Archive for November, 2011

Brain. Melted.

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Let me tell you all, this weekend was absolutely insane. So crazy-busy that I’m going to bed this fine Sunday evening at the late hour of 9:15. I am so far beyond tired I don’t think a word even exists to describe it.

So I am going to bed and taking my book with me. I’ll be lucky if I can manage a page or two before I crash, but we’ll see. I think I am going to cancel my 5:30 alarm and sleep until my old wakeup time of 7:00. I need to be refreshed for the week ahead.

Sweet dreams, Gentle Readers. I’ll catch you on the flip side with much more scintillating conversation. I hope.

Go, Baby, Go

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

I’m trying, guys. Yesterday was a complete wash. I was so exhausted that I just couldn’t accomplish a single thing. I even ended up having a two-hour nap in the late afternoon. I thought the weekend would be sufficient for catching up on the lack of sleep from last week, but apparently it wasn’t.

However, after all that shut-eye, I feel better today. I got over 600 words written by 7am this morning and since then, I’ve gone grocery shopping and have a load of laundry in the machine.

I’m going to do a #1k1hr or a #dirtythirty in a little bit, just to add to the word count. I want this story done. I’d be thrilled if it could be done by the end of the month, but I don’t know if that’ll happen. If I can just keep plugging along, I think it’s possible. I’m not entirely sure what the final count will be — I was expecting about 15K, but at the rate I’m going it might be closer to 20K. Which is perfectly fine, just longer than I expected. That’s all. I’m getting to the 13K mark as it stands, and I’ve still got two chapters to go.

I’ll keep you posted.

Where Inspiration Strikes

Friday, November 18th, 2011

My current WiP, Party Starter — the one getting me up at 5:30 in the morning — was inspired by this Will Smith track. This was playing on my MP3 one night while I was out for a walk, and I started with the “what ifs…”, which got me to where I am at the moment. I like his music quite a bit.



Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The numbers are adding up.

I am socially no longer a party animal (*snort*), because going to bed by 10pm and getting up at 5:30 can do that to a gal.

However, the week’s experiment seems to be working.

I will post the M-F word count total sometime Friday afternoon. I’m hoping for 3500+ words for the week. Not earthshattering, but definitely not zero, either. In a perfect world, I’d get closer to 10K for a week’s work. This week was the trial run, though, so now that I’m starting to get the hang of it, hopefully the word counts can rise. That way I could easily complete a novella in a month. Two months + for a longer novel, should I want to attempt one. (Which I will, eventually.)

Success this week will equal continuing on this path indefinitely. I’m the tortoise in this race, not the hare, but that’s okay. If it means I can finish a couple of books before the end of 2011 and get back on that publishing horse, it’ll be so worth it.

Soldiering On

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This is freakin’ *hard*, people.

The problem is I slept poorly last night, which really didn’t help. A random clock or watch alarm beeped at 1:30 in the AM, the baby fussed around 4:30 or so, and random aches and pains completed the hat trick.

However, I did push on, and managed to add 523 words to the current WIP between 6AM and 7AM. It should have been more, but I spent some time editing and tweaking, not necessarily adding new content. I made some notes on plot issues I’ll need to work with and a scene I need to add, but I’d say most of what’s written now is done. I think.

If the baby co-operates later today I’ll attempt a #1k1h on Twitter. Adding another thousand words would give me a satisfying total for the day, don’t you think?

All right…the household is stirring, so I guess I’d better get off the computer now.

Keep on keepin’ on, gang!

Day One Of Insanity

Monday, November 14th, 2011

I was up at 5:30AM. Also known as the Buttcrack of Dawn and O’Dark-Thirty.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, though, I really only  managed a few minutes of writing. Mostly I re-read my story and tweaked a bit here and there. (Look, it was medical-issue related, okay? I had to go to the Walk-In Clinic, all right? Good intentions! Honestly!)

So. It was a valiant attempt, but I only managed to add a mere 84 words to the manuscript.

Ah, well. Tomorrow is yet another day and I will give this early-birding another shot.

Keepin’ ya posted, gang.

Night Owl To Early Bird

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I suppose it would be helpful if I liked worms. However, that’s not the point.

I’m still trying to figure out how to make this damned life more efficient, and I’m seriously toying with changing my routine by going to bed early and getting up early. Most nights I’m up until after 11pm, but then I don’t get up until seven. If I went to bed between ten and ten-thirty and then got up around five-thirty… would it kill me? (That’s a rhetorical question, thanks.)

I guess the only way to figure out if it would work would be to try it. (What a *novel* idea! :P )

Maybe I’ll try that starting next week. It might be tough, because I *do* enjoy my quiet evenings when everyone has gone to bed. However, in theory it would be just as quiet around 6am, wouldn’t it?


So if I were up at five-thirty, showered and dressed and at the laptop with caffeine by six, in theory I could get an hour’s work in before the rugrats started waking up. And then {theoretically} I could also do some work during the Offspring’s nap later on. Because if I want to make this writing gig a real career, I absolutely must treat it like a business. A job.

All right. Decision made. I’ll give this new routine a shot starting on Monday. (Yes, I could start this week, but B.E. is off gallivanting for work again and it’ll be easier to try something new when he’s home.)

Wish me luck, and I’ll be keeping you posted!


Monday, November 7th, 2011

Why can’t I get my house organized? I hate that stuff doesn’t have a proper “home”. Every flat surface is covered in things, sometimes piled several items deep. Some days I’m so tempted to just put it all up on FreeCycle and to hell with it. I think this mess is the reason why my creativity has been stifled.

I think I need to just go eat leftover Hallowe’en chocolate. :P


Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

I am in a definite ‘meh’ mood today. It’s probably a combination of several things, including running like a crazy person yesterday in an attempt to get everything ready for Hallowe’en celebrations here, and the fact that it’s gray and cloudy and gloomy outside. I suppose I should count my blessings that it isn’t raining, but it’s still dragging me down.

I want to go back to bed, but that’s not an option.

I’ll be back later when I’m hopefully more of a Little Mary Sunshine.

Stay warm and dry, gang.