Today’s Musical Inspiration

Every time this song pops up while I’m listening to my music on shuffle I end up listening to it a few times in a row. Do you have any songs you feel compelled to put on repeat whenever you hear them?

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Writing Progress May 23 – 29, 2016

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May 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 116,877
  • Today’s word count: 149
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write as much as I would have liked. My afternoon writing session was rudely interrupted by a huge hail storm. We hadn’t expected such extreme weather so I found myself preoccupied preparing for a power outage. Fortunately, we didn’t have any serious, permanent damage from the storm.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Hopefully the weather will be a little more ordinary.

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The best photo of the hail I could get without stepping out into the mess. I promise you this is a photo of  my hometown in Pennsylvania on May 23, 2016 and not a snowstorm from sometime earlier.

May 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 117,250
  • Today’s word count: 373
  • Thoughts: I was having a great day, and I got a ton of stuff done. Then the internet started acting up again. I’d only be able to use it for a minute before it dropped again. I ended up using a bunch of time trying to access my cloud storage. I’m spoiled and really hate having to physically transfer my Scrivener project when I want to switch between devices.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try not to worry about the internet so much. Write. Use my external hard drive to do transfers if things are still bad. Stop being a spoiled brat.

May 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 117,416
  • Today’s word count: 166
  • Thoughts: I made it through the day with no to barely working internet. My daily word count doesn’t really reflect it, but I got a good amount of work done. Most of my time went into revising a scene for the next chapter. I only have a little over a thousand words to go through before that chapter will be ready to be formatted and posted.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. Maybe with good internet?

May 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 117,575
  • Today’s word count: 159
  • Thoughts: It is too hot to think. I just want to lay in front of a fan and do nothing, but I need to keep writing and revising. At least the internet managed to fix itself somehow. Pretty sure my router isn’t the problem since I’m still  using the old one.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same. Try to stay cool.

May 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 117,573
  • Today’s word count: -2
  • Thoughts: Revising is painful. Revising while miserably hot is almost impossible, so I did it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Make everything wonderful again and get the chapter posted. Then maybe, hopefully write some more.

May 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 117,565
  • Today’s word count: -8
  • Thoughts: I got the chapter posted! That’s about it. It took all the energy I had just to do that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write new words.

May 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 118,166
  • Today’s word count: 601
  • Thoughts: I wrote. It was a struggle, but I’m happy now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the writing stuff. It’s supposed to be a bit cooler so that might help me concentrate.

The Dreams: Chapter Twenty Five

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Cover by A. R. Shellnut

This chapter was fun to write, but getting the revisions done was a nightmare! The story wasn’t the problem though. Life just wanted to make everything difficult this week. I had internet troubles and lost pretty much an entire day to fighting with that (and I still don’t have a real resolution to that problem since it just started working on it’s own again). The weather has tried to ruin me too. We’re having a heat wave and I’m too tired to do much of anything. The chapter is ready though!

Here’s to my supporters. You’re fantastic, and knowing you’re waiting for the next chapter keeps me working.

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My Musical Inspiration Today

This song is just perfect for my writing mood these days. The sound of the music is upbeat enough to make me want to write, and the lyrics are dark. Overall it just reminds me of my story in best/worst way possible. It makes me think of Takeshi and all the awful things he does and says.

What’s your musical inspiration today? Share a link in the comments!

Writing Progress May 16 – 22, 2016

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May 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 114,680
  • Today’s word count: 52
  • Thoughts: I did it! I got the chapter posted! It’s such a relief. Now I can spend a few days just thinking about writing new words before I dive into revising the next chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Just writing. Yay!

May 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 115,500
  • Today’s word count: 820
  • Thoughts: Overall it was a productive writing day. I’m shocked I wrote as much as I did. I spent a good portion of the day in too much pain to do much of anything. Migraines are not fun. I managed to get in two good writing sessions though and that made all the difference.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same. Maybe some revision of the next chapter?

May 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 116,007
  • Today’s word count: 507
  • Thoughts: For some reason it doesn’t feel like I made much progress today even though I wrote over 500 words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write and revise. Hopefully I’ll have time to do both.

May 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 116,542
  • Today’s word count: 535
  • Thoughts: The day started out really unproductive, but I turned it around before bed. I’m pretty proud of that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same. More revision.

May 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 116,449
  • Today’s word count: -93
  • Thoughts: I spent about 8 hours revising today. It wasn’t the most painful chapter I’ve worked on recently, but it still took a whole day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing.

May 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 116,708
  • Today’s word count: 259
  • Thoughts: I had a very busy Saturday so I’m pretty impressed that I wrote at all!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Spend more time writing. I shouldn’t have as much to do so sitting down and writing should be easy.

May 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 116,728
  • Today’s word count: 20
  • Thoughts: I wish I had a real explanation for what happened today. The internet wasn’t working properly and that put me in a foul mood. After that I just could not motivate myself to sit at the computer.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course!

The Dreams: Chapter Twenty Four

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Cover by A. R. Shellnut

This chapter was somehow easier to revise than the last one. I don’t know what exactly makes some chapters easier than others. Hopefully easy to revise will translate to easy to read!

My supporters over on Patreon are fantastic as always. Even a dollar makes a huge difference. Every chapter you support gets us one step closer to seeing this novel through to the end.

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The Dreams: Chapter Twenty Three

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Cover by A. R. Shellnut

This chapter is so late! It was a long one, and I went back and forth deciding what to keep and what to leave out. In the end I decided to keep most of it. I’ll decide how I want to go about condensing it in further the next draft.

For now I just hope that you enjoy the chapter and forget that it should’ve been available to you days ago. I’ll try to get back on track this Saturday.

My supporters over on Patreon are fantastic as always. Even a dollar makes a huge difference. This novel is going places thanks to you guys!

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Writing Progress May 9 – 15, 2016

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May 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 113,642
  • Today’s word count: 351
  • Thoughts: It’s not as much writing as I would’ve liked to get done, but I did spend a good amount of time trying to write today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing!

May 10

No writing progress made.

What a strange day! I had two unexpected errands that took me out of the house, and then my internet decided to barely work at all. At first I thought this might be a blessing in disguise and stop me from procrastinating, but I had research I wanted to do and I couldn’t do it at dial-up internet speeds. I ended up reading instead to stop myself from getting too frustrated.

May 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 113,887
  • Today’s word count: 245
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but it was hard getting back into the swing of things. I haven’t been consistent enough with my writing lately.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! Make this a writing streak and keep it going.

May 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 114,514
  • Today’s word count: 627
  • Thoughts: Today was a much better writing day! I even did a bit of revision for the chapter due to be posted on Saturday. Overall it was a very successful day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More revising. Busy busy busy.

May 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 114,638
  • Today’s word count: 124
  • Thoughts: Revising is such a pain. I find myself putting it off, and then once I do get started all I want to do is write!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revisions on this chapter and get it posted!

May 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 114,630
  • Today’s word count: -8
  • Thoughts: Oh revisions. They drain all of my willpower.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish these revisions and get the chapter posted since I couldn’t do it today. I’m really kicking myself for not getting the chapter posted today, but I just need to accept that it happens sometimes.

May 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 114,628
  • Today’s word count: -2
  • Thoughts: The revisions of this chapter are taking forever! I’m feeling pretty discouraged.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revisions. Finally get this chapter posted. Get back to writing new material.

Writing Progress May 2 – 8, 2016

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May 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 111,970
  • Today’s word count: 326
  • Thoughts: Not the best writing day ever, but I did write and that’s what I wanted to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a lot of chores to do so as long as I’m able to write a little bit I’ll be happy.

May 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 112,046
  • Today’s word count: 76
  • Thoughts: I only wrote a little bit. I had a strange day. I was out of the house all morning and part of the afternoon, and then when I meant to write I ended up in an argument with someone online. It was a writing related argument, but I’m still not thrilled that it happened.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Work on revising and hopefully write too.

May 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 112,771
  • Today’s word count: 725
  • Thoughts: Not a bad writing day. I’m pretty pleased with my progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same.

May 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 113,295
  • Today’s word count: 524
  • Thoughts: I got in one fairly productive writing session in today, and then I got to go on a bit of a road trip to pick a friend up from the airport!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing and editing between errands. I probably will put off most off many of my errands if the rain continues, so that will mean more writing time.

May 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 113,295
  • Today’s word count: 3
  • Thoughts: Today was a revision day. I revised and revised, and the chapter is still not quite ready.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get the chapter posted!

May 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 113,291
  • Today’s word count: -4
  • Thoughts: I lost a few words over all today due to revising, but overall I had a very productive day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing instead of revising!

May 8

No writing progress made.

I went on a road trip in the morning, and then I was too tired to do much of anything the rest of the day even after a nap. No regrets!

I’ll get back to writing tomorrow.