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!

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Patriots

5,046 fiction words, 5,187 total words

I don’t mention much about politics or world news here. It’s a blog for me and my writing, and I don’t always remember, to be honest. But today is Patriots Day, the day of remembrance in the US of the victims of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. I’ll be thinking of everyone affected today.

I’m also keeping the people who were/are in the path of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I have family and friends in Florida and I’m keeping them in mind and heart as their storm continues through the state.

Now, on to words.

5,046 fiction words, 5,187 total words

Sundays are turning into my best writing days. Part of me still thinks that I should be able to write at least that much on Saturday, but I haven’t quite managed it yet. That’s okay, Sunday is making up for it.

I killed it again this week. Yesterday was my best writing day for September. The week was my best writing week for the year (by 42 words, which totally still counts). I published three short stories and got a newsletter more or less up and running for my pen name (thank you, Labor Day, for the extra writing/working time).

So all in all, it was an excellent week.

This week is considerably busier. There’s that super large work event Saturday, they’re now calling for rain that day, and because I won’t be doing laundry all day, I’m likely going to have my weekend writing thrown into a tailspin because my routine will be blended into an unrecognizable rushed mash.

So if my next week isn’t quite as good, we’ll know why.

Featured image photo by Osman Rana on Unsplash

Anxious for time to pass

369 fiction words, 665 total words

There’s a large event coming up in my life next week and I’m anxious for the time to pass until next Sunday because then it will be over. I expect it will be a huge relief to have it over and done with, and I look forward to that time.

Until then, I’m trying to focus on writing and publishing and research. There’s that anxiety poking at the back of my brain for the weekend, but I’m trying (and failing) to ignore it.

369 fiction words, 665 total words

Words for yesterday were low, as you can see. I ended up doing much less work and much more relaxing with Minecraft and a couple movies – The Dressmaker and Cinderella. It was nice, though. I’m glad I took the time to rest my brain.

Now I’m off to write. I hope it doesn’t suck. 🙂

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. 🙂

One Day Late

2,357 fiction words, 2,582 total words

I am so close to being done with this stinking story. When I went to bed last night, though, I remember writing more words than it turns out I actually did.

2,357 fiction words, 2,582 total words

I wrote a lot, though, so I’m not going to be too angry.

There were a couple things yesterday that I remember doing that apparently I actually didn’t do. A strange day, but whatever. It’s over, and it was nice.

I started doing some word sprints yesterday with one of the writing communities I belong to, and they were helpful. Although I was only writing against someone at one point during the two or so hours I was in the sprint rooms, telling myself I was going to be there and I was going to write was enough motivation.

Today, I finish the short story that I should have finished Tuesday. That is my only pan for the morning.

Learning

404 fiction words, 579 total words

I’ve been listening to a podcast this week, which is unusual because I usually don’t think I have time for them, I’m generally not interested in that type of media consumption, and usually they are so confusing to play I give up after one or two episodes (thanks, NPR). I’m enjoying this one, though, played through Podcast Addict on my Android phone.

It’s called Self Publishing Formula, and so far from the episodes I’ve listened to there is quite a bit of good information in there. So ultimately I’m enjoying it, even if I do think the name of the podcast is a little far reaching.

Yesterday I wrote some words, but not as many as I’d hoped because of an evening meeting.  Something is better than nothing, I’ll keep reminding myself of that.

404 fiction words, 579 total words

I ended up basically rewriting the words I wrote in the morning in the evening on the short that I have written in one day the last two Saturdays. It’s hard when I can’t find the time to get back into the story so I can just write and get it done. That was frustrating yesterday, and so is influencing my mood this morning.

I’m sure I’ll get back into things, but for now, I’m just going to pretend I’m not awake yet and communicate in grunts.

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.

Back to it (again)

290 fiction words, 467 total words

“It” in this case referring to school and work. Yesterday was lovely, although I didn’t accomplish my goals exactly as I planned.

I ended up finishing an 8K short, but poorly. I rushed to get it done, and the plot kind of disappeared. I’m disappointed in myself that I went ahead and published it, thinking I’ll just “fix” it later, but it would be really easy to just leave it up to rot. Part of me knows I’m going to write some really awful stuff, and I’ll end up publishing some of it, but I’d rather not go into it knowing that it sucks.

So that’s weighing on me, and I thought about not mentioning it, but figured if I’m offering up the good days that not everyone talks about, I should probably do the same with the bad days.

290 fiction words, 467 total words

Yesterday’s 290 words were the attempt to tie up the ends of that short, and the rest of the day was spent publishing.

I think the other reason I rushed is that I had two incomplete WIP. I like to finish one project and start the next, and lately, I’ve been writing new things with those other two still hanging open. It felt cluttered and jumbled and bad, so I wanted to get at least one off my plate. Except it still feels like the one I “finished” is still hanging off the plate, like something I cut off but doesn’t want to leave.

*sigh*

We’ll see how today goes. I have no goals, really. Just this regret swimming in my brain.

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.

Another Day, Another Short

421 fiction words, 586 total words

Yesterday I did lots of laundry and shopped for produce but didn’t actually get much writing done. I would be disappointed, but when I was idling around and watching Wonder Woman I found an absolutely astonishing post about an author’s success from January to August, and how she did it. I was both impressed and insanely motivated.

The problem with posts like that (and I’ve done this before so I’m not talking about Everyone, just Me) is that it’s easy to start believing that it’s exactly what will happen to you. It’s easy to forget that everyone has different situations, and different work ethics, and different time availabilities, and different resources.

So I’m trying to keep firmly in mind that yes, such astounding results (high six figure sales in seven months) is possible, but there are several things different in my situation than the post I read. I did learn lots, though, things I knew but were worded in such a way as to drive them home. That reminds me that I wanted to take notes, so after letting you know about yesterday’s writing, I’m off to do that.

421 fiction words, 586 total words

Then write. I’d like to write a short story today, amidst grocery shopping, etc. I’d like to write it and get it published, actually. I’m intending to do that today and tomorrow actually. Wish me luck.