January Progress

I actually meant to post this last week but a nasty bout with the stomach flu waylaid me. Here is a picture of cute cats to atone for the error:

Our cats doing what they do best.
Our cats doing what they do best.

Okay, that aside, here is another picture:

January Progress
January Progress (Click to Embiggen)

A couple of months ago, I read about V.E. Schwab’s method of tracking her writing.  She explains it in depth in a video called ‘Best Writing Trick I Know‘ but I’ll sum it up quickly here: Go buy a simple calendar and a bunch of stickers (she uses stars, I use dots). Each star or dot represents X number of words. Hit or surpass the goal and earn a sticker. Different colored stars or dots can be used to track other things such as exercise, reading, etc.

For me, I set the goal to 250 words earns a green dot. The orange dots represents how much time I spend playing computer games (1 dot = 30 minutes), a known and major distraction for me.*

The whole purpose of the calendar is to be a visual reminder of your progress and to give you something to work toward.

And it works surprisingly well. There is something about looking at the calendar and saying “I haven’t earned a sticker today” or “Another 150 words and I can slap down a third dot for the day! Booyah!” Guess it goes back to that childhood fascination with getting a gold star on your paper or whatnot. In fact, I’ll probably be switching to stars in March as the dots seem rather bland. In any case – I like it and it’s working. I wrote most days in January and earned 9,500 words.

This makes my editing buddy very happy:

"Write faster human. I need more paper balls to chase."
“Write faster human. I need more paper balls to chase.”

* The gaping holes in Wednesday and Saturday are due to those being my session days with ShackTac. Those are known times and I try budget for them on other days.

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Because Of Course …

Steph is away on a business trip right now. Luckily, this is her only one of the year that we know of, unlike the past few years where I felt more like a hotel butler each time she came home.

“Hello, Mrs. Hughes. We have your room made up for you and some chocolate in the cupboard. Also, here is a kitten for petting.”

In the meantime, she left me at home to fend for myself. I’m pretty good at this except right now I’ve developed a head cold that is leaving me weak and lethargic. And the cats are out of food so they began circling me like sharks at breakfast this morning. It was a rather worrisome feeling.

(The cats have now been fed – vet didn’t open until seven and I rushed out right away.)

 

 

 

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Hello 2015, Goodbye 2014

So it’s a new year, huh?

2014 was … a year. There was a lot of good in it – a Disney Marathon, going paint balling with new friends, meeting old friends at Paradise Icon, and Hawaii, of course. There was some low moments but I’m going to try not to dwell on that.

2015 has started off good. Being a kid, I always wanted to stay up to see the midnight and the new year come rolling around. Last night, I was in bed by 10:30 and slept almost nine hours. The day was spent around the house, going for a short run, doing some writing, watching a movie with Steph, and in short, having a good time. So in that respect, the year has started out all right.

Here’s hoping it keeps going that way.

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The Dam Bursts

This weekend we made our yearly trip down to St. Louis to hang out with some friends. All in all, it was a good time. We ate at some good restaurants, hung out, did a little bit of shopping, and discovered the place that brewed my favorite root beer no longer brews it so they are dead to me.

On the plus side, both driving down and back, I put in a lot of work on the novel I’m currently writing, which pleases me. I’ve got a lot of ideas for it and pieces are starting to  flow together. Slowly but it’s happening.

On the down side, having finally returned home, we woke up this morning to discover a pipe had burst in the basement. It’s not flooded but we’ve had to shut off all the water.

So I’m sitting here on my couch (with a cat napping on my toes) waiting for the plumber so I can take a shower and get off to work and I figure ‘What the heck? Let’s write a blog post.’ Here you go – a post :)

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