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!

Breaks, Oil, and Photographs

I have a friend who does amazing three item titles for her blog posts. She does it much better than I do.

Yesterday on the way to my writing group my breaks started sticking after I needed to stop suddenly in highway traffic. And I need an oil change, so I called my preferred shop. I called twice before I got through, and then they asked to call me back. A half hour before they closed they finally returned my call, so they must have been quite busy. (I’m not complaining, just noting.)

I wrote a bit – 167 fiction words that I need to completely rearrange this morning and 446 total words. I didn’t get much editing done, but I did get a coupon for a 50% off coupon for a stock photo subscription.

I’m torn. I could totally use the subscription. Right now hiring a cover designer is outside of my budget, but $50 for 300 images, assuming I remember to get them all in time, is exactly inside it. But Spot (my car) will need breaks, or at least something caliper somethingorother. Last night I think I had settled on not ordering the images, but now I’m double thinking that again. Because that’s what I do! Analysis paralysis for the win!

This post was written by zombies

A green outline around a pink box with the words Tuesday is Funday! over a background of an outdoor table and chair on the second floor of a local grocery store

In case there was any doubt, that would be me (and Junior Youth), and it would be because I found a new novel to chew through and it’s a lovely Cinderella story. A Kiss at Midnight, it’s called, by Eloisa James. The Cinderella character is angry, and talks back to her step-mother, and I love it. She’s snarky.

Yesterday was Junior Youth’s orchestral concert with the elementary, middle school, and high-school orchestra. 300 kids from 6 schools (our district has 4 elementary schools) that had gotten together for the first time only two hours before the concert to rehearse.

They did a lovely job.

I only wrote (as a result) 128 fiction words (and 556 total). I did some editing on 001, read a little less than 39% of my book, watched more YouTube than I should (Alyse from Raw Alignment did something clickbaity and was upset when everyone called her on it, then changed the title of the video and posted an apology – I think she should have stuck with it and addressed it next time quickly with no apology), and…I think that’s it. (Now Grammarly is going to tell me that’s an unnecessary ellipsis. Grammarly, why don’t you love the ellipses? They are all unnecessary to you!)

Today is Tuesday, and I look forward to traditional Tuesday activities, through this sleepy haze I’m still trying to operate under.  That’s all I can think of, for now. Bai!

Ta-da!

Today is here! It is Friday. It shall be the best Friday this month has had in 2017, I just know it!

I observed this morning that if I want to keep waking at 5 a.m. in the morning, I’m going to need to haul my butt to bed earlier than 10:30 p.m. I have a feeling I’ll need a nap by the time the day is over.

Yesterday I wrote 1,469 words of fiction (1,773 total). They’re good words, and I thought I was done with 003, but it turns out I’m not. There’s a little rounding out to do at the end, I think. Maybe. It’s entirely possible it’s not the short story I thought it was, but a longer piece. I’m not sure.

Today, aside from Friday, is the day a friend needs tons of positive thoughts, so if you care to throw them at the blog, I’ll then shove them in that friend’s direction. Thank you.

Before the storm

Yesterday was productive, with acquiring of bookcases (5-shelf, quantity: three), grocery shopping, money, watching Arrival, also watching 2012, and lots of positive thinking.

I wrote 217 words just under the wire before I went to bed, and made 417 words total. And, since it’s Monday, I also get to spam you with numbers about last week!

Weekly total words: 5,889
Weekly total fiction words: 4,058
Weekly total blog words: 1,831
Difference from last week: 45%
Weekly rank: 4 (of 11)
March fiction total: 5,690
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615

I’m motivated seeing those monthly totals. January was a darn good month! I’ll make March that good, too. Today feels like a good day to write.

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.