Gone to the dogs

That was the first half of the day — the children’s section of the local library does a monthly session of reading to dogs as part of the summer program. I think it’s geared toward younger children, encouraging them to read aloud and improve fluency with an audience that won’t criticize them. However, our daughter loves dogs, so she eagerly signed up to read today.

She read the opening of Ursula Vernon’s Giant Trouble to a lovely black poodle. The poodle’s companion said that her reading was excellent — and also a mile a minute. No surprise there.

I meant to work on the outline for the next book today, but instead, I worked on creating a print version of the novella. I don’t have plans to put it into any sales channels, but I can see a few uses for having copies myself.

No new words today, alas!

It’s drafty in here

Indeed! I have a completed draft of Siren Circle, and it’s off to first readers now! The Mob of Impatience only has to wait a little while longer.

Tomorrow, I start fleshing out the outline for the third book some more.

Words written today: 2,049
Words written this month: 11,840
Words written 2017: 142,239
Average words/day 2017: 690
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 34

Rain to sun to rain

It was pouring when I woke up. By the time I got up, it was mostly sunny with fluffy clouds. By dinner, dark and pouring rain with lots of thunder and lightning. Weather can’t make up its mind.

I split my time today between writing and working on birthday cake for my son. We had an interesting exchange about frosting (I asked him about cream cheese or buttercream, and he said, “Frosting for the cake?” I said yes, I wasn’t planning to put frosting on the fried rice), but now the cake is done and waiting for candles to be lit.

birthday cake

The writing went really well today. The climax and denouement and all clicked, and I got a good chunk of words. Still need to go back and edit and beef up some earlier stuff, but I’m on a roll.

Words written today: 2,450
Words written this month: 9,791
Words written 2017: 140,190
Average words/day 2017: 684
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 35

I stared at those numbers and said, “Hey, if I just write 209 more words this evening, I’ll have 10,000 for the month!” Which is true. However, cake is calling. And ice cream, too.

Words can wait until tomorrow (which is also when I will send my newsletter that should’ve gone out today).

Into the week

I really need to come up with better post titles. Maybe phrases from my writing, or random quotes? My titles are all pedestrian and too on-the-nose. What do you think?

The only difference between today and any other Sunday was our daughter’s friend was here for the morning, too. Other than that, it was still groceries and laundry and cooking for me, with words tucked in at the end. Tomorrow, I will get words — around baking our son’s birthday cake, as well as a couple other items on the to-do list. But I want to try to get back to the 1,000–2,000 words/day range, and over 2,000 would be better (likely not tomorrow, but perhaps next month). I still have goals to meet, after all.

Today’s words: 123

Family, friends, and fun

I spent a good chunk of the day helping our daughter clean her room so she could host her friend for a sleepover tonight. Then our friends came over, and we gamed — D&D (3.5). I’m DM-ing a run through Castle Ravenloft. I’m not the best DM, but everyone seems to be having fun, which is my metric for success.

Eventually, after our friends left and the girls settled down to sleep, I wrote all of 35 words (3 new sentences). Also corrected one typo (changed “hiving” to “having”). Not much, but I still count the day good.

Hot Friday

Yes, it’s clearly summer. Temperatures in the 90s (fortunately, the low 90s here), humidity hovering around 50% (when we’re lucky). I think I speak for us all when I say yuck!

Words written today: 345
Words written this month: 7,183
Words written 2017: 137,582
Average words/day 2017: 681
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 38

Not as many words as yesterday, but still making progress.

I got an e-mail today noting that someone had a problem with the Kindle file for Ghost Garages — there was a glitch where a page was missing in the middle. I know the file is complete, but if others have this problem, please contact me. I will be happy to provide the missing text. (I also would like to compile the information to pass to Amazon, to see if the issue can be addressed.)

Sliding schedule

Didn’t take me long to start staying up late and doing these posts after midnight again, did it?

Words written today: 853
Words written this month: 6,838
Words written 2017: 137,237
Average words/day 2017: 683
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 39

And counting

Words written today: 895
Words written this month: 5,985
Words written 2017: 136,384
Average words/day 2017: 682
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: lots of rereading of last weekend’s fun read
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts again: 40

Our son said I didn’t have to sound so gleeful about the end of summer. I explained that although I love them dearly and like spending time with them, going to the library and such, I just don’t get as much done. (On the other hand, I’m getting more sleep because I go back to bed after my husband leaves in the morning, as I don’t have to get children out the door and off to school. Sleep is good.)

Seen in our backyard this evening while I worked on dinner:

Disaster of not-quite-epic proportions

When I got up this morning, the hot water pot (electric kettle, or whatever you want to call it) wouldn’t heat. I checked that the GFCI hadn’t tripped. I checked that other things in the same power strip were functioning. I took the pot off the stand and reseated it several times (which worked last time it went flaky). Nothing helped.

I had to resort to heating water for tea in the microwave this morning. Shocking, I know. I replaced the water pot this afternoon. I was good, though — I didn’t buy the really fancy one with all the different temperature settings!

fancy electric kettle

NOT the one I bought

Words written today: 620
Words written this month: 5,090
Words written 2017: 135,489
Average words/day 2017: 681
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: Still working on the proper tally

Back to it

I’ve been really lax about blogging since I got back from vacation. Lax about writing, too, but I’m trying to dig in.

Words written today: 119
Words written this month: 4.470
Words written 2017: 134,869
Average words/day 2017: 681
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: 12? 13? I just finished one yesterday, and I’m pretty sure I read one or two around the end of vacation.
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