Someone needs to start waking up earlier

400 fiction words, 788 total words

And that someone would be me. Because when I don’t wake up early enough, I don’t have time to do this first thing in the morning, and that’s when I would prefer to get it done.

In other news!

400 fiction words, 788 total words

Not above average. Yesterday I ended up emptying a box from college (I may have mentioned), and that was incredibly productive and I’m so glad its empty. The cats will enjoy eating it before I can return it to my parents, or someone else who might need it.

Other than that, yesterday was normal. See, this is why I should do this early in the morning. There’s more things to reflect on from the previous day!

An uptick, but a slow one

DAILY: 472 fiction words, 650 total words

Some progress is better than no progress any day of the week.

DAILY: 472 fiction words, 650 total words

Yesterday was full of laundry and not much writing since I planned poorly and forgot to bring the writing computer when I brought a Youth as well. I made up for it in the evening, but not enough to make it a 10K week. I knew that was coming, so the blow was lessened, at least.

Overall the week was a win. I increased words over the previous week, and my week was ranked in the single digits. Now that we’re approaching the halfway point of the year, this becomes more impressive.

June fiction total: 5,403
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: 67,732

I’m pleased that June has almost surpassed May’s words. I’m going to hit that this week, I’m sure, and that will begin washing the bad taste out of my brain.

My Google Sheets says my average words per day are hitting 180, but my calculations are also off (it’s actually 491). I’ll have to look into how I can make Sheets realize how many days have passed and then divide my total by that number instead of the total days of the month. I may just need to change the number manually, which is no fun, but certainly easier.

I’m off for the day. Apologies for the brevity, but I have things to get done.

Happy Monday to all!

 

Another Day Another Hero

518 fiction words, 890 total words

Elder Youth and I went to see Wonder Woman yesterday after picking my car up from the shop and spending more than I wanted but less than I expected on its repairs. It was good, and I really enjoyed it. I probably won’t get to see it in theaters again, but I will purchase it once it’s available.

I didn’t get to write 3,000 words like I wanted, but I did write.

518 fiction words, 890 total words.

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

But with the way today is working out, I won’t make today a 5K+ day either. I’ll have to aim for a 10K week next week then, which is fine. I’ll keep telling myself that.

Movies and Weekends

370 fiction words, 607 total words

Good morning! (There are five minutes left of “morning”. Promise.)

So yesterday was Friday (Yay, Friday!!) and I got it into my head while I was working through the day that I must see both Wonder Woman and Megan Leavey this weekend. So of course I went to see the film about the marine and the dog first. On my drive to the theater I thought, “Shit. It’s opening weekend for this film. It’s going to be a crush! Well, I’ll just have to deal with it.” But it turned out that I was the only person in the last showing on opening day.

This is good news for me, and bad news for the film. Probably also had something to do with both Wonder Woman and The Mummy being in theaters, too.

Well, I enjoyed it. I’m a dog person, and this is a dog person’s movie. I liked the military stuff, I liked the dog stuff. I didn’t really care for the parental strife stuff, but one just goes along for the ride at some point.

The popcorn was yummy.

And I even managed to get some words in before I left! I’d done my blog words in the morning (thank you, Summer Routine!), and knowing I’d be taking off for a film, I shoved in a bundle of fiction (370 fiction words, 607 total words) after everyone was in bed but before I left (ridiculously early) for the theater. I’m hoping this weekend I can write 6,000 words (which I know I can, but will I?) so I can make this week my first 10K week. That’s the goal, the prize, the ultimate ambition of the next two days. If I clock in tomorrow with 3K, there’s a chance.

Wish me luck!

In a rush

804 fiction words, 1,150 total words

Good morning! A quick entry today because I woke up not at the very last moment, but only a half hour before it. My usual morning routine stretches out over two and a half hours, so I’m cramming in as much as I can.

Yesterday went well. I’m enjoying the Youths cut-off time for electronics of 6 p.m. because I get my computer back. I can get the goofing off done before bedtime, and then I have the quiet hours to focus on writing words while watching YouTube. (Oops.)

But it worked, because I got 804 fiction words and 1,150 total words. I haven’t had a 10K week yet this year, and I don’t think this week will be it, but it’s certainly a better week so far than my recent record.

Well, I have a couple more things to churn out, so I’m off. Good luck on your Friday!

Large, adorable piles of fur

616 fiction words, 834 total words

My cats are adorable. I’ll stop gushing now.

I also know someone who is fostering a sweet dog who likes to sit on your lap. I guess the dog barks a LOT, though, when he first goes home with potential adopters. (Actually, it could be a female dog – I’m not certain.) If he could make it through a weekend, though, apparently he calms down and stops the constant barking. I just thought I’d toss that out there into the Internets because one never knows.

On to my day yesterday! Since the responsibility of ferrying folks to places in the morning was relieved of me (does that sentence even make sense?), I slept in until the very last moment in the morning, to the point where I woke up, got showered, got dressed, and walked out the door. This happened last summer and completely derailed my writing (did I mention this yesterday?), and I’m determined not to let it happen again.

I think I rather saved it in the afternoon, though. I got 616 fiction words and 834 total words (another fiction-over-blog victory!), and I got my blogs done, and I got to bed about 11 p.m. – a reasonable time.

Now the time approacheth for me to go back to the day job and work hard for my money. I’m looking forward back to the house, though, where I can write more. I think that’s a good thing. I can’t wait until I can write some more!” Who doesn’t love that?

Oh, speaking of Etsy (which we weren’t, but whatever), I ran across a mug that may be of interest to some of my writing friends. I love it for myself, but it’s handcrafted, and thus kind of pricey for a splurge purchase. Check it out. Someday, though, because yeah. Write the damn book!

Yesterday was so long ago

377 fiction words, 574 total words

When the kids are out of school my morning routine is smashed to tiny little bitty bits. Last summer this completely derailed my writing, but this summer I’m not going to let it.

I don’t know how, but I’m not going to let it.

Yesterday, shortly before bed, I wrote 377 fiction words. That brought me to 574 total words, which means, once again, I got more fiction than blog words, and that is a success.

I also went out to lunch with family and ate entirely too much at the buffet, which left me feeling generally icky all over. So when it was time to go to my writing group, I was ready for a nap.I bailed on my friends for sleep.

I bailed on my friends for sleep.

The sleep was good, and it left me feeling better. But then I ended up staying up late and cramming words into that space just before bed.

Well, anyway. Today will be was better. (I forgot when I was there for a second.)

The end of the distractions

607 fiction words, 1,066 total words

Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll find more distractions in the form of Minecraft YouTube videos, or movies, or something. There will always be something.

Despite distractions, despite not waking up to write early, I managed more fiction words than blog words, which is the baseline goal right now. 607 fiction words (1,066 total words) got added to the story, and I kind of didn’t hate them. It helps the story to write larger chunks, that much is clear. It helps the story move toward the ending as well. I’m sure readers will see (if I don’t rewrite it) where I was only adding a few words at a time.

There’s really not much more to say about yesterday. It was a Monday, and I made it through my office job. I wrote even though I was watching TV, and I went to bed at a reasonable time.

Happy Tuesday!

Shadow’s Awesome (especially on Mondays)

DAILY: 1053 fiction words, 1759 total words

Another Youth-contributed post title for today.

Yay, it’s Monday! I’m probably only excited because I got like eight hours of sleep last night – or at least eight hours in bed. It was lovely, although I still wish I’d hauled my butt out of bed at five like I planned. Oh well!

I wrote quite a bit yesterday! 1,053 fiction words and 1,759 total words. It ended up being more fiction words than blog words, which is the correct balance for me. I also realized yesterday that I’ve never had a week this year with more than 10,000 words. That’s going to have to be this week’s goal.

So even with all the Minecraft and Downton Abbey, I still managed words. Maybe they stink, but I’m going to worry about that later. I’m not terrific at one-draft writing yet, and at this point, I’m really going to just go with it and get it out there and repeat the process. Wash, rinse, repeat, as it’s said.

Week 23's Statblock

So even though this wasn’t close to a 10K week, it was certainly better than the week before, and better than about half the weeks so far. I just realized we’re coming up fast on the midpoint of the year. Gleep.

My average daily fiction word count has fallen to 438. This is one of those things I remember clearly from school. I was never good at starting things out on strong notes, and then I had to scramble furiously to try to bring my average up. I was a B+/C- student, so it never quite worked. At this point, I’m not sure what I’d need to bring the average up to 1,000 or more. That was math that didn’t come naturally to me, and I’m not sure how to go about calculating it without stabbing numbers into spreadsheet cells to see what happens.

June fiction total: 1,639
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: 63,968

I think it would be nice not only if I could make this week a 10K week, but this month a 30K+ month. I haven’t yet had one of those, either. June is a good month for such things, I think. Don’t you?