A Week of Kicking Ass

1,618 fiction words, 2,089 total words

Yesterday was good for writing! I didn’t manage the best day ever, but my best day so far was very, very good. Yesterday I took some time to relax and play some Minecraft on our family server, working a bit on the eventual WitherSkelly farm, made some good progress, and found another skull.

It was good.

1,618 fiction words, 2,089 total words

I also started another short story but didn’t get as far into it as I’d hoped. While I don’t generally write two stories at once, it’s necessary.

But now for the week.

It was a good week.

It was the best week of the year for writing so far, which happened on Saturday with 10,232 words.

And I had four of the seven days with more than 1,000 fiction words, and two of those were more than 2,000 word days!

The only record I didn’t manage to blast out of the water was the best single day of words. So far, that’s a 2,613-word day in April, and I imagine the next time stand a very strong chance of beating that is in November.

Then again, I might meet a story I just have to write before then and do it sooner.

So, on to the next week. Hopefully I can keep this up and have an even better one! (An every-day 1K day? Yes, please!)

Week of Firsts and Bests

974 fiction words, 1,231 total words

Vehicle in the shop aside, it’s been a good week. I have made it my best week for words, and now I have made it my first 10K word week with yesterday’s writing. The only thing left is to write more than 2,613 words today to polish everything off.

These things come in threes, you know.

974 fiction words, 1,231 total words

There’s not much to add from yesterday. I went to bed early and woke up about 10 hours later. I was quite tired, so that worked out well.

Today is writing day. I think I’m going to put a half hour into my current story, and then give the rest of my day to a follow-up short story to one I wrote in April under a pen name. One of Heinlein’s rules is that you must finish what you start, and so far I’ve done that all year. I don’t want to ruin that now.

You’re welcome!

238 fiction words, 469 total words

Friday was great! I think. It’s been a while, and today was distracting. I didn’t write a lot on Friday, but I did get some great back-to-school shopping deals for Junior Youth.

Although I’m not supposed to use the “s” word.

Because I left work early, I went to work early and didn’t take the time to write much in the morning. And then after getting home, I was spent (hadn’t eaten enough). So this is what I did, and it was good.

238 fiction words, 469 total words

Today was good, but I haven’t written much yet. I am so very close to 10,000 for the week, though, that I can’t help but get those words in before I make a difficult decision.

I believe I can make better money writing shorter pieces under a pen name right now than I can working on longer pieces. And Money is an Issue right now (capitalization intended).

The decision to make is – do I finish the story I’m writing, or do I set it aside in favor of the shorter piece I could probably get up and for sale in a week if not less?

I’m not asking for suggestions, really. I need to sort this one out on my own. I think I’m probably still on track to finish the novel by the end of the month, but I worry that’s too far away.

Well, anyway! More writing tonight, and we’ll see where I stand tomorrow. Have a lovely weekend!

(Why yes, we are watching Moana. Why do you ask?)

Ha!

2,276 fiction words, 2,789 total words

Well, aside from cutting my hair yesterday, I also wrote some.

Like, really cut my hair. It’s buzzed in the back and there’s like an inch on top. I’ll admit this morning that it’s shorter than I wanted in back and longer than I wanted on top, but that’s fine. It grows, and I really am very happy with it.

Words went well, too.

2,276 fiction words, 2,789 total words

I made good use of that trick my friend Erin uses where I looked at my total when I thought I was done, and then pushed toward another goal.

I pushed toward 1,667, then toward more words than last week, and then finally toward enough words to push the week up to my third best of the year (8,532). My guess is that at the rate I’m going, this week will easily be the best of the year so far. (And the story could be done this month, although I have a bit to go yet.)

I’m good with that.

Today will be frantic at work because there are a lot of things I need to get done before I leave, and I’m leaving early to take Junior Youth back to school shopping. I’m hoping we can keep our costs down and still get cute stuff. New shoes are, apparently, on the list. Big feet run in the family, but they could stop growing now. That’d be great.

Getting Creepy

1,753 fiction words, 1,919 total words

I have a character in my book that just popped in unexpectedly and is turning the story from general blah (oh dear…back to that in a moment) into horror.

Just for a few minutes though. Maybe a chapter or two.

When I tried to think of the genre there for a moment, all I could think of was “blah”. I bet that was my subconscious trying to tell me the story is boring. That’s not good. It’s supposed to be fantasy (I think). Magic, but also heroes and villains.

Well, at any rate I wrote more last night and yesterday morning. Less last night, but I was amused that when it was time to write I stretched out on the sofa, put my legs up on the back of the sofa, and tipped my head nearly off of it. It’s not particularly easy to write like that because my arm gets squished between me and the sofa cushions, but it’s comfortable otherwise. When I write in the morning on my bed I tend to sit up, curl up a leg, lay down, prop my legs on the wall, roll onto my stomach, and write in all of those positions throughout the 30-minute session.

It’s probably interesting to watch. Less fun for the cats that want to share the bed with me, because all of this moving around is not share-friendly.

1,753 fiction words, 1,919 total words

So if I can keep this up, I will likely finish the story in August. I am toying with the idea, though, of taking a day or two and writing a short story. Did I already mention that? Because I nearly posted it on Facebook but didn’t. The thought is that it’s easier and faster to turn those over into published pieces. Pieces published means pieces available to purchase.

Alliteration abounds.

I’m off to start my morning. I hope yours is lovely!

Writing with Friends

562 fiction words, 1,361 total words

I actually did write a few words last night, but most of my time was spent teaching someone about my #bujo, and encouraging them to start their own. It was nice. I also got a bit of grocery shopping done, and I made it out of the store spending less than $60 (which is what usually happens at that store). So that’s a win.

562 fiction words, 1,361 total words

Not as many fiction words as the day before. I’m stuck a bit, and I was short on time yesterday. This morning I’m going to get unstuck and write more. Then I’ll get back on track.

And maybe I’ll finish the book this month, which would be awesome. I need to take some time to write some shorter fiction that doesn’t require print books, and thus is faster to get to publication.

Oh, I also need to do the Income & Expenses post. Tsk. I’ll add that to my task list for tonight.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Wednesday!

Ready, Set…

779 fiction words, 1,223 total words

I’d like this week to be better than yesterday’s stress-a-palooza, please.

I fought through words on Sunday. I ought to have made myself do the same on Saturday.

779 fiction words, 1,223 total words

Not bad words, either. Except I really don’t know where this story is going, or if even, at 32,223 words, I’m almost ready to wrap up, or if there’s still 20,000 words left.

I kind of think I’ve stalled, so I probably should write more for the ones I end up cutting out.

To say that I’m pleased with my numbers for the past week would be an understatement. It’s been a while since I wrote so much. Thank you, morning writing. As much as I might have claimed in the past to be a night owl, I get the most done in the morning. Period.

Or at least I did last week.

Before I squeeze that block of words for 2017, I just realized I haven’t done the Income and Expenses for July yet. I’ll try to get to that this week.

August fiction total: 5,860
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: 82,905

Look at that. I’m already doing better than May. Hah!

Productive Days

0 fiction words, 569 total words

Of all the things I got done yesterday, writing fiction was not one of them.

0 fiction words, 569 total words

I did laundry, which involved picking up my grandma’s laundry on the way and then dropping it off on the way home. We washed sheets, too, which added another bag to lug clean laundry home in. I can’t leave my car behind the house because it blocks the alley, so I had to move the car again after getting home.

Oh, and I went shopping for produce and came home with a good quantity for $14 and change. I was very pleased with that. I’m so grateful we have good produce markets with reasonable prices where I live. I’m very lucky that I can take advantage of those.

Today the car is getting the rear brakes looked at, and an oil change. I think DH is taking care of both that and the grocery shopping, so the rest of my day is going to be finances and trash. It doesn’t sound like much, but I’m trying to find budgeting software that works for my budget (ha ha – I don’t have one, thus the problem) and doesn’t put my information online. It’s not that I don’t trust the Internet, but…

I’m off, now, before I forget to publish this.

Simmering Hunger

1,045 fiction words, 1,382 total words

That subject reads like a romance novel. It’s better than my first subject, though, that was just “Waaah.” Yeah, I don’t know.

So it’s laundry day. It’s taking more time lately because we’re also doing my grandmother’s laundry. I woke at 7 this morning, though, and we got a nice and early start. Hopefully, that will help and we’ll get back home while people are still awake and able to help with bringing things in.

Yesterday was a good day, right up until it wasn’t. I had an amazing smoothie experience for my morning snack, I had a good lunch, and I was going to go to a friend’s party.

And then the time came for the party, and I was scared (I have a little bit of social anxiety), and then I remembered I was supposed to do something with Elder Youth that evening, and he’d been really excited about it, so I was not only scared but sad that I’d disappointed him.

I told my friend I couldn’t come to the party and went home to find a minor plumbing issue in process. I helped deal with that, then did the thing with Elder Youth (which was fun.

My day ended with a considerable amount of stress over household finances, and yeah. Quite ugh.

But, I wrote a few words:

1,045 fiction words, 1,382 total words

And I blogged over at the other place (veg*ism).

And I just figured out that I hadn’t had my spreadsheet set up correctly for the past few days, and so I wrote a few more “total words” over the past day or three than I actually reported. (It’s okay – it’s the fiction words that really count.)

That was a completely rambly post, but I think I’m done now. Today has been better so far, although I’m starving right now. I’m going to go visit a place with lots of produce and buy a bit of food. Kale, since I’m out now. Bananas. Sweet potatoes. And maybe that’s it I think. Parsley, I think, because I’d like to make some Tabouleh. I’m armed with my mom’s recipe.

Sleepy

392 fiction words, 679 total words

I’m much more tired this morning than I have been in a while. Maybe sluggish is a better word for it. Yesterday I only had 12 oz of coffee – would that be it? Unknown.

I was sluggish and tired last night as well, which is why I didn’t get as many words as I have the past two days.

392 fiction words, 679 total words

I woke early yesterday, too. I didn’t take my morning half hour to write, though. I had made the smoothie and spent some extra time getting ready, and then headed into work early. There was an errand smack in the middle of my day, so I wanted to get a jump-start on work so it didn’t feel so odd going in for less than two hours, then leaving right away.

Today, though. Today I can take the time.

Oh, I’ve been adding less and less sugar and creamer to my coffee every morning in hopes that I can eliminate them both from my routine. It will make coffee prep faster, for one, and also the reason I switched to coffee was less sugar. It would be great if I could stop adding sugar to the thing I’m getting less sugar from. Hehehe.