Hell of a day

126 fiction words, 455 total words

Vented to DH about the state of the house, and then when he left, the door handle ripped off in his hand.

Stressing about door handle, the car started making thumping noises that could only be produced by the engine getting ready to explode on my way to work. Turned out to be the hood flapping in the wind.

Made a poor decision on Friday that came back to bite me.

Store stops selling stamps right before I get there.

Nearly cry on a client because overwhelmed.

Stress about this morning’s meeting with supervisor.

Miss the phone call we’ve been waiting months to receive and manage to return it successfully, now have an appointment during work hours to wrap up a project.

Nearly can’t find door handle to replace the one that ripped, find it and discover it’s already been opened and taped back shut, hopefully not indicating level of difficulty of installation.

Get home only minutes (about 20) before dark and start replacing door handle. DH helps, even after I bitched about the house in the morning, and after washing the dishes.

Yesterday stunk.

I am grateful Spot’s problem was just my foot accidentally hitting the hood release and not realizing it.

I am grateful that the phone call I was waiting for also called my parents, resulting in them calling me to let me know I needed to call that guy back.

I am grateful to have that appointment in two days, even though it will cut into my work day because it means we may be in the final stages of having my Grandmother fully moved.

I am grateful for my kid’s hugs.

I am grateful for my adorable cats.

I am grateful to have gotten a shelf cleaned off before yesterday went to shit.

126 fiction words, 455 total words

Project “Runaway with my free time”

180 fiction words, 316 total words

It’s too bad that I discovered the Lifetime app with several (at least 10) seasons of Project Runway on it, because it’s been several seasons since I watched, and I love that show. So I’m letting it suck a lot of my time.

180 fiction words, 316 total words

But I made sure to get enough words last night to not make this my worst week ever.

I also made sure to get something published and off my plate so I could focus on the current work, and hopefully get the long fantasy that’s been hanging around since April off my plate before November. I think after I finish what I have started currently and get it up for sale, I’ll be in an okay place to really focus on November’s romances.

We’ll see.

I actually got quite a bit done in the last week. I published two things. One was a collection of previously written stories, and I did that in ebook and print format, trying KDP’s Print service for the first time. The second was just a short story, but I published wide, hitting both Smashwords and Amazon. I think that’s going to be the best path for me going forward. I tried Kindle Unlimited, and I don’t feel good with the results.

Regarding KDP’s Print service, it went well for me, but I have a lot of practice with CreateSpace already. I wasn’t able to order a proof copy before putting the book up for sale, and that will be a huge detractor for people new to publishing. On my first two or three books, I had major issues with both interior and exterior files, and it took three proofs with the first, two with the second, and one on the third to get comfortable with my templates and margins.

So even though there weren’t a lot of words written, I did get a lot done. That helps me feel better about the numbers.

On to the next week.

Modifying and Manipulating

90 fiction words, 478 total words

Yesterday I spent some words writing an “about” page for the site. I also considered adding back in some of the Ninja stuff I used to have on the site, but when I found it I realized it didn’t really speak to me anymore. I actually just got an idea of some other things I’d like to put up, so I’m going to do that next, right after this.

I wrote a bit, but a nap was more important. It seems to take longer to recover from changes to my routine, but that could also be because I haven’t had a routine before to realize this. Or rather, I haven’t had a routine like the one I’m trying to maintain right now to realize that changes really set me back. I’ll need to work harder to avoid this in the future.

90 fiction words, 478 total words

Today is laundry (naturally), and so I’ve got distracting things going on all around. I think I’ll be using most of my free time to work on plotting out November’s three romance novels. I have some notes to finish taking before I can do those things, so that, then plotting. Maybe some words in there at some point. The intent is there.

Green dinosaurs and fluffy cats

348 fiction words, 518 total words

One thing I can see, one thing I know is there. The title struggles are silly. I know I can do better than this. Maybe I stop posting every day? I don’t know. The end of the year is near. Seems silly to stop now.

348 fiction words, 518 total words

Last night was a meeting for those rabid folks who like to go to Panera Bread in October and plot their novels. I didn’t do plotting, I took notes. I wrote in the morning – not a ton, but some, as you can see – and so felt comfortable not writing at the event.

I can’t get anything done with that level of volume anyway.

My mood seems to be, generally, not as positive lately. I have attributed this to the intense level of preparation and general busyness I experience at this time of year due to NaNoWriMo in years past, but I don’t especially have that excuse right now.

Well, at least it isn’t completely unexpected. That’s the silver lining I have right now.

I’ll be trying to write this morning again, using my evening to take more notes (they’re good ones), and at some point, I have a little busy work to fill in the empty spaces.

Who am I kidding – there are no empty places. It feels like every moment gets filled.

Monday Wednesday

94 fiction words, 351 total words

Starting my work week today feels weird. It will be very nice to have a three day week, but then next week will stink because it’ll be full. Oh well.

Yesterday’s experiment where I tried to quickly use KDP’s print book feature to publish the ebook I’d just done kind of failed. It wasn’t quick, and I ended up having to format everything like I usually do for print, which means lots of InDesign. I’m super grateful to have that tool at my disposal. Working without it would be a pain in the patootie.

94 fiction words, 351 total words

I also watched The Giver with Elder Youth, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 by myself. The second film made me laugh about as many times as I rolled my eyes, so while it was a success, I didn’t like it as much as the first film at all.

That’s all I have for now. I’m off to do some things I probably should have worked on much earlier than today. Bleh.

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.

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.

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.