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.

April Review

April Review

Oh, April. You were a good month for words, but not a great month for streaks.

Hai! I’m back with numbers for April, which, as I mentioned, was a good month for words. Actually, at 15,814 fiction words, it came in second place behind January (18,615) and before March (12,576). My average fiction words per day in April, then, come to 527 (although it still stands at 469 for the year).

My blog words came in at 10,456. I’m happy they’re lower – they should be! And if the balance ever tips in the other direction, that’ll be a good measure of when my priorities have slid. (Or perhaps that something is really wrong. One of those.)

My best writing day was April Fool’s Day, with 2,613 words. It was a Saturday, which makes sense, and apparently, the writing was all in one piece. I noted that I was in the process of both 002 and 003, so I’m not sure which one got all the words. I’m going to guess it was 003 since that was the day I started it.

Let’s see – other things that managed in April. I started (and finished) a short story for a pen name (003), I watched a lot of movies, I read a lot of books, and I successfully finished the A to Z blogging challenge (except for the fact that I rarely was able to find time to comment on other blogs, and I didn’t add my posts to the blog posts on the A to Z website).

Something I didn’t manage in April was to get my daily average word per day up to 2,000. That was a long shot, and I forgot about it nearly as soon as I made the goal, actually. I could be funny and make my May goal to simply remember that I made a May goal, but that’s no fun.

I think May’s goal is to get the three finished works I have in my pile published no later than the 15th and to finish and publish at least one more work by the end of the month. That will mean getting a system in place, having templates, and trying not to be so particular. A lot of the time my “good enough” is really rather good. Too much attention can spoil it. I don’t always know when to step back, but if I want to get four things published this month, I’ll have to work at that.

Wish me luck. 🙂

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!

March Review

The words March Review on a green text box with green outline over a blurred out spreadsheet

The first of the month has so much for me to catch up on. Like how March went in terms of writing! I’m thrilled to have remembered, actually.

I wrote 12,576 fiction words in March which is a 2,864-word improvement over February. I also wrote 8,695 blog words, and the difference between blog and fiction words is growing nicely.

My best writing day came on Sunday, March 19th with 1,228 words – also the day I finished Space Cats from Space! (No, I haven’t yet decided on a title, actually. Why do you ask?) Perhaps slightly unrelated, I noted on the very next day what an amazing Monday I had, and the good days continued for nearly two weeks straight. I’m very happy (har har) about that, streak though it has nothing to do with writing.

My average fiction words per day in March was 406. That is a higher number than February (329), but much less than January (600). I’m pleased it went up after February, but desire it to go up even more in April. Much, much more.

My goal for April: AVG FicWPD => 2,000

Since April is also Camp NaNoWriMo as well as the A to Z Challenge (guess who needs to start pre-scheduling some posts!), I may not have a problem reaching that goal.

On March 1st I wrote, “My big goal for March is to finish this story I’ve been struggling with since December.” And I did that! I’m very proud of myself, and I am at this very moment neck deep into two projects. I might have known that Space Cats would have gotten ditched if I went and started something else, but right now I’m equally confident that A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof isn’t going anywhere.I’m involved in a new project today for

So I am involved in a new project today for Camp, and it’s going under a pen name. (I don’t have a title yet. So far, it’s 003.) I hope to manage four short stories in the same “world” to present as individual shorts as well as a collection at some point. We’ll see.

So that’s March! April is going to be awesome, and I look forward to talking about it with you in 30 days!

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.

February Review

February was a month with more moving than January if such a thing is possible. (Hint: it is.) So I wrote less by virtue of having much less energy.

But I still wrote every single day. So that’s fantastic, really!

I wrote 9,712 fiction words in February and 7,230 blog words. Yay, more fiction than blogs! As it should be.

My best writing day was Saturday, February 4th, when I did a writing marathon with a few friends. There’s another one of those this month, but I probably won’t make the entire tour. Hopefully, I’ll beat that word count, though, of 2,051.

My average fiction word count in February was 329 words per day. That is not great, but again: exhaustion. I had a nice cold in there, too. There were 8 days when I got less than 100 fiction words per day, and I think I would be pleased with myself if I managed not to let that happen again this year.

My big goal for March is to finish this story I’ve been struggling with since December. I probably shouldn’t feel like I can’t start another project until it’s done, but I do. I know if I walk away from it, that’ll be it. I’ll never go back. At least I have an ending in sight to aim for.

On February 1st I wrote:

I will get up to the higher number in March when several other things in Life have settled down.

Well, at the very least, Life has stopped with the “moving”. I don’t know about “settled down”, though. We shall see.

Thanks for stopping by!

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.

Ctrl + Alt + Del

Yesterday was moving, and throwing stuff away, and getting people in to claim furniture and cabinets, and move more stuff, and I don’t even know, except it took nine hours to get done.

But it’s all over. At least the moving out part. Now there’s a new challenge of moving things in, and straightening up the new place, getting it ready and looking like nobody is there for an inspection on Wednesday, and after that, to hopefully get the place ready for people to work.

It’s going to be a tight fit, but I think we can do it.

At any rate, with the outside work that happened yesterday, I squeezed in 269 words yesterday morning and had a grand total of 599 between blogs and fiction. I hope to do the same this morning, and continue to do so until I beat this cold and have a little more energy in the evenings. I hope to see that by the end of the week.

Oh! And I should review last week here, too.

Weekly total words: 4,266
Weekly total fiction words: 2,331
Weekly total blog words: 1,935
Difference from last week: -24%
Weekly rank: 5 (of 7)

Overall, writing is slow simply because of time. When I have the time to write, I need to sleep to try to get over this cold, or simply because I’m too exhausted to write. The end result is during my usual writing time in the evenings, I’m sleeping. Hopefully it’s just a work sick (working too hard, too much time in and out of the warm and cold temps), and not an actual sick that will drag me down further.

Fevers are not allowed, you hear?