May Review

May was over yesterday, and it completely slipped by me that I had this to do. Even though I keep a Bullet Journal, a planner designed to keep me on track and let me know what things must be done when, I still forget little things. That’s human. I must keep reminding myself of that.

So my words, fiction or otherwise, were so much lower than I want. I didn’t grind to a halt entirely, but my output was so sad, I would like to throw out a couple four-letter descriptives. But I won’t.  Because that won’t help. But I still want to. So there.

Let’s see – in May I wrote 6,107 fiction words, my slowest month yet by a good 3,000 words. I had three times more words in January, and twice as many in March, April splitting the difference between the two. My average fiction words per day was a sluggish 197 for may, and it settled down to 413 per day for the year.

Blog words ran high at 10,691, slightly higher than April by just a couple hundred. What can I say? Apparently, I’m better at blathering on about nothing than I am at turning stories. Well, I’m at least more comfortable with it. I don’t worry so much about what’s going down, and I look forward to getting that comfortable with my writing. I’m good at telling stories. It’s easy to forget that.

My best writing day was rather recently, May 29th, with 657 words. Memorial Day, so that makes sense, as I had the day off. The only story I wrote on all month – plugged on, chugged on, slowly dripped words on – was 004. Bleh.

I also managed to publish Space Cats from Space this month, in print and ebook on a variety of sites. I’m still working on publishing A Brief History – the print book is waiting for me to receive the proof copy, and the ebooks are waiting for the same. I always find lots of things to fix in the print copy that I never see anywhere else.

May was generally a busy month, with lots of extracurricular things going on that did not directly revolve around me or my writing. I made a mean chauffeur, though, ferrying others around to the things that needed doing, and spent a lot of my down time with Minecraft and more recently, a rewatch of Downton Abbey.

My goal for May was to get all the things published, and I didn’t manage it. My goal from June is simply to write more words than May. I need a small goal I can manage.

April Review

April Review

Oh, April. You were a good month for words, but not a great month for streaks.

Hai! I’m back with numbers for April, which, as I mentioned, was a good month for words. Actually, at 15,814 fiction words, it came in second place behind January (18,615) and before March (12,576). My average fiction words per day in April, then, come to 527 (although it still stands at 469 for the year).

My blog words came in at 10,456. I’m happy they’re lower – they should be! And if the balance ever tips in the other direction, that’ll be a good measure of when my priorities have slid. (Or perhaps that something is really wrong. One of those.)

My best writing day was April Fool’s Day, with 2,613 words. It was a Saturday, which makes sense, and apparently, the writing was all in one piece. I noted that I was in the process of both 002 and 003, so I’m not sure which one got all the words. I’m going to guess it was 003 since that was the day I started it.

Let’s see – other things that managed in April. I started (and finished) a short story for a pen name (003), I watched a lot of movies, I read a lot of books, and I successfully finished the A to Z blogging challenge (except for the fact that I rarely was able to find time to comment on other blogs, and I didn’t add my posts to the blog posts on the A to Z website).

Something I didn’t manage in April was to get my daily average word per day up to 2,000. That was a long shot, and I forgot about it nearly as soon as I made the goal, actually. I could be funny and make my May goal to simply remember that I made a May goal, but that’s no fun.

I think May’s goal is to get the three finished works I have in my pile published no later than the 15th and to finish and publish at least one more work by the end of the month. That will mean getting a system in place, having templates, and trying not to be so particular. A lot of the time my “good enough” is really rather good. Too much attention can spoil it. I don’t always know when to step back, but if I want to get four things published this month, I’ll have to work at that.

Wish me luck. 🙂

March Review

The words March Review on a green text box with green outline over a blurred out spreadsheet

The first of the month has so much for me to catch up on. Like how March went in terms of writing! I’m thrilled to have remembered, actually.

I wrote 12,576 fiction words in March which is a 2,864-word improvement over February. I also wrote 8,695 blog words, and the difference between blog and fiction words is growing nicely.

My best writing day came on Sunday, March 19th with 1,228 words – also the day I finished Space Cats from Space! (No, I haven’t yet decided on a title, actually. Why do you ask?) Perhaps slightly unrelated, I noted on the very next day what an amazing Monday I had, and the good days continued for nearly two weeks straight. I’m very happy (har har) about that, streak though it has nothing to do with writing.

My average fiction words per day in March was 406. That is a higher number than February (329), but much less than January (600). I’m pleased it went up after February, but desire it to go up even more in April. Much, much more.

My goal for April: AVG FicWPD => 2,000

Since April is also Camp NaNoWriMo as well as the A to Z Challenge (guess who needs to start pre-scheduling some posts!), I may not have a problem reaching that goal.

On March 1st I wrote, “My big goal for March is to finish this story I’ve been struggling with since December.” And I did that! I’m very proud of myself, and I am at this very moment neck deep into two projects. I might have known that Space Cats would have gotten ditched if I went and started something else, but right now I’m equally confident that A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof isn’t going anywhere.I’m involved in a new project today for

So I am involved in a new project today for Camp, and it’s going under a pen name. (I don’t have a title yet. So far, it’s 003.) I hope to manage four short stories in the same “world” to present as individual shorts as well as a collection at some point. We’ll see.

So that’s March! April is going to be awesome, and I look forward to talking about it with you in 30 days!