Writer’s Life Feb 9, 16

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This update is being written on a tablet. A very uncooperative tablet. Last night I was writing on this said tablet, and on Google Drive. The internet went down when I was writing, so I called it a night. So low word count on a busy day.

Word Counts

2/8/16 Word Count: 564 (ave. 1,128 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 54,420/50,000

Time Travel Novel +0 6,567/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

February Word Count: 12,868

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 116,168

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life – Feb 8, 16

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The struggle continues. I actually ended up working on a new idea. It’s not something concrete yet, but an outline and some notes for a book maybe that I’m going to start near the end of the month. I’m not sharing it here yet until it officially gets to be created.

Word Counts

2/8/16 Word Count: 1,825 (ave. 1,825 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 54,420/50,000

Time Travel Novel +0 6,567/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

February Word Count: 12,242

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 115,640

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life – Feb 7, 16

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So the writing I did yesterday wasn’t really story writing. I spent the morning brainstorming before we left for church. Then we went shopping, and then the day was pretty much over.

Anyway, I did come up with some plans to get my goals reorganized. Basically it comes down to where I need to split my time between writing, editing, and my daily allotment of time. Hopefully I’ll get February back on course. I’m still working with the post office all week, so it’s not looking easy. One thing I’m going to do this week is cut back on my article reading and sharing, which if you follow me on Twitter, is something I do a lot of. It’s one of the things I’ve got to trim.

So the goal now is: I’m going to push to get in 3.5 hours of writing each day, and target a specific amount of words a day for editing. That’s probably about a 5 hour day. It might not be possible at all this week. We’ll see.

Word Counts

2/7/16 Word Count: 0 (ave. 0 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 54,420/50,000

Time Travel Novel +0 6,567/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

February Word Count: 10,417

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 113,815

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life – Feb 6, 16

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So how great was yesterday? Let’s see… woke up late, never wrote anything except a blog post, and then forgot to post said blog post. I just walked away. When I got up (late) this morning, it was still there waiting for me. Fortunately, I left my screen up on an Excel spreadsheet because the cat was walking all over my laptop apparently. Anyway, that’s why you’re seeing yesterday’s writer’s life update posted this morning. Bad me.

So yeah, spent my day delivering mail. Then I spent the second half crashing and hanging with my family.

Not too concerned about not writing yesterday. That’s my second day off for the year. I recognize that it will happen. I’m really worn out right now from everything else, and I needed sleep. Anyway, I have some time to write this morning, so… see ya!

 

Word Counts

2/6/16 Word Count: 0 (ave. 0 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 54,420/50,000

Time Travel Novel +0 6,567/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

February Word Count: 10,417

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 113,815

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life – Feb 5, 16

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This is my Saturday crash, apparently. I’m really tired from the week and I failed to get up early this morning, so I won’t be getting any writing in before I leave to deliver mail. This will be a great day to force myself to write in the afternoon. You’ll know if I succeed by tomorrow.

Days like this are painful, when I’ve got my story ideas screaming to get out. It makes working for anyone else very difficult. I’ve got almost an entire week again of working with the post office. I’m not knocking the post office, mind you, I really enjoy the job. But when writing is what you do, it is painful to give your time to anyone else. That goes for when I’m painting houses/businesses too. I consider myself a full-time writer, part-time everything else, but it doesn’t work out like that all the time.

Anyway, I moved Hungry Gods 3 a little further yesterday. I am *almost done*! Since tomorrow is my only day to get a lot of writing in, maybe I’ll try and finish it. I also got in 30 minutes on my Time Travel novel.

Since I’m only getting in 1 hour each day, word count isn’t that impressive, hitting under 2k.

Word Counts

2/5/16 Word Count: 1,794 (ave. 1,794 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +762. 54,420/50,000

Time Travel Novel +1,032 6,567/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

February Word Count: 10,417

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 113,815

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life – Feb 4, 16

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I managed to get in an hour of writing yesterday morning, thanks mostly to getting up early. I then went and delivered mail for 8+ hours. When I got home I worked on my outline for my novel, mainly brainstorming ideas.

Also, this hits the end of week 5. It’s been my slowest week for the year as far as time dedicated to writing. I only wrote for 7.5 hours. This coming week looks just as tough. I am a few chapters away from completing Hungry Gods 3, so at least that’s promising.

Word Counts

2/4/16 Word Count: 1,714 (ave. 1,714 wph) Editing: no

Hungry Gods 3 +811. 53,658/50,000

Time Travel Novel +903 5,535/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

February Word Count: 8,623

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 112,021

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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Writer’s Life Feb 3, 16

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I semi-wasted yesterday trying to find stock art at a reasonable price. I used to use Depositphotos, but they’ve taken the price of their plans up. I finally went with Adobe. Heck they have even got a one month free trial. Can’t go wrong with that.

Or can you?!

I did finally complete the editing of short story #2. Woot! On tomorrow’s list, it’ll drop to completed projects. Things are moving!

Anyway, mainly edited in the morning, went to paint a warehouse with a friend, came home and wrote for 30 more minutes before supper.

Today I got up at 4 am, so as soon as I’m done with this post I’ll get some writing in. Today through the end of next week I’m working for the post office, so I’ll be desperate to find time to write.

Also, today marks the end of week 5 for the year, so today’s the last day for a word count push.

Word Counts

2/3/16 Word Count: 854 (ave. 1,702 wph) Editing: 1 hour

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 52,925/50,000

Time Travel Novel +851 4,632/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

Pen Name Short Story #2 +3. 5,429/5,000 COMPLETE!

February Word Count: 6,909

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 110,307

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 2 Short Stories

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Life – It’s a Trap!

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2ZEqehG9T6G14lzYgIiH_Horse LaptopIf you want to be able to pull off a writing routine, you need to have  a time frame that allows for life.

I say that because life keeps happening. That’s not me being witty or inspirational, it’s recognizing that I have writing goals, and a life that sometimes does not accommodate letting me write when I want to.

Yesterday, for example, I expected to have all day to write. I received a call from a friend to go painting. That’s fine, but I’d only just begun to write (8 am) and we would head out to paint at 9. That’s my fault because I think I can sometimes have leisurely writing days. The truth is, there is no such thing. There will always be interruptions. Maybe it’s your cat. Or Netflix. Or kids.

I don’t say no to painting because it’s a little extra money. Plus, I’ll be finishing the painting project today, which this time I’m ready for. However, starting tomorrow and going through all of next week (with the exception of Sundays), there are mail carriers going on vacation locally which means I will be working full time.

As you can expect, my writing time is severely compromised. With a goal of 4k+ words, I need 2 hours of time. Afternoon? Possibly, but I usually just want to crash. My time is the morning, so therefore I’ve got to adjust to getting up earlier… in this case, 4 am.

I usually waste bout an hour reading blogs and writing my own blog post, with a little bit of browsing social media. That’s my wake-up time. After that, I can usually move on to writing. The later I get up, the better my chances are of being interrupted. There is only one mostly safe window of opportunity to write for me, and that is early.

Even if I hate getting up sometimes.

So there’s the battle, juggling writing and life, because it’s not always easy to have both. I call myself a writer because it’s what I do. More importantly, it’s what I want to do. Therefore, I’ll make the time.

Word Counts

2/2/16 Word Count: 855 (ave. 1,580 wph) Editing: 30 minutes

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 52,925/50,000

Time Travel Novel +790 3,781/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +0 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

Pen Name Short Story #2 +65. 5,426/5,000 Editing

February Word Count: 6,055

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 109,453

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, Short Story.

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Writer’s Life – Feb 1, 16

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Starting a New Month

Yesterday I managed to keep myself writing until I had over 5k words down for the start of February. When you can start off strong, it gives a nice buffer against the less impressive days. I managed 2.5 hours of dedicated writing time and then…

…we headed to Twin Falls to go shopping. When we got there, before we could even park, my 3 year old’s stomach decided it no longer liked the car ride. What happened next was a puking scene from the Exorcist. End of shopping trip.

I chose my novel to write for February. Despite a bit of a rocky start, it’s now a go. Since I don’t have an official title, I’m just calling it Time Travel Novel. I’m still writing Hungry Gods 3 and am hopeful it will see completion by the end of this week. Spilling Blood ep 12 is around the halfway point, and I started another short story (#3).

I still didn’t do any editing.

So today’s priorities are still everything from yesterday (HG, SB12, Time Travel book, and short story) and then getting into editing. I’ll probably do my taxes tonight too. 😛

Word Counts

2/1/16 Word Count: 5,200 (ave. 2,080 wph) Editing: Nope

Hungry Gods 3 +888. 52,925/50,000

Time Travel Novel +1,984 2,994/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +954 9,262/15,000

Pen Name Short Story #3 +1,374 1,374/5,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

Pen Name Short Story #2 +0. 5,361/5,000 Editing

February Word Count: 5,200

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 108,598

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, Short Story.

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Month 1 Update

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January’s over. It’s time to modify my goals and see where I want to go based on what I accomplished.

First off – What January Was –

In January, I completed 2 short stories, Spilling Blood ep. 11, Apocalypse Witch book 3, a and 20k novella under a pen name. I hit the word count target for Hungry Gods book 3, though the rough draft won’t be finished for a few more days (it’s going to come close to 60k). Editing is taking a while, I have 3 books in the editing stage. It is what it is.

I wrote 103,398 words in January. I averaged 3,335 words a day. That’s better than the 2,750 word low target (which is enough for 1 mil words for the year). I averaged 1,746 words per hour.

My most popular book with sales for January was Spilling Blood Season II. My most popular book in Kindle Unlimited was Soul Sister.

My Quote of the Day and Daily Writing Prompt Posts are going away. I will keep them on Twitter only. The posts aren’t popular, so I’m not going to keep them alive any longer.

ON TO FEBRUARY!!!

February is set up to be a home run. I have three books about ready to publish. I’ll be editing Hungry Gods 3 for most of the month (after it’s completed this week). I will also start writing a new novel today.

I want to put January’s Word Count to shame, so I’m going to shoot for 4k-5.5k. I want to keep taking it up each month.

What else for February – Spilling Blood ep. 12, and a few pen name projects. I’ve got the word count room for more stories, but I haven’t decided what, exactly. It won’t be starting anything else until SB12 is done, anyway.

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Word Counts

1/31/16 Word Count: 4,224 (ave. 2,112 wph) Editing: Nope

Hungry Gods 3 +4,224. 52,037/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 8,394/15,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

Pen Name Short Story #2 +0. 5,361/5,000 Editing

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 103,398

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, Short Story.

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