Friday, February 24, 2017

Day 24

It's getting really close to the end of the month, and I haven't slipped up once. I haven't even come close to slipping up. I've written every day, and not only that, but 500 words every day. Sure, one day it was only 501, but that was above and beyond my requirement, so it not only counts, I beat my goal.

Today was a really, really slow day at work. So, while I sat twiddling my thumbs, I wrote (which is impressive when you think about it--how do you type and twiddle your thumbs at the same time?). I got my highest total so far: 1,573, which beats my second highest from the 21st of 1,377.

Those are the only two times that I exceeded 1,000 so far this month. But starting in March, I was thinking about doubling my requirement--1,000 words a day, every day in March. That requires a lot more time...probably double if I'm mathing correctly here. Will it be too much?

I went to a panel at the writer's conference last week about making a living as an indy author. Yeah, I thought it was about something else too. Indiana Jones wasn't mentioned once in the whole hour, so that sucked. But they did talk about self-publishing, and the way you had to do it to be successful. One of the things they said was that you needed to publish something every 30-60 days. Some of us in the audience gasped, but the panelist quickly told us that it was no big deal. Now, to be fair, these people were full-time writers. Their 40-hour-a-week job was to write. The writer said that she published books that were about 40,000-50,000 words. There are approximately 60 days in any two month span. So, let me get on the chalkboard here and work this out...

So, in other words, if I could get myself to write 1,000 words a day, I could write a 40,000-50,000 word novel every month. Hell, less than a month. I'd have 10-20 days left over to take a vacation and then plan the next one. That means I could be a professional writer without having to give up my day job just yet. Doing the math kind of freaks me out. I didn't think that it was possible, but as simple as that, it is.

I am 21,669 words into Sunny & Gray, and I'm just getting started. This book is not going to be 40,000-50,000 words long, unfortunately, but I don't care. I just want to tell my story. It's my first novel, and everyone says that it should therefore be a turd. First novels always supposedly suck. I'd rather that not be the case, but I'm resigned to the possibility. But they also say that the second one is usually better, and I'm resigned to that possibility as well.

All I can say is that this month has been a revelation to me, and a revolution for me as well. I feel great. I don't feel at all like stopping when March 1st comes along. I only want to take it to the next level. I can finally see what is possible, and I want to make it happen.

That mountain has been waiting a very long time, but I feel like I'm finally on my way.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Day 23

We had some car troubles going on, so I spent the morning in the auto shop, but I brought my wireless keyboard with me, so I was able to write the whole time I waited for my wife to get off work and pick me up. I got in 954 words before I had to stop abruptly in the middle of a sentence because she'd showed up.

Snowy Day Today

You can tell, because you can actually see the snow flurries all through the time lapse. One thing I've learned about precipitation, unless you point the camera straight up at the sky so the rain sticks to the lens, then you mostly don't notice it coming down in high speed like that.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day 22

650 today. Finished Chapter 5 of Sunny & Gray. It's becoming a book here, people. This is crazy. I'm going to do this. One way or another. It may totally suck when I'm done, but I'll have that victory under my belt. I'll forever be able to say that...woah, I better not get ahead of myself. But I'm getting there.

What A Difference A Day Makes

Today's time lapse is not all that awesome...except in that it looks absolutely nothing like yesterday.

It was sixty degrees yesterday afternoon, and three hours later it was snowing. That's a weird shift. I guess winter isn't quite over just yet.

Day 21

I really got into it this evening. I wrote for almost a full hour, and I did 1,377 words. I like that. That's my biggest total this month. The first time I made it over a thousand.

That puts me up to 14,128 on the whole month. It also puts Sunny & Gray at 18,489 words long. I hope this book turns out to be something that people want to read. After attending that writer's conference over the weekend, I fear that it just might not be. There's all these rules that the writers presenting in the panels talked about, and I think Sunny & Gray breaks most of them. They tell me that means my book will be boring. I suppose they're probably right, but I'm still going to write it. It's just one of those stories that doesn't follow the normal three act pattern. But I think there are successful books and movies out there that didn't follow that pattern, so maybe things will turn out all right after all.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Training Table

Looks like I trained my kid right. There's a lot of times when your child makes a certain choice, and you feel good about it, because you know it was at least partially your influence that led them to the decision. Not that I want my children to be little automaton copies of me, but I do want them to understand the goodness of certain things...

Like, for example, one of the most important things, that is just how amazingly tasty Brazilian food is.

It was my daughter's birthday dinner, and she chose to go to the Brazilian churrascaria (which is Portuguese for barbecue joint). So, I got to feast on Brazilian barbecue, beans and rice, cheese bread, and fried bananas, and it wasn't even my birthday.

You know, when you succeed with your child on the important things like this, the other smaller matters like drugs and safe sex and all that will surely just fall right in line...right?