, 261 total words

As you can see, I still made a little bit of an effort before I crashed for the evening. While normally I would not be happy with that number, I got ridiculous amounts of other things done.

For example:

  • Laundry picked up from Grandmother’s house
  • Junior Youth to foot doctor
  • Trip to my bank
  • Trip to Grandmother’s bank
  • Mail picked up from Grandmother’s house (separate trip)
  • Visiting with Grandmother
  • Youths paid for chores
  • Published new short under pen name

So 105 fiction words? It’s good.

Today is going well, too. So far:

  • Gone through Junior Youth’s clothing to see what fits, has holes, etc
  • Finished Grandmother’s laundry
  • Halfway through my laundry
  • More publishing activities
  • Lunch made

Still on the docket?

  • Finish laundry
  • Return laundry to Grandmother’s house
  • Write (2,000-5,000 words)
  • Start Income & Expenses post for tomorrow
  • Start Monthly Review for tomorrow (it’s looking to be a blog heavy day)
  • Work up a newsletter for Ivey Books

Actually, that’s probably going to get really overwhelming. At least the first three should happen today. I may just let the rest slide into tomorrow.

Well, I hope everyone is having a lovely day! I’m getting drowsy. A nap might feel good. (Naps, like sneezes, always feel good, of course. I’m just saying I might take one now.)

Title Free Zone

340 fiction words, 542 total words

Yesterday I finished that short story and now I’m working on publication duties. This involves (as I may have already mentioned) sending it through Grammarly, creating a cover, picking a title, formatting the manuscript, writing the cover blurb, picking the keywords, and uploading it to Amazon.

I’ve gotten to the formatting step. My least favorite part is writing a cover blurb. the way to get better at it and stop disliking it so much is to practice, which means writing more.

340 fiction words, 542 total words

Yesterday’s words were just finishing words. I’ve done so, and now it’s time to go on to something else.

Of course, there’s still that other novel I’ve got started, and am about 40K into, that needs to be finished. Maybe while I finish the beats for the romance I’m itching to get into I can manage to get to The End with my Rath story. It needs a better title, though.

Feels like Friday

1,031 fiction words, 1,222 total words

It’s always a disappointment when I wake in the morning and it feels like a Friday, but it’s actually Thursday. Or worse, Wednesday. I suppose I will be grateful it’s not one of those weeks.

I finished season six of Call the Midwife, which means in about a week it will be time to rewatch it, and maybe season five, too. Since I have a long time to wait for the next season and all.

I didn’t write a ton yesterday.

1,031 fiction words, 1,222 total words

But what I did write felt more solid than it has in a long time. I slowed down, and I hate to admit that there’s probably a correlation there, but there probably is and I probably should. Even though I’ve been working on this short for what feels like forever, it’s only been eight days. That’s still six days longer than it should have taken, and I’m eager to have it done so I can publish it and move on.

Maybe I’ll get Rath’s book finished. It’s wandering all over the damn place and probably needs a ridiculous amount of polishing, but there’s energy to gain from “The End”, so it would be nice to tackle it.