Sleepy

392 fiction words, 679 total words

I’m much more tired this morning than I have been in a while. Maybe sluggish is a better word for it. Yesterday I only had 12 oz of coffee – would that be it? Unknown.

I was sluggish and tired last night as well, which is why I didn’t get as many words as I have the past two days.

392 fiction words, 679 total words

I woke early yesterday, too. I didn’t take my morning half hour to write, though. I had made the smoothie and spent some extra time getting ready, and then headed into work early. There was an errand smack in the middle of my day, so I wanted to get a jump-start on work so it didn’t feel so odd going in for less than two hours, then leaving right away.

Today, though. Today I can take the time.

Oh, I’ve been adding less and less sugar and creamer to my coffee every morning in hopes that I can eliminate them both from my routine. It will make coffee prep faster, for one, and also the reason I switched to coffee was less sugar. It would be great if I could stop adding sugar to the thing I’m getting less sugar from. Hehehe.

Lessons Learned

826 fiction words, 1,188 total words
  1. Writing in the morning immediately after my shower for 30 minutes is still working well. I shall continue.
  2. The cats don’t like the new blender. I will try not to feed them before playing with my toys so they still have an appetite when breakfast rolls around.

826 fiction words, 1,188 total words

Yesterday was good. Like I said, I wrote in the morning after my shower in time I would usually just screw around on the Internets, not really doing anything. It worked out, though I didn’t write for the full 30, losing a few minutes at the end to Distractions.

I had a really full supper last night, and oy – I’m never doing that again. I almost wasn’t hungry still this morning. It’s been a really long time since I ate quite that much.

Today will be a strange day as I head off to work early, leave work for an early, long lunch full of errands, so I can return to the office again in the afternoon. I kind of hate when I have to schedule things like that, but I forgot the paperwork I needed for today to get things done in the morning. It should actually work out for the better, in the end, I think.

We’ll see.

I have a WordPress.com blog at niicki.wordpress.com. I have used it and not used it over the years as I get distracted by Things and Stuff. I’ve kicked it up again to start talking about all the weird new things I’m doing to my body these days – healthy food, stuff like that. You’re welcome to go over if you like, and you’re welcome to ignore it, too. It’s mostly for me, I think. I’m not entirely sure yet.

Morning, Week 33

152 fiction words, 236 total words

Last week was super productive! Just not in the words department.

152 fiction words, 236 total words

Yesterday at Costco and Whole Foods was fun! I will likely never shop at Whole Foods again unless I need something specific or unusual. But Costco was a win. Desk fan, scale, paper towel dispenser, and some food I love but don’t usually buy in bulk. Nom.

The week, while productive, was not wordy. I was focused on food, oddly enough, and I washed dishes nearly every night and cooked for the family more than usual. Then in the evenings when I usually write, I was focused on food videos (damn you, YouTube, for being so helpful!) and research.

August fiction total: 696
July fiction total:
 9,303
June fiction total: 10,577
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: 82,905

Mrowr

168 fiction words, 309 total words

You get cat sounds tonight. My cats have been very vocal lately. I wonder if it’s the heat, or just a general desire for attention, but it’s not clear. They’re also still having fun on their brand new play place, the loveseat sofa sitting upended in my living room. It’ll go away Sunday. The bed will be here for another couple weeks, but that will give the cats new hiding spots, and that’s OK.

There are some really neat cat installations involving posts of about 1′ to 2′ that emerge from the wall horizontal to the floor and are wrapped with sisal rope. I’d like to do something like that someday.

Yesterday I struggled with writing, and I went to bed early thinking I would easily wake this morning to write. To a certain extent, this was correct. Just before 7 a.m. Elder Youth knocked firmly on my door, ripping me from my dream to let me know that something was dripping in the kitchen, and Junior Youth was “freaking out”.

Well, Junior Youth nailed it. There was water coming in the kitchen, and pots and pans were pulled out to catch it. (The house has quirks.) Elder Youth was unimpressed, but Junior Youth definitely got all the points this morning.

Speaking of words last night:

168 fiction words, 309 total words

And tonight is starting late for my routines, but I got a lot of other things done today. (Returning the bass was not among those things, unfortunately.) All is good.

Late night naps

118 fiction words, 913 total words

I have been getting a lot of sleep lately. More than I probably should, although I’ve never really established how much sleep I need to function optimally. I can survive with six hours, but am I really a seven-hour-a-night person? Eight? I should sort that out for reals and for goods.

Yesterday was cool, except I seem to perhaps be dancing on the fringes of a cold. Thus, the extra sleep. Anyway, I had a normal work day, a slow writing day, and I wrote a book review. I had no idea I was going to be adding book reviews to the site, but someone asked for my opinion on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and so I wrote that one. Bottom line? Hokey, but I felt it was right up my alley. Have I acted on it yet? No. Sleep. See the issue?

118 fiction words, 913 total words

Teeny tiny fiction words, huge total words (because the book review was long).

I hope to make up for it today, but it’s already 9:30 in the evening. So the odds are not great.

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!

 

The end of the distractions

607 fiction words, 1,066 total words

Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll find more distractions in the form of Minecraft YouTube videos, or movies, or something. There will always be something.

Despite distractions, despite not waking up to write early, I managed more fiction words than blog words, which is the baseline goal right now. 607 fiction words (1,066 total words) got added to the story, and I kind of didn’t hate them. It helps the story to write larger chunks, that much is clear. It helps the story move toward the ending as well. I’m sure readers will see (if I don’t rewrite it) where I was only adding a few words at a time.

There’s really not much more to say about yesterday. It was a Monday, and I made it through my office job. I wrote even though I was watching TV, and I went to bed at a reasonable time.

Happy Tuesday!

Netflixing, except with Amazon

24 fiction words, 848 total words

Would that be “Priming”? I’m not certain. It doesn’t matter. Season 5, Episode 5. I’m entranced, and it looks like it won’t let up for another season and a half. I might as well get it out of my system. I’ll take a break sometime around 9-ish and get some words in, then go back to it.

Might as well admit when I’m beaten, yes?

I wrote words last night to keep a streak – 24 fiction words. Blog words went much better, at 848 total words, due to the monthly review that let me blather on. (See? Downton Abbey. Right there. Proof. Thank you, Mrs. Hughes.)

The day was fine until I got home. I mentioned yesterday with the photo of the cat what happened, so I won’t rehash it. Suffice to say that I hope everyone is now better informed about what to do when a cat doesn’t show up for lunch. There aren’t many places to hide.

And today I’ve just been swimming in guilt. And watching TV. I’ll stop now and post a pretty picture and yeah.

Yesterday was yesterday

303 fiction words, 682 total words

At this very moment, I am battling hiccups. I hate hiccups. I don’t mind sneezes, though. But the hiccups are distracting and irritating. Not painful yet, but sometimes they are that.

Okay, they’re gone. Now I can focus!

I’m looking back at my #bujo for yesterday. I remember being very productive in the evening, but thinking on it further (and taking a peek at my notes), yeah. Not so much.

I mean, playing Minecraft while watching Minecraft is lots of fun! And I got a lot done on our small family server, having built a fish farm and found more diamonds.

But that’s not writing, and I’m not a YouTuber, I’m a writer. So!

I wrote 303 fiction words just before bedtime on the Y entry for A Brief History, and if I can finish up that today, I’ll just have X and Z to do before that’s done. It’s entirely possible I’ll have that completed and ready for editing/publishing.

And I had 682 words total. Not bad, not good, just words.

I’m aiming for more today!