A rainjacket with green, peach, and pink designs
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Sprinkles

A rainjacket with green, peach, and pink designs

Rain Rubber

It wasn’t supposed to rain this morning, but it went ahead and did it anyway. I’ve been fighting exhaustion all day, so I need to head to bed shortly, but didn’t want to miss this, or a few words of fiction for tomorrow’s report. Hope y’all enjoy your evening!

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Breaks, Oil, and Photographs

I have a friend who does amazing three item titles for her blog posts. She does it much better than I do.

Yesterday on the way to my writing group my breaks started sticking after I needed to stop suddenly in highway traffic. And I need an oil change, so I called my preferred shop. I called twice before I got through, and then they asked to call me back. A half hour before they closed they finally returned my call, so they must have been quite busy. (I’m not complaining, just noting.)

I wrote a bit – 167 fiction words that I need to completely rearrange this morning and 446 total words. I didn’t get much editing done, but I did get a coupon for a 50% off coupon for a stock photo subscription.

I’m torn. I could totally use the subscription. Right now hiring a cover designer is outside of my budget, but $50 for 300 images, assuming I remember to get them all in time, is exactly inside it. But Spot (my car) will need breaks, or at least something caliper somethingorother. Last night I think I had settled on not ordering the images, but now I’m double thinking that again. Because that’s what I do! Analysis paralysis for the win!

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I is for Infection – #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

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

This post was written by zombies

In case there was any doubt, that would be me (and Junior Youth), and it would be because I found a new novel to chew through and it’s a lovely Cinderella story. A Kiss at Midnight, it’s called, by Eloisa James. The Cinderella character is angry, and talks back to her step-mother, and I love it. She’s snarky.

Yesterday was Junior Youth’s orchestral concert with the elementary, middle school, and high-school orchestra. 300 kids from 6 schools (our district has 4 elementary schools) that had gotten together for the first time only two hours before the concert to rehearse.

They did a lovely job.

I only wrote (as a result) 128 fiction words (and 556 total). I did some editing on 001, read a little less than 39% of my book, watched more YouTube than I should (Alyse from Raw Alignment did something clickbaity and was upset when everyone called her on it, then changed the title of the video and posted an apology – I think she should have stuck with it and addressed it next time quickly with no apology), and…I think that’s it. (Now Grammarly is going to tell me that’s an unnecessary ellipsis. Grammarly, why don’t you love the ellipses? They are all unnecessary to you!)

Today is Tuesday, and I look forward to traditional Tuesday activities, through this sleepy haze I’m still trying to operate under.  That’s all I can think of, for now. Bai!

A tabby cat lying in the sun and stretched out backwards like a candy cane
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Cats

A tabby cat lying in the sun and stretched out backwards like a candy cane

Stretchy Cat is Stretchy

I’ve never seen this cat stretch quite like that. Then again, he’s not been in our house when the sun shines in through the side window in the afternoon, really. All the cats loved the sunbeams. Which makes me think they’re solar powered. Oh dear. That made me snortlaugh. And I do need an “S” for the A-Z…hee!

H is for Healing – #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

A two-page Bullet Journal spread behind a green text box and two white hearts that has the words Word Counting on top

Change in focus

Good morning! It’s Monday, and that means I get to crunch numbers again. Eventually. Let’s talk about yesterday, first!

Yesterday I went to go see Hidden Figures with my two youths and also a parental unit with an adjacent friend. I enjoyed it, and I’m glad I hauled the children to see it. They grumbled, of course, as creatures of that age are wont to do when their access to electronics are denied. But the candy and soda at the film surely helped.

I wrote only 189 words yesterday (539 total) not due to any particular block (so I tell myself) but because I’ve finished one project of moderate length and one project of short length, and editing and covers and spell grinding take a lot of time!

And that’s the transition I spoke about in today’s title: I’m going to cut myself some slack as I plug slowly along on the A-Z Challenge and try to get Space Cats  and the second work published. I could probably track hours put into publication items, but tracking time is not my strong suit. (I tend to get a little distracted here and there, and fail to mark the transition between one task and another.)

With all that out of the way, here is this week’s information:

Weekly total words: 9,234
Weekly total fiction words: 7,026
Weekly total blog words: 2,208
Difference from last week: +9%
Weekly rank: 1 (of 15)
April fiction total: 11,267
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
002* Words: 4,376

See that? Lots of words! And I had to remove 003 from the list because I finished it! *wild cheers and applause* At least, I think I did. *record scratch* You never know. It’ll end up being a short story collection at some point because the world has been stuck in my head for ages, and I’ve never gotten past the opening before, really. I mean, kind of I have, but not to the point of publication. Moving this section forward kind of feels like it means I don’t have to keep rewriting it anymore. 🙂

I anticipate next week to have fewer words, but hopefully to also be able to report of the release of two new works into the world for readers.

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Spring!

A photo of a flowering tree taken from under the branches

Pink Blossoms

It’s not really Spring until the flowering trees start to flower. I don’t know what this is (weeping cherry?  I’m not into botany), but it’s pretty. It will probably attract bees. If this is what I’d get to enjoy while I suffered through the bees, I’d totally deal with it. It’s one of my favorite trees to look at. I was able to enjoy it on the walk to the movie theater, where we got to enjoy Hidden Figures, finally. I enjoyed it, lots.