Monday, December 30, 2013

Day One Hundred and Thirty-Three

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here. Umm, guess it's time to catch up. Got sidetracked and stopped writing there for a while. Well, still sort of picking at writing, but didn't make much progress. Wrote nearly 20k for nano on a project for a different pen name. I seem to be pulling myself back together now. Got the cliches back in my head, my head back in the game, and what not. Since I haven't been recording my word count, I'm just going to add an even 20k to represent everything I've written since my last post. I think it should be close enough.

And in good news, I finally finished the next short story that should have been done forever ago, so Lust for the Money should be up by tonight or tomorrow, paperback in the next week or two.

Fiction words new running total: 32,112

Will worry about calculating the rest later.

(If you're wondering, yes, it is the new year that gave me the kick I needed to get going again. I warned you I'm being cliche.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day Forty-Four

Early shift at work, which also meant getting home early, then proceeding to spend all my time on the nano forums. Oh well.

I got a paperback proof in the mail today, which is always exciting. I don't seem to be selling books under either pen name right now, though. It's a bit discouraging. Finally managed to make myself get off the forums and pick at my story. It's a bit late, though, and I have another early shift tomorrow, so not writing all that much. I know I need to pick up the pace and get this done, but, eh. It'll get there. Hopefully by Friday before work. I want to spend this weekend writing a book for my other pen name, so I need to get this short story for this one done first. Gah. Still, I'm down to about 3k, which I can knock out in a day if I need to. I'll get there okay. :)

Fiction Words Today: 171
Running Total: 12,112

Blog Words Today: 160

Running Total: 2,683

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 4,198

Books Released: 2
Books Sold: 7

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Day Forty-Three

First day of October. Feeling kinda blech. Morning went too fast, didn't get anything done before work. Got home, went to dinner with the family. Watched a little T.V. Still watching T.V. actually. New episode of New Girl, yay! Too tired to be productive. Will worry about getting things done tomorrow.

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 11,941

Blog Words Today: 51

Running Total: 2,523

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 4,198

Books Released: 2
Books Sold: 7

Monday, September 30, 2013

Day Forty-Two

Wanted to sleep in this morning, but managed to drag myself out of bed. Caught up on blog reading, finally got to writing a new post for this blog. Got a little bit of writing on Lust for the Money done then went to work. Got home from work, ate dinner and watched How I Met Your Mother. For, umm, several hours. Can never resist re-watching that show. Finally stopped watching and sat down to do a little more writing before bed. Remembered this blog post needed to be done, and that brings us to now!

Fiction Words Today: 615
Running Total: 11,941

Blog Words Today: 354

Running Total: 2,472

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 4,198

Books Released: 2
Books Sold: 7

Day Thirty-Six through Forty-One

Another awkward day gap! Mostly I was formatting. I guess that's what happens when you release three books in a short time frame. Woke up, formatted, went to work, got home, formatted some more. I had to scrap the old covers for the Lusting You series (I really need a title for the series, don't I?) because they looked awful in thumbnails. Really like the new covers. So fancy.

I compared a normal paperback to my print book template and got it all set up like a professional book. I know, EVEN MORE FANCY. Got so excited about it I contemplated opening my own book design business. Ended up deciding to sit on the idea for a while. I like making covers and designing book interiors, but I'm not a graphic designer. Plus, it would take time away from writing. Decided I'll revisit the idea in January and see what I think then.

Meant to get Lust for the Money written, like, a week ago but haven't gotten very far. Added a couple hundred words here and there. Blah. Hopefully I'll get it done in the next couple of days.

Got an idea for a new story and woke up at midnight last night to write the beginning. Don't know where I'm going with it or what I'll do with it once I'm finished. Need to get stuff I have obligations on done first, so I'm using it as a bribery project for now. Get writing done, and I get to write!

I have issues. So many issues.

Fiction Words Today: 1,231
Running Total: 11,326

Blog Words Today: 0

Running Total: 2,118

Braindump: 900

Running Total: 4,198

Books Released: 2
Books Sold: 7

Monday, September 23, 2013

Day Thirty-Five

There's a new book under the book tab! Yay! I'm thinking about starting a 'books released' and 'books sold' count under my word counts. Also, I finally got a lightbulb for the lamp in my room so I CAN SEE AGAIN!

Day started off like normal, read blogs and wrote the blog post for yesterday since I didn't get to it last night. Work started in the afternoon. I mostly spent the morning messing around online without accomplishing anything. Got back from work and had to go grocery shopping, then get some letters done for bank closing stuff.

Finally got to book stuff and decided the current cover for Lusting You looked terrible as a thumbnail, so I redid it. The new cover is much better. Also rewrote the description since the old one was pretty blah. Hoping these changes will help move some books. Well, that and dropping the price. I initially put it up at $2.99 because of the 70% royalty, but after thinking about I decided I just don't feel right charging that much for a sixteen page short story, so I dropped it to $0.99.

Now I've settled down to start on the sequel short story. I'm here writing this blog post, so you can tell how well that's gone. Hopefully I'll at least think of a first sentence or something and get this thing started before I go to sleep tonight.

Edit: Got the beginning started. Somehow ended up writing about the main characters discussing boobs. I am so immature I amaze myself sometimes.

Fiction Words Today: 685
Running Total: 10,095

Blog Words Today: 408

Running Total: 2,118

Braindump: 434

Running Total: 3,298

Books Released: 2
Books Sold: 7

Day Thirty-Four

Spent the morning doing laundry and writing. Got a good ways through the short story, then finished laundry and went over to my parents' house for dinner. Ate dinner and ice cream, hung out for a little while.

Came back to the apartment and re-watched some Community with my brother. He went to sleep, I settled back down in my room, finished off the short story then uploaded it to Amazon.

As of this morning, it's still publishing. I'm also putting together the print edition, but I'll probably wait to receive and approve the Pride proof before ordering a new one. Eh, maybe. I'll see how far I get today. It might seem a little silly to put together a print edition of a twenty page short story, but I like the idea of having print editions of everything I publish. After we move I'm going to put up a shelf with all the books I've written on it, so it'll be fun to have, even if no one ever orders it.

Fiction Words Today: 3,776
Running Total: 9,410

Blog Words Today: 0

Running Total: 1,710

Braindump: 431

Running Total: 2,864

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day Thirty-Three

Got up early and caught up on some blog reading. Discovered that New Girl has an entire season on Netflix that I hadn't seen, so lost a lot of time to that. It occurs to me that I spend too much time watching T.V....

Went shopping with Mom, bought a few new shirts. I'm trying to upgrade my wardrobe to 'doesn't look like a hobo.' So making progress there.

Got home, finished watching New Girl, then decided it was time to get to work LIKE AN ADULT. Put on pajamas, stumbled through the dark to my desk because the lightbulb in my lamp is dead and I still haven't replaced it yet, then started writing LIKE AN ADULT. Realized I utterly hate that story I'm writing and it's the stupidest thing ever, so judging by my writing patterns I'd say I've hit the halfway point. Meh, looking like it'll turn out shorter than I wanted, but that's okay. It's a good thing I'm employing myself because I have not learned to write to length yet...

Fiction Words Today: 288
Running Total: 5,634

Blog Words Today: 175

Running Total: 1,710

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 2,433

Friday, September 20, 2013

Day Thirty-One

Had an early shift at work, got home and found a pile of house stuff waiting for me. Got through some final edits real fast, then met with the realtor to sign paperwork. Got home and ate ice cream while watching Dexter. Went to bed early.

Fiction Words Today: 199
Running Total: 5,346

Blog Words Today: 0

Running Total: 1,489

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 2,433

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day Thirty

Wow, crazy. Day thirty already. Hmm.

Got up around eight, threw laundry in the machine, walked my dog. Then sat down and finally managed to make myself finish up some edits, mostly by promising myself I'd get to start a shiny new project if I did. Got the edits sent to editor, then started writing the shiny new project. I've got this idea in my head that I'm going to release a short story every two days. Not sure how it'll turn out, but I'm excited to give it a try.

Finished writing and laundry, went to work. Blah, boring. Got home around nine, ate some cake for dinner. Because that's how I roll. The editor sent me back another set of quick edits. Looked them over and sent back. Caught up on blogs. Told myself I should get to more writing. Got grumbly and reluctant about it. Decided to write a blog post here. :)

For the interested, Pride is now up to six copies sold. Pretty fantabulous if I do say so myself. Interested to see if these short stories will sell any copies when I get them up. Yay for grand experiments!

Fiction Words Today: 1,019
Running Total: 5,147

Blog Words Today: 195

Running Total: 1,489

Braindump: 796

Running Total: 2,433

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Day Twenty-Six

Yup, if you click on the book tab you'll see there's a book there now! "But, Evie," you might say, "How can you have a book when you've hardly gotten any writing done?"

"Well," I might answer (while glaring at you, because, really, what a rude question) "It's a book I already had written. It's been sitting all edited and polished up on my hard drive for a couple months now while I deal with other things."

I've been spending the last few days dealing with tons of formatting for some projects on a different pen name and I thought, why not format and publish this while I'm at it? So I did!

Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

I realize days twenty-three through six lack posts. Suffice it to say that I had some terrible days at work then formatted in my free time. That's about it.

Today I got up early and spent the day putting together things for my book signing (again, other pen name). I got a poster of the cover printed up at an office store. It was a bit expensive, but it looks gorgeous and I'm leaving it on display at the bookstore for a couple of weeks. Only two people actually showed up to the book signing, but I caught up on some twitter and hung out with my family and talked to the bookstore owner a little, so all in all, not a terrible day.

After the signing I went out with my family and stuffed myself with some delicious mexican food at our favorite place. Then drove home and got on my computer. Obviously the first place I went to was KDP to see if my book had gone up. It had, and I'd already sold a copy! Thanks, whoever you are!

I realized I should probably update this blog with the new book, so I did that then wrote this post! I also happened to notice an email full of writing prompts in my inbox, so I might have some fun with a few short stories before I go to bed.

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 4,128

Blog Words Today: 352

Running Total: 1,294

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 1,637

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Day Twenty-Two

I did get a little more writing done before I went to bed last night. Got up this morning, wrote a little more, messed around on the internet, then remembered that I needed to get files to the printer if I wanted copies of my book in time for the book signing Saturday. Grabbed some templates and started formatting, then had to go to work.

Put in my eight hours, nothing significant happened. Got back home, finished formatting and sent in the files. Might have to rush shipping to get it here in time. Oops.

Now it's almost time to get to sleep so I can wake up for my early shift tomorrow. Maybe I'll squeeze in a little more writing first. Hmm.

Fiction Words Today: 453
Running Total: 4,128

Blog Words Today: 123

Running Total: 942

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 1,637

Monday, September 9, 2013

Day Twenty-One

I finished the edit and sent it back to my editor! Accomplishment! Now to sneak back to Bad Graces until she gets back to me. Oh, wait, did you want to know about my day or something?

Okay, so I had a middle shift thing today at work which means this awful eleven a.m. to around seven p.m. time, blah. Didn't do much of anything in the morning. Read some blogs, put together my spending worksheet for August. To explain, it's this thing I do at the beginning of every month where I add up everything I spent last month and see where my money went. I find it really useful for finding places to cut back spending. Necessary, on a budget as tight as mine. Anyway, did all that and went to work.

Had an awful day at work. Felt completely drained at the end of it. Got home, did some grocery shopping, watched some Dexter, and moaned about not wanting to do anything. Whacked my brain with a healthy dose of guilt and when-will-i-get-this-done fear and managed to get in front of my laptop and worked till I got those edits done. Then popped in here to write this blog. Twa-la! Might write a little more tonight and tack it onto tomorrow's word count. Or might just read more Dresden. I'll see.

Fiction Words Today: 948
Running Total: 3,675

Blog Words Today: 302

Running Total: 819

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 1,637

Days Twelve Through Twenty

Got distracted by house hunting stress. Suffice it to say that I haven't written anything. Picking back up and starting again today. I'm thinking I'm going to post on day of from now on, since posting on the day after got too confusing. So I'll have a recap post tonight before I go to bed. Hoping to finish up some edits and send something to the printer tonight, then dust myself off and get back to Bad Graces.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Day Eleven

PSYCH! That wasn't my last post after all! But seriously, though. The beetle things are organizing. A plot is afoot. Also, writing these the day after has really confused me? And maybe also so has working a double shift? So let's settle it at, I haven't written anything but I'm getting ready for 3-day and am suddenly addicted to kdrama.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day Ten

Urgh, I think I'm dying. This stupid little voice in my head keeps being all, I'm ninety percent sure you've just got a cold. But I'm all SHUT UP VOICE I'M DYING OVER HERE. I've tried massive amounts of allergy medicine and tequila, but neither seems to have helped beyond letting me pass out on the couch for a little while.

Also, there are FIVE beetle-y things gathered in my room and I fear they have sensed my weakness and are planning an attack. This may be my last post. Go in peace, gentle reader. Go in peace.

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 2,727

Blog Words Today: 97

Running Total: 517

Braindump: 170

Running Total: 1,637

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Day Nine

Another late shift at work. Spent the time before it helping Mom get ready for the puppy and going through house paperwork. Just one more thing to do before we make an offer on this house. And I thought I couldn't get any more stressed out.

Still not getting any writing done, but I'm putting together my 3-day novel in my head. It'll be nice to have some writing devoted time this weekend after all this chaos. I'll try to get the apartment cleaned up in the next couple of days so that's not distracting me, either.

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 2,727

Blog Words Today: 84

Running Total: 420

Braindump: 6

Running Total: 1,467

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Day Eight

Realized there's no way I'm getting this book done before the end of the month. Sad, but it's okay. I've got 3-day novel contest this weekend, then I'll decide where to go from there. Start the count over maybe? Count nonconsecutive days? I'll see.

Tried to remember what I even did yesterday, but it's kind of just an exhausted blank. I worked a late shift and then... read? Maybe? And read beforehand? Dunno. Guess that's the flaw in writing these the day after. :)

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 2,727

Blog Words Today: 67

Running Total: 336

Braindump: 198

Running Total: 1,461

Monday, August 26, 2013

Day Seven

Went to an art fair, but was too broke to buy anything. Then went with my sister to pick out her new puppy. He's an adorable little yorkie. He'll only grow up to be five pounds. Got home late, caught up on emails and laundry, then dragged myself to my office corner to write. Got a little bit done before I gave in and went to sleep.

Fiction Words Today: 141
Running Total: 2,727

Blog Words Today: 47

Running Total: 269

Braindump: 90

Running Total: 1,263

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Day Six

Spent the day house hunting, and the night having crazed nightmares about house hunting. Think we've finally found the house we're going to buy. Time to do the paperwork.

Didn't get any writing done. Need to stop worrying and spinning in head circles and get to work.

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 2,586

Blog Words Today: 51

Running Total: 222

Braindump: 182

Running Total: 1,173

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Day Five

Another morning shift at work. Left me too drained to do much of anything. Read Dresden for a while before finally dragging myself to my keyboard and getting a couple words written. Still excited about where this story is going. Now let's see if I can catch up over the weekend.

Fiction Words Today: 342
Running Total: 2,586

Blog Words Today: 36

Running Total: 171

Braindump: 392

Running Total: 991

Friday, August 23, 2013

Day Four

Progress stalled out due to a long work shift and hanging out with family for Dad's birthday. Luckily it's almost the weekend, so I should be able to catch up over the next couple of days.

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 2,244

Blog Words Today: 68

Running Total: 135

Braindump: 0

Running Total: 599

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Day Three

Progress at last! Had a late shift at work, so spent the morning writing. Finished edits and got them sent off to the editor (finally!) and started Bad Graces. This book is a lot of fun. Can't tell you how excited I am about it. Oh, and I'm writing it as a book in ten days, with the ten days starting today. :) I'll see how it goes.

Fiction Words Today: 2,244
Running Total: 2,244

Blog Words Today: 31

Running Total: 67

Braindump: 381

Running Total: 599

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day Two

Nope, no progress today either. Went to work early, got home, ran some errands, and read more Dresden. Got to the donut joke. Will be grinning over that one for weeks.

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 0

Blog Words Today: 0

Running Total: 36

Braindump: 138

Running Total: 218

Monday, August 19, 2013

Day One

Didn't get any writing done today. Spent the morning napping with the pup and reading Dresden. Went to work, uneventful. Got home, made this blog. Probably going to read some more Dresden and go to sleep.

Fiction Words Today: 0
Running Total: 0

Blog Words Today: 36
Running Total: 36

Braindump: 80
Running Total: 80

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