It occurred to me today that my life is probably always this hectic. I probably don’t get a lot of daily writing done on a regular basis, but I only notice it now because I’m keeping track. I look at my Post-it notes with my word count and little scribbled half sentences of what I did each day this week on them and I have to remind myself that somehow I always manage to finish writing the stories on time.
Everyone’s still sick, although the kids are getting better, but now my parents and my 9 months pregnant sister have it. I have a child sleeping on my lap right now as I type this and have had a lot of the time when I’ve sat down to write this week. Yes, it’s an excuse, but it’s a good one. Two-year-old’s are wiggly even when they’re sleeping.
Here’s what I did get done this week: S-0 words. Fixed typos and re-uploaded Glimpse and Rebellion. M-0. T-Cut 400 words from Dormant, added 855, added 122 to Glow. W-Cut one paragraph from Glow, reworked others and added an awesome 28 whole words. Th-468 words on Glow, talked to Sarah about Dormant and fleshed out some ideas, figured out what direction it and the rest of the series is (kinda) going in. F-wrote 4 blog posts for my upcoming blog tour which starts on the 14th. Most likely the same day my sister will have her baby and I’m to be in the delivery room, so I needed to get those out of the way! Sa- Worked on two more blog posts this morning, but didn’t finish them. Thought a lot about what is going to happen next in Dormant, sat down several times to write a bit and was slept on or interrupted constantly. Gave up and played Scrabble instead.
That’s that. I feel like every time I write one of these I’m coming off as a major depressive, but I’m really doing okay. I’ve got 1,258 words on Dormant, so I only have to write that many words 15 more times. I’ve got 9,369 on Glow, so I only have to write that many words 5 more times. My goal was to write something every day. I didn’t on Sunday or Monday, but did manage to either work on my stories or write a blog post or 8 the rest of the days this week.
I’m adding a new goal this week and I want you all to call me out if I slip. No more reading reviews unless they’re from book bloggers or other writers. I read a fine review of Glimmer on Goodreads tonight, but halfway through reading it it dawned on me that the reviewer was in no way writing the review for me. Then I went to the Goodreads pages of some writers I like and respect and perused their reviews. At some point on all of their pages they stopped commenting on the reviews-good and bad. No “liking” or “Thanks for the great review!” I know people have told me this over and over again-now I finally get it. Readers write reviews for other readers. My job is to keep writing the stories.
Please, please, please let’s hope I get it together and do my job this week!