May 10

One Day Behind…

…on blog posts this week.

I had the option of getting a normal post up here tonight, or writing.

Guess which one I choose?

Normal post coming tomorrow night after work.

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January 18

Writer’s Notes: January 18, 2015

This week was only slightly better for word count than last, but I’m getting there. One of the projects I’m working on is three separate serial stories for my monthly newsletters, and I did get a lot done on those, so that was good. My tally this week is as follows:

The Time Stone (TTS): 500 words

Meadowlark Pulse(MP): 1,033 words

Meadowlark After Dark(MAD): 1,152

Meadowlark Mayhem(MM): 679

Total words this week: 3,364

Still a far cry from the 10k per week that I’m working towards, but better than last week. Improvement is good!

The January installments for MP and MAD are done for the month, so I won’t be working on those again until February. So this week I’ll be finishing up the installment for MM this week, and then working on TTS, along with the other novel-length draft I have scheduled for this month and next, Donteneoux’s Dragon (DD). I might start the moth-themed horror short I have planned out too…we’ll see. Here’s hoping I can double this week’s word count. As you may have noticed, I much prefer working on more than one project at a time – even if I get stuck on one, I work on a different one, and generally get myself “unstuck” on the first just by bouncing back and forth. Don’t ask me why that works, it just does. I try not to argue with my brain about how it wants to work as long as we keep moving forward.

I have zero good excuses for the low count last week. The bad excuses include my birthday on Saturday (and thus a vacation day Friday for a new tattoo, which I was altogether too excited about to focus), and self-doubt with the TTS draft. However, I got some feedback on the start of that draft from my editor which was encouraging, and I also read a couple of blog posts that were just what I needed to hear, in general. If you’re a writer dealing with self-doubts/writerly angst at the moment, I’d highly recommend these two discussions by two very level-headed authors:

Being Nora Roberts by Russell Blake

Sky Gazing by Hugh Howey

No, I never thought about quitting – I’ve been there, done that, and always come back, so giving up writing is pointless for me. But I do still deal with the doldrums occasionally like everyone else (mostly about whether I’m good enough or not – or whether I ever will be). Normally it’s worse when sales are remarkably bad (funny how that works, eh?). Sales have turned around a bit though, which also helped my mood a bit.

As for bookkeeping, I got a late start this week and had a hard time staying focused on the spreadsheets vs. Quickbooks, so I didn’t get a whole lot done, but I did get some income entered, which is good. Every little bit helps, and next weekend will be more “normal”, so that should help. Due to my birthday Saturday, I decided to move my Marketing/Promo time to Monday this week (since it’s a holiday and I’m off from the day job). So I’ll work on that tomorrow. Mostly submissions for review, and blurb redos, I think. That’s the plan, anyways. I can do cover art in front of the TV, but I need more focus for blurb writing.

 

So…not a bad week, but not as good as I’d have liked either. Having all my blog posts done ahead of time was *awesome*. Right after this post goes up, I’ll be working on this week’s posts – writing & scheduling so they’re all done and out of the way for the week.

Here’s to…say, 6k words this week? That seems like a good leap toward my goal…
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April 24

Writer’s Notes: April 24, 2014

Oh hello, little neglected writing log blog (ha!)…

My
writing sessions have been rather sporadic as of late…I’ve gotten
off-schedule, and that’s never a good thing, for writing or logging. I
might write for twenty minutes after work and then sometimes another
30-60 minutes late, late at night (when my mind is far too gone from
sleep deprivation and wine to remember to log those sessions), or not at
all for a few days only to catch up in a flurry of words just in time
to get the next serial installment posted. I might snag a few paragraphs
during commercials while watching TV in the evenings, or occasionally
I’ll even grab an approved break-time at work, though that’s been seldom
of late. Which is bad, because breaks are good for the brain no matter
what you’re doing, but when my mind grabs hold of a problem or project, I
tend to get all obsessive-compulsive about it and dragging me away is
difficult, at best.

There’s
been a lot of non-writing stuff going on lately (taxes! holidays!
crochet-projects-for-hire!), and a lot of book-business related stuff as
well that is taking up far more of my time than I’d like. And when I
get that busy, I’m just as likely to spend time set aside for writing on
other, more procrastinatory (shush – it’s a word if I say so, and I do)
things. Like checking Facebook, and playing word games, and trying to
get the household budget figured out so I can downsize my tablet to a
smartphone with a data-only plan.

You know. Important stuff.

In
any case, for those of you who might be wondering what the heck I have
been up to when writing lately, here’s a run-down of where we’re at in
all the stories:

MacKenzie Saves the World:
Kenzie’s comic shop is flooded, Josh is tired of fighting their
attraction and Kevin has finally talked her into giving the guy another
chance. Good idea? Who knows? But the poor girl ended up on the floor in
our last installment, and not with her hunky mall co-owner either, dang
it.

Under His Wing:
Katie has finally fulfilled her personal sacrifice “quest”, and she and
Thomas are about to set off for her home (where-ever that is – she has
no idea where she is, so hopefully he knows how to get there) where they
will vanquish Peter…somehow. I don’t know what happens next, because I
still have to write it. It’s Thursday. The installment is due tomorrow
morning. I told you I was off-schedule…

When She Cries:
Nicole has just discovered the video cameras, and last we left her, she
was letting Patrick (how come my two bad guys both have names starting
with “P” here? Hmm…) come to kill her. But she had an idea at the last
second of the last installment, and…I have no idea what that idea
was, so I don’t know if it will work or not. I’m sure it’s brilliant.
I’ll find out later tonight or tomorrow, I guess.

The Bedrock Arrangement:
Jillian and Thomas just met, and the sparks are flying for sure. I have
no idea how they’re going to keep this professional, or if they’re even
going to try. Or if one of them will walk away. Can’t wait to find out
though, when I write the next part…

Donteneoux’s Dragon and Live With Me
are on hold for now, unfortunately. If I can ever pick up and follow a
schedule again, I might actually get to add some new words to those
drafts. I was really, really hoping to get both out this year,
but…we’ll see. I need to buckle down and get harsh with my writerly
self if I want to do that. Or I need to take a vacation from the day job
and just write, write, write like the wind on one or both. That idea
definitely has merit. 

Alrighty
then. So tonight, lots of catch-up writing for the serials tomorrow. And
I have a book to edit as well…was hoping to get that out Friday, but
yeah. No. Next week. Dang it.

Regular updates will resume here tomorrow. I think.  


August 20

August 19, 2013: Jasmine Betrayal

Writing Session 1: Jasmine Betrayal
Author/Genre: JD/romantic suspense
Words written: 215

Total words:2,095
Time Spent:  15 minutes (break)
 

Notes: Not
exactly a stellar start to the writing week, but it took me awhile to
get into the scene. And now that I’m in it, the rest is going to be fun
for me, not so fun for Max, who is about to get to know the less polite
side of Genevieve. She’s kind of a handful, but I need to remember to
balance out a more southern sense of charm/style with the tough-girl
attitude…which might be a challenge considering I’m from the north and
not charming or subtle in the least (and yes, that is indicative of my
state/childhood upbringing, in very general terms). We’ll see, eh?
Should be interesting, at the very least – but I know for a fact that
southern women are very tough…they just pull it off with a lot more
class than us Yankee chicks. Which is going to be a fun thing to explore
that I didn’t consider before, since Max is a northerner too…



Writing Session 2: Jasmine Betrayal

Author/Genre: JD/romantic suspense

Words written: 350

Total words: 2,445

Time Spent:  30minutes (late night)

 

Notes: I
was a total slacker earlier today, so since I want to add a late night
writing session in anyways, I figured I’d better get busy tonight and
work a little more. Poor Genevieve…she’s got a concussion already, and
the story’s barely started. I really am not kind to my heroines, dang
it. But this is only the beginning, of course…and there’s a lot more
twists & turns left to come…tomorrow. Now I’m off to bed. 



Wanna
see me write in real time? I can pretty much guarantee it will be
insanely boring…probably worse than watching grass grow, but if you’re
curious about how the words come out, here’s your chance to see. Office Hours will be open tomorrow from 11:30pm – midnight. Stop by! I’ll put you to sleep in a heartbeat.
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April 25

A Writer’s Journal

Years ago, I used to blog about writing. And then I started publishing, and wanted my blog to be a place for readers to go, who might not necessarily be interested in the actual process of writing.

Now I find myself wanting a place to keep a sort of record of my thoughts after a good writing session, because I’m constantly learning and working to improve, and I think having those thoughts to refer back to would sometimes be very helpful for me when working on specific areas of my writing.

I could do it privately, of course…but I like the blog (web-log) format, and I also think that sometimes other people can give insight into our thoughts that wouldn’t have occurred to us otherwise.

To that end, I’m hereby dubbing this my writing journal/blog, primarily for thoughts on drafts I have in progress. I’ll post here most weeknights after my normal writing sessions with my thoughts on the day’s work and anything else that applies. Some days I’ll post excerpts, or editing samples, or whatever seems to fit for that day. I write in several genres as well as non-fiction, so the blog will encompass all of those at some point or another. Comments will be moderated, as usual (first post screened, after that they’ll post automatically).

Questions? Feel free to leave a comment, catch me on your favorite social media site, or email me.


Incidentally, my buddy Dolly Garland runs a journaling site called Kaizen Journaling. She doesn’t advocate electronic journals, but if you’re interested in journaling as a consistent exercise, you should check out her site.