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?

End one week, start another

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Yesterday started late and ended accordingly. It was a long day of Internet-free writing possibility which didn’t manifest quite as I intended. It ended up being a day of attempted Internet repair, and I came to the conclusion that there’s a critical step when setting up Modems that I simply don’t understand. As I pushed to get a critical task finished, and achieved it late, writing had to take a back seat. I squeezed in 151 blog words and 253 fiction words on Sunday.

Toward the end of the day I pushed to get a critical task finished and achieved it late in the evening, and writing had to take a back seat. I squeezed in 151 blog words and 253 fiction words.

I had a decent showing last week overall.

Weekly total words: 5,605
Weekly total fiction words: 3,721
Weekly total blog words: 1,884
Difference from last week: -15%
Weekly rank: 4 (of 6)

And, currently, I’m at a 36-day writing and blogging streak! My photo challenge is at a 29 day streak, and I think I may break that count out into a separate column in my spreadsheet so it will be easier to see the streak. I’m pleased, as this might not be my longest writing streak, but it is the longest one I’ve tracked.

January Review

Had I thought of this idea this morning, I would have made my morning post a monthly summary. But I didn’t, and I don’t want to wait until tomorrow to get it done.

January was amazing for me with my writing! I wrote 18,615 words during January. It’s not NaNoWriMo level, but I feel good about these words. I don’t feel like there are huge chunks that are awful because I already took those out.

And though I had some very slow writing days, my average was about 600 words per day. Not what I want, but better than I managed any other month last year, I’m sure. With one possible exception. I could go and look, and I may at some point. But not tonight.

I blogged a lot, too. With an average of 289 blog words per day, I came in at a total of 8,960. I didn’t miss a day (I sort of missed a photo challenge day, but not really), and I feel good about that streak as well.

My goal for January was (vaguely) to finish Space Cats from Space Earth. That didn’t happen. I’m about 1/3 of the way through it at this point, I believe, and I’m started to get people in trouble. It feels like it’s picking up speed, too. I hope.

I also wanted to be writing at pulp speed – about 2,750 words per day. That did not happen. I will have to really pick it up to get to that average. I think, realistically, with my office job I will aim instead for a February average of 1,500 words per day. I will get up to the higher number in March when several other things in Life have settled down.

So January is over, and February is definitely here. I’m heading to bed early tonight to recover from today, and hopefully get a lot done tomorrow.

See you then!

A (surprisingly) good week

I shouldn’t be surprised, though. It’s what I should expect from myself every week.

It was busy, though. Not your usual, boring, go-to-work-come-home-write-sleep-wake-up-write series of days.

Tuesday involved a lot of steps, stairs, and lifting.

Friday involved a lot of interruptions.

Saturday and Sunday didn’t involve a usual trip for laundry – my husband took care of that for me.

But it wound up being good for words.

Weekly total words: 6,611
Weekly total fiction words: 4,732
Weekly total blog words: 1,879
Difference from last week: +75%
Weekly rank: 2 (of 5)
Average weekly total words: 5,254
Difference in average words from last week: +7%
This week’s average word count: 944

The last two days especially have been good, both topping 1,000 for the first time in more than two weeks. Maybe I had just hit the 1/3 point of the story, and that was the reason for the slowdown. Whatever the case, I’m glad things are picking up again.

Here’s hoping today is just as good as the past two days!

Good morning, Sunshine

Mornings when I can wake up by 5 a.m. when I’ve gone to bed by 11 p.m. the night before always feel so damn productive. I only wrote for a half hour, but I got 600 words already this morning, and I’m pleased. That will probably set the mood for the entire day, and I’m grateful for that.

This past weekend, although I’ve already shared a lot of it, was incredibly productive. I walked a lot on Saturday, not only reaching my step goal but my stairs goal as well of 10 flights. It seems like such things should be easier since I live in a 2-story home and work in a building with two levels, but I don’t often get the stairs goal. I also did a lot of driving, got a new set of tires for the car, ran errands (although not the grocery shopping), and was generally busy both days.

Looking ahead, I have a feeling the next few weeks will be the same. There will be lots of moving things, driving, walking, stairs…lots of opportunity for exercise. If I think about it that way, perhaps it won’t seem as much like work.

So words! I did not have a great writing week, but despite an all-time low (for this year) of 14 words, I wrote every single day, and I’m grateful for that. Here are the numbers:

Weekly total words: 3,782
Weekly total fiction words: 1,770
Weekly total blog words: 2,012
Difference from last week: -43%
Weekly rank: 3 (of 4)
Average weekly words: 4,052
Difference in average words from last week: -7%

I’m focusing on the fact that I wrote every day, and not that I wrote less fiction this week than I wanted my daily goal to be at the beginning of the year. I’m going to work up to that. I really am.

Poor Miss Blankenship

I’ve been watching entirely too much Mad Men lately. I wish they had more characters like Miss Blankenship. You may have deduced from the post title that something just happened to her, and you would be right. It was a fairly amusing scene, despite the loss of a character.

I worked out some words last night. I started this story hoping it could be a “right the first time” story, but I’m afraid I’ve made so many changes that I don’t really know what’s going on anymore. I referred to magic in the first chapter, and now it’s pure science. I took out the one reference I found, and I can search for the rest, but have I insinuated something I missed?

I suppose that’s why folks have beta readers. I love my writing group, by the way. Have I mentioned that? I love everyone who shows up because everyone has such different strengths and insight.

On to business: I managed more fiction than blog words yesterday, writing 424 in fiction and 357 on the blog. I’m grateful for the upward swing in count, my best fiction day all week. I’d like to improve more on it today, and hopefully I will have the time because at about 2 p.m. I have an appointment to get a nail removed from a tire. I’ll take the computer. The appointment could take 30 minutes or 120, or more. Think of all the writing I could do!