Pushing on

ROW80I am very pleased with the week so far, especially since Mr. J is on his winter vacation which usually means I don’t want to work. But I’ve gotten 739 new words written this week, which means I only need 1634 more to make my goal for this Round of Words! They haven’t all been exciting words mind you, since this chapter is about houseplant bugs and diseases, but they are useful and they need to be written.

But for now, we’re taking the afternoon off to go see Mockingjay, and I look forward to goofing off.

Here again is the blog hop link for today’s check-in.


Good job, me!

ROW80I am happy to report that I finished 1789 new words this week. This doesn’t quite catch up the full 1000 word deficit I was carrying, but it comes very close.

To do this I had to use an old writer’s trick: I jumped to a new section. Since the technical details in the part I was working on were giving me a lot of trouble, I decided to write a different part that I was more sure of. This actually taught me something, since working on the later parts has helped to clarify how much technical detail might be useful early on. I think I need to learn this lesson over and over again, that when something gets stuck there’s often an actual reason why. It’s not always a simple failure on my part.

As we approach the last days of this round of ROW80, I have so far written 10,127 words. Since my 1000 words/week goal would have me at 12,500 words by the end, I know that I need to get through another 2373 words in the next eleven days. It looks like an entirely doable goal at this point.

Here again is the blog hop link for today’s check-in. I hope everyone else had a good week too.


Late, but okay…

I don’t have a lot to report. I made 1000 words last week, which is the base goal, but didn’t get to 2000. So I enter this week still trying to make up that deficit. We’ll see how it goes!

Here’s the blog hop link so you can go see how everyone else is doing.

Edit to add: Just to make it worth your while for dropping by when I have so little to say, I’ll toss in this video that Hugh Howey made. It’s a tutorial for using Adobe InDesign to turn your electronic manuscript into a .PDF for use at CreateSpace or other paperback publishers. Hugh does his own formatting and you can too!


Filling the widgets

ROW80I’m writing again, and in these two days I’ve written 545 new words. That leaves me a good bit more to write if I’m going to hit this week’s expanded goal of 2000 words, but it’s a start at least.

In the comments on an earlier post, we were talking about “feeding the widgets”, which I admit I find very motivational. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that I keep feeding them regularly through the rest of this ROW80.

As always, here’s a link to the rest of the crew for this check-in. Thanks for stopping by!


Time to catch up

ROW80As I feared the holidays combined with the big computer crash ate up last week and I basically got very little done. Go me!

So for this week I’m adding last week’s deficit to this week’s word count goal. I commit to writing 2000 words this week, and if I can do that I’ll be back in sync. This is another reason why keeping small word count goals is best for me, because 2000 words is still fairly small. If I set my goals higher and then fall behind I start getting into the failure-guilt-avoidance cycle that craters my attempts to write.

So keep your fingers crossed for me! And don’t forget to visit other ROW80 writers for their check-ins as well.



ROW80Well, I didn’t really need any more distractions this week, but my computer crashed last night anyway. Somehow Windows trashed the Master Boot Record when the crash happened, and I had to reinstall my operating system entirely.

So today I’m sitting around reinstalling software. Fortunately we are doing Thanksgiving home alone and have all the food already on hand, so other than making a pumpkin cheesecake my week’s schedule is loose. I’ll let you know Sunday how the writing has gone, once the computer is dealt with.

Here’s the blog hop link for today’s check-in.


Heading into the holidays

ROW80This week went smoothly, and I wrote 1205 new words, passing my 1000 word goal for the week. So far, so great!

Now we head into the challenging part of the year, when there are lots of holidays and Mr. J has lots of vacation time off. I always have a hard time focusing when he’s off work and we tend to goof off more than usual (that’s why they call it vacation!). I don’t have an actual job and haven’t in some years since I’ve freelanced since I left The Nature Conservancy. That means I don’t have a particular schedule (unless I’m on a contract for something) and I don’t have regular time off.

It’s an unusual way to live, I admit. But I’m determined to keep to my word count goals even as this holiday season gears up and hubby’s vacation begins.

Here’s the blog hop link for today’s check-in.


Busy week

ROW80I’m doing well on the ROW80 goals for the week. With nearly 700 new words written I’ve officially hit the 25% mark on my arbitrary book widget and am on track to easily hit a thousand words this week. And I haven’t even started today’s writing yet.

Mostly busy with the business side of self-publishing. I decided to move my two short stories from Smashwords to Draft2Digital. So far the process has been fairly straightforward, with only some initial formatting errors so that I had to compile one new Epub file.

I am so glad that from the start I organized all my business and writing folders carefully. I put all the artwork in a folder under the story name and also have a clearly marked folder for the final versions of the publication files, separate from the working Scrivener files. That makes it pretty easy to double-check the metadata and recompile a new Epub. I have to say — and this makes me very happy — Scrivener always outputs perfect Epub files for me. I love that program.

Here’s the blog hop link. I’m going to spend some time seeing how everyone else is getting along.


A good week

ROW80I managed to write 1595 total new words this week, not only hitting my initial goal but also making up for last week’s deficit, which was my secondary goal. I’m really happy about this. Being behind is something that can easily drop me into feeling like a failure, and it’s hard to recover from that. So jumping back in and catching up entirely is a wonderful thing and a good skill for me to practice.

It’s especially triumphant because I have for many years played World of Warcraft, and this week a new expansion was released, which meant both Mr. J and I spent a good amount of time playing in the newly opened content. That was a lot of fun, but of course it’s important that the fun not keep me from pursuing my writing goals.

I hope everyone else is having a good week too! Here’s the blog hop link for today’s check-in.


Back on track

ROW80Writing goes well this week. I’m already over 700 words in, so on track to get my 1500 for this week to make up for last week’s deficit. And my mind is full of ideas and paragraphs for what needs to be written next. I’m getting a handle on the voice I want the book to embody, and that’s a good feeling.

I was excited to see that by my off-hand calculations I’m over 20% done. Then of course I realize that I set my goal at 65,000 words even though I actually have no idea how many words it’s going to take to write all that I want to express here. Maybe that 65k will be accurate, or maybe it will take 75k, or only 50k. Still I find my little widgets are encouraging to update, so until I get much further into the book I’ll stick with 65,000 words as my goal.

Hope everyone else’s week goes well and the writing flows easily!

Here’s the blog hop link for today’s check-in.