Almost equal 

Autumnal equinox is tomorrow. I’ve always loved fall, crunching leaves under foot, sipping cider… not so much the growing dark, but we can’t have everything.

Wrote 262 words today, in addition to freelance works and having the kids home from school. Not much, but it’s progress.

Sedum flowers

Distracted faction

I started tracking! Or, well, I started to start. Except I forgot some categories I wanted to use (like “social” and “personal”), and I stopped tracking after I actually started getting anything done. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.


So what did I spend the rest of my day on? Discussing Oreos on Twitter, working on different ways of looking at the data from the SFWA survey (like which member categories have more females than males), and going to the open house at our son’s school.

After that, got home, talked with our daughter about her homework, got her to bed, and wrote 252 words. Still not where I want to be, but better than the last few days.

Slowing down again

Last week went even better than I’d thought, with several days over 1,000 words. This week is being more of a struggle — not sleeping as well, trouble focusing, barely eking out a hundred words or so each day (119 today, for those keeping score). As I said in my newsletter — which went out today, a couple days late — I’m considering tracking my time to see how much I’m spending in the different areas of my life. If you’ve got experience or anecdotes about your own time tracking methods, drop them in the comments. I’m interested!

Meanwhile, I’ll be working on enjoying fall and watching the changing seasons around me. Here, one of our holly bushes is covered with berries, but they haven’t begun to redden yet.


And here we have the sedum, the flowers just starting to open.

Weird split

I was talking to our son today about current conditions in our country — specifically, the west is on fire, whereas the southernmost regions are reeling from Harvey or braced for Irma. Further north, we’re getting all the rain the west could use. So, yeah, weird split between fire and water. I’m concerned about all those in Irma’s path, those already hit and those bracing for impact.

The roughest thing for me about seeing these sorts of disasters is there’s nothing I can do. I can’t prevent them. I can’t lessen them. I can’t keep people from getting hurt. I can donate to those who can help, and that’s about it.

So I go about my day with only occasional checks of the news, as well as watching social media to see if my friends are safe. And I did manage words again.

Words written today: 1,032
Words written this month: 3,073
Words written 2017: 158,384
Average words/day 2017: 636
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)

Progress continues!

All of you out there — stay safe.

Big joys and small joys

Big joy: The OPPM was released to SFWA’s membership today. Yes, it had the caveat that it’s always a work in progress, and will be updated in the future, but it’s out!

Another big joy: I got good words today. Well, I’ll know if they’re actually good later, but it’s certainly a good amount.

Words written today: 1,071
Words written this month: 2,041
Words written 2017: 157,352
Average words/day 2017: 634
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: nothing yet
Books read 2017: ? (Yes, I still need to figure that out.)

But look at that — twice the number of words I set as my goal! *happy dance*

Small joy: Season 7 of My Little Pony is out on Netflix, finally, so my daughter did her own little happy dance. (The Internet was reporting it was supposed to be out last month, but no such luck.)

Small sadness: It’s pouring rain, which means I won’t be going to the weekly meet-up of the NaNo group writers. But I miss more often than I go, so it’s only a small sadness.

Rainy day

Summer reprise

Today, I did the same thing I did most of the summer — saw my husband off to work, then went back to bed. May have been a mistake, given the current time and the fact that I can’t do it tomorrow, but I enjoyed the sleep.

Today’s count: 518 words

So far, so good.

Doubling up!

In this case, I have doubled from 112 words yesterday to 226 words today, all written while my daughter was doing soccer practice. I must have looked a little odd sitting there in my camp chair, left hand wrapped around both the umbrella handle and the iPad, as I pecked away with my right hand. Very happy with the words.

Also was pleased with daughter, who was not the fastest nor most graceful on her team, but who did happily participate. And when they switched from practice to play, she did her best, first on defense and then as goalie. Next week, though, we’ll definitely bring a hair tie for her.

The rest of the weekend was split between puttery house and family stuff (organizing under the kitchen sink, baking chocolate chip cookies, supervising daughter very laxly as she did laundry) and SFWA stuff (hit a milestone on the OPPM). Oh, and watching my husband play Arkham Knight.

I’ve got a lot on the agenda for work and SFWA and home this coming week, too, but I want to ramp up the writing to at least 500 words per day this week. I won’t lie — I want more. I’d love to be doing ten times that and have the next book drafted in a couple of weeks. But I know I can’t jump from here to there without burning out — and probably dropping other things I’m responsible for getting done as well. So I’m setting the bar at 500 this week, and we’ll see how that goes.

(Oh, yeah — and it’s occurred to me that Inktober is in less than a month! I can’t wait!)

Turn of the month

Happy September! And so the first week of the school year has passed, and the early stages of fall are upon us.

I got 114 words today. I also totaled up my August work, and I’m not terribly thrilled with it — only 8,802 words for the month, an average of less than 300 per day. Clearly, I have to do better this month.