Fixing things left and right

Bit of running around playing catch-up. You remember that crown that came loose last month? I never did call the dentist about it since it popped back in. Today, however, I had a dental cleaning scheduled, so while I was there, they cemented the crown back into place. One thing off the list.

Another: the tree service is coming tomorrow to take out the walnut tree.

Another: got a pile of indexing done today.

Another: I fixed part of the broken middle section of my outline, so I should be set up to get lots more words tomorrow.

Another (not broken, just on the to-do list): I finally put together a page for the urban fantasy series I’m working on. It’s a bit bare-bones at the moment, nothing but some graphics with quotes — Boston technowitch series.

All in all, I’m calling that a good day.

Words written today: 402
Words written this month: 17,125
Words written 2017: 73,752
Average words/day 2017: 899
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: 1 more chapter (on book marketing)
Books read 2017: 5
Exercise reps: 0

writing materials

Picture from Unsplash, by Joanna Kosinska

Happy Winds-Day!

This was a productive day on the work front, and I felt mostly good about it until it started to fall apart — running errands, I was late to meet our daughter’s bus (fortunately, awesome bus driver sat in front of house and waited for me! And told me not to be sorry because daughter was safe and warm); then had to get son who hadn’t grabbed a jacket this morning so was getting a bit wind burned waiting for me (no permanent damage, and I’ll double-check that he has his jacket tomorrow); then I forgot daughter had Brownies tonight, so she was twenty minutes late…

And I’m still feeling like maybe I’m not a good fit for the responsibility because I want to make sure I’m comfortable with everything and sure it’s all in place before moving, and someone else keeps charging ahead because “someone needed to do this.” So why should I bother?

Then there’s Scrivener, which does not seem to want to sync properly. Even though I only have it open on one machine at a time and sync before closing, it keeps generating conflict folders. Lingering effects of the Dropbox issues, I’m sure, and hopefully, I’ll get it straightened out soon. If necessary, I’ll move it out of the sync folder on my desktop so there’s only the one copy, make sure it’s gone from the iPad, then put it back.

Anyway, enough grumbling. I’ll just be grateful today for work accomp, for kids home safe and sound, for meeting attended (if late), for Papa John’s delivery (all pizzas were 50% off for online orders!), and for some words eventually carved out.

Words written today: 263
Words written this month: 16,723
Words written 2017: 73,350
Average words/day 2017: 906
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: 1 chapter (on book marketing)
Books read 2017: 5
Exercise reps: 0

Just keep writing, just keep writing

Some days, more writing than others. The outline is still broken, but I can see some of the pieces that have to be shifted and others to add. So there’s hope.

And I had a flash of inspiration last night about the novella I want to write, so that’s good.

And there are flowers, some of which survived the snow better than others. My poor, crushed daffodils.

Words written today: 1,766
Words written this month: 16,460
Words written 2017: 73,087
Average words/day 2017: 914
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: 0
Books read 2017: 5
Exercise reps: 0

Spring, sprang, sprung

It was a lovely turn of the season, warm with flower buds poking up through the melting snow. I didn’t get a picture of the crocuses, which were visible once more by the end of the day, having survived the snow that was dumped atop them.

On the personal side, the day was rather more problematic with my realization that my current outline is broken, my next barely a thought, and my schedule for the year rapidly sublimating (turning from something solid to pure vapor with no steps in between). And I’ve taken on some responsibilities I have no training for, and every time I ask for clarity or advice, I keep wondering if this is the time that, in addition to rolling their eyes behind my back (yes, it’s mixed metaphors. Deal with it!), they’re going to throw up their hands at my ineptitude and tell me I should step down, step back, step away, and otherwise get lost because they have other things to do besides hold my hand as I figure things out. It doesn’t help that, as far as I can tell, no one else who has ever done this had to stop and ask about procedures or what decisions need to be run past others or pretty much anything. Is it still Impostor Syndrome if I’m not even pretending I know what I’m doing?

Angst aside, I did get a good start on some freelance work, plus wrote some. So I’ll call it good enough for now.

Words written today: 500
Words written this month: 14,694
Words written 2017: 71,321
Average words/day 2017: 903
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: 0
Books read 2017: 5
Exercise reps: 0

Baked French toast starts the week off right

I forgot to take a picture of the French toast, of course, and my kids prefer the usual form of French toast more, but I liked this. It used up the second loaf of bread I baked last week (my family loves fresh-baked bread but ignores the loaves of day-old bread), required much less standing around, and had a wonderful caramel topping. For reference, this is the recipe I used.

As usual, the day was split between getting ready for the week (groceries, laundry), and hanging out with my family (watched a movie with our daughter, who has fallen in love with the Buddies movies on Netflix; spent some time cleaning her room; finished reading a book). All in all, a good day, even with the low word count.

Words written today: 201
Words written this month: 14,194
Words written 2017: 70,821
Average words/day 2017: 908
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: remainder of book
Books read 2017: 5
Exercise reps: 0

The book was The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, one of the books I was recommended at Boskone. It was described as being about the kids who aren’t Buffy and her friends, which is fairly accurate despite Ness having created a different small town with recurring supernatural problems. I loved the way Ness told us what was going on in the supernatural plotline at the beginning of each chapter, but that wasn’t the focus of the book. The book is narrated by Mikey, who has trouble with OCD, and it revolves around the end of senior year for him, his sister Mel, and his best friends Jared and Henna, all of whom have their is things going on. Highly recommend it if you like Buffy, YA, and clever writing.

Warmer but still winter

Lots of deer and squirrels wandering around the neighborhood, foraging for something to eat with the snow covering the ground. Haven’t gotten a good picture of the deer recently, but I did get a hoof print. Yes, I know it’s not very impressive.


Words written today: 1,647
Words written this month: 13,993
Words written 2017: 70,620
Average words/day 2017: 917
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: at least 8 chapters
Books read 2017: 4
Exercise reps: 0

I hit both the goals I set for myself yesterday! More tomorrow.

What a lovely day

By which I mean it was sunny and got as warm as 40! There’s still a foot of snow everywhere, as well as poor plowing jobs to avoid. (Note position of stop sign relative to snow. Or rather, relative to clear street.)


Words written today: 380
Words written this month: 12,346
Words written 2017: 68,973
Average words/day 2017: 908
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: 0
Books read 2017: 4
Exercise reps: 0

Tomorrow, I’m going to see about finally getting the words for this year above 70,000. And maybe get some reading in.

Winter’s last gasp, part three

The good news is that the kids have school tomorrow. Of course, I have to run errands tomorrow and hope that there’s on-street parking near the library. (It is next to City Hall, so there’s a good chance the streets there are clear.) Also on the agenda: more words than I’ve gotten so far this week, progress on a couple different indexing projects, double-check some tax numbers, and look at some software. Or, you know, whatever combination of those I have time for. Definitely the words, though.

Words written today: 101
Words written this month: 11,966
Words written 2017: 68,594
Average words/day 2017: 915
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: 0
Books read 2017: 4
Exercise reps: 0

Anyway, I may not have gotten a lot done these past few days, but I got some rest, hung out with my kids, played games, and even made pro on the taxes. It’s been good.

Snow day, part two

Yes, I took a picture of the bird (and deer) tracks in the snow.

Children still home today. I’d promised the kids if they had today off as well, we’d play No Thank You, Evil (RPG aimed at younger kids and their families, from Monte Cook Games), so we did that. I also squeezed in a nap. Not so much on the productive side.

Tomorrow: they’re still home.

Words written today: 158
Words written this month: 11,865
Words written 2017: 68,493
Average words/day 2017: 926
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: 0
Books read 2017: 4
Exercise reps: 0

A foot deep

More or less the amount of snow we got, so I’m told. My only venture into the outdoors was to call our son away from the driveway because it was time for dinner.


Words written today: 556
Words written this month: 11,707
Words written 2017: 68,335
Average words/day 2017: 936
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read: 0
Books read 2017: 4
Exercise reps: 0