Busy day done

38 fiction words, 273 total words, 2 hours on publication

Getting only 38 fiction words written means I spent most of what little free time I had yesterday evening (two hours) on publication – yay!

Because yesterday, amongst the activities, I got my second proof copy of Space Cats in the mail and got a chance to find that one thing that’s going to drive me nuts. I fixed it, resubmitted it, and as soon as it gets through the file review process, I’ll get it up for sale in print and ebook.

I also took a few minutes to finish up the interior of A Brief History and get the cover layout set up with all my guides. I’m particular, so I like to have the document set up with fun little blue lines that indicate where the bleed is, and then where a quarter inch in from the cut line is so I can make sure the design that needs to fit on the page fits in nicely.

It turns out that the print version of this book is going to be a slender volume. I’m kind of excited about that. So far, The 27th Letter and Space Cats were both about the same length, thus the spines were about the same height (unsure if “height” is right here, but we’re going with it). This will be a MUCH narrower spine. It should be interesting!

I got 273 total words yesterday, and since so little of it was fiction (as mentioned previously) my blog got the bulk. It’ll be that way today, too, probably. Although I really need a nice writing session to fix this chapter I’ve been butchering. When I can only write a few new words at a time, it gets really choppy. I kind of need to redo the last 1,000 words or so to make them good and smooth, then keep going from there.

Some days it feels like my writing work ethic needs work, and other days I realize I’m trying to work a full-time job and raise kids and squeeze in writing in what’s left. I’m doing well for where my priorities need to be.

So today! It better be good because I don’t have the patience for crappy.

The Day After

95 fiction words, 208 total words, 0 hours on publication

Yesterday was busy, but everything went off without a hitch (more or less). One of the things that was less was that my computer spent the entire hour I had available (and then some) in the morning on updates instead of letting me use it. Not too bad in the scheme of things.

We got a large stringed instrument dropped off at the appropriate place. I got Junior Youth to school on time. I left work early and got the same child from an after school activity. I got supper done and stopped by my writing group before an evening office-related engagement. After that, I made it back to my writing group for some detox, and then home at a reasonable time.

There wasn’t a lot of time for writing, though. I squeezed in blog posts and a few minutes of words before the end of the day: 95 fiction words, 208 total words. Nothing on publication, though. Maybe nothing tonight, either, as there is a concert to attend this evening.

Otherwise, today is normal. Hopefully.

Rushing

260 fiction words, 738 total words, 1 hour towards publishing

Just a quick entry today because it’s going to be so busy!

Yesterday was good for writing and editing. I poked at the print layout a bit and realized early that I was absolutely exhausted, so I went to bed early. I managed 260 fiction words, 738 total words, and 1 hour towards publishing.

Productive all around. But this morning my computer decided to update, so I didn’t get a chance to do any of this then, so I’m squeezing it in where I can.

Have a lovely day, y’all!

Before I look at anything else

318 fiction words, 613 total words, 2.25 hours toward publishing

Like the title says. This before I look at anything else, even though my Facebook tab and Feedly tab both have those delightful, clickable blue dots indicating there are new things to look at. New highlights, new news, new gossip. Ah, the pull!

Yesterday went well and was rather relaxing. I watched a couple movies in the evening. Where the Heart Is is one of those films I love but don’t know why I didn’t see when it first came out. I bought it on Vudu a couple days ago when it must have been on sale (almost the only time I buy movies on Vudu), and I saw it with Junior Youth last night.

I forgot that it was mildly inappropriate. All I remembered was Novalee and Sister Husband and Forney and Lexie. I didn’t remember that all the characters had such great names. I didn’t remember that Forney was played by the same actor who played Cromwell in The Tudors. Forney is one of my favorite romantic heroes.

Well, moving on!

This is a weekly review day, apparently! So yesterday I wrote 318 fiction words, 613 total words, and spent 2.25 hours toward publishing. My fiction words I got in early so I wouldn’t forget, but also were written while watching TV. I must stop that. The publishing was all print book formatting, also done while watching TV. This is more acceptable, as print formatting is kind of a grind. There’s still a bit more to do there.

Last week (now we actually get to the review bit) was heavy in publishing activities and light in writing. I’m only keeping track of my publishing time in the header images for the day. They’re not really getting written down anywhere else, so there won’t be a total for that. But the rest of the week looked as follows:

Weekly Review - Week 20

May fiction total: 3,449
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 59,671

So not bad. Down from last week by over a third, and low words overall. It makes sense to me as last week my mood was also depressed (as in down, dampened, not the diagnosis). It all goes together.

I don’t know what my mood is like, so I don’t know what this week will be like. But the hopes is that I get A Brief History ready for proof copy, and I have another thing to get up for publication that might happen this week. Maybe.

We shall see!

Another day down

440 fiction words, 682 total words, .25 hours on publication

Yesterday, despite a full day of laundry, went well for writing. 440 fiction words, 682 total words, .25 hours on publication. That tiny little quarter hour was me deciding that my time would be better spent on getting new words than trying to reformat A Brief History. I opened the file, messed around a bit, decided I could get more progress elsewhere, and that was it.

Today’s plan, since I only woke two hours ago and I’ve only had one full cup of coffee so far (this vanilla cappuccino K-cup does not count), is to catch up on some Hermitcraft Videos, get A Brief History taken care of, and actually read a bit today. I also wanted to run a couple errands, but I’m not sure how well that will work. It’s a holiday, after all.

Oh yes: Happy Mothers Day! Happy Mothers Day to traditional mothers of humans, Happy Mothers Day to mothers of furry family, Happy Mothers Day to mothers who have babies in their hearts. Much love to you all. Also, I kind of feel like fathers who are mothers to their children should get a Happy Mothers Day wish as well, whether they are parenting alone or whatever.

Urm…I think that’s it for now. Off to the plan, which I have already forgotten. Good thing I wrote it down.

When you write in the evening…

258 fiction words, 467 total words, 3 hours on publication

I need to make writing this post in the morning a priority because when evening comes and I haven’t yet written about the day before, the only thing easily available in my brain is today. And then when I get to tomorrow, I feel like I’ve already talked about today.

Yesterday I did okay on words. Better than usual, for certain. I logged 258 fiction words, 467 total words, and a whopping 3 hours on publication. To be honest, at this point I don’t recall what took three hours. I may have been distracted for three hours, but since I don’t remember, I’m going with productive.

That’s all I have, to be honest. No news is good news? I’m looking forward to completely starting over on the A Brief History print layout before I go to bed (which should happen in the next 45 minutes).

Yesterday

30 fiction words, 254 total words, 2.5 hours on publication

Yesterday I spent more time on publication tasks, mainly fixing the cover formatting of Space Cats.

Yesterday I left writing until the last moment, only putting in minimal effort. I can tell when this happened in Space Cats – I ended up with rambly chapters that don’t really go anywhere fast because I was only writing 50-200 words a day and it was hard to get any momentum going.

Yesterday I was busy at the office and got a lot done using one of those productivity timers, making me want to get one for home when I’m writing. Yes, I could just set a timer. No, it doesn’t work as well. I wish 30/30 made an Android app.

Yesterday is over, today is here, and I wish I was looking forward to the productivity of the weekend. Except it’s not really there anymore, which is a bummer.

I’m right over here

321 fiction words, 758 total words, 4 hours on publication

There was a lot of idle time yesterday which I used to work on Space Cats. Boy, there was a lot to do with that print copy. And then with the ebook, as I caught a fairly big issue with someone’s fur. No one else caught it either, so I’m lucky a breeze-through snapped it to my attention. Who knows what else I missed.

I wrote a little just before bed and generally just stayed up entirely too late (midnight). More fiction than the past couple days, though, at 321 words (758 total words, and 4 hours on publication).

Now that yesterday’s adventure is over, I hope I can settle down a bit. At least until next week. Today should be routine with a side of “crap, everything I didn’t do yesterday has to be done a week ago.” Should be fun.

One more day into the week

93 fiction words, 382 total words, 1 hour towards publishing

Greetings and salutations! I have fifteen minutes to get this banged out, so here goes.

Yesterday was pretty productive. I spent an hour finishing up the ebook formatting for A Brief History for Smashwords and Amazon. That done, I turned to the print formatting for about three seconds before I got sidetracked with writing a new author’s bio. I like it, I really like it. It’s kind of odd and not as professional as before but I love it and it still has all the important information it’s supposed to (who am I? what have I done?) so it’s done.

I wrote a tiny bit in the morning before leaving for work because I forgot the day before entirely. I didn’t want to repeat that at all. 93 fiction words (382 total words) was my total for the day. I meant to go back and get some more description in a few places, but by the time I was done with formatting it was time for bed.

I think I’m finally feeling back up to par after a week of phlegm and sore throats. Hopefully today I can be less disgusting at work.

Tonight is writing group, which I’m looking forward to even as I realize I may not get a darned thing done. I’m taking print formatting with me to do, because that doesn’t require original creation, just absent-minded attention. Lots of, “Do I want this here, or there?” Easy stuff.

Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!