Morning is broken

55 fiction words, 402 total words, .5 hours on publication

Maybe that’s not how the song goes? Meh, it’s fine.

Yesterday was awesome in that I got the proof copy for Space Cats. I found lots of mistakes, so I’m going to go through and fix all the things, and then set it out into the world. I’ve done this before, so hopefully, one swipe will do it. Inevitably something else will slip through, but I can only fret about it so much before it’s unproductive.

The cover, though. So adorbs!

I got a little bit of formatting done for A Brief History, but with Tuesday and everything, not a ton got done.

We are also entering Concert Season, and with that comes Anxiety. I spent a good chunk of last night preparing for today, making a list of all the things that need to happen and by when so I feel organized and can see that yeah, things really are going to be fine and I can worry a little less. It helps to a degree, but there’s still some nerves floating that we won’t make an appointment, or not everyone will find seats. I know it will be fine, but that doesn’t stop me from worrying about it.

So with all that, I wrote a little bit (55 fiction words, 402 total words, .5 hours on publication), but not all that much. Just enough to keep a streak going, think about my characters, worry that I’m not describing enough, that kind of thing. When life settles a bit I’ll probably take another swipe through and see if I can work on those things without sacrificing the pacing I’ve already established.

Nothing is going as quickly as I want, with writing or publishing. I don’t know whether to beat myself up for not trying hard enough or to acknowledge that I’m a Writer (Starter Edition) with a family and a full-time office job and that I need to cut myself a little slack (but not too much). I suspect it’s the latter, but the former is so easy.

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One more day into the week

93 fiction words, 382 total words, 1 hour towards publishing

Greetings and salutations! I have fifteen minutes to get this banged out, so here goes.

Yesterday was pretty productive. I spent an hour finishing up the ebook formatting for A Brief History for Smashwords and Amazon. That done, I turned to the print formatting for about three seconds before I got sidetracked with writing a new author’s bio. I like it, I really like it. It’s kind of odd and not as professional as before but I love it and it still has all the important information it’s supposed to (who am I? what have I done?) so it’s done.

I wrote a tiny bit in the morning before leaving for work because I forgot the day before entirely. I didn’t want to repeat that at all. 93 fiction words (382 total words) was my total for the day. I meant to go back and get some more description in a few places, but by the time I was done with formatting it was time for bed.

I think I’m finally feeling back up to par after a week of phlegm and sore throats. Hopefully today I can be less disgusting at work.

Tonight is writing group, which I’m looking forward to even as I realize I may not get a darned thing done. I’m taking print formatting with me to do, because that doesn’t require original creation, just absent-minded attention. Lots of, “Do I want this here, or there?” Easy stuff.

Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!

Starting a busy week

DAILY: 0 fiction words, 1104 total words, .75 hours toward publishing

I’m getting ready to start a week where everything is not the same as always. There are additional events to attend and things in the schedule to juggle, and these things make me anxious. I’ll be relieved and back on track sometime after next Thursday.

That’s a long time to be on edge.

Surprisingly, the past week went well for words. I’m going to blame the blog because I wrote considerably more there than in fiction. See yesterday (0 fiction words, 1104 total words, .75 hours toward publishing) as a prime example.

Yesterday itself was productive in that I wrote three blog posts before bed, but not at all because I didn’t get any fiction done. That’s a disappointment – I really like my story. I did get some editing done, working on getting A Brief History‘s ebook formatted. Once that’s done I’ll turn to the print interior, print exterior, then ebook cover. I need the cover blurbs, too. That will probably be the only challenge.

Statblock - week 19

May fiction total: 1,934
April fiction total:
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 58,156

I hope everyone’s Monday is smooth and if not relaxing, at least not anxiety-producing.

A to Z Reflections – #AtoZChallenge

Oh, hai!

I “participated” in the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

Mostly.

And I have opinions on it!

  1. What I wrote in April I had more or less pre-scheduled. I wrote a lot during April, but I had it up and ready to go at least by the day before. That was super helpful, and I intend to do it that way again the next time I participate.
  2. I didn’t comment well on other blogs. As much as I loathe the word “Linky”, the Linky List (for the love of PETE can’t they call it something else?!) was much easier for discovering new blogs. Posting a comment every day didn’t work for me, although it might have if posting a comment on the A to Z Challenge blog had ever worked. (I think Blogger and I have issues.) The thought of going to Facebook or wherever to post a comment just felt too scattered. I tagged every post with #AtoZChallenge and publicized to Twitter, but got little results. Then again, I didn’t comment well on other blogs. So there’s that.
  3. The book I wrote and based April’s challenge on (Space Cats in Space) will be up for sale shortly, this month, and A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof will be available as a separate book shortly thereafter. In print and ebook. Because WORDS, MY FRIEND. I’M IN LOVE WITH WORDS.
  4. My friends write the best blogs, but I discovered a new one I love, too. Go check out Anjela Curtis and her entries. They were lovely.

That’s all I have. Prescheduled, because I’m awesome. 😉

Income & Expenses: April!

I’m back! I thought maybe I could make this a weekly post, but yeah, it’s better this way. At least until some things start to happen. Like sales. Sales would be good, but so would publishing! I have a couple things in the pipeline I talk about in my regular posts, one that I hope to have up for sale this week if everything works out okay.

So, on to the money.

Spends

Well, I spent a few dollars this month. One thing was frivolous – a case for the Chromebook I purchased in March. I mean, it’s not essentially frivolous. The thing needs protection, I need a way to cart it around. But I could have put it off. But I didn’t!

The second thing I spent money on was necessary, and I got a good deal on it. I needed stock photography as I’m doing my own covers for the time being. And while I would, of course, love to be able to pick out only the images I need when I need them, you can’t do that with the package I chose. Luckily, I dabble a little bit in graphic design and desktop publishing in my office job. Having a large bank of photographs to pick and choose from when starting a project is as good as having exactly what you think you need. Lots of times, what you don’t have gives you a better project in the end.

The third thing I purchased was education related. There was a Story Bundle on sale with a couple books in it by authors I know and respect, so I picked that up. As a bonus for buying at a certain level, I also received some seminars that I always get a lot of value from. So I’m looking forward to learning from that.

Chromebook Case – $13
Bigstock – $50
StoryBundle – $20

Monies

Oh dear. Um, I didn’t get any books up for sale in April, so there wasn’t even a chance of new income. I did do some other pseudo marketing things, like use my Bullet Journal to build an Instagram following (91, so far). I love my #bujo, so it’s a passion as much as writing is. Once I have covers to add, I’ll pop those up with my #bujo layouts and quotes. The thought is, more eyes can’t hurt, even if they’d rather be looking at weekly layouts or hand lettered quotes.

Income – $0

Sums Up

Well, I spent a bit more than I earned, but with a $13 exception, I think the things I spent money on were sound. The stock images, while sometimes just things I think are pretty, will come in handy at some point, I know it. I enjoy playing with images too much. And the books from the StoryBundle, I’m going to read them all.

So I’m a little bit in the hole, but I’m up attitude and Instagram followers. 🙂

See you next month!

Evening has come

328 fiction words, 575 total words, .5 hours on publication

Well, then! Weekends are fun, but apparently, I haven’t done a great job of wrangling my tool out of the hands of my adorable children. That’s okay. They had fun, I got things done.

Yesterday is what I’m here for.

Even though I didn’t write a lot of words (328 fiction words, 575 total words, .5 hours on publication), they felt really, really good. I like where this new story is going, though I don’t have any particular title in mind or even a target for where I’m going. Currently, I have one grumpy adult male, one perky, lonely 8-year-old girl, one out of place butler, and one very perky elementary school principal. The girl causes trouble, the butler is trouble, the principal is trying to prevent trouble, and the grump…well, I’m not sure about him. He’d rather be left alone, I think.

Well, anyway. I like it. I’m going back for more tonight.

Yesterday I also tried to get the ebooks for Space Cats all set up so when I get the print proof and approve it, things can go up for sale relatively at the same time. It worked well with Amazon, not so well with Smashwords. It didn’t take long, so I’ll just do that once I have the print copy ready to go.

Today I didn’t have any particular publishing goal in mind, but I need to work on getting 002 checked, and A Brief History ready for publication, too. And I wanted to have all three books up by the 15th so I could start concentrating on 004 and get it done by the end of the month. Still a possible goal, since I’m only seven days in. I just need to focus.

That’s what the rest of tonight is for, since I’m all caught up with regular chores.

Wish me luck!