Hai.

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

Junior youth named today’s post. Sometimes it’s more trouble to think of something good than to just pull something out of someone else’s head. So I have done so. ūüôā

Yesterday was a fabulous day at the office! As fabulous as those things can get, anyway. I managed to get a few errands in, did some reading in the car, found some really interesting things in the book I was ready to set aside as finished even though there’s some stuff yet to read and decided to keep going, etc. My writing all happened at the end of the day, but that’s all right. that will probably happen tonight, too, because I really need the quiet to get it done.

Speaking of words, I wrote 1,365 fiction words yesterday, and 1,776 words total. Very nice! It’s down a bit from yesterday and the day before, but those were weekend days with lots of quiet time. I still broke 1K so there’s nothing¬†to be sad about there. And my daily average is climbing nicely, once more within 5 words of 500. I’m going to get that sucker up there in no time!

Today (as you may have noticed) is Tuesday, and that’s my writing group day. I’m looking forward to hanging out with awesome people who write and not getting any writing done until I get home. Because that’s how we roll. And I love it.

Day after Productive

Yesterday was pretty amazing. It was incredibly productive, happy, and overall quite satisfying. We celebrated a thing and there were gifts that were enjoyed. We had dinner out with family (the company was the best part – the food left quite a bit to be desired), and cake! What day isn’t made a million times better with cake?

The youths and I went to see¬†Power Rangers, too. It was fun, not horrible, kind of campy but not too bad, and I think we all enjoyed it. The popcorn was good, but AMC is a disappointment. The trend now is to have self-serve butter. That’s fine and dandy, but you can’t get the layers, and while I am eternally grateful to my dear friend who comes with me to theaters so I can layer my butter, it’s just not the same when you do it yourself. This is the move that theaters can make that will keep me from attending. Hmph.

But back to good stuff! Words! I wrote all the words, Roxanne (#butcheredQotD). Yesterday got 2,613 fiction words and 3,193 total. I didn’t count the A-Z post because most of those words were already written. Copy and paste doesn’t really count, and I didn’t want to go to the trouble of just calculating the “Before More…” words.

I want to say I knocked the words out of the park. And it feels that way. But I know I can do better! So I will keep working on my speed. So far it’s slow going today, but I still have time. I need to stop worrying so much and just write. I’m going to learn a lot simply by doing, and it won’t feel like work that way.

Okay, I’m off to¬†word more words, and spell-grind more words, and clean at some point because UGH. The cats were fighting this morning and left fur EVERYWHERE, and the living room is driving me crazy, and I need to wash my hands and take medicine because headache.

BAI!

April fools!

The joke is that there’s no joke here. ūüôā April fool’s is one of my least favorite holidays. I can’t take a joke, you see. I have found a couple YouTube video jokes that are fun, but they’re obvious so I can enjoy them. Maybe the day is getting better as I age. Huh.

I wrote 262 fiction words yesterday with 408 words total. I’m also posting from my phone again because Writing Chromebook only for writing, and the kids have hijacked my regular laptop. *insert affectionate, Motherly exasperation here*

Yesterday was one of those days that absolutely defined why I am working to make writing my full time gig. Essentially, I am ready to break into the super scary world of self-employment so I can choose how to deal with the buttheads of the world. I’m sure nobody else knows how that feels ever.

April fools. ūüėČ

Good morning!

Happy Friday, all!

Yesterday I wrote 217 new words for A Brief History of Space Cats and the Care and Feeding Thereof in the morning and worked through a huge chunk of Space Cats from Space Earth in the evening. (I logged 375 total words for the day.)

I’m going to cut this entry (very, very) short. I hope everyone has a lovely day!

Taking my time

Happy Sunday! The day started late, at like noon, which was fabulous, and why this post comes so late. I spent my morning working in my Bullet Journal and my Writing Notebook (which doesn’t necessarily need to be capitalized, but #bujo was, so I didn’t want it to feel left out), and got lots of great notes to start organizing my thoughts on Things.

I wrote a little bit, and feel pretty good about it. Only 195 fiction words, but a total of 698 for the day. Yesterday was more reading and media consumption than anything else, but it was good stuff. Saturday, you know. And quite a bit of thinking.

I did mention talking about my income and expenses as Writer: Starter Edition yesterday. I still plan on doing that. I may not get to it this week. Instead I think I’m ¬†planning on it for next week. It’s the kind of thing I can plan ahead for and put some thought into. I may also only do it once a month. We’ll see about that. For now, we’ll plan it for the first Sunday of every month.

Look at that! I’m thinking ahead and planning things! Heh.

The printed list for the Rock Your Handwriting challenge
Rock Your Handwriting challenge – hosted by @prettyprintsandpaper, @tinyrayofsunshine, @boho.berry, @decadethirty

One last thing. I’m going to be working more in my #bujo in April. It feels right again, where for a long time I was simply surviving from week to week with routine. Adding this back in seems like a small step back to where I was when I started.

Also, for what it’s worth¬†when I was spending the most time in my bullet journal, I was also spending the most time writing. A coincidence? Perhaps, but who cares. I can make time for this.

And the graphic was fun. I like having images in my posts. Click it to go to the host’s page on the project.

And…I think I’m done for today! Sorry that it’s kind of rambly. Actually, not too sorry. I’m having fun.

Deer are looking skinny (and Ideas)

It’s Saturday, and thus laundry day, and if you remember last week I found a deer strolling through the backyard when I was doing laundry. Well, s/he, or a friend of his/hers, decided to stroll by this week for my elder youth to see! The deer was looking a bit scraggly with a winter coat and jutting hips, but I’m not terribly worried. I can see the grass down by the creek that runs behind the house coming through strong and bright, and the temperatures today are lovely and warm. The deer will find food.

I wrote 116 fiction words yesterday and brought in a total of 592 words total for the day. I don’t think I like the way the particular short I’m working on is going, so I may end up striking those and some written the day before. I’ll have to take a look at it when I’m not also inundated with Minecraft.

I had a thought. Sundays, which is the day when I take care of the family finances, I think I’m going to share some general information about my expenses and income that has to do with my writing. I don’t want to be dumping it all out there, but all I can think of is how helpful it would be for me to hear this kind of thing from people who are more successful than me. I’ve gotten teasers of it from some people on Reddit, but I would personally prefer a little more information.

Here’s what I’d like to know, and so here’s what I’d like to share: I’d like to know about expenses. What things do writers spend money on, and what does that stuff costs? Also, income. How often is the money coming in, and about how much when it does? I’ll also be exploring different income streams (ebooks and print, naturally), including some that might not seem to have anything to do with writing.

I’m not brand new, with a few self-published short stories under my name and another, but it’s close enough that this might be an interesting experiment for someone thinking about writing as a career to follow along. I don’t know if many people think about tracking these things publically when they’re just starting out, and if they are, I’m not stumbling across enough of them.

And I don’t expect it to last forever, either. I imagine there will be an income point at which it becomes unnecessary.

Well, if this sounds like a horrible idea, I trust someone will point it out. If this is all you ever hear about the subject, you’ll know what happened. But tomorrow is Sunday, and I do have a thing or two to report, so…

Know when to fold ’em

I will cheerfully blame my mother for my love of horse operas. She was an avid reader of Louis L’Amore novels when I was young¬†and had an enormous collection. They lived in the stairwell to the basement which hadn’t been insulated past the first floor. We also kept canning on those studs, and they really made a lovely shelving unit.

At any rate, though you won’t often hear me enjoying country music, I dearly love The Gambler, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and the like. And that titular song has it right. You’ve got to know when to give up and get the fuck out of Dodge.

Anyway! That probably seems really pessimistic, but it really is for my own good. Trying something 6 times and getting the same result (but expecting something new)¬†just seems silly. I’m done! And that’s all I have to say about that.

So yesterday something happened – I finished that story I started in December and thought for sure I’d finish in January! I don’t have a really great title for it yet. I’m still running with¬†Space Cats from Space Earth whenever I talk about it, but I need to replace that because I don’t know how a strikeout would work on Amazon. I suppose it would end up being¬†Space Cats from Earth there, with the cover being the only place you’d see the strikeout. I’m not certain how I feel about that, except that I’m certain I can do better.

Since I ended up writing/finishing three chapters and an epilogue yesterday, I wrote 1,228 fiction words (and 1.358 total). It wasn’t my best writing day, but it felt like the best since I finally finished the story/book. Here’s the stats block for last week.

Weekly total words: 5,884
Weekly total fiction words: 4,247
Weekly total blog words: 1,637
Difference from last week: 0% (only 5 words less!)
Weekly rank: 5 (of 12)
March fiction total: 9,937
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
001* Words: 36,591

*If you hadn’t sorted out from the tags on these posts, 001 (and then 001-1) was the number of this story in my pursuit of Pulp Speed. It’s as good a code name as any, and allows me to easily keep track of which story I was working on in my word count tracking spreadsheet.

Well, that’s what I have for today! I’m off to start waking the household.

Oh, hello Sunday

Happy day of melting snow, I say!

Yesterday went quickly. I washed lots of clothes, wrote a few words (375 fiction, 580 total), took pictures of deer, and watched lots and lots of Minecraft on YouTube.

My daily fiction average is at 475. I’m going to move that up today.

Short and sweet post for now. There’s really not much else to say!

Satur-laundry-day

Yesterday was simply normal. I woke, I went to work, I came home, I wrenched the computer back from the hands of the avid gamer that lives in my house.

I wrote 517 fiction words (739 total).I narrowly avoided going to see a film, too. That’s sort of an interesting story, actually, although probably only to me.

I narrowly avoided going to see a film, too. That’s sort of an interesting story, actually, although probably only to me.

 

So I’ll spare you.

And that’s it. I’m currently laundering clothing, and I’ll try to make another 4-digit word count to brag about tomorrow. Otherwise, today threatens to be normal, too.