Finding a balance

105 fiction words, 261 total words

I’m watching a Hermitcraft Livestream today, and FalseSymmetry just said the phrase I picked as the title for today. The entry might not have anything else to do with balance. Just wanted to explain that before moving on and you realize there’s nothing going on in the post that has anything to do with the title.

I probably worry too much.

Yesterday was spent on publishing activities, which took just as much time publishing to one location as they do publishing to two or three locations. Someone, please explain to me how that works. *eyeroll*

Since I was publishing, I didn’t write much.

105 fiction words, 261 total words

As you can see, I still made a little bit of an effort before I crashed for the evening. While normally I would not be happy with that number, I got ridiculous amounts of other things done.

For example:

  • Laundry picked up from Grandmother’s house
  • Junior Youth to foot doctor
  • Trip to my bank
  • Trip to Grandmother’s bank
  • Mail picked up from Grandmother’s house (separate trip)
  • Visiting with Grandmother
  • Youths paid for chores
  • Published new short under pen name

So 105 fiction words? It’s good.

Today is going well, too. So far:

  • Gone through Junior Youth’s clothing to see what fits, has holes, etc
  • Finished Grandmother’s laundry
  • Halfway through my laundry
  • More publishing activities
  • Lunch made

Still on the docket?

  • Finish laundry
  • Return laundry to Grandmother’s house
  • Write (2,000-5,000 words)
  • Start Income & Expenses post for tomorrow
  • Start Monthly Review for tomorrow (it’s looking to be a blog heavy day)
  • Work up a newsletter for Ivey Books

Actually, that’s probably going to get really overwhelming. At least the first three should happen today. I may just let the rest slide into tomorrow.

Well, I hope everyone is having a lovely day! I’m getting drowsy. A nap might feel good. (Naps, like sneezes, always feel good, of course. I’m just saying I might take one now.)

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.

Welcoming 2017

My 2017 Word of the Year #BuJo #NewYearPrep

This is a trend I’ve noticed in the past several years, to have a Word, or a Phrase of the year to keep in mind, to drive your actions forward, to motivate you when you notice you’re lagging, et cetera. I have set a word or two in the past, I believe, but I’ve not felt so good about one as I feel toward this:

Freedom.

The picture pretty much covers the things I wish to give less power over me (or areas which need more power, as the case may be). The result, I hope, will be to free my energy for things which I (and my family) consider truly important to us now.

But a word of the year isn’t a goal. I have those, too.

  1. To reach Pulp Speed One* this year. That’s 1,000,000 words. I wrote 259,909 words last year, so that would be an increase. It’s less than 3,000 words per day, and I will work on my speed until I can hit that mark easily.
  2. To follow Heinlein’s Rules the entire year. That will help a lot with goal number one, but also will help with my word of the year. What are Heinlein’s rules? To write; To finish what’s started; To refrain from rewriting; To put it on the market; To keep it on the market until it sells. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Ultimately, the overreaching objective – the mission, if you will – for 2017 is to start working toward financial freedom (there’s that word again). If I’m writing more, finishing what I write, and get it up for sale, I’ll be on my way.

This blog is here for the mission of 2017, too. I’m counting words here toward my yearly goal. Ultimately I’d like to have my fiction reach Pulp Speed One on its own merits, but that will take time. Until then, I’d like to share how much I’m writing, how the writing feels, and new publications.

That’s what I’ve got. I’m off – there are words to write today.