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January 12th, 2013

12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Fri, 17:34: Dear @Paypal: Screw you. @jay_lake is not committing fraud, he's trying to CURE HIS EFFING CANCER. This is ridiculous; release those funds.
  • Fri, 21:34: Thank you, @askpaypal, for manning up quickly, fixing the problem, and donating to @jay_lake. Good on you.
  • Fri, 21:39: First rejection of the year. They're right about the issue READERS'll have with it, but it's not an issue of the STORY. How to fix that?
  • Fri, 22:13: Annoying: People who randomly follow me, I follow them back, and then they #spam me. I'm not ON Youtube; why would I pay $$ for views?
  • Sat, 00:41: 1200 words on my day, but Monday's unofficial goal is already done. Not perfect, but I'll take it. 1st Bonus will get me halfway tomorrow.
  • Sat, 10:23: 500 words to Monday's official goal. I can do that.

02:29 pm
*huffs out a breath*

Well.

I just hit 25,000 words on this project. I'm only twelve days in. So far, the project is an unqualified success.

Some numbers:
  • My Actual Goal is based on 1700 words per day, which will give me 52,700 words at the end of this project if I hit it every time. Right now, I've blown past Monday's goal and am well on my way to Tuesday's. I decided on 1700 words per day because it's a nice round number that won't make me fall short. So far so good on that one; I've hit it every time.

  • My Technical Goal is based on 1613 words per day, which will give me 50,003 words on the 31st if I hit it every time. So far so good on that one as well, obviously.

  • Bonus #1 is based on previous day's wordcount + 1700. This is to keep me on task and get me used to writing that many words a day whether I "need" to or not. I've missed that one three times.

  • Bonus #2 is 500 more than that. I've missed that one four times.

  • Bonus #3 is 300 more than Bonus #2. I've missed that one five times. If I hit all three Bonus Goals, that's 2500 words on the day.

  • My Ideal Goal is based on 2500 words a day. I haven't hit that one since Day 3 and probably won't at this point unless one of these things starts writing itself.

  • I had one writing jag where I wrote 3600 words in one day. This was a function of wanting an END at the bottom of the Angry Bitter Angel story before a meeting with my Writing Buddy. It could happen again, but I'm not going to count on it.

  • I'm so glad I have outlines. If I start flailing, I go back to it and go "Oh! That's what's supposed to happen next!" I am now sold on the concept of outlining. It may front-load the time spent, but it saves so much time in the long run. This is the second story I've written this way, and I'm at the Great Swampy Middle again but don't hate it. That's twice.


So, here I am at mid-wordcount, and I like this. I like this a lot.

Of course, whether I still like it when I'm trying to edit four badly-written stories into some semblance of "good" will be an open question.

And all that being said, I do not see how people with jobs and families bang out this many words in a day. Holy cow.

11:07 pm
That's a good stopping point.

I have blown past the midpoint and am now sitting at 26,200 words so far, which gives me 2900 words on my day--and which means I'll probably go for that extra hundred after I finish this entry just because. I revised my "Ideal Goal" down to 2000 words per day, because that's actually hittable and I'd rather encourage myself with something I can accomplish rather than discourage myself with something impossible.

Tomorrow, I'm going to try to put an END at the bottom of this one. I'm at the climax right now, so this seems possible, if not probable.

So far, so good. I handed the Hubby the remaining outlines, and he arranged them in order of what he'd like me to write next. Zombunnies came in first just because, I think, the word "zombunnies" is hilarious. So that one will be next, and then maybe I'll tackle Janni's story.

And in other Hubby news, he bought me a Micro Desert Eagle today. SUCH A CUTE BUT SERIOUS-LOOKING GUN, Y'ALL. I love it already even though I haven't fired it yet. Eeee!