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Uncalled For Actions (18/?)

Days 120 – 126 of the experiment.

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Gil smiled in his sleep, childhood memories overwhelming him with familiar scents but unwanted feelings. He rolled to his side, hugging his pillow to his face.

Slowly, the familiarity waned and Gil pulled himself awake, slightly confused when he didn’t find himself in the greenhouse on Castle Wulfenbach. Or with Tarvek laying at his side, toes in the grass.

Just a dream, right.

With a heavy sigh, he sat up, stretching. The scent of wet grass hung in the air still from the open window near the bed. Gil peeked out, finding a misty rain coating everything including the sash.

He closed the window before setting about his day, pointedly not thinking about rain and picnics and best friends he could never have back. Read more…

Six Sentence Sampler

He swallowed hard–he hated lying to her, but he couldn’t tell her the truth. “Where is this coming from?” he asked instead. Coward.

She suddenly appeared at his side without a sound, face unreadable. “Answer the question.”

After everything that had happened the last few days, he wasn’t in the mood to deal with this.

Six Sentence Sampler

Tarvek rolled his eyes. I don’t care what people are saying about me.”

“You should. Immature, unstable, crazy–just some of the words overheard, and that was just visiting grandmama. You need to be careful.”

Tarvek turned, eyes hard on his little cousin.

August Goals

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Recap from July:

Reading: I’m caught up on my comics which was half of my goal so…  C?
Writing: Complete failure. I wrote nothing except my journal (so I guess not a total failure then but nothing really productive creatively). F
Finishing/Editing: FAIL! I didn’t even look at any other stories so there was no finishing or editing of any kind for any story.F—
Posting: Also a complete and total failure since I didn’t edit anything, nothing was posted either. F

July was just… bad. I don’t have any excuses except I’ve just felt so worn down, especially towards writing. This chronic fatigue is annoying and confusing. Sometimes I have energy but for nothing of importance. I can never focus it towards writing. I did start walking the last week of the month thanks to a friend suggesting I download Pokemon Go again. I hadn’t played it since it came out because my phone couldn’t handle the app. Well, new phone, new goals. I walked 10km the first week and have already walked over 13km this week, usually with my daughters who have also gotten addicted.

This is major for me considering I can barely get out of bed most days. At the least, I can walk to the playground down the street that has a Pokestop. It’s something. Now if only I can get back to writing on a regular basis. F


AugustGoals:

Reading:

Writing:

Finishing/Editing:

  • edit a story other than Uncalled For
  • edit/finish two chapters of Heaven Can’t Wait
  • edit Uncalled For days as I finish them

Posting:

  • post the chapters of Uncalled For that I get done
  • post one other story

July Round-up

All things reading and writing.

Reading:

Well, I’m caught up on all my webcomics so… That’s about the extent of the reading I did in July. 😦

Writing:

Writing was a complete bust. I literally wrote on three days. It’s so bad, I don’t even know why I’m posting the graph. Those three days were blogs and nothing else for a grand total of 2,599 words for the month.  Whoopdie-doo.

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YTD total: 75,077

Streak: Still managed to keep this up with journaling at 942 days (since January 1, 2017)!

Editing/Finishing:

Nothing and nothing. I didn’t even look at anything writing related. I suck.

Posting:

Nothing again. July was a complete failure. I guess I can only hope August is better.

Craft Progress Report – June 2019

All things crafting…

  • # of new projects started: 8
  • # of projects finished: 5
  • # of new projects left unfinished: 3
  • # of old projects finished: 0 (projects started in previous months)

Total number of unfinished projects: 10

Finished Projects:

More hats! These were made for cash originally to fund money to get one of our cats to the vet (he thankfully recovered from his injury on his own before I could finish these). All patterns were from Repeat Crafter Me except the face on the sloth which I designed myself (using the base hat pattern from RCM).

Started But Unfinished Projects:

Camp NaNo – Day 1

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Day 1

  • Goal: 63 sentences (approximately 882 words)
  • Actual: 0
  • Written: 0
  • Notes: Today was a bust. I mean, I wrote a ton–lots of blog posts, but none of it was for camp. Then before I could start that project, I had to go grocery shopping with the family, and it exhausted me. I was barely able to keep my eyes open the rest of the night, let alone write. So, I’m starting the month off even more behind than I was. Sigh. I did get up from a late nap, hoping to get some writing done, but was still too out of it. Best just get to bed and hope for a better tomorrow.
  • Total sentences for the month: 0 (0%)
  • Total words for the month: 0
  • Actual “days” finished: 0 of 62 (0%)
At This Rate You Will Finish: ??

Camp NaNo Strikes Again

2019-writerfacebook_coverOops, I was supposed to pick a goal before today, wasn’t I? July really snuck up on me this year with the new grandson, hurt cats, and lots of projects to get done. Not to mention still feeling constantly fatigued but trying to get the yard fixed up despite it. No rest for the weary.

I’m probably not in any condition to do NaNo right now, but since I failed in April, I’m going to try again. And probably fail again. Oh well. Can’t succeed if you don’t first try. Amirite?

So I’m going back to my goal from April: get caught up on Uncalled For Actions.

Back in April, my goal was to finish all of my sentences for February, March, and April before the end of the month. Well, I’m sad to say, despite all of that work, and only needing six more days at the end of April, I still haven’t finished those April sentences.

I have 34 left for April 30. Then I decided to take May off because I was burnt out and wanted to work on stuff for the baby. But because I never caught up with April, I also haven’t done any of the June sentences. So I’m way behind again. I could just call June a loss and start with one sentences today, but I’m going to try and get this done.

So the goal for July Camp is 1,925 sentences. 34 for April, 465 for June, and 1,426 for July. That will finish chapters 18 – 24. It comes out to 63 sentences per day which is slightly less than for April Camp.

That is if the story is still going. Based on where I am and what little I’ve plotted in my head, I should have plenty left to write. This story could be going on forever.


And don’t forget, if you’re participating in Camp NaNo or just want some fun motivation with your writing, check out 4thwords.com.

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It’s a great writing site set up like an RPG game where you are a character fighting monsters with your wordcounts. During NaNo events, we run month-long special events with unique monsters, quests, and prizes that are only available for that event. So now is the perfect time to check out the site.

wignow_mdThere’s a 30-day free trial (perfect for doing NaNo), and after that, it’s $4.99/month. A good deal if you ask me. I’ve been a member since December 2015, and my writing and productivity have both increased greatly. I owe my 911-day streak of writing to 4tw. That’s 2 1/2 years or writing every day.

The site also has a forum filled with great writers of all genres and experiences. From the newbie fanfic writer to professional authors that actually make money (it’s a thing). I’m a mod there (@justanotherjen) so I’ll be around.

If you decide to check it out, use this referral code: WVBIY23608 that way if you decide to stick around and buy a subscription, we both get extra c-crystals (currency in the game used to by subscription time and cool goodies for your forum avatar).

July Goals

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Recap from June:

Reading: Didn’t read the two novels I’d planned, but I did catch up on all of my webcomics. So… C?
Writing: Well this started out going great and then it all fell apart. I nearly caught up with the April days for Uncalled For but got stuck on the last day. It still isn’t finished which means I didn’t write any of the sentences for June at all. As for the journal… I actually forgot to do a day. Completely. I did make a blog post that day, but I never did the journal. It hurt, but I got over it. I kept my streak because of the fortuitous journal entry, but it was a reminder to be more diligent. F
Finishing/Editing: So, I did do part one of this goal. I edited a Red vs Blue fic. WIN! And I did type up all of Uncalled For that I wrote in April. Edited all of it as well. But I only barely glanced at Heaven Can’t Wait. Another C I guess.
Posting: Posted three chapters of Uncalled For that I wrote back in April (but also never got around to finishing/posting ones that were supposed to go up in June). And I posted another story so this is more of a win, I think. B

June was busy. My daughter was induced on June 5, so we spent most of the 6th and 7th at the hospital. The baby was born on the 7th. Then there was a period of recovery for me (my ankles swelled so huge I could barely get my shoes on from being on my feet for two days–sitting at my desk made it worse).

After that, one of our cats got hurt, so I took on some crochet projects for cash to afford the vet. The little shit got better on his own before I could get paid. But then all six cats got a cold. Most of them have recovered before I got paid. So all of this for… I still have two more projects to finish by the end of the week, and then, it’s just personal projects I started for the baby. Hopefully, I’ll find time to write this month. C (for effort despite the circumstances)


July Goals:

Reading:

Writing:

  • write every day in my writing journal/keep my streak going
  • catch up on the days I still have missing from April and June for Uncalled For Actions
  • do all of the days for July (for Camp NaNo) for Uncalled For

Finishing/Editing:

  • edit a story other than Uncalled For
  • edit/finish two chapters of Heaven Can’t Wait
  • edit Uncalled For days as I finish them

Posting:

  • post the chapters of Uncalled For that I get done
  • post one other story

June Round-up

All things reading and writing.

Reading:

I was supposed to read, wasn’t I? Well, technically, I read a bunch of webcomics. That should count for something. And one I was way behind in so it was several long chapters to catch up. Took a couple of weeks. So, yeah, I’m counting it.

unsoundedThe webcomic is Unsounded by Ashley Cope. It’s about a crazy little girl with a tail and her undead friend going on adventures in a world filled with magic and wars and talking lizards. It’s way out there and has been going on for nine years so there was a lot to read.

So, this totally counts as reading.

Writing:

I didn’t do much this month. It started out strong with finishing a chapter of Uncalled For, but then I fizzled out as life got in the way. Daughter had a baby and the cats got hurt/sick so I had to take on some crochet project for cash which took priority over writing. I’m almost done with those, and with Camp NaNo this month, I’m hoping to get some more writing done. Only 5,360 for the month.

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YTD total: 72,478

Streak: Still going strong with journaling at 911 days (since January 1, 2017)!

Editing/Finishing:

Actually edited something despite doing almost no other writing. Didn’t have to do much, but it was something. Also finished up a few chapters of Uncalled For and edited them. YAY!

Posting:

Uncalled For Actions (Girl Genius)

Of Macaroni Art and Making Grown Men Cry (Red vs Blue)

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