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Still have to do a couple tweaks on the last chapter, plus argue with Word on some formatting issues. (Sometimes unchecking “Same as previous” for header works; sometimes it doesn’t.) Yes, it really is like this, one thing and then one more thing, when you already think you’re done.

In more fun news, I’m getting ready to dive into the results from SFWA’s membership survey! Can’t wait to see what everyone had to say.

And then more words on book 3 …

What are you up to?

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Mushrooms!

Aug. 14th, 2017 07:32 pm
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In our yard. Which is not fantastic, but not exactly surprising, either. And gives an indication of just how much rain we’ve been getting.

Anyway, not a lot on the new word front today, and what there was, I didn’t count, as I was working through edits on Siren Circle and hence, both adding and deleting as I went. I may add some words later on book 3, Troll Tunnels.

Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures.large mushroom

smaller mushroom

mushroom gills

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(On the calendar, at least.)

In actual fact, it wasn’t a bad day. I got some normal adulting tasks done, knocked a couple freelance tasks off my to-do list, poked at the writing (yeah, not a lot there — only 59 words), and cooked dinner. But I’m going to try to get to bed before 11 and hope sleep will make tomorrow more productive.

Words written today: 59
Words written this month: 7,563
Words written 2017: 154,072
Average words/day 2017: 694
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 5
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 18

The month’s good start is rapidly falling away. Have to see if I can get back on track next week.

skillet dinner

Tonight’s dinner

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… and one more, and one more, and …

Is it just me? I keep taking on little things at random intervals, and that works great for a week or two, but then these other little things land, and suddenly I’m needing more sleep so I’m clear-headed enough for everything, but I’m not sure how to get more in my schedule. Yeah, maybe that’s just me. And it’s a recent thing, too — used to be I’d skip sleep to try to get everything done,forgetting about diminishing returns.

Anyway, only 152 words today, but also some thoughts for further down the series, so that’s good.

Random things from today:

Saw the new building that my husband’s department got moved to.


Made a simple strawberry ice cream with the girl. (Whip 2 cups heavy cream with 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Fold in 2 cups mashed strawberries and some pink food coloring. Stick it in the freezer.)

Made the okonomiyaki again. Pickled ginger is a good addition. As is bacon.

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Another slow day. Got some progress on projects for SFWA this morning, including forward momentum on the Operations, Policies, and Procedures Manual (OPPM). Told the members at the business meeting during the Nebula Conference that we’d have the OPPM out to them by Labor Day, and I’m moving forward on it. (Note: this is a living document, which is to say it will always be a document in progress, as procedures are updated, added, or deleted, so at best, it will be the current version, subject to revision, with new versions issued periodically. I still would like it as complete as possible before issuing this version to the membership.)

Also took the kids to the comics and game store, the library, and the ice cream shop. Also went over them expectations for their summer homework. (Reading for the boy, practicing multiplication facts for the girl.)

And I wrote.

Words written today: 336
Words written this month: 7,352
Words written 2017: 153,861
Average words/day 2017: 699
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 2 more chapters of Castle Hangnail
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 20

Fallen below 1k/day for this month, so I’m going to have to work on that. But other stuff on tomorrow’s agenda, including some more freelance work, as well as final edits on Siren Circle.

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Mostly because I was supposed to get back to work — may have taken the weekend off, but it’s a work day now — and I didn’t really want to. Started to work through feedback on Siren Circle, though, and if all goes well, I should be formatting it tomorrow to get up for sale. But editing is a lot of “Hmmm, change this clause here, move these two paragraphs to a different chapter, and add a couple lines of explanation here.” So, not a lot of new words today. More than yesterday, though, when I literally did NO WORDS AT ALL.

Words written today: 2,450
Words written this month: 7,016
Words written 2017: 153,525
Average words/day 2017: 701
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 4 chapters of Castle Hangnail with daughter
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 21

(And yes, I just looked at Excel, saw my count was at 6,998 for the month and opened Scrivener back up just to cross the 7k mark for the month and stay above 1k/day for the month.)

By the way, if you want to see some gorgeous artwork, head to Twitter and check out the #visiblewomen hashtag.

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Tonight was gaming night. (They stopped right before facing Strahd! They wanted to prepare spells and be well rested. What’s a DM to do? *ponders adding traps to encounter* [probably not]) So, as I’m the current DM, I spent a good chunk of the day prepping maps — and of course, the players went different directions than expected, so I had to draw a couple on the fly.

Fabulous time with our friends (and wonderful food, too!), which in turn means only 47 words for the day. With which I’m happy, so all is well with the world.

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Not as many today as yesterday, but still a respectable amount. Quite pleased to have crossed the 10,000-word mark on the new novel. (No, edits on Siren Circle are not complete yet. Soon!) Might spend some of my time this weekend making sure this beginning is solid — everyone introduced or re-introduced clearly, sufficient description, nothing contradicting earlier books. The cleaner this is now, the easier it makes the rest of it.

Words written today: 1,562
Words written this month: 6,784
Words written 2017: 153,293
Average words/day 2017: 710
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 1 chapter
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 24

I hope the start of August has been good to you!

Also, tonight’s dinner:
chicken dinner

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Epic timing

Aug. 3rd, 2017 09:54 pm
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Tonight, because of the thunderstorm (it is a dark and stormy night) our daughter wanted scary stories for bedtime. I told her I had a very short one. “You have to go back to school in 25 days!”

“Really, Mom?”

“Yes, really. You have less than a month of summer left. Mwah-hah-hah-hah!”

At which point, lightning crashed and thunder boomed, punctuating my evil laugh. Definitely the best way to end a scary story.

Words written today: 2,543
Words written this month: 5,222
Words written 2017: 151,731
Average words/day 2017: 706
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 5
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 25

Yes! I got past that 150,000 mark! So happy for this! Also, daughter and I made cupcakes today. It was a good day.

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I was vastly amused this afternoon (possibly too much so) when my husband via chat and my son in the next room asked within minutes of each other what’s up with all these afternoon thunderstorms. (I told them it’s heat + humidity.)

Tried a new recipe tonight for dinner — high on veggie content: okonomiyaki. Son thought they were okay; daughter had a few bites and gave up. I liked them. Already warned everyone I will be making them again.

Tried submitting a story for a reprint anthology today. Got the acknowledgement e-mail and everything, but when I click the link to check the status (because I do that, yes), I get a note that it’s an invalid login. Okay, maybe I won’t try submitting short stories this year after all. The plan has always been to focus on long work, after all.

Oh, and I realized I’ve been making errors on the stat block, marking my reading as 0. I’ve been reading The Hobbit with our daughter as a bedtime story, and the past couple of days, we did that graphic novel as well, and I didn’t take credit for any of that.

Words written today: 513
Words written this month: 2,679
Words written 2017: 149,188
Average words/day 2017: 697
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 2 chapters
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 26

Not as good as yesterday, but since I had trouble sleeping last night, I’m okay with that. Still making forward progress, plus freelancing, plus family time. And tomorrow, I will cross that 150,000 line.

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Had some thoughts about another writing project this morning — one I’ve toyed around with in the past but not actually done much with. Might make a good one to pursue when I’m quite certain I won’t write any more Boston Technowitch books. In other words, it’s going to be a while.

Words written today: 2,166
Words written this month: 2,166
Words written 2017: 148,675
Average words/day 2017: 698
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 27

Decent start to the month!

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Not the best Monday in memory. It had some good points, and I really enjoyed spending time with my kids today — but I also literally screamed in frustration at the computer today. (And also told our son I might throw Word at them in D&D as a boss monster to defeat.)

Eventually, I managed 122 words for the day, which put me up to 16,110 for the month. Still a little shy of that 150,000 I wanted, but not by much.

Now, I shall try to sleep, hoping to awake refreshed and ready for a new day and a new month.

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But oh, so tiring! I spent four hours Saturday weeding, and time on Sunday cleaning, laundering, and baking. I also decided the outline for the third Boston Technowitch is complete enough and got a good start on the first chapter.

By the way — four hours of weeding? Bad idea if the usual exercise your fingers get is typing.

Hand with blisters

Blurry image of blistered fingers (not all blisters showing, and they popped later)

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You’d think by now that I would know if I’m worried about a section of story when I give it to someone to read, I know I should have spent more time to get it right. Sure enough, one of my first readers ranted about the climax, which I thought was going to be a problem. So I spent a chunk of time today reworking and reworking and reworking the penultimate chapter.

There are other sections I still need to edit, and I still have to hear from my other primary reader, but I do feel better about the scene now. It was one of those things where I knew it didn’t work, but when I first wrote it, I didn’t know how to make it work. I still wasn’t sure today. I had to do things to my character I didn’t want to. It was hard. I hope my readers like it now.

Words written today: 1,574
Words written this month: 15,007
Words written 2017: 145,406
Average words/day 2017: 696
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 31

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A few days late, but I got my newsletter out, with a picture of the third book in the Boston Technowitch series (which I am currently outlining). I even managed to write an installment of the serial for the newsletter and compiled a PDF of the serial to date.

Words written today: 1,593
Words written this month: 13,433
Words written 2017: 143,832
Average words/day 2017: 692
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 32

So my current “round number” goal is to hit 150,000 before the end of the month. If I write as many words as I did today each for the rest of the month, I can do it. (Did my saying this jinx it? We shall see.)

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That was the first half of the day — the children’s section of the local library does a monthly session of reading to dogs as part of the summer program. I think it’s geared toward younger children, encouraging them to read aloud and improve fluency with an audience that won’t criticize them. However, our daughter loves dogs, so she eagerly signed up to read today.

She read the opening of Ursula Vernon’s Giant Trouble to a lovely black poodle. The poodle’s companion said that her reading was excellent — and also a mile a minute. No surprise there.

I meant to work on the outline for the next book today, but instead, I worked on creating a print version of the novella. I don’t have plans to put it into any sales channels, but I can see a few uses for having copies myself.

No new words today, alas!

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Indeed! I have a completed draft of Siren Circle, and it’s off to first readers now! The Mob of Impatience only has to wait a little while longer.

Tomorrow, I start fleshing out the outline for the third book some more.

Words written today: 2,049
Words written this month: 11,840
Words written 2017: 142,239
Average words/day 2017: 690
Books completed 2017: 2 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 34

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It was pouring when I woke up. By the time I got up, it was mostly sunny with fluffy clouds. By dinner, dark and pouring rain with lots of thunder and lightning. Weather can’t make up its mind.

I split my time today between writing and working on birthday cake for my son. We had an interesting exchange about frosting (I asked him about cream cheese or buttercream, and he said, “Frosting for the cake?” I said yes, I wasn’t planning to put frosting on the fried rice), but now the cake is done and waiting for candles to be lit.

birthday cake

The writing went really well today. The climax and denouement and all clicked, and I got a good chunk of words. Still need to go back and edit and beef up some earlier stuff, but I’m on a roll.

Words written today: 2,450
Words written this month: 9,791
Words written 2017: 140,190
Average words/day 2017: 684
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: ?
Days until school starts: 35

I stared at those numbers and said, “Hey, if I just write 209 more words this evening, I’ll have 10,000 for the month!” Which is true. However, cake is calling. And ice cream, too.

Words can wait until tomorrow (which is also when I will send my newsletter that should’ve gone out today).

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I really need to come up with better post titles. Maybe phrases from my writing, or random quotes? My titles are all pedestrian and too on-the-nose. What do you think?

The only difference between today and any other Sunday was our daughter’s friend was here for the morning, too. Other than that, it was still groceries and laundry and cooking for me, with words tucked in at the end. Tomorrow, I will get words — around baking our son’s birthday cake, as well as a couple other items on the to-do list. But I want to try to get back to the 1,000–2,000 words/day range, and over 2,000 would be better (likely not tomorrow, but perhaps next month). I still have goals to meet, after all.

Today’s words: 123

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I spent a good chunk of the day helping our daughter clean her room so she could host her friend for a sleepover tonight. Then our friends came over, and we gamed — D&D (3.5). I’m DM-ing a run through Castle Ravenloft. I’m not the best DM, but everyone seems to be having fun, which is my metric for success.

Eventually, after our friends left and the girls settled down to sleep, I wrote all of 35 words (3 new sentences). Also corrected one typo (changed “hiving” to “having”). Not much, but I still count the day good.

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