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!