Purry kitty is happy kitty

657 fiction words, 909 total words, .5 hours towards publishing

(Coming up with titles every day is hard! So sometimes I steal things my kids say and plop them in as blog titles. You don’t mind, do you? Thought not.)

It has been our mission over the last week or so to brush the cats every chance we get. This is because one of them has developed some impressive mats. It’s not his fault, especially. He’s got long hair and it’s matting in all four armpits of his. (Leg-pits? Under-legs? I don’t know, but you get the idea.) Naturally, it doesn’t feel good for us to brush at them a lot (cats have sensitive skin, especially on their stomachs, so I am learning), so we’re trying a comb, and I’m going to get a mat brush from Amazon (because the local pet store was absolutely useless in this regard). We don’t want to resort to a groomer ($$$, and he’ll hate it).

Yesterday was Memorial Day, and except for the really loud booms setting off near our house, it was quiet. I almost got a haircut, I almost cut my own hair, and I actually did watch quite a bit of Downton Abbey. This will be my 3rd watch-through (although I’ve only seen Season 7 once – not sure how I missed it the first time).

I got words written, too. While not the 2,000-3,000 I’d prefer to write, it was a respectable 657 fiction words (909 total words). I only spent .5 hours towards publishing, correcting a cover that got flagged at CreateSpace. Apparently, there aren’t enough pages for spine info. For that, I would like to blow a large raspberry at them. I fixed it, though, and my back cover spelling errors.

Um…yeah, that’s about it! I’m on a roll this morning, too, even though I didn’t get out of bed for my 5 a.m. alarms. At least I woke with them. Then I fell back asleep and had one of my obligatory “going back to work” work dreams. It was quite odd, with an interrogation by my boss about how the morning went (several things had gone wrong). Then another alarm went off, and that was the end of that. Thankfully.

Breaking through

It wasn’t strictly a breakthrough, but last night and this morning I finally got a sense of where this story is trying to go. I started out with cats from space (really), and then I was getting a bit of a romance vibe, and I thought perhaps I’d been mistaken on the second part, but now I’m more confident that I did indeed get that right. There’s still no title aside from 001 (and Space Cats from Space, but I’m really not going there).

On to the counting of words! Yesterday’s blog words were not insignificant – 340. Fiction clocked in at 935. (I believe this morning I did better than that.) The daily total then was just at 1,275.

Yesterday’s blog words were not insignificant – 340. Fiction clocked in at 935. (I believe this morning I did better than that.) The daily total then was just at 1,275.

I am not disappointed. And today I’m in a good place, I think, to really ramp things up.

The story I’m working on has 9,200 words in it. I definitely don’t think this will be an epic by any means, but I expect to crawl up past 40,000 words, maybe past 60,000 before it’s finished. I would love to crank up the speed and finish it before January is over, and I think that’s a reasonable goal to have in mind.

I’ve managed to get some reading in lately, too. I’m pretty excited (as I always am this time of year) to complete the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time. I’ve signed up for the past several years at 52 books for the year, but I haven’t ever managed it. Last year I came closest with something like 36 books read, but that was all in the first half of the year. I read nothing from September onwards.

It’s easy for me to think reading isn’t as important as writing, and that’s just not the case. So I’m working on making sure I’m taking time to read just as I’m working to make time to write. I have a need to finish the book I started last year first, but I have a large pile of both fiction and nonfiction to complete in the next 12 months. It’s really rather exciting. 🙂