April 2018 Writing Report

As you may have seen, I vowed to write every day for the month of April—and I succeeded. That was both blog writing and fiction writing, which wasn’t easy. I think my studying for my next professional certification took a hit, unfortunately!

I was editing in April, so I didn’t get a ton of really high word counts. Editing is a strange beast since it involves so much reading over previously written material. I did write some new scenes for my manuscript, which was fun. I’ve begun to really like reading over old scenes and shuffling things around and making sure the scenes tie into the overall plot.

In April, I wrote a total of 8,571 words, which is an average of 285 per day. As I said, all of that was for editing. I tried to edit for an hour every day, but that wasn’t always possible. I did manage to edit every single day, though! That is an accomplishment.

So far, I haven’t written every day in May—just some days. Last week really was not my week, I’m afraid to say. A rather idiotic neighbor backed her car up into my car. I was honking my horn at her the entire time, but she claims to have not heard it, which makes no sense. How can you not hear a car horn right behind you??? Luckily, she was going so slowly that my car has no visible damage and looks fine. There were other annoyances last week, so let’s just say good riddance to the first week of May, and I’m going to go work on my editing now.

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Thirty Days Of Blogging

Well, dear readers, I did it. Back at the beginning of April, after not blogging for a long time, I privately vowed that I would both blog and write fiction every single day this month. Why? I was tired of my writing being disrupted by The Crisis, so I wanted to see if I could write every day for a month.

I managed it, but it wasn’t easy. Sometimes, I just really didn’t feel like writing. Other times there wasn’t really much to write about. But I wrote every day, and I’m glad that I did.

I don’t think I’ll be blogging daily in May. I have too much going on then! I do plan to write a few times a week, though.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go work on some fiction so I can fully complete my vow.

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

I hate to be That Person who has nothing to blog about so she blogs about the weather… but that’s what I’m going to do. Mainly, I just want to get a quick post written so I can go listen to my audiobook, which is almost complete.

Today, it poured. It rained so hard that the water was getting backed up in the streets because it was coming too fast to go down the storm drains. It rained so hard that there were puddles everywhere. And, of course, I didn’t have a second pair of shoes. After I got soaked walking in from the parking lot, I spent the entire afternoon with wet socks and wet, squishy shoes. It was terrible. As soon as I got home, I washed my cold, wet feet in warm water and it was glorious.

The offending shoes (Vera Wang flats) are drying by the door right now. After I finish listening to the aforementioned audiobook, I’m going to order some rain boots. I’m thinking of giving Zappos a try. Anyone ever used Zappos before? Anyone ever tried Kamik boots before? These are both going to be new experiences for me.

Happy Friday!

Dear readers, I set myself the personal challenge of blogging every day this month… but the problem with such challenges is sometimes you don’t have anything to say or just don’t feel like blogging! And therefore you have to put up a somewhat pointless post. This is such a post.

I know I had all day to write something, but there was a crisis and then I had to make dinner and clean and vacuum, though I never did get around to vacuuming, and suddenly I realized it was past ten and I hadn’t blogged.

So, I am going to do a little fiction editing and then go read. I’m reading Ahsoka right now and it is so good. Seriously, if you’re a Star Wars fan and you haven’t read it, it’s definitely worth a read.

Moving Out of State

You guys, I’m feeling a bit demoralized tonight. Remember when a person at work got a promotion and I didn’t and I was upset? Well, I’ve been channeling my rage into job applications. (Actually, “rage” is too strong a word. I promise I’m not walking around in a perpetual state of enragement! But I like the way it sounds in that sentence.) I’ve put a fair amount of them in at various companies. I’ve heard nothing yet, though. I know hiring can take forever—many a hiring manager has said this to me. But I can’t help but thinking that the fact that all my applications have been for out-of-state positions isn’t helping.

Is there any way to get around this, short of moving to a new city without a job? I’m very, very, very reluctant to do that. I hate the idea of not having money coming in, plus I had to fight tooth and nail to get a job in this industry anyway. I’m reluctant to leave a job without another one lined up. Yet, I do realize that actually being a lot closer to where the jobs I’ve applied to are located might help.

Or maybe I’m just being too impatient. I haven’t applied to that many positions yet, in the whole scheme of things. (A person can only fill out so many of those applications at once without wanting to scream.) I do have more positions on my list that I’m planning to apply to. Hopefully someone will get back to me for an interview—and make me an offer. Fingers crossed…

Spring? What Spring?

This has been the weirdest spring I’ve experienced in a long time. We’ve had some warm days, but it’s going down to forty or so tonight. That’s ridiculous. I live in the southeast. I’m not in the Balmy Tropics anymore, but still, spring where I live is usually quite nice. Today it was fifty and cloudy and windy. In April. I know they say April showers bring May flowers, but what does April coldness bring?! It has been so cold here this month.

Anyway, I hope everyone’s had a good Sunday. I’m reading, trying to stay warm, and psyching myself up for work tomorrow. Not that work is that bad. Sometimes, it’s just hard to wake up and go in on a Monday.

Even More Rain

This weekend, the weather has been keeping with the theme of rain, rain, and more rain. It started raining this afternoon and is supposed to rain all night long. At least tomorrow will be sunny.

Meanwhile, enjoy this picture I took on Friday night (I am happy to say it did not rain on Friday). I’m pretty sure that bright object above the tree in the center is Venus. It was so bright that even my phone camera was able to pick it up.

I hope that’s Venus.

I don’t actually know much about astronomy, though, so for all I know, that isn’t Venus. It still was fun to see, though. I’m going to go work on some writing for the rest of this evening as the rain continues. Stay dry, everyone!

Officers’ Meeting

We have officers’ meeting this week at my company. I really should go, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to motivate myself to get up that early. It’s not too terribly early—it starts at 8:30—but with traffic and walking in from the parking lot (I have to walk two blocks to get to our building), I’d have to get up and leave substantially earlier than usual.

In case you were wondering, yes, I am an officer at the company and no, it’s not nearly as cool as it sounds. Officers are a dime a dozen at my company. If I had to guess, I’d say that at least half of our employees are officers. Including, of course, yours truly. Like I said, it sounds a lot fancier than it actually is—but I’d take being an officer over not being any officer any day.

Now that I think about it, I need to write a novel (somewhat) based on my experiences at work. I bet some of you wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve seen!

Random Sunday Thoughts

  • I had a productive weekend overall. Lots of reading, writing, editing, and knitting. The only damper on the whole thing was how terrible the weather was on Saturday. With the wind blowing, it felt like 35 degrees out. That’s ridiculous for April in the south!
  • Regarding reading, I finished a book on my Kindle I’ve been meaning to read for a while (it was just sitting on there for months) and now I’ve started reading a book that has been on my to-read list for almost three years. I’ve been trying to clear out my to-read list. At one point, it was over one hundred books. I think I have four on it now, though I’m sure I’ll add more.
  • I’m trying out a new blog theme called Dara. I’m not sure if I like it or not. Any thoughts on how good or not good it is are welcome. Update: Right after publishing this post, I noticed the Dara theme wasn’t playing nice with some Russian words I have in my sidebar. Obviously proper display of Russian characters is integral to this blog, so I guess the Dara theme won’t be happening. I’m back to using Penscratch. Even though this theme is supposed to be for writers (and I am a writer), I worry it’s too boring.
  • I wish I could stay home from work tomorrow and work on some writing! You really can’t blame me for not being motivated to go to work…
  • I got rid of some old papers today and it was very liberating. I didn’t realize how many random, useless old papers I have saved. I also didn’t realize how cathartic it can be to get rid of them. I highly recommend getting rid of your old useless papers if you have any. It’s a very freeing feeling.

I hope everyone has a good Monday! (Or is that an oxymoron?)

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

We get a ton of rain where I live, but this winter and spring has been a tad ridiculous. It rains multiple times a week. In some places, the ground seems to have become perpetually muddy. As I type this late on a Friday night (I just finished working on some fiction writing), it is pouring outside.

A typical cloudy day back in March.

I guess the good thing about rain is it sounds peaceful at night. And it makes for good reading and writing weather. That’s what I’m going to go do right now: read.

Happy Friday, everyone!