O is for Outdoors – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy! Continue reading “O is for Outdoors – #AtoZChallenge”

What got done

283 fiction words, 610 total words, 2 hours toward publishing

Good morning! I hope everyone is going to have a great day.

Yesterday was pretty awesome. I got quite a bit done, both in writing and other things. I got 001 edited almost to the point of completion (I have one outstanding set of edits to look at, I think), I got some cover blurbage and keywords done, and I may have e-cover art done (still trying to determine whether it’s too cheesy or just cheesy enough).

So that was two hours towards publication (the edit finishes only took 10 minutes, so I decided to choose a different thing to track). And I managed 283 fiction words, with 610 words total. Not bad at all!

I will have to schedule an entire week like yesterday soon, hopefully, where I can just sit around and write all day with a side of housework thrown in to alleviate any guilt that might creep in for having a week off.

N is for Nepetalactone – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy! Continue reading “N is for Nepetalactone – #AtoZChallenge”

Writer for a day

Daily Review, 0 fiction words, 188 total words, .5 hours editing

I have the day off from my office job which means that today I am only a writer! This is lots of fun, and days like these have historically been my most productive. My productivity will be additionally boosted by both elder youth and junior youth being out of the house, assisted by my mom and aunt. Otherwise, they had the day off today, too.

So yesterday was Easter, and it was a lovely day with a bit of rain in the middle that quickly disappeared. I read quite a bit (I may have already mentioned) but got absolutely zero fiction words written.

Insert mournful song here.

I had a 105-day fiction writing streak, which I am very proud of! And I did edit yesterday, which also feels amazing. I got through the really stupid chapter that I messed up nearly beyond comprehension.

My other writing happened too, where I blog. I wrote 188 blog words yesterday, and those felt good too, in the sense that I was in a headspace that easily could have skipped all personal responsibilities for the entire day. So I pushed through and wrote the blog words, and that’s a good thing.

Today I have to catch up on scheduling the A to Z entries, which I may actually need to write first, so that might get me back on the writing streak. We shall see.

Lunch may be most important at this point.

Easter Sunday, and a late start

Daily Review, 45 fiction words and 345 total words

Greetings, and Happy Easter!

I got a late start this morning…er, afternoon. Evening? Perhaps. At any rate, I did eventually get started (woke at 9, spent an hour in bed reading, showered, spent another two hours in bed reading, trudged downstairs, finished the book after another two hours, and promptly started ignoring all responsibilities).

Words were an afterthought yesterday: 45 fiction, 345 total.

There’s not really much more to say. Laundry is clean and now in the house. The youths are off the electronic devices and I’m almost caught up on YouTube videos.

I may clean a shelf. Or a desk.

Focus needed

Greetings! Another Saturday, more laundry. Honestly, I never thought I’d be this disciplined with doing one chore on a certain day since my childhood when Saturday meant dusting and vacuuming the house.

Actually, we ate that way, too. Friday was homemade pizza, Saturday was stir-fry, Sunday was the leftover stir-fry. Something like that, anyway. I don’t remember exactly, which is a direct result of my advancement toward adulthood. (I’m 39. I refuse to go there completely yet.)

So! Like my pretty new header? I like featured images, and I want to have them for every entry. Since I don’t have themes for lots of my days (currently only Sunday, Monday, and the 1st of every month have a theme) I’m going to start with something small for most of the days. I’m working in my words there, too, so that’s fun.

On to today’s report (because I know you saw it up there, but I’m going over it again anyway!). I wrote 240 fiction words yesterday and 546 word total. I’m not disappointed with my word counts this week, but I am disappointed with the lack of progress on other projects I’ve meant to get to. I need to put my focus hat on to get some of these Grand Plans in motion.

Today feels better in that regard, compared to the rest of the days this week. So fingers crossed.

M is for Money – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy! Continue reading “M is for Money – #AtoZChallenge”

Stolen time

My household, minus me, has the day off. That’s okay, because it should be a quiet day at the office due to the holiday. It does mean that I need to steal my laptop back from Elder Youth in order to make this post.

Yesterday was the start of Hermitcraft, season five. I am appropriately excited, and I let it interrupt my day as a result. However, I got quite a bit written, including coming up with another entry for A Brief History that had been stumping me.

I wrote 295 fiction words, and 620 total words.

I also did quite a bit of research on some stuff for the blog here, and on how I can use my Instagram account to my advantage. I have two – my personal one, but also one for IVEYbooks. I put most of my bullet journal stuff there, and I’m going to start adding some new ideas that have me kind of excited. I’ll probably end up cross posting some stuff here as well.

It’s going to be awesome.

Well, I said I’d return the computer in about twenty minutes, and my time is almost up. My mind is full of things I want to do, so I’m going to make note of them so this evening doesn’t end up a waste as Fridays so often do.

Love!

Making grunty noises that don’t mean anything

Good morning! I’m significantly more awake than yesterday, which is a good thing. Even though I was exhausted, I got caught up in a good book. I started to cry, and my husband asked if it was a sad one. I told him they all were. At least the good ones.

If you want to speed through a book, laugh a bit, enjoy a heroine that talks back, and then cry your eyes out, I’d recommend reading what I just read: When Beauty Tamed the Beast, by Eloisa James.

Very nice.

So! I got sucked into a book (really didn’t mean to let that happen), my eyes felt like they were on fire and needed an ice mask, and I forced out a few words. Only 75 fiction, 334 total. I knew it would be a tiny week.

Except here’s a thought to chew on. I “knew” it would be a tiny week because I planned on getting lots of editing done. But I haven’t really done any. So I wonder if the fact that I’m actually writing less has to do with the fact that I “allowed” myself to write less this week. I’m starting to wonder.

Because I can get an awful lot done in a day if I’m organized. I’m keeping up with the #bujo, but I’m feeling unorganized.

Time to clear off the desk. Or move into the kitchen when it’s time to work. Either would be fine.

Breaks, Oil, and Photographs

I have a friend who does amazing three item titles for her blog posts. She does it much better than I do.

Yesterday on the way to my writing group my breaks started sticking after I needed to stop suddenly in highway traffic. And I need an oil change, so I called my preferred shop. I called twice before I got through, and then they asked to call me back. A half hour before they closed they finally returned my call, so they must have been quite busy. (I’m not complaining, just noting.)

I wrote a bit – 167 fiction words that I need to completely rearrange this morning and 446 total words. I didn’t get much editing done, but I did get a coupon for a 50% off coupon for a stock photo subscription.

I’m torn. I could totally use the subscription. Right now hiring a cover designer is outside of my budget, but $50 for 300 images, assuming I remember to get them all in time, is exactly inside it. But Spot (my car) will need breaks, or at least something caliper somethingorother. Last night I think I had settled on not ordering the images, but now I’m double thinking that again. Because that’s what I do! Analysis paralysis for the win!