Sharing the love

1,258 fiction words, 1,495 total words

Junior Youth and I just made heart hands at each other. JY said, “I love the Pop Tarts and you,” and I was quick to note that Pop Tarts ranked higher. Ah, the magic of premade breakfast pastries.

I wrote a decent amount yesterday.

1,258 fiction words, 1,495 total words

Most of it was in the morning. I intended to write another 1,000 in the evening, but I ended up watching three episodes of Call the Midwife instead. I declared it self-care and do not regret it one bit.

I definitely feel back in the game, though. While I’ve missed my 5 a.m. alarm the last two days (yesterday because I was up until midnight with CtM), once I got up I’ve been up. I know it’s only two days, but it feels a lot different than when I was feeling sick.

Today’s a new day. Wish me luck!

Such Weird

266 fiction words, 700 total words

I feel like I’m struggling with blog titles lately. Such weird.

I read an interesting article by a writer I want to emulate about Beta Readers. The gist was that you should really trust your own writing and develop your own voice. I like that, but I also think sometimes I like to hear what my friends think, and sometimes it’s valuable to get a second set of eyes on my writing.

But I also think that what I read makes a lot of sense. Trust yourself, your writing, and keep learning. I like that path, and I’ll be trying to stick to it.

I also made a comment, asking whether Advance Teams fall under the same umbrella as beta readers, and the jury is still out for this particular author. Naturally, I got a little excited to receive any reply at all. Fangirl moment, achieved. 🙂

Here’s the article if you’re interested. If we’re friends on Facebook, you’ve already seen it and can skip it.

266 fiction words, 700 total words

I don’t like that I keep making excuses for low word counts. Last night I simply chose Project Runway over words. It was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I took the time to watch it.

Today is laundry, and so I won’t get many words written, but I have already gotten some important things accomplished. It’s a good day so far, and I’m enjoying the time with Elder Youth.

Fragile

1,334 fiction words, 1,612 total words

I’m having a rough time getting up and moving this morning. Apparently, I missed my alarm somehow, even though it’s backed up by my Fitbit and usually, the combination is enough to jolt me out of bed. This morning DH needed to say something to get me out of bed.

Well, I’m here now.

I wrote a bit yesterday, though not as much as I intended.

1,334 fiction words, 1,612 total words

Today I’d like to simply set a goal to repeat that number. Finishing the short story I started Sunday seems like almost too much to ask.

Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!

Welcome to the weekend!

909 fiction words, 1,063 total words

Greetings and salutations! I’m sitting and relaxing today watching a Minecraft Livestream on Twitch with Elder Youth. I have a feeling that today will be less writing and more research/learning, simply because with all the laundry interruptions, I tend to get less written.

If anything.

909 fiction words, 1,063 total words

Yesterday’s words were good, as you can see. I finished a story in the morning, cleaned up a bunch of spilled water from flowers I foolishly left on my desk during my shower, and then published it under a pen name in the evening. There’s a little bit of housekeeping to do with that still, and then I will start learning things.

I used to write romance. I haven’t in a while for I don’t know why. I like reading romance – it’s actually my favorite genre. So today’s learning is going to focus on romance novel “beats” (a new word I learned this week) and “hooks” (which I knew about but didn’t have the word for it).

Also under the, “I learned this” umbrella I need to think about whether I would put romance under a pen name or not. I’m inclined to not. I’m thinking that I could do enough branding of romance novel covers to distinguish between that and the rest of the things I write, whether they’re fantasy or science fiction or some weird mash of the two.

The argument with pen names, as I understand it, is that you want readers to be confidant about what you write so they don’t pick up something new expecting romance and then get totally squicked out when you actually wrote horror. I think I can accomplish this with branding and covers. If you have thoughts you’d like to share on this, I’d love to hear them. 🙂

Getting into the groove

1,555 fiction words, 1,820 total words

I had another nice writing day yesterday.

1,555 fiction words, 1,820 total words

Getting back into the habit of writing at close to NaNo speed feels good. I wrote a few words last night at our writing group and planned to write more once I got home. But after doing some housekeeping kind of tasks, I realized I was exhausted. An early, ten o’clock bedtime should have really invigorated me, but when I woke this morning I was groggy and feeling almost sick. (Cold sick, not nauseous, thankfully.)

We’ll see how that plays out. After orange juice and my regular breakfast, I feel like usual. After my second cup of coffee I should be raring to go.

There’s a meeting first thing this morning at the office, so I need to make sure I get out of the house in time, and that means a little less writing time than usual. As long as I take time to make breakfast. I have a couple heads of romaine to cut up, and a new salad spinner to test.

Just a quick post

4,958 fiction words, 5,584 total words

Yesterday was the first day I tried to write/publish in a day. Well, I finished the short before bed but didn’t get it published. I’m working on that now, so this will be a quick post.

4,958 fiction words, 5,584 total words

Which is why that number is quite so large. 🙂 I’m pleased with the story, and I’m glad it’s done. I wanted to try again today, and I’m sure I’ll start, and I may even finish the story, but I’m not certain publishing two shorts in one day is going to happen.

And now to the week!

Another number two week! I’m pleased. I had two 1K+ days, and then yesterday when I wrote nearly 5K. Is good. I’d like to smash my number one week this week, and I may manage it if I get a 5K day today and then again next Sunday. I’m kind of giving up on Saturday – there are ridiculous amounts of interruptions when doing laundry.

That’s all for today! I think the things I was waiting on are finally ready to go.

The day after exhaustion

1,102 fiction words, 1,962 total words

Last night I was so tired after I finished that Monthly Review post that I promptly stretched out on the sofa and fell asleep. I stayed there for a few hours, and when I woke after midnight, I just went straight up to bed instead of logging more words.

For some reason, my Fitbit didn’t log my sleep on the sofa, only in bed. So it said I got 6 hours, but it was really more like 8-10. I think? Well, anyway. So I’ll have to start noting when I go to bed in case it keeps failing me.

I still did a decent job with words yesterday.

1,102 fiction words, 1,962 total words

I was hoping September could be a 1,667/day month, but that is not to be. Maybe a 1K/day month. We’ll see how things go – I am looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish.

(For what it’s worth, I’m currently a little sleepy and quite distracted. Laundry is taking it out of me, I guess.)

September!

679 fiction words, 899 total words

I typed the title and then realized just how much stuff I need to do right now. Blarghl. Oh well!

September has arrived. I have a wedding anniversary this month shortly before the anniversary of quite a bit of terror in this country. There’s a three day weekend coming up tomorrow. I have some school supplies I need to get for Junior Youth. There’s another post due today, and and then I need to get the Income/Expenses post up on time this month instead of forgetting it completely like in August.

Speaking of August, why are sales so dismal in August? I haven’t got enough skin in the game to notice myself, but I’ve heard from others and I thought I’d drop the question here. I have two readers who might have input. I think the general theory is “end of summer”-itis, but there might be more to it.

Today I get to work in a different building than usual, and I’m out of both salad material and smoothie basics, so I think I’ll probably end up going out for lunch. I have a little bit of cash yet. I think there are bananas in my future. 🙂 Oh, and I need to get some of the ripe ones in the fridge soon. Oops…

Yesterday I was exhausted so I didn’t get much written. My mind was shot, but I made a decent stab at it in the morning.

679 fiction words, 899 total words

I’ll do better today.

Oh, the other thing I did yesterday was more of a thing I didn’t do. There was a limited time opportunity that honestly, is probably exactly what I need. It was a good deal (compared to its regular pricing), but still a lot of money. I was on the fence, and just about to commit, and then I went online to check one of the (free) communities I’m already a part of. Almost immediately I realized that community was not only all I need (in the immediate present) but also my best tool. So I decided against the opportunity (ultimately it’s still available but at a higher price). There may be a time down the road when I go that route, but right now, I need to focus on other things.

Is good. I’m happy.

That’s not a typo, either

408 fiction words, 703 total words

After such an astounding writing day yesterday, I’d like to report another such day today. But when I spent most of yesterday researching and publishing, I was only able to squeeze a few words in at the end before I collapsed last night.

408 fiction words, 703 total words

So while it’s nowhere near the 5,000+ from Sunday, I’m satisfied.

Yesterday was the Youth’s first day of school. Elder Youth received news that many school supplies won’t be needed. Calculators for math will be assigned, and the school is really trying to go paperless, so hardly any other notebooks/folders/binders will be needed at all. My pocketbook is thrilled at this.

I haven’t heard as much from Junior Youth, but as it’s the same school district it’s not unreasonable to expect the same from that grade as well. They are still involved with tours and learning the layout of the new building, so perhaps I’ll hear in the next couple of days.

I did manage to forget “first day of school” photos. It’s not the first time, nor certainly the last, that such things have been neglected. I’ll make up for it today.

Other goals for today include another short story, although probably not all of it in one go. That will need to be reserved for weekends unless I learn to write faster. Technically a repeat is possible in a little over two hours, but I’m not skilled at making decisions about the story that quickly yet.

Soon. I will practice, and I will get there soon.

Sunday, the Day Before

710 fiction words, 803 total words

I have a touch of anxiety on my children’s behalf for tomorrow, the first day of the thing that shall not be named. Junior Youth is looking forward to it least, certainly. Elder Youth is looking forward to it a bit more than that, but still not to be interpreted as excitement. My anxiety stems from what will happen when they get home. Will they need tons of supplies? Will they make friends?

I shouldn’t worry, but I am rather good at it.

Words. I wrote words yesterday.

710 fiction words, 803 total words

I was studying some more, reading and trying to learn from the experience of others. And on a similar note, I was given access to Lynda.com on Friday, so there are all sorts of stuff to learn there, too. Know any classes I should take?

Today I haven’t written anything yet, but I did go grocery shopping. I thought I was doing good until I got everything rung up at my last stop and found out that I had done the exact opposite of “good”. I had done poorly, as far as my checkbook was concerned. Tsk.

I’ll get better at it, eventually. Hopefully, I managed to purchase enough items that next week, there will be less that is needed. Fingers crossed.