Today was a bit rough.  Had a session with the therapist today and it got me thinking.  Which is the point.  Ha.  But still…

Anyway, I spent some time with the hubs.  He had a fire call almost immediately after getting home from work last night.  I think he had to run out around one am (he usually gets home between 12:45 and 1, but his schedule is changing a bit) and then didn’t get home until 5:30, bed at 6am.  House fire.

I love my volunteer fire fighter, but knowing he’s one of the ones that is trained to go inside the homes leaves for a terrified wife.  I didn’t even get into that with the therapist.

He called me at 4:15 to let me know he was okay, but that he had to do something else before coming home.  Luckily once he called, I fell asleep, feeling much better.  Then up at 9am.

So the writing didn’t get done first thing in the morning, or even second or third.   I hung out with my man, made him lunch and saw him off, then started writing.

I’m heading up a Ten Minute Timer Challenge at, but it’s not to just write for ten minutes a day (unless that’s all you have).  It’s to set a timer for each time you write.  It just helps focus.

Today I did ten sessions of the timer.  3106 words.  But holy crap.  During the not ten minute parts I was running all over doing other things: laundry, nap for a headache (and, let’s face it, very little sleep) dealing with animals, etc.

Today was really tough to keep the words coming, but not in a muddy way or uninspired way.  It was in a story way.  I’d have to think when not doing a ten.  I’d do three in a row, take a break.  Two in a row, take another break, think.  I’m trying to find ways to connect the cards and use the story I’m building now and it’s working.  I just have to focus and  find areas of the story to pull from to add depth to scenes as well as tie in the new stuff.

Off to work on something else.  Not sure what just yet.

Forgetting a Major Component to my Schedule

Further adjustment. I realized I had not added in days off and intentionally left them out. Unfortunately, working with not writing to failure and realizing that limited willpower and decision fatigue are real things, Sunday would be a nightmare to write. We have two episodes to record, I have about 4 hours I spend with my husband, I have those two episodes to edit and schedule, the information on all topics to write, a blog to schedule and THIS Sunday I have a third episode to wrap up on. The holiday schedule with podcasts is nuts.

In addition to that, I’ve let other things fall in order to make sure the writing gets done, so another day off is needed (because Sunday does NOT count as a day off from work, just from writing).

Now my deadline is pushed back a few days. *sigh*

Forgetting a Major Component to my Schedule

The Research Black Hole

Ha, even after having recorded a full episode of the podcast on research and the most recent 16 Bad Habits Writers Have episode, I still got sucked into maybe 30 to 45 minutes of researching disabilities and syndromes that cause limb loss from birth.  I want to get this stuff accurate, but I also want to write and get it done during my best hours to do so. I need to remind myself to research after I write.

I got 3197 done (originally I thought it was 3148, but then I remembered a scene I started from the antagonists POV) and that felt amazing to get to.  It was slow writing today and also dealing with interruptions and a break (I typically make lunch for my husband and spend a little time with him before he leaves for work) meant I didn’t finish my writing until around 5pm.  The research didn’t help, and neither did my big baby:

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She and her brother were playing cat tag (and eventually got one of my dogs, Shiny, involved) in which I was Base & Safe.  So most of the time she came running to me and Ollie would wait, but Ollie jumped up twice himself.  If they weren’t playing tag, she was either cuddling or sleeping which meant many, many pats on the face – her indicator for come closer so I can lick your face too hard (a bit of a special needs kitty).  HA!  I love my babies.

So despite interruptions, research and distractions I hit my word count of 3k (and a little more) which has me super, duper happy.

Now I’m off to do chores, a little minimizing, clean and knit.  Which honestly also makes me a little happy.

The Research Black Hole

Lessons Learned!

Today’s word count is 3096!  I was done in about 2 hours, which was slower than the previous two days, but I had a lot to work in.

First I was writing from a character I hadn’t written in yet, and I needed to get a feel for him as he’ll be the love interest in book 3.  That was fun but a small challenge.  I’ve written up just a small amount for him.  He’s mentioned in Leaving Wandalucia and I have a paragraph or two covering a small basic of his past.  It was interesting seeing how much he hates Brock, but fitting for his character.

Second, I had a lot from the lessons I learned taking the How to Revise Your Novel Course coming through (not an affiliate link at the moment as Holly’s AP is still being reworked and updated).  I had moments where my muse was telling me “This has to matter, note that” and asking before writing what were the important things in a scene to cover.

Or is that left brain working with my muse?  I don’t know.  Maybe I’ll remember to ask Holly in the next podcast.

Either way, it was a good writing session.  I also did something I don’t remember having done before.  After the first two scenes were written, I skipped a scene, wrote half of the next scene, then went back to write the first half of the previous one.  I’m usually very linear and it wasn’t running to a candy bar scene.  It was just something I wanted to get down first.

On to the rest of my day.  Writing done first again.  Creating good habits, breaking bad ones.

(If you haven’t listened to our most recent episode on 16 Bad Habits that Writers Have, you might want to; just recording it has motivated me a lot.)

Lessons Learned!

Word Count Update

3078 today!

Working through this one I am seeing some deep subtext and themes.  I can’t help but wonder if I am just so fixated on the book right now and in that stage of ‘THISISGREAT! THISISGREAT!’ when I’m flowing and getting deeper stuff than I’d realized…  But that’s perfectly okay.  I’m writing, I’m getting words and I can revise when I’m done!  Then I’ll find out how deep or shallow things really are, ha!

Word Count Update

Forgot to blog about this! Oh no!

3181 done on 11/26.

Reconfiguring goals is part of my freaking life – and that is okay.  And if you’re listening to the podcast I host with Holly Lisle, Alone in a Room with Invisible People, you’ve been following my vacillation – with possible  amusement.

So much in my very recent life has taken longer than I wanted it to.  Then new stuff gets thrown on top of that, add in the time I spent on the screenplay (when I allowed myself to get distracted, which you would have also heard about in the podcast) and I had done nothing else on the book since the last time.

Let’s add some more, shall we? I’m stubborn (gee, I wonder where I get that from *headdesk* my mother, of course) and I don’t like change. So when I set the deadline for the book ,I stuck with it in my head. The more days that passed, the more the total of words per day added up.

So I figure I can either be insane and work at more than 10K a day or I can just adjust.  Now, at a different time of year the 10K or more a day is a fun challenge.  I’ve done the 3 Day Novel.  In fact, I’ve got the stickers to prove that I have completed it three or four times.  It’s fun!  But the end of the year?  With holidays, commissions, a trip and my current mental health state – on antidepressants, dealing with anxiety and seeing a therapist?  Nope.

I think so many people think if they don’t hit self-imposed deadlines they’re failures.


They failed to hit the deadline. But the only way to be a failure is to allow that to stop you.

So I am biting the bullet and accepting that as much as I want to hit that arbitrary deadline, it is arbitrary. I have the time and space in my life to work with a new one. I won’t always. So I need to take advantage of the time I have. We have a roughly 5 or 6 day trip coming up right around the holidays as well, and that’s going to be stressful, so I need to kind of be gentle with myself, especially with everything mentioned above.  Just because you can do something and it’s been fun in the past, does not mean it’s the right time to rinse and repeat.

I am shooting to finish the first draft in about 17 days (starting from 11-26).

Because my draft for LW came out at under the 70k (I think it was something like 56k) I am looking at hitting about 50k, but will GLADLY go over if I need. At the moment my plan is to write 3000 words a day, what I can usually comfortably fit into my days. This might grow if I am consistently doing more but only slightly (so much covered in this new episode of the podcast, 16 Bad Habits Writers Have, and I am trying to be mindful of it all!).

As far as the editing goes, I am shooting for eight weeks. Because I have to take into account the trip, the holidays, two commissions and a goal planning workshop for myself (and possibly running a second one, this for the art group I am in) I am thinking that if the first draft is done in 17 days, that will be December 12th. So 2 months from that will be leading into the second week of February. I have art covers for Holly to do and those are a priority in 2019. I’m thinking that 2 months is doable.

This might adjust for a cool down period for the finished rough draft, so if I give it two weeks to cool, I’m looking at the end of February or the beginning of March being when this book is finished all the way through revision.

So… there.  The update.  HA!  Look for another post today with my word count.  Also, just FYI, but the love interest has already made me tear up and I am only 2 damn chapters in!  FFS!

Forgot to blog about this! Oh no!