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!

Good Intentions…

24 fiction words, 195 total words

In this case, they’re worth the paper they’re written on.

That would be nothing, if it’s not clear.

I wasted away another evening watching Minecraft instead of writing. Actually, I did get something of value done. A relocated NaNoWriMo participant was looking for input on last year’s novel, so I started reading. I only made it a few pages in, though I spent what felt like a couple hours on it. That’s the way it goes for me.

24 fiction words, 195 total words

Those were token words, I think. Even the blog words were weak yesterday.

It feels so good to write in large chunks. Things are so cohesive. They fit together so much better. I’m glad I recognize that because I don’t want to fear writing in large batches of 1,000+ words. In fact, I long to see how stringing together those batches in groups of three or four will feel.

There will be a day, in a few weeks, when I will have that time. I will remove myself from my usual writing location and settle down at a desk. Perhaps outside for a bit. Take a timer, make a schedule, and write. Then go for a walk, get a drink, use the restroom, and try it again.

It’s going to be lovely.

Whoops, wasn’t ready

51 fiction words, 249 total words

I thought it was just Monday and forgot I also post weekly review things today.

51 fiction words, 249 total words

Words for yesterday were simply, “Yes, I’m back, I need to make time to write,” words.

I’m at the half point for the year in terms of weeks remaining. I am determined to make them count, to make them come first, as often as I can. I’m also taking on a new responsibility not related to word creation that will take some time, but it’s an important one to learn while there are still people around to teach me.

I would like 10,000 word weeks to become a regular thing. I would like monthly totals to be closer to NaNoWriMo goals. I would like to get three more books published before the end of the year (and that number does not include the two that are in the queue right now).

June fiction total: 8,080
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: 70,409

Today’s the day

130 fiction words, 396 total words

I’m nervous and excited and anxious to just get on with it. Traveling is fun, and driving long distances by myself isn’t something I often get to do. It’ll be a hard weekend (driving 700 miles one direction to flip around and do the same drive back the next day), but who cares! I’ll rest when I return.

130 fiction words, 396 total words

Something I forgot to mention yesterday is that I got paid! I mean, not a ton, but I was quite excited. (Paid from my writing, to be clear.) So I’ll finally have some income to report at the end of the month. *squee*

There’s nothing else to say. I reported most of yesterday last night, then wrote those few words up there while watching a movie (should have focused on writing). Tonight, I drive.

Woo!

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!

 

Another Day Another Hero

518 fiction words, 890 total words

Elder Youth and I went to see Wonder Woman yesterday after picking my car up from the shop and spending more than I wanted but less than I expected on its repairs. It was good, and I really enjoyed it. I probably won’t get to see it in theaters again, but I will purchase it once it’s available.

I didn’t get to write 3,000 words like I wanted, but I did write.

518 fiction words, 890 total words.

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

But with the way today is working out, I won’t make today a 5K+ day either. I’ll have to aim for a 10K week next week then, which is fine. I’ll keep telling myself that.

Once Upon a Thursday

168 fiction words, 479 total words, 0 hours on publication

My cats are learning their names. I’m unsure why I’m so excited about this, but I am.

Today is another regular day for me, another in a long line of days where I wake up, feed the cats, get coffee, work on my #bujo, journal, then do this: blogging and trying not to get distracted by all the other things going on in other tabs. My feed reader, for example. All those lovely blogs that posted content first thing this morning (or late last night) that I want to catch up on, or the webcomics that have new pages out. Gloriously distracting they are.

I wrote a bit yesterday morning and planned to write more in the evening. 168 fiction words, 479 total words. The reason more fiction words didn’t get written is simple: I needed 38 levels to add Mending to a pickaxe that was in the very last round of upgrades, and so I wanted to go grind in the Nether gathering quartz for the XP. And then I finally did it, got the final upgrade I needed, and went to gather more XP to repair both my Silk Touch pickaxe and the Fortune III pickaxe, so now I at least have the cool tools – until I can get better tools or villagers for a breeder.

And that’s my Minecraft life right now. And writing! Yesh, I do that, too.

Purry kitty is happy kitty

657 fiction words, 909 total words, .5 hours towards publishing

(Coming up with titles every day is hard! So sometimes I steal things my kids say and plop them in as blog titles. You don’t mind, do you? Thought not.)

It has been our mission over the last week or so to brush the cats every chance we get. This is because one of them has developed some impressive mats. It’s not his fault, especially. He’s got long hair and it’s matting in all four armpits of his. (Leg-pits? Under-legs? I don’t know, but you get the idea.) Naturally, it doesn’t feel good for us to brush at them a lot (cats have sensitive skin, especially on their stomachs, so I am learning), so we’re trying a comb, and I’m going to get a mat brush from Amazon (because the local pet store was absolutely useless in this regard). We don’t want to resort to a groomer ($$$, and he’ll hate it).

Yesterday was Memorial Day, and except for the really loud booms setting off near our house, it was quiet. I almost got a haircut, I almost cut my own hair, and I actually did watch quite a bit of Downton Abbey. This will be my 3rd watch-through (although I’ve only seen Season 7 once – not sure how I missed it the first time).

I got words written, too. While not the 2,000-3,000 I’d prefer to write, it was a respectable 657 fiction words (909 total words). I only spent .5 hours towards publishing, correcting a cover that got flagged at CreateSpace. Apparently, there aren’t enough pages for spine info. For that, I would like to blow a large raspberry at them. I fixed it, though, and my back cover spelling errors.

Um…yeah, that’s about it! I’m on a roll this morning, too, even though I didn’t get out of bed for my 5 a.m. alarms. At least I woke with them. Then I fell back asleep and had one of my obligatory “going back to work” work dreams. It was quite odd, with an interrogation by my boss about how the morning went (several things had gone wrong). Then another alarm went off, and that was the end of that. Thankfully.