Good morning, and Happy Rainy Monday!

A two-page Bullet Journal spread behind a green text box and two white hearts that has the words Word Counting on top

I just peeked outside. It’s dumping rain from the sky, or it was about five minutes ago. I don’t hear it from my current position, and I hope the sky gets this little temper tantrum out of its system and relaxes into a gentle mist by the time I need to walk out the door this morning. I love a good rain from inside looking out, not especially during.

Although, this one time when I was in high school, instead of calling for a ride or waiting out the storm at the local grocery store, I charged ahead and started the one-mile walk home. I was probably three-fourths of the way home when all of the sudden I went from soaked to completely submerged. In an instant everything was wet, and it was amazing and awful at the same time. But that’s also the point where I lost all my fucks and started to really have fun.

Man, I was wet.

Anyway! On to the words. Yesterday I wrote 253 words, with a total of 670

Weekly total words: 3,977
Weekly total fiction words: 1,422
Weekly total blog words: 2,555
Difference from last week: -32%
Weekly rank: 10 (of 13)
March fiction total: 11,359
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002* Words: 1,227

As I proceed with 002 as an A to Z Blogging Challenge entry, it makes less and less sense to do that. For a variety of reasons, I anticipate it will end up possibly as a standalone short story, but much more likely as a “post credit scene” in the publication of 001. I’m uncertain about my A to Z future. I don’t have a theme at this moment, and I’m not certain of my ability to come up with one in the amount of time left. I certainly don’t have time to pre-schedule anything at this late date. We shall see!

*002 is the number of this story in my pursuit of Pulp Speed. It’s as good a code name as any and allows me to easily keep track of which story I was working on in my word count tracking spreadsheet.

It’s Friday, folks!

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you what day of the week it is. Even though I had a good week, I still got a little excited when I realized it was Friday. Why do I look forward to the weekend when there was nothing to escape from that happened during the week? It’s an interesting bit of conditioning I suspect, running back a few years from elementary school through last week.

I wrote 302 words yesterday morning (550 total) and met my personal goal of getting through chapter 16 (of 42) in spell checking grinding. I’m glad I got in the words because when the evening rolled around I was ready to not think too hard. This pass through my draft is for making notes on things that jump out at me (I’ve found one possible error so far), and then I’ll hand it over to one or two writer friends (and maybe my mom) for the last “What did I do that fails” pass, then it goes up.

In other news, in following other people sharing their Bullet Journal spreads, I find it’s really helpful when they’re willing to share any money or financial information that they track. I like to see what’s reasonable or even out of the ordinary. Money is very personal for most people, and I understand why folks keep it private. But when there’s a savings tracker that doesn’t blur out the numbers, or maybe an income page that offers some insight for me, I really appreciate it.

I’d like to find that happy medium between privacy and sharing here so, hopefully, I can be a resource for other self-publishing writers. While I have written and published before, January really feels like when I knuckled down and made The Decision that writing is the ultimate goal, and that now is the time I get really serious about it.

Which reminds me – I ought to get my word tracker up for sharing. I believe I have a copy that I shared with a friend last year. Whether it helped or not, I absolutely love it. It adds, averages, and does all of the nifty things I like Excel to do for me so I don’t have to think about math.

Okay, that’s enough for now. I have family I need to wake. Good morning, everyone!

Running “behind”

Behind is in quotes because it’s not quite 6 a.m. here, so how far behind could I really be? The answer is, not far. Junior youth and I woke at 5 (technically, so did DH, but he went back to sleep), me to start my day, JY to start getting ready for school because sometimes school prep takes three hours.

It just does.

Yesterday was a nice day. Chilly and windy, but otherwise a day with plenty of regular things to be grateful for. (Easy traffic, kids home safely, remembered the thing the elder youth needs for school next week, got some spell grinding done, that kind of thing.) Also, the cats were cute and didn’t destroy anything or turn on the broken ceiling fan, so that’s something special to note.

I managed 213 words of fiction and 425 words total. I’m actually pretty sure most of those words will need to be surgically extracted from the manuscript, but they’re good enough to count for yesterday.

Okieday, it’s time for me to start doing something else. I hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday!

Awww, all the talking!

Since I didn’t wake on time this morning (late night), I got up with the kids. Man, I’m spoiled. Waking up in the quiet, having silent time to pull myself out of the fog of the recently awakened…that’s some nice stuff!

My kids are sweet, and I’m grateful they’re in good moods this morning. But wow, they’re chatty.

I wrote a token 83 words last night and squeezed in 346 words total. I was out celebrating birthdays with writing friends and got lots of good things done, but words weren’t priorities. I did get another two chapters run through the spell grinder, though, and now that I have that tool I’m going to grind as I go because this is ridiculous. (And it will only get worse the closer I get to the end when I stopped re-reading what I wrote before.)

Since I don’t have the extra time for waking up this morning I’m going to dive right into spell grinding. I can do that with a few distractions.

Happy Wednesday!

It’s going to be a hard act to follow, Tuesday.

Yesterday was rather amazing, in that all the tiny little irritants that I usually run across just kind of slid out of my way.

All day.

Making left turns across traffic? Traffic magically paused.

Normally excruciating stop-and-go traffic on the way home? Half of it was non-existent.

When faced with having to unlock a particularly tricky lockbox, someone with a key walked up to the door just before I got out of my car.

It was awesome, and I am truly grateful to have had such a wonderful Monday, a day I admit to normally looking at with some skepticism.

Writing was brief. I’m doing it to keep up my streak, but I know I won’t get a lot done as my time is equally occupied with spell and grammar checking. I’m racing to get done for April. I did a reality check this morning, and am shifting my publishing goals from April 1st to April 30th, or perhaps a week into May for the A to Z Challenge Review.

I wrote 260 fiction words (the prologue for April’s challenge) and had 696 words total (my blog post was quite large). It was (as previously mentioned) a very good day.

Off to enjoy another!

Oh, hello Sunday

Happy day of melting snow, I say!

Yesterday went quickly. I washed lots of clothes, wrote a few words (375 fiction, 580 total), took pictures of deer, and watched lots and lots of Minecraft on YouTube.

My daily fiction average is at 475. I’m going to move that up today.

Short and sweet post for now. There’s really not much else to say!

Satur-laundry-day

Yesterday was simply normal. I woke, I went to work, I came home, I wrenched the computer back from the hands of the avid gamer that lives in my house.

I wrote 517 fiction words (739 total).I narrowly avoided going to see a film, too. That’s sort of an interesting story, actually, although probably only to me.

I narrowly avoided going to see a film, too. That’s sort of an interesting story, actually, although probably only to me.

 

So I’ll spare you.

And that’s it. I’m currently laundering clothing, and I’ll try to make another 4-digit word count to brag about tomorrow. Otherwise, today threatens to be normal, too.

And another new day: Friday

Good morning! Happy Friday, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and all that good stuff.

Yesterday was sleeping in and rushing out the door and work. Then I got home, shoveled snow with the elder youth so DH could park in front of the garage, and we watched Moana.

Naturally, I cried through the entire thing. Junior youth tried to make it a special thing to point out (“Ooh, Mom’s crying!”), but I always cry at even slightly sad movies. And animated musicals? Yeah, it was a sure thing. But I enjoyed it. So did the youths.

After everyone was in bed, I wrote 1,095 fiction words (yay, me!), with a total of 1,476 (blog post was long, too). I’m so very close, like two or three scenes/chapters from the end of this Space Cats from Space Earth. And I think I totally need a new title. I’ll probably sit and brainstorm something long and ridiculous because those kinds of titles resonate with me.

But that will be for After. For now, I need to finish it. (Finish it. Finish it. Finish it.)

Back to “it”

Whatever your “it” is. My “it” is an office. New, under decorated, but nice. I’ll march back in today, be grateful for everything I’ve learned there, and surely double down on my determination to write my way out of there.

Yesterday I got 147 fiction words at the tail end of the day. It was just so relaxing to hang out with the family, get an early morning nap, watch movies with my gender-equivalent 1/8 in the house (we are now outnumbered for the first time ever), etc. I washed dishes and she vacuumed while the human males played in the snow, so we all worked toward the house a bit.

My total for the day was 440. Fiction average clocks in at 469. Down from yesterday by 4, and I have got to get that average up. It’s March, for goodness sake! And almost halfway through it. I can/will do better.

Snow Day!

Yes, all 8/8ths of the household have today off! Which includes me! Which means I get to do a very minimum of work today! (Hopefully none, but it doesn’t always work like that. C’est la vie.

Yesterday I wrote 548 fiction words. There was an intent to get more done, but I got into a discussion on religion, and then suddenly I was exhausted. Got to bed a little late.

The total words for the day ended at 735, and my daily average for fiction words is at 473.

The debate at the office yesterday was whether the storm that was predicted would come. A majority of us were fine if it didn’t, but if you are in my area, you know that it did. And I couldn’t tell earlier, but I can see now that it is clearly still coming down. I don’t think it will be quite as bad as last year’s storm, but it hasn’t stopped yet, so there’s still time.

Well, I need to get a few words in this morning before I lay back down for an early morning nap. I really <3 naps.