Month 8, Day 3 of this Writing in Public challenge.
One more day of basic catch-up and rest and I’ll be back writing tomorrow. Finally, after over two weeks.
Rolled out around 11 a.m. again today. E-mail and then to the snail mail and then to the bank. Then up to WMG Publishing for some meetings.
Then I headed for more stops at banks and then to have lunch with Kris.
I did a few more errands, then headed home and finished up some e-mail before heading downstairs around 6 p.m. for a nap with the Walter White Cat, then dinner, news and back into this office to do more workshop stuff.
March online workshops are starting up this week and I’m almost caught up on everything. And there is room in all the workshops.
Planning the Month Ahead
And as I said yesterday, I also plan on writing at least two novels and one novella this month. And fix the novel for #7 Smith’s Monthly and get #6 laid out. And I have a quick two-day trip north planned for some meetings. And I’m getting a slow start.
And I’ll be doing homework about two hours per night four nights per week for the online workshops, plus other prep work. And having my normal meetings at WMG Publishing.
And I hope to have up the next eight short stories for the subscription folks.
All factors. No big deal, just parts of what I need to do.
So let me explain how I used to do this sort of thing in the old media-writing days, when I often had two novel deadlines in the same month.
Goal is to have about 120,000 words done in fiction this month. (Two 50,000 word novels and another 20,000 words of shorter fiction, if not more.) That’s ideal, but let’s go with it for planning sake. I have 26 days if I count the two days I’ll be gone on the trip north. So let’s make that 25 days.
So that means that by taking 120,000 words and dividing by 25 I need to average about 4,800 words per day to hit that goal. So round that up to 5,000 words per day. About five hours per day.
I am pushing my schedule back each day, getting closer to normal sleep hours again after the last two weeks. So tomorrow I’ll be close enough to be able to work until 3:30 a.m. or 4 a.m. and in a week I should be able to push that back to my normal 5 a.m. stop time.
So we’ll see how it goes. That’s simple math and simple focus and a daily word count isn’t a killer by any means. At least not for me.
And I have no idea what I’m going to write. Not a clue. But it should be an interesting month.
So stay tuned and see how it goes. Should be fun to watch the train wreck, if nothing else. (grin)
And now for yet another topic…. As I said yesterday, Smith’s Monthly #5 is out (at least in the mails). I was having Kris take the picture on the sidebar with me trying to hold all five. (If you haven’t held one of these, they are hefty at 7 x 10 inches and 180 pages.)
So she took a shot of the issues lined up under our cat Galahad. (We have five cats… Galahad used to be my cat, I rescued him, but he likes Kris’s schedule better and her office is warmer, so he went over to the dark side. (grin))
The couch he is on is against the front window looking out over the ocean. Can’t tell that cats love it, can you?
Totals For Month 8, Day 3
– Daily Fiction: 00 words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words
– Nonfiction: 00 new words. (Introductions) Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 00 words
– Blog Posts: 650 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 950 words
– E-mail: 37 e-mails. Approx. 1,150 new words. E-mails month-to date: 94 e-mails. Approx. 3,050 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
For projects finished in the first seven months (in a day or so I’ll have February in there) and links to the posts, click on the Writing in Public tab above.