Blog is fixed (I hope!)

I am very grateful to be tech savvy enough that I’m able to repair most issues with my blog. With a recent JetPack update, apparently my server runs an older version of PHP, and I ended up with white screens and malfunctioning plugins. I only run Automattic plugins, and the theme for the site is Twenty Seventeen, so I ought not to have too many compatibility issues.

But I did, and it took probably two hours of poking here and there to get it all sorted out. Now, I think, it’s good. We’ll see if things start getting Publicized again (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Fingers crossed.

There will be a time at which I am able to use WordPress VIP. It is not cheap. But no more blog-related headaches? Yes, please.

Yesterday I wrote a few less words because of my little blog hiccup than I might otherwise have had time for, but I’m happy with the 1,059 fiction words I did write. I got 1,313 1,402 total. Not too shabby.

Today I woke early (4:37) and used most of my extra hour to fix JetPack. This evening I hope to decide whether I’m going to have 003 be a short story and finish it up, or determine that it needs to be full-length and keep on charging forward. For the type of story it is, though, I think short with a collection later to pull all the stories together. That will be the plan.

I hope everyone has a fine, stress-free day!

E is for Eyelids – #AtoZChallenge

I seem to be starting all my entries with, “You know this, but you didn’t really know this!” Sorry about that. Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy! Continue reading “E is for Eyelids – #AtoZChallenge”

D is for Dogs – #AtoZChallenge

If you are reading this, you may know quite a fair bit about your cats. Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy! Continue reading “D is for Dogs – #AtoZChallenge”

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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 😉

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…