Working hard, Writing all the words

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

It’s hard not to feel like I’m Queen of the Mountain of Words when I’ve been on a streak of 300-400 words per day and now for the second day in a row I kill that old number by a lot. I still know I can do more, do better, but this feels good right now.

Yesterday I wrote 1,628 fiction words, and 2,639 words total. Writing over 1,000 blog words is new, I believe. I can’t remember doing that before. And I didn’t count the A-Z words because those were previously written and counted in fiction words somewhere.

YEAH!

*ahem*

Heh.

So in other news, here’s the stats block for the last week:

Weekly total words: 8,433
Weekly total fiction words: 5,458
Weekly total blog words: 2,975
Difference from last week: +112%
Weekly rank: 2 (of 14) (wow!!!)
April fiction total: 4,241
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002* Words: 2,505
003** Words: 4,241

Ahh. It’s good! So I should point out that last week I decided not to use 002 as my A-Z fiction, and then on Saturday, I did just that. I actually have multiples of some letters, but I’m choosing the best one (or the one I like the most, or who knows how I’ll choose, but I’m only choosing one) to post each day. So when I finally get 001 published, and then when it comes time to publish 002, there will be quite a bit of content that’s new, I think. Maybe. Or at least a couple extra A’s.

OK, that’s it, except for these two extra notes below this paragraph. I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!

*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.

**003 is the number of my April Camp NaNo project. I don’t usually do two fiction things at once. Ever. But now I am. So there are two to keep track of!

Day after Productive

Yesterday was pretty amazing. It was incredibly productive, happy, and overall quite satisfying. We celebrated a thing and there were gifts that were enjoyed. We had dinner out with family (the company was the best part – the food left quite a bit to be desired), and cake! What day isn’t made a million times better with cake?

The youths and I went to see Power Rangers, too. It was fun, not horrible, kind of campy but not too bad, and I think we all enjoyed it. The popcorn was good, but AMC is a disappointment. The trend now is to have self-serve butter. That’s fine and dandy, but you can’t get the layers, and while I am eternally grateful to my dear friend who comes with me to theaters so I can layer my butter, it’s just not the same when you do it yourself. This is the move that theaters can make that will keep me from attending. Hmph.

But back to good stuff! Words! I wrote all the words, Roxanne (#butcheredQotD). Yesterday got 2,613 fiction words and 3,193 total. I didn’t count the A-Z post because most of those words were already written. Copy and paste doesn’t really count, and I didn’t want to go to the trouble of just calculating the “Before More…” words.

I want to say I knocked the words out of the park. And it feels that way. But I know I can do better! So I will keep working on my speed. So far it’s slow going today, but I still have time. I need to stop worrying so much and just write. I’m going to learn a lot simply by doing, and it won’t feel like work that way.

Okay, I’m off to word more words, and spell-grind more words, and clean at some point because UGH. The cats were fighting this morning and left fur EVERYWHERE, and the living room is driving me crazy, and I need to wash my hands and take medicine because headache.

BAI!

A is for Admiral Fluffybutt – #AtoZChallenge

If you are reading this, you may know quite a fair bit about your cats. 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 “A is for Admiral Fluffybutt – #AtoZChallenge”

Good morning!

Happy Friday, all!

Yesterday I wrote 217 new words for A Brief History of Space Cats and the Care and Feeding Thereof in the morning and worked through a huge chunk of Space Cats from Space Earth in the evening. (I logged 375 total words for the day.)

I’m going to cut this entry (very, very) short. I hope everyone has a lovely day!

From the phone

Today will have to be a phone post. It’s a crazy morning and I want to get this done but there is a ton of other unrelated things to accomplish. So in the interest of brevity!

I wrote 270 (662) fiction (total) words yesterday.

I also invested in a Chromebook only for writing. I won’t claim I need it to be a writer, but the reality is that there are lots of times I need to write and I convince myself that it’s too much trouble to get the kids off my laptop to do so. And the price was right.

What is it about?

Hi! I asked Elder Youth for a post title for this morning, and he said, “What is it about?” I thought, okay! I can make that work!

I wrote a short 160 words last night (411 total).

So, yesterday I was “following a whisper”. That’s an odd way to put it, but when I thought of it, I stuck with it. Here’s what really happened.

For some reason I was online and I saw a Windows 10 laptop for a reduced price that put the following thought in my head: “If I had a new laptop that nobody else could use then I would write more!”

My head does amazing things to try to rationalize new purchases. I don’t need a new laptop, because mine works fine. My only issue right now is that the children use it in the afternoons and close all my tabs accidentally. Which is frustrating, but not a $200 frustrating issue, you know?

And then my head was like, “And if I had a new laptop that was just for writing, I could write it off of my taxes!” Let me tell you, it was really working overtime on this.

And yeah, I probably could write it off as a business expense. But I still know that I don’t need a new laptop, that I couldn’t come up with a better explanation for it for DH, and that there are better ways to spend my money right now.

Still, on the way to writing group last night I went out of my way (quite out of my way) to make four stops to four different stores looking for computers. After stop two, and walking out because the store made me uncomfortable, I told myself that I wouldn’t do anything unless it was for $X. And it wasn’t, at the last two stops, so I didn’t.

So I’m using my regular laptop, and I love it, and I won’t be purchasing a new laptop.

Today.

Probably.

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!