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1,258 fiction words, 1,495 total words

Junior Youth and I just made heart hands at each other. JY said, “I love the Pop Tarts and you,” and I was quick to note that Pop Tarts ranked higher. Ah, the magic of premade breakfast pastries.

I wrote a decent amount yesterday.

1,258 fiction words, 1,495 total words

Most of it was in the morning. I intended to write another 1,000 in the evening, but I ended up watching three episodes of Call the Midwife instead. I declared it self-care and do not regret it one bit.

I definitely feel back in the game, though. While I’ve missed my 5 a.m. alarm the last two days (yesterday because I was up until midnight with CtM), once I got up I’ve been up. I know it’s only two days, but it feels a lot different than when I was feeling sick.

Today’s a new day. Wish me luck!

De-matting Achieved!

1,035 fiction words, 1,238 total words

My longest longhaired cat does not particularly like to be brushed where he gets mats the worst: behind his back leg and under his front leg. So last night when I chose to trim his nails and go at his mats with three different fur-enhancing instruments (one for distraction, two for use) instead of writing, I believe I made the right choice.

And when the undercoat comb got out the worst knot, I know I did. Junior Youth just let me know I didn’t get all of the knots. Ah, well, he’s not perfect yet. I’ll get him the next time he’s prone on his back in my living room, begging for a belly rub.

Distract with the brush, attack with the undercoat comb, follow up with the regular comb.

1,035 fiction words, 1,238 total words

I like posting four-digit word counts. They make me happy.

Last week wasn’t great, and was in fact actually worse than the week before The Event. I feel like I’m kind of back into things now, though. Saturday and Sunday both had 4-digit days, and today (even though I slept through my alarm) I got up easily when DH told me it was after my usual wake-up time.

If I remember to just write the next word, and then the word after that, and continue, then I’m sure I’ll be fine and back up to daily word counts I feel proud of shortly.

Unsure about KU

1,166 fiction words, 1,406 total words

I needed to remind myself last night that I just need to write the next word. Then the next, then the next. I don’t have to write fast, I just need to keep writing.

That, along with a music suggestion, helped me get a decent showing in of words.

1,166 fiction words, 1,406 total words

I’ve been trying Kindle Unlimited with this last set of stories, and I’m not thrilled. I’m torn between continuing to put new shorts there, trying a romance there, or just going back to my usual routine of a wide release using KDP, Smashwords, and BN where necessary. I feel like I had better results that way.

Then again, 24 days isn’t a full sample. I realize this needs time to really show results, but…

I think I’d rather just deal with trying to sell books rather than worrying about how many pages get read.

Well, September isn’t over yet. There’s still time to see how I feel with a little more time at it, and I have another series in mind that I intend to put out with KU. I keep telling myself I’m not afraid of hard work, but I am afraid of no results.

Kind of. Just a little.

Such Weird

266 fiction words, 700 total words

I feel like I’m struggling with blog titles lately. Such weird.

I read an interesting article by a writer I want to emulate about Beta Readers. The gist was that you should really trust your own writing and develop your own voice. I like that, but I also think sometimes I like to hear what my friends think, and sometimes it’s valuable to get a second set of eyes on my writing.

But I also think that what I read makes a lot of sense. Trust yourself, your writing, and keep learning. I like that path, and I’ll be trying to stick to it.

I also made a comment, asking whether Advance Teams fall under the same umbrella as beta readers, and the jury is still out for this particular author. Naturally, I got a little excited to receive any reply at all. Fangirl moment, achieved. 🙂

Here’s the article if you’re interested. If we’re friends on Facebook, you’ve already seen it and can skip it.

266 fiction words, 700 total words

I don’t like that I keep making excuses for low word counts. Last night I simply chose Project Runway over words. It was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I took the time to watch it.

Today is laundry, and so I won’t get many words written, but I have already gotten some important things accomplished. It’s a good day so far, and I’m enjoying the time with Elder Youth.

Lazy Breakfast

581 fiction words, 784 total words
  • Oatmeal, 1 cup
  • Vanilla Almond Milk, enough to cover the oatmeal
  • Dried Blueberries, as many as possible

Put the oatmeal in a container – mason jar if you’re hippie, faux Tupperware if you’re me and that’s all you’ve got. Cover the oatmeal with the almond milk – it’s going to soak up, so just covered will be thick, a little more will be better. Add your dried blueberries. Stir.

Insert container into refrigerator for at least 5-6 hours, or overnight for those people who get enough sleep. The next morning, stir again, then consume. Pick dried blueberries out of your teeth, and consume more.

Technically these are called “Overnight Oats”, and you should be using rolled not quick (but quick is all I have, and it works just fine). It’s delicious. It’s not hot first thing in the morning, but still filling. It’s easy, which is good because in the morning I’m lazy. Or at least lately I’m lazy in the morning lately.

Today I actually feel kind of awake at this hour. When my 5 a.m. alarm went off I thought about just sleeping until the 5:30 alarm (because I have six alarms in the morning, and yes, it bothers my bedmate), but then I actually didn’t fall immediately back into “sleep like the dead”. So I got up at 5:10, woke up Junior Youth, left JY in bed because JY takes after Mom/me, fed the cats, and thought, “I’ll just have a glass of OJ before falling back to sleep on the sofa.”

But the OJ woke me. So now I’m here, typing away, and it occurs to me I shouldn’t “waste” words here, I should be writing.

Sooon.

581 fiction words, 784 total words

Yesterday went better. I’d like to finish the short I’m doing by Sunday and get it up, then launch myself into the next series.

I’m learning lots about things like Advance Teams and Newsletters and stuff. I think I’m reasonably close to putting together a newsletter for here, although I have no idea what I’d talk about because it pretty much all goes on the blog.

Oh well. That’s tomorrow’s problem. 🙂

You should try the oats, by the way. Use any milk variety you prefer. Add sugar, brown sugar, honey, or cinnamon if you like. Use fresh berries (which I’ll do when I have them). It can be as nom as you prefer, and the texture, I find, isn’t too slimy. Mine were 11 hours old when I ate them, and the oats still had definable texture and required chewing. Not at all like those oatmeal pouches where the oatmeal is no longer recognizable.

OK, I’m done.

So very sleepy

124 fiction words, 252 total words

To say that I am tired seems like an understatement at this time of the morning. Despite this, I took a look at how my writing week is shaping up.

At least it’s not the worst week this year. (It is the second worst, though. So far.)

124 fiction words, 252 total words

With counts like that, no wonder.

On my way home from work I figured out how I was going to end the short story series I’ve been working on with my pen name. Once I finish and publish the last story, I can bundle them into one. I think I’ll go through the bundle more carefully and edit out some of the odd words I repeated rather heavily that I caught on one of my read-throughs after one of the stories was published. Should have done that to start with.

Also yesterday I got an idea for the next set of short stories I want to write for my pen name. I think it’s a good idea – not particularly plot-heavy, but then the kind of thing I’m writing doesn’t need to be. With an idea in mind, I hope I can write quickly.

Okay, time to wake up the crew. Good morning.

Thank goodness for small favors

132 fiction words, 484 total words

We still have our window air conditioner in, which is allowing us to sleep comfortably while the temps are elevating. Our home seems to be quite good at holding in heat, which is a good news/bad news kind of situation.

132 fiction words, 484 total words

Words last night were perfunctory. I got to my writing group not in the mood to write, but to help someone with their projects for the evening. By the time I was done helping (perilously close to midnight), I was simply exhausted. I made my character as frustrated with their situation as I currently am (seriously, I seem unable to write this man out of a cardboard box), and told him he shouldn’t put up with my ineptitude anymore.

Today’s writing should go better.

Sleeping

223 fiction words, 442 total words

Yesterday I took a half day off of work to come home and sleep in preparation for Tuesday and Wednesday when I will be unable to take a similar break if I needed it. I’m feeling pretty good now, though, so that’s a bonus.

I’m having some very strange (for me) breakfast food, although it’s essentially oatmeal. I’ve let myself run out of the things that have become staples over the past month – kale, romaine, cucumber – and so all I’ve got is chia seeds, oatmeal, frozen bananas, and some almond milk. There’s also an abundance of dried blueberries, which are making the oatmeal very chewy, even though they soaked overnight. It definitely drove me to use the oatmeal that’s just been hanging in my panty, so that was good. I’m looking forward to picking up some of the things I’m out of, though, because I miss my smoothies.

Last night I barely wrote, and I must confess, I’m really having a hard time with that. I have a long fantasy piece that’s around 47,000 words that I don’t know how to finish. I estimate I’m about 2/3 through it, and I need to have that big breakthrough that will send me on an avalanche of word production. I just don’t know what that is, and that’s frustrating.

223 fiction words, 442 total words

I have been publishing some short stories through a pen name, and that’s not going well either. I shouldn’t expect to see results in a month – that’s not unheard of, but I’m also doing it part time and am not doing the level of marketing I should be to get 30-day results. So the frustration with a lack of results is slowing down the ideas there as well.

I’m not giving up, though. Today I’m going to try for 2,000 words at my writing group, hopefully in a new short for my pen name. It’s more important that I keep those going than finishing the longer fantasy piece I mentioned because, in that genre, production is key. If I can get an entire short story finished today, that would be amazing.

Wish me luck.

Productive In Spite Of

171 fiction words, 386 total words

Yesterday went well for being kind of miserable. I wrote a few words, but not nearly as much as I would like for an unsick day. Fortunately, it was a sick day, so I’m happy I wrote.

171 fiction words, 386 total words

Quite honestly, I’m feeling rather irritated that I didn’t manage any words Saturday. I wasn’t bothered when it happened, and I gave myself permission to not get anything done. But when I’m thinking about it now, I should have made a point to get on and write 50 words, or 500 words. I can do that rather quickly, and it would have just taken a little bit of planning.

I’m going to keep it in mind for next time I have something big planned.

Here’s the point of the post where I’m very happy that I take notes daily on what I did that day. Last week I published under my pen name on Tuesday, I went to my regular Tuesday write/edit group, went to two school open houses for the Youths, and made it through a full week of work.

I wrote a bit less than the week before, but 9 of 38 (I just realized the graphic is wrong – I’m not fixing it now) is not bad at all. I’m pleased and looking forward to making this week another #1 week.

It’s over

551 fiction words, 624 total words

The big event is done with, it was a success, and we’re just dealing with the usual “day after” kind of things now. Tomorrow I return a piece of rented equipment, we make up some of the extra food, etc.

I didn’t have time to either post or write yesterday at all, which is disappointing, but I knew it would be hard. I’m also battling one of those colds you get when you work too much and don’t rest enough. Please forgive me if I’ve ranted on and on about that over the past few days. I’m a little fuzzy in the head right now.

So since I skipped yesterday entirely in all respects, let me review Saturday.

551 fiction words, 624 total words

I think these were Laundry words, squeezed in between the two loads I did that evening. Perfunctory words, to show that I was able to write even when I didn’t feel top notch.

Those are the kind of words I probably would have ground out yesterday, but I simply didn’t have time.

OKAY!

So today was more laundry and then a lot of sleeping and some medicine, and then some adorable cats. It’s always best to end a day with adorable cats.

A grey and tan tabby cat lying on an autumn harvest patterned sofa
You needed this adorable tabby in your life. Meet Meltycat (Shybutts)