An uptick, but a slow one

DAILY: 472 fiction words, 650 total words

Some progress is better than no progress any day of the week.

DAILY: 472 fiction words, 650 total words

Yesterday was full of laundry and not much writing since I planned poorly and forgot to bring the writing computer when I brought a Youth as well. I made up for it in the evening, but not enough to make it a 10K week. I knew that was coming, so the blow was lessened, at least.

Overall the week was a win. I increased words over the previous week, and my week was ranked in the single digits. Now that we’re approaching the halfway point of the year, this becomes more impressive.

June fiction total: 5,403
May fiction total: 
6,107
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 67,732

I’m pleased that June has almost surpassed May’s words. I’m going to hit that this week, I’m sure, and that will begin washing the bad taste out of my brain.

My Google Sheets says my average words per day are hitting 180, but my calculations are also off (it’s actually 491). I’ll have to look into how I can make Sheets realize how many days have passed and then divide my total by that number instead of the total days of the month. I may just need to change the number manually, which is no fun, but certainly easier.

I’m off for the day. Apologies for the brevity, but I have things to get done.

Happy Monday to all!

 

Shadow’s Awesome (especially on Mondays)

DAILY: 1053 fiction words, 1759 total words

Another Youth-contributed post title for today.

Yay, it’s Monday! I’m probably only excited because I got like eight hours of sleep last night – or at least eight hours in bed. It was lovely, although I still wish I’d hauled my butt out of bed at five like I planned. Oh well!

I wrote quite a bit yesterday! 1,053 fiction words and 1,759 total words. It ended up being more fiction words than blog words, which is the correct balance for me. I also realized yesterday that I’ve never had a week this year with more than 10,000 words. That’s going to have to be this week’s goal.

So even with all the Minecraft and Downton Abbey, I still managed words. Maybe they stink, but I’m going to worry about that later. I’m not terrific at one-draft writing yet, and at this point, I’m really going to just go with it and get it out there and repeat the process. Wash, rinse, repeat, as it’s said.

Week 23's Statblock

So even though this wasn’t close to a 10K week, it was certainly better than the week before, and better than about half the weeks so far. I just realized we’re coming up fast on the midpoint of the year. Gleep.

My average daily fiction word count has fallen to 438. This is one of those things I remember clearly from school. I was never good at starting things out on strong notes, and then I had to scramble furiously to try to bring my average up. I was a B+/C- student, so it never quite worked. At this point, I’m not sure what I’d need to bring the average up to 1,000 or more. That was math that didn’t come naturally to me, and I’m not sure how to go about calculating it without stabbing numbers into spreadsheet cells to see what happens.

June fiction total: 1,639
May fiction total:
6,107
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 63,968

I think it would be nice not only if I could make this week a 10K week, but this month a 30K+ month. I haven’t yet had one of those, either. June is a good month for such things, I think. Don’t you?

Writing words and publishing books

That’s how yesterday went. I wrote 113 fiction words, 297 total words, and spent about 2 hours toward publishing.

Of course, none of it went particularly well.

I completely forgot about some 100 words I apparently wrote in the morning. And I sent something off so I could get a print proof ordered, and then discovered I hadn’t done some basic checks, and now I need to start the entire process over today. Stupid rushing mistakes. I’m learning, though. Hopefully.

With today being Memorial Day, and having the day off of work, I’ve nearly forgotten it’s time for a weekly review. The month is coming to a close as well, and a monthly review is around the corner as well.

So, here we go.

Statblock - Week 22

As you can see, it wasn’t a great week for writing, but to be honest, it was fine otherwise, I think. Maybe a bit less than spectacular, but still very nice. There’s not much else to say about it. I’ll chug forward and find my momentum when it’s time.

May fiction total: 5,214
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 61,436

This next week has already started on a relaxing note. I’ll do my best to be worthy of it.

 

A field of grass with hundreds of small flags planted.
Memorial Day

Fluffy (in regards to my numbers this week)

DAILY: 266 fiction words, 669 total words, 4 hours toward publishing

Today’s post title brought to you by Junior Youth.

So this week wasn’t great for words but otherwise went very well. Yesterday, for example, I wrote 266 fiction words, 669 total words, and put 4 hours toward publishing. Maybe more hours, to be honest.The cover for

The cover for A Brief History is killing me. I had an idea, and I was like, this is a great idea! I can do this! Except the tutorials are not spectacular, in that in one particular step I can’t quite understand how to translate their instructions from the older version of Photoshop to my version. So it doesn’t work.

So I tried something else. And it’s working, except it’s not quite there yet. I don’t know what I’m missing, so I’m sure I’ll poke at it here and there to get it to where it needs to bed.

And the words. I should probably mention them. I’m not thrilled, and I’m not sure how to fix them. At 4K in, I should be able to find a way. Except it also feels like I’m much further into the story, which is not what I expected when I started. Hmm.

Anyway, on to the weekly review part of today.

Statblock for Week 21

So! The week. Low on words, as mentioned, mostly because I was working on publishing, which is not reflected here. I ought to find a better way to track it. I know there are task timers I could use, which would be especially useful because I only work on the project from this one computer. Perhaps I’ll look into it and see what I can find. What I use at work is nice, but doesn’t give me as much control as I’d like. And doing it manually…I could probably do that, too.

Not a big difference from last week, though, which is good. I’d like to turn that around and have a 50% increase this week, perhaps more. Maybe get the story really moving again.

May fiction total: 4,428
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

ARGH. That May number really bothers me. I can do better than that.

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!

Starting a busy week

DAILY: 0 fiction words, 1104 total words, .75 hours toward publishing

I’m getting ready to start a week where everything is not the same as always. There are additional events to attend and things in the schedule to juggle, and these things make me anxious. I’ll be relieved and back on track sometime after next Thursday.

That’s a long time to be on edge.

Surprisingly, the past week went well for words. I’m going to blame the blog because I wrote considerably more there than in fiction. See yesterday (0 fiction words, 1104 total words, .75 hours toward publishing) as a prime example.

Yesterday itself was productive in that I wrote three blog posts before bed, but not at all because I didn’t get any fiction done. That’s a disappointment – I really like my story. I did get some editing done, working on getting A Brief History‘s ebook formatted. Once that’s done I’ll turn to the print interior, print exterior, then ebook cover. I need the cover blurbs, too. That will probably be the only challenge.

Statblock - week 19

May fiction total: 1,934
April fiction total:
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 58,156

I hope everyone’s Monday is smooth and if not relaxing, at least not anxiety-producing.

Another new one

DAILY: 464 fiction words, 623 total words, 2 hours toward publishing

The week starts new today, and the month. It’ll make for a very busy day, I’m certain. At least it’ll make for a busy day here, with this weekly review and later on with a review of April.

But first, yesterday. Yesterday was busy, and I still have a bit of a spring cold which is really more of an annoyance than an actual issue. Maybe it’s actually a spring sinus thing because my ears keep popping. That’s the biggest irritant, really. At any rate, Junior Youth returned from camping. I did the last of her laundry and worked quite a bit on formatting the interior of Space Cats. I ended up starting over, but as this time I actually looked at the requirements for CreateSpace, that was probably a good thing. I think I have what I want now, I just need to grind away at it for a bit.

I also worked a tiny bit on a new series. I need to settle on the age of my antagonist. Currently, she’s pretty young, and I think I may need to age her up a bit. We’ll see how it goes. I managed 464 fiction words, 623 total words, and two hours toward publishing.

Now, on to the weekly portion of this weekly review post.

Meh. Not my best week, and that’s because I was really hesitant to start writing anything new with outstanding things to get published. But Saturday, as I’ve mentioned, I got started on something new anyway.

Oops.

And then I’ll just drop this here:

April fiction total: 15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 56,222

There’s actually things to say about that little block, but I’ll save it for the monthly review post in a few minutes.

Overall, the week was OK. There were four days with no fiction writing whatsoever, and I think I’m fine with that, though it feels better to be writing fiction. I will do better on the publishing front this month, especially as a friend has just published her A to Z Challenge yesterday, and that motivates me to get my butt in gear.

Three stories finished but none published yet? I need to get cracking!

Something was forgotten

Daily: 207 fiction, 436 total

Greetings and salutations! (I just realized I got that from a Minecraft YouTuber, Rendog.) I forgot to do a weekly review on Monday! Guess what we’re going to do today, for last Monday through Sunday?

I may have mentioned that last week I ratcheted down the writing purposely thinking I would spend more time editing and getting Space Cats ready for publishing. I didn’t want to start a new project that would produce lots of words because then I wouldn’t have time for editing, etc. But then I didn’t actually do a lot of editing, either. So it wasn’t exactly a win, but not precisely a fail, either.

Here’s what the writing looked like for last week:

 

Also, there’s this:

April fiction total: 12,217
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002 Words: 5,774

I expected to report the new publication of two new works, but that didn’t happen. And if I’m honest, it may not happen this week, either. It’s been a year since I self-published anything, and it’s time-consuming when it hasn’t been done for a while. All the routines I developed have faded (naturally), and I need to rebuild them.

At this point, Space Cats has an ebook cover. I need to sweep through one last time and fix a few more things that are confusing and inconsistent. The ebook is formatted, and probably ready for game time. After the last edits are done, I can set up the print formatting, and finally the cover. The print cover is the most time-consuming if I remember correctly. It took four proof copies of The 27th Letter before I got everything right. I think familiarity with InDesign was my biggest problem, and so that issue should be a non-issue this time around.

I should probably remember to mention yesterday’s words while I’m here. They’re in the header, too, which is helpful. 207/436 (fiction/total).

Bam.

Happy Wednesday!

A new week!

Every week I need to go search for the stat block I used the week before. I never come prepared, I just start typing and then think, oh! Hey! I need that thing!

Yesterday was fun, with a spur-of-the-moment trip to IKEA. I knew before I went exactly what I wanted and where it was in the warehouse, but then I spent five minutes once we’d found it waffling between the wood that matches my house, or the wood that matches some of the other furniture I’ve purchased from there. I went with the former, and the cushions on the chair I bought matches the latter. It should all be good.

Yesterday I wrote 254 words, for a total of 455. My fiction average is 480, down again from the day I got it to 499. I also wrote 1,077 freewriting words, which I’m not going to total with anything else except itself. It was immensely helpful in getting at least a little direction for the last bit of story. I don’t know if it will always be this way, but with the past few NaNo novels I’ve done I start to falter about 2/3 of the way through and lose sense of the story. I start to wander, and this at least has pointed the way to the finish line.

To review the week:

Weekly total words: 4,192
Weekly total fiction words: 2,399
Weekly total blog words: 1,793
Difference from last week: 65%
Weekly rank: 6 (of 9)

Overall, a huge improvement over the week before. And having more fiction than blog words is what I really appreciate seeing. It wasn’t a daily habit, but maybe this week.

Also, what the heck, February! I know it has 28 days, but for some reason, the fact that March is just two days away now is startling. I wasn’t ready.