Week of Firsts and Bests

974 fiction words, 1,231 total words

Vehicle in the shop aside, it’s been a good week. I have made it my best week for words, and now I have made it my first 10K word week with yesterday’s writing. The only thing left is to write more than 2,613 words today to polish everything off.

These things come in threes, you know.

974 fiction words, 1,231 total words

There’s not much to add from yesterday. I went to bed early and woke up about 10 hours later. I was quite tired, so that worked out well.

Today is writing day. I think I’m going to put a half hour into my current story, and then give the rest of my day to a follow-up short story to one I wrote in April under a pen name. One of Heinlein’s rules is that you must finish what you start, and so far I’ve done that all year. I don’t want to ruin that now.

Simmering Hunger

1,045 fiction words, 1,382 total words

That subject reads like a romance novel. It’s better than my first subject, though, that was just “Waaah.” Yeah, I don’t know.

So it’s laundry day. It’s taking more time lately because we’re also doing my grandmother’s laundry. I woke at 7 this morning, though, and we got a nice and early start. Hopefully, that will help and we’ll get back home while people are still awake and able to help with bringing things in.

Yesterday was a good day, right up until it wasn’t. I had an amazing smoothie experience for my morning snack, I had a good lunch, and I was going to go to a friend’s party.

And then the time came for the party, and I was scared (I have a little bit of social anxiety), and then I remembered I was supposed to do something with Elder Youth that evening, and he’d been really excited about it, so I was not only scared but sad that I’d disappointed him.

I told my friend I couldn’t come to the party and went home to find a minor plumbing issue in process. I helped deal with that, then did the thing with Elder Youth (which was fun.

My day ended with a considerable amount of stress over household finances, and yeah. Quite ugh.

But, I wrote a few words:

1,045 fiction words, 1,382 total words

And I blogged over at the other place (veg*ism).

And I just figured out that I hadn’t had my spreadsheet set up correctly for the past few days, and so I wrote a few more “total words” over the past day or three than I actually reported. (It’s okay – it’s the fiction words that really count.)

That was a completely rambly post, but I think I’m done now. Today has been better so far, although I’m starving right now. I’m going to go visit a place with lots of produce and buy a bit of food. Kale, since I’m out now. Bananas. Sweet potatoes. And maybe that’s it I think. Parsley, I think, because I’d like to make some Tabouleh. I’m armed with my mom’s recipe.

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.

Distracted Cat

186 fiction words, 369 total words

If my cats were superheroes, we’d have InvisiKitty and Distractacat. I know we have another name floating around, but I’ve forgotten it due to the early hours of the day.

Yesterday I lost a yam. I had it on Sunday when I went shopping, and I brought it home, I’m certain. But last night when I went to try roasting vegetables for the first time (they were amazing, by the way), my yam was gone! I looked in the fridge, in the freezer, on the floor, under the radiator, by the cat sand, and in the trash.

No yam. I have no idea what’s happened to that particular vegetable. I suppose I should check my car, on the chance that it fell out in the back and it’s just been rolling around for the past several days. And I know I need to buy another yam because those veggies (potatoes and carrots) were delicious and I’m definitely going to do that again, but the missing veggie would have been amazing

Anyway! I was distracted by the washing of dishes and vegetables and making of supper and YouTube videos (when am I not? This is now, officially, a Problem), so I wrote only a little.

186 fiction words, 369 total words

On the other hand, I was in bed by 11 p.m. and I slept pretty well, I think. So I’m ready to try again today.

Woo!

Embarrassing Moments

153 fiction words, 411 total words

I just realized I don’t know a family member’s last name. Mortifying. Easily fixed, though, by admitting I’m a derp and forgetful. It could be I never was told, to be honest, but why haven’t I asked before now? Well, it’s fixed now.

153 fiction words, 411 total words

I finally finished up and published the previously unnamed short story I mentioned editing yesterday. I did that, got the cover done, and got it up for sale this morning. It’s listed under a pen name, so it’s advertised elsewhere.

The words I wrote on my current story, still unnamed, were minimal and written on my phone in bed. It’s a good way to assuage some guilt for not having written during the waking hours, to be honest. And I shouldn’t feel guilty because I did all the publishing work I should have done two months ago. It’s hard to write new material and publish at the same time. Publishing kind of needs all of my attention to be done correctly.

Next time something needs to be published, since I’ve already fallen off my “Write Every Day” wagon for the year several times, I’m just going to take the writing time off. Publication, except for the print proof, only takes a day or so of intense work. Maybe schedule a day or two of vacation to get it done because those are fabulous days to publish things.

And the bright side is if I use enough vacation days to publish stuff that I run out, I’m on the right track for making this my full-time gig!

Ha ha!

Morning/Saturday Fun

375 fiction words, 638 total words

Yes, it’s after one. It still feels like the morning to me.

Laundry – usual.

Writing – usual.

Groceries – usual (DH’s tackling this today).

I still haven’t done my Income & Expenses post for June yet, and I really want to. I hope to carve out time for it today.

375 fiction words, 638 total words

I had the best, craziest dreams last night. One of them is worthy of writing up into a short story, I think. I’m looking forward to that.

For now, on with the day.

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.

Nearly

1,168 fiction words, 1,427 total words

The start of the new week nearly slipped by me. I was sitting down and all like, “This’ll be fast!” And then it occurred to me that I not only need to review the week’s words but also that I forgot to do the Income & Expenses yesterday.

Oops!

So the quick bit, yesterday’s words went like so:

1,168 fiction words, 1,427 total words

And they were fine. Very fine. Spread out, though. I need to work up to NaNo speeds again.

Week 27

The past week went well, as you can see! I started picking things up on Monday and kept it up all week with a little bit of a dip in the middle. I’d like a whole week of 4-digit days, please and thank you.

I don’t have much to say about last week, at this point. It was good. It needs to keep being good. I’m done with my lull, and I’m ready for action. Action. Action. (That’s a good song.)

July fiction total: 1,562
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: 74,468

Get ready for a slew of posts

582 fiction words, 854 total words

It’s the last day of June. It’s the last day of the first half of the year. Tomorrow there will be a month to review, and the day after that there will be Income & Expenses to discuss. So I’ll need to be thinking about that.

582 fiction words, 854 total words

Not a horrible count, if I do say so myself. I wanted more, but I decided sleep was important. I’m quite tired lately, and I wonder if it’s because I’ve used the snooze alarm regularly from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. for the past week. I’m still having dreams in that period, too, so that might be screwing things up.

I’m off for another 3.5 hours of officeness, and then, freedom-ish for the weekend. Lovely!